Today we are Touring Russ’ Healthy Kitchen of The Domestic Man!
- Your Name: Russ Crandall
- Name of your Blog: The Domestic Man and author of The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle
- Where do you live: Baltimore, MD
- WHO do you cook for in your Kitchen? I cook for our family of three (my wife Janey and son Oliver). We all eat a similar diet, which is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. We also eat white rice and some forms of dairy (cream, butter, yogurt mostly).
- How do you DEFINE healthy eating in your kitchen?? For us, healthy eating is focusing on unprocessed foods that are low in toxins and high in bioavailable nutrients. In other words, we eat a lot of fresh vegetables, meats, seafood, and fruits.
- What do you LOVE about your Kitchen? My favorite thing about our kitchen is our open shelving. Our cupboards are tiny, so we use them to hold spices and dishes; that’s about all the room we have! So we bought some industrial metal shelves at our local big box store. The shelves are great because we can easily see what ingredients we have on hand, which helps when we’re trying to come up with meal ideas or need to see what needs to be restocked.
- What do you HATE about your Kitchen? Our kitchen is TINY! I definitely didn’t plan on writing a food blog (or a cookbook!) when we first bought the house. But we’ve made it work, and utilize every free space in the kitchen.
- What are the HEALTHIEST foods in your Kitchen right now? In our fridge, we have a ton of winter vegetables – cabbage, celery root, parsnips, and turnips. In fact, we probably went a little overboard during out last shopping trip; we’ll probably have to throw some of them into a fermentation crock soon for some pickled goodies later.
- What part of healthy eating it the HARDEST for you/your family? The hardest part about eating healthy for our family is that we’re busy people. Sometimes it’s so much easier to grab some takeout Thai or Korean from our local shops. We try to force ourselves to cook at home by keeping the fridge well-stocked; that way we know that we need to cook often or things will go bad! Frugality usually prevails.
- What is your favorite healthy food to MAKE in your kitchen? My favorite meal is probably a little odd. I love sardines (wild caught in the Atlantic, canned in olive oil), white rice, and furikake (a rice seasoning made with seaweed, bonito flakes, and sesame seeds). The rice absorbs the delicious fishy olive oil. Definitely my favorite breakfast, and is easy to whip up. When we’re looking to make ourselves a treat, we often make my famous grain-free pizza crust
- Do you have any healthy tips or tricks to share?? Cook with high-quality fats that are low in Omega-6 fatty acids. It’s the easiest way to make a dramatic improvement on your health without making a big sacrifice. Throw out your vegetable, canola, corn, or soybean oils, as well as your margarine. Instead, try coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter, or pastured lard.
Secondly, try and strike a balance between eating healthy and maintaing your sanity. We don’t cook grand feasts for every meal; just look at our open shelf pantry. There are all sorts of quick meals we make in order to keep us healthy and satisfied. For example, we’ll throw in a bit of rice cereal in with our son’s yogurt some mornings so that he gets a satisfying “crunch” texture in his breakfast. And although I love cooking sauces from scratch, we still keep jars of clean pasta sauce and curry pastes on hand for when we’re in a pinch.