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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!

Easy Macadamia Peanut Butter Cups SCD, Healthy

The holidays are here, and it is easy to feel deprived when you are following a special diet when all the traditional treats are floating around.

These Macadamia Peanut Butter cups are SCD Legal, healthy and delicious. Those seeking healthier treats this holiday season will love these scrumptious, creamy cups with a balance of honey and a pinch of salt.

Each batch makes one dozen and can be easily doubled.

Easy Macadamia Peanut Butter Cups

Directions:

You will need two medium bowls that are microwave safe. Lay out a mini muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Peanut Butter, no sugar

1/4 Cup of Tahini, unsweetened

1/4 Cup of Coconut Butter (I use this kind – my fav!)

2 Tablespoons of Honey, Divided

Twelve whole raw Macadamia Nuts (I love Nuts.com for these. They are gluten free)

Sea Salt, two pinches

Directions: In the first bowl, add 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut butter, 1 tablespoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Microwave just ten seconds at a time, stirring until it is smooth and fluid.

In the second bowl, add 1/4 cup of Tahini, 2 tablespoons of coconut butter, 1 tablespoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Microwave just ten seconds at a time again, stirring until it is smooth and fluid.

Using a teaspoon cookie scoop and just judging by eyeing it, divide the peanut butter mixture evenly between 12 mini muffin cup liners. Rap the pan on your countertop to flatten the surface. Then place in the freezer for ten minutes. After ten minutes the bottom layer should be firm. Scoop the Tahini mixture on top of the peanut butter base as you did before. Then, add one whole macadamia but to the top of each cup. Tap gently on the counter just to set the madacamia but in the top. Freeze for ten minutes, then they are ready to eat. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Speculaas, SCD Legal, Grain, Dairy, Egg and Gluten Free – Gift Ideas, Winter Self Care and Clean Beauty Lip Swaps!

Are you ready to bake Christmas cookies? These are Grain, Gluten, Egg and Dairy Free and SCD Legal.

Speculaas have been baked as far back as the 15th century in the Netherlands and Germany, but over the years their popularity has spread to many other countries. They are definitely associated with Christmas and were embossed with images of Saint Nicholas and were delicious cookie treats gifted to children.

This recipe for Speculaas is Grain, Dairy, Gluten and Egg Free to accommodate many, and they are SCD Legal. The cookie is absolutely delicious, and the warming spices make this a holiday cookie to be loved and made over and over. They are a perfect treat with a cup of tea! I can’t wait until cookie time to have these lately.

If you don’t have a Speculaas and Springerle roller, you can still make these cookies with an embossed cookie cutter, or just roll them out and cut them into pretty shapes like you would a sugar cookie. But these can be made the traditional way with a roller like I did. This is where I got my Speculaas Rolling Pin. There are also some really pretty ones here.

Here’s the recipe:

Speculaas

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Raw Cashews

1/2 Cup of Tahini

1/4 Cup of Runny Honey

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

and the following warm spices that make the traditional Speculaas flavor:

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon of Cloves

1/8 Teaspoon of Ginger

1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Anise

1/8 Teaspoon of Cardamom

Directions:

In a food processor, grind the cashews until finely ground. Add the spices, baking soda and salt and pulse until thoroughly combined. Now add the tahini, honey and vanilla extract and process until thoroughly blended stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Gather up your dough and pat it out on a piece of plastic wrap into a 4 x 6 rectangle. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate for one hour.

After one hour, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and lay out a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Take our your refrigerated cookie dough and place it between two sheets of parchment. With a regular rolling pin, roll the dough between the parchment out to a little less than 1/2 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and straighten up your sides with your hands to make a rectangle. Now, take your Speculaas rolling pin and roll with medium pressure across the dough. I did this in two rows. You will get the feel for how much you need to press. This will spread your dough a little more as you roll and also emboss the cookie dough. It doesn’t need to be perfect. With a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, score the cookie dough also trimming the outer sides, but not moving the cookies.

Bake in your preheated oven for 14 minutes or until deeply golden brown, but not burned. I like to start checking after 12 minutes.

