Cook Your Own Food, Animal Protein, Plants

Cook what’s easy for you to do…

I’m pretty familiar around food right? But walking through Chinatown in San Francisco (which I love very much) I was constantly amazed at the unbelievable amounts of FOOD that I really don’t even recognize.

Guess what? ALL that shit gets cooked at home and eaten. The sheer variety of greens/produce, fruits and dried things are simply amazing.

Compared to the U.S.A , most countries COOK for themselves on a daily basis. Compare that to our wonderful “convenience society” here, I would take a guess and say the average “middle class” american cooks 1 to 2 times a week. Everything else is either served, or picked up and served at home.

So, after all these years (I’ve been going strong with my interest and hobby since 2006) of reading, learning and experimenting,  I believe success in regards to people wanting to feel good from the food they eat and simply functioning better, is really VERY VERY simple.

Cook your own food 90% of the time… eat lots of “fresh” food and don’t eat animal protein every day ( I will let real pasture eggs slide here as an exception, but just 1-2 eggs on the day of no animal protein).

This is where the “magic” resides…RIGHT in FRONT of US!!!

“Secrets and Magic” are like that though, the paradox is that it’s always insane simplicity….so simple that complexity is what seems more “exciting” 🙂

Give it some thought and eat REAL FOOD.

Questions?

Be NICE and Be HAPPY…        and ride a Tandem bike every now and then 🙂

Standby….Working on Updating FeelGoodEating

Hi everyone, I have some things in the works, but meanwhile WordPress is giving me a slight headache 🙂

Standby please…I’m trying to figure it all out. An up to date site will appear here over the next 10 days.

Reason being…I really want to share more! Going on 11 years now of eating REAL FOOD.

So here a “little” SALAD 🙂

Would you like to venture a guess at ingredients?  (close eyes and don’t peak)

Here you go: Endive, baby spinach, arugula, onion, garlic, red onion, daikon, grass fed rib eye, raw pumpkin seeds, onion sprouts, avocado, spicy garden pepper, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, egg white, fish sauce, coarse sea salt.

My beautiful wifey gave me that little wry smile when she started eating. A “come on now” came next…plus lastly “why do we even spend money at restaurants?” Whenever I get that comment, I know I’ve really hit it out of the park.

Make no mistake, I espouse my deep love for my beautiful wifey and best friend in the universe often here… she’s my EGO-KILLER.  Good relationships should do exactly that for the players involved.

ASSIST each other in KILLING ONE’s EGO.

on that note..

Be NICE and BE HAPPY 🙂

Thank you for your patience as we update this and please hit me up in the comments. Especially if you would like “more” of certain items that appear here.

Carbs, Muscles and Trends

Let’s work it backwards….

  1. Trends – recently a major player in the “food world” told me personally…”it’s all about trends- without these “trends” the food business world wouldn’t survive very long” I’m happy that certain trends are really taking a hold currently. Business trip breakfast at a hotel in Chicago was such a pleasant surprise, I had to take a picture:                                             

So I would consider this a power breakfast 🙂 Homemade sourdough bread (1 slice), avocado mash on top, pickled carrots, radishes and an over easy egg. Light side salad with olive oil and lemon juice. Menu selections like this grow organically out of “requests” and good operators implement change.  I for one was happy.

2. Muscles- So thank you all again for the 50th BDAY wishes…. I’ve been staying regular with my “throwing around a few dumbbells” type of gym routines. I’ve gotten WAY stronger…but the “pump” has been alluding me a bit. After changing up a few things, I was still slightly mystified.

3.Than it hit me…I’m not eating enough “carbs” to really allow my system to handle the energy requirements I’m asking of it. I added a little bit more potato and rice and some “quality bread” here and there. Guess what? It made the difference! The pump is back and I can tell my body “likes” these types of “carbs” for recovery of taxed muscles and system. It all goes back to the basics…it’s NOT complicated…EAT REAL FOOD…and don’t eat to much. When you’ve gotten yourself used to eating appropriate portions of REAL FOOD, all the Keto, paleo, primal, vegan, med diet etc etc is all BULL  (with the caveat of course that your system is not all ducked up and needs fixing). Only because our bellies are always full in this century do we spend ridiculous amounts of time obsessing over food/diets. Add the HUGE money making component of “experts” recommending everything under the sun that they’ve “discovered” and you really have a nice little perfect storm. It wasn’t like this 100 years ago.

