New Year

These easy honey garlic ribs (Instant Pot ribs) are sweet and salty and so darn delicious.  Perfect as an appetizer on game day, a snack or main dish! https://www.theprimaldesire.com/easy-honey-garlic-ribs/

These easy honey garlic ribs (Instant Pot ribs) are sweet and salty and so darn delicious.  Perfect as an appetizer on game day, a snack or main dish!

Instant Pot Ribs

I missed out on these Easy Honey Garlic Ribs the first time Holley made them.  She send me the first two photos below, and the friend I was visiting in Vancouver asked if we should make the 4-hour drive to get some.  That was followed by two minutes of silent contemplation by both of us.  I think the snow was legitimately what ultimately prevented the drive….

#FoodFOMO.  Tough times.

Kequyen, these are right up your alley!  Once you get back from the Olympics you'll need to try them out.  (Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check out my interview with Kequyen).

New Year's Starts in February

You may remember that my 2018 did not start off so strong, but that I've still got high hopes for this year.  Someone even sent me a meme that said:

I've decided my 2018 will start on February 1st – January is a free-trial month.

100%.  My cough continued over 3 weeks.  Even went to the ER for x-rays to rule out pneumonia and a cracked rib.  (I feel like I told the story about my cracked rib in the Killer Paleo Horseradish post…).

How are your New Year's resolutions going?  About ready to start your second attempt?  See, this is exactly why Holley and I wrote the “I'm Hungry!  What Should I Snack On?” ebook!

We're both starting the month out at a conference for wellness influencers, ShiftCon, in Irvine, CA.  Getting out of the snow and catching some rays!  YESSSSSS!  This is the perfect start because I am confident that we will connect with some great people that may alter the direction of 2018.  We'll keep you posted.  Watch our social media accounts to see how this trip goes.

Ah-ight.  Back to the Easy Honey Garlic Ribs.

Eat these Easy Honey Garlic Ribs while watching the Superbowl on gameday, while watching Kequyen skiing at the Olympics, or on a Thursday afternoon.  If you're looking for more Game-Day bites, we got 'em.

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These easy honey garlic ribs (Instant Pot ribs) are sweet and salty and so darn delicious.  Perfect as an appetizer on game day, a snack or main dish! https://www.theprimaldesire.com/easy-honey-garlic-ribs/

Easy Honey Garlic Ribs


  • Author: Raj
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 racks of ribs
  • Cuisine: meat

Description

These easy honey garlic ribs (Instant Pot ribs) are sweet and salty and so darn delicious.  Perfect as an appetizer on game day, a snack or main dish! Superbowl snacks anyone?


Ingredients

  • 2 racks of pork ribs (cut into individual ribs)
  • 1 cup of Easy Honey Garlic Sauce
  • green onions (diced, as garnish)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the rib racks into individual ribs and place in the Instant Pot on a trivet.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  3. Press the Meat/Stew button and adjust to 40 minutes.
  4. Make the Easy Honey Garlic Sauce.
  5. Quick pressure release ribs when they are done and lay them out on a rack or broiling pan.
  6. Brush on liberal amounts of easy honey garlic sauce and put under the broiler on high for 4 minutes.
  7. Garnish with green onions and serve.

Notes

You can also use the amazing Fermented Honey Garlic, though you'd need to make that in advance.

These easy honey garlic ribs (Instant Pot ribs) are sweet and salty and so darn delicious.  Perfect as an appetizer on game day, a snack or main dish! https://www.theprimaldesire.com/easy-honey-garlic-ribs/
2018-06-02T00:40:11+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

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2018 New Year Resolutions

I've gotta tell you:  I have big expectations from this year.  It's more than just 2018 New Years Resolutions, although those are part of it.

I had planned on hitting the year running:  coming up with a daily routine that would change everything (meditation, visualization, stretching, hydration, daily use of Beautycounter's Countermatch Eye Cream, exercise, and making more room for fun and adventure.  Basically:  self-care).  And of course multiple plans we have for the website.

Disappointing Start to 2018

Well, that's not how things are going at all.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  I've basically been forced to do NOTHING for the past few days.  I've been on the couch watching Netflix and mouth-breathing for days due to a head cold.  No fun New Year's Eve here.

I watched my sick-day playlist of movies:  Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The ‘Burbs, Young Guns I & II, and a handful of other 80s movies.  Not the healthy beginning I had planned.

Go Easy On Yourself

Thanks to being injured for the past few years, I've learned how important it is to go easy on yourself when you're unable to do the things you want.  Sometimes rest is the most important thing we can do for ourselves.

