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Monday, September 28, 2015

Perfectly Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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Fall where are you!  It’s hitting the mid 90’s again this coming week (insert big eye roll here).  I am yearning to wear my sweaters and boots!  Soon…soon.  Around these parts it starts to really feel like fall at end of October, early November, so we have a few weeks yet.  But this hot weather is not stopping me from making some yummy fall inspired food. I made some absolutely out-of-this-world delicious whipped sweet potatoes on Saturday night for dinner. Seriously tasted like dessert. SO GOOD.  My kids loved it!  My daughter said, “Mommy, what’s in here…it tastes like pie.”  I made the sweet potatoes with this pork dish (sans the applesauce) that is so easy and always a hit and the two went together like gangbustas.  Anyway, if you are looking for a new way to eat sweet potatoes, try whipping them up.  I am totally going to make these whipped sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I’m so excited about it!  They are seriously delicious.  Look out fall…I’m coming for ya.  Continue reading

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Roasted Fingerling Carrots ~ Fresh From The Garden (SCD Friendly)

Last weekend we harvested most our winter garden.  Still have some onions and garlic growing.  They do take a while, but worth the wait.  We grew a TON of carrots this year.  The kids LOVED pulling these big gorgeous fingerlings out of the dirt.

I roasted these sweet, tender carrots for dinner that night, and boy were they delicious!  I’m sure we all have our favorite way to roast veggies.  Mine is pretty simple.    
Ingredients
-1 1/2 pounds carrots
-3 tablespoons of oil
-2 teaspoons garlic granules
-1/4 teaspoon salt 

How To
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.  In large baking dish, mix ingredients
2.  Roast for 20-30 minutes, until desired tenderness. I like mine with crunch.  

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Labels: ACD, adventures in gardening, SCD, sides, vegan, vegetarian.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Roasted Cauliflower Curry Soup (SCD Friendly)

I’ve come across many cauliflower soup recipes over the years but never made my ownuntil last month that is.  It’s such a delightful soup with a buttery, delicate flavor.  I kick myself for waiting so long.  This is super spring dish, light yet filling, and would probably taste fantastic cold on those hot summer days. My friend Vicky has a wonderful SCD Lentil Cauliflower soup – I love her addition of lentils – so clever.  
Salud friends.     
Ingredients
-1 yellow onion, chopped
-1 cup carrots, chopped
-1 cup zucchini, chopped
-2 lbs. cauliflower (2 medium heads)
-4 cups filtered water 
-1 can of SCD legal coconut milk 
-2 teaspoons green curry paste (or more to taste) 
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 
-1 teaspoon garlic granules (or 2 fresh cloves, minced)
-1 teaspoon salt
-Oil of choice 
How To
Preheat oven to 400
1.  Cut and wash cauliflower.  Toss with a drizzle of oil and garlic granules (or whatever you roast with).  I use garlic granules in place of salt.  Roast cauliflower for 25 minutes, or until slightly browned.  
2.  In a pot, on medium heat, add some oil with onions and salt.  Sauté until slightly wilted.  Add in carrots, zucchini, curry paste, turmeric, garlic grans and sauté for a few minutes.  
3.  Add coconut milk, mix.
4.  Add in roasted cauliflower and water.  
5.  Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer for about 20 minutes (or until fork tender) then turn off heat and allow to sit for about 10 minutes, then blend with immersion blender (or blender of choice).
6.  Garnish with oil and fresh ground pepper.  

Notes:
*You don’t have to roast the cauliflower.  I’ve made it without roasting, but the roasting adds so much flavor.  So if using raw cauliflower, simmer for about 40 minutes, or until fork tender. Rest, then blend.  
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Radicchio with Fennel and Apple Topped with Fresh Orange Juice

For a long time there eating anything raw and green was out of the question.  And that’s hard for someone who LOVES salad!  But since starting medication and eating a (mostly at this time) SCD diet, I’ve had a very peaceful digestion (all you Cronies know what I’m talking about).  I’ve enjoyed indulging in salads again from the purples to the greens. However, it should be noted that radicchio is another name for chickory root, which is an illegal food.  So, please take caution when eating radicchio if you are on SCD, especially if you’re having symptoms.  Wait until you’re clear of symptoms to include this in your diet (and thank you to one of my readers for pointing this out to me!  You are awesome).  

