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Instant Pot Sausage, Kale, and “Potato” Soup {AIP, Paleo}

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Now that it finally feels like fall in North Carolina (after having several 80-degree days in October), I’m totally in a soup mood. The classic sausage, kale, and potato soup sounded good, but potatoes are a no-go for me right now since I’m on the AIP. Luckily, I have a newly-discovered arsenal of starchy tubers at my disposal that I can use instead! I decided to use a yam for this recipe, mostly because I had it on hand, but also because I’ve used them in a stew before and it was fantastic.

Just FYI, yams are NOTHING like sweet potatoes, despite the fact that sweet potatoes are often colloquially called “yams.” And despite the fact that googling the word “yam” brings up tons of pictures of SWEET POTATOES. Argh. True yams are neutral-tasting, not sweet, white (not orange) on the inside, and are gigantic and hairy. I’ve bought them at my local Asian market (where they’re labeled “ñame”) and at Publix, surprisingly enough.  Read more →

Raita (Indian Cucumber-Yogurt Dip)

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This is my new favorite thing. The other day, my friend Laura introduced me to this great little Indian café on Franklin street, and I got Tandoori Chicken, which they served with rice and some yogurty cucumberish stuff that turned out to be raita. All I knew at the time was that it tasted like yogurt and cucumbers and I wanted more of it. So the next day, I googled ‘Indian cucumber yogurt stuff,’ and that’s how I learned that it actually has a real name, and isn’t just called ‘Indian cucumber yogurt stuff.’

I really wanted some, right then, but much to my dismay, I didn’t have yogurt on hand. I did, however, have a quart of kefir, and a fermented milk product is a fermented milk product, right? Anyways, that was my reasoning. (It turned out delicious with the kefir, but it’s probably even better with yogurt, so feel free to use either!)

There’s not really a ‘traditional’ raita recipe, because it exists in many different permutations depending on who’s making it, and where it’s being served. The primary component is yogurt (kefir in my case), and cucumber is usually present, but beyond that, it’s up to the chef. It’s pretty common to add different herbs or spices (I saw mint and cumin used a lot in the recipes I saw online), and some people will add other fresh vegetables, or even fruits. I decided to keep mine simple and go with cucumber, salt, and pepper, but feel free to experiment! (Here’s the raita Wikipedia page to get your creative juices flowing.) Read more →

Homemade Gummies

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Do you ever have those times where you are so fixated on one food that you can’t think about anything else until you find that food and eat so much of it that you never want to look at it again in your life? Well, last week, that food was gummies.

For some bizarre reason, I got it in my head that I wanted gummies, and then proceeded to look up about 22 different homemade gummy recipes that I wanted to try. When I settled on a recipe, I went to Target to gather the necessary supplies. Much to my dismay, Target did not have any silicone ice cube or candy molds that I could use for my gummies, but I was not about to settle for dumb square-shaped gummies that I cut out of a baking dish. No sir-ee, I wanted individual gummies, with shapes. 

I tried two other stores before finding a single heart-shaped silicone candy mold in Home Goods. Do you want to know how much that single mold cost? $8. EIGHT DOLLARS, people. And they even tried to make me feel good about spending that much by declaring that the ‘retail price’ was $16.  Meanwhile, the 53 homemade gummy recipes open in tabs on my computer mocked me with their tales of “wow, I found these adorable molds at Walmart for 99 cents each!” And of course, Amazon has some awesome candy molds for a couple dollars each. But that wasn’t going to help me, because I wanted gummies, with shapes, right now. (Sometimes I am not a reasonable person.)

So I took a deep breath, reminded myself that $8 is not actually a lot of money, and bought it anyways. Then I raced home, and within an hour, I was eating gummies and slowly returning to a state of normal cognition. I’m still not satisfied with the recipe, because they don’t have the same texture as storebought gummies (probably due to the lack of high fructose corn syrup), but they’re still tasty and they definitely satisfied my craving. So here’s the recipe, which I got from Butter Believer! I just changed the ratios slightly, but the original is great too. Read more →

Plantain Pancakes (and muffins!)

