Italian Marinated Steak, Gluten Free, Low FodMap, AIP Paleo

Grilling season is here, and this marinated steak is a great way to kick off the season. A marinade tenderizes your steak and adds a ton of flavor and can be used for any cut. I have made this with flat irons and filet mignon. Both were delicious!

Italian Marinated and Grilled Steak

For meal prep, I like to grill double the steak we will need for dinner and use the leftover steak to thinly slice for a main dish salad and lunches the next day.

Italian Steak Marinade

As always, garlic infused olive oil is incredible and I always have it on hand. If you are eating low fodmap, this is crucial for getting that wonderful garlic flavor in all your recipes!

This marinade has a delicious blend of dried chives, rosemary and oregano in it. The black pepper is optional and should be omitted if you are on an AIP protocol currently. The acid used in the marinade is red wine vinegar for the zing! Rosemary is great to use when grilling, because it helps block HCA’s – carcinogens from grilling and cooking at high temperatures.

Make sure you give the steak time to marinade. I like at least four hours. You can do eight and even overnight.

Italian Marinated Steak

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of steak. This is approximately 4 flat irons or 2 Filet Mignons. But use your favorite or budget friendly cut!

For the marinade:

2 Tablespoons of Garlic infused Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Dried Chives

2 Teaspoons of Crushed Rosemary

1 Teaspoon of Oregano

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper (Omit if following AIP)

Directions: Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Place the steak in a shallow glass dish, pour the marinade over the steak, and coat completely. Cover and place your marinating steak into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to overnight, flipping once.

When you are ready to grill, remove the steak from the marinade and put them on a platter for 30 minutes before grilling.

Steak is a great source of B12 vitamins, and leftover steak is wonderful for topping a lunch salad with the next day.

Are you ready for Summer with Safe Sunscreen and some delicious Memorial Day Recipes?

Hey, friends! Who’s ready for the unofficial start of summer? I sure am! Longer days mean more fun outdoors, but most especially – no more virtual school! 🤞 I can’t believe my youngest is graduating. We’re excited for summer break as a family paddle boarding, boating, swimming, going to the beach, picnics, eating outdoors, biking, bocce ball (yes our new lawn grass is coming up!). 💥

Time to stock up on all things sun! How about you? Are you ready? If not, it’s the perfect time! I’m getting my sunscreen and replenishing some of my makeup favs and getting the freebie. It’s been about a year since Beauty Counter had a giveaway like this and the value on these minis is 32 for the resurfacing peel and 26 for the supreme cream! I love a good stackable deal! Use codes, credits, combined with a choice of free gift with purchase! You’ll find the details and all this below:

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields is where you can to to get the free gift!

From now until June 1st you can choose between a Free mini Countertime Resurfacing Peel or Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream!

The Resurfacing Peel is GREAT for evening skin tone and removing any dark spots, increasing skins clarity and radiance. You wear it overnight! It’s lovely and light!

The Countertime Supreme Cream (night cream) supports elasticity and visibly firms while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. With continued use your skin will be more radiant and youthful-looking. This feels very indulgent!

If you are a new Beauty Counter Customer you can stack this deal with the CLEANFORALL20 coupon code! If you are a Band of Beauty Member you can combine this deal with your credits!

I LOVE Beauty Counter’s Zinc Based Sunscreens! We use them all Summer long and they come in Stick, Spray and Lotion and even a Tinted Spray Sunscreen in Two shades as well as a clear zinc face sunscreen! I put together some ideas for you below. If you have any questions, I am here. I will put my Beauty Counter link below so you can find me. If you hadn’t seen my Beauty Counter posts in the past, I am a consultant for Beauty Counter a great place to go to get safer products in your hands!

Keep reading for some delicious Memorial Day weekend food ideas!

Try this Greek Salad with Salmon Skewers this weekend!

This is a delicious one bowl main dish salad! Paleo, Gluten Free

Another winner of a salad is my Lemon Chicken Bistro Salad! It has loads of color and flavor and is very festive!

Lemon Chicken Bistro Salad, AIP Option, SCD, Paleo, GAPS and Gluten Free

This Peach Mango Sorbet is very refreshing, light and tasty!

Refreshing Peach Mango Sorbet AIP and Paleo

I hope you have a wonderful kick off to the unofficial start to Summer this weekend doing some things you love and eating good food!

Here’s the link again to get your Summer zinc based sunscreen from me and your gift!

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

Sweet and Sour Pineapple BBQ Sauce SCD, Low FodMap, AIP

I’m always on the hunt for new healthy sauces I can make that are versatile and can be used throughout the week to make meals more interesting and delicious!

