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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Anonymous asked: 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!

If you don’t have access to wild caught fish and pasture raised animals, I suggest buying them frozen online and having them shipped to you. A few websites I love are Uncured Natural Meats, Topline Foods, and Broken Arrow Ranch for wild game.

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.

Good luck!

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Anonymous asked: 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.

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I took that raw chard mixture from yesterday, and tossed it with cold cucumber noodles. Pretty freakin’ outrageous. It looked a little like a pesto or chimichurri sauce, which would both also be great with these noodles. The combo of chard, jalapeño, red onion, and garlic, along with the spices thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, and parsley, all chopped up fine and tossed with the cucumber noodles is a taste sensation in every bite. And the chard has a natural saltiness, so since I don’t add any salt to my food, it gives a perfect saltiness to the dish that isn’t too overpoweringly salty for my healthy tastebuds.

I took that raw chard mixture from yesterday, and tossed it with cold cucumber noodles. Pretty freakin’ outrageous. It looked a little like a pesto or chimichurri sauce, which would both also be great with these noodles. The combo of chard, jalapeño, red onion, and garlic, along with the spices thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, and parsley, all chopped up fine and tossed with the cucumber noodles is a taste sensation in every bite. And the chard has a natural saltiness, so since I don’t add any salt to my food, it gives a perfect saltiness to the dish that isn’t too overpoweringly salty for my healthy tastebuds.

Filed under cucumber noodle salad cucumber noodles chimichura pesto chard swiss chard swiss chard rice rainbow chard rainbow chard rice organic paleo caveman

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I’ve made rice from cauliflower, broccoli, and even kale stems, but this time I made a raw paleo rice made from Chard (either Swiss Chard or Rainbow Chard work)!
So what I did was take some chard, stems and all, add red and green jalapeño, red onion, and garlic, and just chopped it finely in the food processor. I set it aside.
Then I seasoned my shrimp with my own Italian spice blend, and pan seared them in olive oil. Once they were done (a few minutes on each side until a nice bright pink color), I removed them from the pan, and turned off the heat. Then I deglazed the pan with the chard rice, some more olive oil, and lemon juice. The heat was off, so all it did was warm the mixture, and deglazed the pan, getting all those glorious burnt bits of shrimp and spices from the bottom of the pan, while seasoning the “rice” simultaneously.
Then I served! The rice was warm, but not cooked, and therefore had a nice crunch to it. Almost like a warmed salad. I’d like to start eating raw more, and this was a nice way to combine cooked with raw in a main dish. Of course, if you can’t take the raw garlic and raw jalapeño in the dish, leave them out. Add anything you want, and any spice combination too.

I’ve made rice from cauliflower, broccoli, and even kale stems, but this time I made a raw paleo rice made from Chard (either Swiss Chard or Rainbow Chard work)!

So what I did was take some chard, stems and all, add red and green jalapeño, red onion, and garlic, and just chopped it finely in the food processor. I set it aside.

Then I seasoned my shrimp with my own Italian spice blend, and pan seared them in olive oil. Once they were done (a few minutes on each side until a nice bright pink color), I removed them from the pan, and turned off the heat. Then I deglazed the pan with the chard rice, some more olive oil, and lemon juice. The heat was off, so all it did was warm the mixture, and deglazed the pan, getting all those glorious burnt bits of shrimp and spices from the bottom of the pan, while seasoning the “rice” simultaneously.

Then I served! The rice was warm, but not cooked, and therefore had a nice crunch to it. Almost like a warmed salad. I’d like to start eating raw more, and this was a nice way to combine cooked with raw in a main dish. Of course, if you can’t take the raw garlic and raw jalapeño in the dish, leave them out. Add anything you want, and any spice combination too.

Filed under chard rainbow chard swiss chard paleo organic caveman shrimp chard rice rainbow chard rice swiss chard rice

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Cucumber Noodle Salad. Speaking of being paleo and vegetarian, this is a perfect paleo vegetarian meal served cold in the summer. Start with cucumber noodles as a base, and add anything, with any spice combo you like! Perfect for leftover salsa! Here’s how I made this one:
All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time
cucumber noodlesolivescapersred jalapeñored onionparsleybasilthymegarlic powderblack pepperoreganoolive oillemon juice

Cucumber Noodle Salad. Speaking of being paleo and vegetarian, this is a perfect paleo vegetarian meal served cold in the summer. Start with cucumber noodles as a base, and add anything, with any spice combo you like! Perfect for leftover salsa! Here’s how I made this one:

All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time

cucumber noodles
olives
capers
red jalapeño
red onion
parsley
basil
thyme
garlic powder
black pepper
oregano
olive oil
lemon juice

Filed under cucumber noodles cucumber noodle salad paleo All Ingredients All Organic All the Time caveman organic paleo vegetarian

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cassolotl asked: 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!

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I made fajita tacos using grass-fed ground beef, bell peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeños, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cilantro, and eggplant taco shells. Topped with avocado and salsa with Serrano peppers from my garden. Muy Caliente!!!
I also want to share with you an amazing idea from another paleo blogger, Survival Punk. It’s a simple idea for paleo nachos, using bell peppers instead of chips. Take a look:

How fantastic is that? I’ll be stealing this idea very soon! Check out his blog, and his recipe for Paleo Nachos.

I made fajita tacos using grass-fed ground beef, bell peppers, onions, garlic, jalapeños, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cilantro, and eggplant taco shells. Topped with avocado and salsa with Serrano peppers from my garden. Muy Caliente!!!

I also want to share with you an amazing idea from another paleo blogger, Survival Punk. It’s a simple idea for paleo nachos, using bell peppers instead of chips. Take a look:

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How fantastic is that? I’ll be stealing this idea very soon! Check out his blog, and his recipe for Paleo Nachos.

Filed under survivalpunk.com paleo fajita tacos eggplant taco shell eggplant tortillas organic caveman

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Sharing The SamePlate - GiGi Eats Celebrities

The star of the SamePlate.com commercial has her own food blog, called GiGi Eats Celebrities. Check out her article today where she mentions SamePlate to her readers and re-posts the commercial!

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Anonymous asked: 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:

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 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
  • Pinch Salt

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!

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Anonymous asked: 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.