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Baked Oatmeal (gluten free, dairy free, soaked)

soaked baked oatmeal

i found this vintage photo of my son eating baked oatmeal in the 1800s… just kidding, i don’t know why i added the scratchy filter

until september (GFS, remember?) i am not exaggerating when i say that our family ate oatmeal for breakfast every day for the last five years. this sounds really ocd, but while we have a lot of other weird issues, that’s not one of them. it was simply convenient, inexpensive (read: the cheapest meal ever), i thought healthy, and my kids loved it and gobbled it down happily- there were no battles or whining. so it just seemed win-win-win. we felt wild when we introduced baked oatmeal a few years ago. then it slowly grew from a treat once in a while to an every other day staple. true story. so. it takes me 5 minutes to whip up, 15 minutes to bake. so i thought i’d share my recipe! now we have it once a week or less and i almost exclusively soak the oats the night before. i guess another world really is possible!

elle’s baked oatmeal (gluten/dairy free/low sugar)
2 cups gluten free oatmeal
1/2 brown sugar, or what I usually do is like 3tbsp coconut sugar and 2 tsp stevia, could also use honey or other sweetener
1/4 cup (or more or less as you like) ground flax seed
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder

mix the above up, then add:

1 cup coconut milk
1/4 melted coconut oil
2 eggs (but i usually do one and it’s fine)
2 tsp vanilla

pour into 9 inch pan and bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

…i have mostly switched to soaking all our oatmeal overnight beforehand. (breaks down the phytic acid, makes nutrients more available and easier to digest) if you’d like to try that, soak the oatmeal in enough water to cover it + 2 tbsp yogurt or kefir. cover with a towel and leave overnight. in the morning, drain and rinse oatmeal then mix in above ingredients except reduce milk to about 1/3cup.) *note, when soaked the grains expand and i use a 9×13 pan instead

…this can all be made with milk, melted butter and regular oats with great results as well!

*Sharing at Real Food Wednesday and Allergy Free Wednesday!

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Roasted Veggie Frittata

I want to try making these homemade chewable vitamins for kids!  (maybe the probiotic or oil version) 

5 couples in love after 50 years. Sweethearts. These pictures make me ache and make me happy.

Made a version of this last night: coconut chicken! It was super delish, but I obviously have had a major brain freeze and for some reason totally failed to realize that coconut is a dried fruit?! Hello!!!! Yeah, you’re not supposed to eat that on a candida diet. And I’ve been eating a lot of it. D’oh.

Mark’s daily apple – what to eat and what to avoid for lifelong health.

For Sophia’s fifth birthday, we had a bike party celebrating three of the kids from Sophia’s class. My friend Katie made the most amazing cake. Want to see? Check this pic and this. Not only was it in the shape of a bike (!), enough to feed the masses, it was delicious and nutritious! Yes, she’s incredible. We all want to be like her!

Hope you have a great weekend! Any plans?


Day three and no eczema!

You guys this is so crazy I can hardly believe it. I first remember eczema my sophomore year of high school. Which was 15 years ago! I have had eczema for 15 years. And in just three days of clean eating it is gone! Sometimes the eczema has just been a minor annoyance, sometimes it has been terrible, cracked, awful, itchy. A few months ago I read that hydrocortisone cream, which I used daily for the last 15 years, is not good for long term use and suppresses the immune system. When I read that I switched to coconut oil. I was happy with the results: it had the same effect, relieving the itchiness and kept it from getting too irritated. Which is all I was really after and thought I could do.

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Last night, at the end of the third day of this anti-candida eating, I was getting ready for bed and grabbed the coconut oil to put behind my ears. But the skin behind them is totally smooth! For the first time in 15 years! This is crazy!

Just had to share this with you.

Although I suspect the main culprit is dairy I hope to see some healing and be able to reintegrate it back in eventually. I have heard a lot of people say it is no good and it should be cut out entirely. That it’s just food for baby cows and other mammals don’t drink milk past babyhood. I think yes, we might have a profit-driven system full of unhealthy cows given weird amounts of gmo-corn and antibiotics: not good. We might have people with an actual allergy: not good. We might have a tiny problem with pasteurization and homogenization, probably also not good. Buuutttt….. I think we’re just too far removed from the whole process. If you had a farm and a cow one hundred years ago, there is no way you would tell me: No, you shouldn’t take any of that milk for food. But sure, go ahead- kill that cow, pull it’s skin off, cut out it’s muscle and eat that. See? Milk seems a lot more reasonable and safe now, doesn’t it. :) You’d totally use the milk to maximize the nutrients your cow provides! And then you’d eat it after that. Or you’d just be vegan. Haha, okay end of rant.

So I’m clearly pro-dairy and now needing to reconcile that with the idea that it might be creating some problems for me. But one of the the things the N.D. explained when she was here is that our immune system is a little bit like a bucket. So even if you had a small problem with dairy, that might be fine in small amounts on it’s own. But if that’s in your bucket, plus another small problem with corn for instance, plus some stress, plus a cat walks by plus pollen in the air that day: soon your immune-system bucket is overflowing and you’re all symptomatic. So it’s really about identifying what works for you and what doesn’t and functioning in that.

Okay well now I’ve just been rambling a while. I just had to share about the eczema- even though I believe food has a real effect on us, this is shocking to experience!

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What came first: the nutrition or the love?

20121023-133937.jpgThis morning: woke up when kids did. Groggily checked my handy menu plan. Realized it was pumpkin muffins and sauteed apples for breakfast. Which was a little funny because when I made that menu up I for sure thought I would make those muffins ahead of time so that we’d roll out of bed, warm up the muffins, sautee the apples, and…. Breakfast!

That did not happen. Clearly.

