If you were to open my refrigerator, you’d find dozens of bottles, mason jars, and glass containers filled with broth, drinks, and different foods. Aside from making food from unprocessed ingredients, I eat and drink certain things throughout the day to keep myself and my family healthy.
I start my day off with a small glass of beet kvass. Now, it’s not a recipe I’d ever feature on my blog because well, it isn’t delicious, but it does stimulate the liver to dump toxins. It’s a salty, fermented beet juice that’s incredibly easy and cheap to make, lasts for weeks in the fridge and helps cleanse my system daily. You simply take 3-4 beets, cut them in large pieces, place them in a 2 quart pitcher, fill the pitcher with water, add 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt and stir. Cover the mixture and leave at room temperature for 3-4 days to ferment. After it ferments I store it in the fridge and take a shot of it every morning as soon as I wake up. It’s great stuff.
I’m also a huge fan of stock. I make chicken stock weekly in my home and store the stock in mason jars in the refrigerator. I try to consume three cups of stock a day to strengthen my immune system, plus it just tastes so darn good.
A few months ago, I shared my love of kombucha. If you’re not familiar, kombucha is a sweet fizzy fermented tea that’s wonderful for detoxing the liver. Each Tuesday I make a fresh batch of kombucha. I bought a few pretty Italian bottles at Sur La Table and pour my fresh kombucha into those and then boil up some water for the next batch. We’ve all gotten a bit addicted to this drink and it’s fun for the kids to have a sweet drink after school that isn’t soda, and is incredibly healthy for them.
A healthy gut is super important for your health. If your gut has the wrong kind of bacteria growing in it, all sorts of things can go awry. Kombucha is filled with probiotics and stock is also good for the gut, but another food I make and eat regularly is sauerkraut. I know, a little strange right? I thought so the first time I read about it. Here’s a great recipe. (Don’t be intimidated, it’s super easy to make.)
I didn’t tell you all of this to overwhelm you but to give you some new ideas of foods you can use to keep your body performing at it’s optimum level. These foods and drinks are usually the topics of conversation when friends come over because they see the inside of my fridge and start asking questions. Pete and the kids eat/drink all of these things too so it’s totally possible to get your family on board…it might take a while, but they’ll eventually come around.
Instead of leaving you with a recipe for stock, I’m giving you a great, quick dinner that’s nutritious and something for all ages. The salmon is coated in honey and soy sauce then broiled. Then you stir-fry some vegetables and rice noodles and serve them all up together. To make this quicker to prepare at the end of a hectic day, you can boil the noodles a day ahead of time, toss them in sesame oil (to prevent sticking) and store them in the fridge. The next evening, throw the salmon in the oven, chop your vegetables and saute them up with the noodles and you’ll have a nutritious meal on the table in less than twenty minutes!
Congrats to Jen (who would like to see more Thai recipes), Lydia (who would like to see more ideas for organic on a budget), and June G! You all were randomly picked to receive an autographed copy of my new cookbook. Please send me your information to deliciouslyorganic [at] yahoo [dot] com and I’ll get your book out to you.