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how to soft-cook scrambled eggs

In breakfast, dairy free, gluten free, nutrition and meals, paleo, primal, recipes on July 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

2 -3  large eggs at room temperature
Salt and pepper
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Crack eggs into medium bowl. (Note: to avoid shells falling into your eggs, tap the eggs on a flat surface rather than the edge of your bowl or sink. If a bit of shell does make it into the bowl, scoop it out with the edge of an egg shell – it’s more efficient than chasing it about with your fingers or a spoon).

2. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Whisk until the mixture is frothy and pale yellow, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Melt 1 T butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.

5. Pour in the beaten eggs and quickly start stirring in small concentric circles all around the pan with a heatproof rubber spatula or wooden spoon, making sure to scrape up and incorporate eggs on the bottom and sides of pan.

6. Small curds will start to develop; keep stirring.

7. Once most of the egg mixture is set, drop in the remaining ½ tablespoon butter and turn off heat.

8. Keep stirring to incorporate the butter and serve.

Eat immediately. Serves one.

cauli-egg sandwich thins [gluten free, paleo]

In breakfast, food porn, gluten free, paleo, primal on July 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Egg sandwich with a slice of organic turkey lunch meat on a cauli-egg sandwich thin.

3 cups grated or processed raw cauliflower
3 eggs
1tsp salt
a few grinds of black pepper
1tbsp ground flaxseed or chia seed (optional)

Preheat oven to 450
Whisk everything together very well (using a big whisk or fork)
Place in 1/4 cup mounds on a parchment lined baking sheet sprayed with olive oil
Using your hands shape into flat rounds, like sandwich thins
Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake another 5

recipe & photo credit: http://www.healthylicious-housewife.com/pages/recipes/?p=recipe&recipe=124

make-ahead breakfast: bacon, egg, and cheese “muffins”

In breakfast, gluten free, paleo, primal, recipes, snacks on July 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Salty bacon, sharp cheddar, and light fluffy eggs all speckled with herbs and spices in a handy little cup. Now that’s my kind of a breakfast!

http://www.ournourishingroots.com/make-ahead-breakfast-bacon-egg-and-cheese-muffins/

your ultimate bone broth resource

In beverages, casein free, dairy free, GAPS diet, gluten free, nutrition and meals, paleo, primal, recipes, step by step how to make ... on July 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

Bone Broth, made from the bones of animals, has been consumed as a source of nourishment for humankind throughout the ages. It is a traditional remedy across cultures for the sick and weak. A classic folk treatment for colds and flu, it has also been used historically for ailments that affect connective tissues such as the gastrointestinal tract, the joints, the skin, the lungs, the muscles and the blood. Broth is a valuable food and a valuable medicine. Broth will contain the ingredients that are in bone and cartilage. It is the valuable nutrients from the matrixes of bone and cartilage, which create the substance called broth. These nutrients include: protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, fluoride, sodium, potassium, chondroitin sulfate, keratin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, lysine, hydroxylysine

Minerals have three major functions in the body. They provide a structural base for connective tissue like bone. They create electrical potentials allowing for conduction of nerve signals and movement across cell membranes. They act as catalysts for enzymes in physiologic processes. Minerals are essential to life but they are not easy to digest. In the stomach, the presence of hydrochloric acid is necessary to physically break down our food, but also to extract elemental minerals from the food that we’ve eaten. A similar reaction takes place in the making of broth. An acid is necessary to remove the minerals from the bone. This is the purpose of using vinegar (acetic acid) when making broth.

Deficiencies of minerals can be acquired, similar to vitamin deficiencies. Generally there are two ways this can happen, lack of intake in the diet, or lack of absorption in the intestines. Broth can be an excellent remedy for both of these causes of mineral deficiency because it provides easily absorbed extracted minerals, plus promotes healing of the intestinal tract. Unlike vitamins, minerals do not have defining deficiency diseases, but rather a collection of associated deficiency signs, symptoms and diseases. Interestingly, many of the deficiency symptoms of minerals are mood and behavior disturbances. This offers a scientific explanation for broth’s ability to soothe and stabilize. It is reasonable to assume that previous to the development of pharmaceutical mineral supplements, bone broth was an important supply of minerals, especially in the winter when fresh fruit and vegetables are less available, and warm food is preferred. After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the broth beneath. Discard this layer only when you are about to eat the broth.

