We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.
This week we're answering the question: What new foods or recipes have you tried or discovered?
You can see all the responses to this question today at this link-up post at Hobo Mama and Anktangle. If you're a blogger who's published a response, please post the URL in the linky below so we can visit to read. If you don't have a blog or haven't published a response, feel free to provide your answer in the comments on this post on either Hobo Mama or Anktangle.
Next week's writing prompt is at the end of this post along with posting instructions.
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My answer:One thing that's been a plus during this challenge is how much we didn't have to replace. It's lovely to keep your comfort foods and feel like you're already taking a lot of strides to be healthy.
That said, it's been an adventure to try out new tastes, and here are a few of the ones we've discovered:
- I love this packaged barbecue pulled pork, but it has incredible amounts of sugar and other questionable items in the sauce, and who knows the provenance of the meat. So I busted out the crockpot, bought my own pork shoulder and loin (teetering on top of a filled cart, since Mikko always sits in the big section — I felt like some sort of Meat Lady pushing my bones of meat through the grocery store), and conspired with Sam to spice it up and make a homemade paleo-inspired pulled pork recipe of it. We followed one we found online, but I hate to admit it was mostly a disappointment: Despite tons of spices, the pork remained bland. The juices it had been cooking in (with apples, onions, and other fine ingredients) smelled tasty, but according to the recipe, we were supposed to pour that off, which seemed like a waste. The accompanying sauce tasted nothing like barbecue sauce, which had been the whole point. The pork was nice and tender, though, and pulled apart easily. Served on a bed of cabbage (or, alternatively, rolls), it made for a decent if uninspiring meal. I still want to experiment with making my own barbecue sauce, now that I know how to cook the pork part of the dish, so I found some unsweetened ketchup at the natural foods store. That's a future adventure!
- A much more successful attempt was when Sam engineered the perfect way to make smooth and savory taco meat. I should post that recipe sometime, too! We keep it in a glass container in the fridge, and I pull some out to reheat and put over cabbage with various taco-salad toppings, like guacamole, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. I also love adding apple chunks — a little sweet in the spicy!
- I mentioned before that we switched out our tortilla chips to a brand with only three ingredients. After a couple weeks, I forgot what I was missing about the old chips. After another couple weeks, I preferred the new ones. It's amazing how quickly you can get used to something!
- When we realized most bread products were more than six ingredients, Sam started coming up with alternative bread recipes, like his tortillas and pretzels.
- Since we canned most sweets and treats as well (so few of those are under six!), we've done a ton of experimenting with different cookie recipes, like our cocoa almond butter cookies. It's been so, so terribly difficult to taste test them all, but I'm persevering. We have a bag of cookies on the counter every day, and Sam's been thinking it might be time to buy a legitimate cookie jar. Most recently, Sam came up with a paleo bacon chocolate chip cookie. Salty and chewy and surprisingly tasty! (Or maybe not surprising, considering it's bacon and chocolate! How could you lose?)
- Some of my favorite recent snacks have been cottage cheese with pineapple pieces, cashews, and slices of parmesan reggiano. It's amazing how many filling and delicious snacks are so simple!
- We're gathering recipes for salad dressing, since we've finally run out of Caesar. We've bought anchovy paste and everything, so I'm excited for the experimentation to begin!
What have you been cooking up lately?
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Writing prompt #4 guidelines:
- You have till next week to think of a response to the prompt. Post your response on your blog anytime by next Thursday.
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