Summer Squash, Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad

Enjoy this simple main course salad inspired by my farm box!IMG_4137

Ingredients:

  • Summer squash, sliced in large chunks
  • Spring onion, sliced thinly
  • Arugula
  • Goat cheese
  • Dill
  • Coconut & Olive Oil

Steps:

  • Combine squash, onions, dill and oils in pan. Bake in preheated oven @ 350 for about 25 minutes (don’t overcook-they are better firm)
  • Pour over arugula
  • Top with goat cheese
  • Stir together–the oils and cheese will add flavor to the arugula

Happy Spring!

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Sweet Potato Ginger Carrot Stew

This healthy stew is full of flavor and very filling. I made it thinking of a hot breakfast but it would be great for any meal. The humble star of this stew is the highly medicinal burdock root. IMG_4069It is very mild in flavor and full of medicinal benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons corn meal
  • Sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • Burdock root, thinly sliced
  • Ginger, crushed through garlic press
  • Slice of lemon
  • Salt
  • Shredded cabbage

Combine all ingredients except cabbage and simmer over low heat for 30-45 minutes, until veggies are cooked and stew is desired thickness. Remove lemon slice. Top with shredded cabbage and serve.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

This is a gluten-free version of a recipe that has been in my family for years. It is an easy, one bowl mixture that is great to make with kids.IMG_3876

My daughter who is my most honest critic loved them–and she has no problem telling me when one of my baking experiments is an “epic failure”.

Enjoy this simple recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Three bananas
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey
  • One egg
  • 1 1/2 cup Gluten-Free Flour (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Mash bananas with fork.

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Combine rest of ingredients first, then mix in chocolate chips.

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Divide between 12 muffin cups. Bake at 350 in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

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Egg and Kale Muffins

These yummy little muffins are loaded with protein, greens, and Vitamin C.  They reheat nicely–just put them in the microwave for one minute for a quick and satisfying breakfast.IMG_3757

Ingredients:

  • 9 eggs
  • Handful of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 or 4 kale leaves, ribs removed and shredded
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil melted, to grease pan

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
  3. In a food processor blend kale, parsley, onion and turkey bacon
  4. Chop bell pepper into small pieces
  5. Whisk egg and spices
  6. Combine all ingredients and pour into muffin cups
  7. Bake about 20 minutes or until set

Makes 12 muffins.

Why I Love Being Gluten-Free

I have been gluten-free for about five years now and love it. Here’s why:

I’m more physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy than ever.

  • For most of my life I thought I just had a “Jewish stomach”. Yes this is an actual thing–even alluded to by Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein’s wife in an episode of Boardwalk Empire. My lifelong digestive problems cleared up immediately upon quitting gluten.
  • I no longer needed medication to treat depression, anxiety or panic attacks. I had no idea my psychological problems were due to my diet! I feel naturally happy and calm.
  • In the process of clearing gluten from my system I was able to tap into my clairvoyant abilities.  Using my intuitive abilities to help others become more healthy in every way is my life’s work.

My family eats better.

  • After going gf I joined a Community Supported Agriculture program–which means we get a box of fruits and veggies from a local farm each week. We all eat a lot more vegetables now.

I have less choices.

  • Choice can be stressful–it’s just easier for me to narrow down my food options.

I never have to worry about watching my weight.

  • Enough said!

I have a healthier relationship with food.

  • I eat for nutrition, not to satisfy emotional needs and I truly appreciate my food.  I don’t think about what is missing, rather I am so grateful to be so healthy.

I can help other people.

  • Many years ago my Intuitive told me I was intolerant to gluten. It amazed me that she could pick up on this over the phone having never meeting me and knowing nothing about me. Years later I am able to do the same for other people. It was well worth all the pain and suffering I went through to be able to help others.

Now I know having less can make me and my family more abundant!

Paleo Breakfast

My biggest challenge going gluten-free was coming up with breakfast ideas. I hope this breakfast (or “brekkie” as the English say) idea helps you.

I often eat boiled eggs and was looking for a way to gussy them up . I think this would also work for brunch guests.

Combine as pictured:

  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 slice smoked salmon, chopped into pieces
  • Sprinkle of dill

Gluten-Free Oatmeal

This is a quick, healthy and very filling breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 sliced bananas
  • Handful of walnuts
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Splash of rice milk

Bring water and salt to boil. Add oats and lower to simmer. Stir while cooking (not obsessively). Cook @ 5-10 minutes. When it’s at consistency you like cover for a minute to let it thicken. Pour into bowl and cover with the remaining ingredients.