What’s For Dinner: Primal/Paleo Edition

I’m going to talk about this paleo/primal thing for a minute. Feel free to skip to food pictures.

Short update: I love it. I eat so many eggs I’m afraid I might turn into a chicken. I’ve lost 5 pounds, eat real butter and real cream, and am shocked at how little I miss most of my old diet.

Long update, in bullet point form because I keep thinking of things to add:

1. I am not technically following a Paleo diet because I still eat cheese. It’s closer to the Primal Blueprint diet, but I’m not sure I’m even doing that correctly. I don’t actually care very much about whether or not a caveman would have eaten it – I care whether or not it’s going to give me a migraine or make me feel like I’m dying (both things that happen now if I eat the wrong stuff). Being sort of lax with the rules mean I’m not getting all that magical fat-melting the interwebs seemed to promise, but it also means I don’t want to jump off a bridge.

2. Once I got through a few days carb/added sugar/Diet Coke-free my cravings for said things dropped off the map almost entirely. It’s like all the willpower I’ve lacked my entire life just SHOWED UP. Oh hey, Willpower, nice to see you. I could have used you back when my pregnancy cravings had me eating McDonald’s fries twice a day but whatever. I’m really glad the desire is gone because I am NOT making the whole family stick to my diet. Caroline basically does it on her own – she’d rather have eggs for breakfast than cereal – but Evan would starve without carbs. Thanks to my new willpower when I bought the kids special treat donuts after the Fresh Beat Band concert, I managed to bring one home, look at it for a while, then leave it for E to eat. I NEVER could have done that before.

3. I’ve thrown out all the rules about breakfast, lunch and dinner. Steak at 10 am, eggs and bacon for dinner, and eating any time I feel hungry is the new plan. Since I can’t count on easy, instant food I also do a lot more cooking (and dishes) and eat a lot more leftovers. Also, eggs. All the time.

4. I sometimes get this weird burning in my nose, like I accidentally inhaled water. I have NO idea if my new diet is to blame but it happens 3-4 times a day and it’s something that has never happened to me before (unless I really did get water up my nose). Dr. Google seems to think it’s an unrelated sinus infection, but I swear I’m not sick and haven’t been for a while. It might be my face rebelling against my diet (although my skin and hair seems to like it.)

5. My exercise schedule has been pretty sad (or non-existent) since E’s schedule changed back in August. I stopped running and haven’t been going to Stroller Strides. Now that I’ve seen a little success with the diet change I’m more motivated to see if I can amp it up with some workouts. I think it would make a big difference in my shape/jeans size.

6. I’m going to stick with it. It’s not so much that it’s some sort of magical cure-all weight-loss miracle plan, but just that I like it. I like drinking my coffee with real cream and I like putting steak on top of my lunch salad and I like eating eggs – all things I WASN’T doing before because I thought I needed to eat low fat to lose (or even maintain) my weight. This is better.

7. Still no plans to turn this into a blog about paleo/primal stuff, but if you want to talk about it I’m more than happy to on email or Facebook. Thank you to people who emailed me suggestions and recipes and blogs to follow – it’s been SUPER helpful!

8. Who can tell me where to get coconut flour? Don’t say Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods – we don’t have those.

So, to answer the title question, here’s what’s for dinner (complete with a lot of Google-fu to find the recipes):


1. Thai-Inspired Scallop Soup – The Primal Blueprint Cookbook (I KNOW I found this recipe online somewhere but can’t re-find it. It was totally amazing, so I might remake it and blog it)
2. Turkish Eggs – Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (basic recipe can also be found here)
3. Smoked Salmon, Egg and Asparagus Roll-ups – Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (just what it sounds/looks like)
4. Bison Chili – The Primal Blueprint Cookbook (just basic chili, no beans)

5. Artichoke & Green Olive Dip – Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (almost the same as this one)
6. Nut Crackers – The Primal Blueprint Cookbook (This one IS online – recipe #2 here.)
7. Deep Dish Pizza Casserole – A Girl Worth Saving
8. Meat sauce over roasted eggplant – I made spaghetti for everyone else and just threw some eggplant in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. It was better than noodles.

9. Coconut Almond Coleslaw – The Primal Blueprint Cookbook (I was most meh about this one)
10. Bacon & Mushroom Dip – Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (online here)
11. Zucchini Carbonara – Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (someone blogged it here)
12. Chicken & Artichokes With Garlic Sauce – Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals (REALLY good, really easy, I’ve made it twice. There’s a version online here, but I used anchovies instead of fish sauce.)

I’ve also eaten a lot of broccoli made with this recipe I found on the Girl’s Gone Child blog and successfully replaced rice with grated cauliflower in both fried rice and jambalaya. Plus eggs. Did I mention eggs yet?

(Links in this post are not sponsored or affiliate links, just stuff I’ve read or bought on my own.)

