Gluten Free – Orange Scones are great for breakfast.
On Thanksgiving I was feeling quite a bit under the weather, my son Connor (12) wanted dumplings. I told him he could have them if he made them. So, he did. They were great! The next day he said he wanted pizza, I’m sure at this point you can figure out what I said. He proceeded to make pizza dough and sauce.
I asked him if he had any questions and needed help. He very independently told me to stay out of the kitchen. When he was about to put the sauce on the crust I happened by (imagine that). I noticed it looked really runny. I asked him about it and discovered he had added water that he shouldn’t have added. It was super watery. He got confused. He went ahead and slopped it onto the crust, topped it and into the oven it went. The crust soaked up that watery sauce becoming very doughy. Never the less he ate it. He said it wasn’t that bad.
The bottom line, he needed a do-over. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve messed up and needed one. I’m not just talking about in the kitchen either. The thing is, we get them. We can learn from our mistakes and not make the same one again. I often think of Monday’s as my do-over day. It’s a fresh start to the week and anything is possible.
These gluten-free Orange Cran-Chocolate Scones are one more way to kick-start your week. They are delicious.
“Clean” Old Fashioned Cornbread
Someone recently asked me, “What does eating clean mean?”. Good question. It does not mean that you wash your fruits and vegetables extra well. It does mean that you eat Organically grown fruits and veggies. That’s right NO pesticides! You do not eat GMO Foods (genetically modified). You do not eat meats that have added growth hormones or antibiotics. You avoid refined sugars (granulated etc.). You avoid preservatives and unnatural food colorings/dye. You avoid trans fat, but do eat some natural fat.
All of the things we eat when we eat “Clean” are things that our bodies should have. We are made to have natural whole foods. It’s that simple. All of those things we “Clean” eaters are determined to live without, are what does our bodies harm. Us “Clean” eaters tend to have a better quality of life. We eat to live, not live to eat. We love healthy organic grown minimally processed (meats) foods.
A “Clean” Eater generally shops at the local Farmers Market, the perimeter of the grocery store and buys their meats from a locally approved source. But be forewarned, just because it’s locally grown does not mean its Organic. You must ask the right questions. We are surrounded by farms here in Kentucky that use pesticides.
You want to find a farmer or rancher that believes the way YOU do. They will be the ones that more than likely eat “Clean” also.
I’m not just gluten-free and dairy-free, I’m a Clean Eater. Are you? Try our “clean” gluten-free Old Fashioned Cornbread.
Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
I simply love a deep dark chocolate cake, as long as it is moist. Now that’s the thing isn’t it. How often have we all had a really dry chocolate cake? You can imagine my delight when I discovered this treasure. It is the most moist cake I’ve ever eaten. It’s made with real “oatmeal” in it. Not just dry oats. Makes a huge difference.
I am always making something, I finish it, eat a piece and move on. Not with this gluten-free Chocolate Oatmeal Cake. I keep walking by and little slivers seem to magically jump onto my fork. The cake magically disappears. But, I only had one slice (hee hee).
The breakdown: Deep dark decadent chocolate gluten-free cake paired with a light coffee frosting, and Bam it’s amazing!
Grain Free Doggie Treats
For a while Connor and I have talked about making our own dog treats. Both dogs are on a gluten-free diet. Scout the little “Schnautzhu” is totally grain free and Bear the “Mutt” is gluten-free. We have them on Grain Free dog treats already. Why do we have our dogs on this diet? If they eat gluten containing food they will then lick all over my very allergic son. Not a good plan. For many this is a hidden source of how they are getting glutened. But, we also noticed Scout itching really uncontrollably last year. I switched her food to grain free and she completely stopped itching within three days.
A couple of years ago, my older dog Bear was acting like he was 100, he was only 7 at the time. I switched his to a gluten-free food that is loaded with glucosamine and Chrondroiten. Now he acts as young and spry as our 2 yr. old pup.
Today, I got to playing around in the kitchen (imagine that) and I’ve got some pumpkin doggie treats baking as a type. The dogs absolutely love them. Granted they aren’t known for being too picky, but still. It was a minimal job throwing the ingredients together, rolling the dough out and cutting. It was more pliable and easy to work with than my Pie Crust.
