Baking Fun on SCD

As I have continued on the Special Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the most fun has been experimenting with baking. Because the SCD is totally grain-free, baking is done completely with almond flour. In Elaine Gottschall’s book that I previously referenced, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, she explains the need for blanched almond flour. This is almonds with the skin removed. Because almond flour can be costly, I have found a brand on Amazon that is not only really good, but cost-effective.

I have made many different muffins, breads and breakfast treats using this almond flour. My husband, Brian, has been thrilled with each recipe. These were the Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins from Lucy’s Cookbook that I referenced in the last post. Next to it is Lois Lang’s Luscious Bread. We use that recipe to make our sandwiches. It slices and toasts well.

cinnamon coffee cake

Here is a pic of a sandwich made with the bread. It is a small loaf, so Brian usually makes two sandwiches. I also poached some pears for my lunch this day, because initially, only cooked fruit is allowed for better digestion.sandwich with bread

Also from Lucy’s Cookbook, I made Apple Cobbler. It was similar to my old apple crisp recipe and very good. Each time a make something, I get a thumbs up from Brian. apple cobblerapple cobbler cooked

 

 

 

 

These Parmesan Onion Rolls are absolutely delicious! We use these as hamburger buns, for chicken breasts sandwiches or anything you’d want a moist, tasty roll. Interestingly, I had not been able to eat Parmesan for over two years, but I have no problem with these.

Parmesan rolls

Hope you liked the pics of my baking fun. I have been enjoying myself, experimenting with different recipes. Some of our favorites are Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Banana Muffins, Carrot Cake Muffins and Peanut Butter Brownies.

The best part about these recipes is that they are high in protein because of the almond flour and low in sugar. They do all have butter as the fat, but I sometimes cut down a little on the amount without any change in taste or texture.

And the even better part is that I have been able to enjoy and tolerate without any mast cell reactions all of the recipes except for one… the lemon blueberry muffins. This is the second time lemon has caused a reaction, so it is safe to say lemon is out… for now.

I am having fun baking the SCD way and will continue trying new recipes. I am now two months into SCD and doing well. I have learned a few things about my body, it’s reaction to SCD and how to go forward. Stay tuned to the next post.

 

Cooking SCD Meals

When I decided to begin this Special Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), I was a bit hesitant about the SCD meals that we would be eating. I had purchased three recipes books that provided SCD meals but they didn’t look that appetizing. I was used to recipes a bit more involved and complicated.

The one perk for me is that at least I was used to cooking all of my meals from scratch. I ate no processed foods, so that would not be a big stretch. SCD meals rely solely on every single thing made from scratch, including the ketchup and mayo. The reason is because all processed, store-bought foods have sugar, a disaccharide. And if you remember from the last post, only monosaccharides are allowed.

Luckily, easy recipes are included for everything and once you make the ketchup and mayo, it’s done and in the fridge. There are also recipes for BBQ sauce, hot sauce and several other things that I haven’t tried yet.

Now onto the SCD meals. I have made many and to my delight and the delight of my hubby, they are delicious! I have not made even one that we did not like. The Stuffed Zucchini was one of our favorites and made enough to freeze the leftovers. That was from Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall.stuffed zucchini

The Eggplant Lasagna from Lucy’s Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook by Lucy Rosset was amazing. I left out the spinach because I know I don’t do well with that. And before all of the mastos freak out at the thought of eating two nightshades, both eggplant and tomatoes, either this SCD is working or something freaky is happening, because I can tolerate both without any GI problems!eggplant lasagna

This next recipe was from a website that was not SCD but I altered it to use only SCD legal ingredients and it was one of the best pork tenderloin recipes we had ever eaten. I served it with mashed cauliflower (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) and sweet peas. Every meal is so filling and satisfying.pork tenderloin

This last recipe for this post was Parmesan and Walnut Crusted Chicken from Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Raman Prasad. Raman worked directly with Elaine Gottschall prior to her death and he was able to heal his inflammatory bowel disease through Elaine’s diet. This chicken is the juiciest, tastiest chicken that was well-complemented by the acorn squash and steamed broccoli. parmesan and walnut chicken

These are just a few of the delicious SCD meals I have been making. We have been enjoying the flavors, textures and different recipes. Again, I am so happy to report that I have not had any reactions to these recipes.

The one thing that I have noticed is that because they are so tasty, I have to be mindful of eating slowly and not overeating. My Dysautonomia is triggered by eating too much. I do much better by eating small amounts more frequently. If I get a feeling of fullness, even if I haven’t eaten enough to really be full, it’s my Dysautonomia kicking in, not my mast cells. That’s a clear sign to eat less next time.

Stay tuned as I describe the baking fun next.

Making Homemade Yogurt

As I was reading about the Special Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), one of the most essential things that Elaine Gottschall discussed was the importance of homemade yogurt. Initially, that concerned me because I have been dairy free for over 2 years. I only allowed myself occasional fresh mozzarella, which is the one cheese my mast cell specialist okayed. But I noticed a rash when I ate it more than once every couple of weeks, so I stayed away from all other dairy.

I couldn’t decide how the homemade yogurt was going to fit in to my dairy free life, but I was determined to at least try it. Since I had previously had the least trouble with goat’s cheese, I decided to try it with goat’s milk. Elaine’s book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, has detailed instructions on making the homemade yogurt because her process is different than typical yogurt making. The yogurt has to be fermented at least 24 hours so the lactose becomes galactose which is a monosaccharide. As I mentioned in the previous post, all of the carbohydrates must be monosaccharides.

So I decided to make it easy on myself and ordered the Yogourmet electric yogurt maker. I did not like the plastic container it came with to hold the yogurt, so I also ordered Wellbee’s 64 ounce Glass Jar that fits into the Yogourmet. Yogourmet comes with the freeze-dried yogurt starter and the thermometer. Getting the milk to the correct temperature and cooling it to there correct temperature before adding the starter are important.

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Wellbee's jar

The first time I made the yogurt, I enlisted the help of my hubby. I wish I had a video recording because it was kind of funny. Even though I had read through the directions, it was a new process and we were running back and forth from the stove to the sink to the counter.  I’ve now made it many times and it’s easy.

I also make fruit compote using just frozen organic fruit, a little water and honey. I add a couple of spoonfuls of this to the homemade yogurt each day and it is delicious! This one is mango but I have made mixed berry, blueberry and peach.fruit compote
I’m even happier to report than I have had ZERO reaction to the yogurt. This was a huge surprise to me. I did start out with just a few spoonfuls the first time and then a tiny bowl. Now I have a small bowl each day. The SCD also has several recipes with homemade yogurt as one of the ingredients.homemade yogurt

It’s important  to add here that there are several SCD recipes on the internet that are NOT really SCD legal according to the original SCD as written by Elaine Gottschall. I am strictly following the original diet initially to allow ample time to assess whether it is effective for my mast cells.homemade yogurt

So far, so good… Continue to follow to see more meals, foods and reactions.