Lamb Meatballs

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki and Salad

These lamb meatballs are easy, smell wonderful, and taste delicious. I baked them but you can boil them in stock or water instead. You won’t get the crisp outer edge that way.

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki and Salad

Ingredients 2 lbs ground lamb 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp allspice 2 tsp real salt 1 egg

Meatballs on a silpat in a jelly roll pan

Directions Preheat the oven to 350F Combine the spices, salt, slightly beaten egg, and ground lamb. We like to use our stand mixer for this. Roll into balls about 2 inches … Continue reading Lamb Meatballs

Chicken Broth & Stock

Making Stock

Stock and broth are ridiculously easy to make yourself. Stock and broth are healing foods, full of health benefits for the gut, your joints, and your whole body. They also form the foundation for soups, and add flavor to just about any savory dish.

You can make your stock in a stainless steel stock pot or a slow cooker. We choose based on what meals are coming up. I prefer to make it in the stock pot, because our big one holds 16 quarts, while our biggest crock pot holds a little under 8 quarts. If you are concerned about … Continue reading Chicken Broth & Stock

Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcake

The other day I suddenly decided I wanted a black forest cake. But since we really don’t need a whole cake for the four of us and two of us aren’t even that big on chocolate, I decided to do cupcakes instead.

Black Forest Cupcake

I adapted a recipe from Against All Grain. Hers are a lot prettier than mine, which wasn’t helped by the bad lighting. Ours were good to eat, though!

Ingredients The Cupcakes 4 large eggs 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup milk (you can use coconut milk or even dairy kefir or … Continue reading Black Forest Cupcakes

3 Year Update

Kid2 Climbing Rocks

Our family went gluten free in November 2010, completely removed gluten from our lives January 1 2011, and started the GAPS Intro in February 2011. Now that we’re transitioning off GAPS, I figured it’s time for an update!

So… has it worked? Did the diet cure all that ails us? Have we perfectly stuck to it all this time? Was it worth it?

Let’s take it one family member at a time.


Kid2 Climbing Rocks

I’ll start with our now-13 year old. We decided to change our diet because our son was hospitalized with joint problems we hoped … Continue reading 3 Year Update!

Starting GAPS in the New Year?



Three years ago at the New Year, TinyHands and I completely de-glutened our kitchen and got serious about prepping for GAPS. 3 years later, our changes have stuck for the most part!

We’re still 100% gluten-free, and we mostly stick to the GAPS Full Diet. We have healed enough that we can make exceptions when we want to without problems!

If you want to try GAPS, here are some things to do to make sure you’ll have a good experience and be able to stick with it.

Read the Book

It’s heavy reading, but if you … Continue reading Starting GAPS in the New Year?

Lauren's GAPS Success!

Lauren's Family

Like our family, Lauren’s family was suffering from many ongoing health issues which have been dramatically helped by GAPS!

Lauren’s Family

She recently shared a 4 part presentation on the GAPS diet, which I’ve included below. Here is what she has to say about it:

My name is Lauren from Mindful Mama, and I am super excited to present to you today a 1 hour video overview of the GAPS program. I recently presented this to a group of people interested in GAPS and have had very positive feedback. My hope is that it will be an encouragement to those … Continue reading Lauren’s GAPS Success!

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

A New IBS Solution

By now you know all about how important it is to have a healthy balance of gut flora. But what you may not know is that all that life needs to be in the right place! It’s not enough to have good bacteria thriving in there… it needs to be where it belongs, and your small intestine is not it. Several underlying problems work together or alone to create the conditions for SIBO. A few of the red flags that can point to SIBO include unexplained anemia (low ferritin), constipation that gets worse with fiber in the diet, and celiac patients that don’t feel better (or even get worse) even though they are 100% gluten-free, and the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. … Continue reading Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Hidden Broth & Veggie Paleo Chili

Hidden Veggie Paleo Chili

Hidden Veggie Paleo Chili

We’ve got another GAPS-friendly chili recipe that our kids love that uses lima beans, but I thought I’d share another because I’m not eating legumes these days. Introducing them never went well for me, and I’m trying to get back to basics.

Thankfully, tomatoes don’t seem to be a problem for any of us and the kids love them! They don’t, however, love eating fatty cuts of meat, broth, or thoroughly cooked vegetables if they can help it. Chili is the answer. Sorry I didn’t take more pictures while I prepped, I’m out of practice at … Continue reading Hidden Broth & Veggie Paleo Chili

Tzatziki Inspired Cucumber Salad

You can blend it all together to make a sauce to put on beef or lamb, or eat it on its own!

You can blend it all together to make a sauce to put on beef or lamb, or eat it on its own!

I used to love getting gyros from Greek food carts. It was seriously one of my main pleasures in life for a while there.

My favorite part was the tzatziki sauce over that spicy beef or lamb. While I can’t have the bread any more, I can still have the flavors! I like to eat this as a salad, but you can blend it up or chop your cucumbers much smaller to use it as a sauce.

Continue reading Tzatziki-Inspired Cucumber Salad

A Seasonal Treat: Pomegranite

Look at those gorgeous seeds!

Look at those gorgeous seeds!

Pomegranates are one of the few foods that still seem to only be available for a short time of the year here in Portland, and they’re imported from California or further away. Granted, the season we can get them has been extended from a couple weeks in December out into November through January, but I still consider them a special winter treat.

Whole Pomegranate – this one was pretty good, but one with darker skin would have been better

You want to choose dark red, large, leathery fruits that are heavy for their … Continue reading Seasonal Treat: Pomegranate

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