More often than not, I don’t cook from a recipe. Instead, I see what’s in the fridge, throw something together – often it turns into a one-pot meal. It struck me that I made a very nutritious, almost-Paleo lunch today.
So what was in it?
1. Organic Virgin Coconut oil:
Great for cooking. Doesn’t go rancid at high temperatures like vegetable oils do. It’s anti-viral, anti-fungal, has medium chain fatty acids… people have written whole books on the health benefits. More on the wonders of coconut oil here and here.
2. Garlic, leek, and gingerI’ve already blogged about some of the wonderful qualities of garlic. Ginger is good stuff too, and even if it weren’t, wow, cutting into fresh ginger and smelling it is one of the joys of life.
3. Beef mixed with beef liver
Beef liver has more nutrients per gram than just about any other food. 100 gm. of beef liver has more than 100% of the recommended daily requirement of vitamin A, B2, and almost 1000% of the recommended daily requirement of B12 (which many people are lacking), along with high levels of many other vitamins and minerals. This is all very good and fine, but not very helpful if you don’t like the taste. I made one failed attempt to cook beef liver. I didn’t hate it, but definitely didn’t enjoy it.
This time I had my butcher grind 2 kilos of ground beef along with ½ a kilo of liver. I mixed them, and froze them divided into four quantities, one of which I used for lunch today. I hope my daughter doesn’t read this post and discover that there was liver in her lunch. She would not be amused. However, her pronouncement on lunch was, “yummy”.
Turmeric, cumin seeds, curry, cayenne pepper, garam masala, and sea salt. Many spices have some nutritional benefits, but none so much as turmeric. It has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. You can buy curcumin, the principal component of turmeric, as a supplement for lots of money. Or you can have some turmeric for lunch.
5. Organic veggies
Lots of tomatoes, a red pepper, and some beet greens that wouldn’t get eaten by my daughter if they were served on their own, but weren’t noticed here. Veggies are good stuff.
6. White rice
This is where it becomes “almost-Paleo”. Paleo purists won’t eat rice, but we tolerate it well. It’s still part of my diet, just in smaller quantities.
And here’s the finished product:
|Tastes better than it looks.|