I haven’t had mahi mahi in a while but I am always trying to work in a few more varieties of wild caught fish. In my mind mahi demands a nice fruit based “salsa” on top, so I got to work trying to figure out what I had on hand to whip up with something yummy. It turned out so well I need to write it down here so I can recreate it soon! Here is what I did. Continue reading →
Lately I have been focusing on plant fiber diversity which aids in increasing the diversity of the microbiome. Some bugs like some kinds of fibers while others prefer other types, so to keep them all happy you need to include lots of variety in your diet. One great way to diversify is to make veggie rice combos. There are lots of veggies that rice well. You can rice and freeze them in individual bags or as blends. It is also a great way to use up ends of things or veggies that are nearing the end of their prime. It’s also a great way to use things up before you go on vacation. So many wins here.
Things that rice well: Cauliflower Broccoli Celeriac Parsnip Turnip Sunchoke Cabbage, but see notes Beets Sweet potato and squash Carrot
Everyone is familiar with cauli rice. I usually don’t bother ricing that myself as it it inexpensive to buy organic frozen cauli rice at Whole Foods, so that is what I usually use.
Broccoli rice is another yummy option. I tend to rice the stems that get leftover from the flowerettes we roast. You can rice the stems as you go and add to a bag in the freezer or mix in to blend bags.
Celeriac is probably my new favorite all around veggie. What it lacks in beauty it makes up for in versatility. I thought it would be too much of a celery flavor, but it is actually quite mild. To rice it first thoroughly scrub and then just peel off the knobby and hairy parts. Cube it and pulse it in a food processor with the S blade. I like to saute or bake it. If you add poultry seasoning it tastes a lot like stuffing, so it can be a nice side for an AIP Thanksgiving dinner.
Parsnips and rice really well and are delicious alone or add nice mild sweetness to any blend. Carrots can be added to mixes for a little color.
Turnip rices well. I don’t love it all by itself flavor wise, but I add it to my blends and it mixes well.
Sunchokes are also something I don’t do solo, but I add to blends, though I know some people roast them for a nightshade free potato sub. I have heard they air fry well too.
I have riced cabbage. Green or red cabbage rice well, but are more watery than the options above. I add it in small quantities to blends. If you freeze it solo it will freeze into a solid mass, rather than like rice grains.
I am not a beet fan personally….tastes like dirt to me…just sayin, but I do hear you can rice it.
Sweet potato or squash also rice really well. I a little sweet potato to some of my blends. I tend to avoid it in larger quantities as it is very high in oxalate, but I add it in small quantities for color and flavor.
Rutabega rices well.
Spread your riced veggies thin on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze. Then transfer to a bag. This reduces clumping. If things DO clump, just give them a good whack with a meat mallet and they will break up or they will also fall apart as they cook if added as chunks.
If you make these riced veggies and post to instagram, tag me @paleogirl99 I would love to see what combos you come up with!
I have just been introduced to the spice Sumac and I am a bit obsessed with it at the moment. My low histamine, AIP diet for the most part lacks the flavor profile “acid”…no vinegar (high histamine) and citrus is often iffy. So finding a spice that has a zingy acidic citrus note is a real Continue reading →
Recently I have been trying to perfect growing microgreens ahead of our summer fallow season in Miami….too hot to grow much outside, but I still want something fresh and homegrown! I tried growing micros in soil…and it was, well, messy. I tried growing them on hemp mats and got all sorts of mold overgrowth…couldn’t get the amount of watering just right…overwatered some batches and some dried up. And THEN….I discovered Hamama micros on Instagram. This is an INGENIOUS and crazy simple system. It comes with Continue reading →
The other day I went to my fridge to pull the ingredients to make my weekly batch of Creamy Cauliflower Leek soup and lo and behold I was out of leeks! Not to fret. I subbed in turnips, tweaked a few other things and wow, the result was amazing. Voila! Another version is born. Here are the details if you want to give it a go.
Ok…so this is so simple it’s not even a recipe…but it is too good not to share. Just made pulled chicken in the Instant Pot and it was crazy quick and easy. Going to be a new regular for me and is a great addition to my freezer stash.
When I first suspected that histamine intolerance might be another piece of my wellness puzzle, it felt like yet another food restriction limiting my choices…but discovering how many things freeze well has been the silver lining! The freezer has now become a huge part of my food prep plan! Continue reading →
After I got my mom hooked on parchment paper, she came up with the idea for this one dish wonder. She often makes pork for my boys when we go to her house for dinner, and pork is just not my best friend…so she started making me my own special one dish meal..which has become a new favorite of mine. I am having fun playing around with lots of different versions Continue reading →
I had a request for a post about my raised bed garden so here goes!
I am pretty much a novice gardener, but I am having a great time learning by trial and error. My husband built me this 8 x 4 foot raised bed in the fall which made it all possible, as our native soil is not really suitable for growing. He bought Continue reading →