Category Archives: SCD

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Turkey Mushroom Burgers with Cherry Tomato Pineapple Salsa (SCD/Paleo/GAPS) & 10 Side-Dish Suggestions

Mmmm, burgers.  Burgers are one of the easiest dinners to make.  And I’m all about easy (I mean really, who wants to get cooking burn-out on Monday).  If you’re like me, you make just about everything from scratch, so it’s nice to have an easy dinner to jump-start the week.  We don’t eat beef but LOVE to use ground turkey or chicken for our burgers.  The addition of sauteed mushrooms and onions to this recipe really kicks the yum factor up a notch.  These are super delish and I just adore the sweet savory touch from the salsa.  I like to tinker around with different ingredients to spice things up (see my veggie and sun dried tomato burgers for another great recipe).  I hope everyone enjoyed their Monday.  Happy Memorial Day.    

Mushroom Burgers
-1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (preferably organic free range)
-2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped 
-1 cup red onion, small chop
-2 teaspoons coconut aminos (or gluten free Worcestershire sauce – but this is not SCD/Paleo/GAPS) – omit both coconut ominos and Worsh if strict SCD.  
-1/4 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon onion granules 
-2 teaspoons garlic granules 
-2 tablespoons oil

How To:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees 
1.  In a medium skillet, add in the oil, mushrooms, onions, and 1/4 teaspoons salt.  Saute on medium heat until soft and well sauteed.  Set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, add the meat, coconut aminos (or Worcestershire), 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion granules, garlic granules.  Mix.
3.  Add in the mushroom and onion mixture.  Mix.
4. Form into patties and bake for 25 – 30 minutes (or until internal temp reaches 180 degrees). 
*Makes 6 patties

Cherry Tomato Pineapple Salsa
-1 can organic pineapple chunks, drained (use 1 cup fresh if in season)
-1 1/2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
-2 1/2 tablespoons diced shallot
-1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 
-Juice from 1 lime 
-3/4 teaspoon garlic granules 
-1/2 to 1 teaspoons salt (to taste)

How To:
Salsa is best made a few hours ahead of time
1. Drain the pineapple juice from can (save this juice, it’s great,  kids love it).  Chop the pineapple to desired chunkiness.  
2.  To your pineapple add in the chopped cherry tomatoes, and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and refrigerate until ready to serve.  
For an easy side dish, try sliced roasted carrots.  Simply slice carrots and toss with salt, garlic granules, coconut oil and roast on 400 degrees for 45 minutes.  
Here are some other super easy side dish ideas for your burger night

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

3-Ingredient Grain Free Banana Pancakes

This week on Facebook I shared three videos (1, 2, & 3) featuring Elaine Gottchall speaking about gut health and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  Elaine is the author of the popular and ground breaking book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.  Her book delineates the SCD and her research and science behind the nutrition, the mind/gut connection, and why it’s important to avoid certain foods when healing a compromised digestion.  Here is more about this inspiring lady.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking into healing their gut and immune system.  Personally, I’ve been on a healing journey since diagnosed with Crohn’s disease nine years ago, and just discovered this diet last year, crazy!  

I learn more and more about my body each year.  For example, it has become quite apparent that I am unable to digest nuts (even nuts that have been soaked and dehydrated).  As you know, nut flour is a staple in the grain free diet.  However, I eat nut flours very sparingly.  Since I don’t use a lot of almond flour, I rely on coconut flour, which is one of the three ingredients in this recipe.  These banana pancakes are 100% inspired by Elaine and her recipe suggestion in this video.  
I just HAD to give it a try.  



