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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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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Grain-Free Banana Muffins & Pancakes


 
The kids are home for the summer (sigh of relief and dread). Now the fun begins with playing outside all day, staying up late, sleeping in, playing in water wherever you can find it, camping, barbecues, vacations....and everyone's always hungry!

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Hawaiian Pork Shish Kabobs

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the warm weather by starting up the grill! It doesn't matter what season it is, I always say, "this is my favorite season!" As the merry winter melts into spring, which then bursts into summer then cools and seems to light on fire with fall leaves.  I just can't help it.  I find myself embracing the excitement of something new.  Which inspired something new for dinner tonight!  These Hawaiian Pork Shish Kabobs are as fun to eat as they are delicious.  The juicy pineapple, crunchy bell pepper, mellow mushroom and sweet pork are complemented with a sweet and tangy marinade.

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Pork Sandwich with {Homemade} Lemon-Tarragon Mayo

This sandwich reminds me of something you might find at a French Bristro, but by making it homemade it makes it just a little more special and the from-scratch mayo makes it even more French and fancy.  This sandwich can be super simple or, with a little prep at the beginning of the week, you can have it on some gluten free {Homemade} Sandwich Bread.  Serve it with a yummy French inspired soup like Creamy Saffron Soup.

Thin center cut pork chops, one per sandwich
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
gruyere cheese, sliced
Sliced bread
Tomatoes, sliced
lettuce, rinsed and dried
On the plate put some of Grandmas Homemade Sweet Dill Pickles
In a skillet heat olive oil.  Salt and pepper chops or use your favorite seasoning.  Cook chops until both sides are a golden brown and the inside is not longer pink.

{Homemade} Lemon-Tarragon Mayo
(Yes there is raw egg so if you're pregnant just add the lemon zest and tarragon to your favorite store bought brand.)

1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
good pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
dash sugar
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
2 sprigs tarragon leaves, roughly chopped

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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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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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Smokey Southwestern Rice Wraps

 
 
 
 
Tacos for the win! My kids go crazy for tacos and just keep eating, and eating, and eating. Maybe it's because its so hands on and they get to control what goes on it. Well, this Southwestern version is a yummy variation to add to you taco Tuesday repertoire.  
 
 Smokey Southwestern Rice Wraps
4 strips bacon
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 cup brown rice
Red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2-1 cup {Homemade} Salsa
2 green onion, chopped
6-8 corn  tortillas, heated in a non-stick pan
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ripe avocado
 
Combine broth, rice, garlic and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil then turn down and let simmer on medium low.  Start the rice about 45 minutes before you want to eat.  Chill out while the rice works.  When rice has about 10 more minutes start cooking the bacon till crispy. Crumble bacon and set aside. Drain excess grease (leave just a little).  In the same pan that you cooked the bacon, pour in the rice (its okay if there’s still a little water in it)   Scrap the bottom of the pan to get all the bits up.   Add salsa, black beans, and corn.  Simmer till water is completing gone.  Stir in crumbled bacon and onions. Top with fresh avocado and cheese. 
 
 
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Spinach & Artichoke Mac

 
I love spinach and artichoke dip and was in the mood for some the other night.  I really do try to not indulge in dairy much (cow's milk, cheese, etc). But, when I get a hanker'n for cheese, I use raw, organic mozzarella. So, I decided to combine the goodness of my favorite chip dip with mac and cheese for a simple dinner or side to some grilled meat.
 
Spinach & Artichoke Mac
 
  • 1 box (13-14 oz.) gluten free rotini pasta 
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups organic milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 sprigs parsley. chopped
  • 5 basil leafs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 large tomato, diced or 1 pint cherry, pear, or grape tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leafs
  • 1 - 6.5 oz. marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (Delallo brand is gluten free)


Cook rotini according to package directions in salted water.  In medium saucepan melt butter and add minced garlic bring to a nice sizzle.  Add flour and whisk together until it makes a thick paste.  Pour in milk, salt, pepper and herbs.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat and add Parmesan and 1/2 mozzarella until melted and incorporated.

