WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Raspberry Coconut Yogurt Sherbet(no cooking, no eggs, no dairy, no chemicals!)

We are ending the raspberry rotation and I had some in the freezer that needed to be used. Who doesn't like sherbet?

This clean version really reminded us of those push pop's that are so full of chemicals..

The coconut yogurt(any safe plain yogurt would work well) actually was a perfect addition and offered a nice additional tang. We love ice cream but sometimes when it is this hot outside we want something a little less rich. No eggs, no cooking and minimal fat via the coconut yogurt offered a lighter satisfying sweet treat!

Over the years we have found that IF Abby is going to eat fruit, veggies or berries we need to cook them first. I was hoping since these were frozen and the seeds removed they would be okay, and in small amounts it was, though next time I will cook the berries since she tolerates them better that way.(thinking blackberry next week!!!)

This freezes pretty fast with the lower fat/protein content but stays soft enough to serve the next day right out of the freezer.

I know a lot of families who juice their veggies and fruits.. I couldn't help but think perhaps using a juice of choice would work well. While the grape and apple do offer sweetness you cannot taste them. The berries,yogurt and sugar would disguise all sorts of juice.

3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (caution,know your source berries are notorious for being corn tainted)
1/4 cup homemade grape or apple juice(we make grape juice from organic safe grapes for Abby and freeze it. )
3/4 cup C&H organic sugar(Add sugar to taste depending on the berries and juice you may need less or more.)
3/4 cup homemade coconut yogurt

1) In blender combine,berries,juice,sugar. Blend until smooth.

2)Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour in the berry mixture. Stir until only the seeds remain in the strainer. Discard seeds.

3)Add the coconut yogurt to strained berry mixture. I found a whisk was enough to combine it well.


5)Follow your ice cream makers instructions.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Bean Paste "Brownies" (gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free, chocolate free..)

Using the term Brownie usually means chocolate in my mind, but I used the term anyway to describe the texture. These are a little more cake like.. almost more like a moist whacky cake(3 eggs make for more cake like)and while not big on any particular flavor other then sweet,made perfect vessels for dressing with other "toppings."

Coconut oil, red beans, and eggs make for a high protein and higher fiber brownie and coconut oil is just good for your body. One of the few fats Abby's body seems to tolerate and appreciate best.

We make our own red bean paste(very easy, a matter of cooking the beans to mush,puree, adding sugar and cooking down slowly to a paste.)and I have been trying to keep some on hand for adding a bit of goodness to more of her baked goods. Plus, we just love the stuff.. we eat a spoonful like you can eat a spoonful of peanut butter(which she lost peanuts again!). I have found freezing it works pretty well.

Abby has raspberries on rotation for now, not sure how much longer her body is going to allow this cycle but we have found a million ways to enjoy them! She doesn't tolerate them well raw we think because of the seeds and just the fact her body just doesn't like raw. I cook them, push them through a sieve then sweeten and finally thicken with a bit of water +potato starch.. the raspberry gel reminds us of the filling in raspberry donuts.. These would be tasty with applesauce, ice cream,caramel. Just on their own they are quick and satisfying bite. Red bean paste is a very mild flavor and goes well with any number of toppings.

Red Bean Paste "Brownie"

2 cups homemade red beans paste (or 1 can if you have a brand that is safe for you)
3 eggs
1/3 cup melted Tropical Traditions coconut oil
1/4 cup gluten free flour(homemade)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract(homemade)
1 cup C&H organic cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt(we use pink himalayan but you use what is safe for you)

Preheat oven to 350

Combine all the ingredients and place in very well greased 8x8 baking pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.(until just set in the center)

Allow to cool completely before cutting.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Potato "pancake" Loaf(gluten free, corn free, soy free, dairy free)

5 medium potatoes peeled and shredded(about 2 cups shredded)
1 medium carrot shredded
2 eggs
1/2 cup grapeseed oil(I am guessing melted coconut oil would work well)
1 cup homemade coconut yogurt
1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt

I have seen a few versions of this online and combined a few for this one. Really a great side with soups or stews it takes the place of a biscuit or bread and butter very well. If you eat it hot right out of the pan it is like a cross between hash browns and mashed potatoes..and a dab of coconut sour cream,well at that point it is a meal on it's own. Next time I serve it for breakfast I will also offer a side of my homemade chicken sausage. If you let it cool it will slice more like bread.

You could easily add other veggies. Or omit the rosemary and maybe go Mexican with cumin, cayenne some diced sauteed red and green peppers? Italian would be easy as well. Some grated onion, or minced garlic? Or skip any seasoning beyond just salt. Delicious any way you chose to prepare it. Rosemary is one of the herbs Abby does very well with so I tend to lean on it frequently. Beyond flavor Rosemary is a great source of vitamin A.

I will warn that many in the corn-free community really struggle with potatoes,even when organic. So make sure you know your source.


Preheat oven to 375

Combine all the ingredients and place in well greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour.

To slice allow to cool, or scoop to serve hot. Top with coconut sour cream or topping of your choice.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Move...

3 weeks with no cable,no phone and no internet.

We lived.

I honestly cannot count the number of times we have moved at this point, but this will be one of the more memorable.

Even closing had it's hiccup's. The latest is a broken water heater(please let them replace it today!). Boiling water for cleaning dishes is a little more homesteading then we are interested in! :-) Cold showers when you want one are great but not so great when you have no other choice. Just a little hiccup though, and hasn't changed our optimism.

I had grand plans to have so much accomplished by the end of our first month, and while much has been done, nothing on my dream list for owning a sizable piece of property. Things move slower.

To our great joy the well water here agree's incredibly well with Abby. While it is still tiring for her to shower she can shower without fainting and the amount of rashing and hives is greatly reduced. That alone made the move to this new life well worth it. We are just now using it for cooking her food and are hopeful that it will be as remarkable. Funny how something so simple as clean and pure water is so hard to find these days. That reality is shocking to me that in America of all places finding clean(free of chemicals) water is so difficult and at a premium. The rest of us have benefitted too, our skin is much happier and for the first time in many years I am not breaking out in hives with every shower.

We haven't seen any huge miracles but starting to see lots of tiny ones. A couple times now Abby has taken a walk down the driveway(very long).. and that tiny miracle has kept a smile on my face even when realizing I made the wrong paint choice for the living room! :-) I honestly cannot remember the last time Abby was able to walk that far outside... remarkable.

While we still don't have chickens or a garden, I at least know where I will be putting them. Progress.

It has been many years since I have enjoyed such privacy and space. Every morning I step outside with my coffee and have to pinch myself, having elbow room and still close to work for Derek is a dream. Deer, fireflies, a pond with a swelling abundance of frogs that sing us to sleep each evening- truly a little slice of heaven.

I am so hopeful today that these tiny gains for Abby will continue.

My old body is telling me exactly how little exercise I was getting in the suburbs, but each day along with Abby I get a little stronger.

Hope is a beautiful thing, but moving? Not so much. :-) Well worth it though.

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