SCD Friendly Turkey Chili

SCD Friendly Turkey Chili

This SCD Turkey Chili comes together pretty fast, and is proof that eating SCD or Paleo doesn’t mean you never get to eat chili.

This works as a fast recipe if you allow a few cheats. I use store bought prepared goods for the navy beans, mild green enchilada sauce, and broth. These are normally a big fat no when strictly following SCD. If you need this to be SCD legal and have the time, it can still work – soak and prepare navy beans per SCD guidelines; make your own scratch SCD legal enchilada sauce.

Back to the short cut: I used Whole Foods 365 Organic Canned Navy Beans, which contain only navy beans and water – no gums, no seaweeds. I drain and rinse these thoroughly. Next I used Siete Family Foods Mild Green Enchilada sauce. It has no added sugars, only dates as a sweetener, and this is SCD legal. But it does have vinegar in it, as well as small amounts of flax and chia seeds. This may work for those advanced and stable on SCD, or on Paleo diets. Lastly, I use Pacific brand Organic Chicken Bone Broth if I don’t have my own homemade on hand. Store bought broths are famous for having added sugars, starches, mystery “flavorings” and other sketchy ingredients that can make trouble for people needing SCD foods, but this brand fills the bill.

SCD Friendly Turkey Chili
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Modest on the heat, this is a delicious soothing chili that will feel good in just about any tummy. Dial up spice if you like by adding diced jalapeños to the saute.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
SCD Friendly Turkey Chili
Print Recipe
Modest on the heat, this is a delicious soothing chili that will feel good in just about any tummy. Dial up spice if you like by adding diced jalapeños to the saute.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil to medium. Add minced garlic, peppers, celery, and scallions. Sauté until soft.
  2. Add coriander, paprika, and cumin. Stir to evenly distribute.
  3. Next add the ground turkey. Use a wood or metal spatula to chop it into smaller pieces as it cooks, so it doesn't clump together. Add salt. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  4. Add enchilada sauce, mix evenly into the pot and heat through. Then add navy beans, and broth. Continue cooking on a low bubbling simmer until chili is evenly cooked through.
  5. Just before serving, squeeze each lime section over the chili to let the juice drip in. Squish out all the juice you can from each piece, then drop the piece of lime into the chili. Stir to spread lime juice in the chili, and heat for a few more minutes to let the lime add flavor settle in.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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SCD Apple Pancakes

SCD Apple Pancakes

Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) leans hard on eggs. Eggs are great, but not everyone can eat them, let alone every day in quantity for breakfast. Here’s an option that minimizes the daily eggs-for-breakfast habit while giving some helpful SCD-legal carbohydrates too. Plus, who doesn’t love pancakes? Enjoy plain or drop in fruits as your child’s progression in the SCD stages allows. Or, top with soft cooked diced apples! If egg is an issue, double the applesauce and omit the egg entirely. Pancakes will be more dense but still work.

SCD Apple Pancakes
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These SCD legal pancakes are delicate, mildly sweet and savory all at the same time. Enjoy plain or drop in fruits as your child's progression in the SCD stages allows.
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
SCD Apple Pancakes
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These SCD legal pancakes are delicate, mildly sweet and savory all at the same time. Enjoy plain or drop in fruits as your child's progression in the SCD stages allows.
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" pancakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 3-4" pancakes
Instructions
  1. Mix the wet ingredients (first five ingredients - applesauce, honey, vanilla, coconut milk, and egg) evenly in a bowl.
  2. Mix dry ingredients evenly in a separate bowl (the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon).
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients by adding the dry to the wet. Stir to mix evenly.
  4. Melt ghee or coconut oil in skillet and heat on medium heat. Drop generous spoonfuls of batter onto skillet once the fat is hot/melted. Skillet should be hot enough so batter quickly sets, but doesn't burn. After a few moments, slide a spatula under the pancakes to make sure they aren't sticking. If they are, add a bit more ghee or coconut oil and let it flow under and around pancakes.
  5. If you like, this is when to add fruit: Drop blueberries, raspberries, or thin banana slices into the pancake as it starts cooking.
  6. Cook til bubbles just appear in the pancakes. Flip the pancakes to cook other side. Cook for about a minute or two, then remove from skillet. If there is enough fat/oil in skillet, they will cook without sticking. Add more if need be, and lift edges of pancakes with skillet to allow fat/oil to flow under them so they won't stick.
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Summer Peach Blueberry Crisp (Paleo)

Summer Peach Blueberry Crisp (Paleo)

I bought peaches too early and this Summer Peach Blueberry Cobbler was the answer. My husband was right. “Don’t buy those, June is too soon. They look great but they will not ripen.” He was right. We had a whole case of beautiful looking, organic peaches in mid June. After trying to eat one or two, we gave up. The skins were dehydrated and showing mold. The flesh had great flavor but was so hard the pits couldn’t be separated out. We tried putting them in paper bags to ripen, no go. I couldn’t bare to toss them all out. After perusing recipes from several favorite sources, this is the amalgam I came up with, and it’s delicious!

