5 Delicious Summer Squash Recipes

Posted on July 21, 2020July 21, 2020Categories Cooking/RecipesTags   Leave a comment on 5 Delicious Summer Squash Recipes
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Do you have an over abundance of summer squash laying around either from your garden or from others who have given it to you? I know I sure do. I love eating summer squash, however, sometimes trying to find different summer squash recipes that allow me to enjoy it without getting sick of it, can be difficult. That said, I’ve found five really delicious summer squash recipes that allow you to use it up and still have a variety and delicious healthy recipes.

  1. Stuffed Zucchini- There are endless options here. Recently my sister and I had a very large zucchini (so large it was almost the size of our 11 month old niece), that we were trying to use up. We made a mixture of cooked chicken, white rice, canned black beans, sliced onion and green pepper and a mix of spices and put it into the zucchini and baked it. It was really yummy. You could also use quinoa, or do tomatoes and chicken just to give you a few other ideas.
  2. Zucchini Bread- There are endless variations. Since I’m gluten free I have to use gluten free flour for this summer squash recipe. Last week I made some using quinoa flour and while it turned out fine, it was more like a bread as it wasn’t sweet at all. If you can I’d recommend using something like Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour, or almond flour or brown rice flour would work well. Next time I plan to try a mix rather than straight quinoa flour.
  3. Zucchini Soup- There are lots of variations on this but the basic idea is that you cook the zucchini and blend it with butter or olive oil and coconut or almond milk and spices.
  4. Zucchini Stir Fry- You can make different various of this to create several different summer squash recipes but my favorite is this: saute onion, zucchini, mushrooms and chicken in olive oil, then serve with some brown rice or red potatoes.
  5. Zoodles- This is where you use a zoodle machine to make noodles out of zucchini. You can then use them to make spaghetti, or any other recipe you like where you would normally use other noodles.

5 Ingredient Simple Healthy Gluten Free Meals

Posted on July 15, 2020July 15, 2020Categories Cooking/Recipes, Gluten FreeTags   Leave a comment on 5 Ingredient Simple Healthy Gluten Free Meals
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Do you find that too many healthy gluten free meals contain large numbers of ingredients? I’ve found this is a common problem and to make it even worse many of these recipes have ingredients that are hard to find or that you don’t use that often.

So here are some of my favorite simple healthy gluten free meals that don’t require more than five ingredients.

I’ve found that by creating your meals around a base of a few main ingredients, there are endless combinations you can create. It also helps to learn how to use spices when cooking.

Here are my favorite ingredients to keep on hand for creating endless tasty simple healthy gluten free meals:

Quinoa

Brown rice pasta

A selection of green veggies including broccoli, spinach, beet greens, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, green beans etc.

Chicken

Turkey Burgers

Carrots

Celery

Onion (both yellow and red)

Frozen Fish- I usually keep some salmon and talapia but other kinds can work too

Canned tuna

Eggs

Mushrooms

Berries

Red potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Olive Oil

Red and green peppers

The very best 5 ingredient simple healthy gluten free meals are some kind of vegetable stir fry with the option to add in chicken, turkey, or fish. You can also add in potatoes or brown rice pasta.

There are also a lot of crockpot soups that usually have about 5 ingredients.

There are also lots of ways to make quinoa salads. I like to use quinoa with olive oil and either tuna or chicken and then add in some red onions and either red or green peppers and 1-3 green vegetables such as green peas, or green beans or broccoli, or spinach.

If you think in terms of vegetable plus protein plus carb and combine 3-5 different things then you can’t go wrong. Some combinations will taste better than others but you probably won’t find anything that doesn’t taste good.

What is your favorite simple healthy gluten free meal that has 5 ingredients or less?

10 Great Strawberry Recipes For Breakfast

Posted on July 1, 2020July 1, 2020Categories Cooking/RecipesTags   Leave a comment on 10 Great Strawberry Recipes For Breakfast
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  1. Do you enjoy eating strawberry recipes for breakfast? I know I do. So I thought I would share with you ten great strawberry recipes for breakfast that are of course gluten free and dairy free. Although if you aren’t required to be gluten free and dairy free you could make these with gluten and or dairy.Chia seed pudding with strawberries- I love making a chia seed pudding for breakfast and you can add strawberries for a great taste and flavor.

2. Strawberry smoothie- This is another goodie. You can make a delicious fruit smoothie with strawberries as the main fruit. I like to add banana, pineapple, and protein powder and sometimes some chia seeds and or hemp seeds for a superfood power house.

3. Buckwheat pancakes or waffles with strawberries- The number of toppings you can add to buckwheat pancakes or waffles are endless and strawberries are of course always a great idea.

4. Buckwheat cereal with strawberries- I really like to make cream of buckwheat cereal that I buy at the store and you can always add strawberries on top as a great option.

5. Oatmeal with strawberries- Just like the buckwheat cereal, you can make gluten free oatmeal and add strawberries on top.

6. Strawberry pancakes or waffles– There are lots of ways you can make these. I’ve linked a recipe I found online for this delicious strawberry recipe for breakfast. You can also add strawberries in the batter for buckwheat pancakes or you could buy a gluten free pancake mix and stir in some strawberries.

7. Bowl of berries- Yes you can turn a bowl of strawberries with maybe a few blueberries, blackberries or other berries and some dairy free yogurt or regular yogurt if you can have dairy on top into one of your favorite strawberry recipes for breakfast.