This recipe fit the bill on a cold and rainy Tuesday.  The warm fennel and apples were savory and cozy, wilting the radicchio just enough, with buttery toasted walnuts, a burst of tart from the cranberries and a splash of fresh orange juice.  Love.  I ate two HUGE bowls for lunch and more with dinner (added in some SCD legal chicken apple sausage).  
Call me a salad eaten’ girl again! 

Ingredients 
-I head of radicchio, cored, sliced and washed  
-2 navel oranges
-3 fennel bulbs, sliced
-2 large red apples, peeled and sliced (I used Fuji)
-1 cup walnuts
-1 cup dried cranberries (sugar free and sulfur free)
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-Oil of choice 
Serves 4 

How To
1.  In a large sauté skillet, add a drizzle of oil, salt, and fennel and sauté on med heat for about 5 minutes, or until slightly tender.  Add apples and walnuts and continue to sauté on med/low until apples are just tender.  Remove from heat.
2.  Build your salad.  
3.  To a plate, add a few handfuls of radicchio.  Top with warm fennel and apple sauté, cranberries, and serve with 1/2 an orange.  Use the orange as the “dressing.”   


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Roasted Asparagus Soup (Vegan/SCD Friendly)

Can you tell I’m on a kick here with the creamy soups?  Cashew cream just adds so much flavor and texture to vegan dishes.  Just love it.  My husband told me this soup tastes like an “asparagus cheese soup.”  So there you go.  

Lemon and thyme make a strong appearance here.  I load on the thyme for its healing qualities (we all suffer from allergies, and thyme is a great way to decrease phlegm and heal respiratory distress).  Thyme also imparts a mild lemony flavor which I love with asparagus. I find that roasting the main ingredients adds far more to the dish than just boiling or sauteing.  You don’t have to roast, but I recommend it.  I served this soup with sauteed lemon pepper Brussels sprouts, and Danielle’s crusty rollsall very complimentary.  
It was like a spring party for my mouth. 
Fabulous. 

Ingredients
-1 lb fresh asparagus, cut in half
-1 medium zucchini, peeled, trimmed and rough chop
-1 medium yellow onion, rough chop
-6 cloves fresh smashed garlic
-3 cups cashew cream*
-4 cups filtered water 
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 tablespoon dried thyme (if using fresh, only add about 1 teaspoon)
-Oil of choice 
-1 tablespoon garlic granules + 1 teaspoon garlic granules 
-1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
-Fresh ground black pepper to taste 

How To
1.  Add the asparagus, onion, zucchini, and garlic to your favorite roasting dish and toss with oil and 1 tablespoon garlic granules
2.  Add to a 400 degree preheated oven and roast for 30-35 minutes
3.  In a large soup pot, add roasted mix, cashew cream, water, salt, and 1 teaspoon garlic granules.  Bring to a gentle simmer, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
4.  Turn down to low, cover and let cook gently for about 30 minutes.  Uncover and turn off heat.  Allow to rest for about 10 minutes, then blend with immersion blender (or blender of choice).
5.  Stir in dried thyme and lemon juice.  Serves 4. 
6.  Garnish with dried thyme, a squirt of lemon and black pepper  

Notes:

* For cashew milk: soak 1 cup of cashews in filtered water 4 to 8 hours.  Drain, rinse, and blend with 3 cups filtered water (I use a Vitamix).  Poor into glass jar and store in fridge up to 4 days.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sautéed Lemon Pepper Brussels Sprouts (SCD/ACD/Paleo Friendly)

I’ve been on a HUGE Brussels sprout kick lately, sauteing them up for lunch, or as a side dish for dinner.  They are so delicious.  I like to keep mine very simple – some salt and fresh lemon juice does the trick my friends.  Ah, the perfect springtime food!  Please try this one for me.   
Curious about these cute little greens?  See here for their history, nutritional info and more. 

