I'm often asked on instagram what I follow for a diet, and I think if you've been following the blog for a while you know I follow the GAPS diet to heal my stomach from longterm antibiotic use for Lyme disease, but I wanted to share some actual meals just in case "Oh I follow the GAPS diet" seemed too vague.
GAPS meals are pretty simple and we are not the world's greatest chefs so we don't deviate too far off the beaten path. We stick with seasoned mostly with sea salt or Himalayan salt and pepper. (Side note: Greg bought these salt and pepper grinders and has declared them the "best purchase" he's ever made. He literally laughs every time he uses them. I don't understand.)
GAPS Diet Dinner: Soup, veggie, meat, fermented food
Here is a dinner I had the other week: homemade onion soup with oxtail bone broth, turkey meatloaf, broccolini and sauerkraut. Now, if you have the time, I highly suggest making your own fermented food like sauerkraut, but if you don't, hop on over to Whole Foods and pick up Bubbie's Sauerkraut. That stuff is ah-mazing.
GAPS Diet Lunch: two veggies, meat, fermented food
A lunch the other day consisted of ground bison, squash and zucchini stir-fried in coconut oil, mashed cauliflower and sauerkraut.
GAPS Snack: Homemade soup
I know this looks like maybe it should be a full meal but one of the most common mistakes people make when starting the GAPS diet (and Paleo, too, in my opinion) is not eating enough. When you eliminate grains, especially if you were used to eating them often, you find yourself feeling really run down. The solution is to eat more frequently, and don't be scared of bigger portions. A homemade soup is a favorite snack of mine. Not only does it keep the "hanger" at bay, but bone broth is really healing and soothing for the stomach. So yum. Here's a similar recipe for meatball soup.
GAPS Dinner Idea: Meat, two veggies, fermented food
This is a favorite meal of mine, because #purplecauliflower. Usually I run it through my vitamix for a purple cauliflower puree but the "hanger" was creeping in and I couldn't be bothered. Anyone who suffers from "hanger" knows that ain't no body got time for anything until food gets in the belly! Anyway, here we have ground turkey, sautéed kale, boiled purple cauliflower, and sauerkraut.
GAPS Lunch: meat, two veggies, and fermented veggies
This is another favorite lunch of mine - baked chicken thighs, mashed cauliflower, half an avocado, and fermented veggies.
And there you have it - I'd love to know some of your favorite go-to meals if you want to share down in the comments below.