I bought some daikons! Did you soften the strands alone in a pan on the stove? Or boil them like regular noodles? Can't wait to try them!
I softened them alone in the pan by sautéing them in a little olive oil, but I bet boiling them would work too. Not too long though I would think, probably a minute or less in the water. Do a test and see. Let me know how it works out!
Salami, and for that matter hot dogs, goes back to my earliest memories of food. Is there anything more fun for a kid than a hot dog? And growing up in Brooklyn, hot dogs, along with pizza, was the official food of the borough. We had Sabrett carts on many corners, and hot dog stands everywhere. But Brooklyn is also the home to the original Nathan’s, and going there was like a religious experience. I’ve had a lot of great hot dogs in my life, but they ALL finish second to Nathan’s in Coney Island (yes, Coney Island is in Brooklyn, folks).
But as much as I love Nathan’s, Hebrew National Salami also has a very special place in my heart. It was my grandfather’s favorite food. ”Poppy” was a Polish immigrant, and for my entire youth, my family lived in his and my grandmother’s house.
He didn’t just love salami, he used it as a medical treatment. If he had a cold, he cured it by eating a hunk of salami. If he hurt his arm, he healed it by eating a hunk of salami. When he was very old, he developed stomach cancer, and one particularly painful night, I suddenly stopped hearing his kvetching (moaning) from the pain, and assumed he went to sleep. In the morning I asked how he finally fell asleep, and he said, he ate a hunk of salami, the pain stopped, and he instantly fell asleep. See, salami even cures stomach cancer. Lol. Today, we know salami probably led to his stomach cancer. But even back then, processed meat wasn’t as bad as it is today. Still, no one can say salami was a health food.
My grandmother did all the cooking in the house, but every now and then, as a special treat, my grandfather would make me salami & eggs for dinner, the one thing he could cook. I’d watch him slice up the Hebrew National salami, cube up the slices, then put them in the frying pan, and while it browned, he mixed the eggs in a Yahrzeit glass (on the anniversary of a relative’s death, a candle, called a Yahrzeit candle, was lit to remember the dearly departed. When the candle burned down, you’re left with a glass, which we used to drink out of. Our entire collection of drinking glasses were old Yahrzeit candles). He’d add the eggs, and scramble them up with the salami, serving them while they were still a little wet, the way I still like my scrambled eggs today. He’d put a little dab of deli mustard on it and serve it up to me, just me and him enjoying a little breakfast for dinner together. My grandfather and I were inseparable when I was a boy, and salami & eggs is one of my greatest memories of him. I enjoyed it many times over the years since his passing, making it for myself just like he made it for me (except for the Yahrzeit glass). He also used to take me to the beach (people don’t realize Brooklyn is a beach town, but it is, with Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach), and for lunch he’d always bring salami sandwiches, and a piece of seasonal fruit, like a plum. To this day, it’s what I crave when at the beach.
But when I went paleo, processed meat was one of the first things to go. No more Hebrew National salami for this cavejew. As I’ve mentioned before, one of the worst things you can eat these days are conventionally made processed meats, like bologna, and salami. But I have been searching the Internet for an affordable grass-fed beef salami for the last 4 years, and could not find one that meets my anal strict paleo requirements, which are organic, low salt (and natural salt), preservative free, and grass-fed.
But I finally found some! And although it is affordable, unfortunately the farm is located in Wisconsin, so the shipping makes it a pretty expensive salami. But as a once in a while treat, I think the price is totally worth it to re-live one of my favorite childhood foods. The company/farm is called Uncured Natural Meats, and as I said, they are in Wisconsin. I’ve spent a good deal of time in Wisconsin (great place), and they actually call salami there Summer Sausage. Uncured Natural Meats calls their’s Summer Sausage too, and the Garlic flavored one tastes almost identical to Hebrew National’s salami to me! This salami is all grass-fed beef and it’s uncured and gluten-free. It’s also nitrate and nitrite free, with no preservatives, no hidden MSG, using only a little Himalayan salt (less salt than any other paleo processed meat I’ve found so far), and it’s all organic! Frankly, I don’t see the downside, and I’m even leaving out more impressive details about it, that you can read on their website for yourself.