3-Ingredient Grain Free Banana Pancakes
The recipe is Paleo, SCD, and GAPS friendly.
  • 8 ounces ripe peeled banana (a little more than 2 medium - please weigh the banana for accuracy)
  • 2 large whole eggs + 1 egg white (my eggs weigh around 2.0 - 2.2 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon coconut flour*
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons coconut oil (for cooking/frying)
  1. Smash the bananas in a bowl with a fork until the mixture is wet and smooth.
  2. Add in the two whole eggs and the one egg white and whip with a fork until well incorporated.
  3. Add in the coconut flour and mix thoroughly. Allow to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. While the batter is resting, heat the coconut oil in a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet.
  5. Mix the batter again and add to the skillet in small scoops (I like doing two tablespoons at a time). Remember to cook on a low heat so the inside cooks through without burning the outside. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes. Cooking in oil like this takes a little skill. It's new to me, so it took me a few tries to get the heat right and to know when to flip. The less batter you use obviously, the easier they are to manage.
  6. Transfer to a plate and drizzle with honey!
*When measuring coconut flour: (1) scoop (2) level off.

Smaller scoops are easier to manage (about 2 heaping tablespoons of batter each)



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Raw Banana Coconut "Cream" Pie with Raw Paleo Chocolate Sauce (dairy free, gluten free, grain free, cane-sugar free, SCD/Paleo, raw)

This pie is 100% inspired by Gabby’s No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse Cake.  Gabby is the author of The Veggie Nook and creates some incredibly delicious recipes.  I’ve made her aforementioned mousse cake like, oh, 7 or 8 times!!  It’s delicious and every single time I make it, family and friends rave about it (and they are all traditional eaters).  Her recipe got me thinking about making something of my own with the banana (which is an ingredient in the mousse cake).  My family happens to love bananas and I thought a banana “cream” pie loaded with coconut oil sounded like a fun and tasty challenge.  I’ve tested this recipe many times and feel confident sharing it with you today.  It’s very rich (in my opinion), but what a delightful treat for those on the SCD or following a primal OR raw diet.  If you follow the SCD, omit the chocolate sauce, as it’s illegal.  A nice alternative could be a white chocolate sauce (raw cocoa butter, honey, vanilla and coconut oil) – this would make a lovely drizzle.  I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as we do.  And thank you, Gabby, for the inspiration.  
Raw Banana Coconut Cream Pie with Raw Paleo Chocolate Sauce
(inspired by Gabby @ The Veggie Nook)

Ingredients and directions for everything:



-3/4 cup seeded and chopped Medjool dates
-3/4 cup pecans
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

How To:

1.  Add the dates, pecans, and vanilla to a food processor and blend for 1 minute.  Mixture should be thoroughly incorporated.  
2.  Line the bottom of a 8 inch spring-form pan with nonstick paper (such as wax or parchment) and press the date mixture evenly around the bottom.  Or you can skip the paperit’s entirely up to you.
3.  Place the crust in the fridge while making the banana cream pie mixture.

Raw Coconut Banana Cream Filling


-2 cups raw cashews soaked for 6 – 8 hours (no less than 6)
-8 ounces of ripe bananas (2 medium, please weigh for accuracy)
-1/3 cup melted coconut oil*
-1/3 cup honey
-1 tablespoon vanilla

How To:

1.  In a blender (or food processor, I use my Vitamix to get an extra creamy texture) add the drained cashews, banana, honey, and vanilla.  Start to blend on low, then increase the speed to high, using your tamper as needed.
2.  With the blender running, drizzle in the coconut oil.  I blend until the mixture is creamy (no detectable grit or chunks).
3.  Poor the mixture onto the refrigerated crust.  Place back in fridge for about an hour to set up before you top with the coconut whipped cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream Topping

-1 can of full fat COLD coconut milk* (this brand is SCD legal & BPA free, this one is another choice for BPA free)
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

How To:
1.  Into a bowl, scoop out all of the full fat coconut cream from can (leaving the coconut water that remains at the bottom of the can).
2.  To the coconut cream, add in the honey and vanilla, and blend by hand or with a hand mixer until well incorporated.  It’s okay if you have tiny specks of coconut fat in the mixture.  
3.  Pour the whipped coconut cream on the top of the banana cream and smooth around.

Final directions for the pie:
1.  After you top with the coconut whipped cream, top with ground pecans.
2.  Place the pie in the freezer and allow to set for 2 – 4 hours.  When ready to serve, remove from freezer and place in fridge at least an hour before to thaw.  
3.  When ready to serve, remove the spring form, cut and serve. 
4.  Drizzle with chocolate sauce.  

