We’ve just added a new page to the top of the site (and re-arranged a few others). The latest addition is the first draft of a comprehensive index of all of the recipes we’ve got here on Purely Primal. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a start. So have it, and let us know what you think.
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As we continue with our process of updating our site, we wanted to make you aware of a few changes in the “category” list. We have added a “Kids Menu” and a “Vegetarian/Vegan” section.
“Kids Menu” consists of those recipes that either our kids have enjoyed and/or others have mentioned to us that their kids have enjoyed. If you find your child enjoys one that is not currently marked as “Kids Menu”, let us know and we will add it.
For those of you who are “Vegetarian or Vegan”, we have made a category for you as well!
We are continuing to make each recipe “printer friendly.” This takes a lot of time, but please know we are working hard to make this happen. In the meantime, you can click on the category “printable” and it will list those recipes that contain a printer friendly version at the bottom of each recipe. All recipes mentioned in our “Where to Start” page contain a printable version.
Lastly, we are also working on making an “index” to make it even easier to find a recipe you are looking for.
Thanks for your patience and support. If you have enjoyed the recipes on our site, please pass our site along to your family and friends and spread the good food word!
Our grocery list has a bit of a new look! We have updated it, marking those items with an O which means try to buy these items as organic when possible. An * indicates shoot for eating these as often as possible, and an N stands for Nightshade if you are trying to avoid those items which fall into this category. Stay tuned for more updates as we tweak a few more things. As always, thanks for your support and continue to spread the good food word!
Today is the day of Superbowl Sunday in the United States. The final football game of the season with the champion AFC team playing the champion NFC team. Not only can the games get pretty exciting, it can be even more entertaining watching the brand new and mostly clever commercials. The half-time show can be fun and sometimes scandalous. It’s sort of like a box of chocolates I suppose, “you never know what you are going to get.”
Since this is a cooking blog, we obviously cook a lot. Sometimes though, we like to have someone else do the cooking for us, but don’t really want to sway from the delicious and healthy foods we are used to eating. We have specific places we like to go because we know the quality of food is good, is worth paying for, and we know they will usually make the substitutions that we request.
Additionally, I follow food logs for quite a few people. I get a lot of similar questions like:
- I am going to a potluck, so what should I bring as nobody there eats the way I do?
- I have a (insert social gathering here) at a place I know will not have optimal food choices. What should I do? I don’t want to look like “that guy/gal.”
- What are some ideas for eating out as I always seem to “give in” to the unhealthy stuff?
- My (parent, friend, wacky relative) thinks I am crazy to eat this way. They roll their eyes at me when I pass on certain foods and say “are you sure you are doing the right thing with your ‘diet?’”
I like these questions. It shows that those whose food logs I am following are making a true effort to make some great changes. None of us want to sound rude or demean those who question us and we don’t want to sound like we are preaching either. We certainly don’t want to look like that person with the weird “diet.” What I love is when I hear from people who say , “My mom made me my own special lunch since she knows I’m trying to avoid bread.”
I am not big on resolutions. Statistics show that people do not stick with them anyway. It is wonderful though that we have the beginning of a new year to start fresh, to maybe do something enough that it becomes a habit or a lifestyle change.
If you have been following a pretty healthy eating style (which hopefully you have if you are reading this blog), but you are ready to take it to the next level then hopefully this post can motivate you.
By next level I mean maybe you could stand to cut out even more sugar from your diet. We are adults. We can have sugar whenever we want. Why not have that treat once in a while? Do you really need sugar every day? It is not as if we are lacking in sugar as a society. Remember too that like a drug it is addictive. Sugar makes you unhealthy. Wean yourself from the sugar.
Maybe you need to be better about planning your meals? Sit down the day before the beginning of your week and make a plan. For us, this is Sunday morning. What do we want to cook this next week? Are we too busy some nights and will be home later? Maybe those are good days to put the Crockpot to good use. Plan to make enough for leftovers for your lunch the next day. Write up your grocery list (see our link above to download a list) and head to the store. Make a note to do this each week. It will make meal planning so much easier. None of that “what do you want for dinner tonight?”
Maybe you want to learn more about cooking? There are plenty of sites with paleo/primal meals. Great pictures, easy directions! Take a couple of recipes a week that sound good to you and dive in. Let the kids join in to help!
Maybe you just want to step out of that comfort zone and try some new foods. Did you hate broccoli as a kid? Maybe it isn’t so bad now. I know that I despised walnuts and beets up until a little over a year ago. I am starting to sing a different tune about these foods now. Lo and behold, the flavor isn’t as overwhelming as I used to think.
Maybe you want to get to the gym more or go on some hikes. Maybe you want to run a marathon? Plan to meet a friend or tell a friend your plan. Once we say it out loud to someone they have our permission to hold us accountable.
Whatever you want to try in the new year, hopefully it is something that will make your body, your heart, and your brain stronger!
Here are some recipes we posted a year ago.
Spaghetti (Squash) with Sauce
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Omelettes & Scrambles
Almond Butter Spicy Snack Cake
Sweet Potato Fries
Lemon Chicken with Veggies
In reviewing this list, it’s interesting to note that nearly every one of these has been on our menu at least once in the past couple of weeks. Some of them, like the sweet potato fries and omelettes, are a weekly (or at least bi-weekly) regular in our meal planning – a sure sign they are worth making.
So if you haven’t gone back and looked at some of the archives, jump to a couple of these and check them out.