Coleslaw for Sandwich
I don't normally eat a lot of 'fake' food. But one vegetarian food that I love is a product called Fakin' Bacon.
A tempeh product made from fermented soy and other organic grains, tempeh is high in digestible protein and fiber as well as loaded with iron.
Soy isn't normally on our menu - it's a devil in disguise - but in the form of tempeh (re:fermented) it's actually a good protein source. Plus, the price was right on these, about 80% off retail, and I love them in a wrap!
Please read more about soy, and why we only eat organic AND fermented soy, at this website: Natural News. (Sometimes the NN website is a bit inflammatory, but the information in this article is an excellent primer on why soy is not good for you. Want more information? Try this Weston A. Price Foundation article: Soy Alert!)
So, enjoy this recipe, it's a perfect antidote to all the heavy comfort foods we generally eat this time of year...
Recipe: Fresh 'BLT' Flavored Wrap
6 strips Fakin' Bacon, cooked crispy in pastured lard or olive oil
2 tbsp homemade Mayo
1 cup shredded Purple Cabbage
1/2 cup grated Carrot
1/3 cup thinly sliced Red Onion (or to taste)
1/3 cup Sprouted Lentils
3 large Lettuce leaves, washed (I like the red or green leaf lettuce, it rolls nicely!)
In a mixing bowl, mix together the mayo, cabbage, carrots, onion and lentils. Add some crushed red pepper if you like spicy!
Hold the lettuce leaf the long way, like a boat, and spoon in about 2/3 cup of the coleslaw mixture. Add 2 strips of Fakin' Bacon, and then wrap the lettuce around the mixture. Make 3 of these, then sit down with a glass of lemon water.
The fats in the mayo will give you energy, the protein will fuel your brain and muscles, and the fiber in the veggies will fill you up. Enjoy!
This morning I was enjoying a recipe from the Crockin' Girls, their Triple C.
In reviewing what I had on hand, factoring in husband's likes and such, I came up with recipe that I'm super excited about! I am loving this dish. I'm going to try it with rabbit, venison and duck too! Chicken of course, would be great as well. Husband liked it, I loved it.
Note: Save the sauce and use it to make a sweet and hot sauce for some other dish! Mine's going into the freezer until I need another amazing meal...
I called this winter sunshine because the orange notes tasted 'sunny' to me, and mixture of cranberry, savory and onion have a distinctly winter flavor.
Winter Sunshine Pork
4 large boneless pork chops, whole
2 1/2 stalks fresh celery, sliced
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 tsp dried savory
1 cup dried cranberries
2 tsp orange zest
1 tbsp orange juice
1 cup canned pears with 2 tbsp syrup from jar
2 tbsp olive oil
Saute onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes, just enough to become fragrant.
In a large slow cooker, preheating on high, add celery, onion/oil mixture, savory, cranberries, orange zest and juice and pear juice and mix well.
Place pear halves over mixture.
Place pork on top of pears.
Cook on high for 3 hours. Check pot, mine finished in 3 hours and I turned it to low until I was ready for it.
About 10 minutes before serving, turn the pork chops and cover them with the tasty sauce on the bottom. Let them sit, smothered, until ready to serve.
We enjoyed this dish with organic brown rice cooked with caramelized onions and apple. I also drizzled the sauce from the slow cooker onto the rice.
I would serve this dish to company, it's so beautiful and incredibly tasty!