Air Fryer Ranch Chicken
Chicken is a great Primal protein on its own. Add in herby ranch flavor and a fast cook time from the air fryer? Perfection.
The air fryer’s quick cooking time means it cooks before it has had a chance for the chicken to dry out. With only six ingredients, a few minutes of prep time, and 25 minutes hands-off in the air fryer, this ranch chicken will become a go-to recipe for those busy nights.
Here’s how to make it.
Turn Your Grill Into a Smoker, Plus a Smoked Pork Chops Recipe
The flavor and aroma of smoked meat scream summer to me, especially after spending the last eight years in North Carolina. If you want to try your hand at smoking at home but don’t have a dedicated smoker, you can actually transform your propane grill into a makeshift smoker.
You can use this same set-up to cook any meat from chicken wings to brisket to pork roasts. Turning your grill into a smoker is fairly simple. All you need is:
A full tank of propane
Time – smoking takes longer than grilling, especially for large cuts of meat
In this post, I’ll walk you through transforming your gas grill into a smoker and then show you how to make simple, tasty smoked pork chops that will get you hooked on smoking meats at home. Get ready to get smoky!
Smoked Prime Rib Recipe, Without a Smoker
Making prime rib at home can be intimidating, but we’re going to show you a simple grill-to-oven method that is virtually foolproof. This may become your new go-to recipe when you want to impress! This prime rib starts on a gas or charcoal grill with wood chips to infuse it with a smoky flavor. If you have a smoker, by all means use that for the smoking portion. It is then finished in the oven to get a crispy browned exterior and a juicy, medium-rare interior. A variety of wood chip varieties can be used for beef, but for this recipe we like cherry, apple or pecan. For a bolder flavor, you can try hickory or oak. We highly recommend salting the prime rib the night before and letting it rest in the fridge in a pan with a rack. This will give the meat more flavor and be more tender after cooking. We serve the prime rib along with our Primal Kitchen Steak Sauce. Ingredients 5 lbs. boneless prime rib Salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves 3 Tbsp. chopped sage leaves 2 tsp. Black pepper 8 cloves grated garlic Primal Kitchen® Steak Sauce Directions Pat the prime rib dry. Liberally salt your meat on all sides and place it on a rack in the fridge overnight. The next day, take the meat out and allow it to rest at room temperature for an hour. Melt the butter and mix in the thyme, sage, pepper and garlic. Rub the mixture all over the meat and place it in a cast iron pan. We used a cast iron grill pan since it was too big for our regular cast iron pan. While the meat is resting, soak some wood chips for about 20 minutes. Beef can withstand many types of wood for smoking. Many people like using hickory or oak, but for this we like fruit tree chips like apple, cherry, or pecan. For less than $20, you can purchase a smoker box, which is a metal box with holes that holds wood chips in your grill. Or you can do what I did and make your own smoker out of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Either way, drain your wood chips thoroughly. Place them in the smoker box or in the center of a large square of foil. Wrap the wood chips in the foil, then use a knife to poke some holes in the top of the foil packet. This will allow fragrant smoke to emanate from the package. Turn one side of your gas grill on to high heat. Place the foil packet with wood chips on the side that’s heating up. Cover the grill and allow it to come up to temperature and for the wood chips to start smoking. This will take 30 minutes or so. Once you see a good amount of smoke coming from the foil packet, place the pan with the meat on the opposite side of the grill (the … Continue reading “Smoked Prime Rib Recipe, Without a Smoker”
Grilled Romaine Salad Recipe
Have you ever made a grilled salad? You may think of salad as a cold food, but you’ll want to keep an open mind for this sweet, savory, smoky salad that’s just as refreshing as a cool, crisp salad on a hot day.
Hearts of romaine hold up well to the grill and develop a smoky wilt that balances out sweet grilled fruits and a tangy homemade balsamic dressing. This grilled romaine salad makes an excellent side dish that will become the star of any backyard barbecue.
To make it a main dish, grill your favorite chicken, steak, salmon or shrimp to top it with. Feel free to play around with the toppings to fit your diet or preferences. If you don’t have access to a grill, you can “grill” the lettuce, stone fruit and peppers on a hot cast iron grill pan on your stovetop.
Here’s how to make it.
Italian Chicken and Basil Kabobs Recipe, Because Everything Tastes Best on Skewers
Kabobs typically have a warm-spiced Middle-eastern or a sweet Hawaiian flair. We’re changing it up and marinating our chicken kabobs in your favorite Italian flavors, like garlic, basil, lemon, and an herby marinade. You’re going to love this spin on the traditional meat-and-veggie-on-a-stick experience.