8. Tapioca Flour Crepes with strawberries- Tapioca flour crepes are very easy to make. You blend together 1/2 tapioca starch, 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 eggs per person. Spray a pan with cooking spray and then spoon the batter onto the hot pan and flip over after one side is done. Each batch makes about 6-8 crepes. Then you can add some strawberries on top.

9. Green smoothie with strawberries- Another version of a strawberry smoothie only with some green powder or greens added in. Spinach is my favorite but you can also use kale or a combination of spinach and kale.

10. Corn flakes with strawberries- The least healthy of these great strawberry recipes for breakfast and honestly I’m being a bit lazy as I needed to have ten recipes and I can’t think of any more. You can of course, get some corn flakes or corn chex. (or rice chex or rice crispies would work too) and add some strawberries on top.

Which one of these strawberry recipes for breakfast is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

My Favorite Gluten Free Salmon Recipes

Posted on December 17, 2018December 17, 2018Categories Cooking/RecipesTags 1 Comment on My Favorite Gluten Free Salmon Recipes
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Do you like eating salmon? I know salmon is my favorite fish and I love to cook it and enjoy it. So here are five of my favorite gluten free salmon recipes for you to enjoy. 

  1. Grilled salmon with asparagus and mashed potatoes. I like to use a grill to grill the salmon just like you would with chicken, beef or other meat. You can also grill the asparagus if you want or you can just cook it in a pan on the stove. You can prepare the mashed potatoes regular or you can use just some olive oil, or coconut or almond milk instead of dairy milk if you need to be dairy free as well as gluten free. I also like to put a squeeze of lemon on the salmon. 
  2. Baked salmon with green beans and wild rice. For this recipe I bake the salmon in the oven and cook the green beans and wild rice like you would normally. Then you can add some olive oil drizzled or butter on top of all three things.
  3. Baked or cooked salmon with coconut aminos. The least expensive place to buy coconut aminos is from Thrive Market. I like to cook the salmon until it is about 3/4 done and then drizzle it with the coconut aminos and finish cooking. You can then serve it with any kind of green vegetable or green vegetables, although my favorites for this gluten free salmon recipe is broccoli, cabbage or green beans.
  4. Salmon with herbes to provence. This herb blend comes from Southern France and contains thyme, rosemary and a few other herbs. The easiest way to cook with salmon with this herb blend is on the stove in a pan since it can get quite messy. You cann purchase herbes de provence in lots of places including Amazon. 
    Frontier Herbes De Provence, 0.85-Ounce Bottle
    Then I like to drizzle the salmon with olive oil and serve with red potatoes and Brussel Sprouts.
  5. Grilled salmon with cabbage. For this one I grill the salmon just like with gluten free salmon recipe number 1 and then cook cabbage separately and serve them together. This one also tastes better with a bit of lemon and either some potatoes or brown rice. 
Which one of these gluten free salmon recipes sounds the best to you? Let me know in the comments below. 

10 Healthy Winter Foods to Enjoy

Posted on December 11, 2018December 13, 2018Categories Cooking/RecipesTags   Leave a comment on 10 Healthy Winter Foods to Enjoy
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One key to staying healthy during the winter is to eat healthy, and there are lots of healthy winter foods to enjoy. These healthy winter foods are foods that are warming, great for boosting your immune system and are more readily available during the Winter months. 

  1. Yams or Sweet Potatoes. Even though you can enjoy these year round, these are often enjoyed more during the Winter season. My favorite way to eat these is baked with some butter or coconut oil and a taste of honey or brown sugar. So yummy.
  2. Artichokes- Cook them and enjoy them with some lemon wedges and butter. So good.
  3. Lentil soup- Cook the lentils with onions, carrots, and celery and you can also add in some chicken and chicken broth for even more flavor and to make the lentil soup even more filling and heartier. 
  4. Garlic- garlic is a great immune booster so cooking with garlic more in the winter is a great way to boost your immunity. You can add it in to virtually every soup and casserole as well as other recipes. 
  5. Ginger- this herb, spice and essential oil can add a lot of flavor, help support your digestive system and more. Add a little into soups, smoothies and more. 
  6. Cinnamon- this great winter spice is awesome for adding to apple recipes, baking, puddings, chia seed recipes and much more. 
  7. Apple Cider- This must have drink is very warming and when made properly and can be great for your immune system and overall health during the winter season. Adding in some cinnamon, clove, orange and or thyme can make it even better.
  8. Thyme- this warming spice and essential oil is great in soups and other Winter dishes. Be careful how much you use though. You can also add a bit to chicken and fish dishes.
  9. Chicken and Vegetable Soup- my favorite way to make this is to boil the bones first, then add in onions, carrots, celery, cabbage and a few potatoes. (optional) Then season with salt and pepper and a bit of garlic and or thyme if you want and have it available. 
  10. Butternut Squash- Cook this and add a bit of butter or coconut oil and some salt and pepper to season.
  11. Herbed White Bean Soup Recipe– There are variations of this soup but the basic one is white beans with carrots, onions, chicken broth and some kind of ham or ham hock.
  12. Split pea soup- this is a great crockpot soup, you can make by cooking split peas with water, chicken broth, carrots, onions, and celery and salt and pepper and some thyme and 1-2 bay leaves. 

Which one of these is your favorite healthy winter food?