Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

There are so many varieties to chicken salad, and I love a good chicken salad recipe! It seems like every time I make one it is gobbled up to the point people are fighting over the last of it. Maybe I don’t make it often enough.

If you ask me, “Do we need another chicken salad recipe?”, it is a resounding “yes!”. Variety is important, and this Chicken Salad is very colorful! After all, we eat with our eyes first! The wonderful thing about this chicken salad is it is Mediterranean! Mmmm! So much flavor, and one of the healthiest ways to eat in the world. It has sundried tomato bruschetta, fresh basil (my favorite fresh herb), delicious roasted red peppers, black olives and the tang of red wine vinegar. It also has the crunch from fresh celery, and two kinds of onion flavor…..green onions and chives! You will need a whole roasted chicken, and I am totally all for a good store bought rotisserie chicken if you are tight on time. There are so many good ones, and many of them are gluten free. If you are making the chicken at home, you can oven roast it or use an instant pot to cook it. Another good trick of mine is to roast two chickens at once. One is for dinner that night, and I make the other one into chicken salad. It’s a time saver and smart cooking!

Chicken salad is such a great lunch option in my opinion. You can heap it over a salad, one of my favorite ways to eat it, make a sandwich, or serve it alongside something else. For dinner, I like to pull it out of the refrigerator after having made it earlier in the day, and then make some sides to go with it. It makes an easy dinner night that everyone here really loves. Did I mention Make Your Own Wrap night? That’s another winner. Just put out the wraps, the chicken salad and some toppings and sauces. People can make it their own. Another great thing about this recipe is, it is just as delicious, if not better, the next day with all the flavors melding. I do hope you will try this recipe, Let me know what you think!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

1 Whole Cooked Chicken, deboned, skin off and chopped

3/4 Cup of Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Cup of Sundried Tomato Bruschetta

1/2 cup of Fresh Basil, torn

1/2 cup of Sliced Green Onion (aka scallions)

1/3 Cup of Mediterranean Organic Roasted Red Peppers, diced

2 Stalks of Fresh Celery, diced and you can include the leaves too

1/3 Cup of Chopped Pecans or you can use Pine Nuts

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon of Chives (fresh or dried)

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

1/3 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar

Directions: Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, chives and oregano to make your dressing. Place all the other ingredients into a large bowl after chopping and prepping them as directed above, and then pour over the dressing and toss thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! I’d love to hear from you.

Easy Homemade Grain Free Sandwich Bread (Dairy Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free)

Homemade Grain Free Sandwich Bread – Easy, Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free

Anyone who loves bread and is looking for healthy bread recipes, or has missed bread because their tummy can’t handle it, I have a recipe for you that is a very delicious, healthy and easy. There is no rising required, so it is fast, and the texture and flavor are really good! I have been tweaking this formula to get it just the right flavor and texture and have had my taste testers giving me feedback with their high standards. šŸ˜‰ The ingredients are healthy, and it is a pleasure to make. Actually, it is just a pleasure to bite into a piece of bread with the texture of grain bread. I like to toast it and put an egg on top, make a sandwich, or crostini for dinner, or put a spread on it and eat it with a salad at lunch. My daughter made French Toast with it last Saturday, and proclaimed it delicious that way. I do hope you give it a try, Pin it for later too and let me know what you think!

Homemade Grain Free Sandwich Bread, Sliced – Yeast Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free

Easy Grain Free Sandwich Bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

4 Egg Whites

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

27 grams of psyllium husk (this gives the bread it’s perfect texture. I like this pure brand with no additives just pure Psyllium Husk)

1/2 Cup of runny Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter – this is the one I love, it’s roasted and tastes amazing with no sugar)

3/4 Cup of Warm Water

70 grams of Coconut Flour

1 Tablespoon of Runny Honey

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

3/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

2 Extra Tablespoons of Olive Oil for brushing the loaf while it bakes.

Directions:

Grease a bread loaf pan.

In a large bowl with a hand mixer, whisk together the egg whites until they are frothy.

Add the olive oil and tahini to the egg whites, and beat until they are fully incorporated.

Put the 3/4 cup of warm water in a separate bowl, and add the psyllium husk. Whisk and set aside. The mixture will gel quickly, that’s good!

