GAPS Legal Fried Rice

We had fried rice a lot growing up! It’s a good “kitchen sink” recipe. You can use almost any ingredients you have on hand. It also comes together fairly quickly, especially if you’re like us and usually have rice in the fridge.

One of the reasons I chose white rice for this recipe is because on the transition to the GAPS Intro diet, or at any time during the GAPS Intro diet, if you or your practitioner feel that your body is in need of some carbohydrates, this is a simple carbohydrate that many of us relate to. While it’s  not a whole grain, which generally we prefer, the husk of a whole grain can be harder to digest. White rice that’s been soaked is fairly easy to digest and fairly untroublesome for the gut.

This is a quick and easy meal. To make it GAPS legal, substitute wild rice for the white rice. 

One of the keys to the recipe is find a true correctly fermented soy sauce. Soy should only ever be eaten in a properly fermented state. When it’s properly fermented, it’s legal on the GAPS Diet. I found a properly fermented soy sauce from Ohsawa Organic called Nama Shoyu. It’s an unpasteurized soy sauce and delicious!

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There are “classic” fried rice vegetables but truly you can change this recipe to use any vegetables you have in the fridge. In this version I used carrots, celery, onions, red cabbage and green onion. You could also use any type of summer squash like yellow squash or zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard, shredded brussel sprouts, snow peas, snap peas, green peas, or green beans. We always made it with water chestnuts and bean sprouts growing up. I’m not sure if these are GAPS legal but I’m very doubtful they would be. What vegetable combination is your favorite?

Ingredients for GAPS Legal Fried Rice

  • 2 cups of rice

  • 4 cups stock

  • Carrots

  • Onions

  • Red Cabbage

  • Green Onions

  • 3 tbsp Lard or Other Animal Fat

  • 4-6 cloves of Garlic, depending on size

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1.5 tbsp Soy Sauce (see note about correctly fermented soy sauce)

Directions for GAPS Legal Fried Rice:

24 Hours Before:

Soak your rice overnight. Place in warm filtered water with 4 tbsp of yogurt or whey.

The Next Day:

Rinse rice under filtered water.

Add 2 cups of rice to 4 cups of stock. Cook rice in the stock for 15 minutes until the stock is absorbed. 

Chop all vegetables. The smaller you chop them, the faster they’ll cook. Make sure you slice your vegetables the same size for even cooking. 

Add 3 tbsp of lard to a  cast iron pan. 

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When adding vegetables, add the ones that take the longest to cook in first, usually the hardest ones. So for me, I added the carrots and celery first. Add in cabbage and onions.

Add 1-2 tsps of soy sauce into the cast iron pan. This will start to create the sticky sauce. 

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A tip in sauteing vegetables: let them sit for a minute or two to get brown. Then move them to cook other sides. 

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Once your vegetables have cooked, add in the rice and stir.

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Crack two eggs into a bowl and scramble them. Add them into the cast iron pan and mix well.

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Add in about 1 tbsp of soy sauce and mix everything together.

Serve alongside more soy sauce on the table and enjoy!

Homemade Gummy Snacks

Vitamin C and collagen work together to build healthy cells and mucus membranes, as well as healthy joints and skin. Anything with a structure needs vitamin c alongside collagen. These gummies are a good way for both children and adults to get collagen and vitamin c together! These gummies are stage five legal on the GAPS Diet because they are cooked fruit.

I got the basics proportions for this recipe from Integrative Health Coaching Services and modified it to fit my own needs. Depending on what proportions you use, the chart included on the Integrative Health Coaching Services website can help you decide how many gelatin squares to eat. If your children really love these gummies, you can decrease the amount of acerola cherry powder so that they can consume more gummy treats. These can also be great ABA technique rewards to get your child to eat the foods you want them to eat.

I recommend experimenting with adding other things like probiotic powders,and other supplements in these gummies. Just make sure you add anything live when the gummies are not too hot. Wait until the later stages when the mixture is cool enough so you don’t kill it. 

I once made a bold choice and experimented with adding dessicated liver in a quest to figure out what other supplements can be added to the mixture. I don’t think liver was the best choice. There’s nothing wrong with consuming them; they just smell and taste like liver, which isn’t the flavor profile you’d expect. 

I made strawberry gummies but you could also make any berry into a gummy. Other fruit, like apples and bananas, will not work to make gummies at home. Frozen berries are actually a great choice because they are picked ripe and frozen while in season. You could also harvest your own berries locally and freeze them yourself.

Ingredients;

  • 1 heaping cup frozen berries

  • 1/2 Cup lemon juice

  • 1/4 Cup grass fed gelatin

  • 3-4 Tbsp.. Acerola cherry powder 

  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions:

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Add 1 heaping cup of frozen strawberries to a pot. Add enough water to cover the bottom. Turn the stove on to medium heat.

Help the berries break apart by stirring them with a spoon. 

When they start to get really soft, turn the stove to a low heat simmer.

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Blend softened berries and lemon juice in a blender.

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Once smooth, add back into pot. Add in gelatin and acerola cherry powder. Whisk well for about ten minutes until all combined.

Add honey at the end so that you are not cooking the honey.

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Pour into a glass baking dish.

If you are adding a probiotic powder, make sure your mixture is cooled enough to where you can easily leave a finger in it before adding the powder. This will ensure you do not kill the probiotics.

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Set in fridge to chill. Gummies should be chilled in about 40 minutes. Slice around the sides and cut into cubes to remove from glass pan.

Almond Flour Bread with Italian Herbs

This recipe is adapted from the basic bread recipe in the GAPS Gut and Psychology Syndrome book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. It is legal on Stage Four. If you do a sweet version of this bread it is legal on Stage Five.

