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GAPS Intro Diet Carrot “noodle” Soup


Ahhhh soup, it is the basis of your GAPS diet experience.  You will eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner….and then eat it some more.  That rich broth will be working all the time to heal and seal you while providing your skin with the most anti-aging beneficial glycine and collagen.  Think of that good stuff while you force yourself to overcome soup over load.

You have limited ingredients to use on GAPS Intro Stage 1.  However, limited ingredients doesn’t have to mean boring and tasteless.  Here is a soup that I made for our crew that even the Dad raved about(and he hates butternut squash).

Carrot Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 whole chicken shredded
  • 3 quarts of broth (from that chicken you just shredded, preferably with fat from the chicken… need AlL THE FATS)
  • 2lbs of carrots cut into noodle shape. I use a spiral cutter for mine.
  • 2 onions
  • 1 butternut squash (peeled and diced)
  • 1 TBS of minced garlic
  • salt to taste

Combine all but the carrot noodles into the stock pot, cook til the squash has softened a bit, add the carrot noodles.  Serve when everything is softened and the flavors are on point.  It isn’t an award winning soup, but it is fun and tasty and gets the job done.  You can pour a little sauerkraut juice from fermented sauerkraut on top.  Intro stage says only a teaspoon or two.

After a couple of days of chopped veggies, meats, and broth soups….my kids were happy to see some “noodles.”

food · healing gut · nutrition

How To Make Nourishing Bone Broth

Have you ever heard that soup can cure the common cold?  That is actually a statement based on truth, only it isn’t your run of the mill canned soup, but a nourishing long cooked mineral filled brothy soup.  A broth made from bone is a nutritional powerhouse.

Homemade stock contains minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, trace minerals, and so many more that come in a form that the body can easily absorb…FOOD!  It also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, you know those heavily esteemed and often expensive supplements that are on the shelves of every nutrition aisle. 

Stock or broth on the grocery store shelf is not the same as homemade, but thankfully with the invention of the crock pot, homemade is super cheap and easy.  Here is how you do it:

  • Brown 4-5 good beef bones (with a little meat on them) up in a skillet.
  • Put the browned bones, 2 cloves of garlic, and the tasty tidbits from the pan into the crockpot.
  • Add enough filtered water to fill the crockpot (I have a 6 qt. crockpot).
  • Add 2 TBS of Apple Cider Vinegar to the mix to help leach out the minerals from the bones.
  • Turn on low and let cook for 24 hours.

I usually start my broth at 10am so that the next morning I am ready to strain and such. 

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After 24 hours strain your broth. I usually do this into a large soup pot, put the lid on, and put it in the fridge to cool. Once chilled in the fridge you will see fat that has risen to the top. Skim that off to use for cooking or discard it. Now…

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You will have this wonderfully nutritious gelatin broth. The gelatin is a great digestive aid to heal the gut. Don’t worry though, once heated, it turns back into a liquid. I often heat it, add a little celtic sea salt, and serve it up to drink. We’re weird like that though. This broth can be used to make lots of different soups, soups that will taste so out of this world you will want to slap your Momma…just kidding, never slap your Momma she’s to precious. Seriously though, it is delicious.

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Even baby girl thinks so.

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Bologna and Sewing

I really want a fried bologna sandwich……..

That might be normal fare for some of ya’ll out there, but for me it isn’t.  I don’t like bologna, and haven’t eaten it in probably 15 years.  I believe right around 12 is when my mom started letting me choose what to eat.  I chose never to eat bologna.

What’s even in that stuff?

I don’t know, but I really want one, fried, with mustard.  My grandpa eats it regularly……but he has a pacemaker so maybe that’s not the best example of why I need to go buy some and fix me a sandwich 🙂

I know that’s useless, but don’t you ever just get a hankering for something you haven’t had in years (decades….all though I still classify as being less than 3 decades old ;)?

Another hankering I’ve had is to pull out my sewing machine and test out my new serger.  I really think God gave some person the amazing knowledge of a serger so that he could make us sewing crazy people’s live just a bit easier. 

Once I figured out how to thread it (the price you pay for life being a bit easier), I was able to finish my seams beautifully! So I made Anna a few things, of course.  One of these days I’m going to actually quilt or something.  I just love to make dresses.

I saw this skirt on a blog, and thought I might be able to make it.  It’s made out of a pair of jeans.  Jeans and Anna do not mix.  Her body build and their length/style just make for a crack show.  Not becoming of a little lady (not that the little lady cares).  I couldn’t just toss out the jeans though, so I made this, and it does fit nicely.  She loves it.  She loves anything that comes off the machine for “Anna!”

I made a few other things as well, and crocheted up a cute head band, but unfortunately I can’t seem to get the photos uploaded.  Oh well, saved pics for another day 🙂

Now I be ya’ll are thinking about bologna aren’t ya.

adoption · food · homeschool · humor · kids · marriage

Menu Madness

I’ve been asked about food.  Here’s the madness 🙂

I sit down each week before the “trip” and create a menu.  Things I think we’ll like to eat.  This includes all snacks, treats, and three meals for seven days.  Plus extras for John to take to work.  He’s awesome, he always takes leftovers, and is always happy.

