Sweet Potato Gratin

sweet potato

This sweet potato gratin has been a favorite in our home for many years.  It makes a beautiful side dish for Thanksgiving, and the flavors blend beautifully with either Turkey or Ham.  You can substitute Machengo, Romano, Gouda or Asagio cheeses as all of these work well in this gratin.



1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream (Full Fat Coconut Milk can be substituted)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Thyme
2 Tablespoons chopped Fresh Sage
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
2 Pounds Sweet Potatoes (peeled and sliced into 1/8 thick slices)
1/2 Sweet Onion, thinly sliced or diced
3 Cups grated Gruyère cheese
1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375°F

Butter an 11-inch gratin dish or use a 9×13 oven safe dish.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, sea salt and pepper. Bring to a soft boil, then remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the sliced potatoes in a large shallow bowl and pour the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Gently stir the potato slices to coat with the cream mixture. (note:  I use my hands for this step, a bit messy, but easier and faster to coat the potatoes)

Arrange one-third of the potato slices, slightly overlapping, on the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, half of the onions and 1 cup of the Gruyère. Repeat, using another one-third of the potato slices, salt and pepper, the remaining onions, and another cup of the Gruyère.

Top with the remaining potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper again.

Press the mixture down gently with a  spatula, (again, I just use the palms of my hands).

Pour any cream mixture over the potatoes and sprinkle evenly with the remaining  Gruyère and Parmesan cheese.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until the gratin is golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes more.

Let the gratin rest for 10 minutes before serving and garnish with sprigs of Sage leaves.


Natural Product Expo


Eating Evolved Crunchy Caramel

Eating Evolved Crunchy Caramel

Recently I attended the Natural Products Expo, an industry event which highlights trends in food, beverage, supplements and personal care products.  4 levels of the convention center filled with 1,450 vendors and attended by 28,000 people can be overwhelming; having only one day to see these products was impossible.  My goal was to talk with as many vendors as possible, focusing on product offerings for the Celiac/Gluten Sensitive Community.  I have put a list together of some of the products that I felt would be “Celiac Kid Friendly”.  Many of these products are available through Amazon, but others will need to be purchased through the company, or retailers such as Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market, Sprouts, or The Vitamin Cottage.

Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free:  This company produces Fresh/Frozen Lasagna Sheets, Gnocchi, Fettuccine as well as Pizza, and Vegan Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Ginger and Lemon Zest Cookie Doughs.  Products contain a short list of natural ingredients and all products are gluten and grain free.  https://cappellos.com

Bonafide Provisions:  All natural Bone Broth that tasted almost as good as my homemade broth.  Use the “Find Bone Broth” in the menu bar to locate a retailer in your area.  http://bonafideprovisions.com

Keep Healthy Low Glycemic Bars:  These protein bars are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher and most importantly many of there bars are safe for those who have Type 1 Diabetes.  The Sea Salt Brownie Bar (Diabetes safe) has 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber.  http://keephealthyinc.com/collections/organic-low-glycemic-bars

Siete Almond Flour Tortillas:  These are probably the best grain free tortillas I have tried, flexible enough to roll without breaking into a million pieces.  These tortillas are Paleo (grain free), Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy Free.   http://sietefoods.com/collections/tortillas

Raw Wraps:  An alternative to tortillas.  These gluten free wraps are also corn, soy, nut, egg and dairy free.  Made from fruits and vegetables these 9.5 inch wraps are soft and pliable.  Loaded with vitamins (A,C,K), antioxidants, minerals, fiber, polyphenols and flavonoids but packed with flavor. Bonus: they do not require refrigeration.  http://www.rawwraps.org

The Greater Knead:  This company is producing gluten, dairy, soy, egg, nut, and sesame free bagels.  I did not try these because they contain Sorghum, but they looked good.  Note: that their website is not yet up and running.  www.thegreaterknead.com

Buddha Bread:  Gluten Free Cheese Bread that comes frozen and is ready to bake (no thawing required).  Rolls and Garlic and Basil Breadsticks that are also soy, nut, trans fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup free.  Made in a dedicated gluten and nut free facility.   https://www.bread-empire.com/products/bb-original

Mediterra All Natural Snack Bars:  These would be great to pack for lunch, or as a grab and go snack.  All of their bars are gluten free and they have savory and sweet versions.  http://mediterranutrition.com

Thrive Tribe Bites:  This was very similar to Granola, but has a softer consistency.  All of their products are gluten/grain free, Non-GMO, Preservative Free, and contain no refined sugars.  Along with the Thrive Bites they produce high quality cookies and coconut chips.  http://www.thrivetribe.com/bites/

