Main Dish

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!).

Jake's Koftas

This is actually a recipe that my brother found by googling, but my boys refer to them as "Uncle Jake's Koftas" and they are really, really delicious--maybe better than the other recipe I have. They are delicious little spiced meatballs that are fantastic when dipped in a simple yogurt sauce. In our house, this recipe serves two.

2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. minced onion
2 T. yogurt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriender
1 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 lb. ground lamb

Really Tasty Spring Vegetable Soup

In Cook's Illustrated November/December 2011 issue, they printed a recipe for "Farmhouse Vegetable Soup." I'm sure their version, thickened with barley and potatoes, would be spectacular. This version, GAPS-legal, is still spectacular, though it requires the lemon-thyme butter to add unctious texture just before serving (you can substitute plain butter; just don't leave the fat out entirely!).

Serves 6-8

3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 pounds leeks, washed thoroughly, white and light green parts sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup

I'm currently trying to re-discover my love of cooking...and Cook's Illustrated helped by providing a recipe for "Broccoli-Cheese Soup" in their March/April 2011 issue, from which this version is adapted.

4+ tbsp. unsalted butter
2 pounds broccoli, florets roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces, stems peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed (about 2 tsp.)
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
5-6 cups homemade chicken broth
1/4 tsp. baking soda (optional; see below)

An unusual and delicious Dosa Recipe

We hadn't eaten beans since we started GAPS a year and a half ago, and this was my first experiment. It started as a recipe for "Tarhana," which is a Turkish soup made from a fermented dough. I used red lentils for the dough, and fermented it until it was quite sour. Then, with a little water added to thin it, I poured it into a hot cast-iron pan with LOTS of fat. The resulting "dosas" were incredibly tasty...a bit of a cross-cultural fusion!

This recipe makes a lot of dosa-style pancakes; maybe 12 cups of batter. It keeps in the fridge for at least a week after it's finished fermenting.

Creamy Cod and Mushroom Soup

I adapted this from a recipe on Starlene's blog http://gapsdietjourney.com/ , and Ben said, "This is my favorite soup for breakfast in the whole WORLD!"

1 cup scallions (or onions), finely chopped
1 lb. crimini or other mushrooms, sliced
3 cups meat stock or broth, divided
2 pounds boneless cod fish, diced into 1″ chunks
1 teaspoon good salt
1/2-1 cup good, raw butter
Minced fresh chervil, optional

Harira - or, Super Tasty Lamb Stew, Moroccan Style

This is so good! I adapted it from "The Grassfed Gourmet", by Shannon Hayes, and added a few veggies--the original has chickpeas and/or lentils, I think, so I just upped the meat. She says something about how this stew is associated with the holiday of Ramadan, and also how some people might describe it as the tastiest stew in the world... :)

The ingredient list seems long, but the dish comes together easily.

2 T. tallow or other fat
2 lbs. lamb stew meat
1.5 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. turmeric powder
1.5 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Crispy Salt-Crusted Succulent Chicken

Thanks to Tammy for this fantastic and simple recipe! It was crispy on the outside, super moist inside, and it cooked quickly. What's not to like?? I adapted my technique from this article: http://almostbourdain.blogspot.com/2010/02/thomas-kellers-favorite-simpl... . I don't know how to truss a chicken, so I just tied the legs together.

3-lb. chicken, giblets removed
1 tsp. fine sea salt
pepper, if desired
1-2 tsp. minced fresh thyme, if desired.

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