Showing posts from March, 2013

Fig & Walnut Bread (Grain & Gluten-free)

One thing about not eating grains and gluten is you miss out on a lot of baked goods, which at the end of the day is a very good thing for your gut. That said, we all deserve treating ourselves and who doesn't like bread? Although bread has been infrequent in my diet for the last several years, occasionally I'll get the craving for a nice nutty piece slathered in butter. Luckily, there are ways to make it happen--guilt and tummy ache-free. Almond and coconut flour are commonly used in baking grain-free/paleo recipes, and I can attest that they do the trick. I've experimented with several recipes over the last couple of years and was pleasantly surprised (and pleased) for having an alternative way to make treats like bread and baked goodies. Now make no mistake, nut flours are high in omega- 6 fat which can cause inflammation and other health issues when consumed in excess. Not to forget they also contain anti-nutrient phytic acid, which I spoke about in a previous pos

DIY Almond Butter

I LOVE almond butter. I can happily take a spoonful straight from the jar or put it on a banana, apple or square of dark chocolate and find myself completely satiated. Here in Hong Kong (or anywhere for that matter), purchasing organic almond butter can definitely put a dent in the wallet, encouraging me to get my tail in the kitchen and make my own. By making your own almond butter--or any nut butter--you get control (fist bump!) on what goes into it and how creative you want to make it. Try combinations like pecan/almond, walnut/pumpkin seed & cashew/macadamia. Yummy! A lot of nut butters out there are full of hydrogenated oils and refined sugars, which is a good reminder to READ YOUR INGREDIENT LABELS. I digress. I can assure you that you will be pleased with your own version and it will taste better than any store bought jar. It's pretty simple to make. Actually, it's ridiculously easy so let's get to it. If you haven't checked out my previous post on soakin

Cauliflower & Lamb Hash

The thing I love about making a delicious hash is that you really can't mess it up. You have the freedom to choose from a variety of meats or veggies, and it doesn't need to look pretty. It is a no stress recipe. What's not to love? I'm doing some healing work on my digestive system and currently not consuming grains or starchy vegetables. That said, I opted to go sans potatoes and what did I use instead? Insert cauliflower. Cauliflower is a great replacement for starchy vegetables. It's flavor is mild and with its rice like texture it can go with just about anything. Cauliflower is a member of my beloved cruciferous family like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale. This spongy, cream colored veggie is a great source of Vitamin C and K (crucial for proper blood clotting & maintaining good bone health), and contains a decent amount of B complex vitamins like folate, B5, B6 along with minerals like potassium and manganese. With its anti-inflammatory, anti