Plantain Crackers

I hate bananas.
Hate is almost an understatement.
However I do not hate plantains- yes I know they are different BUT they really look similar and when you hate bananas as much as I do Plantains are pretty freaky looking!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to cut out seeds and nuts. This was rather upsetting and inconvient for me because I had made these Paleo version of a mynewroots recipes for seed/nut cracks(life changing crackers) and they were basically what I ate all day inbetween meals.
SO I needed a new cracker. Snack with starch or CRUNCH can be very challenging when eating paleo. I fortunately discovered the website:
I cannot stop eating them. I want them as crackers, as chips as soft slightly sweet and sauteed.
This recipe is a bit tricky without a blender (I use an immersion blender and it’s quite labor intensive) BUT delicious.

2 large, green plantains
½ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Cut a slit from one end to the other of the plantains and use that cut to peel them. Chop them into large chunks and place them in a high-powered blender or food processor with the coconut oil, rosemary, garlic, and sea salt.
Blend or process until a slightly thick and chunky mixture forms. Pour out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth out until it is a ¼” thick with either a spatula or another piece of parchment paper and a rolling pin.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and score into 1½” crackers with a knife. Place back into the oven and cook for another 50 minutes to 1-hour. They are finished cooking when the crackers are a nice medium brown and the ones in the middle are no longer soft. You may need to cook these up to 20 minutes more to let them get fully crispy.

Hello Kefir Hello Rice

The end of last week I re-introduced dairy- Kefir!
I have never had kefir- but it’s like yummy slightly watery yogurt. Which adding berries to makes for a delicious snack/dessert/snack
So- did you know that yogurt and kefir and some cheese are considered FERMENTED DAIRY?! This sounds almost yucky. Fermented often brings to mind something like: pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi- sour and salty not creamy and sweet like yogurt.

I think my body missed fermented dairy. I was a lover of whole milk yogurt, both cow and goat style. After having my first serving of Kefir my stomach seemed to thank me!

Last night I had white rice for the first time in over a month! It wasn’t delicious but I wanted to keep eating it. Perhaps the texture of a grain was missed by my mouth. Afterwards I experienced some rather foul smelling gas. I don’t know that this is 100% related to the rice, but I’ll be it is and I’m sure I’ll find out next time I eat some more! However- these foul beauties were a little different than the other gas I have so charmingly experienced while attempting to cleanse my body. These were unexpectedly stinky- like I didn’t have a rumbley gut and indigestion and burning sensations. Not sure what this means but thought it was worth noting to myself.

Because my eczema is continuing (I’ve now noticed a spot on my leg, my side, and still scattered on my face) I’m trying to figure out what my “food-cure” is. I read a website about curing eczema with food. This was utterly confusing because so many things between the auto immune paleo diet and this contradict. And then my I rememebered that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. And therefore we are each going to have our own body systems while deal with irritants differently.

Here are the bits that contradict, but are worth noting:
Auto immune Paleo diet excludes:(normal paleo exclusion plus) nuts, seed, eggs, nightshade veggies
Eczema Diet excludes: most grains, dairy, MEAT. why? the simple answer because pork, chicken and beef are hard to digest. Which requires your stomach to produce a lot of acid. You want to avoid producing lots of acid. However this diet doesn’t exclude, eggs, nuts, nightshade veggies….

So many other websites site eggs as being a major eczema irritant….

Something they both agree on: Eczema and other auto immune issues are ABSOLUTELY related to your gut health. SO if you are experiencing auto immune symptoms it is very likely that your gut is upset/you are eating stuff that doesn’t agree with your system.
SO how do you pull out the “fat” so-to-speak and figure out what TO eat and what NOT to eat? Experience and Time- everyone’s favorite answer…

My experience: When I began eating paleo, I began eating LOTS of beef and meat. I chose fattier cuts because I wanted to feel full. Because I ate so many grains and starches prior I knew it would be hard to feel full without eating as many easy carbs/starches. Fat is a good way to feel satiated. I also began eating lots of seeds, nuts and eggs to fill the gap of snacks. And my skin got worse. SO my conclusion here is to try cutting down on meat in general. I found eating so much meat to cause me to have indigestion and gas VERY frequently and I associate stinky gas with un happy gut…SO I will be sticking to fish and chicken and occasionally beef and see if my skin improves.
So far I don’t think(not positive) that dairy, or atleast fermented dairy is my problem. I’m going to continue to experiment with what I add back in. It’s important to try and remember to give myself 3 or so days inbtween adding something so that I can tell if I’m having a bad reaction.

Notes to self:
This is what my diet currently looks like:
+ rice (very occasionally until I can determine if my body is ok with it)
+ fermented dairy
+ fish 1-2xs a week or more
– lots of beef/fatty meat
– pork
+ some bacon
– eggs
– seeds and nuts
– nightshade vegetables
+ fishoil supplements
+ probiotic supplements

auto immune paleo diet?

So 3 weeks thru the diet I read about auto immune paleo- which could potentially help w my eczema. Eczema is considered an auto immune disorder and there for I should attempt to cut out more foods.

