Gluten-free Granola for Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding can be a challenging experience at any stage. If you’re also a working mom, pumping adds another layer of (possible) complications. Some weeks, my supply seems just fine. Other weeks, I feel like I just can’t pump enough breastmilk and I worry my dwindling freezer stash will run out before Otto is ready to completely wean. Sure, we’re introducing solid foods (we started doing that two months ago, when Otto turned 6 months old). But, he’s still unsure. So his primary source of nutrition is, and will likely remain for some time, my breastmilk.

We crafted this granola recipe during one of those weeks I was feeling insecure about my milk supply, and it seemed to help! It’s specially designed with ingredients that help breastmilk production—nuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed—and uses only minimal added sugar (maple syrup) along with cinnamon (known to help regulate blood sugar) in the hopes of preventing that sugar high and crash that can happen after eating super sweet snacks.

Even if you’re not breastfeeding, this gluten-free granola is a quick and easy way to satisfy that craving you might have for a crunchy topping to your non-dairy yogurt (or regular yogurt, if you tolerate dairy well). We hope you enjoy it!

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Roasted Ranch Cauliflower

We have been on a cauliflower “kick” lately. Truth be told, I didn’t actually realize it until I sat down to write this post, but this is the third cauliflower-featuring recipe in a row. Whoops! I hope you’re finding it as versatile and delicious as we are. I promise the next recipe will be completely different.

This recipe takes a childhood favorite of mine—ranch dressing (I wouldn’t eat vegetables without either ranch dressing or melted cheese!)—and dresses it up a bit, while removing the dairy. The flavors are subtle, but work perfectly with the sweet roast-y goodness of the cauliflower. Serve it as a side with any chicken, pork, beef or even game meat, and enjoy!

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Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing and Marinade

Today I am writing sitting on the corner of a hotel bed in Canada. The family travelled here for a work event, and Otto and I have the day to ourselves. Otto was a champion on his first two flights, and we are hoping for similar luck on our return voyage. We may have caught a cold from recycled airplane air or the sudden change in temperature, so we’re taking it slow this morning.

Before we left the states, we whipped up a Caesar salad dressing that is dairy- and gluten-free. We love using salad dressings to spice up our vegetables and to marinate meats, but buying store-bought dressings is usually either expensive or a compromise in ingredient quality. Its hard to believe it took us over 6 years in our paleo journey to figure this out, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

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Roasted Tomato and Olive Mediterranean Salad

As summer turns to fall, I find myself wanting roasted things—Roasted Adobo Chicken, Roasted Root Vegetables, etc. But, as is usual for the Mid-Atlantic region, we still have warm and humid days occurring regularly. So, cold salads still hold their appeal for me.

This recipe takes deliciously roasted tomatoes and olives and blends them, chilled, with refreshing cucumber and artichoke. It seemed only natural to take a mediterranean turn, and somehow it feels like the perfect late-summer/early-autumn side dish. We hope you enjoy it!

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Gluten Free Walnut and Zucchini Bread

Last week, we shared with you a recipe for Zucchini Fritters, which we developed using a large home-grown zucchini given to us by a friend who recently visited us to meet Otto. Today, I’m excited to share with you the second recipe that we created using that same zucchini. (Seriously, it was a really big zucchini.)

This zucchini bread is a twist on a childhood favorite of mine—a twist that’s specifically good for lactating moms, like myself. Now that I’m back to work and Otto is with his nanny, it would be easy to for stress and lack of contact with my baby allow my body to stop producing breastmilk. But I’m determined to give Otto breastmilk as long as I possibly can, so I’m pumping regularly and consuming galactagogues whenever possible. (A galactagogue is a substance that increases milk supply; common ones are oats, walnuts, and fenugreek.)

Whether you’re a lacking mom or not, I hope you’ll enjoy this unique zucchini bread recipe. Oh, and one last thing: Yes, I realize that oats are not “paleo” in the strictest sense; but we aren’t paleo perfectionists. For me, gluten-free oats are close enough!

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