Gluten Free Sausage and Wild Rice Recipe

Gluten Free Sausage and Wild Rice Recipe
Gluten Free Sausage and Wild Rice Recipe

Gluten Free Sausage and Wild Rice Recipe

Last night I made a random gluten-free version of a jambalaya with a few things we had in our kitchen and it turned out very clean and tasty! Who knew whole foods could taste this good and be this easy?

Ingredients:

1 cup Wild Rice
3 Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Chicken Sausage (yup they are gluten-free!)
1 cup Mushrooms
3 cloves Garlic
6  total of small red, yellow & orange Sweet Peppers
4 tablespoons grass-fed Butter
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 cups Spinach
1 can Cannellini Beans

 

How to make:

  1. Make 1 cup (dry) wild rice. I mixed it with water but you can also mix with gluten-free broth to add some additional taste.  It takes about 45 minutes to cook so make sure you get in on the stove in advance.
  2. About 30 minutes after you put on the rice – Grab a sauté pan and put 4 tablespoons of butter, 3 cloves of fresh garlic, 2 cups of fresh spinach, 6 small sweet peppers chopped into bit size pieces, 1 can of navy beans, 1 cup of mushrooms and 3 sausages cut up into bite size pieces. Mix them all together really well and throw the lid on it for about 10 minutes.
  3. When the rice is done, make sure all the liquid is drained and mix the rice in the sauté pan. Be sure to mix all the ingredients in very well. I threw in a little bit of garlic salt to add some extra flavor.
  4. Perfect for lunch leftovers! Enjoy
Trader Joe’s Spicy Chicken Sausage
Trader Joe’s Spicy Chicken Sausage

Gluten Free Recipe: Lasagna Stuffed Flank Steak

Lasagna Stuffed Flank Steak – Gluten Free
Lasagna Stuffed Flank Steak – Gluten Free

Now this is a delightful gluten free recipe I can stand behind. The title is a little misleading because there are no noodles in this version of lasagna, just meat and the fillings!

I’m getting pretty good at stuffing meat with things and the flank steak is really easy to roll and stuff. Now that I have the hang of cutting the meat and getting it to open like a book, I can pretty much stuff it with anything! For the next few weeks, I will be focused on eating clean and getting lean so I want some items that are low or no carbs to help me hit my goal. For dinners, I rotate a small amount of carbs one night like sweet potatoes with another night of no carbs like this recipe here. The carb dinners are saved for the days I work really hard at the gym.

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds of grass fed flank steak

3/4-1 cup of ricotta cheese – we used organic (shown below)

2 cups of spinach

1/2 cup of thinly sliced peppers (shown below)

3/4 cup of frozen, shelled edamame

1/4 cup of artichokes from a jar marinated (we used Trader Joe’s)

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic

1 tablespoon of onion powder

2 cups of gluten free marinara sauce (shown below)

Olive Oil and Parmasean Cheese

1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the garlic, onion powder, spinach, peppers and edamame in a skillet to sautee

3. While this is cooking, get the flank steak out and cut open. You want to be sure not to cut it all the way through, you want it to open up like a book, as you can see in the top and bottom pictures. Cut the twine into pieces so you can get it tied all the way around and you will need 3 or 4 pieces.

4. Brush the meat with olive oil and add any other seasonings you might want to add. Italian seasonings would be a nice addition to this recipe. Put the ricotta cheese down leaving a nice edge around the meat. You don’t want it to spill out all over when you try to roll it.

5. Mix the spinach mixture with 1 cup of marinara sauce and then lay that on top of the ricotta cheese.

6.. Have the twine ready to slide under the meat when you roll it. It’s a good idea if you pick it up a bit and try to almost fold it over instead of rolling because it will smush the ingredients and push them forward instead of rolling. Tie it all up and cut off the extra twine at the top.

7.  I brushed a little more of the olive oil on the meat to prevent it from drying out.

8.  Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on how you like your meat.