Raw Paleo Chocolate Sauce

-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons honey*
-1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw cacao
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

How To:
1.  Place all the above ingredients into a 1 cup glass Pyrex.  
2.  Place the glass Pyrex into a pan of very hot water and mix around until everything is melted.  Do not heat over 110 degrees.

*To keep the coconut oil raw, measure out the 1/3 cup in a 1 cup glass Pyrex and put into some hot water.  Mix constantly until melted, then immediately remove from water.  Do not let the oil heat over 110 degree.  I melt the chocolate the same way.  It only takes about 45 seconds for it all to melt and the temp gets to about 93 degrees.  Perfect raw chocolate sauce baby!! 
*I suggest keeping several cans of coconut milk in the coldest part of your fridge, always.  Then you have some on hand when you need it.  When making whipped “cream”out of coconut milk, it’s best to have the coconut milk in there for at least 5 days.
*Non-paleo vegans, use maple syrup to replace all the honey in the recipe.  It’s really the best sub here and tastes fabulous!  I recommend grade B.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Thick and Creamy Dairy-Free New England Clam Chowder (SCD & Paleo)

It’s been years since my last bowl of clam chowder – years!  And oh man, I love clam chowder.  I really crave the stuff.  Lately I’ve been obsessing about it and I’ve had a recipe idea jumping around in my head for sometime now.  This week I finally brought this idea to reality and made an amazing bowl of dairy-free clam chowder that knocked my socks off.  My husband (who is native to the San Francisco/Bay Area, serious seafood lover, and clam chowder connoisseur) gave this recipe a glowing review.  He sat down to dinner, took at bite, and was very surprised by how close it tasted to the dairy laden stuff he grew up on.  And of course, he instantly declared that this was a MUST recipe for the blog.  So I’m not putting this one off.  I’m very proud of this recipe.  It’s very satisfying, tastes like good-ole’ clam chowder, and extremely filling.  I do hope you enjoy this one.  I’m pretty stoked about it.  
-1 ¼ cups yellow onion (1 medium onion)
-2 cups carrots, peeled and small chop 
-1 cup celery, small chop 
-2 cups celery root, peeled and small chop (1 medium celery root)
2 six ounce cans of clams, chopped up a bit* 
-1/3 cup cooked and chopped bacon (omit if you cannot find SCD/Paleo bacon) 
-1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped 
-2 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked for at least 5 hours in filtered water)
-5 cups filtered water (or broth)
-3 tablespoons clam juice
-1/2 + 1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons garlic granules
-3 tablespoons olive oil (I recommend olive oil for its buttery flavor)
-Ground pepper to taste, and more salt if needed 

How To:
1.  Crisp up 4 to 5 pieces of GOOD bacon in a pan, then give it a small chop.  Set aside. 
2.  In a soup pot, add in the olive oil, onions, celery root, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and saute for 10 minutes on medium low.  
3.  To the onions and celery root, add in the carrots, celery, and fresh thyme and saute for 5 – 7 minutes over medium heat.  Stirring frequently.
4.  When the veggies are tender, add in the two drained cans of clams and 3 tablespoons clam juice (do not add in all the clam juice from both cansjust 3 tablespoons).  Stir clams around with the veggies.  Then add in the final 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons garlic granules, and 2 cups of water (or broth).  Bring to a simmer for 3 minutes.  
5.  While the veggies and clams are gently simmering, drain the cashews and add them to a blender with 3 cups filtered water.  Blend on high for 30 seconds.  
6.  Immediately add the blended cashews to the pot with the veggies and clams. Stir and allow everything to come to a GENTLE simmer – please do not boil this mixtureit will not taste great if it burns on the bottom.  Simmer very gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot, making sure the veggies and cashew cream does not stick.  I use a large wood spoon, a silicone spatula will also work great.  
7.  The mixture will greatly thicken as it heats up.  After the 5 (gentle) minute simmer, turn the mixture down to very low so the simmering stops, cover, and allow it to continue to warm for 30 minutes, stirring once in a while
8.  After 30 minutes you can serve, or turn the heat off and let the mixture sit.  
9.  When ready to serve, gently heat through, taking care to not burn the mixture.  
-Upon serving, add in some pepper to taste.  Other options include chopped crisp bacon, green onions, a lemon wedge, or chopped parsley. Serves 4

