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!
TMI Alert: Paleo is Food Going In, and Coming Out.
Paleo is not just about eating real food, it’s a lifestyle to live more like the way our bodies were designed to live. Somehow over the years we lost our way with our designed diet, so those of us on paleo are trying to get back to a diet that fits human beings for optimum health.
Well, somewhere along the way, we changed the way we poop too. We used to squat, and the muscles and organs in our body would be in a optimal position to eliminate our waste. But over the course of civilization, we created outhouses, and toilets (not coincidentally by an Englishman named Thomas Crapper), and we lost our natural pooping way! I don’t think caveman had hemorrhoids, because squatting helps prevents them. Of course cavemen also didn’t have toilet paper, so it’s a trade off: no hemorrhoids, but a smelly itchy ass.
Well, today we can have our poop and wipe it too! Some of you know I’m a Howard Stern Superfan, and one of his main sponsors is Squatty Potty. All Squatty Potty is, is a plastic (or wooden) stool (pardon the pun), that allows you to keep our original cavemen squatting position, and still poop in the toilet. Here’s a 2 minute informational video from their website.
Pretty fascinating when you think about it. All our muscles and organs are in the right position for pooping when we squat! You eliminate more, and no more hemorrhoids or fissures. Very paleo if you ask me.
Now, I am NOT a shill for Squatty Potty! In fact, there’s no way I’m paying $25 for a piece of plastic to help me poop! But I did buy a $4 plastic stool from Target that is about the same height, and I started using it every time I went to make a #2 (We’re Number 2! We’re Number 2!). And it works! I took a trip to Cancun about 10 years ago, and had some mystery meat one night for dinner off a street vendor (I think it was goat). It was absolutely delicious, but it gave me the shits for about a month. After that month I developed a hemorrhoid, and have been suffering ever since. But after a couple of weeks of squatting, my hemorrhoid is gone, and my bowl overflows with joy (and poop)! I feel emptier than my iPhone battery after a 3 minute call!
So squat, or don’t, I really don’t give a shit, but trust me, if you squat, you’ll give more shit than you ever gave in your life. Happy Pooping! (Ugga-Poopa?)
Is there another site where we can contact you and ask questions regarding your voice acting career? I don't want to do it here because 1) you're kind of intimidating and I don't want to make you mad. And 2) I don't want to disrupt your cooking page.
Lol. I’m not mad at you, Anon, just sometimes your anonymous brethren ask some pretty silly questions, and I like to have fun at their expense. But I think this is a very good idea, and very considerate of you not to disrupt my cooking blog with anime questions. So I’m going to start a new blog, and you can tell all your anonymous friends it was your idea!
The blog is live now, and it’s called Jeff Nimoy’s Anime Q&A (http://jeffnimoyanime.tumblr.com). I don’t know how much time I’ll have to answer questions (and some fans never stop asking, which can get a little annoying), but I’ll try to answer when I can (and what I can remember, I haven’t worked in anime for years). And you can always hit me up on twitter too @jeffnimoy if you have a question I can answer in 140 characters or less.
Have you ever tried making a paleo pizza? I;ve found some recipes that aren't really paleo- they use dairy (cheese or milk!).
I have tried, but not for a long time. You can check out my most successful experiment HERE.
But that was way back when all I had was my original paleo bread recipe, which was flat and dry, and made for a much better matzoh ball than it ever did bread. I’ve read a lot of paleo pizza recipes using all kinds of crusts like cauliflower, but they’ve never held for me. Since I don’t eat cheese, I’ve just given over to the fact that I’d rather have great pizza on a cheat day, than mediocre pizza on paleo.
My gift: Cauliflower Buns- Shred some cauliflower and combine with either 1 egg (or flax egg), seasonings of choice, and (optional) 1/4 cup flour (coconut, almond, whatever you want!). A great way to sneak in some veggies. :)
Well, the simple answer is, Anon, they ate everything. If they found out something was inedible, they spit it out, and taught their children not to bother with it anymore. But they still ate meat, mostly as scavengers. Shortly after discovering fire, they discovered pasta salad, which went great with the first burgers and hot dogs of the primitive BBQ gatherings. It wasn’t until the Neanderthal era that gas grills and potato salad were introduced. Archeologists recently uncovered a four million year old spatula, which still had traces of London Broil on it.
By the way, Anon, you can find out these answers the same way I did, by looking them up for yourself, you lazy bastard. Google even sounds like a caveman word doesn’t it? Ugga-Bugga Google!
Hey, great blog! I've begun the clean/paleo lifestyle as I'm a distance runner looking to lose some weight (I'm 5'2" and 115) and rebuild lean muscle. I've been eating fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, etc and have lost 15lbs in a month. Now I feel a bit stuck with meal options. I'm anaphylactic to tree nuts AND coconut (even trace amts), which are huge in the paleo world. My meals are too repetitive/bland. Any suggestions on some ramped up meals/sides that are flavorful w/out nuts or coconut?
