While it may seem anti-healthy to some people, especially Paleo-inclined people, one of my hobbies is bread making; specifically sourdough bread. In order to do that you need a starter for leavening of that bread. it is the equivalent of yeast in a traditional recipe, but it using wild yeasts. One of the downsides to this is that you have to feed it every week or two. The question then becomes one of what to do with all of the excess every two weeks. Pancakes are a great option, but one that I recently made and am sharing is a recipe for sourdough English muffins. I got the original recipe off of a website, but I’ve since lost track of it so can’t give them the proper references that I would like to. The below recipe makes about a dozen muffins.
While on the surface eating the nutritarian way sounds like mostly salads, raw veggies, and fruits, there is actually a lot of potential variety in meals. I’m a huge salad person, but even I would grow tired of that. Luckily I’m also a big soup/stew person, and the Eat To Live book has several of those recipes. The one that I decided to try first, since it jumped right out at me was the Black Forest Cream of Mushroom Soup,which can also be found at Furhman’s website here.
Pizza is one of my go to meals to make when people come over. Everyone likes it, depending on the toppings, I can accommodate a lot of different diets (especially with some of the paleo crust recipes that are out there). I have my bread machine recipe for making pizza dough. And I’ve been told that people like my pizza. All told, I could whip up a batch of my traditional pizza dough and have a pizza out of the oven in about an hour–that’s from nothing but flour, water, oil, and toppings to a ready to slice pizza. A friend sent me this video, on how to make it in a frying pan in twenty minutes, so I figured why not give that a shot to cut the time by a third. So, how did it go?
Eating a whole foods diet, whether it is paleo, vegan or anything in between, can be a laborious process in terms of the volumes of vegetables that you are eating. I love vegetables, so that doesn’t bother me much. I actually enjoy the challenge in the same way I enjoy distance running. Since most people don’t enjoy either of those two things, you can see why many paleo people turn into the “bacon and steak with a side of broccoli” paleo-vores and vegans can fall into the processed food trap. Not only do you want to get a lot of vegetables you want a diversity of vegetables. If all you are eating is pound after pound of broccoli you aren’t doing as well as you may think, but still much better than most people. Salads are a great way to get size and variety of vegetables in your diet.
Have you seen this picture before?
You can find recipes all over, and the premise is quite simple. One that will be universally available is from this link on Pinterest. After seeing this several times I decided to try it myself tonight, but with a twist. I tried both a regular and sweet potato version.
Hummus to me seems like one of those impossible foods: something that is good for you, tastes great and easy to make. I wasn’t actually sure about that third point until today, when I tried my hand at making hummus for the first time. The results were so outstanding that I think I will add this to the list of things that I will continue to just make from scratch at home from now on.
What better way to start off a series of diets that discourage the consumption of gluten and grains than by making pasta! It actually wasn’t my intention to do it on this sort of schedule. I had been planning on trying to make pasta for several years now, but in the past year I’ve just been getting more and more stoked about the idea. This led to a nice manual pasta maker and some other utensils showing up on my Amazon wish list. Thankfully I actually got these things for Christmas. The timing could be better of course, but I was determined to actually try my hand at making pasta before these items would be verboten for half a year. The results, in the end anyway, turned out amazing!
As time marches towards the beginning of the diet experiment, there are a few more recipes and eating styles I need to experiment with. Since the first phase is the JJ Virgin elimination diet plan (to see if I have any food sensitivities) I wanted to make sure that I had what was going to prove to be the most controversial part of that down: the morning shake. Most of the Virgin Diet meal plans are simply making whole food meals that eliminate the seven most common system irritants: soy, corn, gluten, dairy, artificial sweeteners, eggs and peanuts. However making your own health shake is a big part of the morning suggestions. I therefore tried it for the first time this morning. I think with some modifications I may be able to actually like it rather than just tolerate it.
I first heard of Matt Frazier “The No Meat Athlete” on the Rich Roll Podcast last week. The guy is basically an average Joe that decided he wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Along the way he became vegan and blogged the entire process. He has a new book out as well, but the recipes I posted last week (humus and the granola bars) were the things that caught my eye the most. I decided to try out a good homemade health bar recipe and I think these are it for me!
As I was getting more and more into doing from scratch food preparation I really wanted to but was always intimidated by the thought of doing anything with dairy. Making your own cheese or yogurt sounded like nothing but a ton of trouble and something I was bound to screw up. After talking to a friend about the concept of making fresh yogurt he said he doesn’t eat store bought yogurt anymore and that it was incredibly simple to make. I’m here to say that he’s totally right, but having tried lots of different techniques to get “store bought” texture without the additives, I can tell you there are definitely ways to screw it up too. Bottom line is if you can bake a Duncan Hines box cake, you can make yogurt.