Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy

THESE ARE THE COOKING ADVENTURES OF JEFF NIMOY, AN LA WRITER WHO, WHILE DOING RESEARCH FOR A SCRIPT, STUMBLED UPON WHAT’S CALLED THE CAVEMAN DIET, ALSO KNOWN AS THE PALEO DIET. BASICALLY, IT’S EATING WHAT THE CAVEMEN ATE. HE TRIED IT OUT, AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN STAGGERING! THIS BLOG SHOWS EXACTLY HOW AND WHAT JEFF EATS. IF YOU’RE NEW TO THE BLOG, PLEASE START WITH THE “ENTERING THE CAVE” PAGE TO GET A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

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Fauxghetti & Meatballs! I haven’t made this one in a while, but I thought I’d share a new cooking method for the daikon, and a new recipe for my meatballs.

So after I spiral cut the daikon radish, I used to sauté it in a pan until soft, drain the excess water, and serve. But this time I boiled it like pasta. First of all, if you do this, there will be a harsh cabbage smell as the sulphur cooks out of the radish. Also, you have to keep checking the noodles after about 3-5 minutes, because you don’t want these turning to mush, just like when cooking real noodles. I definitely overcooked mine, so learn from my mistakes. Once tender, drain in a colander and serve.

Now on to the successful part of the meal, the meatballs. Best I’ve made so far! I want to thank the countless readers who sent me tips on how not to make my meatballs and meatloaf fall apart, This combo worked best for me so far, and it made making the sauce easy as well!

In my food processor, I chopped until fine a combo of yellow onion, garlic, celery, parsley, and mushrooms. Then I sautéed all of that in olive oil in the same pot I cook the marinara sauce in. Add oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper, and red paper flakes.

Once the mixture is a little soft and aromatic, I remove half the mixture into a mixing bowl, and set it aside to cool slightly.

Back in the pot with the rest of the mixture that’s still cooking, I add my favorite brand of organic strained tomatoes, and organic tomato paste. Then drop the heat way down to a light simmer. Add more oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and red paper flakes, and you’re done with the sauce.

Back to the food processor, take old leftover pieces of your paleo bread you store in your freezer (hopefully, you’re like me, and you have this in your freezer, otherwise, you’ll have to bake some new bread), and chop them until they become paleo breadcrumbs. And if you’ve ever made a loaf of my paleo bread, then you’ll realize these are the most expensive friggin’ breadcrumbs in the history of the world.

Throw the breadcrumbs into the mixing bowl with the cooled down veggie mixture, add your grass-fed ground beef (if you have some pasture-raised ground pork, add that too), add yet more oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and red paper flakes, and finally two pasture-raised eggs. Mix all that up with your clean hands (you dirty bastards), form into balls, and drop into the sauce (you can fry them first if you like, but lately I prefer this method). Let simmer for 40 minutes to an hour, and eat! Even better the next day! Ugga-Bugga!

INGREDIENTS:

grass fed beef
paleo bread crumbs
yellow onion
garlic
celery
mushrooms
parsley
basil
oregano
thyme
black pepper
crushed red pepper flakes
2 eggs
olive oil
tomato paste
strained or crushed tomatoes

P.S. - I fixed my camera!

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Broccoli Fried Rice! I made paleo fried rice before with cauliflower, but this time I made it with broccoli. And it doesn’t have to be Chinese style, any ingredients can work with fried rice. It’s a great way to deal with leftovers too. In this all organic version I used broccoli (of course), garlic, red onion, red jalapeño, smoked sausage (made from grass-fed beef with very little seas salt), and scrambled egg. Added a little lemon juice at the end to brighten it all up, and it was delicious! It didn’t even need a single spice, all the ingredients worked perfectly together!
Sorry about the quality of my photos lately, I’m having problems with my Sony Cyber-shot camera. But I think I figured out the problem, so better quality pics in the future. Too late for the poor fried rice though.

