PARMESAN ALMOND CRACKERS

These taste like my savory Parmesan Crisps from Nourished, but they are bigger and thicker with a lovely soft crunch. They have a few more carbs (0.7 net grams compared to 0.02 net each) but are still very, very low for a nice, substantial cracker. Ingredients: 3 cups almond flour…

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NUT AND SEED CRISPBREAD

Traditional Swedish crispbread is made of rye, wheat, yeast, salt, and water. My grain-free, gluten-free, and yeast-free version is made of nuts, seeds, salt, water, and a little good fat.  I made these from a collection of ingredients I had on hand but you could use almost any nut or…

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CORNED BEEF HASH WITH POACHED EGGS

One corned beef brisket can provide enough for several delicious meals. Make Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner, use some  to make this tasty hash for breakfast, then polish off the rest in Reuben Sandwiches for lunch. If you prefer, you can buy corned beef from the deli or even…

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MY FAVORITE FLATBREAD: GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE PITAS

I was trying to make egg-free, almond-free tortillas that I could eat with my newly discovered allergies, but I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe. They turned out to be thicker and softer than a tortilla and more like pita bread (except that they don’t separate to form a pocket). I…

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THE PERFECT WAY TO PIG OUT ON SUPER SUNDAY!

  The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Hot Wings The original Buffalo wings were invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964. They are the perfect low-carb snack for Super Sunday. To turn them into a meal, use drumsticks instead of wings. To super-size your snacks, use…

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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…

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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…

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WHITE CHOCOLATE PECAN BARK

I made low-carb Christmas cookies for my husband but I’m still on an elimination diet trying to figure out what I’m allergic to. Chocolate, dairy, almonds, eggs, gluten, sugar, and foods that are high in Chromium (which includes almost everything, animal, vegetable, and mineral!) are off limits for now. This…

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EPITAPH FOR AN EGG

How do you like your eggs? The best way to prepare eggs, except for raw, which brings a different set of issues to the table, is poached. Lightly cooked whites and lovely, liquid yolks retain all their nutrients, including their precious, undamaged cholesterol. British chef, Heston Blumenthal, demonstrates his method for Perfect Poached Eggs in the YouTube video below. His secret…

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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…

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TURKEY CRACKLIN’S

The best thing EVER to do with Thanksgiving leftovers! Reserve any extra skin or lumps of fat from the neck and body openings when preparing your holiday turkey for roasting. After your gorgeous, golden-skinned turkey has been presented, admired, carved, and devoured, don’t throw it out; you still have the best part left! Cut away the skin from…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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