10/26/19

Creamy Feta Dip | Advanced SCD, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free

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With the holidays right around the corner, I am starting to plan our meals and appetizers. This year, I am looking for simple and easy dishes that are packed with flavor and quality ingredients. Since this recipe includes feta, I do not recommend this for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of irritable bowel disease. Feta is an advanced food and should only be consumed after six strict months of following the SCD diet and it should only be consumed in small amounts and in moderation.

Health Benefits of Feta Cheese
+ Feta cheese is a good source of calcium, phosphorus and protein, all of which have been proven to promote bone health.
+ Feta cheese contains friendly bacteria that have been shown to promote immune and intestinal health, in addition to their anti-inflammatory effects.
+ Feta cheese contains good amounts of CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid ), which may improve body composition and help prevent diabetes and cancer.

CREAMY FETA DIP
Advanced SCD, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free
yield: about 2 cups

INGREDIENTS
12 ounces feta cheese
1 cup homemade yogurt
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper to taste
red pepper flakes
Sliced veggies

DIRECTIONS
1. Place the feta cheese, yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until creamy. This may take a few minutes.
2. Transfer dip to a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and the red pepper flakes. *Optional: you can drizzle olive oil on top too, a squeeze of lemon or add chopped mint.
3. Serve with vegetable slices or try these homemade SCD crackers!


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10/18/19

Heirloom Tomato Galette | SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free

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Have you ever wondered what exactly makes an heirloom tomato? Heirlooms often vary in color, shape, texture and size and, depending on the species, flavors can be full, rich, meaty and sweet. You can read my post from last summer on Summer Gazpacho with Heirloom Tomatoes to get more insight on these bountiful, beautifully rich tomatoes.

In the meantime, I am excited to share this simple, yet yummy recipe for an Heirloom Tomato Galette. A galette is one of the most beloved dishes in the French cuisine and consists of a delicate puff pastry dough with a deliously simple filling. These freeform tarts are typically baked on a baking sheet and the pastry dough is folded up around the edges to reveal a rustic looking crust. They are much easier to compose and create than a pie crust, which makes this dish an easy go-to for brunch or dinner, especially considering you are working with almond flour, which can be a bit more tricky than traditional flour. The wonderful thing about baking a galette is you have the freedom to choose your ingredients. Whether it's heirloom tomatoes, arugula and caramelized onions, peaches and feta or pears and prosciutto, this easy entree is quick to prepare and simple to bake.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes:
+ Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Studies show that it can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and oxidative stress levels, as well as reduce your risk of suffering from a stroke.

+ Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

+ Tomatoes are rich in calcium, which is essential for healthy, strong bones, and teeth, and vitamin K, which is known to prevent osteoporosis.

+ Tomatoes contain lots of vitamin A to benefit your hair, eyes, and heart

HEIRLOOM TOMATO GALETTE
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free*
yield: 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS
For the Crust
2 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
3 tsp. ice water

For the Filling
3-4 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 cup shaved parmesan
1/4 cup mix of fresh basil and oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 small egg, whisked

DIRECTIONS
1. Make the crust. In a food processor, combine almond flour, coconut flour and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it forms into crumbs. Add the ice water and pulse just until dough forms.
2. Place the dough on plastic wrap and form into a disc, wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
3. While the dough chills, prepare the filling. Slice the tomatoes, wash and roughly chop the basil and oregano.
4. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the chilled dough into a 1/8″ thick round, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of parmesan and layer the tomatoes, leaving a 1 to 2 inch border.
6. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the basil, oregano mixture and sea salt. Drizzle olive oil on top and fold up the edges of the dough. Brush the edges with the beaten egg.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Serve warm and enjoy!

*To make dairy-free simply substitute palm shortening for butter. You can also use ghee.

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10/14/19

Easy Cinnamon Baked Apples | SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery

And just like that, it is October. Autumn is in the air and there is a cool, spicy breeze that lingers in our home. While I have put keeping up with this space and social media on the back burner, the scents of cinnamon, baked apples, vanilla and spice motivates me to share our adventures in life, our journey in healthy and, of course, the ever mounting recipes that fill my notebooks. And yes, I indeed have notebooks filled with recipes and yet have only managed to share a handful here on my blog. Sometimes, life gets crazy and let gets messy. My intention is always to post weekly, but as you can see that rarely happens. One day, I will have more time, but for now family comes first.

