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Hi Jeff, I was at Whole Foods last week and I found a whole chicken and on the packaging it said Pasture Raised Chicken! I was so excited because I have to buy my Pasture Raised chicken online. But then I read the label more of this chicken in Whole Foods and it said Fed a Vegetarian diet. What does that mean? I thought Pasture raised meant they ate what they find in the fields?
Well, normally it does mean pasture-raised, but many farmers supplement their chickens with feed to make them grow faster. That’s why it’s always good to ask questions if you’re at a farmers market, or read labels if buying from a store. Does it also say organic? If so, it means the chickens are outside, moving around, finding what it can on and in the ground, but it also means that the farmers are probably feeding them an organic feed, probably made up of corn and soy (I’m guessing, because that’s the most used for chicken feed, as well as all other animal feeds, including humans unfortunately). If it doesn’t say organic, god knows what the farmers are feeding them.
The good news is you caught it by reading the label! Scrutinize labels people, because the people selling you the food, along with the government making the label laws, do NOT have your best interests at heart. I would say if it’s organic, and you need a chicken faster than you can order one on-line, it’s a decent mini-cheat once in a while.
If you ever get the time to dig into a good read, I highly recommend your Personal Paleo Code. Even if you've already 'found' your comfort zone when it comes to diet, it covers health outside of food. Everything from connecting with our true nature, exercise, mental health, to individualizing your personal plan, it covers. It's an awesome book, and I hope you'll enjoy it if you ever get a chance to check it out.
Thanks for the recommendation. I feel like all those things you mentioned are important in the paleo lifestyle. I’ll check it out if I get a chance.
You may want to trade your tot’s PB&J for a different sandwich this afternoon. nSpired Natural Foods announced that is recalling more than 40 types of nut butters after learning the jars could be contaminated with salmonella. The US Food and Drug
Luckily for me I’ve been buying my recent organic almond butter from a local farmer, but I have bought many of these brands many times, especially Whole Foods. Is nothing safe unless you make it yourself anymore?
Jeff, I love your sameplate commercial with the babies! Creative!
Thanks!!!! Those two adorable babies are the kids of some friends of mine, and I was so thankful they let me exploit their children for my selfish purposes! Lol! But I’m Uncle Jeffrey to both of them, and I can’t wait until they’re adults, so I can show this at their respective weddings. Wouldn’t it be great if they actually married each other?!
You can see all 4 baby commercials, and my most recent SamePlate.com commercial on the CookingCaveman YouTube Channel by clicking THIS LINK!
Referring to my response to the last question, I have no idea if the FDA is right or wrong in their accusations of Julian Bakery. As we all know, I’m no fan of the FDA. All I was saying is Julian’s products are hit and miss with me. In fairness to them though, here is Julian Bakery’s rebuttal letter to the FDA.
Hey fellow caveman. I saw your post on Julian bakery a while back while searching the tags. Apparently they're not as good as they "claim" to be. Check out the details with the FDA on google!(I can't send links) and tell me what you think!
I guess you’re talking about the FDA warning letter that fines them for mislabeling. Well, as you can see from my past reviews of their products, they’re pretty hit and miss with me. But hopefully this will make people scrutinize labels on processed food more. I know cooking everything from scratch is hard work and time consuming, but at least you know exactly what you’re putting into your body all the time. Go organic too, folks!
It’s that time of year again, where I go to NY and devour everything bad (but delicious) for me. No paleo for me in NY, which is why I can’t live there. But it’s nice to visit once and a while and gorge myself on all my childhood favorites.
Carmine’s in the theater district gets a bad rap for being a tourist trap, but the food is fantastic. Family style only, so bring a lot of people, or an enormous appetite. There’s one on the upper west side too, but if I see a matinee, I always stop by Carmine’s for the best baked clams in the city.
Speaking of clams, I had some linguine in white clam sauce from an upper east side neighborhood restaurant with outdoor seating. Don’t even know the name of the place, but in NY, there’s good food on every corner.
Of course I had Wo Hop in Chinatown. Yang Chow War Wonton Soup, roast pork fried rice, and shrimp in lobster sauce. Classic NY Cantonese.
And since Chinatown is right across the street from Little Italy, you have to go to Ferrara’s for dessert. Since 1892.
There were hotdogs devoured, like these from the original Papaya King:
A new place for me was White Manna one of the two places in NJ that claim they invented the slider (the other being White Mana, pretty confusing). I’m glad I went for the history, but it wasn’t cheat worthy.
Mr. Softee Ice Cream!!!! A NY summer institution.
And finally, headed to Brooklyn for my favorite pizzeria, Lenny & John’s on Flatbush Ave. No one makes sausage rolls like these anymore.
