Easy and health breakfast recipes.
Sides & Spreads
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If you follow YBC on Periscope (@yogabycandace), you know that the other day I celebrated my mom's birthday by picking peaches back home. I wasn't sure what to do with them but had a ton of leftover gelatin and figured I could set ol' Martha to work - oh sorry, I meant Lauren - making jam. Lauren's nickname at the office is Martha because she is a little Martha Stewart and seriously can make anything and make it look easy. Here's what she did:
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A few weeks ago I met up with a friend for a walk. We hit up our local Whole Foods for a light lunch, and they offered a healthy coleslaw option with a dressing of olive oil, AVC, and local honey. It was so delicious and it seemed pretty straightforward so I set out to recreate it the next day (it was that good). I've pretty much been making it twice a week ever since and it's the perfect, most refreshing and satisfying summer salad so I wanted to share with you.
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The other day, while at Whole Foods, I spotted chicken livers for sale. They're so inexpensive and I know they're really good for you (the GAPS diet is all about livers, woof!) but I've never found a way to cook them that I liked, so I asked my husband Greg to whip something up. He's sorta fearless in the kitchen and was down to help me out, so today he's sharing his liver pate-making experience. Hope you enjoy. xo
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I consider myself super lucky to have a husband that enjoys cooking. Well, maybe "enjoys" isn't quite the right word, but we are very different cooks. I cook, and while I think I do a good job, I am not exactly a clean-as-you-go type of person. No matter how hard I try, it always looks like a bomb went off afterwards.
Stumped on whether or not to buy a high powered blender like a Blendtec? I feel you. I mean, it's a blender, you know?! It is really worth it to spend so much money?! So when Blendtec offered to let my try out their blender I decided to see if these expensive blenders could actually save us money in the long run. First, I made some tomato sauce.
Today, I'm focusing on ice cream. Because who doesn't love ice cream? It's a "healthy" ice cream - there's no added sugar - but don't let that fool you because the bananas offer up enough sweetness that you won't be feeling like you're eating a healthier ice cream.
We debated for what seems like ages on whether to go with a Vitamix or a Blentec because the promises of both were almost too good to be true. Soups! Salsas! Spreads! Almond milk! Peanut butter! Smoothies! I mean, what couldn't these things make?!
So we got a Vitamix. And had a little love affair with it. But I'll be honest, the plunger thing was a pain, and when my arthritic issues were flaring up in my hands, it would be physically painful to use it. So when Blendtec offered to let me try one of their blenders, I was pumped because it meant that there'd no longer be any kind of pushing or stirring or jamming of the plunger.
The first time I heard about ghee was during yoga teacher training when my teacher mentioned going to an Ayurveda institute where he joked that they believed ghee to be the cure for everything and he heard of people drinking a whole bunch of it in the name of health. Anyway, ever since then I've steered clear of it, haunted by images of boiling hot oil being poured down my throat, but in reading the GAPS book to learn more about the diet I'm following to heal my stomach, I realized it had a ton of benefits (though one should probably avoid drinking a ton of it- ha!).
Afternoon snacks in my household are mostly of the fruit variety - yogurt with berries, apples with almond butter, dried fruit and nuts, etc., so it's nice to switch it up for something a little heartier. This banana zucchini loaf was such a success I made it twice in one week and served the second loaf at a breakfast I hosted for a couple friends from work. It's moist, fluffy, and fantastic with a cup of coffee to combat the afternoon slump.
The other day I found avocados on sale and figured since I am basically addicted to them (is there anything they don't go with? I mean they're even good with chocolate), I would pick up a bunch and try adding them in for a GAPS deviled eggs recipe. I wasn't sure it would work - I was nervous I was going to get guacamole filled eggs, but it came out so good - so much so that if they didn't have a bit of a green tint to them, no one would ever know avocado was the secret ingredient.
We made our own coconut milk and coconut flour the other day and the process was so easy that I had to share. I couldn't believe how much money I had spent in years past on store-bought coconut milk ( and even the "all natural" kind has carageenan in it- check the label!!), and don't even get me started on the coconut flour. It costs almost 10 bucks for a small bag here! Well, now for just under $2.00 I can make both coconut milk and flour. Yeah!
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Fermented foods are a huge part of the GAPS diet, which I am doing to heal my gut after long term antibiotic use for Lyme disease, so I was excited when my husband suggested we try making some. Fermented veggies are loaded with probiotics, and also contain digestive enzymes, which is why they're such an important part of the GAPS diet. They're easy to make, too - the most difficult part is waiting for them to ferment!
The other day I picked up a box of sauerkraut crackers at my local health food store. I know that doesn't sound very appetizing, but sauerkraut is really, really good for the stomach and I'm on a mission to heal mine after long-term antibiotic use. I was intrigued by the fact that they were gluten free, raw-food quality, and that even in German I could understand the ingredient list: sauerkraut, almonds, caraway, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds. The crackers were slowly dehydrated at...
I absolutely love hummus. The best hummus I ever had was in Istanbul. It was the perfect smooth consistency with just the right combination of lemon and garlic. I'll never be able to top that, so I decided to try a checkpea-less hummus. I used zucchini - mostly because I had a bunch on my countertop, but also because I knew it would blend up well in the food processor. Combined with the lemon, nutritional yeast and tahini, it was a hit at my house as we chowed down while catching up on Suits.
A few months ago I posted about making your own almond butter. That shiz is beyond expensive, so I was really excited when I realized we could make our own with our vitamix. HOWEVER. It came out a bit dry. I didn't mind at the time, because it was saving us money and it tasted fine.... but I have since discovered the secret to creamy almond butter. Are you ready?
Organic raw almond butter is freaking expensive. Like around $20 bucks for a jar expensive. So when my mother-in-law told me how she started making her own peanut butter with her vitamix I thought we should give it a try with almond butter. I bought one pound of organic raw almonds for $12.99 and it yielded a large mason jar full of almond butter. Pretty good, right?
Ever since I got food poisoning from a spinach omelette at a suspect diner in Manhattan's east village, I haven't been able to eat spinach. That was over three years ago and the time has come, I think, for me to get back on the spinach horse since it's such a powerhouse in the food world. Its undeniable health and beauty benefits far outweigh my silly fear of getting sick from it again. So I found this spinach avocado dip recipe here, and made my own version based on what I had around the house.