I really enjoy the Italian herb version of this basic bread recipe because I like strong flavors. For me, doing an almond bread that’s sweetened with fruit is not sweet enough. I prefer going with a savory bread instead that has a strong flavor.

The beginning piece of this recipe is the basic bread recipe that can be adapted into any other combination of ingredients.

You can use the herbs and combination of herbs of your choice in this recipe. I used tyme, rosemary and parsley. 

Bread is still a treat so it’s best to have one piece a day as a snack in between meals.

Ingredients for Italian Almond Bread with Herbs

  • 2 cups fermented almond flour

  • ¼ cup softened butter

  • 3 eggs

  • Herbs of your choice

  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic, fresh or fermented

Directions for Italian Almond Bread with Herbs

24 hours in advance, make your fermented almond flour or make it from almonds.

Preheat oven to 350.

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Combine flour and softened butter. Add eggs and mix thoroughly.

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Finely dice the herbs of your choice.

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Mix in with flour mixture. This mixture will look more moist than other bread doughs.

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Line a glass baking dish with parchment paper. Optionally, add fat to your parchment paper. Place mixture into baking dish. Spread evenly.

Bake for about an hour.

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Slice and enjoy!


How to Make Almond Butter

Ingredients for Fermented Almond Butter

  • 3 cups Almonds

  • ½ cup Whey

  • Filtered Water

  • Salt

Directions for Fermented Almond Butter

Place your almonds in filtered water with whey. Allow to soak for 24 hours.

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Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse with filtered water.

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Place almonds into a food processor. Pulse them consistently until you get almond butter.

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Once almonds are the consistency of almond butter, add four shakes of salt. Pulse for several more seconds. Add four more shakes of salt.


Almond Butter

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ingredients:

  • 3 cups Almonds
  • ½ cup Whey
  • Filtered Water
  • Salt

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How to cook Almond Butter

  1. Place your almonds in filtered water with whey. Allow to soak for 24 hours.
  2. Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse with filtered water.
  3. Place almonds into a food processor. Pulse them consistently until you get almond butter.
  4. Once almonds are the consistency of almond butter, add four shakes of salt. Pulse for several more seconds. Add four more shakes of salt.
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DIY Almond Flour from Nuts

Any seed wants to be a plant. Seeds include nuts, seeds, beans, and grains. To protect itself, a seed has phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients. These substances attack the body of the animal that ate the seed, preventing the digestion of the seed. This is why we see whole seeds in bird poop.

Manually grinding seeds into flours does nothing to negate these enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients. We may not necessarily see whole seeds in our stools but we don’t need to for our bodies to experience the effects of these substances. Inflammation, poor absorption of foods, and leaky gut are some of the effects on our bodies of eating seeds that are not properly prepared. To learn more about properly preparing grains, check out my video.

HOW TO PREPARE GRAINS PROPERLY

When we properly prepare our grains however, we begin the germination process, which changes the seeds chemical structure. It neutralizes the anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors, and the seed prepares to bring life. When we eat a seed in this state, it’s nutrients are available to us and it brings life to our bodies.  

All seeds can be prepared in three ways - soaking, sprouting or fermenting. Fermenting is by far the most simple and the most beneficial. All it requires is whey. These directions are for almond flour but you can use the same concept to any nut, seed, or grain. For specific instructions on how to do this with whole seeds, see my recipe on trail mix.

The other benefit of using fermented almond flour is that it makes a much lighter end product. The fermentation process acts somewhat like a baking soda or powder, increasing the air space as your treat bakes, making it less dense.

This is a great way to make fermented almond flour if your recipe calls for a very specific ratio of wet to dry ingredients. It’s also great for recipes that call for frying, like these onion rings!

You can also make fermented flour with almonds already made into flour. See the recipe here.

Ingredients for Making Almond Flour from Fermented Nuts

  • 3 cups Almonds

  • ½ cup Whey

  • Filtered Water

Directions for Making Almond Flour from Fermented Nuts

Place your almonds in filtered water with whey. Allow to soak for 24 hours.

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Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse with filtered water.

For the easiest almond flour, peel the almonds by squeezing them between your fingers until the skins pop off.

Drain the almonds well. If you don’t drain them well, your flour will be wet.

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Place almonds into a food processor. Pulse them consistently for about 60 seconds in one second pulses. Scrape the sides of the food processor consistently to ensure almonds are all blended to the same size.

Don’t pulse for too long or you will get almond butter!


DIY Almond Flour

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  • 3 cups Almonds
  • ½ cup Whey
  • Filtered Water

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How to cook DIY Almond Flour

  1. Place your almonds in filtered water with whey. Allow to soak for 24 hours.
  2. Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse with filtered water.
  3. For the easiest almond flour, peel the almonds by squeezing them between your fingers until the skins pop off.
  4. Drain the almonds well. If you don’t drain them well, your flour will be wet.
  5. Place almonds into a food processor. Pulse them consistently for about 60 seconds in one second pulses. Scrape the sides of the food processor consistently to ensure almonds are all blended to the same size.
  6. Don’t pulse for too long or you will get almond butter!
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Mushroom Ketchup Recipe

I found this recipe from my new favorite show on YouTube, 18th Century Cooking. It is a GAPS Legal sauce and since many people do not tolerate tomatoes, I thought it would be a delicious option for a sauce!

I’m excited to add this sauce to many dishes!

This is Stage 1 legal on the GAPS Diet if you can tolerate the dried spices. Most can tolerate these spices unless you still have significant intestinal symptoms.