Plantain Pancakes

Look what I had for dinner last night! Pancakes! I actually made these for the first time a couple weeks ago on National Pancake Day (yep, believe it or not, it exists), and made them again last night. I rarely (never) eat ‘Paleo’ treats because almond flour and coconut flour don’t work that well for me, and truthfully, I just think they’re kind of unnecessary. BUT, these pancakes from The Paleo Mom are full of nothing but safe starch goodness! Read more →

Salmon Chowder (low-FODMAP)

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Lately I’ve been buying a lot of bluefish. I can get it at Whole Foods for only $5.99/lb, it’s an oily fish like salmon so it has a ton of good fats, AND it’s delicious. (If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should; it’s the only fresh fish I’ve found that comes close to the affordability of ground beef.)

When I was at Whole Foods last week, I realized I had never bought a whole fish before. I know that fish broth is supposed to be an awesome source of selenium and iodine and all those other great things you can find in fish heads, so I decided to give it a shot. I brought home my bluefish (which the Whole Foods fish people kindly filleted for me), fried and ate the fillets for breakfast two days in a row, and then stuck the fish head in a pot of water and boiled it for a few hours to make some fish broth. Read more →

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Salmon patties were a staple for me living in a college dorm. They’re awesome because they’re easy to make, freeze well in ziplock baggies and reheat quickly in a microwave, they’re a good source of both protein and ‘safe starch,’ they’re an inexpensive way to get your DHA, and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. They also taste really good. Read on for the recipe!

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Fried Bananas (a dessert-free dessert)

Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve done a post! Life is crazy as usual, although not quite as crazy as NC weather. (It was 61 degrees yesterday, and now it’s snowing. You tell me how that makes sense.)

Anyways, I wanted to share this recipe with you! As usual, the term ‘recipe’ is used loosely here. I don’t usually eat ‘desserts,’ even ‘paleo’ desserts, because I don’t do well with excessive amounts of nut flour or sweetener, even if it’s honey or coconut sugar. I call this recipe a ‘dessert-free dessert’ because it feels like you’re eating this:

Bananas Foster

…when you’re really eating this:

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At least, that’s how I like to see it.

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Coriander-Balsamic Glazed Carrots

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These carrots are amazing. And easy. And that’s a terrible picture of them, but you should try them anyways! I ate them with some fish (talbot, to be exact), which was also delicious. Read on for the recipe!

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Pizza Chili (hidden liver!)

This is the first recipe I’ve made where I’ve successfully incorporated liver without being able to taste it! This Pizza Chilirecipe is based on Food Renegade’s recipe, and the picture to the right is from her post because I forgot to take a picture (Again. Whoops.). I wasn’t actually planning to post this recipe, but my dad tried it and was gushing about how amazing it was, and he told me to put it on here. So here it is! This is a low-FODMAP recipe, and is delicious as is, but if you can tolerate FODMAPs I would add some onion and garlic. I added gelatin to this recipe as well, but you can leave it out if you want. It’s just to add extra nutrition! And don’t be alarmed by the long list of ingredients; it’s all just spices, and it’s actually a really easy recipe (:

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Strawberry Pulled Pork

I’ve made this recipe more times than I can count because it’s so delicious and easy, so I actually have this one Strawberry Pulled Porkperfected! My recipe is a modification of Technically Paleo’s recipe, and because I only have a terrible picture of my finished recipe, the picture to the right is from his post. He did this a little differently than I do, because he uses and crock pot and then makes the sauce separately. I do mine in the oven, and just throw everything in the same pot; the sauce sort of creates itself that way! This is a low-FODMAP recipe, although before going low-FODMAP I added garlic powder to this. If you are not low FODMAP, definitely add a teaspoon or two of garlic powder to this recipe! It’s still great without it though (:

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