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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Three White Bean Dip Recipes: Plain, Kalamata Olive, & Spinach

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Last month I made Maggie’s omega 3 white bean dip and loved it (I ate the entire batch actually).  So I decided to make a few of my own white bean recipes.  These dips are full of flavor and super creamy – my favorite combo.  If you’re a dip lover like me, then please give these recipes a try.  For SCD, omit coconut aminos.  See notes.
Dip #1 
Classic Style 
 
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups prepared white beans*
-1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
-3 tablespoons oil (I use walnut oil)
-2 tablespoons tahini (optional, but worth it)
-1 teaspoon garlic granules (or 1/2 clove garlic)
-3 tablespoons coconut aminos
How To:
1.  Add beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and coconut aminos to food processor (or blender of choice). Salt is optional here.
2.  Blend until incorporated.
3.  Drizzle in oil while blending
4.  Store in glass container in fridge.
Notes:
*I soak white beans for 48 hours, rinsing 2-3 times.  You certainly don’t need to soak this long, but I think it’s worth it.  After the beans are properly soaked, boil in filtered water until tender.
*For SCD, omit coconut aminos and add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt.
Dip #2 
Karazy Kalamata 
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups prepared white beans*
-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
-3 or 4 tablespoons oil (I use grapeseed)
-2 tablespoons tahini (optional, but worth it)
-1/2 teaspoon garlic granules (or 1/2 clove garlic)
-3 tablespoons coconut aminos
-1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
How To:
1.  Add beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, aminos, and olives to food processor (or blender of choice).
2.  Blend until incorporated.
3.  Drizzle in oil while blending
Notes:
*I soak white beans for 48 hours, rinsing 2-3 times.  You certainly don’t need to soak this long, but I think it’s worth it.  After the beans are properly soaked, boil in filtered water until tender.
*For SCD, omit coconut aminos and add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt.
Dip #3 
Simple Spinach 
 
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups prepared white beans*
-1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
-3 or 4 tablespoons oil (I use grapeseed)
-2 tablespoons tahini (optional, but worth it)
-1 teaspoon garlic granules (or 1/2 clove garlic)
-3 tablespoons coconut aminos 
-1/2 to 1 cup fresh spinach (I like one cup in there)
How To:
1.  Add beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, aminos, and spinach to food processor (or blender of choice).
2.  Blend until incorporated.
3.  Drizzle in oil while blending
Notes:
*I soak white beans for 48 hours, rinsing 2-3 times.  You certainly don’t need to soak this long, but I think it’s worth it.  After the beans are properly soaked, boil in filtered water until tender.
*For SCD, omit coconut aminos and add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt.

I made Danielle’s Savory and Sweet Crackers (SCD) with this dip and they were delicious!! Don’t mind if I do.
Looking for some additional homemade cracker recipes?  
Well look no further…
THIS should get you started! 
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Labels: allergy-friendly, appetizer, dairy free, dips, dips and spreads, gluten free, SCD, snacks, soy free, spreads, vegan, vegetarian.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

On The Farm: Strawberry Picking! (Strawberry pancakes, strawberry popsilces, and Beth’s strawberry coconut breakfast cookies). Strawberries are taking over my kitchen – and I love it!!

Last weekend we went to a local organic strawberry patch (just up the road from our house in fact). Still a little early in the season, but the kids had an absolute blast searching for those little red berries (okay and so did mommy, I’m such a wannabe farmer).  We came home with a box full of berries and the first thing I made was Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies from Beth @ Tasty Yummies (see below).  They were a total hit with the family!  Thank you for a great recipe Beth.  
This week I’ll be sharing a few additional simple recipes with strawberries.  See below for strawberry teff pancakes and sugar free strawberry cantaloupe popsicles.  
Stayed tuned for: strawberry lemon shortcake and strawberry smoothies!!


Here are Beth’s Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Cookies.  
These are a must! Check out the recipe.  

Strawberry Teff Pancakes with Maple Coconut Whipped Cream:
Ingredients:
-1 1/2 cups teff flour 
-1 1/2 cups filtered water
-2 tablespoons honey (vegan use maple syrup) 
-3 tablespoons oil (coconut is good)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon cream of tarter
-1/4 teaspoon salt 
-1 cup chopped fresh strawberries 

How To:
1.  Combine above ingredients and mix (except strawberries).  Fold in berries.  Let batter rest for 1 minute.  Stir and make pancakes (we use a countertop griddle).
2.  See here for maple coconut cream topping.
Sugar-Free Strawberry Cantaloupe Popsicles:

Ingredients:
-12 ounces fresh strawberries
-12 ounces fresh cantelopue
-Vanilla stevia to taste (I use NuNaturals) 

How To:
1.  Combine ingredients in food processor until desired consistency (it’s fun to leave a few strawberry chunks in there).
2.  Makes 6 of these popsicles, I also have these which are super fun (purchased at my local Natural Foods Coop).
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Raw-licious Lemon Cookies (SCD Friendly)