Ingredients for Mushroom Ketchup

  • 30 oz Mushrooms

  • 2 tbsp Salt

  • 4 Bay Leaves

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 1 Lemon, zested

  • 1 tbsp finely grated horseradish, fresh or prepared

  • ¼ tsp cloves

  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

  • ½ tsp allspice

  • ¼ - ½ cup apple cider vinegar

Directions for Mushroom Ketchup

Rub the top of the mushrooms to clean them. Do not wash your mushrooms!

Roughly chop the mushrooms and add to a large pot. Add in salt and bay leaves.

The mushrooms will begin reducing within a few minutes.

When they’ve reduced in size, add them to a glass container. Adding them to a glass container is important so they don’t take on the metal taste from the pot.

Leave the mushrooms on the counter overnight and no longer because mushrooms are a fungus.

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The next day, add mushrooms, chopped onions, zest of 1 lemon, grated horseradish, cloves, cayenne, allspice, and apple cider vinegar to a pot.

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Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 minutes.

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Let sauce cool. Put into a cloth and squeeze to strain the sauce.

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Save the solid pieces and dry them in a dehydrator. Once the solid pieces are dry, you can crush them and use them as a powdered flavoring or use the pieces as flavoring.

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Pour into a glass sealable jar.

Homemade Salad Dressing

I have recently been learning the importance of essential fatty acids from plants (EFAs.) These should be incorporated in every day diets. If you’re on GAPS, these are introduced on Introduction Stage 4.

When making real food, quality matters! This is especially true of cold pressed plant oils. For that reason, I recommend getting and using a high quality olive oil is very important. I am lucky to have a local shop, Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company, that sources their oils from small family farms around the world who know the importance of good quality oils. You can even taste test the different oils so you know exactly what you’re getting.  Before I discovered the shop, I had no idea that olive oils can taste so differently from each other. If you’re not in Northern Colorado, try to find a olive oil store near you. There are even a few high quality olive oils available online, including Jovial and Olea. If none of these are an option for you, get an organic olive oil from your local health food store.

This is a simple base salad dressing but once you understand the ratios, the possibilities are endless! This recipe is a triple batch but the basic ratio is 3 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp of vinegar. For a cream based dressing, add sour cream. Find a salad dressing that your family loves but don’t forget to mix it up from time to time. Variety is key!

Add this dressing cold to any salad that makes sense. Never heat any olive oil or other plant pressed oils because heat will oxidize the molecules of the oil, creating rancidity and changing it from the health food that it is.

Letting this dressing meld overnight is important. The dressing becomes more flavorful and delicious as it sets longer.

Ingredients for Homemade Salad Dressing:

  • 9 tbsp Olive Oil

  • 8 tbsp Vinegar

  • 1 tbsp Honey

  • 4 Cloves Freshly Chopped Garlic

  • Freshly Chopped Herbs of Your Choice (I used 3 sprigs thyme and 1 sprig of rosemary.)

Directions for Homemade Salad Dressing

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Mince garlic finely.

Strip the thyme from the stem.

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Add olive oil, vinegar and honey to jar. 

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Add garlic, thyme and rosemary or other herbs.

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Shake to mix.

Store at room temperature. 

GAPS Legal Banana Split

Ah, the banana split. It’s so delicious on a hot summer’s day. This one is made with all natural ingredients and real food.

This recipe is GAPS Legal if you’ve been on full GAPS for about six months, and you’re tolerating raw milk, and you make it exactly as directed. It is Weston A Price legal as well.

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Ingredients for GAPS Legal Banana Split

Directions for GAPS Legal Banana Split

If you’re going to add nuts to your banana split, start them 24 hours ahead of time so they are properly prepared. See how to properly prepare nuts here.

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Make your homemade, raw milk ice cream. This is the piece that takes the longest.

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Create your other toppings: your chocolate fudge sauce, strawberry fruit sauce, and maraschino cherries. You could also optionally make homemade marshmallow topping or homemade red hots if you wanted to top your ice cream with less than traditional banana split toppings.

I made my whipped cream in my Vitamix blender. Add raw milk into the blender. Use Variable 1 to start. Then increase to Variable 10 and High. Blend for 12 seconds or until peaks form.

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Cut your banana in half. Add to a banana split bowl.

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Top with your ice cream.

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Top ice cream with whipped cream and sauces.

Serve and enjoy!

Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Sauce

  • 1 ¼  cup cocoa powder

  • 1 cup honey

  • ½ cup Cocoa Butter

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¾ cup water

Directions for Chocolate Fudge Sauce

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In a small pot, combine cocoa powder, honey, salt, and water. Mix together. Add in cocoa butter.

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Bring to a boil. Simmer for five minutes until sauce thickens. Stir constantly to ensure no lumps.

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Let sauce cool slightly and serve immediately over ice cream!


Chocolate Fudge Sauce

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Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup Cocoa Butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup water

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How to cook Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Directions for Chocolate Fudge Sauce
  1. In a small pot, combine cocoa powder, honey, salt, and water. Mix together. Add in cocoa butter.
  2. Bring to a boil. Simmer for five minutes until sauce thickens. Stir constantly to ensure no lumps.
  3. Let sauce cool slightly and serve immediately over ice cream!
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Fruit Sauce Topping for Ice Cream

Making a fruit sauce topping like a strawberry or blackberry sauce is very easy! It’s a simple process and you can swap for any flavor you’d like.

You can also use this sauce to top yogurt if you don’t have homemade ice cream on hand.

Ingredients for Fruit Sauce

  • 1 heaping cup of frozen fruit (I used strawberries)

  • Filtered Water

  • 2 tsp Lemon juice

  • Honey (optional)

Directions for Fruit Sauce

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Add heaping cup of frozen fruit to pot.

Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pot.

When strawberries are soft, mash them with a fork or masher.

