Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter Vinagrette…

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Try saying that title fast 5 times!  It was title that caught my eye, not because it is a tongue twister but because it has the word “bacon” in it.  Have I mentioned my love of bacon?  Bacon is like candy in the Primal / Paleo food community… literally.  People make it with ice cream, syrup, dark chocolate… sounds weird but is actually amazing!  Then there are all the savory uses for bacon.  I cook with it at least twice a week, and eat it for its pleasurable self on the weekends.

This recipe comes from the blog Mark’s Daily Apple and my primal guru, Mark Sisson.  My guru not because he is perfect or knows everything, but because he perseveres and puts in all kinds of time helping people understand the lifestyle in a well rounded and simplified way.  And I NEED that… I only have so much time in a day to read everything I want to read!

But I digress. Part of being primal is continuously looking for new ways to eat real foods so we don’t develop “food fatigue”.  I found this post today for a recipe that I will definitely be trying.  It combines some of my favorite things… bacon, brussels sprouts and butter.

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If you too have “food fatigue” and are looking for new recipes, and/or ways to use up your excess brussels sprouts and bacon, give this a try… even if you aren’t primal I bet you will love it!

Primal Shortbread Recipe

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Some of you might remember me writing a long time ago about my experiences with being “primal”.  If you haven’t heard of the Primal or Paleo lifestyle, type it into Google and see what comes up.  It is becoming a movement in a big way and for lots of reasons; eating “primally” promotes sustainability, healthy habits and a simpler life.  An awesome side effect of being Primal is the amazing recipes that people come up with like these shortbread cookies from Paleo Spirit. One thing I have missed more than anything since starting my primal journey is shortbread… those little yummers are one of my all time favs!  I am trying this recipe as soon as I get a chance… with the holidays coming I have a great excuse. 🙂

 

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Just Another Dinner Idea.

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Yummy… paleo dinner idea 🙂

Tara Jane Skinny Minny

I often get asked what I eat for dinner since I have cut grains and sugar out of my diet.
Tess and I were both pretty tired when we got home from work, so we threw together a quick meal and I thought I’d note it down for those who always ask:

We had our own slightly updated version of a BLT + Chicken (Tess is allergic to pig meat so the bacon was all mine!)
Our ingredients consisted of cos lettuce, sliced tomato, slices of mozzarella, bacon, cooked chicken breast and mashed up avocado (I like to add a little lemon juice, salt and pepper to the avocado too)

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Coconut Oil: Good or Bad?

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Hi Readers!

The other day someone in my life told me that they overheard someone else saying that “coconut oil is REALLY bad for you”…. talk about heresay!  My first thought was “Where did you read this?  What proof do you have?”

I have to admit I have a slight bias in favor of coconut oil…. there is an overwhelming amount of information in the blog-sphere about the benefits: the fatty acids have anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties; it is highly heat stable making it an ideal cooking oil; it is a medium chain triglyceride and is processed by the body differently than long chain triglycerides, and much more.

Like many others, I was truly skeptical that an oil of any kind (other than olive oil) could be good.  We have been trained to believe that “saturated fat is bad” and “unsaturated fat is good”, and since coconut oil is a saturated fat it must be bad, right?

Wrong.  There are a number of articles that write about the negatives of processed and hydrogenated coconut oil; I think most of us would wholeheartedly agree that there is no place in our diet for hydrogenated oils and trans-fats. What I do know about coconut oil is that the evidence is not conclusive about ALL of the proposed benefits, but there have been studies shown that there are SOME benefits to eating organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil; enough to make me think twice about reaching for the margarine or safflower oil.

Personally, if I have to choose between an oil that has been processed within and inch of its life and one that has been touched only enough to get it into a container, I would choose the latter.  I think it is common sense that real food is going to be better for you than processed food.

That ALL being said, I am not a nutrition expert by any stretch of the imagination…. just a regular person who likes to research and think about what she is putting in to her body.   And until I hear overwhelming evidence against using virgin coconut oil I will continue to slip and slide on the bandwagon.

What is Primal? – Why we like Omega 3

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Hi Readers….

I have long heard that Omega 3 reduces joint pain and depression, but I never understood why.  After I became Primal, I started to hear a lot more about the “evils” of too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3.  Today I decided to explore why Omega 3 is good and how we can get more of it.

This is what I found:

Omega is an essential fatty acid that the body must obtain from food.  Many of today’s population has a very high ratio of Omega 6 to 3; a diet high in Omega 6 can lead to the oxidization of good cholesterol (LDL), inflammation in the body, and in some cases depression.

Having a good ratio of Omega 6 to 3 (some nutritionists say 4:1; in the primal community they insist that 1:1 is better and totally achievable) has been shown to be successful in helping prevent heart disease and lowering inflammation in the body that can cause arthritis and asthma.

Omega 6 is found in soy, corn, peanut, safflower and other seed oils; and given that so much of our beef and chicken is grain/corn/soy fed, is it any wonder that eating lots of steak and eggs was always linked to high cholesterol?

Now that I understand a little better the science behind the madness, I can feel good about seeking out the grass feed beef even more and the Omega 3 enriched eggs.  Other foods to find higher levels of Omega 3 include:

  • Fish (low heavy metal)
  • Flax
  • Walnuts
  • Algae

Off I go to find some grass fed beef and pasture raised chickens….