After reading comments on another blog recently, and receiving a few emails from readers, I was reminded that people need (and want) really easy solutions. We all know that the biggest challenge of living with dietary restrictions is just knowing what to make for a meal from a very limited palette of ingredients. Let's be honest: when you are suddenly thrown into changing your entire dietary life, the last thing you are initially concerned about is how to make a convincing nut free, gluten free, vegan, sugar free replacement for peanut butter cookies.
While I feel I provide lots of good recipes on this blog, sometimes they are a little complicated, or use a lot of specialty items that are expensive and hard to find. So, from now on, I'm going to try to put a focus on sharing some of my favorite, most basic recipes with you. The simple stuff that really makes up the bulk of what I eat, like salads, vegetable side dishes, simple snacks, easy to prepare protein and grain dishes. You need to learn what to do with a bunch of hearty greens, like kale, chard, or collards. You need to uncover ways to use nourishing root vegetables like turnips, rutabaga, celeriac, beets, and sweet potato. You should be shown how to incorporate high protein, gluten free grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat into your diet. And finally, see the ways to use high quality proteins, like legumes, nuts and seeds, and responsibly raised and produced animal products.
As Dr. Weston A. Price said, "You teach! You teach! You teach!" And in the spirit of that comment, that I what I hope to do. I want to teach my fine readers, all of you, simple ways to incorporate nourishing foods into your diet that will heal you from the inside out and leave you feeling satisfied. I hope to share recipes that include only a few ingredients, don't include a ton of spices and herbs, don't use fancy specialty items that cost $10 each, and probably fall within the range of acceptable for even the most allergic individual. I'll try to highlight some of my favorite standby foods and talk about the ways to prepare them, making it easier to eat whole, seasonal, healthy foods. Maybe I'll try to highlight a new vegetable each week. Who knows? I'm still thinking through how I'll approach this.