Breaking the Vicious Cycle is the best source for your first Specific Carbohydrate Diet recipes. The reason I always suggest everyone start with BTVC is that it’s going to adhere 100% since it is the origin of the diet. Yes, there are a couple of unusual things in there, which I will discuss next week, however you can’t really go wrong with the recipes.
I’ve tried quite a few of the recipes from this book and most of them are pretty good. Please leave a comment or let me know any specific ones you’d like me to talk about. I’m going to review a few over the next few weeks so I’d like to know what interests you the most. After that I’m going to talk about “Beyond SCD” and some of my favorite cookbooks and for recipes!
When I started SCD, BTVC was pretty much the only resource for recipes, which is what started me on making my own. Most of them are pretty easy to follow and make. Shortly after starting the diet I came home from work to find my husband, who doesn’t do a lot of cooking, making the pizza recipe! He had no trouble following it and I can tell you it was a nice surprise so be sure to share the book with your family members. You never know what might transpire.
When you’re first starting out you’ll be referring to BTVC a lot so you can remember what’s legal and what’ not. It will also help you build confidence in your new cooking style as you move forward and expand your horizons.
From BTVC I have made:
- Apple-Raisin Peanut Butter Spread (simple to make and I love peanut butter apples – one of my most frequent snacks)
- Hearty Vegetable Soup (I love making soup!)
- Ketchup (I have moved on from using tomato juice, but this is good for the early stages)
- Raw Cranberry Relish (This turned out really good – great for holidays)
- Mayonnaise (Mayo is easy to make – I have never used the crushed saccharin some recipes call for)
- Baked Acorn Squash (pretty basic – the recipe doesn’t tell you how long to cook it – I had to call my mom because I had always avoided squash before SCD)
- Butternut Squash Slices (these are pretty good – I added salt and pepper, but some may not tolerate spices right away)
- Cauliflower “Potatoes” (my first foray into subbing cauliflower for potatoes and I’ve continued to do it to this day)
- Sweet & Sour Lentils (I love lentils, but I didn’t really like this one to be honest)
- Baked Cottage Cheese (It’s a little plain, but I used to like this. I hardly ever buy dry curd cottage cheese these days, but it’s worth trying out)
- Pizza (this one’s pretty intensive to make, but it’s not bad especially if you’re craving melted cheese and tomato sauce. I make cauliflower crust most often now)
- “Spaghetti” and Sauce (I love spaghetti squash and still make it all the time)
- Stuffed Zucchini (This is one of my favorites!)
- Vegetable Meat Loaf (A good beginning SCD recipe – I used to make it all of the time)
- Basic Muffins (I waited a few weeks to buy almond flour, but I loved these once I started experimenting with baking)
- Cheese Bread (It’s been so long since I’ve made this, I’m going to have to try it out again)
- Zucchini Muffins (These had a great flavor, but mine always came out a little moist)
- Banana Cake (This is also a little moist, but a good beginning SCD banana bread recipe)
- Cheese Cake (I really, really wanted to like this, but I thought it was a little weird – the DCCC makes it gritty)
- Cheese Cookies (I don’t think mine came out right – I need to try it again sometime)
- Peanut Butter Cookies (decent peanut butter cookie recipe)
- Apple Custard Pie (This is one of my favorites!)
- Custard (kind of like the cheesecake, this comes out gritty, but it works for beginners. Once you’re ready, I recommend using coconut milk to make custard)
- Vanilla Candy (I used the nuts and I love this! I used it once for a pie crust and it was awesome!)
- Becky’s Magic Toffee (This is pretty good, but takes some practice to get it to come out right)