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Duck Fat Rice
WAIT!! Don’t run off. I know it sounds strange at first, but stick around… you may like what you see.
I’ve been making a point of trying to find new products lately, just for the sake of trying to cook something tasty for the blog. Always remember, when I’m at the store, I’m totally thinking of you, wonderful readers. So, I found myself near fats and oils in a fancy store, and saw the new Epic fats. I also found Tigernut Oil. I didn’t even know that was a thing. Back to the Epic products. I had heard that duck fat was now available at a larger scale. Previously, I had only seen it on GoodEggs, and it was quite expensive. It does make me wonder a bit about the quality of the Epic brand, since they’re available quite commercially now. Even with that aside, I was still happy to have found the product because we have to start somewhere. If you’ve never experienced duck fat, I will say, it has a very unique smell. The kids and I were not expecting it at all.
In the end, the kids and The Papa ate it, and shared that this one was good, but different. If you know you like uniquely flavored items such as duck fat, I think you’ll really enjoy this meal.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Corn Free, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible
For Paleo, GAPs, & AIP: Use Cauliflower Rice instead of Basmati Rice. Read More
Fall Feature – Paleo Pumpkin “Fig” Cookie
This is the final installment of our Fall Feature series with @Dana_Aversa on Instagram. Each week, we have taken a different approach to the same recipe idea, and we have reached the Baked Item recipe. Before I launch into the recipe, I want to thank all of you that have been following this series. It’s been a lot of fun finding new ways to celebrate fall!
So, I’m going to start with a question: Do you remember those fig cookies growing up? The ones with the fig-jam on the inside? I hated those as a child… Although these are called Pumpkin Fig Cookies, they don’t contain any fig. However, the texture is SO cool. It’s like a soft baked cookie on the outside, and a fig cookie filling on the inside. The Papa wanted me to make another batch just so he could eat them again. It was a rather funny incident. I walked into the room, and asked him what he thought about the cookie. He said, “It’s great. Where did you buy it?” I thought he was joking. He was serious. He said because I cut into the perfect square, and it was beyond delicious, he figured I must have purchased it somewhere. So, there you have it, this is seriously an enjoyable cookie.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs: Use a blend of almond and coconut flour. Read More
Shrimp Louie Salad
The Papa loves to give me challenges, especially when he knows I’ve never eaten the food to have a mental point of reference. This was one of those times. He’s dropped a few hints over the past several months that he’d love to have a Shrimp Louie Salad. A what? That was my initial response. He told me allll about it using that face that tells you he’s eating some in his head, and enjoying it. I let the hints slide, because have you seen how busy we’ve been lately? However, I did look into it a little to find out what this salad really was all about. It’s a good thing I did because it uses baby shrimp. Part of the reason I was avoiding it was because I didn’t feel like preparing shrimp.
Then along comes Costco. I really can’t say enough good things about that store. It’s clean, it’s huge, and there’s a lot of organic options there. Allergy free options too. Did you know they have baby shrimp? I sure didn’t know. So I snagged a bag and put it in the freezer until I had free time to make this salad…
Then came the croutons. I was in Whole Foods one day, minding my own business, when this bag of croutons screams at me, “Hey! Look at me!! I’m allergy friendly, and Kid Two can eat me!!” I did a double take. What’s that mister crouton? My child can eat you? Here, please, get in my cart. WAIT. You’re basically beans and corn. Really?! You can still get in the cart though.
You see, Kid Two hasn’t had croutons in… I can’t remember how long, or if he’s ever had them. Shrimp, check. Croutons, check. It was time to make a Shrimp Louie Salad come to life!
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible
For Paleo & GAPs: Use Paleo versions of condiments.
Fall Feature – Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti Squash
It’s another Monday in October, which means we’re bringing you another recipe collaboration with @dana_aversa (Happy Herbivore) on Instagram. Each week, we will both bring you a spectacular way to approach the same dish. This week, it’s pasta!!
