Magic Chocolate Sauce (GAPS)

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One of the most popular posts here on Our Nourishing Roots is my recipe for GAPS chocolate chips, which are honey-sweetened.  Almost certainly, this post is so popular because you cannot easily find honey-sweetened chocolate at the store.  Even online, honey chocolate can be expensive and difficult to find.

Couple that with the relative ease of buying cocoa butter and whisking together some honey-sweetened chocolate or chocolate chips, and voila!

So it is with that recipe already in hand that I can give you something like this real foodified  version of chocolate sauce that hardens over ice cream.  Some of you may have grown up using Magic Shell (I know I did), and I remember looking at the ingredient list a few years ago and thinking “Hmm, coconut oil, huh?  Well now that makes sense!”

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Ice Cream

Real Food 101: How to Make Ice Cream | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #vanilla #chocolate #icecream #summer #rawmilk

This post is part of a series.  It is an excerpt from REAL FOOD 101: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared, click here.  Full color photos, step by step tutorials, and more.

Ice cream is one of those pleasures in life that really encourages sitting down, savoring each bite, and makes your metabolism roar to life, all in one little innocuous bowl of sweetened milk and cream.

Who knew such power existed?  And all while tasting so good! [Read more…]

Roasted Herb Potatoes

Yesterday I picked up some fresh thyme, and I immediately thought: roasted potatoes.  These potatoes are a staple in my house, pairing well with steaks, fish, seafood, eggs, or even eaten cold and tossed with some of my homemade vinaigrette.

I don’t know what it is about those buttery-gold potatoes seasoned with real salt and pepper and fresh herbs, but all I know is that I am smitten.  Plus, I finish these potatoes off with salty grass-fed parmesan cheese.  It’s a savory nirvana!

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An E-Course that’s ALIVE!: Get Cultured!

Last week I posted my interview with Jenny of Nourished Kitchen, all about her fermenting e-course called Get Cultured!  One of my favorite things that she said was “Indeed, in looking at the history of fermentation, you’ll realize that there is no one right way to do things; rather, there’s many right ways to ferment foods.”  I love that!

There are only a few more days to sign up for this excellent resource, normally priced at $197.  But through 5/31, you’ll save $50 off the usual price of $197.  Click here to sign up for the class for only $147!

Why should we worry about fermenting foods?  In my mind there are two major reasons (and one minor perk!): [Read more…]

Kid-Friendly Broccoli Cheese Bites

Kid Friendly Broccoli Cheese Bites | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #kids #snacks #dinner #kidloved

These little bites are very popular around here.  I love to hear my six-year-old come home from school delighted to down 4 or 5 of them and say “Mom, you should be on Top Chef!”  Ah, the days where your children think you are the most accomplished, smartest person in the world!

Simple to throw together, and full of veggies and nutrient-dense fats from the cheese, this is a great after-school snack or bag lunch recipe.  In fact, you could cut the pieces smaller and serve them as hors d’oeuvres if you were feeling fancy!

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Strawberry Freezer Jam: Real Foodified!

As a child, I used to open the big freezer in my garage and gaze at all the hot pink jars of strawberry freezer jam lining the shelves on the inside of that big heavy door.  There was nothing better than a piece of toast with that jam slathered on top.  And we never ran out!  It was as if it regenerated all on it’s own.

Ah to be young, and not see the efforts of your mother.  Of course it was that my mother would process quarts and quarts of strawberry jam in a large pot, canning them for the freezer and so we would have a good-sized supply for at least several months at a time.  It is this flavor-memory that makes this recipe I am sharing today so meaningful.  [Read more…]

Get Cultured!: An Interview with Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen

Today I have the privilege of interviewing my longtime followed and now friend, Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen.  Everything on Nourished Kitchen is immaculate, rustic, gorgeous, and personally attended to by Jenny.  It is that kind of approach that makes it so easy to trust her, both when it comes to interview answers and her e-courses.

Right now Jenny has her class Get Cultured! on sale for $147, which is a $50 savings.  But hurry, it’s only good through 5/31 of this month!  Click here to see the Get Cultured! class information.

But before we get to all that, please enjoy this interview I had with Jenny yesterday.  I love what she has to say about the vitality of fermented and cultured foods! [Read more…]

Quick Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

Quick Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto in the blender! | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

This handy sauce is perfect when you, ahem, run out of ideas for lunch or dinner.  I usually have some organic sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil in my pantry, and I wouldn’t be a self-respecting Italian if I didn’t have good parmigiano reggiano cheese in my fridge at all times.

So to make this sauce I really just need to grab some fresh basil from my garden or the farmer’s market and I’m good to go.  Plus, I love making this in the blender if I’m really short on time–it’s an even faster cleanup! [Read more…]

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (Gluten-free)

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I have toyed with the idea of making Chicken Cordon Bleu at home, not just for a special occasion but for the family on a regular basis.  It is time-consuming to make traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu.  Stuffing the chicken with cheeses and ham?  Plus hoping it is cooked through?  Not very relaxing, either.

And so the casserole version was born!  It’s not that I’ll never make it the traditional way; I’m sure I will.  But this version is much easier, and real foodified to offer maximum nutritional benefit!

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Honey-Sweetened Lemonade (GAPS-friendly)

Honey-Sweetened Lemonade | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS #diy #sugarfree #naturalsweetener #drinks #

Last week I got my hands on 5 pounds of organic lemons, and instead of looking at them on my counter I actually did something with them this time!

The acidity of the bright lemon juice cuts gently through the floral honey, creating a pleasantly refreshing drink as it warms up this time of year.  You can even stir up a batch and put your kids to work on a lemonade stand 🙂  [Read more…]