Follow along as I try to create every meal from scratch for a month in the “30 Days of Real Food” challenge.
What is “real food”? To me, real food is eating something that once grew in the ground, or on a tree or in a bush. It also means living bacteria such as those found in yogurt and fermented foods. It can be interpreted as you, in your kitchen, baking and cooking what you’re going to eat from scratch, too.
Simply put, it’s making dishes with basic, non-processed ingredients that you can pronounce and that are nourishing. It’s cutting out unnecessary salt and sugar and adding them in yourself to highlight a dish versus using it to make up for a lack of flavour or freshness. It’s finding a connection to what you’re putting into your body.
As you’ll read in the post below, I’ve decided to try out something new for the month of June: eating only whole foods and meals that I’ve made myself, from my daily meals down to my own condiments.
Here’s an example: Let’s say I want to make myself a veggie burger with all the fixings and some sweet potato fries. To do this, I’d have to: make the burger myself from scratch (including toasting and processing my own breadcrumbs from pieces of homemade bread if the recipe called for that, plus re-hydrating and boiling beans or lentils); prepare the vegetable toppings; make my own homemade ketchup and mustard from fresh ingredients; create the dough for my buns, let them rise and bake them; and chop my sweet potatoes into fries, coat them and cook them in the oven.
Phew. All that for a simple burger and fries? Yep. That’s what this challenge is about.
And I want you folks to follow along with me.