Gluten Free Recipes & Menu Plans

The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu Aug. 31 #menuplanning

I can’t tell you how excited I am that college football starts up again this weekend!!! Woohoo! I’m a Texas Ex Life Member and bleed burnt orange, as they say.  And I love being back in Austin for football season! I went to UT during the Mackovic years (’90s) so my expectations are never that high because we rarely won a game. So I’m a hopeful and optimistic fan. I forget that most of kids from the Mack Brown era are actually used to the Horns winning all the time. We were recently at a tailgate for the UCLA game and people were crying – CRYING! because they lost the game. I hope they have a great season! Hook ’em Horns! \m/ Anyway, we are...

homemade gluten-free spiced zucchini muffins

Spiced Zucchini Muffins | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Summer = zucchini, zucchini, zucchini! I’m actually not a huge fan of it sautĂ©ed or grilled but always love baked zucchini goodies, like zucchini bread muffins.   See my delicious gluten-free recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins, too. Yum! There are so many recipes for zucchini bread out there, but I really wanted to try this spiced version from Martha Stewart because of all the spices in it. We love spice! And I prefer making muffins because it’s easier and quicker than making a loaf of bread. So to make this healthier, gluten-free, dairy-free and casein-free version, we change a few things: use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil homemade vanilla extract (unstrained so specs of vanilla bean are floating around in there) HEB organic...

Mango Chutney Chicken Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Mango Salads I love when mangos come into season.   I especially love it in a salad with lots of other goodies like in my mango, black beans and wile rice salad or the asparagus mango spring salad .   So good! I found this recipe for mango chutney chicken salad from Martha Stewart and just had to convert it to a gluten-free and dairy-free version.   And wow, this mango chutney chicken salad is so flavorful and packed with all types of nutritional goodies: cultured probiotics (a dairy-free, gluten-free yogurt) good spices like turmeric and cayenne vitamins and minerals from the mango fresh spinach for our leafy greens seeds and nuts There are so many layers of flavor, especially from the mango chutney. And even...

Thai Beef Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Thai Beef Salad Thai beef salad is such a delicious dinner full of flavor and fresh ingredients like ginger and garlic.  To make this gluten-free use GF soy sauce or coconut aminos and Thai red curry paste. All of the other ingredients are naturally gluten and casein free. Make sure the cashews are safe, too. This salad is a great use of fresh basil from the patio garden. The secret to lots of basil is to prune it often, so during the summer I use a lot of fresh basil in my cooking and on my salads. It even makes a great touch on a BLT! One of the other great fresh herbs in this salad is cilantro. I’ve tried growing cilantro a couple times,...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu June 1 #menuplanning

Hello Summer! And welcome new followers on Twitter, Pinterest and the Facebook Fan page! Take a look around the blog to find lots of clean eating but flavorful recipes. I love to use spices. The weekly menus are a great round up of recipes, too. This week I’m going to try a couple new recipes. I really want to try the chili pork tenderloin and mango salsa recipe McCormick’s has been sponsoring on Facebook. Have you seen it? The ad worked. I’m totally gonna make it! 🙂 And the time has come to stock my freezer with Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo again! What’s in Your Freezer? One of the best investments we’ve made is an additional freezer and storage containers. It really helps prevent food...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu May 25 #menuplanning

Hi everyone! Hope you are having fun on this Memorial Day weekend. We are going to hit the boardwalk for a 5-mile walk if it isn’t raining. And I’m very excited to have joined the Austin Food Blogger Alliance and look forward to meeting lots of new foodies in Austin. So I thought I would give a quick rundown of what this blog is about. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010 and casein-free (except for the occasional Parmesan cheese) last year. Casein is a protein in dairy, processed meats and some wine. I really miss cheese and so I’m always on the look out for vegan cheese that doesn’t contain casein as an ingredient. I don’t know why some Parmesan cheese doesn’t bother...

Spiced Roasted Chicken | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Spiced roasted chicken is such an easy, tasty dinner dish and it takes very minimal prep.   Doesn’t that look delish?   The red color comes from the Persian spice sumac. There are so many different ways to season chicken and I’m going to share a couple of my absolute favorite spice blends with you. Spices > Processed Foods The health benefits of spices are well-known and ancient (make sure they are gluten-free and preferably organic). And using them to flavor food is so much better than just covering the chicken with processed cheese or canned soup that has very little nutritional value. There is a cleaner way to make a yummy casserole, too.  If I want a creamy base for a casserole or dish, I’ll...

gluten-free eggplant chicken parmesan

Eggplant Chicken Parmesan | Gluten-Free

Make one of your favorite comfort foods, like Chicken Parmesan, a little healthier by adding eggplant.  More veggies always make it better for you!  Plus it add a really nice texture and flavor. We love fried comfort foods around here.  And this eggplant chicken parmesan shows up on the menu often! As do many other gluten-free fried foods.  Since I could start eating goat’s milk again we’ve been frying up all sorts of stuff.   Like fried goat cheese mozzarella sticks, and we used goat’s milk yogurt to make chicken fried steak.  And I just love fried chicken tenders in a healthified fried chicken salad! Eggplant Chicken Parmesan So for this eggplant chicken parmesan recipe, the chicken will be coated with a gluten-free rice cereal...

gluten-free recipe for blueberry muffins

Blueberry Muffins | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

All-Purpose GF Muffin Recipe I love the fresh berries, especially blueberries! And I don’t think there is anything better than a blueberry muffin filled with fresh ripe blueberries. There are many recipes out there for delicious blueberry muffins but my challenge is to not only make them gluten-free but casein-free as well.   And then I came across a perfect recipe for all types of gluten-free desserts!   I use a bean based gluten-free flour from Bob’s Red Mill, which is healthier than most all-purpose flours.  It has a little more calcium than other white flour blends and fiber.   Plus it doesn’t contain xanthan gum, which is disruptive to gut bacteria. This is a quick and easy recipe, too.  I didn’t even use the...

Mexican Rice | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Easy Mexican Rice Maybe because I’m half Persian and always have Basmati rice in the pantry, but I just love rice dishes. All kinds of rice dishes from sweet to savory.   My mom used to make this decadent sweet carrot rice for special occasions now we make it more often since it’s a slightly cleaner version. And I just love this restaurant style Tex-Mex rice!  Oh and then there is Cajun bison dirty rice. Another one of our favorite side dishes is this recipe for naturally gluten-free, dairy-free Mexican rice.   You can make it so many different ways and depending on what you have on hand.   It starts with frying white Basmati rice in olive oil, but from there the recipe is really...