Chocolate Coconut Ganach

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In celebration of our completed Whole30, we are using this as a chocolate syrup over Black Cherry Ice Cream in banana splits. Hurray for us!

Chocolate Coconut Ganach
Melt over low heat:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup cocoa powder (TJs)
1 tsp vanilla
Whisk until smooth. Use warm as a syrup, or pour into a pan or moulds and cool for Ganach dessert (serve plated with a dollop of Creme Fraiche).

Here the Ganach is served in our banana splits.

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Black Cherry Ice Cream

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Oh, this ice cream is so good!

Whir in food processor until almost puréed:
2 cups frozen organic black cherries (Costco)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp almond flavoring

In a large glass mixing bowl, whisk together:
2 cups SCD yogurt or kefir (24 hour=lactose free)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup coconut cream (or heavy whipping cream if you aren’t concerned about lactose)
1/4 cup flaxseed oil

Add cherry mixture, whisk until combined and pour into an ice cream maker.

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The flaxseed oil may be omitted if you will be serving the ice cream immediately, but if you will be freezing it for later, the oil helps for scoop-ability; without it your ice cream will be hard as a rock!

Clean Eating Day 30(!!) [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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This was a kid lunch…bell peppers are good dippers with guacamole.

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage and apple hash, orange slices
Lunch
Veggie Curry soup with avocado, chicken sausage or hot dog, guacamole and pepper slices
Snack
Apples and almonds
Dinner
Roasted turkey, mashed sweet squash with cinnamon, green beans, and sauteed celery, green onion, and mushroom hash

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Here is the turkey after dinner was over. It got moved back to the kitchen, but Thad decided he needed more of the yummy salty-crisp skin.

And so…our 30 day diet adventure ends. I’m not sad to see it go: although I will be cooking a lot of the same food in the weeks (months, years?) ahead, at least now we can add back in dairy and honey to broaden our food choices (and dairy is really great for a ready snack…).

So we’ve eaten a LOT of great food, and here’s where we stand:

Mr. Wonderful: lost 10lbs and 6 inches in two measurements (waist and belly)

Me: lost 4lbs and 3 inches in 6 measurements (pecs, bust, ribs, waist, belly, hips)

Favorite new habit: the “big” sit down breakfast as a family…with tea!

Favorite new food: roasted veggies…both the cauliflower and butternut squash. Ohhh…then there’s the Asian Meatballs…or Tiki Masala.

It’s been a great month.

Clean Eating Day 29

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Breakfast
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage patties, orange slices
Lunch
Salmon salad (scd mayo with curry added) on a bed of romaine, or hot dog, apple slices
Snack
Apples and almond butter
Dinner
Taco Tuesday! (Taco meat over finely sliced romaine and cabbage, with tomatoes, guacamole, bell peppers and salsa)

And finally a photo of a Taco Bowl. I think I always devour it before I can snap a picture.

Clean Eating Day 28 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

2013-01-28 12.35.38Breakfast
Fried eggs, turkey sausage patties, grapefruit
Lunch
Hot dog or leftovers, with spaghetti squash sauteed in ghee and garlic, apple slices
Snack

Raisins and almonds
DinnerPlum-mustard BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, roasted carrots, salad with apple and avocado

I thought the sauteed spaghetti squash (leftover from our “spaghetti” of last week) was good. Mr. Wonderful disagreed. You can decide for yourself.

Do you notice I’ve had fewer pictures, less new meals, and more recycled meals in the last few days? Yes…running out of steam. 🙂 Looking forward to day 31 when we can add dairy back in!

Clean Eating Day 27 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

Breakfast
Hot tea, Soft boiled eggs, orange slices, turkey sausage patties
Lunch
Taco Bowls: Ground beef fried with Oregon Spice Taco Seasoning, over lime juice tossed shredded cabbage with avocado and approved salsa (TJs), black olives
Dinner
Leftovers

We made our weekly shopping trip to Trader Joes tonight, and bought (drumroll…) non-whole30 foods! Mostly dairy, which is what we intro on Thursday. Also…stuff for Super Bowl(!!). All stashed away. We aren’t cheating. I promise.

Clean Eating Day 26 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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I love watching my two year old chow down on good food I’ve made!

Breakfast
Grapefruit, Banana Crepes with berry compote and turkey sausage
Lunch
Leftovers and hot dogs
Dinner
Bratwurst Roast

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The Brat Roast is our new Saturday night tradition; we love this meal!