This Sweet and Sour BBQ is a very versatile sauce that you can use on chicken, vegetables and as a dipping sauce for delicious savory sweet and sour flavor. You will love that the ingredients in this sauce are so good for you with very little added sweetener. It’s the pineapple that gives it most of it’s sweetness with a little smoked salt, honey and cider vinegar for sweet tanginess. there is also a little butternut squash puree in it to give it beautiful color, creaminess and sneak in some veggies that kids won’t even know is there. This recipe is SCD, Low Fodmap and AIP Paleo!

Sweet and Sour Pineapple BBQ Sauce SCD Low FodMap

Ingredients:

1 Can of Native Forest Organic Pineapple Chunks (14 oz.) This is in it’s own juice only

1/2 Cup of Pureed Cooked Butternut Squash

1/4 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Clover Honey (clover honey is low fodmap if under 2 tablespoons)

1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon of Smoked Salt (optional but highly recommended)

3/4 Teaspoon of Salt (use a whole teaspoon if omitting the smoked salt)

In a high speed blender, blend all the ingredients using the whole can of pineapple with the juice. Do not drain. Pour the blended ingredients into a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil on the stovetop. When the BBQ sauce comes to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes until it has reduced by a third, stirring often.

Cool the sauce if you are not using it right away. Pour the BBQ sauce into a container and store it in the refrigerator.

Yesterday, I made some crab spring rolls using rice spring roll wrappers in my air fryer, and this sauce was delicious to dip them in. You can also make a double batch and freeze half. It’s so good to have a variety of homemade sauces on hand with no additives!

Safer Skin Care with Bright Side Duo from Beauty Counter!

Beauty Counter All Bright C Serum and Overnight Resurfacing Peel Duo Safer Skin Care

Beauty Counter Bright Side Duo is back tomorrow. May 11th! This sold out quickly last time it launched. It is a great way to get both the All Bright Vitamin C Serum I’m talking radiance and antioxidants without irritation (I love this serum!) and the pm Overnight Resurfacing Peel to boost clarity, texture and radiance while you sleep, in a set of smaller bottles with a great price point!


I love both of these and use the Vitamin C serum in the am and the overnight resurfacing peel (it’s so easy to use and non-irritating) every other night. Beauty Counter is a leader in safer skin care. What would you like to better with your skin’s appearance? Go here to look at all their fantastic face and body products. Questions? I’m here! Health is whole body, mind, food, and very importantly what you put on it too!

Don’t worry, if the duo sells out, it is still available in the full sized bottles. The duo is a great way to get started and get glowing, even skin!

These two are a power couple for healthy, beautiful skin with no regrets!


Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are so good! In this recipe I used brown rice flour and maple sugar, and the flavor is so delicious with a lovely crumbly cookie texture.

Spring is here, although in Northern Michigan it is a bit sketchy at times, we have had some beautiful warm days, and I do find that the spring flowers blooms like daffodils and hyacinths last a very long time in the cooler climate. This is my first spring in many years up north, and having moved from Maryland last May, in my adult experience the spring flowers faded fast in the heat. That’s a big plus here, but my favorite time in spring is when the lilacs start blooming the end of May! Can’t wait for that!

This month is the anniversary of my 7th year writing this blog, and I hope the recipes and healthy living tips have been an inspiration to you! Leave me comments. I love to hear from you!

If you are with me on your digestive healing journey, you will see that my recipes have evolved from being completely grain free to including some gluten free grains and flours in my baking and recipes. I have healed so much and am enjoying a much larger variety of healthy food, including some aged cheese and healthy grains. Don’t worry if you aren’t eating them, I still have plenty of recipes that don’t include them and will continue to blog those as well and more healthy living tips. Inspiring you with veggies is a passion of mine, and baking is my guilty pleasure, so I try to make versions of cookies and treats that are healthier and also delicious!

Here’s my newest cookie recipe that I think you will love! If you have never baked Mint Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies, you are in for a lovely surprise!

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Brown Rice Flour

1/4 Cup of Organic Shortening

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1/4 Cup of Maple Sugar

1 Egg

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/3 Cup of Chopped Mint Dark Chocolate Bar (I used Endangered Species Forest Mint & Dark)

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, olive oil and maple sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and beat. In a separate small bowl, mix together the brown rice flour, baking soda and salt. Add it to your egg mixture and beat it in with an electric hand held mixer. Fold in the chopped mint chocolate bar until evenly distributed reserving a bit to press into the tops.

On two parchment lined cookie sheets, drop the cookies two inches apart with a tablespoon cookie scoop or equivalent. With damp fingertips, flatten each cookie.

Bake in your preheated oven for 12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool.

Happy healthy baking!

Makes approximately 15 cookies.