Take the baked cookies out of the oven and while still warm, run your pizza cutter or sharp knife down the scored lines again to separate the cookies. Let them cool completely on the cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container after cooled.

If you need some holiday shopping ideas and winter self care, here is a list of some of the things my family loves!

Some of our favorite things!

The cutest comfy nightgowns The sheep are adorbs!

A beautiful Matcha Tea Gift Set

Elderberry Syrup for Immunity

Magnesium Body Lotion for Better Sleep, More Magnesium, Aches and Pains (scent free)

For the little children:

Super Cool Train Set

Unicorn Chair for the Little Princesses

Rainbocorns are very popular in the elementary age crowd right now.

Beautiful Dog Collars for the Pups. Ming has the red one.

Also, giving the gift of clean beauty is always a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation for someone and switch to safer products. Do you have a lip wear preference? I like to wear something on my lips to protect them, give me a color pop, shimmer or shine and take good care of my lips. If you’ve ever had chapped lips, you know how uncomfortable that is. Beautycounter lip products are all GLUTEN-FREE, nut-free, soy-free & vegan AND are tested 3 times for safety from hormone disrupting chemicals and heavy metals. BC lips are my favorite of all time, not just safer – they’re so hydrating and not sticky! Here’s some more helpful info when choosing a lip product:

Clean Lip Products that are Gluten Free!

The Jellies shimmer and shine and fit right into your pocket. They are a cushy, non-sticky gloss. They come in duos of Sorbet & Peppermint, Orange Cream & Honey, or Raspberry & Cocoa.

Beyond Gloss delivers shimmer (if you pick a shimmer shade) and shine with sheer clean color. I LOVE that is has Responsibly sourced vanilla: ECOCERT-certified organic vanilla from Madagascar is responsible for this gloss’ signature sweet scent. Our supplier is committed not only to sourcing the highest quality of vanilla, but also to improving the quality of life for their community of farmers.

Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick is creamy and buildable with the conditioning benefits of a balm, so it gives you color with the benefits of a balm. Again with that Responsibly sourced vanilla that smells so darn good!

Color Intense Lipstick is a long wearing lipstick with a satin finish with natural peppermint oil. My current favorite is 9 to 5, but I can’t wait to try some other shades too. A definite Date night or Dress Up lipstick, or if you like a matte look.

You can shop Beautycounter with me here: https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

I’d love to help you switch to safer, and every time I can be of service helping someone switch to safer, I do a little jazzy hands, happy dance!

As always, I love to hear from you! Drop me a comment below and touch base. Have a wonderful holiday season!

xoxo

Delicious Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

First of all, this is an absolutely delicious recipe for peanut butter cups that uses honey to sweeten them and is healthier for you. If you prefer not to use peanut butter, choose another nut butter. They will still be delicious!

Also, I have to get something off my chest, because lately I am seeing people unfollow on social media because someone posts a treat, or a funny food quote that isn’t “healthy”. I am here to tell you, Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good! Life is about balance. When one area is out of balance, all the other areas can be affected. A sense of humor when approaching life, health and food are just as important as what you are eating.

We had a little exercise in nutrition school called The Circle of Life, and you looked at all the areas of wellness and balance on a color wheel. It helps see what is out of sync. The categories are:

~Joy

~Social Life

~Relationships

~Home Environment

~Home Cooking

~Physical Activity

~Health

~Education

~Career

~Finances

~Creativity

You can go take the quiz yourself right here: https://www.integrativenutrition.com/circle-of-life

I encourage you to take the quiz every three to four months to help you be aware of your life balance so you can make changes.

Now, for a absolutely delicious Peanut Butter Cup Recipe! There are some amazing benefits to eating chocolate! Like enhancing brain function, mood and it’s loaded with flavanols!

Delicious Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Directions:

Line a mini muffin cup pan with twenty mini liners

Bottom Layer:

1/3 Cup of No Sugar Added Creamy Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons of Runny Honey

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (Melted)

2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Whisk together all the ingredients with a fork until combined.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the bottom of your muffin liners.