First of all, good for you! Congrats on the lifestyle change, and the weight loss. But don’t give up because you’re feeling stuck with meal options after just one month. If you look at my recipes page, you’ll see that almonds, other nuts, and coconuts only make up a small portion of ingredients in the almost 300 dishes I’ve shared with my readers. The other paleo ingredients available to you are endless! You’re only limited to your imagination, and your access to ingredients.
Feel free to raid my recipes page, which I update almost every weekend, and it shouldn’t be hard to find ideas that you’ll enjoy. If a recipe calls for coconut flour as a thickener, use arrowroot instead. If it calls for coconut oil, use any other paleo fat you prefer, like olive oil, avocado oil, and healthy animal fat.
I don’t have any bread or breading recipes without almonds or coconut flour, but I’m sure there are plenty online, all you need to do is research them with a google search. That’s what I’d do.
And perhaps my readers have some recipes for breads and such without almond or coconut flour. If you folks do, please post them in the comments, and help this poor bastard out!
Thanks for reading, and keep up the paleo lifestyle, you’re doing great, it gets easier as you go!
I'm surprised you haven't commented on Dr. Oz. I know you want to.
Funny you should say that. I’ve been drafting a post about it, but haven’t had time to share yet. For those that don’t know, I’m famous for my hatred of Dr. Oz. In the past he’s been a big hater of paleo and organic food, while I scream from my living room at the TV, “You’re a fucking heart doctor, what the fuck do you know about nutrition?!” And if he could hear and answer me, the answer of course would be, “Nothing.”
This week he was called to testify before Congress to defend his wild claims that products he endorses aid in “miracle weight loss.” You can read about his testimony HERE. It didn’t go well for the Doc. But like the asshole he is, he stuck to his guns, based on no evidence or support. One Senator practically said to him, “Give it up, already, Dude, you’re wrong, admit it.” I’m paraphrasing, of course.
But since Dr. Oz’s first show about paleo, which I wrote about last spring (and will repost after this rant), he’s been forced to see the light about how paleo really improves health, and he’s had several shows about paleo since. But he’s never looked in the camera and said he was wrong about it in the past, he’s just doing the shows on paleo, because his producers are booking those shows, because paleo is becoming more and more popular. So fuck him, and his bandwagon paleo shows! Then again, any paleo publicity is good publicity. I just wish he would talk about organic food more when he talks about paleo. But he’s a doctor, so I wouldn’t listen to a word he says about nutrition anyway, he’s had NO TRAINING in nutrition, as I explain in THIS angry commentary from last month.
Anyway, here’s my original Dr. Oz article from April 24, 2013.
On Monday’s Dr. Oz show, he had the founder of the paleo movement Dr. Loren Cordain, and my friend Nell Stephenson, the Paleoista, on to talk about the Paleo Diet! As long time readers of my blog know, I HATE Dr. Oz! Every time that quack opens his mouth about organic food or the paleo diet he sets our movement back 10 years! In the past he has said it’s not all that important to eat organic food, and that the “meat heavy” paleo diet leads to too much cholesterol, using bad study after bad study as his references. But I absolutely loved seeing Nell and Dr. Cordain shatter his misconceptions on national television, leaving him completely at a loss for words, which is how I prefer him (and that goes for his daughter too, who shat all over my dating site on national TV just last week).
First, Nell and Dr. Cordain busted the myth that paleo is all meat. This is a pet-peeve of mine since I first went paleo. Paleo is not all meat, folks, as Nell explained to him. She showed him what a typical meal should look like on paleo, and he was SHOCKED to find out two-thirds of a paleo plate should be filled with vegetables! And another myth was shattered too, in that, no, people should NOT be eating handfuls of Oscar Meyer bacon with each meal (I’m talking to you with the greasy fingers on his keyboard, Porky)! Dr. Oz thought paleo was like Fred Flintstone, but the only stone-age thinking was being done by him!
Then when Nell told him to avoid grains and legumes, Dr. Oz nearly shit himself. This guy preaches to people that whole grains and beans should be absolute staples in a healthy diet. You could tell he was completely thrown off his game and didn’t know what to say. Wait, it gets better.
The show moves fast, and I don’t blame Dr. Oz for that, it’s a TV thing, and he’s paid to keep things moving. So there was no long discussion on organic food, grass-fed beef, pasture raised poultry, etc. but these things were mentioned by Nell, even though they weren’t explained in depth. This would have killed his cholesterol theories, but hey, one victory at a time.
