Semi-Primal Taco Salad Recipe

Semi-Primal Taco Salad

UPDATE: I’ve since made this again and tried something a little extra. Try adding dried coriander and oregano when you add the spices for some extra flavour.

I love Mexican food. All of the cheese, meat and spicey flavours mix together into some awesome flavours.

Unfortunately, going Primal means that you can kiss traditional wheat or corn tortilla’s goodbye (unless you check out Mark Sisson’s alternative recipe in his Cookbook).

However, this does not mean that Mexican food is no longer within your grasp. Enter, the Taco Salad. Traditionally this recipe comes with corn chips, we’re gonna forget about those though and focus on the other flavours instead.

Ingredients

  • 500g ground beef or bison
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • Tomatos
  • Lettuce
  • Grated Tasty cheese
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chilli

Chilli, Paprika, Cumin

Preparation

  1. Chop up the onion and brown in a fry pan with some coconut oil.
  2. Add the mince to the fry pan and brown up.

    Browning the mince

  3. Add kidney beans, paprika, cumin, chilli and 1/2 cup water. Simmer on low heat until liquid has boiled down.

    Add spices and beans

How to eat it

  1. Dice the tomatos and chop the lettuce
  2. Add the meat mixture and then the grated cheese.
  3. Serve with Taco sauce and sour cream. We just used the jar variety Taco sauce, hence this only being semi-Primal. You could also add some home made guacamole.

The end result

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Home Made Simple Guacamole Recipe

Here is a super quick and easy Guacamole recipe that you can whip up in about 5 minutes.

It goes great with any Mexican style food or simply with some home made Almond Crackers.

This recipe makes enough Guacamole for 2-3 people for one meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp sour cream
  • Salt & pepper

How to make:

  1. Grab a bowl, a spoon and a knife.
  2. Half the avocado, remove the pip and throw it in the bowl.
  3. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir together with the spoon but be sure to leave it somewhat chunky.
  5. Spoon onto plate.

Home made Guacamole with the Primal Blueprint Cookbook’s Enchiladas.

Enchiladas and home made Guacamole

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Case Study: Primal Update Week 3

I’m three weeks of nine into my Primal Blueprint case study and despite a couple of temptations I’m going well and I’m really enjoying myself.

Pleased To Meat You

One of the great things about eating Primally is that it gets you back into the kitchen. I’ve had a great time looking up new recipes on the internet, buying grain-free recipe books and eating cuts of meat I never would have eaten before.

Just this last weekend Zoe and I had some work friends and some friends from interstate over for dinner. We were determined to show ourselves and our clients that we could make a Primal meal that everyone would find satisfactory.

I scoured the internet like crazy to find a good recipe for spicy Brazilian skewers. I had eaten them in a restaurant the week before. I used the vinaigrette as the marinade and left it in the fridge for over 24 hours. I also only used lamb, chicken and beef.

Zoe put together this awesome sweet potato, walnut, fetta and rocket salad. I’ll get her to put the recipe up in the next few weeks. We also ate a Caprese salad that one of the guests brought and some baked potato that I put together. Desert was a 10 fruit salad with all organic fruit with thick cream on top. Yum!

Flourless Baking

My favourite style of cooking is baking. I thought the hardest thing about going Primal was going to be giving up baking. But that was before I discovered Almond Meal.

My favourites so far have been the Almond Meal and Apple recipe, my pastry-free Quiches and the Almond Meal biscuits. Stay tuned for the recipes over the next few weeks.

Understanding Your Cravings

Temptation

Image: Dave Pullig

It’s amazing how many people have the reaction ‘There is no way, I could never…’ when you tell them about the Primal Lifestyle. Even Mark Sisson has spoken about this on his blog (although I can’t for the life of me find the particular post I’m thinking of).

The fact is though, going Primal is a big change to your life. You need to be able to take a definitive and conscious step in changing your habits and your life. One of the things you will have to deal with is cravings for foods you used to eat like hot freshly baked bread and tiny teddies.

Last week Zoe and I were out shopping when we walked past a bakery. The smell gave me instant cravings for bread, or so I thought. I resisted the urge and we walked onwards to the free-range chicken shop to get some meat for the week. This particular shop also sold roasted chicken.

Going on a gut feeling (pun intended) I decided to grab half a roast chicken. Zoe and I devoured it in the car minutes later AND it completely satisfied my cravings for bread. It turns out that I wasn’t really craving bread, but something hot and tasty. I’m glad I picked the chicken over caving in for some bread because not only did it taste great but I didn’t have that bloated heavy feeling you get from eating a chunk of bread.

The moral of this story is:

There is often a primal alternative (that is even yummier) to what you are craving. You just need to get down to what it is you are exactly craving as it’s usually not a food but a taste or sensation that your body associates with particular nutrients.

Satisfaction

Image: stevendepolo

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few more tips, tricks and shortcuts for others going Primal:

  • If you used to do long workouts, take that new free time you had and use it for sourcing better quality produce and cooking Primal snacks.
  • Look into buying some grain-free cookbooks. Mark Sisson has a new cookbook coming out soon with quick Primal meals.

Grain-Free Breakfasts and Snacks

It’s Sunday and it’s time for some link love. This week I’m going to share some recipes I’ve stumbled across in my searches for portable grain-free snacks and grain-free replacements for my morning Weet-Bix. (Huh? See going Primal)

I’ll start with a few that I’ve already tried out:

Grain-Free Cherry-Chocolate Chip Scones

These almond meal based scones are nice and buttery and last several days if kept in the fridge. I didn’t have any dark chocolate chips so I just used some broken up dark chocolate and I also used sultanas instead of cherries. On the third batch I added some coconut which was delicious.

Easy Mini Quiche Recipe

Skip the bread/pastry and just make the mixture. Use about twice what the recipe recommends, you will find that the recipes amount only makes very very mini quiches. Add chopped bacon for some extra flavour.

Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread

We turned these into savoury muffins. We took out the nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and honey and instead added Feta, oregano and thyme. These were seriously delicious, I can’t wait to try the sweet version as well.

Almond Banana Pancakes

Cook these SLOW on LOW heat. I added an extra egg so that they stuck together a little better. I also added blueberries to the mix. Serve these up with some thick cream… YUM!

Fun & Fabulous Grain-Free Breakfast Recipes

I haven’t tried this book yet, I only just bought it but I’m planning making some this afternoon. Inside it has some really awesome recipes including granola bars, flax bread, cereals, biscuits and some quick egg recipes including a French toast adaptation which looks seriously yum. It’s also available on Amazon if you want a hard copy.

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