This is an updated version of the stuffing recipe from Thanksgiving 2018. This recipe was a success for both myself and those of my family who are not on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I think it is a keeper!
I stored my stuffing for about 3 days before reheating for Thanksgiving dinner. It actually allowed the flavors to saturate better, so I suggest making this ahead. It will still be delicious made fresh, but this is just my personal preference. Enjoy!
Here is my Thanksgiving Dinner 2018 menu. I’ve included a bonus side just in case you are missing mashed potatoes (not pictured in the above image).
Oil Poached Turkey Cutlets
I do not have a recipe for the sauce on my turkey pictured above. I combined white truffle oil, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo, dried rosemary, cracked black pepper, and a touch of honey. I microwaved this for approximately 20 seconds and mixed well.
Tart Cherry Jam
This is my cranberry sauce replacement because I cannot have them.
This post is a combination of recipes that ended up working really well together. I wanted to try a “naked” cake frosting technique, so excuse the aesthetics above as this is still a work in progress. Below are the links to each recipe, my tweaks, and my reviews.
This cake is excellent in taste and texture.B After experimenting a bit, my twist on this is to bake (3) 9″ rounds using the below ingredient measurements. This will produce 3 layers for stacking. I played with the idea by making (2) rounds and creating a 4-layer cake half. I have come to the conclusion that 4-layers are too much and 2-layers are too little. For each round, it is 1/3 of the batter. The cook time decreases to 20-25 minutes.
1.5 cups cashew flour (can replace with hazelnut or almond)
3/4 cup coconut flour
1.5 tspB baking soda
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 1.5 cups juice (I’ve replaced the lemon with pineapple, OJ, and tart cherry successfully)
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup honey
We have eaten this a few times as just a pudding and I had the idea to use it as a filling for my cake creation. It worked out perfectly, but next time I may reduce it down a bit more so that it is not as thin of a filling.
The link above will take you to a post with various recipes. Chocolate is not SCD legal, but there is a plain buttercream recipe and that is what I used. This has a pretty good texture for frosting a cake and is close as I have found to real (white sugar loaded) buttercream. Here is how I altered the ingredients for my cake:
I miss pizza above all other things on the SCD. I have dabbled and attempted to make pizza substitutes using ground chicken, nut flours, or riced broccoli (I cannot have cauliflower). This pizza crust recipe is hands-down the best I’ve yet to come across. I can honestly say that I would eat this over regular pizza any day, regardless of food restrictions, simply for the healthier option. It’s delicious and easy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll love this pizza cold for breakfast. Or, lunch. Or, dinner.
This is really filling, and though cutting the pizza into halves appears like personal pizza servings, you may find that this is better suited for 4 servings.
When I made the recipe for the first time, I simply baked my crust without toppings and added later because I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. I actually prefer this for crispier results.
Feel free to edit the spices as desired. I love the smell of baked rosemary.
You can successfully sub 2tbsp more of the farmer’s cheese + 2tbsp coconut cream if you do not have any yogurt on hand.
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!
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
50/50 grape juice and water
Green Smoothie 2
50/50 grape juice and water
Baked Pork Loin and Zucchini
Pork loin rubbed with sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper in olive oil
Zucchini in olive oil, salt, and pepper
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
After struggling through phase 1 with only 2 proteins and 2 veggies (I ate a lot of bananas and pecans), I must say that it was well worth it. I have literally no bloating when I’m done a meal and I’ve lost about 3 to 4 lbs and can finally fit into a bridesmaid dress I need to wear in a month.
The first 3 to 6 days are brutal on phase 1. I actually felt worse for 4 days. On the 5th day everything changed. I felt absolutely wonderful for the first time. I’m not proud of this, but I forgot to take my meds because I felt so much like my old self!
I’m now 3 days into phase 2 and I’ve introduced clams and mushrooms. I’m preparing scallops and broiled cod tonight with fresh ginger and mushroom spinach. Tomorrow I will have some pickled beets!
I seriously feel wonderful. I hope this continues. Here’s the remaining list of phase 2 items I’ll be introducing over the next 15 days:
So many favorites coming back into my diet. Hoping they will get to stay!
Until next time, here’s some food I’ve been eating on the LEAP program:
I am horribly bored on this combo SCD/LEAP diet. I need more protein options and veggies. Either way, I’ve somehow managed to find something easy and delicious to include in my diet for the next few days. I tweaked a recipe I found for a bread that uses almond flour, banana, and avocado. Below is my recipe. Original recipe:B here.
I’m about to start my LEAP/MRT program next weekend and I am very limited in all of the food categories. I have chosen to view this as a challenge instead of a hindrance. Let’s see how long that lasts!
I made some walnut and cashew flour foccacia bread last night (to use up my flour) and, while it was not ideal for pizza, it is pretty good in general. I am still on a search for the perfect pizza crust on SCD as I miss this food the most. Going forward for a while, I will be limited to only pecan flour.
Note:B I doubled the recipe and used three 8×8 pans. You can also add a topping like seasonings or cheese before placing into the oven.
This is a fast and tasty mug muffin recipe that can easily be used for a sandwich. You will need nut flour, coconut flour, ghee or butter, an egg, salt, baking soda, and lemon juice. For baking powder, use 1/8 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp vinegar or lemon juice. I used distilled vinegar and didnb t taste it.
I love this bread, so of course I had to tweak it to replace the almond flour due to food sensitivities. I’m calling this version my pumperutkel loaf. The flavor is even different, but lovely. Try not to eat it all at once.B Click here for the original recipe.
Tip: For freezing, slice the bread and layer it in a stack or two using parchment paper in between slices. Wrap the stack(s) in plastic wrap and store in a large freezer bag. This will make it easier to grab what you need only without ripping off pieces of the loaf. It will also prevent the need to defrost the loaf when you only need a few slices.