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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

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The beloved chocolate and peanut butter combination comes together in soft, flourless cookie. These simple cookies can be made, start to finish, in just about 30 minutes!

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Everyone loves these Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! I make them often.  We’ve made and mailed them to family and friends for birthdays, served them at parties, and bring them to potlucks. These are the quickest gluten free cookies I have ever made!

A few weeks ago, after agreeing to bring a dessert to a party, I immediately thought of the flourless peanut butter cookies. I wanted to do something a little bit fun, so I made some “opposite” cookie. My typical, peanut butter chocolate chip, and then some chocolate peanut butter chips.

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I had the cookies baked and packed to bring to the party when Steve asked if he could just try one. He tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip variety, and then tried another, telling me how soft they were. I had to have a bite. Sure enough, it was delicious. A moist, soft baked chocolate cookie with warm, melty peanut butter chips – how could it have NOT been an amazing cookie?!

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So I unpacked the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies and quickly snapped a few photos in the 10 minutes before we had to leave.

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Steve wasn’t the only one who liked the cookies. I’m not one to brag about my cooking or baking, but everyone at the party enjoyed them, too!

Next time you need a dessert, these will surely be a hit! After all, who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter?!

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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Ingredients (makes about a dozen and a half cookies)
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c peanut butter chips
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix the first six ingredients (you can do this by hand or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment).
  3. Stir in the peanut butter chips.
  4. Roll a spoonful of dough (about 1-2 tablespoons of dough) into a ball in the palm of your hand. Place cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet (a non stick baking pan will work fine, or use a regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat). Using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the cookie dough balls just a bit (these cookies don’t spread a whole lot, so once you’ve flattened the cookie you only need about 2 inches between each cookie on the baking sheet).
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes. Finished cookies will be firm on the bottom, but still soft on the top. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack or plate (or eat).

This recipe is linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays hosted by Gluten Free Homemaker, Gluten Free Easily, and Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Check it out!

2014 Gardening Report #3

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It’s been nearly 2 months since my last garden update, and a lot has happened in my garden in that time!

We have cucumbers . . .

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. . . and zucchinis.

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There is tons of fresh basil,

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and even more mint!

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There’s a whole bunch of oregano, too!

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I sort of cheated with getting some sage going, it’s a starter plant that my mother in law got for me.

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The only herb that isn’t doing too well is the parsley. No matter how much I cut it down, I can’t get it to stop flowering. It hardly produces leaves anymore, just flowers.

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On the less successful side, the green bean plants are not producing many beans. There are some, but they are small, and the plants have not gotten very big at all.

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I’m having trouble with pests and broccoli. The leaves keep getting eaten! I do have one broccoli plants that the bugs haven’t found yet.

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The cauliflower is growing sooo slowly. This was something I was so excited to grow, but I’m not sure if I’ll get any yield. I suppose there’s still plenty of growing season. Only time will tell what happens.

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The tomato, tomatillo, and bell pepper plants are all slow growing. The tomatillo plant is flowering (so are the tomato plants, but the photo is of tomatillo), which means tomatillos are coming soon!

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Here’s a creative pot for a tomato plant (we have a few tomato plants in more traditional containers, too).

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Some of the most exciting gardening developments have been the “volunteer plants” that have grown up from the compost. We dug up some potatoes that had grown from kitchen scraps, and that mystery plant I was talking about is a Spaghetti Squash! How exciting! Composting has been so rewarding. It’s transformed our sandy soil into something that actually supports plant life. Watching things grow from the compost is so neat, too. It’s so much better than just trashing your kitchen scraps!

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We have more plants growing than I’ve showed you today. This would be one long post if I wrote about everything we have growing. These are just the current highlights!

What’s growing in your garden?

Crispy Parmesan Chicken

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There’s no breading in this crispy baked chicken! Perfectly moist on the inside, crunchy on outside, all without any gluten or grains!

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Sometimes experimental cooking goes well, other times it goes poorly. This chicken is an example of experimental cooking success. In fact, it turned out far better than expected! I never intended this chicken to be a food blog recipe, or even especially good. If this chicken had turned out mediocre I would have, sadly, been totally okay with that. I just wanted a quick and easy protein to go with dinner.

