Hearty Summer Salad

Summer has finally arrived in Eugene - and how. My apartment feels like a steam room and I can barely go outside for five minutes before feeling like I need to jump in a swimming pool. Consequently, I have avoided making any foods in the kitchen that requires too much bustling about or standing over the stove top. Plus, I seem to crave hydrating foods that don't increase my body temperature. So I have been eating lots of salads, fruit,  juices, and jellos. But, while I am munching on lots of cooling light foods, I still require the usual dose of fats due to my hypoglycemia. This salad is a compromise between my two cravings - fresh mixed greens, onions, carrots, and tomatoes, paired with  bacon, avocados and eggs. It is hearty and delicious, and super easy to make especially if you don't want to spend more than 20 minutes [...]

July 3rd, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Humble Homemade Frittata

I love quiches... the crispy, buttery crust, the creamy filling, the savory aroma...  Then one day I discovered that gluten upsets my digestion, and my love for quiches... continued, except that I stopped eating them. I just longingly watched and smelled them from a distance. For a while, I tried to just scrape the filling out, but somehow that wasn't as satisfying. Then one day I decided to just make a quiche with no crust (in other words, a frittata), and add potatoes as a starch. The results were delicious, and I never went back to craving quiches, except maybe sometimes, when I smell that buttery crust ;-) This is one of our favorite make ahead breakfasts/dinners. It's easy to make, cheap, and nutritious. Today I made it right before I went to work, stuck it in the fridge, and had my husband place it in the oven when he [...]

June 21st, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |1 Comment

Primal Goat Cheese, Spinach and Pumpkin Salad

This is a dish I came up with one day by accident. I had a butternut squash that was going bad and some spinach that was slightly wilted. We all get pretty creative when we are hungry and processed foods and flour are not an option! I find that this salad is great as a side dish for dinner or as the main option for your lunch. I do both and it never fails to satisfy me. It is super simple to put together but it sure looks gourmet - my friends are always impressed when I make it even though it takes me no time at all ;)   To continue reading follow me on the Grass Fed Girl's blog where I am guest posting this recipe. I am honored to be featured on the Grass Fed Girl's blog. She is a blogger I admire and a dear friend and [...]

April 29th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Homemade Probiotic Borscht Recipe

The Elusive "Sour" One of the foods I miss the most from back home is homemade, sour borscht - a dietary staple unique to Eastern Europe, in particular to Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and parts of Russia. The essence of "borscht" in these countries is not beets, as it is commonly associated with, but rather the "sour" we add to the bone broth base. The "sour" - tasting almost like a combination of sauerkraut juice and kombucha - is made by old grannies in clay pots with fermented wheat germ, fresh well water, and a variety of esoteric herbs. It is a quite involved process, and most younger women don't have the patience or knowledge to ferment it properly. I have been trying to get a starter going for a while, but besides simply lacking some of the skills and expertise, I am missing many of the herbs that my grandma used to add to use. A Suitable Substitute? [...]

February 28th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Valentine’s Day Cake Recipe

Looking for a delicious, gluten free desert for Valentine's Day that is not full of food dye, sugar or white flour? Here is our one of our family's favorite cake recipes, with bright pink frosting made from beet juice and sweetened with raw honey and maple syrup. This recipe is not original; it was inspired by the book Make It Paleo, which I absolutely love.  But since this is what I make on all of our special occasions I decided to share the step by step recipe with you. Ingredients Cake Batter 7 farm fresh eggs 3/4 cup of warm coconut oil  (find it here) 3/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 maple syrup 1 tsp baking soda One pinch of sea salt (find it here) Frosting: 24 ounces of cheese One beet 1/2 cup of raw honey Directions 1. Combine all the dry ingredients together and then add in the eggs [...]

February 13th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Real Popcorn Recipe

 I love pop corn. I will choose a bowl of pop corn over sweet treats or desert almost any day. It is my favorite comfort food. But let's face it: pop corn is not very nutritious. It's mostly empty carbs. Has that stopped me from eating pop corn? No. Has it made feel guilty? Yes! So I have been trying to find a way to make my bowl of popcorn more nutritious. If you love popcorn as much as I do, yet feel guilty about eating it, here is a way to turn the empty calories into an explosion of immune boosting nutrients by adding coconut oil, nutritional, yeast, and Parmesan cheese. The coconut oil will provide you with medium chain fatty acids that will boost your immune system, help you loose unwanted weight, (source) support your cardiovascular health, (source), and support your glucose levels.Parmesan cheese will provide you with [...]

February 10th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Working full time and being a student and a wife keeps me pretty busy. So when it comes to making dinner, I try to choose easy and nutritious, but inexpensive meals that both my husband and I can have for lunch the next day. Shepherd's Pie sometimes gets a bad rap, but we have found that doubling the meat, using less potatoes, and using a healthy serving of grass fed butter, fresh rosemary, farm fresh raw eggs, and raw milk help make this typically bland dish burst with rich flavors. In fact, we have made this recipe for company and it has even become a frequently requested meal train favorite. The peas and the corn give it a sweetness that makes little ones ask for seconds and thirds. This particular pie was taken to a dear friend who recently had a baby. Another added bonus to this particular recipe is [...]

January 18th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving. The first time I partook of the celebration I was eighteen. My host parents had an amazing spread of food, all new to me; from the cranberry sauce to the pumpkin pie to the sweet potato casserole. It was a feast of unknown flavors, smells, and presentations. Several years later I became more familiar with the holiday and became intrigued with one dish in particular: stuffing. Probably because we don't have stuffing as a traditional holiday food in Europe. For the longest time I thought pre-packaged stuffing was more convenient than the homemade version. I was pleasantly surprised three years ago when I made my first batch of homemade stuffing that not only was it easy to make but I could tweak the recipe and use gluten-free breads to lower the amount of gluten in my meal. Are you interested in making your own homemade stuffing this Thanksgiving? This is a [...]

November 20th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Gluten Free Mini Coconut Pumpkin Muffins

For the last couple of weeks I have seen many of these cards on my Facebook news feed. While they are supposed to invoke humor, they are posing a serious question. What are we feeding little kids on Halloween? It would be nice if we were able to avoid the high-fructose corn syrup, hidden vegetable oil, and acetone in Halloween candy. I am not trying to say you should give your child a tablespoon of fermented cod liver oil as a treat for Halloween. But I would like to encourage vigilance about what we offer little ones when they come knocking at our door. Recent studies have linked high-fructose corn syrup to Autism, vegetable oil to heart disease, and white flour to Type 2 Diabetes. We can all try to be creative and avoid some of the worst offenders on the market. As a sign of solidarity to everyone making an [...]

October 30th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Bacon & Sweet-Corn Chowder

The first time I made this soup it was a total accident. We had some random ingredients in our fridge and I had to come up with something to feed a hungry husband.The results were so delicious that I have began since to make it regularly. It's full of saturated fats and very hearty. Works great as leftovers, too.   Ingredients: 6-8 slices of nitrate free, organic bacon, chopped 1-large sweet onion, thinly chopped 4 -medium red or Yukon gold potatoes, finely chopped 2 cups of fresh or frozen corn About 2 quarts of homemade chicken broth, find it here 2 cups of organic, preferably raw, whole milk 1 cup of organic, preferably raw, heavy cream 1/2 cup raw cheddar, optional 2-3 tsp of Sea Salt, find it here 2-3 tsp of black crushed pepper 1 tsp turmeric Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Serving: 4 hungry people;) Disclaimer: When you begin making this soup you may add [...]

May 11th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
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