Drain pasta and combine with cheese.  Add in tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts.  Put in baking dish, top with remaining cheese and cover with tin foil.  Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling.

* Raw, tomatoes are high in vitamin C while cooked much of the vitamin C is lost.  However, cooking tomatoes increases lycopene.  "Lycopene is the most-efficient single oxygen quencher, and devours more than 10 times more oxygenated free radicals than vitamin E.""...antioxidant power can be boosted even more through the simple act of cooking the tomatoes.  Researchers from Cornell University in the US said that cooking the tomatoes increase the level of phytochemicals they contain, although it also reduces the amount of vitamin C found in the vegetable."So the moral of the story is...eat tomatoes!  Cooked, raw, whatever.
http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Cooking-tomatoes-boosts-health-benefits

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Chicken Pad Thai

I had my first taste of Pad Thai years ago and ever since, every now and then I get this NEED to have some!  This remake of the Pad Thai favorite is made with a sauce inspired by a traditional Pad Thai recipe , but that is so simple without all the specific Asian foods that I just don't have hanging around my house all the time. Make this meal gluten free by using gluten free rice noodles.

Prepare noodles according to package directions.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders
2 tbsp. sesame seed oil
couple pinches red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1 leek, rinsed and chopped

Cut up chicken into bit sized chunks.  Heat oil in large wok or skillet along with the red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger.  Cook chicken until cooked through and beginning to brown on the outside. Remove from pan, set aside and add leek.  Saute for a few minutes while you prepare sauce, stirring occasionally.

In a bowl whisk together:
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. lime juice
2-3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. gluten free soy sauce
Pour sauce over leeks and cook for another few minutes, until leeks are tender.  Add chicken and noodles back into the skillet and toss together.  Remove noodles to serving bowls and top with:

grated carrots
raw unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
chopped green onions (opt.)

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Almond Orange Confetti Cupcakes

 
For all those birthdays or parties when you just need to throw some confetti. 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (original, not sweetened)
  • 1 tsp. orange extract + 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 6 tbsp. ground flaxseed

    Mix all wet ingredients together then combine the dry and mix all together.  Preheat oven to 350. Pour mix into 12 cupcake cups 3/4 of the way full then bake for 30-35 minutes. While they're baking make the confetti top.

    Almond orange glaze
  • 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. almond milk
    2-3 tsp. orange juice
  • Whisk together (adjust almond milk and sugar until its a thick creamy consistency)

    Almond chocolate Confetti
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered or chopped
    1/4 tsp (just a drizzle) agave nectar
    1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
    In a small pan place chopped almonds and agave nectar and toast for a minute.

    When cupcakes are done remove from cupcake pan to cool for a few minutes.  Drizzle a little glaze on tops of cupcakes so the almonds and chocolate chips have something to stick to.  Top with your confetti concoction, then drizzle a little more glaze over top the almonds and chocolate chips.  (If you eat them while they're still warm the chocolate chips are soft and slightly melted)  So, so yummy!

    *Flaxseed is not only the highest plant derived source of omega 3 fatty acids and a great source of fiber, but can be substituted in place of butter, margarine, oil, and eggs.

    * Almonds are "very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Riboflavin, Magnesium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)." It is also a mild anti-inflammatoryRead More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2#ixzz1NJIXI05h
 
Here's a fun tip if you look at the shape of nuts like walnuts, what do they look like? A brain.  Now look at an almond.  It shares a vague resemblance to reproductive organs, like woman's ovaries.  So guess what.  Walnuts are great for your brain and almonds are great for...yep your reproductive organs.  Kind of cool right?   
 
"Products which balance hormones [are] primrose oil, flaxseed oil, soya products...and nuts like walnuts, almonds...."