Well, this is quick and easy AND delicious. The chicken takes all of 5 minutes (if that) to prep. It comes out of the oven with a crisp, golden crust. The chicken is moist and juicy on the inside, with a strong parmesan flavor.

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My super, not-so-secret ingredient in this recipe is almond meal. Sure, you can use bread crumbs to make a crispy coating for chicken, but it’s not always that simple when you are on a gluten free diet. Store bought gluten free bread crumbs are expensive, and making homemade GF bread crumbs isn’t exactly quick and easy.

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You might be thinking “but almond meal is also expensive”! It’s true! That’s why I make my own. I get raw almonds in bulk, and grind them up for a few seconds in my blender. This almond meal doesn’t have the same perfectly consistent texture as the store bought kind, but it’s good enough for almost every need I have. It also ends up being cheaper per pound than gluten free bread crumbs (at least the varieties I can find locally). By using almond meal instead of bread crumbs you’re also making the dish healthier – adding protein and cutting some carbs! It’s a great grain free alternative to breaded chicken.

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The other part of the crispy coating is parmesan cheese. Another money saving idea here – check the price of parmesan wedges at your local grocery store. I’ve found the normal price for a 1 lb wedge of parmesan is less, per pound, than a jar of the brand name, pre-grated cheese. With a grater, it will only take a couple minutes to shred the entire wedge. Freshly grated parmesan beats the pre-grated parmesan in flavor hands down! That’s part of what makes this chicken taste so good – a little bit of fresh parmesan goes a long way!

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 Crispy Parmesan Chicken

Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 5-6 chicken tenders
  • 1/4 c almond meal
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
  • cooking spray
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven (or toaster oven) to 375° F.
  2. Combine the almond meal and parmesan cheese in a shallow bowl.
  3. Trim the chicken of any excess fat.
  4. Spray each piece of chicken with cooking spray, then lay it in the bowl with the almond meal and parmesan mixture. Press each side of the chicken down, to get the coating to stick. Place the coated chicken on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken.
  5. Press any extra parmesan coating that is in the bowl onto the tops of the chicken pieces.
  6. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Thin chicken tenders will need less time to cook through than a thick chicken breast. When the chicken is done the outside will be golden and crispy, and the internal temperature should reach 165° F.
Serve this with:

 

Gluten Free Weekly Meals (What I Ate Last Week) #11

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Welcome to this week’s post of Gluten Free Weekly Meals! Every week, I take photos of the gluten free recipes I make from all over the web and then share my thoughts. Throughout the week you can find pictures of what I’ve been eating on my Instagram (tastefullygf) and Twitter (@tastefullygf). Each Monday I post a list of all my gluten free meals from the last week. You’ll see my photos of the food, a link to the recipe, and any modifications I made. To see previous “Gluten Free Weekly Meals” posts, just use the search bar on the right side of the page. You can also find these recipes on my Pinterest boards. I hope these posts provide you with some gluten free cooking inspiration!

 

Monday
I’m starting off the week on a bad note. I have no written or photographic record of what I ate for breakfast on Monday. Opps! I do know that my lunch was leftovers from the day before – some sweet potato noodles with grilled corn and onions.

Dinner was an old recipe and a new recipe. The Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia is a tried and true recipe. Healthy, tasty, and easy to make. I’ve come back to it again and again when I’ve been in the mood for fish. I paired it with a new recipe. This Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Cucumber and Avocado. It was good – good enough that it’s on my meal plan for this week, too! I used red quinoa, instead of black, and will probably try it with regular quinoa, too.

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Tuesday
Breakfast was my Sweet Potato & Egg Skillet. Recipe now up on the blog! A few people had asked me about the recipe, so don’t forget to check it out.

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Lunch was some leftovers from Monday’s dinner. I enjoyed the quinoa salad just as much as the night before!

For dinner I made my Mexican Stroganoff with Brazilian Cheese Bread. Usually I would serve this with rice, but I was out! Yup, a celiac who ran out of rice. I ate mine with the Shiratake Miracle Noodles, but it honestly wasn’t a great pairing. The rice is better. I made pasta for Steve, and the friend he had over for dinner.

