Hi Blossom! Glad to see you back...
I am very familiar with the GAPS info. In fact, reading that was one of the things that kickstarted this whole process. And I agree with you -- I think after enough time away from the trigger foods, the gut heals itself and hopefully most things can be reintroduced and tolerated well. I will say though, I had avoided gluten like the plague for 7-8 years and once I started eating a little here, a little there again, is when I started this slippery slope into new A/I problems. So for me, I believe gluten is off the menu forever
I love salads but not during the winter. I tend to gravitate towards soups and stews during the cold months. Here is an absolutely FABULOUS Paleo stew -- hands down, the best beef stew I have ever eaten.
The butternut squash thickens it up beautifully as it cooks. It makes a huge batch with plenty of leftovers for fridge or freezer:
Paleo Beef Stew Attachment 42217
1-1/2 to 2 lbs. beef cubes for stewing;
1 Tbsp olive or coconut oil
1 butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and diced;
1 medium onion, diced;
3 garlic cloves, minced;
4-6 carrots, sliced on the diagonal;
6 oz. mushrooms, sliced;
6 oz. fresh spinach;
1 cup chicken stock *14 oz. diced tomatoes with green chilies ("Rotel" style -- I use Mild); (**See note below) *1 tbsp. chili powder; *1 tsp. paprika;
1 tsp. dried oregano;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;
Warm up a dutch oven over a medium-high heat.
Brown the beef cubes in the skillet in a small amount of olive or coconut oil until lightly browned. Drain off some of the fat, or leave it all in there for a richer broth.
Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the spinach and the mushrooms, to the pot.
Give everything a good stir, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a low simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally. (Can also be cooked in a crockpot on low for 6-8 hours but be sure to brown the meat first).
Add in the mushrooms 30 minutes before the stew is done.
Add the spinach immediately before serving. **NOTE: If you are avoiding nightshades, omit the tomatoes, chili powder and paprika as these are all from the nightshade family. Otherwise, enjoy them as they add a lot of flavor!
I have never made this without the tomatoes and spices but am going to give it a whirl now that I am avoiding nightshades. Just have to come up with some flavorful alternative ingredients...