Foil pack dinners offer the ease and convenience of single packs with zero clean-up: an attractive option for anyone looking to make the most of their evenings (while still putting a healthy meal on the table).

We think this light and tasty salmon with asparagus pack is the perfect spring dinner—and Primal Kitchen Lemon Turmeric Dressing and Marinade makes it even easier. Four main ingredients, and supper is served!

Servings: 2

Time In the Kitchen: 15 minutes

Ingredients:


Instructions:

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Divide raw asparagus and place half as well as a half salmon fillets in 2 large sheets heavy-duty foil. Fold up all sides of foil slightly to form rim. Pour 3 tablespoons of Primal Kitchen Lemon Turmeric Dressing & Marinade over each fillet half and asparagus stalks.

Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place packets in single layer in shallow pan.

Bake 15 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork. Cut slits in foil with sharp knife to release steam before opening packet. Top with additional dressing, lemon slices and chopping parsley as desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 378
  • Net Carbs: 5 grams
  • Fat: 26 grams
  • Protein: 31 grams

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People say they love pasta, but often what they really crave is the sauce. Not that pasta is merely a “filler,” however. Noodles offer a nice texture and lighter feel—putting the sauce in a proper proportion of taste and richness within the overall dish. That may be especially true with alfredo, one of the richest sauces around. Its creamy fullness is hard to resist, and with this low-carb zoodle recipe, you won’t have to.

Servings:6

Time in the Kitchen: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 spiralized zucchinis
  • 1 tub (250 g) organic cream cheese
  • 1 cup macadamia milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. Italian parsley (optional for garnish)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Boil zoodles in sea-water-salty water for a few minutes and drain.

For sauce, heat cream cheese with 1 cup each milk and Parmesan in a nonstick pot. Bring to a soft boil.

Season with a dash of ground nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.

Put zoodles in serving dish or broil-safe dish if you wish to broil for a baked look as pictured.

Pour enough sauce on zoodles and broccoli to cover them. (Note: This recipe makes enough sauce to cover almost twice as many Zoodles as pictured. There will be plenty for leftovers!)

Top zoodle mixture with extra Parmesan, black pepper and chopped Italian parsley.

Broil if desired. Serve on its own or with baked chicken, and enjoy!

Nutritional Info (per serving):

  • Calories: 230
  • Carbs: 5.2 grams
  • Fat: 20 grams
  • Protein: 8.7 grams

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Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today’s recipe.

This rich keto chili is made with two types of beef and slow cooked in bone broth for stick-to-your-ribs heartiness. This rich and simple crockpot recipe combines sirloin steak, ground bison, sweet bell peppers, and smoky ancho chiles for a recipe that is anything but ordinary. Best of all, this chili can be prepped ahead of time for a meal that reheats in a pinch throughout a busy week.

The stock for this chili is made from bone broth, or slow-simmered beef bones. When bones simmer in water overnight, they release their amino acids into the liquid, creating a liquid golden broth full of gut-healing collagen. We love this potent and flavorful bone broth recipe with leeks and rosemary, but you can also purchase plain bone broth online or in most grocery stores if you’re in a pinch.

Most of the flavor in this chili comes from dried ancho chiles. These are made from smoked poblano peppers, condensing their sweetness and adding a complexity to chili that raw pepper alone can’t match. This pepper is not spicy, making it one the whole family can enjoy. You can find dried ancho chiles in the ethnic foods aisle of most grocery stores.

Lean ground bison and tender chunks of sirloin beef are browned in a skillet before being added to the crockpot. This gives them a chance to caramelize, deepening the flavor of the chili. Both grass-fed beef and bison are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and contain more free-radical fighting antioxidants like vitamin-E than their factory-farm counterparts.

Get started by heating ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, then pour them into the crockpot. Next, turn up the heat to medium-high and add the diced steak and ground bison to the skillet to brown for seven or eight minutes. Drain and discard any fat, then pour the meat over the onions in the crockpot.

Add the ancho chiles, tomatoes, bone broth and dried herbs to the crockpot, then cover and set to low heat for six hours. Add a chopped green bell pepper to the crockpot for the last hour of cooking to help keep it crisp. Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Looking for more keto recipes? Check out these 23 paleo and keto-friendly snacks.