Anyway, the salami was great, and as an added bonus with your order, they usually throw in a free sample of another of their products. Once they sent some smoked beef sticks, and I made a sort of chorizo & eggs dish from them. Delicious!
And once they sent me a sample of their all-grass fed beef hot dogs (they call them wieners, and in NY we also call them franks, or frankfurters, but they’re all hot dogs!). So I cooked them up with some organic low-sea salt sauerkraut, some onions, and some jalapeño, and gave them a try.
Holy cave-shit, they tasted so much like Nathan’s!!!! Until now, I’ve been eating grass-fed hot dogs from Applegate Farms, available in most health food stores. Applegate Farms dogs are delicious, but more like Hebrew National franks, than Nathan’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the difference between Nathan’s and all the rest, is the SNAP! Nathan’s uses a sheep casing, and gives the hot dog a great SNAP, or crunch, when you bite into it. Other franks are skinless, and although delicious, they don’t have that same SNAP. The Uncured Natural Meat wieners also use sheep casings (from healthy sheep), and that makes them remind me of Nathan’s a lot! Plus, they use half the salt that AppleGate Farms use, and it’s a much smaller company, with each batch of meat product being made on a date they put right on the package, so you know it’s a lot fresher.
I asked the company for a shipping discount for my readers, but they have not responded to any of my emails. I don’t think they have anything to hide, because their website is full of info, I just don’t think they’re that Internet savvy. Still, if you order enough, I think the shipping price is worth it. Not only do they have the best paleo salami and hot dogs I’ve tasted so far, but they also have a lot of other pasture raised meat products, like cuts of grass-fed beef, lamb, and chicken. Check them out!
After a particularly “binding” cheat weekend, I needed a little coconut in my diet (coconut is a natural laxative) to get things right again for the upcoming week. So I made a quick cookie using a portion of my paleo pie crust, and it came out delicious. Simple to make: egg, coconut flour, coconut oil, and honey (use one egg per cookie). I’m pretty impressed with myself that I can make a delicious cookie in a few minutes, with little cleanup after, and bake it in about 30 minutes.
I made two last night. They came out big, like a black and white cookie (and the same soft texture too).
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Date wrapped strawberries. The feel and decadence of chocolate dipped strawberries, but still 100% paleo. You can wrap some assorted nuts in dates too if you want, delicious! Warning though, don’t make them too far in advance or the sugars will break down and make it a gooey mess. How do I know? Read about it here. Make them the day of, and you should be fine. Until then, enjoy your dates on your Valentine’s Day dates, you prehistoric lovers!
Paleo Pasta Michelangelo looks amazing! I want to make it tonight. How do you make it? Throw it all in a pot and cook it? How much Olive oil do you use? Thanks!
First, cook off the daikon noodles in a little olive oil, and soften them up. They’ll release a little water, so once they’re soft, drain them and put them aside.
Next, heat up your pan on medium heat. Pour a generous amount of olive oil in the pan, enough to coat the bottom. Then add your mushrooms (cut them into bite sized pieces first if desired), spinach, and garlic. Add black pepper and crushed red pepper if that’s your thing (or whatever herbs and spices you prefer). Sauté until they are the desired texture (I like mine to still have some bite to it), then add back in the noodles and toss (there should be a good amount of juices released from the veggies to act as a sauce, but you can always add more olive oil if you want). Really simple dish to make. Good luck!
In one of your posts, you mentioned limiting the use of nut flour, as using too many nuts can be harmful for one's health. You further explained that you make a flour using a combination of vegetables (I believe you wrote onion, celery, garlic, and cauliflowe). I was wondering if you could provide a tutorial for this flour substitute, with measurements. It sounds like an inspired, nutritious recipe that I hope to utilize!
