Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipes

The BEST Cornbread
If it's your first gluten free Thanksgiving, you are probably struggling with knowing what you can eat, how to prepare it, and what is even going to taste good. Throwing other allergies into the mix, like soy and dairy, makes finding nourishing real food options even harder. Fortunately, with the right ideas, recipes and ingredients, Thanksgiving can be just as much as enjoyable as before.

Last Thanksgiving, the snack spread
where I spent Thanksgiving.

It doesn't matter if you follow a gluten free diet or just eat real food, these recipes are delicious and will certainly make your kitchen the most favorite spot of the house. Some of these are classics, and some are a spin on the original. Don't be overwhelmed this Thanksgiving. I encourage you to pick up a recipe and bake some good, wholesome, real food, with no odd ingredients. Real butter, cheese, meat, eggs, fruits, veggies. Enjoy food the way it was meant to be eaten, with family, friends and made with love from nourishing ingredients.

Photo credit:
Gobble, Goooble.

All of these recipes would make great additions to your Thanksgiving meal.

Gluten free Cinnamon Scones

Thanksgiving breakfast:
Cinnamon Scones
Grain free Pumpkin pancakes
Goat cheese and zucchini frittata


Pre-meal snacks:
Apples and Caramel Dip
Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Nourishing Protein bars
Organic Basil Grain free crackers
Veggies to dip in - Basic Guacamole

Hot Apple Cider
good ole H2O

Photo Credit: Annie's Eats
Turkey Turkey Turkey...

Main event: Turkey

Photo credit: Simply Recipes
Brussel sprouts

Almost Grain-free Crusty Gluten free bread
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts
Butternut Squash Gratin
Garlic mashed potatoes
Gluten free, grain free coconut flour bread - use this to make stuffing
The Best Cornbread - my most favorite recipe
Tossed green salad with Basic dressing
Root vegetables
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with parsnips and pecans
Sweet Potatoes with macademia nuts

French Vanilla Ice cream

Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream
Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing
Spiced Coconut Macaroons
Apple Crisp

What are you thankful for?
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nuts n' stuff...

...for breakfast!

This is a recent breakfast I put together. Bananas, ground flax, sprouted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, almond butter, walnuts, raspberry jam, cinnamon, salt, raisins. I haven't been eating much of any grains recently. I've been eating paleo/primal for a while now, and of course keeping with the WAPF and real food mindset. I feel great without the grains, but I have some sprouted buckwheat groats in my food supply that I bought a few months ago and need to eat up (I must admit they are tasty and crunchy) so though I don't typically eat grains, they're here in the picture. But technically buckwheat isn't even a grain? And I'm super excited because found another reason why I love my camera. It's because I FIGURED OUT digital macro mode, which is very different than just plain macro mode on the manual setting! Score. Doesn't the shot look good?

Notice my new bowl? It's ONE OF A KIND.

I just had to blog quick to let you know I still exist! No surprise, I have been super busy with school. I have a lot to wrap up between now and the end of the semester, so you won't be seeing me a lot until after December 16th. Thankfully that's not too far away! I am looking forward to going home for Christmas. At the moment though, I have to focus on getting as much accomplished each day as possible. Thanksgiving break will hopefully be as productive as I am planning on. I will continue to ask for your prayers. Only by God's strength can I accomplish all the things I have to do!!

Ps. Thanksgiving is coming! YAY.

I'm going to be eating him --->
Photo credit:

Turkey's beware :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Powerful Protein

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If you are like me, you can't eat a meal without having some sort of protein. Protein is necessary but often under emphasized part of our diets. While too much protein is not beneficial and ultimately will turn to fat like an excess of any basic nutrient, we need an adequate amount of protein each day to sustain our bodies. Some people require more protein than others, and I am definitely one of those people. My typical meal is a protein and vegetables, or a protein on a salad. Fats always accompany the meal as well, so I absorb the most nutrients as possible. One thing that you will never see on this blog is a meal or dish without a sufficient amount of protein. Surprisingly, all these rich animal foods-- the eggs, full fat raw dairy, cheeses, real meat, and real butter, are all the foods the "diet dictocrats" tell us to avoid. Thankfully, we real foodies know better. Our bodies crave these extremely nutritious foods!

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With fall around the corner, (or is it already here?) I find myself turning to richer, warm dishes which sound more appealing than simple summer salads. Recipes like oven roasted chicken, pot roast, baked eggs and hearty soups or stews. And of course, do not forget nourishing baked goods-- think stewed apples, fruit crisps and coconut flour based cakes. Also, there is "to die for" vegetable dishes like roasted brussel sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, browned carrots and butter, and sauteed onions and cabbage. I encourage you to embrace the change of seasons. With the summer fruits going out of season, welcome the fall and winter vegetables into your meals instead.

Three Bean Chili with raw milk parmesan

Need some ideas? Here's a collection of some of my most favorite recipes out there. Maybe you will find a new favorite.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Goat Cheese, Red pepper, Zucchini Frittata

Photo Credit: Nourished Kitchen
Creamy Spiced Butternut Squash

Raw Milk French Vanilla Ice Cream with Maple Syrup

Red Vegetable Soup with Roasted Chicken

Banana Cake

Beef "Pot Roast"

Photo credit: Simply Recipes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Photo Credit: Real Food Digest
Three Ingredient Quiche with Veggies

Photo Credit: Smitten Kitchen
Sauteed Apples with Butter and Cinnamon

I love the foods of fall. Savory ever bite! (And of course I can't wait until I am home so I can have real homecooked meals!)

Is there any particular fall food that you especially miss since going gluten free, grain free, off dairy or finding out about food sensitivities?

Ps - I am thick in the throws of studying and tests (especially Physics!) Pray that God would give me His strength and peace, so that I might glorify Him through my efforts (and hopefully get an A!)

Pps - Happy November!!