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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This may look like guacamole, but it’s actually tuna salad. Since I love avocado slices on my tuna sandwich, I went one step further and used avocado instead of mayonnaise. Came out fantastic.
My tuna salad is usually comprised of wild caught tuna and whatever I have in my fridge. This time was no exception, everyone into the pool! The only thing missing is the usual mayo I make, but I was too much of a lazy bastard this time.
All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time:
wild caught tunaavocadotomatored onioncelerycilantrored jalapeñogreen Serranocapers (rinsed free of any extra salt or vinegar)lemon juicelime juice

This may look like guacamole, but it’s actually tuna salad. Since I love avocado slices on my tuna sandwich, I went one step further and used avocado instead of mayonnaise. Came out fantastic.

My tuna salad is usually comprised of wild caught tuna and whatever I have in my fridge. This time was no exception, everyone into the pool! The only thing missing is the usual mayo I make, but I was too much of a lazy bastard this time.

All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time:

wild caught tuna
avocado
tomato
red onion
celery
cilantro
red jalapeño
green Serrano
capers (rinsed free of any extra salt or vinegar)
lemon juice
lime juice

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I finally watched this and it does a great job of explaining human evolution, and especially the evolution of the human diet. It makes complete sense to me why paleo works, and has worked, for 2 million years! It’s just in the last 10,000 years or so that we changed our overall diet with the introduction of grains and dairy through cultivation and agriculture, moving away from the hunter/gatherer template, and moving towards diseases that never affected us before.
It also offers an explanation to the argument, “But the science is always changing, paleo is just a fad.” The science has actually never changed, it’s the marketing of food to the public (by people who sell food) that keeps changing, in order to keep selling. If paleo is a fad diet, it’s a 2 million year old fad. Do you think they’ll still have Tab cola 2 million years from now? That was a fad. Paleo is science. We’re designed to eat a certain way, and that way doesn’t involve grains or dairy (sorry primal folks). Not that you couldn’t survive on grass-fed dairy (or grains for that matter), but it’s certainly not optimal for perfect health.
It’s also made me re-think eating meat. Meat, as long as it’s from a healthy animal that eats what that animal is supposed to eat, is good for us. Grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry and pork, wild caught fish, and especially wild game. We’re built to eat it. As the movie explains, it’s doubtful there were any vegans or vegetarians before 10,000 years ago. I don’t think this is a message to start eating plates of bacon, but I think if all you ate was wild game, along with a steady source of fibrous vegetables (and some occasional fruit), I think you would be extremely healthy. And that food also naturally contains all the salt we need to live, so I would throw away the salt shaker too, which does nothing but add sodium to your system, without the benefit of potassium that balances out the harmful effects of sodium.
Check out the film on iTunes, or Amazon (it’s free if you have Amazon Prime).

I finally watched this and it does a great job of explaining human evolution, and especially the evolution of the human diet. It makes complete sense to me why paleo works, and has worked, for 2 million years! It’s just in the last 10,000 years or so that we changed our overall diet with the introduction of grains and dairy through cultivation and agriculture, moving away from the hunter/gatherer template, and moving towards diseases that never affected us before.

It also offers an explanation to the argument, “But the science is always changing, paleo is just a fad.” The science has actually never changed, it’s the marketing of food to the public (by people who sell food) that keeps changing, in order to keep selling. If paleo is a fad diet, it’s a 2 million year old fad. Do you think they’ll still have Tab cola 2 million years from now? That was a fad. Paleo is science. We’re designed to eat a certain way, and that way doesn’t involve grains or dairy (sorry primal folks). Not that you couldn’t survive on grass-fed dairy (or grains for that matter), but it’s certainly not optimal for perfect health.

It’s also made me re-think eating meat. Meat, as long as it’s from a healthy animal that eats what that animal is supposed to eat, is good for us. Grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry and pork, wild caught fish, and especially wild game. We’re built to eat it. As the movie explains, it’s doubtful there were any vegans or vegetarians before 10,000 years ago. I don’t think this is a message to start eating plates of bacon, but I think if all you ate was wild game, along with a steady source of fibrous vegetables (and some occasional fruit), I think you would be extremely healthy. And that food also naturally contains all the salt we need to live, so I would throw away the salt shaker too, which does nothing but add sodium to your system, without the benefit of potassium that balances out the harmful effects of sodium.

Check out the film on iTunes, or Amazon (it’s free if you have Amazon Prime).

(Source: theprimitiveyou)

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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

Filed under spicy eggplant pico de gallo salsa Jalapeño jalapeno organic All Ingredients All Organic All the Time paleo caveman

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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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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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I don’t usually crave turkey, but I was yesterday, so I bought a package of organic turkey breast from Applegate Farms, topped some slices with guacamole (I make mine by taking avocado and mixing it with salsa), and wrapped it in a leaf of romaine. It was all organic, although the turkey was not pasture raised, so they were probably fed some organic corn and organic soy, and it contained a little sea salt too, but after all the crap I ate in NY recently, I think this was a pretty good mini-cheat.

I don’t usually crave turkey, but I was yesterday, so I bought a package of organic turkey breast from Applegate Farms, topped some slices with guacamole (I make mine by taking avocado and mixing it with salsa), and wrapped it in a leaf of romaine. It was all organic, although the turkey was not pasture raised, so they were probably fed some organic corn and organic soy, and it contained a little sea salt too, but after all the crap I ate in NY recently, I think this was a pretty good mini-cheat.

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