9. We heated the extra sauce and put it on top of the meat when cut along with a little parmesan cheese.

I never finish my meal like this! It was that good. I would make this every week (actually I might;)

 

Gluten-Free Desserts – Chocolate Fruit Kebob!

Gluten-Free Desserts:  Fruit Kebobs!
Gluten-Free Desserts: Fruit Kebobs!

This might be the shortest post I’ll ever write. These gluten-free desserts were fabulous and the easiest thing to make! Kids will love them and you will love their low calorie, gluten-free goodness!

Gluten-Free Desserts: Fruit Kebobs

What you need:

Raspberries

Gluten-Free Marshmallows – We used Elyon brand

Gluten-Free Cookies – we used Earth Fare Ginger Snaps

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chips – we used Enjoy Life Mini’s

Skewers

How do you make them?

1. Cut the marshmallows into bite size pieces and alternate a raspberry with a piece of marshmallow.

2. Melt the chocolate in a pan or in the microwave – empty into a small ziplock bag – cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and pipe out the chocolate over the kebobs.

3. Crush and sprinkle the cookies on top of the kebobs.

4. Devour!

Gluten Free Open Face Burger Recipe with Chebe Breadstick Mix

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Gluten Free Open Face Burger

I love Chebe. I mean it, I really love Chebe products. It has become a staple in our house when we are craving pizza, bread sticks, cheese balls or whatever other doughy need we might have one night. Imagine my delight when I came home from a long day at the gym to find Aaron made these little treats for dinner!

I know its a lot of carbs but sometimes you just need a little carby indulgence after a long day of work.

So, you want to try to make these for dinner?

Here’s what you are going to need for my Gluten Free Open Face Burger

Ingredients:

1lb of Grass Fed Beef

1 Egg

3/4 Cup of gluten free bread crumbs (we use Tall Papa’s)

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of olive oil

3 minced garlic cloves

1 Box of Chebe Breadstick Mix

1-2 cups of marinara sauce

4 slices of cheese (we used mozzarella)

How to assemble!

1. Follow Chebe directions on box to get the dough ready and then flatten into round pods. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. You want them to be about the same size as the burger patties. So however large your burgers are, that’s the size of the bread bottom. Brush the dough with some coconut oil before baking and putting on a nonstick pan in the oven.

2. Mix the ground grassfed beef, egg, breadcrumbs into a bowl. Shape into 4 patties and cook on low heat with coconut oil in a skillet or other frying pan on the stove. Cook to your desired temperature.

3. You want the burgers and the bread to be done at the same time!

4. Take the roll out of the oven – top with the burger patty, slice of cheese to your liking  (we used mozzarella) and some red sauce on top. Cook for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese and heat up the marinara sauce.

5. Take out and enjoy!

Gluten Free Open Face Burger
Gluten Free Open Face Burger

**I am not sponsored, paid or given product by Chebe. I genuinely love their products. They are the greatest thing we’ve found since going gluten free.**

 

Easy Gluten Free Stir Fry Recipe with Wild Shrimp

Gluten Free Shrimp Stir Fry
Gluten Free Shrimp Stir Fry

I know, I know – I’m not the best food photographer yet! But I’m getting lessons and making steps to have fancy pictures soon I promise! I got the cute dishes and accents to make Pinterest worthy photos of all my new and fun creations.

Let’s get right down too it! I’ve been trying to come up with meals out of ingredients that we already have in our house. I made Gluten Free Stir Fry that was fabulous! What I love about stir fry is that you can really use any meat and veggies with it and it can taste delicious. This just happens to be what we had in our house at the time.

Here’s what I did…

Gluten Free Shrimp Stir Fry

1/2-1 Pound of uncooked Wild Shrimp

3 cups of cooked brown rice

2 cups of spinach

2 cups of broccoli pulled into small bite pieces

1 cup of frozen edamame

1 cup of chopped mushrooms

1 tablespoon of garlic salt

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Gluten Free Soy Sauce – I use San-J

1. Start cooking your brown rice – you want the shrimp and rice to be done around the same time.

2. Thaw and peel the shrimp. Cut into bit size pieces and cook in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the garlic. The uncooked shrimp tastes a million times better than the already cooked and frozen shrimp. When it turns white and pink – it’s done.

