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Gutsy’s Grab Bag – October, 2013

Can you believe the end of October is already upon us? The fall colors are in their full glory here in Virginia and the air temperature is getting crisp. There is so much to love about autumn… the changing leaves, the shortening day length, and the dropping temperatures all seem to signal me to turn […]

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Beef Main Dishes Recipes

Grassfed on a Budget: Pot Roast with Root Vegetables

This pot roast is probably the ugliest meal I have ever made, but also one of the tastiest. I decided not to even try to gussy it up for the photograph. No sense in trying to present it as anything other than what it is, which is just wholesome and delicious in all its homely […]

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Chicken Main Dishes Recipes

Roasted Chicken with Squash and Broccoli

This easy recipe for roasted chicken and vegetables applies the two most important lessons I ┬álearned when I revamped my cooking and eating to embrace more real food: 1. Fat equals flavor. 2. Roasting makes everything taste better. I have always been a pretty good vegetable eater, but mostly just because I knew they were […]

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Recipes Treats

Pumpkin Cranberry Bars (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

These paleo-ified pumpkin and cranberry bars taste like Thanksgiving, but without the grains or dairy that make you feel bloated afterward. They actually don’t use any flour whatsoever, so they are great for people on healing diets that exclude starch like GAPS or SCD, and they are nut and dairy free as well. Although they […]

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Lamb Main Dishes Recipes

Easy Shepherd’s Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Shepherd’s pie is the epitome of humble food. Hearty meat and gravy, seasonal vegetables, topped with basic mashed potatoes and totally comforting on cool fall days. But it is kind of a pain to make at home… no matter what recipe I consulted, it seemed to have a ton of steps and lead to virtually […]

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Fermented Recipes

Adventures in Fermentation: Coconut Milk Yogurt

Homemade coconut milk yogurt is a finicky beast. It doesn’t thicken like dairy yogurts, the texture can be less than appealing, and it often lacks the distinctive yogurt tang. Store bought options are more pleasant and consistent, but even the “good” organic brands like this one are still full of added sugars and gums that I […]

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Pork Recipes

Pork Chops with Grapes and Herbs

Why is it that pork tastes so delicious with fruit? One of my favorite and first recipes I posted on this blog was for roast pork with a cherry rhubarb sauce. Fruit is a great way to dress up humble pork cuts, especially when you are following a paleo autoimmune protocol and not eating nightshades […]

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Crohn's Disease My Thoughts Science

Update: 60 Days on Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for Crohn’s Disease

It has now been 60 days since I started the autoimmune paleo protocol (AIP) and I am happy to report that over the last 30 days I have begun reintroducing foods, mostly with success. I’m feeling great, I’ve gained another 2 pounds (finally back to the baseline I started at when I first cut out […]

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Recipes Treats

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

It’s October, otherwise known as the month that swallowed a pumpkin! Pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavored foods are everywhere you look, from lattes to scones and even potato chips. Gluten free and paleo bloggers are also embracing the pumpkin meme, working to recreate the seasonal flavor in a way that lets us keep to our […]

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My Thoughts Personal

Animal-Assisted Therapy: First Steps!

One of my big projects this fall is to begin the process of getting certified to do animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with our dog Lily. This has been a goal of mine for several years now and I’m excited that it is finally becoming a reality! I took the handler class through Pet Partners last week […]