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.

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 8 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Last night I stuck these two halves of pumpkin in my oven with a half cup water in each pan, and set the oven on time delay bake at 400. When I arrived in the kitchen this morning, I had squash ready to purée! I didn’t get a picture of this morning’s purée, but it looked exactly like applesauce. Which added to the disappointment when tasting it. It wasn’t bad…but it wasn’t nearly as good as the acorn squash. Not much flavor or sweetness without the cider.

Breakfast
Hot tea, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage patties, half a white pumpkin roasted then puréed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pear cider
Lunch
French onion soup, apple slices, grassfed hot dog or chicken apple sausage, leftover chili with some pumpkin stirred in for adults
Snack
Almonds, fried pork skins (I’m not recommending this…see below)
Dinner
Plum-mustard bbqed chicken drumsticks (it was so yummy!), roasted carrots, steamed frozen green beans, kale salad with dressing and raisins, salted almonds

So last night while I was hallowing out my pumpkins and seasoning my turkey sausage, Mr. Wonderful dashed off to the store to pick up a bag of fried pork skins. This was after a major craving for chips of any kind, and a revelation that pork skins are made from approved ingredients (sort of). I tried to explain to him that one of the goals of Whole30 is to break habits and addictions, and he said he wasn’t one bit worried about that as he only wants to lose a few pounds and then go back to eating Kettle potato chips in our otherwise exemplary diet. No plans to break this habit. So, we tasted the pork skins…and…we both thought they were gross. The kids polished off the entire (small) bag during the afternoon. Whatever.

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Here’s dinner…it was finger-licking’ good! The carrots were so easy: used a whole bag of precut baby carrots and roasted them in their own pan alongside the drumsticks. Frozen green beans and bagged baby kale finished off this easy meal.

Plum-Mustard BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
10 prunes, simmered in 1/4 water for 2 minutes or until soft, with cooking water (TJs)
2 Tb Dijon Mustard (TJs)
1/2 cup pear cider (TJs)
Himalayan Pink Salt, in grinder (TJs)
8 chicken drumsticks (free range, from New Seasons market)
Purée softened prunes with their cooking water, add to Dijon and pear cider, mixing until nearly smooth. Baste over drumsticks in a glass roasting pan. Season with salt. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes, or until browning and meat easily pulls from bones.

Clean Eating Day 7 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Hot tea, egg scramble skillets (one with turkey breakfast sausage and one with leftover chopped Italian sausage link and kale…we liked the turkey sausage one better), grapefruit, banana
Lunch
Veggie soup, grassfed hot dog or chicken apple sausage, apples
Dinner
French onion soup with leftover shredded T-bone steak, leftover brusselsprouts, salad with green apple, avocado, soaked and dried walnuts, and dressing.

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I like to make French Onion Soup the day after having a roast or steaks…some leftover beef to mince and add for a heartier main course than just broth and onions. But, a soup with so few ingredients requires each part be the best. I used beef bone broth which I made from gelatin rich knuckle bones (they come no extra charge when we buy 1/4 cow), and simmered them for 2 days in the crockpot. I did this a few weeks ago, so all I had to do was remember to defrost a couple quarts this morning.

Below is the steak shredded and ready for the soup and the leftover brusselsprouts awaiting the oven. I have been successfully broiling brusselsprouts all autumn long, but when cooking them yesterday they did not get tender. I rebroiled them today thinking I hadn’t done them long enough, but barely better. These were in a bag from Costco…perhaps this is end of season and they aren’t fresh anymore.

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French Onion Soup
2 large sweet yellow onions
2 Tb ghee
2 qts beef stock
1/2 tsp thyme
Celtic sea salt to taste (about 2 Tb)
Fresh ground pepper (Flower Pepper-TJs)
1/4 allspice
2-3 cups shredded cooked beef
Melt ghee in large heavy enameled pot. Slice onions into 1/4 inch thick quarter moons, then break into single strands while coating in the heated ghee. Caramelize over medium heat, stirring every 5 minutes until a rich golden brown, about 30 minutes. Add beef stock and spices. Add half of salt and allow to simmer, then taste and adjust seasoning.

Of course, this is best with toasted bread and cheese melted on top, but we enjoyed it plain. It’s only 30 days!

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Clean Eating Day 6 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Hot tea, scrambled eggs, turkey sausage patties, acorn squash: baked inverted halves at 400 for 1 hour, scooped out and mashed with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon and salt, 2Tb ghee, 3Tb pear cider.

Lunch
Leftover chili over shredded cabbage with avocados

Dinner
T bone steaks marinated with coconut aminos and a spice rub, roasted Brussel sprouts with blueberry/balsamic glaze, sautéed crimini mushrooms (ghee)

I used the delay bake mode on my oven, leaving the acorn squash halves in the oven over night. Came down to the kitchen to find them baked and ready for mashing.