3. Place the spinach, broccoli, edamame, mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic salt and onion powder in a deep skillet with medium heat covered until the spinach begins to wilt. You can obviously try any veggies to your liking in this dish because it’s so versatile!

4. Take 1/4 cup of soy sauce and mix all of the vegetables together with the shrimp. Let simmer for about 3-5 minutes.

5. When the mixture looks blended add another 1/4 cup of soy sauce and the 3 cups of rice to the mixture. Use a large spoon to really mix the ingredients together.

6. Serve with your favorite gluten-free wontons or egg rolls. We love the Feel Good Foods brand! Non greasy and yummy!

 

Super Easy Bison Gluten-Free Chili

Grocery Items! I didn’t end up using the Spinach and I wouldn’t use the paste second time around
Grocery Items! I didn’t end up using the Spinach and I wouldn’t use the paste second time around

Bison Gluten-Free Chili

1lb Bison stew meat or Bison steaks (cut into bite size pieces)

1 Green Pepper

3 Stalks of celery

1 Can of tomato sauce

1 Can of roasted tomatoes

1 Can of kidney beans

1 Can of cannellini beans

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon garlic salt

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1/2 Tablespoon cumin

Lactose free or regular sour cream

Shredded cheddar cheese

**All brands of ingredients should be checked to ensure they are indeed gluten-free**

After browning I cut them into little bite size pieces.
After browning I cut them into little bite size pieces.

1. Cut the bison into small bite size pieces and put in a skillet or frying pan to brown to desired temperature. Medium is good for this because they will cook more in the chili while it’s on the stove.

2. Get out a large soup pot or slow cooker to put the rest of the ingredients.

3. Cut the green pepper and celery into bite size pieces.

4. After browning the bison and cutting the veggies, place everything together in the soup pot or slow cooker. I don’t drain the beans because it makes the chili less thick. Stir everything together and turn on a med/low heat. Let simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Just throw it all into the pot!
Just throw it all into the pot!

5. I love to top my bowl of chili with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. I found a great brand of lactose free sour cream that I really love.

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Of course feel free to add some spice, I like things pretty mild due to heartburn with spicy foods! I started out with adding some tomato paste but it made the chili a little too thick for my liking. I would skip it in your version if you like the sauce thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Review – Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper's Hawk Winery
Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Cooper’s Hawk opened at Easton Town Center in Columbus on Monday this week. Imagine my excitement when I saw they offered a gluten-free menu and my first thought was “I have to try it immediately.”

So by Wednesday, I was eating there for the first time. Check out the size of this gluten-free menu….

They even have 5 gluten-free desert options!

Gluten free menu
Gluten free menu

I told our waitress about my gluten allergy and she made sure the kitchen knew I was there. They brought out the pretzel bread for my dinner date and a gluten-free bun for me to try.

We started with an appetizer of shrimp wrapped in bacon – delicious. The shrimp were large and I easily got 2-3 bites out of them.

Dinner was the pepper jack, bacon cheeseburger – the bun was a little much for me since I already had one when we first got there so I ended up eating the burger naked. There were several sides I could select from and I ended up with Mary’s mashed potatoes.

gluten free cheeseburger
gluten free cheeseburger

I got a gluten-free brownie to take home and shared it with my husband. It was simply delicious. Light, fluffy and moist!

The manager even came out after my meal to make sure everything was ok and I enjoyed my meal. He explained the gluten-free process and that they are very sensitive to cross contamination and pride themselves on making safe gluten-free experiences for their guests.

My new favorite wine
My new favorite wine

After this tasty meal, I decided to bring my family last night to try something new on the menu. They’ve already been to all the places around us to eat so it was a great change for them to try something new.

Last night’s meal blew the lid off of any other gluten-free meal I’ve had at other places. Wildfire Chicago is a close second to this dish.