Resources: How to make Bone Broth:
Making Fresh Bone Stock from Paleo Diet Life Style

Caveman Cuisine Bone Broth by Tony Federico of FED – Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction

Easy Recipe: Mineral-Rich Bone Broth Written by Diane Sanfilippo, Balanced Bites [2011]

How to Make Beautiful BrothBy Joanne Hay, Nourished Magazine [2008]

You can start feeding your baby bone broth as early as 3-4 months of age, and it can be used as a base for making a homemade hypoallergenic infant formula.Bone Broth Benefits:

Very healing and repairing to the GI tract

Helps heal the intestines to prevent and reduce food allergies Helps protein and mineral absorption (great for kids who are dairy intolerant) Helps build strong bones and teeth (loaded with bone building minerals) Helps immune system Nourishes adrenal glands (post-partum moms need adrenal support)Vitamins: Calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, K2 in bone marrow, peptides (healing amino acids and natural antibiotics), cartilage, collagen, anti-infammatory substances, digestive and gut healing properties, omega-9s in skin and fat, iron, Vit B6, Vit B12, and Vit A in chicken liver.http://foodforkidshealth.com/bone-broth-the-magical-ingredient-for-your-infants-gastrointestinal-concerns/

Making home made infant formula for babies sensitive to dairy formula :http://foodforkidshealth.com/making-home-made-infant-formula-for-babies-sensitive-to-dairy-formula/

Resources for Making Chicken and Turkey Bone Broth

1) Video: Intro to Stocks and Bone Broths by Sarah Pope http://www.westonaprice.org/beginner-videos/stocks-and-soups-video-by-sarah-pope

2) Article: Making Perpetual Bone Broth in Your Slow-Cooker by Jenny McGruthers http://nourishedkitchen.com/perpetual-soup-the-easiest-bone-broth-youll-make/

3) Video: The perfect simmer on your bone broth stock http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-the-perfect-simmer-on-your-stock

4) Article: How to get more natural gelatin in your chicken bone broth stock http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-wonders-of-gelatin-and-how-to-get-more-in-your-stock/

5) Video: Making Turkey Bone Broth from leftover turkey bones http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-make-soup-stock-from-leftover/

Making Fish stock and fish bone broth

1) Video: How to make Fish Stock and Fish Bone Broth http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-making-fish-stock/

2) Article: Using Fish Stock for Physical Fitness http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/optimal-foods-for-physical-fitness-plus-3-recipes/

Videos: Making Beef Bone Stock

1) Video by AnnMarie Michaels http://www.cheeseslave.com/beef-stock/

2) Videos by Monica Corrado http://www.monkeysee.com/play/912-beef-stock-preparing-the-bones

Weston A. Price links: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/broth-is-beautiful
http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/why-broth-is-beautiful
http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/soup-stenance

Other: http://balancedbites.com/2011/04/easy-recipe-mineral-rich-bone-broth.html http://theprimalparent.com/2012/03/20/how-to-make-collagen-bone-broth/ https://bellatrixnutrition.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/your-ultimate-bone-broth-resource/
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/stock-vs-broth-are-you-confused/

Supplies: Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Touch Screen Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel

CHEFS Essential Mesh Food Strainer Set

Ball Regular Mouth Jars with Lids and Bands, 16-Ounce Pint Size, 12 Ball Regular Mason Canning Jar 1 Qt., Case of 12

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic)

Watts Premier 531130 Filter-Pure UF-3 3-Stage Water Filtration System

from Weston A. Price: Broth is Beautiful Written by Sally Fallon [2000]

Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin Written by Kaayla T. Daniel [2003]

Bone Marrow Written by Sally Fallon [2008] Soup-stenance Written by Jen Allbritton [2012]

Other Bone Broth articles: 
Can Food be Medicine part 1
 by Vanessa, Healthy Living How To

Making Medicine part 2 by Vanessa, Healthy Living How To

How bone broths support your adrenals, bones and teeth Written by OraWellness, guest post on Nourished Kitchen

Bone Broth: Heal Your Gut and Lose Cellulite! by Donna Gates, Body Ecology The nutritional benefits of bone broth:

http://www.soaringcraneclinic.com/Bone_Broth.pdf  The Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Bone Broth: It’s ROASTED TURKEY STOCK day! Break entire turkey carcass into pieces on baking dish with quartered onion (skin on), 3 ribs of celery coarsely chopped, 2 carrots washed, not peeled in 2″ pieces, and some fresh ground pepper. 400 degrees-until very brown (1 hr). Scrape into a large pot with cold water (enough to just cover ingredients). Cover pot, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 2hrs minimum. Strain. Use or freeze. Don’t salt until you add stock to your other recipes!