In a separate bowl whisk together the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. When your psyllium and water is jelled, add it to the egg, tahini and olive oil mixture, Beat until it incorporates and is nice and smooth. This takes about 3 minutes. Now, add in the dry ingredients and continue beating until it is smooth and incorporated. Next, grease your hands with some olive oil, and using a bowl scraper or a rubber spatula, scoop up the dough into a loaf shape and using your hands form a loaf making it nice and smooth.

Forming the loaf with olive oil greased hands before placing in the bread pan

Place the formed loaf into your loaf pan. I don’t make the loaf the full length of the pan, it fills up as it bakes. Now brush the top of the loaf with a tablespoon of olive oil. Bake the bread in your oven for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes are up, remove the loaf from the oven, it will have started rising and browning, and brush it again with the second tablespoon of olive oil.

Second Brushing of Olive Oil then Back in the OvenGrain Free, Gluten Free Bread Baking

Bake in the oven an additional 45 minutes, tenting it with foil the last 15 minutes if it is browned nicely to prevent it from overbrowning. Check it after 30 minutes (one hour after initial start of baking). If it is brown, tent it for the final 15 minutes. The bread needs the full 45 minutes to make sure it is completely baked. The total baking time is one hour and fifteen minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven after the baking time, and set it on a wire rack. After 5 minutes of cooling in the pan, remove it from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack before slicing.

If you enjoy this recipe, don’t forget to share it! I hope you Enjoy! šŸ™‚

Cooled Grain Free Homemade Bread Loaf, Ready to Slice (Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free)

Pin it! Thank you!

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Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

Two words…chicken and salsa! They just go together in a palate pleasing way, and sheet pan meals are some of my favorite weeknight ways to cook for the family!

When I am roasting boneless chicken, thighs are my go to, because they never disappoint! I do love a juicy chicken breast, but honestly you need to be right on top of it to get the chicken out right when it reaches 165 degrees F. and not a minute after to get a really juicy breast, and the best flavor for chicken breasts is bone in. I had seven chicken thighs, but this will vary depending on the size.

Back to this utterly delicious Salsa Chicken recipe! It’s on my rotation menu based on all the Mmmm’s I am getting from the kids and hubby. Choose your favorite salsa for this. I used Fody Foods Low FodMap Salsa in this recipe which was surprisingly delicious since it didn’t have the traditional onion and garlic in it. But use your favorite, and your favorite heat level! The salsa is a vessel for the fresh tangy lime juice and green onion. Another spring favorite addition to meals. Greens onions are lovely sprinkled on savory dishes in general. They are exceptional on salads too. If you are eating Low FodMap, Fody Foods is a great choice. You will also need a can of black beans. My favorite canned beans brand is Eden which is headquartered in my home state of Michigan. They are non-gmo, soaked (very important for digestion), organic, and in BPA free cans. I always rinse my beans under cold running water before using them.

Low FodMap Salsa

I have never in my recent memory been so glad for Spring to be here. The winter seemed longer than usual, and I love the promises of Spring with renewal all around us and new growth! When I saw this blue sheet pan I’m using at my local Marshall’s I had to grab it. The color was so gorgeous! It is so good to go outside for a walk and hear so many birds singing, and best of all, wearing tennis shoes instead of boots. There is a feeling of freedom not being bundled up against the cold. I am not one to stay inside all winter, I need to be outdoors because the fresh air just feels good, and it boosts my mood. I’m just starting to get out into my gardens and do some clean up! I see the deer are out and about too. They are very hungry, even eating out of my bird feeder, so I forgive them for digging up a couple of my tulip bulbs.

Mexican Seasoned Chicken for Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

In this chicken recipe I have two colors of peppers. Did you know peppers are higher in Vitamin C than oranges? They are a perfect addition to this salsa chicken. Feel free to substitute any colored peppers you have on hand. Green would be good too.

I mixed up a Low FodMap Mexican Spice blend to coat the chicken that is delectable. Cumin gives the chicken a smoky flavor, and it is not hot, so it won’t blow your socks off! If you are into that, you can use a hot salsa and your favorite hot sauce at the table like my son, Jeff. šŸ™‚

I’d like to add that if you are having digestive problems, a gut health and microbiome test can be very helpful, and balancing your gut can be a huge help in overcoming FodMap intolerance. FodMaps are very beneficial to feeding the good bacteria in your gut, which you want. Low FodMap eating can help alleviate symptoms, but it is always good to get to the root cause. I highly recommend this Gut Health Test from Thorne which is surprisingly reasonable, I just took it myself, you can do it at home and the report is extensive and very helpful with recommendations based on your results and a deep dive into your gut.