I decided to try something totally new and went with the short rib risotto and it was best decision I’ve ever made. The meat was tender, moist and fell apart with my fork into the risotto. The sauce was incredible and the truffle oil on top with parmesan shavings tied everything together perfectly.

Short Rib Risotto Cooper's Hawk
Short Rib Risotto Cooper’s Hawk

We ended the meal with some chocolate covered strawberries. They were ok, not the best but then again it’s hard to compete with Godiva strawberries. I just didn’t think they were ripe enough before being covered in the chocolate.

I do have one comment about the restaurant – we had reservations at 7:30pm. While we didn’t wait longer than 5 minutes for our table, imagine our confusion when they were quoting people a 2-3 hour wait for a table and then there were at least 10-15 empty tables in the dining room when we were seated. Maybe it was lack of staff, but it was strange in my book.

You can find my review online at www.findmeglutenfree.com so I suggest you check it out and add your own!

The easiest gluten free chili recipe ever!

Gluten-Free Chili Recipe
Gluten-Free Chili Recipe

Everyone loves a great chili on a cold winter day or to celebrate the big game, but what do you do when all of the seasoning packets contain wheat? Well, I’ve tried several and finally found one that tastes great and helped me make a delicious gluten-free chili that can be eaten right away or frozen for the next time you need a warm, wholesome meal.

I wanted something super easy that I could just throw in the pot and wait for it to finish. That is exactly what I got with this recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Here is my recipe for super easy gluten free chili

What you need:

1-2lbs grass fed ground beef

2 cans or the equivalent of fresh kidney beans

2 cans of gluten free fire roasted tomatoes

1 can of gluten free tomato sauce

1 onion

1 green pepper

1 gluten free chili sauce packet like Hol Grain Gluten Free Seasoning

How do you make this deliciousness? So. Easy.

Brown the beef in a pan and then transfer to a large soup pot or crock pot

Cut up the pepper and onion to the size you like – I prefer the pieces smaller

Put the beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, pepper and sauce packet into the pan together

Wait for about 3-4 hours on low heat and then devour

The smell alone in your house is enough to make you drool!

Want to fancy it up? Add some bacon, hot sauce, hot peppers, sour cream, garlic, more veggies, cheese, gluten free crackers!

Wildfire Chicago: Gluten Free Review (hint.. go here!)

While we were in Chicago for the Celiac Awareness Tour, we decided to stay an extra night and spend some time in the city. After a little research on a few different apps and websites – both Yelp and FindMeGlutenFree recommended Wildfire for dinner.

I’m notorious for making reservations before we go anywhere because I am so impatient and hate waiting in a crowded little area for a table. So I frequently use Opentable.com to secure a seat before leaving the house. The only times available were 5:15pm or 9:30pm. We decided on 5pm because we hadn’t really eaten lunch due to being at the convention.

When we got there, I asked for the gluten free menu. Everyone was very accommodating – Check out this gluten free menu!!

Wildfire gluten Free Menu
Wildfire gluten Free Menu

Are you kidding me? Was I dreaming? I hit the gluten free Chicago jack  pot. Since we were there and they had this great menu – we were definitely going to try some stuff.

One of the things I miss is being able to order an appetizer occasionally. All of them are usually fried but I really enjoy having a snack before my meal comes.

We decided to try the baked goat cheese. OMG – it came with gluten free pita chips that were to die for.

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Wilefire baked cheese and gluten free pita chips
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All Gone!

After looking at the menu – we both decided on a nice juicy cheeseburger on a gluten free bun. How often do I get this? Never so I certainly was going to go for it! Aaron even decided on a gluten free burger with me! They were delicious. The bun tasted great. The burger was delicious with no gluten filled fillers – cooked to perfection!

Wildfire Gluten Free Burger
Wildfire Gluten Free Burger

Then we shared sides of a sweet potato and a twice baked potato. Totally fantastic as well. Enough for 3 people each!