Soo…. I stuck to the plan and made everything while they did their various things as they waited for me. Namely:
laying at my feet,
wrapping their arms around my legs,
playing in the kitchen drawer as I try to grab things to make breakfast(!) for them(!) quickly(!),
chatting away like it’s mid-day instead of the sacred hour of EARLY, where silence is revered and muted voices are the right religion.
It’s like they don’t know they need to have their coffee before they’re allowed to talk like that. Why they haven’t learned that from my every-morning-demonstration, I don’t know.

It all went pretty well for the first bit. But while we were waiting those last minutes for the muffins, things went south. Way south. I don’t blame them- normally breakfast is ready pretty quickly around here to avoid that blood-sugar-crash-induced-whining that I was experiencing so pointedly. For a while I was my normal self, trying to be kind and clear. And then my patience seemed to run out the same way my kids just had and it was one big mess of loud voices trying to mute out whining ones. And then tears. And then me setting down cutlery much more loudly than necessary and storming back to the kitchen.

So it obviously was a disaster.

Happily, we mended things. And then we had a great morning together. But the point to myself is: providing good nutrition to my children isn’t above acting with love towards them. What would the point of that be?

Several years ago I was reading through a book by Christian Northrup. She wrote that it’s more important for a child to be in a loving home than in one with perfect nutrition. I’ve always agreed with that, but I think used it as an excuse sometimes for letting them have things regularly that I knew weren’t good for them. And so I have to balance that idea with: a loving environment IS one that considers where their little bodies are at and what they need to thrive.

But of course: not served up without some kindness. :)

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Super delicious breakfast cereal (grain/dairy free)

20121022-082808.jpgHere is the way to have a satisfying, delish, nutritious breakfast cereal option even when grains and dairy are not in the equation.

Coconut Cereal

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1-2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp stevia
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup coconut milk

Just mix up the first four ingredients, top with walnuts and add coconut milk! Also great with bananas or berries!

I first read about this idea on a paleo website, but I think the flax-cinnamon-stevia combo is what makes it cereal like. Maybe if you toasted the coconut it would be like granola? It’s what I was referring to in my menu plan as coconut cereal, but I feel like there could be a better name out there. Ideas, anyone? Happy Monday!

*Sharing at: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/10/real-food-wednesday-10172012.html


Meal Plan! (gluten-free, dairy-free, anti-candida)

Okay, can’t lie: pretty proud of myself for making this! Sometimes I just have major meal-plan brain freeze. It’s a lot of work! Hopefully this will make it easy to eat this week. Honestly, this is food we all really like! But if it’s not planned out, we definitely reach for grains and dairy. Which wouldn’t be so wrong, but I was able to meet with a naturopath dr last week, and she laid it out: I have a yeast infection that won’t go away and my kids and I possibly have some food allergies. I was really scared, but now that I’ve laid it all out I think I can do it.

Here’s to a nutritious week!

recipes can be found here:

CF Dutch Babies
Smoky bacon chili
Pumpkin Muffins 
Roasted veggie frittata
Indian spiced zucchini fritters
Coconut chicken
Italian Meatballs
roasted broccoli/bacon
Gaps, DF pizza
Whipped coconut cream w berries
Coconut milk smoothies
Coconut cereal

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Happy weekend! or as a wise woman once said, Happy Link-end!

Yep, it’s time for another Friday link post. :)

Has anyone tried mashed cauliflower? Sounds simple and yummy!

Do you *Heart* New York City or Feel relatively neutral about it? Lol.

Nine easy ways to boost your child’s health.

Is modern wheat unhealthy?

Hehe: no, i don’t need to put on a shirt to meet the president.

Have you seen the Dear Photograph website? I love looking through them…

Have a great weekend everybody!

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The blog continues!

Here’s a picture of me trying to scare you, like you didn’t know I was here. Like you probably thought this blog was dead, so you’ll just check one last time and then BOO! and SURPRISE! Here I am.

This is why, ahem, I will probably never receive any kind of acknowledgement that any of my friends or family actually check this blog. And I don’t blame you. I don’t know why I do these kinds of things. Forgive me.

Good news, bad news here people.

The good news is: the blog is back and the journey to health continues.

The bad news is: there is more to blog because the destination of great, functioning health has not yet been reached.

I mentioned before that a naturopath doctor was coming to Colorado Springs to teach some health classes. It has been this week and it’s pretty much rocking my world. Hopefully I will process what I learned here and share the holistic health love.

Anyway soon I’ll give an update what happened with us and gluten, and where we’re at now. Just wanted to let you know I’ll be posting here again…

Happy to be back with you all. :)

And don’t forget to check out the Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe below!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte (Dairy free, sugar free)

*PS: Update! This also is successfully made with one cup of brewed coffee in place of the pumpkin coffee espresso! Still delish!

Well. One of the scariest things to me going into an anti-candida diet is worrying that i will feel deprived. That doesn’t go well for me at all, and I tend to revert to old eating-disorder tendencies. No bueno. So even though I haven’t started this yet, I’m already looking for things that will leave me feeling psychologically stable while limiting foods I’m used to.

And I invented one today!


First, thank you Dr Mercola for the article about the benefits of coffee! My favorite part, and new information to me, is about coffee lowering glucose levels in blood and increasing beneficial bacteria in your gut! Hooray!

So anyway, quick recipe:

-1 cup coconut milk
-2 shots (?) pumpkin espresso
-shake of pumpkin pie seasoning
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 packet stevia

Heat the coconut milk and blend in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and stevia while your espresso is brewing. Then pour in espresso and give a quick stir! Voila!

The cup was so satisfying and such a treat. Maybe I can do this anti-candida thing? Here’s hoping!