So I didn't start my plans on January 1st.  Does that mean that I'm not going to have as a good a year?  Hell no!

Goals for 2018

Obviously, we're looking to grow the website a lot more this year with more features, higher viewership, more interaction with you, etc, etc.  Wanna help us out by sharing our posts on social media?

Just like everyone else, I'll be working on improving my fitness level.  Holley and I have published our first recipe ebook, “I'm Hungry!  What Should I Snack On?”, that is designed to support you as you make dietary changes.  Whether you're going gluten-free or paleo, even for a month, or if you're doing a challenge like the Whole Life Challenge, BeachBody, Terrafit, or Isagenix, this book is an excellent supplement.

Link to buy "I'm Hungry!" ebookAnd?  More FUN!  Hopefully, that involves more travel, camping, and other cool experiences.

What about you?  What are your goals this year?  How has the year started for you so far?

 

 

2018-06-02T00:40:14+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

Inspired by one of the greatest chef's I know, Pickled Carrot Soup with Bacon challenges the balance between tartness, sweetness, and saltiness. http://wp.me/p4Aygm-27m

Inspired by one of the greatest chef's I know, Pickled Carrot Soup with Bacon challenges the balance between tartness, sweetness, and saltiness.  Instructions for stove-top and Instant Pot.

Happy New Year!!!

…oh, you guys have already done that?  Right, well I have chosen right now to be my “New Year”.  I had some things going on that were preventing me from seeing what I wanted to accomplish this year.  Even though they're the same things as the last few years – it's just the details that are a little different.

As always, I'm hoping this year will be full of self-growth, learning, improved fitness, amazing experiences, connecting with great people, and as much belly-aching laughter and face-burning smiling as possible.  I've decided to read more this year.  I'm already getting through way more books than usual, but I will admit that some of these are audiobooks and I'm not sure if that counts as reading.

I started off with “The Sisters Brothers” which, if my brother-in-law hadn't explained was his favorite book, I would not have picked up based on the synopsis – but I loved it.  The writing style really captured me.  I then listened to “The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help” by Amanda Palmer, recommended to me by my doctor.  It's one that I think most people would benefit from.

You may remember that Holley had read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo.  I'm just about to finish it myself and am looking forward to minimizing the stuff that I've got everywhere.  Already it has changed my relationship with most of my possessions.  It's interesting, the psychology involved, and Kondo is an interesting person.  I think that she helps lessen the power that our possessions have over us.

And how much better does it feel when there's less clutter around you?  There's so much more “space” to be creative and productive.  I feel so much calmer when my environment is less cluttered.  My mind seems to be less cluttered at the same time.   So, I feel like the big tidy up is my next step.

As for the Pickled Carrot Soup with Bacon, it may be too vinegary for some, but just add a little more syrup if that's the case.  For those of us who are trying to save money, carrot soup is very affordable (and even more so later on when you can grow the carrots yourself!).  What a great way to start off the year!

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Inspired by one of the greatest chef's I know, Pickled Carrot Soup with Bacon challenges the balance between tartness, sweetness, and saltiness. http://wp.me/p4Aygm-27m

Pickled Carrot Soup with Bacon


  • Author: Raj - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Yield: 6 cups
  • Method: stove-top or Instant Pot

Description

This soup is sour, sweet and salty. The little slices of pickled carrots on top give it an extra burst of flavor and some crunchy texture.


Ingredients

  • 2 lbs carrots peeled + (optional) a couple small heirloom carrots
  • 1 L soup broth (I recommend duck broth, but use what you like)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 pack bacon (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)
  • Salt to taste – approx 1-2 tsp
  • Maple syrup to taste – approx 1-2 Tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar to taste approx 1/2 cup (add gradually, tasting as you go. It should be somewhat vinegary but not over-powering)
  • White vinegar (as needed)

Instructions

  1. Cook onions and bacon together in frying pan until bacon is cooked but soft and onions are translucent.
  2. Slice 1 or 2 heirloom carrots (or the skinny end of a couple carrots) as thin as you are able.
  3. Put these into a small bowl or cup and add enough white vinegar to cover them. Let these pickle until the soup is finished.
  4. Chop remaining carrots into inch-long pieces.
  5. InstantPot: Put broth and chopped carrots into the pot, set to manual (high), and program for 4 minutes.
  6. Stove-top: Chopped carrots and broth in a pot until carrots are soft.
  7. Once cooked, use an immersion blender to break down the carrots into a smooth soup.
  8. Stir in onions and bacon, add salt, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup to taste.
  9. Serve topped with some of the picked carrots.
Inspired by one of the greatest chef's I know, Pickled Carrot Soup with Bacon challenges the balance between tartness, sweetness, and saltiness. http://wp.me/p4Aygm-27m
2018-03-07T22:00:23+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

Even with its unexpected origin, Pomegranate Glazed Salmon will surprise you with its tastiness... and its story! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1LU

Even with its unexpected origin, Pomegranate Glazed Salmon will surprise you with its tastiness… and its story!

