• Karen’s Dessert: Ginger Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

    October 22, 2017lectinfreemama

    One of my readers, Karen, was asked to bring Thanksgiving dessert to her family gathering. She’s a fellow “lectin free” foodie who also “retreats from sweets.” Dessert is probably the most challenging thing to make Plant Paradox compliant, simply because it’s not necessary food for fuel. We mostly eat ground up salad and olive oil,…

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  • Black Forest Cupcakes for a Spooky Soiree

    October 17, 2017lectinfreemama

    Over the weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday, which fell on Friday, the 13th this year. We had a Halloween-themed “Superstitious Soiree” with costumes, creepy games, and my absolute favorite cake of all time: Black Forest cake. Black Forest cake is a tradition for my husband and me. It’s the cake we ate when we got…

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  • Pressure Cooked Early Fall Chili

    October 9, 2017lectinfreemama

    Are you ready to cautiously re-introduce things like squash, beans, and tomatoes back into your diet? Now that the weather’s cooler, are you pining for a good chili? If you have been following a lectin free diet for at least 6 weeks and you are symptom free, you may be ready to expand your horizons with a pressure…

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  • How to Eat More Foods You Love on a Lectin Free Diet

    September 24, 2017lectinfreemama

    I planted a vegetable garden back in May before I started reading The Plant Paradox. I planted what every BLT, spaghetti, and pizza-loving American plants: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squashes, and herbs. Then I read the book and stared in sadness at the “vegetables” on the No list. The ones that were full of lectins…

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  • Prosciutto, Sweet Potato, and Arugula Salad

    September 18, 2017lectinfreemama

    I’m not a huge fan of traditional salad. It’s good at first–very green and crunchy. But then 5 minutes later, when I’m still chewing my first bite of lettuce, I think, this sucks–can I just throw out the lettuce and eat the toppings? Instead, I soldier on and chew raw greens for the next half hour until…

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  • How to Make Cassava Flour Tortillas

    September 14, 2017lectinfreemama

    The Mexican restaurant; a.k.a. the place where “lectin free” eating goes to die. Corn tortillas, refried beans, tamales, tomato salsa with extra jalapeño seeds, death by spice chili peppers, and loads of gooey cheddar cheese. There’s often not a single compliant item on the menu. I can’t replace many of these things for you–I won’t…

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  • Easy Cinnamon Cassava Flour Pancakes

    September 2, 2017lectinfreemama

    Fall is in the air, and that means my local grocery store has placed the bins of cinnamon-orange pinecone wreaths out front for our olfactory enjoyment. I don’t know what kind of psychology they are pulling, but it’s working, because I want cinnamon everything. (I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin spice *ducks and runs*). This past…

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  • Lectin Lowdown: Why You Should Stop Eating Plant Lectins (Or at Least Reduce Them)

    August 11, 2017lectinfreemama

    Just like the term “leaky gut,” lectins were something I’d never heard of before several months ago. I’d heard of several other “bad” dietary things, most of which I had already tried giving up, to no avail. First I gave up dairy. That eased some symptoms. My heartburn and night sweats went away. Then I gave…

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  • Why Do We Care More About New Babies Than New Moms?

    July 21, 2017lectinfreemama

      It’s an important question, and before you yell “Because adorable innocent baby, DUH,” I’m not talking about why we take more pictures of babies or why we all want to touch babies or why we turn into singing, cooing weirdos around babies. I’m talking about healthcare. These are the well-check appointments a new baby receives…

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  • Wild Yellowfin Tuna with Avocado Salad

    July 17, 2017lectinfreemama

    I paid more than I want to admit for these wild-caught yellowfin tuna steaks, but I had never eaten yellowfin before, and it was the most beautiful and enticing cut of fish in the seafood case. It called out to me… And it was the best fish I’ve ever eaten. This is the absolute furthest…

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