*Serve with grain-free crackers to keep this SCD & Paleo or serve with Gluteno original crackers (these taste like those little oyster crackers typically served with New England Clam Chowder).  Grain free “cornbread” is also excellent with this soup.
*The type of clams you use will make or break this dish.  Once I used two 10-ounce cans of baby boiled clams, and I did not like how it turned out at all.  Here is what I used and really liked.  It provided a great clam flavor and overall I was very pleased with the texture and taste.  
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Roasted and Mashed Celery Root – A Healthy and Tasty Alternative to Traditional Mashed Potatoes (SCD, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo)

Over the Holidays I made mashed potatoes a couples of times for family get togethers (I used red, New Potatoesmy favorite variety).  And so my kids have been asking for mashed potatoes quite often since.  As much I do really loves potatoes, I know they are not the healthiest choice.  Perhaps the most important thing to understand about potatoes is that they are a nightshade, and thus contain alkaloids which can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive function.  Now I can attest to this first hand.  Potatoes do not agree with me (for me, they cause digestive disruption and seem to exacerbate inflammation).  If you follow the SCD, GAPS, or Paleo diet, you know that potatoes are not allowed.  If you’re interested, you can read more about nightshades here.  So I use celery root A LOT as a sub for potatoes.  A while back I made Jill’s celery root fries, and LOVED them.  And I’ve graduated to using celery root to replace mashed potatoes. And I have to say, it’s a very tasty alternative.  One thing you will notice is celery root has a creamy, velvety texture.  I just love this.  Not as starchy as potatoes.  So do my kids love celery root mash as much as mashed potatoes? My son loves it, but by daughter would rather have the massed taters (but my kids don’t get a choice, if they are not allergic to it, they have to eat it).  I usually make roasted celery root mash with chicken and a lovely dairy free lemon garlic gravy, so it all works really well together and I get few objections.  I highly recommend roasting the celery root as a way to impart a deep, rich favor in the dish.  Enjoy!

-4 large celery root, peeled and small chop (5 to 6 pounds)
-4 tablespoons oil + 1/3 cup olive oil (must be olive oil, or another rich, creamy oil)*
-1 teaspoon + 3/4 teaspoon garlic granules
-3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 
-Pepper to taste  
-Omit paprika if avoiding ALL nightshades 

How To:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1.  Peel and small chop the celery root.  Add celery root to your favorite roasting dish (I recommend 13×9 inch pan or larger, I use a glass Pyrex), along with 4 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon garlic granules.  Toss all ingredients well and make sure the celery root is well coated with oil.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for 60 minutes* (you will want browning to occur for maximum flavor).  Move the celery root around after about 25 minutes of roasting. 
2.  After the celery root is well roasted, allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
3.  Add the roasted celery root to a food processor.*  Pulse a few times to get things incorporated.  With the food processor on, drizzle in the oil.  Please use more if the mash is not creamy enough for you.  But start with 1/3 cup.  
4.  After you add the oil, add in 3/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon garlic granules, and pepper.  Blend until all the ingredients are well incorporated (see notes).  
5.  The mixture should be creamy, velvety and warm.  
-Serve immediately.  Serves 4 – 5 (depending on serving size).  Top with optional paprika. 

*I honestly recommend olive oil as the oil in this dish, as it adds a creamy, buttery flavor that is difficult to emulate with a light oil. 
*It’s important to roast the chunks until they are very tender, this will ensure it whips up in the food processor.
*I have a fairly small food processor, so I put all the roasted chunks in at first, add the oil, salt, garlic granules, and pulse until everything looks incorporated, then I take half of it out, and whip in two batches to make sure everything is smooth.  If you do not roast the celery root long enough or over pack the pan, you will have a chunky mash.  
Whipping it up in a food processor works really well.  
I have had no success trying to do it by hand.  

Coming soonout of this world lemon garlic chicken gravy (SCD).  Seriously, SOOO good! 

