Archive for January, 2011

No-Bean Gluten-Free Chili

What you need:

Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker

3lbs Stew Meat

1 red pepper-diced

1 green pepper diced

1 banana pepper diced (optional)

1 onion diced

3 garlic cloves

1 60z can no-salt-added tomato paste

1 Tbsp Ground Cumin

1/4 Cayenne Pepper

Place all ingredients in Crock-Pot and cook on low 8-10 hours



Gluten-Free Crock-Pot Chicken Soup

This recipe is from the Treatment Center for Metabolic Disorders-I did modify it some to make it my own.

What you’ll need

A crock-pot/slow-cooker

6 Chicken Breasts

3 cups of Carrots-chopped

4 stalks of Celery-Chopped

1 Chopped Onion

3 garlic cloves minced

1 tbsp Oregano

1 tbsp Basil

1 tsp Chives

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/4 tsp Paprika

1 bay leaf

Put in chicken breasts, chopped vegetables, spices and enough water to cover the ingredients.  Cook on low 8-10 hours.  Take chicken out and cut/shred and return to crock-pot.  Enjoy!


You say tomatoe I say toemato

Just checking out my seeds and dreaming of warmer weather.

of course my beloveds are front and center

Look at them….I cannot wait.

Funny cuz its true quote


This week is Fresh Mozzarella week.   Look at this beauty:

Although I don’t think I’m having a good reaction to it. 😦  Still tasty.

My favorite new breakfast and snack-Bananas with Coconut Butter

This weeks menu: Chicken Soup, No Bean Chili, Spaghetti Squash, Braised Kale, Split Pea Soup and of course its all Gluten-Free. 🙂 I’ll post recipes and pictures this week.

Pepper Steak

I made Pepper Steak for dinner last night super easy and tasty

4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1-2 pounds tenderloin tips or strips, cut into chunks

2 green bell peppers, seeded, 2 inch dice

1/2 onion (I’ve used many different kinds)

2 tablespoons of arrowroot or Gluten free flour

1 6oz can of no salt added tomato paste

1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)

1 1/2 cups beef consumme or stock

1 teaspoon corse black pepper or white pepper

Preheat a large skillet over high heat.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to hot pan. Add meat and sear on all sides, 5 minutes.  Season with salt or white pepper, or Braggs liquid aminos and remove to a plate and cover with foil.  Reduce heat on pan to medium and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or butter)  Add peppers and onion and cook for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle arrowroot (or flour) over vegetables and cook 1 minute longer.  Whisk in Beef Consumme (and sherry if desired) Add tomato paste and pepper (black or white) Slide meat back into pan and coat with sauce cook on low for 10 minutes.

Can be put over rice.

No natural light in this pic 😦  It was yummy.


So, I went to the doc on Tuesday and found out my liver is doing a lot better-cured in fact-in record time for his practice.  12 weeks.  Usually takes 12 months so me and my liver rule! Still have the to finish my strict diet until October and then its life-long maintenance, but still AWESOME!

Told me the results of my camera endoscope and those were a bit scary.  Most of my intestine and digestive track looks pretty good.  Except for the fact I have bald spots where villi should be and blood squirting out and being told I have an un-named disease.  Doctor believes its due processed food and all the chemicals that go into processed food including herbicides, pesticides, and such.  Scary.

This is not a feel sorry for me post.  I am ok.  I am writing this post and telling you why I’m going to be neurotic obsessive compulsive gardener for the rest of my life and I am so excited.  Basically I’m going to cure that disease.

So my plan is:

  • Start planning my garden now: Non-GMO heirloom, organic seeds
  • Plan my cold frames and hoop green house, so I can grow into next winter.
  • Start saving money. I imagine it will cost $1000.00 to get my garden to be a year round garden, but it should be off set by my smaller grocery bill and less gas used going to the store.
  • Move out to the country and have a huge garden and chickens and be able to support grass-fed farmers.
  • Be thankful everyday that I have been blessed with treatable diseases and have been fortunate enough to find doctors that use their brain and run some simple god-dang tests, and for family and my husband who has helped me and encouraged me every step of the way.

Seeds will come from various places, but mostly and I have some nice pictures for ya.

Notice the 2 page markers on this page and all the X’s?  I eat tomatoes like candy.  I love the taste of “real” tomatoes.

Ahhh….watermelons…truly nature’s candy.

I’m going to try growing my own stevia this year….pretty exciting.

Books I have so far:

I have this book….but Mr.ICHT was sleeping in the room in which it was located-aka the bedroom.

We’ll be planting:  Tomatoes, Lettuce, Broccoli, Herbs, Strawberries, Squash, Cucumbers, Pumpkins, Watermelon, Honeydew, Dandelion, Kale, Spinach, Onions, Carrots, and Garlic.

We already have 8 blueberry trees-4 that produce, raspberry bush, apple tree and a pear tree.

The cold frame and hoop house will give us  Lettuce, Broccoli, Dandelion, Kale, Spinach, Onions and other root vegetables through out the winter.

This garden will be as natural as possible-no miracle grow or round-up.  Instead we’ll plant other plants that deter bugs and use natural fertilizers like compost and horse poop.

I’m not sure if we’ll succeed, but at least we’re trying.

Oh and the flowers that would be my eye candy and they bring the bees and butterflies which make me oh so very happy.

Don’t you worry I’ll keep you updated with pictures of before and afters and how-to’s.

My Italian Dressing

My Italian Dressing Is really great on steamed broccoli and raw tomatoes.  Just in case you were wondering.