Cooking With a Purpose

This weekend all of the cooking I did was for others.  A friend in town was just diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy on Wednesday.  Her treatment will include months of chemo and radiation which will make it difficult to provide her for family when her husband is at work.  Our group…

Dairy Alternatives – The Quest for A Suitable Substitute

Dairy is linked to all sorts of inflammatory processes.  Some people have a straight up allergy to dairy which is not what this is about.  A dairy allergy can be in the form of lactose intolerance or a sensitivity to the casein in cow’s milk.  A dairy allergy should be dealt with seriously as it…

Back in the Kitchen

I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking lately.  I recently lost my husband unexpectedly and my amazing family, friends, co-workers and neighbors have kept me fed with homemade,  meal delivery service and restaurant meals.  Needless to say, I have put on a few pounds and have definitely not been eating Paleo.   I tried to…

Inflammation and Bloating. The Not So Appetizing Side of the Foods We Eat.

You have heard me reference the problems I have with inflammation and bloating.  Most people think of inflammation as swelling you would see in your legs, knees or elbows due to overuse or a vascular issue.   Inflammation can develop in your joints as in arthritis (osteo, psoriatic or rheumatoid), in your bowel in the form…

Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 or Mediterranean?

With so many options for eating healthy and losing weight it is hard to know that the best plan is.  Everyone is different in terms of activity level, tolerance to certain foods, metabolism and cooking ability.  Delivery meal plans like Blue Apron, Martha & Marley Spoon, Home Chef, and Hello Fresh offer great healthy options…

Portion Control

I like to eat.  I mean, I really like to eat!  Portion control has never been my strong suit.  If there are leftovers on the stove after we all eat I usually cannot control myself and I end up having a second plate.  I start out intending to cook more food than we need so that I…

Stocked up, fueled up and ready to cook!

After an early trip to the grocery store I treated myself to this delicious breakfast bowl made with arugula, homemade lemon vinaigrette, leftover roasted butternut squash, chicken sausage, avocado and a soft boiled egg.  I’m fueled up and ready to cook! Today’s recipes include lemon blueberry almond flour donuts, copycat Chipotle chicken and cilantro lime rice…

Hydration

No matter what you read or what doctor you visit, they all say it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Many say you should drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water and some say your water consumption should equal half of your body weight.  I have included some articles on…

Adding to my Veggies for Stock bag!

I mentioned that I freeze scraps and unused produce to be used in my homemade chicken broth. This morning I added to the collection after making my salad for lunch. I had fresh parsley stems, the end of a carrot and some spinach that was not salad worthy. My bag is full of broccoli, cauliflower,…

Breakfast

Finding acceptable breakfast options can be a challenge with a Paleo lifestyle.  Toast, cereal, pancakes and all those other typical options are off the table but bacon and sausage is not.  Luckily I have never been a big fan of traditional breakfast foods.  I like an occasional bowl of cereal and rye toast but I’m…

Meal Prep – February 17, 2019

Recipes for today are Winter Albondigas Soup with shredded Napa Cabbage and fresh Cilantro, Sweet Potato Massaman Curry served over Cauliflower Rice, Broccoli Cashew Chicken and a simple roast chicken.   I roast a chicken every week and we use the meat in salads, sandwiches for those not Paleo and served warmed up with veggies.  Then…

What is Paleo all about?

In a nutshell, Paleo is based on natural, unprocessed foods and eating a high protein low/no carb diet.  It is been called the caveman diet and the hunter-gatherer diet because it is promoting foods that our ancestors were able to walk out of the door (or in this case, cave) and gather.  The diet is…