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!

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 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.

February 3, 2013

Mom’s turn to post! {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly, soup tagged , , , , , , at 10:22 pm by Jordan

Stage 1

Here’s what we’re allowed to eat right now…basically boiled meat and soup, with ginger, mint, or chamomile tea between meals. So far we have just the youngest rejecting the food, and he’s vomited a few times, probably due to low blood sugar. ¬†Right now he’s chosen to just have chamomile tea with a little honey while his brother eats enough soup for the both of them! Hoping he’ll join our team soon and dig in to the good stuff that will nourish and heal him…

Cart

We get most of our food from azurestandard.com or the farmer’s markets, but I had to visit our local Sprouts grocery store because I ran out of the perishables so quickly. Everything we get is organic now (except wild caught fish and lamb bones from New Zealand, a place that’s GMO free and has millions of sheep feeding on lush green grass). I wish I’d have been brave enough to snap a picture of the check-out conveyer belt–so many veggies! There was lots of broccoli, celery for stocks (can’t eat that yet), garlic, 8 squashes, 3 cauliflowers, 12 bags of baby carrots (the organic were only .88 for some reason, and I probably should have gotten more since they’re a wonderful convenience item for snacks and soups! A good starch to keep their bodies going so we have them boiling on the stove each day, sometimes with pieces of ginger in the water.) Those are all the veggies we can have right now, plus lots of meat and stock from our extra freezer. (Onions too, but I got a 40# bag of those from Azure this week!)

Sabbath1

This highly restricted diet has become a spiritual quest as well. I’ve been studying about fasting from both a Christian and nutritional perspective and have learned so much about how fasts (and partial fasts) can help us both spiritually and physically. I thought 40 days would be a good goal for our commitment to the GAPS diet intro since that was such a significant number in the Bible (ie Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness before starting His ministry) so that puts us at just about a week for each phase if all goes well. We also hope to make each Sabbath dinner special with candles, flowers, special dishes, place cards with encouraging Scripture verses, etc. (Sabbath goes from sundown Saturday through daylight hours on Sunday.)

Sabbath 2

Daniel’s ground beef and onion soup was a hit as was the aromatic centerpiece made of mint from the garden. We’ve been using it often to make mint tea–yum! The carrots are there to try to tempt Joshua to eat…no such luck; just tea for him again.

Full Oven

Sundays will be leftover/crock pot days to try to minimize work–there’s 2 kinds of soup, the 3 boiled veggies we’re allowed (to eat straight or add to soup), ginger for tea in between meals, and stock going from yesterday that will be strained later. I think there was squash going in another crock pot on another counter–we consider that “dessert”, not vegetable, even though we eat it with salt. Can’t wait for Ghee on Stage 2 to put on that!