About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Dinner, Egg Free, Garden, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Vegetarian

As the zucchini continues to be harvested from my garden, so do the ideas for ways to use them up. The inspiration for this recipe came from Food & Wine magazine – they used a 9″ round pan and had an Italian-flavored gratin all whirled up so pretty and all in there. I prefer cooking in smaller batches, so I chose to use three ramekins and created an Asian-style flavor, only because I’m currently tapped out in the Italian-style zucchini arena. This is really a simple dish to make. I’m sure the one in Food & Wine tastes as awesome as it looks. I’ll be trying that when I get a craving for tomato and cheese.  Continue Reading

About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Dinner, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes

Another versatile onion blossom. It makes a fantastic side dish for your summer grilling favorites and can take on many personalities. We ate a lot of onion blossoms on a recent camping trip, and in addition to the Buffalo Blue Cheese Blossom, here is another flavor combination that compliments just about any grilled meat. Depending on your preferences, you can sprinkle with cheese, bacon bits, or anything other BBQ-worthy item. If you have 30 minutes, consider making some Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce – Fast & Fresh. When my  BBQ sauce-loving son tells me this is the best BBQ sauce ever, I kinda have to believe him. Not only does it taste awesome, but it is quick and easy to make and may have you skipping the BBQ sauce aisle at the grocery store! Continue Reading

About 1 Hour or Less, Dinner, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack

I used to love those blooming onion petals, deep fried and breaded, ready for dipping into some delicious sauce. Years ago, we found a recipe for slow cooking an onion on the grill – cutting it into petals, seasoning it with just salt, pepper and a splash of wine, then wrapping it in foil  and letting it cook on the grill – alas, gluten free and definitely healthier than the deep fried version.We are always looking for fun summer foods for camping and picnics. On a recent camping trip, we wanted something a little more interesting, and came up with this flavor combo. It’s easy to make, and cooks while you get all your other stuff prepared. And, in my case, I get to avoid potential cross contamination from the campsite-provided grill, since we all know gluten doesn’t burn off any grill..
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About 1 Hour or Less, Bread, Breakfast, Cookbook, Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Recipes, Snack

These biscuits are special. Why? Not only do you NOT need to chase it with a glass of water after eating it (yes, they are moist and buttery), but they just had the honor of competing in the Special Biscuit category of the Biscuit Baking Contest at the International Biscuit Festival. Every May, adorable  Knoxville, Tennessee celebrates all things biscuits.  A third place finish was perfectly fine considering the gluten-filled competition: a chef and a multi-time contest winner.  For me, it’s the closest thing I’ll ever experience to being on “Chopped,” one of my favorite cooking shows, except a really chill version of it. For Biscuitfest, entries have to be crazy-special. My entry was accompanied by Beurre-acha Shrimp, Avocado Crema and Crispy Shallots. 

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About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack

Snacks. When you’re gluten free, snacking can sometimes feels pretty mundane, eating the same old snack, day in, day out. I get into ruts when snacking so I play around in the kitchen, especially when I have some GF bread that’s gone stale. Too expensive to throw away. Too dry to eat. So recipes like this happens when I find myself in that situation. This recipe uses tomato paste, a bunch of seasonings, and has some sweet and smoky flavors to it. It also uses jerky – you can use any flavor jerky in this mix – or omit the jerky all together if jerky is not your thing. Just make sure to cut it up into small pieces.  Continue Reading

About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP Friendly, Paleo Friendly

With just ONE ingredient, I don’t consider this a recipe as much as a money-saving tip. The first time I heard of Ghee, I had no idea what it was. It was merely mentioned in a few recipes on some Paleo websites. So what is it exactly? Ghee is a common ingredient in Indian cooking – it’s just butter that has the dairy solids removed. It also goes by drawn butter, clarified butter (think lobster), or in our home, affectionally called “butter juice.” For many dairy-free folks, it is a potentially good and tasty option. I say potentially because if you’re really dairy-sensitive, trace amounts of proteins, like casein, could remain. Many Paleo folks use it and apparently have no issues. It’s just really nice to have a sub for coconut oil. The first time I used ghee it was in the form of a store-bought jar (rather expensive), so I dug around on the internet and found some make-your-own recipes which are super simple, and are a fraction of the cost of the store bought stuff. Continue Reading

About 1 Hour or Less, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack

After posting Creating Your Own Gluten Free Spice Blends, I put the awesome chart to task and made some snack mixes. For this one, I used coconut oil to give it an even better Thai profile. Super easy to make and with all my snack mixes, a great way to use up gluten free bread that may have gotten a little dry (as most of them tend to do quickly!). Don’t have any bread?  Try my Hamburger Bun recipe – and just spread the batter onto a sheet without the forms, let it cool, then cut it into cubes. If a little dairy is OK with you, try My Fast Focaccia recipe (the bread I used in the picture), which can be ready in 30 minutes and will give you plenty of bread cubes – that is, if the bread isn’t eaten fresh out of the oven first! Continue Reading

About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes

Here is #2 in my ravioli series. If you are a fan of meat ravioli, you may want to give this one a try (or the Gluten Free Sausage & Pepper Ravioli). They are very simple to make once you get the hang of it (be sure to see the photo instructions at the bottom of the recipe). It’s a great way to use up last night’s hamburgers from the grill, too. If you want an extra special dinner, serve it with my Gluten Free Easy Sun Dried Tomato Pomodoro Sauce.  These ravioli are also grain free and dairy free! They have to be frozen, so if you like them, make a bunch and keep them in the freezer for when your hungry self isn’t in the mood to labor in the kitchen. As they are very filling, it only takes a few to make one serving. Continue Reading

About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes

All things pasta tend to be sorely missed when going gluten free. Ravioli in no exception. But now, you no longer have to rely on just your memories of this Italian delight! This is the first of many flavors I will be posting. These are NOT difficult to make, and one recipe makes 12 raviolis. Three or four with a salad is very filling and satisfying, and they are stored in the freezer, so you can feed your future hungry self when you get that “what’s for dinner” panic moment. Stay tuned for more flavors!! Be sure to see the photo below the recipe in case you prefer a visual of how to assemble them.

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About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Dinner, Egg Free, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP Friendly, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes

I’m a summer girl at heart, but soup is one of my favorite aspects of winter. I was getting a little bored with chicken and beef-based soups, so I tossed this together last night, not expecting it to be something I was going to share, but had to take a photo and post today because it turned out to be incredibly tasty and super easy to make! I’ve been doing a low FODMAP thing lately. Many of my recent recipes are aligned with making that philosophy fun and tasty, so I’m adding a category to this site for “Low FODMAP Friendly”, in case that is something you have interest in as well. Continue Reading