Special Diet - Created Date : 20.9.2019
GAPS Intro Stage 3: Nut Butter Squash Pancakes
For all you fellow laborers through stage 3 of the GAPS Intro Diet: these easy Nut Butter Squash Pancakes are for you. You’re welcome.
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Stage three, here we come!
I’m pretty sure if you’re looking at this recipe, you’re either on stage three (finally!), or you’re prepping for for the intro. If the latter is you, kudos. Once you dive in, don’t give up.
If you’re finally to stage three, congratulations! After living off broth and boiled meat and veggies for who knows how long, I hope you were able to add in egg yolks and ghee in stage two. Maybe even a little homemade yogurt or sour cream.
The first time I went on the intro diet, it only took me 8 days to get to stage three. But the second time, three years later, it took me almost 5 weeks. Both times I was SO excited to finally add in something with a little substance, even if it was something as strange as pancakes made out of squash and nut butter.
Nut Butter Squash Pancakes
When I tried to make these funny little pancakes during my first go on the intro, they were a complete conundrum to me. I’d like to be able to tell you that by the time I moved on to the Full Diet 10 days later, I had nut butter squash pancakes figured out.
But I didn’t.
In fact, most of the meals that included nut butter squash pancakes actually usually included nut butter squash scrambled pancakes. Yeah… I had so much trouble getting the batter to cook through in the pancake form that I’d end up finally giving up and scrambling the batter like eggs.
Success, at last.
Thankfully, during this last go-round with stage three, I was able to perfect my nut butter squash making game. I say thankfully, because I’ve now been eating them for 10 weeks, as opposed to 10 days last time. So if I were still having those scrambled pancake issues I would be one sad mama.
In my quest for ease and frugality, I usually use whatever squash is cheapest. Right now that happens to be canned pumpkin at my local Aldi. But back in January I used leftover whole pumpkins cooked down in my Instant Pot. I’ve also used acorn squash and butternut with this recipe. They all work fine, though I do have to use more eggs with freshly pureed squash, as opposed to the store-bought canned stuff.
I actually prefer the taste of pumpkin or butternut with the nut butter. Nut butter kinda tastes weird with acorn, but that’s just my opinion. I know, it’s what’s in all the photos, but they’re just so cute I couldn’t help it! Use whatever squash you want, friends!
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Every time you eat these, I’m a little tiny bit jealous. But then I remember what it was like to be on the GAPS diet and I know that it’s a small comfort to have such a delicious pancake in the presence of such intense desire for grain! So I’m very glad that you get to eat them. Be healthy, love. — Your Husband.
Microwave cooking and nutrition
Are microwaves bad for your health? Almost every American house has a microwave. The convenience they offer is undeniable. However, despite the widespread use of microwave ovens and excellent safety recordings, some people suspect that cooking microwaved food makes it somewhat less healthy by removing foods from eating. Do you cook with microwave? Are microwave foods healthy?
How does microwave cooking work?
Understanding how microwave ovens work can help clarify the answers to these general questions. Microwave ovens cook food similar to radio waves but using shorter energy waves. These waves are highly selective, mainly affecting water and other electrically asymmetrical molecules - one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged. Microwave ovens cause these molecules to vibrate and rapidly generate thermal (heat) energy.
Are microwaves safe to cook?
Some foods, when they are exposed to heat, from a microwave oven or a normal oven, are broken down. Vitamin C is perhaps the most clear example. However, since microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that are decomposed when heated.
When going to the vegetables, cooking in water takes some of the nutritional values ??because the nutrients flow into the cooking water. For example, boiled broccoli loses glycosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound that can give vegetables the ability to fight against cancer (and many find it distinctive and some find it disgusting). Steaming vegetables - even steaming microwave - is it better? In some ways, yes. For example, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.
Are microwaves bad for your health?
The method of cooking, which keeps the nutrients in the best way, is a method that quickly heats, warms food and uses as little liquid as possible. The microwave meets these criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water evaporates food from the inside out. It contains more vitamins and minerals than almost all other cooking methods and shows that microwave foods can be really healthy.
But let's not get lost in details. Vegetables are good for you in any way you prepare, and most of us don't eat enough. Is the microwave oven good or bad? Microwave is an engineering wonder, a miracle of convenience - and sometimes advantageous in feeding.
Learn more about safe microwave cooking. See. "Microwave food in plastic: Is it dangerous or not?"