Yes, nuts, like almonds, have a bad Omega-6 ratio, so they should be eaten in moderation. So I rarely use nut flour anymore (although I do still use almond butter to make my paleo bread, and for the few times I eat it, the ratios aren’t that bad, especially per individual slice). I especially replaced it from recipes like meatballs, stuffed cabbage, meatloaf, and any other meaty recipe that calls for breadcrumbs. I also don’t use breadcrumbs from my almond butter bread, but only because a loaf of my bread is so damn expensive! Between the organic almond butter and my pasture raised eggs, a loaf of my bread costs about $15!!! I cherish every single slice like it was manna. But if I have a bunch of ends, and crumbs left over from a loaf, I’ll freeze them and save them for a breadcrumb recipe (or my paleo stuffing).
So instead of breadcrumbs I use a mixture of onion, celery, garlic, and sometimes cauliflower. Any veggie will work really, I’ve also replaced the cauliflower with broccoli, mushrooms, swiss chard, or stems from kale (like using all of the animal, I like to use all of the vegetable too).
It helps to sauté the veggies first and then let cool before adding them to the meat, because it releases some of their water, instead of them releasing it while cooking inside the meat. But if you’re a lazy bastard like me, you’ll just cook it all together raw, and save the extra time (given the choice of saving time, or adding better texture, I have to admit I’d rather save the time, especially with all the cooking one does on paleo).
As far as the measurements, you’re barking up the wrong cave. I’m a big believer in no measurements. Mainly because I’m a lazy bastard, but as a matter off practicality, what if I love garlic more than you, or you like mushrooms more than me? It does no good to tell you to use less of what you like, and more of what you don’t. Use ANY ingredients you prefer, and in any measurement you want. Make the recipe your own. There are no wrong answers when you’re the one doing the eating. I like using celery or chard when cooking, because they’re naturally salty, and I don’t add any extra salt to my cooking unless it comes from the food itself. But what if you hate celery?
So, I suggest you just use a mixture of any blend that comes out to about one third of the entire mixture. So, if you use a pound of meat, add about a third of a pound of mixed veggies. I just eyeball it, no measurements for this caveman. It makes the meat nice and fluffy, instead of dense and heavy. Add an egg (or two) as well to bind it all together. It’s not only delicious, but a way to get more veggies into your diet. Despite what you read in some paleo blogs, we should be eating more veggies than meat for a balanced healthy diet.
So sad to hear about my old college buddy Phillip Seymour Hoffman, better known to us at NYU as Phil Hoffman. He was a fun loving guy back then, always smiling and laughing. I don’t know what changed him over the years, but he had a lot to live for. RIP buddy.
Happy Year of the Horse (just like the year I was born)! Later today, for the Superbowl, I’m making my Plum Loco Wings, which feature great flavors of Chinese Food, but here’s a paleo recipe that more Americans will recognize as Chinese, Fried Rice. From May of last year. Enjoy!
Paleo Thai Fried Rice! Super delicious, and not that long to make considering all the ingredients (which are all organic, all the time).
Cauliflower Rice Ground Beef (you can use any meat, or none, this was the only kind I had in the house) Green Onion Bok Choy Broccoli Carrots 2 eggs (scrambled in at the end) Garlic Ginger Coconut or Olive Oil Coconut Aminos (a bit of a mini cheat due to the salt content, but nowhere near as bad a cheat as soy sauce) Fresh Cilantro Fresh Mint Lime Juice
I steam the cauliflower rice first, while I do my cutting, and stir frying. Put the items in first that need the most cooking, like the broccoli and carrots, and then keep adding in terms of items that need the shortest cooking time. Then, add in the “rice” and coconut aminos. Finally, scramble a couple of eggs into the middle, and then mix it all up.
You can make this with any combination of items, all you need is thecauliflower rice, and coconut aminos, and the rest can be up to you! Ugga-Bugga!
Hi Jeff, I really like you recipes. That bread is bomb! I got a lot of awesome paleo recipes you may enjoy on my youtube channel under my name Tim Weilenmann. There are a ton more recipes I have that haven't been recorded yet, I love research and development of paleo food dishes. I really enjoy your videos and the way you present it, keep up the awesome job brother. Cheers, Tim Weilenmann.
