Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

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.
  • Pickled Mushrooms
    • This can be served chilled or warmed.
  • Lemon Garlic Stringbeans
    • This can be served chilled or warmed.
  • Bread Stuffing
  • Bonus: Rutabaga Mash
    • A solid replacement for mashed potatoes. It reminds me of the white potato and turnip mash that my grandfather makes.

Oil Poached Turkey Cutlets

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 turkey cutlets (breasts)
  • 3-5 cups of oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp peppercorns
  • 3 twigs of thyme, fresh
  • 5 large sage leaves, fresh
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Place the turkey cutlets and seasonings into a saucepan that is big enough to hold them, but small enough to allow for the oil to cover them. I used a 7 inch saucepan.
  2. Use enough oil to cover the turkey and seasonings added. I used a combination of olive oil and sesame oil which came to approximately 5 cups.
  3. Keep the heat on medium low and adjust as needed. The oil should bubble, but not boil. Keep it around 75C or 167F. I kept a thermometer hooked to the side of the pan for the duration of the cook time.
  4. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the turkey cutlet is 165F.
  5. Remove the turkey cutlets and place into a strainer over the sink. Allow them to cool at least 5 minutes.
  6. Slice and enjoy with some Tart Cherry Jam or other sauce of your choosing.


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Tart Cherry Jam

  • Servings: ~6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cherries (I used frozen sweet cherries)
  • 1/4/ cup honey
  • 4 tbsp tart cherry juice
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp gelatin

Directions

  1. Mix the cherry and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the gelatin and set aside to allow it to bloom.
  2. Add the cherries and honey to a large pot. Cook over medium heat. When the cherries have defrosted enough, mash them with a potato masher.
  3. Once the cherries and honey have come to a boil, simmer for 15 minutes on low.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the gelatin and juice mixture.
  5. Store in mason jars in the fridge until the jam has set. This should take about 8 hours depending on the size of the mason jar. I used large mason jars.


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Pickled Mushrooms

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz mushrooms (I used portabello and shiitake)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (I used distilled)
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions

  1. Mix honey and vinegar until well blended.
  2. Add mushrooms, honey, and vinegar to a small saute pan.
  3. Cook over medium to high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pickling liquid has reduced by over half and the mushrooms are cooked thoroughly.
  4. Serve warm or store in the fridge to serve cold.


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Lemon Garlic Stringbeans

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of french string beans
  • 1 to 2 lemons, quartered
  • 4 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed/smashed
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • optional: fresh thyme

Directions

  1. Cook the string beans to your desired texture. Cool and place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Squeeze the lemon quarters over the stringbeans and toss them into the bowl.
  3. Add the olive oil, crushed garlic cloves and thyme twigs (if using) into the bowl. Add desired amount of salt.
  4. Mix well and store in the refridgerator overnight. Shake the container occasionally to mix things up.
  5. To serve chilled, remove from the refridgerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the oil to liquify.


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Bread Stuffing

  • Servings: ~6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of bread (I used about half of coconut bread and cashew creme bread from Liberate Specialty Foods)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter (+ some for coating baking dish)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of broth or water
  • 1.5 cup diced mushrooms
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • 20 pecans, crushed or chopped
  • 10 dates, chopped
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp lemongrass, fresh
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp thyme, dried
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 egg + 2 egg whites, whisked
  • 5 sage leaves, fresh and torn
  • optional: 1/2 cup cheese (farmer’s or feta)

Directions

  1. Cube the bread and bake at 325F for about 20-25 minutes or until bread is toasted and hardened. Set aside in a mixing bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Coat the a baking dish (8×8 or larger) with butter and set aside. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  3. In a medium to large saute pan, add the 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 pecans, dates, and raisins. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Use the water to deglaze as needed.
  5. Add all seasonings aside from the fresh sage. Cook for 5 minutes. Use the water to deglaze as needed.
  6. Pour the sauteed ingredients over the stuffing. Mix well.
  7. Add the whisked eggs and torn sage leaves. Mix well.
  8. Pour the stuffing mixture into the buttered baking dish. Add cheese over the top. (You can also just mix cheese in during step 7).
  9. Place the baking dish in the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes while stirring occasionally to allow for the bread to crisp all throughout.
  10. Remove and cool. This can be served immediately or stored in the fridge until ready to use.

**There is a new and improved version of this recipe available here.**

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Rutabaga Mash

  • Servings: ~4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large rutabaga (around 2-2.5 pounds in weight)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salted butter, cut
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: coconut cream

Directions

  1. Cube the rutabaga and steam until a knife slides through with ease.
  2. Add the cooked rutabaga to a mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher.
  3. Add in the butter and seasonings of choice and mix well. You can add coconut cream here if desired. I did not.
  4. Serve or store in the fridge until ready to serve.