To make this dish very Low FodMap, omit the black beans which are a moderate fodmap. Beans do have a lot of health benefits, and soaked beans are easier to digest.

Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

3 pounds of boneless chicken thighs

1 16 oz. jar of salsa

2 large bell peppers, one yellow one red

1 can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed under water (I always use Eden in my recipes)

3 green onions, sliced (green parts only for Low FodMap)

Juice of 1 Lime (A juicy one. Limes can be finnicky)

Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Mexican Spice Blend:

1 Tablespoon of Cumin

2 Teaspoons of Chili Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Oregano

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a large sheet pan. I used Avocado Oil spray. Put your chicken thighs in a medium bowl. Add a tablespoon of garlic olive and toss to coat the chicken.

Mix together the Mexican Spice Blend. Sprinkle it over your chicken, and toss again until the chicken is evenly coated. Place the chicken thighs evenly spaced on your large sheet pan. Put the chicken in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes.

While the chicken is roasting. Put your salsa in a bowl. Add the can of drained and rinsed beans, sliced green onion, and the juice of a lime. Stir it together. Mmm. It’s looking good!

Wash, seed and slice your peppers into long strips. In a bowl, toss the peppers with an additional Tablespoon of Garlic Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

When the 20 minutes are up for the chicken roasting in the oven, pull it out and nestle the peppers around the chicken thighs, not on top of them. That’s for the salsa. Now, mound the black bean salsa mixture over each of the thighs evenly. Place the sheet pan back in the oven and continue roasting for 20 more minutes until the peppers are tender and the chicken is cooked through. Your house is going to smell amazing by the way.

It is ready to serve. You can serve this over cauliflower rice or a rice of your choice. It is absolutely delicious. Don’t forget the pan juices. Spoon them up too. If you love Mexican food, you and your family will love this meal. It is a wonderful, healthy and delicious sheet pan chicken meal! Leftovers are not a problem either, unless you don’t have any. Guess what I’m having for lunch today? šŸ˜‰ Please leave any comments below. I love to hear from you. Are you enjoying Spring? What is blooming in your area, and what is your favorite Spring meal lately? Have a wonderful day!

Tahini Honey Ice Cream, Dairy Free, SCD Low FodMap

Ahhh, ice cream! It is so creamy and delicious. It a delectable treat! The problem is when it doesn’t love us back. This Tahini Honey Ice Cream is gut friendly, dairy free, with healthful ingredients like raw honey (at a low fodmap serving size of under two tablespoons per serving.) It is lovely and sweet with just one tablespoon of clover honey per 1/2 cup. Egg yolks in ice cream give it the classic custardy, creamy mouthfeel, and the tahini and honey go together so well with a little vanilla extract and creamy, dairy free coconut milk.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, no worries, this is churn free!

I love a good tahini. I can eat it right from the spoon. My current favorite is Soom roasted tahini which I get at Thrive Market and has no sugar added.

Tahini Honey Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk with no additives 1 1/2 Cups

1/4 Cup of Good Tasting Tahini with no sugar added

1/4 Cup of Clover Honey (clover honey is low fodmap up to a 2 tablespoon serving. See Dr. Siebecker’s SCD, Low FodMap SIBO Specific Food Guide on my homepage. It’s downloadable!)

2 Egg Yolks

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

a pinch of salt

Directions: Whisk all the ingredients together with a wire whisk in a medium saucepan.

Cook over medium high heat whisking constantly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Do not boil. It should coat the back of a spoon. This takes about 5 minutes or so.

Pour the ice cream mixture into a loaf pan, and place it in the freezer. Stir the ice cream every hour for 4 hours, or until its a nice ice cream consistency. At this point you can eat it, or put it into a freezer safe container for later. When serving from the freezer, let it set on the counter for about ten minutes to soften.

It is a delicious and healthy treat. I hope this helps you enjoy ice cream again in a healthful way. Delicious whether you are following a SCD Low FodMap diet or just looking to eat healthier treats!

