Homemade Black Beans

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If you tolerate beans, this is a great recipe!

If you tolerate beans, this is a great recipe!

Before I get started, I know a lot of you are going to say that a recipe for black beans doesn’t belong on a Paleo site because “legumes aren’t Paleo.”  I don’t know if I buy in to this argument entirely, so I ask that you keep an open mind while checking out this post!

If you’re like me and believe Paleo is a framework for eating healthy and you are able to tolerate legumes, I think this is an awesome, easy recipe for you to try!

Homemade Black Beans


  • 1-pound of dried organic black beans
  • 1/2 of a large onion, chopped into large pieces
  • 6 cloves of garlic, unchopped
  • 4 bay leaves


  1. In a large bowl, soak the dried black beans in filtered water for at least 24-hours.  I often will drain and replace the water after 12-hours, and sometimes add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the soak.
  2. After soaking, drain the beans and then place in a slow cooker.  Then cover the beans with the onion, unchopped garlic cloves, and bay leaves.
  3. Add 6-cups of water to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 6-hours.  It’s okay to stir every once in a while, and make sure you’re coming back to check the water level, too.
  4. Once the beans are are at a texture you like, you’re ready to go.

Sure, you could take the easy route and buy canned black beans, but I think anything you make at home from fresh ingredients is going to be a lot healthier than something you buy right off the shelf!

Wild Salmon in Dill-Butter Sauce

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Need a great salmon recipe?  You've come to the right place!

Need a great salmon recipe? You’ve come to the right place!

The other day, it dawned on me that I really hadn’t been doing a good job of eating at least one helping of seafood per week.  Typically, I do have anchovies or sardines on my salad a few times per week, but I figured that this didn’t really count.

Last Friday when I got home from work, I dug through my wife’s recipe box and found an old favorite for salmon in dill-butter sauce, but this time I decided to put my own twist on it.


  • 1 lb of wild salmon cut up into two filets (or more if you’d like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place salmon in glass cooking dish and evenly sprinkle ingredients (not including the butter) across the filets.
  3. Cut up the 2 tablespoons of butter into small square pieces and then spread the small squares of butter evenly across the fish.
  4. Place the cooking dish in the oven and cook for between 20 and 25 minutes.

Typically I’ll pair this with some asparagus to round out the meal.  Or, I’ll cook it the night before and bring it for lunch to pair with a kale salad with apple cider vinegar dressing.

In any event, the dill mixed with the butter goes deliciously with the wild salmon.  Give it a shot, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Save 30% on The Paleo Survival Guide

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PSG-rb2-iPad-1024x896Still trying to figure out if the Paleo lifestyle is for you?  Have you converted but aren’t seeing results as quickly as you would like? Need to save time in the kitchen while preparing Paleo-friendly meals the whole family will eat?  Want to learn some tricks to staying Paleo while out with friends?

The above items are some of the biggest complaints/problems I hear from our readers, and these issues are certainly an impediment to being able to stick to a healthy Paleo lifestyle.

Thankfully, The Paleo Survival Guide provides a boatload of help for these problems, plus a bunch of other “Paleo inconveniences.”  Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet, I’m confident that this book will help you find more success with your Paleo lifestyle.

Plus, you use the code PLM30, you can get The Paleo Survival Guide for 30% off – a roughly $7.50 savings off of the regular $24.95 price!

Please note – this coupon code is valid only through February 28, so if you’re interested you’ll need to make your purchase before then.

So, just a quick recap – you can get solutions to four of the biggest Paleo problems for about $17.50.  Seems like a little bit of money to save you a whole lot of aggravation!

(Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  That being said, this is a great product at an even better price than it would be otherwise!)

You’ve Spoken, I’ve Listened

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Paleo Lifestyle MagazineThis past weekend, I sent out an email to our subscribers and asked if they wanted me to do away with the exclusive, password protected posts.  Overwhelmingly, the response was to do away with them and make content available to everyone.

Ok, let me back up for a second.  As part of offering an incentive for people to join our mailing list, I promised exclusive weekly content, ranging from recipes to articles to product reviews.  Because I’m not super techie, the only mechanism I know of to publish stuff and keep it “exclusive” is to password protect the content.  Turns out, a lot of you aren’t a big fan of password protecting; no less than 50 people unsubscribed from our mailing list and sent a comment to me about not being able to access the password protected content.

(Never mind the fact I always put the password in bold letters in each email.  I guess they missed that point.  *Sigh*)

In any event, I’m just going to have everything be available to everyone going forward.

I’m planning a bunch of informational booklets around common Paleo problems, so as a reward for being on the mailing list I’ll give discounts and stuff like that.  Maybe I’ll sneak in some exclusive content if I can find a non-password protected way of doing so.

Long story short, if you’re on our list thank you.  If you’re not on our list, still please join!

PaleoCon Day 3 – Recap

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Paleocon_300x250_3CPaleoCon keeps rolling along, churning out interesting nugget after interesting nugget.  If you haven’t yet registered for some reason, please click here to do so now!  Or, if you’re already registered and you know you would like to purchase lifetime access to the presentations, podcasts, etc., please go ahead and click here now!

Day Three: Michelle Tam, Thomas O’Bryan, Joshua Newman, and Chris Masterjohn

For those of you who are really big in knowing the science behind Paleo, I recommend you go immediately to Masterjohn’s presentation.  That dude is thorough!

For people like me who are interested in the science but more interested in simply getting by each day, I recommend you go immediately to Tam’s presentation.  While I feel like I know my way around a kitchen, I do get frustrated when I find myself spending an hour to prepare and cook a meal.  I mean, there are plenty of other things I would rather be doing.

Thankfully, after picking up a few tips from Tam’s presentations — what items I need to purchase for my kitchen, what ingredients I need to always have on hand, etc. — I’ve got a pretty good feeling that I’m going to start getting some of my time back!

Grade for Day Three: A+.  Today’s presentations were great, and Michelle’s solved the number one complaint I hear from people about going Paleo.  It doesn’t get much better than this.

If you want to register for the remaining free presentations, please click here to sign up.  (Again, it’s free.  What do you have to lose?!)  If you want to go ahead and purchase the lifetime package where you get access to all presentations, get the presentations as podcasts, etc., please click here to go ahead and make the purchase.

(Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which I receive a few cents if you make purchases.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  That being said: 1) I’m promoting this because the information is invaluable and 2) I’m recommending that you sign up for the free version.  Obviously, I’d love for you to purchase the program, too, but even if you don’t, I would be happy if you signed up for the free version!)