Traditional Foods

"Traditional" in the context of these projects means pre-contact foods. No beef, mutton, goat, chicken, pork, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, or any other "Old World" food that many of us have lovingly incorporated into our diets and tribal cultures. No processed foods (Doritoes, Lays Chips, etc), even if the base is corn or potatoes. No chocolate unless it is unsweetened cacao or sweetened with honey from the Melipona bee, fruit, stevia, camas or agave. Be adventurous and try unfamiliar foods! There are many foods to choose from. My American Indian Health and Diet Project site lists and defines many of them.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Easy Tacos

Here is an easy taco night dish. Left: brown venison (or whatever ground meat you prefer) in a skillet with 1 or 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add chopped yellow peppers and sweet onion and continue to mix until all is done and soft. Game meat won't leave much, if any, grease behind. If you use beef, drain the liquid.

The white tool is a "Chopstir" and is one of my favorite gadgets.
In a smaller skillet (because my daughter is not crazy about mushrooms), I sauteed mushrooms, green chilies, red peppers, garlic and black pepper until soft.
Place ingredients according to who-likes-what on warmed corn tortillas. Top with green chili sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, cilantro or salsa. I like everything except cilantro. I also added prickly pear cactus strips on the far right taco.
Speaking (or, writing) about cilantro: when you buy herbs from the store, you can make them last longer by cutting off the botton half inch of stems then place the bunch in water and keep in the fridge. This bunch has lasted 6 days.

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