Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday's Menu

For breakfast today we did scrambled eggs with cabbage, celery, apple juice. Then I made some coconut flour muffins that turned out really well. Especially because I made some honey butter to go on top of them. We had brats with kraut and mustard for lunch with more spinach salad from yesterday and the muffins. Snacked on apples and more muffins during the afternoon and ended the day with beef stock, seed crackers, and goat cheese from the Farmer's Market.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday's Menu

I always tend to draw a blank when thinking about what we eat so I thought a pictoral guide would be useful for me so that when I actually start menu planning again I can come up with more realistic ideas. We were out of eggs this morning but the yogurt was done, so for breakfast we had 'smoovies' with yogurt, raspberries, banana, and vanilla extract. We also had more of the leftover banana pudding from last night.

After breakfast, I made poppy seed dressing, beef stock, and seed crackers - which I didn't burn this time, thankfully. It was my first time making the beef broth though and I really should have read the recipe a little better first. I roasted the bones in the oven for a while before putting them in but apparently I should have soaked them in vinegar first. So I just added some apple cider vinegar to the broth as it was boiling. I'm not sure if that did anything helpful or not but oh well. They are pastured bones that I got at the Farmer's Market though so I'm sure it's still going to be super healthy to eat.

beef broth
seed crackers
I made some spinach salad with the poppy seed dressing, spinach, strawberries, feta, walnuts, and some chopped apple. We had leftover salmon from yesterday that I had broiled with just salt, pepper, and some lemon juice and oil. Apples and peanut butter and seed crackers were snacks and then we had bok choy in chicken broth for dinner again. It doesn't look like much but the broth for dinner is surprisingly satisfying.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Banana Pudding

This comes from Paleo Comfort Foods. Love that book. I have the kindle edition so I can't tell you what page it's on but it's under 'desserts'. I have to say, this did not turn out very sweet at all even though I had well-blackened bananas. I imagine once I've detoxed sugar for a few weeks though, it will taste sweeter. It was nice and creamy and definitely pudding-ish. And was a good enough placebo for my dessert craving for tonight.

1 can coconut milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 TB coconut oil
1 TB coconut butter (or real butter)
3 super ripe bananas, smashed
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Heat coconut milk, eggs and vanilla over medium heat, whisking until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, heat oil and butter and add smashed bananas. Let them start to carmalize. Then combine with milk mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Place in a bowl. Let cool slightly and then place some plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding so that the gunky layer doesn't form on the top. Chill. Serve with sliced bananas. Or get super fancy and make it a parfait.

Supposedly this is also good frozen but I haven't tried that yet. And really, I would double or triple the recipe next time because we can really put down the pudding in our house.

Back in the Saddle Again

apple celery purple cabbage beet jui

Yup, we're back on 'GAPS'. Or at least our version of it. I'm still not doing intro for a few more months but I hope to be better about including all of the good foods this time (broth, raw yogurt, kraut) as well as keeping out the toxins (processed food, sugar, grains). I'm sick of catching flus and feeling tired all of the time though so I'm definitely ready to get our diet back on track!

On that note, I was super productive in the kitchen today. Juice and eggs for breakfast. Broiled salmon with swiss chard sauteed in butter with some sea salt and a squeeze of lemon for lunch. And chicken broth with bok choy, green onions and a splash of sesame oil for dinner. With some banana pudding for dessert. Because I still love dessert. And I made some banana nut muffins to snack on. Which disappeared fast.

The tragedy of the day was the double batch of crackers that got completely burned and ruined because I was making lunch at the same time and juggling hungry kids. It wasn't pretty.

Also, I started some 24 hour yogurt and finished some labneh yogurt cheese. I added vanilla and cinnamon to half of the cheese to spread on the muffins and saved the rest to go with crackers...gah.

But all in all I did get a ton done. Plus 7 loads of laundry. And 4 chapters of Charlotte's Web for the Monkey. And bathtime for the kids and even a blog post! Now tomorrow I just need to get some beef broth going and work up the gumption to do the crackers again. And soak some seeds. And make some blueberry raisins. Sheesh. GAPS is really a lot of cooking just for the record. But it's good to be back.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A few 'real' looking GAPS meals

Whilst our family has fallen completely off the healthy bandwagon amidst moving stresses and the accompanying flu cycles, my sister HOF has been doing amazing things for herself with the GAPS diet. She started with the intro and is almost to full gaps at this point. It has been so instructive to get to watch her go through it first. And I am so proud of her for sticking with it!

Here are a few of her first 'real' looking meals coming off the early stages of the intro:

scrambled eggs, avocado, homemade breakfast sausage, sauerkraut

spaghetti squash with pesto

pot roast with butternut squash fries and green beans
Well those mobile picts didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped. Oh well. As for me and my house, we'll be starting back into full GAPS on Monday. I hope the transition isn't too rough for us but there will definitely be some serious sugar detoxing going on. I'm just going to enjoy all of that Easter deliciousness first...