Hearty breakfasts don’t have to be heavy carb fests, and this recipe proves it. Eggs and bacon meet the veggie powerhouses of sweet potato and Brussels sprouts in this dish. It’s a hash that’s so much more than the traditional white potato mush many of us grew up with.

Bright, flavorful, and rich, this recipe brings it all to the table and makes a great brunch (or dinner) any day of the week. Enjoy!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 75 minutes

Tips:

Cast iron is a great way to prepare the sweet potatoes in this dish, but if you don’t have a cast iron pan, toss the sweet potato cubes in the bacon fat and avocado oil mixture and roast them on a sheet pan like the Brussels sprouts are.

To get perfect sunny-side up eggs, watch the edges of the egg whites as they are cooking in the pan. The egg whites should start bubbling very gently as they turn from clear to white. Once the egg whites are nearly opaque, cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat. Continue cooking until the egg yolk reaches your desired consistency. If you like your egg yolks very runny, you may not even need to cover the pan at all.

If you don’t have a lid that will fit over your cast iron pan, use the underside of a sheet pan.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices thick Applewood bacon
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts (about 3.5 chopped cups)
  • 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes, ¾”-1” in size
  • 2.5 Tbsp. bacon fat
  • 1 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 ºFahrenheit. Lay the bacon slices out on a parchment-covered sheet pan and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until they’re golden. Set aside the slices and pour the reserved bacon fat into a small cup or jar.

Slice the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise and toss them in one tablespoon of bacon fat until all sides of the vegetables are coated. Lay the Brussels sprouts cut side down on a sheet pan (use the same sheet pan you baked the bacon on if you’d like). Roast the Brussels sprouts for 25-30 minutes. The undersides of the vegetables should be golden brown.

While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, add 1 tablespoon of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil to a seasoned cast iron pan and place it in the oven to heat for about 15 minutes. Cut off the ends of the sweet potatoes and peel them. Slice the sweet potatoes into ¾”-1” rounds or slices and make cubes out of them. Toss the cubes with a tablespoon of bacon fat and a pinch of salt and pepper. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven and pour the sweet potatoes into the pan. Arrange the cubes so they are in a single layer and not overlapping. Place the pan back into the oven for 25 minutes, then remove the pan and flip the sweet potatoes over. Roast for an additional 15-20 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown. Carefully remove the sweet potatoes from the pan and set them aside.

Place the cast iron pan on the stovetop and add an additional ½ tablespoon of bacon fat. Heat the pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Crack the eggs into the pan one at a time so they have their own space in the pan and are not touching one another. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook 2 eggs at a time. Allow them to cook and bubble for 30-45 seconds or until the outer parts of the egg whites start to set (this time will depend on how hot your pan is). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for an additional minute or so, or until the egg white is fully set and the yolk is cooked to your liking. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the eggs to cool for a few minutes before using a spatula to remove the eggs. If you prepared 2 eggs the first time around, repeat these steps with the second batch of eggs.

Chop the bacon slices and gently combine the pieces with the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Arrange some baby arugula in a serving dish or the cast iron pan, and spoon the vegetable mixture on top. Carefully lay the eggs on top of the vegetables. Remove some leaves from a sprig of thyme and garnish the dish with the thyme and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 373
  • Net Carbs: 25 grams
  • Fat: 22 grams
  • Protein: 16 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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Though she is at the forefront of functional medicine, what sets Dr. Wahls apart is her experience using nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat progressive health problems and heal her own MS, and later that of others.

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Chayote squash is having its day in the sun as of late, but it’s been used for centuries in Latin American cooking and baking. The chayote squash (also known as mirliton squash) is a mild-tasting, relatively low carb, and versatile fruit with a good dose of vitamin C. Because of its hardness, you’ll definitely want to eat it cooked, but the end result will be worth it: a tender but slightly crisp fruit that bears a resemblance to pear or jicama and that takes on the particular flavors of any recipe—sweet or savory.

