Herbed Butter

Would you like to jazz-up your meal in a quick and easy way? This is the way to do it!

What You’ll Need: Butter (1 cup): Preferably organic and/or grass-fed (learn to make butter here!) Herbs (1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, each): We like to use fresh or dried rosemary and thyme from our garden. Salt (1 teaspoon): Celtic sea salt is the only way to go, in our opinion. What To Do: Allow butter to come to room temperature. Finely chop fresh herbs or crush dried herbs. Add herbs and salt to the butter and mix well.

This herbed butter can be served with bread, fish, steak, poultry, mashed potatoes, cooked veggies… the possibilities are endless!

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Squash With Sausage

Up until two years ago I had never had any kind of squash except for “pumpkin” from a can. I wasn’t too crazy about that, so I decided I didn’t like squash. Then, I bought some squash on a whim. Oh, my! It’s love!

There are so many different kinds of squash with different flavors and textures, so don’t give up if you don’t love the first one you try. I’ll be doing a post next week on our favorite types of squash, so be sure to watch for that. I’ll include several ways to cook them, too!

This recipe is one of our favorite fall-time meals! This time, I used delicata squash, which is silky-smooth and creamy. It has a bit of sweetness to it, which perfectly compliments the savory flavors in the sausage. The sausage is a “breakfast sausage” […]

Baked Apples

I love finding delicious ways to eat in-season, local produce! I’ve been buying organic apples from a local grocery store that (often) uses an orchard a couple of hours away. I’ve made apples sauce that was scrumptious, but my hubby came up with this amazing dessert- baked apples!

When I was little, I had a baked apple somewhere and wasn’t favorably impressed. I decided that I didn’t like baked apples, so I wasn’t too crazy about this idea… until I tasted it! Oh, my! Go grab an apple and give this a try. You’ll be amazed by how simple and delicious this recipe is!

What You’ll Need Glass baking dish with lid or foil One apple, per person (sweet or tart- whichever you prefer) 1/4 cup cashews or other nuts, per person 2 tablespoons raisins, per person 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon apple pie […]

Our First Two Weeks on the GAPS Diet

First off, I’d like to say thank you all so much for bearing with me while we got our feet under us with this new diet. I know I haven’t had a lot of meaty content the last few weeks, but now that I know what I’m doing with this grain-free diet, I’m jumping back in to regular blogging! 🙂

This post is going to be huge, because I want all of our results in one post. Please forgive the length.

These last two weeks have shown us some very interesting results. If you haven’t read my posts on what the GAPS diet is and why and how we’re doing it, here are the links to take you to the posts that will fill you in:

What is the GAPS Diet? Our Plan For GAPS (tells why we are doing GAPS)

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Crock Pot Applesauce

This recipe is so easy and delicious! Take advantage of the freshly picked apples by making a batch of this! 🙂

What You’ll Need Crock pot 8 to 12 apples Juice of 1/2 lemon Water Knife and peeler What To Do Put 1 cup of water and the juice of half a lemon in the crock pot. One at a time, peel* , core and slice each apple. Toss each one in the water with juice to reduce browning. Cover and cook on high, stirring every hour until it looks done.

That’s it! You can either leave it “chunky” or you can puree it with an immersion blender, food processor or regular blender.

*You can leave the peel on for extra nutrition and color!! 🙂

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Free GAPS Diet Resources

So far, I’ve told you a bit about what GAPS is and why we’re doing it. Now, I want to share the best of the best GAPS resources I’ve found. And yes, they are all FREE! 😉

More details about GAPS Mommypotamus: Why GAPS? Cheeseslave: GAPS Diet Myths Preparing for GAPS Keeper of the Home: How to Prepare for Going on the GAPS Diet Journey to Food that gives Life: How to Prepare for GAPS {Stocking Up} Journey to Food that gives Life: Preparation Day (Prepping chicken and veggies) The Liberated Kitchen (Amazing resource for getting ready!) GAPS Intro Recipes and Tips Journey to Food that gives Life: How to Prepare for and Begin GAPS Journey to Food that gives Life: GAPS {Stage 2 Information} Notes, Recipes and Ideas Journey to Food that gives Life: GAPS intro Recipes and Meal Ideas (Just keep scrolling down!) The Liberated Kitchen: GAPS Intro […]

Our GAPS Diet Plan

In my last post, I told you what the GAPS diet is and why people use it. Today, I’m going to tell you why we are going to follow GAPS.

Why We’re Doing GAPS

First off, I don’t believe GAPS is necessary for everyone. I honestly don’t think it would hurt a healthy person to take a few months to do GAPS (it’s all amazingly nutritious food!) We also don’t believe that GAPS will heal every problem out there. There are other causes of disease besides digestive problems. We are doing GAPS because my husband has an obvious digestive problem that has been getting worse and it makes sense to follow a diet designed to heal the digestive system. 🙂

About five years ago my hubby started a new job that was extremely demanding. He often had to work straight through an 11 or 12 hour shift (sometimes longer), with […]

What is the GAPS Diet?

Before we began eating real foods, my hubby and I did one month gluten-free (December of 2010). While looking for gluten-free recipes, I stumbled across something called the “GAPS” diet. After reading through the basics I thought, “I could NEVER do that!!” Well, on Saturday my family is starting GAPS. Never say “never”, right? 😉

Why GAPS?

GAPS stands for “Gut And Psychology Syndrome”. It is a temporary diet that is meant to heal the digestive tract (“gut”). You can read a bit about the creator of the GAPS diet, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and the history of the diet here. The gist of it is that a problem in the gut is often the root cause of “mental health” problems. Diseases such as autism, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and more have been found to be drastically improved and even cured for some people when they use the GAPS diet.

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Beef or Chicken Stock Recipes

 

Before we started switching to Real foods a year-and-a-half ago, I remember wondering what the big deal was about homemade beef and chicken stock. Actually, I wasn’t even sure what the difference was between “stock” and “broth”, so I just figured a can of “broth” really couldn’t be that different from homemade “stock”. I was so wrong!

Although there are some places in the world where the terms “broth” and “stock” are interchangeable, when we’re talking about Real food, there are some generally agreed upon definitions.

Broth tends to be lighter in color, because it is only cooked for a few hours and contains only meat and vegetables. It can be flavorful and nutritious, especially if you keep the solids to liquids ratio pretty even. Stock is much darker in color. It contains not only meat and veggies, but also the bones. Often beef bones are roasted first, which […]

How to Make Homemade Butter

How gorgeous is that?! And, yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Homemade butter tastes so much better than store-bought, so we took advantage of a good deal on some high quality cream and whipped up some butter. What I used is cream (the only ingredient) from a local dairy that uses no antibiotics, hormones or GMO feed (the cows are mostly grass-fed). It’s pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) and non-homogenized, so it’s really the best thing you can find short of raw cream! True, this quality of cream can be difficult to find, so don’t feel like you can’t make butter out of whatever you have. This 2-quart (1/2 gallon) of cream was less than $10 dollars and I got 1 quart of buttermilk, which I’ll culture, and 2 pounds of butter!

What You’ll Need

Cream: Make sure that there are no additives. The ingredients list […]