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Delicious French Lentil Soup with Butternut Squash and Dino Kale (SCD Friendly, Vegan)

There’s a great little restaurant down the street from my house and next door to my beloved Davis Foods Coop, called Monticello. They serve seasonal cuisine and uphold a farm to plate menu (they even have their own farm!) – I just love that.  Their menu is awesome, serving up organic chicken, gluten free breads, a ton of vegan soups, organic salad, etc.  If you are ever in Davis (California), call me and I will take you there.  It’s fabulous, fresh and healthy.  A few months ago I took my son to this favorite spot for lunch.  Their soup of the day knocked my socks off.  It was so simple, yet so delicious.  I asked what was in the soup (without getting too nosy), then rushed next door to my Coop and gathered the ingredientsand I made it that night for dinner.  It’s a simple French lentil soup, but what makes it extra special is the addition of kale and butternut squash.  The butternut squash and carrots impart a delicate sweetness to the dish and the tender kale is the perfect texture against the creamy lentils.  I played around with the recipe a few times until I found the perfect ratios. I hope you also enjoy this soup.  It’s very satisfying.  Oh, and I love it the next morning with two fried eggs, avocado, and a splash of hot sauce.  
Superb my friends.  
-2 cups onions, small chop 
-2 cups carrots, peeled and small chop
-3 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and small cubed 

-1/2 pound (8 ounces) of dino kale, wash and remove large stem  

-2 cups French lentils, soaked for 6 – 8 hours* (please see notes about the soaking).   
-7 cups filtered water 
-2 teaspoons garlic granules
-1 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons oil
-3 turns of the pepper grinder

How To:
1.  In large soup stock pan (my dutch oven is too small for this recipe), add onions, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat.
2.  Add in the carrots and butternut squash and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.  
3.  Drain the lentils of their soaking water and add them to the pot, along with the garlic granules, the additional 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, and water.  Bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes.
4.  Turn heat down to low, cover, and cook for 45 minutes.
5.  After 45 minutes, uncover.  Tear the kale with your hands as you add it to the pot.  Stir kale around and bring the soup to very gentle simmer.  Simmer for an additional 15 minutes, until kale is nice and tender.  
6.  Turn off heat and let sit until ready to serve (cover if you wish).  Warm through before serving.  Serves 6 adults.  I like to serve with a wedge of lemon.  

*The lentils must be soaked for this dish for two reasons: (1) when making SCD soups with lentils, soaking them is necessary, and (2) the water in this soup has been calibrated only to the soaked lentils. I have found soaked verses dried legumes require different water ratios.  So please follow directions as specified for best results.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ode to Cafe Gratitude Part II ~ Almond Vanilla Coconut Milkshake (SCD friendly)

I took a short morning trip yesterday, with my son, to Berkeley to check out some products at an eco-friendly home improvement store.  Ethan is such a great traveler – we have fun listening to music, he enjoys looking through his National Geographic magazines, and loves finding the many cows grazing about in the fields (lots of farm land in between Davis and San Francisco).  Berkeley is only about a 50 minute drive, so perfect for a quick trip.   

I spent an educational hour meeting with super friendly staff and looking at various eco-friendly, non-toxic flooring, paints, and natural fiber rugs.  As mentioned a few times on FB, we purchased a home (just got the keys last week) and now we have 30 days to make a few major improvements.  I’ve been a busy girl meeting with engineers, contractors, pushing permits through, etc.  My main focus right now is ordering the flooring.  I’ve done a ton of research on flooring options and found the perfect option.  I look forward to sharing the information with you soon.  

