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Butternut and Brats Pasta – AIP

Butternut and Brats Pasta – AIP

Butternut squash with pasta and brats – ? What the – ?

When a family member first suggested this recipe, I couldn’t imagine it working. It just sounded weird. But, this butternut and brats combo works well, thanks to the unexpected collaboration between whole lemon, garlic, and good brats. It’s a regular in our rotation now, and it can be totally AIP (autoimmune Paleo) friendly – just use a grain free pasta. My favorite for this dish is Tolerant Organic Lentil Penne Pasta. It’s hearty in texture and flavor, and beats the bland, limp taste and texture that rice pasta can suffer. For the bratwurst, a good option if you are sticking to AIP, SCD (specific carbohydrate diet), or just fiercely avoiding sugars (common in cured or processed meats including sausage and brats) is this Organic Chicken Bratwurst from Whole Foods. Any favorite brand of your own will do!

If you have time to bake a fresh organic butternut squash, this tastes best, IMO. If not, a good option can be tapped with this organic canned butternut squash. It makes the recipe even faster and easier. And speaking of fast and easy, a couple of tools are handy for this recipe, if you don’t have them already: An ice cream scoop, to scoop fresh butternut out of its skin; and, silicone oven mitts, so you can handle said butternut once it is out of the oven. Since the recipe calls for adding honey and ghee to the butternut while hot, you’ll need to scoop it out just about fresh from the oven.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

 

AIP Butternut and Brats Pasta
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A simple one dish meal, warm, hearty, satisfying, and surprisingly delightful!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 large servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 large servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
AIP Butternut and Brats Pasta
Print Recipe
A simple one dish meal, warm, hearty, satisfying, and surprisingly delightful!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 large servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 large servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: large servings
Instructions
  1. If you are baking a fresh butternut squash for this recipe, start this about 90 minutes before you want the dish ready. - Slice the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, and place face down in a glass ovenproof dish with 1/2 inch of water in it. Use two dishes if needed. - Place in a 400 degree oven and bake x 1 hour, til a knife poked through the skin moves easily through the squash. - Once baked soft, remove the squash from oven. Scoop the baked squash out of its skin - an ice cream scoop works well for this task. You may want to wear silicone oven mitts too, as the squash will be very hot, or simply let it cool enough to handle. - Scoop it into a mixing bowl or food processor. Add the ghee (or butter), honey, and dash of salt. Blend til ghee/butter melts through and all ingredients are evenly mixed. Set aside, keeping the squash warm. - If using canned squash, heat it in microwave or on stove top, add ghee, honey and salt, and set aside.
  2. Remove bratwurst from the package and slice it into thick coins, before cooking.
  3. Heat olive oil in large skillet to medium-high temperature. Add the sliced bratwurst and brown on both sides of coins.
  4. Lower heat to medium and add minced garlic and scallion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, enough to soften but not burn the garlic.
  5. Squeeze juice of each lemon wedge in to the sauté to deglaze the pan. Once juice is squeezed out, drop each lemon quarter in to the skillet and continue cooking on low-medium heat for 2 more minutes, so the lemon rinds soften.
  6. Stir in the cooked squash and blend well with the sauté.
  7. Toss the squash sauté over the cooked pasta and serve warm.
Recipe Notes

We happened to have a bigger than usual squash to use up on the day that we cooked up this recipe - so our images show a lot of squash. No need to go that big, but it works either way.

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Soothing Split Pea Soup

Soothing Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is a cold weather classic. It’s a simple, savory meal or a side, satisfying and nourishing. And this split pea soup recipe is a safe option for Low FODMAPs, Paleo, and SCD diets. It’s gentle to digest and a good option for little ones struggling with FPIES. It’s an easy early food for babies and toddlers mastering utensils. My recipe goes the extra mile to include rinsing, soaking, and slow cooking the split peas – checking all the boxes for flavor and digestibility. Little work and easy to assemble, let this simmer in the background while you multi-task.

To comply with SCD, use a no sugar organic bacon like this one, and soak peas overnight. Soaking overnight will help digestibility for FPIES and low FODMAPs too. As always, organic ingredients will make a better tasting product!

