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A FarmerChef Breakfast Cookie

30 Aug
by Deanne

August and September are the months for me to focus on a project called The FarmerChef Project.  It all started here on our little blog when Francine was living with us prior to her big move

Last winter, I discovered that there were some mini-grants available for supporting or promoting local food so I applied for the grant.  The idea was to expand the FarmerChef project beyond our restaurant.  This has worked out well since we closed our restaurant on August 17th.  (More on our BIG MOVE later.)

You can follow along with the farmerchef project by clicking on our icon which will take you to the  pinterest page. Logo for FarmerChefs

Today I re-read a recipe from a fellow Minnesota blogger, Carole Jones.  I love to see what’s happening in Carole’s busy household at My Kitchen Escapades.   A recipe called, Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie caught my attention because these “cookies” have no sugar, no eggs, and no flour. Carole credits Kumguat blog with the original recipe.  It is fun to see how she adapted it.  

When I read the recipe I wondered what would happen if I used Omega Maiden Camelina Oil.  Regular readers know that I am a fan of this healthy organic oil grown by our neighbors here in Southwest Minnesota. Photo of FarmerChef Breakfast Cookies

So….here is my version of the recipe:

FarmerChef Breakfast Cookies
(makes 14 cookies)
recipe adapted from My Kitchen Escapades

  • 1 1/2 C whole rolled oats
  • 1 C coconut flakes
  • 1 Tb ground flax seed  (can be found locally, I buy mine at our local store)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  •  3/4 C  Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 C raisins or desired dried fruit
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 C Omega Maiden Camelina Oil
  • 1 Tb honey or agave  ( I used local honey!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a large cookie sheet lightly with nonstick spray.  
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl then add all the wet ingredients.  
Mix well until combined.
Press about 2 rounded tablespoons of the mixture into a  mason jar ring to form the cookie.
Remove the ring and form the next cookie.  
It seems to work to place them close together because they do not spread.
Bake for 25 minutes then cool completely on the pan.

This is a very adaptable recipe….How many healthy ingredients and locally grown ingredients can be added?   If you adapt it please let me know.

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Bye Bye Blueberries

2 Nov
by Deanne

We’ve been reading story after story about how eating whole, mostly plant based foods has helped people heal their bodies in remarkable ways.  That is why Steve and I decided to start a business that is focused on teaching people about cooking with real food ingredients and creating a few products with ingredients that stand out so people can easily decide whether or not they want to eat them because of allergies or food intolerance.Photo of Blueberries from Focus 28 Diet website

Yogurt,milk, blueberries, green peppers, ginger, black pepper, and sesame seeds are a few of the “good for you foods” that I recently discovered could be triggering my immune system and causing troublesome symptoms. 

Lately I have been eating a lot of blueberries because my favorite brain doctor guru Dr. Amen, writes that they were good for the brain.   In fact, blueberries usually head the list of superfoods.

So, learning that blueberries and the other foods mentioned  above could be the source of some of my symptoms is a big a head scratcher.  Unfortunately the message that my little brain can handle is :  There are good foods and bad foods, but I’m learning that it’s much bigger than this either or option.

It would be nice if that were that simple.  It is true that whole foods have many beneficial properties, but the complexity comes in when an individual’s unhealthy or compromised immune systems interact with the food. 

In July, I discovered certain foods were aggravating what I called “my allergies.”  When I stopped eating dairy products, my sinuses cleared and I could breath through my nose.  Wow, what a big change for me who has been largely ignoring  my chronic symptoms for years.  I just wrote them off as, “That is just the way I am.  I have allergies.”  It turns out that foods really do impact allergies.  It is called oral allergy syndrome. For example I noticed when I ate a peach, I sneezed and my eyes watered.  Photo of peaches

Still something doesn’t quite feel right.  I still get a sore throat after eating certain foods and have a tooth ache that has been lingering for years.  When I visited the dentist, he said the tooth was healthy according the x-ray.  In search of a solution I recently choose to take The ALCAT Test.

This blood test was helpful to my son as he sought a solution to persistent acne.  So when I found that my chiropractor was now offering the test, I decided to have one done.  Here is an explanation from the company that produces the test and explains their approach:

Recent scientific discoveries have revealed increasingly deeper levels of understanding of how food interacts with our immune system affecting metabolism in ways that can be either beneficial or detrimental.  Chronic activation of the immune system and chronic inflammation that it produces is not only the common feature of modern diseases of aging, but also its major underlying cause.

The “wrong” food, although it may be “healthful” for most people, will induce inflammation.  The immune system aims to damage the food, which it mistakes as a harmful invader, such as bacteria, parasite or virus, but also ends up damaging our own body.  Long term exposure can even trigger auto-immunity, where the immune system actively attack our own tissues and bodily structures.

I am early in the process of eating a variety of foods that are compatible for me.  The idea is to take the foods, non-reactive according to a blood test, and rotate them daily so we don’t develop an intolerance to more foods. One superfood, I can eat every other day is spinach another is green tea.  The good news is:  people who eliminate troublesome foods from their diet for about six months are able to introduce them back into a diet that is balanced and rotates on a daily basis.

As I move further along the path to optimal health, I am more enlightened about the idea of good and bad foods.  While I am a bit sad about temporarily saying good bye to blueberries, I know that when blueberry season comes, I will have a healthy immune system and it will be time to introduce them back into a balanced rotational diet.   Perhaps there is something else to be learned about my own symptoms that might not be addressed with this approach. I am sure it won’t be easy, so I’ll keep you posted.

Have you heard about food intolerance? Some of the symptoms that tell us something us up with our immune system and chronic activation due to food intolerance are:

Digestive Disorders

Migraines

Obesity

Chronic Fatigue

ADD/ADHD

Skin Disorders

Arthritis

and as the brochure says….many more.