I recently returned from a two-week vacation with my girlfriend into the mountains of Wyoming. We spent two days doing a hard drive from Louisville, KY to Grand Teton National Park, where we camped for 5 nights before heading up to Yellowstone National Park for another 5 nights of camping. On the way back, we Couchsurfed with a super cool couple in Boulder for 2 nights and spent a day hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.
All told, over the course of our 2 week trip, we basically spent 11 days hiking and camping. We hiked most days, covering about 55 miles in the process.…
There’s no reason to give up mayonnaise just because you’ve decided to eat real food instead of industrial food. Mayonnaise is a simple emulsion of egg yolks and oil with a few additional ingredients for flavor. Trust me, once you’ve made your own mayonnaise at home, you won’t go back to the white stuff in a jar.
How To Make Mayonnaise
Making mayonnaise isn’t time-consuming, but it’s not as simple as just throwing everything into a blender and hitting go. The trick is getting just a few drips of oil into suspension before continuing to slowly add your oil. Once you get the emulsion going, you can start adding your oil faster.…
Typically, when I make a salad, I just go with the tried-and-true olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a little salt and pepper, and a handful of herbs. It’s always nice to change things up though, so the next time you get a papaya, don’t throw the seeds away. Save them for this quick, easy, and very flavorful Papaya Seed Vinaigrette.
How To Make Papaya Seed Vinaigrette
Papaya seeds have a mild peppery flavor that gives this vinaigrette a little bit of zing to perk up any salad, from a simple green salad to a fresh, summery fruit salad.
The basic process is this:
- 3/4 c olive oil
- 1/2 c red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp papaya seeds, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp mustard powder
Mix it all together and toss it with your favorite salad.…
There are few things better in the summer than fresh tropical fruits. Pineapples, mangoes, and papaya are perfect for making every cookout a trip to the tropics.
How To Cut Pineapple, Mango, & Papaya
The tropical fruits, especially mangoes, are the ones that give people the most trouble. But with a sharp knife, they’re actually rather easy to deal with.
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Around here, cookouts and gatherings typically entail some good homemade guacamole. As much as I love my regular guacamole, this mango guacamole takes things in a new direction, adding a subtle sweetness to the creamy deliciousness of properly-prepared guacamole.
How To Make Mango Guacamole
If you can make regular guacamole, you can make mango guacamole. It uses the same ingredients for the most part with just a couple of minor changes.
To make mango guacamole, you’ll need:
- 3 avocados
- 1 mango, diced
- 1/2 red onion, minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2-1 tbsp salt
Making it is very easy:
- Halve the avocados and remove the seed.
In Japanese cuisine, there are five concepts that we can use to help make meals more exciting. You don’t have to be Japanese to apply these concepts to your meals.
The five concepts, which are designed to help create a balanced bento meal, are:
- Goshiki – Five Colors
- Goho – Five Methods
- Gomi – Five Flavors
- Gokan – Five Senses
- Gokan no mon – Five Outlooks & Viewpoints
Goshiki, Goho, Gomi
For our purposes, the first three guidelines are the ones that are going to provide the most insight into improving dinner. I’ll talk about the other two at the end, but I think they are more esoteric concepts that help you keep your mind in the right place, but aren’t necessarily essential to improving your meals.…
If you’ve never had the refreshingly sweet and salty amazingness of mango salsa, you’re in for a treat. This salsa is perfect for summertime cookouts. Made with the freshest fruits and vegetables, it’s the perfect topping for grilled pork loin, fish tacos, or tortilla chips.
How To Make Mango Salsa
In general, salsa is one of the easiest condiments to make and one of the hardest to mess up. Salsa is truly an artistic endeavor with no hard rules about which vegetables you include or in what quantities. This mango salsa will take 5-10 minute to dice and mix.
To make this mango salsa, you’ll need:
- 2-3 mangoes, diced
- 1/2 red onion, minced
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1-2 jalapenos, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp salt
Just dice everything up and mix it well.…
I’ve never been big on supplements. Back in college when I did more “pretty muscle” workouts instead of heavy compound lifts and sprints, I tried the protein powders and creatine and a few other things, but for the most part, I’ve always looked to food for my nutrition.
Even though I’m not a big supplement taker, I was pretty excited to check out Examine.com’s Supplement-Goals Reference Guide, put together by Sol Orwell and Kurtis Frank. I met Sol about 6 months ago and in the time I’ve known him, I’ve become very impressed by his rigorous science-based approach to everything health and fitness related.…
There are few things that taste more delicious on a grilled cheese sandwich than this Smoked Garlic & Onion Relish. The smoked garlic combined with onions caramelized for a long time has an incredibly deep, rich flavor that no ordinary sandwich spread can match. Use it on burgers or sandwiches or stir some into your mashed potatoes.
Even if you don’t have a smoker, you can make this recipe with roasted garlic. It makes a different, but equally amazing relish.
How To Make Smoked Garlic & Onion Relish
This relish takes a little longer to make than many other recipes I have, but the result is worth it.…
Those of you that have been around for awhile might’ve noticed a little change in the topics discussed here at Real Food University. Go back just a couple years to when I was writing novella-length blog posts with regularity and you’ll see lots of stuff about the dangers of grains, sugar, and carbohydrates in general, plus plenty of over-the-top concerns about dairy and nightshades.
What gives, Kustes?!
It’s Not A 180-Degree Turn…*
What gives is that I’ve realized most of those old posts are nutritional navel-gazing of the highest order.…