Chicken, Green Beans and Sourdough Challah Rolls

I am a sucker for easy dinners, especially with a toddler in tow. He loves my attention, and cooking yummy food is no excuse for a break! Baked chicken and veggies that require very little work are my top picks, that way I can easily stop what I’m doing to attend to my son. And the finished product usually tastes great.

I used this recipe for the challah rolls. My starter was mostly all-purpose flour at the time, but I did use bread flour as called for in the recipe. I set it up overnight so it soaked for about 12 or 13 hours. The more broken down the flour is, the better for my family. In the morning, I kneaded it again to get all the bubbles out and shaped the rolls. I do not have a rolling pin (where did that pesky thing go???) so I just did a handmade “snake” as my son likes to call it then shaped them. Left them for maybe 3–possibly 4–hours (until they were nice and puffy) and then baked them.

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I think they baked up pretty nicely, should have went ahead and done an egg wash!

We actually had them for lunch with raw butter, cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes. Then it was time to make dinner. Dinner–I think that’s my favorite meal of the day. Always smells good and tastes even better. Well, usually… 🙂

Mix up some stuff in a big oven-safe glass container–coconut aminos, raw honey, finely chopped onions, fresh pressed garlic, powdered ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, olive and coconut oils. As you can see, I made some variations. I rarely ever follow a recipe to a T. Mix well! Preheat oven to 400*. This chicken would’ve been better off soaking in the mixture for several hours. Anyway, put the chicken in there and coat well. Keep doing so until your oven is preheated. Set timer for about 40 mins (I did mostly drumsticks, breasts take less time). Remember to turn pieces every now and then!

In the meantime, get your beans ready (and other sides if you’re making any). We had farm fresh beans so I had to cut the edges off and attempt to remove some strings. Most of the strings were still on the beans. Oh well. Bring to boil, cover and turn down heat. Cook until soft but still firm, they shouldn’t bend too easily and definitely shouldn’t be mushy! Drain and set aside. Get a big skillet and put a tbsp of olive oil and a tbsp of coconut oil in there. Cut up 3 bell peppers, 1/2 an onion, and crush 3-4 cloves of garlic. Turn on medium low, stir in the onions with oil until translucent. Stir in the garlic until it smells good. Put in the bell peppers and cook for about 2 minutes, then add the green beans. Mix well, salt to taste, then turn off and cover to retain heat.

The chicken should be just about done. I also broiled for about 2 mins on each side, my family has an aversion to chicken that isn’t browned enough. Turn off oven and leave inside  until ready to serve. Remember I did mostly drumsticks, and the folks I made chicken breasts for like their chicken on the drier side. Might want to take out any cuts that cook more quickly if you like your chicken juicy.

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Asian-inspired baked chicken, string beans w/bell peppers and sourdough challah roll

Yum!!! We enjoyed this with some tart cherry water kefir.

More Probiotics, Not Less!

The problem with things not being clearly mapped out is that it’s difficult to determine what is a reaction that you need to push through and what is a reaction that means back off, or even stop completely. I am searching through the VitaminK Yahoo! group for as much information as I can gather as I arm myself for what might happen.

It appears that starting the Vitamin K can cause moodiness, and that is probably the case with LO. Yesterday and today were both difficult days, which went along with a dosage increase. He was back to being very contrary. I upped the amount of probiotics I give him by a full capsule, apparently I’ll need to do that again ASAP.

Apparently the Vitamin K takes the calcium out of calcium-oxalate crystals and leaves the oxalates behind to do their damage. The probiotics degrade the oxalates. As the body realizes that the oxalates are being degraded, it starts dumping more into the GI tract to be disposed of as well. This can cause many of the old issues, including diarrhea with black specks–the reason I stopped the probiotics a while ago to return to a “baseline.”

Catherine Tamaro, writer of The Vitamin K Protocol, explains that in situations like these it is actually necessary to introduce MORE bacteria to degrade more oxalates, and keep a steady flow going. Oi. The lady at Body Biotics DID tell me that, either cut back or bump up dosage and push through, but I thought she was a little loony. Now that I have the explanation of WHY, it makes sense.

Our New Journey – The Vitamin K Protocol

We have been eating mostly low-medium oxalate for a few months now, and have noticed quite a bit of improvement. However, it has come to my attention through the Heal Thyself! Facebook group that oxalate issues might actually be caused by a vitamin K2 deficiency which affects calcium regulation. I read more about it but haven’t been able to find personal anecdotes besides this lady on Facebook. I decided to try it anyway, as the decalcification issues my son shows are likely caused by K2 deficiency. This would have likely been made worse when I went dairy free, almost 3 years ago! We will still be eating low-med oxalates for now as some of them caused him issues like the black specks in stools, impulsive behavior and eye pain.

We first got the K2 drops and KCl. We already had some baking soda and mag citrate. I put a smidgen of the powders in 16oz of water and worked him up to 3 drops of K2 twice per day. I am also giving him Royal-Breakstone as I suspect he might have stones and that is causing his issues with digesting fats/eliminating regularly. He gets a dose of taurine daily as well to help with the bile issues, and if he has a particularly fatty meal he will take an ox bile pill. The stuff tastes horrible, thankfully he has learned to swallow the capsule whole.

He has become very moody, crying over the tiniest things but the same rings true for kids from my Feb 2010 mom’s group so this seems to be an “I’m turning 3!” thing. I gave him his first baking soda bath with 5 cups of baking soda the other day and he peed A LOT and slept for 3 hours right after. He has been skipping naps like crazy so that was some well-needed rest.

I have also started him on the Body Biotics again, 1/2 capsule. We stopped for a while because it seemed to cause him to dump more and he wasn’t reacting to it well. I think I will keep him on just 1/2 capsule for a while. Just like the first time we tried it, we see results very quickly. Those soil based organisms get right down to business!

I have the iodine on the way and have tried to place an order for Angstrom Phosphorus without any luck. These things are so expensive… I hope I don’t have to keep getting refills. I plan to document any successes/side effects we’ve seen so that others who would like to embark on this journey can find information on what to expect and whether or not it actually cures oxalate issues. There is so much conflicting information out there, but I hate to think that oxalate issues are a forever-thing and we can’t ever enjoy a bowl of raspberries again!