Note: there’s a little extra prep involved with chayote, but we think the additional few minutes are well worth the approximately 50 grams of carbs spared (full recipe).

Time In the Kitchen: 20 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 5 cups chayote squash
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Swerve (or equivalent of favorite sugar-free sweetener (e.g. monk fruit, etc.)

Crumble Topping

Instructions:

Preheat oven 350 ºF/175 ºC

Prep the squash. (This video has a good rundown of the process.) In a nutshell, cut the top inch off the fruit and let the liquid bubble up on the exposed flesh of the fruit. Rub the cut top piece over the exposed area for a full minute to draw up and out more liquid. This will create a froth as pictured. After the full minute, wipe off this froth with a clean paper towel. (Although the liquid/froth is completely safe, it may cause a mild tingly feeling if you get it on your fingers.)

Cut the fruit in half and remove the seed, along with the white flesh directly around it.

 

Cut squash into 1/4 inch slices.

Place in pot along with cinnamon, arrowroot or cream of tartar, lemon juice and sweenter. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes so that the squash starts to become tender.

Pour into ramekins.

Put all the crumble topping ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the butter is well incorporated and it looks good and crumbly.

Pour over top of squash.

Bake 30 minutes (or 45 minutes if baking as an 8-inch pie)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 345
  • Net Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fat: 28 grams
  • Protein: 12 grams

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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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From asparagus to watermelon, there’s a whole wide world of produce out there — and many fruits and veggies offer vastly different clues that they’re ready to eat. Plus, while some will ripen after you bring them home — like those bananas that were green a week ago and are now a sad, soft, soggy brown (hey, don’t throw them out — use them for this!) — others, like pineapple, will not. If you’re in the market for some pro tips on choosing fresh, ripe produce — or figuring out how to use and store it after you’ve gotten it…

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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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Salads can be as Big-Ass or as simple as mood and time dictate, but they always should be flavorful. We love this classic (and keto-friendly) recipe for a quick side or (topped with some bacon crumbles) a light lunch or dinner. The best part…it’s made with staple ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.

Bright, colorful, crisp and rich, it’s a great choice for a midweek family supper or even an impromptu dinner party.

Servings: 4

Time In the Kitchen: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a small mixing bowl, combine about 1 cup of Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing with blue cheese. If you’d like a thicker dressing, add 1–2 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Mayo. Mix well and refrigerate.

Place iceberg wedges on 4 plates. Sprinkle evenly with tomatoes and green onions. Drizzle with blue-cheese ranch dressing.

Nutritional Information (without mayo):

  • Calories: 388
  • Net Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fat: 35 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams

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Salads aren’t just for summer, and this recipe proves it. Warm, hearty, rich, with the deep flavors of mixed mushrooms, bacon (we have you at that, right?) and mustard dressing, this delicious side—or full-on meal—will make a believer out of you. Salads, done well, are for all seasons.

But there’s more…. We’re loving the crunch of toasted pine nuts and the addition of poached eggs. It might just be the quintessential winter salad—and we’re guessing a new Primal favorite for your health-conscious table.

Servings: 4

Time In the Kitchen: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches rainbow or Swiss chard
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (any variety; a mix is great, too)
  • 6 strips crisp, cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Organic Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Poached eggs

Instructions:

Wash, dry and chop rainbow/Swiss chard (Tip: Tear leaves off first and then chop stems.)

Heat 2 teaspoons avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

Remove mushrooms from skillet and set aside.

Add chard to the pan and cook until wilted, about 3–4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, stir, and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining avocado oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper to a mason jar. Shake well until emulsified, and add dressing to bowl with the chard.

Add mushrooms, bacon, and pine nuts to bowl. Toss well to mix.

Optional: Serve with chopped hard-boiled eggs or one poached egg per salad.

Nutritional Information (per serving, with one poached egg):

  • Calories: 474
  • Net Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 18 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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