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Gluten-free waffles

Here is a recipe for gluten-free bread or waffles that no one complains about.  I originally made a Mark Sisson recipe for coconut bread, but the boys didn’t like the texture.  The next time I made it, I replaced the coconut flour with almond flour (they really aren’t substitutes because they behave so differently in recipes).  When this recipe is made with coconut flour, it is very dense.  When almond flour is used, it turns out very light and buttery, much like challah.  To make it like a bread, I use an 8″ cake pan and cook it for about 10 minutes until it browns a bit on top.  It is great with chili, eating it with almond butter and jelly or just plain with butter.  When we use the recipe to make waffles, I always make a double batch to feed our family of five. Here is the recipe that we use to make great waffles and bread:

 

Ingredients:
6 eggs
1/2 cups ghee (or melted butter)
1-2 tablespoon honey, depending on taste
1/4 teaspoon iodized salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup almond flour

Method:
Whisk it all together, or blend in a food processor until all lumps are gone. Grease your waffle iron with butter or coconut oil and pour your batter in. Cook until golden brown and top with grade B maple syrup.

 

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Packing a primal/paleo lunch for school

In general, we eat primal at our house, but I’m not super hard-core about being grain- and legume-free with my boys. If they have pizza at a party, or waffles with their grandparents, I’ve made peace with it. I tend to follow the 80/20 rule with my boys and their diet – if they eat fresh whole food most of the time, I’m ok.

Eliminating grains and legumes for breakfast and dinner has been easy at our house, but lunch can still be a challenge. What can you pack that is gluten-free and doesn’t rely on GF packaged foods?

Well, for me it has been more about changing how I view lunch. You have to get away from thinking that everything has to be put in bread. Once you get over the sandwich bias, there’s a lot you can pack. Now that it’s colder, my boys like hot leftovers like chili or stir fry in their thermoses.

Our standby lunch for my oldest son is a salad with a bunch of veggies and protein. He is not a big fan of dairy or veggies – so he is more of a challenge. Thankfully he likes luncheon meet, so he gets lettuce and nitrite-free turkey wraps often.

Here is a typical lunch that they bring to school: mixed green salad with tomato, mozzarella (make it paleo by taking out the dairy products), and cucumber; ranch dressing, clementine and primal brownie (I made the brownies w/ almond and coconut flour).

 

Five tips for mama-razzis

Love photography, but scared to get off program mode?  Here are five tips that can help any mom make better pictures of her kids.

1. If you are outside, move your subject(s) into light shade. When your subject is in bright sun, you get squinty eyes and dark shadows around the eyes. When you move everyone into even shade (no dappled light), everyone looks better.

2. Turn off your flash! A flash creates really hard shadows, the evil red-eye and makes the background dark.  Also, the flash tends to wash out skin tones.  If you are inside, turn on all the lights, and/or go next to a window that has a lot of light streaming in. Unless it is night, you will not need a flash outside at all. You will be surprised how much better your photos look!

3. Pay attention to what is in the background.  Are there any people photo-bombing your picture?  Is there a tree or pole growing out of your subject’s head?  If so, you need to move either to the right or left (keeping your subject in the same spot) until you find a good composition.

4. Get in close. Have your family get in close together, and then you get close to them. A nice, tightly framed photo makes your family the center of attention, and removes any distractions in the environment.

5. Set your white balance! Most amateur photographers don’t know how to set the white balance, and the color of their pictures is off.  Look at your camera’s manual, and learn how to set your custom white balance. Clear, true to nature colors will make an amazing difference in your photos.