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FODMAPs and Crohn’s Disease: A Beginner’s Guide

If you have Crohn’s disease then you may have heard of a group of carbohydrates referred to as FODMAPs, especially if you happen to live in Australia where the bulk of the research into these foods has occurred and a low-FODMAP diet has gained widespread acceptance as

Paleo Plantain Chips and Easy Guacamole

These plantain chips are my paleo answer to an overwhelming desire to enjoy chips and guacamole! I know some paleo people are able to eat organic corn chips and more power to them, I say. Unfortunately for me, corn (along with wheat) is one grain I steer

Baked Fennel and Potatoes (Dairy Free)

Fennel is one of those rare vegetables that you can eat either raw or cooked, and tastes like two completely different foods depending on the preparation. Raw, it tastes distinctly like licorice and anise. Cooked, its flavor mellows and sweetens like a caramelized onion and imparts an

Resistant Starch and Crohn’s Disease: Friend, Enemy, or “Frenemy”?

Once upon a time in a not too distant past, the phrase “paleo diet” was synonymous with “low carb.” Along with grains, starchy tubers were shunned and consumption of fruit was to be minimized. That perspective started changing in 2010 when Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet began publicizing

Garlic and Ginger Beef with Broccoli (Gluten Free, Soy Free)

I don’t get cravings for food from my pre-paleo days very often, but every once in a while I get a hankering and this recipe for garlic and ginger beef with broccoli is the result of my recent nostalgia for Chinese takeout. And like most home cooked

Christmas Morning Coffee Cake (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

For as long as I can remember, my mother made a “candy cane coffee cake” from her old Betty Crocker cookbook for breakfast for us on Christmas morning. It’s a yeasty dough, braided around a filling of dried apricots and maraschino cherries, curved into the shape of

Grassfed on a Budget: Paleo Chicken Fried Steak and Mushroom Gravy

Three packages of “cube steak” were included in our recent grass fed beef share and I was a bit stymied by them. The frozen hunks looked a bit like ground beef, but once I defrosted them I realized that they were actually four solid masses. I consulted

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

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

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Kale, and Lemon

My vague menu plan one day last week was to prepare chicken drumsticks, potatoes, and kale in some configuration. I have been slow to jump on the kale bandwagon and really only know one preparation method (steam sauteed in a big skillet), but life got busy and
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