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White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili might be my most favorite soup recipe of all time. I’m not even joking when I say that we have probably made the recipe over 30 times and still don’t get tired of it. However, if you do not omit the jalapeno pepper from the soup, it will pack a lot of heat.  My husband and I jokingly call this “cough-soup” because those seeds can induce a little cough in response to the heat. If serving little ones, you will definitely want to omit the jalapeno seeds and potentially scale back on the [...]

White Chicken Chili2020-10-12T10:34:36-04:00

Pigs In A Blanket

Okay, throwing this all out here as I make an effort to share how we manage a lower glutamate diet as a lifestyle instead of a “temporary diet.”  At the time of writing this, we’ve been on a very clean low-glutamate diet for almost 7 years. What we are eating today is different from our deepest healing days of using food as medicine. Fall is officially here, and with two “boys” in the house, we have what seems like constant football games on.  Nothing screams football more than pigs-in-a-blanket, so I decided to make our son this [...]

Pigs In A Blanket2020-10-04T17:30:04-04:00

Orange Sunrise Smoothie

As gross as it may sound, I love a carrot smoothie.  The sweet earthy flavor of the carrot and the ginger's spice adds depth to the tropical fruits' sweetness. I understand that many families cannot tolerate so many sugary fruits, so we have also added frozen cauliflower, frozen butternut squash, and/or yellow squash with little flavor change.  This, of course, depends on the ratios used.  We have also omitted the orange juice and just used fresh oranges instead.  Feel free to play with this recipe. Ingredients 1 c.            Pineapple (frozen) 1 c.  [...]

Orange Sunrise Smoothie2020-10-04T12:38:49-04:00

Our Favorite Cookies

I was vacationing in the mountains with a fellow low glutamate mom, and as moms do, we all packed some clean eats for us to share. Well, my friend brought the most amazing cookies I have ever had, even during my gluten-filled days.  After gaining about 5lbs over the week, I begged her to share the recipe.  The recipe is by the talented Laura Lea Balanced. You can check out her website and her fantastic cookbooks here.  With a few minor tweaks to make this recipe more compliant, it has become our go-to recipe that I’m not [...]

Our Favorite Cookies2020-10-28T09:01:57-04:00

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls are our go-to option for last-minute weeknight meals and tonight was the perfect example of this situation.  While dealing with high temperatures on the official first day of Autumn, I attempted to create a cold autumn-inspired Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl for dinner.  It was a hit!  Heads up, this smoothie bowl is super sweet and is more like a dessert, hence the Pumpkin Pie name. This recipe made three large servings.  Happy Fall!!! […]

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl2020-10-01T16:09:04-04:00

Unstuffed Egg Roll

This recipe for Unstuffed Egg Rolls works for a quick and easy last-minute weeknight meal that packs a lot of veggies. In my opinion, getting vegetables in is much easier when they are #1 shredded and #2 intermixed with meat for extra flavoring. Fortunately, this recipe achieves both of these. In full disclosure, while my son and I enjoy this recipe, it has never been a favorite for my husband.  However, it won’t hold him back from eating seconds and it is such an easy way to get whole food and vegetables on the table, fast. [...]

Unstuffed Egg Roll2020-11-06T10:58:32-05:00

Crispy Kale Chips

Shortly after we started our journey with low glutamate foods, one of my closest friends in Charlotte had us over for dinner, and she made the most delicious oven-baked kale chips.  Up until that point, I hadn’t eaten much kale, and I was delightfully surprised to see it prepared in this way.  Instead of choking down the soggy bitter green, we inhaled the crispy potato-like chips, leaving only crumbs.  From this dinner on, we started consuming kale chips on the regular.  These Crispy Kale Chips only take a few minutes to make and are an easy way [...]

Crispy Kale Chips2020-10-01T16:10:38-04:00

French Toast

Our transition to a lower glutamate diet and working to lower glutamate didn’t mean that we had to remove all “fun foods.” We just learned how to make them healthier and consume them in moderation. This French Toast recipe has become a weekend treat in our home, especially for our little guy. Keep in mind, there are several ways in which you can adapt this recipe to fit your family’s needs best, but the most important thing is to keep ingredients clean. Under tidbits below, you will find clean recipes and products for your bread, milk, and [...]

French Toast2020-10-01T16:11:36-04:00

Trader Joe’s Hearts of Palm Chicken Pesto

Random, just getting back in town, pulling dinner out of the freezer meal. The verdict on this last-minute meal from my family: my husband loved it, the little guy thought it was too spicy but loved the flavor (go easy on the chili flakes), and I enjoyed it. We had no leftovers. The following is only an approximation of what was used, and I may have had a glass of wine before typing this up. […]

Trader Joe’s Hearts of Palm Chicken Pesto2020-10-01T16:12:27-04:00

Legit Bread

A couple of years ago, we had removed, umm… pretty much everything, and were searching for a gluten-free, casein-free, grain-free, nut-free, soy-free, additive-free, gum-free bread. After 16 failed attempts at creating my own recipe,  I came across Jennifer of Predominantly Paleo.  Not only did she clearly understand the struggle, but she had also created the perfect Legit Bread Mix, fitting our needs. Her recipe only eggs, honey, olive oil, apple cider vinegar (or lemon), cassava flour, potato starch, psyllium husk powder, potato flour, sea salt, and baking soda.  Now here we are, a couple of years and [...]

Legit Bread2020-10-01T16:13:15-04:00
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