User Upload Guidelines

Index of topics:

1. Who Can Submit a Recipe?

2. How Do I Submit a Recipe?

3. What we look for in a Recipe

4. Basic Ingredient Guidelines

        4.1 Best Ingredients

        4.2 Additional Acceptable Ingredients

        4.3 Unacceptable Ingredients

5. Requesting a new ingredient

6. Published recipes

7. Editing your recipe

8. Why was my recipe denied?

9. Can I resubmit a previously denied recipe?

10. Tips on photography

11. Additional Questions / Contact us

1. Who Can Submit a Recipe?

Any registered user can submit a recipe. Click here to register, which is free.

2. How to Submit a Recipe

Visit our upload page, and fill out the upload form. The upload process is simple:

1.   Go to the recipe upload page on Primal Palate.

2.   Upload your best photo of the recipe.

3.   Fill in the recipe form completely, including all the ingredients, description, and cooking process.

4.   Submitted recipes will be reviewed before approval.

5.   Once the recipe gets approval, it will be published on the site.

3. What we look for in a Recipe

1.   Recipes should follow the Paleo lifestyle guidelines. (see section 4 below)

2.   A well-written description of the process and clear ingredient list.

3.   Eye-catching and appealing photography.

4.   Bonus points for recipes that are unique and creative!

4. Basic Ingredient Guidelines

Primal Palate is a recipe resource for those who follow the guidelines of a Paleo lifestyle.  Therefore all of the recipes on the site, whether created by us or by users, must follow those guidelines. You can read more about the Paleo lifestyle here.

4.1 Best ingredients to use:

  1. Meats

  2. Vegetables

  3. Fruits

  4. High Quality Cooking Fats

  5. Nuts & Seeds

  6. Roots & tubers (including potatoes)

  7. Spices & Seasonings

  8. High Quality Dairy

4.2 Additional acceptable ingredients

These ingredients are often considered borderline Paleo, but we feel they can be incorporated on a limited basis into a healthy Paleo-style diet.

  1. Natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, dates, stevia, raw cane sugar).

  2. Peas, green beans, snow & snap peas.

  3. Nut flours and natural thickeners, such as tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, sweet potato flour, coconut flour, and almond flour.

  4. Wine or other grain-free alcohol.

  5. Rice and rice flour.

4.3 Unacceptable ingredients:

1.   No grains, including gluten-free grains.  These include, but are not limited to: wheat, oats, barley, oatmeal, bread, cereals, etc. This also includes pseudo-grains such as quinoa. (we do allow white rice)

2.   No Corn

3.   No seed oils (canola oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil)

4.   No Legumes, including: black beans, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, etc.

5.   No Refined Sugar

6.   No Soy

7.   No artificial food colorings

8.   No artificial flavorings

9.   No fat-free or sugar-free foods (which typically contain copious amounts of chemical ingredients in their place).


5. Requesting a new ingredient

To make certain ingredients easier to find, we have implemented a standard method for listing ingredients.  For ingredients with multiple words in the title, we try to list the “core” ingredient first, followed by a comma. For example, rather than list “chicken” as one ingredient, you will find it broken out by parts such as “Chicken, thigh,” “Chicken, wing,” “Chicken, breast,”  listed within our database.


If you cannot find a particular ingredient:

  1. Look it up by the core word. For example, if you are looking for “Unsalted Butter” with no luck, instead look for “Butter, Unsalted.”

  2. Look it up by a keyword.  For example, if you are looking for “Olive Oil,” and do not see it listed, search for “Oil” you will find, “Extra Virgin Olive Oil” included in the results.

  3. Request an ingredient. If you still do not see the desired ingredient, click the “request ingredient” button on the upload page, and submit a request. Most requests will be processed within 1-2 business days.

6. Published Recipes

1.   By submitting a recipe, you are affirming that you are the author of the recipe. You may not post someone else’s recipe.

2.   By uploading a recipe photo, you are confirming you have the right to do so for that photo.

3.   All uploaded recipes may be displayed publicly on Primal Palate. By uploading a recipe, you agree to our terms of use.

4.   All recipes must be submitted in English.

5.   Images must be a minimum size of 650×650 pixels, and a maximum file size of 4mb.

6.   Recipe instructions, ingredients, notes, and other material must be written in a clear and concise manner. This includes use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

7.   All recipe submissions are moderated by our team, and may be removed at any time, without notice.

8.   If your submission does not meet our guidelines, you will receive an email to notify you if your recipe was denied, and a brief description of why.

7. Editing your Recipe

You are permitted to make changes to your recipe after it is published. Revised recipes will be re-inspected by our editors, and will need to be re-approved before they appear with the revisions on the site.

8. Reasons for recipe denial

Your recipe could have been denied for a variety of reasons. Here are some possible explanations.

1.   The recipe instructions were incomplete or unclear.

2.   The photo was of poor quality: unappealing, poorly lit, out of focus or blurry.

4.   The photo size did not meet minimum or maximum size regulations.

5.   The recipe requested to use ingredients outside the paleo ingredient guidelines (section 4).

6.   The photo did not upload correctly.

9. Can I resubmit a previously denied recipe?

Yes, you are permitted to try resubmitting a previously denied recipe. Make sure the new submission addresses all the comments from our team when the recipe was denied.

10.Tips on Photography

To help you capture the best image possible, we’ve come up with this handy list of pointers.

1.   Place the food on a nice plate or dish. When in doubt, plain white works well!

2.   Style the food. Take a moment to make it look nice on the plate or in the dish.

3.   Place the food near a window with natural light. Turn off all indoor lighting, which casts a yellow hue on the food. Natural daylight keeps the food looking nice. If it’s too dark for natural light, use a light that’s as close to daylight color as possible.

4.   Place camera on a tripod or steady object to eliminate camera shake. An inexpensive tripod will cost you $20, and do the job just fine.

5.   Never use the flash. The harsh lighting and shadows almost always make the food look unappealing.

6.   Upload the photo from your computer to our site. It must meet the 650 x 650 pixel minimum, and be no larger than 4 megabytes. There are many free online services that can do this. Click here.


If you need more help or suggestions, read these posts on our site:

Photography Tips – Part 1
Photography Tips – Part 2

Further Questions?

Contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to answer your questions!