Wild dandelion and radicchio salad: #foodie friday

I went out and harvested the “weeds” from my garden. Dandelion is good food and grows abundantly in my part of the world and many other parts too. I’ve been eating wild dandelion since I was a child.

The radicchio I bought at the grocery store.

I dressed the salad simply with olive oil and salt. Both the dandelion and the radicchio are bitter greens and so I like them dressed really simply like this. You can certainly add lemon or vinegar or any other salad dressing you like. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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Fixing our diets and our exercise patterns #foodie friday

This is a pretty good all round introduction on how to start making big changes to lifestyle. It takes time and so baby steps are most often quite appropriate and even necessary for long-term success. If you’ve wanted to make changes and don’t know where to start this video can function as a sort of intro to such ideas. Also contains links to other info and resources. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The Natural Effect #foodie friday

If you thought you were doing the right thing by buying products labeled “natural,” you’re not alone. Which is why it may surprise you to learn that by law this label means absolutely nothing. It carries no definition, the FDA has never defined it, and it is simply used by the food industry to sell product, charge premiums and mislead you. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I’ve lost 85 lbs…and I continue to get healthier and healthier… #foodie friday

I lost 85 lbs the way Chris Kresser describes below. To be clear my body’s needs have changed – I no longer eat strictly paleo, but paleo has taught me so much about my body…and I never made weight loss the motivator…it was always about getting healthy and learning to listen to my body/mind… Chris Kresser has, for a long time, been a wonderful part of teaching me how to do this.

Of note: I was bedridden and extremely ill, this journey was about healing for me, not weight loss. The weight loss was a secondary pleasant thing that came about.

For me learning what my body needs and how I eat has been a continuing evolution. One that is not over. I am not married to any one system, but I can speak to the fact that Chris Kresser and other sources of paleo information was a critical piece for me to becoming healthy again. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Sweet potato chips (fried in coconut oil) homemade junk food #foodie friday

Had a hankering for something crunchy and I haven’t eaten chips of any variety in eons (literally several years) …so I did the only thing I could do in this circumstance…I deep fried my own sweet potato chips in coconut oil… photographed below is one of the batches…I ate each batch as the next batch fried…I’m shameless… … [click on title to read and view more]

Sweet potato grits (paleo & grain-free and vegan) #foodie friday

Odd but wonderful concoction: blended sweet potato, apple, chia seeds and LOTS of garlic…baked the “batter” in cast iron pan till crispy. It turned out tasting vaguely of baked or fried grits or polenta, both foods I miss but can no longer eat. This was a delightful surprise as I made it up totally on the fly with no real sense of what the final product would be like. You know what they say about the mother of invention. I need variation and diversity in my diet and so I am forever playing with new ingredients. My diet may be restricted in certain regards, but I make it a habit to add new foods I’ve never tried before as well as new combos all the time. This means I don’t generally feel deprived as I’m always eating new and delicious foods. … [click on title to read and view more]

Socca flat bread with cilantro pesto #foodie friday (grain free)

Today I only made enough for one serving so I used 1/4 cup of chick pea (garbanzo bean) flour. I tossed in half a small onion, a large garlic clove and a teaspoon of chia seeds. (yes I go crazy with variations) I didn’t cook the onion or the garlic, I just tossed them all together with a tablespoon of olive oil and some salt and pepper too and then I blended it all with my immersion blender (my favorite small kitchen appliance). … [click on title to read more]