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We had meatza here last night- yummy and easy! !
How do you do your meatza? Any tips?

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Oh that's sounds yummy crunchy I've never done the meat crust before. I like ground turkey do you just make like a meatloaf thing and press in the pan?
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Well, Friday is "leftover night", since I do my shopping Saturday mornings... so this week I have an uncooked pork roast in the fridge. So I'm going to butterfly it, blend some cream cheese with the fresh herbs in the fridge, add a little spice, and sautee up the chard with some garlic and stuff all that inside the roast, roll it up and cook it for dinner. I think the only veggie that's left from last week is the asparagus, so that's what's for dinner tonight, unless I decide to raid the freezer.

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Well, Friday is "leftover night", since I do my shopping Saturday mornings... so this week I have an uncooked pork roast in the fridge. So I'm going to butterfly it, blend some cream cheese with the fresh herbs in the fridge, add a little spice, and sautee up the chard with some garlic and stuff all that inside the roast, roll it up and cook it for dinner. I think the only veggie that's left from last week is the asparagus, so that's what's for dinner tonight, unless I decide to raid the freezer.
You have just inspired me! That sounds so delicious!!!

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anyone have any good pork loin recipes? i have two little ones. i think they are called center cut? i am brand new to pork. i never ate it growing up, other than bacon.

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anyone have any good pork loin recipes? i have two little ones. i think they are called center cut? i am brand new to pork. i never ate it growing up, other than bacon.
Most people overcook pork, but remember that as long as the juices run clear it's done, even if it has a faint pinkish hue. Bone in pork often has that hue when done, but most pork cooked to the right temp will still have a faint pink bit. Or use your meat thermometer.

My fave sauce is a pan sauce with white wine to deglace, let it reduce, add tarragon, some oyster sauce, dijon mustard and grainy mustard. Whisk and remove from heat and whisk in sour cream. Salt and pepper and serve. YUM!!!

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I agree that it should still be pink. Cook it to an internal temp of about 140-145 and then let it rest covered and it should come up 5-10 degrees.

I start it in the oven at 450, but only for about 10 min. and then low and slow (temp below 250)

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You have just inspired me! That sounds so delicious!!!
It was excellent!

We didn't wind up eating the asparagus - I found a long neglected bag of sweet potatoes while cleaning up - half were rotten and the other half were in desperate need of being eaten, so I fried them up in CO. Little boy actually ate a piece that way. Last time I gave him sweet potato (baked) he spat it out.

As for the question on how to cook pork - consider it like you would a boneless/skinless chicken breast. It needs to be done, but if you overcook it, it's going to be dry as a bone. This is one reason why I really like any cut with plenty of fat, or any cut with a bone. It makes it easier to not overcook them. I also really recommend cooking it in a slow oven - CI did an article in a recent issue on why cooking low and slow turns out a different article than cooking hot when you're aiming for the same internal temperature on both. It was very interesting. But basically the upshot is that in a low and slow oven, even if it's technically "overcooked", it won't be tough and dry like it would if it was the same "overcooked" in a high heat oven.

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my meatza is super easy- ground meat- pork usually and add italian type spices- espcially lots of fennel- smooth it out like a big patty cook and top as usual!

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Okay ladies. What can you tell me about healthy eating on the road??

DH and I are planning a trip for the first week of June. We'll be spending roughly 4 days with family/friends, so we'll have "real food" then, but that leaves about 6 days where we'll be on our own. Neither of us is crazy about eating out so often. I suggested we look into hotels with a kitchenette, although I don't know how realistic that is.

What else can we do to get as many wholesome foods as we can? (we're flying and then renting a car)

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another idea for making meatzza:
Meatzza burgers! I find its easier to make patties out of 1lb gr beef mixed with 1lb gr pork + italian spices and fennel and s&p. Put in the oven on broil for a few minutes until just cooked. Then top with tomato paste + toppings of choice and broil again for another couple minutes until just crispy on top. mmmmmmmm!
At least for me, its a little bit less messy to eat this way.
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Okay ladies. What can you tell me about healthy eating on the road??
Honestly, we eat a lot of breakfasts when we're away from home. Omelets with all the fixins are what I usually go for. Just don't order an omelet at IHOP, they put pancake batter in them. Eggs Benedict hold the muffin is another fave - you can have them use your hashbrowns as the base instead.

For other options, ethnic cuisine is the easiest to deal with usually (Mex, Asian), or a steakhouse/grill.

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another idea for making meatzza:
Meatzza burgers! I find its easier to make patties out of 1lb gr beef mixed with 1lb gr pork + italian spices and fennel and s&p. Put in the oven on broil for a few minutes until just cooked. Then top with tomato paste + toppings of choice and broil again for another couple minutes until just crispy on top. mmmmmmmm!
At least for me, its a little bit less messy to eat this way.
This is genius! I will definitely be doing it like this, the littles will love having their own pizza!!!

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Ok, ladies. I could use some ideas here. We have company coming for dinner on Saturday, and according to what he told DH, no eggs and no cream... but he loves veggies.