Peaches and blueberries are problem solvers in my pediatric nutrition practice too. Obvious benefits are antioxidants and vitamins, but I like to find healthful, non-sugary carbohydrate sources that picky eaters will enjoy (besides cheese crackers, bread, sugary granola bars, etc). If your kids won’t touch the fresh fruit, this is a good recipe to try. Blueberries are a low FODMAPs fruit, meaning kids with gas, bloating, FPIES, or reflux may do okay with them. And, both peaches and blueberries are “legal” on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, meaning that they are easy to digest in the upper small intestine, where Candida and other disruptive microbes don’t like to hang out. These fruits won’t feed yeast or dysbiosis much if at all. When both are cooked as in this recipe, they become even more digestible.

Summer Peach Blueberry Cobbler (Paleo)
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A luscious summer treat without all the sugar and junk. Amazing warm out of the oven with some coconut whipped cream or dairy free ice cream option like Coconut Bliss Vanilla. If your peaches are too firm for eating, cooking them slightly and then baking as is done in this recipe solves the problem. The fruit becomes sweeter and texture-perfect.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Summer Peach Blueberry Cobbler (Paleo)
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A luscious summer treat without all the sugar and junk. Amazing warm out of the oven with some coconut whipped cream or dairy free ice cream option like Coconut Bliss Vanilla. If your peaches are too firm for eating, cooking them slightly and then baking as is done in this recipe solves the problem. The fruit becomes sweeter and texture-perfect.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Rinse blueberries and remove any stems. Set aside. Grease a 9 x 12 glass baking dish with butter, ghee or coconut oil. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Skin and pit the peaches, and cut them into chunks. You can skin peaches via one of two ways: Blanching (skin pulls off easily) or, by peeling the skin off the raw fruit with a sharp knife. To blanche and skin peaches, follow these steps: https://www.wikihow.com/Blanch-Peaches Be sure to remove pits.
  3. Add water and honey to a pot, place over medium heat and stir to blend together evenly. Add just the peaches. Cook on medium heat to reach a low simmer, about ten minutes. Let peaches cook long enough to soften the flesh. If already ripe and soft, heat through enough to see a simmer emerge, eg 5 minutes.
  4. Make a space in the center of the pot by clearing the fruit away. Add the arrowroot or tapioca starch, and mix it with the liquid. Continue medium heat and low simmer, and blend starch evenly with the liquid to thicken it. Then stir the peaches til evenly distributed throughout the thickened liquid. Cover and remove from heat.
  5. In a food processor, place the GF oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, flax meal, coconut sugar, cinnamon, stevia, and salt and process to a coarse powder. Add ghee or coconut oil and pulse again briefly, til evenly blended. Substitute additional nuts (cashew, macadamia, walnut) if you want to omit the oats for full Paleo. If these nuts are unsafe, omit oats and increase almonds, flax meal, and pumpkin seeds to make up the lost volume.
  6. Place cooked peaches and rinsed blueberries in the greased baking dish. Spread topping from food processor generously over all. Bake 25-30 minutes. Top should look golden brown and crisp.
Recipe Notes

For Paleo option, omit gluten free oats and substitute walnuts or macadamia nuts. If these are not safe for your household, simply increase the other topping ingredients to make up volume lost by removing oats.

Canned peaches may work in a pinch, use peaches that have no added sugars or syrup. You'll need two 15 oz cans.

 

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Double Chocolate Chip Gluten and Dairy Free Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Gluten and Dairy Free Cookies

Enjoy these GF CF double chocolate chip cookies with boosts from nutrient-dense sprouted pumpkin seeds (protein, healthy fats, minerals), organic cocoa (zinc, antioxidants), and reduced cane sugar! There’s no shortage of junky treats for kids who can’t eat gluten or dairy, with little more than cane sugar in them. No need to go there… Kids need and deserve random food celebrations, and this one can be enjoyed with confidence. A little more work than a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, but worth it. This recipe is a variation from one I’ve found in The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, a favorite book in my kitchen. Modifications here make it safe for most kids with nut allergy, and enhance texture with the addition of egg and a different gluten free flour strategy. I’ve also shifted the profile of sweeteners for more nutrition from sources that give some minerals with the sweet, and deliver a lower glycemic index.

