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

If you’ve ever eaten at a Brazilian steakhouse, you know what I’m talking about. Those beautiful, delicious balls of cheesy bread they keep bringing to you throughout your meal. And because they are gluten free, they can end up being the highlight of any meal. If you search the internet for Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pan de Queijo, you’ll find dozens of recipes on how to make these – with milk and cheese. I was working on one of my own versions, and got sidetracked when I was curious if they can be made dairy free as well. For dairy free, these exceeded my expectations. The recipe doesn’t make a whole bunch of them…only 6, but that gives you a chance to try them and if you like them, you may need to double or triple the recipe if you have others to feed. Continue Reading

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

Gluten Free, Musings

Gluten Free (GF) Expos are popping up all over the place now. They are the perfect place for us GF folks to stick together until all gluten is removed from the planet, which is scheduled to happen right around the same time hell freezes over. This past weekend, I was honored to be a blogger at the GFAF Wellness event in Columbia, SC. It was a one day event, and the place was packed with awesome attendees, fantastic speakers and amazing vendors. Continue Reading

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

Are you a fan of fried fish? Since going gluten free, do you occasionally miss the yummy comfort food of some fish and chips? Give this recipe a try and see if it satisfies a little of that craving. I am honored to say I get a ton of positive feedback on my Chicken Nugget Recipe.  This recipe is a take on that one, with a few minor changes for flavor, but also in my cooking method.  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

Gluten Free, Musings

Being away from home shouldn’t mean compromising your gluten free health and safety. I used to travel so much for work, I became very efficient in the way I planned my trips to stay safe. Colleagues were well aware of my needs and were more than happy to go along to places I selected ahead of time. When traveling for pleasure, the same goes for whomever my travel companion happens to be. So, the common theme here is to plan. Here are a few quick tips to help you get started. Continue Reading

Gluten Free, Musings

I used to love going out to eat, especially when our family could just select a restaurant on a whim. Once diagnosed with celiac disease, the process changed drastically. I had to give up on eating out until I figured out a way to stay safe. Even though I prefer to cook and encourage others to cook, every now and then, I either just want to go out, or simply cannot avoid going out to eat (especially when traveling). Gluten free menus are popping up all around, but that may not necessarily mean your experience will be GF. In many cases, it’s not the food that concerns me as much as what’s going on in the kitchen and the care the staff takes to not cross contaminate. Continue Reading

About 30 Minutes or Less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Musings, Paleo Friendly, Recipes

Ever get bored with your same-old gluten free meals? Perk them up and make them way more enjoyable with flavors only herbs and spices can provide. With herbs, I usually have the basic ones growing in a pot somewhere – fresh rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano. Just pick, chop and toss in a salad, or sprinkle on some sautéed meat and vegetables and you have a sensational meal experience. But, unless I want to grow dozens of herbs, dehydrate them, etc., my drawer of bottled herbs and spices get a workout on a daily basis. 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