After the menu is done, I gather my recipes for the meals, and then I make the list.  I also keep a running list of things we need through the week such as cat food, trash bags, etc.  This goes on the grocery list.

I have two separate grocery lists, one for the healthfood store, and one for the other (the place I’ll do most of my shopping). 

Here’s our menu for this week to give you an idea about healthy eating.  You’ll notice some repetition, it helps to plan leftovers for another day, less work and less cost.

Breakfast- GF Granola (homemade)
Snack- Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad
Lunch- Egg Scramble
Snack-Green Smoothie
Dinner- Chicken Stew and Almond Biscuits

Breakfast- Egg Scramble
Snack- Carrots and Homemade Hummus
Lunch- Guacamole, Homemade Quinoa Crackers, Apples
Snack- Sunbutter on Almond Bread
Dinner- Broccoli and Beef stirfry over Brown Rice

Breakfast- Steel Cut Oats (my favorite…still working on that 50lbs 🙂
Snack- Mayoless Deviled Eggs
Lunch- Avocado and Cucumber Soup + Quinoa Crackers
Snack- Celery and Sunbutter
Dinner- Stuffed Eggplant (new recipe I found)

Breakfast- GF Homemade Granola
Snack- Quinoa Crackers and Hummus
Lunch- HM Nori Rolls
Snack-Hardboiled Eggs
Dinner- Chicken Quinoa Salad

Breakfast-Bean and Rice Breakfast Bowls
Snack- LO Nori Rolls
Lunch-Hummus, Carrots, and Apples
Snack-Celery and Sunbutter
Dinner- Pork Chops, Side Salad, and Mayoless Deviled Eggs

Breakfast- Teff Banana Pancakes
Snack-Green Smoothie
Lunch-Bean and Rice Breakfast Bowls
Snack-Toasted Almond Bread with Hummus
Dinner-Stuffed Peppers and Steamed Broccoli

Breakfast- Egg Scramble
Snack- Celery and Sunbutter
Lunch- Open (whatever is in the fridge and needs eaten)
Snack-Green Smoothie(fridge clean out again)
Dinner- Coconut Fish Sticks with Peanut Sauce and Green Salad

There you have it, a week of eats with our family 🙂 I will of course be making John extras to put with these meals, his calorie need is absurd.  There may also be a batch of muffins in there somewhere as well. All generally healthy, energy giving foods, makes a body feel good.


Happy Valentine’s Day

First, Happy Valentine’s day to all, I hope today is shared with all those you love. Second, I’d like to share my homemade Baklava. I made this last night, and wow, it was a big hit. Being as how we are living mostly healthy I didn’t see any reason to keep all of it, so I sent it off to work with sweetie this morning. Apparently though, this dessert is a big hit in Iraq. About 80% of the people working with my husband are veterans and most have been to the middle east. So I was worried after hearing this, but sweetie said those guys missed this “treat” and loved it. The whole pan was gone within minutes. I’m glad they liked it. So now our baklava has been eaten without the toll on our waists and hearts.


Eat your heart out Krispy Kreme :)

So as part of our healthy switchback we are doing a once a week treat. We eat really good all week (me and lil one dh eats whatever he wants), and then have a little treat one day a week. Since sweetie is working on New Years, and tomorrow is visiting day, we had our treat today. For dinner we had shrimp scampi, salad, potatoes, and homemade doughnuts. Yum. I’m glad I ran on the treadmill today. Ofcourse now, none of us want to eat a doughnut ever again. However, we have plenty to take to my father-in-laws tomorrow. This recipe was fantastic. It’s like standing in line at the doughnut shop. Although they take around 2 1/2 hours to make, and I do not have a deep fryer so I had to use my dutch oven, so I would say these will not be made but once a year.



Anatomy of a dinosaur cake.

So my lil one asked for a dinosaur cake for his birthday today. I used this (recipe) for a basic white cake to bake the cakes last night. Unfortunately or shall I say fortunately I melted yet another hand mixer while making the batter (it’s thick). So this morning my sweetie took lil one to the store to get a mixer. He came home with an early Christmas present, and I am very fond of it. It’s a stand alone mixer with stainless steel beaters and dough hooks. That is awesome. So I used it to make the green icing.
Then I took my cakes out of the freezer, and cut one in half. I iced the middle and stood it upright. The second cake I cut feet, tail, head, and neck out of. Following the cutting I gave a first icing to the cake.
Then I got out my bags and tips to icing it for visual refinement. Unfortunately I had run out of powdered sugar, and so I had to using my second round of icing sparingly. However, I am still happy with the finished project. My lil one was very thrilled with his cake, and really loved it when he got to eat the entire head.