Cheesy stuffed mushrooms

A new dish I tried over Christmas was cream cheese stuffed mushrooms.  A long time ago, I came across a recipe for mushrooms stuffed with feta and red onion, and this is a variation on that. It’s pretty simple really. But the trick I learned is how to prep the mushrooms before stuffing them. I bought a 400gm tray of smallish brown mushrooms, but the amount of stuffing would have filled probably 500gm. The important […]

Ginger Carrot Cashew spread

This recipe is my adaptation of one I came across on Steemit. The original recipe is raw and vegan, and you can see it here. I encourage you to check it out. My version is no longer raw, which I think is more suitable for a GAPSster or anyone with digestion issues. I also tweaked amounts of some of the flavourings, including increasing the extra virgin olive oil for added GAPSy goodness. Ingredients (makes about 2 […]

CRISP and CRUNCHY Christmas Cheese Stars

Suitable for gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, egg-free diets, and later stages of GAPS, but not dairy free, strict Paleo or vegan. When I was on Nigella Lawson’s website recently, I came across a recipe for Cheese Stars in her Christmas section. I’ve been meaning to try out cheese straws for a while, and this got me inspired to try some this Christmas. Of course, her stars are made from flour, which is no good for me, or for […]

Festive Breakfast Smoothies for Christmas morning

A few different varieties to suit all tastes and dietary needs. If your family is anything like ours, on Christmas Day everybody will bring enough of every dish for the whole extended family. And when that’s 10 dishes or more, there is food to excess, as far as the eye can see! You may be tempted to not eat in the morning, or just have a cup of tea or coffee. But if that means […]

Carrot Almond bread (with variations)

Suitable for GAPS, Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian diets I haven’t made this bread for a while, as some members of the household have been doing the AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) diet, which excludes eggs and nuts. Now that we’re all eating those again, I can make this bread. Today I made just a half mix, which is why the photos are of two mini loaves. But the full recipe will make a decent sized loaf. This is […]

Warming Soup for Fall (Autumn) or Winter

A good way to utilise the bounty of warming vegetables from your late summer garden. If you’re doing any dietary protocol that encourages bone broths, here is a tasty way to have your daily soup. This recipe is compatible with any whole food diet including Paleo, GAPS, SCD, and is gluten, grain and dairy free. It’s not vegetarian, as the nourishment of the bone broth is one of the important healing benefits of it. But […]

Easy banana cashew bread or muffins

Suitable for GAPS, SCD, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free or low carb diets After posting my recipe for Pumpkin Cashew bread, and writing about the possible variations, I had a hankering for banana muffins. So one night I whipped up a batch while making dinner, and now have some more precise instructions and photos for you. Ingredients: 500gm raw unsalted cashews 6 large free range (pastured) eggs 2 cups mashed banana Optional whole food […]

EASY no-starch, dairy free PUMPKIN & CASHEW BREAD recipe

Suitable for GAPS, SCD, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free or low carb diets This is my favourite GAPS bread, and really it’s more like eating cake. It’s not ketogenic or very low carb, but it’s much lower than typical breads. You can dress it up or down, make it savoury or sweet. It goes well with soup to make a meal more substantial. For a recent choir trip, I made it into muffins and filled […]

Using up the summer bounty of FEIJOAS (Smoothie recipe)

For a few weeks every summer, anyone in New Zealand with a feijoa tree has more of them than they know what to do with, including members of our family. So we regularly bring home way more than we can eat before they go off. This recipe is GAPS friendly, Paleo, grain free, sugar free and can be made dairy free. We’ve found an EASY way to store them for winter. Just throw a bag of […]

Choc-Currant Breakfast Smoothie

Many people love blueberries in their smoothies, but I prefer blackcurrants. They are higher in ORAC (antioxidant) value, have a more complex flavour and go wonderfully with chocolate. What more could you ask for? I’ve made this version with homemade cashew milk, as many people have issues with dairy (especially pasteurised dairy), but you could use milk, yoghurt, coconut milk or any other kind of nut milk. You can buy your nut milk, or there […]

Beefing up your Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate

Some of us wanting to eat only real foods might miss the convenience of whipping up a protein rich smoothie – most protein powders are too processed, contain some sort of undesirable additive, or are based on foods that might not suit our metabolism. Yes, we can add raw eggs to our smoothies, but we may be aiming for more protein per meal than we can get from eggs. Enter, gelatin! Yes, there is still […]

Spinach Roulade

Serves 4 as an entree, or 2 as a light meal with salad or cooked veges A spinach roulade is a classic dish that can be varied by using different fillings. The mozzarella and tomato version, which is good either hot or cold, comes from Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Kitchen. A couple of other variations have been included. The variations with tomato look very festive and would make a nice Xmas entrée or side dish. The […]

Meat & Vegetable jerky

The original idea for jerky that has vegetables in it as well came from Pantry Practitioner. We’ve just started making it regularly again and have made a few minor adjustments, so here they are. Firstly, she uses an Excalibur dehydrator, which comes with nice flat square trays which are easy to line with baking paper. We have a different type of dehydrator, an Ezi Dry, which is round with a central hole. You can buy solid […]