Also eaten, but not pictured: The Original Nathan’s in Coney Island (Tasted pretty corporate to me, it lost it’s touch since the old days - no longer cheat worthy), the cheeseburger at JG Melon (best burger I’ve had in NY so far), Katz’s Deli (of course, my favorite restaurant ever), and bagels, bagels, bagels!!!!
Jeff, I saw in a post the two nights a week you try to eat veggie dishes. What do you eat the rest of the week. Beef 2x? I'm trying to start Paelo with 5 nights a week. I can eat grass fed beef 2 nights, and veggie 2 nights, but for the final night I can't find any places around me that sell Pasture raised chicken or pork or turkey. Also I can't find any places that sell wild caught fish around me. I would do eggs, but I plan on pasture eggs nearly everyday or breakfast. I can find those. Thanks
First of all, I’m not as regimented as 2 nights veggies, 1 night eggs, etc. I usually eat what I have available, what I’m in the mood for, and what’s in season. This past week I ate vegan almost very single night. Some weeks are more meat heavy. What I meant was on average, I eat vegan or vegetarian about 2 times a week. Right now, it’s summer and hot, so I eat a lot of these cold cucumber noodle salads that I’m in love with. The possibilities are endless, and always delicious! When I make these, they’re usually raw, vegan, and of course, always organic!
It’s a little easier for me to meal plan too, because I usually only eat one meal a day (usually dinner, although if I’m hungry I eat, I don’t force myself to starve). I find Intermittent Fasting very healthy, and as an added benefit, my food costs are down.
Pasture raised eggs are probably my number one animal protein source. Not only do I love eggs, but they’re so versatile. I will eat four pasture raised eggs in a scramble or omelette for dinner about once or twice a week, and it’s a great way to load up on added veggies too.
Yo, Jeff! How do you make a paleo calzone? I'd stuff mine w/vegetables 4 my gf, and mine w/ some bison. Hmmm. Anyway, I tried searching, and they either lie and put cheese in it or use too much flour. Thanks man.
I can barely make an edible paleo pizza, and you want a paleo calzone? You, my friend, are a dreamer. I think if you want a calzone, you should just make it part of a cheat night. That’s what I do with pizza anyway. I used to try all kinds of pizza crusts, from my hundreds of bread recipe experiments, but without the cheese, it’s just not a satisfying paleo meal to me. So I save it for a cheat night. For the record, I like my calzone stuffed with either sausage or eggplant.
Hello! I am cautiously poking paleo. I am vegetarian, I like eggs, and I very occasionally eat fish. (Like, 1 or 2 times a month.) Do you or your followers know of any Tumblrs that cater specifically to the vegetarian paleo diet at all?
I don’t know any specific tumblrs that cater to vegetarian paleo, but I eat vegetarian about 2 times a week, and you can be as vegetarian on paleo as you like! There is no rule that says we have to meat eat at all! People confuse this constantly, thinking it’s an all-meat diet. And we don’t need as much protein as the body building community will have you think. You can get it all from veggies, without eating legumes like beans (especially soy). All we ask on paleo is that IF YOU DO EAT MEAT, please make sure it’s from a healthy animal, that eats what it’s supposed to eat. Like grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, wild game, pasture-raised poultry and eggs, etc. And even if you do eat meat, it shouldn’t make up more than 30% of your overall diet for optimum health. So it would be very easy for a vegetarian that eats eggs and the occasional fish to follow paleo. Just make sure everything you eat is organic to avoid pesticides, chemical plant food, and GMO’s. If I were you, I’d raid my recipes page for vegetarian meal ideas, as well as googling “vegetarian paleo” and see what you find. Good luck!
For your new bread that you make(looks amazing!) is there a substitute for the almond flour. Sometimes nuts don't sit well with me.
Well, you can try making my new bread with coconut flour, but I haven’t tried it yet, so I couldn’t tell you the exact measurements or if it’ll even come out good. You’ll just have to experiment on your own, or wait for me to get to it, which could take quite some time.
But I just read about The Paleo Mom's new nut-free paleo bun recipe, which I'll try next month. It could be the solution you're looking for. By the way, her site seems to be down, but I found her recipe reprinted on another website. Here’s her recipe, not mine:
2 Tbsp Palm Shortening (plus a little more for greasing)
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
2 Tbsp Arrowroot Flour
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (plus a little more for sprinkling on top)
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Honey
No directions were posted, and like I said, thepaleomom.com seems to be down, or gone. When I make this I won’t use salt (maybe not cream of tarter either, we’ll see), and I’ll replace the vinegar with lemon juice. Chances are I won’t use honey either, because I just don’t think this type of food needs excess sugar (remember, even as honey, sugar’s not great for us). I’ve also never used palm shortening, and don’t know much about it (except that you want a brand that doesn’t destroy the habitats of orangutans), so I may use animal fat instead. You know me, I experiment with recipes until they fit my paleo profile as much as possible. And as far as sesame seeds go, I like them well enough, but I never buy them, and probably won’t just to add them to the tops of my buns.
