Stir fried bok choy and carrots

This recipe could probably benefit from some sesame oil and garlic.  But since I’m not eating either of those at the moment, you taste a little more of the subtle flavors of the carrots and bok choy.

Ingredients

  • 2 baby bok choy
  • 2 large-ish carrots
  • 1 knob (1 inch) of ginger root (adjust based on how much you like ginger)
  • 1/2 inch turmeric root
  • 1 serving cooked chicken
  • Olive oil (or other cooking fat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Wash the baby bok choy and chop into thin slices.
  2. Wash the carrots and grate them (I use a cheese grater).
  3. Shred or chop the chicken into little bits.
  4. Peel the ginger and turmeric roots and mince them.
  5. Toss everything together in a bowl with the oil and salt and pepper until everything is evenly coated.
  6. Stir fry to your desired level of softness.  I like to cook till it’s fairly soft, and there’s occasional browning of the veggies.  If you want crispier veggies, you might consider keeping the ginger and turmeric separate and stir frying them for a minute in the hot pan before adding the rest of the veggies.  That way you’re not hit with raw ginger bits!

 

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Sautéed greens with lemon and butter

This one is quick and easy and nutritious, and easy on the innards.  It’s a good option for me when a salad is too much to digest.  It’s also a very forgiving recipe – and consequently my measurements are very approximate.  I think you could use a variety of different herbs, and a lot more butter.  😉

Ingredients

  • 2 c Greens of any sort.  Spinach, kale, chard, collards, etc.
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Sprinkling dill or sage or other herb
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe

  1. If all your greens will cook in about the same amount of time, put butter, greens, and herbs in a pan on a low-medium heat.  Cook until they are mostly soft.
  2. If the greens will take different amounts of time to cook, put butter, herbs, and longest cooking greens in the pan.  As the longer-cooking greens soften, add the other greens.  If you’ve done it perfectly, all the greens will get soft at the same time.  If not, just keep cooking till everything is mostly soft.
  3. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and simmer for another minute.
  4. Done!

Bone broth

This is another super simple and forgiving recipe that takes a long time.  Now that I’ve been drinking the broth for a bit, I find I like to have it for breakfast like a second cup of (rich and savory) tea.

Ingredients:

  • Beef soup or marrow bones (about 1 lb)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • Fresh herbs
    • Rosemary
    • Thyme
    • Ginger root (sliced)
  • Whole black pepper corns
  • Salt

Recipe:

  • Peel the ginger and slice it into coins
  • Put everything in a crock pot
  • Fill to the top with water
  • Simmer for about 30 hours
  • Strain out the bones and herbs

The point of adding the lemon juice and simmering for a long time is to help get the nutrients out of the bones.  If you’ve simmered it long enough, once the broth is cold, it’ll form a gel.  The broth has a decent amount of fat in it, which all floats to the surface.  I store the broth in the fridge, and once it’s cool, a puck of fat forms at the top of the container.  If I don’t want to eat the fat, I just take the puck off the top and discard it.

Cashew butter cookies!

Super simple!  Super delicious!  Even people without dietary restrictions think these are tasty!  This recipe is a modification of this peanut butter cookie one from thankyourbody.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • dash of salt

Recipe 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.  If you leave the egg till last, you can taste after mixing cashew butter, honey, vanilla and salt and adjust the taste to your preferences (add a little more honey or a little more salt if desired).
  3. Spoon the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes.  The bottoms will turn golden brown, and the tops will just start to brown when they’re done.
  5. Take them out and let them cool

Caution

These cookies sap your willpower to only eat a few!  A batch rarely lasts more than 24 hours for me, and thus I try not to make them very often.  When I eat an entire batch of cookies in a 24 hour period, I give a self-satisfied smile and message my husband to tell him that “fat wife ate all the cookies :D”.

 

SCD Yogurt

I make this yogurt all the time!  It’s easy and delicious, though it does take some time.  By the time it’s done, it’s lactose free.  Or at least lactose free enough that I can eat it without trouble.  My recipe is basically the same as other SCD 24-hour yogurt recipes you’ll find on the internet, but additionally, I like to make it with cream-on-top milk, which gives you a little something extra.  Also, I’ve found that the recipe is extremely forgiving, so if you are worried you got a temperature or time slightly off, don’t sweat it – it’ll probably work out just fine!

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk (1/2 gallon)
  • Plain store bought yogurt for starter culture (1/2 cup)

I prefer to use whole milk with the cream on top (from my CSA!), but you can use any milk.  Also, any amount will work.

Equipment:

  • Clean cooking equipment.  I don’t do anything fancy to sterilize it, just wash and dry like normal
  • Yogurt maker.  The simple kind with just and on and off switch (no timer)

Note:  Before I had the yogurt maker, I used to make this in the oven

Recipe and how to:

  1. Put the milk in a big pot and heat on the stove until it’s just barely simmering, stirring periodically. You want the temperature to be at least 180 degrees to kill whatever bacteria is in there.  I used to measure the temperature with a candy thermometer, but nowadays, I do it by sight.  You want to see the milk just barely simmering.  It will start to be frothy on the top. Avoid a rolling boil.
    1. Note: if the milk gets too hot, it can scorch (which affects the taste)
    2. Note:  Once the milk starts boiling in earnest, it’s likely to froth over the top of the pot and make a mess!  A big pot helps avoid overflow.
  2.  Now that your milk is sterile, remove it from the heat, set it on the counter, and let it cool.  It should be no warmer than 110 degrees.  You can also leave it for a couple hours and come back when it’s closer to room temperature.
  3. In a clean bowl, mix the yogurt starter with a few spoonfuls of the milk.  Add enough milk to get a smooth and runny consistency.
  4. Add this starter slurry into the big pot of milk, and mix well.  You want to get all that bacteria in the yogurt mixed into the milk.
  5. Pour the milk mixture into a container that fits on your yogurt maker base, cover, and flip it on.
  6. Wait 24 hours
  7. Put the yogurt in the fridge to cool
  8. Ta-da!  Delicious yogurt.

A few notes

  • If you’ve used cream on top milk, you’ll find a layer of cream-cheese-esque fatty yogurt on top.  I usually scrape this off, salt it, and use it like cream cheese or any soft cheese. Yum!
  • When the yogurt is done, it’ll have some whey (that clear yellowish liquid) that separates out.  If you want thinner yogurt, just mix it all in and eat it. If you want thicker yogurt, you can drain it off and just eat the thicker part.  I like thicker yogurt, but the whey is edible and nutritious, so I try to get creative and use it in other dishes.
  • Before I had a yogurt maker, I made the yogurt in the oven.  In step 5, instead of putting the milk mixture in the yogurt maker, keep it in the pot and put it in the oven.  The trick is to keep the yogurt at about 100-110 degrees for 24 hours.  To do this, I’d put the candy thermometer in the oven and heat it up to 110 or 110 (my oven couldn’t be set to that temperature with the buttons, but turning it on for about 1 minute was about right), turn the light on, close the door, and leave it sitting.  My oven was insulated enough that it took 10-12 hours to get below 100.  So if I put the yogurt in in the evening, I’d check it in the morning, bump the heat back up to 110, and leave it till the evening.  Leaving the oven light on helps a surprising amount in maintaining the temperature!