Happy New Year!  I don't think I've had the opportunity to personally say that to you yet.  Are you part of what seems to be the majority of people who are super happy that 2016 is in the rear-view mirror?  I am definitely part of that camp.  I was so optimistic about 2016, but it definitely didn't go as planned.

Now, though, we move forward into 2017.  I always want to know everyone's hopes and goals for the coming year.  So what are yours?

As always, I'm looking forward to meeting cool people, learning interesting stuff, eating incredible food, laughing uncontrollably, and growing as a person – always looking to improve myself.  I realize that my expectations are mostly vague broad strokes, but it's my starting point.

One thing I can tell you about this year is that I have decided that I need to come up with a strategy to avoid getting wrapped up in news headlines that would have caused a reflexive gut reaction in the past.

It's not a secret that I was not in favor of Trump being elected, but it did happen and that's the world we live in.  It's time now, as President Obama has indicated, that we all rally behind the new president and help him to shape the world in a way that is good for everyone.  Donald is really talented at grabbing headlines and at eliciting an emotional response with his word-choices.

I've mentioned in the past that I tend not to follow the news too closely, and the reason is that I become too emotionally invested.  In a way that results in me becoming anxious with low energy and mood.  It affects my motivation to be productive and creative and active.  Which in turn affects my ability to spread the love and joy that I want.

So what I have decided is that when I do catch the news on CBC radio, I will not react with my immediate gut response but instead take a second to respond rationally.  And then rather than talking about all the crazy things going on, choosing to spread my own energy.  Like through food-love!

In fact, let me tell you about this recipe.  Pomegranate Glaze Salmon was actually born out of a hilarious conversation with some fellow food bloggers.  Have you ever read some of the comments that people leave in response to posted recipes?  They can be an endless source of entertainment -or they can really irk you if you're in the wrong head-space.  Which I understand because these recipes are our creations, our babies, and when someone says something less than flattering, it can be hard to hear (“Hey your kid keeps peeing in the plant in the corner!” “Your son's breath smells like cat turds!”  “Your daughter's parents are doodie-heads!  Oh, and your epidermis is showing…”).

So when someone leaves a poor review about your recipe after they have substituted all of the key ingredients, such as when someone uses fish and pomegranate juice in a lemon garlic chicken recipe (no, really, you have to read them), well, the responses can go many ways.  And my response was, “Pomegranate and fish didn't work for him?  He must have done something wrong!  Let me try!”

And here we are:  Pomegranate Glazed Salmon.  The right way.  (I still need to try Jennifer's Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken as written….)

This year, I want to be a shining star, puking out laughter, entertaining you, motivating us both, and smiling my genuine smile.  What's in store for you this year?  Other than Pomegranate Glazed Salmon, of course.

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Even with its unexpected origin, Pomegranate Glazed Salmon will surprise you with its tastiness... and its story! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1LU

Pomegranate Glazed Salmon


  • Author: Raj - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Yield: 1 lb

Ingredients

Glaze

  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

Salmon

  • 1 lb wild salmon fillet
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Glaze

  1. Simmer pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 60-75 minutes.
  2. Stir every 10-15 minutes.
  3. Liquid should reduce down to about 1/3-1/4 original volume (about a cup), and should be of thicker than syrup but not quite as thick as molasses (will coat the back of the spoon). *This should produce enough to coat two 1 lb salmon fillets.
  4. Remove from heat (it will continue to thicken).

Salmon

  1. Place filet into baking dish, top with half of sauce, and let marinate in the refrigerator for 15-60 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  3. Spoon sauce that has dripped to the sides of the dish back on top of the salmon (ahhhh yeeeaahh, look at that!).
  4. Place in oven for 17-30 minutes (depending on thickness of filet). Fish will be cooked when meat flakes apart easily with a fork.
  5. Brush on another coat of the glaze and serve with extra sauce as desired.
Even with its unexpected origin, Pomegranate Glazed Salmon will surprise you with its tastiness... and its story! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1LU
2018-03-07T22:09:17+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

Nipples and Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - you'll just have to read it for yourself... https://www.theprimaldesire.com/grapefruit-honey-garlic-chicken-wings

Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings, finally ready for 2016!  Holley has been working on this recipe for quite a while (oh yeah, this is Holley's recipe), and I'm pleased to say that is worthy of joining our amazing chicken wing recipe family!  Practice really does make perfect.