This recipe for Easy Cinnamon Baked Apples is simple, and quick to make. We almost always have these ingredients on hand and the leftovers make a delicous breakfast! I paired these apples with a Caramel Glaze and Ginger Honey Yogurt. To make the yogurt, simply take 2 cups of homemade yogurt and add honey to taste and 2 teaspoons ginger.

EASY CINNAMON BAKED APPLES
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Egg-Free
yield: 12 servings

INGREDIENTS
6 apples, cut in 1/2 and cored
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup honey
8 Tbs. butter (1/2 cup) cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Tbsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp ground ginger

DIRECTIONS
1. Place apple halves into a large baking dish, cored side up.
2. In a food processor, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined. Do not over mix.
3. Spoon the mixture into the apples.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. Allow to cool. Serve warm with Caramel Sauce and honey ginger yogurt.


8/7/19

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes | SCD, Gluten-Free

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I certainly never imagined my children enjoying the tart flavor of lemon curd, but this classic culinary delight has been a staple in our kitchen since we started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) over four years ago. The very first Easter my son was diagnosed I wanted to make several options for desserts, and lemon curd filled pastries happened to be one of them. The wonderful thing about lemon curd is it is very versatile. You can serve it alone, with fresh berries, in a tart or pastry, or, in this case, as a filling for cupcakes. I took my basic vanilla cupcake recipe and added a hint of lemon zest for a summery flavor. Pair this with a lemon curd filling and a strawberry icing and you have the perfect summer treat!

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
yield: about 9 cupcakes

Cake Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch of sea salt
6 Tbs butter, melted
3 large eggs, seperated
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbs. lemon zest (optional for a burst of lemon flavor)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F and add cupcake liners to muffin tins.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, butter, honey, vanilla and lemon juice or ACV to combine. Add to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Stir in lemon zest if using.
4. Using your standing mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks are formed. Using a spatula, fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter. Then gently fold the remaining egg whites, careful not to over mix.
5. Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Lemon Curd Filling
In a medium saucepan, whisk together until light in color:
3 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
grated zest of 1 lemon
Add:
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Cook, whisking over medium high heat until the butter is melted. Then whisk constantly until the mixture is thickened and simmering gently for a few seconds. Using a spatula, scrape the filling into a medium sized mesh sieve set over a glass bowl. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Let cool, cover and refrigerate to thicken.

Buttercream Frosting
1 cup palm shortening
1/2 cup butter
4 Tbs honey
4 Tbs freeze dried strawberries, ground to a powder

In your standing mixer, beat together the ingredients for the frosting until light and fluffy.

To assemble the cupcakes:
Use a small paring knife to cut a small cone out of the center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Spoon a small amount of lemon curd into the hole and replace the cone. Gently press the cone into place and smooth away any crumbs. Frost the cupcakes as desired. For these I used a large round tip and the swirl method. Hold your piping bag perpendicular to the cupcake. Start at the outer edge of the cupcake and pipe a circle around the outer edge. As you complete a full circle, move the piping bag slightly inward to create the next circle rotation. Continue piping, moving inward for three full rotations, plus a small one on top. Release the pressure and pull the bag away. **Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before icing**

*I originally created this post for Babiekins Magazine and you can see that post HERE. I adapted this recipe for my family so it is SCD compliant for my son's health and our lifestyle.

7/17/19

GINGER COOKIE & PEACH ICE CREAM SANDWICH | SCD, Paleo

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And just like that, we are beyond midsummer.
The air is humid, and most days we linger around in our bathing suits until well past dinner. We are bare foot and skin kissed. And if you look close enough, you can see a sprinkle of freckles dance across my children's faces. We are in the heart of Ohio's summer and I am filled with joy. Our local produce stands are abundant with fresh peaches, vine-ripened tomatoes and endless ears of sweet corn. I want to savor these flavors of summer forever, I want to hold onto every moment, I want to live in an eternal bliss of summer. But for now, we embrace and appreciate each day we have. We avoid looking at the calendar and make every minute count.

These ginger cookie, peach ice cream sandwiches are a delicious summer treat! They are a blend of mild summer flavors and best enjoyed with friends and family! I also love this recipe because it's easy to make and once they are assembled you can hold them in the freezer for a couple days.

