Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Custard Recipe (GAPS)

Megan Cooking With Kids, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 11 Comments

Comfort foods are often defined by texture.  The flavor and temperature of a food also weigh in.  Ultimate comfort foods range in texture, flavor, and temperature: homemade fried chicken, winter squash, chocolate cake, ice cream.  But for me, the ultimate comfort food is warm, thick vanilla custard, like the kind you find in England poured over “pudding.” Surprisingly, most of …

bowls of sprouted nuts

HOW TO SPROUT NUTS AND SEEDS

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Treats, Whole Food Recipes 12 Comments

Soaking raw nuts and seeds overnight in salt water is essential for good general health, if you plan to eat nuts as a regular part of your diet.  Former cultures knew to ferment their grains.  Modern trends toward the healthfulness of raw food or even the benefits of a grain-free diet often miss this important step. This post contains affiliate …

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How to Make Your Own Fermented Vegetables (dairy-free; does not use whey)

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 12 Comments

 “If the meal consists entirely of cooked foods, then a lacto-fermented condiment is a must.”-S.Fallon Why eat fermented vegetables? Protect the body against infection by stimulating the immune system. Improve the digestion process, helping to break down proteins and carbs, thus requiring less insulin for digestion. Provide an excellent source of antioxidants. Help fight candida and other yeast overgrowth. Keep …

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Low-FODMAP, GAPS Combination Diet: Healing IBS, Pathogen Overgrowth, and SIBO

Megan Healing Diets 55 Comments

FODMAPs is an acronym (abbreviation) referring to Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols*. These are complex names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people. When the molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine of the digestive tract, these molecules then continue along their journey along the digestive tract, arriving at …

Three Diets Compared and Contrasted

Megan Healing Diets, Health & Nutrition 17 Comments

I’d like to compare and contrast three poignant diets that have become popular in the last five years: the Weston A. Price traditional diet, set in motion by the research of Weston A. Price D.D.S., often based on the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell, the Paleo diet, first started by Dr. Loren Cordain, and the GAPS diet, created …

Pantry and Shopping Caution

Megan Food Philosophy, Health & Nutrition 0 Comments

  That’s Funny: Foods NOT to Eat (And why…) 1) Monounsaturated canola oil and polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as sunflower, soy, corn and safflower Historically, the oil from the rapeseed plant, (now commonly known as canola), was used a lot in Asian countries.  Likely extracted at low heat it was probably a healthful oil, not yet changed molecularly and being …

Here are two "molded" cheeses, pictured with soaked wet sunflower seeds, which went into making them.

How to Make Fermented Nut Cheese

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 19 Comments

In love with legumes?  Me too!  White beans, mmm!  Refried beans, a childhood comfort food. Hummus, oh yes!! But legumes are hard to digest, requiring days of soaking and simmering to prevent gas in the GI tract.  And if you happen to also be struggling with any kind of health issue, it is better to give your GI tract a …

Organ Update! How to Eat Brains, Eyeballs, and Lungs!

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 5 Comments

Well, my wish came true MUCH sooner than I had expected.  When I wished to prepare brains and lungs for my family, I thought that perhaps in the next 6 months I’d have the opportunity, especially if I ordered them from one of the online sources that offers grass-fed organ meat, although these particular parts are much harder to find. …

Mamas Are Supposed to Have Secrets

Megan Main Dishes, Traditional Healing Foods, Whole Food Recipes 7 Comments

It’s not just what’s in holiday stockings that mamas keep a secret. Some secrets are better than holiday gifts and can, if helpful, remain a secret. Shhh…. This post is about….organ meats!  Ha, HA!  Perhaps there is a child in you, too, who is wiggling? Here is the painless truth: organ meats are so good for you that they are not to be …

Kimbap

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 3 Comments

  Our family categorizes most good meals as, “feasts.”  Especially when there are abundant options and variety on the table, when family-style bowls abound, each with their own magical treat inside. Back in the day when we ate legumes[1], my homemade hummus was the foundation for regular feasts.  It provided a wonderful jumping off place for homemade bread, sauerkraut, fresh …