Sara's Favorite Recipes

This is an ever-growing collection. I used to be vegetarian, and some of these older recipes are for large crowds or food service use. (I was obsessed with whole-grains, gluten-free baked goods, and sourdough bread.) Now I'm learning how to be an omnivore, and am slowly collecting recipes featuring meat. E-mail me if you are trying to cook something, and if I have a recipe that measures up, I'll post it.

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)

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

The Best Cooked Beets

This is from Laurel's Kitchen, and it's SO tasty, even if you don't have all the ingredients, or any herbs.

12-15 tiny beet, tops and all
OR
6 medium beets, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 T. olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. tarragon
1/2 tsp. salt
a squeeze of garlic

Wash beets well and remove inedible parts, leaving them whole and keeping the skin and leaves.

Heat all ingredients in a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Cook over medium heat, adding a small amount of water as necessary to prevent burning. Cook until tender.

Enjoy!

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

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)

Chicken in a Dutch Oven

adapted from "French Chicken in a Pot," from the February 2008 edition of Cook's Illustrated. No crisp skin here, but very tender and flavorful meat.

"The cooking times in the recipe are for a 4 1/2 to 5 pound bird. a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pound bird will take about an hour, an a 5 to 6 pound bird will take close to hours. We developed this recipe to work with a 5 to 8 quart pot with a tight-fitting lid. If using a 5-quart pot, do not cook a chicken larger than 5 pounds."

1 whole roasting chicken, giblets removed and discarded, wings tucked under back

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.

Super Delicious Tea!

I am so not a tea person, but this is fantastic, and sweet without any sweetener. Someone sent it to me, titled "Jai Hari's adaptation of Yogi Bhajan's Yogi Tea."

1 gallon boiling water
60 cardamom pods
60 black peppercorns
40 whole cloves
6 cinnamon sticks
10 slices fresh ginger root (no need to peel)

Simmer for 1-2 hours. (At this point, you can add three black tea bags, and simmer for fifteen minutes more, if you want a caffeinated tea.)

Let it rest 6 hours, then strain out the spices. Refrigerate until you drink it all!

Ropa Vieja (or, Delicious Beef Stew!)

I'm sure this recipe is not authentic, but it tastes so good anyway. "Old Clothes" refers to what the shredded beef is supposed to resemble.

3 soup/shank bones (bones with lots of meat on them)
Water to cover
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 onion, chopped

Bring this to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low for three hours or so, until the meat is very tender. Remove the meat/bones from the broth, and allow these to cool for easier handling. Reserve about 1-2 cups of broth, and the vegetables, for adding to the stew later. Save the rest of the broth for another recipe.

A Really Tasty Way to Cook Brisket or Chuck Roast

I adapted this from the Pot Roast recipe in "Full Moon Feast," by Jessica Prentice. It was really good! A really tender roast, swimming in a pot full of creamy gravy, with lots of tender veggies. Everyone loved it, and we ate leftovers for breakfast. With this much broth, it's almost like a soup. Use less if you'd prefer a more meaty entree.

This is probably a very variable recipe--I'm just noting the measurements I used last night.

2 tbsp. lard
a 3-lb brisket
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 celeriac (large), chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1.5 tsp. salt
Lots of freshly ground pepper

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

Nancy's Spinach Squares

These are really tasty, and the recipe comes from the midwife who helped my first son into the world.

4 tbs. butter, melted
3 eggs
1 c. flour
1 c. milk
1 tsp. pepper
16 oz. sharp cheddar, grated
20 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed/drained
1 tbs. chopped onion

Beat eggs. Add flour, milk, and pepper. Mix well. Add everything else.

Spoon evenly into greased 9x13” baking pan, and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350f for 35 minutes.

Cool for 45 minutes. Cut into bite size squares and--if not eaten immediately--these freeze well.

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

Lacto-Fermented Roasted Tomato-Red-Pepper Salsa

I recently made the most delicious salsa, based on this recipe: http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2010/08/lacto-fermented-roasted-toma... . SO good! And it's fermented, to boot!

My modifications/ingredient list are below; I used the technique from the original recipe:

* 3 pounds tomatoes, sliced in half length-wise (I used a mixture of cherry tomatoes, heirlooms, and romas)

* 1 pound (2 medium/large) red peppers, seeded and sliced in half lengthwise

* 8 large cloves garlic (unpeeled, but slightly crushed under the wide edge of a chef's knife)

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.

French Lentil Salad for a Crowd

This can feed about 100 people, if you serve a few other dishes as well (works well with a pasta salad and a veggie salad).

16 oz. (1 bottle) balsamic vinegar
2 heads of garlic, cloves peeled and minced or pressed
Salt and Pepper to taste

3 bunches of broccoli
2 red peppers, seeded and diced
1 medium green cabbage, chopped finely and blanched
1 medium red cabbage, chopped finely and blanched
2 large bunches parsley, minced
1 large bunch basil, minced

1 quarts dry French lentils, soaked or sprouted, and then cooked till just tender

Tammy's Superlative Brisket

This is SO good! And so easy. And fatty. And Delicious.

1 brisket (maybe 2-3 pounds)
some crushed garlic and ramps (or scallions and garlic greens, or leeks and garlic, or...)
Salt and pepper to taste, a generous sprinkling

Brown the brisket under the broiler, 2-8 minutes per side (watch very carefully, in case your broiler is a 2-minute variety); switch the heat to oven 375f.