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Layered Cake with Buttercream Frosting

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.

Cake
Credit:B http://www.everylastbite.com/2018/10/19/lemon-layered-cake/
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
  • 12 eggs
  • 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

Banana Filling
Credit:B https://www.savorylotus.com/creamy-banana-pudding-dairy-free/
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.

Buttercream Frosting
Credit:B https://comfybelly.com/2011/06/fluffy-chocolate-cupcakes/
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:

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp palm shortening
  • 1.25 cup + 2.5 tbsp honey
  • 4.5 tspB vanilla extract

Easy Grape Jelly

This grape jelly requires no peeling or deseeding. It takes minimal effort and it tastes just like Welch’s concord grape jelly! Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts:

Easy Grape Jelly

  • Servings: ~16
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs grapes
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 lemon, juice only

Directions

  1. Wash the grapes and remove all stems. Place into a large pot.
  2. Add the honey and lemon juice and mix over medium heat.
  3. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture until there are no large lumps left.
  4. Bring to a boil. Once the mixture reaches 220F, reduce to the lowest simmer.
  5. Simmer for 25 to 35 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.
  6. Once the jelly is cool enough, pour it into mason jars.
  7. Allow it to cool completely and then store in the fridge or freeze.


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Pizza Crust (SCD & Paleo)

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!

Notes:

  1. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love this pizza cold for breakfast. Or, lunch. Or, dinner.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Feel free to edit the spices as desired. I love the smell of baked rosemary.
  5. You can successfully sub 2tbsp more of the farmer’s cheese + 2tbsp coconut cream if you do not have any yogurt on hand.

Nutrition Facts:

Pizza Crust (SCD & Paleo)

  • Servings: 2 to 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cup Friendship Dairies farmer’s cheese (16oz package)
  • 4 tbsp dripped/strained yogurt (whole milk)
  • 2 large eggs, whisked/beaten
  • 1.5 cup cashew flour (~144g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If cold, combine the yogurt and cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 1 minute and mix well.
  3. Whisk eggs until well beaten.
  4. Add cheese and yogurt mixture to the eggs and whisk until well blended.
  5. Using a spatula, mix the flours and seasoning in until well blended.
  6. Place “dough” onto the parchment-lined sheet. Use hands to shape your pizza crust and flatten evenly to about a 1/2 inch thickness. If thinner/thicker, the time may need to be adjusted.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes in the oven. Remove and punch holes into the dough using a fork. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  8. Remove and add your pre-cooked sauce and toppings. If you are using cheese and want to melt/brown it a bit, you may broil the pizza on low for about 5-10 minutes or until desired results.
  9. If you do not wish to add toppings, you can keep the crust(s) plain, cool them down, and pop them into the fridge for later use.


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Ranch Dressing

I decided to make a ranch dressing in preparation for making chicken, bacon, & ranch pizza. Below is the recipe I ended up with. I am sure I will post alterations to this at a later date, but for now: enjoy!

Notes:

  1. B I used primal kitchen avocado mayo and whole milk dripped/strained yogurt.
  2. If using dripped yogurt, you will likely need to add some water to thin it out. If using regular, whole milk yogurt, I recommendB foregoing the water.
  3. Seasonings can be altered to taste and you can sub out for other preferences.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 138
  • Fat: 13g
    • Saturated: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 200mg
  • Sodium: 143mg
  • Potassium: 10mg
  • Carbohydrate: 4g
    • Dietary Fiber: 0g
    • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

Ranch Dressing

  • Servings: 8 (2tbsp)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dripped/strained yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk until well mixed.


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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.

Hair Care Review: Living Proof

I’ve recently become obsessed with Living proofB hair products. I have always had long and healthy hair – despite countless color applications and processing. Back in May of 2017, I had to cut my hair short because, I believe, the round of prednisone I was on for two months destroyed it. It could also be related to the IBD, but I lean towards the prednisone because my hair is finally getting better. FYI: it started getting better before I began using this hair care brand, but this has made all the difference for me. And, I am not a hair product person. The most I use is some leave in conditioner.

So far I love the Restore and No Frizz lines. I am going to try out the PhDB line and some of the styling products. Here is a briefB summary of pros and cons thus far followed by a teeny review of the items I have tried thus far.

Cons

  • Pricey. I guess you get what you pay for, right?

Pros

  • I actually see and feel a difference in my hair and no longer hate it.
  • Free shipping and returns online.
  • Available at Ulta and Sephora.
  • Has decent promotions.
  • Can be found on Groupon and other discount sites.

