Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Paleo Chili by Stace

My kids love to eat my chili.  My daughter wrote a story about it in the 3rd grade -- "looks like vomit but tastes delicious."  Boddhi says it is his favorite thing I make.  I adapted my mom's chili recipe from when we were kids.  My mom made a delicious chili with ground beef and homemade pinto beans.  I was such a picky eater back then, and I often left the chunks of beef at the bottom of the bowl, but I loved the complex flavors of the liquid -- so thick and warm, spicy and comforting.  I would eat mine with tons of saltine crackers --yum!   Bob would drown her chili in ketchup (yuck!) everytime.  This always made the rest of us laugh.  I guess she preferred a bit more tomato in her chili.

So I adapted my regular chili to make it paleo compliant (no beans).   I decided to replace the beans with Japanese sweet potatoes.  I also decided to use pork breakfast sausage and ground pork for the meat.  

1 purple onion 
4 cloves garlic
4 Japanese sweet potatoes
1 lb compliant pork breakfast sausage
1 lb ground pork
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1 jar salsa 

chili powder
garlic salt
cacao powder

I started by sauteing chopped purple onions in ghee. I let those cook until translusent.   Then I added the garlic (finely chopped) and let that cook until fragrant.  Next I added the sweet potatoes (cubed) adn let them cook slowly until tender.  I added chili seasonings (to taste) to the the onion/garlic/sweet potato mixture and let that cook.  I cooked the meat in another pan and seasoned it with the same seasonings.  Then I added the meat to my veggie pot when done.  I then poured in the sauce and salsa and seasoned with all the seasonings again. I let that simmer until the flavor was right!  Serve alone or with plantain chips :)

This picture was taken after we ate half the pot!
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fruit Pizza

To make the crust--
Mix 3/4 cups melted butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 1 and 1/2 cup flour.  Press into pan.  Bake at 300° for 25-30 minutes.

For the "sauce"--

10 oz pkg. white chocolate chips.
1/4 cup whipping cream
8 oz softened cream cheese

Melt chips with whipping cream.  Beat in cheese. Spread on cooled crust.  Put sliced fruit.

Cook 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice.  Medium heat till thickened.  Pour over fruit and chill.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Homemade Applesauce by Steph

Apples peeled and cored and cut to slices
Put in a large pan with a small amount of water - it would probably be even better with apple juice.  Add a small amount of lemon juice.  It think we used half of a lemon.  Blend in blend until smooth.

We froze ours.  I've heard that if you want to can it you should not put it in the blender because it whips air into it.  I don't know if it is true though.

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Butternut Squash Soup by Steph

This is a Panera copy cat recipe  I have had it many times but I really liked it.  However, now is has a special memory attached of Stacey and the kids coming to visit. We made it better by using coconut cream and ate it the same night as Stacey's delicious roasted brussel sprouts!
 Both were delicious.
Butternut squash sliced in half and oiled. Bake until tender. spoon out meat and discard the skin
chopped onions sauté until soft
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (1 tsp dried)
chicken broth
1-1/4 cup heavy cream- we used coconut cream :)
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper

Blend in the blender until smooth.  The measurements are not exact I just do it to taste, or until it looks right. 
garnish with hot pepper sauce and chopped walnuts

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza by Stace

It has been a long while since I have posted any recipes.  Fall seems like the perfect time to start again.  My family has been following the GAPS diet for a little over a year now.  It has taken us that long to get used to things and develop new traditions and memories around new foods.  Sadly, I had to say goodbye to many of my favorite family foods in order to begin this healing diet, but thankfully we have found yummy, nourishing replacements.

We have all had significant healing while on the diet, and my husband and I lost around 90 lbs between the two of us.  We've had more energy, more stable moods.  We started other healthy routines as the energy returned to us -- like running and regular exercise. I could go on and on, but this post is about pizza. 

So Friday night pizza is a tradition for our family -- something we look forward to, and we all enjoy helping prepare the food.  So we desperately needed a GAPS legal pizza recipe.  We tried many crusts -- coconut flour, almond flour, hazlenut crust (so very bad), but the cauliflower crust has the absolute BEST flavor of any we've tried.  Roasted cauliflower crust even rivals a traditional pizza (in my opinion).

So here is the recipe.