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Wednesday
For breakfast I made Banana Sweetened Oatmeal.  Mine was simple – I just topped it with some natural, crunchy peanut butter. It “hit the spot” (as my grandmother always said). Tasty and filling! Plus, healthy!

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Lunch was more leftover, big surprise there.

For dinner I made some Chicken Kebabs, marinated in a tomato sauce, and served it with the leftover quinoa salad. By then the avocado was softened quite a bit, so it needed to be eaten. The food was all good, but I ate really quickly before running out the door, so I didn’t exactly have time to savor it.

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Thursday
My new favorite breakfast, an crispy corn tortilla, with mashed avocado and an egg. It’s super easy to make, and hardly requires a recipe. You should try it :)

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I had a mocha smoothie for lunch. It tasted pretty much amazing, but was a bit too liquidy. I only used 1 banana, so maybe I should have used the 2 recommended in the recipe.

I’d kinda spent the day on Thursday agonizing about what to make for dinner. Isn’t that why I meal plan? Yes, but I’d totally messed up my meal orders for the week and didn’t have meat defrosted. Eventually my creativity got to work and I came up with a plan. I used some leftover tomato sauce that was in the refrigerator to make a pasta sauce. Steve had regular pasta and I made zucchini noodles for me. Additionally, we had these Everything Bagel Quinoa Patties. We had some leftover cream cheese/feta/mozzarella spread Steve made that was a great topping. It turned out to be a totally delicious meal! Creativity for the win!

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Friday
Breakfast was Baked Cookie Oatmeal. I baked it in the toaster oven to save energy. It actually crisped the top more than with oven baking. Still delicious, and a bit of a more authentic cookie texture!

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Dinner was Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Sqaush. I intended to take pictures for the blog, but by the time we ate dinner it was nearly 8:30pm and the light just wasn’t good enough for photos. The sad part, I won’t get to post the recipe as soon. The good part, I get to eat it again soon!

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Saturday
I made these Paleo Pancakes for breakfast. My picture of them is quite-un Paleo, because we spread a little nutella on top! I think these pancakes are delicious plain, though, really. And you can’t go wrong with a three ingredient pancake recipe, either!

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Lunch was leftover Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash.

We went to a BBQ for dinner, with tons of gluten free food! I had a bacon guacamole burger, with some spinach salad and a few other sides. The girl hosting the party is a nutritionist AND gluten free, herself, so she knew exactly how to prepare a celiac-safe meal. It was fun and delicious!

Sunday
I made Grain Free Banana Pancakes, at Steve’s request. I hadn’t eaten these myself in a while (since I’ve been trying to eat less sugar and less calories), but they were such a pleasant treat. I’d almost forgotten how good they are!

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For lunch I made these Italian Chicken Sandwiches. I made some last weekend to bring on a day trip, and had some leftover sauce. I follow the recipe exactly, and just use Udi’s Gluten Free Bread.

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For dinner I made these Buffalo Turkey Flatbreads. I made a number of modifications, including cutting the cream cheese, using homemade ranch dressing, adding carrots, and swapping corn tortillas for the flour tortillas. There was a bit of a learning curve for me, grilling the tortillas, but the flavor didn’t suffer much. We just knocked off any overly burnt pieces of tortilla and kept eating. Delicious!

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Sweet Potato & Egg Breakfast Skillet

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Three ingredient, make ahead breakfast with eggs and sweet potatoes. It’s simple, but not lacking in flavor. A great healthy start to the day!

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A few months ago I spotted this Sweet Potato Hash recipe on the Kitchn (one of my absolute favorite cooking blogs). Honestly, it didn’t look super appetizing to me, but it sounded like something I’d be happy to get up and eat in the morning. Breakfasts here were a little rough around the edges at that time. It was always a “what do you want to eat today” type of deal. Which seems pointless, looking back, because there were really only two things we were eating for breakfast; oatmeal and cereal. So, I got the ingredients for this new recipe, followed the directions to a tee, and it was just as delicious as I’d imagined it to be.

