OK I know, Flax Crackers don’t sound very appealing, but they are actually one of my favorite low-carb snacks. They are very high in fiber and yummy which is a big plus! I’ve purchased them at Fresh Market, but can’t convince myself to pay the price for the tiny bag that I can devour in one sitting if I’ve got a kid hanging over my shoulder wanting to taste some of mommy’s yummy goodness… I still can’t figure out why no matter what I purchase them, my food always seems more appealing?!?!?! (question of the century for every mom out there I’m sure)
Well since I’m too cheap to pay the store prices I decided to try making them on my own, and found a great Rosemary & Seasalt Flax Cracker recipe in The Gluten Free Low Carber by Mellissa Sevigny from ibreatheimhungry.com.. Going vegetation I’d almost gotten rid of her cookbook being as most low carb recipes are meat based, but I’m glad I kept it for such an occasion as today when I found myself on the prowl for a healthy snack option to take to work. The big bonus is that it barely put a dent in may pocketbook. I made these crackers with eggs from our chickens, rosemary which we also have in our garden for next time, added in some parmesan, celtic sea salt, and flax meal which are things I always have on hand. In less than an hour I have a great snack to help satiate my appetite during the day.
Now to think up some other flavor options in these little tasty treats. Here is a pic. Didn’t take time to pull out the real camera. So I just used my iPhone to save time.
Flax – crackers… YUM???
With the death of chocolate from my new Paleo AIP diet I’ve had to find something to meet my sweet treat. Searching Pintrest I ran across this surprisingly good little treat with only two ingredients; dates and unsweetened coconut. This is a win for me.
Coconut Date Balls
I’ve not cooked much over the past few weeks because I’ve been suffering with digestive woes caused by consuming gluten at some point. I’ve become basically a gluten free low carb vegetarian because my digestion doesn’t seem to properly work. This time I had to go to the Dr. but they had not assistance to offer me other than wait it out and referring me to a gastrointestinal specialist whom I’ll be seeing this week.
I’m about ready to try anything to feel better and not experience this pain again. I brew kombucha as well as kefir. I work out when I’m not exhausted from my digestive process malfunctioning. I eat well and get enough rest. I mean seriously – I’m ready to experience a pain free energy pumped life again.
This past week while searching for answers I ran across the website thepaleomom.com and ordered her book which began reading in the car as my husband and I ran our errands yesterday. My hope is to find anything of use to assist me in my journey to a normal digestion process. I’m only on page 24 of The Paleo Approach and I see myself diagnosed all on the pages. I want to skip to the end and find the answer, but am forcing myself to be patient and read the entire thing so there will be no blanks in my mind as to why this is or isn’t the right approach for me.
In the course of our errand running we have to stop at a friend’s house who happens to be from India and he has this vine like plant growing which is traditionally eaten after meals to aide in digestion. I ask for a couple leaves to try because I am desperate for something that will correct my system. After supper last night I was a leaf and consume it. I fount it to fast very astringent to the point I wanted to spit it out, but I pressed on and swallowed followed swiftly by a large glass of water. I actually felt it’s cooling properties as it worked its way through my digestive tract.
Happily this morning I am having some relief from my digestive woes of the past three weeks. I think I will purchase a plant found here on Amazon.com . I actually found some great looking Thai recipes I may have to try so as to incorporate this beneficial food into my diet hopefully at a much less traumatic experience for my taste buds.
I’d never heard of Harissa until running across this recipe from familystylefood.com. I actually had to go online to order from Amazon.com because none of the stores in my city carry it. I did find a recipe online to make my own, but didn’t want to spend that much time on something I didn’t know if I would even like. It was pretty expensive, but I didn’t have to use very much in the recipe. I though this recipe was a little more difficult than I’d like for a Wednesday evening meal, but that was because I didn’t have any chickpeas pre-soaked. So, I had to do the quick soak method. The only change I made to the recipe was to leave off the cheese to make the recipe vegan. The family liked it so I’ll put it on the maybe list as far as the possibility of repeating.
Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Harissa from familystylefood.com
The family loved this dish. I thought there would be extra for lunch the next day, but there was not any left when I went to make my plate. They devoured the entire pan. By the way I used zucchini and yellow squash from our garden. Pappi has potato and tomatoes planted, but they aren’t ready yet. Can’t wait until it’s this can be made from all fresh ingredients from our own garden.
I got a little carried away in the kitchen yesterday making a total of 3 of the Pinterest items by day’s end. The final item was something I saw on The Chew. I only sampled a small bit on a spoon after competing jarring, but I liked what I tasted. If I ate meat, this would go well with pork. But I don’t so I’ll let the family enjoy with the recommended grilled crostini. By the way – I substituted Ethereal for Sugar in this recipe.