Farmer’s Cheese Soufflé

Farmer's Cheese Soufflé

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 20 oz or 2.5 cups liquid egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups farmer’s cheese
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, dried
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika

Directions

  1. Add the egg whites, eggs, and cheese to a mixing bowl or large blender cup. Blend until smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F. Stir the seasoning into the egg and cheese mixture.
  3. Grease an 8×8 baking pan and pour mixture into it.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes. Remove and cool.
  5. If needed, use a knife to pull the edges from the sides of the pan. Cut into 4 equal squares and then 8 equal triangles.

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Crustless Quiche with Bacon & Cheese

Now that I can tolerate aged sheep milk cheese pretty well, I wanted to make an eggless quiche. All add-ins are optional, but if you are subbing, try to stick to similar amounts. For any veggies that hold moisture, you want to cook them and drain them before adding them to the mix. You can sub whole milk, cream, or a non-dairy alternative where I’ve used yogurt. Coconut milk may work well here for richness.

The nutrition facts below are based on the specific ingredients that I used, which are linked in the ingredients list.

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Crustless Quiche

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13 pan with olive oil, butter, or coconut oil.
  2. Whisk the egg and yogurt together well. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Slice into 12 squares and enjoy.


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Cashew Bread Stuffing

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!

Cashew Bread Stuffing

  • Servings: ~6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Liberated Specialty Foods Cashew Creme Bread, cubed
  • 2 cups of celery, diced
  • 3 tbsp minced onion, dried
  • 1 cup of macadamia nut halves
  • 24 oz baby portabella mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 0.5 oz poultry blend herbs (fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water for the pan
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup raisins (up to 1/2 cup if desired)
  • 1 tbsp + 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cube the bread and bake in a lightly greased 9×13 pan for about 20-25 minutes, stirring to distribute the heat. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs and set aside.
  3. In a medium to large sauté pan, add the 2 tbsp of olive oil and butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the mushrooms and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
  4. Add the nuts and raisins. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Use the water to deglaze as needed.
  5. Add the lemon juice, minced onion, sesame seeds, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Use the water to deglaze as needed.
  6. Pour the sautéed ingredients over the bread. Mix well.
  7. Add the whisked eggs and fresh herbs. Mix well.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes while stirring occasionally to allow for the bread to crisp all throughout. (I bake it 10 minutes at a time and mix).
  9. Remove from the oven and drizzle 1/4 cup of olive oil over the stuffing. Mix and serve or allow to cool and store for later.


Please comment on any variations to this recipe. It is still a work in progress for me. You can sub the bread in this recipe with your own homemade bread.

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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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UC Remission Status Update

Please don’t mind any misspelled words or poor grammar as I type this on my cell phone. I recently had my 6 month GI visit in April and wanted to share the results. Thus far, everything is looking good. I requested a fecal calprotectin test (which apparently I’ll be paying for out of pocket), and I scored <16 – which is basically what someone without IBD would score.

I was so happy you would have thought I won the lottery.

At my appointment, I discussed eventually getting off the mesalamine oral meds, but my doctor was not too happy with the idea. She said I have a much higher chance of keeping my risk for colon cancer low by staying on them as well as maintaining remission. At the very least, I will be attempting to get down to a maintenance dose eventually.

I’ve finally gotten back into the gym again and I’m trying to stay consistent. The DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is so much worse now with the IBD and the fatigue can be worsened if I don’t watch myself. But, I’m going slow and paying attention to what my body is telling me. I figured the least I can do right now is try to take advantage of how low my weight is (finally normal and stable) and tone up to look good in a bikini again.

Obviously there are benefits to working out besides looks – and I’m speaking to weight lifting specifically here. The emotional impact is amazing and I’ve missed it dearly.

After almost exactly a year from being hospitalized for this disease, I have finally begun to feel like myself again. For a long time I have lived with a cloud over my head wondering when I would be struck down again and hospitalized. That’s not like me and I’m happy it’s lifting.

I successfully went on my first extended trip away from home and brought my own food. I survived. Now, I look forward to my trip in October to the SCD Rocks Conference on Westport, MA and my trip right after to Salem, MA. We will be planning a cruise soon as well. I NEED A BEACHY VACATION!

Anyway, thanks for reading. Here are some of my lab results:

Eggless Baked Meatballs

I really needed protein to help with a little mini-flare (super mild) and was craving some authentic fried meatballs. I also didn’t want to introduce eggs again while flaring as I am a tad reactive to them (higher end of the LEAP scale). I decided to try it with banana and it worked great! I’ll be making this recipe using turkey for Thanksgiving and will post the recipe after the holiday. I decided to lightly fry the tops and bottoms of the meatballs to get that wonderful crisp before baking. I wasn’t sure how well my body would handle a totally fried meatball. All in all a wonderful treat.

Eggless Baked Meatballs

  • Servings: 12 to 15
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 lbs ground meat (beef used here)
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dry curd cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup pecan flour (or any nut flour)
  • 1 mashed banana (instead of an egg)
  • optional: 1 tbsp spice of choice (turmeric used here)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Hand mix all ingredients until well incorporated.
  3. Form balls – taking into consideration that larger means longer cook time.
  4. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet or use muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on size. Check internal temperature to ensure doneness.
  6. ***I pan fried mine very lightly in olive oil to get the crust on the meatballs before placing into the oven. This can easily be used for a meatloaf.