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.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Despite the heat, I still have a lot of tomatoes and peppers. The squash slowed down for a few weeks but is now making a comeback. Today I picked a variety of colors. For lunch I cut up a few of the squash, peppers and tomatoes, put in a pan and sauteed with vegetable oil. Here is the recipe: although I only used what was in my garden plus some garlic powder and an onion from a local farm.

I got out previously-cooked pinto beans from the freezer and thawed them. Here is the recipe:
 Then I cooked some wild rice. I find this rice more filling than other kinds. You can substitute brown or another kind of rice if you prefer.
 Then I layered the cooked rice, beans and vegetables. The beans already were cooked with salsa so there is lots of flavor.

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