Summer Salad with Toasted Wild Plum Pit Nuts

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How to harvest Wild Plum Pit “Nuts” and feature them in a delicious summer salad!

This salad reminds me of mountain range. It starts off with a peak of fresh summer lettuce greens tossed in a a floral vinaigrette made from cherry pits and white wine vinegar that seriously tastes like cherry blossoms, mix in sliced wild plums, crisp cucumber, radishes, wild huckleberries, toasted wild plum pit “nuts”, finally crumble on a little goat cheese to cascade down like snow. This is my theme salad for this summer. We eat variations of this salad many times a week. Continue reading

Peach Ice Cream with Candied Walnuts

*Instant* Peach Ice Cream - Vegan - No Ice Cream Maker Needed - Paleo

I can’t even put into words how much I love fresh Oregon peaches in the late summer. A fresh ripe peach makes a wonderful dessert on it’s own. And on the nights where I am craving ice cream, I whip up this ice cream dish in minutes. Just be sure to have frozen peaches on hand and your choice of “milk” so you can enjoy this instant ice cream without needing to mess with an ice cream machine. It is ready to eat like a thick soft serve custard right after blending, or you can spoon into a dish and place it in the freezer for an hour until its firm enough to scoop like traditional ice cream. I like to quickly candy a handful of walnuts while the ice cream is chilling, to add a little kick of salty sweet crunchiness to this dessert.   Continue reading

Plum Ketchup

Plum Ketchup - Paleo - Nightshade-free - AIP - Easy Recipe

I love using other fruits to replace tomatoes as it eliminates the need for adding extra sugars. When you read the label on a bottle of ketchup you will find: tomato paste, corn syrup or sugar, water, vinegar, dried onion, allspice, cloves. So I just cut out the tomatoes and added sugars and use plums in their place. The additional flavors of allspice and cloves bring it all home. I love using this ketchup as a dipping sauce for my kohlrabi fritters and cream puffs, and for my sesame chicken recipe. It also goes great over my bison meatloaf recipe.

I had to quit tomatoes 5 years ago while on the SCD intro diet when I experienced a ton of inflammation after having cut them out for a few weeks and later re-introducing them. Since then, I have been looking for the perfect ketchup replacement. Over the years I have come up with tomato-free Cherry BBQ Sauce, Huckleberry BBQ Sauce, and Strawberry Balsamic Pizza Sauce (all of these recipes are in my cookbook), and finally I can say I have a Ketchup that is just as good, and I think even better than the real thing! If you are looking for homemade mustard, mayo, and bbq sauces that are SCD, starch-free, and night-shade free, check out my cookbook.

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Cheesy Fritter Cream Puffs – Low Carb

Cheesy Cream Puff - Low Carb - Keto - Grain Free

One of my favorite things about British Columbia Canada is that I was able to find kohlrabi in every market and grocery store I shopped in! And while visiting our neighbors to the north I got to enjoy some of the biggest and most delicious kohlrabi I have ever had in my life! I even stocked up our cooler full of kohlrabi to bring back home with us, which made for interesting conversation at the US Border when I had to declare my cooler full of kohlrabi. Made me wonder, how many other people are smuggling kohlrabi across the border!??

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Kohlrabi Fritters (or Zucchini Fritters)

Kohlrabi (or Zucchini) Fritters - Low Carb - Primal - Gluten Free Reicpe

Kohlrabi is pretty much my favorite veggie. I describe them tasting like a “German Potato” which means they have a richer taste yet can stand in for potatoes in many recipes, though not all. I love the way kohlrabi works in these fritters! The autoimmune disease I have makes my body really sensitive to starches, and I love how kohlrabi is super low in starch, and also low in carbs too. And it is so easy on my gut. I don’t do well with cauliflower at all unfortunately, so kohlrabi is my veggie of choice for paleo-tizing things like fritters, breakfast potatoes, etc. If you are looking for an even cheesier cream puff like fritter, check out my other recipe here.

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Wild Plum Salsa over Grilled Salmon

Fire Roasted - Wild Plum Salsa over Grilled Salmon #nightshade-free #paleo #aip

On our way home from Polebridge Montana and Glacier National Park earlier this week we made one last stopover at the cutest little cabin in Syringa, Idaho, which I found on airbnb. (click here to get $25 off your first airbnb rental). The name for the cabin we stayed in is the Lewis & Clark Trail Cabin and it rents for just $72 a night. Stepping inside the cabin was like being whisked back into time! The furnishings, kitchen, dishes, and decor was all in mint vintage condition making me feel right as home, just like I did many years ago when I used to visit my grandparents every summer. They even stocked the fridge with old fashioned candy bars and glass bottle sodas you could buy for $1 each, and even though I did not indulge I still found it to be super cute and thoughtful!

