April 8, 2013 at 12:01 AM (Beverages, Fast, Recipes, Simple, Sugar Free, Whats for Breakfast?)
Tags: cancer, candida cleanse, candida diet, Coconut oil, Cook, cooking, diet, DIY, easy, Easy Recipes, food, Frugal Recipes, fungus, Health, kitchen, paleo, real food, smoothie
Breakfast is tricky for me. I am not hungry in the morning! I know it’s supposed to be this big healthy meal full of protein and fabulous vitamins to start the day off, but quite frankly at 7am I am too tired to chew. I also love to sleep! So I wake up at the last possible second. If I am to eat a ‘proper’ breakfast, I would have to wake up earlier in order to prepare it. Realistically, in the actual life of me…..not going to happen.
So I have resorted over the years to either a piece of fruit in the car while I’m driving to work, or a smoothie. Since I am erradicating all Candida from my life for this experiement, I can no long have fruit sugars. According to the experts I’m allowed to eat only the following fruits:
- Green Apples
- Fresh Coconut
Part of me is tempted just to throw every one of those fruits into a blender and call that a smoothie, but that would be WAY too much fruit sugar all at once. So I add as much protein as I can. I have noticed that this keeps me full for a very long time. I normally take a lunch hour around 1pm, and this satisfies until then for sure!
Green Apple Smoothie
1 Large Green Apple- seeded & cored (if your blender is a little on the wimpy side you may want to peel it as well)
5 medium carrots
1 cup homemade yogurt
2 raw eggs*
1 cup greens (not Kale, not making that mistake again)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Put it all in the blender, duh
- Pour it in a glass and get in the car and go to work! Hurry up you have 1 minute and 8 seconds to be out the door!
- * I wouldn’t consume the average commerically farmed egg raw. That shit will kill you. I am lucky to be madly in love with a chicken farmer, who grows me organic, completely free-range and soy-free eggs (why soy free you ask? READ THIS). They are bright orange-yolked bundles of goodness, full of Omega 3’s and all 23 essential amino acids. Really, the perfect food. You should find yourself such a source and eat raw eggs until the cows come home. Or the chickens in this case.
What does it taste like you ask? It tastes mildly sweet and very creamy with a bit of tartness from the yogurt and the apple. You could probably sweeten it with Stevia or something, but I like it just fine as is. But I’m weird so…
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Real Food Recipes
May 16, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Homemade Condiments, Make It Yourself, Recipes, Sugar Free, Whats for Dinner?)
Tags: Bake, baking, Barbecue sauce, casserole, chicken, Coconut oil, Cook, cooking, DIY, easy, Easy Recipes, food, frugal, Frugal Recipes, Health, Home, homemade, homemade condiments, kitchen, low carb, no carb, Nutrition, paleo, Pork, real food, recipe, Recipes, Simple, sugar free
It is grilling season, so it’s time to whip up my secret weapon. I have been adapting and changing this recipe for so many years that I don’t remember what I originally started with. All I remember is that I had a half used can of tomato paste in the fridge I was trying to get rid of, and this recipe was somehow born. I love that it has no sugar, but still tastes sweet and has this great spicy kick that goes well with just about any meat. I also really love the base of nourishing bone broth, which you can never have too much of. Tonight we’re grilling bone-in pork ribs from our local farmer with some cornbread. Mmmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
The Worlds Best Barbeque Sauce
makes 2 cups
1 Tbsp grass-fed butter or coconut oil
1 cup sweet onion, diced small
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock (or beef or vegetable)
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2-1 tsp stevia powder (or sweetener of choice)
Heat butter/oil in sauce pan and sauté onion for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. You can serve it just like this, but I like to boil it down to thicken it a while. I turn down the heat, cover the pan and let it simmer for 20 minutes or so. I also find the longer cooking time melds the flavors, and it turns out even more delicious.
I have used this sauce on every cut of pork, beef and chicken that I can think of. It is a great marinade, basting sauce, oven baking glaze and dipping sauce. If you are feeding young kids or someone who doesn’t like spicy food you may want to add the chili powder a little bit at a time and taste as you go.
If you want to make this even healthier, you could let it cool and add 2 tbsp of whey and leave it on the counter over night. Then you would have a sugar-free probiotic condiment.
This keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge, and also freezes very well. If you eat as much meat as we do, it won’t last you that long 🙂
Coffee Spice Rub
Tender Grilled Brisket
Real Food Taco Soup (in the crockpot)
Real Food Chili (in the crockpot)
Real Food Lasagna (SO Simple)
Stuffed Green Peppers in the Crockpot
Country Fried Steak
Real Food Meatloaf
The Worlds Best Chimichangas!!