Read more: http://www.lifemojo.com/lifestyle/tips-for-women-to-fight-hormonal-imbalance-6563154#ixzz1NJKo87iG

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Breakfast Fruit Tarts

 

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Cinnamon Coconut Sugar Popcorn


Valentine's Day is coming up! It's nice to tell people you love and appreciate them all year long, but it's fun to have a good excuse to do something extra special. This easy, healthy popcorn is so simple to make and so tasty. It's perfect for a little surprise in your kiddo's lunch box with a note that says,

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Gluten Free Chocolate-Filled Macaroons


 
Most of the time I would consider myself a planner. I usually prepare and think ahead, but every now and then I'm a "What?! It's already Valentines?" kind of person.  So here's to anyone else who's been caught off guard by this lovable holiday. These {Homemade} gluten-free, chocolate-filled, pink and simple macaroons are the perfect Valentine's Day treat for your someone special...or yourself -- who is also very special. ;) With only 5 ingredients, these macaroons can be whipped together in no time and are sure to impress way more than store bought chocolates. (hint, hint fellas) I made mine bite-sized, but you can make them bigger if you'd like. Here's how you do it...

4 egg whites, whipped

1/2 cup sifted organic coconut sugar or honey (I did half and half)

1-1/2 cups coconut flour

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Shamrock Mint Shake


 
I love spring! Here in my desert home the trees are starting to blossom and big billowy clouds bring cool rain, turning the sagebrush a lovely shade of green. The inevitable and always inspiring rainbow is bound to show up whenever the sun peeks out. 

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Double Chocolate Brownies (gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free)


With the warmer weather, we've been having more and more get-together's with family and friends lately. My parents were in town and instead of trying to come up with an entire dinner for my family, my parents, and my sister's family we decided to eat separately and join up after for dessert, a mean game of backyard badminton, and card games. Needless to say, my kids were so excited about dessert they didn't "feel very hungry for dinner". I needed to make something that was not only going to be gluten free, but wasn't going to give my kiddos a sugar rush and crash. Oh, one other requirement...it had to be chocolate (per the hubby's request). What does this look like a specialty bakery!? Well, chocolate does sound pretty good right now....so I gave in and made these yummy, refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free Double Chocolate Brownies!  

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Gluten Free Lemon Bars: Tricks To Converting Your Gluten-Filled Favs into Healthy & Gluten Free

Okay, this may be revealing some of my secrets, but if you've recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, have a gluten intolerance, or just want to change up the grains in your life, then knowledge and know-how are your best friends. When my daughter was first diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder I was so worried about messing up that I just didn't make anything unless I used a gluten free mix. It didn't take me long to realize that more often than not this method was way too expensive, the ingredients were crazy fattening and unhealthy (despite being gluten free), and a lot of the time it just didn't taste good...at all! So I started experimenting and yes, messing up. The result, however, has been that now I can make up my own recipes that are gluten free, healthy, and taste super yummy! 

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Homemade Greek Yogurt

My parents have always been very health conscious ever since I could remember. Not just health conscious, but very frugal and thrifty as well. Yeah, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. So when my parents said they'd cleaned out their kitchen and were bringing over some things they thought I might like, I was intrigued. When they started unloading a juicer, blender, and yogurt maker I was like a kid on Christmas! Woohoo!

 
Making your own yogurt is super simple, super economical ($1.43 for 24 oz. of yogurt. Savings of $2.55), and you're sure to not have any added sugar, colors, or chemicals. We normally don't eat much dairy, unless it's raw organic cheese for sprinkling on tacos, but yogurt is a great source of probiotics.

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GF Carrot Cupcakes With Greek Yogurt Frosting


 
You knew it was coming...I mentioned an upcoming birthday and I made homemade Greek yogurt. What else is there to do but make some gluten free carrot cupcakes with homemade Greek yogurt frosting?! These little guys are going to be perfect for a certain little girl's birthday tea party and would also be a great Easter dessert - you know, cause the Easter bunny loves carrots ;)

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Grain Free Pineapple Pies with Banana Ice Cream


 
Mother's day is coming! If it was me (hint hint) I'd love to get spoiled on mother's day by just being able to relax! Maybe in a lawn chair out in the sun, a glass of lemon water (with a straw), a big floppy sun hat, a good book, and a yummy treat just for me. Just saying.

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