Thursday, February 09, 2017

You Must Read "The Shack"!

We found ourselves shut inside a condo on Indian Rocks Beach, in Clearwater, FL, this winter during a freak storm of high wind and rain.  Had it not been for the little library within the beach front unit, I may have gone crazy!

My granddaughter suddenly exclaimed, "Oh, Papaw, you have to read this book!

That may have been may have been one of the highlights of my entire life.  I've read the Bible through in several versions, but never had I completely grasped the meaning of a relationship with the Holy Trinity.  "The Shack"*, by William P. Young, opened my mine to the great love of each part of God.  It also made me more aware of the Holy Spirit, a part that we often overlook in our thoughts, action, and prayers. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, read this book soon; it will change your life and relationship with everything! 

Plus, there is a movie coming out soon, and you need to read the original thoughts of Mr. Young before you see it!

*A grieving father receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him to meet in the Oregon wilderness where his daughter has been abducted and murdered. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, "The Shack" wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?"

Monday, January 09, 2017

Scallops and Shrimp With Asparagus

If you've been following me lately, you know that I'm a Wheat Belly practitioner.  So, the simple object is to avoid "grains" altogether.

Tonight I was craving some seafood; scallops and shrimp, to be exact.  I came up with this real quick and easy way to prepare this type of seafood without much mess and fuss, and "real" bread.

I bought 8 large, raw, scallops and shrimp, and a can of cut asparagus.  I kind of wish I'd bought only asparagus tips, because in a can of "cut asparagus", you always find one of two tough stringy pieces.  This bite always makes me rethink the purchase, but I do love asparagus!  If I'd had more time, I would have sautéed my own, using butter; next time.
Anyway, I put pats of butter around the bottom of two oven friendly bowls, and placed a scallop on top of each piece.  Around the edges, of my bowl, I placed the shrimp. 

In another pan, I heated olive oil (real California), salt, pepper, garlic, and minced up sun dried tomatoes.  I poured the thoroughly heated mixture over the scallops and shrimp.  I then crumbled "Wheat Belly Herbed Focaccia Flatbread" (made earlier) over the top.

I already had the oven heating to 450 degrees, so I popped the dishes in for 10 minutes.  That's all it takes!  If the shrimp is pink, then it's all done.

When the asparagus is heated, remove the dishes from the oven, section the scallops into 4 bites each, and place on a plate along side the vegetable.  It's good!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hot And Spicy Nut Mix - Wheat Belly Style

This is our version of this wonderful snack recipe.

Have a glass of water nearby when you eat these nuts. Pack this Hot and Spicy Nut Mix from the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox  in a resealable plastic bag or plastic container and take it along with you when you travel. It’s certainly tastier and a lot less expensive than the nuts sold at airports or other travel shops.  If making it for the kids, add cashew fragments to your choice of nuts. (Adult versions should avoid cashews or minimize them due to potentially excessive carbohydrate exposure.)
If you start with whole nuts, you can reduce them to smaller pieces in your food chopper, food processor, or coffee grinder by pulsing briefly. (We chose not to reduce size.)

Makes 16 (1/4-cup) servings:
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (These did not turn out to be as desirable as first thought.  They were tough to chew, but maybe pre-roasting these separately would have made a difference.)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (We omitted these.)
  • 1 cup raw walnut pieces
  • 1 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons hot-pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 275

In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, coconut oil, chili powder, hot sauce, and salt.  Toss to mix thoroughly.

Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once (we actually baked a little longer for crispness).  Cool before serving.

Per 1/4-cup serving:
253 calories, 6g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 24g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 2g fiber, 97mg sodium.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wheat Belly Pizza Crust . . . You Can Hold In Your Hands!

Here’s a recipe for pizza crust that you can actually hold in your hands.  I was skeptical, so I had to try this one!

This is my take on the recipe on page 232 in the "Wheat Belly Cookbook" - Pizza Crust 1.

This recipe yields a pizza crust sturdy enough to hold in your hands.  As written, it will make a 12-inch round pizza crust.

  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • 4 tablespoons garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In food processor or food chopper (actually, I just used a fork, but I'm sure the cruse would have been made of finer grain nuts had I used a processor), pulse or chop mozzarella cheese until becomes granular size.

In large bowl, mix ground almonds, garbanzo bean flour, mozzarella cheese, flaxseed, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.

Stir in eggs, olive oil, and water and mix thoroughly.

Spread large sheet of parchment paper over a cookie sheet.  We actually use our stoneware round pizza sheet.  It worked fine.

Place dough on parchment paper. Spread a second sheet of parchment paper on top of tough and flatten with rolling pin into desired shape and size. Feel around edges to gauge thickness.

Remove top layer of parchment paper carefully. Use spatula to form crust edge.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove and top with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, chopped peppers, spinach, sliced sausage (uncured), etc. and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  (We used Canadian bacon, 2 strips of bacon, orange bell pepper, onion, pepperoni, jalapenos, Ms. Dash, some provolone, besides mozzarella.  We probably went overboard with the carbs, but I needed to get rid of some of the vegetables in my refrigerator!  However, I did chose a low carb beverage!)  