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May 14, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Real Food Dessert, Recipes, Sugar Free)
Tags: Bake, baking, Banana, Coconut, Coconut milk, Coconut oil, Cook, cooking, dessert, DIY, easy, Easy Recipes, food, frugal, Frugal Recipes, Health, Home, homemade, housekeeping, kitchen, Nutrition, real food, Recipes, Simple, Vanilla extract
I have made this as a dessert and omitted the sweetener and served it for breakfast. It is delicious either way. It tastes great warm or cold and is full of healthy fats, omega-3’s and protein.
Coconut Banana Custard
1 1/2 cups coconut milk powder (I buy mine from Wilderness Family Naturals)
4 cups very hot water
4 over-ripe bananas, mashed
8 free-range soy-free eggs (why soy free?)
2 Tbsp homemade vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
Mix coconut milk powder and hot water. Whisk until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients and blend. Pour into a 11×13 casserole dish. Set the casserole dish into a larger pan filled with water. Bake in 350 degree oven for 55-65 minutes. Do not over-bake! Custard sets as it cools, and even more in the fridge. If cooked too long, the liquid will separate from the eggs, and it will turn out like a sweetened scrambled egg, with a bunch of excess liquid. You are looking for the edges to set, but the middle to slightly jiggle when you bump the pan. For the perfect custard, let it cool in the water bath for at least 30 minutes, then cover the dish with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 4 or more hours.
This can also be baked in individual ramekins or glass Pyrex dishes (for 35 minutes each). Pyrex dishes are very convenient if you’re planning to pack this in your lunch. You can just let it cool completely and snap on the lid and you’re all set.
I have made this with no sweetener before and it is delicious that way as well. It comes out slightly sweet and more eggy tasting and makes a great breakfast hot or cold.
You can use canned coconut milk (or make your own fresh), but I find it cheaper to use the powder.
For a more beautiful presentation, after the custard is finished baking place a layer of banana slices (or coconut flakes) on top and place under a hot broiler for 3-4 minutes. The bananas will carmelize and blacken and look beautiful on the plate.
May 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM (Beverages, Ferments, Health, Herbal Medicine, How To, Make It Yourself, Non Toxic, Recipes, Simple, Sugar Free, Your Journey to Health)
Tags: alternative medicine, cooking, DIY, food, Frugal Recipes, Health, homemade, Kombucha, Kombucha Scoby, paleo, real food, SCOBY, Tea, weston a price
Rob and I quit caffeine about 3 months ago (for these 50 reasons). So I put my Kombucha Scoby to sleep until I could figure out a way to make decaffeinated Kombucha. There is much controversy about how much caffeine is left in the finished batch of tea, and I wasn’t about to take a chance on getting hooked on the stuff again. Some people say that all of the caffeine is consumed by the bacteria in the Kombucha. Some people say 50%…I have even heard that none of the caffeine is consumed by the bacteria, and that Kombucha is full of caffeine. According to Energy Fiend an 8 oz glass of Kombucha contains approximately 24 mg of caffeine. What to believe? Honestly, I couldn’t find any hard research that convinced me either way, so I decided to make my own decaf tea and test it out myself.
First of all, I use regular old Lipton black tea bags and plain white table sugar to make Kombucha. Doesn’t sound like a very healthy beverage right? I have called the Lipton company twice, and the assured me that they have never sprayed their fields, or used any preservatives in their tea. Tea is naturally very resistant to pests and disease so there is no need. You can use organic tea if you like, or green tea. According to the experts you cannot use herbal or flavored teas. Herbal tea contains no caffeine, which the Scoby needs. Flavored teas contain oils and additives that harm the Scoby.
As far as the sugar is concerned, the bacteria DO eat that. There is very little sugar left in the finished batch of Kombucha, and this I have tested out plenty of times. If you don’t have white sugar around (I buy it specifically for making Kombucha) you can use sucanat, rapadura, or evaporated cane juice. Do not use honey, as it contains its own colony of bacteria and yeasts that compete with the Kombucha.
To remove caffeine from a regular black tea bag:
- Place 5-6 tea bags in an empty bowl or coffee mug
- Boil 1 gallon of water for Kombucha
- Ladle out 1 cup of water and pour it over the tea bags
- Steep for 30-45 seconds
- Remove the tea bags, and place them in the large 1 gallon pot of hot water
- Steep until dark. Adding 1 cup sugar
- Make Kombucha as you normally would.
Up to 80 percent of the caffeine is released in the first infusion of water so only minimal amounts will remain when you add water the second time. This method eliminates very little of the tea’s flavor and aroma. I decided to go with this method, because I believe that the Kombucha Scoby needs a small amount of caffeine to grow and thrive properly. I am hoping that it eats up the remaining 20% of caffeine!
