Sweet Recipes

Dream Dessert

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CRUST

2 cups almond flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix almond flour, pecans, and butter. Press into greased 9 x 13 inch pan or two 9 inch pie plates. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.

CREAM CHEESE AND SOUR CREAM LAYER

1 cup homemade cream cheese (drained homemade yogurt)
1 cup homemade sour cream
1/2 cup raw honey

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, and honey. Spread over crust.

PUDDING LAYER

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Make pudding. Spread over cream cheese and sour cream layer.

FROSTING

2 cups homemade cream cheese (drained homemade yogurt)
1/2 cup raw honey

Mix cream cheese and honey. Spread over pudding layer. Enjoy!

Musings

Healing With Food Made Simple

Healing your gut the GAPS™ friendly way is easy with MEFAVE meals and FAVE snacks. Healing the digestive system with nourishing food, naturally treats many mental and physical illnesses.

MEat (Protein) + FAt + VEggie (Carb) = MEFAVE
FAt + VEggie (Carb) = FAVE

That’s it! Remember MEFAVE and FAVE every time you eat! No elaborate meal plan necessary! Need a bit more information? Keep reading!

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Luscious Lasagna and Butternut Squash Fire Fries

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Pumpkin Pie and Homemade Sour Cream

DO: Eat all the quality meats, fats, and veggies you want. Fats don’t make you fat. They make you happy, healthy, and full!
DON’T: Count calories or limit fats or eat factory fats like margarine, canola oil, corn oil, etc.

DO: Eat almond and coconut flour baked goods.
DON’T: Eat grains.

DO: Sweeten your life with raw honey.
DON’T: Eat sugar or artificial sweeteners.

DO: Eat 24 hour fermented dairy.
DON’T:  Eat unfermented dairy.

DO: Eat food as straight from the source as possible.
DON’T: Eat processed foods.

DO: Think of veggies first, followed by fruits and nuts, when you think of carbohydrates, instead of the iconic carbohydrates of bread and pasta, or other grain products. While VE of veggies works better than CA of carbohydrates in the MEFAVE acronym (MEFACA and FACA sound unappetizing to say the least), it also triggers the thought of preferred lower glycemic vegetables. Fruits and almond flour baked goods are higher glycemic occasional treats.
DON’T: Think it’s odd to lump nuts in with the carbohydrate category. Nuts contain all three macronutrients – proteins, fats, and carbs. They had to go somewhere and almond flour baked goods seem much more carb-like.

DO: Add fat to your fruit or almond/coconut flour baked good snack to slow the release of glucose into your bloodstream.
DON’T: Laugh like my kids do when my FAVE snacks are often a fruit (not a veggie) with homemade sour cream dolloped on top for the fat. Like FACA, FAFR seems awkward.

DO: Use MEFAVE acronym when dining out. My favorite restaurant MEFAVE meal is a burger without a bun.
Burger (MEat) + Guacamole (FAt) + Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Onions (VEggies) = MEFAVE
(Granted, the meat may not be grass fed and/or the establishment may not offer guacamole, but you can still eat out in a GAPS™ friendly way. I often carry butter (no refrigeration necessary) in my purse to use if guacamole is unavailable. Okay, I confess. I sometimes whip out the butter even when my burger is graciously guac topped!)
DON’T: Be afraid of socializing at eateries. MEFAVE and FAVE combinations offer infinite possibilities. For the occasional potluck or family gathering, you can take your own food.

DO: Read articles about the health benefits of diets high in saturated fats and low in starchy carbohydrates to be able to educate the often well-meaning skeptics and critics in your life. Here are a few good ones!
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet, New York Times
Butter Is Back, New York Times
The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease, Wall Street Journal
Time To End The War Against Saturated Fat? Los Angeles Times
These 11 Charts Show Everything That’s Wrong With The Modern Diet, Business Insider
Running a Marathon? Load Up on Fat, Washingtonian
DON’T: Be afraid of fats and cholesterol. Cholesterol is a healing agent!

DO: Watch the documentary, Fat Head, suitable for the entire family. Then watch the short Fat Head Followup.
DON’T: Wear socks with your sandals like the Guy from CSPI! Ever!

CSPIGuy

DO: Infuse your diet with healing broths, fermented dairy, cultured veggies, and juicing!
DON’T: Be afraid. My videos show you how!

DO: Watch NPR’s The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome animation to learn the importance of probiotic foods.
DON’T: Be too concerned if you can’t fathom that we are 10 times more the creatures that live in and on us than we are actually ourselves, because I can’t either.

DO: Be an advocate for your health. Given real nourishing food, your body knows how to heal! It’s simple! Remember MEFAVE and FAVE!
DON’T: Relinquish your health to anyone.

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Baked Chicken with BBQ Sauce (MEat) + Butter and Chicken Skin (FAt) + Asparagus (VEggie) = MEFAVE

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You matter! What you eat matters!

Sweet Recipes

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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1 batch of vanilla ice cream
1/2 pan of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Blend ingredients for vanilla ice cream. Freeze for about an hour before putting in ice cream maker. When ice cream is starting to take shape, add frozen semi-sweet chocolate chips. Continue to freeze in ice cream maker until desired consistency. Enjoy!

Sweet Recipes

Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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2 cups coconut milk or kefir
1 cup homemade sour cream, homemade yogurt, or water
1 cup pitted cherries
½ cup raw honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons almond flavor
1 cup pitted cherries, halved or chopped
1/2 pan of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Blend first six ingredients. Freeze for about an hour before putting mixture in ice cream maker. Churn in ice cream maker. When ice cream is starting to take shape, add cherries and frozen semi-sweet chocolate chips. Continue to freeze in ice cream maker until desired consistency. Enjoy!

-Any combination of coconut milk, kefir, sour cream, yogurt and water works.

Savory Recipes

Blue Cheese Chicken Divine

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1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons lard or butter, melted
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup lard or butter
1 onion, chopped
1 cup bone broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 lemon)
1 teaspoon rosemary
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup Parmesan or other white cheese, grated
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
½ cup homemade sour cream or cream cheese (drained homemade yogurt)
1 bag fresh baby spinach
2-3 cups cooked chicken, cubed

Coat butternut squash with lard or butter, sea salt, and pepper. Bake in oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes until slightly crispy.  On stovetop, sauté onions in lard or butter until onions are clear. Add broth, lemon juice, spices, cheeses, cream, and spinach. Simmer until spinach looks wilted. Add chicken and baked butternut squash cubes. Serve over spaghetti squash noodles, caulifried rice, or plain cauliflower rice. Enjoy!

Savory Recipes

Stomach Acid and Pancreatic Enzyme Booster GAPS™ Shake

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pineapple
a little bit of beetroot
carrot
1-2 raw eggs per person
1-2 tablespoons of homemade sour cream per person

Juice first three ingredients. Blend juice with raw eggs and sour cream. Enjoy!

Notes:
-Substituting sour cream with coconut oil or butter works too!
-Feel free to combine different fruits and veggies to make juices taste delicious for you and your family!
-A ratio of 50% fruit juice to 50% veggie juice works well!