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Cuban Cuisine - Yum or Yuck?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For me it's a YUM!

pork tenderloin with mango salsa, avocado and tomato salad, with a side of roasted asparagus. Added hot sauce to all of it and it was just fabulous! Just had to skip the rice, toasted cuban bread, and tres leches.

  
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EGALITAIRE 5/21/2012 2:51PM

    I enjoy a foods from a lot of diverse ethnic areas, but have never had Cuban - what you described sounds delicious.


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DUXGRL1 5/18/2012 9:25PM

    Believe it or not I have never had Cuban food. Sounds interesting, tho!

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SAMI199 5/18/2012 5:57AM

    I love Cuban Cusine... emoticon

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BEAR128 5/17/2012 8:54PM

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FITKAT62 5/17/2012 7:38PM

    It sounds good, although if you go to Cuba the food at the all-inclusive resorts is horrible.

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DWHARLOW 5/17/2012 11:02AM

  I can't say that I have ever tried it, though I would like to someday.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/17/2012 8:16AM

    I've never tried Cuban food, but you sure made me want to - sounds like a delicious meal. emoticon

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SMILESHINE81 5/16/2012 10:59PM

    I love Cuban food. If only there was a healthy version of a Cubano sandwich!

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Just had cake....

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sort of!

Crabcake - still, there is a reason the word cake is in the title and it refers to the binders used to hold it together. Certainly not Paleo, but it was at a very good restaurant in Maryland and used very little binder....

Side of tomato and lettuce w a squeeze of lemon wedge - so I'm not going to be upset. Just lunch!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

  
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DUXGRL1 5/15/2012 10:01PM

    LOL, I think that crab is the state animal of MD! Glad you enjoyed it!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/15/2012 8:59AM

    good choices! I hope it was delicious! emoticon

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SAMI199 5/15/2012 8:54AM

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ERIN1957 5/14/2012 3:40PM

    yummy...it's sounds like a winner though!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/14/2012 2:17PM

    Sounds delish and if you're having a crab cake in Maryland, I know it will be yummy.

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CARRKM 5/14/2012 1:53PM

  Yum!!!

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FITKAT62 5/14/2012 1:05PM

    It's ok to live a little! emoticon

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Happy Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

To all the Moms and nurturers in Sparkland!

You are loved and appreciated for all you do!

  
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SAMI199 5/15/2012 8:55AM

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/14/2012 7:53AM

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/13/2012 1:08PM

    AMEN!
HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY KIDS!
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I wasn't raised Paleo - but I could have been.....

Sunday, May 06, 2012

In communicating with another Spark friend, he made some comments that got me thinking about how my mom ran our household and my childhood "diet" (what we ate). That led to thoughts of how people say it's "too expensive to eat healthy" and I started thinking about how I was raised and if it "would have been possible" for my parents to have raised us Paleo if they had known/wanted to...

Ever see the movie Coal Miners Daughter or hear the story of how Dolly Parton grew up? I wasn't raised in those exact circumstances, but my father was. I am the granddaughter of coal miners on both sides of the family tree, and my father went to trade school and mom never worked outside the home. So raising two kids on daddy's salary was a challenge for the folks - but as Dolly said: we never knew we were poor, so we were raised in a very happy home with a lot of love and everything we needed.

Mom was no gourmet chef - but instead had a few favorites that recurred on the menu on a regular basis - many of which became my personal comfort foods:

Breakfast was usually cereal with milk - that the kids would pick!

Lunches were lunch meat, tuna salad, egg salad, grilled cheese, or PBJ sandwiches on the most "wonderful", soft white bread! - with canned soup or some form of chips.

Dinners:
- spaghetti and meatballs or meat sauce,
- macaroni and cheese w/ fish sticks
- roast w veggies (carrots and potatoes)
- pan "swiss steak" w gravy, mashed potatoes and canned veggie (green beans or corn)
- hamburgers
- hot dogs
- fried chicken, shake and bake, or pork chops w potatoes or instant stuffing and canned veggie
- occasionally crab cakes or lemon roast fish filet w salad (see below)

So, as a family of four and now realizing there was not a lot of cash, what else did we have working in our favor?

- We had a vegetable garden every year and several dwarf fruit trees in the backyard. That meant tons of fresh veggies were available.
- For what we didn't grow, we'd buy at the local farm stands or sometimes we would go to a local U-Pick farm (strawberries and blueberries every year when they were in season, some years cherries or apples), and the fruit would be frozen, or made into jams and jellies. Mom did some canning of veggies, but I think she found the freezer to just be easier!)
- We went fishing and crabbing as a family several times a year and would have the relatives over for steamed crabs!
- Daddy went out fishing on a charter boat a few times a year when certain fish were 'running'.
- Daddy went hunting for deer each year - and we ate venison or a 50/50 mix of ground venison and beef (though we didn't actually realize that at the time!)
- Many years we'd go in on a calf or piglet with an uncle that would arrange for the animal to be slaughtered in the fall and we'd have half a butchered animal in the big garage freezer.

