Saturday, February 27, 2010

French Beans a la Ghee

When I am planning out side dishes for the week, somehow I always seem to forget about green beans. When I make them, I really like them! We've been buying French beans - they are thinner than normal green beans, and I personally like the flavor better. They are really simple to make too!

1 lb. French beans
3 to 4 Tbsp. ghee
sea salt to taste

Wash beans and snap off ends. Melt ghee in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add beans and saute until crisp-tender, about 5 to 10 minutes (you can cover the pan and let them cook and stir occasionally). Toss in the salt and serve!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Creamed Cauliflower

People used to say this was "just like mashed potatoes." Well, I'm not going to lie to you. It's not just like mashed potatoes. That's why I am calling it creamed cauliflower instead of "fake mashed potatoes."

2 small heads cauliflower
4 Tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. sea salt or to taste
ground pepper (if desired)

Wash cauliflower and remove leaves and stalk. Steam for about 15 minutes or until soft. Break in pieces with a spoon and place in blender with the ghee and salt. Blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until it is creamy. Garnish with pepper if desired.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hearty Sausage Minestrone

This is one of our favorite soups ever! It's filling, and tastes great.

Limited foods included in this recipe. Limited ingredients are marked; you can make this an unlimited dish by removing the limit foods.

This recipe contains broth, obviously. Homemade broth is best because you can be sure of no sneaky ingredients, but if you are going to buy broth, make sure you read the label. One good brand of chicken broth we have found is Health Valley.

It also has canned tomatoes - citric acid is often in canned tomatoes. If you can't find any without citric acid, you can cut up fresh tomatoes or omit them entirely.

Dried herbs are used; dried herbs should be used within 6 months to reduce the risk of mold.

1 lb. ground beef
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 c. chicken or beef broth (homemade is best)
1 can diced tomatoes (watch out for citric acid or use fresh - semi-limited)
2 carrots, coined (optional - limited)
2 c. cooked black beans (or use canned but watch for sugar)
1 lb. frozen green beans
1 c. uncooked quinoa (limited)
4 t. Italian seasonings
1/2 t. paprika
1/2 t. dried sage
1/2 t. dried parsley
1 t. fennel seed
sea salt and pepper

Brown beef, onion, and garlic in a large pot. Add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer half an hour, or until quinoa is done (you can simmer all day if you want to!).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beer Can Chicken - Without the Beer

Have you heard of beer can chicken? Even though the candida diet doesn't allow alcohol, you can still make chicken with this easy and tasty method! Here's how!

1 fresh whole chicken
5 Tbsp. ghee
garlic salt to taste
empty beer or soda can (yes, you'll have to dump it out - don't drink it!!)

Preheat oven to 400ºF or preheat grill. Melt ghee in a saucepan. Fill the can about halfway full of water. Pour in about 3 Tbsp. of the melted ghee. Brush chicken with the remaining ghee and sprinkle evenly with garlic salt. Now comes the fun part: Place the can right side up in a baking pan or cookie sheet with sides. Now fit the cavity of the chicken - also right side up - over the top of the can so that the chicken sits or stands upright. Now you can either resist or cave in to the urge to take a picture. *grin*
Bake or grill until browned and crispy and till no longer pink in the center, about 45 to 60 minutes. Carefully remove chicken off the can (after taking another picture). Cut as usual and enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our first post!

This is post #1 here at Candida Cooking! The candida diet is very limited on what can be eaten, and many recipes out there are just plain blah. We want to change that for recipes that taste great, despite the limitations. Even if you are not on the candida diet, you will enjoy the healthy alternatives posted on this blog.

We guarantee a photo with every recipe, so that you can actually see what you are eating. Some recipes will actually be "regular" recipes that we have modified to be candida-safe.

Check back soon for some yummy recipes! If you try one, please comment and let us know how you liked it!
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