Comparing my version below, and the original recipe you can see a lot of changes have been made. Mostly, things have been simplified and “southern-ified” (avoiding turning on the oven as much as possible when the temperature is so high). Would I still make the full recipe for a brunch of special occasion? Absolutely! Do I like my version better for weekday breakfast? Yup!

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I always prepare the sweet potatoes ahead of time. I dice them, cook them, and then store in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use them for a breakfast (just use them sometime within a week!). The morning I want to make this breakfast skillet I pull out the already-cooked sweet potatoes and eggs and layer them in my Calphalon skillet. Bake for about 15 minutes and breakfast is ready!

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Have I mentioned before how much I love this calphalon pan? It’s oven safe, which makes it my go-to pan for this recipe. It’s also safe for use with metal utensils, which is a biggie for me. I hate having to use only certain things with certain pans. I’ve found that even though it’s not coated with teflon it’s still surprisingly nonstick-like. Just a spray of cooking oil and none of these eggs or sweet potatoes stick to the pan ONE BIT! And eggs are sticky – this is saying a lot! These pans are elegant looking, and clean up so quickly and easily (check out the pictures, that skillet looks brand new), so you can keep them in great condition. I’m all about buying quality products that last, not getting something cheap and then needing to replace it just months later. Plus, I’m a lot more likely to make a fancy breakfast like this if I know the clean up will only take 30 seconds!

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Anyway, back to the food.

The directions below will get you two separate breakfasts (If you’re making food ahead of time, why not make extra? More food, same effort!), but you can very easily make more or less, or even vary the egg to sweet potato ratio. I always cook this with over-medium eggs. If you prefer solid yolks, cook them a bit longer. Softer yolks, a bit less. Personally, I find a runny egg yolk over my sweet potatoes + a dash of salt to be one of the most perfect, savory breakfasts out there!

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Sweet Potato & Egg Breakfast Skillet

This recipe is written to make enough sweet potatoes for two breakfasts. I bake 4 eggs with each batch of sweet potatoes, which feeds two people. To serve more people, try adding extra eggs, or just baking all the sweet potatoes and eggs at once.
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 8 eggs (4 eggs each, for 2 total breakfast skillets)
Directions
  1. Add the diced sweet potatoes and olive oil to a large non-stick skillet.  Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are tender (I test using a fork – if the fork easily goes in, the potatoes are ready). Let the cooked potatoes cool before putting them in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week before using.
  2. The morning you want to serve, preheat the oven to 425° F.
  3. Spray an oven-safe skillet with cooking spray (I use misto). Add a layer of potatoes (about half of the total made in step 1). Crack 4 eggs on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes. Check frequently near the end to see if the eggs are cooked. Serve hot.
  5. Save the remaining sweet potatoes and eggs to make another morning.

Quinoa, Avocado & Salmon Salad

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A quinoa salad packed with protein and veggies. Spices, lime juice and fresh parsley bring in light flavors, perfect for summer!

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When I first started blogging I felt very strongly about only posting 100% totally original recipes. Some of my recipe ideas just come to me out of thin air and are totally unique (or, at least I know nothing about any other similar versions out there), but many of my recipes are also a part of a creative process starting with another person’s recipe. Over the course of making the recipe a few times it morphs into something else. Sometimes it changes based on ingredient availability, how much I’m willing to spend at the grocery store, if I want to turn the oven on or not, and of course the obvious: if the recipe is gluten free or not! It’s so interesting to follow the whole process, and rather than feeling guilty about not coming up with totally new and original recipes I’m loving and embracing giving credit to my sources of inspiration! Bloggers supporting bloggers!

This particular recipe started off as “Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa” from The Cookie Rookie. I raved about it in one of my “What I Ate Last Week” posts. It’s a Whole30 recipe, but I served it with quinoa since I’m not doing Whole30. Like I said, I raved about the recipe. It was de-lic-ous! We had extra avocado salsa and just ate it plain. It was that good.

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As Steve and I are shoveling down the entire recipe, plus quinoa, he says “you should make this into a salad. Mix it all together.” We knew it would be good, since that was basically what we had each done on our plates.