References:

  • “Gelatin treats ulcer.” Medical News Today. Aug 22 2006. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/50126.php
  • Wald, A and Adibi, SA, Stimulation of gastric acid secretion by glycine and related oligopeptides in humans, American Journal of Physiology, 1982, 5, 242, G86-G88.
  • JD, Schulzke. Therapeutic options to modulate barrier defects in inflammatory bowel disease. Dig Dis. 2009;27(4):450-4. Epub 2009 Nov 4.
  • Russell, A. L. “Glycoaminoglycan (GAG) deficiency in protective barrier as an underlying, primary cause of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease interstitial cystitis and possibly Reiter’s syndrome.”Medical Hypotheses. April 1999 Vol. 52; 4. P 297-301.
  • Shanahan MD, Catherine (2011-04-22). Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Big Box Books. Kindle Edition.
  • Glycine ingestion improves subjective sleep quality in human volunteers, correlating with polysomnographic changes. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. April 2007. Vol 5;2. P 126–131.

samoa brownies

In desserts, gluten free, paleo, recipes on July 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

In the home of the Paleo Parents, overwhelming health successes have occurred since adopting a new diet and lifestyle. Matt and Stacy together lost over 200 pounds in a little over a year while their seasonal allergies, bouts of depression and digestive issues have disappeared. In their three young boys asthma, eczema, allergies, attention deficits and self-control issues have been solved. It is the authors’ sincere wish that this book will have a positive impact on your family’s health and well-being. Buy Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids [Paperback] here.

Oh-emm-gee these brownies look divine. And you’d expect nothing less from Paleo Parents, Stacey & Matt.

Visit their blog for the complete recipe: http://paleoparents.com/featured/samoa-brownies/

chocolate valentino, flourless chocolate cake

In desserts, food porn, gluten free, paleo, primal, recipes on July 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

Flourless chocolate cake, spiced up with a hint of chili powder.   A silky, decadant texture…very moist and rich.  Heaven!!

Served with sweetened whipped cream, a simple raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries – a  classic and  perfect combination.

Chocolate has many associations – godliness, health-giving, mood altering, and addicting. Bless the ancient Mayans and Aztecs for developing the cocoa bean into the delicious luxurious chocolate drink that the Spanish explorers brought back to Spain. How the Spanish kept chocolate a secret for 100  years is a mystery that perhaps can only be explained by the lack of the internet!

Use your favorite chocolate – the finished cake will taste exactly like the chocolate you use. Be creative with your chocolate, if you like a sweeter cake use milk chocolate or a combination of the semisweet and milk chocolate. If you like bittersweet chocolate use that and add sweetness by mixing the semi sweet with bittersweet. If you are daring, try white chocolate. A higher cocoa percentage increases the bitterness of the chocolate.

Note: it is optional to use a heart shaped pan. For a real Valentino, bake it in a heart shaped pan or cut it out into a heart shape. You may use any shape pan that gives you an area of 50” – 6×8 or 7×7. An 8” spring form pan works with great results as do smaller pans or ramekins.

This recipe is adapted from Sweet Treats by Chef Wan.

Chocolate Valentino,  Flourless Chocolate Cake

Preparation Time:  20 minutes

16 ounces (1 pound) (454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons (146 grams total) of unsalted butter

5 large eggs separated

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

1/4 tsp chili powder

1. Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often.
2. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment.
3. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls.
4. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry).
5. With the same beater beat the egg yolks together.
6. Add the egg yolks, chili powder and vanilla to the cooled chocolate.
7. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter.
8. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375F/190C
9. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140F/60C.
Note – If you do not have an instant read thermometer, the top of the cake will look similar to a brownie and a cake tester will appear wet.
10. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold.