You need:
2 cauliflower (organic or homegrown or whatever your budget dictates)
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano (or other seasoning)
1/2 teaspoon rosemary (or other seasoning)
1/2 teaspoon garlic (minced or salt form or whatever you have). 
1 Tablespoon of almond or coconut flour (optional -- just thickens it a little)
nut milk bag or cheesecloth or paper towel
food processor or high powered blender (or some way to rice cauliflower )
pot for steaming cauliflower (i use the steamer basket on my stock pot)
baking pans and parchment paper
oven at 400 degrees

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Start by chopping cauliflower into florets.  Wash florets then add them to your processor/bllender.  I usually do about 1/2 cauliflower at a time in the Vitamix.  Continue processing the cauliflower until it looks like rice.  Pour the riced cauliflower into steamer and steam for about 10 min -- until soft.

Let cauliflower cool a bit (I usually try too soon and burn my hand).  Then put into nut milk bag (cheesecloth or paper towel) to squeeze out excess liquid.  You want it pretty dry.  It will start to look like play dough as you remove the liquid.

I transfer all strained cauliflower to my kitchenaid mixer but you can use whatever you have.  I add 3 eggs (for 2 cauliflower) enough to have a wet dough.  I also add the salt, oregano, rosemary and garlic (to taste).  You can add whatever seasoning you like.

I line my baking sheet with parchment paper and pour out the crust (it will be liquidish -- just shape into into a circle or square or whatever you like).  Recently I like making it into mini pizzas (which can also be used as tortillas!).

Place baking pan in 400 degree oven.  Bake for about 45 minutes (or until nice and browned).

Remove them from the oven when browned:
These (above) are a nice stack I took out to use for tortillas.  I served them with carnitas meat, guacamole, lettuce and tomato (yum!).

You can leave yours in the pan for pizzas.  We like to make our own sauce.

For sauce we use:
either one jar of organic tomato puree (glass jar no bpa) or we boil tomatoes, peel skins and puree ourselves.
if I have a jar of organic tomato paste i add that too (to thicken).  If I don't I add grass-fed gelatin (bernard jensens).
we add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar for pizza sauce flavor
also seasonings like salt, garlic, oregano, basil (whatever we have to taste).

Add your sauce, cheese (if you like it) and toppings.  We use raw cheese when we have some or dubliner cheddar.  I often have mine with no cheese (as I still have trouble with dairy).  We like to crumble up cooked grassfed beef and add spinach, mushrooms, onions, jalepenos (whatever we have in the fridge). 

Put pizza(s) back in oven for 5-10 minutes (until cheese is melted or ingredients look like they are coming together).

(above) is a picture of my most recent cheese-less creation.

Above all have fun and enjoy your food!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Super Easy Whole Wheat Bread by Steph

really good but Super easy. Whole Wheat bread

I've been baking bread for quite some time.  But my friend Karyn F had a few friends over this week and taught us an even better way.  Save time, dishes and mess.

Whole Wheat Bread – makes 2 loaves
In bowl mix with dough hook:
 3 c flour
1/3 c gluten (I used 2 Tbs)
1 T instant yeast (I use Saf-instant. Amazon has 1 lb for decent price and great price for 4 1lb pkgs.)
Add 2 ½ c steaming hot tap water.

Mix one minute.Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
½ Tbs salt
1/3 c oil (I used 2 TB butter or olive oil)
1/3 c honey or ½ c brown sugar (I use a little less.)
If you measure honey and oil in the same container, the honey slides right out.

Mix a minute then add 3 cups one at a time, mixing between each cup. You may use more or less flour depending on flour, humidity, etc... Beat till dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl 6 – 10 min.
A soft, little bit sticky dough will make moister bread.
Preheat oven 1 minute to lukewarm and turn off. *Form dough into 2 loaves and place into oiled loaf pans. Let rise in warm oven 10-15 minutes till dough reaches top of pan. Do not remove from oven. Turn oven to 350. Bake 30 min.

*If you want, you can roll it out into a rectangle as wide as the bread pan, then:
Cover with butter (optional), raisins and cinnamon.
Spread butter over dough, sprinkle lots of brown sugar and cinnamon
Try grated cheese and onion/garlic powder
Whatever you want
Then roll it up and place seam-side down in oiled pan. Bake as above.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake by Steph

2 cups sugar or 1-1/3 honey
4 eggs
1-1/4 oil
2 cups carrots
1#2 can crushed pinapple, drained
1tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts
1cup raisins (I never put raisins)
combine sugar(or honey), eggs and oil in large bowl. Blend. Add Shredded carrots, crushed pineapple and vanilla, blend again. Blend in whole wheat flour, soda and salt. Add nuts and raisins. Pour batter into dreased 9X13 pan bakde for 40-50 minutes or until cakes springs back to the touch. bake 350 degrees.

cream cheese icing recipe
3 oz. cream cheese
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup margarine(margarine is poison.... use something else maybe butter)
1 pound powder sugar
blend cream cheese and margarine together in bowl. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and blend with mixer.

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