My friend Maggie has been making and raving about this recipe for years, but I had not made it, assuming it was labor-intensive. Well, I was completely wrong. You will love this easy and decadent recipe if you enjoy dark chocolate. However, if you are not used to coffee or dark chocolate, this recipe might be slightly bitter. We like to top ours with homemade whipped cream (use coconut for dairy-free), fresh fruit, and mint. In full disclosure, we have no clue where this recipe originated from, but would love to give credit to the magician who [...]
For years, I didn't really enjoy salads, probably because I was using nasty store-bought processed dressings. I am letting you in on our favorite dressings that will get almost anyone eating salads. I promise you, you will love them! I tend to make ours beforehand so that weeknights are less stressful. Defined Dish Whole 30 Herby Ranch Dressing Linked here: https://thedefineddish.com/bbq-chicken-skewer-salad/ The Defined Dish is hands-down my absolute favorite for recipes. If you need a cookbook to buy, you will want to get hers! Here is our favorite Ranch Dressing recipe of hers, and we keep it [...]
Whether for last-minute "fast food," breakfast, a snack, or lunch, smoothie bowls have long been a favorite meal option in our house. They are an easy way to sneak in vegetables, serve a variety of foods, and pack in nutrients. We've found that pre-made smoothie bowls also work great in a lunchbox and make for a hassle-free morning. The most important steps are to freeze it overnight, remove it from the freezer in the morning, and store it in a freezer and leakproof container. For us, by the time it is lunchtime, our smoothie bowl is perfect. [...]
While not low-glutamate because of the goat milk cheese, this has been my recent favorite repeat lunch. However, this simple favorite has been introduced previously. It was a favorite treat when we started diet changes years ago but without the cheese. Ingredients Avocado (chopped) Tomato (chopped) Cucumber (chopped) Sharp Cheddar (chopped) (optional) Salt Pepper Garlic Granules Basil (chopped) (optional) Instructions No oil is necessary. Chop all ingredients and toss to combine.
School is out for summer, and burger season is upon us! For years, we made burger salads instead of burgers because it is impossible to find low-glutamate burger buns. However, this sauce helps amplify your boring cheese-free burger salad and is also great on regular burgers (gluten-free or not) and even as a dip for your fries. I hope you like this as much as we do! Ingredients 1/2 c. Mayonnaise (homemade or Better, Not Perfect, cleaner store-bought) 3 tbsp Ketchup (Better, Not Perfect, cleaner ketchup) 1 tsp Brown Mustard (Our FAVORITE) 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar [...]
Ingredients 2 c. Gluten Free Organic Oats (One Degree Organics is our favorite) 2 c. Nondairy Milk (Malk or Elmhurst1925 is our favorites) 2 tbsp Chia Seeds 4 tbsp Chopped Pecans 4 tbsp Raisins 2-3 tbsp Apple Butter (this is a very important ingredient) Instructions Stir to combine. Cover and let sit overnight. Serve with or without fresh fruit. This is also great served with chopped sunflower microgreens to increase nutritional value.
Smoothies are a great way to get some much-needed nutrients. Proper nutrition alone can offer neuroprotection against excess glutamate, and we've learned through Dr. Reid to treat our morning smoothie as our daily multivitamin. The fiber found in smoothies is essential in reducing inflammation and restoring fiber fermentation in the gut. Like everything, it is hard to make a blanket statement about what is right for each person. Depending on individual needs and the status of one's gut health (refer to testing for microbial imbalances), some may need to work to increase fiber and smoothies slowly. In these [...]
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 [...]
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+ [...]
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 [...]