Category: Vegan & Vegetarian

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....

Asparagus Mango Spring Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons | Gluten-Free

Goat Cheese Croutons? Yes, goat cheese croutons!  Made with honey chèvre goat cheese and organic gluten-free rice cereal! Just freeze the cheese, cut it up, coat in gluten-free flour, dip in egg wash, coat with crushed cereal and fry.  Super easy and so good. I have been loving all the fried things we have been making lately.  Do you miss gluten-free cheese sticks? I’ve got an amazing recipe for fried goat cheese mozzarella sticks! And we use goat’s milk yogurt to replace buttermilk for this chicken fried steak.  Or this combo of fried chicken on a salad using goat’s milk to make a Ranch dressing –> “healthified” fried chicken salad . Asparagus Mango Spring Salad So spring is here! And nothing says spring like asparagus.  I...

Smoky Pimento Cheese | Gluten-Free, Goat Cheese

Smoky Pimento Cheese I love pimento cheese!  And I haven’t been able to make it or eat it since 2014 when I finally acknowledged that I just couldn’t handle dairy anymore.   In the old days, I used to make this killer recipe – Died and Went To Pimento Cheese Heaven! It’s not very good for you with all the cheese, cream cheese and mayo.  Served on white bread or crackers or fried into all types of amazing decadence.  All of those awful non-nutrient filled calories.   But you know what, I like to indulge once in awhile.  And I’m okay with that!   I don’t have a sweet tooth anymore, I just love decadent creamy cheesy goodness.  And I’m bringing it back because I...

Smoked Gouda Goat Cheese Broccoli Rice | Gluten-Free

Goat Cheese Broccoli Rice This version of broccoli cheese rice is made with two kinds of goat cheese, jasmine rice, and coconut milk.   It’s perfect for those of us trying to avoid casein found in cow’s milk.   Plus who doesn’t love goat cheese?   Or creamy cheesy broccoli rice dishes. Recently, at my favorite store the goat cheese section expanded.  We found a goat cheese smoked gouda (smoked gouda is one of my very favorites) from Holland and several different types of hard and soft cheese.  Machego. Chèvre… It made me so happy to be able to make this again.  And it was crazy good.  Especially the leftovers!  Remember leftovers should only be refrigerated for 3-4 days.   This makes up a big...

Flour Tortillas | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Gluten-Free Homemade Flour Tortillas Happy Taco Tuesday!   I thought I would share this recipe for homemade gluten free flour tortillas today.   We like all kinds of tortillas but a nice soft flour tortilla just can’t be beat.   Here we use white rice flour, tapioca, potato flour and starch, guar gum and fair trade vegetable shortening (or coconut oil).  Pretty simple gluten-free ingredients. I found the original recipe on the Better Batter website.  I absolutely love Better Batter flour and used it in most of my gluten free baking for a long time.   But as I realized that I’m sensitive to xanthan gum, we’ve started to make our own blends with guar gum. It also helps to have a tortilla press to...

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...

Faux Queso | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

What is a faux queso? Sometimes when you love to eat and cook, something magical can happen in the kitchen. Impromptu and divine. While Brett and I were making King Ranch Chicken Casserole and waiting for it to bake, we snacked on the extra corn tortilla scraps and used them to wipe up some of the leftover sauce in the Dutch oven. And he said “this totally tastes like queso!”   And it actually did – from somewhere we’ve been before in the days when I could eat queso.  And I still can’t put my finger on it, but it did! His love of comfort food and ideas have propelled many of our efforts in the kitchen to recreate our favorite comfort foods while we...

sweet and spicy cabbage made with ghee, hot sauce and maple syrup

Roasted Sweet & Spicy Cabbage | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Roasted Sweet & Spicy Cabbage This roasted sweet & spicy cabbage has quickly turned into one of our favorite side dishes!   And it is so easy to make you don’t even need a recipe.  Basically, it is just organic cabbage tossed in ghee and your favorite hot sauce, roasted, then drizzled with maple syrup. We like to use a local brand of hot sauce called Yellowbird Jalapeño Sauce but there are so many gluten free spicy sauces you can try!   Franks RedHot, Sriracha, Cholula… Of course, if butter doesn’t bother you then you can substitute that for the ghee (which I use because it doesn’t contain casein). I just cut up the cabbage. Pour melted ghee over the cabbage and then heavily drizzle...

Smoked Cabbage Slaw | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

This is an easy copy cat recipe for the smoked cabbage slaw they used to serve at Freedmen’s Bar and Smokehouse.  It is gluten-free and dairy-free, too! Freedmen’s Bar and Smokehouse Update 2019 I’m so sad that Freedmen’s closed down.  I really loved their BBQ and sides and we used to go often and sit on the patio.   I actually used to live down the street when I was an undergrad at UT and my goodness campus has changed!  There are so many more apartments and places to eat and shops for healthy food.  So many more people living on campus now, too. Like I said, we enjoyed sitting on the patio, which had such a nice breeze, as we sipped our favorite cocktail...

gluten-free homemade cilantro lime hummus

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Homemade Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus I love me some hummus! And I really like it flavorful and spicy. We’ve been buying a new flavor from the store – Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus – and because I usually devour it in two days it was starting to get a little expensive.   So it was time to try to make it at home.   I like to add white beans to the hummus to make it a little creamier plus white beans are high in calcium. And I’m always looking for ways to naturally increase my calcium intake since I can’t eat dairy.  So I’ve been testing a few different batches using a basic hummus recipe I’ve used before – but changing up the spices and some of the...