Restore: Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask Treatment

  • My hair felt like satin using these products. I used in combination with the humidity shield for a week, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the $$$ on the large bottles of the Shampoo and Conditioner just yet. It’s expensive stuff.

Restore: Repair Leave-In

  • This works really well to detangle and smooth my hair while leaving it soft and manageable.

Restore: Perfecting Spray

  • I actually wanted to reorder this in a larger size, but I accidentally ordered the Repair Leave-In. I love this stuff. It leaves my hair silky without any indication of having used a product (i.e. oily). When I run out of the Leave-In, I’ll stock up on a big one of these.

No Frizz: Humidity Shield

  • I use this as often as I can tolerate because the smell actually bothers me. Or, maybe it’s the smell in combination with how it lingers in the air? Whatever it is, this makes me cough. However, in humid-as-hell Philly, this product does work on my fine hair.

PhD: Dry Shampoo

  • I just started using this and I have to say that it’s the best of the dry shampoos I have tried and I am a big dry shampoo fan. I usually use batisteB brand as a go to.

Maybe my hair was already on the mend on its own, but this brand of hair care products is making that journey significantly more enjoyable.

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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Coconut Pineapple Cupcakes

Updated on 11/13/18. The cake recipe has changed on the original site. I’ve updated the recipe below and credited the original site for the inspiration. I’ve also made this printable as one recipe instead of 3 individual recipes.

My birthday just passed and I wanted to try making something for myself and my boyfriend to enjoy (we have the same birth day). I used a combination of recipes to create these cupcakes. They came out great!

For the cake inspiration, I used an edited verision of the recipe found here: Primal Palate Grain-Free Coconut Cake.

For the icing, I used the recipe found here: Against All Grain Sugar Cookies. I tripled the recipe and made mu own coconut butter by processing unsweetened,B flake-coconut in a food processor until smooth and almost liquid. I estimate needing 2-3 cups of coconut to yield the amount necessary for the recipe. For coloring, I heated 1 cup of coconut milk on low and simmered 3tbsp of elderberries for about 15 minutes. You only need 3/4 cup of coconut milk for the recipe, but simmering will reduce it a bit.

Coconut Pineapple Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

    Cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup Palm Oil Shortening (sub: coconut oil or butter)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 4 whole egg whites
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • 1 cup nut flour (not coconut)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Frosting:

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp coconut butter (also called coconut cream concentrate)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup cold coconut milk (or 1 cup if coloring like I did)
  • Filling:

  • 24oz frozen pineapple
  • B= a fresh pear
  • B= to 1 cup honey

Directions

    Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat 350F.
  2. Grease two 6in. cake pans with shortening/oil, & place a parchment circle in the bottom of each pan. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Cream the shortening/oil & honey in a stand mixer. Add the egg whites, & milk. Beat well.
  4. In a small bowl: whisk flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking powder. Add in 3rds to the wet ingredients, beating after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Pour the cake batter into two 6 inch cake pans equally. Bake 20-25 minutes in a standard cupcake pan (non-stick, dark metal).
  6. Cool before removing from tins (20 mins). Remove & cool on a wire rack.
  7. Frosting:

  8. Warm the cacao butter and coconut butter over low heat until melted, but not boiling. Pour it into a bowl and whisk in the cold coconut milk and honey. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to set.
  9. Scrape the frosting into a blender or food processor and pulse a few times until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  10. Filling:

  11. Add ingredients to a saucepan.
  12. Cook on medium-low for 30mins. Remove from heat & blend (or use an immersion blender).
  13. Simmer for 30 minutes until thick. Remove from heat and store in the fridge until needed.

Credit: https://www.primalpalate.com/ (cake*), https://againstallgrain.com (frosting), & MyUCandMe.com (filling & edits)

Carrot-Free Nomato Sauce

I recently accepted, after about eight attempts, that tomatoes do not agree with me. I already knew that most nomato sauce recipes contained carrots – which I cannot have. So, I set out to attempt making a nomato sauce by altering the need for carrots. I also do not use red wine vinegar and I don’t do very well with eating onions or garlic. I used this recipe from Merit and Fork for my basis. I followed the recipe instructions, but altered the ingredients as follows:

Carrot-Free Nomato Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

    Nomato Sauce – 1st Cook (first 30 mins):

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups diced English cucumbers, peeled
  • 2 cups diced daikon radish
  • 2 cups diced celery (about 4 stalks)
  • 1-1/2 cups diced roasted/cooked beets
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms (about 4 oz. baby bella or button)
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1 tsp each dried oregano & marjoram
  • 1-1/2 tsp + 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • Nomato Sauce – 2nd Cook (last 30 mins):

  • 2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 tbsp distilled vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (about 4 oz. baby bella or button)
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
  • sea salt, to taste