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So, really, I can only take credit for a few minor recipe modifications. I used a bit of a different technique for seasoning the salmon, used a regular onion instead of a red onion, bottled lime juice instead of fresh, and parsley instead of cilantro, since my garden is literally overflowing with parsley. And of course, I added the quinoa.

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The salad-ified recipe is quite delicious. It’s good summer food. You could easily bring it to a picnic or a potluck, and probably have one of the tastiest (and healthiest!) dishes there! One cautionary note: avocado will turn brown overnight, so keep that in mind when deciding when and how much of this to make.

Enjoy!

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Quinoa, Avocado & Salmon Salad

Ingredients
  • 4 salmon filets, 3-4 oz each (I use the frozen kind, that come in individual pouches, but 12 – 16 oz of any salmon will work)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 3/4 c quinoa
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1 avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 1/2 Tbs lime juice
  • 3 Tbs chopped parsley
Directions
  1. Combine the olive oil, salt, cumin, paprika, onion, powder, and ancho chili powder in a small bowl. Rub the paste evenly onto the salmon. Put the salmon in the refrigerator to “marinade” for 15-30 minutes.
  2. While the salmon is “marinating”, prepare the quinoa. Add the quinoa and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to the low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. When the quinoa is done, Put it in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Preheat the grill.
  4. Spray the grill with cooking spray (I use misto) right before adding the salmon. Grill over direct heat, with the cover on, for about 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature has reached 145° F.
  5. Remove the salmon from the grill. While the salmon sits for a few minutes, add the avocado, onion, lime juice, and parsley to the bowl with the quinoa.
  6. Cut the salmon into bite sized pieces and add to the bowl.
  7. Gently, stir everything together. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for a few hours and serve chilled.

This post is linked to Gluten Free Wednesday at Gluten Free Homemaker, Gluten Free Easily, and Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Check it out!

Gluten Free Weekly Meals (What I Ate Last Week) #10

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 Welcome to this week’s post of Gluten Free Weekly Meals! Every week, I take photos of the gluten free recipes I make from all over the web and then share my thoughts. Throughout the week you can find pictures of what I’ve been eating on my Instagram (tastefullygf) and Twitter (@tastefullygf). Each Monday I post a list of all my gluten free meals from the last week. You’ll see my photos of the food, a link to the recipe, and any modifications I made. To see previous “Gluten Free Weekly Meals” posts, just use the search bar on the right side of the page. You can also find these recipes on my Pinterest boards. I hope these posts provide you with some gluten free cooking inspiration!

 

Monday
Typical Monday breakfast here; Baked Cookie Oatmeal. I prepare the oatmeal ahead of time so when the alarm goes off on Monday morning all I have to do is get out of bed, and stick the oatmeal in the oven. 18 minutes later the oatmeal comes out of the oven. It’s sweet, but not totally indulgent, and keeps me full until lunch!

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My allergies were really acting up this week, so I was craving soup. Hot soup makes my nose run, which helps me feel less stuffy! Since we’d had Avgolemono soup last week I made Lemon Lentil Soup this week. To go with the soup I made Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie. I’ve made this a few times before, so we definitely enjoy it. I tried to fit in more kale this time, but the pie didn’t hold together as well as other times. So, moral of the story is to stick to the proportions listed in the recipe!

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Tuesday
This is my new favorite breakfast. Crispy corn tortillas, mashed avocado with lime juice, and an over-medium egg. It is just too good. I could eat it everyday.

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For lunch I ate my leftovers from Monday’s dinner. A slice of the leftover pie with a bowl of soup.

For dinner we went to a friend’s house – a gluten free friend! What a treat – to not have to cook dinner but still know for certain that my dinner will be safe to eat! We had sushi for dinner and then some gluten free cake for dessert. All in all, a great meal!

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Wednesday
I’ve been working on a new breakfast recipe, so I tested the latest version for breakfast. It’s a Coconut flavored baked oatmeal. The recipe isn’t perfect yet, but I’m still working on it.

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For lunch I had the same leftovers as the day before, a slice of leftover Kale, Ricotta, and Artichoke Pie with a bowl of Lemon Lentil Soup.

Dinner was Grilled Fajitas. Delicious and simple, and perfect for summer! I marinaded the chicken for a just a few hours this time, and it was still amazing!

