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About Sandra Shields, Food and Wellness Blogger, Health Coach, Healthy Living, Food Intolerance Recipes, Well Rounded Living

Hello! I am Sam. I am a foodie and a Health Coach who likes being in the kitchen creating healthier versions of favorite foods, especially for those with food intolerances and restrictions, or those who are looking to incorporate healthier eating habits. I have had an obsession with baking since I was ten! I started this blog to share recipes I was making for myself after finding out I had several food sensitivities, including gluten. I had no idea what I was going to eat and how I would feed my hungry family. I went to school for Health Coaching as a second career at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world's largest health coaching school. I wanted to have recipes I could eat, and the whole family would enjoy, that were healthy, delicious and made with ingredients that promoted overall health. So this is in essence my food diary. Taking real food and creating delicious recipes is something I am passionate about. From experience, I believe nutrient dense food gives the body the best fuel and building blocks to be vibrant, healthy, prevent disease, and maintain great energy as well as heal. I am excited to share delicious food recipes and tips!

Squash Casserole

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This is such a great old fashioned squash casserole!

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If you like zucchini, but it gets boring for you the same old way. Or, if you are a fan of comfort food in the form of casseroles, like your Mom or Grandma used to make, here’s one that is healthy, delicious and comforting.

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Casserole is great leftover for lunch too! Love me some leftover casserole!  This casserole is meat free, so feel free to use it as a side dish. I like to make pork tenderloin, chicken or bun free burgers to go with it.

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Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. of sliced zucchini (this is about 3 to 4 medium, depending on the size)

1/3 Cup of Good Olive Oil or Melted Ghee

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Mayo (I use Avocado Oil Mayo like this)

1/2 Cup of sliced green onions

1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Topping:

1/2 Cup of  Pecans

2 Tablespoons of Goat Cheese (optional) Omit for SCD or substitute with a SCD Legal Cheese. There is a free PDF guide at the top of my home page you can download and print for free.

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Dried Chives

1 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Grease a 12″ x 8 1/2″ Casserole dish.

To make the casserole filling:

Bring 2 inches of salted water to a boil in a large frying pan with a lid. When the water comes to a boil, add the sliced zucchini and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until tender. Drain the cooked zucchini into a colander. Allow it to sit and drain for ten minutes in the colander. You don’t want a soggy casserole. Meanwhile, whisk together in a large bowl, the olive oil, eggs, mayonnaise, salt and pepper until well combined. Whisk in the scallions and orange bell pepper. Pat the drained zucchini with paper towel to remove any excess water. Then, stir the zucchini into the egg mixture. Pour the zucchini mixture into your greased baking casserole.

Now, make the topping.

Finely chop the pecans, or alternatively pulse in a food processor. I like this handy mini Ninja Express one for this job. It has made my life so much easier, and I don’t have to clean the big food processor. This goes right in the dishwasher! Add in the salt, pepper, chives and parsley, and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the casserole. Now, if you are using goat cheese, which is very delicious in this recipe if you tolerate it, sprinkle small pieces of goat cheese over the crumb topping.

Place the casserole into your preheated oven, and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.

This casserole can be prepped up to a day ahead and baked from the refrigerator. You will need to increase your baking time by ten minutes.

Enjoy!

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Squash Casserole, Gluten and Grain Free, SCD

Orange Ginger Marinated Chicken Thighs

I have a lovely recipe for marinated chicken thighs that I’ve been making the last few months that is definitely a keeper. It is SIBO friendly, Low FodMap and makes twelve chicken thighs. That may seem like a lot, but for a family of five, I can tell you that they do not last long enough.

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The thighs are wonderful to use leftover and sliced on top of a salad for lunch the next day. Marinating them infuses them all the way through with a delicious orange ginger flavor. If you are looking for more leftover inspiration, cut the leftover chicken off the bone into bite size pieces, and make a fresh pot of hot Jasmine Rice (I use my mini rice cooker frequently for the purpose of having fresh hot rice in small quantities.) If you’ve never tried one, they are inexpensive and cook rice perfect every time without having to watch it or worry about it overcooking, and it keeps it hot until you are ready to eat it. I will never be without one again. To make the chicken fried rice, warm the chicken in garlic infused olive oil on the stove top in a skillet. Then, stir in the hot, fresh cooked rice, drizzle it with sesame oil and a pinch of white pepper, then stir in a few sliced scallions.  Push aside the chicken and rice mixture to one side of the pan. Add a little more garlic olive oil to the empty side, and add in two whisked and seasoned eggs, and scramble them over medium heat. Now, incorporate the egg into the chicken and rice mixture for an easy chicken fried rice. Yummmm!

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The chicken should marinate at least 8 hours and preferably overnight for the most robust flavor infusion.

