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Pumpkin Chia Pudding Cups – SCD / IBD / AIP

Pumpkin Chia Pudding Cups – SCD / IBD / AIP

These pumpkin chia pudding cups are unbelievably easy and yummy. This started out as a standard baked custard, but it actually works better to skip that step completely and just pop them in the fridge to firm up!

FPIES, Crohns flares, food allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be challenging and frightening for anyone, let alone kids. It’s so discouraging when it seems there is nothing to eat, and food only hurts. Here is a soothing, nourishing recipe that uses safe, easily digested ingredients that are low FODMAPs and allowed on SCD as well as IBD and AIP restricted diets. It’s free of grains, gluten, egg, dairy, nuts, and sugar. Plus it’s yummy! Use only plain unsweetened organic ingredients, with no fillers, additives, or sugars added to the canned goods.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding Cups
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Perfect pumpkin chia pudding, sweet and simple. For an extra treat, top with coconut whipped cream: Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Drain off liquid, and whip the solid fat into a topping. Add a couple drops of stevia or honey for extra sweet.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Pumpkin Chia Pudding Cups
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Perfect pumpkin chia pudding, sweet and simple. For an extra treat, top with coconut whipped cream: Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Drain off liquid, and whip the solid fat into a topping. Add a couple drops of stevia or honey for extra sweet.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, saving chia seeds for last. Stir thoroughly, til smooth and evenly mixed. You might find this works best in a food processor, blender, or mixing bowl with electric mixer.
  2. Chill for an hour or more, until set. You can pour entire mixture into one large bowl, or into six individual cups.
  3. Enjoy plain or with a blob of freshly whipped coconut creme.
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Portuguese Kale Soup

Portuguese Kale Soup

Kale may seem like a trendy food your kids might never eat, but Portuguese Kale Soup is… not. It’s a traditional staple along New England’s south coast. Massachusetts and Rhode Island have the highest concentrations of people with ancestry from Portugal than any other states in the US. These are regions where Portuguese first landed ashore possibly as early as 1511. From the late 1800s into the 1960s, waves of Portuguese immigrants were literally the backbone of coastal New England’s economic booms in whaling, fishing, textiles, and farming. Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, and Rhode Island are home turf for me, and this means Portuguese Kale Soup has always been on the menu rotation at my house.

Land-locked as a Colorado resident since 2005, this also means if I want Portuguese Kale Soup, I have to make it – nobody here serves it. And it means nobody here makes a good linguica, the spicy smoky Portuguese sausage essential to this recipe (not too many Portuguese bakeries or Portuguese family sausage operations around Boulder!). I improvise with a serviceable hot Italian sausage from Natural Grocers, a market chain with strict policies for no GMO products, organic wherever possible for everything in the store, and organic-only produce. Other than getting a good rustic and spicy sausage in the mix, recipes vary with whether or not to include red kidney beans (a pared down version called Caldo Verde excludes them) or tomatoes – both of which I call keepers.

We serve this with a hearty gluten free bread from Kim and Jakes Bakery, which, luckily for me, is a small family business right in my neighborhood. The peasant bread from this gluten free facility is perfect with this soup.

