ShareI saw an image on the internet a while back about 2 ingredient pancakes. I don’t care much for recipes. I just went and tried it. Bananas and eggs were the only ingredients. I mashed one banana and mixed with an egg and cooked in a skillet. When I tried to flip over my paleo […]
Gotta try this soon! My kind of recipe, 2 ingredients! I might even experiment a little and add some coconut flour to see what that does. Thanks James Burnette, aka Survival Punk!
I threw a bunch of eggplant into the slow cooker the other day, hoping for a delicious dinner when I got home from work. I used a bunch of mediterranean spices, but the dish was just bland. So I did what any great quick thinking home chef would do. Threw a ton of overpowering Indian spices in, and turned it into Eggplant Curry! I served it over broccoli rice. The photo didn’t look great, but it was yummy. Take a look:
See? I used tomatoes, jalapeños, swiss chard, onions, garlic, olive oil, chicken stock, and spices. So to make up for the bad photo, I thought I’d repost about the first time I made this, and not on accident. Enjoy!
Needed to use up some eggplant and parsnip, and this was a great way to prepare them! Pretty much just a stir fry with Indian Spices! Served it over Cauliflower Rice! I used chicken stock in the sauce, but substitute with vegetable stock (or leave it out) to make the dish vegan. Ugga-Bugga!
Eggplant Parsnips Coconut Oil Celery Onions Red Bell Pepper Green Jalapeño Garlic Cilantro Chicken Stock Coconut Butter Water (you can substitute coconut milk for the coconut butter and water, which is what coconut milk is) Curry Powder Turmeric Coriander Cinnamon All Spice Garlic Powder Onion Powder Black Pepper
In coconut oil, sauté the parsnips first, since they take the longest to soften (mine was roasted first, so they were already soft), followed by the eggplant, celery, bell peppers, onions, jalapeño, and garlic. Then add spices and liquids, and serve when warm.
Sorry my postings have been light lately, I started a new job and it will keep me extremely busy through the holidays, so unfortunately I won’t be posting much for the rest of the year. But I’ll still be around from time to time. I even have a post prepared for tomorrow, so look for it.
But I did entirely miss the Jewish New Year the other day, a traditional posting for me. Then again, how many times can you read about me making brisket? Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything, I was too busy to cook this year. But I want to belatedly wish all my Jewish readers a happy and healthy new year! I’ve often said, I’m into Judaism for the food and the funny. All our holidays seem to have the same theme: “They tried to kill us… They didn’t… Let’s eat!” That’s my kind of philosophy. I think it was Friedrich Nietzsche who said, “That which doesn’t kill us makes us hungrier.” Or was it his younger brother, the owner of a kosher deli? Whatever, pass the brisket!
We raise and sell Grass fed and Grass finished beef, lamb, and Organic pork!
I want to let you know about a new CSA I found in the New York Metropolitan area for pasture-raised meat. It’s called Bronx Paleo. I’ll let Grace from Bronx Paleo (pictured above) tell you all about it, and how to order. THESE are the companies we should be supporting! Local peeps, who are taking our health into their own hands. Take it away Grace:
"We work really hard to raise our animals as best as possible because we know there’s no other way. And I do the best I can to reach out to as MANY people as possible because I trust, and I know that what I am sharing with you is the best. Heres a little info on us… Chaljeri Meats raises grass-fed and finished beef, Grass fed and Grass finished lamb, and pork (we are not yet certified organic but we still raise our animals organically) in New York state. We refuse to use any hormones or other chemical growth accelerators and employ holistic planned grazing to prevent overgrazing and to ensure the maximum efficiency in water, nutrient and energy cycling. Our cattle are moved from one paddock to another as frequently as once or twice a day to ensure the quality of feed available to them and to also provide adequate time for the grass to recover before being grazed again. The Herds are out on pasture most of the year, but in winter they are fed hay and bail-age. All the cows and lamb are 100% grass-fed. In winter months they are given bail-age that is harvested right off the farm. They are finished on special second cutting hay and chopped sorghum. The result is more diversity in the pasture, better health and condition of cows, plenty of grass to share with wildlife, and a significantly longer grazing season.
Of the farm’s total pasture, each field gets broken up in to 5-10 acre parcels that are grazed for 1 day each. All the pastures have natural watering holes and access to free-choice minerals. The grasslands the cattle and lamb are raised on are not degrading, but instead are measurably improving without the use of chemicals, and excessive equipment. We constantly monitor and reevaluate the ranch in all aspects. We are adaptive, and are constantly trying to improve the land, the cattle, pork, lamb and the quality of life of all people, however connected with our operation.
Our pork while not certified organic (yet) is raised just the same. They are given a wonderful quality of life and at the moment we are actually working towards creating the same rotational grazing paddocks for our hogs. We are also working on increasing the number of heritage breeds we raise. Allowing the hogs to forage gives them better health but also creates the best and most succulent meat ever!
We’ve been asked- What is Grass finished? Well when the animals are a few months away from being sent to processing (slaughter), spend their final weight-gain stage on grass. They are allowed to just relax and eat to their content, never given any grain at any stage of their lives. Some farmers raise beef on grass, but finish them by giving them such things as grain, soy, molasses and other high calorie feed to help their animals gain weight more rapidly before slaughter. We DO NOT ever do this. This is unhealthy and completely undermines the whole process to begin with.
We offer Grass fed and Grass finished beef, Grass fed and Grass finished lamb. Organically raised pork (we are NOT yet organically certified BUT that doesn’t stop us from raising them organically). We will have pastured eggs soon, just waiting on the hens to decide when they will start laying. They too are pastured raised, they are allowed to roam freely, to forage for what ever bugs and vegetation they want. As a result we have happy, content hens.
How does it work? Email me at BronxPaleo@gmail.com and I will send you my inventory list, which includes pricing, weights and quantity of each cut. I send the sheet the week before dropping. Place your order via email to me. We deliver (drop) on the First Tuesday of every month. It is a CASH only service, you pay the farmers directly.
We deliver to:
White Plains…36 Cleveland St, White Plains NY 10606
The Bronx…1016 Bronx Park South Bronx, NY 10460
Queens…20-30 43rd street Astoria Queens
Mid Town Manhattan 45th street and 5th ave.
We are looking to expand and if we find an area that has a large demand we can open another drop site there. Please share us with your family, friends, business and butchers!!! NO CSA fee NO Delivery fee!
Thank you so very much Jeff for giving us this opportunity. Hugs!
Grace Rivera Roman Chaljeri Meats Bronx Paleo”
You’re very welcome! As you can see, like all quality farmers, they LOVE talking about the high quality of their product and have nothing to hide from scrutinizing paleo shoppers like me! I hope if you’ve been having trouble finding organic pasture-raised meat in the NY area that Bronx Paleo solves all your problems!
Check out my friend’s new hilarious show, “What Went Down,” and like their Facebook page too! Check out the website to see when and where it airs in your market, www.whatwentdown.com. In LA they’re going up against SNL, so please watch or DVR and help them out ratings wise!
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!