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!
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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!
Have you ever used or heard of Great Lakes Collagen? There's 2 types- one that doesn't congeal and can be added to soups/coffee/tea/sauces, and the other does and is good for making homemade gummies. Some bloggers say we not only ate the meat but the bones too, and doing so is good for our bones/skin/hair/nails and digestion.
Yes, I bought some of the congealing type to try to make my paleo chocolate pudding a little more pudding like, but it just made it gummy, which is a consistency I’m not fond of. I’ve also added it to soups and such as a thickener, but I’m always looking for recipes to add collagen to my diet.
I’m a huge proponent of collagen and its health benefits, as I wrote back in 2012, when I made my first bone broth soup. When wild animals kill they eat the organs and bones way quicker than they do the fleshy meat that humans find so delectable, which is a huge indicator where all the nutrition is when eating an animal.
Hello Mr Nimoy, I hope life is finding you well. So, I am a scrawny 5'6 (5'7 if i stand up straight) 125 lb scrawny guy who is quickly becoming fat. yay jiggly rolls.... I am definitely leaning towards paleo and a gym. But I have friends who are "paleo" but they all seem to cheat and don't quite to follow what i'be been scouering the interwebs and finding. What would your advice be for the top 5 things to stay away from? Thank you! I love the blog.
Yes, there are a lot of people who say they eat paleo but in actuality their diets are closer to Atkins than anything. I don’t care how many clever slogans I see, no one will ever convince me that bacon is health food. Unless it’s from a pasture-raised pig, made with natural salt (and not much of it), and no sugar. But I haven’t seen that product on the market yet (NOTE: Reader megjersey asks if I ever tried Pete’s Paleo Bacon, which I have not heard of until she mentioned it, and after looking it up, it looks pretty paleo to me, so if you’re a bacon nut and don’t mind the salt, go for it and let me know how you like it).
Okay, I know you asked for 5, but here are the top 8 things that I stay away from as much as possible (based on my original article “7 NO’s and a YES), and they are in no particular order. Someone else’s list might be different, but I can only speak for myself. For instance, a long distance runner who follows paleo might have a completely different list, but these are the things that a lazy bastard like me stays away from.
1- Grains. All grains. Wheat, barley, corn, rice, oats, etc. Some are worse for you than others (in other words, more toxic), but I stay away from them all. Rice and quinoa (which is actually a seed) are more neutral in their toxicity, but are still empty carbs without adding much nutrition. I don’t feel the protein in quinoa is worth eating it for the added empty carbs.
2- Processed food. Unless ALL the ingredients on the label are paleo, stay away from it. I stop reading the label after one chemical sounding ingredient like sodium benzoid, or some crap like that.
3 - Non-Organic food. I would rather you eat organic grains than non-organic meat. There are so many bad things for you (mostly chemical) in non-organic food that it makes me sad. This includes avoiding non-pasture raised meat and eggs as much as possible. Yes, I know organic food is more expensive, but if you’re not buying that bag of snack food, and making your own things like bread and mayo, than it’s more affordable than you might think. Here’s an article I wrote proving that organic paleo is affordable for all.
4 - Conventional Table Salt. Stripped away at the salt mines by all kinds of nasty chemicals. IF you are going to add salt to your food (which I highly recommend you don’t), I’d rather you use organic sea salt or Himalayan salt, or something similar, but once it’s in your system, salt is salt as far as your body is concerned. There is enough salt in the organic food we eat to keep us alive without adding anything extra. Your tastebuds will become much more sensitive (a good thing) after giving up salt, and your body will become much healthier. Again, if you work out constantly, you might decide you need more salt in your diet, but my 3 reps a day of getting off the couch doesn’t see a need for it.
5 - Sugar. One of the worst things for us, if not THE worst. The only two forms of sugar I eat are raw organic honey, and fruit, but again, remember, once it enters your system, sugar is sugar, and it’s not good for you. At least fruit offers fiber and nutrition. Keep the fruit in moderation, eat the honey as a once in a while treat, and I think it’s a nice balance for a healthy diet.
