Welcome to my section. As a Master Herbalist I present these tasty recipes to demonstrate how good nutrition can also mean good flavor. Note that these recipes are not for the chronically ill, but for those in the normal health. For special health needs and herbal healing info please see my website for more information. Kick off your shoes, sit back, relax, and expect to have your imaginary taste buds tantalized? Never! Slip on your flip flops, roll up your sleeves… pull out that mixing bowl and old iron skillet, grab the EVO, turn on some Ojays, Eagles, Steeley Dan or Aretha (insert your favorite Artist of choice) grab the old apron and let’s get poppin… Bon Apetit!
There are a few things I won’t do even if though is not a “diet foods” section, because I love the idea of you being around for a very long time. So, I won’t demonstrate:
-Beef and Pork Dishes (red meats)
-Deep fried or fatty Dishes
-High calorie dishes (at least not many)
-Dishes with lots of sugar
-Dishes with little nutritional value
-Lack of color and variety in meals
-High cholesterol dishes
-Dishes that take you away from the fresh foods section at your grocers
-Dishes that take you away from fresh or dried herbs
-Eating Dairy when you’re sick or excessive dairy at any time
-Heavily processed and preserved foods
-Minimize the whites – White bread, white sugar, white milk, white rice… they have been almost stripped of nutrients.
Those are my non-negotiables. I hope to do quite the opposite!
The 80/20 Rule
On the other hand – and some purists and vegans out there may cringe, but barring serious illness, don’t think a person has to live on carrot sticks, celery sticks, birdseed and grass clippings to be healthy! A true holistic definition of “healthy” does not mean perfect physical health or even avoiding illness. It goes much deeper than that… it means balance. It begins with a healthy, positive outlook on life. How socially healthy can you be in a world socialized around good food when all you eat is mowed grass?! You would dine alone constantly.
The 80/20 rule is a recipe for balance. Eat health foods 80% of the time and eat something “just because you like it” the rest of the time (the exceptions being the non-negotiables previously noted). What you will notice is that lots of what you like IS healthy.. at least partly.
On Fermented Foods and good bacteria
Eating Saurkraut and plain yogurt contributes to the good bacteria count in your intestines. The good bacteria or flora is responsible for breaking down food particles as they move through the intestines so that they can be absorbed as food and not left to ferment in the gut and turn toxic.
You can easily make your own saurkraut. Shred a head of cabbage. In a large bowl, mix shredded cabbage and salt together. Pound the cabbage mixture to expel the juices. Place pounded cabbage and juices in a medium sized glass jar (1 Quart Sized). Press down firmly on the cabbage. Add distilled water until cabbage is fully submerged. Solution should be one inch or more from the top of the jar. Cover the jar and let sit for 3 to 7 days at room temperature. Then store in the refrigerator. Alternatively, one can use Kefir grains to ferment the cabbage, just eliminate the use of salt. People in your home may think you’re crazy making this. Making them wonder is half the fun.