*The low fodmap serving size is 1/2 cup.

*Tahini is SCD legal after 3 months of no symptoms. This is also delicious with Almond Butter.

Spiralized Zucchini Casserole

Spring is finally here! It’s time for dishes that are lighter, and Easter is just around the corner.

Spiralized vegetables add variety and interest to meals instead of eating them the same old way. This Spiralized Zucchini Casserole is perfect for spring, and it is perfect for Easter brunch or dinner too.

There is no dairy in this dish, but I did add some nutritional yeast which gives it a hint of umami flavor, plus it is a great source of B12 vitamins. If you haven’t tried a spiralizer yet, I highly recommend one. They are very inexpensive and you can do so much with them.

Here’s the recipe:

Spiralized Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients:

4 Medium Zucchini Spiralized, I used the ribbon blade (about 4 cups)

13 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Good Mayo

2 Shredded Carrots

2 Teaspoons of Nutritional Yeast

1 Heaping Tablespoon of Djon

2 Teaspoons of Dried Chives

1 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1 Teaspoon of Salt, or to preference

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and set aside.

Spiralize your zucchini into ribbons and lay them evenly in your greased pan. If you want to make it even faster, you can buy fresh spiralized zucchini at your grocery store.

Whisk together your eggs, nutritional yeast, mayonnaise, Djon mustard, chives, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir in your shredded carrots. Pour the egg mixture over the spiralized zucchini in your casserole pan. It will cover your zucchini, but some will still be poking up. Use a fork to get as much under the eggs as possible. It doesn’t need to be completely immersed. Bake in your preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the eggs are set.

Spiralized Zucchini Ready for Egg Mixture

Serve! Yum! These make excellent leftovers for breakfast too! Let me know what you think! Any other recipes you would like to see me healthify? Let me know in the comments!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth are one of my favorites! My other favorite is, like many people, chocolate chip! This cookie recipe combines the best of both to bring you a Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie!

This cookie uses just superfine rice flour for the delicate texture and flavor that you want in a shortbread cookie without using the traditional wheat flour. AND it is more heart healthy but with all the flavor because I used half ghee and half olive oil for the fat. It works beautifully in this cookie! This recipe also uses pure organic cane sugar, and there is only a half a teaspoon in each cookie. This batch makes two dozen delicious shortbread cookies that are perfectly sweetened with sugar and the sweetness of the rice flour.

Let’s bake these beauties!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lay out two parchment lined cookie sheets.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Ghee

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

1/4 Cup of Cane Sugar

1 1/4 Cups of Superfine Rice Flour (I use Authentic Foods brand, regular rice flour is coarser and will give a different result)

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life)

Directions:

In a stand mixer, or you can use a bowl with electric beaters, mix your ghee, olive oil and sugar until creamy and light in color like an egg yolk. This will take one to three minutes, longer if you are using a hand mixer. Add the eggs one at a time beating until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and blend. In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, the rice flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to your wet and mix until incorporated completely. Add the teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and mix. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the cookie dough by the tablespoon onto two cookie sheets evenly spaced. I like to use a cookie scoop for this. Flatten by half with your fingertips. Bake in your preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will be set, but they will not brown. They will be the pale color of shortbread.

Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet.

Enjoy! These also freeze beautifully!

Choosing Joy in Daily Life

Happy start of a new week! Yes, there are many reasons to not feel joy, but did you know you can choose it in the little things? Here’s some tips to have more joy in your week.

  1. Start your day with positive thoughts or choose an inspirational quote or verse to keep you on track and pin it somewhere you will see it throughout the week.
  2. Make yourself something delicious that will also benefit your body and your health.
  3. Reach out to a friend or family member just because and chat.
  4. Buy yourself some real flowers in your favorite color when you are at the grocery store. They have such pretty ones.
  5. Take a bath or give yourself a facial this week. Rub on a beautiful lotion or hand creme.
  6. Take a walk or do a stretching routine. It makes you feel good inside your own body and boosts feel good endorphins.
  7. Smile. Your brain will tell you your are happy.

Enjoy your week!

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Consistently

Never underestimate the power of consistent sleep for your health, energy and vitality!