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Thursday
Breakfast was another regular for us – Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs. This time I measured my ingredients and took photos, so  I can post the recipe on the blog later this week!

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We’d eaten breakfast pretty late, so I kinda of just snacked for lunch. Not the greatest idea, but I hate getting off my eating schedule. By time I was hungry it was nearly dinner time, so I figured I may as well just wait.

For dinner, I made a great crock pot recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Spicy Black Bean and Rice Bowls. Since I only have a 2 quart crock pot I had cut the recipe down in size a bit. It’s too bad, because we ate the whole thing. Neither of us had really eaten lunch, so that’s some of the reason, but it was also just that good! This will definitely be making more appearances in my meal plans.

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Friday
Friday was the Fourth of July! Holidays means an opportunity to sleep in, for us. Once we finally woke up I made 2 Ingredient Pancakes. I added a tablespoon of peanut butter for a bit more substance and flavor.

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The rest of the day we ate random things – leftovers in the refrigerator, mostly. It sounds a bit depressing for the 4th of July, but it wasn’t at all – we were all about just hanging out and relaxing, prepping for a trip to the beach, and seeing the fireworks! BBQs tend to be much less fun and exciting when you can’t eat the food.

Saturday
We took a day trip to the beach on Saturday! Before leaving I made the leftover Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs, and packed some sandwiches for lunch. This recipe is easily gluten free – just sub in some gluten free bread!

For dinner at the beach we went to a Hibachi restaurant (I forget the name). It was excellent! My food was all prepped in the back with gluten free sauces. They subbed noodles for edamame at no extra charge! The timing was even perfect, just as the chef was doling out the food onto the plates, the waitress brought out my plates. I loved eating the edamame, and ate my chicken and veggies with extra sriracha sauce.

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Sunday
I made some oatmeal for breakfast. I was hungry, so I topped my chocolate banana sweetened oatmeal with almond butter for extra protein.

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I had a fun time with yesterday’s dinner. I made Crispy Parmesan Chicken, which will makes it’s way onto the blog eventually! I also did a bit of an experiment with this recipe from How Sweet It Is. Since pre-made gnocchi is off the table for me (I’ve never seen any in stores around here, anyway) I subbed in sweet potato noodles, made in my new spiralizer! I think the combo worked out wonderfully!

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4th of July Grilling Recipe Round Up

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It’s almost Independence Day! I’m sure most of you already have your BBQs planned, and fireworks viewing time set aside. I’ve never really been big on holiday-specific recipes, which is why nothing 4th of July themed has appeared on this blog in the past few weeks.

I am a huge grilling fan, though, and who isn’t outside grilling (or eating BBQ) on the 4th of July?! I’ve compiled a few of my favorite grill recipes for you to check you. Some of these are from the early days of this blog, so don’t write them off just because the pictures look awful – I promise, all this food is taste tested and delicious! Throw some of these burgers or kebabs on your last minute party menu, or just enjoy on a hot summer day :)

Gluten Free Grilling Recipe Round Up

Grilling Recipes

 

Grilled Fajitas

Grilled-Fajitas

Pizza Burgers

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Pesto Ranch Chicken

Grilled Pesto Ranch Chicken

Chipotle & Avocado Chicken Burgers

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Sweet Thai Burgers

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Sweet & Tangy Thai Chicken with Rice & Edamame

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Pizza Burgers

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This isn’t the first fancy burger recipe I’ve posted, and it certainly won’t be the last. I just love making hamburgers more interesting! Made with lean ground turkey and just a tablespoon of cheese per serving, this is a healthier (and more unique) way to enjoy the traditional flavors of pizza!

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The idea for these Pizza Burgers came from a dish at my college cafeteria, also called (no surprise here) Pizza Burgers. There was always a hamburger/hot dog station in the cafeteria, but once a week or so they’d have Pizza Burgers on the menu. There wasn’t much special about these burgers. The cafeteria worker would take a regular cheese burger, put in on a bun, and dump some tomato sauce on before adding the top half of the bun. It must have been a student favorite, because the Pizza Burgers were on the menu at least one a week!

