Category Archives: Recipes

Switchel (Haymakers Punch): Nature’s Healthy Gatorade

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist


refreshing switchel

Switchel, also called Haymakers’ Punch, is a refreshing drink that originated in the Caribbean. It is a tasty, slightly effervescent beverage made of water mixed with vinegar, sweetened with molasses, and sometimes lightly flavored with ginger. Honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup are also used in various locally adapted versions.

Switchel made its way from the islands to the American colonies becoming a popular summertime drink by the late 1600’s. Gradually over the next 200 years, “switchy” became the traditional drink of choice to serve to thirsty farmers harvesting hay, hence other popular names like Haymakers’ Punch.

Vermont has a variation called Haymaker’s Oat Water that uses oats and molasses. While I’ve never been fond of that particular adaptation, I absolutely love switchel when made with honey, raw apple cider vinegar and ginger! It is the perfect beverage to make if you are out of kombucha or Jun tea and need a beneficial probiotic beverage that can be made quickly (kombucha and Jun both take about a week).

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No Knead Einkorn Sourdough Bread

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

no knead einkorn sourdough bread

I am so excited to add this amazing recipe for no knead einkorn sourdough bread to the catalog of Real Food creations on this blog! This particular recipe comes from Carla Bartolucci, one of the world’s foremost experts in the cultivation and traditional preparation of einkorn, the only nonhybridized form of wheat left on Planet Earth, and for many (non-genetically) gluten intolerant people, the only wheat they can eat and enjoy without symptoms.

Carla’s new book Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat is a treasure trove for anyone who values ancient culinary traditions using ingredients such as einkorn that have safely nourished and delighted humanity for millenia. I am thrilled to be traveling to Italy very soon to meet Carla in person to learn from her during a week long culinary getaway which focuses exclusively on the wonders of einkorn.

For those of you who are new to bread baking and sourdough in particular, this is a recipe you should try first because it requires no kneading or shaping of the dough. Despite the little effort required, the resulting loaf looks like an artisan produced it!

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Perfectly Probiotic Cottage Cheese (enzyme rich too!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

probiotic perfect cottage cheese

In the Western world, cottage cheese is nearly synonymous with dieting and all things related to the pursuit of skinny.

The poster child for losing weight since the misguided lowfat dogma of the 1950’s took hold and escorted Westerners down a path to even greater weight and health challenges, cottage cheese is typically served with sliced fruit on top as an ultra low calorie meal.

While certainly a nutritious, traditional food (Little Miss Muffet was probably eating something similar while sitting on her tuffet), cottage cheese in the modern sense has, for the most part, seriously lost its way.

Supermarket and even organic healthfood store cottage cheeses are highly processed, lowfat concoctions that are more likely to trigger binge eating than satisfy and proactively assist with sustainable weight loss goals.

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Kitchari Healing and Nourishing Ayurvedic Porridge

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

bowl of kitchari porridge

The small, locally owned health food store where I have shopped for nearly 20 years has a wonderful deli and juice bar that is a favorite of the locals. I frequently drop in to see what homemade soups are available on the hot bar as my family consumes so much soup and broth that I sometimes find it difficult to keep up on busy weeks.

Recently, I’ve noticed that the hot bar has featured a pot of kitchari every single day I’ve dropped in (which is several times a week) without fail. This was exciting to me, as kitchari is one of the very first traditional dishes I learned about when I began cooking at home and stopped eating out so much at the urging of my amazing doctor at the time, who was both an Ayurvedic physician and an MD.

It’s so neat when something a bit obscure that you’ve enjoyed for a long time starts to mainstream!

Kitchari is a nutritious, tasty and very digestible dish that Indian mothers frequently make for their children when they are feeling under the weather. The soothing nature of this healing and nourishing porridge makes it perfect for a light supper, a brief kitchari fast to rest the digestion, or to take to convalescents and mothers who have recently given birth.

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REAL Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

chocolate chip cookie cake

It is very concerning to me how much chocolate children consume today. It seems that chocolate has become a regular feature in the modern diet with many children consuming it on a daily basis. What’s more, some adults seem to think it’s ok to push it on children which contributes greatly to the problem encouraging the potential development of chocolate addiction later.

I regularly receive emails from parents up in arms over the chocolate being offered to their children at school (without their permission) not just as a reward, but even during testing to help the students stay awake and sharp. What is this all about? This type of thing never happened when I was in school – public or private.

Even worse, the chocolate these children are eating is fake chocolate in most cases. American candy companies have slowly but surely replaced real ingredients over the years with factory synthesized fake flavors and GMO sugar in all but the most top of the line brands. Always read those labels, though, because even expensive, beautifully packaged Godiva chocolate has horrible ingredients. Some European chocolate companies have disappointingly followed suit in the name of improving profits.

If you’ve ever compared the taste of an artificially flavored, GMO sweetened Snickers bar with the real taste of chocolate in an Ocho bar (organic, nonGMO Snickers alternative) you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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