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Holiday Cranberry Sauce

 

The GAPS/SCD diets can make the holidays difficult, particularly when we gather with extended family members.  Cranberry sauce is one of those things that for some must go with the turkey.  Cranberry Sauce is also loaded with sugar.

The following is a GAPS/SCD friendly version of cranberry sauce.

I package of fresh cranberries rinsed and put in a sauce pan with 1 cup of water.

I add a cup of raisins at this point.

Bring it to a boil, letting the berries pop. Turn off the heat, stir in a package of plain gelatine.

Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cups of honey, (really to taste, you might want as much as a cup)

Let it cool, stir in chopped walnuts and celery.

Place in a dish to chill.

Serve with the turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Holiday Foods

 

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Coconut Risotto

This was so easy and something totally different for us.  I admit the photo is really lacking but the flavor was very good.

It all started this morning when I was shopping for coconut oil.  I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to include any more coconut flakes in my order.  And then I slowed down a bit to read about the various cuts of the flakes and all of a sudden this jumped out at me… “about the size of white rice”!

Like many of you, rice was a staple in our home and some recipes are just not the same without it.  And while I have found cabbage to be a good rice replacement, there are some things that it is not right for.  So I got to thinking about ways to use coconut like rice.   The thought of making risotto popped into my mind.

This is what I did.  I put about a cup of coconut in the bottom of my pan and covered it with water.  Then I added a chopped onion, and a stalk of celery.  On top of this I placed 5 chicken legs and covered the pan.  I let this simmer until the chicken was done.
When the chicken was finished, I removed the chicken and put the rest of the contents of the pan into the blender and blended it up until it was creamy.  I then returned this to the pan, added sliced mushroom and about  a 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese and a splash of white wine. It was a little thick so I added a splash of kefir to it.  I let this rest on warm until the mushrooms were cooked.

I served this with the chicken, mustard greens, and carrots.  It was a great meal!  I am very excited about the results of this.  I plan to research other risotto recipes and see what kind of modifications I can come up with.

So while this will not be as cheap as rice, it will make a nice variation from time to time.

Buon Appetito!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Coconut Risotto

 

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Dehydrating Cheese

This is an idea that I read about and decided to try.  Dried Cheese.  I love my dehydrators and use them for all kinds of things.

I had so much fun doing this that I just wanted to share this with everyone.  Granted it was a bit messy and some people might wonder why bother but I liked the final product so well that I plan to utilize this concept more in the future.  It is a way to buy cheese on sale and then store it up for later.  It also makes a great on the go snack!  The cheese can also be grated and added into just about anything like  GAPS/SCD breads, pancakes, etc. with the moisture already reduced

The first thing  you do is start out with a GAPS/SCD approved cheese.  That would be any of these cheeses: Cheddar, Asiago, Blue, Brie, Camembert, Colby, Edam, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Havarti, Jack, Muenster, Parmesan, Roquefort, Stilton, Swiss, Romano and uncreamed cottage cheese.

I slice the cheese about a 1/4 inch thick or a little thinner.  And place it on my trays that I lined with parchment paper.  (Parchment works much better than wax!)

I have done this a couple of different ways and have decided that the one I am giving here is the best. After turning the dehydrator on, I let it run for about 15 minutes or until the cheese begins to get soft.

The oil will begin to come out of it and this is where it can get tricky.

I tilt the tray and allow the oil to run off.  (I slanted the tray and let the oil run into the sink.)

Then as the cheese cools a bit I lift if off the tray and wipe the oil off with a paper towel.  Wiping both the cheese and the tray.  At this time I turn the cheese over.

I repeat this process until there is little excess oil and then I just allow it to dry, turning it every so often until it is hardened.  I then store it in a airtight jar.  I now have cheese and dried fruit to keep in the car for ready to eat snacks.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Cheese, Dehydrating Foods, Snacks

 

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