You learn the most interesting stuff at Gluten Free Expos. I was honored to do some food demos at an expo in Columbus, Ohio recently, and met several people who asked me if I had a good pierogi recipe. That’s what I adore about meeting up with people at expos – especially the regional flare that comes with it. So, you can thank the folks in Ohio for the inspiration for this recipe. And of course, these are not only super-easy to make, but they also have a DAIRY FREE option too! As I post this recipe, I’m also posting my “recap” of the Columbus expo you can read here. I try to make it a point to keep up with the direction of our gluten free population, and in turn, create the stuff we all miss the most! Continue Reading
This recipe tastes a whole lot like the frozen ravioli I used to eat as a kid, which is exactly what I was going for. Many people who have issues with gluten also have issues with certain types of dairy. Personally, I tolerate greek yogurt, mozzarella (it’s low FODMAP) and parmesan cheese, which was the basis for the filling in these ravioli. One of my favorite things about my gluten free ravioli recipes is the sheer convenience of it all. It takes about 30 minutes or so to make a dozen ravioli (even faster with a Tortilla Press) then you just toss them in the freezer. With 3 or 4 ravioli in a serving (these guys are pretty filling), you’ll get 3 or 4 individual meals out of it. Just perfect for those days when you just don’t want to put a lot of effort into something – which is common in my household – not bad for under an hour’s worth of work! For more flavors, check out other ravioli flavors in the recipe index.
They bend, but they don’t break! Sounds a lot like my gluten free life – it’s had it’s moments, but it’ll never break me! Especially when I make something you can’t tell is GF…like these awesome spinach wraps. If you miss wraps that are full of flavor and have a lovely, chewy texture, you are in the right place! Invest about 30 minutes or so and you’ll be able to make several wraps that you can freeze for a quick and satisfying meal another day. Fill them with your favorite meats, cheeses, veggies, salad (that’s a chicken salad in the photo). Or, make a breakfast burrito. Fan of roasted red peppers? Check out the Gluten Free Wraps – Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic flavor too!
I lost sleep over this one, for no other reason than I couldn’t wait to get started to see if what my little old brain was thinking would actually have some reality attached to it. Living GF for so long, I really have learned to keep my expectations low when it comes to sandwiches and anything that has to do with bread. Now that the weather is getting warmer, the thought of wraps appealed to me, but I didn’t want one that was dry or full of ingredients to keep it shelf stable. And the ones I would be interested in buying are so dang expensive. Continue Reading
Do you grow tired or reading labels on seemingly simple products? So many food I look at don’t say GF on them, but don’t have any gluten ingredients listed. It’s that “natural flavor” or “spices” that make me put something back. Pizza sauce is one such product, so I’ll take 20 minutes out of my day make my own, store it in a squeeze bottle and put it in the fridge. Continue Reading
When was the last time you enjoyed a soft, warm breadstick from Olive Garden? That’s what I thought. When a friend asked my daughter on a scale from 1 to 10 where these rated, my daughter rated it a 9. When asked why not a 10, she exclaimed, “Because they are not unlimited!” The “hardest” part (and it’s really not very difficult at all) of making these are learning how to set up the form for the pan (easy to follow instructions are below), but do it once, and it won’t be a big deal anymore. Continue Reading
Welcome to ravioli #4 in the ravioli-making series. This one can be made dairy free! And here’s a NEWS FLASH! I just changed up the prep to make it SO MUCH FASTER AND EASIER. You see, I roll dough fairly often, and in some cases it is that activity alone that becomes the dealbreaker in time and/or motivation to make a recipe like this. We all have our days when we just can’t get the desire to cook and need to break through it to have something really satisfying. Let me set the expectation for you – this really isn’t a big deal to do once you get started (just make sure you have all of the ingredients ready to go, or that frustration will just grow)! Continue Reading
Brussel sprouts have come a long way in the last few years, from an obscure vegetable that wrinkled faces at the dinner table to a much welcomed side dish. I remember as a kid, the only way they were ever prepared was boiled, and if you were lucky, it had some butter on it to make it more palatable. If only my mom knew about roasting vegetables! What is so great about roasted veggies is the convenience of just tossing some veggies with oil, salt and pepper and letting them do their thing in the oven while you muss and fuss with the other parts of the meal. Bacon (of course) amps this up, but the addition of a few crumbles of blue cheese and a drizzle of honey can make this the favorite item on your plate. The other night, we tossed a few scoops of this onto our salads and made a meal out of it. Welcome back, Brussel sprouts! Continue Reading
It’s been a butternut squash kind of few weeks. I made my Gluten Free Butternut Squash Ravioli the other day, and because there was plenty of butternut squash filling left over, I had to do something with it. When it is piping hot, the filling is yummy enough to replace mashed potatoes, but instead, we made a pizza and topped it with cheese, caramelized onions and peppers. Paleo or dairy free? Just omit the cheese (still delicious) or use your favorite dairy free substitute. Use your favorite gluten free pizza crust, or choose from several in the recipe index.
It’s time. Time to bring some ravioli back into your gluten free world! Very easy to make, incredibly delicious, and just a little bit of effort will pay off in a pretty big way – it can provide several meals for you. This recipe makes a dozen ravioli, but since they are very filling, 3 or 4 raviolis are perfect as one serving. If you like it, consider doubling the recipe and make 2 dozen – they have to be frozen before cooking, so it’s a really easy way to have a quick and elegant meal some evening when you don’t feel like cooking all that much. Dairy free? No problem! You can substitute nutritional yeast for the cheese, or omit the cheese altogether and it’ll still taste fantastic. The brown butter sauce is optional, and can be made with ghee for our paleo friends. Hungry for more gluten free ravioli? Check out my recipes for Sausage & Pepper and Beef & Portobello ravioli flavors. Pure love.