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New favorite foods

Posted Mar 02 2012 3:35pm

My tongue palate has changed over the past few months – eliminating a whole entire food category kind of forces you to figure out new ways to eat. This has lead to a discovery of new foods and different things to try.

1. Avocado

Not quite sure how I missed the boat on this one. The first time I tried an avocado a few weeks ago I felt that I was deprived of such a wonderful food for 22 long years. Now we go through 1 avocado in the house daily. Avocados provide almost 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin B, and folic acid. Most of the fat in avocados comes from monounsaturated fat. [ source ] They go great on top of a salad or mashed in with tuna fish.
2. Sauerkraut

Weird(er) I know. Raw fermented sauerkraut has wonderful pro-biotic supplementation to protect the bacteria in your gut. Fermentation increases the nutrient content in cabbage, especially Vitamin C ( source ) Beneficial by products of sauerkraut help boost the immune system. I’ve been throwing some on my plate and eating it with Trader Joe’s mustard. I’ve also been eating it right out of the bag. 1/4 cup a day provides the probiotics you need!

3. “Lamb’s Lettuce” ?!

My mom found this at Trader Joe’s. On the bag it claims “goes great with avocados” and I agree. It does and it’s cute curly lettuce with a great flavor.

4. Bison

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Dabbling around with grass-fed meat I stumbled upon ground Bison the other day and figured why not. Bison is a higher quality meat. It’s lower in calories and fat but has more iron and protein than it’s beef counterpart. Typically bison is minimally processed, free of antibiotics/hormones, and spend their days munching away on grass . I LOVED bison. However it was expensive so it will not be a regular at the grocery store

5. Coconut Butter


Let’s just say I love coconut butter

6. Steve’s Paleo Krunch

I made the mistake of opening it and eating it. It’s delicious. Kashi go lean Crunch has nothing on this stuff.

7. Kasandrino’s Olive oil.

Kasondrino’s Imports is my new favorite extra virgin olive oil. It has a wonderful flavor and it’s directly imported from Greece. I didn’t know what olive oil tasted like until I tried this stuff. It’s that good.

8. 1/2 pound Stuffed Peppers – serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large pepper with a flat bottom
  • 4-6 oz cooked meat (I enjoy ground bison and dark ground turkey)
  • 1/2 cup of cauliflower rice (regular rice works)
  • Sautéed spinach/other vegetable

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. You can also place the peppers in a muffin tin if it won’t stand up on it’s own.
  2. Cut the top off of the pepper and rinse out the membrane and seeds inside.
  3. Combine pre cooked meat, spinach, and cauliflower rice together and stuff inside the pepper
  4. Once the pepper is filled you can bake as is or place a sauce on top. I placed 1/4 cup of marinara sauce on top.
  5. Place another piece of aluminum foil overtop of the pepper
  6. Bake for about 45-60 minutes depending on the thickness of your pepper. The one I used was older and needed less time to cook.
  7. Once combined, place ingredients in the pepper

This would be what I’m having for dinner tonight! It’s great with the leftover beef and other ingredients you may have laying around! You can really stuff the pepper with anything you want. This just happens to be my favorite combination. I’ve been eating this a lot lately, which is why it made number 8 :)

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What are some new foods you’re enjoying lately?

Any plans for the weekend?


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