My Pizza Burgers are a bit different. I had the idea to recreate this college cafeteria recipe because I really wanted a healthier way to enjoy pizza. There are tons of healthier pizza alternatives out there! Cauliflower crusts, zucchini crusts, and plenty of pizzas full of veggies, but making any pizza crust takes work. Even cooking lovers and food bloggers sometimes get tired of being in the kitchen! A turkey burger comes together much more quickly than a pizza crust!

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To make the burgers, I seasoned ground turkey with some traditional Italian/pizza flavors – garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and some Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning. Just a little bit of seasoning goes a long way! The burgers had a gentle herb-y flavor, enough to notice, but not overpowering. To keep turkey burgers moist I always use caramelized onions in my hamburger mixes. The onion adds flavor and keeps the burger from getting dried out. Towards the end of the grilling time, I add a bit of mozzarella cheese to the top of each of the burgers, and to really finish out the pizza flavor I top each finished burger with tomato sauce. I can’t claim something with melted cheese is 100% healthy, but with just a tablespoon of cheese for each serving, this absolutely counts as enjoying something in moderation.

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Feel free to add any of your favorite pizza toppings to these Pizza Burgers. I add some chopped turkey pepperoni to mine. I served these burgers with sauteed kale. I’m sure with all the flavors and toppings you won’t miss the hamburger bun, but serving Pizza Burgers with hamburger buns is also an option. This meal is easily made portionally gluten free by having both GF and wheat hamburger buns available. Just be sure to serve ALL of your GF burgers before even getting out the wheat buns (click here for additional PGF precautions)!

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Pizza Burgers

Makes 4 -6 burgers.
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning (or any Italian herb seasoning you have on hand)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c tomato sauce (any flavor/variety you like, just check the ingredient label to make sure it is gluten free)
  • optional: any other traditional pizza toppings
Directions
  1. Add the olive oil to a small skillet and turn heat to medium. When the oil is warm, add the onion to the skillet and stir to coat with oil. Continue cooking the onion, stirring frequently, until it softens and turns light brown in color. This takes any where from 10 – 20 minutes, depending on how much onion is in the pan, different stovetops, etc. When the onion is cooked, move it to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the ground turkey, pizza seasoning, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes to the mixing bowl and combine all the ingredients together.
  3. Divide the mixture into 4 to 6 even sections, and form each section into a patty (I prefer 6 smaller patties, but make whatever size you’d like).
  4. Put each of the hamburger patties onto a grill, over medium/high, direct heat. Grill for about 12 – 15 minutes, or as long as it takes for the internal temperature of each hamburger to reaches 165° F.
  5. When the burgers have cooked through, sprinkle a bit of the mozzarella onto the top of each patty and leave them on the grill for another minute or two, to let the cheese melt.
  6. To serve, to each hamburger with 1 to 2 tablespoons on tomato sauce, and any additional toppings. Place on a hamburger bun if desired. If serving GF and regular hamburgers, be sure to make ALL GF burgers before making any burgers using wheat buns, to avoid cross contamination.

P.S. This post is linked to the Gluten Free Carnival at Gluten Free Homemaker. Check it out here!

Gluten Free Weekly Meals (What I Ate Last Week) #9

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 Welcome to this week’s post of Gluten Free Weekly Meals! Every week, I take photos of the gluten free recipes I make from all over the web and then share my thoughts. Throughout the week you can find pictures of what I’ve been eating on my Instagram (tastefullygf) and Twitter (@tastefullygf). Each Monday I post a list of all my gluten free meals from the last week. You’ll see my photos of the food, a link to the recipe, and any modifications I made. To see previous “Gluten Free Weekly Meals” posts, just use the search bar on the right side of the page. You can also find these recipes on my Pinterest boards. I hope these posts provide you with some gluten free cooking inspiration!

Monday
For breakfast I made Cinnamon Vanilla Oatmeal, and topped it with almond butter and unsweetened coconut. This is one of my favorite oatmeal combinations!

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For dinner I made these Green Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls. Everything in the ingredient list sounded so great, but the end result wasn’t as good as I hoped. It wasn’t a bad dinner, but just not as flavorful as we like. I think the problem is my green curry paste. I’ve been disappointed with a few recipes I’ve used it in. I’ll have to try this again sometime with a stronger green curry paste!

