Category: Snacks

Vegetarian Jalapeño Poppers | Gluten-Free

These super easy baked vegetarian jalapeño and sweet pepper poppers are made with Trader Joe’s goat milk cream cheese, an egg, fresh chives and sprinkled with organic, gluten-free Kettle Brand BBQ potato chips. Vegetarian Jalapeño & Sweet Pepper Poppers You know one of my favorite products is the goat milk creamy cheese from Trader Joe’s. It is the perfect substitute for regular cream cheese in recipes. We use it in this “healthified” spinach artichoke dip and in the “died and went to heaven” pimento cheese dip. And of course it’s perfect for the easy Buffalo chicken dip, too. I also used it to make twice baked potatoes, which are another favorite around here. Well I had a tub of the creamy cheese in the fridge...

Gluten-Free Spinach Goat Feta Puff Pastry

Thank you, Schär Having to eat gluten-free (and dairy-free for awhile) usually meant bypassing some of the most delicious treats. And sometimes you just really miss those old comfort food classics. Lately, we have been trying a bunch of Schär gluten-free products and are just blown away. We found hamburger buns and puff pastry dough at Central Market. Then we tried the pizza crust found at Sprouts and were so excited about the taste and texture. I’ve been so happy with the products so far (btw – this is not a sponsored post)! They also have the best table crackers and artisan multigrain bread (also at Sprouts). It’s awesome. Brett loves the entertainment crackers (taste so much like Ritz) and they are perfect for dipping...

Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Fried Smashed Fingerling Potatoes So these fried smashed fingerling potatoes were a very happy accident. Super crispy fried potatoes with a soft center, sprinkled with smoked paprika and fresh cilantro then served with Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo. It was so good! Like a cross between a potato chip and French fries. These would be great to serve at a BBQ with grilled meats or burgers. I was trying to recreate one of my favorite dishes from ATX Cocina – smashed papas bravas with smoked chili aioli. So I started out trying to make papas bravas using two different recipes from the New York Times and Serious Eats. But we simplified everything. And instead of buying Russet or Idaho potatoes, I thought I would try it...

Shishito Peppers and Spiked Chipotle Mayo

Shishito Peppers and Spiked Chipotle Mayo | Gluten-free, Dairy-Free

Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo Before we get to the shishito peppers and spiked chipotle mayo recipe, I want to talk about how much I love Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayonnaise. They have several clean products made with gluten-free and nonGMO ingredients. As well as using fair trade organic cane sugar and certified humane free range egg yolks. So you get a pretty clean product that also sources mindfully to preserve biodiversity on the planet. I especially like the chipotle mayo. I’ve already used it in a couple of recipes found here on the blog. We love it in this chipotle curry chicken salad. Made with a few simple ingredients like apples, celery, pecans, cranberries and a little curry powder. It is such a quick and healthy...

Southwestern Egg Rolls | Gluten-Free, Goat Cheese

Southwestern Egg Rolls I LOVE the Southwestern Egg Rolls they serve on the appetizer menu at Chili’s.  And I desperately miss being able to eat them.  But I love to take an old comfort food recipe and adjust it to fit into my dietary restrictions: gluten-free, dairy-free (except for goat cheese/milk or Parmesan), clean as possible, organic and non-GMO if possible. I had huge success with this white chicken enchilada casserole, pimento cheese, and Philly cheesesteak casserole. So these have been on the list of things to copy cat for some time now.  We finally had some time to make them and I’m so excited how they turned out! The ingredients are listed on the appetizer menu as crispy flour tortillas, chicken, black beans, corn,...

Pimento Cheese #2 | Gluten-Free, Goat Cheese

Pimento Cheese Recipe #2 I love pimento cheese. I could eat an entire gallon of it in one setting. So I was really excited to be able to make it again when I started to use goat cheese in recipes that I used to make all the time. Like this Died and Went to Heaven Pimento Cheese. It’s really is just a combo of cheese, mayo, cream cheese, pimentos and a few other simple ingredients. The first time I adapted it using smoked gouda goat cheese. It added a nice smoky flavor. But I do miss the regular version. So I usually get my goat cheese like the pepper jack and smoked semi soft from Wheatsville. But a new neighbor told us that Central Market...

gluten-free fried cheese sticks made with goat cheese mozzarella

Fried Goat Cheese Mozzarella Sticks | Gluten-Free

 So really this is the most basic of recipes but we are using organic ingredients to “healthify” these gluten-free fried goat cheese mozzarella sticks. Wait, What? Yes, fried goat cheese mozzarella sticks! So after giving up gluten in 2010, I gave up dairy in 2014.  And my digestive system has been on the mend in a major way.   Then last year I reintroduced goat’s milk, goat cheese, and goat’s milk yogurt.   And it has been awesome!!!! We’ve been making all kinds of “healthified” comfort food favorites using goat’s milk lately like White Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Artichoke Spinach Dip, Fried Chicken Salad with Yogurt Ranch Dressing, and Smoky Goat Cheese Pimento Cheese. I’ve been dealing with dietary issues my whole life.  When I was a...

spiced potato wedges with vegan nacho cheese and spicy jalapeño slices

Spiced Potato Nachos | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

These organic, gluten-free spiced potato nachos are made from Russet potatoes, sprinkled generously with spices and covered in vegan cheese and spicy hot jalapeños. Gluten-Free Spiced Potato Nachos One of the things that has gotten me through all of my dietary restrictions is that I used to be able to eat a lot of things.  And now I just try to recreate those comfort food things within my restrictions while cleaning ’em up (organic, non-GMO) where I can. So this combo has become a huge hit around here.  It reminds me of the potato wedges at Fuddruckers.   They were nice thick wedges covered with a little spice.  Oh and then to drench them in the nacho cheese.  Add a few pickled jalapeños.  Ah, the...

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip | Gluten-free, Goat Cheese

Easy Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken Dip There is nothing like starting off the new year with a Texas Longhorns win at the Sugar Bowl in NOLA!  Woo hoo!  I just love college football.  Hook ’em! And then there all the yummy game day eats.   And we love to indulge.  A favorite is definitely Buffalo chicken dip!    So I’ve decided I would start sharing some of my super simple and easy recipes this year even though they’ve been done before.  Mainly because I can eat goat cheese and Trader Joe’s makes a goat’s milk version of cream cheese which isn’t super tangy.   So we could bring back some favorites – this is definitely one of those.  Usually Buffalo chicken dip is made with: shredded...

Fried Artichoke Hearts | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

These gluten-free, dairy-free fried artichoke hearts are one of my absolute favorite treats! They are so good – everyone just gobbles them up. Gluten-Free Fried Artichoke Hearts I love fried foods.  Almost as much as meat and potatoes. Just recently, I actually, successfully made a chicken fried steak.  And I’ve tried many times before.  And that led to fried onion rings with left over batter. Yum! Sometimes we have fried chicken on a salad.  Sometimes it’s with eggplant for eggplant chicken Parmesan.  Or sometimes we have these fried artichokes as an appetizer or part of a meatless meal.  They are so easy to make and a perfect way to use up leftover marinara or pizza sauce. Yum! Instead of using panko which is not gluten-free,...