Waldorf Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free)

Waldorf Salad

Early fall is the season of apples for me, and I get excited to use all kinds in every way possible. So, when Brent suggested we try to create our own Waldorf salad–in which apples are a main ingredient–I was completely on board. The original Waldorf salad recipe is attributed to the dinning room manager of New York’s Waldof-Astoria Hotel in the late 1890s. It contained apples, celery, and mayonnaise, and was served on a bed of lettuce.

Soon thereafter, walnuts became another main ingredient and over the decades other ingredients have come and gone. Some common additions are chicken, turkey, dried fruits, and yogurt. I imagine that yogurt plays an integral role in helping the dressing stay light and flavorful. So, I wanted to recreate that experience, but keep it dairy-free.

This Waldorf salad is sweet and light, and can be served as a refreshing lunch, appetizer, snack or even dessert. (Yes, I said dessert. I had the leftovers as “dessert” for three straight dinners.) We hope you will enjoy it, too!
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Tacos de Lengua (Tongue Tacos) Recipe - paleo, primal, gluten free

Tacos de Lengua (Tongue Tacos)

Growing up, I remember my mom sharing with me the fact that when she was my age, they ate everything from the animals on the farm. She shared stories of tongue, sweetbreads, and ham hocks—and you couldn’t have paid me enough money to try them. Thankfully, with a bit of persistence from my parents to always try new things, and this crazy paleo adventure we’ve embarked on over the past two-plus years, we’ve come to eat (and love) a lot of foods that fall off the beaten path of traditional American cuisine.

Just a few weeks ago, we brought this buffalo tongue that we bought at Cibola Farms along to Russ’ house for cooking along with a day of cooking as well as photographing a few items for an upcoming project (more on that soon!). If you’ve never had tongue before, or are trying to convince a wary friend or family member, this is exactly the recipe you’ve been looking for. We hope you’ll give it a try.

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Seafood Stew Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten free)

Seafood Stew

Like it or not, fall is quickly approaching—which means it is time to start preparing for colder weather and warming recipes. Fall is by far my favorite season of the year (strongly influenced by football), and I also love having a hearty stew, soup, or other warm meal to pair with the changing leaves and cooling weather.

This seafood stew is partially inspired by our friend Russ, of the Domestic Man, as he gifted us with some homemade fish stock (UPDATE: get the recipe here) when we last visited. He’s one of our aspirational cook friends (check out our review of his cookbook here), and we wanted to take full advantage of the offering. This stew may be made with a variety of seafood, depending on what is available where you are, and is quite delicious. We hope you’ll take this recipe on and make it your own this fall.
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Easy Squid Salad Recipe (paleo, primal, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Easy Calamari (Squid) Salad

Squid is an ingredient that I vilified for a large portion of my life—probably until I was in my early teens. My mom’s insistence that I try all foods at least once, as well as a friend whose parents owned a restaurant, turned me on to calamari. There’s also been some recent news chatter about a certain substitute that some restaurants have allegedly been using as a cost savings measure (tldr; some claim pig rectum is being used, but current evidence points to hearsay and urban legend).

When our local supermarket had organically sourced squid, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a dish that didn’t include frying this delicious cephalopod. This salad is light and refreshing, and would easily work as an appetizer or first course, but can also work as a full meal itself. If you’re looking to put together a more exotic meal without a lot of effort, this is certainly a great way to go. Just note that cleaning and preparing squid can be a little time intensive, so if there is an option to buy them pre-cleaned (and you’re in a hurry), take advantage of it.

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe (Whole30)

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

If you’ve been near an internet-connected device in the past week, you’ve noticed a big welcome back to white potatoes from the folks at Whole9, including them in their Whole30 protocol. Heather and I have read (and gifted) their NY Times best-seller It Starts With Food as well as done Whole30 challenges on several occasions. Definitely check out their resources if you haven’t come across them yet.

That being said, when push comes to shove, we’ve been more lenient with certain starches in our lives than some other things—if one food option has dairy and the other a starch (potato or white rice), we’ll almost always go with the starch. Both of us have family back in Wisconsin, so avoiding cheese isn’t our favorite thing, but the fact of the matter is that it makes us (with the rare exception of the occasional raw cheese) feel worse rather than better. That hasn’t been the case with potatoes, so we’re excited to see them gain more attention and come back into the fold for those of us advocating a real food diet.

Several people have mentioned their rationale behind allowing potatoes in their diet (e.g. The Domestic Man, Primal Palate, Nom Nom Paleo, Mat Lalonde, Paul Jaminet, Mark Sisson, among others), so I won’t beat a dead horse here and hope you won’t call the uber-strict paleo police on us. At the end of the day, we’re advocates for eating with a health-focused perspective, and starches aren’t antithetical to health for all people. When dialing in on the right diet for you, listen to your body, performance, and overall well-being and make adjustments as necessary. Beyond eating real food, I don’t believe there’s only one diet that is healthy for everyone. Ok, on to the stuff you want to see…
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