Category: Dinner

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs

Giada’s recipe for classic Italian turkey meatballs is by far my fav!  I made a few tweaks to make sure they were gluten-free and casein-free. These freeze really well and are wonderful to have around because they can be used in so many different recipes. Turkey Meatballs 1 1/2 cups GFCF breadcrumbs 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (or 1 tbsp dried basil) 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped 1/4 cup filtered water 1 tbsp tomato paste...

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti #glutenfree #caseinfree

I originally tasted spicy chicken spaghetti at a friend’s house many, many years ago. Her father, the Judge, made it for us while I was staying at their house for the weekend. I couldn’t stop raving about it and he revealed the secret was adding jalapeños. I love that heat! I’ve tried to recreate the dish and over time got it just they way we like it. But of course, the original version was the...

Cilantro Lime Rice #glutenfree #caseinfree #realfood

This is a super simple recipe for very tasty cilantro lime rice made from scratch using fresh ingredients.  I usually make enough to use for several meals. Tonight we are going to have some of the cilantro lime rice with Ancho chili and lime roasted chicken and roasted pineapple and mango salsa. And tomorrow we are having leftover rice with black beans in taco bowls. Yum! For a long time we ate brown rice because...

PF Chang-y Lettuce Wraps #glutenfree #caseinfree

There are a lot of recipes for PF Chang’s lettuce wraps floating around the internet, but this one is gluten-free and casein-free. Most of the recipes required hoisin sauce, which is not gluten-free. So I looked through a few homemade recipes for hoisin and came up with my own version using gluten-free non-GMO coconut aminos and whole sesame seed tahini (for the calcium and flavor) instead of peanut butter. And of course, my favorite new ingredient...

Buffalo Chicken Salad #glutenfree #caseinfree

We love a good salad loaded with veggies and often a lean protein so I’m always looking for new homemade dressings or vinaigrettes to try out. Lately, we’ve been turning some of our favorites sauces, like teriyaki or Buffalo sauce, into salad dressings. Who doesn’t love Buffalo wings? I know I do! But they are filled with so much fat and just not that good for us and probably aren’t gluten free. So we do...

Roasted Vegetable, Kale & Chicken Soup #glutenfree #caseinfree

This roasted vegetable kale chicken soup is so delicious, nutritious and naturally gluten and casein free because it is made with whole real food and yummy spices! Someone suggested adding white beans to my original version and I love it with the beans (plus white beans are another way to add calcium to my diet). And I’ve added a few more spices over the years to added more depth of flavor. I avoid canned goods...

Taco Bowls #glutenfree #caseinfree

We have been making our own taco shells and tostada shells from corn tortillas for a long time (make sure to use gluten-free, wheat-free corn tortillas) – but this is the first time we tried taco bowls and I love them!  Why didn’t we make these before?  They are easier to eat than a tostada and hold more stuff than a taco. They were so easy to make, too. I used some oven-safe ramekins from...

Easy Meat Sauce & Mini Lasagna Noodles #glutenfree

This easy meat sauce recipe with mini lasagna noodles is one of our favorite quick and tasty dinners. The recipe makes enough meat sauce for two meals for us (two people) so we freeze half for another meal or the leftovers make great lunches. Since I can’t eat ricotta or mozzarella anymore wiping out one of our old favorites – lasagna – this “deconstructed” version fills that void. I do use a little Parmesan cheese...

White Bean Hummus-y Dip #glutenfree #caseinfree

Since I have to avoid casein and dairy, I’m always looking for ways to increase my natural calcium intake and white beans are a great source. Other non-dairy foods high in calcium are dark leafy greens, okra, white beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sesame seeds, figs and almonds. My fig pistachio almond cookies/granola bars are a good source as well as this white bean hummus dip made with whole sesame seed tahini.  It’s delicious and nutritious!...

Turkey and Veggie Chili #glutenfree #caseinfree

This healthy, naturally gluten-free and casein-free turkey and veggie chili has evolved over the years and is now one of our absolute favorites! A healthier alternative to traditional Texas chili, this version adds layers of flavor by roasting the vegetables. The secret is not only in the roasted tomatoes, jalapeño, zucchini and bell pepper but also adding your favorite salsa to take it to the next level of spicy heaven.  Try using different chiles or...