December 3, 2013

Holiday Breakfasts

Posted in breakfast, child-friendly, special meals tagged , , , , , , at 2:30 pm by riahjoy

Recently I’ve been playing around with making yummy breakfasts that are fun for the Holiday season!
Here are some Christmas themed breakfast that you can enjoy!

Christmas Breakfast Burrito 1

Christmas Breakfast Burrito

This one is easy:

1. Scramble eggs with leftover quinoa and chicken

2. Serve in a tortilla (or alone) with cilantro and salsa for that holiday touch!

Christmas Breakfasts 5

Christmas Breakfast Burrito 2 Christmas Breakfast Burrito 3 Christmas Breakfast Burrito 4 Christmas Tree Omelet 1

Christmas Tree Omelet:

1. Pour whisked eggs into oiled frypan

2. Throw chopped greens on top

3. Flip when bottom side is done

4. Serve with “green side” facing up

5. Trim into tree shape

Christmas Tree Omelet 2

Decorate!

We used salsa and cheese, but you could easily add red and green peppers and other creative natural red and green foods.

Christmas Tree Omelet 3 Christmas Tree Omelet 4 Christmas Tree Omelet 5

ENJOY!

March 26, 2013

Donuts! {GAPS}

Posted in bread, breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, GAPS friendly, side, snacks, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:15 pm by riahjoy

Donuts

 

Well I guess the girls have fallen off the blogging wagon and lost their posting momentum! This is mom again…

Most of us are now on Full GAPS and we’re enjoying a bit more freedom in what we can eat. We missed raw fruit and veggies quite a bit and of course there are more baked good options now including donuts and waffles! These are made from white beans and coconut flour – toppings are fermented blueberries, coconut manna spread, local raw honey, and nut butter (made from sprouted and dehydrated almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds). We’re still primarily eating soups, good meats (picked up a quarter of a cow yesterday!), and ferments for another couple months. Everyone’s putting on weight (a VERY good thing in our scrawny family) and digestive systems are working well. Hopefully we’re healing any leaky gut issues and building up healthy intestinal flora….

{edit by Jordan} I found the waffle recipe! It’s here on The Spunky Coconut. We have a donut maker like this one that works just like a waffle iron, so we use the waffle recipe to make healthy donuts too!

 

Animals

March 7, 2013

Juicing {GAPS}

Posted in drinks, GAPS friendly tagged , , , , at 7:58 pm by riahjoy

Our Champion

Every morning for the past week we’ve started our day with a glass of freshly juiced veggies and an apple or two. Getting the fresh taste of celery and carrot after a whole month of cooked veggies has been a real blessing; one I might not have counted before!

March 1, 2013

Shepherd’s pie {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly, main dish tagged , , , , , , , , , at 9:17 pm by riahjoy

Shepherd’s pie is something that the whole family loves and has enjoyed many different ways; we’ve never done the same recipe twice!

The basic idea is to brown some ground meat in meat stock. Mix in with a vegetable (green beans, peas, zucchini, broccoli, etc.,.) in a casserole dish. Smooth some faux-tatoes on top. Add a little ghee and cook!

Below are some pictures of our past variations:

Browning the meat

Browning the meat

Mixing in the green beans

Mixing in the green beans

Faux-tatoes (processed with cilantro giving it the green color) for the top!

Faux-tatoes (processed with cilantro giving it the green color) for the top!

Yummy gee

Yummy ghee for added richness 😀

Peas and chicken

Faux-tatoes, peas, and chicken

Meat w/squash

Zucchini, yellow squash, and ground beef

Faux-tatoes top

Delicious pie right out of the oven and ready to be enjoyed!

February 26, 2013

Egg Yolks {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly, soup tagged at 9:26 pm by riahjoy

Egg yolks
Raw egg yolks provide wonderful nutrition and absorb quickly, almost without needing any digestion. We’re supposed to have one in each bowl of soup we eat, but our chickens are never able to keep up with the amount needed and we don’t trust any other source since we eat them raw!

