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FrittersClearly not Primal nor Paleo. OK for Archevore I think. Recipe is adapted from the February 2012 Prevention magazine. (One of the few things I have ever gotten out of Prevention. I was given a subscription.) I served with Cajun spiced fried chicken breasts and sweet potatoes. The fritters, themselves, are vegetarian.


  • 1 plantain or 2 bananas, mushed. I used bananas just barely ripe enough to mash.
  • 1/2 can Eden black beans, drained and slightly mushed. (Or homemade ones.)
  • 3/4 cup almond or coconut meal. (Original uses cornmeal, which I did too.)
  • 1 large free range egg.
  • Juice from 1/2 lime.
  • 2 chopped green onions.
  • Salt (optional).
  • Virgin coconut oil.


  1. Stir together beans and plantain or banana.
  2. Mix in meal, egg, onions, lime juice and salt.
  3. Heat coconut oil in large skillet on medium high heat.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons in skillet and fry until golden on each side.

The image is a stock photo of fritters. I did not take a picture of mine and could not find a bean fritter stock photo.

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“But . . . but . . . the whole world can’t be Primal and pig out on grass-fed beef, avocados and coconut. We need whole grains to survive. Cows are trampling the environment and their flatulence is destroying the atmosphere.”

When you go to Mark’s Daily Apple, it is hard to see how the Primal Blueprint has any relevance to most of the world’s people. There is tanned, ripped Mark, genetically gifted athlete, living by the beach in Southern California, giving (wonderful) advice about reaching optimal health by eating only the most nutritious, grass-fed, pastured, organic, free-range food. (In fact, he does frequently write about doing Primal frugally, e.g. by eating the cheaper cuts of meat.) But the Primal lifestyle can be applied to anyone anyplace on earth. Not optimally, perhaps, but usefully.

First, Primal is not a meat centered diet. You can do Primal as a vegetarian, or even vegan, although it is hard for vegans to get enough protein. It is absolutely true that the whole world can’t live on beef. In much of the world, goats, sheep and chickens are much more suited to the environment. If the whole world went Primal, many people would have to get protein mostly from beans and other sources that are not “perfectly” Primal.

Cattle are not destroying the environment except where their owners let them overgraze the land. Read this post. Where I live in Northern California, cattle are a prime factor in preserving the environment, along with rice growers, military bases, hunters and fishermen.

Primal has the concept of 80/20. If you are doing 80% of the Primal Blueprint, you will benefit from it. For some misguided Primal followers that means you can have some ice cream if the rest of your food and activities for the day were Primal. What the concept really means is that you should shoot for 100% but if you hit 80% you will be OK. If the best you can do is eating plenty of vegetables, some eggs and traditionally soaked beans with a little meat cooked with them, then that will be be better than eating lots of sugar and grain carbs.

Here is a quotation from a radical feminist who was almost ready to die for veganism:

In my own life, my decision to return to my omnivorous ways is drastically shrinking my carbon footprint. The truth that as a vegan I did not like to face is that most places on this planet are not suited for annual grain agriculture, but for a mix of plant and animal husbandry.

Most ecosystems on this planet simply cannot support annual grain agriculture, and the urging by vegans for the inhabitants to adopt a vegan lifestyle anyway is damning them to an eventually desiccated land base and inevitable starvation. Saudi Arabia, where I live, is one of those places.

Now, instead of relying on grains and beans grown overseas with pesticides and seriously unsustainable farming methods to form the bulk of my diet, I can now turn my focus towards local animal products, such as goat, lamb, or chicken. For example, I can go to the local market and buy goat meat from goat herds that graze just a few miles away over the open desert, herded by Bedouins from oasis to oasis in a centuries’ old tradition. These goats make use of the dry and scrubby land that would be completely unsuitable for crop farming and they drink ancient artisanal well water. If the land they use was transformed into huge swathes of crop fields it would require staggering amounts of synthetic fertilizer and imported water, and it would wreck the delicate ecosystem that currently exists in the desert.

Not only do I feel better physically and mentally as an omnivore, but my choices are much more consistent with my conviction that we need to live as ethically and sustainably as possible within our local community. A Vegan No More | Voracious

That blogger, Tasha, was starving as a vegan despite eating huge amounts of grains. Grains block the absorption of nutrients. On a heavily grain based diet, you want to eat constantly. (Grains and beans can be made more digestible through traditional soaking, sprouting and fermenting methods.)

Our ancestors got it right for 3 million years – a mixture of animals and plants, with the animals fertilizing the plants. Unfortunately, the perfect storm of agribusiness, junk food and misguided diet theories are destroying that world. 80/20 Primal can save the world!

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Update July 31, 2011. WARNING! RANT! Apparently vegans can’t handle the reality of Paleo and Atkins. It is quite obvious that they have had a vote in campaign to inflate the vegan and vegetarian successes and trash Atkins and Paleo. I try very hard to show respect for vegetarians and vegans but they are obliviously living in a smug, self-rightieous Bambi fantasy world. END RANT!

Update, June 20, 2011. Of the 20 diets/lifestyles, only three had more “Yes, it worked” than “No, it didn’t work.” Weight Watchers had 1787 yes to 770 no. Atkins had 855 yes to 439 no. Paleo had 3062 yes to 76 no.

Perhaps you saw or heard about this report Best Diets. They rated Paleo as the worst of 20 popular diets.

First, the report is talking about classic Paleo (“if the cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either”) not Primal. The primal approach is to take what we know about Paleolithic hunters and gatherers to generate hypotheses about how we should live (not just about what to eat.) Very different.

Even from the standpoint of Paleo, the report isn’t accurate. One of the Paleo leaders, Dr. Loren Cordain, explains that here. There are studies supporting Paleo.

“Diets that restrict entire food groups are difficult to follow.” – I would have trouble following the strict version. I’m not giving up dairy, nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant) or rice. But I don’t have to on Primal. People in Mark’s Daily Apple always mention how easy Primal is to follow after the first few days.

The report also says that Paleo can be expensive. It can. But no fair saying that without mentioning that it can be very inexpensive. In the Mark’s Daily Apple forum, people frequently ask how they can do Primal on a budget. We tell them it’s easy. You are encouraged to buy cheap cuts of meat, including “variety meat” like liver. Raise some vegetables or go to farmer’s markets. You don’t have to shop at Whole Foods, although I do.

“With such a heavy emphasis on meat, this diet isn’t vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.” – You can do vegetarian Primal.

Too bad readers will be turned off to the best “diet” (lifestyle) by this inaccurate report.

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