Spinach feta puffs

Serves 2 for a smallish meal, with extra salad or veges. Or they’ll keep in the fridge for a few days and make a great snack when you need something on the run. Nice hot or cold. A bag of spinach 4 eggs, separated 200g (7oz) block of feta (I use goat, but cow’s fine) Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Rinse the spinach well. Take the leaves off the stalks and steam them till […]

Salmon “dip”

210g (7oz) can of salmon, in water, preferably no added salt 200g (7oz) hummus (homemade, or good quality bought) ** see options below 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil or virgin flaxseed oil Spices (optional) Sea salt Carrot, celery or cucumber sticks Drain the salmon, mix with the hummus, flaxseed oil, optional spices and a pinch or two of salt and mix well. Eat with the vege sticks. Serves 1-2, depending on your appetite. […]

Bacon

My favourite way to cook bacon… Take a baking tray that has a grill section on the top and a pan to catch the fat underneath. Lay out your strips of nitrate free bacon. Pop into the oven at 150C (300F) and go and have your shower. By the time you’re dressed, your bacon will be ready. Serve with one or more of: Your favourite kind of eggs Tomatoes and/or mushrooms and/or leftover vegetables panfried […]

Lamb’s fry (Liver) recipes

Allow about 100g (4 oz) per person. Remove the membrane, if it’s still there. Slice very thinly. Panfry in melted butter (or ghee, coconut oil, or meat fat) for a couple of minutes each side, till lightly browned and just cooked through. Don’t overcook or it will become bitter and tough. Serve with tomatoes pan-fried in butter, and either buttered toast or leftover starchy veges from last night’s dinner. Liver and bacon If you’re a […]

Mix & Match Smoothie

This smoothie can be adapted to use different bases. Zizz all together in a blender and enjoy. Remember to sip slowly and “chew” it. (For AIP, you might not be able to use all of the combinations) (If you’re in NZ and looking for sources, some of these products are available through our Nature Foods online store, and are linked to for your convenience. If there’s anything else you can’t find, ask us.) Your base […]

Egg free Apple Cinnamon muffins

This was my first attempt at making an egg free muffin with apple puree as the binder. I made 6 medium sized muffins, but they came out quite gluggy. It would cook up better as mini muffins or as a flat bread. The cooking time would need to be adjusted. 1 ½ cups apple puree 4 Tbs (2 oz) melted ghee, butter or coconut oil 1 Tbs softened honey or unrefined sugar ½ cup ground […]

Carrot Pulp Bread

We’ve been juicing a bit recently and thinking about whether we could use the pulp for other recipes. One thing we’ve been doing is soaking ground chia and flax seeds, mixing them with the pulp, along with some Himalayan or celtic sea salt, then drying them in the dehydrator to make crispy crackers. Note that these are only suitable in later stages of GAPS. Then I went looking for GAPS friendly bread recipes and found this recipe. I was […]

Egg free Pumpkin sultana flat bread

3 cups (~650gm) cooked pumpkin (need about 1 kg piece raw pumpkin) 6 Tbs (3 oz) ghee, butter or coconut oil 2 Tbs honey or unrefined sugar pinch of fine sea salt 3 cups ground almonds (or other nut flour) 1 ½ tsp baking soda 2 tsp mixed spice ½ tsp ground ginger 6 Tbs sultanas, raisins or other dried fruit extra ground almonds First prepare your pumpkin: Method 1: Scrape the seeds and pith […]

Christmas Morning Almond Muffins

I tried another version of the Xmas morning muffins, this time with almond flour, for those who can’t have coconut. The texture was quite different, but still very good. 2 cups ground almonds 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 eggs 8 Tbs (100gm, 4oz) butter or coconut oil, melted 4 Tbs honey 4 Tbs juice from an orange Grated zest of the orange ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt 1 cup frozen […]

Gingerbread Xmas Cookies

Last Xmas I had a go at making gingerbread Xmas shapes, which turned out reasonably well. This year I was going to tweak my recipe, but discovered that another GAPS blogger has beaten me to it. So no need to reinvent the wheel. If gingerbread is something that appeals to your Xmas spirit, I’ll just send you over to Thinking Outside the Box. Thanks yet again Dan’s mum.

Christmas Morning Muffins

I love Nigella Lawson’s recipes, even though most of them are full of white flour and sugar and other things we don’t want to have on a WAPF diet, let alone GAPS! I love her passion for food and her ideas. This morning her recipe for Xmas Morning Muffins arrived in my Inbox, and I could immediately see how to make them GAPSy. My recipe is a variation of Bruce Fife‘s Honey Blueberry Coconut Flour muffins. For those who can’t have coconut, see the almond flour version I […]

Gluten free white bread

This recipe from the Native Nutrition list was developed from one in Bette Hagman’s “The Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy”. I’ve made some slight changes to the process. If you’re just starting to change over to a whole food diet, and especially if you’re going gluten free, this may get you through some tight spots during the transition. It isn’t a whole grain recipe, and it is quite high carb, but sometimes you […]