P.S. ALSO, I made Jalapeno Popper Quiche last night (minus the crust) and it was SO FREAKING GOOD I didn’t even take time to eat a picture before E and I ate it all.

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20 Responses to “What’s For Dinner: Primal/Paleo Edition”

  1. Amanda says:

    Coconut flour- our local grocery store and commissary both carry the Bob’s Red Mill brand. S&S probably has it in the natural/organic/health food section. Or you can buy it by the case at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-Organic-16-Ounce/dp/B000KENKZ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348747493&sr=8-1&keywords=Coconut+flour

  2. Cole says:

    Congratulations on your weight loss! AND on finding your willpower – that is a HUGE problem for Mommy.

    No Trader Joe’s OR Whole Foods? That’s so sad!

    • bebehblog says:

      I know, it’s tragic, right? We used to have a teeny tiny hippie health food store in town but even that went out of business.

  3. Dad D says:

    Would it be worth me checking at our large “exotic” supermarket near Cincy for the coconut flour? I could price it there, and we could figure out shipping to see if that might be cheaper than Amazon. Let me know.


    • bebehblog says:

      Thanks Dad, but you don’t have to. I’m pretty sure I can get it at a comparable price online – and then you don’t have to ship it!

  4. Eileen says:

    Oh this is intriguing. I like your cheese including version! Very clean-eating esque.

    A girl who lives in my town has a paleo blog. She includes a lot of local events so you can skip over it, but there are receipes, and a blog roll of other paleo blogs.


  5. Alicia K says:


    I ordered coconut flour from TropicalTraditions.com. They also have great coconut oil and coconut flakes. If you wait until they have a sale or free shipping or BOGO, it’s a really good deal.

    But, obviously, if you can find it at S&S, the commissary or the Big Y down the street from the base, that would be way more convenient. Also, I know a friend has told me said Big Y sells duck fat, which could be fun to cook with.

    Another place you could try is Fiddleheads Food Co-op in NL. You can always call and ask before you head over.

    I’m so glad you are having success!!!

    • bebehblog says:

      Thank you Alicia! Your recipe suggestions are all on the list for the next round. I’ll add myself to the Tropical Traditions mailing list so I know if they have sale.

  6. Brigid Keely says:

    The burning snorted-water feeling is totally a sinus thing. You might have a sinus infection and no other symptoms (YES it can happen), you might have allergies, or if you have put your heat on your sinuses might just be dried out. If you’ve recently put your heat on, investing in a humidifier might help.

  7. Audrey says:

    Can you come cook for me? Your meals always look so lovely.

  8. Amy says:

    Amazon has coconut flour. They are always my go-to for random nonperishable food stuff.

  9. Stacy says:

    I’m 10 days in to a similar approach, I started with “It Starts with Food” and then picked up the Paleo book and I’m sort of winging it because I too can not give up cheese! Losing the sweets craving is so strange, we had cupcakes today at work and I just walked right past them and grabbed more salad because I knew that cupcake wasn’t going to do anything for me! I too have been eating a lot of eggs and I’m going to have to try the grated cauliflower thing! I’ve been hunting for a spaghetti squash to try fake spaghetti, it’s the only thing I’ve really been missing! Ordering the Primal Blueprint cookbook as we speak! And I second the Amazon suggestion, I think the price is similar to the price at Whole Foods, I checked it out last week but didn’t buy it.

    • bebehblog says:

      I like the quick & easy cookbook better than the original one, but there are lots of good recipes in both. Part of it is the photography is better, so it’s more appealing. But the Primal Blueprint one has a lot more desserts, sooooo….

      I have a spaghetti squash on the counter right now, just waiting for dinner. I’m going to smother it in garlic, butter and cheese. I bet I don’t even care it’s not actual noodles.

  10. Other Erin says:

    So glad you are doing well! Keep with it!

  11. Dorothy M says:

    The grocery store across the street from Old Mystic Village/Aquarium (I forget the name of it… something Market) they should have it. I needed some for a Paleo recipe as well and went there for it. I didn’t see it there so I asked a manager if they carried it. He had never heard of it and was concerned that it was some new diet trend that he wasn’t up to date on. So he ordered several and it was there in three days. So if they don’t have it, they’ll order it for you.

  12. Betsy says:

    I get that sinus thing too. Its definitely possible that you can have an infection without other symptoms. I’m not even congested, but I can always tell when my sinuses are rebelling. Try a neti pot. Very uncomfortable when you’re using it, but its honestly a MIRACLE worker! Also, in terms of the coconut flour, you can get it on amazon. Most people don’t think of amazon for groceries, but its a great source! Congrats on feeling great! I hope the diet continues to work for you

  13. ryan says:

    Sorry to give you a sadface but the nose thing could be a reaction to the the cow dairy.

  14. Lindsey says:

    Yay, I’m not the only person trying the paleo thing! We can be paleo buddies! Thanks for sharing the recipes, I might have to start doing the same. I like your idea of still including cheese, hubby wasn’t sure about that.

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