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.

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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

Crispy Cracklin' Chicken Chips

Crispy Cracklin' Chicken Chips

Crispy cracklin’s (or chicken chips, as my kids like to call them) are hard to resist if they’re done right! When you make them, you get two real food treats in the deal!

Crispy Cracklin’ Chicken Chips

I’d heard the word “schmaltzy” before – describing things like a ridiculously over the top romance movie drama, or saccharine love song. Now I know why. Schmaltz is a soft, spreadable fat with amazing flavor, which can be used in frying, baking, or spread like butter… just as seductive as a good romance!

It’s easy to get, too. Basically, you cook a … Continue reading Crispy Cracklin’ Chicken Chips

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole, Ready to Eat

One traditional Thanksgiving dish I have missed is green bean casserole. In fact, I’ve been craving something like this for weeks! But getting a creamy filling without fresh dairy or any starch, and a crispy topping without any grain is a real challenge!

Green Bean Casserole, Ready to Eat

Fortunately, I got inspired by one of my favorite gluten-free food authors, Laura B Russell’s Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole. Her recipe needed some major changes to be GAPS friendly, but served as the base for this recipe. One thing I love about it is that every part of it can be … Continue reading Green Bean Casserole

Starch-Free Onion Gravy

Gravy on Faux-tatoes

Sure, you can just pour the turkey drippings onto your faux-tatoes, but it’s just not the same as real, thick gravy. Gluten-free folks can use corn starch or arrowroot powder to thicken theirs without flour, but on GAPS we thought we were out of luck when it came to gravy.

Gravy on Faux-tatoes

Fortunately, TinyHands stumbled on a secret when making stew last year: If you puree onions into your broth, it makes a tasty gravy that even onion-haters like our kids can’t resist!

This is so simple, it’s a wonder no one ever told us about it before!

Ingredients … Continue reading Starch-Free Onion Gravy

Happy Thanksgiving!

Crispy Herbed Turkey with Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. When I was growing up I remember it as the holiday I got to spend with all the cousins on my mom’s side of the family. Since she is the oldest of 8 kids and most of her siblings had kids, too, there were a lot of us cousins. We didn’t celebrate other holidays with the extended family, so this was the big one!

Crispy Herbed Turkey with Brussels Sprouts

I barely remember the dinners themselves, though I’m sure my mom and her sisters outdid themselves year after year. What I remember the … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Rosemary Sage Pork Dressing

Rosemary Sage Pork Apple Dressing

Last year, after erroneously coming to the conclusion that chestnuts are GAPS legal, I invented a pretty amazing grain-free stuffing. This year I decided to skip the starch and see what I could do in the same vein.

Rosemary Sage Pork Apple Dressing

I decided to start with this recipe for Rosemary & Sage Bread from Brittany Angel’s Real Sustenance. I was skeptical about the flax meal being GAPS legal, but a bit of research turned up a yes from the official GAPS FAQ, for people who can tolerate fiber.

The recipe also called for double acting baking powder, and … Continue reading Rosemary Sage Pork Apple Dressing

Quick Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts - these could have cooked a bit longer but I was ready to eat!

Brussels Sprouts are one of those foods people tend to love or hate. Lucky for me, I’m a lover, not a hater. But everyone in my family hasn’t always agreed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – these could have cooked a bit longer but I was ready to eat!

Since my brother’s partner, Laura, came into the picture, brussels sprouts been a fixture at our Thanksgiving dinners. She roasts them to perfection every time and has definitely won a few converts to the cause! I’m not sure what her methods are, but I think I’ve got it down pretty well, too.

It’s … Continue reading Quick Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Herbed Turkey Time!

Crispy Herbed Turkey with Brussels Sprouts

There are all sorts of fancy ways to cook a turkey… deep frying, brining, stuffing. Since potlucks don’t really work when you are 100% gluten-free and most of your friends and family are not, we find ourselves making every single Thanksgiving dish… then packing them up and bringing them with us.

Crispy Herbed Turkey with Brussels Sprouts

So when it comes to the turkey, simple is better!

The one thing I insist on, however, is crispy skin, so the crock pot is out of the question. (Not to mention also too small – even if my bird is only feeding … Continue reading Crispy Herbed Turkey Time!

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