Although acorn squash looks beautiful in the brat roast, pealed and chunked butternut squash works better as it doesn’t need to be scraped out once on the plate.

Clean Eating Day 25 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Scrambled eggs with crumbled fried turkey sausage, squash soufflé with coconut cream
Lunch
Leftover squash soufflé, sausages
Dinner
Leftover Chicken Tiki Masala, salad

Breakfast Squash Soufflé
4 cups roasted Sweet Meat squash
5 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1 cup coconut milk
Whisk together until smooth. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

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I had an early morning appointment, so I made the soufflé batter the night before and left it in the fridge. In the morning, I popped it in the oven right after I got out of bed and it was ready for breakfast.

The soufflé turned out pleasantly sweet considering there is no additional sweetener.

Clean Eating Day 24

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Breakfast
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage patties, grapefruit
Lunch
Veggie soup, sausage or hot dog or leftovers, apple slices
Dinner
Chicken Tiki Masala

This recipe was the inspiration for dinner. I converted it to crockpot cooking, and also added roasted cauliflower and purple carrots at the end; the single dish dinner with chunks of veggies reminded me of curies my husband’s Moroccan uncle has made for us.

Crockpot Chicken Tiki Masala
Turn crockpot on high and add:
2 Tb ghee
2 Tb curry powder (mine was Oregon Spice Co: Mild Madras Curry)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cumin
Purée in food processor:
1 sweet onion
2-3 cloves garlic
Add to crockpot. Then add:
5 large frozen chicken breasts
Juice from one lime
2 Tb curry powder sprinkled on chicken
1 Tb coarse Celtic sea salt
1 can coconut cream (TJs)

Cook on high for 4 hours, then cut up chicken into chunks/shreds. At this point I had a lot of liquid in the crockpot; if I had thawed the chicken in the fridge the night before and drained off the liquid and cooked it on low for 8 hours or longer this would probably not be the case.

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I ladled out most of the liquid into a large skillet and simmered it on the stove to reduce it.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 500 and melt in a saucepan on the stove:
2 Tb ghee
2 Tb olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
Heat and stir. Pour into two large glass pans, and toss and coat:
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
4 large carrots cut in chunks (I used purple and orange carrots; any color will work)
Roast in the oven 30 minutes, or until browning. Stir occasionally.

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To the reduced chicken sauce add:
4 tsps paprika
1 tsp salt
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
1 cup chopped cilantro
Heat to simmering and add back to the chicken in the crockpot.

When cauliflower and carrots are browned and soft add into the crockpot.

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Serve hot, over rice if eating grains. We had it straight like a stew.

And the two-year-old had three helpings. The end.

Clean Eating Day 23 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, bananas, hot tea
Lunch
Curried Pumpkin Veggie soup, leftover Goulash and Rotkohl or hot dog or apple chicken sausage, apple slices
Dinner
Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Meat Sauce, steamed broccoli

You would think this would be the dinner that the kids loved…but no. The squash was too different from pasta for them, but they ate decent amounts anyway. In the past I have used shredded zucchini, unheated under simmering sauce (heats up right away in the bowl), with better all around success. But it’s winter, so we used the winter Spaghetti Squash this week.

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Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Meat Sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Wash your whole squash to remove any dirt. Prick all over with a fork or small knife so it won’t burst while cooking. Place in a pan and bake for one hour.

Remove from oven and allow to cool just until you can handle it to cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop all the seeds and pulp from the center, discard. Using forks, shred the flesh of the squash into noodle-like pieces. Serve into bowls and cover with heated sauce.

Marinara and Meat Sauce

And you thought I was going to give some great recipe, right? Wrong. I try not to make marinara from scratch, certainly not on a weeknight in the dead of winter. In summer, when I have too many tomatoes in the garden, I love to make an easy oven-roasted marinara, but right not, out of a jar is fine with me.

There was only one(!) marinara at TJs that didn’t have sugar, soybean oil, or dairy; their Roasted Garlic. WOW! Is that ever a lot of garlic! On weeks when I can get to WholeFoods (never), I like to buy their store brand (Everyday 365?) in the fat free “flavor” because it’s a great basic sauce without nasty add-ins.

So:Brown 1 lb grassfed ground beef in a skillet. Add:
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 jar marinara
Simmer 10 minutes and serve over squash.

(You knew that, right?)