INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 – 2 pounds slivered cabbage

1 tablespoon course sea salt per pound of cabbage

1 onion, sliced thinly

2 tablespoons dill

2 tablespoons caraway seeds

DESCRIPTION

This is probably the most delicious kraut ever.

The recipe is based on one in The Essential Life, 3rd edition, page 386.

DIRECTIONS

Sauerkraut is very simple, and wonderfully healthy. It is a raw, fermented food, which means it will deliver health enhancing probiotics to the gut, while increasing alkalinity and nutrition absorption.

Put sliced/shredded cabbage and onion in a large bowl, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and your spices.

Massage the cabbage with your hands, after a few minutes it will begin to produce brine. Continue massaging, rather forcefully, until the bowl is very wet with the brine.

Place the cabbage mixture in your crock or Mason jar, a little at a time, pressing down as you go. The goal is to eliminate all air pockets, and cover the top surface with brine. When the jar is full you want to eliminate air getting into the cabbage, do so with one of these three methods.
1 – use an otter cabbage leaf to cover the top of the cabbage making a seal.
2 – use a small ziplock sandwich bag with some water in it to keep the cabbage submerged.
3 – use a glass weight, small canning jar with water in it, or a saucer to hold the cabbage under the surface of the brine.

Cover the jar with a cloth and rubber band to keep insects out, or use a canning jar lid, or special lid made for fermentation. .

Tamp the cabbage down daily to remove all gas that accumulates in the cabbage. After 6 or 7 days taste it, when it reaches the desired taste it is ready to be moved to the refrigerator.

NOTES

If mold forms, scrape it off, taste the sauerkraut below, if it tastes fine, keep it. If not, spit it out, and discard the batch.

Try my other fermented veggies recipes, and please share your comments below.

Instant Pot Yogurt

Lacto-Fermented Veggies

There is a big difference between fermented foods created on your countertop and pickled foods preserved with some kind of vinegar. The health benefits in fermented foods are numerous, probably the biggest one being they support and reinforce your natural bacteria colonies in your gut. Vinegar preserved foods lack the throngs of health enhancing bacterial colonies of fermented foods, and therefore lack the health enhancing benefits.

According to Dr. Axe, fermentation helps increase digestion and bioavailability of nutrients, as well manage and prevent disease, including H. pylori infection, cancer, liver disease, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and lactose intolerance. 

When vegetables like cabbage and cucumbers are left to steep and sit until the sugars are broken down to promote the growth of bacteria, this is when the vegetables are fermented. Check out my recipe for the best home fermented sauerkraut you have ever eaten!

Dr. Axe also says, “Fermented foods are also filled with beneficial bacteria that work as reinforcement for the good bacteria in the digestive system. Since 70 percent to 80 percent of the immune system lies in the gut, having proper balance of gut flora is important.”

The recipe below is my adaptation of a recipe from the Immigrant’s Table.

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons of whey (see note below)

1/2-1 cup of filtered water or as much as needed to top your jar

1 teaspoon of salt

2 cups of chopped – cauliflower carrots, and/or onions

3 garlic cloves peeled and coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon of oregano

1 1-quart glass container with a lid

DIRECTIONS

If using cauliflower separate into small florets, about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.

Combine the filtered water, whey and salt in a separate jar, and stir or shake well, until the salt is dissolved. Taste the solution – it should taste briny.

Pack the jar with the vegetables, herbs and garlic cloves, until they reach about 1 inch from the mouth of the jars.

Pour your brine solution over your vegetables, completely submerging them. Top with more water if necessary.

Cover your jar with a lid. Leave it a dark corner of your kitchen counter for two to four days (the duration of their fermentation will depend on the temperature in your home). I place mine on the counter, under a towel.

Once the veggies have fermented to your liking you can move them to the refrigerator, they should last a few weeks there.

Be sure to eat a serving or two of fermented foods each day to maximize their life-giving benefits!

Note: I have read that if you have a previous batch of lacto-fermented veggies you can take 4-5 tablespoons of the liquid from a batch you have eaten and use it in place of ‘fresh” whey. I have experimented for myself with this method and it seems to work just fine.  If you need to ‘find’ some whey, line a fine strainer with cheesecloth, put a cup or two of yogurt in the strainer and place it above a larger bowl, the clear liquid that comes from the yogurt is whey. I use my home-made yogurt to get my whey, and the left-ver yogurt is much thicker, more like Greek yogurt. 

Here are some things from Dr. Perlmutter about the value of fermented foods.

And a few other interesting notes about the value of fermented foods in your regular daily diet.

I discovered a new fermented beverage on Dr. Axe’s page, Kvass, I will try it soon, and post my thoughts on this site.

