I have been thinking that I should make some Real Food goals for this next year. I mean I’m exercising, I’ve gotten rid of my Carmel Latte non-real-food splurges, and am taking cod liver oil/elderberry syrup each day so I’m not doing too bad. But, I do think it’s always good to challenge yourself to do something you’ve never done before!
Here’s my list (and of course, I will blog about these along the way):
1. Make sourdough bread (and keep my starter alive)
This is something I have always wanted to do. And as a Real Foodie I’m ashamed to say I’ve MAYBE made it once. Up until now, it seemed like one more thing to keep alive. (You know, like another child or something.) But, I do know there are great health benefits to sourdough bread. Nourished Kitchen has a great Sourdough Starter Recipe that I’ll probably use in order to make her No-knead Sourdough Bread, which looks pretty simple. For a great resource for Sourdough starters and many other culturing products, check out where to buy starters of all kinds.
2. Make kefir and/or kombucha (and keep it alive, too).
Are you noticing a pattern here of me keeping things alive? It’s a challenge. Anyway, I HAVE a kefir starter in my fridge, but since I haven’t fed it in who-knows-how-many-months, I’m guessing it’s kicked the bucket. I’ve used Kelly’s recipe for Kefir Soda (using water kefir) and it’s been a hit around here. I really need to make it again. I really want to focus on getting probiotic-rich foods into our bodies. Here is a great video tutorial with Q&A’s on How to Make Kefir (from Courtney at The Polivka Family).
Lacto-fermentation is something I have done a little of (see my post on the Best Homemade Sauerkraut), but I know there are SO many other thing to ferment. I think my best resource is going to be the book “Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen“.
4. Read some more Real Food Books
I really would love to go through the Nutritional Therapy Association’s program at some point, so I’ve printed off the book list that are required reading for the program. I’m slowly making my way through the books. A few I’d like to conquer this year are:
5. Convert my Grandma’s recipes into Real Food friendly ones
My aunt recently compiled some of our favorite recipes that my grandma would prepare. I’m realizing a LOT of them have ingredients like oleo and LOTS of sugary things in them. I’m hoping to re-vamp some of them into more Real Food friendly creations, so stay tuned as I share some of them. I’m making a Bean & Sausage Soup tonight that looks to be yummy – a post is sure to follow.
and last but not least…
6. Get chickens for my backyard!!!
YES!!! I am sooooo excited that the City of Rockford just announced an ordinance for allowing up to 5 egg-laying hens in the backyards of those who live within city limits. It has been my dream for a while now to have chickens. Not only will it be a fun activity (experiment?) for our family, but it will help teach the kids a new kind of responsibility AND it will give us fresh eggs. WOOHOO!! Do any of you have good resources, books, etc on this topic? A friend recently recommended the book “A Chicken in Every Yard“ so I will probably start there.
What are YOUR Real Food goals or challenges for this new year? Please share in the comments!
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