This week's CSA box is going to be a little light - a couple bunches of bitter greens, a couple bunches of carrots, spring onions, green garlic, potatoes and radishes. We're kinda between seasons right now.

So I'm at a loss of what to make for him (at least 3 dishes for dinner + dessert). I could easily do a roast of some sort, with potatoes on the side, and even a green salad, or roast up a pile of veg. Simple enough. But what do I serve for dessert that I can eat (at least part of) that doesn't have eggs or dairy in it?

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for desserts one idea is little cups like peppermint or pb cups or homemade candy bars? I have made homemade almond joy and pb cups and we loved those, want to try the peppermint but have to find the extract. I have made sweetened w/ honey and unsweet chocolate- I know there are a few dif sites w/ recipes but I cannot think of the addresses right now and our bookmarks got wiped out w/ the last reboot-

Or how about poached pears w/ some kind of sauce or chocolate dipped strawberries. Replacing the milk is the easy part as coco milk works well.

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I just learned about making chocolate mousse using = parts chocolate and water! Check this out!

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But what do I serve for dessert that I can eat (at least part of) that doesn't have eggs or dairy in it?
I just made this avocado/chocolate mousse and it is YUMMY. Very rich.

I may have gotten the link from this thread?? Ah, mommy brain strikes again.

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Well i made lemon panna cotta wiht coconut milk instead of milk with raspberry sauce based on the cooks illustrated recipe and it was SO good.
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I'm making maple egg custard tonight, but I'm adding cocoa powder. Can't wait! I think I also want to make a ricotta cake this weekend from Moosewood that has no grain in, and has a yogurt and fruit topping.

Dinner though is Shepherd's pie. I used arrowroot to thicken up the gravy instead of cornstarch.

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Well i made lemon panna cotta wiht coconut milk instead of milk with raspberry sauce based on the cooks illustrated recipe and it was SO good.
Is it this one? Did you use something in place of the sugar? I'd love to get more details on your recipe--sounds delish!!

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Lemon Panna Cotta with Limoncello Raspberries

1cup whole milk
2 3/4teaspoons gelatin
3cups heavy cream
2inch piece vanilla bean , slit lengthwise with paring knife (or substitute 2 teaspoons extract)
4pieces lemon zest (about 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide), cut into julienne strips
1/4cup fresh lemon juice from 2 medium lemons
6tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch table salt

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Pour milk into medium saucepan; sprinkle surface evenly with gelatin and let stand 10 minutes to hydrate gelatin. Meanwhile, turn contents of two ice cube trays (about 32 cubes) into large bowl; add 4 cups cold water. Measure cream into large measuring cup or pitcher. With paring knife, scrape vanilla seeds into cream. Place pod in cream along with seeds, add julienne lemon peel, and set mixture aside. Set eight wine glasses or 4-ounce ramekins on baking sheet . Heat milk and gelatin mixture over high heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and mixture registers 135 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 1 1/2 minutes. Off heat, add sugar and salt; stir until dissolved, about 1 minute. Stirring constantly, slowly pour cream mixture into saucepan containing milk, then transfer mixture to medium bowl and set bowl over ice water bath. Stir frequently until thickened to consistency of eggnog and mixture registers 50 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 10 minutes. Strain mixture into large measuring cup or pitcher, stir in lemon juice, then distribute evenly among wine glasses or ramekins. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap, making sure that plastic does not mar surface of cream; refrigerate until just set (mixture should wobble when shaken gently), 4 hours.

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Fairy - it's fine with just honey and yep i use that one
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I think my cycle is about to start. I cried yesterday because my desire for sugar was so intense. I am still essentially primal (I have had some raisins and prunes, and also dairy), but wow, my cravings are still very present. It's been 11 days. I don't think I have ever, in my life, had PMS where I did not gorge with sugary carb foods.

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oh! I bought two muscle milks. It's not whole foods, to be sure, but it's without sugar (sucralose), 25g protein, 9g fat, and 12 g carbs. It really did help last night to drink one of those. Chocolate malt flavored. Too expensive to have all the time though. Only for when I am desperate.

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I think my cycle is about to start. I cried yesterday because my desire for sugar was so intense. I am still essentially primal (I have had some raisins and prunes, and also dairy), but wow, my cravings are still very present. It's been 11 days. I don't think I have ever, in my life, had PMS where I did not gorge with sugary carb foods.


I have so much trouble around that time too!!! D@mn sugar!!!

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So...I'm thinking of joining you all here for a little while to see if I can do this. I read The Primal Blueprint (or a good portion of it) and really like what he has to say...does anyone have a copy of the "avoid these foods" and "eat these foods" lists? Sadly, the copy of the book that I was reading has gone back to it's owner and I didn't think to scan it at the time...I'd like to look those over and do a 30 day challenge with myself. I'm excited to give it a shot!

