Eating well doesn’t have to be hard (or expensive)

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I love seafood.  I mean LOVE it.

One of the things I’ve been trying to do lately is get more “bang for the buck” in the things I eat.  As much as I love steak, locally raised, grass fed beef is expensive.  The same can be said of pasture raised chickens when compared to the birds in the grocery store.  Fresh seafood is problematic living in the land locked middle of the country.  The whole thing can be challenging.

I bought a package of frozen mussels at my local grocer for…….about 3 dollars.  Was it organic?  I don’t think so.  Were the mussels raised in a nurturing environment?  I would guess not.  Were they delicious?  Absolutely.

Bi-valves are packed full of all kinds of nutritious goodness.  Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Omega 3s, Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 are just a few of the good things found in mussels.

But what about the bread?  Usually what remains of the water, butter, garlic and whatever other spices you add would be sopped up with……bread.  That’s a problem (for me anyway).  I love it, but it is not my friend.  Thankfully, there is someone in the house that not only loves me, but is hella good at baking.  These yucca rolls make for a perfect vehicle for transporting said juices to your expecting, gaping maw.

Have a problem with eating animals?  I know there are some of you out there.  The argument could be made that it’s more “ethical” for vegetarians to eat bivalves as they don’t feel pain.

Mussels are super easy to prepare.  Bringing the water to a boil is the longest part of the procedure.  The next time you’re looking to add a little variety to meal time, why not give them a try?

Bon Appétit!

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Where does your food come from?

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I’m turning 52 in just a few days.  It’s understandable, I think, to spend more time thinking about your health as you get older (probably shouldn’t wait that long).  While many people focus on the need to exercise more, I’ve spent more time focusing on the food I eat.  I think mine may be the first generation raised on processed food.  I remember eating tv dinners, the emergence of diet soda etc.  These were all promoted with convenience, and health in mind.  Little did we know.

Just a little investigation tells you that for decades we’ve been sold a bill of goods when it comes to what we should eat.  I’m no doctor, nor am I’m not a nutritionist, but cutting processed foods out of my diet has had a positive impact on my health and well being.

I’ve recently become fascinated by the small farmer.  People that have devoted their lives to growing natural foods and raising animals without stuffing them in cages and pumping them full of unnecessary hormones.  These are the folks selling their goods at your local farmers market.

We have several of these small farmers here in Indiana.  I hope to speak to some of them soon, so I can share what I learn in this space.

Great.  Now I’m hungry.

 

The Nor Cal Margarita

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One of the challenges of Paleo/Primal/Ancestral eating isn’t so much the eating…..it’s the DRINKING.  I loves me some Bulleit Rye, but grains are no bueno.  What do you do?

Well leave it to the powerful Robb Wolf to come up with a solution.  The “Nor Cal” is grain free and sugar-free.  Let’s get it on.

Robb’s recipe is pretty simple:

The juice of one lime

2 shots of your favorite tequila

Ice

Splash of seltzer (club soda).

I’ve taken the liberty to change the preparation ever so slightly.  Since no two limes are the same I’ve taken to squeezing 2 limes, and one lemon into a jar.  I’ve found that I like a little bit of lemon juice, and doling the juice out one shot at a time adds consistency drink to drink.

These things take a bit of getting used to, and they pack a whollup.  The absence of a sugar hangover makes them well worth it.

Here’s Robb’s orginal prep if you’re interested.

Salud!