Pork Chops with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

We don't always have meat with dinner. Usually twice a week we skip the meat and fill up on plant-based proteins like beans or maybe when dinner is rushed I throw together a simple gluten free pasta something. But when it's not a meatless night, we like our meat! (and veggies).

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Homemade Protein Powder {Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free}

 

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Barbecue Chicken Chili {clean eating & gluten free}

The weather has been a little bipolar lately. Warm and spring-like, followed by a fluke snowstorm, and now rain for three days straight. It's the perfect weather for chili! I have this chili recipe I've made forever - whenever we've stayed at our family cabin or on a rainy day at home, but it calls for things like prepared barbecue sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar. Hello? Can we say sugar overload. I love the smokey, spicy, sweet flavors of barbecue sauce, but I don't so much love high fructose corn syrup or the artificial colors and flavors. Even ketchup has a bunch of corn syrup in it.Now that we eat clean, gluten free, mostly dairy free, and refined sugar is pretty much non-existent in our home, I needed a new chili recipe.This made from scratch Barbecue Chicken Chili is a great one pot or Crock Pot meal. And it has bacon. Who doesn't love bacon?!FYI when shopping for ingredients:*It's important to use SMOKED paprika to get the right flavor. You won't get the same taste with regular, sweet, or spicy paprika.*Uncured bacon is actually cured but done so without the use of nitrates or nitrites. It's usually cured with celery powder and/or sea salt which makes it much better for you. 

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Homemade Green Hummus

After school snack attack is a real problem around my house. The kids get home from school and in a whirlwind my sort of quiet, somewhat tidy home is strewn with backpacks, shoes, homework, jackets, and noise. The only thing that can calm the after school crazies is to wind down with a snack and maybe some outside time before we tackle homework. Hummus is a such a great snack because it's full of protein, fiber, and very filling. I usually put out a little cup of peanut butter too. The carrot sticks go in the hummus and the celery in the peanut butter. What makes the hummus green, you ask? .....Promise not to tell my kids? It's spinach (and a little cilantro too)! Yep, and you'd never taste it. My kids love green smoothies so I just tell them it's green hummus and for some reason they don't ask any other questions. This hummus is simple enough to make right in a blender or food processor and the color of the fresh spinach makes it look like a mischievous Leprechaun fixed it for them ;) It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any day you want to sneak a little more green in your family's diet. 

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A Gluten Free Valentine's Party

 

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Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

  Valentines was one of my favorite holidays as a kid. I loved making secret gifts for everyone, getting love notes from mom, flowers from dad, and little special things from my friends. Inevitably, as you get older some valentines celebrations won't be as sweet- not every valentines, but at least one just to chalk up to experience. Not as a kid though! As a kid valentines is about sweets, heart shaped construction paper cut-outs, kindergarten crushes, and love notes. Here's a little something sweet to send to school in their lunch box along with that love note or to enjoy with whomever you love.

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Asian Sweet Pork Salad & Tangy Basil-Lime Dressing

The best thing about crock-pot dinners (besides the obvious low-maintenance) is that you usually end up with leftovers. One of the easiest and tastiest things to throw in a slow cooker is meat. The longer it cooks the more tender and flavorful it gets and my favorite for the crock-pot is pork.

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Grain Free Crepes!

Want to know how long it's been since I made crepes? Years!!! My oldest son had to be reminded what a crepe was. Shameful, I know. Since our family started eating gluten free the idea of crepes was just a distant happy memory. I mean seriously, how do you make soft, pliable, delicate, delicious crepes with gritty gluten free flour blends or nut flours?

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Chickpea & Spinach Salad

Chickpeas, spinach, some spiral cut carrots, sliced purple onion, chopped almonds, orange segments, and a simple dressing makes this salad...well, simple...and kind of addictive! It's so easy to keep munching on it and goes great with almost any dinner. Add some grilled chicken strips to turn it into a light dinner or just as is for lunch. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) have a great creamy texture and are really filling. If you're like me and love salad but no matter how much you pile on you're still not full, then this legume should be your go-to. Adding chickpeas to salads will help you feel full and satisfied, not to mention adding lots of extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. This is also a great side to bring to a get together because the dressing it already on top...and because it looks so pretty! The dressing won't make it soggy either so it's okay to sit in the fridge for a couple days once it's dressed.

