Paleo Watermelon Recipes
In Ancient Egypt watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen ( noted by Zohary and Hopf). Oddly, there are no ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts or painting of watermelon. Historians claim watermelon originated in the Kalahari Dessert, Africa. Watermelon seeds were sold or traded to trade merchants along the Mediterranean trade routes. Cultivation of watermelon spread through Africa and the Mediterranean coast. Watermelon was an important fruit for its watery thirst quencher quality in the hot and dry regions of Africa and the Mediterranean. The watermelon is 92% - 95% water and contains vitamins A and C, minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes. In the 13th century the Moors invaded Europe. The Moors brought the watermelon seed with them. This was Europe first introduction to the watermelon. In the 1600s watermelons were found in Britain, Spain and China. Presently, China is the worlds largest producer of watermelon. It is believed that the watermelon seed was brought to America by European colonists and African slaves. In the hot summer months in Southern USA watermelon proved a thirsty quencher as it had in Africa and Mediterranean. Other uses were found for the watermelon during the Civil War. Soldiers in the Confederate boiled watermelon as a source of sugar and molasses.
China has recipes for the whole watermelon. Watermelon seeds are roasted and eaten. The rinds are pickled in the USA and China used as an appetizer. Additionally, in China watermelon juices are made into wine. In South Russia watermelon juices are made into beer.
This healthy fruit ideal for Paleo juices, shakes and desserts.
Philosophy of Chinese Cooking
Chinese cooking is not common in Paleo Diet. Chinese diets contain high amounts of soy, wheats & grains not allowed in Paleo Diet. Never the less, the ancient art of Chinese Cooking has influences international diets and cooking methods.
Yin and yang dates back to ancient China. The belief that everything in the universe is consigned into two forces that are opposing but harmonious and complementary.
The yin and yang philosophy is used in Chinese cooking. The traditional symbol for the forces of yin and yang, are two fish swimming head to tail. The left half is yin and the right half is yang. Taken literally, yin and yang mean the dark side and sunny side of a hill. Yin and yang are not opposing forces. They are complementary pairs. The Chinese believe problems arise when there is an imbalance between them. Earthquakes, floods and fires and etc. all can be attributed to disharmony in the forces of yin and yang.
Certain foods have yin properties, while others have yang properties. We think in yin and yang terms everyday hot or cold, fat or fat-free, high-calorie or low- calorie, sugar or sugar free, gluten or gluten-free, yeast and yeast-free and etc. But do not apply these trains of thought to cooking. Chinese yin properties: steaming, poaching and boiling and yang properties: stir-frying, pan frying and roasting. Balance is achieved by using both yin and yang methods. The yin and yang ingredients can be cooked separately or together.
Each province in China has its’ own cuisine. There are the Beijing, Hunan, Shanghai, Szechwan and Cantonese cuisines. The most well known are the Szechwan and Cantonese.
Yin and yang cooking methods are used in all Chinese cuisines. Few foodstuff is purely yin or yang - it's more that one characteristic tends to dominate. Some yin will have a little yang and some yang will have a little yin. Chinese cooking reinforces that it is not so much the individual ingredients, as the balance and contrast between the recipe ingredients in each dish, that is important.
Chinese food is a worldwide favorite. Chinese cooking offers artful harmony and balance beneficial to your health and well-being. The Chinese believe balanced and healthy foods brings harmony and closeness to the family and relationships.
Paleo Chicken Chow Mein Recipe
Most recipes can be modified and become Paleo Friendly. This Chinese Paleo Recipe is wheat, soy and dairy free. Enjoy!
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The coconut was called “monkey face” by early Spanish explorers. The three eyes and the hairy shell resembles a monkey. For generations “monkey face” has been a nutritional and medicinal source around the world. A tropical and sub-tropical plant that has gained popularity with nutritional enthusiast. Coconut tends to have a slight sweet, nutty and vanilla taste. Coconut flour and meal is vegetable based Paleo wheat flour alternative for cooking. A versatile plant also used in Paleo Recipes as a cow’s alternative. Unlike most fruit and vegetable coconut contains saturated fats.
Coconut meat, coconut oils and coconut flours
are used in Paleo Recipes
Olive oil has an ancient history crop of the Mediterranean basin. Commonly used throughout history for cooking, cosmetics, medicines, soaps, fuel and religious rituals.
Olive oil contains unsaturated fats and is healthy choice for many Paleo Cooks. Olive Oil-Mayo Clinic
Ancient Greece the Greeks felt beauty, physical health, exercise and nutritious diet should all be in harmony. Hippocrates by some is considered the, "father of modern medicine". Olive oil has antibacterial and moisturizing characteristics. Olive oil was used in Greeks baths and was a skin protective for athletes. Olive oil was used to get rid of pregnancy stretch marks and anti-aging applied directly to facial wrinkles.
Ancient Egypt olive oil used in skin care and skin rejuvenation.
The Neolithic peoples collected wild olives. Wild olive trees originated in Asia Minor.
Virgin Olive Oil: No chemical treatment produces manually.
Paleo Pomegranate Recipes
The pomegranate native to modern day Iran. Since ancient times pomegranate was grown in Caucasus. The cultivation of the pomegranate spread around the world. For centuries the juice has been a popular drink in Iranian and Indian cuisines. Popular distribution of the pomegranate in the United States began in 2002. Pomegranates high fiber fruit when eaten with the seeds. The seeds provide unsaturated oils. Antioxidant fruit high in vitamin C, good source of B5, potassium and flavonoids. Throughout history the pomegranate has had mystical qualities. In Ancient Egypt the pomegranate was a symbol of prosperity and ambition. Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and ancient Persia the plant was associated with fertility. Greek myth associates the pomegranate with life, regeneration and marriage. In some ancient society it was believed drinking pomegranate juice was a cure for infertility.
This healthy fruit ideal for Paleo juices, shakes, glazes and desserts
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