Category Archives: Recipes

Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 15, 2014

bubbling sourdough starter

When I first got into Traditional Food nearly 14 years ago, I pretty much had to make anything and everything myself because there were few companies (and none in my local area) that made the type of food I was seeking – let alone understood what I was even talking about!

Nowhere was this paradigm disconnect more apparent than the art of breadmaking.

“Isn’t using yeast the proper way to get bread to rise?   Isn’t this the way it’s always been done?” they would blankly ask.

“If the bread is organic, isn’t that good enough?”

Uh, no, no and no!

Yeast for breadmaking is relatively new in the grand scheme of human history.  In fact, when baker’s yeast was first introduced as an alternative to true sourdough starter in France in the mid 1600′s, it was strongly rejected because the Renaissance scientists of the time knew that this quicker, more convenient approach to breadmaking would negatively affect public health.

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How to Make Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 29, 2014

raw apple cider vinegar

It’s apple season in many parts of North America which will continue through the Fall.  Time to take advantage of the seasonal bounty and make some raw apple cider vinegar! If you don’t have locally grown apples available in your community, a bag of organic apples from the healthfood store or veggie co-op will work just fine.

Unpasteurized, or raw apple cider vinegar is expensive, so making your own is very thrifty.  A typical quart of organic, raw apple cider vinegar will run you just under $5 at most healthfood stores.  You can make a whole gallon, four times that amount, yourself for about the same price or even less if you use apple scraps that you were going to throw out or compost anyway.

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Healthy Corn Dog Recipe

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 17, 2014

corn dog recipe

When I was a kid, a corn dog on a stick dipped in ketchup was one of my all time favorite foods.

Corn dogs as food?   Mmmmm.

Well, maybe not food!

“Ingestible” might be the more appropriate term here!

Even the supposedly “healthy” corn dog brand I checked out recently at the healthfood store was not acceptable. These healthfood store corn dogs contained sugar, soy flour and corn flour (all most likely of GMO origin), not to mention the unbelievably high price for a pack of 4!

While commercially produced corn dogs are a junk food unmatched by almost any other (ok, maybe sports drinks are just as bad or worse), you can make this quintessential factory food healthy if you choose whole ingredients that haven’t already been fractionated and repurposed into ingestible status.

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Low Carb Portuguese Focaccia (Gluten Free or Paleo)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 15, 2014

focaccia

I’ve been puttering around in the kitchen this summer experimenting with different gluten free and grain free flours both alone and in combination.

Learning how to easily bake delicious breads, cookies and pastries with various flour combos – both grain and non-grain based – is something I am very much interested in mastering.

My reasons are mostly practical …. baking is a very easy way to successfully incorporate a variety of grains and nuts into my family’s diet.  For example, one of my children won’t eat almonds but will happily eat the ginger snaps I make with sprouted almond flour.

I must admit, though, experimenting with flours is just plain fun even when a dish doesn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped!

Low carb focaccia is one recipe I recently made which my family thoroughly enjoyed.  You can see the focaccia end result in the picture above paired with seasonal, organic lychee.

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Homemade Rice Krispies Cereal

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 6, 2014

homemade rice krispies

Eliminating processed foods from the pantry is a difficult road at first. Probably one of the hardest items to stop buying is the ubiquitous boxed breakfast cereal, without a doubt, America’s favorite way to start the day.

The problems with conventional boxed cereals like rice krispies are many … genetically modified ingredients, loads of sugar, additives, and chemicals with plenty of synthetic vitamins added to the mix to hide a multitude of dietary sins from the consumer via an artificially fortified nutrition label.

The issue with organic boxed cereal is less clear. Examination of the ingredients for many brands seems harmless enough with just a few whole foods listed.

The apparently healthy label hides a nasty little secret, however.  Violent factory processing is required to manufacture it.

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