Functional Food Friday: Skillet Roast Chicken & Smashed Potatoes

This weekend we visited the Leucadia Farmers’ Market and one of our stops was at Descanso Valley Ranch’s stall. We bought one of their heritage chicken broilers and the farmer told us how he likes to cook his chicken. While we have roasted many chickens we had never thought to roast it in a skillet. He said that this method – which is so simple – results in juicy tender meat and crispy skin so we were ...

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Functional Food Friday: Banana Bread (Gluten/Grain Free)

We recently shared how to make delicious ‘ice-cream’ from frozen bananas which is a great way to save and use bananas that get overripe before you can eat them. Another great way to use bananas that are ripe and need to be eaten as soon as possible is to make banana bread. The typical banana bread is made from highly refined wheat flour and sugar which, if you are trying to be ...

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Functional Food Friday: Paleo Chunky Chili

It seems like Memorial Day is a day when there are many Chili cook offs around the nation so we thought today would be a good day to share our favorite Chili. Chili comes in many styles and flavors influenced by various regions and with specific differences that identify it as Mexican Chili Con Carne, Texas Chili or some other variant. rhe core starting point is always slowly braised hunks of meat. With some quality ingredients and a ...

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Functional Food Friday: Durban Curry

This week Friday’s Food is definitely functional. The folks from Authentic Human, Gavin and Candice are bringing us Durban Curry. Gavin is going to show us how to make Durban Curry and Candice tells us why curry is a super-functional food.

Gavin grew up in Durban, which is a city on the East coast of South Africa. The area has a large Indian population which has influenced the local culinary tastes so that fragrant and flavorful spices feature heavily in the ...

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The Three Rules of Real, Healthy Food

So, in a nutshell – eat real, healthy food! It’s really that simple. Eating real, healthy food with help you achieve health, happiness and longevity.

While it really is that simple, maybe you are not entirely certain what is considered real food or what would be considered healthy food.

First Rule of Real, Healthy Food: Nutrient Density

Think of every meal or snack you eat as an opportunity to provide raw materials for your body. Choose foods that are rich in nutrients from ...

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Functional Food Friday: Sauté of Chicken Livers with Bacon & Mushrooms in a Creamy Sauce

Today’s recipe was prepared as part of our Functional Food Fridays series we do over at Functional Patterns.

Many traditional cultures have prized the organ meats even above the muscle meat or your typical rib eye steak. In many European and Asian countries, it’s accepted that no animal part should go to waste. Wikipedia has a round up of how various cultures use offal.

Depending on your ancestral heritage ...

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Functional Food Friday: Dutch Oven Carnitas

We love Mexican at the Stone Household!  Nothing beats a good guacamole and Carnitas is another favorite. Carnitas, literally translated is “little meats” which probably derives from the fat that the meat is broken up into smaller pieces. What really defines a good Carnitas is a mixed texture of succulent softness and caramelized crispiness. Carnitas is traditionally made using the heavily marbled, fat-rich pork shoulder, also known as ‘boston butt’ – typically around 7-10lbs which is braised and slow roasted ...

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