Tuck the garlic and ramps under and around the brisket in a dutch oven, and fill with water to 3/4 cover the meat.

How to Roast a Turkey

http://www.howtocookathanksgivingturkey.com/

I recently wanted to cook a turkey, and had never roasted a whole one successfully. I tried this technique and it worked great – I used aluminum foil to cover the bird while it was cooking, and removed the foil for the last hour in order to crisp up the skin.

Terri's Tongue Cutlets

Thanks to Terri for this recipe! And yes, they really taste good. :) The tongue is a pain to prepare, but this is an undetectable way to insert this nutritious meat into ones diet.

1 lb ground beef
12-16 oz. tongue (can also substitute part liver or kidney for the tongue)
1 tsp. salt
2 shallots or some onion
1-2 cups broth
1 small onion, cut in half
1 summer squash (or piece of cauliflower), cut in half

Boil the tongue for a few minutes, then remove from water and let cool. Peeling it is annoying, but a sharp knife helps; you need to remove all the skin.

Fricase con Pollo

I'm sure this is not authentic, but it's delicious anyway. :)

1 3-4 lb chicken
Water to cover
Salt and pepper to taste
Chicken fat or lard

1 lg. onion, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 head garlic, chopped

4 zucchini, cubed
1/4 cabbage, chopped
2 peppers, chopped
2 tsp. cumin powder
Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup tomatoes, fresh or frozen
1 T. capers (optional)

Olive oil to serve

Pork Omelettes

This recipe is from Tammy's mom, who doesn't measure but makes sure that everything just tastes Right. I added some measurements, and cooked the omelette mixture like pancakes, and everyone loved them anyway.

1 lb. ground pork
5-8 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
4 dried shittake mushrooms, soaked and minced
handful scallions or chives, minced
lard or ghee to fry

Mix everything besides fat in a medium bowl. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, and cook flattened dollops of the mixture gently until cooked through (flip once).

Garlic-Tomato Short Ribs

This is adapted from "The Grassfed Gourmet," by Shannon Hayes. You can cook everything in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours (don't bother sauteeing; just dump everything in the cooker), or on the stove top or in a 300f oven (in a dutch oven) for 3-4 hours.

1/2 tsp. salt (and more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3-4 lbs. short ribs
1-3 tbsp. lard or other fat
1 medium carrot, finely chopped (plus one extra large carrot, chopped, for later)
1 large onion, finely chopped
10 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
1 tsp. dried thyme (or 1 tbsp. fresh)
1 tsp. dried basil

Millie's Cuban Chicken Soup, Adapted

(My adaptation is that I added some measurements. The soup would probably be even more
delicious without any of these!)

1 whole Chicken
Water to cover
1/2-1 tsp. cumin
Salt and pepper
5 bay leaves
1/2 cabbage, cut into two pieces
1-2 heads garlic, peeled, cloves flattened slightly under the side
of a knife blade
1 small onion, peeled and cut in half

Cook these ingredients for about 3 hours in a large pot, or until the
chicken is falling off the bones.

Remove the chicken and the bay leaves, and blend the broth and veggies until smooth.

Stir-Fried Pork with Broccoli and Garlic

This is adapted from a recipe by Mark Bittman in "The Best Recipes In the World." I had no idea I could make such a tasty Chinese-Restaurant Style dinner that was GAPS legal!

2 tbsp. lard
3 or 4 dried red chiles, optional
1 pound boneless pork shoulder, thinly sliced or cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets and stems peeled then sliced (about 4 cups)
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup sliced scallions or shallots or both
1/2 cup stock/broth
2-3 tbsp. coconut aminos (or 1 tbsp. soy sauce)
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

GAPS Gefilte Fish

This is adapted from a recipe at Elana's Pantry: http://www.elanaspantry.com/gefilte-fish/ . I should also mention that, having been entirely vegetarian for 30 years (up until GAPS in April 2010), I have never eaten gefilte fish before tonight, and have absolutely no idea what they're supposed to taste like. But this was delicious--and straight from the kitchen of a non-kosher Atheist Jew, nontraditional lard notwithstanding.

Makes about 24 fish balls/patties

2 tablespoons lard
1 large red onion, diced
1 cup carrots, cut into chunks

Super Tasty Lamb-Fennel Stew

This is adapted from the "Lamb-Fennel Casserole" in "The Grassfed Gourmet," by Shannon Hayes. She says, "Consider making a double batch, because the leftovers are even more delicious when reheated the second day." This is really tasty with some good kalamata olives.

Serves 4

2 tbsp. lard
1 medium red onion, diced
1 pounds lamb stew meat
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups frozen cherry tomatoes, or frozen chopped tomatoes, or a 14.5 oz. of tomatoes (undrained)
4 large dried mushrooms, or 4 oz. fresh
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Amanda's Southwestern-Style Chicken Soup

Amanda Love is a total inspiration http://thebarefootcook.com/ ! And she inspired this soup, which can be infinite varied with different types of veggies, etc. I find that it works best to simmer the chicken in the highly-seasoned brother the day before, and then refrigerate the chicken separately overnight. The next day, you can picked the meat off the carcass and proceed with the recipe without burning your hands.

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