 

Whipped Cream

1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Mix ingredients together and whip to a stiff peak.  Make sure not to over mix!!

Or if you prefer a dairy free whipped topping, see the ultimate guide to coconut cream frosting (dairy free, gluten free, paleo)

sugar free, watermelon sorbet

In casein free, dairy free, desserts, gluten free, recipes on July 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Recipe adapted from: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/08/sugar-free-watermelon-sorbet.html

Watermelon has a high water content and is naturally sweet making it perfect for sorbet. This recipe is very easy to make and does not require an ice cream maker.

The trick to making this recipe at a moment’s notice is to have your freezer already stocked with chopped watermelon. Then all you need to do is toss everything into the food processor and you can have a healthy, refreshing dessert in minutes!

4 to 5 cups frozen (seedless) watermelon chunks
the juice of one lime
1/3 cup honey
1/8 teaspoon guar gum

Place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the “s” blade and pulse. Continue to process then pulse until all of the chunks have become a smooth sorbet. The pulsing is really the trick here, so if the watermelon chunks just are not breaking down, turn off your machine, then pulse. Taste and add more sweetener if necessary. Pulse again.

You can serve it right away or scoop it out and freeze for a few hours in a container. Use an ice cream scoop to serve.

watermelon whole fruit popsicles

In books, casein free, clever ideas, dairy free, desserts, gluten free, recipes, snacks on July 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

You can replace the watermelon puree with honeydew melon or cantaloupe puree.

Use any fresh organic fruit you have on hand.

I like using contrasting colors because it makes the popsicles look so pretty! And don’t forget to use seedless watermelon.

3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to 1/2 a watermelon)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Recipe and instructions: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2012/07/watermelon-whole-fruit-popsicles.html


Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family is available for pre-order here. Release date August 20, 2012.

Buy The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Foods Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health, Second Edition here

paleo bread™

In casein free, dairy free, gluten free, products on July 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

Julian Bakery‘s Paleo Bread™ Comes in Almond or Coconut and both contain 1 carb per slice! These breads are high protein and fiber soft moist and fluffy with amazing texture. Gluten & Grain Free! -Learn more about the health benefits of Paleo Bread in this great article: http://www.julianbakery.com/paleo-bread-the-future-of-bread-has-now-changed-forever/ Buy Paleo Bread Online Today!

Paleo Bread™Almond loaf contains six simple ingredients: Purified Water, Blanched Almonds, Egg Whites, Psyllium, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, and a pinch of Baking Soda.

What does it taste like? According to Julian Bakery, “Taste is amazing! Imagine a nice almond butter flavor”

Paleo Bread™ -Coconut contains: Purified Water, Organic Coconut Flour, Egg Whites, Psyllium, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda.

For those on GFCF and GAPS diets, both Paleo Bread™Almond & Coconut are Gluten free, Casein Free and dairy free.

Use their Special Offer – Buy 6 or LESS and use Promo Code 1776 for $5 off or Buy 6 or MORE and receive UPS 2 Day for $15 or UPS Ground (West Coast Only) for $5.95

My notes:

A little confusing but if you’re buying 6 or MORE don’t enter the code. Shipping will automatically come up as flat rate $15 for UPS 2 Day to the East Coast. If you enter the code, you might save $5 on the bread, but shipping is over $22, so it is more expensive.

Could I make this myself? probably

Would I take the time? No

I ordered some today. I’m looking forward to trying it.

lemonade cucumber spa popsicles “spa pop”

In casein free, clever ideas, dairy free, desserts, food porn, gluten free, recipes, snacks on July 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

  • These spa pops are a healthier & more cost efficient alternative to store bought pops. More eco too, no packaging to toss!
  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how sweet you want your ice pops.

Slice lemon in half and squeeze it over a strainer into 2 cups of cold water. Sweeten lemon water to taste with your favorite sweetener. Fill popsicle molds 2/3 with lemonade. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour. Take pops out of freezer. Scrape and stir any ice crystals that have formed. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber to the pop molds. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of room at the top of your popsicle mold so they don’t overflow when you add the stick. With a popsicle stick or a butter knife, press the cucumber into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Add your popsicle sticks, freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid. Makes 3 cups of popsicle mix

http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/08/03/lemonade-cucumber-spa-popsicle-recipe/