11/16/17

Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers | SCD + Paleo

Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers
Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers
Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers
Gluten-Free Rosemary Crackers

One of the most difficult challenges we face on the SCD diet (the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is the absence of a good sourdough bread or a crisp cracker. I'm sure if you asked my son he could easily add to the list of foods we miss, but the occasional bread and crackers are high on my personal list. While we love our clean eating lifestyle, baking with almond flour just isn't the same, and my son knows it. While this space is dedicated to our journey with Crohn's disease, clean eating and healthy foods that heal I also need to be honest with you and with myself. I've tried several bread recipes and I always end up with the same conclusion; my son doesn't like bread made with almond flour. I've tried a couple cracker recipes and I got a shrug of the shoulder and a "They're okay," reaction. Fair enough. I know when to stop and put the flour away.

But here we are with the holidays right around the corner. Cucumbers make a great alternative to crackers for dips or charcuterie and cheese boards, but it would be nice to serve these artisan dishes with something of a bit more substance and texture. Almond flour makes a good base for SCD and paleo breads and crackers, but cutting it with another nut flour is always a great alternative. With these crackers I decided to try hazelnut flour which has a rich, buttery flavor and would compliment the almond flour and spices well. Hazelnuts are high in vitamins E and B. While vitamin E is important in maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails, the B vitamins are important in proper cell function and allow our bodies to stay energized all day. Hazelnuts are also a rich source of potassium, calcium and magnesium.

ROSEMARY CRACKERS
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian
yield: 2 dozen crackers

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup hazelnut flour
1 cup almond flour
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
2. Gather the dough into a ball and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
3. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle shape that is 1/8 inch in thickness.
4. Remove the top parchment and carefully transfer the bottom parchment to a baking sheet.
5. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the edges of the dough to make straight edges and then score the dough into a grid so it is made up of several small squares.
6. Bake the crackers at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. Make sure they are nice and brown but not burnt.
7. Remove and let cool. Break the crackers into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

11/15/17

Butternut Squash Casserole | SCD + Paleo

Butternut Squash Casserole
Butternut Squash Casserole
Butternut Squash Casserole

The holidays are right around the corner and I'm trying my best to come up with new ideas and recipes for the season. We are more than two years in to following the SCD diet and we continue to adhere to it. Our long term goal still remains the same; get off the meds and use diet alone to control my son's Crohn's disease. A goal that I firmly believe is attainable. Unfortunately, while the holidays bring joy and excitement, they also bring anxiety, temptation and serious discipline while following a strict anti-inflammatory diet. As a parent, I try and make this season as easy as possible for my family, even if it means working extra time.

I'm trying out some new recipes this week and attempting to get creative in the kitchen! Wish me luck. If you have any suggestions or requests I'm all ears. This is my butternut squash casserole recipe from last year. I thought about switching it up, but the kids gave it a thumbs up so it remains the same.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH CASSEROLE
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian
yield: 8-10 servings

INGREDIENTS:
3 medium butternut squash, cut in half and de-seeded
3 tbs. olive oil
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup honey (you can use more if you prefer a sweeter dish)
1 tsp. Himalayan salt

TOPPING:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup organic butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp. cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place the butternut squash halves on cookie sheets and drizzle with olive oil. Cook at 385 degrees until soft when pierced with a fork.
2. Once the squash has cooled scoop out the insides and place in a mixing bowl or food processor.
3. Add the coconut milk, eggs, spices and honey and mix with an electric mixer. I like to use my food processor for this step.
4. Place the mixture in a 9 x 12 casserole dish.
5. To make the topping combine the ingredients and mix, crumble the topping over the casserole.
6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden on top.

11/10/17

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP | IBD NEWS, CLEAN EATING, SIMPLE LIVING

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"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
Thomas Edison

The Weekly Roundup is a well-curated selection of insightful articles related to health, clean-eating, the gut microbiome, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, a Paleo lifestyle, simple living, positive parenting and delicious recipes.