GINGER COOKIE & PEACH ICE CREAM SANDWICH
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
yield: about 6-8 servings, depending on size of cookies

Ingredients
For the cookies:
1.5 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
2 eggs
⅓ cup raw honey
¼ cup coconut oil, melted

Directions for the Cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl: almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients: eggs, honey, coconut oil, vanilla. Whisk until blended.
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix.
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop tablespoon sizes of dough spaced 2 inches apart.
6. Bake cookies for 10-14 minutes. I always check at 10 minutes and then let them go another minute or two if they need. For this recipe, I slightly undercooked the cookies for a softer texture.
7. Let cookies cool completely.
8. Take ice cream from freezer and add a scoop between two cookies. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and keep in freezer until ready to serve.
9. Enjoy!

Ingredients For the Peach Ice Cream:
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 cups fresh peaches, cut into pieces skins removed
1/3 cup of honey
pinch of salt

Make ice cream:
1. Mix the coconut milk, honey, peaches and a pinch of salt together in a blender or Vitamix until combined.
2. Transfer to your ice cream machine and mix until it reaches a thick consistency.
4. Transfer to a container and keep in freezer until the cookies are baked and cooled.

*TIPS:
I use this ice cream maker and we use it ALL the time! It's well worth the investment.
When assembling the cookies, I gently press them together to flatten the ice cream slightly.
Use parchment to separate the cookies when storing in an airtight container.
I use Native Forest Simple Organic Milk which you can find HERE.

5/7/19

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole | SCD, Gluten-Free

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I know I am not alone when I say that sometimes, and by sometimes I mean a few times a month, we resort to breakfast for dinner. I always feel like it is a mom fail when the day has slipped by and I have nothing prepared for dinner. Yet, every time I announce it's breakfast for dinner the kids are beyond excited. In fact, more excited about that meal than when I spend hours slaving away on a new dish. Go figure!

Obviously, scrambled eggs or omelets are the easiest go-to for this simple dinner option, but I prefer to make a casserole so we have leftovers for our actual breakfast the next day or school lunches. This Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is super simple to make and chances are you may already have these ingredients on hand. When organic frozen vegetables go on sale, I like to stock up because I know I can use them in soups, casseroles or kids' lunches. I used frozen broccoli for this recipe and simply unthawed it before baking. You can also use any SCD compliant bread, but we used Liberated Specialty Foods. Again, I always take advantage of sales and stock up so our freezer is loaded with healthy, clean options.

Broccoli totes a lengthy list of benefits. This vibrant, green vegetable is full of phytochemicals which contain anti-cancer properties. It is rich in fiber, which aides in digestion, and high in vitamin C to help boost the immune system. And because it is high in fiber, chromium and potassium broccoli can help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.

This casserole cuts easily into small squares and can be stored in an airtight container for several days.

BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CASSEROLE
SCD, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
yield: about 10-12 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 cups frozen broccoli, unthawed
1/4 cup diced onion
12 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup cubed SCD compliant bread (I used Liberated Specialty Breads for this dish)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
4 strips cooked bacon (optional)
1 tsp coconut oil
salt & pepper

DIRECTION
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease a casserole dish with coconut oil, I used a 9x12 baking dish.
3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs together, then whisk in the almond milk. Add the black pepper and salt, adjust to your liking, and then mix in about a third of the cheese.
4. Place the broccoli florets and bread crumbs in the casserole dish, crumble the bacon over the broccoli and sprinkle 1/3 cheese over the mixture.
5. Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli and sprinkle the casserole with the remaining cheese.
6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
7. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

5/2/19

Crunchy Vanilla Granola | SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free

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There was a point in time, when the kids were smaller, that we would fully embrace our mornings. We would find ourselves lulling around the kitchen and lazily cooking a large and lavish brunch. I distinctly remember the lack of rush and the ability to finish an actual cup of coffee. Fast forward to present day and it is a different scene. School mornings are rushed and chaotic and there is nothing calm about our kitchen. The counter tops are usually a site of destruction, the dog is barking to go out, someone can't find something (always) and we make our mad dash to the garage so we can get into the carline at a decent time. As for the weekends, sadly, brunch is a rare sighting these days. I am usually on the road with one of the boys for soccer, traveling out of town or out of state. And if we happen to be home, we are forced to conquer and divide our games and field locations.

With all this being said, my children are to an age where they are capable of making their own breakfasts and I encourage them to do so. However, if I don't give guidance, chances are my oldest would make a smoothie every day or oatmeal, which happens to be a very special treat. After four plus years of following the SCD diet, we have successfully introduced organic oats. While my son could eat this every single day, it's important to remember these new foods should only be consumed in moderation. To make it easier for the family, I like to have simple breakfast foods prepped in advance.

