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Real Paleo Hacks

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Created May 17, 2011 at 9:31 AM

What have you done to make eating paleo more efficient, nourishing or tasty? Did you come up with simple and functional lifestyle changes?

  • To increase fat content of fried eggs, add dessicated coconut to the eggs. Add vanilla for taste. Use lots of lard or coconut oil for frying. Scramble it instead of making an omelet to increase surface area.
  • A larger surface area will take more oil in any meal. This would also work for adding more fat to lean meats. Cut it up into smaller pieces.
  • If a cured meat is too salty, cut it into strips and soak it for a moment in warm water.

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24271 · August 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I really need to do this.

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24271 · August 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I agree. Good stuff!

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430 · August 28, 2011 at 4:33 AM

You couldn't pay me to use my microwave, it's just for looks!!!

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7592 · August 28, 2011 at 3:52 AM

I would say your hacks are very impressive. thank you for them.

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951 · August 28, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Sounds delicious

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1689 · August 28, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Potato and eggs are so tasty and very easy to make, and eat.

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883 · May 25, 2011 at 3:54 AM

awesome :) I am glad they liked them. Kid approved is always a good sign haha

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340 · May 25, 2011 at 1:40 AM

Lalabomba: lovely on the fried chicken and jelly. we've tried lemon bars with almond flour (and coconut flakes), the kids love them even though not sweet.

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1536 · May 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

For the most part, the staples of modern Korean food are wheat, rice, soy, corn and sugar, but if you can get your hands on some, go for it. Works great in soups too. Also, the dried anchovies can be made into a stir fry with hot peppers, sesame seeds and a little honey. It keeps well in the fridge as a nice snack. Two things that go with anything are bok choy (wonderful in poultry stock) and quails eggs. Korean sweet potatoes are divine, creamy and not too sweet. And if you can find it, the samgyeopsal (pork belly) is a great substitute for bacon.

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883 · May 18, 2011 at 3:08 AM

its working extremely well, my teeth are much whiter now than when i was using whitening toothpaste and my hot/cold sensitivity has completely vanished. I dont brush with the baking soda mixture every day, just every other day because the baking soda can scratch your enamel. but I do brush with coconut oil everyday.

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5242 · May 18, 2011 at 2:58 AM

I love the bone broth!

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799 · May 18, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Lalabomba: how is the coconut/baking soda mix for toothbrushing working for you? I'm currently using salt mixed with baking soda.

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883 · May 18, 2011 at 2:19 AM

my favorite recipe conversion is for fried chicken. instead of using bread I use sesame seeds and almond flour with some dry ranch seasoning. the seasoning is optional, my non-paleo hubby enjoys it. also for lemon dessert bars instead of the graham cracker crust i use almond flour and egg with a touch of cinnamon. and make the lemon jelly how its normally made but substitute the wheat flour with almond flour and the sugar for dried pineapple that has been put through a food processor.

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340 · May 18, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Do you have a favorite recipe conversion?

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340 · May 18, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Okay, those are actually pretty cool. Can you post any other cool paleo finds among Korean food? Few of us in Korea, but lots of us with access to Asian groceries.

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883 · May 17, 2011 at 11:07 PM

and i just ate my last sweet potato, damn. Guess tonight i am going out to the grocery store :)

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290 · May 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

This is a massive time saver, especially when you use a slow cooker.

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629 · May 17, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I had this at lunch - it was very easy and satisfying. Thanks for the idea. :)

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4086 · May 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I cook a sweet potato in the microwave and then add two raw egg yolks to the hot potato and mash. The hot potato lightly cooks the yolks for a quick nutritious meal that requires no dishes.

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430 · August 28, 2011 at 4:33 AM

You couldn't pay me to use my microwave, it's just for looks!!!

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951 · August 28, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Sounds delicious

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1689 · August 28, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Potato and eggs are so tasty and very easy to make, and eat.

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883 · May 17, 2011 at 11:07 PM

and i just ate my last sweet potato, damn. Guess tonight i am going out to the grocery store :)

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629 · May 17, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I had this at lunch - it was very easy and satisfying. Thanks for the idea. :)

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834 · May 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM

  • I stopped driving to work and started taking to longest and most inclined path that time allows to get to public transportation to take me there.

  • I started freezing all of my meals and storing them in the freezer at work so I didn't have to worry about eating the right things while at work.

