Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Beginning

Ok the first blog post ever, this is a little intimidating. First a bit about me, I like cooking, crossfit and creating things and love my family and the great outdoors. I am a nerdy accountant who plays with spreadsheets and talks about primal/paleo food to anyone who will listen. I started this blog as an outlet to hopefully help others see how easy primal eating can be and to stop driving my friends and family nuts with all my food and primal science talk. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or scientist, just very interested in this particular way of life.

I will dedicate a future post to what the primal/paleo lifestyle is all about, why it is so great and why the food pyramid is trying to kill you (in a totally non-conspiracy theorist kind of way of course), but for now I will keep this short and sweet. Maybe short and savory would make more sense in this case. In honor of my first post I thought I would pull out all the stops and give you a recipe that will definitely impress not only in looks but also in taste. Oh and the best part, the BACON!!!

Yes my friends today we will be working with bacon because, really, can you ever go wrong with bacon? There was that one weird bacon chocolate bar but I feel it’s one flaw was not enough bacon, so I guess that doesn’t really count. Even the bacon cake was pretty good, but more on that later.

On that note I give you the Cheeseburger Bacon Roll. I have adapted this recipe from Vanessa over at Healthy Living How To.

Cheeseburger Bacon Roll
Makes 4-6 servings

12 slices of bacon (about 1lb)
2 lbs ground beef
6 oz. shredded or sliced cheddar cheese
½ tbsp salt (I prefer Himalayan sea salt)
½ tbsp black pepper
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tbsp onion powder
½-1 tsp cayanne (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Create a bacon weave by lining up half of the bacon horizontally, then fold back every other peice halfway and lay down one piece of the remaining bacon. Replace horizontal pieces and repeat alternating the horizontal pieces that get folded back until you have something that looks like this:

Disregard the random spare bacon on the left

Next in large bowl combine ground beef and seasoning and mix with your hands (use a spoon if you want but it won’t be nearly as fun). Form the beef mixture into a large square-ish patty. Place the cheese on the patty and roll it up like a jelly roll. Be sure that the beef is sealing in all the cheese on the seams and the ends otherwise it will all ooze out during cooking.Place the roll diagonally on one corner of the bacon weave and roll it all up.

Line a jelly roll pan with foil and put a baking rack in the pan. Put tasty bacon-beef roll on the baking rack and bake for 50-60 minutes or until internal temp is 165. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with your usual burger fixings like lettuce, tomato and onion. You won’t even miss the bun I promise.

A note on serving raw onions, if you soak the onion slices for about 10 minutes in a bowl of cold water before serving, it will take out the harsh taste just be sure to dry them off when ready to eat.


  1. That bacon roll is beautiful. Respect all around. Keep up the good work.

  2. Liz, welcome to the blogosphere. I love your first post and look forward to trying your recipes. Congrats!

  3. That looks incredibly hedonistic. I'll have to try it sometime soon. :)

  4. Can't wait to try these recipes! Love it and looking forward to more of your blog! Found it on a friend's facebook...need to know how to attach it to mine :)

  5. Hey there! Just found your blog and can't wait to try some of these recipes--they look great! I am a Junior Accounting Major who started the Primal Lifestyle about 6 months ago out of our dorm kitchen. Maybe there is something about spreadsheets that make us crave primal foods!

    1. It must be the logic of the lifestyle, it just makes sense :-) Good luck with school and dorm cooking. You are very brave to take primal eating while living on campus, I know how easy it is to just live on pizza and Starbucks. Hopefully some of recipes can help.