Anytime I visit Berkeley I ALWAYS allow some extra time to stop by my favorite restaurant, Cafe Gratitude.  CG has a variety of delicious milkshakes and my absolute favorite is called “I am Grace.”  It’s made with coconut ice cream, dates, almond butter, and vanilla bean.  I figured out how to make my own version of this at home, incorporating all their ingredients.  This is such a treat and I love it with their raw deep dish pizza.  Crazy good ya’ll
Almond Vanilla Coconut Milkshake

-2 cups Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (ingredients include: coconut milk, honey, dates, and fresh vanilla bean). Vegans use maple syrup in place of honey.
-2 cups dairy free milk (I like it with homemade almond milk or walnut milk)
-2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How To:
1.  Add above ingredients to a blender (high speed or otherwise) and blend until everything is full incorporated.  
2.  Add in more milk or ice cream to create your preferred consistency.     
3.  Enjoy anytime of year!
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Raw Strawberry "Cheese" Cake (Method #2) – SCD Friendly

In August I shared a raw cherry “cheese” cake.  In this recipe cashew butter was used to make the filling.  In this next version, the cashews are soaked.  The final verdict for me between these two recipes?  I prefer the soaked cashew method. The filling really mimics traditional cheese cake.  It was light and creamy.  But again, I haven’t had real cheese cake in years, so my memory of this dessert is a little foggy, but I can tell you that I prefer this method over the use of cashew butter.  My children and husband loved them both equally.  But I happen to live with three hopeless dessert/sweet fanatics, so they will eat anything I put in front of them that resembles cake.  Good for me, right.  Let me know if you get around to making any raw “cheese” cakes.  I really enjoy them and look forward to experimenting with different ingredients.  Yes, pumpkin is definitely on the list.  

Raw Strawberry “Cheese” Cake
Inspired by nearly all the raw “cheese” cakes from Heather @ Sweetly Raw   

-1 cup pitted and chopped dates (make sure they are soft and at room temp)
-2 teaspoons coconut oil 

-2 cups raw cashews soaked 4 – 6 hours
-1/3 cup honey (vegans use maple syrup or 30+ drops of vanilla or plain stevia) and add more if you’re a sweet tooth. 
-1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid state) – I use Tropical Traditions Golden Label Virgin 
-1 tablespoon vanilla 
Strawberry Sauce
-8 ounces fresh strawberries (frozen then thawed for off season) 
-1 tablespoon honey (vegans use maple syrup or 7 drops plain or flavored stevia)
-1 teaspoon liquid coconut oil 

How To:

1.  For crust: in a food processor pulse walnuts a few times, add in dates and coconut oil.  Blend until well incorporated.  I used an 8 inch spring form pan.  You can put some wax or parchment paper down on the bottom if you wish.  Press walnut and date crust mixture into pan.  

2. For the strawberry sauce: in a blender (food processor or high speed) blend the strawberries and honey until smooth.   

3.  For the filling: in a food processor, add cashews, honey and vanilla and start blending, drizzle in coconut oil.  You can make this in a food processor or high speed blender, just take note that a high speed blender will yield a smoother texture.  Add mixture to the crust and smooth out.  Then top with about 1/2 of the strawberry sauce.  
4.  After assembly, place in freezer for at least 4 hours, then you can remove from spring form pan and transfer to fridge.  The cake will get soft in the fridge, so keep it in the freezer if you want a very firm cake.  I liked it on the softer side so I stored it in the fridge.  
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Raw Cherry "Cheese" Cake (Method #1) – SCD Friendly)

I haven’t had real cheese cake in years.  I don’t even really remember what it tastes like, well, maybe a little.  I do remember that I LOVED it, and miss it.  So ever since I found this recipe I’ve been sort of obsessed with this tasty alternative to the tasty (but super unhealthy) traditional version.  I also recently came cross this site, which is FULL of amazing raw “cheese” cake recipes.  There appears to be two basic ways to use the cashews in a raw “cheese” cake (okay, enough with the quotationswe get it Amber, it’s not REAL cheese).  So the two ways are to use raw unsoaked cashews or raw soaked cashews.  I am very curious about these two methods, so decided to try them both.  I started with the unsoaked cashew method (basically, cashew butter like the first recipe mentioned) next I will try raw soaked cashews.  I will be sure to test these two methods and cakes extensively on my husband and children.  So far I’m loving the texture of the raw unsoaked cashewsbut we will see how the other method measures up – stay tuned.    
Raw Cherry “Cheese” Cake
Recipe slighted adapted from The Detoxinista  