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Leave the strawberries or add a little honey once you’ve removed it from the heat to make the sauce extra sweet. I skipped this step for my sauce as I find the fruit sweet enough.


Fruit Sauce Topping for Ice Cream

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  • 1 heaping cup of frozen fruit (I used strawberries)
  • Filtered Water
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Honey (optional)

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How to cook Fruit Sauce Topping for Ice Cream

  1. Add heaping cup of frozen fruit to pot.
  2. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pot.
  3. When strawberries are soft, mash them with a fork or masher.
  4. Leave the strawberries or add a little honey once you’ve removed it from the heat to make the sauce extra sweet. I skipped this step for my sauce as I find the fruit sweet enough.
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GAPS Legal Alcohol Free Maraschino Cherry Substitue

One of the few sweet commercial treats that I miss is maraschino cherries. I loved them in Shirley Temples, or chocolate covered cordial cherries. I was even known to eat them straight out of the jar.

The ingredients in the commercially available products are so horrific that I haven’t been tempted to try them in the past. But when looking for what to top my homemade vanilla ice cream with, I wondered if there was a way to make my own. I stumbled upon this recipe from Real Food Whole Health which uses real ingredients to make maraschino cherries and I was sold. I’ve modified the recipe a little to make it GAPS Legal on the full GAPS Diet by removing the sugar and swapping the kind of cherry juice I used. These cherries are also alcohol free, unlike many other recipes I found to make your own maraschino cherries.

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The most labor intensive part of this recipe is in pitting the cherries. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, like I do not, try a straw or a chop stick to remove the pits. I found the easiest way to do it was to remove the stems, poke a hole in the top of the cherry, and then push the pit out the top hole from the bottom.

If you’re not making this recipe when cherries are in season, you can use frozen whole cherries with the pits removed. 

Ingredients for GAPS Legal “Maraschino” Cherries

1 cup organic, unsweetened Black Cherry Juice,  I used Lakewood Pure Black Cherry juice

1 cup filtered water

2 organic whole cinnamon sticks

3 Tbsp lemon juice

16 oz sweet red cherries, pitted

1 Tbsp pure almond extract

Directions for GAPS Legal “Maraschino” Cherries

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In a sauce pan, combine cherry juice, water, cinnamon sticks and lemon juice.  Bring to a low simmer.

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Pit your cherries while the sauce is simmering.

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Pour sauce over the cherries. Add in almond extract. This is the important piece because it gives them that distinct smell!

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Let cool on the counter. Cover tightly and keep in the fridge.


Gaps Legal Alcohol Free Maraschino Cherry Substitute

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  • 1 cup organic, unsweetened Black Cherry Juice (I used Lakewood Pure Black Cherry juice)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 organic whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 16 oz sweet red cherries, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp pure almond extract

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How to cook Gaps Legal Alcohol Free Maraschino Cherry Substitute

  1. In a sauce pan, combine cherry juice, water, cinnamon sticks and lemon juice. Bring to a low simmer.
  2. Pit your cherries while the sauce is simmering.
  3. Pour sauce over the cherries. Add in almond extract. This is the important piece because it gives them that distinct smell!
  4. Let cool on the counter. Cover tightly and keep in the fridge.
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How to Make GAPS Legal Ice Cream

I discovered this delicious ice cream years and years ago from an old ice cream maker recipe book. This is really making a custard base which makes it thick and creamy and allows you to not have to add so many filler ingredients. 

This is a full GAPS Legal ice cream because it has whole milk. You could try it with just cream and eat it earlier on the protocol. This ice cream is a rich treat but should be eaten with no guilt! It has very simple ingredients - milk, eggs, cream, honey, and optional vanilla extract. Any flavoring can be added to this ice cream base including chocolate or strawberries - you’re only limited by your imagination! What flavor combination is your favorite?

A few tips on how to make your own simple ice cream:

For best results, do the mixture the night before and let it chill in the freezer for at least eight hours. 

If you can’t find raw milk near you, you can use non homogenized organic milk as a less preferred but still acceptable alternative.


Ingredients for GAPS Legal Ice Cream

  • 2 cups Milk

  • 3 Eggs

  • 2 cups Cream

  • ½ cup Honey

  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract


Directions for GAPS Legal Ice Cream

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Add the milk and eggs to a pot.

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Whisk eggs immediately. If your milk gets too hot before you add your eggs, you will end up with very milky scrambled eggs! I prefer to start mixing with a fork and then whisk.

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Once the mixture is warm, add the honey. Mix with a whisk and fork.

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Leave mixture on low to medium low heat and stir constantly but not consistently until it thickens. The mixture is thick enough when it coats a spoon. 

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Add to a large enough bowl that will also have room to accommodate the cream. If there are scrambled egg pieces or harder pieces of milk in the pot, leave them in! You just want all the creamy goodness.

Cover and cool in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes.

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Add your cream and vanilla.

Put the mixture back in the fridge and allow to cool completely overnight.

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Add mixture into an ice cream maker.

Once mixture starts to resemble ice cream, you can remove it from the maker. It will resemble soft serve. If you’d like harder ice cream, leave the mixture in the freezer for a few hours.

Enjoy with your favorite toppings!


