Gluten Free Recipes & Menu Plans

Bison Shepherd’s Pie #glutenfree

Bison Shepherd’s Pie You know I love meat and potatoes!  And Shepherd’s pie is one of our favorite comfort food dishes.  And although I like it with lamb, beef or ground turkey – I absolutely love it with bison!  Have you tried it with ground bison yet? And I like lots of fluffy mashed potatoes on top.  Over the years, I’ve made the mashed potatoes several different ways.  Usually boiled Russet, Yukon gold or red...

The Weekly Menu #freefrom #menuplanning

Time for the weekly menu again! This week I want to talk a little more about glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Round-Up) and GMOs.  There is a gene that produces the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthetase (EPSPS) in plants, fungi and bacteria but not in mammals.  This enzyme plays a critical role in the Shikimate pathway, which synthesizes the amino acids phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan.  Glyphosate targets and inhibits EPSPS leading to the eventual...

The Weekly Menu Sept. 4-10 #freefrom #menuplanning

Time for The Weekly Menu It’s football season!  Still so excited to see the Longhorns play this year.  We always start off with such high expectations. ?? Also, I’m finding out all kinds of things about my genetic variants.  I ran a program from Found My Fitness to look for certain SNPs in my raw 23andMe data.  The results were pretty interesting.  I have another marker for an increased risk of Celiac disease (so 5...

The Weekly Menu Aug 28-Sept 3 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Time for the weekly menu! Well friends, we now have our genetic test results from 23andMe.  And I do have two gene variants that are linked to Celiac disease.  I’m not at all surprised that I also have the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) C677T genetic variation on one of my chromosomes (heterozygous). My initial understanding of this MTHFR variant is that it prevents the body from flushing toxins well.  Perhaps this is why I am so sensitive...

The Weekly Menu Aug 21-27 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi all! We are heading into another week of “free from” comfort food menu planning.  This week I’m going to use that wonderful sheep’s milk Halloumi cheese in place of mozzarella in a couple of dishes.  We are going to make toasted ciabatta with Halloumi and roasted peppers drizzled in a basil caper vinaigrette.  I’m going to use ciabatta bread from Schar because it doesn’t contain any xanthan gum and is non-GMO, dairy and gluten...

The Weekly Menu Aug. 14-20 #glutenfree #menuplanning

I’m pretty excited Hatch chile season is in full swing.  We are going to make a stew adapted from Life Made Simple (recipe link below on the menu).  It was really delicious when I followed the original recipe, but this time we are going to use roasted tomatillos, chiles and jalapeños instead of using a salsa verde (which usually contains xanthan gum and isn’t organic).  It freezes well so I’m going to make a lot...

The Weekly Menu Aug 7-13 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone! We saw the first appearance of Hatch chiles this week and I’m pretty excited. I absolutely love Hatch chile season! So the next few weeks we’ll probably have quite a few recipes incorporating the wonderful roasted chiles. Yum! Yum! Last week we found sheep’s milk Halloumi cheese, which is similar to mozzarella. We used it to make Margherita pizzas with the fabulous naan bread we made the night before. And it was amazing!...

The Weekly Menu July 31-Aug 6 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone!  How do the weeks go by so fast?  Already time for the weekly menu again!? We are going to attempt to make gluten free sourdough oat English muffins this week.  So far the baking adventures with our sourdough starter have resulted in some pretty exciting breads.  The dinner rolls were wonderful.  The naan was amazing and we didn’t even have to try the thin and crispy pizza crust this time around because we...

Gluten Free Flour Tortillas #glutenfree #caseinfree

Happy Taco Tuesday!  I thought I would share this recipe for homemade gluten free flour tortillas today.  We don’t make them often because it takes a little work, but they are definitely worth it.  We like all kinds of tortillas but a nice soft flour tortilla just can’t be beat.  Here we use brown rice flour, tapioca, potato flour and starch, guar gum and coconut oil.  Pretty simple gluten free ingredients. I found the original...

The Weekly Menu July 24-31 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone!  Hope you are keeping cool in the summer heat.  We’ve been going through a stretch of 100+ degree days here in Texas.  It’s hot. So I tried my second batch of sourdough dinner rolls with our gluten free starter and sweet white rice, millet, and tapioca flours – and they were amazing!  So soft, sweet, and fluffy.  Not too sour.  And they freeze well.  Instead of letting the dough rise at room temperature...