Fall Brings Apple Pie Bars!

The falling leaves drift by my window! (ALMOST!) Fall is falling a little late this year. The leaves on our trees are still green except for the brown ones suffering from this summer’s drought. But that’s not the point! It IS the middle of October and that means it IS fall! And as much as I hate fall, I love it too! GF Apple Pie BarsI hate it until it arrives, then the cool, crisp air wins me over. So, really, I love fall (except the long Iowa winter which always seems to follow but let’s not talk about the “W” word!). I know soon the autumn leaves will turn the landscape red and gold against the crisp, blue sky. Nature’s beauty at its best! I look forward to it every year..when I’m not dreading it!

The cooler air brings with it cravings for acorn squash, pumpkin bars, and apple pie!  As the outside temperature begins to fall the fall cravings begin to rise! It’s rather Pavlovian. More

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Pizzathon: A Comparison of 3 GF Pizzas Plus 1 Other

Yesterday was St Patrick’s Day. Kev and I usually go to our favorite pub (Dublin Bay) in Ames, IA for delicious food and beer.  They make something called a Guinness Boxty which is a soft potato pancake folded taco style with a super delicious beef pot pie type filling with a lovely Guinness gravy.  There is nothing like it anywhere! It is so wonderful! My mouth, she waters!

But that lovely Guinness gravy is glutenous (as was the Guinness I, so sadly, must now forgo) . So this St Patrick’s Day I took a totally different direction! More

Leeky Turkey Soup for Breakfast!(?)

OK, it’s 3 PM and I’m tired.

This morning I made 4 loaves of Opt Out of Gluten Bread and Chicken Wild Rice Soup.  As the day went on I made GF cornbread and GF Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Kevin made Shipwreck Casserole in the slow cooker. Boy Scouts, we are. Prepared for another GF week!

It’s the Chicken Wild Rice Soup (I know, the cookies and the shipwreck sound more interesting, stay tuned!) that I want to talk about . At least that’s what the cookbook called it. I’m calling it Leeky Turkey Soup. Much more accurate after I made a few changes. More

Turmeric Tea Time! (and it’s GF!)

I caught part of Dr Oz the other day (Ok, so I record all his shows and fast forward through parts I find frivolous and watch only the parts I deem necessary for a productive and healthy life). He had Dr. Sanjay Gupta on for a guest. They were talking about important stuff that got fast forwarded until Dr G shared his recipe for turmeric tea which he drinks at night to “calm his nerves.” Hmm..I could use some nerve calming! More

Day 5 Dinner: Eggplant Parmesan!

Sliced eggplant dipped into egg then dredged in seasoned almond flour.

Browned in coconut oil in a frying pan.

Layered in a baking dish with red sauce and a little cheese.

Baked for half an hour at 350.

Served with a tossed salad.

Such was our dinner on Day 5. More

A Better Bark

Sunflower Seed Butter Cacao Nib BarkLast year I discovered the joy that could come from a simple cooking method: melt, mix, pour, freeze, and break it up!

My discovery was Carob Bark! Carob Bark quickly became one of my favorite treats! Did you know that carob powder is absolutely delicious? And if you mix it with a little melted coconut oil, add your favorite accoutrements, pour the mess onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, pop it in the freezer until firm, then break it up into pieces you get a wonderful, healthy TASTE SENSATION! My friend Heidi asked me to write a guest blog entry for her her blog and I chose to write about the Carob Bark. If you want to try it you can find the recipe on her blog: http://achievablehealthcoaching.com/?p=443

Yesterday I made a bark that ranks closely to the Carob Bark and I want to share it!  More

Southwest Quinoa Bake!

I love quinoa! It’s so easy to prepare, it’s  healthy, and it’s delicious! It has omega-3’s, monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, minerals, AND it’s a complete protein. So much good packed into a funny looking grain with a funny looking name and an even funnier pronunciation: Keen-wah!

When I ran across a recipe for Southwest Quinoa I immediately put it at the top of my “GF recipes to try” list. More

Muesli Bread

Muesli Bread

Muesli Bread

To show his support for my journey into being gluten free, my husband bought me a cookbook, “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook”, for Christmas.  I was attracted to the photo on page 29 for the Muesli Bread, which showed bits of green pistachios and red cranberries peaking out of a perfectly cut slice. I also really liked the ingredient list which includes Almond Butter, Eggs, Dried Apricots, Craisins, Hazelnuts, Sesame Seeds, and Sunflower Seeds. What a protein powerhouse!

For my first try at this recipe I made two changes:

Fewer craisins (mine are juice-sweetened) and added goji berries (because I love superfoods!)

No hazelnuts in the pantry so I used chopped Brazil nuts instead. More