We broiled the dinner steaks in the oven: 7 minutes on the first side, 3 on the second, for a tender medium rare. There was some leftover, which I sliced and shredded finely and will add to French Onion Soup tomorrow. (Did I mention we are studying France?)

I find its very important with grassfed steak to trim the fat off to avoid gamey flavor in the steak, and to allow them to come to room temperature before grilling/broiling for tenderness.

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Clean Eating Day 5 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Hot tea, Banana crepes, grapefruit, berry compote, turkey sausage, fried eggs
Lunch Snack
Salted almonds, bananas, applesauce crushers
Dinner
Crock Pot Squash Chili garnished with avocado and olives, green apple slices

We have been “visiting” France in our Homeschool cultural studies, so I wanted to make a crepe-like meal for the kids. I think Whole30 technically calls for no baked goods even from approved ingredients, but…oh well! 🙂 And they were delicious. (I tripled this recipe.)

Banana Crepes
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
Dash salt
Blend till frothy, pour into crepe pan heated with ghee. Add ghee before making each crepe. Fill with sliced bananas, wrap, and top with blueberry compote.
Makes about 3 crepes.

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Turkey Sausage
1 lb ground turkey (not breast only)
1tsp salt
1.5 Tb Frontier Herbs Poultry Seasoning (it’s sage, thyme, onion, marjoram, black pepper, cayenne pepper)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
Knead until incorporated evenly. Best to make at least 8 hours ahead to let flavors combine in the fridge before frying.

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Crock Pot Squash Chili
Layer in the crock pot:
2 cups fresh Pico de gallo (Costco)
2 12oz cans diced tomatoes (TJs organic)
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp cumin
2 lbs ground beef, fried with legal taco seasoning (grassfed from my freezer, Oregon Spice Co. Taco Seasoning from Azure Standard)
3 cups diced butternut squash (Costco)
Heat on high for 1 hour, then cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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We are trying to schedule non-food treats for our children this month. Today we took them to OMSI, a children’s science museum. We ate the snack lunch while there, but were pretty hungry when we arrived home. Great to walk in the door to a hot crock pot meal all ready (and smelling wonderful)! Makes me feel like supermom.

And squash is a surprisingly good substitute for beans in chili.

Clean Eating Day 4 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Hot tea, Soft boiled eggs, grapefruit, turkey sausage patties
Lunch
Veggie Soup, hot dogs or leftover turky sausage, leftover grilled pineapple and guac and bells from night before, mandarins
Dinner
Oven roasted butternut squash, onion wedges, and Italian sausages, Romaine salad with green apple, avocado, and dressing.

The Italian sausage links are a pork sausage made with naturally raised pork and herbs and spices but no other additives from New Seasons Market. I found precut butternut squash at Costco (whew, that was easy!) and roasted it with wedges of sweet onion and the sausage links, all in the same pan!

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Line pan with parchment, toss squash and onion pieces in a couple Tbs olive oil, coarse salt and pepper to taste, add sausages, roast at 475 for 20 minutes, then stir, flip sausages, and broil another 10 minutes at 550.

Clean Eating Day 3 [SCD, GAPS, Whole30]

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Breakfast
Hot tea, Scrambled eggs and turkey sausage patties, grapefruit, applesauce crushers (TJs; bought at the pleading request of my four year old…it’s a big treat to ever get food in a package)
Lunch
Veggie soup, hot dogs and ketchup (homemade(!) -recipe below) and mustard (Organicville brand has no sugar) or chicken salad (leftover from yesterday)
Dinner
Pork loin cutlets with berry sauce, grilled pineapple without syrup, guac and bells (using bell pepper wedges like chips for eating guacamole), roasted onion, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

The pork loin with berries was outstanding with a little bit of gauc in each bite, and can you imagine how stunning those colors are together? Next time I will garnish the pork with the gauc as well as berries when I plate it. As my husband often reminds me: food is eaten first with the eyes.

Here’s a picture of gauc and bells.

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Here’s a picture of the grilled pineapple slices and pork loin just being turned. Do you have a stovetop grilling pan? I love mine from Lodge!

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Ketchup
2 cans (6 oz each) tomato paste
1 can water
4T apple cider vinegar
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp onion powder
1tsp salt
1/2tsp allspice
Combine over low heat, stirring until smooth.
This amount nearly filled my emptied squeezable ketchup bottle.

Berry Compote
1.5 cups frozen berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries
1/2 cup diced pineapple (optional)
1/4 cup water
Simmer uncovered in small saucepan until thick sauce forms, approx 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

We pick and freeze berries each summer from nearby brambles or berry farms for economical berries all year long. Ripe blackberries and blueberries are the sweetest, so I always include some in a compote, and add extra if using a tart berry like cranberry.

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