Roasted Harvest Veggies (GAPS/Paleo)

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I fell in love with roasted veggies last year and had some sort of roasted vegetable almost every day for months. I really went crazy on the brussels sprouts. I brought some for Thanksgiving at my mom and dad’s house last year and I was worried there wouldn’t be enough for everyone, especially me! Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry about that because my grandpa and dad started making fun of me and my brussels sprouts. My mom, my son, and I were happy to eat them up :). So tasty.

The idea for these colorful roasted vegetables wasn’t mine. I saw them posted on Facebook sometime last year and thought they looked fabulous! So I looked on the internet for a recipe when I wanted to make them, but couldn’t find it. Whoever you are, I appreciate your idea :). Everyone I work with loves these.


*1/2 lb brussels sprouts, halved

*1/2 lb carrots, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

*1/2 lb cauliflower (about 1/2 head), cut into 1 inch pieces

*1 red onion, cut into chunks

*3 Tbsp melted butter or refined coconut oil

*sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste

Cut vegetables and spread a single layer on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with butter or coconut oil and toss vegetables to coat. Roast at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring about halfway through.

So there it is, the vegetable dish I’ll be bringing this year to Thanksgiving. I hope I make enough for everybody :).

Cauliflower Soup Topped with Bacon and Basil Guacamole (GAPS/Paleo)

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I have a thing for basil guacamole and I put it on everything: salad, meat, veggies, or even a spoonful :). So when I made bacon burgers for my family last night, I decided to try some of the basil guacamole with my soup. Unbelievable.

I’ve also never tried cauliflower soup. It tastes like a cream soup without any cream, yum!

Cauliflower Soup

*2 Tbsp pasture butter or ghee

*1-2 cloves garlic (2 cloves if you love garlic)

*1/2 onion, chopped

*1 head  cauliflower, cut in pieces and steamed
*3 cups chicken broth.
*sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste
* 8 slices of  bacon (nitrate free, sugar free)
Cook the bacon in the oven at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Set aside. Cut or break into 1/4″ to 1/2″ inch pieces.
Steam cauliflower for 15-20 minutes and set aside. Heat the broth in a large saucepan.
In a small to medium skillet, melt butter or ghee and cook onions until soft. Add sea salt to taste and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Put both the cauliflower and the onion mixture into the blender and blend until smooth. Add a little chicken broth if mixture is too thick to blend. Pour the cauliflower puree into the broth. Add sea salt  (I added almost 1 1/2 teaspoons, because my chicken broth wasn’t very salty) and mix. Serve soup with bacon pieces and basil guacamole.

Basil Guacamole

*3 large, ripe avocados, chopped
*1 clove garlic,  pressed or minced
*1 medium tomato, chopped (omit if avoiding nightshades)
*2 tsp fresh lemon juice
*2 green onions, chopped
*1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
*3/4  teaspoon sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)
In a large mixing bowl, mash 1 of the chopped avocados with a fork. Add the remaining chopped avocados, the garlic, tomatoes, lime juice, lemon juice, green onions, basil, and sea salt. Stir to combine. This recipe might make more than you need for one soup recipe, so feel free to eat it with salad, meat, veggies, or even on a spoon like me  :).
Have fun and let me know how it goes!
This post was shared on Healing with Food Friday.

Apple Upside Down Gingerbread Cake (GAPS, Paleo)

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This dessert is delicious and uncomplicated. I always get overwhelmed when it comes to holidays so I don’t want to do complicated stuff. My mom always has lots of energy and makes fancy crafts and Christmas stockings and 15 different kinds of Christmas treats. I didn’t inherit that from her, I guess.

I hope my kids have some happy memories of holidays and they don’t just remember them as the time when their mom flipped out 🙂


*1/4 cup unsalted pasture butter or ghee

*1/4 cup honey

*1 Tbsp coconut aminos

*2 large apples, peeled, wedged and thinly sliced

Gingerbread Cake

*1/4 cup unsalted pasture butter or ghee

*1/2 cup honey

*4 pastured eggs, room temperature

*2 Tbsp coconut aminos, room temperature

*1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

*2 cups blanched almond flour

*3/4 tsp baking soda

*1/4 tsp cloves

*2 tsp cinnamon

*2 Tbsp ginger


For topping: melt butter and honey. Add coconut aminos, stir. Pour mixture into an 8″ by 8″ square baking pan. Arrange sliced apples over butter/ honey mixture and set aside.

For cake: Warm the butter and the honey until just melted. Add room temperature eggs and other wet ingredients and mix. Combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.  Pour over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

Think sweet thoughts :).

Honey Toffee Shortbread (GAPS/Paleo)

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I don’t think I have anything to say (which is rare, ask my friends!) So, here it is 🙂

Shortbread Thumbprints

*2  cups packed almond flour (I like Honeyville)

*3/4 to 1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

*1/4 cup unsalted pasture butter -or- ghee

*1/4 cup honey

*1 pastured egg

Cream together room temperature butter or ghee and honey. Add the egg and salt and stir to combine. Add the almond flour and mix well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place on a cookie sheet. Put “thumbprints” in the cookies. Sometimes the dough cracks a little when you do the thumbprint, just stick it back together :) . It’s because almond flour doesn’t bind like grain flour. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes on the top rack of the oven (to prevent burning the bottom). This makes about 18 cookies.

