FRUIT AND NUT TREATS

I’ve been making my own snack foods since cutting out all the likely sources of allergens. Most purchased low-carb snacks and bars contain whey, egg, chocolate, and/or almonds. I found several raw, vegan, and Paleo brands, but most of them use dates and flax to hold everything together. Chunks of Energy, pictured above, are pretty good and the Chia Orange flavor has no flax, but lists dates as the first ingredient and also contains raisins. They have 12 net grams of carbs per ounce (two small squares). I thought I could do better. I kept the…

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PEANUT AND CHICKEN SOUP

  Fragrant, earthy, spicy, and perfect for a cold winter day! Recipe adapted from “Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.” Ingredients: 2 tablespoons peanut or coconut oil ½ cup chopped onion (2½ ounces) 2 teaspoons minced garlic (¼ ounce) ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder 3 cups chicken stock (home made or zero-carb canned stock) 1 can (14½-ounce) diced tomatoes, without added sugar 2/3 cup natural peanut butter, creamy style, or nut butter of choice 1 cup (8 ounces) coconut…

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COCO-CHOCO-CHIA BARS

This is another of my favorite recipes from Nourished. Is it candy or cookies? You can decide. They are good and good for you! Nourished contains a total of 237 recipes including: Vanilla Spice Broiled Chicken, Home Fries, Cheddar Biscuits with Butter and Jam, Candied Fennel Tart, and Raspberry Marshmallows. (The Amazon Bookmatch sale is still in effect!) COCO-CHOCO-CHIA BARS Chocolate, coconut, walnuts, whey protein, chia, and pasture butter are known to possess remarkably healthful properties. These moist, chewy bars could qualify as super-food candy; it’s…

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PROTEIN BARS

The recipe for these bars is one my favorites from Nourished. They make a healthful addition to your repertoire of holiday cookies as well as great bars for snacking. Wrap them in parchment paper and then in foil to use as a portable lunchbox treat, much less expensive than purchased protein bars. Ingredients: ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. (1½ ounces) almond flour or meal 1 cup (about 4 ounces) of almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a mixture ½ cup (1 ounce) unsweetened, flaked coconut ¼ cup (2 ounces) creamy nut or…

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THE PUDDING OF HAPPINESS

Pudding Cups Judy Barnes Baker

My husband counts the pills I put out for him in the morning to be sure I didn’t sneak in anything new. If he doesn’t recognize one, I have to show him the bottle. Once, when my children were small, I overheard my vegetable-phobic son whisper to his sister, “Don’t eat the spaghetti~she put PARSLEY in it!” The only foolproof way I’ve discovered to convince the people I care about to eat things that are good for them is to turn them into foods they can’t resist! I call this the “pudding of…

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COOKIES FOR EVERYONE

Here is my first new recipe since discovering that I am allergic to eggs, almonds, and possibly dairy products. (The jury is still out on some dairy, but for now, it’s off limits.) It cheered me up immensely that these were so good. This is my new reality, but food allergies are so common now that it is probably a good idea to include options for customizing when writing recipes anyway. So whatever diet you follow, Paleo, Primal, Atkins, LC/HF (low-carb/high-fat), gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or almost any other plan, you can have…

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LOW-CARB, GLUTEN-FREE, FLAX-FREE, FLEXIBLE WRAPS

I’ve been experimenting with flexible wraps since I posted an article about the potential dangers of flax, a common ingredient in many gluten-free wraps, breads, and tortillas. The original post is here. I wanted a replacement that would taste great, be easy to make, low in carbs, and flexible enough to use for tacos and sandwiches, but free of plant estrogens and toxins. It took a lot of tries, but I’m very pleased with this recipe. No kneading or rolling and they have only 1.6 net carbs each! EASY WRAPS Ingredietns: 4eggs 4 tbsp coconut milk or other low-carb…

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THE ESSENCE OF SPRING: RHUBARB SHORTCAKE

My rhubarb plants start testing the air in mid-winter, sending up ruffled probes through the mulch to ask, “Is it time yet?” Those persistent little sprouts are always a cheerful reminder that Spring will eventually come, no matter how remote it seems on a cold, gloomy day. The strawberries are not yet planted, but the rhubarb was ready to harvest before the daffodils budded. I topped my Yogurt Biscuits with roasted rhubarb in a vanilla-scented syrup and whipped cream to make shortcakes, the perfect dessert to welcome the season! RHUBARB SHORTCAKES Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 lb  rhubarb, trimmed and sliced 1-inch thick (about…

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GLUTEN-FREE YOGURT BISCUITS

I am so excited about my new recipe! It came out perfect the first time I tried it. The recipe is super easy and quick to make and the biscuits taste astonishingly like the buttermilk biscuits my mother used to make, but these are gluten-free, wheat-free, and low-carb. I used Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-free Bake Mix™ as a starting point. Isn’t teamwork great? GLUTEN-FREE, LOW-CARB YOGURT BISCUITSIngredients:1½ cups Jennifer’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix™, or other low-carb, gluten-free bake mix (see below for bake mix recipe), plus a little extra for shaping the biscuits 2 tsp baking…

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SHIRATAKI NOODLES WITHOUT SOY: NASOYA PASTA ZERO

Suffering from pasta withdrawal? Here’s a clip from Portlandia to show you how hard it can get! (Thanks to Laurie-Avalanche Rosen for sharing this.) I’m still looking for the perfect pasta substitute. Dreamfield’s contains wheat; spaghetti squash is, well, squash; spiral-sliced zucchini, sorry, still squash; shirataki is rubbery and tasteless; tofu shirataki contains soy… Regular shirataki noodles are not really food. They have no calories, no carbs, no nutrients, and no taste. They are 100% konjak fiber. If I came across a bowl of shiritaki noodles in the wild, I would never say, “Yum, food!” I’d be no…

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LOW-CARBING AMONG FRIENDS VOL. 3

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The collaborative cookbook project that I have been working on, Low-Carbing Among Friends Vol. 3, is due out on or before January 31, 2012. You can reserve your copy at a discounted pre-order price at http://amongfriends.us/preorder.php. All the 370 recipes and variations are gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, and low-carb, with 10 grams or less net carbs per serving. This series of cookbooks is the brainchild of Jennifer Eloff and her husband Ian. It has been a privilege to work with Jennifer and Ian and I am grateful…

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