Getting together for backyard barbecues again? These Italian chicken and basil kabobs make a showstopping entreé that will wow the entire patio with its jewel-toned vegetables and its flavorful marinade.
We could talk about grilled chicken kabobs all day, but we’d rather make them (and eat them!). Here’s how to do it.
How to Cook Eggs Perfectly, Every Time: Poached, Sunnyside Up, Jammy, and More
When you ask people what foods they learned to cook first as a child, most often they’ll tell you scrambled eggs. Even though a kid can do it, there’s a lot of variation to your scrambled eggs. They can be dry or watery, fluffy or flat. That goes for other egg methods too – there’s a big difference between an overcooked hard-boiled egg and a perfectly jammy egg. So, I put together a tutorial on how to cook eggs perfectly, no matter how you like them. Eggs cook quickly and are inexpensive, so you can try your hand at a cooking method you’ve never done before! If you mess up, you’re out a few pennies and a few minutes, and you can try again. Let’s start with the most intimidating of the cooking methods: poaching eggs. How to Make Poached Eggs For poached eggs, you want to use super fresh eggs. A fresh egg will have a firmer, tighter white that will stay together better when poaching. Fill a pot with water no greater than 2 inches high, about the height of a teaspoon if you measure it from the tip of the bowl to the beginning of the spoon handle. Bring the water to just barely a simmer and add a pinch of salt. You should be able to see some bubbles at the bottom of the pot. Using a meat thermometer, watch for your water to come to around 190 degrees. Then you’re ready to go. When you can maintain 190 degrees, crack an egg into a small ramekin. Use a large spoon to swirl the water in the pot to break up any bubbles at the bottom of the pot. Spin the water gently with the spoon in a circular motion around the inside of the pot to create a small vortex so there’s a still spot of the water in the middle and the rest of the water is spinning around it. In this middle spot, gently press the ramekin into the water as you are pouring the egg into it. Watch your fingers – the water will burn! The lip of the ramekin cup should go under the water as you pour the egg in. The egg will swirl in the pot and the egg white will start to solidify. If the white part is loose and starts to travel around the pot, gently spin the water around the inside edge of the pot again with a spoon to encourage the egg white to stay together. Set your timer for around 4 minutes. At the four-minute mark, use a slotted spoon to gently pull the poached egg out of the water. The egg is done when the yolk has a nice spring to it and still feels soft and liquidy in the middle, but the white is pretty firm. Poached eggs are delicious on so many things. We served ours on toasted sweet potato slices, arugula, and topped them with a pinch of salt and … Continue reading “How to Cook Eggs Perfectly, Every Time: Poached, Sunnyside Up, Jammy, and More”
4 Budget Carniflex Recipes: Cost-effective Ground Beef Bowls for the Carnivore Diet
Soon after starting a carnivore diet, you may be wondering what to eat to keep things interesting. With an eating style that’s so restrictive, it’s easy to get bored quickly. That’s where sauces, dressings, and marinades come in. If you’re pure carnivore, those are out, but a lot of people are adopting a Carniflex style of eating so that they can add flavor and variety to their meals. It’s been the Primal philosophy all along that you’ll stick with a healthy habit if 1. it doesn’t feel too restrictive, and 2. you can keep things exciting! Primal Health Coach Brian has been eating a Carniflex style diet for some time now, and he’s here to share his tips and tricks to avoid getting stuck in a rut. One of his favorite hacks is to use ground beef for the convenience and versatility it offers. He came up with four different Carniflex ground beef bowls that he makes in just minutes for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Why Use Ground Beef on a Carnivore or Carniflex Diet? Ground beef has a lot of appeal to carnivore dieters for its: Ease of preparation. Ground beef cooks in minutes, and it’s as simple as browning it in a pan. No fancy techniques required. Versatility. You can experiment with mixing a lot of things like organ meats, sauces, marinades, collagen, herbs… the possibilities are endless. Cost effectiveness. Carnivore can be expensive, if you’re reaching for a ribeye or three every day. But ground beef is cheaper and just as satisfying. Carnivore Diet Cost: Steak vs. Ground Beef Ground beef is a lot less expensive than steak. If you watch for sales, you can easily find grass-fed ground beef, fresh or frozen, for around $5 a pound. You might find bulk or conventional ground beef cheaper, and you might find it more expensive, too. At the time this article was published, you can expect to pay around $5 a pound. A lot of carnivore diet beginners go the “Costco ribeye” approach where conventional (not organic or grass-fed) ribeyes are aorund $15/pound. To give you an idea of the cost of enhancements: About .70 for a serving of Primal Kitchen® collagen peptides Roughly .60 for 2 servings of Primal Kitchen® sauce .50 for 2 pasture raised eggs 1 oz of liver – maybe .50 for an oz if buying from high quality source, but you might find it much cheaper So, you’re looking at around $7-8 for a 1 pound meal. https://youtu.be/L0f5uoZar78 On the Carnivore Diet, You Don’t Just Eat Muscle Meat Muscle meat is nutritious, but has a very limited nutritional profile. You can incorporate a broader range of nutrients by using organ meats, like heart, liver, tripe, etc. A lot of people consider collagen an organ meat and include collagen protein as a way to round out amino acids in your meal. If organs make you squeamish, you can sneak them into ground beef bowls like these, or chop them finely and add … Continue reading “4 Budget Carniflex Recipes: Cost-effective Ground Beef Bowls for the Carnivore Diet”
Keto and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Is there anything more nostalgic than a chocolate chip cookie with a tall glass of milk? If you thought a cookies and milk snack was a thing of the past, we’ve got you covered. This keto chocolate chip cookies recipe is just as satisfying as the cookies you remember from Grandma’s kitchen. And, they’re totally dunk-worthy, so have a glass of milk, almond milk or macadamia nut milk ready when they come out of the oven. The combination of almond flour and coconut flour maintains a chewy texture. If you prefer your cookies flatter and crunchier or fluffier and lighter, I included ways to adjust your baking soda and baking powder to achieve the cookie style you remember eating as a kid. Let’s make your new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. How to Make Keto and Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients 1/4 cup softened and room temperature salted butter 1/4 cup almond butter 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup granulated monkfruit sweetener (or coconut sugar if not keto) 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp. almond flour 2 tsp. coconut flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder (or for a flatter, crunchier cookie, use ¼ tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. baking powder) 1 large egg 120g chopped dark chocolate (we used 85%) Directions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine the soft butter, almond butter and vanilla extract. Mix in the sweetener, almond flour and coconut flour. Whisk the egg and mix it into the dough. Allow the dough to rest for 3-5 minutes, then mix in the baking powder. Chop your chocolate and fold it into the dough. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out 8 balls of dough onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until the undersides of the cookies are just golden. Allow them to cool slightly prior to moving them to a cooling rack. Tips Different brands of coconut flour can vary in absorbancy. For this recipe I used Whole Foods brand Coconut flour. You may want to start with 1 teaspoon of coconut flour and allow the dough to rest for a few minutes to thicken up, and then adjust up to 2 teaspoons based on the thickness of the dough. If you’re not Keto or don’t want to use a sugar substitute, this recipe is excellent with coconut sugar. Just sub the sweetener 1:1. For flatter, crunchier cookies, use ¼ tsp. baking powder and ¼ tsp. baking soda. For a slightly fluffier cookie that doesn’t flatten out, use ½ tsp. Baking powder. For this recipe, we recommend either roughly chopping up your favorite dark chocolate bar, or using chocolate chunks. How many carbs are in a chocolate chip cookie? The carb count in traditional chocolate chip cookies varies, as cookies vary in size and sugar content. These cookies contain less than 2g of net carbs each. Does that mean you can have cookies for breakfast? That’s entirely up to you! Can you freeze chocolate chip cookies? You … Continue reading “Keto and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies”
Pressure Cooker Beef Pho Recipe
Spring is right around the corner, but for now, the air outside still bites back. This warm-spiced beef pho recipe is just what you need to warm up. Starting with a steaming bowl of rich broth, you build your soup with your favorite ingredients and allow the flavors to get to know each other as they quick-cook right in your bowl. While you may love to have an occasional bowl of pho at your favorite neighborhood pho place, you may want a more paleo, Primal, or keto-friendly option. Some places use excessive MSG, and traditionally pho is built upon a substantial pile of carby rice noodles. When you make it yourself, you can put whatever you want in your bowl. The Best Beef for Pho, and How to Prepare It For this recipe, we used top sirloin and carefully sliced it extra thin with a sharp knife. That’s it! You can also use other types of steak, like eye of round. Fattier cuts may be more difficult to