It’s surprisingly appealing and makes the soup extra creamy and delicious!

 

Egg yolks

We froze the egg whites for future recipes and are now adding them to whole eggs, making our scrambled eggs extra fluffy.

February 23, 2013

Stuffed Peppers

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, main dish tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:20 pm by riahjoy

(This is Mom posting because the girls are out on a date with their dad :))  Tonight we had something we’ve never had before and we LOVED it. That’s a great side benefit of this diet–we’re forced to try new things and expand our palates and cooking abilities! Jordan found a wonderful recipe then tweaked it to fit what we happened to have on hand.

stuffed peppers

The filling was
a pound of “cal blend” frozen veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots) chopped up in the food processor
2 egg whites (we add raw egg yolk to our soups so we have a lot of whites to use up!)
a 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 tsp grey celtic sea salt
1/4 c fresh cilantro
2 pounds ground beef

I was glad I had found nice big red peppers at the farmer’s market yesterday because they worked perfectly in the crock pot. After stuffing them with the mixture, we put some stock in the bottom of the pot, cooked them on high for an hour and then low for another 4. It smelled like pizza in the kitchen and everyone loved the special meal!

February 22, 2013

Green Bean Casserole {GAPS}

Posted in side tagged , , , at 3:59 pm by riahjoy

I was scared that when we entered GAPS I would have to give up some favorites. Instead I’m just finding new ways to make my favorites even better!

Green bean casserole

I love green bean casserole. I had made a simple version with “cream of cauliflower” soup (cauliflower florets cooked in crock pot or boiled in pan of stock and then blended with a hand blender) and beans, but I really missed the crunchy topping. So when I made the hash browns I knew that was just what I needed to top it off!

Green Bean Casserole 2

February 21, 2013

The best spaghetti sauce {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly, sauces tagged , , , , , , , at 10:06 pm by riahjoy

spaghetti 1

Tonight we had “spaghetti”, but in our opinion there was no reason for the squash since the sauce was so good! Mom put 2 pounds of organic ground beef (raw, broken up) in a crock pot then covered it with a concoction whipped up in the Vitamix: about 2 cups gelatinous meat stock, some onion, oregano from the garden, and a couple little cans of organic tomato paste. After it had simmered on low for 4-6 hours, she pressed some garlic cloves in it and we ate about an hour later.

spaghetti 2

Enjoyed with organic avocado and sour cream with live cultures (are you noticing a pattern with how we enjoy our food?)

February 20, 2013

The perfect season for {GAPS}

Posted in soup at 9:52 pm by riahjoy

Winter really is the best time to do GAPS intro diet. Learning to enjoy soup is hard when it’s hot out. The cool weather makes it easy to want a nice warm bowl of soup (yes even three times a day!). Especially today when we experienced the rare phenomenon of snow in the desert…

Mountains

Don't worry we gave him a better jacket ;)

Don’t worry we gave him a better jacket 😉

Snow

Lettuce in our garden waiting to be juiced in the next stage!

Lettuce in our garden waiting to be juiced in the next stage!

By the time these turn to peaches we'll be able to eat them!

By the time these turn to peaches we’ll be able to eat them!

February 18, 2013

Hash Browns with no potatoes! {GAPS}

Posted in breakfast, GAPS friendly, side tagged , , , , at 8:33 pm by riahjoy

How did I do it?

All I used was:

Celeriac

1 Large Celeriac
Ghee
Sea salt

After washing and peeling the celeriac I ran it through the food processor to grate it.

I melted the ghee in a frying pan over medium heat. When it started bubbling a bit I added the grated celeriac, sautéing it for about ten minutes, then added salt. I watched for it to get soft and then spread it out in the pan letting it sit to get a little brown on the underside. With GAPS you can’t let it get too crunchy (hard to digest) so I watched it carefully and ended up flipping it over after about seven minutes. After letting it brown on the bottom side it was time to serve up!

Hash browns being enjoyed with avocado and sour cream

We thoroughly enjoyed the hash browns with avocado and sour cream!

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