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.
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.
Before I reveal this very creative Paleo enchiladasrecipe, let me tell you a little about the recipe creator, Tara Rayburn.
I first met Tara, author of the cookbook Essential Gluten-Free Recipes, in yoga class about 10 years ago. She was pregnant at the time and we struck up a conversation about Labor of Love, a local birthing center in Tampa that offers women a fantastic natural birth experience as well as holistic prenatal care (this is where I delivered all 3 of my children).
A casual scan of the shelves of your local bookstore quickly reveals an overwhelming array of cookbooks. For one interested in truly healthy cooking, the choice can be overwhelming – which to choose, what recipes are best?
I don’t recommend many modern cookbooks on this blog for the simple reason that few are authentic from cover to cover from a traditional cooking perspective. Most are only partially accurate with excellent recipes here and there with the remainder promoting faddish, misleading, or incorrect information to the detriment of those earnestly seeking a wholesome, balanced cooking style.
I am pleased to say that in recent weeks, a giant among cookbooks has joined the ranks and it contains recipes and information that I can get behind 100% and wholeheartedly recommend for anyone interested in a time tested cooking approach that is worthy of learning yourself, but also priceless knowledge to pass along to your children and grandchildren.
The holiday weekend is here and for many of us, family and friends will be dropping in to visit. Or, you may be doing the visiting yourself. Here is an easy, quick quiche recipe to share with those who drop in for a chat.
I use leftover steamed veggies to make this dish super fast and easy. You can use whatever veggies you want. My favorite combinations are asparagus/red pepper or broccoli/onion.
I like the Wholly Wholesome brand of organic pie shells if I don’t have the time to make it myself. Many healthfood stores carry them. These pie shells are made with a healthy traditional fat and have no questionable ingredients.