Portuguese Kale Soup
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A full meal soup perfect for cold blustery days. Makes about 3 quarts of soup. The longer this soup simmers the better it will taste, but you can enjoy it as soon as the vegetables are cooked soft. In any case, don't simmer longer than two hours.
Servings Prep Time
3 Quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 Quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Portuguese Kale Soup
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A full meal soup perfect for cold blustery days. Makes about 3 quarts of soup. The longer this soup simmers the better it will taste, but you can enjoy it as soon as the vegetables are cooked soft. In any case, don't simmer longer than two hours.
Servings Prep Time
3 Quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 Quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Quarts
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil to medium with 1-2 Tablespoons of chicken fat or chicken broth. Add minced garlic and chopped onion. Sauté about 2 minutes, til they become soft but not browned.
  2. Next add carrots and potatoes. Cover with remaining chicken broth. If you have homemade chicken broth with some of the fat in it, this is ideal. If not use boxed organic chicken broth such as Kirkland brand (Costco) or Imagine brand. Bring to simmer on medium heat, and cover.
  3. While the vegetables are simmering, prepare your sausage. Place links in a skillet with a little olive oil, water, or extra broth to prevent sticking. Cover and cook on medium high heat til cooked through, and browned on all sides (turn as needed after 2-3 minutes per side). Set aside to cool enough to handle them.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, tomato soup, parsley, and kale. Stir well to mix everything. Cut the sausage into small chunks once they are cool enough to handle, and stir those in also. Cover and simmer gently for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to mix.
  5. If you are including kidney beans, stir these in long enough to heat through, ahead of serving.
  6. Once all veggies are soft and beans are heated through, enjoy with crusty GF bread.
Recipe Notes

You can use tomato paste in lieu of Imagine Organic Tomato Basil soup: Mix 2 Tablespoons paste with 1.5 cups water and add to the soup.

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Chocolate Shake That’s Actually GOOD For Your Kids

Chocolate Shake That’s Actually GOOD For Your Kids

Most kids love chocolate, or, at least, chocolate milk. Using an elimination diet doesn’t mean they can’t have something even better. In fact, chocolate – or specifically, cocoa and cacao – are so full of health benefits that keeping them in rotation is a good idea. You can do that, and lose the milk protein allergens, plus the sugary low (no?) value stuff that’s in organic chocolate milk, not to mention any number of processed, GMO ingredient drinks like Muscle Milk, Boost, Ensure, or Pediasure. Yuck.

Go one better. Way better. Use a blender, VitaMix, or any strong and efficient machine to blend this all up. Let your kids experiment with ingredients they like. Cocoa powder tastes great with all sorts of other ingredients, from turmeric root (peeled fresh raw) to sesame tahini or sunflower butter to the old stand by, peanut butter. Use organic unsweetened plain cocoa powder to get the health benefits your kids deserve. Skip the store-bought, sugar-added stuff. You can sweeten to taste with better options! And, even if you’re using a pre-sweetened product like chocolate flavored grass fed collagen peptides to mix with your milk substitute, it will have a better texture if you use a blender rather than try to mix it with a spoon.

If you must buy a dairy and soy free packable version for school lunches, check out these favorites of mine (I have no affiliate relationship with these products. I just like them):  Rebbl Chocolate Protein; check other Rebbl flavors here.

Cocoa and Cacao Shake
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Make it as chocolate-y as your kids like. This version is big on fruity, full chocolate flavor. Experiment with all sorts of additions! Pictured here is cocoa with turmeric root and flax.
Servings Prep Time
2 8 oz servings 8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 8 oz servings 8 minutes
Cocoa and Cacao Shake
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Make it as chocolate-y as your kids like. This version is big on fruity, full chocolate flavor. Experiment with all sorts of additions! Pictured here is cocoa with turmeric root and flax.
Servings Prep Time
2 8 oz servings 8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 8 oz servings 8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 8 oz servings
Instructions
  1. Place crushed ice in bottom of blender, then add ingredients in order listed.
  2. Blend on high speed til thoroughly blended and nibs are reduced to flecks rather than chunks.
  3. Add honey, maple syrup, or more stevia to taste and blend again. Pour and enjoy!
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Brussels Slaw

