Field Trip to POM

Last week I had a field trip.  No, not my daughter’s field trip.  This one was mine!   My good friend from Malaysia brought some of us curious moms to a local Asian grocery store.  This one was called Pacific Ocean Marketplace. Why would we take a field trip to an Asian grocery store?  Because when you eat… Read more »

GF Pasta Time!

Veggie Pesto Coconut Lasagna This is a totally new one.  I have never done this before and really didn’t know how this would come out.   My criteria was:  Gluten Free pasta dish and I wanted it to be meatless since it happened to be Friday.  (Yes, even out of Lent I try to fast… Read more »

Paleo Camping

As I remember the many years that we have spent Catholic Family Camping in CO in the summer since 2001, it did not phase me at all to prepare and pack paleo foods this time.  I have to admit, I did get a LOT of help from my girls this year too!  We’ve been doing… Read more »

Lenten Lunch – 5th Week

Last Lenten Lunch was Spring Break so lots of families joined us!    We served a menagerie of things that most of the kids liked: MENU Salmon “Almond butter and Jelly” sandwich rolls (grain free rolls, with and without egg) egg salad with cut up vegetables Soups:  Tomato with turmeric,  and Butternut Squash fruit and… Read more »

No Egg Chebe Rolls

    How to get my bread-fix?!  Chebe Rolls!   These are naturally gluten free and grain free.  They use manioc (tapioca) flour. While this isn’t really an original recipe, I do make these “Chebe Rolls” with and without eggs.  The eggless rolls are sometimes chewier, but make sure you bake them thoroughly. The directions… Read more »

Lenten Lunch – 4th week

Over halfway through Lent and we are making progress.  When I say “progress” that may not be related to how well we are sticking to our Lenten promises with eliminating certain foods, vices, or bad habits.  I myself have wandered from my original Lenten goal of eating AIP this season.   Dining out, celebrating birthdays (including… Read more »

Lenten Lunch – 3rd week

It is St. Patrick’s for our 3rd Lenten Lunch!  So our Lenten Lunch should take on a GREEN color, of course!   However some of the green was not as apparent as you may think! MENU: grain-free tortillas (made from GREEN plantains) many fixin’s for these tortillas… mushrooms sauteed in Salsa VERDE sauce (lots of garlic!) GREEN… Read more »

Plantain Tortillas

 Green plantains make the best tasting tortillas.  Once they get yellow or black, their taste and texture changes quite a bit.  These tortillas are best when plantains are as green as you see in this photo.

Lenten “Brunch” – 2nd week

   We grew from last week, not only in number but in courage! We had five moms and 4 kids join us for our Lenten Brunch this week.   Since we met earlier this week (10:00-11:30am) we had more breakfast type foods.  Our menu included sweet potato hash browns nutless granola homemade coconut yogurt maple-mustard brussel sprouts… Read more »

“Nutless” Granola

One of our “Lenten Lunches” had to become a Lenten BRUNCH due to earlier time frame.     This nutless granola, with some homemade coconut yogurt, was a treat.

  • Lenten Lunches

    We have started Lent, and because I had a lot of signs that friends (and I) could benefit from this, I decided to try something new: Lenten Lunches.  These get-togethers are on Fridays during Lent, so they should be simple, vegetarian  (or fish), and not take up the entire afternoon. These lunches have several goals: – try various… Read more »

  • Thai Coconut Mushroom Soup

    This soup was inspired by my lunch with my daughter last month to a Thai restaurant in Ft. Collins.  What a delicious soup!  While I believe the restaurant used a bone stock with its coconut milk, I wanted this to be completely vegetarian.  So I made my own vegetable stock.

  • Butternut Squash Casserole

    Our family celebrates something very special on our annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” night at our house. Everyone is home for the holidays. My husband schedules the date at least 6 months in advance on all of our calendars. We have a trivia quiz before dinner with appetizers, and after dinner we all watch the… Read more »

  • Medicinal Bone Broth

    We just got back from an incredibly relaxing all-inclusive vacation with friends in Mexico, where you could dine to your heart’s content in 5 different restaurants, be served fancy frozen drinks on the beach, go on adventurous excursions (like ziplining!), and indulge in soothing massages every day.  It was awesome, and my body was utterly stress-free when I got… Read more »

  • Cool Coconut Whipped Cream

    I haven’t posted for awhile since I have been stuck trying to get my recipe writer  plugin to work (since Sept!), however it’s time to move on… this non-dairy ‘cool whip’ option is too good not to talk about.  I found this at Sprouts on sale at beginning of November.  I bought three!  We used… Read more »

  • Stromboli, Yes!

    Our next was off to college last week and she put in her order for her last home-cooked meal and it was Stromboli!  Stromboli?!  This was something I had not thought about since going gluten free years ago.  When I found this great stromboli recipe 20 years ago, my husband and I (and friends) used… Read more »

  • cookie dough snack or breakfast

    “Cookie dough” for breakfast?

    This post is for my friend…  She is looking for more paleo type breakfasts to serve to her 10 year old who apparently can be as picky as my 6yr old!  Well, this is an original concoction created by my 21 yr old college athlete daughter.   After her (many) workouts, she comes into the… Read more »

  • Brownie Bites

    These little dandies were the first thing that I latched onto when we started going paleo.  Simple and quick to make.  The kids loved them.  I loved them.  Great snacks or dessert (depending on how much chocolate chips were added).  You can add protein powder to them, or coat them with cocoa powder, or dip… Read more »

  • Food Diary Confession 

    When I started a Food Diary long ago in Fall of 2011, it was for my 15 month old daughter.  When I realized I needed one for me, then I felt this to be like a ball and chain.  I did NOT like it one little bit!  Each time I ate something I had to… Read more »

  • plantain crackers done

    Plantain Crackers, anyone?

                    My teenage daughter brings these to school and always gets puzzled, weird looks when she tells them what these crackers are.  The other teens may originally show shock at such a weird snack at their lunch table crammed with Doritos, Frito-Lay chips, and giant cookies, but eventually… Read more »