Gluten-Free

Chicken with Crispy Cauliflower and Kalamata Olives

I made this yesterday, slightly adapted from Elana's Pantry (oh what a beautiful blog that she maintains!) I want to make it every week now--it's easy to make ahead, feeds five or six people, and has fantastic taste.

1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs
About 4 pounds (three packages) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or legs (we always go with skin-on, for more fat)
1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
1 cup Kalamata pitted olives
1 shallot, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
zest of 1 lemon (use a microplane zester)

Hootenanny Pancake

I based this recipe on Patty's http://www.lovingourguts.com/hootenanny-pancakes-2/ , and everyone in this family loves it. To our now-very-sensitive taste buds, it is like a decadent dessert. ;) Which is kind of is! I have made it deliciously buttery, or nearly as deliciously dairy free--and you can make your own version quite easily, I'm sure.

2-3 apples or pears (apples should be peeled), seeded and cut into 1/4" slices
A very generous sprinkling of cinnamon (maybe a tbsp.)
1/2 c. butter or coconut oil, softened
6 eggs, at room temperature

Frozen Strawberry "Gelato" Bites

In the middle of the night recently, during one of my daughter's too-numerous-to-count Wakeful Periods, I thought these up. And they're really tasty! Kind of like a bite of very flavorful, creamy strawberry ice cream.

1 cup strawberries
2 tbsp. water
6 pitted dates
1/2 tbsp. gelatin
1/2 c. "refined" coconut oil (the kind that doesn't taste coconutty)

In a small saucepan over low heat, simmer the strawberries, water, and dates until the mixture is hot and fruit is softened. Stir in the gelatin, and keep stirring till it's dissolved. Add the coconut oil and stir till melted.

Italian Wedding Soup

I recently adapted this recipe and we liked it a lot; serves four sparsely.

MEATBALLS:
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. shredded carrots
2 cloves minced garlic
few sprigs parsley, minced
1 egg
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)

SOUP:
2 T. butter or ghee
1 medium onion, minced
3 medium carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 c. stock
1/2 c. white wine (or vermouth)
1/2 tsp. dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste
3 big handfuls baby spinach (optional)

Cod with Olives

This was SO so good, even though I adapted the recipe (to eliminate the flour used in the original recipe, for dredging the fish, and then to eliminate the dredging/frying step entirely). I think the breading could be improved, actually (the spectacular part of this recipe is the sauce, which tastes great over plain old unseasoned, non-breaded cod filets); my friend had an idea to use partially-ground sesame seeds mixed with coconut flakes, which might be less-dense than the macadamias I used.

A Big Pot of Simple Chicken Stew

Lately I've been trying to make a large pot of stew once per week that can be stored in four half-gallon jars; we heat one jar's worth and divide among four people each morning for breakfast. This stew was better than most I've been making, and is dead easy (at least considering how much you get). I adapted the recipe from "Cooking Provence," by Antoine Bouterin

16 chicken thighs
1 medium turnip, or 1 bunch turnip greens, chopped
1 large rutabaga, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped, or one celery root (celeriac), trimmed and chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped

Tony's Fantastic Beef Stew

This recipe is actually adapted from the cookbook "Cooking Provence," by Antoine Bouterin, but Tony is the one who told us about it. And it's SO good! Worth the little extra work and the slightly longer ingredients list. For the final cooking, you can simmer on the stove, dump everything into the crockpot and forget about it, or transfer to an ovenproof pot and bake in the oven at 325f for about two hours, covered. All the vegetables can be cut into bite-size pieces, for a very appealing and easy-to-eat dinner (or breakfast!).

Coconut Butter Cake

With MANY thanks to Patty for providing the basis for this recipe! http://www.lovingourguts.com/coconut-butter-cake-with-coconut-frosting-2/

This is very versatile, almost like a pound cake (and it does not taste coconutty at all) and you could probably omit the baking soda to make it truly GAPS-legal (but would need to whip the egg whites, I think). To make fantastic berry muffins, add 1 tsp. lemon zest and 1 c. blueberries to the final batter, and bake in muffin tins for slightly less time.

1/2 c. pitted dates

Banana Nut Muffins

I recently adapted this recipe from one I found online. I know that baking soda is not GAPS legal, but I wish it was--the recipe is slightly lighter with it. (Maybe the same effect could be achieved by whipping the egg whites?) Either way, though, the flavor is pretty amazingly decadent after spending two years eating no fruit!!

One recipe makes twelve muffins, or one round springform 10" pan cake.

3 bananas, medium-large
1/3 c. pitted dates
5 eggs
1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Herb Broth

I recently adapted this recipe to make an unusual and very nutritious and gelatinous broth for our family. The original recipe pointed out that broth is really very similar to tea--so why not add some herbs to up the ante??

several gallons of filtered water
1 or 2 chicken carcasses
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Bring this to a boil, and them simmer gently for about twelve hours. Then add:

3 T. nettles
3 T. seaweed (not GAPS legal for intro)
2 T. calendula flowers
5 astragalus root slices

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