Soothing Split Pea Soup
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A thick warming soup that makes a meal on its own - or expand for a family meal with grilled Bratwurst or sausage, hearty bread (like Kim and Jakes Gluten Free Peasant Loaf), and bright-flavor greens like arugula.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Soothing Split Pea Soup
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A thick warming soup that makes a meal on its own - or expand for a family meal with grilled Bratwurst or sausage, hearty bread (like Kim and Jakes Gluten Free Peasant Loaf), and bright-flavor greens like arugula.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the dried split peas in a colander. Place in a large pot and cover with filtered water, so that peas are ~ 2 inches below surface of water. Place lid on the pot and let soak overnight.
  2. Once soaked, rinse peas through in a colander once again, and set aside.
  3. In your large pot, melt the bacon fat and add minced celery, garlic, and scallions. Saute until nearly soft, but not burnt or browned.
  4. Add finely chopped uncooked bacon and saute until bacon pieces are clear and starting to crisp slightly.
  5. Add salt, paprika, and red pepper, and combine thoroughly with minced vegetables and bacon. Then stir in the drained peas and combine once again. Keep heat on low - medium, to allow slow cooking but not browning.
  6. Add chicken broth, and turn heat to high. Bring to a near boil, then reduce to steady low simmer. Simmer for 3 hours, checking occasionally to stir ingredients and keep from sticking to bottom of pot.
  7. Adjust seasoning as desired, and stir to a thick even consistency. Peas should be mostly disintegrated into a smooth soup. Serve warm with rustic GF bread or any accompaniments as desired.
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Ground Turkey Larb – Fast and Easy Kid Friendly

Ground Turkey Larb – Fast and Easy Kid Friendly

Larb (aka Laab) is a Thai dish that can be modified nicely for young eaters: It’s not too spicy (unless you up the heat), it can be fast and easy to make, and it has a good profile for protein and minerals, thanks to turkey or pork and a line up of fresh herbs. The generous garlic is a good gut health helper, with antimicrobial action and ability to bust up biofilm. Traditionally, larb is a spicy ground pork dish crafted into an aromatic salad and served with toasted rice and sticky rice. If you get a chance, enjoy it at an authentic Thai restaurant soon.

For your home table, make this fast version inspired by the real thing. Even babies learning pincer grasp feeding can enjoy it, provided they are sitting well, and have skills settling in for chewing, swallowing, along with some baby teeth. Older kids can enjoy this with brown rice, sticky rice, congee, or in lettuce wraps. It’s shown here with congee and a side of roasted zucchini.

Ground Turkey Larb - Fast and Easy Kid Friendly
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A simple fast savory dish that can be enjoyed across ages. Use organic ingredients for best flavor and health.
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ground Turkey Larb - Fast and Easy Kid Friendly
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A simple fast savory dish that can be enjoyed across ages. Use organic ingredients for best flavor and health.
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: adult size servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook on medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes; do not burn. Add turkey, smoked paprika, chili flakes( if hotter spice is desired, omit if not), salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until turkey is browned, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in tamari, and chicken broth, simmer for a minute. Then add scallions, mint, and cilantro. Cook until turkey is done, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add lime juice and stir evenly throughout the skillet.
  4. Serve with hearty lettuce leaves like butter lettuce or romaine for lettuce wraps, or over sticky rice, congee, or any side your kids like.
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What Is Congee and Why Should Your Kids Eat It?

What Is Congee and Why Should Your Kids Eat It?

What is congee, and why do I recommend it to my clients? Congee is a great way to ease a delicate gut and evolving biome toward diversity and improved digestion. Long revered as a salve for digestion in Traditional Chinese Medicine (earliest reference dates back to about 1000 BC), congee is a low cost, versatile, delicious food that’s easy to add your weekly recipe staples. I am a huge fan and here is why:

  • Congee starts with rice – the main ingredient – and is cooked with much more liquid than usual (such as bone broth or chicken stock). It is also simmered much longer, until the texture is like porridge. This makes it very easy to digest.
  • When the body isn’t preoccupied with digesting complex meals, it can better absorb nutrients.
  • This can be incredibly healing for children who are coping with reflux, loose stool, gas, and leaky gut – even kids who are moving off of elimination diets due to FPIES, a condition which often strictly avoids rice. Congee however is more digestible, and may work well.
  • Since the rice grains absorb a high volume of collagen-rich liquid during the cooking process, the porridge is hydrating and nourishing to the lining of the GI tract.    
  • Congee works as a savory dish or a sweet soother. Use it as a breakfast porridge: Just omit the garlic from the recipe. Stir in raisins, which you can soften as well by microwaving with water for 1 minute before adding to congee. 

Typical congee recipes use long grain rice and animal protein based broths in a slow cooked method, and need hours for the starches in the rice to break down and absorb the cooking liquid. I recently discovered an Instant Pot recipe which cuts the cooking time down considerably. Try it and share your comments below!