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1536 · May 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

My hacks probably aren't that impressive. I don't have an oven, so I rigged a toaster oven I inherited from a departing teacher to stop timing food. I have a tiny apartment, so I make yogurt and sour cream on the stove by touch and wrap it in my bedding to incubate. I do this about once a week.
I make stock from everything with bones and use it to cook vegetables and skim off the fat to fry things. The side of my wardrobe has become my pull-up bar. I save the peels from oranges, candy them with honey and use them in marinades and brines. I try to pick up my students at least once a week (you can do that here), or walk as they cling to my legs or neck, to get in more time lifting heavy things.

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24271 · August 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I agree. Good stuff!

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7592 · August 28, 2011 at 3:52 AM

I would say your hacks are very impressive. thank you for them.

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1536 · May 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

For the most part, the staples of modern Korean food are wheat, rice, soy, corn and sugar, but if you can get your hands on some, go for it. Works great in soups too. Also, the dried anchovies can be made into a stir fry with hot peppers, sesame seeds and a little honey. It keeps well in the fridge as a nice snack. Two things that go with anything are bok choy (wonderful in poultry stock) and quails eggs. Korean sweet potatoes are divine, creamy and not too sweet. And if you can find it, the samgyeopsal (pork belly) is a great substitute for bacon.

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340 · May 18, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Okay, those are actually pretty cool. Can you post any other cool paleo finds among Korean food? Few of us in Korea, but lots of us with access to Asian groceries.

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883 · May 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM

  • use coconut oil and nitrate free sausage for my eggs
  • I brush my teeth with a mix of coconut oil and baking soda.
  • use a good deal of organ meats (especially beef heart) in place of most cuts of meat.
  • managed to convert the majority of my favorite recipes over to paleo.
  • I fish often and whatever I catch is usually on the menu

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883 · May 25, 2011 at 3:54 AM

awesome :) I am glad they liked them. Kid approved is always a good sign haha

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340 · May 25, 2011 at 1:40 AM

Lalabomba: lovely on the fried chicken and jelly. we've tried lemon bars with almond flour (and coconut flakes), the kids love them even though not sweet.

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678
883 · May 18, 2011 at 3:08 AM

its working extremely well, my teeth are much whiter now than when i was using whitening toothpaste and my hot/cold sensitivity has completely vanished. I dont brush with the baking soda mixture every day, just every other day because the baking soda can scratch your enamel. but I do brush with coconut oil everyday.

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799 · May 18, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Lalabomba: how is the coconut/baking soda mix for toothbrushing working for you? I'm currently using salt mixed with baking soda.

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883 · May 18, 2011 at 2:19 AM

my favorite recipe conversion is for fried chicken. instead of using bread I use sesame seeds and almond flour with some dry ranch seasoning. the seasoning is optional, my non-paleo hubby enjoys it. also for lemon dessert bars instead of the graham cracker crust i use almond flour and egg with a touch of cinnamon. and make the lemon jelly how its normally made but substitute the wheat flour with almond flour and the sugar for dried pineapple that has been put through a food processor.

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340 · May 18, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Do you have a favorite recipe conversion?

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268 · May 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I got a bike with panniers on the back and a wicker basket on the front, and I cycle to the shops. I use the supermarket for things like loos rolls and floor cleaner and visit the little shops on my bike. Its much easier on the bike because otherwise the parking is too difficult and you end up getting it all in the supermarket.

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24271 · August 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I really need to do this.

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555 · May 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Batch cooking. Cook once, eat (almost) all week.

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290 · May 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

This is a massive time saver, especially when you use a slow cooker.

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629 · May 17, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I've started keeping chickens (in town) for eggs, though it'll be another 4 month or so before they're old enough to start laying.

Making regular batches of beef stock / bone broth. Great stuff.

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5242 · May 18, 2011 at 2:58 AM

I love the bone broth!

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158 · August 28, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Basic hacks. Some were things I did pre paleo, but come in handy:

  • I've changed my shopping list to have columns: protein, fruits/veggies, dairy, grains (my fiance is not paleo, so the last two columns are for him)...it helps me conceptualize what I need, and makes it easier to write the list and shop for items.

  • EGGGSSSSSS. boiling 6 eggs at a time makes for really easy meals.

  • Roasted sweet potato slices; I do 3-4 potatoes at a time and switch up the spices. Tonight, I did salt, pepper, garlic and chili powder (mixed with melted lard, of course). they last a few days for a household of 2.

  • Tinned sardines and mackerel. Easy, cheap protein (even for the organic kind)

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