Chicken Nuggets (Banana, SCD)

I found a chicken nugget recipe online that uses sweet potatoes, but I cannot have those nor many of the replacements one might use in their place. So, I opted to go with bananas in this recipe. These are great with honey mustard or ketchup.

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Chicken Nuggets (Banana, SCD)

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced bananas (~3 bananas)
  • 1 egg yolk, large
  • – 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp cashew flour (or other nut flour)
  • 2 tbsp minced onion, dried
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all but the ground chicken together well. Mix in the ground chicken using your hands until thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Using two tablespoons, portion out ~1 tbsp of the mixture for each nugget. Lay out on the baking sheet and use the spoons to shape/flatten into a nugget.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperate is over 165F. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before serving.

**A variety of squash, such as pumpkin or butternut, can be subbed 1:1 to replace the bananas. I intend to attempt using celeriac/celery root to replace the banana down the road. If you sub the banana with any of the aforementioned items, I suggest reducing the coconut flour to 2 tbsp and omitting the nut flour.

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Lemon Cardamom Froyo

 

This is such a bright -flavored frozen yogurt. I feel like it would complement fruit pies well – especially blueberry, apple, or even sweet potato. Please let me know how it is, if you make it, by leaving a comment below. Enjoy!

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Lemon Cardamom Froyo

  • Servings: 6 x 1/2 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups half & half yogurt
  • 2 small (6″ to 6 7/8″) bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon oil
  • optional: zest of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If using lemon zest, mix this in before adding to the ice cream maker.
  2. Add to an ice cream maker and wait for the finished froyo.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for later use.


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Cherry Yogurt Jello

I am exploring new breakfast ideas and want to make sure I am getting more protein in my diet. Please note that you may use whatever juice you want to use for this recipe. I used the Lakewood Organic brand of cherry juice. My preferred gelatin powder is from Great Lakes. Enjoy!

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Cherry Yogurt Jello

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/2 cups black cherry juice, or juice of choice
  • 1/2 water
  • 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups half & half yogurt or dripped whole milk yogurt

Directions

  1. Heat the cherry juice in a small saucepan until it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the gelatin to the water and allow to bloom for about a minute. The liquid will solidify.
  3. Pour the cherry juice into the bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved completely.
  4. When the cherry gelatin mixture cools to under 110 degrees Fahrenheit, add the yogurt and whisk together until no more yogurt lumps exist and everything is liquid.
  5. Pour the gelatin mixture into 6 single serving containers and allow to set in the refridgerator for at least 4 hours.


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Tahini Date Cookies

Sesame seeds and tahini are considered a more advanced SCD food. Please post share variations you try! These taste a bit like snickerdoodles.

Tahini Date Cookies

  • Servings: 20 Cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes (fine shred)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  2. Mix all ingredients except the dates until well blended. Mix in the dates.
  3. Drop and flatten the cookies onto the prepped cookie sheet.
  4. For 20 cookies, bake 10 minutes. For 15 cookies, bake 12 to 15 minutes depending on how crunchy you want them.
  5. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack.


All ingredients from nutmeg down are interchangeable and optional. You can replace the tahini with any natural nut butter. Some other options to consider: ginger, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, pumpkin spice, chopped nuts, raisins, chopped apricots, chopped figs, etc.

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SCD No-Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Faux Nutella)

The inspiration for this comes from Glen’s Chocolate Sauce. You will need 1/2 cup + 2tbsp of this sauce for the spread. I have altered the recipe ingredient amounts just slightly and redid the directions.

Here are the nutrition facts for both recipes:

Here is my twist:

Jenn's Twist on Glen's Chocolate Sauce

  • Servings: 1 Cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter*
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt*

Directions

  1. Combine half of the coconut milk, dates, vanilla extract, salt, and honey in a food processor. Pulse until combined and the dates are finely chopped.
  2. Combine the cocoa butter, butter, and remaining milk in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
  3. When the butter and cocoa butter have melted, add the date mixture.
  4. When the pot begins to bubble, begin to whisk constantly until the sauce reduces by about 1/3 to 1/2 (or when the sauce coats the back of a spoon/spatula).
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Optional: Use an immersion blender on high speed to liquify any remaining date bits. This will provide a smoother texture.
  7. Allow to cool and store in a mason jar in the fridge.

SCD No-Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

  • Servings: ~1.5 Cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Jenn’s Twist on Glen’s Chocolate Sauce
  • 1.5 cups hazelnut meal/flour (or 4oz whole hazelnuts)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil (palm shortening may work as well)

Directions

  1. Combine the hazelnut flour, honey, salt, and coconut oil in a food processor. If using whole hazelnuts, place them in alone first and pulse until it is the consistency of hazelnut flour (ground hazelnuts).
  2. Process the ingredients until the consistency is that of hazelnut butter. It may not become smooth, but if tasted, the resulting spread will melt in your mouth. It will not be gritty. This takes about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add the chocolate sauce. Process until well mixed and smooth with the consistency of nut butter.
  4. Store in the fridge for up to a month.


