Homemade Mayo [Basic Sauce]

I love mayonnaise, but I no longer use the store-bought kind because I haven’t found a tasty one with organic oils, no soy and no chicken eggs. So I make it instead. Here is a basic sauce I use for chicken salad, mayo, casseroles, or to top steamed broccoli.

Mock Mayonnaise
Melt over medium heat:
1 stick butter

Meanwhile combine in blender:
1 very large egg (duck) at room temperature (or 2 small chicken?)
2 tsp Dijon mustard (TJs)
1/2 tsp salt
Juice of one lime or half lemon (2tsp)
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika powder, if desired

When butter is melted, and while the blender is running with the lid on and center piece removed, pour the butter oil in a small stream into the egg mixture until it emulsifies into a creamy sauce.

Yields enough to use with 3 cups chopped chicken, not counting the chopped apples, celery, or raisins.

Refrigerate for firm mayo.

For Curry Sauce (for broccoli, or in Chicken Divan casserole), add 1/2 tsp curry and omit paprika.

Awesome Almond Flour Muffin

I’m going out on a limb here and naming this the “Awesome Almond Flour Muffin” because it’s so yummy and versatile. This has become my go-to breakfast and mid morning snack for the kids and myself on Friday mornings as we rush off to Friday School (homeschool co-op).

Below is the recipe for Carrot Spice Muffins, but you can use the basic recipe for zucchini muffins, blueberry muffins, apple spice muffins, or banana muffins. And it’s a kissin’ cousin to my Chocolate Cupcakes. See below for variations.

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Carrot Spice Muffins

Heat oven to 350, and prepare 2 muffin tins (24 count) with greased paper liners (yes, greased).
Place in food processor with S blade:

5 large carrots, chunked

Process until mostly fine, then add:

3.5 cups almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill; almond meal from Trader Joe’s works too, but is just a little more crumbly)
2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt (Real Salt)
1TBS. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves

Pulse to incorporate dry ingredients into carrots. Add:

1 tsp. vanilla
1 TBS. apple cider vinegar
4 large eggs
1 cup honey (can go down to 3/4 cup if you prefer)

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Don’t over-blend.

Ladle into greased muffin papers. Bake for about 25 minutes in 350 degree oven, or until beginning to brown, but firm in middle. Remove to wire racks. Allow to cool (ha, ha) before serving with butter. Yum!

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Variations:

Zucchini Spice Muffins
Replace carrots with 2 medium zucchini, processed with S blade until fine at outset of recipe. Omit ginger. Add 2 TBS coconut flour with dry ingredients to help absorb additional moisture from zucchini.

Apple Spice MuffinsOmit carrots and ginger. Add 2 TBS coconut flour with dry ingredients to help absorb additional moisture from apples. Add 2 cups chopped apple at the end, after blending all ingredients smooth. I like to fold it in with a spoon after removing bowl from food processor. Add an additional 3/4 cup raisins if desired.

Blueberry Muffins
Omit carrots, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and vanilla. Add 2 TBS coconut flour with dry ingredients to help absorb additional moisture from blueberries. Add 2 tsp almond flavoring. Add 2 cups blueberries (frozen is fine) at the end, after blending all ingredients smooth. I like to fold them in with a spoon after removing bowl from food processor.

Banana Muffins here.

Chocolate Cupcakes here.

Clean Eating Day 19 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Banana Soufflé with berry compote, turkey sausage, orange slices
Lunch
Veggie soup with approved chicken sausage or approved hot dog
Snacks
Almonds, bananas, apples, raisins, soaked and dried walnuts
Dinner
Brat Roast, sauerkraut (live probiotics) Dijon Mustard (Germans call it senf…say “zenf.” More fun than “mustard,” right?)

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Heat oven to 400. Place glass 9×12 inch pan in oven with 2 Tb ghee.
In blender, mix:
3 ripe bananas
6 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
When oven is hot and ghee is melted, remove pan and swirl ghee onto sides and over bottom of pan. Pour batter in pan, bake for 20 minutes, or until brown and crispy at edges. It will not puff up like a standard soufflé. Serve immediately with berry compote.

Yum…this was so good. I made two pans for all 7 of us.

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Brat Roast
Preheat the oven to 475.
Place on parchment papered baking sheet:
6 Bratwurst (mine made by local health food store and contain only natural pork and herbs and spices, and salt)
1 acorn squash, in 1/2 inch slices
1 sweet onion, pealed and sliced
4 apples, cored and chunked
2 Tb olive oil
Sprinkle of coarse Celtic sea salt
Sprinkle of fresh ground proper

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Toss together to distribute olive oil. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet; I had enough here to need a second baking sheet.

Place in hot oven for 15 minutes, then remove, flip brats, and return to oven for 5 more minutes. Turn on broiler and broil each pan for approximately 5 minutes, or until the onions are looking a bit charred but sausages are not yet blackening.

Serve immediately, with senf and sauerkraut.

Wow, the sweet onions in this dish were so amazing…actually it was all so good. Mr. Wonderful named it as his new favorite meal. 🙂