Ingredients
-1 lb of Brussels 
-1/2 cup leeks (optional, but worth it)
-1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
-1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice  
-Fresh ground pepper to taste (optional, but worth it)
-2 tablespoons oil of choice (I use grapeseed)

How To
1.  Add oil, leeks and salt to a large saute pan.  Sauté on medium heat until wilted and soft (about 5 minutes).
2.  Trim, slice and wash the Brussels.  Add to leeks and sauté on medium heat.
3.  When Brussels are slightly wilted turn off heat and add in lemon juice and mix.  I like my Brussels with a bit of crunch (not mushy).    
4.  Serve warm or room temp (or cold).  Garnish with fresh ground pepper.  
Serves 4
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Heart Pasta (SCD/GAPS/Paleo)

I’ve been on a total zoodle kick. Today I used them in a dish I usually prepare with brown rice pasta, and the zoodles (adorably named by Jen) were a perfect substitute!  And this meal comes together quickly, like 10 minutes- no joke!  As someone with IBD, I have a very hard time digesting brown rice pasta (all grains really) which is why I wanted to make it SCD.  This dish was very filling and extremely satisfying, and I felt so light and peaceful.  No digestive distress.  If you haven’t used zucchini yet for the noodle factor, you should because they are awesome. 
Salud!
Sun Dried Tomato and Artichoke Heart Pasta 
GAPS, SCD, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup chopped onion (red or yellow)
-1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
-1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (confirm ingredients) 
-1 6.5 ounce jar of marinated artichoke hearts (confirm ingredients) 
-2 cups fresh organic spinach 
-4 medium peeled and trimmed zucchinis 
-1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules (or 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced)
-Oil of choice 
-1 teaspoon dried basil 
-Optional: red pepper flakes and black pepper 

How To:
1.  In a large saute pan, add in some oil and heat on medium low
2.  Add onions, olives, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and garlic granules, and saute for a few minutes
3.  Add in spinach and saute until slightly wilted 
4.  Add in zucchini noodles and saute for just a couple of minutes 
5.  Remove from heat, add in dried basil and optional red pepper flakes and black pepper, and a few fresh spinach leaves for garnish

Notes:
*I use this gadget to get the zucchini to look like pasta noodles.
*Or this awesome julienne peeler works great too.
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Labels: ACD, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, main dish, SCD, vegetarian.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Beet Pickled Eggs

I nearly cried over these eggs, the smell alone actually made me very emotional.  Why?  Well yes they are super good, but I was overcome with emotion due to the warm, loving memories these eggs brought rushing back.  So I was nineteen years old the last time I ate one of these eggs.  It was with my beloved Gramie, whom I speak of often here on this blog.  She made these ALL the time for me growing up.  So the last time I ate one of these gorgeous, perhaps unconventional eggs, was fifteen years ago in my Gramie’s kitchen where we sat and salted these delicious pickled purples, laughing about something I’m sure (she was a born prankster, had a killer sense of humor – very early on I was exposed to the likes of George Burns, Groucho Marks, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, etc.), hence my current love of comedy.  I digress… 
I didn’t have Gramie’s recipe here for these eggs, however, I’m elated over my attempt – pretty spot on.  Oh these eggs.  It’s hard to describe the flavor, I think they are simply delicious.  They are so easy to make.  Fun for a spring celebration.  If you’re feeling adventurous, I encourage you to try.  You won’t be disappointed…and Gramie will smile knowing people are making her famous purple eggs!  

Ingredients:
-6 peeled hard boiled eggs (or more, I would say up to 12, and pickle a tad longer)
-4 medium red beets, peeled and cut (use raw, not cooked)
-2 cups raw apple cider vinegar
-2 cups filtered water
-1/2 teaspoon salt
 
How To:
1.  Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl
2.  Cover and pickle in fridge for 36-48 hours
3.  The longer these pickle the deeper the color penetrates the egg
4.  When ready to eat, simply slice open and serve with a touch of salt or make them into deviled eggs


Notes:
*Don’t throw out those gorgeous pickled beets either, add them to a salad as is, or try roasting or a saute.  
I made deviled eggs with my pretty purple huevos.
They were outrageous!
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chicken "Zoodle" Soup (SCD Friendly)

