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

Gluten Free, Musings

Whether it’s Celiac disease or other reasons that have you nixing the gluten in your life,  this lifestyle change can be frustrating and emotionally overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you deal with the unknown road ahead?  Consider attending an expo to assist in your quest for information! Of course many of us turn to the internet or books to search for information, recipes and other hacks in an attempt to make the transition smooth and seamless. With the plethora of information to read and review, it can get overwhelming and time consuming. An expo may be just what you are looking for! Continue Reading

About 30 Minutes or Less, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP Friendly, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack, Sweet

Getting tired of the same old gluten free cereal or eggs for breakfast? These little gems are ready in about a half hour. It makes six mini cakes (I like two per serving), so I make them one morning and have breakfast for the next three mornings. Convenience is a beautiful thing. These have very little sugar, and the banana in the batter keeps them moist (even the following days), but doesn’t have a banana flavor to them. They remind me of a store-bought, individually wrapped coffee cake from my pre-gluten free days. Continue Reading

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

We recently visited a new taco place that serves street tacos – beautiful mini-sized tacos which provides the option to try many different flavors. All the fried foods were off limits for me since the fryer was shared with battered items. One of my family members ordered the beer battered avocado taco, and I must admit I was a bit envious! So, what do I do? Create it at home, gluten free of course! This was tested by several gluten eaters, so I feel confident sharing it with you! Enjoy! Continue Reading

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP Friendly, Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack

Mmmmmm….Get ready to enjoy that sort-of-greasy-but-crispy crust that you may recall from the hut. Pizza is probably the food I miss the most as a gluten free person. That’s probably why I have several styles on this website. For whatever reason, the old school pan pizza came to mind today and I figured I’d give it a try for tonight’s dinner. I love it when something is successful the first time around! I call this a kind-of-personal pizza, because in reality, it serves two people (and half this pie pretty much falls in line with low FODMAP). Or you can keep it to yourself and enjoy two separate meals.

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