GAPS Legal Ice Cream

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  • 2 cups Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 cups Cream
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

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How to cook GAPS Legal Ice Cream

  1. Add the milk and eggs to a pot.
  2. Whisk eggs immediately. If your milk gets too hot before you add your eggs, you will end up with very milky scrambled eggs! I prefer to start mixing with a fork and then whisk.
  3. Once the mixture is warm, add the honey. Mix with a whisk and fork.
  4. Leave mixture on low to medium low heat and stir constantly but not consistently until it thickens. The mixture is thick enough when it coats a spoon.
  5. Add to a large enough bowl that will also have room to accommodate the cream. If there are scrambled egg pieces or harder pieces of milk in the pot, leave them in! You just want all the creamy goodness.
  6. Cover and cool in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes.
  7. Add your cream and vanilla.
  8. Put the mixture back in the fridge and allow to cool completely overnight.
  9. Add mixture into an ice cream maker.
  10. Once mixture starts to resemble ice cream, you can remove it from the maker. It will resemble soft serve. If you’d like harder ice cream, leave the mixture in the freezer for a few hours.
  11. Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
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Cast Iron Parboiled Lamb Meatballs

Meatballs are a simple way to add variety to your diet. They can also be a great way to get your kids to eat vegetables! Add finely chopped onions, zucchini, peppers, etc. in to your meatballs to add vegetables.

I’m making these meatballs with lamb burger but you can do it with any kind of burger.

If you have a lean cut, make sure you add fat! I prefer to not use a lean cut; it’s better for your health! Remember, fat is your friend.  [link to fat blog]

My preferred way of making meatballs is to parboil them.

An added benefit of rolling lamb meatballs is the lovely lamb tallow on your skin! Tallow is fat and lamb tallow is the best for your skin. Your hands will be soft, moisturized, and waterproof after rolling your meatballs.

Ingredients for GAPS Friendly Lamb Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground lamb

  • Salt

Directions for GAPS Friendly Lamb Meatballs

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Heat ½ inch of water in a pan.

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Roll your lamb into inch sized balls. You can make your meatballs any size, just make sure they’re consistently sized.

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Add your meatballs into your pan with water.

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Turn your meatballs with a fork to continue to cook on all sides. Salt your meatballs generously.

As you turn them, continue to salt the meatballs.

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After approximately five minutes, when you think your meatballs are done, cut one open to check it if it is done.

Continue to add water, meatballs, and salt in batches until you have cooked your desired number of meatballs.

Enjoy!

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Cast Iron Parboiled Lamb Meatballs

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  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • Salt

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How to cook Cast Iron Parboiled Lamb Meatballs

  1. Heat ½ inch of water in a pan.
  2. Roll your lamb into inch sized balls. You can make your meatballs any size, just make sure they’re consistently sized.
  3. Add your meatballs into your pan with water.
  4. Turn your meatballs with a fork to continue to cook on all sides. Salt your meatballs generously.
  5. As you turn them, continue to salt the meatballs.
  6. After approximately five minutes, when you think your meatballs are done, cut one open to check it if it is done.
  7. Continue to add water, meatballs, and salt in batches until you have cooked your desired number of meatballs.
  8. Enjoy!
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Gluten Free GAPS Legal Onion Rings

As I’ve been healing and able to eat a larger variety of food, my taste buds have been seeking new and exciting tastes and I’ve found myself wanting to experiment more with cooking. These onion rings are my first foray into creating GAPS Legal fried foods.

My curiosity in figuring out if I could create fried food that was GAPS Legal was spurred by my new favorite YouTube channel, 18th Century Cooking by John Townsend. This sent my mind spinning on if I could create GAPS legal fried foods.

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These onion rings are legal on the GAPS Diet at stage 4! You can reserve the fat you use for frying to use again, as long as you don’t burn your fat.

Feel free to add additional flavors to the batter as you’d like!

Ingredients for Onion Rings:

  • Onions

  • 1 cup Fermented Almond Flour (see recipe)

  • 3 Eggs

  • 1 pint Lard (see recipe or store bought Fat Works)

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • Pepper


Directions for Onion Rings:

Heat lard in a pan on low heat. Be mindful of your fat because if it heats too fast, it will burn and you will have to throw it out and start over.

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Scramble three eggs in a shallow bowl with salt and pepper. Add in almond flour.

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Slice onion into thick rounds. Separate them into individual layers.

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Working directly next to the pan with lard, dunk your onion rounds piece by piece in the batter. Then place directly into the lard.

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Cook, turning as needed until they are golden brown in color.

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Remove onions when they are golden brown. Drain off excess oil or the onion rings will get mushy.

If the onion rings are not salty enough, salt them to taste.

Enjoy!


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Gluten Free GAPS Legal Onion Rings

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ingredients:

  • Onions
  • 1 cup Fermented Almond Flour (see recipe for properly prepared almond flour)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 pint Lard (see recipe or store bought Fat Works)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Pepper

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How to cook Gluten Free GAPS Legal Onion Rings

  1. Heat lard in a pan on low heat. Be mindful of your fat because if it heats too fast, it will burn and you will have to throw it out and start over.
  2. Scramble three eggs in a shallow bowl with salt and pepper. Add in almond flour.
  3. Slice onion into thick rounds. Separate them into individual layers.
  4. Working directly next to the pan with lard, dunk your onion rounds piece by piece in the batter. Then place directly into the lard.
  5. Cook, turning as needed until they are golden brown in color.
  6. Remove onions when they are golden brown. Drain off excess oil or the onion rings will get mushy.
  7. If the onion rings are not salty enough, salt them to taste.
  8. Enjoy!
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How to Make Your Own Spaghetti Sauce

I’ve always liked spaghetti and spaghetti sauce but when I started making my own spaghetti sauce, I realized I liked my own sauce best of all! I love making my own spaghetti sauce because I get to be in charge of the flavor, texture, and strength. Plus, I know everything that’s in it! I did try making my own tomato paste once but it was way too much work! I’m glad to have other options for tomato paste and sauce.

