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What I Read on this Fabulous Wednesday (And a New Recipe)

And so it begins.

Seriously, I knew last semester was too good to be true. Yes, I did have homework, but as expected, I think this semester is going to be much much harder in regards to both in and out of class work. Yay me.


It’s going great though! I’ve been reading some awesome books. I finished Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead before school even started. Right now I’m in the process of reading Frankenstein and The Search for Meaning, both great in their own right. Frankenstein, of course, is a gothic horror novel written by Mary Shelley. (So far it’s not too scary).What you may not know though is that it is also classified as a romantic piece and has beautiful prose that captures you right from Chapter 1.


The Search for Meaning is just what it sounds like- a philosophical investigation into thinking about the meaning of life. The author goes through 8 different “worldviews” or approaches in determining your own personal meaning of life. My Great Ideas class is based on us learning about the 8 different worldviews, and reading literature that corresponds with each of them.


My favorite class as of now may have to be Inquiry into Physics.

Any teacher that references Monty Python to make a point has an A+ in my book!


Other than school, things have been going just alright. Sadly I wasn’t feeling up to posting on Monday, but I sorely missed doing MIMM and reading blogs. Over the weekend I think I may have caught something and felt some ill side effects. I was doing pretty well on GAPS up until that point, but the weekend set me back a bit. Right now I’m trying to add back in some of the things that I had to eliminate, but I’m feeling much better now. I had planned on introducing some of the foods on the next stage of GAPS, but I’m going to wait until the upcoming weekend. I didn’t want to rush anything. Thankfully I was able to try some new vegetables, which you’ll see in my WIAW for this week. There is even a new recipe to share! Big, huge thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

Now to my recent eats:

Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Carrots and Yellow Squash “Pasta”


Frozen Organic Sweet Peas cooked in broth


Really tasty, but not very exciting, am I right? So, how about a new recipe? I haven’t shared one of those in a while. This is adapted from a recipe that I found on Heart of Cooking, an allergy-free menu planning website. I shared the link and picture on my last Friday Food Finds.

Cauliflower Rice Risotto

Vegan Option, GAPS Diet-Friendly, Allergy-Free, Low Calorie, Paleo

Adapted from Heart of Cooking

Makes 2 Servings



  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup broth (any kind will work)
  • 1/2 cup mashed squash (butternut or acorn)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash the cauliflower and cut off the fibrous stem. Then pulse in a food processor until chopped up into small, rice-sized pieces.
  2. Over medium heat add the cauliflower pieces and half of the broth. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the broth is absorbed.
  3. Add the rest of the broth and cover to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Mix in the mashed squash, careful not to mash the cauliflower in the process (it’s supposed to resemble rice, not mashed potatoes!).
  5. Top with parsley and salt to serve. Refrigerate for at least once hour if you prefer cold risotto like me!


This recipe makes a great side or snack. I had half for supper paired with some crock pot chicken and topped with coconut oil. Later on I ate the rest cold. Fantastic! Now I’m off to read some more Frankenstein, or Life of Pi, or one of the other gazillion books that I have to read. I haven’t decided yet.




What have you been reading lately?

What is your favorite movie to reference?

FFF Returns!

1 Week Down. 15 More to Go.

Can you tell that I’m excited for the weekend to be here?

Now all I have to do is make it through two classes today and I’m literally homeward bound! One positive thing about your parents forcing you to take up your car second semester is that you wait on NO ONE!

This first week of classes has gone great. I love all of my teachers so far. Here’s a list, just for reference of what I’m taking:


I’ve been keeping up with all of my assignments so far, which obviously isn’t that hard since it’s dubbed “syllabus week” for a reason. Another thing that I’ve been working on is talking with more of my classmates, and trying in general just to be more social with everyone. So far so good, but I’m not really doing much with others outside of class. I guess it just takes time.

The GAPS protocol is going great. Other than a teeny tiny little mistake I made (underestimating how much food I needed to bring to school) all has been going pretty well and my stomach is hurting a lot less.


On my way home I plan on stopping by Kroger’s to pick up some more organic vegetables for my meals this weekend. I also asked my mom to put on a chicken or roast in the crock pot for me so that I’d having something to eat right when I got home. I know I’ll be starving!


This weekend I hope to introduce a few more foods and progress to further stages. A few things that I want to try include making casseroles with herbs, adding avocado, and trying out a few other vegetables like spaghetti squash, onion, cauliflower, and peas. If I only successfully accomplish one of these things I’ll be happy though. Progress is progress.


To get inspired for some cooking when I get home, I made a secret board on Pinterest (love those things) and have been pinning some GAPS Intro-Friendly recipes. I made it secret because I highly doubt my friends want to see bone broth pictures and a gazillion ways to cook butternut squash. But, I know YOU all do!!

So that’s why I’ve decided to bring back FFF. Friday Food Finds. GAPS style!

You can read all about Friday Food Finds and my past posts here:

Friday Food Finds #1 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #2

Friday Food Finds #3

Friday Food Finds #4 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #5 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #6 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #7

Friday Food Finds #8 (Mission Accomplished… Sort of)


Chicken “Zoodle” Soup from The Tasty Alternative

Notes: Will omit celery because of allergy and use broth in place of water.


Creamy Chicken and Thyme Soup from Nourished and Nurtured

Notes: Will use oil instead of butter, and will omit the creme and vinegar.


Faux-Potatoes from GAPS Diet Journey

Notes: Need to remove the stalk before cooking for digestion.


Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Butternut Squash from Heart of Cooking

Notes: May sub in different spices or vegetables based on what I have.


Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup from Manifest Vegan

Notes: Will replace sweet potato with squash and the water with broth.


And there you have it! My first Friday Food Finds featuring all GAPS recipes!


Which do you think I should try first?

What herb do you you use the most in your dishes?

Do you have a class that you are liking best so far this semester?

Are you a Ryan Gosling fan? Which “Hey Girl” pin is your favorite?

Here’s mine: