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

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

Spicy Caesar Dressing

I recently attended a birthday dinner for one of my good friends, and her husband served this AMAZING Wasabi Caesar Dressing.  I admit I was unsure of what to think about it initially, but I was blown away with how good it was, and I have been dreaming about it ever since.  It was literally one of the best salad dressings I’ve ever had! Since dairy and I don’t mix well, I was on a mission to create my own, and after a few failed attempts, I landed on this adaptation of the Minimalist Baker (I love [...]

Spicy Caesar Dressing2020-10-02T09:25:10-04:00

Rib Rub Seasoning

One of the foods we most missed when implementing diet changes was a barbeque; this was primarily for my husband. Most barbeque sauces are loaded with MSG, natural flavors, smoke-flavor, soy, and several sources of free glutamate, and while I am sure a homemade barbeque sauce can be made, I have yet to attempt it myself. By using this simple rib rub, we can achieve the barbeque flavor, without the unwanted additives.  […]

Rib Rub Seasoning2020-10-02T09:20:27-04:00

Greek Tzatziki Dressing

This Greek Tzatziki Dressing is hands-down, my favorite salad dressing. It is quick, easy, and extremely forgiving. The creaminess resembles the traditional yogurt-based tzatziki, with the cumber and spices give it a refreshing zest.  We enjoy this dressing tossed with mixed greens, tomato, clean olives, red onion, cucumber, radish, and green peppers.  I hope you enjoy this simple dressing as much as we do. […]

Greek Tzatziki Dressing2020-02-21T16:21:38-05:00

Avocado Ranch

I don't know if it is a fat thing, or he loves the general taste of it, but our son would once only eat a salad if it had a mayonnaise-based dressing.  While this dressing has evolved over the years, it is pretty flexible, don't hesitate to play with it- leave the avocado out and keep it simple.  We love this dressing mixed with a bag of cabbage/coleslaw mixture or in a Mexican Chopped Salad. For the Mexican Chopped Salad, we combine the dressing with fresh mixed greens, tomato, jicama, cucumber, avocado, black beans, radish, and mango. [...]

Avocado Ranch2020-03-05T10:58:36-05:00

Herbal Tahini Dressing

Since I first started the Facebook group, I have longed for there to be a sense of community and support around diet changes.  The last thing I want is for it to come off as though any single person has all of the answers, myself included.  It is so important we recognize we are not alone in this and that we ALL learn from each other. Because of our community, I was able to meet an incredible mom that is navigating the balancing act of healing and cooking nourishing meals, all while making her family and faith a [...]

Herbal Tahini Dressing2020-10-02T11:29:31-04:00

Cashew Milk

I’ve recently been talking with more and more moms just starting to implement diet changes, and I love it! While milk alternatives are certainly not necessary (water is best), they often help with the transition away from dairy/casein. Homemade milk alternatives avoid the MSG-laden additives found in most store-bought milk options. For us, we landed on homemade cashew milk because it was quick, easy, and reduced costs.  If you choose to use nuts in your milk alternative, raw (un-roasted) nuts are preferred to keep glutamate risk down. Possible add-ins are strawberries, mango, or cacao nibs for chocolate [...]

Cashew Milk2020-10-02T12:02:20-04:00

Low-Glutamate Broth

MSG in your broth?  Yes, this can be true- especially when using many store-bought options. Processed store-bought options contain many additives high in free-glutamate (MSG) like- monosodium glutamate itself, natural flavors, hydrolized protein, gelatin, “spices”, hydrolized soy protein, flavoring, dextrose, corn syrup, yeast extract, yeast, and even the terms “broth”, “bouillon” and “stock” as ingredients are known to often contain these higher levels. Additionally, some amount of free glutamate can naturally be created during the process of making the broth and may be problematic for those sensitive to free glutamate. Yes, you heard that right.  According to [...]

Low-Glutamate Broth2020-10-02T12:07:40-04:00

Pumpkin Seed Croutons

Let’s be honest, my family tires of salads and I find myself frequently looking for ways to spice them up a bit.  I was inspired to make our own “croutons” about a year or two ago after purchasing the Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook and decided to put our own spin on her recipe.  One of my additions to the recipe was to include one of our favorite herbs, milk thistle. See this post as to why we love milk thistle. Milk thistle is great and is known to help calm microglial activation, which produces inflammatory cytokines and [...]

Pumpkin Seed Croutons2020-10-02T12:17:03-04:00
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