If you want a really smooth sauce, I recommend using tomato paste. If you don’t mind it with a little texture or you have an immersion blender, you can make it with crushed tomatoes. Using crushed tomatoes to make your sauce is preferable because there is less processing involved. Whole, raw tomatoes can also be used. Simply cut them into chunks, put them into a pot with water, and simmer slightly. You can remove the seeds but if you don’t mind them, that’s one less step and less work!

After the tomatoes have cooked for a period of time and are soft, you can puree them with an immersion blender or stand blender. After the tomatoes are pureed, simmer on low heat and begin adding your spices.

I also love tomato sauce because as long as you are tolerating tomatoes, you can eat this on the introduction diet of GAPS, as early as stage four. If you are on the introduction diet, make sure you are adding fresh herbs. When using fresh herbs, you will need to use larger amounts and plan to simmer your sauce for a longer period of time. A long simmer simply makes your sauce more delicious.

For a quicker spaghetti sauce, use crushed glass can tomatoes, like the ones pictured below. Begin cooking them and, when warm and soft, immersion blend them or add them to a stand blender. If you want the sauce less chunky, you can blend before you add your herbs and spices.

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If using tomato puree or tomato paste, you will need to reconstitute it with water. A small amount of paste can go a long way! Start with adding equal parts water and paste. Continue adding water if needed until you get to your desired consistency. Make sure you do not use tin canned paste, especially if it’s lined with plastic coating. I recommend only using glass canned items from a company you know and trust.

If you have any fermented garlic, add a tablespoon or so of the liquid at the very end of your cooking. This will send your sauce over the top.

Traditional spaghetti sauce recipes have sugar in them. If you are transitioning your family from a sugary diet, you could consider adding a little bit of honey into the mixture. However, it is best to not add a sweetener if you can avoid it.

This spaghetti sauce recipe can be used for a lovely spaghetti night, or you can use it to make zucchini pizzas!

Once you have your tomato base, read below to find out how to finish your sauce.

Ingredients to Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

  • 18 oz. crushed tomatoes

  • 2 Bay Leaves

  • 1 tbsp lard

  • ⅓ cup minced onion

  • 3-5 cloves of garlic

  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano

  • 1 tsp Dried Sage

  • 2 tsp Dried Thyme

  • 1 tsp Salt

Directions to Make Your Own Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe uses crushed tomatoes. You can also use tomato paste or whole tomatoes. (See above for directions on using tomato paste or whole tomatoes to make your sauce.)

Add one 18 oz. of crushed tomatoes into a pot. Add a bit of water to the jar, swirl, and add to the pot. Immersion blend the tomatoes at this stage if you like texture in your sauce.

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Add two whole bay leaves into tomatoes on the sauce.

Warm your lard in a cast iron skillet. Finely chop your onions and garlic. Add onions to your skillet first. Mince your garlic. Add garlic.

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When onions and garlic are softened, add them in with the tomatoes. If you would like a completely smooth sauce, you can immersion blend the sauce at this stage.

Add your dried herbs into the mixture and stir together.

Add water as you need it if your sauce is too thick. As it simmers it will reduce so to start, you want a soupy consistency for better mixing. If you add too much water at any point, you’ll simply need to simmer your sauce longer.

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Simmer for at least twenty minutes. The longer you simmer your sauce, the better it will be.

Store any leftover sauce in the jar that your tomatoes came in. I leave the bay leaves in so the sauce continues to be flavored. It will keep for about a week in the fridge.

Use your spaghetti sauce to top roasted spaghetti squash or to make zucchini pizza bites!

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Spaghetti Squash

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ingredients:

  • 18 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tbsp lard
  • ⅓ cup minced onion
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Sage
  • 2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt

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How to cook Spaghetti Squash

  1. This recipe uses crushed tomatoes. You can also use tomato paste or whole tomatoes. (See above for directions on using tomato paste or whole tomatoes to make your sauce.)
  2. Add one 18 oz. of crushed tomatoes into a pot. Add a bit of water to the jar, swirl, and add to the pot. Immersion blend the tomatoes at this stage if you like texture in your sauce.
  3. Add two whole bay leaves into tomatoes on the sauce.
  4. Warm your lard in a cast iron skillet. Finely chop your onions and garlic. Add onions to your skillet first. Mince your garlic. Add garlic.
  5. When onions and garlic are softened, add them in with the tomatoes. If you would like a completely smooth sauce, you can immersion blend the sauce at this stage. 
  6. Add your dried herbs into the mixture and stir together.
  7. Add water as you need it if your sauce is too thick. As it simmers it will reduce so to start, you want a soupy consistency for better mixing. If you add too much water at any point, you’ll simply need to simmer your sauce longer.
  8. Simmer for at least twenty minutes. The longer you simmer your sauce, the better it will be.
  9. Store any leftover sauce in the jar that your tomatoes came in. I leave the bay leaves in so the sauce continues to be flavored. It will keep for about a week in the fridge.
  10. Use your spaghetti sauce to top roasted spaghetti squash or to make zucchini pizza bites!
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Roasted Spaghetti Squash for Spaghetti Night

Roasted spaghetti squash has long been a favorite of mine, even before I started the GAPS Diet. Spaghetti squash is unique to others in the squash family because of its texture. It’s meaty insides look more like long strands of spaghetti and it has a less pureed texture than acorn squash or zucchini. This makes spaghetti squash  a great pasta alternative and so easy to prepare. All you need to do is cut it open, clean it out, slice it and forget it.

Spaghetti squash is GAPS Legal! You can add it to your soups on the first stage of GAPS. If you are on Stage Four of the GAPS Diet, you can eat it fried or baked.

You can use the spaghetti squash as a spaghetti alternative for white or red sauce. I also like to refry it and warm the spaghetti squash up in butter with lots of sauce (this is a great comfort food to support my body when it’s stressed.)

