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Garlicky Saffron Clams

Clams are an ideal food for the modern Paleo chef. They’re delicious, super easy to prepare, and packed with nutrition. A modest 100-gram portion (weight before cooking, without shells) provides over eight times the USDA’s dietary reference intakes (DRI) for daily consumption.1 This same portion also provides 78% of your daily iron requirements, substantial amounts of selenium, manganese, and vitamin C, and 13g of protein. That’s pretty incredible when you consider that clams are over 80% water.

Our garlicky saffron clams leave you with an incredibly flavorful broth, which you can either drink or make into a soup. While this recipe can be prepared sans saffron, if you decide to spice the dish with it, be sure to not drain the broth down the disposal. Saffron is a prized spice not only because it is handpicked, but also each flower yields only three stigmas. To put it in perspective, saffron takes over an acre of land and hundreds of thousands of flowers to produce just one pound of saffron.2

Saffron has been revered since time immemorial for its healing properties. Modern science has confirmed that saffron extracts have chemo-preventive properties against cancer.3 But if you don’t have saffron on hand or prefer to spend your money elsewhere, not to worry! Just follow the directions below, omit the saffron and still enjoy a fabulously healthy, delicious clam dish.


Serves 2-3

  • 2 lbs clams
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 pinch saffron (optional)
  • 1 bundle fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small bundle fresh thyme, stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Freshly milled black pepper


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Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.
Nutritional Grail

Christopher James Clark | The Paleo Diet TeamChristopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, Nutritional Grail.

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1. Nutrition Data. Retrieved September 4, 2014 from //nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4180/2

2. CNN. (July 23, 2008). The world’s priciest foods. Retrieved September 4, 2014 from //money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/fsb/0807/gallery.most_expensive_foods.fsb/4.html

3. Abdullaev, FI. (January 2002). Cancer chemopreventive and tumoricidal properties of saffron (Crocus sativus L.). Experimental Biology and Medicine, 227(1). Retrieved September 4, 2014 from //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11788779

Accidental Thai Noodles | The Paleo Diet

Special thanks and congratulations to Beth G., The Paleo Diet Recipe Contest Winner!

Accidental Thai Noodles are an epicurean dream blended with a medley of herbs and spices.


Serves 2-3

  • 2 Tbsp cashew butter (you can find it at any health store)
  • 3 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or sub 1 tsp Paleo Sriracha)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Meat and Noodles

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
    • 4 scallions, chopped thinly
    • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
    • 1 Tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
    • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
    • Pepper, to taste



1. Slice the Squash Lengthwise, and using a spoon clean out the seeds and ‘guts’. Place in oven with open-face up and bake for 45-60 min, at 375 degrees.

2. In a bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together and set aside so the flavors can marry

3. Melt the coconut oil in a skillet and add the chicken, garlic, scallions and ginger.  

4. Cook the chicken all the way through, and add remaining ingredients and stir.

5. Turn skillet down to low and add dressing.

6. When the squash is done, use a fork to pull out the ‘noodles’. They should easily pull out and fall into noodle-like pieces. Serve meat and dressing mixture over noodles.

Live Well, Live Longer.
The Paleo Team

Crispy Grilled Chicken in Garlicky Orange Sauce | The Paleo Diet

Special thanks and congratulations to Dino Romano, The Paleo Diet Recipe Contest Winner

Spice up your night with this delicious crispy grilled chicken in garlicky orange sauce, perfect for entertaining guests.


Serves 4

  • 6 bone on chicken thighs, skinned
  • 8-10 large cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1-2 cups parsley, chopped fine
  • 4 Tb. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 oranges, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tb. dried oregano (3 Tb., fresh)
  • 1 t. red pepper flakes
  • 2 t. coarse black pepper


1. Grill chicken thighs over a very high heat and close to the flame in either an oven broiler or on the BBQ

2.Without reducing the heat, proceed to cook over the flame to ensure moist center on the inside and crunchy and blackened on the outside

3. In a large bowl mix the chopped garlic, parsley, olive oil, diced oranges, oregano, red and black pepper. Stir well  

4. Add grilled thighs to mixture and stir like you would a salad until chicken is coated in the oil, garlic, orange sauce

5. Let stand for several minutes in the mixture

6. Best served with a large salad

Live Well, Live Longer.
The Paleo Team

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