Crostini with Sundried Tomatoes and Bacon, Gluten & Dairy Free

This Crostini is restaurant quality and a feast for the mouth and eyes!

There is a wonderful combination of savory flavors that go so well together, and the dairy free chive cream cheese is perfect and delicious, and holds all the toppings on.

I used a gluten free bread from my favorite gluten free bakery in Traverse City, Michigan. BTW, they do ship. But, you can use any bread of your choice. Pick one you really love.

Here’s my recipe for delicious, beautiful, and mouth watering Crostini. It makes a wonderful appetizer, or serve it with your meal, a salad, or as a snack. If you are having a party, this is a winner!

This recipe serves two, but you can easily double or triple the recipe.

Crostini with Sundried Tomatoes and Bacon

Ingredients:

2 Slices of your favorite bread (I used Third Coast Bakery G/F Heavenly Bread)

Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese (it’s dairy free)

Ghee or Olive Oil for dairy free (the ghee adds wonderful flavor)

Oil Packed Sundried Tomatoes (2 chopped)

Fresh Basil (Chopped. Use the amount you want. I used a couple tablespoons)

Dried Dill (a pinch)

2 Slices of cooked bacon (crumbled)

1 or 2 Sliced Scallions

Directions:

Set your oven to broil.

Spread two bread slices with ghee or olive oil, then broil in your oven until golden brown.

Remove your bread from the oven and let sit while you chop your sundried tomatoes, bacon, basil and scallions. This will allow it to cool a bit.

Cut each piece of broiled bread in half on a diagonal. Spread the Kite Hill cream cheese onto your broiled bread generously. Place the four triangles of crostini onto a serving plate and top each with equal amounts of sundried tomato, dill, bacon, basil and scallions.

Serve immediately.

Serves 2

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

These gently sweetened matcha green tea cookies are a biscuit cookie delight!

They are melt in your mouth goodness with the delightful taste of matcha green tea and maple sugar and the chewy caramel flavor of chopped turkish apricots. A tiny bit of cardamom gives them an exotic twist that you will love. If you have never had cardamom in a cookie, you are in for a wonderful surprise. It’s so good in cookies! You will love these healthier cookies made with a gluten free flour blend that are not overly sweet and are dairy free! I used olive oil, the newest healthier baking trend that I have been making recipes with for a while.

My daughter tasted her first one of these cookies and said they were so buttery. They taste buttery, but in fact it is a generous amount of healthy olive oil that is the secret!

These cookies are easy to shape to into fun little rectangles by patting them out into a slab and cutting and separating them.

Let’s bake cookies!

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup of Gluten Free Flour Blend. I used King Arthur Measure for Measure in this recipe. A different blend has not been tested and may give slightly different results.

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Large Eggs

1/4 Cup of Maple Sugar (I use this brand)

1/3 Cup of Dried Turkish Apricots (finely diced) I get a lot of my dried fruit and nuts from nuts.com. I used organic and they are certified gluten free)

1 Teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea (I drink matcha every morning for energy, clarity and a metabolism boost!)

1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cardamom

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, matcha and cardamom.

It another medium bowl beat your eggs, maple sugar, and olive oil with an electric mixer until it’s a creamy yellow – for about one minute.

Make a well in your flour mixture, and pour the beaten egg mixture into the flour bowl. Beat with your electric mixer until well incorporated. Fold in your chopped apricots. They dough will be stiff.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, dump out your cookie dough. Place another piece of parchment on top and pat and roll the dough out into a rectangle that is approximately 10 by 8 inches. You want the dough to be on the thick side so you get a nice puffy cookie, so make sure it’s about 1 inch thick. Remove the parchment and straighten the edges into a uniform shape with your hands.

With a large, sharp knife, cut the cookies into three rows long ways, six even cuts on the short side for 18 cookies total. You may need to add a little extra gluten free flour to the edge of your knife as you cut to prevent sticking.

With an offset spatula, separate the cookies about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet.

Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes. The cookies will be slightly brown but still nice and green. Cool completely on the baking sheet.

These are a fun healthy cookie for St. Patrick’s Day!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Honey Cookies

These cakey cookies have warming cinnamon and honey in them with a drizzle of dark chocolate on top! The cookies are just sweet enough and made healthier with less sugar in the form of honey. Half the fat used is olive oil.

These are made with gluten free brown rice flour only which gives the cookie a cakey texture.

This recipe will make a batch of 14 cookies. Let’s bake healthier cookies!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Honey Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup of Honey

2 Tablespoons of Ghee

2 Tablespoons of Good Olive Oil

1 Egg

1 Cup of Brown Rice Flour

1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

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1/4 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips for drizzling on top

Directions:

In a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, mix together the honey, ghee and olive oil until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix again until incorporated.

