This article is a continuation of my first lectin-free lunch box feature (Part 1), which is linked below. I started this feature because I always get requests from parents for ideas of meals for their children. I also know that is hard to come up with new meals every day, and keep it healthy and nutritious at the same time. These lunch boxes are lectin-free because that happens to be the lifestyle I follow, but beyond the labeling they are just ideas of healthy food choices for your kids (and for you too).
Preparing healthy lunches for your family all year round not only requires time and incredible dedication to keeping your family healthy, but it might put your creativity to the test. I remember my mom, who always cooked food at home, from scratch (and still does), asking us all the time: ‘What do you want me to cook? I’m out of ideas.’ Unfortunately we were not of much help, we knew she will come up with something good. That’s why I’m starting a regular feature where I’ll share with you healthy, lectin-free lunch box ideas that will make our lives a little easier.
It has been a tradition in our household to create a new birthday cake on our birthdays. Since my husband loves chocolate and it was his birthday in April, I decided on a chocolate cake this time. And oh my, it didn’t disappoint. Although the looks might suggest something different, it’s actually a pretty basic and simple recipe to put together, so that’s another plus. And it’s grain-free, sugar free and lectin-free cake.
What do you make if you have a big bunch of fresh spinach? Chances are not pancakes, but don’t say no before you try it. I first discovered I can make spinach pancakes while reading one of my favorite cookbooks, inspired by Nordic cuisine. I made them once and since then I keep thinking of them. And because today, when I write this, is Pancake Day 2019, and I had this big bunch of spinach, I decided it’s time to make them again and write the recipe down.
I am more motivated these days to create savory, every day healthy dishes than baked stuff. Partly because I have enough really great recipes for sweet treats, and partly because I have a green tooth these days more than a sweet tooth. But, holidays are here and I just have to have some cookies on my table. So I created these lectin-free butter cookies today, and the dough can be used in different ways. My favorite ones are the thumbprint raspberry cookies.
I made these beauties yesterday with a friend of mine. I absolutely love purple sweet potatoes, going but the name Stokes Purple here in the US, and I made a lot of crazy stuff with them, but never attempted a cookie. Yesterday was National Cookie Day and although it wasn’t planned, it was quite fitting to the occasion. I not only love these purple sweet potato cookies because of how pretty they are, but they are a great way to eat resistant starch that is cooked and cooled, which is really smart if you want to triple the benefits for your gut health.
Please don’t run away when you read the name of this cake. It sounds like a lot is happening but it is actually a super easy one to make. It tastes delicious and of course, it’s a lectin-free carrot cake, which can be adapted to your specific occasion. Mine was simply stuffing my face with cake with no particular occasion, but you do you.
It’s the season for cranberry everything. And the only time when we find fresh cranberries in shops, so we better take advantage of it. I made my own cranberry sauce (that was delicious and a holiday hit) but I had to try and mix some of my two favorite flavors: orange and cranberries. And that’s how these lectin-free orange cranberry muffins were born.
Pecans are my new obsession. And I don’t even think I knew they existed before I moved to the US, more precisely to Texas. If you ask me, they are the tastiest tree nut out there, and you might already know how much I love home made pecan butter. But Thanksgiving is a week away so I thought I’d try to make a healthier version of this classic recipe.
Sometimes I like to ‘take orders’ from my followers and readers and few of you asked for a lectin-free chicken pot pie. Never had one before, but I had plenty of the more European version ‘vol au vent’ and I was keen to give it a try. The result didn’t disappoint but I let you make it and be the judge. It passed my husband’s test though, which is a big deal.