Brussels Slaw

Maybe your kids will eat Brussels sprouts after all. Try this slaw instead of the traditional cabbage version. As long as you have a food processor with a grater or shredder blade, this is easy and fast. If not, you can grate the vegetables by hand but it will take more time. You can also adjust the honey or lemon in it to your preference for sweet or tangy. Even tastier if it gets an overnight in the fridge.
Brussels Slaw
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Crunchy, tasty alternate to the usual cabbage slaw.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Brussels Slaw
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Crunchy, tasty alternate to the usual cabbage slaw.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 cups 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Wash the vegetables thoroughly. Trim the Brussels sprouts stumps to remove ragged or dirty edges. Peel carrots and trim ends.
  2. Using a grater attachment on a food processor, shred/grate the carrots and Brussels sprouts. Place the grated vegetables in a large bowl, and add raisins and hemp seeds. Stir to evenly mix.
  3. Whisk the mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, and honey to an even consistency in a small bowl, or place in a pint glass jar, seal with lid and shake til smooth.
  4. Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss thoroughly. For best flavor, let the slaw rest covered in refrigerator for an hour at least and overnight if possible.
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Raspberry Scones – Gluten Free, Sugar Free or Paleo

Raspberry Scones – Gluten Free, Sugar Free or Paleo

You can easily make great scones – gluten free, Paleo, dairy free, sugar free!

Baking mixes make these a snap. I blend three different mixes to make these scones work nicely: Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix. Bella Gluten Free Baking Mix, and BirchBender’s Paleo Pancake Mix.

The Pamela’s mix has some buttermilk in it, so is not dairy free. You can adjust this recipe by using any one of these mixes alone in the recipe instead of blending them. For example, you can use just the BirchBender’s mix if you want to be strictly Paleo, or omit the Pamela’s mix and bring up the other two to make up the difference, if you want to avoid dairy. But, after trying this recipe a few different ways, this method below was the favorite for texture and taste. By the way – Pamela’s does make a gluten and dairy free pancake mix, but it has two ingredients that don’t work at my house: Sorghum and cane sugar.

Use any berries fresh or frozen! Low FODMAP berries are blueberry and raspberry; strawberry is a little more challenging for FODMAPs and for allergy, but they make a delicious scone if workable at your house. Apple, peach and pear are higher FODMAP fruits and may trigger some children who have a history of FPIES reactions. Adding nuts, GF CF chocolate chips, or  banana are all reasonable options too!

Paleo flours include coconut, which is a moderate FODMAP food that may or may not work for some. Either way, this recipe does not add sugar and is sweet enough without it.

Raspberry Scones – Gluten Free, Sugar Free with Paleo Option
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Sweet without cane sugar, light, best warm from the oven, or gently heat in toaster oven or toaster for yummy snack, breakfast add-on, or treat. Delightful with a thin honey drizzle, butter or ghee, or coconut whipped cream. Makes 15-20 scones depending on how you spoon out batter onto baking sheet.
Servings Prep Time
15-20 scones 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15-20 scones 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 20-25 minutes
Raspberry Scones – Gluten Free, Sugar Free with Paleo Option
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Sweet without cane sugar, light, best warm from the oven, or gently heat in toaster oven or toaster for yummy snack, breakfast add-on, or treat. Delightful with a thin honey drizzle, butter or ghee, or coconut whipped cream. Makes 15-20 scones depending on how you spoon out batter onto baking sheet.
Servings Prep Time
15-20 scones 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15-20 scones 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-25 minutes 20-25 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet (you may need two). For best results, line with baking parchment also, which makes removing the scones and clean up easier.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Cut the butter into small chunks and drop into dry ingredients. Using two dinner forks, cut the butter into the dry ingredients, to a uniform and crumbly texture.
  4. Beat together egg and milk substitute, and mix into dry ingredients with a fork. Add to dry ingredients and mix evenly. Dough will be thick.
  5. Drop tall dollops of dough on to the baking sheet(s). They will spread lightly when baking. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on tips and bottom, with dough and firm in the middle.
Recipe Notes
  • BirchBender's Paleo mix is sweetened with monk fruit (luo han guo), which is a low FODMAP fruit source.
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries or chopped strawberries are all delicious in this recipe.
  • Vary if desired with chopped walnuts or pecans, and add a teaspoon cinnamon.
  • For a more dessert like scone, add chocolate chips.

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