I’ve always been fascinated with spaghetti squash. It’s so cool to shred it and see “pasta” strands form. I once had it in a soup I purchased from Mission Heirloom, and I knew I had to try it out. There’s a safe farm that I can buy produce from on Good Eggs, and sure enough, they had just what we needed.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Onion & Garlic Free, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible,
For Paleo, GAPs, and AIP: Omit the guar gum in the sauce. It is a thickener. You could use a little coconut, almond, tigernut, or cassava flour to thicken if you’d like. However, it’s not a requirement for a tasty dish. Read More
Chicken (Hotdogs) & Cauliflower Rice
Here’s a fun and quick idea. Slice hotdogs and cook them up nice & fancy, and serve them over cauliflower rice. If you’re low histamine, AIP, or GAPs, use fresh chicken, but the idea is the same.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible
The seasonings I used:
Organic Onion Granules
Braggs Organic Herbs & Spices
Sauté your cauliflower rice in olive oil, and set aside. Then do the same with your hotdogs. You could even use butter, which is something we’ve done before, and the kids love it both ways.
Fall Feature – Sweet Squash Pizza
Fall has really arrived. It was cold last night. Yup, summer is gone now. We were all huddled around the stove this morning… perhaps it’s really winter? Nonetheless, each Monday this month, we will be collaborating with @dana_aversa (Happy Herbivore) on Instagram. Each week, we will both bring you a spectacular way to approach the same dish. This week, it’s pizza!!
We’ve each decided to use squash on our pizzas. I think it’s safe to say that ours is sweet, while Dana’s is savory. She also has a great lentil crust recipe. If you can’t have yeast, be sure to read her methods.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible
For Paleo & GAPs: Use approved crust (cauliflower), butter (coconut or ghee), milk (almond or other), and cheese, OR, eat the squash topping stand alone. Yes, it’s that good. Read More
Corn & Nut Free Paleo Pancakes Recipe
Every so often, I try to make something that’s corn free, and safe for me to eat. Remember, corn isn’t my only allergy. I’ve been experimenting with tiger nut flour off and on for a while now, and officially, I can’t have it. It was making me really sick. However, before I had to remove it as an option, I had the privilege of enjoying pancakes one last time.
Have you ever had tiger nut flour? If not, let me try to describe it to you, especially when compared to cassava flour. Cassava has a weird fruity after taste in my opinion, and it’s “thin” in a potato/arrowroot starch sort of way. Tiger nut seems to have more body to it, and it looks almost like hazelnut flour. It isn’t a tree nut or legume, rather, it’s part of a tuber. There’s a certain thickness that it brings to the table that I feel works really well with the cassava flour. In terms of price, I think the two are about the same price. The tiger nut that we purchase from Organic Gemini may be a little more, but it is organic, which I think is nice. On to the real reason you came, for the pancakes.
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, GAPs, AIP, Vegan, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs: Use a combination of almond and coconut flour, for a total of 1.5 cup flour. Read More
Easy Peasy Lemonade Popsicles
I know they say the fall season has started, but I needed to sneak in one more thought of summer time. If you were on the internet during the summer, you would have been inundated with beautiful editorial-style photos of popsicles. All sorts of them!! My favorites were ones that were clear with fruit chunks on the inside. Turns out, coconut water. The Papa’s allergic, so nope. I thought about using water, but thought, who does that?! I mean, that’s a bit out there, even for us. Plus, it may melt faster than I would like. I seriously lost a little sleep over this one. I had to find a way to show the internet that you can have pretty, coconut free, Ikea made, popsicles. LEMONADE!!! I was resting one day when the thought hit me like a ton of bricks. I was so happy.
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, Vegan, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible, SCD Compatible, Corn Free Compatible
For GAPs, AIP, SCD, and Corn Free: Make your own safe lemonade and skip the boxed drink. Read More