We did it! We officially made it through our insanely busy fall season. In a matter of five weeks we traveled to Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Dallas and Chicago for Jonas' Internationals Academy soccer team. And if that's not crazy enough, our other son traveled for his soccer team and we still managed to keep up the good grades, play piano, squeeze in a session of gymnastics and ballet for Jessica. Sometimes I think we're absolutely insane, but then I see the look on Jonas'face when he takes the field and the determination in his eyes and I know we made the right decision. This transition to a new premier team has challenged and pushed him in ways he needed. And most importantly, he's healthy and capable of balancing the strict requirements of soccer and the demands of school.

Enjoy the weekend! No traveling for us, just a couple local soccer games and ballet rehearsal for the Nutcracker performance.

1. This video is a great preview to Internationals Soccer Club Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Jonas tried out for the U13 Academy team over the summer and when he made it we made the decision to go for it. The travel is challenging and the practices are not exactly convenient because they are far away, but it's been a good transition.

2. Now this is scary! Glyphosate Found in All 5 Major Orange Juice Brands. For those who don't know what glyphosate is, it is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It's also known as Roundup. It's a hot debate on whether glyphosate poses a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through food. I encourage you to do your own research, but personally my family STEERS CLEAR of this herbicide. I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to pass on my glass of OJ that's blended with chemicals.

3. What drug is the most addictive, least regulated, and most widely endorsed by our culture? Not heroin or cocaine. Not tobacco. Not even alcohol. Can you guess? Read this article and learn more about America's drug of choice.

4. Harvard study shows how intermittent fasting and manipulating mitochondrial networks may increase lifespan.

5. Modified is a first-person documentary-memoir that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in Canada and the United States, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. I'm looking forward to watching this film as it continues to spread the word on GMOs and the food industry. You can follow along on Facebook for updates and info on releases.

5. Nine Year Study Finally Explains The Relationship Between Sugar And Cancer.

11/8/17

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup | SCD, Paleo

SCD Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
SCD Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
SCD Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
SCD Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
Julia Child

There is a crispness in the air that lingers throughout our days and the nights are getting darker well before dinnertime. Winter is approaching and the season for comfort food and hearty meals has arrived. With the change of the season comes the change of our schedule; outdoor soccer turns to indoor and futsal, ballet focuses on the Nutcracker performance, basketball starts and we slowly prepare for ski season. While the bitterness of winter wears on me, there are some moments of this snowy season that I absolutely enjoy. The magical excitement of the Nutcracker, early mornings huddled under fleece blankets and hot coffee in hand to watch the first soccer game of the day, a quick afternoon getaway for a solo cross-country ski adventure in the park, the warm glow of the fire, the scent of vanilla and holiday spices.

But with these seasonal treasures we juggle a chaotic schedule with activities every single day. Our hearty meals and comfort foods need to be easily prepped, made ahead of time and sometimes taken on the go. My go-to meals for winter are filling soups and anything made in the crockpot. This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is so rich and creamy you'll find it very filling and full of flavor. To make it vegan, simply omit the ghee and honey and swap out vegetable broth in place of bone broth.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
SCD, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan (optional)
yield: 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped in large pieces
2 large butternut squash, halved and seeded
2 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 apple, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbs ghee or butter
2 cups bone broth
1 14 ounce can coconut milk
1 Tbs honey
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
yogurt blended with 1 tsp honey
coconut milk
toasted pepitas

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. On a roasting sheet, layout carrots tossed with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. On a second baking sheet, place the squash face down with 1/8 cup of water.
3. Bake the carrots and squash until soft when pierced with a fork and slightly golden. Scoop the squash out of the skin and set aside.
4. Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat.
5. Once hot, add oil, onions and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
6. Add the apple and cook until soft.
7. Add butternut squash and carrot mix and season with salt and pepper, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the butter, stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Add bone broth, coconut milk and honey. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
8. Allow the soup to cool and transfer to a blender, I like to use my Vitamix, and purée until creamy and smooth. Return soup back to pot and heat up if needed.
9. Taste to adjust seasonings. You can also adjust the thickness by adding more bone broth.
10. Serve with a drizzle of coconut milk or a dollop of yogurt and toasted pumpkin seeds.