Honey Toffee

*1/4 cup unsalted pasture butter

*2 Tbsp honey (1/8 cup)

*1/4 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium heat until bubbly. Turn to medium-low and continue stirring until temperature reaches 235-240 degrees. Remove from heat and let cool for a minute. Spoon into the thumbprints in the shortbread and let cool.

IMPORTANT: I’ve noticed something interesting about the salt in the shortbread recipe.  I love salt like most people with adrenal fatigue :).  But the cookies taste salty to me on the first day.  The flavors seem to blend perfectly the next day. Weird.  And make sure to use unsalted butter. I’ve had more than one person accidentally try it with salted butter and it was way too salty with the amount of salt added. It makes a difference!

Now that I’ve tweaked and perfected this recipe, it’s definitely one of my best!!!! Tell me how it goes.

Meatloaf 3 Ways (GAPS/Paleo)

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I like blogging and cooking, but I also have a husband, a couple of kids, two cats, and a job in special ed. And I’m going to school to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. So while I love spending time in the kitchen, tonight it’s not going to happen. My go to meal when I have no time is meatloaf and some veggie, usually mashed cauliflower. My family doesn’t like the same thing all of the time, so I have three different ways I like to season the meatloaf.

Italian Seasoned

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (pork, beef, or turkey, any mix you like)

* 1/2 onion, finely chopped

* 1 1/2 tsp oregano

* 1 1/2 tsp basil

* 3/4 to 1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

*1/4 c raw Parmesan (can be omitted)

* 1 clove of garlic, finely minced or pressed

Asian Seasoned

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, pork)

* 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil

* 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced

* 2 green onions, chopped

* 1/4 tsp fish sauce (Red Boat is GAPS legal)

* 3/4 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

* 1 tsp honey  (optional)

“Breakfast Sausage” Seasoned

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, pork, or mix)

* 1/2 onion, finely chopped

* 1 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

* 1 1/2 Tbsp rubbed sage

* 1 1/2 tsp thyme

* 1 tsp paprika

* 1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne (if you want it spicy)

* 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Directions for any of the three

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Put the mixture into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes to let some of the juices reabsorb.

If you absolutely need ketchup with your meatloaf (I don’t), here’s a recipe.

In case you’re wondering what the stuff at the bottom of the picture is, it’s some of my home fermented cortido (it’s like Mexican sauerkraut). And in case you’re wondering whether I’m really going to eat three pieces of meatloaf, the answer is yes :). I’m starving!

Meatzza! (GAPS/Paleo)

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Even though this doesn’t really taste like pizza with bread crust, this is one of my family’s favorites. The whole thing gets snarfed down in one meal. Hopefully your family will have some leftovers :).

I got the directions for cooking the meat crust from The Clothes Make The Girl. But I use my own seasoning and tomato sauce for the recipe. We also like ours with a bit of raw Parmesan. Yummy!

Meat “Crust”

* 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (pork, beef, or turkey, any mix you like)

* 1 1/2 tsp oregano

* 1 1/2 tsp basil

* 3/4 tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

*1/4 c raw Parmesan (can be omitted)

*1/4 sweet onion, finely chopped

* 1 clove of garlic, finely minced or pressed

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Press the meat evenly into a 13″ by 9″ pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes to let some of the juices reabsorb.


* 1 15oz can tomato sauce or diced tomatoes

* 1 tsp basil

* 1 tsp oregano

* 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced or pressed

* 1 tbsp olive oil

* A drizzle of honey -or- a few drops of stevia (optional, most Italian people I know put a little sugar in their sauce)

* 1 tbsp red wine (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on low-medium heat while the meat is cooking. Stir occasionally. This recipe will make more sauce than is needed for the recipe, so enjoy the leftovers as a “dip” for other things.

To Assemble

Put the rectangle of meat on a cookie sheet. Spread about 1/2 of the sauce on the meat. You can also add a thin layer of shaved raw Parmesan and some sauteed veggies of your choice. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 to fifteen more minutes.

Buon appetito 🙂

Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Asian Meatballs (GAPS/Paleo)

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I’ve already done the sweet and sour thing, but I decided to do it differently last night. I skipped the cauliflower rice, and stir fried some cabbage instead. It tasted awesome!

Asian Meatballs

* 3 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, pork)

* 1/3 cup coconut aminos

* 1 Tbsp sesame oil

* 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

* 4 green onions, chopped

* 1/2 tsp fish sauce (Red Boat is GAPS legal)

* 1 to 1 1/2  tsp sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan)

* 1 tsp honey -or- 5 drops stevia (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into about 1 inch balls and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Sweet and Sour Cabbage

*1/2 head cabbage, cored and cut into thin strips

*1 large carrot, cut into thin strips with a vegetable peeler

*2 Tbsp refined coconut oil (unscented)

*1/3 cup coconut aminos

*1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

*1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp honey

*sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan) to taste

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet. Add cabbage and carrots and stir fry for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Add the coconut aminos, vinegar, and honey. Cook cabbage until it starts to turn tender and the flavors blend. Use sea salt to taste. Serve with meatballs.

Enjoy your dinner! And stay warm :).