I plan to make peanut butter dog biscuits next time. Remember, the food and treats “DO” make a difference. I bet you love your pets just as much as we love ours.
Our Menu Plan this week-
Sunday – Chicken Fried Rice
Monday – Poor Mans Spaghetti and salad (Dad’s Cooking
Tuesday – Salmon Puff, peas and Baked Potatoes
Wednesday – Out??
Thursday – Pot Roast, Carrots, taters
Friday – BBQ Chicken, Corn and Mashed taters
Saturday – Chicken Tortilla Soup
Perfect Pumpkin Flavor
I love pumpkin! Enough said. But, some people don’t love it as much as me. So for you, and you know who you are, this gluten-free Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll recipe is for you. It has a light pumpkin flavor, not over powering.
It is nice to mix it up a bit and make something traditional a little different. That is just what I did here. It is Autumn and the season of the pumpkin. Let’s revel in it shall we. After all this season only comes once a year. Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg say Autumn like nothing else.
Another favorite of ours is our gluten-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. I’ve made it into muffins twice this month already. So moist with the hint of spices mixed with the chocolate and pumpkin. Oh so delicious. My son would have me make them weekly if he could.
But our header says, “Pumpkin Everything?”. Although, I do love pumpkin, I do not allow it to run us into a pumpkin muck. Oh no, there are way too many other Fall Favorites at our house. Apples are also in season and we are storing them for winter. I made our Upside Down Apple Pie two weeks ago and it was gone in a day and a half. We also love Apple Crisp and Apple Cinna Muffins.
I encourage you to reach out and try something new in the Pumpkin area this month and enjoy a real fall treat.
The Best Lasagna Ever!
We have all been told to chew our food good. But do you? My nutritionist, Lisa says to chew to a liquid. I thoroughly chew my food, except when I’m not starving. I have to admit at times like that, I skip the formalities and eat with more gusto. That however is not the norm here. I chew and chew and chew.
I figure there is two reasons I’m eating the food: 1. I’m hungry. 2. For the nutrition. That being said, if I don’t chew my food well, I realize that my body won’t be thoroughly nourished. I go to great measure to feed my family well-balanced organic gluten-free meals. I do this to provide nourishment our body need.
Don’t you want to be able to make the most out of your day? your life? Then slow down and Chew Your Food Well.
This weeks Menu:
Sunday – White Chicken Chili
Monday – Seared Flounder
Tuesday – Mad for Meatloaf
Wednesday - Funky Chicken Fingers
Thursday – Veggie Night
Friday – Taco’s and Chicken Quesadilla’s
Saturday – Classic Lasagna, Salad and Toasted Garlic Bread
If you’ve been gluten-free for more than a day, then “yes” you more than likely have you some trust issues. Especially this time of year with all of the holiday gathering between now and Christmas. Ugh, it’s a nightmare for those of us who live a gluten-free life. Now, I’m not talking about the “Fad” doers. We are the ones who simply don’t have much of a choice. It’s gluten-free or misery.
Gluten-Free Upside Down Apple Pie. A great twist on apple pie.
The thing is it doesn’t matter whether it’s a family members house or a restaurant, my kid and I have us some serious trust issues. People don’t have a clue about being gluten-free, so cross contamination isn’t even a thought half the time. Restaurants are all coming out with their GF menu’s, but then you get a server who pretends to understand and then brings you out a salad with crutons. I had a server actually bring bread out to our table and put Connor and mine in a separate basket. Same bread, different baskets. Seriously, I couldn’t believe it. He thought he was doing good too.
I’m sure you all have some of those same kind of stories. Well, I’ll give you some advice.
1. Don’t go to a party/function hungry. Eat something and take something, just in case.
2. Be Bold and let your host know of your condition, they may understand and make sure you have more options.
3.If it’s a restaurant you’ve never visited, call the day ahead (not during busy times) and talk to the Chef/Kitchen Manager. My experience, they will go out of their way to make your visit safe.
4. Have your own Party, then every single thing you know you can eat.
5. If in doubt, assume it is not safe and don’t eat it. This one I’ve drilled into my son’s head over and over. Tends to happen after a trip to the E.R.
Now, you saw the picture above of the delicious twist on Apple pie. Make your own gluten-free Upside Down Apple Pie and you definitely won’t feel deprived. Take it to a party and you will be invited back every time.