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Mac & Cheese

One of the hardest dishes to make once you’ve removed gluten and dairy is macaroni and cheese. Even more so as you work to reduce glutamate since nutritional yeast is a source of free glutamate.  This recipe is good, but it does not taste like your typical mac and cheese, rather a comfort food replacement that looks like it. That being said, our son loves it!  We commonly serve it with a bit of protein and broccoli.  The Defined Dish [...]

Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal

Breakfast can be a more challenging meal to sneak vegetables in, and fortunately for picky eaters, you can hardly tell this pumpkin oatmeal contains zucchini. The addition of cinnamon and clove in the pumpkin pie spice increases the dish's anti-microbial properties. Feel free to adjust the ratios based on need. Ingredients 2 c.   Gluten-Free Steel Cut Oats 1 c.   Fresh Pumpkin Flesh (previously roasted) 2 c.   Plant-Based Milk (additive-free, homemade is best) 2 c.   Water 3 tbsp.  Pure Maple Syrup (or [...]

By |November 7th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Breakfasts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Breakfast Hash

A breakfast hash is one of our favorite and most frequently made breakfast options because it is versatility. It is an easy way to scramble various sauteed and or raw vegetables into a mealtime that is typically very heavy in carbohydrates. I am not implying carbohydrates are horrible; rather, non-starchy vegetables are a priority.  We use this sausage as a flavoring to load veggies in at breakfast, so feel free to tweak it based on your needs. If you are slowly [...]

By |November 6th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Breakfasts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Yeast Fighting Tea

For quite some time, we've been making a yeast fighting herbal tea comprised of various loose herbals with anti-fungal properties.  However, I've always hesitated to share specific herbal information publicly due to individual sensitivity. Fortunately, I've teamed up with the Rogue Herbalist to ensure the following recipe is legitimate and safer to use. This mild tea is an easy and gentle way to help combat underlying yeast/candida overgrowth in the gut.  While it can be served hot or cold, we have [...]

By |November 5th, 2020|Categories: Herbs|0 Comments

Free Glutamate Search

Items are listed from highest to lowest in free glutamate (High, Moderate, Medium, Low) I have a few disclaimers to add here: Many of the listed ingredients are based on our personal experience and sensitivity to free glutamate. Specific ingredients like “strawberry flavor” will not be listed; instead, they fall into the “natural flavors” category. * glutamate levels depend on the extent of commercial processing ** some whole foods will have ingredients that reduce glutamate effect, and this varies with individuals [...]

By |October 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Mains|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By |October 4th, 2020|Categories: Mains, Snacks and Sides|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Beverages, Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Categories: Baked Goods, Blog, Treats, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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!!! […]

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