Granola is a great option for breakfast and can be served several different ways; add it to yogurt and fruit, pour almond milk over it, or layer it into a berry parfait. You can even add it to homemade ice-cream for a sweet treat! (You can find my easy vanilla ice-cream recipe HERE, but it's from a very old post so the cookies are not SCD compliant.) In the photos above, we used homemade vanilla yogurt, added thinly sliced Bosc pears, granola and a homemade date syrup drizzle.

CRUNCHY VANILLA GRANOLA
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
yield: about 5 cups

INGREDIENTS
1 egg white
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
1 cup pepitas
2 cups shredded coconut
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried cherries
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbs coconut oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. In a food processor, combine all the nuts and coconut. Pulse until desired texture.
3. Transfer to a large bowl and add the spices, honey and coconut oil. Mix together and then stir in the egg white. Add the raisins and cherries and stir to combine.
4. The dough will be slightly sticky. Press evenly into a pan lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely, at least for a 1/2 hour.
6. I like to break mine apart into large chunks, but the kids like it broken into smaller pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

**When purchasing your raisins or cherries make sure they don't have added sugar. We like THESE cherries.

4/12/19

Healthy Hair | Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo + Conditioner

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"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Hippocrates

We've been hearing about the benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for some time now and it turns out this trend it not new. Vinegar has been used medicinally for centuries and during biblical times, vinegar was used to flavor foods, as a preservative and for medicinal purposes, plus it is mentioned in both the old and new testaments. In ancient Greece, around 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for a variety of ailments. Throughout history, there are numerous references to ACV both for medical purposes and beauty intentions. Today, we still reap the benefits of apple cider vinegar and can easily incorporate this healthy aid into our daily routines.

Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar For Skin, Hair and Health
Hair:
1. It has properties that balance your scalp and hair pH levels.
2. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties help combating scalp dryness, itchiness and dandruff.
3. Applying apple cider vinegar, with its acidic properties, may improve the condition or appearance of hair.

Body:
+ It can prevent premature aging with its powerful antioxidant abilities.
+ It balances the pH level of your skin and is best to use it as a daily toner.
+ It is great for treating warts, sunburn, age spots and acne.
+ Vinegar is well-known for its antibacterial properties and has been shown to be effective against many strains of harmful bacteria.
+ Soak a washcloth or cotton ball with ACV and water and apply to the face as a toner or apply to sun spots for 30 mins and rinse.
+ Add one cup apple cider vinegar to your bath.

Health:
+ Some evidence suggests that taking apple cider vinegar could help lower both total cholesterol and triglycerides.
+ ACV works to detoxify your liver for better overall health and bodily functions.
+ Drinking apple cider vinegar may help provide relief from acid reflux symptoms by introducing more acid into the digestive tract to prevent acid back flow.
+ ACV adds a healthy dose of beneficial bacteria into your diet and improves the health of your digestive system.
+ Dilute one to two tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces of water and drink, do not exceed 16 ounces in one day.
+ Note, its high acidity can damage tooth enamel so make sure to dilute with water and use a paper straw to drink.

One thing I am striving to pass on to my children is how to take care of our bodies and I want them to understand it goes beyond what we eat. The products we use on our skin, the body's largest organ, have a direct impact on our health. We strive to use clean products that are free from parabens and phthalates and are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. We recently had the chance to partner with Phillip Adam and sample their apple cider vinegar shampoo and conditioner. Phillip Adam prides themselves in producing nature infused hair and body care products with carefully chosen plant-based ingredients. Their products contain vital nutrients derived from botanical extracts which are proven to have favorable effects on hair and skin.

Gentle and nourishing, their ACV shampoos are suitable for fine to normal hair types including colored hair, making their products the perfect fit for my hair type and my children. They add natural shine and help maintain a healthy pH balanced scalp and are family and pet friendly! They are available in several different scents such as Green Apple, Verbena Sage, Orange Vanilla or Unscented. I can't wait to try their Curly Hair Shampoo formula, I don't show my natural curls too often, but when I do wear my hair curly I like to embrace its natural state and use products designed for curly hair.

Phillip Adams hair products are the perfect fit for our eco-conscious, clean living family and I highly encourage you to check them out.