So while there were indeed tons of grains, sugar, and dairy in the diet, I believe given the creativity of my folks in how they accessed produce/products, we COULD have had a beautifully Paleo diet that was tasty and healthy even within a very limited budget.

First thought - I love Chilean sea bass now, but Tilapia is really good too and half the price, and there's nothing wrong with canned tuna - not my favorite, but still meets dietary needs, very affordable. Eggs are also a great source of inexpensive high quality protein.
Second thought - change up the garden to reduce high glycemic index veggies and starches.
Third thought - more salads. Ditch the grains. Given the above referenced change in what was planted, that could have increased cabbage and other greens.

Moral of the story: sometimes we need to think outside of not only the fast food box - but maybe outside of the 'grocery store' too....

And... Thanks Mom and Dad!

  
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DUXGRL1 5/11/2012 9:26PM

    Good thoughts!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/9/2012 4:14PM

    Excellent blog.

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SAMI199 5/9/2012 3:06PM

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XRSIZE18 5/9/2012 1:06AM

    When I was growing up we had a big ol' garden with tons of fresh fruit and veggies. We didn't have a lot but we knew the meaning of hard work and our family thrived on the love we held for each other. Great memories!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/8/2012 11:21PM

    I can totally relate!
Great blog!
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KPETSCHE 5/7/2012 12:59AM

    Very good points that you've made. Makes a person think back and realize that what we ate was good and not full of "bad stuff" that is found in so much of the food now.

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FITKAT62 5/6/2012 10:56PM

    I remember having those huge bags of puffed wheat cereal.


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MASTERCARE 5/6/2012 7:12PM

    loved this blog...loved your thoughts..point well taken...

thank you for taking the time to post this

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SHERYLDS 5/6/2012 6:46PM

    growing up I ate tuna fish almost every day....that was my lunch of choice.
back then, I don't think they had the mercury issue they do now. But canned tuna has become very expensive. And I want the best option for my Omega 3s.
I now buy canned salmon (CHICKEN OF THE SEA, and BUMBLE BEE). The can states WILD PINK SALMON...so I assume it is not the Atlantic farmed variety that is not recommended. And the price just about equal what I would pay for tuna.

and cabbage has become my staple instead of the rice or pasta I used to have at every meal. With so many varieties ...from bok choy, savoy, napa, red...they are all so versatile. raw and cooked. and did you know they give different health benefits depending on whether they are raw or cooked?

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MUSOLF6 5/6/2012 6:05PM

    I know how you feel, I love some of these high price items , too. But I learned to cook with more veggies, I am lucky that we have a lot vegetable stand around here where you can pick up some of them for a good price. And at Winn DIxie they have a lot of buy one get one free sales, mostly chicken and fish. I am now spending a lot less then I used to, because I don't buy any junk or overly processed food.


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Hello Charlotte!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Two kitties in tow - I've arrived for the first evening in the temporary apartment.

I've never traveled with both cats and just me - always had 'someone' with me... But I made the decision not to impose on family up north to help this time, and given that I now have an ex vs a current significant other, it didn't seem right to ask for his assistance on this one either.

I'll be getting the house in FL ready to go on the market over the weekends, and trying to find a longer term solution for here in NC.

But home is where the heart is, the girls (kitties) are settling in okay, and everything is going to workout just fine! I'll ask for a little latitude as I try to meet all of my professional and personal responsibilities over the next few months.... This is going to be one crazy ride!

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/8/2012 11:18PM

    I wish you the best...and the kitties!
Hugs,
Mary

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DUXGRL1 5/4/2012 9:09PM

    Good luck in your new place!

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XENA47 5/4/2012 5:47PM

    Best wishes to you and your kitties in your new home. Hope you have a great weekend.

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ILOVEMALI 5/3/2012 6:03PM

  Good for you! You ate making change work!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/2/2012 8:31PM

    Glad you're settling in (and the girls as well)!

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REALITYCHECK86 5/2/2012 6:46PM

    Good luck with everything! I'm glad you're getting settled in. I've never been to North Carolina. I hope everything works out for the best! Keep sparking! and go Teal Troopers!!
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CATHOLICCORGI 5/2/2012 7:27AM

    emoticon to Charlotte! It IS a nice place to live!
Hope you and "the girls" settle in quickly!
Keep SPARKin'!
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KISSFAN1 5/2/2012 7:08AM

    Welcome to North Carolina and the Charlotte area! Hope you get settled in soon and enjoy your new apartment.

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