Following our trials and tribulations as we attempt to remove all grains, many starchy vegetables and most sugars from our diet while maintaining our love of good food! We strive to make all of our recipes GAPS and/or SCD compliant. Note: We didn't know about "Grain-Free Gourmet" when we chose our name. We are not affiliated with those good folks.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sierra's Introduction and recipe for Sesame Sauce

Hi everyone, my name is Sierra and my family began following the GAPS Diet in January of 2009. We have been having fun experimenting with ways of making the food interesting and enjoyable, and we now have an assortment of recipes and ideas to share with you- I hope you find them helpful!

First, a note about my family's dietary needs so that you know what to expect from my recipes. We are coming to GAPS from a gluten-free, casein-free, low histamine diet. We are still in the intro phase and moving slowly, and will be extra slow in adding in high histamine foods such as tomato and berries. My family has a number of health problems that we are hoping will be corrected or helped by this diet, including allergies, poor immune function, sensory processing issues, visual impairment, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, insomnia and other sleep problems, and moodiness and mood swings. Additionally, my younger child has Hyperlexia, which in his case is a mild Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more about Hyperlexia and my son's progress towards recovery, you can visit my blog here.

And now, here is a recipe I came up with the other day to bring more variety into our still-so-limited diet:

Sesame Sauce and Dip

In a blender or food processor, combine:

1/2 c. nut butter (or tahini)
2 T sesame oil
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T honey
1 T grated fresh ginger
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, depending on how salty the nut butter is

This makes a thick paste which works well as a dip, or can be thinned with broth, oil, or water to make a thinner sauce.

Some ideas for using this sauce:
mix with cold meat as a salad
dip steamed veggies, such as broccoli or red pepper in it
mix with cauliflower "rice"

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