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Veggie Frittata

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This is a super easy meal to make that the kid just love.  It’s a little like breakfast for dinner.

Melt some coconut oil in a pan, add 1 chopped onion, 5 small chopped sweet peppers and a tsp of garlic.  Cook this up until the onions are translucent.  Add some purple cabbages, shredded and some spinach – cook it down a bit.  While that is cooking mix up 12 eggs, 1/8 cup milk, 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Now pour the egg mixture over the veggies, let it cook for a minute or two.  Now take your pan and put it under the broiler until it’s brown and puffy.    That’s all there is to this recipe. 

GAPS Legal Chicken Cacciatore

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Well I didn’t find an amazing deal yesterday on anything we cvoulf throw on the BBQ today.  Idid find 3 whole free range chickens at 50% off though.  So for dinner we are having Chicken Cacciatore.

I boiled two of the chickens this morning until they fell apart.

Then I picked ther meat off the bones and removed the skin.  I put those all back in the stock pot with the juice.  I will continue to cook this down and make some nice broth.

Here is the Chicken Cacciatore recipe:

1 small walla walla onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups of water

4 small sweet peppers, chopped

1 small can of tomato paste or 1 cup of puree

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

4 cups shredded chicken

salt and pepper to taste

I put a small scoop of coconut oil in a frying pan and added the onions and peppers up until they were slightly tender.  I then added in the tomato paste, oregano and garlic…stir well.  Then I added the water and mixed it up well.  Now add the shredded chicken and mix up until blended.  Add Salt and pepper.  Continue to heat until the sauce thickens.

I am serving this over smashed Cauliflower.  This is very easy.  I just steam two heads of Cauliflower until nice and tender.  Remove from heat and smash with a potato smasher.  I then add some butter (or ghee) and salt and pepper until nice and creamy.  That’s it.

I think we’ll also break open another jar of my pickled asparagus I canned a few weeks ago. 

And for dessert…..Watermelon of course!

Gaps Legal Meatloaf

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Safeway had some of their Open Nature Hamburger at 50% off today.  YUM!  So meatloaf it is!

1 lb. hamburger (grain fed – no antibiotics, etc..)

1 chopped onion (walla walla are in!)

1/4 cup chopped mushrooms

2 small peppers chopped (I can’t remember what you call these but I picked them up for around $4 for a bag of them – all different pretty colors)

2 eggs

1/4 cup of tomato puree or tomato paste

2 tsp salt

3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

About 1/2 cup Almond Flour – I just add this to a nice consistency.

Mix everything together and put it in a loaf pan.  Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes – mind you my oven is very, very old..and I don’t think it cooks quite right. 

With this I am serving some steamed cabbage with ghee and some dill pickles.  I’ll post pics later.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Always a winning combination.  I made this tonight…and it was hit!

 

6 cups diced rhubarb

4 cups strawberries ( I used frozen sliced ones)

3/4 cup of honey

Topping:

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 cup of butter

1  cup crushed almonds

1/2 cup honey

Grease a baking dish, I think mine was a 9×12.

Combine rhubarb and strawberries and mix in honey.  Lay in bottom of baking dish.

Combine all the topping and spread it on top, I pushed it slightly down in to the fruit mix. Bake at 350 for about 35 to 45 minutes.  Top will be brown and fruit should be tender.

To Be Judged By Others

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“You’re too harsh!” 

 “They are just being children!” 

 “You are a control freak!”

 ” That’s just mean…”

These are just some comments “well meaning” people make when they talk to us about Attachment Parenting.  I can honestly say my gut reaction is to tell them to mind their own business.  However, the urge to educate them usually takes over.  For those of you that have never had a child with attachment issues, who has never experienced abuse, trauma, abandonment, etc… this would be completely foreign to you.  For the most part, our children did cry out, no one came..so they stopped crying.  These children have no reason to trust another human.  Adults are not to be trusted.  I know this first hand.  Not only have I seen it in my children’s eyes…I’ve experienced it.  The countless nights I cried, no one came…and I finally cried myself to sleep.  At a young age I had already learned that if it’s to be, it’s up to me.  If I didn’t make myself something to eat, I wouldn’t be fed.  I had little more than a trauma bond (A trauma bond is where an intense, traumatic experience or betrayal of trust takes place, forming an equally intense relationship/bond with the perpetrator)  with my mother, who had made it clear I was an annoyance in her life.   We now have a name for children like me.  We are RAD – Reactive Attachment Disorder children.  We find it difficult to form healthy relationships with others.  For more information on RAD – see the Attachment.org website.

The point of attachment parenting is to put words to action, we love you, we want you, we value you and above all we will protect you.  As parents, we do take control and teach them that there are people in the world that will have their best interest before anything else.  So yes, that means taking decisions away from them until they can learn to make good and healthy decisions. Our children do ask “May I use the potty.”  We do make them look to us for everything….for food, shelter, permission, etc..  Every good thing comes from us. ” I love you enough to do this for you.”  For these children, words are not enough.  It must be followed by an action.

When a RAD child tells a stranger they love them or hugs someone that they see occassionally…that’s a problem.  They seem, at least on the surface, to be attached to everyone, to be out going and friendly.  Sometimes they seem bossy and a know it all.  RAD is as unique to each child as fingerprints.  The piece that people often miss is the “funny”.  The fun we have with our children, this is one of the ways we bond.  We have SAFE fun together. 

Traumatized children’s brains need to be rewired.  This is something that takes time and directed effort.  Therefore, we often seem to do bizarre things that interupt their crazy making behaviors.  We use mouth hugs (their cupped hand over their mouth) when they cannot speak appropriately or at the appropriate time, we use strong sitting to give them time to get oxygen to their brains – this gives then time to thing and we use chores to demonstrate repentance for something that needed to be corrected. 

There are volumes of books and probably a million pages written on parenting RAD children out there.  Some are  little more extreme than others.  We’ve had to take the things that work for our family and leave the rest.  We don’t do “rebirthing” or “holding and screaming”.  We want all that we do to be done in love.

As an adult it has taken me a while to learn to trust my inner voice.  I’ve had to learn this on my own.  I’ve been blessed to have people in my life that have loved me for who I am, regardless of my sometimes bizarre  behaviors.  Most of all, my children have taught me to stand strong and heal.

The next time you encounter our lovely children and want to tell us how harsh we are….stop…think about why they might be so lovely.  Could it be that what we are doing…Loving our children well….just might be working.

Green Chile Beef Stew – GAPS friendly

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I found a great recipe the other day and have decided to make it for dinner tomorrow.

Here is the recipe as sited at Nourished and Nurtured.  I made a few tweaks for us due to what I had on hand:

I know she said not to used canned chiles but that’s what I have.  Also, I work all day so I won’t be able to “flip” it.  Therefore, it is marinating tonight in my fridge.  The only other change I made was using lime juice instead of fresh limes…I didn’t have any on hand.

It sounds delish!

Graduation

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I’ve been MIA this weekend. It was a LONG week.
On Friday evening my youngest daughter, Miss S, graduated from preschool. On Saturday evening my son, Chris, graduated from High School. I think I will need a few days to recover!