Top Layer:

1/3 Cup of No Sugar Added Creamy Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons of Runny Honey

2 Tablespoons of Melted Coconut Oil

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Whisk together the ingredients until thoroughly combined and spoon over the bottom layer, dividing evenly. Rap the filled muffin tin onto the counter several times to flatten the peanut butter cups. Optional, sprinkle a little flaky sea salt on top like Fleur de Sel.

Place the peanut butter cups into the freezer to firm for 30 minutes. Store these in either the freezer or refrigerator in a sealed container depending on how firm you like them.

As always, I love to hear from you. Did you go take the Circle of Life quiz?

Healthier Snickerdoodles – Gluten Free

Warm spices always sound so delicious and enticing when September hits. I like to fill my kitchen with the aroma, and Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies. It’s nice to have an allergen friendly cookie recipe in my arsenal, and one that is healthier too but still tastes sweet and yummy.

This is a new recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies that are gluten, dairy and nut free. I have a few options for you as well with ingredients you have right in your cupboard.

You can make these with maple sugar for a cinnamon maple flavor. Very good! But you can also use pure cane sugar if you choose. They are delicious both ways. I love the whole grain single flour option in this recipe. I started out making them with quinoa flour, and then I tested them with brown rice flour. They both tasted like a great Snickerdoodle with a nice texture. The main difference is when you use quinoa flour, the cookies tastes nutty. I like them both ways and have been rotating how I make them.

With a little lower sugar, these cookies are better for you. I also used half shortening and half olive oil. I have seen more and more baking with olive oil lately, and it is a healthy option. Italy for instance has been using it for baking for many, many years with delicious results.

Here’s how to make my healthier Snickerdoodles!

Gluten Free Snickerdoodles

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Quinoa Flour or Brown Rice Flour

1/2 Cup of Maple Sugar or Pure Cane Sugar

1/2 Cup of Organic Shortening

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

1 Egg

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Cinnamon for the tops (about a tablespoon)

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar, shortening and olive oil until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat again to incorporate well.

In another bowl, whisk together your flour, baking soda and salt. Then, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until completely incorporated.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out 24 tablespoon sized cookies onto two parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand to half inch thick rounds. Sift the cinnamon over the tops of the cookies directly onto the cookie sheet.

Bake in your preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes until the cookies are starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Cool on the cookie sheet.

Makes 24 cookies

Drop a line to let me know what you think. I always like to hear from you!

Sandra

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Even though summer is notorious for an overabundance of zucchini, and baking bread is a great way to use up the extra, I have to say I love zucchini season AND zucchini bread. Also zucchini fritters, stuffed zucchini, you get it, right?

It’s cheap and cheerful, but it’s also genius the way zucchini can be transformed into a delicious loaf! It’s a veggie after all and a typically water filled one.

Well, in this recipe, there is no squeezing out of the excess water. No need for that. The loaf has a beautiful texture, is lightly sweetened with maple sugar (you can absolutely substitute pure cane sugar in equal measure), and is wonderful for snacking. I just love the maple sugar color and flavor in this loaf, and it’s a favorite sugar alternative of mine to bake with.

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a medium loaf pan, and line it with parchment paper. I keep the ends of the pan free and have the parchment hanging over the long edges for easy bread removal. Make sure the ends are greased.

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Shredded Zucchini

2 Cups of Brown Rice Flour (I like this sprouted brand)

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Maple Sugar

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

Directions:

Add your shredded zucchini to a large mixing bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, maple sugar and vanilla extract.

Pour the egg mixture over the shredded zucchini and whisk together with a large fork. I shredded my zucchini in the food processor with the smaller shredding choice. It had fairly large shreds that worked beautifully. Shred how you like.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, baking soda and salt.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and whisk it together with a fork.

Pour it into your prepared bread pan. Smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake in your preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes until it is firm and golden brown on the top and cooked through. I used a convection oven, and all ovens are slightly different.

Remove from the oven and place the loaf in the pan on a cooling rack for five minutes. Then, using your parchment paper, lift the loaf out of the pan and take off the parchment paper. Cool completely on a wire rack.

This loaf keeps at room temperature tightly wrapped for 3 days. You can keep it in the refrigerator as well for a couple days longer shelf life.

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!

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!

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!

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