It was wonderful!

No, you aren't eating real pizza dough, but you are losing weight, getting off your meds, and still enjoying the taste of real pizza that you can hold in your hand!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pork Chop With Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes - Wheat Belly Style!

The "mashed potatoes" in this post were made from CAULIFLOWER!  Dr. Davis explains that while potatoes contain none of the "evil grain", they do cause extreme blood sugar rises.  However, follow this recipe from his book (Page 201, in the "Wheat Belly Cookbook"), and you too will agree that it makes cauliflower "taters" taste better than potatoes; seriously!

1 Large head of cauliflower (cut into florets)
2 Ounces of cream cheese
2 Tablespoons real butter (we use Omish)
1/4 Teaspoons sea salt (I think we added a touch more - but taste before the final mix)

Place a steamer basket in a large pot with 2" of water.  (We simplified this by boiling the cauliflower in a small amount of water while covered.  Make sure it's tender!)  When tender, we took it off the heat and added the other ingredients and began mixing.  Mix until "mashed potato smooth".

Dr. Davis calls for a food processor to do the blending, but ours isn't the best in the world, but believe me our method works!

We served ourselves with a thick pork chop, the cauliflower, I mean potatoes, and some green beans.

If you're counting, this has152 calories, 5g protein, and 11g of carbs.

You'll never go back to plain ol' potatoes!

Sandwich Bread - Wheat Belly Friendly!

This is my attempt at "sandwich bread" making, as described on page 20 of Dr. Davis' "Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or less) Cookbook"!

-Yield 1 loaf - Active Time 20 minutes Total Time 1 1/2 hours-

  • 3 cups Wheat Belly All Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp. buttermilk or coconut milk (canned or carton variety)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease an 8 1/2" X 4 1/2 " loaf pan.

In a food processor, combine the baking mix, baking powder and salt. Pulse until well blended. Add the egg yolks, butter or coconut oil, and buttermilk or coconut milk and pulse until well blended.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

Pour into the flour mixture and pulse until egg whites are evenly distributed, but do not run the machine at a constant speed. Spread into the pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until wooden pick comes out clean.

Mine either didn't rise enough, or the pan was too large, BUT, it tasted great!
We tried it as an open face sandwich with some "Wheat Belly" friendly egg-salad my wife made.  It was all topped out with two strips of BACON!  Wonderful!

The next night we had "slow-cooker" pinto beans, and this was like eating cornbread!  Try some know you're missing CORNBREAD (Wheat Belly style)!

Pecan-Pineapple Bites - Wheat Belly Friendly!

Pecan-Pineapple Bites
(makes 30 bites or about 12 muffin size)

Our take on Dr. Davis' recipe on page 223 of the 30-minute Or Less cookbook.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes + chilling time

You’ll Need:
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Stevia or Truvia*, equivalent to ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 30 pecan halves

How to make it:
1. On a baking sheet or large plate, arrange 30 mini paper liners (in our case we only had cupcake liners, so we had about half as many "bites").
2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground pecans, butter, and sweetener. Mix thoroughly. Spoon evenly into the liners, pressing down with your fingers or a spoon. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, combine the pineapple and cream cheese. Stir until well blended.
4. Spoon evenly over the pecan crusts. Place 1 pecan half on top of each. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
These little fellers are delicious and satisfy your need for something sweet!

Per 1 Bite: 77 calories, 8 g total fat, 1 g protein, 2 g carbs, 1 g fiber

*Liquid sweetener works better for baking...less grit unless well melted!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Wheat Belly Peanut Butter Pie!

Man, oh man, what a dessert!  This is what my wife made for me from the "Wheat Belly Cookbook", page 268!  She followed the directions, except for the cocoa powder; she doesn't like unsweetened cocoa powder, so at the end, so that I could have my chocolate fix, she lined half the pie top with unsweet dark chocolate chips!  It did the trick!

Here's what the books says:



  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, optional
  • 1/4 cup organic butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup organic heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounce brick organic cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia, 1 tablespoon spoonable stevia, or 1/2 cup erythritol (like Swerve)
  • 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk



  1. Blend all ingredients together and press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Cover the entire dish with foil, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until firm.
  3. Let cool completely (Important!)


  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cheese and stevia until blended. Beat in the peanut butter and coconut milk. Fold in the whipped cream until well mixed.
  3. Pour into the cooled pie crust and refrigerate for 2 hours until set. Slice with a sharp knife.
  4. Drizzle with melted unsweetened chocolate/butter/stevia (Optional).

And here's the result!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin - Wheat Belly

So, tonight I tried the Wheat Belly recipe for Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin, page 176 of the "Wheat Belly Cookbook".  It was so good, and easy to make!

Having lost down to 195, from 230 (since April), I'm determined to make this a way of life.  I'm off my Metformin and my blood pressure medication, and am feeling great.  I now wear 36" pants, instead of the slouchy 40" I was previously wearing. 

Anyway, back to the meal. 