Bounce Balls:  Lunch boxes or grab and go snacks that are gluten and grain free.  I tried the Lemon Macadamia at the Expo.  9 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and free of additives and preservatives.  https://bounce-balls.myshopify.com

New Primal Jerky:  Great selection of jerky, snack sticks and snack bites that are not dry and flavorless.  All of their products are gluten free, soy free and refined sugar free.  http://shop.thenewprimal.com

Blissful Baking:  This company produces child friendly gluten free cookies.  Chocolate, Vanilla and Cinnamon flavors and shapes like Space, Ocean, and Magical Adventure.  These cookies are Certified Gluten Free and Non-GMO Verified.  The company also uses not artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and the manufacturing facility is gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free and lactose free. (Please note that these cookies are corn flour based).   http://blissfulbaking.com

Artisan Tropic:  Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO and Paleo; these snack strips are crunchy and flavorful and have a short list of ingredients.  Great for dips!  https://artisan-tropic.myshopify.com

Kiwa products are a favorite in our house.  All of their products are gluten free, Non-GMO, and 100% Organic.  All ingredients are harvested through Earth-friendly practices and bought directly from small farmers who work with sustainable agricultural practices.  They make a variety of chips including:  Casava, Plantain, Andean Potato, Parsnip, Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Vegetable Mix.  http://www.kiwalife.com/products/

Hippeas:  Chickpea Puffs in a variety of flavors with 4 grams of protein per ounce and 3 grams of fiber per ounce.  Their products are Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher, contain no MSG, Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic.  http://hippeas.com

Seely Mint:  The family have a mint farm in Washington State and produce quality Gluten Free Mint Teas (great for upset tummies) as well as Mint Candies.  They also make candy canes seasonally that are absolutely gorgeous!  https://www.seelymint.com

Eating Evolved:  For those who are chocolate lovers, Eating Evolved is a favorite in our home.  Their Organic and Fair Trade Products are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and sweetened with Coconut Sugar.  They make a variety of treats including Chocolate Bars, Coconut Butter Cups, and Chocolate Spreads.  http://eatingevolved.com

Unreal:  This company produces gluten free candy made without artificial colors and fair trade cocoa.  One of the reasons I like these chocolates is that they are lower in sugar.   Candy Coated Chocolates (think M&M’s), Peanut Butter Cups (smooth and crispy varieties) and available at Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts, or online.  http://getunreal.com/pages/buy

The Grandpa Soap Company:   My favorite products are their Epsom Salt Soap, Thylox Soap and Charcoal Soaps which are free of Gluten, Phthalates, Sulfates, Paraben, EDTA, Animal By Products, and Artificial Fragrances/Colorants.  These soaps are wonderful for those with  gluten rashes or Dermatitis Herpetiformis.  http://www.grandpasoap.com/categories/grandpas-specialty/

Molly Suds:  Gluten Free Laundry Detergent free of harsh chemicals.  They have powders, liquid, wool dryer balls and even a Dog Shampoo.  They were offering a coupon code “SIMPLY25”, so if you place an order use the code for a discount.  https://mollyssuds.com/products/

Piggy Paint:  For those who have little girls, or for Momma’s who are looking for non-toxic, hypoallergenic, water based, gluten free nail polish.  There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.  http://www.piggypaint.com.

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Simple Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are summertime superstars in our home.  Snacking, baking and freezing fresh organic blueberries to use throughout the winter months.  Blueberries have a unique set of health benefits and are known for their phytonutrient content.  Blueberries are also a great source of Manganese, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Fiber, and Copper.  The D-Man loves blueberry muffins slathered in pastured butter, and this recipe produces a dense muffin perfect for butter slathering.  These muffins also freeze well, so make a double batch and enjoy them at a later date.

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins


2 Cups Blanched Almond Flour (plus 2 tablespoons for streusel topping)
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Organic Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Organic Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
6 Pastured Eggs
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup of Fresh Organic Blueberries (rinsed and patted dry)

Streusel Topping (optional)

2 Tablespoons Pastured Butter (melted)
2 Tablespoons Blanched Almond Flour
3 Tablespoons Coconut or Palm Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a regular sized muffin tin with Butter or Coconut Oil

In a large bowl combine:  Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, Ginger and Cinnamon, set aside.

In a small bowl add eggs and beat with an electric hand mixer until frothy.

Add maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the eggs and continue beating until combined.

Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and blend with the hand mixer till a thick batter is formed.

Fold in Blueberries and gently scoop the batter into the muffin cups.

In a small bowl mix the melted butter, coconut sugar and almond flour together for the streusel topping.

Place the streusel on each of the muffins patting down lightly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

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