Thanks Tim. I’ll try to check your videos out if I get a chance. I keep saying I’m gonna make more videos, but I’m a lazy bastard, and I gotta figure out a way to make lazy videos. But more are coming. Good luck to you!
Lots of good (and funny) suggestions about my post yesterday on the tempting crafts service spread at my new directing job. I actually know what to do, but sometimes you need a reminder and some encouragement from people who eat like you do.
I like to fast all day, but sometimes when the food is in front of you, being enjoyed by everyone else, the flesh becomes weak, and the bagels get eaten. But after two bad eating days, today I’m carrying around some raw organic almonds, and an organic cara cara orange (in season right now, like a small sweet pink grapefruit), just in case I feel the need to eat while others partake in the free food (it won’t be out of hunger, more out of boredom, or a weird type of peer pressure, or just the fact that when someone offers you something free, you’re so grateful you want to accept).
Directing is a great job. They even feed you! That’s the problem. Bagels every morning, sandwiches every afternoon! I’m weak! Help!!! Two days on the job, and I’ve had two bagels each morning. This after getting off to a magnificent paleo start in 2014, cheating only once a week, and fasting every day until dinner. Oh well, streaks are made to be broken. Please, how about some encouragement and inspiration to keep me on the right path until my next scheduled cheat meal, SuperBowl Sunday!?
Hi Jeff. First I gotta say I love your dating website, but I'm hoping for more people to join in my area. So join people. Haha. I have a question. I saw your post on Mexican Scampi over Broccoli Rice. It looks amazing. However, what else did you eat that day? Was the picture the only serving you had? It looks good but I'm trying to figure out why you are not starving.
Haha! First of all, thanks for joining SamePlate.com! One of our biggest problems is that since we’re still so relatively new, we have large concentrations in some major cities like LA, NY, and Chicago, and only a handful in other parts of the US and Canada. I have one lone member in Alaska waiting to meet a girl who enjoys moose burgers as much as he does. Sad. So yes, please spread the word, that’s the only way we’ll get more members! Thanks!
Secondly, no, that was not the only serving I had. I’m just not going to bore everyone by taking a picture of every plate of food I serve up. I usually make up a plate of food that’s pretty enough to take a photo, and then scarf down my meal before it gets too cold. I probably had two large portions of that, and although I can’t remember exactly, I may have had a small arugula salad with it. I definitely had some sort of fruit for dessert, either an orange, or blood orange, which are in season, or I had some of my frozen banana ice cream. Then again, I may have had that recent avocado chocolate pudding which I’m now officially addicted to.
I usually only eat one meal a day, but as you can see, it’s a pretty big meal. Many times if I get hungry during the day, I’ll eat a handful of almonds, or maybe a small piece of fruit. And I drink A LOT of water during the day, which also curbs the hunger (sometimes a hunger pang is really just your body telling you that you’re dehydrated, so drink some water before eating mindlessly). I never really get that crazy hungry feeling until dinner though, my body is used to the way I eat, and it responds perfectly, with clear skin, perfect health, and lots of energy!
The fact is we don’t need as much food as we think we need. Yes, when you first intermittently fast, you will feel hunger until your body adjusts. But once it does, it gets easier and easier.
Jeff, I did a search for spirooli on your website and found out which machine you use. Did you ever end up getting the metal one? If so what brand is it? I bought the plastic spirooli kind and it broke already. I can't find metal ones anywhere. Thanks
I found your paleo-ish bread and am in love! I baked it last Saturday and a week later enjoyed yet another Turkey Sandwich and am thrilled this bread lasted a full week in the fridge. The addition of Rosemary really made this bread pop. Your a caveman genius.
Thanks Anon! Glad you’re enjoying it. I didn’t actually invent the recipe, I only helped perfect it by tweaking it a little, but I’m really happy so many people are enjoying it as much as I do!