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Falling Fruit Foraging World Map

Falling Fruit Foraging Map

This project is too cool not to share! The folks behind Falling Fruit have created an interactive map with over 787,470 locations of 1,262 different edible fruits, berries, nuts and herbs free for the picking around the world. Many of the locations I have looked at so far are on public lands and are easily accessible without permission. After a quick look at the interactive map I found places where I can go pick fresh figs, cherries, salal berries, rosemary, blackberries, apples, crabapples, salmonberries, huckleberries, thimbleberries (my favorite!) pears and more. In the Portland, Oregon area alone there are over 13,000 places that have been identified for free picking. Continue reading

My Pure and Simple Paleo Cookbook!

Pure and Simple Paleo: a Low Starch CookbookI started out on the journey to heal my gut 8 years ago because I had no choice. I was suffering from so much inflammation in my GI tract that I could not longer eat anything it seemed without extreme bloating, cramping, and pain. I had to piece together my own diet through the process of elimination. I started out by eliminating gluten, dairy, corn and soy. I eventually discovered theSpecific Carbohydrate Diet, SCD, which was a big game changer for me. I followed the SCD diet with great results in controlling my IBS and colitis symptoms. A year later I finally got the ankylosing spondylitis, AS, diagnosis and went on to discover the work of Dr. Alan Ebringer, a London rheumatologist and researcher, who developed the low starch diet for AS. Continue reading

Apple Pie Parfait

Apple Pie Parfait Steve's Paleo Krunch

The folks at Steve’s Paleo Goods sent me some super yummy samples to try last week. After trying the apple pie granola and maple mustard dressing, I instantly became a fan. This stuff is actually reall good!! These are the foods you dream of eating when on a road trip or airplane flight. Going forward I am definitely stocking some of their goodies in my pantry so I am always prepared for a last minute trip, or even a simple quick snack at home. Their is nothing worse then traveling all day and arriving somewhere exhausted and starving with zero options for foods that won’t make you feel sick, you know? Steve’s also has a great selection of paleo snacks like their jerky & dried fruit kits, a paleo krunch bacon bar, seriously awesome salad dressings and sauces, and more goodies.

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Cherry Pie Jam

Cherry Pie Jam - sugar free recipePicking pie cherries is one of my most favorite activities of the summer! And when I make this cherry pie jam I am preserving a little bit of summer in every jar to savor throughout the year. Picking cherries is always the easy part right? I can easily pick 15 to 20 pounds in an hour. It’s the pitting that can be more time consuming. With the Montmorency pie cherries I find the pits come out pretty easily without using much effort, but I have found this cherry pitter to be quite helpful when removing the pits from sweet cherries.

Have you all used Pomona’s Pectin yet? The great thing about Pomona’s is you can use any low sugar or sugar free sweetener you want to to make awesome jam. I personally like using apple juice concentrate as my sweetener, you know the little frozen cartons you can buy at the grocery store that you normally add water to to make apple juice? I just measure out 1 cup of the frozen concentrate and use it as a sweetener for this recipe. Or you can use any other sweetener in it’s place including: Stevia (that measures cup for cup), Maple Syrup, Honey, Xylitol (keep xylitol away from dogs!), or any other sweetener that measures out like sugar. Continue reading

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts – Low Carb – Gluten Free

Low Carb Donuts - Gluten FreeThis has been by go-to donut recipe for a while now! And I never tire of it. Recently I changed it up by using Lankanto as the sweetener, but they taste just as amazing with honey if you’d rather use that.

For the past eight months I have been using erythritol in my diet on occasion, and I have had no bad reactions to it whatsoever. Is it too good to be true that I found a sweet tasting zero calorie sweetener with no side effects? We will have to wait and see! But so far 8 months in, I have no complaints. I have read it can cause IBS for some, so feel free to use any other sweetener you’d like in this recipe, including sweet divine honey or maple syrup. The Now Brand erythritol I buy is a fermented sugar alcohol made from Non-GMO corn.

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