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*This post was created in partnership with Phillip Adams.
**The adorable rattan earrings pictured here were purchased in Mexico, but you can buy similar ones HERE.
***Jessica's dress is courtesy of Tea Collection".

4/9/19

Memories of Paris, Jim Morrison, and A Healthy Frappuccino | SCD, Paleo, Vegan

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"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."
T.S. Eliot

I can vividly remember my very first taste of coffee; my sophomore year of high school my mom and I escaped to Paris for an experience of a lifetime. Well, at least an experience of a lifetime for a high school student. I can remember sitting in the quaint hotel eating some of the richest food I had ever indulged in for breakfast; puff pastries, thick baguettes, delicate slices of aged cheese, cured meats. And I can remember that first sip of coffee, rich and dark, thick as molasses. It was bitter to my young palette, but there was something that drew me in. A sophistication I yearned to attain, even at the young age of fifteen.

My trip to Paris with my mom will forever be embedded in my mind. Just thinking back to those days brings a smile to my face and a silent laugh to the air. I remember strolling the streets of old Paris, wearing a vintage fur coat of my mothers, my hair cut short in a bob and thick black eye liner that made me feel like Twiggy. I remember dragging my mom through Père Lachaise's cemetery, because surely my heart would break if I didn't stop to visit Jim Morrison's grave. At an age of naivety, I felt that moment was the greatest moment in my life. To visit the resting place of Jim Morrison, the iconic lead singer of the band The Doors, a self-taught poet, and legendary rock star, would be a conquest that I would never forget. It was during this time my mother introduced me to more sophisticated creatives like Colette, Molière, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, and Gertrude Stein. These iconic novelists and playwrights fed my passion for the written word and creativity and the thought of visiting their tombstones as well opened my mind to a new world.

But at the time, music was rich to my bohemian soul and fed my blossoming vision. As we made our way towards Jim Morrison’s grave, the air was filled with heaviness and an eerie perception loomed around us. The cobble stone paths that led the way were slightly uneven and covered in a trace of moss, hinting to the rich history of this Parisian park and cemetery that surrounded us. On most days, his resting site is so crowded with visitors it is difficult to truly embrace the nostalgic moment. But yet, mysteriously, our visit brought us to an empty grave filled with stillness. In the air, a spiritual feeling lingered and if I closed my eyes and listened hard enough to the silence, I could hear the subtle sounds of Jim Morrison’s raspy, raw voice whispering his poetic, dark lyrics across the cemetery.

I was surprised to see his grave was modest and sensible, tucked into a small space between several other enclosures. The bust that once adorned the site was sadly stolen in 1988 and the neighboring graves were wrapped in layers of graffiti that built up over years. At the time of our visit, there were no barricades and we were free to roam as we liked. But today, due to the consistent defacing, officials have put up metal barricades to surround the site, forever changing the feel and atmosphere.

I have so many fond memories from that trip, memories to last a lifetime, memories that perhaps one day I will share with my own children over a strong cup of coffee or cappuccino. And maybe, just maybe, The Doors will be softly playing in the background. I have yet to introduce them to the band that captivated my mind for so many years of my youth.

Some of the finest moments in life are rooted in simplicity. For me, coffee and music have always invoked a sense of emotion and remembrance. There are times when I can smell the slightest aroma of savory coffee and I am instantly whisked back to Paris, sitting in that quaint hotel with my mother, sipping cappuccino and nibbling on puff pastries all while dreaming of strolling down the cobble stone paths of Père Lachaise.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

VANILLA FRAPPUCCINO
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan
yield: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 shots espresso
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups ice
2 Tbs. almond butter
10 dates
1 tsp. MCT oil or coconut oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender or Vitamix.
2. Divide among two glasses and enjoy.
2. You can add an optional cacao drizzle by mixing together 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon cacao powder and 1 tablespoon honey. You can also add a dollop of chilled coconut milk, the thick cream on top.

3/15/19

Baked Green Pea Fritters with Tzatziki Sauce | SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free

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"Luck is believing you're lucky."
Tennessee Williams

We decided this weekend is the perfect time to embrace the warmer weather and hints of spring so we've added a little green into our day and into our food. I have been working on a recipe for veggie bites for some time now, but I haven't been able to narrow down a taste and texture that my whole family agrees on. My youngest has a serious passion for green peas and eagerly suggested I use them in my recipe. And you know what, she is on to something! Peas are the perfect texture for these veggie fritters and they are one hundred percent kid approved. Since peas are naturally sweeter in flavor, they balance well with the other veggies and healthy herbs. Add a side of homemade tzatziki sauce and dinner is covered!