I have been making it this way for 3 weeks now. When the first batch was done, I waited until 30 minutes before bedtime and drank 16 ounces of Kombucha. I am normally very sensitive to caffeine, even when I was drinking large amounts of coffee, I always had to cut myself off by 3pm or I’d be awake all night. I noticed no sleep disturbances after drinking the Kombucha. I know that is not very scientific, but at this point anecdotal evidence is all I’ve got 🙂
So if the 24 mg in an 8 oz glass statistic from above is correct than an 8 oz glass of naturally decaffeinated Kombucha should contain around 4.8 milligrams of caffeine.
Has anyone else made it this way? Have you been able to find any solid research on the caffeine needs of a Kombucha Scoby? Why isn’t anyone studying this stuff?
Cherry Kombucha Soda
P.S Sometimes we like flavored Kombucha Soda in the summer. I wait until the Kombucha is all done fermenting for 7 days. I line up several glass bottles (I had people from work save me their old glass, juice bottles) and I add 2 ounces of juice to each bottle. Fill each bottle with Kombucha and screw the lids on tight. Wait 24 hours and then put them all in the fridge. Very bubbly and delicious! Try grape, pomegranate, cherry or pineapple juice. This would be an excellent way to shake a soda pop addiction!
April 7, 2012 at 4:56 AM (Beverages, Fast, Ferments, Health, Recipes, Simple, Sugar Free)
Tags: beverage, cooking, DIY, Health, homemade, Lactic acid fermentation, lacto fermenation, Lemonade, probiotics, recipe
This is Rob’s favorite beverage. He likes it really tart, and so do I. If you haven’t discovered lacto-fermentation yet, this would be a great starter recipe. It adds a healthy dose of probiotics to your diet and is very high in Vitamin C. It also contains Folate, Potassium and Magnesium as well as other trace minerals. If you’re trying to sneak healthy bacteria into someone’s diet without their knowledge, this recipe tastes just like regular lemonade. They won’t even know it’s healthy 🙂
I make homemade yogurt, so I always have an abundance of whey in the house. To make your own yogurt read how to do it in a crock pot here or how to do it at room temperature with no heat required here. The whey will naturally rise to the top of yogurt, or you can strain the yogurt through a tea towel or cheesecloth.
Lacto Fermented Lemonade
1 dozen organic lemons
1/2 cup sugar (you can use any sweetener except honey)
1 gallon purified water
1/4-1/2 cup whey
Juice lemons. Rob and I found a handy electric citrus juicer at a yard sale for $1 and boy has that thing come in handy. We were squeezing them by hand before, and I don’t highly recommend that. For some reason lemon juice always torpedos directly toward your eye 🙂
Mix lemon juice, water, sugar and whey. Stir to dissolve sugar.
Cover pitcher with cloth or paper towel and hold in place with a rubber band. Leave at room temperature for 48 hours. After 48 hours approximately 1.6% of the sugar will remain, the rest will have been metabolized by the bacteria, making this a 98.4% sugar/carb free beverage.
Refrigerate and drink up. You may like more sugar in yours, but we love it tart and only very slightly sweet. Experiment for the right combination for your taste buds.
I have let my Kombucha Scoby go to sleep, and we are drinking this instead. I am trying to figure out how much, if any, caffeine remains in the finished batch of Kombucha. Does anyone have any insight on this question? I finally broke my caffeine addiction and I don’t want to drink Kombucha until I’m certain that it caffeine-free. If you know the answer to this question, I would love to hear your thoughts!
March 29, 2012 at 4:50 AM (Real Food Dessert, Recipes, Simple, Sugar Free)
Tags: Chocolate, Coconut, Coconut oil, cooking, dessert, food, Fudge, kitchen, raw food, real food, recipe, sugar free
We don’t eat dessert very often, but when we do it needs to include chocolate. I also like very simple recipes that don’t require a lot of time in the kitchen. Both of these fudge recipes contain coconut oil, which is very stimulating to the metabolism. One contains no added sweetener at all, the other raw honey.
Sweet Potato Fudge
2 cups sweet potato, cooked and puree
1/2 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
dash of sea salt
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor. Line an 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper or wax paper. Press fudge into pan. Sprinkle shredded coconut over fudge and press into place with the back of a spoon. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Cut into squares. This recipe is also good with one walnut pressed into each square before it sets.
Coconut Oil Fudge
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened but not melted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut sap sugar
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
dash of sea salt
Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Line a bread pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Press fudge into pan and chill in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Cut into squares.
You can add nuts or fruit as desired. I love the texture of the 2nd recipe, so I don’t add anything. It is cool, and sort of oily and melts on your tongue. Delicious!