I cut a tenderloin in half, and rolled it in sea salt, cardamom, and pepper. 
I then browned it in full fat butter, turning it until all sides were brown.  This takes about 8 minutes.  I then popped the oven friendly skillet into a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  After the time expires, move the tenderloin to a cutting block and let stand for 10 minutes.

In the mean time, add 1/4 cup of beef broth to the remaining butter and drippings in the skillet, plus 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and cook until it reduces in half.

Then add 2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard and stir until completed incorporated into the skillet contents.

Cut the tenderloin into thin slices and drizzle with the skillet mixture. AWESOME!
We served it with a simple Greek Salad; consisting of cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and onions covered in olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

It was a great tasted combination!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Golden Fried Wheat Belly Chicken And Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

Tonight's "Wheat Belly" effort was a grand slam success!  We both wanted "fried chicken", so, I bought some organic Chicken Tenders, dredged them in egg and some All-Purpose Baking Mix (see page 19 in the "Wheat Belly 30 Minute (or less) Cookbook") with a little added salt, pepper, and a dash of flaxseed-meal, and fried as normal.

This concoction, for the most part, was my own creation, but you can do most anything you want "breaded" with the mix!  Guess that's why Dr. Davis calls it "all-purpose"!

While I was preparing to fry my "breaded" chicken in coconut oil, Judy made the Broccoli-Cheese Casserole on page 191 of the "Wheat Belly 30 Minute (or less) Cookbook". 

The recipe is as follows:
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh broccoli (we used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese (divided)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup almond meal/flour (we were out, so we used coconut flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Dash of red pepper (we used two dashes)
Preheat the oven to 400F.  Grease an 8X8 baking dish.

In a microwaveable bowl, place the broccoli florets and water, cover, and microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until the broccoli is bright green and softened (or in our case thawed).  Drain and place in baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, 1/2 cup of cheese, the cream, almond meal/flour, mustard, onion powder, salt, and red pepper.  Pour over the broccoli.  Top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the corner comes out clean.  For us it took 30 minutes.

As this cooked, I dipped the chicken tenders in beaten egg, rolled it in the baking mix, then put it back in the egg, and rolled it the second time.  In about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the pieces) the chicken is done and ready to eat.

Now plate the "fried chicken"  with the broccoli-cheese casserole and serve.  It was wonderful!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Strawberry-Coconut Biscuits Not A Success!

So you don't get the idea that everything we've tried is a success, I'm posting our efforts on the Strawberry-Coconut Biscuit recipe on page 80, of Dr. Davis' "Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or less) Cookbook".

I'm not going to waste your time or space here posting the entire recipe, but, suffice it to say, we did follow the directions as written.  After 17 minutes in the oven they came out dry and flaky, too crumbly to pickup and hold!

I even re-crumbled the mixture, added another egg, and some coconut milk, trying to add a bit more moisture.  After cooking another 20 minutes at a lower temperature, the biscuits came out the same.  We discarded them!

They did smell great, and though dry, tasted great, but just too powdery to use.

Maybe someone can post what went wrong...I'd love to know.  I'd really like to try these for breakfast!

My Typical "Wheat Belly" Breakfast

This is my typical "Wheat Belly" breakfast, although I change the protein often; usually black forest ham or bacon. On the side is a piece of the Herbed Focaccia Flatbread I made a few days ago.

I like the eggs runny; there are two here. Underneath, I sometimes put a piece of cheese.  You don't have to worry about "fat" on this program so much, so bacon fat stays on and I cook the eggs in coconut oil.

The orange spots are hot sauce! 

I find this breakfast can often last me all day; unless I'm digging a ditch!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Herbed Focaccia Flatbread - Wheat Belly Friendly

This recipe (from Dr. Davis' "Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or less) Cookbook, page 22) provides an unusually sturdy focaccia bread suitable for a variety of dishes. Delicious!

Shape this focaccia dough into whatever shape suits your recipes. I usually make two focaccias, each approximately three inches wide by six inches long and 1/2-3/4 inches deep, to use as the two bread slices to sandwich ingredients between. However, this recipe yields such an incredibly filling bread that the two slices can easily be cut in half to yield two very satisfying sandwiches to serve two.

2 cups almond meal (this online version is slightly different from the book, so check closely)
1 cup shredded mozzarella or other cheese
1 teaspoon sea salt
1½ teaspoons dried rosemary
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, finely sliced
2 large eggs, separated
3 tablespoons extra-virgin oil

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In food chopper or food processor, pulse shredded cheese until reduced to small granule-sized consistency, similar to couscous.

In medium bowl, combine almond meal, cheese, sea salt, rosemary, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and sundried tomatoes and mix together. Set aside.

With electric mixer, whip egg whites until stiff. Blend in egg yolks and 2 tablespoons olive oil at low speed. Pour egg mixture into almond meal mixture and mix together.

Divide dough in two and form into desired shape by hand. Smooth edges with knife or spoon. (You may need to place your knife or spoon under hot running water to help mold the dough.)

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and take blunt handle of spoon or other small rounded instrument and make small depressions in the surface every inch or so. Brush surface with remaining olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt on top.

Return to oven additional 15 minutes.
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