Twenty Sixteen.

I have been doing a lot of thinking, and have had some amazing conversations recently.  About the journey of my life thus far, and the personal growth that I've experienced as a result of my injury.  I'll be honest with you:  I am pumped about this year!

I have very high expectations for this spin around the sun.  I'm very optimistic about my life.  And for my only child (lil TPD)!  My health and fitness; finally doing some more traveling; meeting new people; experiencing more new things….

It's a Bit Nipply in Here!

Speaking of new experiences:  I was in a -110 °C (that's -166 °F – sounds even more impressive in Ferinheight) dry sauna the other day at the Sparkling Hill Resort.  Negative 110!  That morning I was in the car thinking how friggin' cold I was and realized that it was only -5°C outside.  “Oh man, this is gonna be ridiculously cold.  And I'm wearing winter clothes right now!!”  In the sauna you wear only a bathing suit, socks, slippers, gloves, mittens, mask and headband to cover your ears.  You start off for about 10 seconds in a -15°C room, then move to a -50°C room which was suddenly very nipply, then finally the beast:  -110 for 3 minutes.

“Don't lick the metal” the safety guy says.  No kidding – you'd never get your tongue back from that!  It was so cold and dry that the room soon filled with what I guess was steam;  frozen water vapor, anyway.  First my the skin of my forearms got really tight and started to burn, then my back skin began to tingle.  I just kept thinking “I'll be in Cuba next week!”  Oh, Cuba.  Read on and I'll explain that too.

The obvious question: WHY would I not only subject myself to this cold, but actually pay to do it?  Well they say that it's helpful for a number of health issues including inflammation, insomnia, circulation issues, etc.  I don't know that I experienced any improvement in that with just the one treatment, but I can tell you that I felt very alert and cognitively sharp when I came outta there.  Plus I can say I've been in sub-negative 100°C in my bathing suit!  Next year:  Polar bear swim?  Unlikely, but you never know.

Cuba

And The Primal Desire, well, we have so many ideas and this year will see many of them come to light.  In fact, the Departments of Awesomeness and Culinary Love, which include the CEO's of TPD, are going to Cuba for two weeks this month (don't worry, we've prepared some recipes for the time that we're gone, and if we don't respond right away we may not have internet).  Partially to explore and relax, but also as a writing get-away.  Away from any distractions, we'll be churning out words and ideas on the beach.  Now that I've finally adopted the idea/identity of being a “writer”, it seems like a little writing pilgrimage could be a great way to get some of my thoughts and ideas into a usable format for all to enjoy and benefit from.

So that's a peek at the start of my year.  What do you have planned for 2016?  Any resolutions?  We're planning on doing a 4-week paleo challenge in February (right Aimee?), to pick up those who fell off their resolutions in January, and to bring renewed inspiration to those who are still going strong.

Nipples and Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - you'll just have to read it for yourself... https://www.theprimaldesire.com/grapefruit-honey-garlic-chicken-wings

Nipples and Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - you'll just have to read it for yourself... https://www.theprimaldesire.com/grapefruit-honey-garlic-chicken-wings

 

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Nipples and Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - you'll just have to read it for yourself... https://www.theprimaldesire.com/grapefruit-honey-garlic-chicken-wings

Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings


  • Author: Holley - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Cook Time: 65 min
  • Total Time: 65 min
  • Yield: 12 wings
  • Method: Oven

Ingredients

  • Juice and some pulp from 1.5 grapefruits, (1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 full wings (12 split)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Over medium heat melt coconut oil in a frying pan.
  3. Carefully place chicken wings in the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, fry for aprox 2 minutes each side.
  4. Place wings on a baking sheet and pop in the oven.
  5. Over medium heat combine grapefruit juice, minced garlic, honey and salt, simmer for 20 min stirring regularly, it will start to reduce making more of a sauce.
  6. Brush the sauce on the wings and pop them back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Repeat at 5 min intervals until you run out of sauce, the wings should be in oven a total of 45 minutes.

Nipples and Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - you'll just have to read it for yourself... https://www.theprimaldesire.com/grapefruit-honey-garlic-chicken-wings

Nipples and Grapefruit Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - you'll just have to read it for yourself... https://www.theprimaldesire.com/grapefruit-honey-garlic-chicken-wings
2018-03-21T21:08:05+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!
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