The 2 main dishes for this Paleo Night were pretty heavy, so I wanted to include something lighter for an appetizer.  This salad is very colourful and refreshing.  It uses a Daikon radish (often called a Chinese radish), which is something I had never used before but will definitely use again in other salads.  

Ingredients (serves 4)

– 1/4 C rice wine vinegar
– 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
– 1 Tbsp sesame oil
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger

– 1/3 red cabbage – shredded
– 1/3 Daikon radish – grated
– 1/2 carrot – grated 
– 1/2 red pepper – thinly sliced
– 1/2 orange pepper – thinly sliced
– 1/2 C fresh chopped cilantro


  1. Prep veggies and combine in a large bowl.
  2. Prep dressing by mixing together ingredients.  
  3. Pour onto veggies and mix.   
  4. Enjoy!

This will keep in the fridge for a couple days so you can make a big batch and munch on it all week.

Every year at Christmas my husband and I host a dinner with our siblings and their significant others.  After 3 massive turkey dinners, we wanted to do something completely different so we opted for an Asian theme.  I wanted to use this as an opportunity to try out a few new primal recipes and get some non-primal testimonials from our siblings.  On the menu:

– Sushi and Sashimi – Not primal.  Hence the title of this post being “Mostly Primal.”  You could easily omit this part of the meal if you wanted to keep it Primal.
– Primal Sesame Grilled Salmon & Chicken
– Grilled Steak
– Primal Asian Style Green Beans
– Primal Ginger Spinach and Water Chestnuts
– Primal Banana-Coconut Mini Cakes
– Primal Lemon-Blueberry Custard Tarts


Sesame Asian Chicken


Sesame Asian Salmon

Primal Sesame Asian Chicken & Salmon
Ingredients (serves 7-8)
Approx 3 lbs Salmon (boneless, skin-on)
– Approx 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
– 4 Tbsp dijon mustard
– 5 Tbsp tamari sauce (gluten-free soy)
– 10 Tbsp Sesame Oil
– 1 tsp minced garlic and ginger


  1. Whisk together sesame oil, garlic, ginger, tamari and dijon.
  2. Pour 1/2 of the marinade onto the meat and marinate in the fridge for ~30 minutes
  3. Grill chicken and salmon on the BBQ or indoor grill (350-400 temp).  About 5 min each side.
  4. Pour remaining marinade onto the meat before serving

Primal Asian Green Beans

Primal Asian Style Green Beans
Some may argue that Green Beans are not Paleo because they are a legume and legumes are excluded from the Paleo diet because of their Lectin load which could be toxic. Here is a link from Robb Wolf’s website explaining why in more detail. Mark from Mark’s Daily Apple (Primal Blueprint) has recipes that include green beans, so I suppose you can argue it both ways. Personally,  I eat green beans and avoid other legumes.

Ingredients (serves 7-8)
– 1 1/2 Pound green beans – washed and ends trimmed
– 2 Tbsp chopped garlic
– 1 tsp minced ginger
– 1/2 tsp chili pepper
– 1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
– 3 Tbsp tamari sauce
– 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar


  1. Cook green beans until they are 90% cooked and soak in cold water to stop cooking them. I cooked mine in the microwave – in a casserole dish with a bit of water. Set aside
  2. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil and add garlic, ginger and chili pepper
  3. Add green beans and stir-fry for 2 minutes
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir-fry for another 2 minutes

Primal Ginger Spinach and Water Chestnuts

Primal Ginger Spinach and Water Chestnuts

Ingredients (serves 7-8)
–  3 Large bunches of fresh spinach (about 1.5 lb) – washed and ends chopped off
– 1 small tin of water chestnuts (about 2/3 cup)
–  2 Tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy)
– 1 tsp rice vinegar
– 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
– 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger
– 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
– 3 – 4 Tbsp slivered almonds


  1. Heat sesame oil in skillet
  2. Add ginger, garlic and spinach.  Stir-fry for 3 minutes
  3. Add water chestnuts, rice vinegar and tamari.  Stir -fry for another 1-2 minutes.  Place in a serving dish
  4. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top and serve.

Primal Banana-Coconut Mini Cake and Lemon-Blueberry Custard Tart

Lemon-Blueberry Custard Tart (8 Tarts)

Eat these in moderation!  Although they are gluten-free/dairy-free, they still contain sugar and should not be part of your regular Paleo/Primal diet.

Tart Shell
– 1 Cup almond flour
– 3 Tbsp lemon juice
– 6 large Medjool dates

– 2 lemon rinds – finely grated/minced
– 16 Tbsp lemon juice (approx the juice of 2 lemons)
– 2 Tbsp raw honey
–  1/2 Cup coconut milk
– 6 eggs
– 1/2 cup blueberries


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Put the dates through your food processor until they form a paste.  You can use your hands to break them down if you don’t have a good food processor (that’s what I usually have to do)
  3. Combine dates with remaining tart shell ingredients and mix together until it forms a dough
  4. Put the dough in between 2 pieces of wax paper and roll it out until it forms into a thin layer of dough
  5. Take pieces of the dough and mould them to fit into your muffin liners / muffin baking sheet.
  6. Bake the tart shells for about 10 minutes until they are brown and crisp.  Remove and set aside.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk and eggs.  Whisk together and set aside.
  8. In a small pot, heat the lemon rind, lemon juice and honey.  Allow it to simmer at med-heat – about 2 minutes.
  9. Slowly add the egg/coconut milk mixture to the pot stirring constantly.
  10. Continue stirring and add the blueberries
  11. Keep stirring until the custard starts to get thicker and the consistency becomes like custard
  12. Pour into the tart shells and refrigerate.
  13. You might have leftover custard (I had quite a bit).  You can put them into small bowls and eat the custard without the tart shell.  It’s quite delicious this way too.

    Our Non-Primal siblings and significant others provided the following testimonials:
    “This chicken is so good – i need to get this marinade recipe from you.” The chicken was a big hit.
    “Can I have that second dessert?” Said twice.
    “This is all really good”
    “The spinach could probably use something else to spice it up.”
    I think I will add chili pepper next time.