Back to what I've read. First up was It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. This was a great book. They did a fantastic job describing insulin resistance and leaky gut in terms anyone can understand. Their Whole30 diet challenge is a great way to get people to make changes and feel the difference. Plus you can log onto their whole9life web page for more support and reading. The writing style is inspiring, and keeps the reader engaged. But my favorite part are the meal planners. Instead of several recipes, they provide a basic skill such as browning ground meat, and then give different veggie and spice options to add variety. I've actually made copies of these for a couple of clients who were overwhelmed with cooking and getting bored with the few things they know how to cook. While I have not made any of their one skillet meals yet, I was inspired to make picadillo for the first time in a long time.
Next up was Practical Paleo by This is a big book. Similar to ISWF, Practical Paleo starts out with an explanation of gut health, and hormone balance, and a few other topics. What I like about PP over ISWF are the pictures, especially the one about Poop. Yes, she covers why poop looks the way it does, what is normal and why abnormal poop happens. Speaking of poop... lets talk about fermentation and how I love to make kraut. Maybe the connection isn't obvious to you yet, but fermented food introduce good bacteria into our digestive system. We've been joking at work about setting up a sauerkraut station in the back room, maybe not the best idea. But one of the opening recipes in the book is for homemade sauerkraut, I couldn't pass it up. In another week or two, we will have spicy purple kraut!
Roasted zucchini to go with our burgers topped with avocado and a little cheddar.
That's a tasty burger.
On the side I've also been reading the Civilized Caveman blog. From his recipes I made the Sweet Potato Ginger brownies, and a couple days later used the leftovers to make french toast for sunday breakfast. Mmm Mmm Mmm. However, I'm coming to the realization that I don't really like the texture of bake goods that only use coconut flour. His banana bread is supposed to be amazing, so when I get a chance (and some ripe bananas) that will definitely be in my oven.
Last but not least, cucumbers. We picked up a giant bag of pickling cucumbers from the farmers market yesterday, they are super tasty. I knew I would make a cucumber-dill-tomato salad for the Night to Unite block party, but what else? Then I thought...duh...make pickles. I've never made pickles before but I know how it's done. Of course knowing me I didn't want to make them the quick refrigerator way, nope, I want to ferment mine! So thanks to Mark Sisson, it was easy to pull p a recipe on making fermented pickles. I got to try these just this morning. They are delicious and crunchy, and super salty.
Ok everybody, get out there read, cook, and ferment!