Recipes for following Gary Taubes' suggestions in Why We Get Fat
July 5, 2014 9:18 AM   Subscribe

So, I read Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It and am fascinated. I'd like to try eating like he suggests but need recipes.

Recipes that involve Trader Joe's (a grocery chain) available ingredients are especially welcome. So far, I been eating scrambled egg whites, bacon, sausage, and lots of green veggies. I need variety but don't know how to BBQ or cook chunks of meat. Hence the sausage and bacon... Suggestions for how to cook things like prepared hunks of carne asada using a kitchen instead of a BBQ are also welcome. Individual recipes, blogs, websites, books, all are welcome! Thank you!
posted by ticketmaster10 to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
I think you'll find great advice about how to cook hunks of meat and a variety of veggies on the blogs Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make the Girl. I've made many recipes from both of these sites and they always turn out great; a particular favorite is the Oven-Braised Mexican Beef.
posted by katie at 9:27 AM on July 5, 2014 [4 favorites]

First, eat whole eggs! The yolks are where all the good nutrients are, plus they taste better than egg whites.

I like the recipes on Nom Nom Paleo (she also has a cookbook out). Pretty much any paleo recipe blog is going to have stuff that will mostly align with Taubes' recommended way of eating. (On preview: jinx!)
posted by bedhead at 9:27 AM on July 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Three things I like to have on hand: hard-boiled eggs, avocados for slicing, tuna. All three are good on their own or mixed into salads and all three can be seasoned/flavored in a lot of different ways. In addition to learning some quality recipes, having just a few more easy items available will increase your variety exponentially.
posted by michaelh at 9:52 AM on July 5, 2014 [2 favorites]

Trader Joe's Green Salsa is great on their frozen chicken thighs. I usually defrost the thighs under running water. Then put the thighs in a dish, cover with the salsa and bake for 20-30 mintutes.
posted by vespabelle at 11:17 AM on July 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Slow cookers are great for easily cooking large chunks of meat. The everything Paleolithic diet slow cooker cookbook has some good recipes in it.
posted by carrioncomfort at 12:16 PM on July 5, 2014

If you have access to an outside area you can cook in, I recommend the flower pot smoker for a cheap, easy and very good way to cook large hunks of cheap meat. Alton Brown did a show on this and I have found the results amazing. Like most DIY projects there is a learning curve and somewhat constant futzing, but I get the same results from this that the big expensive smokers get for about $70. If you scrounge up parts and buy from thrift stores you can do for much less (half or so). Don't skimp on the temperature gauge. The secret to any good meat is temperature control. I do four hours at about 200 deg F than wrap loosely in foil and 4 more hours in the oven. If you do it in the smoker the whole time the meat develops a very thick rind and can get dry.

If that isn't available (and honestly I used both depending on my time and mood) a slow cooker is awesome. I have a combo pressure cooker, rice cooker and slow cooker. They are about $80 from amazon but the cheap $20 ones will slow cook just fine. They are especially good for pork, my results with beef are so-so. If you add a little liquid smoke it gives it a taste closer to smoking. Again takes about 8 hours to get to the shredded meat stage (worth waiting for).

In either case, I have found brining is how you get a great taste.

The best Carne Asada (or any other mexican food) i can make is from the Border Cookbook.

a lot of the recipes in this book depend on the use of a cast iron dutch oven used inside of a conventional oven. If you want to get a dry roasted taste use a mesh grille to raise the meat of the bottom and keep it out of the juices as it cooks. When done right, nothing tastes as good as southwest border Mexican food...There are restaurants in Albuquerque worth the trip.
posted by bartonlong at 1:41 PM on July 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Reddit /r/keto boards are great for all kinds on info regarding eating a ketogenic/very low carbohydrate diet. People there regularly compare notes of their favorite buys from Trader Joe's. I also like the recipes from I Breathe, I'm Hungry.
posted by quince at 6:19 PM on July 5, 2014 [2 favorites]

There are some great recipes at blogs that feature lower carb recipes. Here are my favorites:
Healthy Indulgences Blog (sugar-free, which aligns with Taubes' philosophy)
Your Lighter Side (more main courses)
posted by sunnychef88 at 1:20 PM on July 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

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