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.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Quick meal: tuna salad

Continuing with the theme of "what is in the house to eat because everyone is hungry and I have not been to the store"--here is what I found for tuna salad.

Two cans of tuna, mustard, Craisins, green chilies, light Italian dressing, chopped garlic, pickles I canned last summer, the tall bottle of hot peppers mixed with olive oil (far left) I made in August, dried tomatoes from summer and a bunch of celery that I perked up by cutting of the end and setting the stalks in cold water.

We don't use mayonnaise. The mustard and Italian dressing add enough flavor and Craisins contribute an interesting sweetness. Eat with celery or crackers. You can also make this with salmon, turkey, pheasant or chicken.

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