Instant Pot Congee
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You will need an Instant Pot for this version of congee. Bonus - that means it cooks in 20-30 minutes instead of 2-4 hours with traditional stove top simmering (which is also great, just slower). Use organic ingredients, and don't forget to rinse and drain the rice before cooking. For a slow cooked version, cook on stove top by placing 1 cup rice in 2 cups broth. Cook as you would for a usual rice dish, and when liquid is absorbed, simply continue adding more liquid while keeping the pot on a simmering low heat. Add about a half cup at a time, stir, simmer til absorbed and add more. Repeat for 2-3 hours until the rice is a broken porridge.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Instant Pot Congee
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You will need an Instant Pot for this version of congee. Bonus - that means it cooks in 20-30 minutes instead of 2-4 hours with traditional stove top simmering (which is also great, just slower). Use organic ingredients, and don't forget to rinse and drain the rice before cooking. For a slow cooked version, cook on stove top by placing 1 cup rice in 2 cups broth. Cook as you would for a usual rice dish, and when liquid is absorbed, simply continue adding more liquid while keeping the pot on a simmering low heat. Add about a half cup at a time, stir, simmer til absorbed and add more. Repeat for 2-3 hours until the rice is a broken porridge.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
For Savory Congee...
For Breakfast Congee...
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse rice under cool water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot, except honey or maple syrup. Add that to taste after cooking, if you are making a breakfast congee.
  3. Close and lock the lid. S
  4. Set the pressure cook / manual setting on high for 30 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve, add in any extras you like: For savory congee, try minced scallions, minced cilantro, or minced pork or chicken. For breakfast congee, try raisins (cooked with the congee or added after), berries, bananas, maple syrup, or honey.
Recipe Notes

For traditional stovetop cooking, place all ingredients with rinsed rice in a large pot on stove. Cover rice with broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to steady simmer and add liquid throughout the next two hours, whenever the liquid cooks down to expose the rice. Stir to keep from sticking to bottom of pot.

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Tigernut Blueberry Peach Bread

Tigernut Blueberry Peach Bread

Tigernut flour is something I had heard of often, but never used, until I needed an option without almond flour, gluten, any grain flours, or nut flours. I also had to omit eggs in this case, which are substituted here with “chia eggs” – and it worked! This is a dense, moist bread, almost crumb cake like. If your kids are missing muffins on an elimination diet, give this a try in small muffin tins. I’ve baked it here as a sweet bread.

This tigernut flour recipe is easy on the gut – it’s compatible with auto-immune Paleo (AIP) and modified Specific Carbohydrate Diets (SCD, some of users of which can comfortably enjoy this flour).It’s low FODMAPS too – which means it may work for toddlers emerging from FPIES restricted diets. Of course, always check with your care team before going forward.

Tigernut flour is not from nuts at all, but from a starchy root vegetable which is roasted then ground into a fine powder. Tigernuts were a food source for humans thousands of years ago! The flour yields a nutty earthy taste and texture. It’s a great source of gut-helping prebiotic fiber as well as minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, and magnesium – plus some protein too.

This flour can be a little hard to find, but it can be had on line. In my region in Boulder, Colorado, I found it at my favorite Natural Grocers. It’s also always available on amazon and Organic Gemini Tiger Nut Flour is the brand I have tested in this recipe.

Tigernut Blueberry Peach Breakfast Bread
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A moist, sweet, dense treat for breakfast or snacking. Bake in a bread pan or in small paper lined muffin tins.
Servings Prep Time
6 slices or muffins 20 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 slices or muffins 20 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Tigernut Blueberry Peach Breakfast Bread
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A moist, sweet, dense treat for breakfast or snacking. Bake in a bread pan or in small paper lined muffin tins.
Servings Prep Time
6 slices or muffins 20 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 slices or muffins 20 minutes
Passive Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: slices or muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread loaf baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. Combine chia seed with water in a small bowl and set aside. Allow chia seeds to gel for at least five minutes while you prepare other ingredients.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, vanilla, and honey. Then stir in the chopped peaches and softened blueberries, followed by the soaked chia seeds.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix til evenly combined.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared baking pan and bake x 30 minutes for bread, and 20 minutes for muffins. Top and edges should be browned and toothpick will come out clean except for fruit.
Recipe Notes

For peaches, you can use canned as long as organic and thoroughly rinsed of all packing juices. You can use frozen thawed fruit as well if preferred.

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