The Reading Corner: All About Fats

Throughout this past week, I came across several interesting blog posts about healthy fats.  Over the past few years, and particularly in the past couple of months, I’ve switched from using low-fat foods and butter substitutes to using fat in its traditional forms: butter, coconut oil, ghee, lard, and tallow.  During the past month or so on GAPS, I’ve noticed how I feel so much more satiated when including animal fats at every meal.  Lard and tallow are definitely my new friends!

Here are a few articles I thought would be of interest to share. [Read more…]

Dinner Boredom? Spaghetti Squash to the Rescue!

Spaghetti Squash*

Monday morning I was trying to decide what on earth to make for dinner.  On the first few stages of GAPS intro, there are limited ways in which to cook any of your meats.  It all has to be cooked in liquid.  The thought of another piece of meat or chicken cooked in that way made me want to forget about eating altogether!

Then I remembered someone on the GAPS Yahoo Group mentioning they made a modified spaghetti meat sauce.  I realized I could do that, too, and serve it over spaghetti squash.  Ah, variety! [Read more…]

Fun with Rendering Beef Tallow

Before starting the GAPS Diet, I thought I should render beef tallow.  Healthy fats are an important part of the GAPS Diet and I wanted to have a variety to choose from.  Now you can join in the fun with me and render your own tallow, too!  (You are excited, right??)

5 lb bag of suet

I was having a hard time sourcing a trusted, local source of suet (beef fat) in order to render the tallow.  While I prefer purchasing food locally, I decided to go ahead and order 5 pounds of suet from US Wellness Meats.  They are a great online source for grassfed, pastured meats.  I ordered the 5 pound block and it arrived quite quickly.  You can also purchase tallow that is already rendered, but it is more expensive than doing it yourself. [Read more…]