It’s Picnic Time! Enjoy A Keto Meat Pie!
Sitting in the speckled shade of a tree, with a lovely view, and your perfect picnic fare, doesn’t it sound like a dream? it’s Springtime and it should be the perfect time to enjoy your perfect Keto Meat Pie under a tree….right?
If it wasn’t for the allergies!
Yes, the pollens are flying and everybody is running around with inhalers, and allergy medication.
That can for sure spoil your picnic!
What Are Allergies?
I know we all have experienced an allergy attack at some point, even just once, but do you know what allergies are and why they come?
Let’s have a look to better understand the mechanism of allergies and how to avoid them.
First of all allergies are a reaction of the immune system to a foreign substance which has entered the body. All kind of substances enter the body at all times (including foods) so what is is that can trigger an allergy reaction at times?
There are 5 root causes of an immune response:
– a genetic cause (like your blood type)
– a cause of toxicity (Chemical toxins, heavy metals, irritants etc.)
– a nutritional deficiency (lack of vitamins or minerals)
– an infectious cause (presence of bacteria)
– an emotional cause (high stress or a traumatic event)
Now the immune response (allergy) is only one of the ways these underlying causes can manifest themselves in the body. Inflammation, thyroid and adrenal malfunction and depression are some examples of other ways the body can react.
What To Do To Eliminate Allergies?
The main focus is of course to identify and eliminate the underlying cause or causes. To assess what the cause is a variety of tests can be performed, depending on the type of allergy and what part of the body they affect. An example of tests can be IgE-based skin tests, IcG blood tests, electro dermal test, pulse test etc.
Finding the root cause is of vital importance and it is what separates Foundational Nutrition from any other kind of nutrition and the medical establishment. Foundational Nutrition investigates the underlying causes of disease and seeks to address them.
If you give a supplement to relieve the symptoms of an allergy it is better than giving a medication, but the approach is the same. You need a different approach to solve the real cause which creates the problem!
Once the cause is determined a plan of action can be made. Most of the times the number one focus is digestion.
Digestion And Its Role In Allergies.
Why is digestion so important in controlling and preventing allergies?
- Our digestive system is the main entryway for allergens
- It is the largest immune organ in the body
- Contains the largest number of neurotransmitters
- We absorb nutrients through it
- It is an organ of detoxification.
For example, if the intestinal mucosa is compromised, by inflammation, autoimmunity or symptoms of IBS, Macronutrients will able to penetrate into the blood stream, where they are not recognized as nutrients at all, but they are attacked as enemies to the body, creating antigens. A large quantity of antigens leads to higher inflammation and autoimmune conditions. This is a vicious cycle that can only be corrected by repairing the leaky gut therefore getting rid of the root cause.
The Role OF Diet
In order to repair our digestive system diet is paramount.
Removing the offending foods is the pre-requisite for healing to take place.
The foods that most commonly seem to be implicated in creating antigens are: cereals (wheat, spelt, millet etc) dairy products, caffeine, yeast and citrus fruits. (From J.O. Hunter “Food Allergy..”)
A Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet addresses the issue of allergens in the diet, eliminating most offending foods, giving the body the necessary conditions for healing.
When combined with the principles of Foundational Nutrition, a Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet can be most effective in finding the root causes, providing adequate nutritional support and avoiding offending foods, creating the best possible scenario for healing.
That means not just masking a symptom, but truly healing the body’s systems so they can again function the way they were designed.
Back to Our Picnic And Keto Meat Pie
As you might or might not have noticed, this recipe does not contain any of the main allergenic offenders!
Instead it contains plenty of appetizing, nutrient dense foods designed to support your body’s functions, keeping you in a state of moderate ketosis, with no inflammation.
Most recipes in the blog follow these guidelines, but if you are looking for recipes specifically designed for healing have a look at my meal plan HERE!
I hope you will enjoy the pie and the picnic!
- Serves: 9 servings
- Serving size: 1 serving
- Calories: 599
- Fat: 47gr
- Carbohydrates: 8 gr NET
- Protein: 21gr
- For the crust
- 3 Tbs lard
- 3 Tbs butter
- ¾ cup water
- 1 Tsp sea salt
- 2 cups coconut flour
- ¼ cup psyllium husk
- 2 pastured eggs, beaten
- For the filling:
- 1 lb uncured organic bacon ends and pieces
- 1 lb ground lamb
- ½ cup beef broth
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
- 2 Tbs fresh sage and thyme, finely chopped
- ½ Tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ Tsp freshly ground white pepper
- a pinch of cayenne
- 1 egg beaten
- First make the crust:
- Put the lard, butter and water in a small sauce pan and stir until melted, but do not let it boil.
- In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients, make a hollow in the center and put in the beaten eggs, mixing them roughly with the flour.
- Pour in the hot water and fat mixture and mix well with an electric whisk, until a dough is formed.
- If the dough is too dry add 2 to 3 tablespoons of warm water.
- Dough should ball up nicely and be soft and pliable, almost sticky.
- Set dough aside to rest and make the filling.
- In a food processor mince the bacon pieces until finely ground.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet (like this one) and add the bacon.
- Saute the bacon until it starts turning golden.
- Add the ground lamb to the skillet and saute on a high flame until it starts to brown.
- Add the mushrooms and the broth to the skillet and keep sauteing for another minute.
- Now add the spices to the skillet and mix well.
- Turn off the heat and let cool.
- Take the dough and divide in roughly two parts, then make a ball from each part.
- Place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin (or a wine bottle!), until about ¼ inch thick.
- Grease your pie dish with a bit of lard and then lay the first disk of dough inside to line the bottom.
- Trim and round the edges.
- Now pour the content of the cooled filling into the pie dish.
- Roll out the second piece of dough like you did to the first one , but this one should be slightly thinner and wider than the pie dish diameter.
- Remove the top parchment from the dough and lay the dough on the pie to cover it up.
- Pinch the edges of the dough together to seal the pie.
- Now make about 6 cuts in to the dough, about 1 inch long to let the steam out.
- Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
- Bake the pie at 350F for 45 minutes.
- Before serving let cool for 10 minutes.