Do you have a favorite fermented food? Check out my wild fermented sauerkraut, and share your comments below!

January is always a time of new beginnings. What things have you decided to change this year?

It is never too late to invest in your health. You can plan to add more movement into your days, or perhaps remove all white things from your plate, perhaps more time with family and friends, or maybe even more sleep.

This month doTerra has a gift for all of those who have not ordered in a while. We want you back!!! Great time to re-ignite your passion for what brought you to Doterra in the first place… your health and that of your loved ones.

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DESCRIPTION

This recipe is adapted from a recipe I used with a bread machine. Depending on how dry your flour is you may need just a touch more or less to get a loaf you can handle and get into your bread pan.

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups warm water, about 115º

1/3 cup organic coconut palm sugar

5 cups organic Einkorn wheat flour

1 tsp kosher salt

3 tsp dry active yeast

This is perhaps the most moist, delicious bread I’ve ever made.

DIRECTIONS

I use a Kitchen Aide to do all the ‘hard work’ and would recommend you do the same, if you can.

Heat your water to about 115º, place in the mixing bowl, add the coconut palm sugar. Measure 4 cups of flour and place on top of the water. Make a well in the flour and add the salt and yeast. 

Drop the salt and yeast into the well.

Lock the mixer so the dough hook will stay down in the dough, and turn it on to a moderately slow mix. Allow it to mix until most of the flour is incorporated and then begin adding the remaining flour until a wet dough forms. Turn off and cover with a towel, allow it to rest for about 5 minutes.

Notice the stringy-ness of the gluten.

When you return to the dough mix it for about 5 minutes, until you can see that the gluten has developed. Cover again and let rise for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile butter your bread pan.

Mix the dough down one more time, add just a little flour if the bread seems too wet. You want a very soft, sticky dough that you would not be able to work with your hands. Scrape the dough into your bread pan, smooth the top and put it into a cold oven.

Once dough is in the pan it goes straight into a cold oven.

Turn the oven on and set to 350º – at 35 minutes check your bread. It should be done about 40 minutes, it will have a nice brown crust and sound hollow when tapped. If you want a crisp crust remove it from the pan and let it sit on the oven rack for just a couple minutes. Then remove from the oven, cover with a towel, and allow it to cool on a rack at least 15-20 minutes before slicing.

Fresh from the oven!

If you like you can try other wheat types – I will try spelt one day soon and post an update for you here.

Please comment below!

Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 min Difficulty: easy Servings: S

INGREDIENTS

Butter for the pan

1/2 pound sausage

6 ounces grated cheddar

6 eggs

1 cup milk

1/4 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp parsley

1/8 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350ºF, butter the baking pan.

Precook the sausage and drain most of the oil.

Put the sausage in the bottom of the baking pan, sprinkle evenly with the cheese, tap down slightly.

Mix the eggs, add the milk, and pour over the sausage and cheese. Then sprinkle with thyme, parsley, paprika, and a dish of salt and pepper.

Bake about 30 minutes until browned on top and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

NOTES

Use venison or pork sausage.
Venison makes a particularly wonderful dish.

I love the holidays, it seems there are more opportunities to spend quality time with friends and family. And, always, along with that quality time there is a meal, or finger foods or some sort of refreshment. Who doesn’t enjoy such occasions? Even an introvert can find opportunities to enjoy themselves in a small intimate gathering.

The gift giving and big sit-down meals of Christmas are a wonderful thing. And so is a simple bowl of soup shared during a warm conversation with a friend. I think sometimes we push ourselves more than is necessary when hosting these events. I don’t believe that we necessarily do these things from a sense of prideful boasting, but more from a desire to please. None-the-less, in an increasingly complex and complicated world, let’s move toward the basics. A simple meal, shared with friends, regularly. There is some science to prove this act alone could extend your life!

Keep on reading!

Food is essential for life. We are born hungry, and proceed to eat at almost every opportunity for the rest of our lives. Here in the US, where I live, food is plentiful and inexpensive. Well, at least food-like substances are.

We all eat, our brains drive us to seek food as nourishment, energy, and for pleasure. Some of us eat to relieve stress or emotional pain, some of us eat to live, some of us eat for the pleasure it can provide. And none of us would have developed to the state we are now without the food we have perhaps unthinkingly eaten. In the end, we are what we eat.

Keep on reading!


Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 30 Total Time: 45 Difficulty: easy Servings: 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup butter

6 slices of cinnamon raisin bread

6 eggs

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup half-and-half or milk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350ºF, and butter a 8×8 or oversize loaf pan.

Butter bread on 1 side, stack slices with butter sides facing, and chop into small pieces.

Put bread into the pan.