After I made my raw carrot cake cookies (inspired by these), one of my readers inquired about the lemon cookies.  I’m not sure if you’re familiar with these raw cookies, but you can check them out here.  They popped up in my Coop a few months ago.  I tried the carrot cake cookies first and was shocked by their deliciousness,  but the price tag is rather discouraging ($6 per bag – and it’s a tiny bag folks).  I was successful in making the carrot cookies at home.  Naturally, the lemon cookies have been on my mind.  So a few weeks ago I made a batch and they were outrageously good, the perfect burst of lemon with all the benefits of a raw, live food.  These differ in one respect from the store bought variety, they aren’t a crunchy cookie.  They are soft, but equally wonderful.  I like them both ways, and I have to tell you, the flavor is spot on.  So if you’ve tried these, and love them, try making them at home (this batch yields 60-70 cookies depending on how big or small you make them)!  And you might be able to get that crunch if you dehydrate longer.  I made both cookies and balls with this batch.  And by the way, my kidsLOVE these.  What a super healthy snack.  I’m making these next!
Ingredients 

-14 dates, pitted and soaked in filtered water until soft (the soaking time will depend on how soft or hard your dates are to begin with.  I usually soak mine for 6 hours or until super soft)
-4.5 ounces unsweetened shredded coconut (1 cup)
-1 cup sesame seeds (soaked for 10 hours)
-1/2 teaspoon lemon flavor (or to taste, start with 1/4 tsp)
-1 teaspoon lemon zest

How To
1.  In food processor fitted with the s-blade, add dates and blend into a paste. Add in lemon flavor, blend.   
2.  In another bowl, add coconut, well drained sesame seeds, and lemon zest.  Mix well. 
3.  Add date mixture to coconut, sesame seeds, and lemon zest and with clean hands, mix well. 
4.  Form into little cookies or balls.
5.  Place in your dehydrator (on a mesh fitting) and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 24 hours (or more).  Crank it up to 135 degrees for the last hour. I know this sounds like a long time, but this low temperature really preserves all the beneficial nutrients.  I have no idea how these would work in the oven, but please let me know if you try.  

Notes:

*I put my dehydrator in the laundry room and just forget about it.  
*If making the balls, dehydrate 105 degrees for 12-15 hours.  They will be soft and chewy.  



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blueberry Lemon Grain Free Cupcakes

Have you ever read Blueberries for Sal?  When my daughter was about 9 months old we attended story time at our neighborhood library.  The librarian read this book and I thought it was so sweet, so simple.  Fast forward 5 years and both my kids love this book.  Bright, fun drawings and really, just a cute little story.  And I like to think this is just what we would make after a full day of blueberry picking…some delicious blueberry cupcakes!
Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • Coconut four (if needed to thicken batter)
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs: 2 whole eggs and 1 egg with just the white (omit the yolk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon flavor
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, liquefied
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup fresh, organic blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients: almond flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients: eggs, vanilla, lemon flavor, lemon zest, coconut oil, and honey. Be careful when adding the melted oil to eggs, temper if you have to, or just use room temperature eggs.
  4. Combine and mix dry and wet ingredients
  5. Add the coconut flour here if you needed to thicken up the batter. Start with 1 tablespoon at a time until a nice creamy cake batter consistency developed.
  6. Fold blueberries into mixture
  7. Fill muffin cups and bake for 13-15 minutes. Yields 10 - 12 muffins
Notes
Use two muffin cups to decrease chance of burning the cupcake
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Grain Free Spanish "Rice" (SCD Friendly)

One dish I really miss on SCD is Spanish rice.  We are some HUGE taquería lovers in this house, and I have to say, it’s one of my favorite cuisines.  I never, ever get tired of it.  Once a week we have a fun taquería night with all the fixins’.  Rice has been bothering my digestion (so obvious why grains are not allowed on the SCD).  So I created a grain free Spanish “rice” dish that was a tasty alternative to the traditional version.  It’s made with cauliflower.  And while the texture is different, it was pretty simple getting all those great Spanish flavors in there.  
Salud!      
Ingredients 
-2 medium/small heads of cauliflower, cut cored, and washed 
-1 small yellow onion, diced 
-3 roma tomatoes 
-1 green pepper (optional)
-2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning* (use less for children) 
-2 teaspoons garlic granules 

-1/2 teaspoons salt

-1/2 teaspoon cumin (or to taste) 
-Few turns of the pepper grinder
-1/4 cup oil

How To
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.  Mix above ingredients in your favorite roasting dish.
2.  Roast for 25-30 minutes 
3.  Allow to cool a while (make sure it’s not steaming 
for step 4). 
4.  Put half the mixture in a food processor and pulse a few times.  Careful to not over mix, you are simply creating a rice look to the mixture, not a puree.  You could probably do this by hand too, so try it out if you don’t want to lug out the food processor. 
5.  Pulse the remaining half of the mixture until rice-like.
6.  Garnish with cilantro and a squirt of lime.  
Serve

Notes:
*You can find Mexican or Fiesta seasoning at any grocery store.  Or make your own from spices in you bulk foods section.   
Served the “rice” 
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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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Monday, April 9, 2012

Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes

(gluten free, common tree nut free, dairy free, egg free, cane-sugar free, & soy free)

I don’t claim to be much of a baker.  Never really have been.  But mommyhood has thrown me head first into the baking arena.  I make muffins every week (often it feels like daily).  I’ve always enjoyed cooking but honestly never found the thrill in baking.  Cookies are more my thing in the sweet department anyway.  So the other day I wanted to make some cupcakes/muffins for my son’s little friend.  We had a play date scheduled and my usual grain-free treat was not the best option, as his little friend can’t have tree nuts.  So a nut free creation was in order, and one that was still allergy-friendly for Ethan (no eggs, dairy, gluten, cane-sugar or soy).  No problem?  Yeah right.  GF baking is difficult and especially if you’re looking for a particular taste and flavor, which I was.  So in these urgent cases I turn to my baking guru, Tessa.  I emailed her a while back with my ingredients and she, of course, offered some great advice.  So thank you Tessa for your consultation!  One tip was to leave the fruit whole (which was an excellent suggestion, as I was pureeing it up).  
Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes 

Ingredients 
Dry
-1/2 cup white rice flour (90 grams)
-1/2 cup coconut flour (52 grams)
-1/4 cup tapioca starch (27 grams)
-2 tablespoons potato starch (19 grams)
-1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (40 grams)
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet
-1/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed)
-1/3 cup applesauce
-1 1/4 cup filtered water  
-1 tablespoon ground chia seed+ 3 tablespoons water 
-1/3 cup coconut sugar 
-1 teaspoon vanilla 
-6 drops liquid stevia 
-1 can drained pineapple chunks, squeeze all the juice out of the chunks and chop into smaller pieces. 
How To 
Preheat oven to 325
1.  In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients.  Spoon in the flours (otherwise it’s just too dense, so don’t scoop the flour out with your measuring cup.  Or simply follow the flour weights).
2.  In a separate bowl, mix the ground chia with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for a moment.  Then add in the coconut sugar and mix until incorporated.  It should be sticky and a bit frothy.
3.  Add in the oil, applesauce, vanilla, stevia, and pineapple chunks, incorporate, then add in the water, incorporate.  
4.  Add the dry ingredients to wet and incorporate.
5.  Immediately add batterer to baking cups – yields 12. 
6.  Bake for 20 minutes 
7.  When done, cool on rack

Notes:
*I highly recommend using these baking cups – they are great for nonstick! I And I use them over and over.  They are also biodegradable. 
*These cupcakes don’t rise much, so you can fill to the top of baking cup.
*I greatly dislike a dry cupcake.  And so I’m happy to report that these are incredibly moist.   
*Do not let the batter sit after mixing, as it starts to thicken and froth.  So after you mix the dry with the wet, immediately fill your baking cups and bake. 
*The little boy mentioned above can have coconut (no tree nuts).  I read that in 2007, the FDA classified coconut as a tree nut.  But I do believe coconuts are actually seeds, but can also be described as a fruit and nut.  This is a good read on the matter.  

Whipped Topping

Ingredients 
-1 can full fat coconut milk (I use this brand for its superior coconut cream)
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup 
-4 drops stevia (or to taste)  
-Natural yellow food coloring 
-1/4 teaspoon thickener of choice (optional) 

To make the whipped topping place 1 can of full fat coconut milk in the coldest part of your fridge for at least 3 days (the longer the better).  I have a bunch in there so I just take one out as needed.  Work quickly and remove just the coconut cream from the top of the can.  Add to bowl with above ingredients.  Mix with hand mixer until incorporated.  Frost your cupcake, or place topping in the fridge until you’re ready to use. You could certainly omit the thickener if your coconut cream is working for you.  Every can of coconut milk is different.  I’ve made some very substantial toppings without thickener, and some really needed it.  


And of course, Scott’s dipped in a little chocolate
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Veggie and Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Burgers

Monday, for some reason, usually turns into a burger night for us.  It’s a quick, easy meal that’s perfect for the start of the week.  I make a variety of different veggie and meat based burgers and I just LOVE the addition of sun dried tomatoes.  Gives it just a little kick.  If you’re looking to jazz up your burger night, give these a try.  


Ingredients 
-1 1/2 pounds ground organic free-range turkey
-1 medium zucchini, peeled and grated 
-1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
-1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (I used marinated) 
-1/4 cup onion, diced (I used a shallot)
-3 tablespoons oil (I used organic olive oil)
-2 tablespoons gluten free Worcestershire sauce or Coconut Aminos (omit both if SCD, and add extra 1/4 teaspoon salt)
-2 teaspoon garlic granules (or 1 clove garlic, minced)
-1/4 teaspoon salt 
-A few grinds of fresh pepper 

How To
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.  Add ingredients to a bowl and mix.
2.  Form into patties.
3.  Bake for 25 minutes (or until internal temp reaches 180 degrees).  
4.  Dress with favorite burger night fixins’.
Makes 6 medium patties or 4 large patties 

Notes:
*Double the above recipe and freeze the remaining patties for another dinner.  Great for those late night sport or dance practices! 

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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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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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