Ingredients for Roasted Spaghetti Squash

  • Spaghetti Squash

Directions for Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Preheat oven to 400.

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Slice spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.

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Remove seeds and strings in center. You can compost the seeds but you might get lots of volunteer spaghetti squash seedlings. (Which is not necessarily a bad thing.)

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Roast in the oven for 35 minutes to an hour. It depends on the size of your squash. I like my squash to be very soft and well cooked. This is also important for the GAPS Diet to have well cooked vegetables.

Check your squash after 35 minutes to see if they are softened and squishy. They should not be mush, but should feel much softer.

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When they are soft, remove them from the oven. If you need your squash to cool faster, you can flip them over. I prefer to keep them with the middle side down so they continue while they cool.

Check your spaghetti squash with a fork to see if it is done. If not, cook for a while longer.

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Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, remove the insides of the squash by scraping a fork along the insides.



Roasted Spaghetti Squash

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  • 1 Spaghetti Squash

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How to cook Roasted Spaghetti Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Slice spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
  3. Remove seeds and strings in center. You can compost the seeds but you might get lots of volunteer spaghetti squash seedlings. (Which is not necessarily a bad thing.)
  4. Roast in the oven for 35 minutes to an hour. It depends on the size of your squash. I like my squash to be very soft and well cooked. This is also important for the GAPS Diet to have well cooked vegetables.
  5. Check your squash after 35 minutes to see if they are softened and squishy. They should not be mush, but should feel much softer.
  6. When they are soft, remove them from the oven. If you need your squash to cool faster, you can flip them over. I prefer to keep them with the middle side down so they continue while they cool.
  7. Check your spaghetti squash with a fork to see if it is done. If not, cook for a while longer.
  8. Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, remove the insides of the squash by scraping a fork along the insides.
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Ways to Eat Eggs on the GAPS Diet

Dr. Natasha recommends that a child eats between three and six egg yolks a day and an adult should eat six to twelve. You may consume the whites with this if you are tolerating them or simply use the yolk only.

Egg whites are best eaten cooked. They are very detoxifying when they’re raw and when they’re raw, they require a lot of things to properly digest them. All the necessary things needed for digestion are in egg yolks so it’s important to consume the egg whites and egg yolks at the same time. Egg yolks are best eaten raw or very lightly cooked. This keeps the fragile nutrients inside egg yolks intact.

If you are having digestive issues, you should eat egg whites cooked only. After you have healed, you can consume raw egg whites.*

*Eating uncooked or raw eggs or feeding raw eggs to your pets can pose a risk to your health.

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How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled and Soft Boiled Eggs

Egg whites are best eaten cooked. They are very detoxifying when they’re raw and when they’re raw, they require a lot of things to properly digest them. All the necessary things needed for digestion are in egg yolks so it’s important to consume the egg whites and egg yolks at the same time. Egg yolks are best eaten raw or very lightly cooked. This keeps the fragile nutrients inside egg yolks intact.

If you are having digestive issues, you should eat egg whites cooked only. After you have healed, you can consume raw egg whites.*

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Dr. Natasha recommends that a child eats between three and six egg yolks a day and an adult should eat six to twelve. You may consume the whites with this if you are tolerating them or simply use the yolk only.

There are multiple recipes for using egg whites only or you can feed them to your dog or cat.

*Eating uncooked or raw eggs or feeding raw eggs to your pets can pose a risk to your health.

Keeping hard boiled eggs on hand is a great and easy protein on the go! If you want to take your hard boiled eggs one step further, check out my recipe on making mayo free deviled eggs.

Directions for Hard Boiled Eggs

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Fill a medium saucepan with cold water.

Add eggs.

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Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.

Remove eggs from heat.

Let set for 5 minutes.

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Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.

Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.

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Tap the end of the egg and peel the shell off. Enjoy! Try these Mayo Free Deviled Eggs 2 Ways with your Hard Boiled Eggs.


I love soft boiled eggs! It makes me feel like royalty whenever I eat them. The best part of this fancy seeming dish is it’s actually very simple to make!

Directions for Soft Boiled Eggs

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Add filtered water to a pot. Bring water to a boil.

Once water is boiling, add eggs.

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Boil for 5 to 6 minutes.

Rinse under cold water or add to an ice bath.

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Tap one end of the egg and peel half of the egg. Scoop out the inside and enjoy!


Hard Boiled Eggs

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How to cook Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with cold water.
  2. Add eggs.
  3. Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 5-6 minutes covered.
  4. Remove eggs from heat.
  5. Let set for 5 minutes.
  6. Test if your egg is hard boiled by removing one from the pan and spinning it. A hard boiled egg will spin upright if the yolk is hard.
  7. Rinse the eggs under cold water or place them in an ice bath.
  8. Tap the end of the egg and peel the shell off. Enjoy! Try these Mayo Free Deviled Eggs 2 Ways with your Hard Boiled Eggs.
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Soft Boiled Eggs

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  • Eggs

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How to cook Soft Boiled Eggs

  1. Add filtered water to a pot. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Once water is boiling, add eggs.
  3. Boil for 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Rinse under cold water or add to an ice bath.
  5. Tap one end of the egg and peel half of the egg. Scoop out the inside and enjoy!
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How to Make Sauerkraut - DIY Sauerkraut

Fermented cabbage is very high in vitamin C which is essential for healing a leaky gut. Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.

While good quality sauerkraut can be obtained in most stores now, I still prefer to make my own as I think it tastes the best. I put a lot of love and anticipation into my sauerkraut, as I don’t eat it until it has been fermenting for at least three months.