Time In the Kitchen: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Tools:

  • Large skillet
  • Crockpot

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 lb sirloin steak, cubed
  • 1 lb ground bison
  • 2 medium, dried ancho chili peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef or bison bone broth
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving

Instructions:

1. Heat ghee in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the onions into the crockpot and return skillet to the stovetop.

2. Add the diced steak and ground bison to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Brown the meat for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and discard any fat. Pour the meat into the crockpot.

3. Add the ancho chiles, tomatoes, bone broth, cumin, oregano, paprika and sea salt to the crockpot. Cover and set to low heat for 5 hours.

4. Add the bell pepper to the crockpot and cook on low heat for one more hour.

5. Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with cilantro.

Nutritional Info:

  • Calories: 257
  • Carbs: 4.7 grams
  • Fat: 11 grams
  • Protein: 34 grams

Thanks again to Paleohacks for today’s recipe. Have a great Sunday, everyone.

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People don’t talk about oxtail stew these days, but it’s a true Primal-worthy classic. With an arguably richer taste than beef and more succulent feel when cooked for stew or soup, oxtail might just become a new favorite. But the real difference (and reason behind the appealing stewed texture) is the ample connective tissue—an incredible source of collagen for the benefit of skin, hair, joint health, performance and more. (Since we used bone broth here in lieu of water or regular stock, this recipe is one of the best you can make for collagen content.) You’ll enjoy warming up with this gelatinous, flavorful and hearty dish on a late winter night. And you might consider making an extra batch: it tastes even better the next day.

Time In the Kitchen: 25 minutes (plus cook time)

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds grass-fed oxtail
  • 1 1/4 cup beef bone broth
  • 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen® Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 lb. small red potatoes (about 6), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 slices nitrate-free bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat Instant Pot on Saute and crisp chopped bacon. Remove and drain on paper towel.

Season oxtail and sear on all sides in bacon fat (3 min per side).

Add in other ingredients and cook 45 minutes on Manual High (Sealed). Let vent 15 minutes.

For slow cooker: cook bacon and sear oxtail in separate pan. Then cook all ingredients in slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 719 
  • Net Carbs: 24.6 grams
  • Fat: 36 grams
  • Protein: 67 grams

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Pot pies—like sloppy joes—are a comfort food classic that feeds our nostalgia as well as appetite. Meat and veggies in a creamy sauce that’s topped with a crunchy topping…what’s not to love? It might seem, however, that pot pie isn’t compatible with a Primal, let alone keto, plan. Au contraire. We’ve serving up a recipe today that turns that assumption on its head. Pot pie is no longer pie in the sky for the keto eater. Enjoy!

Time In the Kitchen: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

For the Filling

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 7 ounces/200 grams pre-cooked chicken (meat from approximately 3-4 chicken thighs)
  • 1 carrot cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped turnip
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock or bone broth
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour

Instructions:

In a large pan with lid, saute the bacon and onion over medium heat.

Add in the carrots and mushrooms. Cook through.

Add in chicken and cover the mixture with chicken stock.

In a separate pot, stir arrowroot with a drizzle of cold water.

Add the flour mixture to the chicken, carrots and mushroom. Add frozen peas and thyme. Lower heat and cook until the sauce thickens.

Remove from heat and distribute evenly in oven-safe bowls or ramekins.

For the Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp ghee

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 ºF/175 °C.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Mix the egg and the ghee in a separate bowl.

Combine the dry and the wet ingredients together. The dough should be moist like the dough for drop biscuits.

Spread the dough evenly on the ramekins filled with the chicken and vegetable filling.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden. Put under broiler for a very short time to brown the crust at the end if desired.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 534
  • Carbs: 14.75 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 29 grams

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Nothing says comfort food quite like sloppy joes. The go-to of potlucks and family dinners for generations, they’ve got the tangy and hearty flavor even kids gravitate to. Many versions, including canned sauces, however, contain added sugars or even high fructose corn syrup—such a shame, since the basic ingredients of sloppy joes need no sweeteners when done right.

Bring this classic back to your healthy menu with this recipe for delicious sloppy joe meat sauce—and the grain-free buns to deliver that goodness. Enjoy!

Grain-Free Buns

Servings: 4 Buns

Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes, plus 15 minutes to bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups super-fine blanched almond flour (165 g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (2.5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (2.5 ml)
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 5 tablespoons Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil (75 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (15 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar (2.5 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar (1.25 ml)
  • Optional: Poppy seeds or sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
  • Tools: Silicone bun mold

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 ºF/190 ºC.