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So...I'm thinking of joining you all here for a little while to see if I can do this. I read The Primal Blueprint (or a good portion of it) and really like what he has to say...does anyone have a copy of the "avoid these foods" and "eat these foods" lists? Sadly, the copy of the book that I was reading has gone back to it's owner and I didn't think to scan it at the time...I'd like to look those over and do a 30 day challenge with myself. I'm excited to give it a shot!
I'd like that, too. Would be excellent.

lil_earthmomma, you said it! That damn sugar has messed up so much of my life. I'm treating it like when I quit smoking. Every day is another day where I fight the urge to destroy my life with that substance.

I am over 100 pounds overweight. This addiction to sugar has gone on long enough. I have let all of my other addictions go a long while back, but this one is difficult to tackle. It's time.

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So, I made the panna cotta using 2 tbs honey and approx 1/4 tsp stevia in place of the sugar. Sooooooooooo good! Ds has a new favorite dessert!

And, from memory, these are the PB ok/not ok foods:

PB foods to eat:
meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruit (in moderation), good fats (you TFers know what these are--CO, lard, butter/ghee if you do it, EVOO, etc.), nuts/seeds

PB foods ok in moderation:
(full fat) dairy, starchy tubers, dark chocolate

PB foods to avoid:
grains, bad fats, legumes, sugar, most processed franken-foods, etc...

Just found this from this link on MDA:
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Is it Primal?

Eggs – Yes (even raw eggs? Why not.)
Nuts – Yes (Almonds, Walnuts, Soaking Seeds & Nuts)
Seeds – Yes
Coconut – Yes, in every way, shape, and form
Coffee/Tea – Yes
Whole Grains, Oatmeal, Brown Rice – No
Beans & Legumes – No
Dark Chocolate – Occasionally
Red Wine – Occasionally
Artificial Sweeteners – Not really, but not terrible
Cheese – Not officially, but…
Soy and Whey and Protein Powders – Depends
Chewing Gum – Depends
Dairy – Dairy isn’t strictly Primal.
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So great that this thread is still going strong...I have been lurking and you are all giving me plenty of inspiration!

This is my second day back on track really and I am feeling pretty good! Not sure I am getting in everything I need or whether I am eating too much (or even too little!) but am just trying to get back into it first and then will fine tune!

Yesterday I did eat some potatoes at breakfast because there was beef hash left from the night before, but I am more concerned about grains initially so am not too worried about that (although I will try to avoid them too as much as possible).
Lunch was a big chunk of camenbert and a slice or two of parma ham with some cucumber and then a decaf coffee with a good slug of heavy cream! Dinner was gazpacho (trying to get bone broth in!) with avocado and then a 2 egg omelette with cheese and mushrooms and some (homegrown!) salad leaves with a caesar type dressing.

Today so far I've had greek yoghurt and berries for breakfast then lunch was avocado and crispy parma ham in caesar dressing, a small chunk of camenbert and a decaf coffee with cream. Dinner will be more gazpacho then wild alaskan salmon & asparagus with plenty of melted butter.

Just for reference I could do with losing a good bit of weight (probably at least 30-40 pounds), am nursing a two year old (at least 2/3 times in 24 hours) and ttc!

I have just started a new batch of kefir and am aiming to get in a lot more bone broth and green veggies.
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You know I haven't been to horribly strict on myself on the whole sugar front. I allow myself occasional treats like good fatty ice cream and when I was at a BBQ on Saturday I had some cheese cake (minus the crust). I think that allowing yourself a bit of sugar now and then helps you to not feel deprived and makes this plan doable for the long haul. Most days though my indulgence is a cup of chai tea with honey and goats milk. Of course I couldn't have allowed myself these treats if I was still completely addicted like I was a couple of years ago. A six month sugar fast helped me break through my horrible sugar addiction.


Todays breakfast was sausage links with some maple syrup and I think I will go make myself a green smoothie too. I think I may just green smoothie it for lunch too. I just don't feel like eating much. I am cycling and my inclination is to eat sugar or nothing at all, so maybe I will just live on smoothies for a few days . Except dinner i am making lettuce tacos tonight


Does anyone want to share their favorite green smoothie recipes?

Here's mine:
1 cup raw milk
2 cups raw baby spinach
2 Tbsp ground flax
1/2tstp spiralina powder
1 small handful frozen berries
1 Tbsp OJ concentrate

I don't really agree with Primal on the dairy thing I think raw dairy is great for us and actually necessary, but I don't over due it. I usually just have 1-2 servings a day

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my favorites green smoothie from memory (it's been a while). i portion it different every time, but essentially...

3 cups shredded kale
1 cup yogurt
milk to blend

then add
a couple handful of sliced frozen banana
mango or peaches or blueberries or strawberries
quarter of a lemon (esp good with the strawberries)

and i used to do honey. ill have to try it without honey and see whats what.

today i had
hamburger patty with 2 tbs A1 steak sauce (i need to start making my own dressing for this)

huge piece of salmon
lots of grilled asparagus
big salad with mixed greens, romaine, carrot, red cabbage, avocado, apple, pecans, bacon and topped with MDA's apple balsamic dressing we had leftover.

later we are having fresh mango for dessert.

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