Making your own sauerkraut is very cost effective if you are eating on a budget. Not only are you making it for pennies, fermenting vegetables increases the bioavailability of nutrients, making this a ‘food hack.’

I used to cut my cabbage in a food processor but I feel that all time considered, including clean up time, it’s actually faster to cut it yourself. Plus, I like touching the cabbage myself instead of letting a machine cut it.

Sauerkraut works anaerobically, meaning it does not require oxygen. Any vegetable that is above the level of the water can grow mold or undesirable bacteria strains.

I do my sauerkraut in one quart jars because I prefer to open a smaller amount at a time. You can use any size jar that you want. An open jar in the fridge will keep for six months to a year. If kept at cooler temperatures, unopened, like in a root cellar or in the fridge, sauerkraut will keep for two or more years.

You can add whey to your cabbage to make the sauerkraut. Not using whey is called wild fermentation. It allows for different bacteria to grow than using a dairy based whey. I prefer to make my sauerkraut without whey.

With all ferments, variety is key. Using both whey and simply salt to make your ferments provides good variety in your diet.

Ingredients for Making Your Own Sauerkraut:

  • 1 Medium Cabbage

  • 2 tbsp Salt

  • Filtered Water

Directions for Making Your Own Sauerkraut:

Remove and rinse outside leaves and reserve them for the tops of your jars to keep the vegetables from coming up the level of the water.

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Slice cabbage into slivers. As you slice it, keep turning it to keep yourself safe and keep your cabbage evenly sized.

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Add a little bit of salt and massage with your hands for a few minutes. The salt starts breaking down the cell walls of the cabbage, which will save you from having to beat the cabbage a lot.

After you have massaged your cabbage, let it sit for 10 - 15 minutes.

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Knead your cabbage again.

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Once you have kneaded your cabbage to the desire texture, fill your jars. It’s best to continue kneading until you can squeeze a little bit of water from the cabbage.

Fermenting cabbage produces a decent amount of gas, Make sure to leave head room in your jars to accommodate. This means lightly packing cabbage into your jar, about ¾ full.

Add water to just under the shoulder of the jar.

Sometimes cabbage produces enough liquid while it's fermenting. If it doesn’t feel free to add more liquid.

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Top your sauerkraut off with a whole cabbage leaf, packing it along the sides of the jar to keep all the vegetables below the level of the liquid.

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Seal with a two piece lid.

Leave on your counter. No need to burp this ferment! This process works anaerobically, without oxygen. If your jars burp, overflow or explode, you simply packed your jar too tight with vegetables.

Northern Colorado GAPS Group Meeting Recap May 21, 2019

Each week, we gather in Northern Colorado for a meetup centered around the GAPS Diet, started by Dr. Natasha Campbell. During these meetups, we have a lesson about a fundamental aspect of the GAPS Diet, exchange recipes and ideas, support each other through the GAPS Diet, and learn something new from a holistic healthcare speaker or presenter.

The first GAPS Group meeting that you attend is FREE.

If you find the information helpful, individual classes are $15 to attend, or you can buy a punch card for five classes that brings down the cost to $10 per class (recommended). We'll have punch cards for sale when you arrive at Tuesday's meeting.

If you can't make it in-person, we're happy to send you a link for you to watch us LIVE. Send an email to Office@bewellclinic.net to request the link to the broadcast! Costs will still apply to virtual attendance, so we recommend that you come join us to receive all of the benefits of the meeting.

GAPS Group Meeting May 21st, 2019

This week was a recipe presentation on sauerkraut!

This week, the Be Well Clinic’s own Lauren Isenhour did a recipe demonstration on how to make sauerkraut. You can find the directions on how to make your own saurkraut here.

Sauerkraut is a GAPS staple and a delicious ferment to keep in the house. It’s also extremely easy to make! These food demonstrations are a great reason to come to the GAPS Group Meeting because they are supplemental to the blog post recipes. It’s a great way to learn a new way to cook or think about food and it can be helpful to see how to make something first hand. The most important part of this recipe is to note the change in the texture of the cabbage as the salt does it’s job to break down the cell walls of the cabbage. This change is noticeable in a short period of time as you can see by the photos below!

Amy also presented on supplements and how to correctly supplement your food as your body needs it. Amy shared on the benefits of supplements like fermented cod liver oil, iodine, ox bile, and probiotics (which sauerkraut is a great source off!) She also shared about the die-off reaction that happens as we change our health and how to recognize and manage those symptoms.

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JOIN US AT OUR NEXT GAPS GROUP MEETING!

Next week's GAPS Group Meeting is the start of a new Getting Started on GAPS Session! Come meet the members of Be Well Clinic's GAPS Group and share your stories.

Our lesson is on Intro GAPS. Amy will share how the stages work and how to nourish the body and heal the gut. We'll talk about how and why all diseases begin in the gut and how you can change your health by healing your gut.

If you feel like you're well-versed on the practical applications of GAPS, you're welcome to skip this part of the meeting and join us at 7:00 PM for our recipe sharing and discussion. This week's we're talking about vegetable ferments!

The Recipe Sharing and Discussion is one of the best things about GAPS Group! You get to try delicious food, and take home the recipe so you can recreate it! It's a great way to diversify your GAPS go-tos, and you get to catch up with everyone on their progress. Sometimes, hearing someone else's success story is the best way to get you to keep going.

Location:
GAPS Group is currently held at the Loveland Outlets, very close to our new office space. It’s located north of McWhinney Blvd. next to The Studio, near Tommy Hilfiger and Sketchers. The best way to get there is to set your GPS to 5613 McWhinney Blvd, Loveland, CO 80538 and walk to suite 5609. Get more details on the exact location here.

See more information and RSVP to the event on our Facebook page.