Hellowinter?  Spring showers?  Who knows.  It’s raining, and it’s fabulous.  To give you an example of how dry it has been here in Northern California, we haven’t had more than three consecutive days of rain in months, I believe since last winter.  Crazy. Scott and I are weather nerds – always watching the forecast, and every morning he checks the live snow cams at the ski resorts.  Anyway,  just super glad we have some wet weather and snow falling in the mountains so we can get the kids up to Tahoe and strap on the snowboards. 
This nice cold weather called for some nice warm soup.  Chicken noodle was in order, but I wanted to make it SCD.  So I turned to my fellow SCD blogger, Jen, from My Big Fat Grain Free Life.  Check out her blog when you get a chance, lots of great SCD recipes.  She makes a chicken “zoodle” soup (the zoodles obviously being zucchini in place of the noodles).  So awesome!  I made my usual chicken soup recipe and added in those delicious zoodles.  My kids thought they were so fun too.  My son declared, “Noodles,” like he was just presented with a prize or something.  Hooray for fun dinners.  If you’re looking for a fun way to replace traditional noodles, give zucchini a try (see here). 
Ingredients

-1 medium yellow onion, small chop
-3 cups carrots, small chop
-2 cups celery, chopped
-2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped (great way to use leftovers)
-2 large zucchini, made into “zoodles” 
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-3 cloves garlic, minced 
(I also add 1 teaspoon garlic granules)
-2 bay leaves
-8 cups filtered water (or any broth, but I used water) 
-Oil of choice
-Pepper to taste 

How To
1.  To pot add oil, salt, and onions and saute for 2 minutes 
2.  Add celery, carrots, garlic cloves, garlic grans, and saute for 2 minutes
3.  Add water, bay leaves, and bring to a gentle simmer; simmer for about 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender
4.  Add chicken and zoodles, stir
5.  Turn off heat, cover and let sit for about 15 minutes; warm through before serving 
Serves 4 

Serve with: SCD Crusty Rolls or SCD Hot Cross Buns

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Hummus (SCD Friendly)

It’s Thursday and it has been a good week.  My deepest thank you for your support and well wishes while healing from my most recent Crohn’s flare.  I’ve never bounced back this quickly and it feels WONDERFUL.  The balance of meds and SCD allowed my body and immune system to heal rather quickly.  We’ve had some gorgeous weather this week and I do believe spring has arrived.  I’ve been making some light dishes and this hummus dip accompanied the kids and me for a fun midweek picnic.  I made two batches.  One for my kiddos (with light garlic granules) and one for me with the full garlic spice you know I love.  Have a beautiful weekend.


Ingredients 

-2 cups cooked green lentils* 
-1/4 cup tahini
-1/4 cup lemon juice
-1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
-1/2 teapsoon salt
-2 teaspoons garlic granules, use less for kids. (if using raw garlic, just use a little for the spice factor, or add roasted garlic.  Just make sure you check the spice if making for kids)
-1/3 cup oil of choice (more if needed)

How To
1.  To roast pepper: Preheat oven to 400. Cut 1 red pepper in half, remove stem and insides.  Place the pepper in a glass baking dish, no liquids, just the pepper.  Roast until browned (around 20 minutes, if not browned, roast longer).  Remove from oven and place a towel over the pepper in the glass dish.  Allow to cool.  Remove the pepper skin when cooled.  
2.  To prepare lentils: soak 1 cup green lentils for 6 hours.  After the soak, discard water.  Cook lentils with 1 1/2 cups water (bring to boil then cover for about 15 minutes) or until water is absorbed. 
3. In food processor fitted with the s-blade, blend cooled lentils, pepper, tahini, lemon, garlic and salt.  
4.  Drizzle in oil, add more if needed  
5.  Store in airtight container in fridge.

Notes
*I was soaking lentils according to the guidelines in the book, but I came across a recent Q&A in which Elaine Gottschall states that soaking lentils 3-4 hours was fine.  I error here on the side of 6.  You can read more Q &A here.  


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Some beautiful signs of spring in our neck of the woods
mouthwatering organic strawberries
Sweet blossoms on our trees
Snow peas are growing like crazy in our garden
Pretty tulips on the table

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