Sift together the brown rice flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda, then add it to the honey mixture. Blend with the mixer on medium speed until thoroughly blended, about one minute.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto two parchment lined cookie sheets spaced two inches apart. Flatten the cookies slightly with the tips of your fingers.

Bake for ten minutes in your preheated oven. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the cookie sheet for a half an hour. In a double boiler, melt 1/4 cup of dark chocolate. Alternately, you can use a microwave by microwaving on high, stirring every ten seconds until just melted. If you take it too far, the chocolate will seize and not drizzle.

When the chocolate is melted, using a fork, scoop up some of the chocolate and drizzle it evenly over all the cookies. Let set until the chocolate dries. Store the cookies covered up to 3 days at room temperature. They also freeze very well.

Instant Pot Egg Bites

I received an Instant Pot silicone egg bites pan for Christmas from my daughters, so of course I had to put it to good use!

This is a delicious way to eat eggs, and so fun. Eggs made in the instant pot are tender and really delicious. In this recipe I used bacon, scallions and spinach and a little nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavor without the dairy. This is the Instant Pot I have, and I love it! Instant Pot meals are delicious and I find very easy to digest. My favorite Instant Pot Cookbooks are by Coco Morante. She has three of them The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook, The Ultimate Instant Pot Healthy Cookbook, and The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. Her recipes are all delicious and can be easily modified for nutritional needs! Here’s my recipe for Egg Bites in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Egg Bites

Ingredients:

4 Eggs

1/4 Cup of Scallions, sliced

1/4 Cup of Cooked Spinach, cooled and chopped

2 Slices of Cooked Bacon

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk or other non-dairy milk

2 Teaspoons of Nutritional Yeast

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Ghee or Coconut Oil for greasing the Egg Cups. You can also use a non stick cooking spray.

Directions:

In a 4 cup glass measuring cup with a pour spout, whisk together your eggs, olive oil, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Whisk in the nutritional yeast thoroughly. Then, stir in the bacon, scallions and chopped spinach.

Grease your egg cups with a little ghee. Pour the egg mixture evenly into each of the egg cups. They will be about 3/4 full. Place the lid on the egg bites pan. Pour a cup of water into your instant pot. Then, place the egg bites pan on the wire steam rack and carefully lower it into your instant pot.

Secure the lid on the instant pot, and set the steam valve to seal. Select Manual on your Instant Pot and adjust the time to ten minutes. It will take a few minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking time begins. After the cooking time ends, let the pressure come down for 5 minutes before releasing the pressure valve. Remove the lid and pull out your egg bites pan with heat safe mitts. Take off the lid of the egg bites pan and invert the pan onto a plate. Pop out the egg bites by pressing on the bottom of each mold. They are so yummy and kid friendly! Enjoy!

Three Ingredient Delicious Chocolate Fudge

This simple fudge recipe is so easy, and the fudge is the perfect melt in your mouth texture without being too soft!

I love that it has three simple ingredients, and it is free of dairy, soy and gluten.

This recipe makes an 8 inch square pan of fudge in very little time.

So, a little update about what’s going on in my life. Being in the middle of a major construction project has put a real pinch on my time as well as my kitchen space! I know there are a multiple number of reasons why we are all scarce on the time we would actually like to have, and this is mine currently. The good news is, I am getting a brand new kitchen with plenty of space to work. But, right now, a lot of my beloved kitchen tools are in boxes.

We moved to Northern Michigan this Spring and decided to renovate an older home. It’s a big undertaking, but I am excited about the final outcome. But quite honestly, it has been very hard! I miss my big beautiful kitchen out East.

I have been meaning to blog this recipe for a while. It’s really delicious and easy. It would also be beautiful with chopped nuts on top or dried cherries or both!

Three Ingredient Delicious Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

One 9 oz. bag of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup of Pecan Butter (my go to clean ingredient brand)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions: Fill a small saucepan with 1 1/2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil. In a stainless steel bowl that fits on top of the saucepan, place the chocolate chips. When the water comes to a boil, put the bowl of chocolate chips on top, creating a double boiler, and turn the water down to a simmer. Melt the chocolate chips, stirring slowly and constantly. When the chocolate chips are melted, add the 1/2 cup of pecan butter and vanilla, and whisk it in over the simmering water.

When it is completely smooth and everything nicely incorporated, pour the fudge into a 8 inch parchment lined square baking pan and spread evenly over the bottom. Refrigerate the fudge for one hour, then remove it from the pan. The parchment will help you lift it effortlessly out and no sticking.

Slice the fudge with a sharp knife into equal squares. Store the fudge in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It’s delicious!

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