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Tuesday
I found an amazing new breakfast! It’s a variation on these Avocado & Egg Breakfast Pizzas. I didn’t quite do the pizza, but used corn tortillas instead. The preparation and cooking took under 15 minutes. The avocado + egg was delicious, and the corn tortilla provided some carbs to keep me full all morning. I may have a new favorite breakfast!

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For dinner on Tuesday I grilled some Green Chili Cheeseburgers. This is a yummy recipe I found in a grilling cookbook last year. I served the burgers with corn on the cob and these Buffalo Cauliflower Tater Tots. The Cauliflower Tater Tots are amazing! Granted, I’ve changed the recipe a bit (replace breadcrumbs with shredded zucchini, flax egg instead of real egg, less cheese), but that’s just personal preference. We had some friends over for dinner, and this is one of my favorite recipes to make for people! It’s a fun way to show that vegetables can be some of the best tasting foods out there! I also love grilling burgers when guests come over. It’s so easy to fit to different dietary needs – no cheese for anyone avoiding dairy, no buns for GF folks, etc! Since we had friends over for dinner I was distracted socializing and forgot to take a picture of the meal.

Wednesday
Breakfast was this Baked Cookie Oatmeal. Another favorite breakfast recipe – you’ve gotta try it if you haven’t!
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For dinner I made Salmon with Balsamic Sauce, Quinoa Pilaf, and broccoli. The salmon was a bit sweet for my tastes, but definitely good, and very easy to make. The quinoa pilaf was a great accompaniment to the fish. It was flavored more than plain quinoa, but not so flavorful that it overpowered the fish. Of course, steamed broccoli is one of my simplest, most favorite ways to get in a vegetable!

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I only took one photo of this, sorry it’s blurry :(

Thursday
For breakfast I made “2 Ingredient” French Toast Pancakes.  I wrote a whole post on this with the recipe last week, so check it out. These pancakes are so healthy, paleo, and of course gluten free!

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Dinner was Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Bake with White Cheese Sauce. This is one of our favorite dinners. I love that you can make it ahead of time, then just bake it for 10 minutes before serving. It’s great for a crazy day. I keep trying to increase the amount I make so that we have leftovers! I definitely claimed the one serving of leftovers this time!

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Friday
I made on of our usual breakfast, Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs. I keep intending to measure everything and take photos for the blog, but this never seems to happen! It’s on my list again for this week, so we shall see what happens.
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My allergies were really acting up last week, especially on Friday, and all I wanted was soup. Crazy, for a 90° F day. I made Avgolemono Soup and Steve made some Tuna Melts for us. He’s really good at making tuna melts. I try, but they are never quite as perfect.

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Saturday
I made Almond Joy Oatmeal for my breakfast. I would have taken a picture, but it just looked awful. I smeared chocolate and banana all over the bowl, and was too hungry to take the time to clean it up. When Steve woke up he wanted Grain Free Banana Pancakes, so I made a quick single serving for him.

For dinner I made Spicy Turkey Bolognese. It’s a variation of a spicier meat sauce my sister and I used to make all of the time. I made zucchini noodles and GF spaghetti to go with the sauce. I love zoodles, but no carbs = a very hungry Kristin.

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Sunday
Steve had the leftover Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs for breakfast (it was already cooked, and in a leftover container in the fridge) so I made something for myself that I knew he would hate: Coconut Baked Oatmeal. It was so good! I’ve made this a few times before, and forgot how good it was. Steve hates coconut, so I got the whole bowl to myself :)

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Lunch and Dinner on Sunday was a smorgasbord of leftovers in the refrigerator. We had plans from about 4:30 – 9pm, right over dinner, so the whole eating schedule was off. At the very end of the day, around 10pm, we (for some crazy reason) decided to make these quinoa patties using the leftover quinoa pilaf. I made the quinoa patties while Steve made the whipped feta spread, and added in some mozzarella cheese, too. A bit different from the original recipe, but still delicious!

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why even try for good lighting at 10:45 pm?

That’s all for this week’s post! I’ll be back later this week with some summer recipes!

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