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Orange Ginger Marinated Chicken Thighs

1/4 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

8 Sliced Scallions (green parts only for low fodmap)

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Minced Ginger

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil (my favorite brand)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Aminos (this is not on the SCD Legal list, but many do well with it, so listen to your body. It is an excellent substitute for Soy Sauce. Here is a discussion about it on Danielle Walker’s Facebook page.)

2 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil

Zest of One Orange

1 Tablespoon of Ume Plum Vinegar (SCD Safe according to wellbees.com)

1 Tablespoon of Honey or Maple Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt or more to taste

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Lay out 12 bone in chicken thighs in a large, deep baking pan. Pour the marinade over the thighs, then flip them to coat all the surfaces evenly. Cover with wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

To bake the thighs, preheat the oven to 400° degrees F. Lay out a cookie sheet covered with parchment, if you want an easy to clean pan. 🙂 Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade allowing the scallions, ginger and orange zest to remain on the thighs, and lay them out in one layer onto the large sheet pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes. The skin will be crispy and brown. Enjoy!

Chicken Marinade

 

Orange Ginger Marinated Chicken Thighs, Paleo, Low FodMap

 

 

Soft, Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies

 

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Soft and sweet with the warmth of cinnamon. These cookies are ones you are going to want to make if you are a fan of the flavor combination and are a soft cookie lover. They are sweetened with honey and ripe bananas.

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The flavors all meld together nicely to give you a soft cookie with the nice cracks on the top. The cracks are a reaction of the cookie expanding and hardening on top while the centers are still soft. It’s a appealing part of this cookie and others like molasses crinkles.

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Soft Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of sliced bananas, ripe with black spots

1 Cup of Almond Flour

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup of Organic Shortening (I use Spectrum)

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon (reserved for last)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: In a food processor with a blade attachment, puree the ripe banana. Then, add in the egg, honey, vanilla and shortening, and process until smooth. Add the Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Salt and Baking Soda. Process two minutes.

Remove the cookie dough from the food processor and scoop it into a bowl. Sprinkle the tablespoon of Cinnamon over the dough, and swirl it in with a knife until you have a marbled dough.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the edges and set.

Makes 20 cookies.

Low FodMap Serving Size is 2 Cookies

Soft Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies, Grain Free, SCD Diet, Paleo, Dairy Free, Low FodMap. Gluten Free

 

 

 

 

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins

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I love muffins and spice cake!  This muffin recipe reminds me of spice cake, and it is belly friendly, has vegetables in it (carrots)  and is sweetened with honey.  It also includes gelatin for a bonus gut healing ingredient.

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

3 1/2 Cups of Shredded Carrot

4 Pastured Eggs

1/2 Cup of Raw Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil or Melted Coconut Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Grass Fed Collagen

1/4 Cup of Clear Clover Honey

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

1 teaspoon SCD Legal Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg or Mace

1/8 teaspoon Cloves

Whole Walnuts for the Tops

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Directions:  Preheat Oven 350°.  Place muffin cup liners in pan.  Place eggs, coconut flour, carrots and gelatin in a food processor and pulse until blended.  Add honey, coconut milk, olive oil or coconut oil, vanilla, spices and baking soda. Pulse again until well blended. Using a muffin scoop, place level scoops into muffin papers. Top with a whole  walnut (I use walnuts from nuts.com. ) Bake 35 to 38 minutes until set and browned on the top.

Makes a bakers dozen.

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Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins - SCD, Paleo, Dairy Free

Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

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This dark chocolate cashew bark is so pretty and scrumptious, and it has just two ingredients!

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This is how it looks before you cut it up into pieces. This would make a beautiful gift in a clear bag with pretty ribbon packaged whole.

This is the time of year for food gift giving, most people love to get food gifts, and homemade is even better because it has love in it!

Toasting the raw cashews brings out their flavor more and turns them lightly golden brown.

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I used Organic Gluten Free Guittard dark chocolate baking wafers and Raw Cashew to make this bark. That’s it……..simple and good. I like to get my nuts from nuts.com They have a large selection of gluten free nuts and dried fruit, and the nuts are always very fresh.

Two Ingredients Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

Ingredients:

1  Cup of Guittard Dark Chocolate Baking Wafers

1/3 Cup of Raw Whole Cashews

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lay the cashews on a small baking sheet in a single layer, and toast them in the preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes until they are just turning a golden brown. Remove them from the oven and set aside.

Lay out another small cookie sheet, and line it with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, bring an inch and a half of water to a full boil. Then turn it down to a simmer. Put 1 Cup of dark chocolate baking wafers into a small stainless steel mixing bowl that will fit inside the saucepan but not touch the water. Place the stainless bowl with the chocolate into the pan with the simmering water (you have just created a double boiler), and stir slowly and constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and creamy.