Broccoli Fried Rice! I made paleo fried rice before with cauliflower, but this time I made it with broccoli. And it doesn’t have to be Chinese style, any ingredients can work with fried rice. It’s a great way to deal with leftovers too. In this all organic version I used broccoli (of course), garlic, red onion, red jalapeño, smoked sausage (made from grass-fed beef with very little seas salt), and scrambled egg. Added a little lemon juice at the end to brighten it all up, and it was delicious! It didn’t even need a single spice, all the ingredients worked perfectly together!

Sorry about the quality of my photos lately, I’m having problems with my Sony Cyber-shot camera. But I think I figured out the problem, so better quality pics in the future. Too late for the poor fried rice though.

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Spicy Eggplant! There’s a Mediterranean restaurant near me called Amir’s Falafel, and they make this great side dish called Fried Eggplant. So I tried to recreate it, and it came out damn good! One of my best dishes so far actually if you like eggplant, Mediterranean flavors, and of course, spice!!!
All I did was sauté eggplant in olive oil until soft, and added two of my leftover ingredients from my Hamburger Fajita meal, which were pico de gallo (salsa)  and sautéed bell peppers, onions, jalapeños, and garlic. I added some black pepper and cumin to the eggplant, but that’s it, it didn’t need much else with all the other fresh ingredients.
Cumin is becoming one of my favorite spices to use. It’s great in Mexican food, Mediterranean food, Indian food, etc.
It occurs to me that this meal is heavy on the nightshades. It’s got eggplant, tomato, bell peppers, and jalapeños. So what does this tell us? It tells us I love nightshades. I don’t happen to suffer any gut or joint problems from eating them, but if you do, this is definitely not the dish for you. But I feel sorry for you, because it’s absolutely fantastic! Ugga-Bugga!
Spicy Eggplant (All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time)
cubed eggplantolive oilbell peppersjalapeñosonionsgarlictomatocilantrocuminblack pepper

Spicy Eggplant! There’s a Mediterranean restaurant near me called Amir’s Falafel, and they make this great side dish called Fried Eggplant. So I tried to recreate it, and it came out damn good! One of my best dishes so far actually if you like eggplant, Mediterranean flavors, and of course, spice!!!

All I did was sauté eggplant in olive oil until soft, and added two of my leftover ingredients from my Hamburger Fajita meal, which were pico de gallo (salsa)  and sautéed bell peppers, onions, jalapeños, and garlic. I added some black pepper and cumin to the eggplant, but that’s it, it didn’t need much else with all the other fresh ingredients.

Cumin is becoming one of my favorite spices to use. It’s great in Mexican food, Mediterranean food, Indian food, etc.

It occurs to me that this meal is heavy on the nightshades. It’s got eggplant, tomato, bell peppers, and jalapeños. So what does this tell us? It tells us I love nightshades. I don’t happen to suffer any gut or joint problems from eating them, but if you do, this is definitely not the dish for you. But I feel sorry for you, because it’s absolutely fantastic! Ugga-Bugga!

Spicy Eggplant (All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time)

cubed eggplant
olive oil
bell peppers
jalapeños
onions
garlic
tomato
cilantro
cumin
black pepper

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Anonymous asked: 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.

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Hamburger Fajita! No steak in the freezer? No problem. Hamburgers work great for fajitas too! The grass-fed hamburgers were crusted in cumin and oregano to give it a distinctive Mexican flavor. Also added black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. One burger topped with sautéed onions, garlic, green bell pepper, and red jalapeño. One topped with pico de gallo (salsa), and one topped with guacamole. But just for photo purposes, I put all three toppings on all three burgers before eating! Ugga-Bugga!

Hamburger Fajita! No steak in the freezer? No problem. Hamburgers work great for fajitas too! The grass-fed hamburgers were crusted in cumin and oregano to give it a distinctive Mexican flavor. Also added black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. One burger topped with sautéed onions, garlic, green bell pepper, and red jalapeño. One topped with pico de gallo (salsa), and one topped with guacamole. But just for photo purposes, I put all three toppings on all three burgers before eating! Ugga-Bugga!

