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!

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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 17, 2013

Ways we make Sabbath special {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly, main dish, special meals tagged , , , at 8:35 pm by Jordan

Sabbath table setSince the first Saturday of this month, we’ve been trying to set the table in some special way for Sabbath dinner, in preparation for Sunday worship. Last night, Bethany prepared the table for our meal. The china is a family heirloom, and the chicken decor she collected from an exchange at our church a while ago (she kept it a surprise until tonight!)

dressed for Sabbath dinnerWe try to dress nicely – Sunday best.

Sabbath meal on chinaLast night everyone ate on china, even the little boys (age 5 and 7).

Sabbath meal

Peas are Bethany’s favorite, so she prepared Shepherd’s Pie with peas for us. Topping the pie is cilantro.

After dinner, we read about and sang a hymn from Hymns for a Kid’s Heart by Joni Eareckson Tada (with Bobbie Wolgemuth). Then put on the movie about her that we haven’t seen in a very long time. Mom sat down for a whole hour with the family and did no work!

February 13, 2013

Mashed Faux-tatoes {GAPS}

Posted in GAPS friendly, side tagged , , at 9:27 pm by Jordan

Potatoes, being so starchy, are not allowed in any form at any stage of the GAPS diet. This is quite the disappointment for certain members of our family. However, there are alternatives that actually appease them. One of these is mashed faux-tatoes – a dish that we enjoyed well before the GAPS diet, in fact. Mixed with real potatoes, no one even guesses the secret ingredient (that offers extra nutrients). Even without real potatoes, the faux variety is pretty convincing.

boiled cauliflower

The recipe is simple:
Boil a head of cauliflower without the stalks in stock.*
Put in food processor. (save stock for a soup base)
Blend to desired consistency.

*If not on the GAPS diet, you can steam it, which makes the finished product thicker. Then again, boiling in stock gives it a wonderful flavor…

faux-tatoes with green beans and boiled burger

The “butter” on top of the “potatoes” is actually ghee straight out of the fridge!

A future post will feature that burger in the background. Yes! A GAPS-legal burger!

February 7, 2013

The end of the beginning {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, soup tagged , , , at 8:49 pm by Jordan

meatballsoup

Well, our first week on the GAPS diet ends today. After having soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days, everyone’s favorite is Creamy Cauliflower Meatball soup (well, actually, any kind of meatball soup)!

It’s so easy!

Ingredients:
1-2 heads cauliflower
garlic to taste
Stock (we like chicken)
1-2 lbs. ground meat (we like turkey)

To be GAPS legal, be sure to cut off all of the fibrous cauliflower stems. Put in pot with peeled garlic cloves and cover with stock. Boil until soft, then puree with an immersion blender.
Now for the meatballs. You can simply pinch off small pieces of ground meat (think bite size for children), or neatly roll them into balls. Bethany (age 13) makes the best, perfect meatballs!  Drop them into the soup base, which should be kept at a gentle boil (med heat). The meat will be cooked through after about 15 minutes.

Obviously this can be made more interesting by seasoning the meat and soup base. Right now we’re just keeping it simple with the four legal ingredients. Meatballs can be added to just about any soup base, but we found that they blow apart in the crockpot on high – which still leaves you with a tasty ground meat crumble soup!