In the bowl of a food processor, mix together the almond flour, salt and baking soda so that no clumps remain.

Add the egg yolks, avocado oil, honey and apple cider vinegar. Blend until thick and smooth.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. Using the whisk attachment, whisk until the egg whites are fluffy and soft peaks form (when the whisk is lifted out of the egg whites, a soft peak should pull up).

Pour 1/3 of the egg whites into the food processor. Pulse until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Add another 1/3 of the egg whites, and pulse again until combined into a wet batter.

Scrape the dough out of the food processor and into the bowl with the remaining egg whites. Use a spatula to gently fold the egg whites into the dough. Fold and mix until there are no white streaks, but be gentle; the air in the egg whites helps the dough rise into a loaf with a light texture.

Place the bun pan on a baking sheet. Fill each bun container in the bun pan with ½ cup of batter. If desired, sprinkle poppy seeds or sesame seeds on top of the buns.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the buns are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the bun comes out clean.

Set the bun pan on a rack to cool. When the buns are cool, remove from the pan. (You may need to invert the bun compartments to get the buns to pop out.)

The buns will keep fresh for several days in a sealed plastic bag.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 485
  • Carbs: 8.75 grams
  • Fat: 43 grams
  • Protein: 15 grams

Sloppy Joe Meat Sauce

Servings: 4-6

Time in the Kitchen: 15 (plus 40 minutes to let sauce cook)

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Saute peppers with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil until slightly softened. Add garlic and saute for 3 more minutes. Set aside.

Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Turn heat to medium and cook and stir the mixture constantly until the beef is browned and forms small crumbles, about 10 minutes.

Add cooked pepper mix to the meat skillet. Add 1 cup water and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, mustard, salt, and black pepper. Return mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.

Nutritional Information (assuming 6 servings)

  • Calories: 256
  • Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Protein: 33 grams

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Stews are perhaps the ultimate comfort and convenience food. Without a lot of prep, you can make a large (leftover-friendly) hearty meal that essentially cooks itself and keeps well. With an Instant Pot, it’s even easier.

The original version of this recipe contains chicken (which can definitely still be added here), but this vegetarian Instant Pot version is just as filling and flavorful.

Servings: 6

Time in the Kitchen: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil (30 ml)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 inches ginger root, peeled and finely chopped (5 cm)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric (2.5 ml)
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (425 g)
  • 3 cups vegetable (or beef) broth (700 ml)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch/2.5 cm cubes
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach (226 g)
  • ½ cup natural, unsweetened, creamy peanut butter (256 g)
  • Garnish: 1 or 2 jalapenos or other hot chilies, seeded and minced, chopped cilantro

Instructions

Select the sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. Add onion and ginger, sauté about 5 minutes to soften.

Add garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric and sauté 2 minutes more.

Add diced tomatoes, broth, sweet potatoes and frozen spinach.

Secure the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to “sealing.” Select the “manual” setting and set the cooking time for 6 minutes on high pressure. After cooking time, do a quick release by moving the pressure release valve to “venting.”

Open the lid and stir in peanut butter until fully mixed into the broth.

Top stew with sliced hot peppers and cilantro.

Nutritional Facts:

  • Calories: 244 
  • Net Carbs: 15 grams
  • Fat: 16 grams
  • Protein: 9 grams

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This meal adds new flavors to the leftover short ribs from last week’s comfort food recipe—and pairs the ribs with a colorful slaw that offers a boost of probiotic magic.

It’s an easy, quick meal that balances the richness of short ribs with fish sauce and balsamic vinegar with the fresh crunchiness of a slaw sweetened (slightly) by our popular Primal Kitchen® Sesame Ginger Dressing. It’s a colorful and flavorful choice for a midweek dinner or a large dinner party.

Ingredients:

For Ribs

  • Leftover short ribs and broth from this companion recipe
  • 2-inches ginger root, peeled and finely chopped (5 cm)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (30 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (5 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (15 ml)

For Slaw

Instructions:

Add the leftover ribs and broth from earlier companion recipe along with ginger, coconut aminos, fish sauce and balsamic vinegar to the Instant Pot.

