It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 2

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Joy with some home-canned goodness

Once you’ve been able to introduce probiotic foods, and your digestion is working smoothly on Intro Stage 1, of the GAPS diet, it’s time to move on to Stage 2. I think it’s important not to rush the stages. If you have been having issues, it can be very hard to tell what is causing what. Some people have delayed reactions to problem foods, and it will take some time to get to a new normal. Giving your system enough time to work out any past reactions from foods before introducing new ones will make … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 2

Cilantro-Lime Pork Cutlets

Cilantro Lime Pork Cutlets

Normally, pork cutlets are breaded and fried. While that can be accomplished on GAPS by using coconut flour, it’s tricky to pan-fry in coconut flour. If the breading touches the pan it will come off, burn, and then taint the next batch. You really need a deep fat fryer to do it successfully, and we haven’t got one.

Cilantro Lime Pork Cutlets

But I needed a meat that was quick to cook, so I decided to try the pork cutlets without the breading. Everyone liked it, so I thought I’d share it with you, too!

Note that the marinade … Continue reading Cilantro-Lime Pork Cutlets

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole, Ready to Eat

One traditional Thanksgiving dish I have missed is green bean casserole. In fact, I’ve been craving something like this for weeks! But getting a creamy filling without fresh dairy or any starch, and a crispy topping without any grain is a real challenge!

Green Bean Casserole, Ready to Eat

Fortunately, I got inspired by one of my favorite gluten-free food authors, Laura B Russell’s Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole. Her recipe needed some major changes to be GAPS friendly, but served as the base for this recipe. One thing I love about it is that every part of it can be … Continue reading Green Bean Casserole

Quick Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts - these could have cooked a bit longer but I was ready to eat!

Brussels Sprouts are one of those foods people tend to love or hate. Lucky for me, I’m a lover, not a hater. But everyone in my family hasn’t always agreed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – these could have cooked a bit longer but I was ready to eat!

Since my brother’s partner, Laura, came into the picture, brussels sprouts been a fixture at our Thanksgiving dinners. She roasts them to perfection every time and has definitely won a few converts to the cause! I’m not sure what her methods are, but I think I’ve got it down pretty well, too.

It’s … Continue reading Quick Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

Delicata Squash Ring Oven Fries

Delicata Squash Ring Oven Fries

Delicata Squash Ring Oven Fries

You can pop these squash rings in your mouth plain or dress them up and make them a meal by filling the hole with things like pork sausage! (picture below)

The Paleo folks are all about their sweet potato fries, but that doesn’t work for GAPS. Don’t cry! These baked squash oven fries are even better!

Even kids who “hate squash” will eat these. They are the perfect vehicle for ketchup or mustard and don’t seem too squishy. They also make a great side-dish for just about any roasted meat and are a fun … Continue reading Delicata Squash Ring Oven Fries

Poblano Dip

Poblano Dip with Beef Tongue

Poblano Dip with Beef Tongue

Peppers are one of my very favorite vegetables. But we really only eat them when they’re in season. For one thing, they’re expensive, and for another, we like to eat organic peppers from local fields rather than the hot houses.

Peppers are allowed on GAPS early on – however, our family decided to wait before introducing any nightshades (tomato, eggplant, peppers, potatoes) because they are often considered inflammatory. With Jupiter’s joint problems, we didn’t want to take our chances. But after about 6 months on GAPS we started occasionally eating them and fortunately for … Continue reading Poblano Dip

Dried Onions

Onion slices in the food dehydrator.

Kelsy made her ranch dressing with onion powder in it and wow, did it ever have a delicious kick. Dehydrated onions are a great way to get the flavor punch you thought you had to give up with the switch to real food. No MSG needed!

Peel your onions and slice them about 1 millimeter thick. Put them on your dehydrator trays. Run the dehydrator at 145F for about 12 hours.

Onion slices in the food dehydrator.

When the onions are dry, put them in a jar to store them. You can eat them as spicy chips or use … Continue reading Dried Onions

Fish Soup Our Kids Love

Fish Soup with Cumin

Fish Soup with Cumin

Lately I’ve been getting pretty frustrated with trying to feed my kids. They’ve been avoiding their broth! When we first went on GAPS over a year ago they agreed to eat the soup and did grow to like it. But now that they are on the Full GAPS diet and doing fine, it’s easy for us to let the stock slide. The less they eat of it, the less they want. I can always get them to eat it by including tomatoes, but with Jupiter’s joint issues I don’t like to feed him nightshades all the … Continue reading Fish Soup Our Kids Love

Poached Eggs & Kale in Stock

An easy GAPS breakfast

An easy GAPS breakfast

Lately, my body has really been telling me to stick to early GAPS intro.

This morning I felt for eggs, but the idea of fried eggs didn’t seem appealing. I ate a lot of meat yesterday and didn’t feel like having it in soup, but I knew stock wouldn’t be substantial enough to fill me up. We finally pulled up the rest of our bolting kale yesterday, so there was some of that in the fridge. We also had an avocado that was almost too ripe. Spending much time cooking was out of the question.

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Intense Beef & Winter Veggie Soup

I used the last of my beef perpetual stock for this amazing soup!

I used the last of my beef perpetual stock for this amazing soup!

In order to duplicate this soup you will need some really good stock! Since Kelsy and I have been so busy the past couple weeks, our regular kitchen routines have really slipped. Thanks to our neglect, we ended up with two crock pots of extremely reduced stock – one beef, the other chicken. I can’t really say how long they were going, but it was at least a week.

So this morning, I decided to finally use up the end of the beef broth. I didn’t measure … Continue reading Intense Beef & Winter Veggie Soup

Spicy Kale

Spicy Kale goes great with sweet dishes like this apple glazed pork chop & rutabaga mash

Spicy Kale goes great with sweet dishes like this apple glazed pork chop & rutabaga smash

Here’s a really easy side dish that packs a nutritional punch and throws a kick in as well! Kale has a bitter note to it, which goes great with a bit of spice. It compliments a sweet dish like the Apple Glazed Pork Chop & Rutabaga Smash shown here nicely!

We’re still pulling kale out of the garden. Kale is much easier to clean than spinach or lettuce since the leaves are held up higher from the ground and shed water more effectively. You … Continue reading Spicy Kale

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