HOLIDAY PALEO POTLUCK#1 of 2
Sunday, Nov 18th
1 - 3pm
Convert your favorite holiday dish (appetizer, soup, salad, entree, sides, desserts, snacks) to one that meets our guidelines, see below. Need help? -- give me a call, drop me a note, I'm here for you.
**Bring a food item (produce, meat, or fish or other) and we'll make something with whatever food appears.**
Our monthly potlucks are for those who eat meats and lots of veggies. We are conscious eaters: portion control, intermittent fasting of specific food items, sustainable, clean, local, organic. Some of us eat dairy, some occasionally eat grain.
Scroll down to see Who's coming, our Agenda, and What to bring.
During our potlucks our conversations include: adapting Paleo to you/your lifestyle, the various degrees of being Paleo, being a vegetarian or vegan on a Paleo diet. Where do you draw the line? ...will Paleo be 100%? 80%? 60% of your diet? ...no grains? ...no milk products? ...little-to-no processed foods?
Start time is 1pm, arrive early is okay -- just let us know in advance.
Please RSVP. It's important to me as a host to know how many people are coming. And it's especially helpful to know what type of food you'll bring so that me and others can plan accordingly. Contact me if you want to arrive early to prepare your dish, an hour or two earlier is most times okay -- let's cook together! I have all types of cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, and of course pots, pans. Oh, and just to let you know that I do not have a full-size oven, it's a smaller version.
Potlucks are free (see note about donations at the end of this announcement).
We'll meet at my home in Cupertino, near 280 and Foothill Blvd. I have a large meeting area: a 'great room' with a 10-person kitchen and big dining room. Bring warm clothing and we can hang out in the backyard with a waterfall, creek and lots of space, complete with a small and loving cocker spaniel and his 2-dozen-some tennis balls.
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WHO'S COMING AND WHY
These potlucks are open to anyone who:
- is eating mostly vegetables (lots of raw and cooked veggies)
- occasionally -- or everyday -- eat poultry, fish, eggs, butter, beef, lamb, pork
- occasionally eat wildgame who get it themselves or order online
- is interested in learning more about a PALEOLITHIC diet
- wants to connect with others who are interested in health and wellbeing
- wants to learn and share ideas and experience in food and cooking
- are health practitioners, professionals, athletes who want to support and connect with our community
Please share this announcement with others.
1:30: eat, have conversation, talk about food, nutrition, life
3pm: goodbye hugs
I will put out a 'donation jar' to help pay for the monthly MeetUp fee, this donation is optional and the amount you put in is totally up to you.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring a paleo dish to share for 4 to 6 people, see details, below.
Please bring your own plate, flatware and cup. We will have dishes on hand, however, you bringing your own would really help out, in many ways. Thank you. Napkins and water will be provided.
Please bring the right serving utensils for the dish you bring.
BRING A DISH TO SHARE
- Bring enough to serve 4 to 6 people, see guidelines, below.
- Bring a list of the ingredients, you must indicate if the food is conventional or organic, grass fed, see food guidelines, below. Best to write on a small paper (post-it is best).
- We encourage you to get creative, make your own, bring a favorite dish from your favorite cook book, or blogger, or other. It can be hot, cold or raw (meat/fish dishes should be cooked, except for - see note about fish, below).
- Need ideas? Feel free to write to me, the group.
GUIDELINES for food/ingredients:
- Paleo food ideas - go online, here are a few of my favorite sites:
- Produce - best to use organic, especially foods that are on the Dirty Dozen list.
- Best to use seasonal, local, sustainable, biodynamic, fair trade.
- Meats/fish - use clean meats, fish, poultry:
- 100% grass-fed, grass-finished beef, buffalo, lamb, pig, goat, etc
- Free of anti-biotics, free of added hormones
- Free-range organic eggs, chicken, duck, goose, etc
- Wild-caught fish, please choose from this Seafood Watch list
- Eco-friendly farm-raised fish (no conventional farm-raised fish, see below)
- Sushi is okay, if you make it yourself be sure it is sushi-grade fish (colored wasabi and wheat-based soy sauce is prohibited)
- You'll get laaaaahotttssss of points for bringing a dish with:
- home-grown produce/meats
- line-caught fish, and better yet - your own line-caught fish
- wild game, and better yet - your own wild game
- Avoid - yes, these foods are prohibited:
- highly processed foods (sugars, breads, breaded products, cheese, drinks, etc)
- foods with artificial dyes, artificial flavors
- anything from fast-food joints: KFC, the taco places, the burger places, etc
- farm-raised grain-fed fish (note: there are some eco-friendly farm-raised fish)
- grains (wheat, rye, oats, etc) ... pasta, breads, cakes (i.e. no grain products)
- genetically engineered food (GMOs) ( click here to see list of 10 foods )
- most canned foods are prohibited (coconut milk is okay)
- produce on the Dirty Dozen list
- most pre-made condiments (such as salad dressings, BBQ sauces, soy sauce, spreads)
- chocolate with dairy
- Okay - some processed foods are okay, yet keep them to a minimum - like:
- milk (please choose organic, no added hormones, antibiotics)
- ice cream (please choose products with natural ingredients)
- yogurt (simple, natural is best, no flavored yogurts)
- condiments, such as: mustard, vinegars
The list, above, might change over time and could be very extensive, so, I'll stop here and if you have questions, just send me an email, or post it on the groups message board.
SIMPLE IDEAS: If you want/need to keep it simple, if you are new to the paleo diet - you can bring:
- trail mix (no chocolate pieces with dairy)
- a pre-made meat dish or veggie dish (i.e. from Whole Foods)
- cut veggies w/dipping sauce (I encourage you to make your own Paleo-friendly dip)
- salad (be sure the dressing has natural ingredients, better yet make your own)
- fruit (local, seasonal, organic is best)
Be sure to follow the guidelines, above.
We'll celebrate all the creations (both food and drink), and will give a special nod to:
- the dish/drink that exceeds in flavor, texture and/or looks
- the dish/drink that exceeds in creativity (feel free to bring props, b/c creativity includes flavor, the process and the presentation)
- the person who stretched the most (we'll give a bow to the one(s) who went waaay outside their comfort zone)
- the most s i m p l e, yet tasty and creative dish/drink (this could be a single food item that came from your backyard)
- the dish/drink that falls under the 'difficult' category (qualifiers for this category are too toooo many to name)
- the dish/drink that falls under the 'most outrageous' category (qualifiers for this category are unknown to name)
- the dish/drink that _______. I'm sure - at the table - we'll come up with more special nods.
Past speakers and topics include:
"The importance of a slow-carb diet," by Brad Mouroux, DC. His discussion included the importance of a low/slow carb diet as it enhances your immune system, decreases the stress on your body, balances your hormones and, keeps you feeling energized instead of tired and lethargic all day. In short how a Paleo Diet could change you life! See website, above.
"Why Paleo - why try it, should you adopt it?" by Steve Fowkes, neurobiochemist. Steve will share his insights to help you decide if Paleo is right for you. What constitutes "Paleo." He will also talk about the problems of nonpaleo foods: milk, phytotoxins, grain allergies, and so much more. Read blog posts about Steve here, scroll down to the post called "About Steve Fowkes" to see the links to his website and YouTube channel.
"Adapting Paleo to you, your lifestyle," by Steve Fowkes and Joni Sare, Nutrition Educator and Therapeutic Chef. The Paleo discussion included various degrees of being Paleo.
Future speakers TBA. If you would like to be a speaker, please contact me.
REMEMBER to mark your calendars
Next potluck is our second HOLIDAY theme potluck, on Saturday, Dec 22nd, noon to 2pm.