-2 cups raw walnuts (soak and dry for optimal digestion)
-1 cup pitted and chopped dates (make sure they are soft and at room temp)
-2 teaspoons coconut oil 

-8 ounces cashew butter
-1/4 cup honey (vegans use maple syrup or 30 drops of vanilla, lemon or plain stevia). 
-5 to 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
-1/2 teaspoon lemon flavor (optional) 
Cherry Sauce
-1 cup pitted cherries
-1 tablespoon honey (vegans use maple syrup or 7 drops plain or flavored stevia)

How To:

1.  For crust, in a food processor pulse walnuts a few times, add in dates and coconut oil.  Blend until well incorporated.  I used an 8 inch spring form pan.  You can put some wax or parchment paper down on the bottom if you wish.  Press walnut and date crust mixture into pan.  

2.  For the filling, in a blender or food processor, blend cashew butter, lemon juice, honey and vanilla (and optional lemon flavor).  Blend until creamy.  Add to the crust and smooth out.  Then smooth some cherry sauce on top of the cashew butter mixture. 

3. For the cherry sauce: in a blender (I used a Vitamix) blend the cherries and honey until a smooth sauce forms.  

4.  After assembly, place in freeze for a couple of hours, then transfer to fridge.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guest Post from Lauren at Empowered Sustenance: Zucchini Pasta with Sausage and Roasted Garlic Sauce (grain free, SCD)

Hi Tasty Alternative Readers!

I’m Lauren, and I write Empowered Sustenance, a blog filled with nourishing recipes for the SCD, GAPS diet, Paleo diet, and nut free diets. I am excited for this opportunity to share a healing recipe with you! Amber has been so encouraging and supportive ever since I started my blog, and it is an honor to guest post here.

Part of the challenge of a restricted diet is recreating nostalgic dishes with allowed ingredients. I enjoy this obstacle posed by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. When reproducing an off-limits recipe, I follow a general outline (what I remember the dish to taste like) and express my creativity within that outline (using new ingredients or adding new flavors, for example). Oddly, I’m passionate about ballet for the same reason: I have room for artistic interpretation within the confines of proper technique. 

This faux-pasta recipe started with a memory of a favorite family dinner. My mom used to toss Tinkyada brown rice pasta with mashed roasted garlic, salt, and olive oil. Our family heaped this side dish next to pork chops and sauteed apples. In my grain free translation, I’ve doused zucchini pasta with a creamy, dairy free roasted garlic sauce. The mellow sweetness from the smoked apple sausage gives a nod to the apple and pork chop combo. 
Those on grain free diets usually sing the praises of versatile zucchini. I love how easily this bland veggie transforms into al dente pasta.  I use a julienne peeler to cut my zucchini into strips.

 Trader Joe’s offers a SCD and GAPS diet friendly sausage. Substitute any other sugar and grain free natural sausage.

I used Trader Joe’s Smoked Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage here. This is a great convenience food option for the SCD and GAPS diet. The ingredients are: chicken, apples, salt, celery, white pepper, nutmeg, thyme, ginger, chardonnay, rosemary, natural pork casing. I always remove the casing from this sausage, because it is tough and chewy.

Zucchini Pasta with Sausage and Roasted Garlic Sauce

For 2 servings, double as needed

-2 all natural, sugar free, fully cooked sausage (I used Trader Joe’s Smoked Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage)

-2 Tbs. butter or olive oil

-2 small zucchini, cut into pasta 

-2 Tbs. roasted garlic

-1/4 cup homemade 24-hour yogurt or additive-free coconut milk

-Salt, to taste

How To:
Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Heat the butter (or olive oil) in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Remove the casing from the sausage if desired (it usually peels off easily when the sausage is cold). Slice the sausage and brown in the butter/olive oil.

While sausage is browning, add the zucchini pasta to the boiling water. Cook for 1 minute to soften, then drain. Remove the sausage from the sauté pan and set aside. Stir the roasted garlic and yogurt/coconut milk into the remaining butter in the pan. Warm through, and season the sauce lightly with salt. Top the sausage pieces and pasta with the warm sauce.


Thanks again for this opportunity, and for all your support as I’ve started my blog

Have a great rest of the week!

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