Most Popular MDA Recipes | Mark’s Daily Apple

We’re officially celebrating 16 years here on Mark’s Daily Apple! To kick off a week of celebratory content we’re highlighting some of our most popular recipes here on the blog. From morning coffee to Mark’s Big-Ass Salad to slow-cooked pork carnitas, there’s a recipe for every occasion. If you recreate any of our top recipes, be sure to share photos with us on the MDA Instagram!

Primal Egg Coffee

Forget adding butter and coconut oil to your coffee. To truly supercharge your morning brew, add a few pastured egg yolks. This recipe is ideal for anyone who has a busy day ahead of them as egg coffee seems to work well pre-workout, boosting energy, motivation, and providing a nice source of branched-chain amino acids for the training ahead.

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Primal N’Oatmeal

On mornings when a bowl of oatmeal is what your body craves, this hearty and comforting Primal breakfast cereal is exactly what you need. Coconut flakes, almonds, pecans, and the milk of your choice are blended into a creamy, oatmeal-like cereal that’s sweetened with a single Medjool date and topped with fresh berries.

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Instant Pot “Sous Vide” Egg Bites

finished instant pot sous vide egg bites recipe on a board

Food cooked sous vide is delicious. The temperature is so precisely controlled that there’s virtually no risk of overcooking or undercooking, and for the most part, it’s a hands-off cooking method. Still, it’s cost-prohibitive for a lot of kitchens. The solution? These adorable little egg bites are not actually made in a sous vide but instead in an Instant Pot. The end result is a light and fluffy egg bite bursting with flavor.

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Mark’s Big-Ass Keto Salad

Most of our reader’s have heard of Mark’s daily “Big-Ass Salad.” It’s been Mark’s lunch of choice for a couple of decades at least. Over the years Mark adapted it to his personal tastes, nutritional experiments, and eventually keto practice. While some folks minimize vegetable intake when they’re eating keto, Mark has never found that necessary or beneficial. In fact, he highly recommends plenty of above-ground vegetables and even berries for an optimally varied, nutrient-dense keto diet.

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Bacon, Egg, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

Bacon, egg, avocado, tomato salad on white plate with form and lemon wedge

You’ve probably heard of BLTs and BLTAs, but have you heard of BEATs? We’re talking Bacon, Egg, Avocado, and Tomato salad. It’s a favorite around here for a quick and easy meal that is ready in less than two minutes if you already have hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. The secret ingredient is a squirt of lemon juice, which heightens the flavor and adds brightness to this otherwise simple but very satisfying salad.

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Greek Gyro Salad with Avocado Tzatziki

gyro taco salad with tzatziki guacamole recipe in a bowl

Inspiration struck after discovering Greek tacos for the first time. The fresh Mediterranean flavors alongside silky avocado were impossible to ignore. This led us to create a  deconstructed version, a Greek Gyro Salad recipe.

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Ginger Turmeric Chicken Soup

This is the ultimate cold weather soup and perfect to keep on rotation all winter long. It’s easy to make, and you’ll usually have most of the ingredients you need on hand – just pick up a couple turmeric roots on your next grocery trip.

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Baked Ham:Mustard & Rosemary, or Sweet-spiced Glazed

A succulent ham pairs well with virtually any side, looks impressive in your serving dish, and makes the best leftovers. The best part about a good baked ham recipe is that it’s easy to prepare, and cook time is short compared to other sizable cuts of meat. We offer two baked ham recipes that play off of ham’s smoky, salty qualities: one version with spicy mustard, rosemary, and a touch of honey to round it out, and the other version that uses a sweet-savory-salty-spiced ham glaze in a jar.

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Crispy Pork Carnitas

Plate of shredded pork carnitas, avocado, salsa, fresh cilantro

As if slow-cooked, succulent pork wasn’t tempting enough, carnitas takes it one step further by caramelizing the pork in its own fat until the outside is perfectly browned and crisp. It’s difficult to resist the crispy, tender morsels of pork that come out of the oven. Try not to eat so much meat right out of the pan that you’re full before the carnitas makes it to the table!

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Chocolate Collagen Pudding

Sure, Collagen Fuel (or Primal Fuel) is great in smoothies and shakes, but what about when you’re looking for a lower-carb dessert option that doesn’t blow your macros out of the water? This Chocolate Collagen Pudding does the trick quite nicely. This recipe has all of the flavor and creaminess without the sugar and additives. With two scoops of collagen plus cocoa powder and coconut milk, it satisfies even the most discerning chocolate lover.

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