Scrape the melted chocolate out of the bowl right onto parchment lined cookie sheet and pick up the pan to swirl the chocolate until it is about a 1/4″ thick layer. Now, take the toasted cashews, and sprinkle them evenly over the melted chocolate.

You can set the pan aside at room temperature to harden for 24 hours, or for quicker results, refrigerate it for an hour and a half.

When your chocolate has set, take a large cutting knife, and cut it into pieces.

Store the cashew bark in a sealed container at room temperature, or keep it in the refrigerator. You can also store it whole, and gift it whole, or broken into pieces.

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Enjoy and Gift this homemade bark with Love added as the extra ingredient!

Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark Gluten Free and Easy Gifts to Give

 

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Loaf with Quinoa Flour

Hello November!

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It’s been awhile since my last post, but I have still been in the kitchen developing new recipes to share. My schedule is very busy this Fall, but I am sitting down today with a cup of coffee and am determined to get this delicious Pumpkin Bread recipe to you all.

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As my regulars know, I have been on a food elimination diet for some time due to food sensitivities, joint pain, rashes and reoccurring SIBO. It is important to work with a doctor who specializes in these health challenges to help you figure out how to approach healing. I have been able to figure out which foods I am reacting too and don’t work for my body and also make lifestyle changes, including more self care. No more rashes, joint pain, fatigue and tummy troubles.  I have introduced and have been using Quinoa in my baking and cooking now regularly. Quinoa is actually what is called a pseudo cereal grain and it in fact a seed.

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Quinoa flour is absolutely delicious in this Pumpkin Bread recipe! It is a gluten free baking resource that has a nice nutrition profile with protein, fiber and these vitamins and minerals:

  • Manganese. Found in high amounts in whole grains, this trace mineral is essential for metabolism, growth, and development
  • Phosphorus. Often found in protein-rich foods, this mineral is essential for bone health and maintenance of various body tissues
  • Copper. A mineral that is often lacking in the Western diet, copper is important for heart health
  • Folate. One of the B vitamins, folate is essential for cell function and tissue growth and considered particularly important for pregnant women
  • Iron. This essential mineral performs many important functions in your body, such as transporting oxygen in red blood cells.
  • Magnesium. Important for many processes in your body, magnesium is often lacking in our diet
  • Zinc. This mineral is important for overall health and participates in many chemical reactions in your body

I’ve been whipping up these mini Pumpkin Loaves for a few months now and still get the urge to make more when it’s gone. Don’t you love how cute a mini loaf is? They are good gifts too! This is the size mini loaf pan you will need for this loaf. It is 5.75″ x 3 1/4″ x 2.25″ and works perfectly for a nice domed loaf.

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Here’s the recipe! I use maple sugar to sweeten the bread, but you can swap it out for any sugar such as organic cane, coconut, or date. I like the maple taste in this bread.

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Loaf with Quinoa Flour

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Ingredients:

3/4 Cups of Quinoa Flour

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Powder (corn free here)

3/4 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice (I use Primal Palate)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Sale or Pink Salt

1/2 Cup of Canned Pumpkin Puree

1 Egg

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil or Avocado Oil

6 Tablespoons of Maple Sugar

Directions:

Cream together the maple sugar and oil. Then, add the egg and beat well until creamy. Add the pumpkin puree and beat. Sift together the dry ingredients, then add to the wet and beat until smooth.

Pour the batter into your greased mini pan, and bake for 25 to 35 minutes until the bread springs back to the touch and is baked through. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to completely cool.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Loaf with Quinoa Flour and Maple Sugar

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Chocolate Mint Nut Milk

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I came up with this recipe with a dairy free creamer to go in my coffee in mind. It is creamy and tastes great for making peppermint mocha’s, but it’s also delicious all by itself.

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Nut milks are simple to make. You just need a nut milk bag or a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Nut milk bags are inexpensive, and I prefer them over a strainer lined with cheesecloth, but you can go that route too. You can get a three pack for just under $9. on Amazon.

Chocolate Mint Nut Milk

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Pecans

4 Cups of Water for Soaking (This will be discarded later)

3 Cups of Cold Water

1/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder

2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Peppermint Extract

a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

Place your pecans in a bowl and cover them with 4 cups of water. Let the nuts soak overnight for 8 to 12 hours. The longer they soak, the creamier your milk will be. This plumps up and softens the nuts for a creamy non-gritty milk.

After the nuts have soaked, dump them into a strainer and rinse them with fresh water.

Add the rinsed nuts and 3 cups of fresh cold water, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, peppermint extract and sea salt to a high speed blender, and blend for three minutes.

Pour the nut milk into your nut milk bag over a large bowl. Gently squeeze the bag to strain out the milk into the bowl. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 5 days.

Chocolate Mint Nut Milk Gluten and Dairy Free

 

 

 

 

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