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Paleo Chocolate Bar! Complete with thumb print in case the Paleo Police are looking for me. All I did was take my paleo Magic Shell recipe, a simple concoction of warmed up organic coconut butter and raw organic cacao powder, and I added a little raw organic honey. Then I poured the mixture into one of my hot dog bun molds. It only takes a few minutes in the refridgerator to harden. Paleo Hershey bar!!!!!! Next time I’ll add almonds! If you’re like me, and haven’t had a Hershey bar in forever, then this will definitely satisfy your need for a little chocolate once in a while! If you have kids, this could save Halloween. Have them donate all their bad candy, and let them gorge on this! The only thing bad for you in this is the sugar in the honey, otherwise, it’s really good for you! Kind of a game changer. Ugga-Bugga!

Paleo Chocolate Bar! Complete with thumb print in case the Paleo Police are looking for me. All I did was take my paleo Magic Shell recipe, a simple concoction of warmed up organic coconut butter and raw organic cacao powder, and I added a little raw organic honey. Then I poured the mixture into one of my hot dog bun molds. It only takes a few minutes in the refridgerator to harden. Paleo Hershey bar!!!!!! Next time I’ll add almonds! If you’re like me, and haven’t had a Hershey bar in forever, then this will definitely satisfy your need for a little chocolate once in a while! If you have kids, this could save Halloween. Have them donate all their bad candy, and let them gorge on this! The only thing bad for you in this is the sugar in the honey, otherwise, it’s really good for you! Kind of a game changer. Ugga-Bugga!

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Still obsessed with this paleo chocolate sauce that hardens on paleo ice cream, aka Paleo Magic Shell! This is my new & improved Almond Joy Ice Cream, it’s got almonds and cacao nibs mixed into my frozen banana and cacao powder mixture, topped with paleo Magic Shell.
After it hardens, you crack the shell and mix it into the paleo ice cream, and it tastes more like chocolate chips than the cacao nibs. I’m gonna experiment with some paleo chocolate chips from the same recipe soon!

Still obsessed with this paleo chocolate sauce that hardens on paleo ice cream, aka Paleo Magic Shell! This is my new & improved Almond Joy Ice Cream, it’s got almonds and cacao nibs mixed into my frozen banana and cacao powder mixture, topped with paleo Magic Shell.

After it hardens, you crack the shell and mix it into the paleo ice cream, and it tastes more like chocolate chips than the cacao nibs. I’m gonna experiment with some paleo chocolate chips from the same recipe soon!

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Anonymous asked: 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.

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Baked pasture-raised chicken legs, apricot glazed carrots, and vegetable medley. After the photo, I put away one chicken leg for tomorrow, and re-filled the plate with veggies (plant-based foods should be at least 70-75% of your plate, animal -based food about 25-30% or less).
Chicken was coated with olive oil and seasoned with fresh rosemary and a bevy of dried spices and herbs: black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, parsley.
The carrots were baked in the same pan as the chicken and glazed with my apricot sauce.
The vegetable medley was left over from yesterday’s omelette.

Baked pasture-raised chicken legs, apricot glazed carrots, and vegetable medley. After the photo, I put away one chicken leg for tomorrow, and re-filled the plate with veggies (plant-based foods should be at least 70-75% of your plate, animal -based food about 25-30% or less).

Chicken was coated with olive oil and seasoned with fresh rosemary and a bevy of dried spices and herbs: black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, parsley.

The carrots were baked in the same pan as the chicken and glazed with my apricot sauce.

The vegetable medley was left over from yesterday’s omelette.

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Paleo Magic Shell! A chocolatey syrup that hardens after topping ice cream. In this case, the chocolate ice cream is just organic frozen banana with organic raw cacao powder, and the magic shell is just more cacao powder mixed in to warm organic coconut butter. The cold temperature of the “ice cream” makes the coconut butter harden! I’ve made the candy shell without the cacao powder before, but you can never have enough chocolate! Ugga-Bugga!

P.S. - No poop comments please. I challenge anyone who thinks this looks like poop to NOT eat every morsel if I made it for you.

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Recall Alert! Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger, and More Pull Nut Butters From Shelves

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?

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Anonymous asked: 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!

See all 5 commercials for SamePlate.com and share your favorites on tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and everywhere else online!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJaOP5sNYUk&list=PLRyLIVSe8eBa0_0fmPZuF2y1EL8G8q_1t

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