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Recipes and meal photos / For dinner tonight... Moussagna!
« on: January 08, 2007, 11:52:22 PM »
Since I was craving lasagne and pasta is a big no no, I decided to try making a lasagna with eggplant instead of noodles.  I think it came out pretty well so I am going to share the recipe:

1 lb. ground lamb (cheap and readily available here in NZ, but maybe not everywhere so substitute any kind of lean ground meat.)
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4" thick slices
Olive Oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2-3 T tomato paste
red wine to taste
3 or 4 large fresh tomatoes or the equivalent amount canned.
A few sprigs of mint or parsley, chopped
feta cheese

Place eggplant slices on oiled baking tray and brush with a little more oil.  Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until soft and slightly brown.  Meanwhile, heat another tablespoon or so of oil in a frying pan and cook the onions and garlic gently until soft.  Add the lamb or other ground meat and cook until no longer pink.  Add 1 tomato roughly chopped, the tomato paste and enough red wine/water to moisten everything well.  Simmer for a few minutes and then add the parsley or mint.

Remove eggplant from oven.  Place a layer of eggplant and sliced tomato on the bottom of a lightly oiled casserole dish.  Top with meat sauce and a tiny bit of grated cheese if you like.  I put feta in mine.  Make another eggplant/tomato layer on top and cover with remaining meat sauce and a little more cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees or until hot and bubbling.  Serve with salad and/or a green vegetable.  Serves 3 or 4.  ;D

Diet and nutrition / Confession
« on: December 26, 2006, 10:47:27 PM »
They say confession is good for the soul, so I would like to state that I ate four black jelly beans (my favourite kind) and a piece of fruit cake on Christmas Day.  Other than that I did pretty well.  I stayed away from the stuffing, biscuits and the potatoes, and ate ham and green beans and sweet potato instead.  How did everyone else do for Christmas dinner? Suze

Vitamins and Supplements / Calcium
« on: December 20, 2006, 12:45:45 AM »
The first thing that people always ask me about the paleo way of eating is "But how do you get enough calcium if you don't drink milk?" Sometimes I launch into a long diatribe about the dairy marketing council and how they have snowed everyone with the idea that if you don't drink three glasses of milk a day then you are at risk for osteoporosis.  Other times I just say I drink calcium-fortified orange juice and let it go at that.  Which I do, sometimes, but not nearly anough to get 1000 mg (the RDA) of calcium a day.  I do eat small boned fish everyday, either mackeral or salmon, and I eat lots of leafy greens and almonds/sesame seeds.  But my question is this.  Do any of you cavemen/women take calcium supplements?  Am I kidding myself that I can get enough calcium from my daily diet without any dairy?  Suze

Miscellaneous / Migraines
« on: December 18, 2006, 04:55:29 PM »
I should begin by saying I have been a lifelong sufferer of serious migraine headaches.  During some stressful times I have endured two a week, with all the throwing up and pain etc.  Not fun.  Lately I have been having them about once every other week, on average.  But since I started this eating regimen (won't call it a diet, because diets end and hopefully this won't) around six weeks ago, I haven't had ANY.  Not one.  Even when I was taking topamax (a well known preventative) it didn't cut them back that much.  I realize it is probably too early to publish a scientific paper on the subject, well the sample size is too small anyhow, but I am very gratified to find I am now migraine-free, without any drugs whatsoever.  I have done lots of research on Google about this, and can find no one citing the paleo-diet as a treatment for migraines, only things about chocolate and cheese.  Which I have given up, but didn't seem to be triggers for me anyway.  I am wondering if anyone has had the same experience.  Discussion?  Suze

Diet and nutrition / Macadamia nut flour
« on: December 18, 2006, 04:33:48 PM »
Anybody have thoughts or recipes for macadamia nut flour?  I have found an excellent source on the North Island, but I wonder what to do with it.  Has anyone had success baking bread or muffins with nut flours?  Thx. Suze

Diet and nutrition / What about green (string) beans?
« on: December 06, 2006, 01:22:46 AM »
Yeah I know techinically they are legumes but isn't the rule of thumb that you can eat any vegetable that is edible in its raw form?  I have eaten buckets of raw green beans over the years (and pod peas too, for that matter) and never suffered any distress.  So are they OK for cavemen or no?  I like green beans al ot and I would hate to give them up, but I would if presented with compelling evidence.

Recipes and meal photos / And now my favorite meal of the day - Breakfast!
« on: December 06, 2006, 01:16:01 AM »
I love this breakfast, which I got from Tamir Katz's book.  You take a couple of pieces of fruit (I am partial to Ya pear and kiwi fruit, or apple and banana, or cantaloupe and strawberries) and chop them up in a bowl.  Add a sprinkle of raisins on the top, but not too many.  Use a couple of spoonsful of a previously prepared chopped nut/seed mixture* on top of that.  Moisten with a couple of tablespoons coconut milk.  You don't need a lot.  And Eat!  It is fast, quite filling and delicious.

*(My nut mixture, which I make up fresh about once a week includes almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkins seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds as well as a heaping tablespoon of shredded coconut.  Chop larger nuts in food processor and then add seeds and coconit to mixture.  This is really good as a topping for all sorts of things.)

Recipes and meal photos / Me being very brave
« on: December 06, 2006, 01:06:09 AM »
OK.  I read that us cavemen types ought to be eating organ meats once a week,so I thought I had better try it,even though I haven't actually eaten any liver since I was a little kid living in England.  I came up with this recipe and you know what?  It was pretty damned good, even if I do say so myself.  I bought a small piece of lamb's liver (or lamb's fry as they call it here in New Zealand.  It is readily available and astoundingly cheap.)  I sliced it into about 1 cm pieces and added it to a frying pan that I had already cooked a couple of rashers of bacon in.  I also sauteed some mushrooms in a separate pan.  After quickly cooking the liver I dumped half a can of plum tomatoes over it, added the bacon and the mushrooms, and served it with steamed broccoli on the side.  I was hooked, but no one else in my family would touch it.  :(

Recipes and meal photos / Yummy dinner
« on: December 06, 2006, 12:57:42 AM »
Here is my dinner from two nights ago.  I made a simple pasta souce with tuna packed in olive oil, some fresh tomatoes,onions and garlic, added a few green olives and capers, and served it over steamed cabbage and carrots.  The neolithic members of my family had theirs on whole wheat spaghetti.  Everyone was pleased!

Introductions / Suze says hello from NZ
« on: November 30, 2006, 11:17:25 PM »
I have been on the Paleo diet for about a month now and I am loving it!  I came across it more or less by accident as I was looking for a new exercise plan.  Following some links led me to an e-book by a guy named Tamir B. Katz.  It was a great introduction to the caveman diet scene and I highly recommend it. (It also has a very helpful section on exercises.)

I orginally started this diet to lose weight, which I am - slowly, but I intend to stay on it for good now, because I feel so much better.  I am very glad to find this forum because everyone in my family thinks I am insane!  ;D  I'll be checking up on new food ideas and hopefuly contributing a few things of my own.


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