Speaking of which, finally at the end of the segment came the best victory of all! A woman who had been diagnosed with MS appeared. She explained she was paralyzed from the waist down and was told by doctors she would remain that way, as well as remain on drugs for the rest of her life. But that didn’t sit well with her at all, so she did some research, found the paleo diet, and soon she was up and walking again! Today she has NO symptoms of MS in her body, and she credits paleo with the recovery!
So here’s Dr. Oz, this man of science, and he’s more confused than he’s ever been in his TV life. He had no idea how to react when a women told him she cured herself without drugs, and by eliminating foods he claims are healthy for you! He just didn’t know how to process this information. Which just goes to show you, doctors have no nutritional training whatsoever! Dr. Oz only knows what he reads, and he follows the herd like the sheep he is, believing whatever the attention grabbing headlines say, without looking into matters for himself. He hears “paleo is all about meat,” so he goes on TV and tells people that. He hears “non-organic food is just as nutritious as organic food,” so he goes on TV and talks about it, without mentioning the dangers of pesticides. The man is an idiot, and if I ever go into cardiac arrest, I don’t want that shitty heart surgeon anywhere near me! I don’t care how beloved he is in middle America.
By the way, Nell looked STUNNING, so I hope that was a good enough ad for paleo right there. Relax boys, she’s married, keep it in your cave. I’ve mentioned Nell numerous times in my blog (even though that stunning bitch only mentioned me once in hers), and if you’re not following her yet, you should be. Visit The Paleoista today for paleo tips, recipes, books, and more! I’ve learned a lot from her about paleo and you will too! Ugga-Bugga!
I saw this Cheerios commercial for their Multi-Grain cereal, and it make me so sad for the dumbness of our country. It was a slot machine, and it came up RICE, BARLEY, OATS, CORN, WHEAT! “Yay, you win with Cheerios Multi-Grain! Wahoo! We’re all gonna get fat, have clogged arteries, develop diabetes, and eventually, the ultimate prize, cancer!!!!” Talk about cashing in on a prize.
The reason the advertising company suggests you win with Cheerios Multi-Grain is because the USDA recommends we should eat lots and lots of grains, especially whole grains, like the ones in Cheerios Multi-Grain cereal! And if the government tells us to eat it, it can’t be bad for us, right? Right? Hello? Anybody there? (cue sound of crickets as a tumbleweed blows though our head where our brains should be)
As the movie “Fed Up” explains, the government subsidizes the production of grains, so in them telling us to eat grains, there’s a bit of a conflict of interest there. The movie also explains nicely how exercise effects weight loss. Not much. Only about 25% on a good day. It’s mostly about diet. It takes about 90 minutes of jogging to get rid of ONE SODA! Insane. So can you imagine how much exercising you need to get rid of a bowl of Cheerios? No wonder we’re an obese nation.
I want to preach paleo to the masses, but sometimes I get so depressed at the size of the opponent. Not only are we fighting the entire Big Food industry, but we’re also fighting the government too! Still, grassroots can work, even if it’s a slow pace. But after all, it is the slow food movement, so maybe it’s apropos.
Non-Food related post, folks. One of my closest friends is a writer/producer on a new show called UNDATEABLE, which airs Thursdays on NBC. Last week, they actually held their own against the first game of the NBA Finals, but as luck would have it, they go against game four tonight. Tough ratings competition! Please spread the word about this hilarious new show (especially folks in the Chicago and Texas areas)! Reblog, Tweet, Facebook, text, Instagram, even make an old fashion telephone call… It would be great if this show got a fair shot with the audience.
My most popular post/recipe of all-time is my paleo bread recipe. It only has four ingredients: almond butter, eggs, lemon juice, and a tiny amount of baking soda (which makes it paleo-ish). It was the only paleo bread I found that tasted as good toasted as it did plain. It also fell apart less than every other bread I tired (and I tried ‘em all). BUT… it still fell part a little. Not a lot, and not as much as the others. But just enough to make you wish you could find one that didn’t fall apart. This particularly bothered me when making hot dog and hamburger buns. I love a juicy burger, but I hate mess, and I hate a bun that falls apart. It’s the anal retentiveness in me that you’ve all grown to love when it comes to being paleo.
But in my search for a new bun, I found a recipe that makes a great bread across all platforms! It’s moister, lighter, and airier than my bread recipe, and it holds together completely!
It’s a recipe I found at Living Nutrition, also known as MyLivingNutrition.com. Their recipe is for hot dog buns, but I converted it to make a loaf of bread and hamburger buns as well. They all came out great! I varied slightly from their recipe, but first let me show you theirs.