I have a question. You posted a tuna sandwich for dinner last night(Which looks amazing BTW) and I was wondering about the fat content. Like I know fat isn't bad for you in a sense, but how much is too much fat? Like I don't think that cavemen ate all of that fat in one meal. Are our body's designed to eat that much fat on a daily basis? The bread you use, the avocado, the mayo in the tuna. All good fat, but damn it must be over 60 grams. I'm not trying to be negative, just asking a question. :)
Of all the misconceptions about food, fat takes one of the biggest hits. Fat is flavor, fat does not make you fat, and healthy fat is the healthiest thing you can give your body. And by healthy fat I mean fat from a healthy animal (wild, pasture-raised, grass-fed, etc), or fat from plant based food, like avocado, coconuts, olives, etc (but go easy on the nuts and seeds, too much omega-6). It’s the unhealthy fat you have to worry about, like from factory farm raised animals, who are fed things they would never normally eat in nature (cows eat grass, not corn and soy).
Our bodies are indeed intended to eat fat as our main food source! Look at the eskimo, that survives on blubber and no plant based food. Healthy fat is satiating, and nutritious. Carnivores in the wild rely on it to survive (they crave the fatty bone marrow much more than the fleshy meat we enjoy as humans). You do not have to worry about a high fat diet on paleo, as long as you’re eating clean fat. Now if you’re eating farm raised salmon, and factory farmed beef and pork, I would say yes, you’ve got a problem, but if you go organic and wild, you’re safe. You don’t even have to count fat grams.
Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple can explain it much better than me. Check out this great article from him, all about fat!
Do you ever find it annoying how "cliquey" the "famous" paleo bloggers are?
Huh? This might be the weirdest question I ever got. I’m not even sure what you mean. First, what do you mean by “cliquey?” Do you mean they all only talk to each other, and won’t let you sit with your grass-fed lunch at their table in the school cafeteria?
And secondly, what do you mean by “famous,” quote/unquote? Am I a “famous” paleo blogger? Am I “cliquey?” I mean, I do talk to and help promote other paleo bloggers, but I wouldn’t quite call us a clique. Do you mean we look down on non-paleo bloggers?
I’ll tell you what I do find annoying though. How ”cliquey” the “famous” anonymous bloggers are. It’s like, if you’re not anonymous too, they won’t tell you their name, or show their face, or create a profile on tumblr. They’re so cool for school, they don’t even eat in the cafeteria. Which is ok with me, because I don’t want to be tempted by their non-paleo lunch.
We all know how much I equate eating paleo with eating organic food (oh, do “We?” God, you’re so self-centered sometimes, Cave-hole). To me, paleo is not a weight loss system, although that’s a pretty rad side effect! Paleo to me is more about eating clean, chemical-free, pesicide-free, toxic-free food. The health benefits of eating organic food are countless. The drawbacks… they can be dire (even fatal over time). But one of the drawbacks I hear over and over again is, “Organic food is too expensive!” I hear it from poor people, rich people, and college students. Well, I ran a little experiment in 2012, and I’m here to tell you, those are just lazy bastard excuses. And I should know, I’m as lazy a bastard as they come.
Every time I bought food in 2012, I wrote down the amount. I kept two lists, one for groceries that I cooked with, and one for dining out. Now, keep in mind that I’ve been doing paleo since January 1, 2010 (Happy Anniversary to me, by the way), and in that time, I’ve only worked steady for about 9 months, and even then, it was part-time. So I DON’T have a lot of money to spend on food. I have to be smart about it, and budget my food bill wisely. That’s why I go to the Farmer’s Market for most items, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for others, and shop on-line for the rest. I comparison-shop for the best organic prices available to me.
My organic grocery totals for 2012 came out to $4100. If you account that we eat 3 meals a day, for 365 days a year that means we eat approximately 1095 meals a year. I dined out for about 100 of those meals, which by the way, added up to $2400 for the year. That leaves approximately 995 meals I cooked at home (obviously sometimes we eat more meals, sometimes less, sometimes people cook for you or take you out, but this is the average). The average cost of those organic paleo meals averages out to $4.23 a meal. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but that doesn’t seem like a lot of money per meal. In fact, some college meal plans cost as much as $7 per meal! And they’re not getting nearly the nutrition from college cafeterias as I get from an all-organic paleo diet.
