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!

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May 12, 2013

{GAPS} Apple Pancake (and update)

Posted in bread, breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, GAPS friendly tagged , , , , , , at 9:29 pm by Jordan

We’ve completed our three month commitment to GAPS, but we’re pretty much still eating “full GAPS”. We love the food, and it’s not that hard to stay on it at home. We are adding healthy things that we miss (like quinoa) in slowly, and we’re not quite as stringent when outside the house (like eating pasteurized cheese at a party).

Here’s a GAPS recipe that’s totally yummy even if you don’t have to avoid grains! (Original recipe here on the Health, Home, & Happiness blog)

Apple pancake with coconut manna

GAPS apple pancake (we serve it with coconut manna)

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!

 

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March 2, 2013

Cultured dairy – a comparison {GAPS}

Posted in breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, drinks, GAPS friendly, snacks tagged , , , at 9:32 pm by Jordan

I’ve been experimenting with culturing raw milk, both from goats and cows. Moriah took some great comparison photos that I’d like to share.

Comparison - goat yogurt, goat kefir, cow yogurtComparison - goat yogurt, goat kefir, cow yogurt (with spoons)

First we have raw goat milk, cultured with Viili yogurt culture. It thickened, but still pours easily – a bit like store-bought kefir.

Next comes raw goat milk cultured with kefir grains (The curd-like stuff that you can see are the grains). This hardly thickened at all, but it did curdle/separate a bit, as you can see in the spoon. There’s also a small kefir grain in the spoon.

Last is the raw cow milk, cultured with Viili yogurt culture. This thickened up very nicely – in fact, a few members of the family think it thickened too well! Below is an additional picture of this yogurt. Notice how it pulls away from the side of the jar in a single mass when I tip it.

unpasturized yogurt

Tonight I did a “blind” taste test between the goat and cow yogurts. The results are as follows:

Dad – Cow yogurt, all the way! He quite dislikes goat-anything unless it’s fresh and/or covered up with other flavors.

Mom – detected the goat-y taste immediately and had to get the taste out with something else.

Me – I like them both…but I tend to do that with things I make. It’s like I don’t want to disown a child or something 😉

Moriah – wasn’t feeling well and didn’t taste tonight.

Bethany – Liked the taste of the cow yogurt best, but preferred the thinner texture of the goat yogurt.

Daniel – loved the goat yogurt and wasn’t so sure about the texture of the cow.

Joshua – loved the goat yogurt.

February 24, 2013

4-Ingredient Zucchini Bread {GAPS}

Posted in appetizers, bread, breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, GAPS friendly tagged , , , at 8:16 pm by Jordan

4-ingredient zucchini bread

Alongside the stuffed peppers we ate yesterday, we served this zucchini bread. It has sort of a neutral-savory taste which makes it good with almond butter, honey, or yogurt (breakfast!) or with butter or sour cream (lunch or dinner).

This just might be the simplest zucchini bread recipe you’ve ever seen!

Ingredients:
6 eggs
2 cups almond flour
2 cups zucchini, shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend the ingredients together with a fork and pour it into muffin tins, a loaf pan, or (as pictured) a 9″x9″ pan. Bake 20-30 minutes at 350°.

Could it be even simpler? Yes! You can simply cut 2 cups worth of zucchini (about 2 small) into chunks and throw it into the blender or food processor with the eggs. After that’s pureed, add the flour one cup at a time, and if it doesn’t mix all the way, finish mixing with a fork.

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!

February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Treats! {GAPS}

Posted in appetizers, bread, breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, GAPS friendly, side tagged , , , at 11:43 am by Jordan

For Valentine’s day, we made a couple special treats: heart carrots and pancakes! They were well-recieved by all (especially when the pancakes were served with a thin layer of raw honey).

Valentine's Treats! {GAPS}

I found a heart shaped carrots tutorial through Pinterest, and added a step to make it GAPS-legal. After cutting the hearts, I boiled them for about 30 minutes so they’re nice and soft. (I like to drink the left-over water – it’s sweet!)

To introduce egg whites, we made squash pancakes:
Blend 4 eggs and 1/2 c butternut squash in the Vita-mix (or blender). Cook at a low heat in coconut oil or animal fat. Be careful not to brown too much (for GAPS). Optional – cut with cookie cutters.

June 26, 2012

Posted in appetizers, breakfast, child-friendly, dessert, drinks, snacks tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:57 am by Jordan

I posted about green smoothies on my blog today 🙂 Here’s the reblogged post…

Heavenly Princess

Our family has been enjoying “green smoothies” for some time now, so called because of their content, not their color. The smoothie in the picture is a green smoothie, loaded with spinach and other greens, but it’s bright pinkish-purple! The secret to getting this gorgeous color is simple. Just use lots of berries, and add some raw (or frozen) BEET! You can’t really taste it, but it’s so good for you!

Basic Recipe for Green Smoothies

(You must use a Vitamix or Blendtec to get everything liquified without burning out your blender!)

Blend well 3 c. cold water plus a few handfuls of greens and sprouts (up to 6 c. line). Add frozen and fresh fruit until filled to the top and blend until smooth. We also throw in other ingredients, such as fresh mint, celery, carrots, hemp protein powder, ginger, avocado, cacao nibs, hemp, chia or flax seeds, just to…

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May 6, 2010

Sourdough Cinnamon bread

Posted in bread, breakfast, dessert tagged , , , , , , , at 9:17 pm by Jordan

I usually do this right before bed, then bake it in the morning so it’s fresh for breakfast.

Begin with a basic batch of bread dough, at which point it would be ready to be formed into a loaf.

Wet your hands and the countertop any time the dough starts sticking to them.

Begin to flatten the dough, using you hands.

Flip the dough over and continue to flatten and stretch the dough into a squarish shape.

Keep flipping, flattening and stretching the dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Flipping periodically seems to help keep the dough smooth and without holes.

Cover the dough with a layer of honey to taste (I put as thin a layer as possible without tearing the dough badly), leaving about an inch of the edge farthest from you “clean”.

Sprinkle cinnamon (lots!) over the honey.

Gently roll the dough away from you little by little. Take your time!

Seal the roll with the inch of clean dough that you left and quickly and carefully transfer it to the pan.

Ta da! 🙂

This is what it looks like in the morning after rising all night.