Most of us have experienced a night of sleeplessness or two. It’s when you are consistently not sleeping well that you need to really take a look and make some changes. If you are getting less than eight hours of sleep more than one or two nights a week, its’ time to strategize. Here are some tips and practices to implement to help you get a consistent 8 hours of solid, restorative, quality sleep.

Sleep is so important to your health as a whole. While you are sleeping your brain sweeps itself clean removing waste and toxins that can contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our blood sugar is better regulated with good sleep habits, we have less cravings, are sharper, store less belly fat, our immune system is stronger, and it is good for your heart, mood and stress levels. Who doesn’t want that?

How to get a great night’s sleep

Here are some strategies you can use to help you get enough glorious sleep. I have implemented these myself. At around age 40, I was very sleep deprived and could just not get enough sleep. These tips have helped me, and many people I know, get great, consistent sleep.

  1. Get morning sun. Whether you are outside, sitting by a sunny window, driving, going for a walk or out and about, getting sun during the daytime, especially in the morning, will set your circadian rhythms and help you sleep better.
  2. Exercise can help you sleep better. It tires the body and helps reduce stress and anxiety. It is best to get in your rigorous exercise at least three hours before bed to give your body time to unwind. I will be giving you unwinding tips below.
  3. Caffeine can be a culprit for lack of sleep. I don’t drink coffee after noon that isn’t decaf. If you are a slow metabolizer, like I am, drink caffeinated drinks before noon. It is recommended that you stop drinking caffeine six hours before your bedtime. So, if you go to bed at 10 pm, 4 pm would be your cutoff.
  4. Take a Bath. A warm bath relaxes your muscles, calms your nervous system, and relieves tension throughout your body. Add in Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil. I also like Perfectly Posh bath bombs. Play some calming music and close your eyes or read a book. You can reap the benefits of a bath in just 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Magnesium Body Lotion is wonderful for sleep! It reduces stress, relaxes muscles, and helps you sleep longer. My favorites are Give It a Rest and Mo Magnesium
  6. Sip sleep tea. There are teas that can help you get better sleep too, and the warmth of the herbal tea is also down regulating. Chamomile is a well known go to tea for sleep. Another great tea for sleep is Beauty Sleep Herbal Tea. It’s delicious. Just make sure you make a small cup of tea so you don’t have to get up during the night because of a full bladder.
  7. Do bedtime yoga or have a good stretch. Bedtime yoga can really help you wind down at the end of the day. This is not the high intensity power yoga or yoga flow, but you are still moving and stretching. It is fabulous for winding down and keeping you flexible and relaxed. Here is one to try that I really like, Yoga for Restful Sleep with Jason Crandall.
  8. Go to bed at the same time every night. Setting a bedtime and sticking to it helps your circadian rhythms. Your body gets used to going to bed and expects to sleep at the same time every evening.
  9. Write down your worries and to do list. If you wake up in the night and start thinking and worrying about problems and what you have to do the next day, then writing everything down the night before can help decrease distractions, overthinking and worry.
  10. A melatonin supplement can help you get solid, deep sleep. Melatonin is a natural hormone our brain produces to help us sleep. Your melatonin levels start to rise when it gets dark and then drop in the morning. Shorter days in the winter and also age can decrease your melatonin production. I like this chewable melatonin gummy that is gluten free.
  11. Your bedroom atmosphere is also important to optimize good sleep. Make sure your room is dark and you don’t have any electronic devises that emit light in your room. Ideally your bedroom should be at a cooler temperature, about 65 degrees is recommended give or take.
  12. Aromatherapy. Research has shown that smell affects sleep and inhaling specific essential oils can help you sleep better. Specifically lavender, clary sage, chamomile, bergamot and cedarwood. A diffuser in your bedroom with some of these essential oils can help you drift off to sweet dreams. DoTerra has a blend of these I have been using for years called Serenity. It smells so good! Also Perfectly Posh has a whole line of lavender pampering products. I like Very Sleep Skin Stick which you can rub on your wrists and behind your ears at bedtime and Very Sleepy Bath Bar which is full of lavender essential oil. They also have an overnight face mask that will leave your skin soft and pretty in the morning called Very Sleepy with lavender essential oil and melatonin.
  13. A white noise machine is very helpful if you are a light sleeper and wake up easily from noise in the night.
  14. Darken your screens at night or wear blue light blocking glasses. The light from bright computer screens and cell phones can disrupt your circadian rhythms. I highly recommend that you darken your screens at least 3 hours before bedtime or get a pair of blue light blocking glasses. This 5 pack is incredibly inexpensive and cute!
  15. Calm App sleep stories. If you just cannot shut off your mind, or calm down, or have had a hard day, the sleep stories on the Calm App can help significantly. It has so many wonderful stories and themes to choose from with the most soothing voices, it will comfort you and take your mind off everything else, so you can drift off to good dreams. Whether you like travel, fiction or non-fiction, there are many wonderful choices. My current favorite sleep stories are Into the Library, The Ancient Way of Tea and The City of Seven Hills.
  16. A weighted blanket may help sleep. Weighted blankets use deep pressure stimulation that is thought to stimulate the release of mood boosting seratonin, release the stress reducing hormone coritsol, and increase melatonin levels to help improve sleep.
  17. Use a therapeutic rice bag. It heats quickly in your microwave and you can use it over and over. These are the best natural heating pads! The patterns to choose from are adorable and beautiful too! You can also choose to add a peppermint or lavender essential oil or lavender/peppermint to your bag. These pads are anti-stress, healing, pain relieving, sleep inducing, great for earaches, muscle pain, tummy aches, menstrual cramps, heachaches, and more! These are wonderful to have on hand. I make these in my Etsy shop at Porcupine Craft Studio.