Eating at home can cost a lot less than dining out. Just look at me as an example. My dining out totals were $2400 for 100 meals. That’s an average of $24 a meal, as compared to $4.23 for eating at home. So if you have the money to eat out, you have the money to eat at home. In fact, you’ll get almost 6 meals at home, for the price of one in a restaurant. And I can cut my dining out numbers in half too, if I wasn’t stress eating so much (it averages to about 2 cheat meals a week, and those are only the ones I paid for).
My co-ed niece is always asking her mom for Starbuck’s money. She spends at least $4.23 on one drink at Starbucks. Then she complains she has no money. These are choices, not excuses. So let’s start calling ourselves lazy instead of saying I have no money. We have the money, we just have to spend it more wisely, and make sacrifices for our health. We can do it, we’re stronger than we think we are. I know I keep saying if I can do it, you can do it, but no one believes me! Trust me, I’m not superhuman, I’m just willing to try it. Once I saw results, it got easier and easier. It will for you too!
“But Cavey, what if I don’t have the time to do all this shopping and cooking?” Well, those are very valid arguments, but there are ways around them too. I just booked a voice-over directing gig, which will be followed by a producing gig (2013 is looking up already!), and I’m about to be busy from 9am to 9pm every day for 2 months! So what I’ll do on the weekends is shop and cook almost a week’s worth of dinners. I’ll pack my briefcase with carrots, celery, nuts, etc, to graze on all day if I get hungry. A few times I’ll set up the crockpot before work, and have dinner waiting for me when I get home. It’s actually a lot easier to do Intermittent Fasting when you’re busy, away from a house full of food all day. Look, you can put in as little or as much time into it as you want, but paleo takes effort, there’s no getting around it. Many Americans have the attitude of “I want the results without putting in the work.” But my health comes first, and I’d rather feel good, look good, and not get sick, than have the convenience of processed food. Then you can treat yourself to a cheat meal once a week for all that hard work you put into paleo all week long! Something great, that you miss. If you’re like me, you’ll realize that paleo is the definition of moderation, and there’s no way you could ever eat those cheat meals 7 days a week again.
Yes, eating real, fresh food is, in fact, more expensive than eating at fast food joints, but eating at home every day, saves money, even if what you’re cooking is expensive. Here are some more tips to save money on paleo:
You can buy cheaper cuts of grass-fed beef, instead of eating ribeye steak. Like stew meats. Invest in a crockpot, and you can make those stew meats taste amazing! Watch out for sales on organic meat and stock up the freezer! Sign up for newsletters from your local organic stores, so you’ll know about the sales.
Buy in bulk for savings. Whole Foods gives discounts when you buy a case of something, so I always buy cases of olive oil, honey, strained tomatoes, all the things I use a lot of. Amazon also has great deals with bulk items.
Join a farming co-op, or grow your own food if you can.
Eat local and in season, farmers markets have great prices sometimes. And green leafy veggies, as well as root veggies are almost never overpriced!
If you’re a college student, there are all kinds of websites, and forums on campus about how to eat organically! Join the local paleo community so you’re not alone.
Plus, in the long run, not buying snack chips, ketchup, mayo, bread, etc, and making them yourself using real food ingredients saves even more on food bills. I don’t have proof, but I would guess that at $4.23 a meal, my food bills are lower now than before I went paleo! Can you imagine buying pasture-raised eggs at $8 a dozen, and SAVING MONEY?! It’s true. Especially when you’re using those eggs to make mayo and bread, so you don’t have to buy them.
People balk at going paleo because at first glance they think it’s more expensive without ever giving it a try. But hopefully now, I’ve made this argument a non-factor in your decision to go paleo, and get into the best shape and have the best health of your life! Go Caveman! Ugga-Bugga!
P.S.- I forgot to add in my original article that I also saved money by A) not having to buy a single vitamin or supplement… B) not having any doctor bills… and C) not having to buy any over-the-counter cold medicines because on paleo my immune system is super strong!