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Crab Cakes (Low-Fat)

I have not introduced crab yet for LEAP. I was finally able to find lump crab meat with no other ingredients besides pasteurized crab (Whole Foods). I’ve combed through some recipes out there to come up with my own SCD legal recipe that also reduces fat (no mayo here). I am currently trying to increase my protein intake and level my fat intake off to about the same percentage – more into a keto realm.

Here is the nutritional breakdown for (1) crab cake:

  • 96 calories
  • 2g fat
    • 1g saturated
  • 116mg cholesterol
  • 351mg sodium
  • 1g carbohydrate
  • 0g sugar
  • 0g dietary fiber
  • 18g protein

Crab Cakes (Low-Fat)

  • Servings: 12 cakes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients


– 2 cups lump crab meat
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp yellow mustard
– 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
– 1/2 tbsp onion powder
– 1/2 tbsp parsley, dried
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 cup cashew flour
– 2 tsp ghee (or butter) for frying

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the ghee, until well mixed.
    2. Form patties that are about 3 inches in diameter.
    3. Over medium heat, melt the ghee and fry the crab cakes for 2-4 minutes per side. They will be done when crispy and golden.
    *I simply combine honey and yellow mustard for a sauce at a 1:1 ratio.
    **I consider (2) cakes as (1) serving and made these into 6 cakes accordingly.

Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie

This one is too good not to have its own post off of Instagram. It’s filling and gave me a needed protein boost. Enjoy!

Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2C dry curd cottage cheese
  • 1/2C dark cherries, frozen
  • 1/8 to 1/4C raw cashews
  • 2-3 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 scoops of collagen powder (optional)
  • 1/2 to 3/4C water or nut milk
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • dash of honey (optional if you want it sweeter)

Directions

  1. Load everything into the blender. I use a Ninja.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve and enjoy.


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SCD Meal & Snack Ideas (March 2018)

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I figured I would condense a few meal ideas into one entry. Some of these are simply links to the recipes I used while others are recipes I created myself. I don’t often measure when I cook and I had not intended to post most of these as recipes, but, at the very least, you can be inspired by the ideas. Enjoy!

Veggie Soup

  • Distilled Water, about a gallon
  • Garlic sauteed in olive oil
  • Peas, spinach, and celery
  • Green cabbage, half a head just used for flavor
    • I added shrimp, chicken, or cod as I ate it over the course of the week

Pan Seared Shrimp and String Beans

  • Sauteed with butter, honey, and cumin

Mixed Mushroom Omelette

  • Portabella, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms sauteed in olive oil
  • The eggs were beaten with yogurt added and DCCC

Green Smoothie 1

  • Fresh spinach
  • Raw pecans
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Yogurt
  • 50/50 grape juice and water
  • Ground ginger
  • Basil
  • Collagen

Green Smoothie 2

  • Cooked spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Ground ginger
  • 50/50 grape juice and water
  • 2 dates
  • Collagen

Baked Pork Loin and Zucchini

  • Pork loin rubbed with sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper in olive oil
  • Zucchini in olive oil, salt, and pepper

Fried Meatballs

  • 1lb of ground beef with seasonings, 1 egg, and DCCC added
  • Fried in canola oil with garlic cloves

Sauteed Chicken and String Beans

  • Chicken breast sauteed in olive oil, seasonings, and honey
  • String beans in olive oil and salt

Mussels in Red Sauce

  • Frozen mussel meats
  • Pomi tomatoes
  • Seasonings: onion powder, basil, and oregano

Coconut Flour Mug Cake

Paleo Coconut Cake

London Broil and Peas

  • Slice and pan seared London broil
  • Steamed peas

Glen’s Chocolate Sauce

Chicken, Rutabaga, and Spinach

  • Cubed chicken breast
  • Cubed rutabaga (faux potatoes)
  • Steamed spinach

Monster Muffins

This is my SCD Monster Cookie tweak. I wanted something with a bit more substance for Christmas Eve and I do love Monster Cookies, so I felt that this was a natural progression. Enjoy! Leave a comment with your thoughts and/or any adjustments if you try them.

Monster Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 6.5 tbsp honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups nut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line a muffin pan.
  3. Mix ingredients in the order listed. (I actually mix each new ingredient in with a spatula until well incorporated).
  4. Drop into the muffin cups filling most of the way and bake for 35 minutes. Note that these will mostly hold the shape that you drop them, so pat them down if you want something a bit prettier.


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Banana Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

A delicious frozen treat that tastes just like vanilla ice cream. You can sub out 1 or both bananas for mango, pineapple, or avocado and get similar results (simply slice the bananas into a measuring cup to determine how much to replace for or go by weight). Let me know if you tweak the recipe by leaving a comment below with the twist!

Banana Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, ripe
  • 2 cups SCD dripped yogurt (half and half or whole milk)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 to 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Blend the bananas, milk, honey, and vanilla. I used my Ninja.
  2. Whisk into yogurt and pour it all into your ice cream maker.
  3. ***The more air you get into it with the ice cream maker, the better it will freeze.


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