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April 2012

Smoked-Chicken-Leg,-Pickled-Mushrooms,-Pickles

“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

Leg of lamb roast with asparagus, lemon & sage chicken salad, and steak with veggies – what could be tastier, or easier?

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(Photo by Anders Ljungberg)

1) The 6 finalists of New York Times essay contest, in response to: “Tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat.”

2) Jogging Your Brain.

There is an easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim… scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.  Keep reading…

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Lemon-&-Sage-Chicken-Salad-3

This chicken salad variation has a nice lemony undertone with a hint of sage. But the real treat is the pieces of prosciutto buried throughout. Enjoy it on a bed of lettuce or on its own. Free of gluten, dairy, grain, and nightshades.

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Organic-Lives-The-Ridiculous-and-Macaroons

I used to steer clear of anything vegetarian or vegan, not only because I wanted meat, but also because I didn’t think there’d be anything for me to eat without grains or soy. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised recently to find some common ground with vegans: dessert. It is after all, the only meal that I’ll happily eat without protein. It makes sense that there’d be vegans who are sensitive to gluten. But what about soy? Isn’t that pretty much the main component of a vegan diet? And what about all the other non-gluten grains? Imagine my delight when I found a treasure trove of desserts at two different raw vegan spots!

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Flying-Beaver-Butter-Chicken

I’m devastated. What was supposed to be a glowing review of one of my favorite haunts turned into a cautionary tale on the perils of dining out. Overly dramatic? Perhaps, but I hadn’t gone to The Flying Beaver for quite some time and I had been really looking forward to going back. You see, I had a slight obsession with their bison burger. It’s the only thing I would ever order (bun-less, of course), other than their chicken wings. But none of this matters because I accidentally found out that their burgers contain gluten. They come pre-mixed and have breadcrumbs or something as a binding agent. Now, this makes perfect rational sense – I’ve seen plenty of burger recipes calling for breadcrumbs. But I completely forgot about that even being a factor. I just assumed that I’m ordering a burger patty, which should be all meat – unlike those school lunch patties that contain 26 ingredients. Seems to  be a recurring lesson in paleo – never assume.

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