The key is psyllium seed powder. I never heard of it before finding this recipe, so I looked it up to see what it was, and if it’s paleo. In cases like this, I almost always turn first to Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple (marksdailyapple.com), the primal guru (primal is like paleo, only it allows grass-fed dairy). Mark is super knowledgable, and has researched almost every food you can think of to see if it’s paleo/primal. Here’s what he says about psyllium seed powder:
So with Mark’s blessing I decided to make the recipe. The psyllium seed powder is the key to this bread. According to Living Nutrition (the author’s screen name is jodyrodent) it acts like gluten in its binding abilities, which is why gluten-free bread often falls apart. So I bought some organic psyllium seed powder on Amazon, and went to work making the recipe a little more to my personal taste and paleo acceptability.
As you can see from the Living Nutrition recipe, jodyrodent uses baking powder. But baking powder usually contains corn or potato starch, so I stay away from it. Instead, I use baking soda and a liquid acid to activate it. Many people use vinegar as their activator, but I like to use lemon juice, which is a little cleaner for our system than fermented vinegar. But if you have no problem with vinegar, or baking powder, then go right ahead and use it.
I also don’t like the taste of flax seed, so I skipped that ingredient from jodyrodent’s recipe, and instead, used an extra tbsp of the psyllium seed powder instead. This worked great.
I skipped the salt, because I try not to add any extra salt to my diet, even sea salt (salt is salt once it enters your body, just like sugar is sugar). Besides, the baking soda is practically a type of salt (it’s just ground up minerals).
And finally, I used the coconut milk instead of yogurt, since I stay away from dairy. Many people ask which brand of coconut milk I use, but I can’t find any organic brands that don’t also contain additives like guar gum, so I buy organic coconut butter, and add water to it to make coconut milk. The ratio is about 1 part coconut butter to 3 parts water to make coconut milk.
The recipe said I should form the dough into logs, but my dough was all liquidy, so I just poured it into molds to make my bread. I don’t know why my dough was liquid compared to jodyrodent’s (I wrote her, but didn’t hear back), but maybe it was the flax seed? I don’t know, all I know is, it still came out great!
The bread comes out much darker than my almond butter recipe, and it’s a beautiful dark color, very appetizing, like a pumpernickel. My first attempt was the hot dog buns that the recipe was actually for. Here’s what mine looked like. I bought a new hot dog bun mold on Amazon too, check it out:
Pretty cool, huh? And here’s what my hot dog looked like:
Ugga-Bugga! Mustard, kraut, and onions, with some red pepper flakes! The bun held up without falling apart, and was delicious!
So then I doubled the recipe and made a loaf of bread. It didn’t rise as much as I had hoped, but it was still great! Check it out:
Then I made a chicken sandwich with it to see if it held up without falling apart:
It held up beautifully! And it was slathered with homemade mayo too, so I really put it to the test. Another big test was toast! Here’s the weird thing, it takes a LOOOOOONG time to get it toasted. Not sure why, maybe because of all the moisture from the coconut milk, but it does eventually toast. Some interesting differences from my almond butter bread toast, first, it doesn’t change the color much at all, it goes in the toaster dark, and comes out the same way. As compared to my almond butter bread, the edges will start to burn if you toast it too long, but that doesn’t happen with this bread. Another WIN! But even though it doesn’t look toasted, it does indeed toast (you have to just give it a feel to see if it’s toasted enough for you, but be careful dummy, the toaster is hot). I had a sandwich with the toasted bread, and also had some with eggs, and it was GREAT!!!!! Check it out:
It sopped up that runny egg beautifully (I buttered it with duck fat, Ugga-Bugga!)!
My final test was a big one. Will it hold together with a juicy burger? I made my buns using my ring molds, and made two burgers, one with my caveman ketchup, mustard, and grilled red onions, and one with grilled onions and my Plum Loco Sauce:
Not one bun fell apart!!!! There’s a new paleo bread in town, and I never thought I’d find one better than my almond butter bread recipe, but this one is BETTER!!!! And it’s cheaper too if you’re using all organic ingredients like me. I guess I have to make a new video now. Shit, it was my most popular video too. Damn, how embarrassing.
By the way, the burgers and dogs are all grass-fed from Uncured Natural Meats, and amazing company in Wisconsin if you’re a paleo meat eater. They ship!
Please let me know if you try this bread at home, and go give joyrodent a shout-out too to thank her for the original inspiration! Here’s my adapted recipe for easy use:
BUNS (makes approx. 4)
¾ cup almond flour
3 tbsp of psyllium seed powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 large pastured eggs
½ a cup of coconut milk
BREAD (makes 1 loaf)
1 1/2 cup almond flour
6 tbsp of psyllium seed powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 large pastured eggs
1 cup of coconut milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add eggs and coconut milk and mix carefully
Prepare your molds and have them ready to go into the oven.
Finally, add in the lemon juice and mix quickly (you’ll see the carbon dioxide reaction start right away.) Pour into molds and bake buns for approx. 20 mins., and bread for approx. 40 mins. Give the bread or buns a slight push on top, and if it cracks, it needs more time. If it’s spongy, it’s done!