Pie Crust Two Ways: Grain-Free and Sprouted

When I was in high school, I went to a friend’s house for dinner.  Her dad had made these beautiful bowls of pasta with tomato cream sauce and seafood.  I said how good it looked and he said proudly, and without hesitation, “well, when you’ve got it, flaunt it!”

That still makes me laugh to this day!  And it was really wonderful to see, because I have a tendency to sell myself short and think that I should be modest and self-deprecating.  But that’s no fun, and it’s not true!  I am really good at a few things, and there’s nothing wrong with saying so.

What I am so good at?  Pie!  A few weeks ago I made these Heart Tarts for my husband, and I used the sprouted flour pie dough recipe.  Amazing!  The grain-free pie dough is better for traditional pies, like apple, peach, pumpkin, or strawberry-rhubarb (I really need to make that one again!) [Read more…]

Guest Post at CHEESESLAVE: “How I Went Too Low Carb on the GAPS Diet”

Hi everyone!  Just a quick note to say that I have a guest post up today called “How I Went Too Low Carb on the GAPS Diet“.  I don’t want you to miss it.  I think it’s so important to hear each others stories, especially with regard to health since our bodies are so different.  I am truly grateful that real food communities exist so we can have these conversations.

Plus, this guest post dovetails nicely with my post from earlier this week on how to get enough carbs while eating a GAPS diet.  I have heard from so many people who have gone too low carb on GAPS.  And it’s almost always accidental and without any cheating on the diet.  Bringing awareness to the accidental low carb GAPS tendency can really strengthen the GAPS diet itself.  Plus, GAPS is not meant to be low carb.  And it is temporary.

Thanks for being here and making a difference in our corner of the online world.  Enjoy the GAPS reading, and let me know what you think!

8 Ways to Get Enough Carbs on GAPS

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GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, and is a temporary healing protocol that heals your gut.  The point of healing your gut is to return to eating a variety of real foods without any negative symptoms, including carbs and grains.

I did the GAPS diet for a full 10 months and experienced a lot of cleansing and healing during that time.  At the end of the 10 months, I started to notice some negative symptoms associated with (what I now see) being too low carb.  I think it was simply by body’s way of saying: I’m done with GAPS, feed me more carbs!

But that makes me wonder.  What about people who are on the GAPS diet right now?  How do they make sure they don’t go too low carb?  Well, I have the answer.  You need to pay attention to your GAPS diet and make sure you’re getting enough of the right carbalicious GAPS foods. [Read more…]

REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Quick Fish Stock (Dashi)

(To buy the REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared, click here.  Full color photos, step by step tutorials, and more.  Only $14.)

This stock is hands down the easiest one to make.  It is completely done in less than half an hour.  (This is not to be confused with fish stock made from the bones and carcasses of non-oily fish.  That is different, and delicious as a base for fish chowder, yum!  I’ll be making that one for Real Food 101 soon.)

But that’s not what I’m talking about today.  Today I’m sticking with simple and quick: dashi!  Dashi is made from three ingredients.  Yup.  Don’t get me wrong, I still think throwing a chicken carcass and veggies into a slow cooker for 12-24 hours is pretty simple.  But dashi beats all the other stocks.  It’s just that easy.

All you need is kombu and katsuobushi.  Zuh?

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Honey-Sweetened White Chocolate (and GAPS White Chocolate Chips!)

A few days ago I shared my recipe for honey-sweetened chocolate chips, and they are fabulous!  I have been testing chocolate chip cookie recipes, both sprouted flour and almond flour versions, and they turn out really well.  But some people who are on GAPS (a starch- and grain-free diet), cannot tolerate cocoa powder.  Enter my white chocolate recipe.

White chocolate is fragrant and delicate, scented with vanilla and sweetened with raw honey.  The floral notes from the honey and vanilla are perfect juxtaposed with the smooth creaminess of the clean, organic cocoa butter. [Read more…]

Sunday, January 22: Day Eight of the GAPS Challenge

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If you have been following Our Nourishing Roots for the last few months, then you’ll know that I have spent most of the last year on the GAPS diet.  Through taking out grains and adding in fresh-pressed juice, probiotics, and several kinds of bone & meat broths, I have achieved a better level of health.  GAPS is essentially a cleansing diet, based on traditional foods.

Starting last Sunday on January 15th, we started the GAPS Challenge. Below, you can see what the GAPS Challenge is all about.  In fact, you can still join us!  Just get ready by checking out my Before I Start GAPS, What Should I Do to Prepare? post.  There are steps you can take, support you can get here, and you will know that you are not alone.  Plus there are plenty of resources these days for GAPS, including buying this ebook from my friend Cara which will walk you through the whole process and help you take charge of your health!  You can change how you feel.

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Shellfish Stock

(To buy the REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared, click here.  Full color photos, step by step tutorials, and more.  Only $14.)

Also, this is yet another recipe for homemade broth, which is perfect timing for the readers participating in the GAPS Challenge.

When I found shrimp on sale a few weeks ago I was pretty excited because they were not peeled or de-veined yet.  What?!  I know that it is a little bit cumbersome to peel and de-vein shrimp, but it is worth it to have the shells leftover from peeling so you can make a flavorful shrimp stock.  I like to have shrimp stock around for making seafood soups and stews, or maybe even a flavorful risotto or reduction sauce.

And of course, you can also use lobster shells, or other shellfish shells to make this stock.  Using fresh shellfish tastes far superior to any fish stocks that you can purchase at the store.

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REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Beef Stock

(To buy the REAL FOOD 101 E-book: Traditional Foods, Traditionally Prepared, click here.  Full color photos, step by step tutorials, and more.  Only $14.)

Wintertime always seems full of good cheer and warming foods: hearty soups and stews, bright cranberries and pomegranate seeds, hearty root vegetables.  These foods all provide seasonal nutrients that we need to stay healthy and properly nourished.  In my opinion, probably due to my body’s intense need for it, the heart of cold season nourishing foods is bone broth. [Read more…]

Before I Start GAPS, What Should I Do to Prepare?

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In January 2012, we did the 30-Day GAPS Challenge here at Our Nourishing Roots.  For 30 days, it was all about drinking stock, detoxifying, replenishing with probiotics, and healing with nourishing foods.  Of course, beforehand there was a little preparation that took place.  Let’s take a look at what you should do before starting GAPS.

I highly recommend getting a copy of the What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Introduction Diet ebook.  Those of you who have already purchased a copy of the ebook, you will see that there are recommendations for what to do 2 weeks before starting GAPS.  Go ahead and open the ebook and start following the directions.  You can do this! [Read more…]

Top Ten Posts on Our Nourishing Roots in 2011

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Butternut Cupcakes with Cardamom Buttercream: My most popular recipe, these delectable morsels embody the taste of autumn. Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla all balance the butternut squash to create a moment to savor.

Two Holiday Recipes: Chocolate Peppermint and Coconut Citrus Fudge: Dark and light, these two simple fudges are perfect for entertaining and snacking.  Made with clean ingredients: sweet honey, bright coconut, rich cocoa, and clean organic flavors.

White Cheddar and Chive Crackers (Grain-Free): Simple savory crackers, perfect for a quick snack, lunches, or even entertaining.  Cheddar, sesame & sunflower seeds, garlic and chives: Impeccable taste!  Try with my Smoked Salmon & Herb Cheese Pinwheels, or nutrient-dense chicken liver pate. [Read more…]