Category: Food Choices

Making better food choices with clean ingredients and simple, unprocessed ingredients for a healthier diet and lifestyle.

Eatin’ Clean in 2019 + A Seasonal Salad | Gluten-Free

Easy Gluten-Free Recipes Coming in 2019 This year I want to focus on some super simple gluten-free recipes.  And highlight some of my favorite products I’ve found over the last eight years that make eating gluten-free so much easier and tastier.   Like how to make a super simple but really tasty gluten-free pasta dish or goat cheese mozzarella sticks. And we are starting with this seasonal winter salad made with local products we love.   As you may know, after giving up dairy for several years I’ve introduced some goat cheese back into my diet again.  And I’m so excited!  There are so many different varieties of goat cheese now, too.  Soft, hard, semi-hard.  Funny Farm makes a fantastic pepper jack and mozzarella that...

White Chicken Enchilada Casserole | Gluten-Free, Goat’s Milk

This clean eatin’ gluten-free white chicken enchilada casserole is made with non-GMO corn tortillas, goat’s milk pepper jack cheese, goat’s milk yogurt and Hatch green chiles!  Super simple and delicious. Gluten-Free White Chicken Enchilada Casserole I love white chicken enchiladas!  It would be kinda weird if you didn’t.  Just sayin’ … That combo of the cheese and chicken smothered in a rich sour cream and green chile sauce.  Definitely a comfort food favorite.   I miss it.  So since discovering all the ways goat’s milk has brought joy back into my life, I turned it into a casserole.  A casserole is easier because the corn tortillas we like don’t really bend that easily.  Plus I can make a large batch of this because it reheats...

Great Tips for Ordering Gluten-Free at the Office

Great Tips for Ordering Gluten-Free at the Office #glutenfree

8 Great Tips for Ordering Gluten-Free at the Office I was super excited to get this infographic from ZeroCater.com to add to my website and share with my readers.  It is hard enough to learn how to eat gluten-free in the first place.  Or how to choose restaurants and dine out safely.  But what about at work?   What happens when you are in charge of ordering lunch (or dinner depending on the hours you keep) at the office and there are people who can’t eat gluten.  This might be easier for someone who has celiac disease or has been on a gluten-free diet for awhile and is familiar with restaurants that are local and safe.   If someone can’t eat gluten because of celiac...

Mesquite Smoked Asparagus | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Mesquite Smoked Asparagus One of our favorite restaurants, District Kitchen + Cocktails, serves the most delicious seasonal and locally sourced food.  And so much of it can be made gluten-free.   Right now asparagus is plentiful and in season and of course on their menu.   I love asparagus because it is a detoxifier (glutathione), feeds the gut bacteria (inulin) and contains lots of vitamins and minerals.  But I LOVE the asparagus they serve at District.  They always knock it out of the park.   It is grilled and has this lovely woody smoky flavor.   So of course I had to try it at home.   Usually I just blanch asparagus or throw it in the oven with other roasting veggies near the end....

Goat Cheese Alfredo Sauce | Gluten-Free

Why make a Goat Cheese Alfredo Sauce? Besides the fact that it is just really, really good… For people with casein digestion issues, it may add a whole new option to your dinner menu if you can tolerate goat’s milk! The protein casein in goat’s milk is processed, and likely digested differently, than casein from cow’s milk. You can read a little more about that in this post.  So I was really excited to make this simple Alfredo sauce with ghee, certified GF oat flour (you could probably use any GF flour that doesn’t contain xanthan gum), coconut milk, goat cheese, honey, salt and a pinch of paprika.  And not react to it. Imagine all the ways you could use it. Here we made an old...

The Weekly Menu June 12-18 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hello summer!   So what are our food choices for this week of summer? Well one of the things I love about summer are all the fruits in season.  What do you have planned for all the goodness upon us?   For sure we are making a peach cobbler with all the peaches in season.   And definitely a mango salsa.   Since our jalapeño plant in the backyard is full of jalapeños,  I’m trying to use some of those up this week, too. And I might harvest my two little bundles of zinfandel grapes to make a grape jelly or simple syrup to go with the peach cobbler. Maybe a cherry crisp? Goodness I love summer fruit. Okay so I’ve also decided to start...

The Weekly Menu March 27 #glutenfree #menuplanning

Hi everyone!  Time for the weekly menu plan again.   Last week, we tried a few new recipes while I was on Spring Break.   I was most pleased with the Leek, Potato and Goat Cheese Peirogies.  The Blackbird Bakery Pie and Pasta dough is awesome (I was equally pleased with the quality of the pizza crust).   I’m even considering buying a pasta attachment for the stand mixer now to make our own pasta. We met up with friends at Grizzelda’s Restaurant, too.  I’ve been dying to check it out.  It is such a beautiful space and most of the menu is gluten free (I called to make sure it was okay).   I’ll add it to my list of gluten free places to...

Healthy Gluten Free Snacks #glutenfree #comfortfood

Healthified Gluten Free Snacking Who doesn’t love a platter full of good eats, especially on game day or when friends come over!  We love comfort foods but I’m always on the look out for the healthiest options that also fit within my dietary restrictions. So that means everything we eat needs to be gluten free and casein free, while preferably antibiotic free, organic and non-GMO.  We want to feed our gut bacteria good stuff to keep us healthy and happy.  So on game day, I like to put out a platter of healthy gluten free snacks for us to munch on while the Longhorns play. Usually that means raw organic veggies and hummus, berries and nuts, Applegate pepperoni and salami (we usually eat this first...

Happy New Year! #2016

Happy New Year!!!  Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and bountiful 2016! New Year’s Day for Brett & me is all about football (because yesterday wasn’t enough) and eating “traditional foods” for good luck, health and prosperity! Black-eyed pea salad = good luck, greens = money and prosperity) and pork/crumbled bacon = progress. Although we’ve been making black-eyed pea dishes for New Year’s Day for a long time – the idea of making the black-eyed pea salad first and letting it sit overnight, then using it in a soup came from @portuguesecooking cookbook’s recipe, which is absolutely perfect for today. And if you’ve got a lot of Hoppin’ John left over – a great way to use it is to turn it into a soup! Add some homemade broth,...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu Oct. 26 #menuplanning

Tourist in My Own Town Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week. Our little staycation has come to an end since the husband’s project starts up again this week, but it has been a lot of fun. We even made it out to the Zilker Botanical Gardens last week. There were so many steps to climb it was a great outdoor “workout”. We found a few butterflies and enjoyed the historical buildings and dinosaur information – who knew? I’m very excited to go back in the spring to see the rose gardens and butterfly garden in full force! The Casual Veggie Cookbook I’m also thrilled to be part of The Casual Veggie Cookbook collaboration. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the other contributing food bloggers and...