AIP for Crohn’s Disease: What to eat when you aren’t feeling so hot

This post was supposed to be a 90-day update when I told you all about how good I was doing on the autoimmune paleo protocol (AIP), reintroducing foods right and left, and keeping my Crohn’s disease totally in check. I even had the draft half written last

Stuffed Winter Squash

  This simple recipe marries winter squash, late season spinach, and some grass fed ground beef to create a tasty dish in a fun package! I used some red kuri squash that came in my produce box, but it would work equally well with acorn or any

Ropa Vieja: Cuban Shredded Beef and Peppers

“Ropa vieja” is a Cuban dish that literally translates to “old clothes.” You can see why when you look at the picture: the beef is shredded and simmered with sliced peppers, onions, and tomatoes and has the look of something that has been around the block a

30 Days of Gratitude – Week 1

As the trees change their wardrobe to the beautiful gold and red of autumn and the days get crisper and shorter, it is natural for us to start turning within and take some time to consider that which is most important. Unfortunately, it seems that the official

Grassfed on a Budget: Cinnamon Beef Stew with Butternut Squash and Mushrooms

This recipe for cinnamon beef stew with butternut squash and mushrooms is yet another installment in my “grassfed on a budget” series. We get stew meat as part of our grassfed beef larder order, but I also snap it up when I see it on sale at

Apple Cardamom Cupcakes (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

These beauties were originally intended to be apple spice muffins and just a way to use up a partial jar of homemade applesauce that had been in the refrigerator longer than it should have, but they turned out so delicious and moist that I decided they really

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 1

I feel like Thanksgiving is under attack and I wish people would rush to its defense like they do for other holidays. It used to be one of only a couple days the entire year when you could count on all absolutely non-essential businesses being closed, which

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

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

Roasted Chicken with Squash and Broccoli

This easy recipe for roasted chicken and vegetables applies the two most important lessons I  learned 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,