Welcome to a Week of Eating Indigenous Food 2012. This site honors the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), an ambitious, year-long eating challenge directed by Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway and Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. The “American Indian Health and Diet Project” at KU invites all interested parties to support Martin's project by joining in the SECOND challenge: to eat only pre-contact foods November 2-9, 2012.
"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, October 17, 2012
Beans are staples at our house and I cook them in the crock pot at least once a week. Black beans are especially nutritious. This weekend I soaked a bag of black beans overnight then the next day tossed the water (some argue that you should use the water, but I normally just pour it in the compost bin). Put in the crock pot along with 6 chopped tomatoes, a chopped onion, black pepper, and three cups of turkey stock then cook 6 hours on high--or longer if you're at work.
Peppers make nice props
The tomatoes turn black. Add some salsa and corn bread. Dinner is ready.