One thing is clear….MOVE EVERY DAY!! Many…many…MANY of us still do not do this. Start easy…stay consistent and make it PART OF YOU.

More to follow…

Be NICE & Be HAPPY

 

Life is for Living

It’s been a while……

We’ve been very busy actually…but boy are we having fun!

As you can see, our little love baby is growing fast. Where does the time go??? WHO CARES!! We simply focus on enjoying…each and every day.

I have quite a few things to share and have made a few notes so I can share over the coming weeks.

 

Here a sneak peak:

  1. Exercising over 50…is it different and what does it mean
  2. Eggs
  3. Protein requirements
  4. FREEDOM- live life the you dreamed
  5. Sauna
  6. Vitamin C

Thank you for your continued visits here and interest!

Be nice and BE HAPPY

 

Different Breakfast and Cottage Cheese

This was breakfast last Friday. A bit unique so thought I’d share, and again incorporating different things you might not have tried before.

 

What the heck is that you ask? Now looking at it… doesn’t look so pretty lol  …. but boy did the taste make up for it.

Maybe better from a distance 🙂

Perhaps a little better but not much.

So what do we have here you ask?

Fresh avocado cubes with organic hemp hearts, drizzle of olive oil and a few squares of sweet potato crust quiche my beautiful wifey made us.

Incredibly tasty, and also very satiating…even after a heavy morning workout.

By the way, if you do Cottage Cheese… do me a favor, try this brand, and let me know what you think.

 

Keep on trucking….and BE HAPPY

Easiest and Tastiest Cauliflower Recipe

So sometimes I get emails from folks that are a bit frustrated with my explanations on how to prepare something.

So with no further blah blah… here probably my Easiest and (can be) tastiest Cauliflower recipe and so easy it’s ridiculous.

Obviously some organic cauliflower, but next to it a large bowl of home made hummus. Recipe to follow for hummus next post.

So let’s do this- cut up your cauliflower into florets. Med-high heat, drizzle extra virgin olive oil in your pan liberally. Slice 1-2 garlic gloves and add to oil…don’t let that garlic burn please. Next toss in your cauliflower and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh pepper..now let it sit for about 60 seconds…were shooting for a tiny bit of caramelization without burning. Now with the pan nice and hot and things heating up, toss it all around a bit and next give it a splash of white wine or my favorite Shaoxing wine. Toss together well after letting it buble up for a second or so. Now turn heat allllllll the way low and cover your pan with a lid. About 12 minutes and it’s ready. Do check on it to make sure there’s enough moisture and that your yumminess is not burning while steaming. How easy?

I think you will be honestly blown away by the flavor…some folk that try this can’t believe cauliflower can taste so good and with hardly any ingredients added. No shredded cheese and not rice to imitate by doing all sorts of stuff. Just plain old cauliflower 🙂

Let’s dress it up for a POWER lunch…

Can I get a HECK YEAH?!  😉

Cauliflower with a few macadamia nuts, home made toasted coconut (need recipe??), arugula, spring mix salad, fresh cilantro, avocado and hummus.

Just again for some context… I have a pretty busy day to day.

My days are long and awful when energy levels naturally dip around 2-3 pm…

I try to choose the type of foods that fight that energy drop a bit…

Try it sometime, I think you will be please with the results. Everyone’s mileage varies…but a burger and coke works for SO FEW people out there….

 

You’re one and only problem and the very basis of your “unhappiness”, is that life is not happening the way you think it should happen” SG

 

 

Calories In…

Keep it simple… heat low, cook it slow:

Little bit of (real) grass fed ground beef (approx. 3 ounces) , onion,  par boiled potato (cubed) and yellow carrot. SLOWLY cooked in a some olive oil, sea salt, pepper.

Simple right? This cooked for about 15 minutes while I was in the shower…turned it over and cooked another few minutes (3).

Super easy and quick way to get yourself out the door with food for lunch. Added Fat (evoo) is actually quite low for this meal, about 1 heaping teaspoon.

Calories in….so what about calories out?

If you’re trying to shed a few pounds… or perhaps getting your summer beach body going, what are you doing about the calories OUT part?

If you want to answer this question with exercise or something akin to those lines, I have something to share with you….

