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SCD Recipe: Carrot Cake with Creamy Caramel Peanut Butter Frosting

If you’re looking for a SCD recipe for a not-to-sweet cake that works for breakfast or dessert then this carrot cake is it.


I usually stick with cupcakes because it can be hard to cook the cake evenly. I think cooking with almond flour and honey makes it harder to get the center cooked, but this cake came out perfectly in 25 minutes.

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Product Review: Strawberry Shortcake and Coconut Pineapple Cake Larabars

LÄRABAR has released two new limited edition flavors for summer – Strawberry Shortcake and Coconut Pineapple Cake.

I’m going to say right up front that these bars are not 100% SCD legal because they contain a dried juice concentrate.



Being that the juice is the the last ingredient on the list, and I feel good abut LÄRABAR, I was good with giving these a try. The decision of course is your own. I don’t really recommend LÄRABAR for anyone at the beginning stages of the diet, or who are experiencing a lot of symptoms because the nuts and dates could be an irritant. But once you are back to feeling good LÄRABARs make a convenient on-the-go snack. The decision to try these two flavors is of course up to you.

Strawberry Shortcake

I love this bar. It’s one of the most ambitious bars from LÄRABAR yet. For one thing it has macadamia nuts! It also has pecans, dried strawberries, and dried cranberries (LÄRABAR typically labels every ingredient, but I sent them an email to verify whether or not these have sugar).

Ingredients (I have already verified that the vanilla does not contain sugar):

Strawberry Shortcake Larabar ingredients

Coconut Pineapple Cake

This one reminded me of the tropical flavor they had a while back, but I like this one better. It has more simple flavor with just pineapple and coconut. It’s kind of like their Coconut Cream Pie flavor with a little kick. I really like the hint of lime (not SCD legal) that’s there.


Coconut Pineapple Cake Larabar



Larabars top photo: Sherry Lipp

Larabars ingredients photo: LÄRABAR

SCD Recipe: Slow Cooked Chicken For Tacos

Recipe originally published May 20, 2011 and updated May 2, 2015

SCD Slow Cooked Chicken Taco Salad

This is one of my new favorite recipes and it’s so simple! It takes a while to cook (but not to prepare), so it’s good for a Sunday. I found the recipe in Sheryl Crow’s new cookbook If It Makes You Healthy. Even though the book is not SCD I like that it is geared toward healthy eating. There are a lot of interesting recipes that I look forward to trying or converting to make a SCD recipe (if possible).

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SCD Recipe: Quick and Easy Salmon Burgers

These delicious salmon burgers use canned salmon, because – let’s face it – I don’t always, have fresh salmon on hand, or feel like cooking it — SCD Tip – keep some easy-to-prepare foods at the ready so you don’t have run out to the store when you totally don’t feel like it —

I can get this done in less than half an hour. They go great with a salad, or do them as a lettuce wrap with some fresh guacamole (or just avocado) and tomato. Add some fresh fruit on the side (or whatever you want) and you’ve got a quick and easy dinner.


I haven’t tried it yet, but you could probably use tuna in place of the salmon.

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Recipe Review: 21DSD Pumpkin Pancakes

Not long ago I tried out the 21 Day Sugar Detox program by Diane Sanfilippo. I didn’t purchase the online program, but I do have both books – 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Carb & Sugar Cravings Naturally and 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for Any Program Level.


I think this program could be good for those following SCD, especially those you are having trouble adjusting to the new diet. The 21 Day Detox is based on the Paleo diet, and it is really easy to keep it SCD friendly. Not every recipe in the two books is SCD, but most are.

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Recipe Makeover: SCD and Paleo Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach Zoodles

If there’s one thing I love it’s converting a regular recipe over to SCD and/or Paleo. The other morning when I was watching The Kitchen on Food Network I spotted the perfect recipe. Sunny Anderson demonstrated her Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach Fettuccine.


The braised chicken part is pretty much already SCD and Paleo ready, but I made a few modifications and served it with zoodles – noodles mad from spiralized zucchini. If you don’t already have a spiralizer I highly recommend getting one. It will greatly expand your gluten-free culinary horizons.

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SCD Recipe: Sweet & Salty Slow Cooker Nuts

Nuts are a staple of SCD for cooking and snacking. This SCD recipe is a great pick-me-up when you need a quick snack. With just a hint of sweet and salty, these nuts make for a tasty treat.


Just a reminder – nuts can be hard of the stomach so I would consider this more of an advanced recipe for people who are no longer experiencing major symptoms. Everyone else should also remember to go easy on their nut portions, I have this set at 1/4 cup portion size.

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Shopping at Whole Foods Without Breaking the Bank

I just came across this article about saving money at Whole Foods and it got me thinking about my own tips.

Have you had a Whole Foods container at work and someone says “You were

Photo: Whole Foods Market®

Photo: Whole Foods Market®

shopping at Whole Paycheck” and then you feel as though you’re flaunting wealth (if you are on a budget)? I have had that happen many times, but I don’t really spend that much at Whole Foods. When I do spend a little more it’s because I’m buying some specialty item I can’t find anywhere else.

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SCD Recipe: Lime and Cherry Tart

This tart is a take on one of my most popular SCD recipes – Lemon Blueberry Bars. Besides the flavors, the main difference is making this into a tart instead of bars. This created a thinner, lighter crust which I really liked. It was more like pie. The tartness of the lime and cherries combined with the sweetness of the honey makes for a refreshing dessert.


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SCD Recipe: Cheeseburger Pizza Bake with Cauliflower Crust

If you’re looking for comfort food, this is it. It’s kind of a pizza casserole, because it’s so thick you need a knife and fork to eat it. Ground meat, peppers, onion, cheese and bacon is the perfect comfort-food combination.


If you haven’t tried making a cauliflower pizza crust yet, I highly recommend it. I like it way better than my almond flour crusts.

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