slice thin, so opt for leaner cuts of beef for pho. How to Make Beef Pho at Home Ingredients For the broth: 2 lbs marrow bones 2 lb oxtail Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Spray 1 onion, cut into quarters 3 green onions 2 inch piece ginger, cut into thick slices 4 cloves garlic 1 tsp. coriander seed 1/2 tsp. black peppercorn 1 cinnamon stick 1-2 star anise 1/4 cup coconut aminos 1/2 tbsp. coconut sugar or 1-2 carrots Optional: 1-2 Tbsp. fish sauce 6-7 cups water Beef Pho Add-in Ingredient Ideas 1/2-1 lb. very thinly sliced top sirloin Noodle of choice: shirataki noodle, kelp noodles, zucchini noodles, hearts of palm noodles Herbs: mint, basil, cilantro Thinly sliced vegetables like daikon radish and/or carrot Hot peppers Sriracha, fish sauce, coconut aminos, red pepper flakes Lime wedges Directions Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Lay your marrow bones and oxtail on a sheet pan. Roast for 20 minutes, then flip them over and roast for an additional 20-25 minutes. On a second tray, toss the onion, green onions, garlic and ginger in a spray of avocado oil. Roast for 15-20 minutes. In a small skillet, toast the coriander, peppercorns, cinnamon and star anise for about 1 minute over medium heat, or until fragrant. Once the bones and vegetables are roasted, place them all into an instant pot. Add the toasted spices, coconut aminos, and coconut sugar. Pour in 6-7 cups of water, or until the liquid is halfway between the 1/2 and 3/4 fill lines. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to the Soup/Stew Function. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 1 hour 45 minutes. After the pot finishes cooking and beeps, allow it to naturally release for 20 minutes. Allow the broth to cool slightly, then strain the broth into containers. Reserve any meaty bits from the oxtail for the soup or other purposes. At this point, you can either refrigerate the broth to let the fat … Continue reading “Pressure Cooker Beef Pho Recipe”
That Tortilla Hack You Saw on TikTok (Savory and Sweet Options!)
Sometimes, trending recipes aren’t what you were expecting. Other times, they’re a hit with your whole family. This is one of those times. This TikTok tortilla hack turns a plain old tortilla into a hearty meal or treat in just a few minutes, and the possibilities for fillings are endless. We’re offering up a few recipes to get you started, but soon you’ll find yourself adding a little of this or that to put your own creative spin on the popular folded tortilla wrap. Have the Kids Make Their Own Folded Tortilla Kids are more likely to eat foods that they prepared themselves. Give them a sense of control by letting them choose what goes in each quadrant. Folding tortillas this way solves a challenging part of eating wraps when your hands are little – it turns the tortilla into a cup that holds all the goodies inside! Other Ideas for Tortilla Fillings Savory Sauteed peppers and onions Sliced sausage Sauteed kale Feta or goat cheese Buffalo sauce Ranch dressing Pesto mayo Sweet Blackberries Strawberries Homemade nutella Homemade marshmallows Here’s how to make a bacon avocado breakfast folded tortilla, and a chocolate strawberry bacon breakfast tortilla. Avocado Bacon Breakfast Tortilla Wrap Ingredients Almond flour tortilla (Siete or Whole Foods brand) 1 fried egg 2 slices cooked bacon, broken into a few pieces 1/4 sliced avocado 1/2 oz. cheese of choice Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil Spray or Avocado Oil Salsa for dipping Directions Preheat a seasoned cast iron skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Once hot, add a little avocado oil or use avocado oil spray. Place the tortilla in the pan and let it heat up for 15 seconds on each side. You want the tortilla to be pliable and soft, but not to the point where it gets too toasted and gets tough. Quickly cut a slit halfway through the center of the tortilla. Orient the tortilla so the cut side of the tortilla is facing you. Arrange the fillings in each quadrant of the tortilla. Fold the bottom left flap of the tortilla up to meet the top left. Flip that section to the right to cover the top right quadrant. Then flip one more time to cover the bottom right quadrant. Add a little more avocado spray to the pan. Once the oil is hot, place the folded tortilla in it. If needed, you can gently press the tortilla down with a small skillet or bottom of a heavy jar. Flip the folded tortilla over with a spatula until both sides are nice and browned. Repeat with additional tortillas and fillings. Eat your tortillas as is, or dip the savory breakfast tortillas in salsa! Bacon Chocolate Strawberry Folded Tortilla Wrap Ingredients Almond flour tortilla (Siete or Whole Foods brand) 1-2 slices cooked bacon, broken into a few pieces 1-2 thinly sliced strawberries 1/2 tbsp. melted dark chocolate (we used 95%) 1/2 tbsp. nut butter of choice Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Spray or Avocado Oil … Continue reading “That Tortilla Hack You Saw on TikTok (Savory and Sweet Options!)”