6 - Legumes. This one sometimes breaks my rule of “if you can’t eat it raw, don’t cook with it,” because there are some legumes you can definitely eat raw, like snow peas, and green beans. But for the most part, you can’t eat most legumes raw, and you can only cook out so many of the toxins. The trace amounts of toxins left over build up over the years, and eventually lead to disease. The same goes for grains. The big ones to stay away from are beans (especially soy), and peanuts, but I stay away from them all, even the edible when raw ones. Still, one meal of green beans won’t kill you (but 10,000 meals of them might).
7 - Potatoes. As far as I know, you cannot eat a potato raw, without the chance of getting sick. Not only that, a cooked potato turns to sugar when digested. But still, there are worse things in life for you than an organic potato, so if someone orders a plate of fries and you have a few, don’t beat yourself up. But if you gave up salt, you might find them too salty to eat! That’s a good thing, not bad. By the way, this goes for sweet potatoes for me too (don’t write me nasty comments, if you eat sweet potatoes, good for you, but I don’t, for the same reasons I don’t eat white potatoes).
8 - Dairy. I rarely eat diary, unless it’s from a pasture-raised animal (go primals!). I just can’t justify it being part of a natural diet for humans, in the time before cultivation. But if you’re not lactose intolerant, and you want to eat pasture-raised dairy, a little moderation can go a long way to living a healthy life.
Dairy, meat, eggs, and sugar are acidic on the body, and most plant based food has an alkaline effect on the body. You want a ratio of about 70% alkaline to 30% acid for a healthy balance. So if your plate is 70% meat and 30% veggies… switch! You want mostly veggies, and a little (or no) animal based food in your overall diet to maintain a healthy balance.
I hope this helps, and thanks for reading! Good luck!
Quinoa. Grain, or legume? Is it even paleo? I've been cooking with it for a while but realized I know next to nothing about it.
According to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple, quinoa is a seed. But I don’t eat it because it doesn’t match my paleo rules. If you can’t eat it raw, I don’t cook with it. And you have to soak and sprout quinoa if you want to eat it raw, which means I can’t pick it from the ground and eat it. Besides, it has a lot of empty carbs, much like rice. People casually think that because it has so much protein it’s paleo, but like you, they know very little about it. By the way, we don’t need as much protein to live as people think, in fact, you can get all your protein from green leafy plants if you wanted to.
Know any good paleo oatless oatmeal- one without coconut (I get the runs) and nut butters (allergic)?
That’s a tough one without nuts and/or coconut. Is it all coconut products and nuts in general, or just coconut flesh and nut butter? Because everything I’ve seen has some nut and/or coconut milk, etc. Here’s the one I shared with my readers from the now defunct killfatme blog:
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 TB ground flaxseed (adds some texture too)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 bananas, mashed
4 whole eggs
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Beat the eggs
Whisk the coconut milk into the egg mixture
Mix in the chopped nuts, ground flax, banana mash, vanilla extract, and cinnamon
In a saucepan, warm the mixture on the stove over medium heat
Stir frequently to mix up any remaining lumps, and keep stirring until the “oatmeal” reaches the desired consistency (mine took about 5 mins)
Serve with berries, or whatever else you want to add to your oatless oatmeal!
To replace the coconut maybe use mashed pumpkin, butternut squash, or something similar in texture? To replace the nuts, just omit the nuts. Maybe add pumpkin seeds? You can replace the coconut milk with straight water, or almond milk if you’re not allergic. But my best advice is to Google search PALEO OATMEAL and see what you find. Good luck!
got the mayo…amazing I might add. I copied part of the ketchup but didn't get it all. Can't seem to find it in recipes. Thanks. Beginning this experience and love your site! You are making it seem as if I can really do this! Hoping that my joint pain, lethargy and thickness around my middle will be a part of my past…thanks for the help
Congrats on making the decision to go paleo, and good luck, I’m glad I could help! Cutting out salt (even natural organic salt) will go a long way in helping your joint pain too! It takes a few days for your taste buds to come back (a few bland meals for sure), but once they do, everything will taste amazing!