The Buena Vista Social Club Garden Tour Cookbook

As copied and pasted and generally hacked together by Emily

We try to be generally healthy. For now, the "plan" that works for us is Paleo - also sometimes referred to as the caveman diet. Don't be worried - we cook our food. We love coffee and ice cream as much as the next person. But when it comes to finding a set of consistent guidelines for shopping and cooking, this is what works for us.

We get most of our protein from meat but the majority of food on our plate is veggies. We eat fruits and nuts. We avoid grains, legumes and processed foods. The recipes here are some that we love for their flavor and simplicity and overall health!


The trick is making sure that your veggies are cut similarly. It's really fun how much these act like noodles when cooked this way!


Curried carrots are a great side to any meal.

Peel 3-4 carrots and cut them into thin rounds (1/4 inch) and add to a saucepan. Add enough water to almost cover the carrots, 2 tsp of curry powder, 1 tbps butter, some honey (1 tbsp? 2? I don't know!) and some salt. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes until carrots are soft. Drain excess water and serve.


  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 polish sausage (or something similar)
  • 2 Tbsp Bacon grease
  • Cooking stock

I love this recipe, especially in fall, because it's hearty and simple but flavorful. Grease a 9x13 pan with bacon grease. Add a splash of cooking stock. Chop your cabbage and add it in. Slice the sausage into half inch rounds. Dot the top of the cabbage with the remaining grease. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes. The cabbage should be looking pretty tender. Remove the cover and cook for another 10 minutes to brown the sausage.


The great thing about this recipe is that the beets keep for a while. Make this on the weekend when you have time for them to roast. Enjoy as sides and on salads for the rest of the week!

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