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 27, 2013

A guest chef {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, main dish, side tagged , , , , at 9:05 pm by Jordan

Stuffed zucchini

Every month, Mom heads up a large food drop at our house. Some time ago, a friend (Mrs. V) noticed that we didn’t eat well on drop day, so she took it upon herself to provide a meal! This month, since we’re on the GAPS diet, she worked very hard to make delicious food that we could eat without “cheating”.

GAPS meatballs

Stuffed zucchini (her own recipe) and meatballs were on the menu – plus dessert! Notice the little hands in the corner of this picture. Both boys *loved* the meal. Just a month ago, they probably would have turned up their nose to all those vegetables.

Be sure to check out the comment section where Mrs. V posted the recipes!

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 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 16, 2013

Filled Burgers {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, main dish, side tagged , , , , , , at 9:09 am by Jordan

filled burger

As promised, here is the GAPS burger recipe! These aren’t just burgers…

burger filled with tomato paste mixture

They’re filled burgers! The herbed tomato paste reminded us of ketchup.
These are especially child-friendly because the messy “ketchup” is inside – not all over the child’s face and fingers and… 😉

filled burger ingredients

Just three ingredients:
ground beef (turkey won’t hold together)
tomato paste (we used about 3/4 of this can for 2 lbs of beef)
fresh herbs (sage and rosemary from the yard – we used the pictured amount for 2 lbs of beef)

filled burgers

Chop the herbs and mix into the tomato paste.
Form the beef into patties a little smaller than your palm. Put a little of the tomato/herb paste into the middle of one, and top with a second, pressing the edges together to enclose the filling.

tomato/herb filled burgers

Bethany found that forming the bottom patty into a sort of bowl helped keep the filling in. Experiment to figure out what works for you!

cooking the filled burgers

Bring the stock to a boil, reduce to med-low. Lower hamburger in with a spatula. The stock should come at least half-way up the burgers. Cover, and cook for 7 minutes. Flip burgers and cook covered another 7 minutes.

Enjoy!

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!

February 2, 2013

Soup’s on! {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, soup tagged , , at 7:04 pm by Jordan

soup's on-1

Day two on the GAPS diet, and Daniel’s still smiling about soup! It’s a good thing, because soup is just about the only thing we eat right now. Yep, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

soup's on-2Involving children in food preparation really helps them to be willing to try new foods. Daniel (7) made our soup for dinner tonight.

soup's on-3

At times, it was a tearful experience — but only because he was peeling onions! Tears were minimized by chopping the onion chunks in the food processor rather than out in the open on a cutting board (picture below). He worked bravely through the tears, and proudly presented a wonderful meal this evening.

soup's on 4