Secure the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to “sealing.” Select the “manual” setting and set the cooking time for 5 minutes on high pressure. After the cooking time, do a quick release by moving the pressure release valve to “venting.”

While the ribs are in the Instant Pot, make the sesame ginger slaw.

Add napa cabbage, red cabbage, chopped scallions, and diced carrot, and kimchi (optional) to a large serving bowl. Drizzle on a generous amount of Primal Kitchen Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, and toss.

Top with sesame seeds. Take the ribs out of the pot and select the “sauté” setting. Simmer the sauce 3 to 5 minutes to thicken.

Serve the ribs, with sauce drizzled on top, and the sesame ginger slaw and kimchi on the side.

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Short ribs are an underappreciated cut of meat. Slow cooking brings out their full potential, but the added time is worth the wait. Juicy, succulent and flavorful, short ribs can be paired with any number of vegetables for stews (often a more fork-tender choice than traditional stew meat) or served separately with salads or sides. We’ve got two recipes highlighting the versatility of short ribs. (Check back next week for the second….)

For this recipe, the ribs are paired with sweet potatoes and spinach for nutrient-rich one-pot meal. And we’ve sized the recipe for a double batch of short ribs with instructions for when and how to set them aside. The result? The ease of two delicious dinners with less time and prep.

Servings: 4 (plus extra 4 servings of ribs alone)

Time in the Kitchen: 35 minutes (plus 25 minutes cook time)

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs (about 2 inches thick) (1.5 kg)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (7.4 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil (15 ml)
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (15 ml) (save the rest for recipe #3)
  • 2 cups beef bone broth (475 ml)
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach (230 g)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (2.5 cm)

Instructions:

Season ribs with salt.

Select the sauté setting on the Instant Pot. Add oil and sear the ribs for about 2 minutes per side, so they are lightly browned. This will have to be done in batches since all the ribs won’t fit in the pot at once.

In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste and bone broth.

Set all the browned short ribs aside on a plate and pour the bone broth and tomato paste into the pot. Add the garlic cloves. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any bits of meat that have stuck to the bottom of the pot.

Add the short ribs.

Secure the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to “sealing.” Select the “manual” setting and set the cooking time for 25 minutes on high pressure.

After 25 minutes, quick release by moving the pressure release valve to “venting” (watch out for the release of hot steam)

Remove half of the ribs and liquid from the pot. Put this half of the ribs and liquid in a food storage container. Store it in the refrigerator for another meal (check back next week for that recipe!).

Add the spinach and sweet potatoes to the Instant Pot with the remaining short ribs and liquid. Mix well so the meat, potatoes and spinach are mostly covered with liquid.

Secure the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to “sealing.” Select the “manual” setting and set the cooking time for 5 minutes on high pressure. After the cooking time, do a quick release by moving the pressure release valve to “venting.”

Remove the meat. Use a knife to slice/shred the meat from the bones.

Serve the short rib meat in bowls with the sweet potatoes and spinach. Add sea salt to taste.

Nutritional Info (per serving):

  • Calories—372
  • Net Carbs—14 grams
  • Fat—21 grams
  • Protein—28 grams

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It’s comfort food season, and it doesn’t get more quintessential than meatloaf. The goodness of grass-fed beef with the rich flavor of onions and Primal Kitchen Steak Sauce (yes!), topped with our Unsweetened Ketchup—it’s just like Mom would’ve made (but without the added sugar and bread crumbs). Serve up a slice with your favorite low-carb comfort sides tonight! This keto-friendly recipe offers all the nutrition and taste with none of the grains and extra carbs.

Servings: 6

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes (plus 90 minutes cook time)

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 ºF.

Saute onions in avocado oil until translucent, about 15 minutes.

Add salt, pepper, thyme, Primal Kitchen Steak Sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons Primal Kitchen Unsweetened Ketchup. Mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine ground beef, ground pine nuts, egg and onion mixture together in a large bowl. Mix well and fit into bread pan.

Spread remaining 3/4 cup ketchup evenly on top.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours until the internal temperature is 160 ºF and the meatloaf is cooked through. Let rest 15 minutes.

Serve with mashed cauliflower or your favorite mashed root vegetables and green beans for the ultimate classic comfort food dinner.

Nutritional Info (per serving—6 servings total):

  • Calories: 662
  • Net Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fat: 48 grams
  • Protein: 44.5 grams

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