Mix eggs with syrup and cinnamon, add 1 cup milk or half-and-half, mix well. Pour over the bread.

Bake about 30 minutes, until eggs are set and the casserole is browned.

Serve immediately, or eat cold, as a dessert.

Most people would say I keep a pretty tidy house. They might even say it is very clean. Unfortunately for me, I don’t agree. See, I’m the sort that sees, and notes, every little detail that is out of ‘alignment’ with what I learned in the Marine Corps. Attention to detail, shine that shower stall with lemon pledge, dust the plumbing under the sink, fold your spare blankets to make the shape of the lower-case “e,” lace your boots right over left, trim all strings off your cammies or you are dangling Russian rappelling ropes. You get the idea.

Continue reading “House Cleaning”

Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: none Total Time: 15 min. Difficulty: easy Servings: S

INGREDIENTS

Core and dice 2 sweet apples, like honey crisp into small bitesized pieces

1 /2 tsp lemon juice

1 cup of seedless grapes, halved

1/2 cup plain organic yogurt

1 tsp honey

1/4 tsp cinnamon plus more for sprinkling

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Place apple pieces in a small bowl, add lemon juice and 1/2 cup water, toss to cover all sides of the apple – this will prevent it from turning brown as it sits exposed to air. Then drain the liquid.

Add grapes to the bowl, and toss the fruit together.

Divide fruit between 4 small bowls.

Mix the yogurt, honey, and cinnamon, then drizzle over the fruit, top with walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

NOTES

You could swap out other fruit like green/sour apples or pears.

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 60 min. Total Time: 65 min. Difficulty: easy Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

3 Tablespoons butter

1 pound bag frozen sliced okra

1/2 tsp chipotle pepper

Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Melt butter in an 8×13 pan, spread okra across bottom of the pan, sprinkle with chipotle pepper.

Place in oven. Toss about every 20-30 minutes.

Remove from oven when no longer wet or slimy, and starting to brown along some edges.

Alternative: We cook these on the stovetop in a cast iron frying pan, long and slow, until mostly brown and a bit crunchy. They are delicious!

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 60 min Total Time: 65 min. Difficulty: easy Servings: varies

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon coconut oil

About 2 pounds of sweet potatoes, washed, cubed 

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp Chipotle pepper 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375ºF

Put coconut oil on cookie sheet, and pop in oven just long enough to melt, then spread over bottom of the sheet.

Wash and cube the sweet potatoes into about 1/2 to 3/4” or so cubes.

Toss the sweet potato with the cinnamon and chipotle pepper on the baking pan.

Bake about 50-60 minutes, until tender and beginning to caramelize on some of the edges.

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 60 min. Total Time: 65 min. Difficulty: easy Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound bag frozen Brussels sprouts

1 medium clove of garlic, minced

Salt and Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350ºF.

Put oil in pan, add Brussels sprouts and garlic, mix and bake.

Give them a stir occasionally.

Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

NOTES

You can also use fresh Brussels sprouts for this recipe, I typically cut them in half through the core.

Alternatively, cook in cast iron skillet or Dutch oven on the stove top, long and slow.

Joshua Rosenthal is the founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and the author of this book. The book is 13 chapters and 290 pages before you get to the recipe section. This book is a wonderful introduction to topics ranging from dietary theories and what they mean for you to basic Ayurvedic practices, exercise to spirituality and all life-related topics in between.

Continue reading “Book Review: Integrative Nutrition”

This recipe is adapted from “Miracle Cobbler” in an old cookbook called Log Cabin Cooking: Pioneer Recipes and Folklore by Barbara Swell.

I’m using Einkorn flour, which may have some nutritional benefits over regular contemporary wheat flour. I always buy whole wheat/Einkorn berries and grind my grains fresh at home. 

I have a Nutri Mill classic grinder, we’ve used it for years.   

Nutri Mill Classic Grain Mill

Ingredients 

2 tablespoons butter (melt in the skillet)

1 cup Einkorn (or any other whole grain) flour

1/2 cup sugar (I prefer Coconut Palm Sugar)

1 cup (grass-fed) milk

1 teaspoon baking powder

about 2 cups (fresh or frozen) blueberries, raspberries, or cherries

Directions

Heat oven to 350 ºF.

Melt the butter in the 9″ skillet, then swirl around to coat sides, set aside.

Stir dry ingredients, then add milk, stir until smooth.

Pour the batter into the skillet. Sprinkle the berries on top, and sprinkle with sugar if desired (completely not necessary, just really for looks).

Bake about 35-40 minutes, until done.

I recommend removing onto a plate or platter once cool as the moisture from the cooled cake can do weird things to the skillet, and darken the bottom of the cake.