Saturday, October 24, 2009

Organized Archives

We are coming up on the 1 year anniversary of the Clean Up Clear Out blog! Perhaps not everyone who reads this has been following it from the beginning, but this blog started when I challenged myself to the 10 day Master Cleanse. I had decided that blogging my experience would keep me in line and help to share the cleansing process with my friends and family. I really enjoyed the kind of checking in, self maintenance, reflection, and journaling, blogging allowed and then realized that if I were to continue I wanted to share a little more with the readers. So the blog slowly evolved from different diets to just what's cooking in my kitchen, allowing me to share new foods as well as continue to experiment myself. As I've gone through different food phases my blog has too, and so I wanted to make the archives a little easier to follow. Since my last post was "crock pot chicken" and it has been a long time since one may have seen a new "green" introduced, I thought it best to make those recipes easier to find. So along with my cute and clever blog titles, I have now included the recipe that can be found with that post. I hope this encourages readers to jump around a little more and try recipes that may have been posted before they joined our blog bandwagon. So for all readers new and old, may I encourage you to check out or revisit some of the greens recipes or soups...I never did try a "dessert diet", perhaps I should give that one a whirl next! Head back to last January and get a taste of the more seasonal dishes from that time. AND Stay tuned...Next Post...Vegetable Pot Pie! Never want to miss a chance to wrap vegetables in pie crust!

Oh yeah..and here's another picture of my adorable baby boy...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nourishment (crock pot chicken, miso gravy)

"Garcon- Please bring me my mother's milk. Thank you."

What a time this has been! Wes is 18 days old, and we have spent the last 12 days holed up, staring at him. Yes, there is work to be done, but any free time is spent oggling the baby. Chop goes back to work next week and I have to admit I am a little nervous how I will handle everything on my own.

Wesley is a milk monster, eating frequently and this means that I must eat frequently too. Fortunately Chop has really stepped up to the plate and we've had some decent meals. I am most impressed with my breakfasts. Every morning as Wes and I feed and nap, Chop goes downstairs and fixes up what are some of the most well rounded, beautiful breakfasts I've enjoyed.

Steel Cut Oatmeal with shaved coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Cinnamon raisin english muffin with almond butter.

Rice and beans with eggs, side of english muffin, and oatmeal.

I know these look like huge breakfasts, but they are necessary.

Chopper also likes to take the opportunity, whenever I am not cooking, to make a crock pot chicken. He gets really excited about this and I always wonder why he doesn't just do it more often (I guess then some of the thrill would be gone).

There is a whole diet (Westin A. Price diet/ Traditional or Primitive diet) founded on the idea that we are meant to thrive on animal proteins and fats that are derived from the purest sources (this all based on evidence through studies of indigenous cultures). The meat we buy at the market would not be considered one of these sources. We're talking cows that eat grass and graze in the sun, chickens that eat grubs out of cow manure and grass and get sunlight, or seafood that is not contaminated with heavy metals. There is so much more to this than I could possibly do justice here, so definitely follow the link to 'bone up' (pun intended). The theories behind this way of eating are pretty telling and can once again confuse this one time (many times) vegetarian.

Chop came across a "Nourishing Traditions" magazine while bringing me to the accupuncturist and since then was excited and hell bent on getting some marrow and gelatin into his diet. To do this, first you need a quality chicken. He purchased a free range, sun fed chicken at Wholefoods and got down to business.

Crock Pot Chicken

1 free range quality chicken
4 fingerling potatos
2 carrots
4 shallots
Bells Seasonings-heaping Tablespoon

Leave the innards in the chicken, place the whole thing in the crock pot with the chopped veggies, seasoning, and enough water to fill the pot. Turn crock pot on and let simmer for about 6 hours.

Falls right off the bone.

The fat, gelatin, and marrow has this lovely yellow color. According to the Traditional Diet (and Chopper), this is where the good stuff is.

Chicken, and purple mashed potatoes with Miso gravy.

Miso Gravy-awesome gravy for any dish-especially when you go meatless.

2 Tbl sweet white miso
1 cup soy milk (milk)
3 Tbl flour (your choice)
1/2 onion
1 Tbl thyme
Black pepper

Saute onion till translucent.
Coat the onion in the flour, add thyme.
Dissolve the miso in the soy milk, stirring till mixed thoroughly.
Add the soy milk/miso to the onions. Stir till thickens.
Add black pepper to taste.

I am someone who has a hard time eating mashed potatoes without gravy. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. You can also add mushrooms for a nice flare. I love being able to whip up gravy, it seems so decadent.