Turd Nuggets You Can Eat? DIY Lara Bars If It Suits You Better….

Since I am now Paleo for health concerns and Lovey Levin is done his Gluten Challenge, I wanted to find a snack everyone could eat and enjoy…. Boy did I find it and modified it, of course!!

Lovey has named them Turd Nuggets, but they are essentially DIY Lara Bars.

13671_10153170280780505_6702064033195447429_nIngredients – ONLY 4!!!

  • 1/3 C of dates (that’s a chopped measurement, so I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 C of craisins (raisins would work too!)
  • 1/4 C of cashews (I usually use raw organic but I just ran out)
  • 1/8 – 1/4 C of Enjoy Life chocolate (whatever you have on hand)

To make these is incredibly easy!! 10647066_10153170280550505_4335395912822907967_n

  1. Toss the measured amount of Dates and Craisins into your food processor. I use my nutribullet with the regular shake blade (not the milling blade).  Scoop into a bowl after everything is fully processed.
  2. Now toss in your chips and nuts! Do the same thing!
  3. Knead the two items together until it looks like a gigantic TURD (true story)!!17199_10153170277840505_7703813302729237871_n
  4. Pinch off a small bit and now roll into balls.

11066616_10153170277740505_9155661714084730362_nI store mine in a lidded bowl, in the fridge.  You think they would stick together but they don’t too much.  Just give them a strong shake and they will all separate.  We go through these so quickly in my house that they usually don’t make it to the fridge.

Enjoy!!

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Gluten Free Thai Chicken Curry! Paleo TOO!

We’ve recently started making some Paleo meals, for my health. We had to find a curry that my kids would eat (Indian is a bit too spicy for them).  My Guy Bri found a Thai Chicken Curry recipe that we love and we modified it!! 18293_10153170281800505_5617269271548967396_n

Here are the ingredients –

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons of Red Curry Paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts cut in thin strips
  • 1 teaspoons of Fish Sauce
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1-8oz package sliced mushrooms
  • 1-13.5 oz can of Coconut Milk (we use full fat)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil, coarsely chopped

To make this please follow these directions —

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add Curry Paste and saute until dissolved.
  3. Add garlic and onion. Saute until onion is translucent.
  4. Add chicken and Fish Sauce. Stir-fry until opaque. DO NOT PUKE OR GAG BECAUSE OF THE SMELL! I will not lie, IT IS HORRIBLE!!!10989019_10153170280935505_1374465034291455810_n
  5. Add red bell pepper, mushrooms, Coconut Milk and lime juice.
  6. Stir well. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in chopped basil and serve.

This is delicious on it’s own, or if you like, you can serve it over rice.  Lovey Levin and Rose LOVE this meal!! We really had to tweak the Curry vs Fish Sauce amounts to get it to our liking but once we did, this became a weekly meal!!

Lovey Levin’s Gluten Challenge….

Vampirates are bigger than apples!

Vampirates are bigger than apples!

Howdy out there! Lovey Levin has had appointments with a pediatric gastroenterologist and a pediatric allergist in the last few months. My husband and I have decided to start the process to a proper diagnosis of Celiac so there will be no issues when he starts school.  We thought it would take much longer than what it has to start this process, we were thinking months rather than days and weeks. It is the beginning of March and we should know by the end of March if he truly has Celiac or not.

It started with an appointment with the Pediatric Gastroenterologist, he took our history and food logs over the years and reactions to gluten (it’s been almost a year since his last one).  He referred us to a an allergist to have him skin tested also, for gluten sensitivity. Lovey passed the skin prick tests for all common allergens, including topical gluten. Then he had a blood test, testing antibodies for gluten and those also came back below 4. We knew they would as he has been gluten free for nearly two years. So on February 6 we started his gluten challenge with many bated breaths.

Quite a Happy Camper with his Blankets

Quite a Happy Camper with his Blankets

Much to our surprise there was no rash, no diarrhea, no refusals of food. In fact, this kid was in gluten heaven.  We allowed goldfish crackers to begin with then he had an English Muffin, then a bagel daily.  He had pizza one night, and he even identified it as “gluten pizza”.  We don’t tell him he is eating gluten because there is still a chance that DOES have Celiac and we would have to go back to a gluten free lifestyle.  His only symptoms so far, if they are related, are multiple #2 a day – soft but not runny, he developed a rash across his abdomen, and he has been complaining of his legs hurting.  I’ve made note of all of these things.  He will go in next week for his next blood test. If his numbers are high, they will do the endoscopy.

Going gluten free should not be a problem for our household as I am now doing Auto Immune Protocol Paleo (AIP), for my own health, which is completely gluten free.  We are curious to know what is going on with our little man and why he was unable to tolerate gluten.