 

BE HAPPY

Simple, Lovely and in Proportion

 

Not something that’s a staple per se, but I don’t eat the same stuff day in day out…and sometimes…this above is exactly what I wanted:

Little bit of Kefir Yogurt, a few organic grapes, raw organic pumpkin seeds, a few pistachios, sprinkle of shredded coconut and glistening in the corner, a few drops of K2 and Vit D3 .

Not a lot of food, but packed a serious punch in regards to sustained energy and mind clarity also.

Try it some time…

 

A lot of “healthy food” that seems to get “vilified” seems to get eaten in larger proportions.

When you keep your servings “real”, you can actually eat a lot more “good for you variety”.

The process is simple. But as we know, the simplest of things…

BE HAPPY

 

Super Food Experience # 5

So back to packing yourself full of goodness….

I had a hectic weekend with some crazy travel for my daughter’s college graduation, and even though I prepped up a tiny bit, I ate a lot of food I usually don’t eat.

No problem really, my body seems to handle it quite well (TMI – of course I can tell from stool that my body is processing different things than usual).

But the last few days being home and getting MY FUEL back into the rotation, boy do I notice how REAL FOOD just outperforms processed foods. Yes I understand that even good olive oil is processed, but you know what I mean I’m sure.

So here a “super food” packed lunch. Ready?

 

Made a super food salad bowl if you will. This was a planned “second” lunch meal. Had a vip meeting for lunch, so simply ate a bunch of meat as the choices were just not available. Bit of brisket and dry ribs. Let that digest for a while and “second” lunch was a couple of hours later. This little “salad bowl” contained the following:

  1. raw organic pumpkin seeds
  2. Organic arugula
  3. Sauerkraut from Saverne (mentioned it before. No affiliation, just sharing)
  4. 2 shisito peppers and a little bit of diced onion sauteed in a bit of olive oil
  5. 1/4 of a large  avocado cubed.
  6. slice of lemon for lemon juice on the arugula
  7. 1 tbsp. evoo
  8. 1/2 sheet of nori (toasted seaweed)

 

And sexy close up…

 

Anywho, as you can see this is easy to put together if you’re so inclined :-).

I’m working on fixing my “links” column to the left of the blog. If you have a good recommendation that fosters sharing please send me your picks/favs in the comments.

BE HAPPY

So you say you can’t cook?

For everyone that tries to say that, for the Wednesday I will give you this:

Try it some time, especially if cooking fresh fish gives you anxiety 🙂

Complicated so pay attention now… 🙂

Ingredients:

  1. fresh white fish (again, fresh Dover sole on sale at Costco for $5.99 a pound- pacific cod, halibut etc etc… NOT A TUNA steak, that don’t work so good with this one :-))
  2. 1-2 teaspoons of evoo
  3. 1 small clove fresh garlic
  4. salt and pepper
  5. one slice of lemon
  6. one cherry tomato or a slice of tomato
  7. fresh basil leave- or chives- or parsley – cilantro, you get the point.

In parchment paper lay your fish down (make sure it’s “dry” in case you’ve washed your fish or if coming out of the fridge).

Salt & Pepper to taste

slice up 1 small clove of garlic and distribute

Next drizzle 1 to 2 teaspoons of good extra virgin olive oil on your fish (1 teaspoon per 1/3 of pound is plenty)

Now if you have some fresh herbs handy… mine are outside in my crappy amateur garden I love… maybe toss a few chives or 2 basil leaves on there.

One slice of lemon squeezed on the fish …the juice that is.

One little cherry tomato or a half a slice of tomato.

Next gently fold the parchment paper. I use tinfoil on the outside of the parchment paper and make a handy dandy little “package” that way.

Don’t worry about it being perfect or tightly wrapped…..this will all work, trust me 🙂

In the pre-heated oven or broiler at 400-425 degrees for about 6-12 minutes.

For 1/3 of a pound or less, 6-7 minutes is perfect as long as oven is at least 400 degrees.

You think you still can’t cook?

 

2 quick things, this is very very traditional simple French cooking, the way my grandma always showed me… since the French believe they invented and discovered EVERYTHING, I always had to chuckle when this was being discussed, as such a typical “French cooking” dish.

Did someone forget along the way that cooking fish in it’s own steam and juice has been done for 1000’s of years?? Parchment paper wasn’t there yet of course, but banana leaves, cassava leaves etc etc have been used to perfection for a long time. From memory the first of this type of cooking originated in India I believe, but not completely sure. Anywho…..

 

BE HAPPY