Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Who doesn’t love ranch dressing?  I don’t think ranch dressing needs much of an intro, but this dressing is an easy way to sneak some herbs in and get your child eating salads. Did I mention we used mayonnaise to entice our son to eat salads, lol. Apple cider vinegar is the least offensive vinegar when considering levels of free glutamate. Feel free to play with the herbs used in this recipe to fit your needs best. Dill is an excellent source of the flavonoid, quercetin. Quercetin is neuroprotective against glutamate-induced oxidative stress, free radicals and helps to inhibit [...]

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing2021-02-16T21:15:44-05:00

Lowering Glutamate | Astragalus Root

This is a powerful immune stimulator for anti-viral immunity and it powerfully inhibits the cytokine storm. Most immune stimulators activate the microglia. When this is done frequently, the microglia can be chronically activated, resulting in an outpouring of inflammatory cytokines and glutamate. There have been studies examining the TNF-α cytokine which is typically increased with immune stimulators, but astragalus, in particular, DECREASES TNF-α cytokines. I cannot tell you exactly why this happens, but there have been a few studies indicating that it does. Astragaloside IV Attenuates Glutamate-Induced Neurotoxicity in PC12 Cells through Raf-MEK-ERK Pathway https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4427284/ It [...]

Lowering Glutamate | Astragalus Root2021-02-10T20:57:18-05:00

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

We love to use breakfast casseroles and or frittatas for holiday breakfast options, but since they can be prepared or made ahead and reheated,  they are also a nutritious option for mornings on the run.  While this is a good base recipe, we tend to switch it up a bit by varying the vegetables, meat, and herbs used.  It is important to note that some may be sensitive to bacon due to the glutamate risk (read below), but I have also included a homemade breakfast sausage recipe for those looking to keep the risk lower. Ingredients 1+ [...]

Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole2020-12-24T16:09:47-05:00

Christmas Chia Seed Parfait

Christmas is just a few days away, and our little guy specifically asked for a special Christmas smoothie for lunch today.  I decided to make our own version of an old Against All Grain recipe for the special occasion. Chia seed pudding parfaits are a fantastic option for breakfast on the run, as they can last a few days in the fridge. While this is a good base recipe, don’t be afraid to add your own spin to it by adjusting to your own dietary needs, sneak more vegetables and or herbs in.  Merry Christmas!! -xoxo, Andi [...]

Christmas Chia Seed Parfait2020-12-21T12:58:35-05:00

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 inspired this recipe. […]

Mac & Cheese2020-11-16T13:10:10-05:00

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 to taste) 3/4 tsp.  Himalayan or Sea Salt 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice 1/4 large or [...]

Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal2020-11-07T19:34:51-05:00

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 working your way to raw and needing more cooked veggies, start using the sausage as a [...]

Breakfast Hash2020-11-06T11:22:30-05:00

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

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 Cookies2021-04-30T13:13:25-04:00
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