Clean Paleo Food Pics

I haven’t blogged everything I’ve been eating in the CleanPaleosphere, so here’s some catchup. Click on all the images to get the Full Monty.

Belly Bacon and Back Bacon in One
Beatrice Made Albondigas and It’s About Time
Tom Yum Gai

This one is leftovers from this, because we only ate half. As I’d mentioned, I think, the full pound of shiitake mushrooms was a bit much and perhaps I was off in the prep because they were a bit too rubbery for my palate. So for the leftovers, I removed 3/4 of the shrooms with a slotted spoon and added a can of clams from Trader Joe’s. Improved.

Broiled Cod with Ghee and Coconut Oil Roasted Cauliflower

Gave the burgers another shot last night, looking to perfect things. The dimple is to count against the eventual shrinkage & expansion.

Works like a charm

Well, onward. Tonight, we’ll be having an early Thanksgiving dinner with friends in the urban loft units from whence we vacated a bit over a year ago. I’m going to do mussels. Perfect for Thanksgiving.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Amanda Thomas-Harris on November 18, 2011 at 12:08

    Seriously would you do a recipe book already!! I love your website but its the food porn tha’ts more convincing to stick to paleo…

    • Richard Nikoley on November 18, 2011 at 12:31

      Amanda. I just don’t have it in me, at least right now. I fear that trying to do a competitive Paleo cookbook that makes me back at least the time and effort and expense I put into it would likely kill it for me.

      For now, I’m content to inspire, no stings attached.

  2. Katherine on November 18, 2011 at 13:03

    Ahhh my mouth is watering!

  3. jenna on November 18, 2011 at 13:25

    albondigas, eh? That looks sexy. I’m gonna have to hunt down a recipe for that one. I bet a version with rosemary and lamb meatballs would be delish too. Ooooh, now you have me thinking. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. Gene on November 18, 2011 at 13:57

    I think I’ve had the dimple trick on the burgers work for me about 5 times in my life. I must not be dimpling properly.

  5. Chris Sturdy on November 18, 2011 at 15:09

    Nicely done, sir. Nicely done.

  6. Shirtless Nation on November 18, 2011 at 15:34

    Was missing these kind of posts and you gave me an idea for a recipe.

    Tommorow i’ll try te burgers, i’m sick of chicken. Sure they fit OK near some red onion and tomatoes salad 🙂

  7. Steve on November 18, 2011 at 16:45

    Just wanted to share that I’ve been on the clean paleo challenge for a few weeks and just noticed I have had no acid indigestion since beginning. The only significant cheat I eliminated was dairy (mostly cheese). I always assumed I had no problem with dairy, but I may now know why I was taking that medication for years (I quit taking it when I when paleo but would still occasionally notice some acid indigestion).

  8. Alicia Blogs on November 18, 2011 at 16:45

    Yum! Your breakfast was basically mine this morning (eggs fried in bacon fat is amazing!).

    • Lute Nikoley on November 18, 2011 at 20:55

      Hah, that’s what I had for breakfast/lunch today, but I added some cheddar cheese.

  9. Derrick on November 19, 2011 at 00:41

    I’m sorry, but burgers without buns are just wrong. If I’m going to eat a burger, I will take the gluten and have a bun with it.

    Rich, I thought you were against fake paleo food. To me, a burger without a bun is just as fake as a meatza or an almond crust pie.

    • Sean on November 19, 2011 at 02:06

      Speaking for myself, as someone who actually keeps flour in the house and just finished making crêpes for my kid (heavy cream, coconut oil, flour, egg, dash of honey), I don’t think a burger needs a bun. When I do employ the dreaded flour, it’s for things that seem to require it, like the aforementioned crêpes, the occasional pizza, to make fried liver more palatable, etc.

      Surely this is a matter of taste and discretion. Where do you want to spend those cheating vouchers you’ve decided to issue yourself?

      And isn’t this all moot in the context that Richard is eating a clean Paleo month?

    • Richard Nikoley on November 19, 2011 at 03:30

      I’ll agree that a burger with the bun & fixings is mighty palatable. But it’s OK. And usually I’ll have a salad on the side.

      I don’t consider a burger a fake paleo food any more than I would a steak tartare. It’s just a preparation that involved chopping up your meat.

      • Sean on November 19, 2011 at 04:01

        Also, what the fuck are you doing writing comments at 3:30 in the AM, Richard? No true Scotsman Paleoman doesn’t get a perfect nights sleep, much less use some sort of technology in the wee hours. Also, no true Paleoman eats fake Paleo food. Which means eating a bun with your hamburger. Wait, now I’m confused. Not Paleo enough = no true Scotsman, too Paleo = no true Scotsman.

        If only there was a centrally recognized authority to regulate and certify the true Paleos from the fakers. The Paleo Guild? Do we have any volunteers for this very important job of telling people what they should eat? Derrick…Beuller…

  10. Fred Hahn on November 19, 2011 at 04:51

    Nice post and nice to see the bottle of Euphoria in the background of the dimple burgers pic. Nothing like that olive oil if I may say so myself.

  11. Mild Speculation on November 19, 2011 at 07:34

    Richard, I’ve noticed your posts have been delightfully positive lately…have you noticed any mood changes?

    Back when I was strict Paleo, I was probably under-carbing relative to my exercise levels and I’d get super pissed off at random times. In the other extreme when I eat like crap it’s less anger but more depression and lethargy.

    Sort of unrelated, does anyone think any if the following are still worth supplementing on Paleo: zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, Vit C, resv, flax, iodine.

    • Richard Nikoley on November 19, 2011 at 08:13

      Hmmm, well I’ve done a few rants but yea, I’m consciously trying to do more positive stuff in order to appeal to a slightly wider audience willing to put up with my shit slinging.

      Mood foor me is quite definitely related to a lot of personal and business circumstance. I’ve decided to begin the process of closing a company I grew from a bedroom to 30 employees in three locations. We’ve stopped taking new clients and will let attrition take its course. That was tough, but I really, really loathed and hated the business and life is too short. The regulatory environment has just become too insane, cumbersome, expensive over the years.

      But anyway, once I made that decision firmly a month or so ago, a cloud kinda lifted and now I see more possibilities, because I’m gonna have to find something else to do over the next year.

      Also, when I switched the formulation of magnesium I was using to Malate, but my wife and I reported enhanced mood and well being.

      Here’s the sups I take and why:

  12. Kevin Hughes on November 19, 2011 at 15:38

    Good call on the dimpled burgers. Here’s a new twist. If you want them light pink all the way through. cook them in the oven first. I use 2-3 lbs. of meat and make either 2 0r 3 burgers, and I serve them like steaks. Use low heat, about 250 degrees for 20-25 minutes. They will come out kind of gray on the outside. Put them immediately into a very hot pan. Sear each side for 1 minute and that’s it. I sometimes use cracked peppercorns on the outside. This makes an absolutely great burger.

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