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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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Blistered Tomato and Seafood Pasta

With a six-month old, we have little energy or time for complicated recipes. That said, we don’t want to compromise on flavor either. Like last week’s recipe, this pasta sauce was inspired by watching the Food Network. Pasta sauce doesn’t have to be all diced tomatoes and tomato paste, so we blistered Campari tomatoes in ghee. We added scallops and shrimp for a protein, but this could easily be made with diced chicken or without an added protein.

Heather specifically requested gluten-free pasta (brown rice spaghetti), but you can serve with zoodles or another vegetable noodle. Whatever you choose, the result is a satiating but super fresh and light pasta dish. 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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Bacon and Cauliflower Creamed Spinach

The past five months have flown by with a newborn, and it has hit us that next week we will be flying out to Wisconsin to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Turkey Day is the first of many opportunities to over-indulge (in food and drink) with friends and family on a regular basis through the end of the year. There’s nothing wrong with making a conscious choice to treat yourself. However, we’ve learned that going off the rails has its consequences and is less and less appealing each holiday season.

As a result, we are always trying to create more options for our holiday tables, and this time we think we’ve really struck gold. This creamed cauliflower, spinach, and bacon medley has the heartiness of mashed potatoes, plenty of spinach, and bacon for days. It’s a great option for anyone looking to stay low-carb during the holiday feast, but it won’t leave anyone else feeling deprived. We hope it makes its way to your table as well, no matter the season.

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Wirsing in Sahnesauce (Savoy Cabbage in Cream Sauce)

This past weekend, after we returned from Canada on Friday, we went to Virginia to visit my parents and my aunt. Saturday morning, before we arrived, they visited their local farmers market and picked up a beautiful head of Savoy cabbage for us to bring home. With this head of cabbage came a challenge: how would we use this for a recipe to share with the world?

After some research, we found some fun German preparations of Savoy cabbage—wirsing, auf Deutsch—and this sautéed cabbage with bacon and a “cream sauce” was a must. The hint of nutmeg really brings a winter-y warmth to this recipe that will only get better as the temperature continues to drop. We hope you’ll enjoy this dish as a savory side dish or a main dish. Guten Appetit! 

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