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Grain-Free Cutout Cookies

 

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Soft Grain-Free Gingersnap Cookies

Run, run as fast as you can...to eat some soft gingersnap cookies that are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, super healthy, and delicious! Hmm, that doesn't quite have the same ring to it as the original.

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Spiced Pear Pie with Hazelnut Crust

I have to say I find it funny when people say things like, "oh, I'm not a good cook", not because I don't believe them, but because I used to say the exact same thing. 

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Well, you knew it was coming. It was inevitable really. What, with it being pumpkin season and all, that I'd have to have a pumpkin pancake recipe show up eventually. Here it is! These pancakes taste like you're eating a pumpkin pie for breakfast and are so good for you too. They must have been good (and/or my kids were very hungry) because they were eaten so fast! We also added fun toppings like chopped pecans, sliced apples dusted with cinnamon, and whipped coconut cream on top... or just a little maple syrup works too.  

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Poached Egg on Orange Quinoa & Greens

Something simply satisfying is what I need right now. This week of CrossFit workouts has left me questioning what in the world was I thinking even showing up. But then, after some hectic errands and preschool drop off, I go home and enjoy some quiet during naptime. So, I cooked up something special just for me. It fits right in with my nutrition plan for this crazy CrossFit challenge I got myself into.Come back tomorrow for the details on what my 8 week CrossFit challenge nutrition plan looks like! My after-workout lunch included some dark green kale and sauteed mushrooms with orange, thyme, and parsley quinoa, and a poached egg on top. It may seem like it should have taken me a lot more effort and energy to prepare my fancy meal-for-one, but really it only took about 15 minutes.  A tall glass of water to go with it and the frustrating morning at the gym is a distant memory...well until I see what tomorrow's WOD will be.

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Clean Eating Taco Soup

 From the get-go I knew it was going to be a busy day, so I pulled out my trusty Crockpot and started throwing in ingredients for taco soup. I got a recipe for taco soup from one of those neighborhood recipe exchanges years ago. I can't find it anymore, but I remember it was really simple - cooked ground beef, canned vegetables and beans with a taco seasoning packet in a slow cooker and you've got yourself some taco soup. I thought about that recipes as I rummaged through the fridge and pantry.The taco soup I was making wouldn't involve quite so many cans, it may have taken a few extra minutes to slice vegetables and blend spices, but it would be gluten free, clean eating, healthy, and tasty."Clean eating" is a kind of a funny term for food if you think about it. I mean, I assume any edible product is made in a clean facility with proper sanitary regulations practiced. That's not what clean eating means though.What is Clean Eating?It means the food is as unprocessed as possible and free of artificial ingredients or production methods that drastically alter the original form (man-made, chemically altered,  or genetically engineered/modified). In other words grown organically. This doesn't just mean that you stick with whole foods, but also that the source of your whole foods has been grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides, animals are grass-fed, free-range, and not given growth hormones or antibiotics. Our clean eating list also includes gluten free too.In other words that packet of taco seasoning with it's preservatives and, yes, gluten fillers isn't clean eating.Does that seem like a lot to remember to you too?It did to me at first too. So I just started paying attention more to labels (something that I already did anyway when shopping for gluten free food). Here's my Clean Eating & Gluten Free Costco Shopping List to help narrow down some of the confusion at everyone's favorite warehouse store.I made my taco soup for our meatless Monday meal, but you can add some ground beef to yours if you like.