Upon this discovery I became very disheartened. All that hard work has led me to having to cut out a number of the food items I have been relying on to keep me full and satiated. Every morning I eat eggs. Almost everyday I snack on nuts and seed crackers for that super satisfying CRUNCH….alas…

I cut out eggs, seeds, nuts and night shade veggies. and I haven’t experimented w eating seeds/nuts again, but eating eggs has definitely made me have skin breakouts a day or so after eating eggs. This makes me really sad, because I love eating eggs and nuts and seeds.

So far I believe that eggs are a trigger for me-I tried eating them 2xs now w  a few days in between for my skin to rest. and the day after my cheeks break out in eczema.

Because I’m at a stage of re-introduction I’ve also decided to bring back the dairy- starting with Kefir. Dairy is also known for triggering eczema however, I don’t think that is one for me. I held off on eggs for a few days- my skin cleared up and I ate/drank some kefir. It felt so good to eat. my stomach felt so happy! I can’t imagine that this lovely feeling would also be my doom… but we shall see.

oops that month went by!

So paleo-ing has happened for 30 days.

Now I’m on to reincorperating foods. and this is what I’ve discovered.

Being Paleo:

1. makes me really gassy in a bad way/ ie constipated

2. causes my eczema to be far worse now than it was before.

3. gives me more sustained energy. I don’t have sugar drops that leave me exhausted. When I feel hungry I just feel hungry.

4. has caused me to learn lots of new recipes and ways of thinking about food as well as made me far more comfortable experimenting with cooking meat !

My conclusion is: I had some more learning to do in regards to how to heal my gut. The indigestion and constipation leads me to believe that something isn’t quite right with this diet for me. .. the journey continues

Indigestion less!

After my four days of little sleep and lots of gas- I put myself back on some probiotics!
And within 24hrs I feel INCREDIBLY BETTER. not all better, but no more horrible terrifying gas and constipation.

My gut is clearly unhappy with out them which might mean that I need to bring fermented foods into my diet! I’m glad the the good bacteria are combating evil farts – which means there is a solution…

I’m also beginning to wonder if there is a correlation between my un happy gut and the eczema on my face… From reading countless blogs, articles and the fabulous Chris Kresser I have learned that there is a link between gut health and total health- ranging from skin to mental health and weight loss.

So the journey to learn about the homemade sauerkraut begins….gut here we come

Bone Broth!

I just got back from the supermarket with some chicken bones! I have never even looked to see if chicken bones were sold … well now I know!
Excitedly I did my online HW for making bone broth. I asked a friend who has made it- slow cooker style. And I’ve read up on nomnom paleo about a pressure cooker version. andddd I watched danielle walker’s video which loosely follows the nomnompaleo’s version.
It sounds like bone broth smells pretty intense to slow cook for 24 hrs…like gross intense. So the pressure cooker not only makes a less stinky option, but also a much much faster cook. It seems like you can cook your bone broth from 45 min- 3 hrs. Probably depending on your preference and the kinds of bones. I imagine chicken bones won’t need 3 hrs!

Here goes:
About 2lbs of chicken bones!
1 nice onion
3 small-med carrots
a few sprigs of parsley
2 TBS apple cider vinegar(helps to pull out the goodness of the bones)
1-2 tsp salt
8-10 cups of water- until your bones are covered ( my slow cooker would only do about 8+ before it was at the max fill line)

My pressure cooker doesn’t have a whole lot of settings like other fancier ones do- so I’m going to let mine get up to high temp(which is the second ring on the pressure thing on the lid) and then turnt he heat done to stabilize and leave it there for 60ish mins.
Then turn the heat down and wait till the pressure cooker cools enough to release the pressure.

IT came out great! The bones are so soft they crumble to the touch!
After letting it cool and transferring it to tupperware- I stuck it in the freezer for a few hrs so the top layer of fat will solidify. And then scrape it all off!

Life Changing Crackers- Paleo!

I’ve been following some yummy recipes from – like this great life changing crackers recipe- which is basically seeds, psyllium husk and rolled oats plus whatever kind of seasoning you like.

I sadly realized that now that I’m doing a 30 day paleo cleanse :
Rolled oats = NOT PALEO

SO I made some hazelnut milk (which I don’t think i’m into) and used the hazelnut pulp to substitute for the Rolled Oats!
Hooray! Paleo friends crackers. And oh man was I missed a satisfying crunch that it NOT a veggie. And it’s a convenient snack!!!

You can see her full recipe and beautiful photos here

1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
¼ cup /40g sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
1 ½ tsp. fine grain sea salt
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or ghee
1/2 cup water (because my hazelnut grinds already had water mixed in from making the nut milk) other wise I would add 1 1/2 as recommended
1 cup wet hazelnut grind from making nut milk!

mix it all up. roll it out between parchment(or I have made do w wax paper) and bake it at 350.
I like mine kinda dark so I do btween 20-30 min on one side and then flip for another 10-15 min.
It really depends on how thin you roll them out!