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Month: December 2016

Paleo/ WAPF Beef and Broccoli Ramen

Paleo/ WAPF Beef and Broccoli Ramen

  Ingredients

  • 1½ lb organic flank steak
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 8 oz dry 100% brown rice spaghetti noodles

For Sauce

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil or truffle oil
  • ¾ cup coconut aminos
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • 1¼ cup chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Slice the flank steak into small thin pieces against the grain. In a large plastic bag, add the starch and the beef to it. Close the bag, and shake until each piece is coated well.
  2. In a non stick skillet heat the ghee. When the ghee is hot, add beef and cook until browned. Remove beef from skillet to a plate.
  3. In that same skillet add sauce ingredients, the sesame oil, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, garlic, and chicken broth. Stir and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens a bit and reduces by about a quarter. It takes about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  4. Cook the brown rice noodles according to package instructions.
  5. Steam the broccoli.
  6. Add the beef and broccoli to the skillet and toss in the sauce. Add the cooked brown rice noodles to the skillet and toss everything together. Serve.

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Avocado and Egg Yolks (Paleo/Weston A Price First Baby Foods)

Avocado and Egg Yolks (Paleo/Weston A Price First Baby Foods)

One common guideline when starting solid foods is to start with one for a few days and then introduce another food a few days later. With this strategy, in the case of an allergic reaction, parents can pinpoint the source directly. I deviated from this recommendation to provide nutrient density at the same time as acceptability of the food. I really wanted to start with egg yolks as a first food because of the healthy fats, cholesterol, and choline that it provided. However, in my research, The Weston A. Price Foundation noted that some children struggle with the egg yolk by itself. Plus, the yolk is very runny and harder to keep on a spoon than other solids. So, I decided to combine it with a widely accepted first food, avocado, that contains healthy monounsaturated fats, along with vitamins like Vitamin E, minerals like magnesium and potassium, and fiber. I felt that even by introducing two foods at first instead of one, it would be easy to determine which one caused a reaction in the case that it happened.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 pasture-raised egg yolk
  • Suggested additions: pinch of Himalayan sea salt, kelp flakes, infant probiotic, and cod liver oil (note: if you add some coconut oil as well it masks the taste of the cod liver oil)

Directions:

1. Boil 1-2 cups of water.

2. Crack the egg, and separate the egg white from yolk. Store the egg white in the refrigerator for later.

3. Gently drop the egg yolk into the water. You can get your hand close to the water with the egg yolk, or you can place the yolk on a spoon and drop the spoon with the egg yolk on it into the water.

4. Boil the yolk for about 1 minute. It should still be runny but cooked.

5. Mash up the avocado in a bowl.

6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the yolk from the water.

7. Place the yolk in the bowl along with the avocado. Mix the ingredients together with a fork, and add any of the suggested additions that you would like.

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Autumn Vegetable and Chicken Dinner Puree (Stage III Paleo/Weston A Price Baby Food)

Autumn Vegetable and Chicken Dinner Puree (Stage III Paleo/Weston A Price Baby Food)

Starting Stage III Baby Foods

Once you start the third stage of baby foods, the food will change to even chunkier baby food purees. To start this stage, you may want your baby to have a few teeth, and they may have started crawling as well.

For this stage, you can make many of the homemade baby food recipes you have been without blending them as much. You may also want to start to put a few pieces of veggies on your baby’s highchair tray to allow them to practice their pincer grasp and self feeding.

Tip: Choose the foods that they practice picking-up as the least expensive foods on the plate. I didn’t want my son dumping pricier pieces of grass-fed, organic meat or wild-caught fish onto the floor or into his lap if I could help it!

Autumn Vegetable and Chicken Dinner Recipe

When creating my baby food recipes, I looked at what the market was selling, and therefore, what modern babies were eating. So, I created a few homemade copycat versions of popular stage III baby foods from a certain big name baby food company. This version of the Stage III baby food puree is easy to make at home and allows you to choose the quality of your ingredients. Plus, it will have retained more of the nutrients since it didn’t go through any high heat processing.

Your child will get great protein from the chicken, and magnesium from the cauliflower. The sweet potatoes and carrots are rich in the precursor to vitamin A. Parsnips are a slightly sweet root vegetable that are somewhere between a carrot and a potato in taste and are rich in vitamin C. Finally, the butter contains healthy fats that aid in the absorption of vitamin A and contains vitamin D.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasture-raised chicken thighs
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup parsnips
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 2 TBSP grass-fed butter or ghee (for cooking)
Note: Try to get all natural, organic ingredients if you can.

Directions:

1. Dice up the carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, and sweet potato. Try to make each piece about a 1/2 inch.

2. Melt 2 TBSP of butter in a pan on medium heat. Dice the onion, and add to the pan.

3. Cube the chicken (1/2 inch – 1 inch pieces), and cook chicken with the onion in a pan on medium heat. Add the parsley, salt, rosemary, and thyme. Pull off the heat once the meat is cooked through and the onions are golden.

4. While the meat is cooking, steam the carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, and sweet potato for 10 minutes. Remove from the steamer once softened.

4. Once everything is cooked, add the meat, veggies, and fat to the blender. Chop in the food processor until the mixture is a chunky puree.

 

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