If you haven’t been sleeping well, it is time to take action. Try these strategies to get the best sleep you have in years. I can attest to the difference sleep strategies make in lives. When you sleep well you will think clearer, be healthier, happier, look better and have more vibrancy and energy.

Sandra Shields, Health Coach

*I receive a very small commission when you click some of the links in this article. I am also a Perfectly Posh Consultant for natural skincare and pampering because I love the natural products and believe in the power of pampering. Thank you for you support, and I hope these tips help you get regular, deep sleep which is a foundational piece to optimize metabolism, brain function and overall health! šŸ™‚

Ranch Dressing SCD, Low FodMap, Dairy Free

If you are looking for a great ranch dressing that is low fodmap, SCD Friendly or dairy free, here you go!

Garlic is a fodmap and not allowed on a low fodmap diet, but garlic Infused oil is allowed, and it is a fantastic replacement. If you haven’t been using it yet, you need to grab some! Chives give the dressing the signature ranch flavor, along with dill, and chives are also low fodmap.

This can be used on and with anything you like to eat with ranch. Delish!

SCD, Low FodMap, Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Paleo mayonnaise, (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • 1/4 Cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Infused Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt to taste

Add all the ingredients into a bowl, whisk until fully incorporated and enjoy! Mmmmm! So good!

Turkey Roulade, SCD, Low FodMap and Grain Free

Turkey Roulade, SCD, Low FodMap and Grain Free

This is a delicious way to make a boneless turkey breast that is a little bit fancy, but quite simple really.

This recipe uses a low fodmap pesto – here and some aged cheese grated over the pesto before rolling it up. It is then skewered and rubbed with melted ghee, rosemary, salt and pepper before roasting. This is also exceptional the next day served chilled. You can slice it very thin after chilling, and it is delicious on salads!

Turkey Roulade

Ingredients:

1 approximately 4 pound boneless turkey breast

1/4 cup of pesto (here’s my low fodmap recipe)

1/2 cup of packed shredded aged cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or an aged Romano

2 Tablespoons of crushed dried rosemary

2 Tablespoons of ghee

salt and pepper to taste

Skewers like kabob skewers

Directions:

Butterfly the boneless turkey breast so it lies in a flat rectangle. Leave the skin attached. Place the turkey on a cookie sheet, and pound it with a meat mallet until it is in a rectangle about 14 by 8 inches.

With the skin side down, spread the turkey with the pesto and shredded cheese. Starting at a short side, roll the turkey up into a tight roll. Take your kabob skewers and poke them through the turkey roast starting at the seam and all the way through to hold your spiral together.

Now, melt the ghee and stir in the rosemary, salt and pepper. Brush the melted ghee mixture all over the roast. Place the turkey roast in a roasting pan, skin side up, and roast at 350 degrees F. for 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the weight of the roast or until the internal temperature measures 365 degrees F. Remove the roulade from the oven and let set 15 minutes before carving into slices. Enjoy and happy eating!

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