Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sausage and Cabbage Stir Fry

Based upon this recipe by Richard Nikoley:

  • 1/2 head green cabbage
  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 red onion
  • large link of Polish sausage (Richard recommended uncured sausage, if you can find it)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Heat oil in wok on high. Add onions. Stir for 30 seconds. Add cabbage and sausage. Stir fry for 5 minutes or until vegetables are desired crunchiness.

As you can see, I added too much coconut oil (it was my first attempt at cooking with it). Also, the color from the purple cabbage bled into everything else. The same thing happened when I used the remaining half to cook with potatoes and carrots—when I fixed a corned beef dinner. The purple potatoes freaked out my son. I don't know if there is a way to prevent that, such as blanching it first. I'll have to experiment with it.

Incidentally, my wife thinks my wok is aluminum, and worries her that cooking with it could increase the risk of Alzheimer's. I think it's carbonized steel, but there is no imprint on it. If anyone knows how to tell the difference, let me know.


I'm a 39-year-old man tired of being overweight, with all of the discomfort and health problems that entails. I am pursuing a nutrition plan inspired by others who describe their diets as "Evolutionary" and "Paleo". Broadly, this means that, as much as possible, I am eating whole foods, without any grains, processed food, or "diet" drinks. I am including intermittent fasting, and my exercise workouts are designed to build muscle mass.

Richard Nikoley's Free the Animal website has been my primary source and inspiration. I've been reading him for years, before he got into fitness. I was a little put off at first that his political and social commentaries were on the wane, but after seeing his results and knowing I needed to change my ways to be healthy, I decided to follow his example. Initial results are promising. Unlike past diets, where I relied on willpower to deal with limiting calories, now I allow myself to eat as much as I feel like, but only whole foods. I was able to lose 45 lbs. in 2006, which required a lot of willpower. I eventually fell into old habits and slowly gained it all back, but I expect that I won't have to struggle as much, if I have the option to "binge" on healthy foods.

I will probably not be updating this website on a timely basis. I expect to have occasional flurries of recipes and food pics, results, and the like.