Good luck, Anon. If you make this bread, let me know how it came out!
Hi! I saw your pic of the Thai style shrimp over broccoli "rice", have you tried using raw frozen broccoli? I just bought a ginormous bag from Costco & wanted to try your recipe- oh, is the full recipe somewhere in your website?
I think that frozen broccoli might get a little mushy, and you won’t have that nice firmness you get with a “rice” texture. But since it was frozen raw, maybe not. The only way to know is to try it and see for yourself. Click this link for the full recipe, and for other broccoli rice recipes click this link.
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Should You Really Eat Like a Caveman? Elizabeth Kolbert on how the paleo diet got trendy—and its environmental costs.
If you’re like me, every time an article on paleo comes out, everyone you know sends it to you. Well, here’s another bullshit article on paleo, this time from the New Yorker. The writer admits she did a half-assed attempt at paleo for only a week, and fucked up her pancakes recipe, so she pisses on the whole diet. The fact that she says she only had a limited amount of things she was allowed to eat, and that the list of things she couldn’t eat was longer, makes me realize she has no fucking idea what she’s talking about. The amount of food available on paleo is ENDLESS! Every single vegetable and edible animal is available. Idiot.
Also, she did not mention organic food once! And the fact that she makes this statement, tells me once and for all to never read anything she ever writes again:
(Grass-fed beef—recommended by many primal enthusiasts—may produce lower emissions than corn-fed, but the evidence on this is shaky.)
I think the only thing shaky is her lazy research. The one thing she gets right is the history of agriculture. Other than that, this article is a bunch of cave-shit.
I hear so many people tell me they can’t do paleo because they don’t cook. I say there’s a simple solution: start cooking, you lazy bastard. The real answer is, “I WON’T cook.” At least I can respect the honesty in that answer. But even the most laziest of bastards will cook a little if it’s made easier for them. Here are some tips for that.
Shop at farmers markets and smaller health food stores. There are all kind of stores and farmers market vendors selling foods that are pre-made from real ingredients, unlike your typical frozen dinner. And these are local peeps, businesses you should be supporting, bringing fresh and real food to your table. For instance, at my Studio City farmers market there’s a vendor called Savour This Sauce. Yes, you guessed right, they make sauces. Great sauces. Vegan and gluten-free sauces and dressings. They buy all of their ingredients at the same farmers market where they sell, and it’s all organic (or at least made from ingredients that are grown with organic practices without the government red tape to get certified). These sauces, aside from a small amount of vinegar and salt, are 100% paleo, so if I didn’t want to cook a sauce from scratch, I could just buy a jar of theirs and my cooking time would be cut in half or more! You won’t find sauces like these in the huge traditional supermarket chains, you have to go to Whole Foods, or smaller health food markets or farmers markets. So if you won’t cook, change your store to make life easier on you. Some even have fully prepared meals that are pretty paleo, but you HAVE TO READ THE INGREDIENTS to make sure!
Visit organic salad bars. Most Whole Foods have organic salad bars, and you can buy some pre-chopped items for a stir fry. Take it home, throw it all together in a pan with a Savour This Sauce type of sauce, and with minimal effort, you’ve cooked a meal. It might even inspire you to buy a chef’s knife and do some chopping yourself.
Buy a crockpot. You can buy a package of organic chicken, get some pre-chopped veggies from the organic salad bar, throw it into a crock pot with some Savour This Sauce type of sauce, and in a few hours, you’ve cooked a meal! No, it’s not some crazy meal I’ve made with paleo coconut rice that you’re photographing for a blog, but it’s a meal, and a damn good one!
Join a service that sends you food that’s already chopped and measured, with simple cooking instructions. This is a bit pricey, but you can choose meals that are paleo-ish, and it’ll give you amazing confidence in the kitchen.
Cooking a simple meal successfully is a great motivator in trying more and more complicated dishes. But don’t feel you need to. Cooking a simple meal is greatly satisfying, even if it comes off a little… um… off. Trust me, you’ll find that after a while of making simple meals, you’ll grow more and more confident in the kitchen, and you’ll realize the only thing that stopped you from cooking before was the intimidation of not knowing. And by the way, cooking at home saves a TON of money, even if you’re buying organic. Happy cooking!