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

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

About 30 Minutes or Less, Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

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.

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About 30 Minutes or Less, Bread, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dinner, Egg Free, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack, Vegetarian

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

About 30 Minutes or Less, Dairy Free, Dinner, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack

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

Bread, Dairy Free, Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Vegetarian

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

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

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

Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

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.

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Dinner, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Vegetarian

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.
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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 30 Minutes or Less, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dinner, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Vegetarian

Not so long ago, two family members decided to go vegetarian – for no other reason than they said they didn’t care for the taste and texture of meat anymore. For some meat, I can’t totally disagree with them. For me, the more different we get with our particular protocols and preferences, the more we have to cook (separate meals), the less we get to eat together (because preparation gets out of sync), or both. So, to dine together, I’ve been playing around with some different stuff that satisfies my gluten free needs and others’ vegetarian needs. Mushrooms do a great job of absorbing flavors and have a great texture, so this just seemed like a good project to work on. Continue Reading