Sunday, May 8, 2011

A fun twist on Root Veggies

Another bit of silver lining on the new adventure in eating is that we've discovered some yummy favorites we might not have otherwise encountered.

We're all big potato fans in the house, and, of course, this is off the list at the moment. We often do oven baked fries, planks of potatoes tossed in olive oil and spices and roasted. Instead, we decided to try turnips this way, and liked them so much that we tried rutabagas as well, and I even threw in some beets. Patrick couldn't eat these, but Helena loved them as did I. Now our 6 year old is enthusiastically eating all kinds of root veggies that I didn't even try until I was an adult. 

I used this recipe,, and, for the sake of Patrick's restrictions, omitted the Parmesan (no aged cheeses for him). I used granulated garlic in place of the garlic salt, and added a bit of salt to taste. 

These are easy and yummy. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Some sweet things for the weekend

I took these photos last summer while driving a road I don't travel frequently....maybe I should more though, they left me with such a warm feeling. May they brighten your day as much as they did mine.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Meatloaf...low carb, low yeast

On our yeast free adventure, I've found it necessary to adapt some of our favorite recipes so that Patrick can continue to enjoy them, as well as seek out new ones. Here's an old favorite with a new twist.

Meatloaf, adapted from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook

1 Lb Lean (97% fat free) ground beef (I've been using grass fed, organic, and there's no comparison)
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1 tsp dried ground sage leaf
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove, finely chopped)
1 large egg
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup finely chopped onion

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix all ingredients and pressed into an un-greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160 F.

Notes: It's a fine line between done and dry here, so watch carefully once you hit the 50 minute mark. The flax seed acts as a healthy binder without adding a lot of carbohydrate (and thus yeast producing,) content. 

Patrick is a gravy lover, and I find that some broth and a little fat cooks off this, which I can drain and make about the right amount of gravy for the meal.


Drippings and broth, add milk to equal 1 cup
1 1/2 TBSP Cornstarch dissolved in 1 TBSP cold water
1 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
Salt & Pepper to taste

Warm the drippings, broth and milk in a pan. Add Braggs, whisk in cornstarch/water mixture and heat to boiling. Simmer for a minute or two until thick. Season with pepper (and salt if needed, Braggs is fairly salty) to taste.