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Try a new food: Sunchokes

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It's been a while since a new food post, but I recently tried a food that was brand new to me: Sunchokes.


Have you heard of this vegetable?  I had never, but then I discovered that it's simply another name for the Jerusalem artichoke.  I'd never actually seen or eaten one of those, either, but had always assumed it looked more like, well, an artichoke (click to learn all about that "new food" dare here).

Intrigued, I gathered the details on this native North American tuber:

Jerusalem artichokes, or sunchokes, come from a plant that looks a lot like their relative, the sunflower.  What I found, though, looked nothing like a sunflower.  It's the tuber beneath it that looks like a knobby, rough, light brown rock. It looked sort of like ginger, but I honestly questioned whether it was even edible.


Peeled, cut, and cooked, it wasn&…

Eat Apples

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Fall!  Leaves!  School!  And... APPLES!

Although I didn't love eating fruit as a child, apples are one that I always enjoyed.  As an adult, I've gone through phases of apple consumption.  Whenever they're around, I gladly eat them, but I just have to remember to buy them.   Whenever I do, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how tasty they are!  This fall, I've dared myself to step up my apple game, and I dare you to, too!


"An apple a day keeps the doctor away," or so they say.  I don't know if this is true, but I do know that apples have been long hailed as a health food.  What's all the fuss about? Don't so many health companies and apps use an apple in their logo or icon?  Why is that?

What's so great about apples?  Let's explore:
Nutritional Benefits Fiber
Antioxidants
Vitamin C
Boron
Pectin
*many of these nutrients are contained in the skin -- don't leave em out!Note that apples are high in sugar.  Of course, this is a natural s…

Make Bone Broth

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Everyone knows that the best remedy for any malady is a nice warm pot of soup.  It's ancient wisdom. (Or Grandma's.)


So... If it's so good for us, why don't we eat this healing food all the time?
HELLO NUTRIENTS!  Bone broth is incredibly nutrient-dense.  According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, meat and fish stocks contain minerals like calcium magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, and trace minerals.  The process for making bone broth also releases those broken down materials from the cartilage and tendons, such "chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for joint pain"!!  For more information, check out "Broth is Beautiful".Kidneys and Adrenals: Nourished Kitchenexplains the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, pointing out that bone broth "nourishes our kidneys, supports our vital essence (chi), and builds blood."  The Chinese paradigm includes adrenals within the kidney system, so bone broth c…

Eat Sardines

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You heard me right.


If you'd told me three years ago--or even three months ago--that I'd be writing these words, I'd have laughed, too.  In fact, recently my mother was visiting and came across them in my pantry. She was shocked and... well let's just say she wasn't excited or eager to open up a box.  I told her not to worry and she'd soon read about my foray into the world of sardines.

Why:

You can thankthese ladies (Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe) for putting sardines on my radar as a health food.  Yes, apparently sardines are incredibly nutritious!  Further research revealed that they're rich in many vitamins and minerals.  They contain vitamins A, B, C, D, and E,  and even provide about 32% of your recommended daily intake of calcium and half the daily value for DHA and EPA, two crucial types of Omega-3 fatty acids.  All this nutrition in such a tiny package... it's no wonder that they made it onto a 2008 New York Times Well list of The 11 Best Food…

Celebrate Kale Day

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Scenes from the celebration of the (proposed) first National Kale Day:


Shopping




Cooking



 (Massaging)







Enjoying!



A fun time was had by all :) 

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There were so many varieties at the store!!  We settled on three to try different ways.

What is your favorite type of kale and how do you prepare it?

Inaugurate National Kale Day

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Guess what day it is...


Yes, it's hump day.  But today is also... KALE DAY! 
Mm hmm, you heard me.  All who eat their greens, REJOICE:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 is slated to be the very first  National Kale Day!

Happy Kale Day!

Although, I admit, it's not my favorite green (I can understand why some loathe its bitter taste), I do try to eat kale from time to time.  In fact, kale has been featured as a "new food" right here on the blog!  Check out Cook with a New Food: Kale for that post.  Since then, I've come around to it.  Prepared properly, kale can be quite a delicious addition to any meal!

Now, it's time to pay kale some serious attention!  The folks at NationalKaleDay.org "propose that National Kale Day will be the first Wednesday in October and will continue to be an annual celebration of eating, growing, and sharing kale through out [sic] America."

Dare you to celebrate this inaugural Kale Day by having some Kale for yourself.


Whatis kale?

It…

Cook with a New Food: Artichokes

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Time to try out another new food!

I must admit that I already knew I liked to eat artichoke hearts. However, tossing the jarred hearts into a salad and cutting the heart out of a fresh artichoke... those are two very different things.  So today, I tried cooking artichoke hearts, from the raw.

There's a recipe in Make It Paleo that looks delish, so I went and bought some baby artichokes to give it a try.


Aren't they cute?  Or they were, until...


OUCH. Immediate fail. NOT cute!  Who knew that artichoke leaves were so pointy?!?

Some cold water and a bandaid later, I went about cutting the leaves off and chopping out the heart. I honestly have no idea if I did this correctly.  Learning by doing!


I boiled them first to soften, and then sliced and pan-seared them according to the Primal Palate recipe.



Cut up up and added some coconut oil...

Et voila!

Paired them with a little dip that I whipped up. Couldn't even really tell you what's in it (coconut milk? dijon mustard? oil? …