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares

The leaves are changing colors in the mountains, the nights are getting cooler....it must be time for pumpkins! As October approaches there's a few things that you just can't help but notice. 1) Halloween costumes and decorations have taken over every store. (Seriously? Pretty soon they're going to start pushing Halloween right after the 4th of July!)  2) Everyone starts craving warm comfort food like bread and soup, and 3) pumpkins are finding they're way onto front porches and into our dinner and dessert dishes.Speaking of dessert, my mom makes the best pumpkin squares. Every fall she busts out a can of pumpkin puree and whips up this yummy dessert. We already know how good pumpkin is for you with those antioxidants and vitamins found in dark orange fruits and vegetables. Since my mission in the kitchen is to create gluten free food that also has no refined sugar, and will overall be something healthy to fuel my family, I had to make a few changes to mom's original.I wanted a similar look, feel, and taste that I love about mom's pumpkin squares, just without the flour and sugar. This grain free version is dairy free, gluten free, and Paleo. After a little time in the oven these pumpkin squares come out soft, spongy, and won't dry out easily like so many other gluten free desserts.

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Gluten Free Muffin Tin Rolls

I am forever in pursuit of easy, tasty, and healthy gluten free baked goods. My obsession is partly because I love bread, but mostly it's because of my daughter with an autoimmune disease. Following a gluten free diet may suddenly make enjoying baked goods seem like a long lost dream, or at the very least, way too complicated to bother with. Instead of using a cup of one kind of flour, now it takes a handful of different "flours" ranging from rice, to tapioca, to beans!

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Chicken Tikki Masala & Coconut Mint Yogurt Sauce

There's a little restaurant tucked away in the middle of town called the Bombay Cafe. The hubby and I enjoyed some delicious coconut curry and tikki masala, along with some very friendly service. A week later and I'm craving Indian food again. Some people shy away from ethnic food when they're preparing a meal for their kids. Not me. I figure the more flavors I expose them to now, the more willingly they'll enjoy a variety of cultural cuisines all throughout their life. Now I just need to come up with a gluten free naan bread recipe...mmmm. Anyway, there are some fantastic health benefits to curry spices.

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Gluten Free Apple Strudel Cinnamon Rolls

Fall is on it's way, apples are coming into season, and everyone is craving some warm comfort food that reminds them of home. At least I am. It can be frustrating though, attempting to indulge in some reminiscent baked goods when more recent food allergies have kind of put a halt on "bread". Well this bread is gluten free with no refined sugar. Instead I made my own bean flour blend and used coconut sugar, no sugar added apple sauce, and real maple syrup to make this delicious treat. Yummy!

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Coconut Yogurt Overnight Breakfast Bowl

"What the heck is Kefir? Cultured what? Fermented vegetables? I've made homemade yogurt, but what's all this other stuff?"Those may or may not have been my exact thoughts when I first heard about these strange terms. After some research, trial and error, and a little taste testing, this topic suddenly has my undivided attention.Still don't know what I'm talking about?I'm talking about bacteria. (dun dun dun!) Don't panic, these microorganisms are the good guys. For a long time western culture has had it out for bacteria in any form - antibiotics when you get the sniffles and antimicrobials in the form of hand sanitizer and cleaners. But, just like cholesterol can be divided into good (LDL) and bad (HDL), so can bacteria.The thing is, our gut needs the good kind of bacteria, called bifidobacteria and/or lactobacilli. And chances are you've already had some cultured microorganisms...yogurt anyone? Ongoing research shows that these kinds of beneficial bacteria support a healthy digestive system, boosts the immune system, and greatly improves the health of the whole body. This is even more important for those with gastrointestinal diseases. I have first hand knowledge from before my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease and we went gluten free that when the gut is not working properly, overall health and well-being goes down the toilet. Seriously, happy intestines make a happy and healthy person.If you'd like to read more about healthy bacteria, here's a great article.Ok, so what's this about kefir, cultures, and fermentation?These are all methods for consuming (in a yummy way) the good bacteria our bodies need to enjoy optimal health. Basically, you're making your own probiotics. Fermented vegetables recipe and how-to coming soon!Kefir is traditionally a creamy milk-based drink that has been cultured at room temperature, while yogurt is cultured at a temperature around 110 F and has a thicker consistency. Depending on whether you have a yogurt maker or not, you can make this overnight breakfast bowl with coconut kefir instead of coconut yogurt.I cultured mine in a yogurt maker instead of at room temperature. Details, details. Call it whatever you want. It's a dairy free, superfood, that's great in this simple breakfast.

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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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