Health Benefits of Peas
1. Peas are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which plays a significant role in in the production of collagen. Collagen helps keep the skin firm and glowing. Vitamin C also protects the cells from damage caused by free radicals.
2. The insoluble fibre content present in peas helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
3. The lutein and vitamin A in peas also protects your eyes. Lutein, a natural plant pigment, is concentrated in the eye, and its antioxidant activity can protect you from both cataracts and macular degeneration by preventing oxidation. Vitamin A helps keep the surface of your eyes healthy.
4. Green peas offer a myriad of potent antioxidants. One of its powerful antioxidants includes coumestrol, a polyphenol that may lower your risk of stomach cancer.
5. Green peas contain an impressive amount of fiber, which has been shown to provide many benefits for digestive health.


Baked Green Pea Fritters with Tzatziki Sauce
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
yield: about one dozen fritters

INGREDIENTS
2 cups frozen peas, ¼ cup reserved
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup chopped parsley and cilantro, mixed together
1 cup riced cauliflower (broccoli will work too)
2 eggs
salt & pepper
olive oil or coconut oil

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with olive oil or coconut oil.
2. Place all ingredients, with the exception of the ¼ cup peas, in a food processer and pulse until combined. Make sure not to over mix.
3. Stir in the reserved peas.
4. Using a tablespoon, roll into balls and press into round patties that are about ¼ inch thick. Place on the parchment.
5. Bake for 10 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully flip over and bake for another 10 minutes.
6. Allow to cool and serve with tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce
SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Yield: ½ cup

INGREDIENTS
½ cup plain yogurt
¼ cup finely chopped cucumbers
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 garlic clove (optional, I omit due to an allergy)
salt

DIRECTIONS
1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined and creamy.
2. Serve immediately.
3. Store in an airtight container for up to five days.

**This recipe was created for Babiekins Magazine and originally published HERE.

3/6/19

Chicken a la King | SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

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Just when I thought spring was around the corner, a sudden surge of snow makes its way back into Ohio. I have officially reached that point in winter where I long for warmer days, I long for the sight of green grass and budding blooms and I long for the sound of birds chirping and children playing. I'm also eager to pack away the heavy coats, the bulky boots and the endless piles of miss-matched gloves and wool socks. I am ready to shed our layers, de-clutter our home and toss open the windows.

But, considering it is 15 degrees out and a flurry of snow dances across our yard, I do not see myself opening the windows in the near future. So instead, we light the fire and turn to comfort foods to warm our souls.

I've been making this Chicken a la King dish for about a year now and have made it several times. I love this recipe because it is quick and easy, yet adaptable to the ingredients you have on hand. My daughter loves green peas, and I mean LOVES, so the first time I made it I added them for her, but sometimes I omit them. We had this last night for dinner and I didn't have any mushrooms on hand so we simply left them out and it still tasted rich and creamy. And sometimes, when I am pressed for time, I use a pre-cooked chicken that I cut into half-inch pieces. Simply add the chicken at the end, simmer and serve.

Chicken a la King
SCD, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs chicken, cubed
1 small onion, diced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery diced
1 1/2 cups white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 1/2 cans coconut milk
2 Tbs bone broth
1 tsp paprika
salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. Melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large skillet over med-high heat, add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned on all sides. Transfer chicken to a plate and reserve for later.
2. Add the other tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan and sauté the onion, pepper, celery and mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the coconut milk, bone broth, paprika and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to your liking. Simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add the frozen peas and chicken and cook another 5 minutes.
5. Serve over SCD friendly biscuits, bread or cauliflower rice.

Basic Biscuits
SCD, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free
*This recipe is from Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook

INGREDIENTS:
6 large egg whites
¼ cup coconut flour
¾ cup blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ TBSP grass-fed butter or coconut oil
dash of salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are very frothy.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the two flours and baking powder, and then with a pastry cutter (knife and fork work too), cut in the cold butter (or coconut oil) and add salt if using. You want to make a crumbly mixture. Let this sit in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 400°F.
4. Remove flour/butter mixture from refrigerator, and gently fold in the egg whites, stirring to combine.
5. Spoon the biscuit batter onto a sheet pan lined with parchment.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.