Wildfire double baked potato
Wildfire double baked potato
Wildfire Sweet Potato
Wildfire Sweet Potato

The entire time we were dining – our waitress continued to come back and make sure everything was ok. If I had a question about something, she checked with the chef or the manager and came back to tell me what she found out. I’ve never felt so safe dining out! There needs to be way more gluten free menu restaurants like Wildfire!!

During the meal I enjoyed some wine and they even brought out a gluten free (hot and fresh) bun to eat while Aaron had his regular bread!

I give Wildfire Chicago – 2 HUGE gluten free thumbs up and highly recommend it for someone gluten free looking to eat a delicious meal in Chicago!!

His and Hers bread. lol
His and Hers bread. lol
My 4 new friends.
My 4 new friends.

 

 

Food Addiction? What is wrong with us? Changing the way we think about food.

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I posted on Facebook yesterday what foods people missed most from their gluten free lifestyle. The purpose of this post was to see what types of food I could play around with or find as a great substitution for what everyone was missing.

54 People commented on my post and the comments as I read through them disturbed me. I completely understand that we miss bread, pretzels, beer etc but some of the things that people wanted to have so desperately are part of the problem in society.

I recently spoke to an Ohio State University group called CHAARG -Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls – They came to Bexa Body Fitness for a group fitness sampler and a little seminar on healthy eating in college. I spoke to them a lot about food options and ways to make better choices when eating on campus.

I can’t emphasize to people enough at my fitness studio:

  • If the ingredients look like they should be on a shampoo bottle you probably shouldn’t be consuming them.
  • There is nothing FRESH about Subway – Their lettuce is out of a bag and their meat is as processed as you can get. The sandwich is entirely bread and why do you always smell when you leave there?
  • I’ve never met anyone in my life that told me they were addicted to carrots, sweet potatoes or steak. I do however on a daily basis meet people that can’t give up artificial sweetener, diet coke, candy, sugary coffee drinks etc. What does that tell you about those foods and how they are reacting in your body? Your brain is addicted to these substances and no one seems to think this is a problem.

The list of foods people missed goes something like this:  Pizza, biscuits, donuts, pie crust, pizza, flour tortillas, bread, pizza, twizzlers, crackers, hot dogs, Subway, Arby’s, pizza, McDonald’s, funnel cake, Ciabatta bread and so on….

ON TOP OF THIS – I see an incredible amount of children and teenagers also addicted to these foods.

I believe that when people think of food addictions, they think of the television shows on TLC about people being cut out of houses or Extreme Makeover Weight Loss edition. But, we are all addicted to food in some capacity. Some people are able to handle it better than others but very few people recognize the problem/trend in our society.

Our society pushes low fat, low sugar, no fat, no sugar, low cholesterol and anything else with “low” or “no” in the front of it.

Do you know how those things get to be that way? They pump the foods filled with chemicals and fillers so they taste great and food us into believing they are healthy or good for us. They aren’t. Our brains are so fooled and duped into thinking all food should taste this way that eating a nice whole meal of protein, potatoes and veggies is like eating cardboard.

All of us that can’t eat these other foods and desperately long for them are proving my point. We are just replacing these junky gluten filled foods with junky gluten free foods. While it is fine once in a while, it is not ok all the time. Moderation is key but when options are so limited, I’m finding it much easier to go overboard on gluten free foods.

I’m absolutely not saying that I don’t fall into this trap. There are certain things I know I miss desperately and would love to have again. There are foods filled with gluten and gluten free that I know I can’t keep in our house because I won’t be able to keep my hands off them.

But I understand now how all this affects my brain chemistry. I realize how screwed up our society is to see that eating “I can’t believe it’s not butter” is better than eating regular butter. Do the research. Butter won’t kill you but I’m pretty sure whatever the hell is in that fake butter will.

We are the fortunate ones. We can’t eat that crap or we get sick. We are the ones that have the opportunity to heal our bodies and wean ourselves from the stuff we once knew.

If you get anything from this post, it might just be the 3 bullet  points I posted above and you might just think of a shampoo bottle next time you check out ingredients!

But I challenge you to think about these things the next time you are longing for a brownie or piece of pizza.