Mar 27, 2015

Paleo snack attack: Salami & Avocado


If I were to pretty these up, I might leave the salami flat and sprinkle some minced red onion or chives on top of the avocado, but this plate was born of desperation! Two hours to dinner and I'm starting to get low-blood-sugar-stupid. So I rummaged around in the fridge, and this is what I came up with: a bit of creamy avocado spread over some organic salami and folded over into a mini "taco". Yeah, it's a bit of a cultural mish-mash, but if the salami is sugar-free, you've got a Whole30 compliant, Paleo-friendly, super-quick snack!

Mar 25, 2015

Antibiotics, hormones, organic, etc: What U.S. food labeling terms really mean

All these terms can be confusing! Here are the official descriptions, directly from usda.gov:

NATURAL:
A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color, and that is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product. The label must include a statement explaining the meaning of the term natural (such as "no artificial ingredients; minimally processed").

NO HORMONES - pork or poultry:
[By U.S. law], hormones are not allowed in raising hogs or poultry. Therefore, the claim "no hormones added" cannot be used on the labels of pork or poultry unless it is followed by a statement that says, "Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones."

NO HORMONES - beef:
The term "no hormones administered" may be approved for use on the label of beef products if sufficient documentation is provided to the Agency by the producer showing no hormones have been used in raising the animals.

NO ANTIBIOTICS - red meat and poultry:
The terms "no antibiotics added" may be used on labels for meat or poultry products if sufficient documentation is provided by the producer to the Agency demonstrating that the animals were raised without antibiotics.

ORGANIC:

Organic products have strict production and labeling requirements, and are monitored by the government. Unless noted below, organic products must meet the following requirements: 
  • Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering), ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge. 
  • Produced per the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). 
  • Overseen by a USDA National Organic Program-authorized certifying agent, following all USDA organic regulations.
Raw or processed agricultural products in the “100 percent organic” category must meet these criteria: 
  • All ingredients must be certified organic.
  • Any processing aids must be organic.
  • Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.
On multi-ingredient products, different icons mean different things in regard to how much of the product is organic. Here's the official guide:




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Mar 23, 2015

12 Paleo / Whole30 recipes

I've been eating low carb for a long time, but have just recently begun to explore the semi-madness that is the Whole30 scene! Here are some of my recipes that are already Paleo/Whole30 compliant, or can be made so with minor tweaks. (Expect more in the future, most likely!)

Already Whole30-compliant:


Easy, make-it-your-own fish taco bar



Herb-crusted salmon - so easy, and restaurant quality!



BLT's without the bread; using foolproof, easy, 4-ingredient homemade mayonnaise 



Quick pork tenderloin with seasoned rub



12 homemade treats that aren't sweets (some of the items on the list are Paleo/Whole30 compliant; some are not)



Taco seasoning - no sugar, no MSG, no gluten, no milk, no hydrogenated nothin', no cornstarch or cornmeal here! (Check the ingredients list on the ready-made mix above; you'll be surprised!)

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Paleo-ish, with the exclusion or adjustment of one or two ingredients:


Ancho-crusted salmon with avocado crema - leave out the yogurt or replace it with a splash of full-fat coconut milk if you're avoiding dairy.



Salmon with fresh tomato avocado salsa - one of my summer favorites! Leave out the corn if you're going wholly grain-free



Asian lettuce wraps - replace the soy sauce with Tamari (still has soy) or coconut aminos, and leave out the Splenda.

Brat and cabbage soup - just leave out the beans, if you're living legume-free.

Sloppy Jo'tatoes - requires a sugar-free BBQ sauce to be wholly compliant.