Double Chocolate Chip Gluten and Dairy Free Cookies
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A semi-crisp cookie treat with cocoa-y goodness, dotted with chocolate chips. Stir in walnuts as a last step with the batter, for even more crunch and nutrition.
Servings Prep Time
20 2" cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 2" cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Double Chocolate Chip Gluten and Dairy Free Cookies
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A semi-crisp cookie treat with cocoa-y goodness, dotted with chocolate chips. Stir in walnuts as a last step with the batter, for even more crunch and nutrition.
Servings Prep Time
20 2" cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 2" cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time
8-12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 2" cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two baking sheets with coconut oil and line with baking parchment.
  2. Place coconut oil, maple syrup, agave, ground almonds, ground pumpkin seeds, sugars, salt, egg and vanilla together in a stand mixer. Blend on high for about 2 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine Bella GF baking mix, xanthan gum, baking powder, and xanthan gum.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet in the stand mixer. Use a dough hook to mix at slow speed until evenly blended. It will form a stiff, wet cookie dough.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips, and walnuts if you're using them.
  6. Form dough into balls in the palm of your hand, then flatten gently, and place on cookie sheet. If desired, press a half walnut, half a dried cherry, or an almond in the center of each cookie. Bake for 8-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cookies will harden as they cool.
Recipe Notes
  • Many of the super-sensitive kids I work with don't like the stronger flavor or aroma of virgin coconut oil. It works just as well to use refined coconut oil, as I've done here.
  • Add ground or finely chopped walnuts as a last step, for kids who are nut-safe and for extra flavor and nutrition. The original recipe also suggests trying dried chopped cherries too.
  • A mini-food processer or coffee grinder works well to grind nuts or seeds in this recipe.
  • I'm at altitude, so baking time was only 8 minutes to make these just right. You may need more time.
  • This recipe makes something between a stiff batter and a dough - a wet stiff dough, which still needs rolling in your palm to make the right shape and texture for the cookies. Your palms will get good and sticky with chocolate batter!
  • Don't skip the step of rolling the batter in palms then flattening on cookie sheet with a spoon or fingers. Spooning the batter directly to baking sheet will create sharp peaks or uneven lumps for you that won't feel good to eat.
  • For for kids with egg allergy, omit the egg. This will make a more dry dough, so reduce baking time. For me, this step made too dry and crumbly a texture. If you want to omit egg and keep more chewy texture, use ground chia seeds. Here's how.
  • For a more chewy texture, use 2 eggs instead of 1, if you find that the final product is more dry than you'd like.
  • If even almonds are unsafe for you child, you can use 1/2 cup of the ground pumpkin seeds, or use 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds with 2TBSP ground flax meal or 1 TBSP ground chia seed.
  • Lily's brand chocolate chips are GF, CF, and sugar free, with erythritol and stevia as sweeteners. Enjoy Life brand has some cane sugar but is GF CF. Both are non-GMO verified.
  • I have no affiliate relationships with any products mentioned here.
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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

An easy fast dinner to make, just assemble a few ingredients and serve up hot. The only work is some minor slicing and mincing, and making zucchini zoodles. You don’t need an expensive piece of equipment to do this, and it doesn’t take long. I use an Oxo hand held spiralizer, pictured below (I have no affiliate relationship) which works well. I don’t recommend buying pre-made packaged zucchini noodles, which I have seen for sale in supermarkets. They lose flavor, nutrients, and moisture when packaged this way, and your dish won’t taste as vibrant, but can work in a pinch if need be. This recipe gives each person 5 pieces of jumbo shrimp and plenty of zoodles. I also love to use sweet mini-peppers in bright orange and yellow colors, but regular size peppers can work fine too. Julienne slicing works best to help peppers cook quickly and release their sweetness, rather than large chunks of pepper, which end up competing with the big delicious bites of shrimp for texture. Last tip: It’s easy to overcook zoodles, or to make your frozen cooked shrimp tough by cooking too long. Err on the side of undercooking everything. If you have to as a last step, toss your skillet contents for a few extra turns, cover, and let everything heat through a bit more. The zoodles should have a mild crunch to them, rather than be entirely cooked to soft limp texture.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Zoodles
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Lemon Garlic Shrimp Zoodles
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Use a zucchini noodle maker and make noodles (zoodles) out of the zucchini. Set the zoodles aside in a separate bowl til ready to toss in skillet. Before cutting lemon into quarters, use a grater to grate zest. Set this aside too.
  2. In a large skillet, melt olive oil and ghee together over medium heat. Add minced garlic and heat gently til just starting to soften.
  3. Add julienned peppers next. Increase to medium high heat. Stir quickly for a minute, coating peppers and garlic generously with oil and melted ghee. Cover for one minute and let it heat through.
  4. Next add thawed, rinsed, and peeled shrimp, in whole jumbo pieces. Sprinkle lemon zest throughout; squeeze the chunks of lemon over the skillet, so juice drizzles in. Quickly drop lemon chunks in and toss everything to coat with ghee and oil. Keep heat medium to medium high, but don't allow burning. Cover and allow to heat through for one minute.
  5. Next, toss in zoodles, and combine briskly so all skillet contents are coated with ghee and oil. Work quickly to avoid overcooking the zoodles, which will cause them to release too much water and become limp. Then add garlic powder, cilantro and scallions, and toss again thoroughly to coat everything. Let sit covered for one more minute.
  6. Once everything is hot and zoodles have a slight crunch left in them, toss once more and serve immediately in to generous pasta bowls.
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