It's so Easy - GAPS Intro Stage 5

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Joy with some home-canned goodness

The fun in the GAPS Diet Stage 5 is fruit and raw veggies! This is where I run into trouble… because once I start with sugar I pretty much don’t want to stop. Moderation can be easier said than done. A trick that helps is to make sure you are not very hungry when you start eating fruit, and to balance out sweets with fat or protein.

Here are the foods you get on Stage 5:

All the foods from the previous stages Cooked apple Raw vegetables Juiced apple, pineapple, and mango (avoid citrus)

And … Continue reading It’s so Easy – GAPS Intro Stage 5

Lamb Meatballs

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki and Salad

These lamb meatballs are easy, smell wonderful, and taste delicious. I baked them but you can boil them in stock or water instead. You won’t get the crisp outer edge that way.

Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki and Salad

Ingredients 2 lbs ground lamb 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp allspice 2 tsp real salt 1 egg

Meatballs on a silpat in a jelly roll pan

Directions Preheat the oven to 350F Combine the spices, salt, slightly beaten egg, and ground lamb. We like to use our stand mixer for this. Roll into balls about 2 inches … Continue reading Lamb Meatballs

Sardine Salad Dressing

Spinach Salad with Sardine Dressing

I’ve got a sardine lover in the family… but the other kid is majorly squicked by them. I won’t pretend she loved this, but it wasn’t reviled.

Sardine Salad Dressing

Ingredients

Spinach Salad with Sardine Dressing

2 cans of sardines 1/4 cup dried tomatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp lemon juice (or to taste) 2 tsp chopped fresh oregano 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme salt pepper

Directions

Put your herbs, oil, and dried tomatoes in a bowl and allow it to soak until the tomatoes are softened. Put sardines (including about half of the water they are canned in) … Continue reading Sardine Salad Dressing

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco salad is a nice quick meal that our kids love. Each person can have it their own way, so there are no complaints. If you’ve been on the GAPS intro, it’s got a novel combination of flavors and textures.

This is also what I make when I forget to pull the ground beef out of the freezer to defrost soon enough! The kids wish I would make it every day, though. It’s super easy.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

Lettuce

2 lbs Ground beef (20% fat is good) 1 small onion Real salt Chili powder or seasoning of … Continue reading Taco Salad

Pork Chops in Apple Glaze

Apple Glazed Pork Chop with Rutabaga Mash and Spicy Kale

Apple Glazed Pork Chop with Rutabaga Mash and Spicy Kale

The other night we had pork chops for the first time in ages. In fact, it had been so long since I’ve made them that I couldn’t remember how. So I did a bit of recipe sleuthing on-line to get the basic idea (brown in pan then cover and bake to a temp of 145 F). I settled on a recipe for “Foodie Fun Apple Pork.” Of course I had to GAPSify it a bit, though. I served them up with rutabaga smash & spicy kale. The results were amazing! … Continue reading Pork Chops in Apple Glaze

Salmon Cakes Two Ways

Baked salmon cakes with sauerkraut and horseradish sauce

Baked salmon cakes with sauerkraut and horseradish sauce

Kelsy told me she was in the mood for salmon cakes, and a few days later she brought home some canned wild-caught salmon. I know a hint when I see one!

I needed to make something on the stovetop since our oven is broken, so it was a good night for something like this. I found a recipe from Everyday Paleo, and another from Real Food Freaks, but as usual didn’t have everything on hand, so I had to improvise a bit.

Salmon Cakes: In the Pan

Ingredients Makes about 20 … Continue reading Salmon Cakes Two Ways

Almond Crusted Salmon

Almond Crusted Salmon with mushrooms and spinach

Almond Crusted Salmon with mushrooms and spinach

Oh, boy, are you in for a treat!!! This salmon turned out amazing, despite the fact that I forgot my bake element is broken when I planned to make it, so instead of properly baking it, I had to babysit the broiler!

When making any salmon dish, remember to choose wild caught salmon only! You do not want farmed salmon for a number of very good health & environmental reasons!

Almond Crusted Salmon

Ingredients

Salmon fillets covered in ranch

sockeye salmon, filleted (or any fillet of salmon) 2/3 cup crispy almonds homemade ranch … Continue reading Almond Crusted Salmon

Probiotic Carrot & Beet Salad

Probiotic Carrot & Beet Salad

Probiotic Carrot & Beet Salad

This quick salad packs a sour crunch. It’s a bright and exciting side dish.

Ingredients 2 parts carrots 1 part lactofermented beets You may substitute pickled beets, but then it won’t be probiotic 1 part fresh dill extra virgin olive oil to taste lactofermented beet juice to taste

Directions: Slice carrots lengthwise into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces. Slice them again crossways into 1/4 inch pieces. Slice lactofermented beets into pieces about the same size as the carrots. Chop up the fresh dill. Combine all ingredients, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lactofermented beet … Continue reading Probiotic Carrot & Beet Salad

Transforming Leftovers – Wintry Waldorf Chicken Salad

This wintry salad has a delightfully surprising tart note.

This wintry salad has a delightfully surprising tart note.

Here’s a winter time take on a fall classic. I started with this Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe and tweaked it to fit what I had in the house. Had I had any salad greens or lettuce, I would have served it as a green salad. But I didn’t, so it got served neat.

Wintry Waldorf Chicken Salad serves 4 Salad: 1 medium apple (sweet or tart), unpeeled, chopped 2 cups cooked chicken, diced (I used leftover roast chicken) 1 large carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 green onion, … Continue reading Transforming Leftovers – Wintry Waldorf Chicken Salad

Make Ahead Meatloaf

Make Ahead Meatloaf Plated

Make Ahead Meatloaf Plated

Ah, meatloaf. Classic American fare. And rightfully so! It can be served hot or cold, meaning it’s great for packed lunches. It’s filling and full of real nutrition! I call it Make Ahead Meatloaf because this recipe makes A LOT of meatloaf. Like, two loaves’ worth. I make so much because it’s nice to have on hand for easy lunching and snacking (and sometimes breakfasting!). If you only want one loaf, cut the recipe in half.

Sometimes, I make meat muffins instead of meatloaf just to mix things up a little. I’m wild like that. … Continue reading Make Ahead Meatloaf

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