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Gluten Free Protein Packed Pasta 🍝 

Cook up some protein packed gluten free Banza pasta, toss in any veggies that have been sautéed in good olive oil, add a splash or two of red wine vinegar, and salt to taste and you’ve got a heart healthy meal! Yum!

Simple Tomato Salad

Halve cherry tomatoes, toss in thinly sliced red onion, a splash of high quality olive oil such as Gianfranco Becchina’s Olio Verde, Fig Balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt and consume!  Packed with vitamin C, lycopene, and body healthy minerals and tastes amazing. Never heard of specialty vinegars?  What a treat you have in store!  Check out Vom Fass for tasty choices. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten Free and Off The Beaten Path

As tasty as they are beautiful, this muffin recipe creates a delicious velvety quick bread that makes Saturday mornings a little shinier.  Try  mixing up a batch to share at the office or over coffee with friends.  They freeze well too!

Here’s What You Will Need:

2 C. Superfine Rice Flour (I’ve used both white and brown and they turn out perfectly with either)

1/2 C. Cocoa (this time around I used Dutch cocoa but regular baking cocoa or special dark cocoa will work too)

1/4 tsp. Guar or Xanthan Gum

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 T. Baking Powder

1/2 C. Granulated Sugar

1/4 C. Packed Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 C. Canned Pumpkin

1 Egg

1/2 C. Vegetable Oil

1 1/2 C. Milk

1/4 Mini Chocolate Chips, reserved

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a muffin tin.  This recipe will make…

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Easy Pan Fried Turkey

How about an easy Monday dinner idea like this one! I’ve got you covered! Search Side Dishes for other easy recipes on my blog.

Gluten Free and Off The Beaten Path

Dinner really can be as easy as 1,2,3.  Here a few spices and a simple protein make an entrée that looks and tastes more complicated than it was to make.  Accept the compliments.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

2 lbs. Turkey Fillets (these are super cheap, low cal, low fat, high protein cuts)

1 tsp. Celery Salt

2 tsp. Paprika

2 tsp. Dry Mustard Powder (in the spice aisle)

1 T. Olive Oil

In a small bowl mix the spices and set aside.

Heat the oil over medium high heat.  Season your fillets on both sides with the spice mixture.  Fry until golden brown (about 5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the fillets).

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Serve.  Easy right?!

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Honey & Garlic Chicken

So good it’s worth reposting!

Gluten Free and Off The Beaten Path

An easy recipe that’s small on ingredients but big on flavor, this chicken dish will become a go-to favorite when asked, “What’s for dinner?”

For less dinner-time war wounds over who gets the last piece, I highly suggest you double the recipe.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

1/2 C. Honey

2 tsp. Minced Garlic

2 tsp. Salt

5 Chicken Thighs

2 T. Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray (like Olive Oil Pam Spray).

In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Once the oil is hot, carefully place the chicken thighs skin side down.  If you are doubling the recipe, you may need to do this in batches to ensure that each piece browns evenly.

Do not flip the chicken pieces until they release themselves when given a little prompting.  No forcing – patience is definitely a…

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Not Quite a Trifle, Trifle

No need to worry over a trifle like a ruined cake when you can make my Not Quite a Trifle, Trifle 🙂

Gluten Free and Off The Beaten Path

We don’t cry over cakes that don’t turn out.  We make new desserts!  This layered apple cake dessert was voted “best dessert ever” by one of my most discerning teenagers.  Kid tested, teen approved.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the cake portion:

3 T. Softened Butter

2 T. Shortening

1/2 C. Granulated Sugar

1/2 C. Packed Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. Salt

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1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1/8 tsp. Guar Gum (about a pinch)

1 C. Sifted Superfine Brown Rice Flour

1/3 C. Buttermilk

1 Medium Green Apple, shredded (core, quarter, and pulse for a second or two in your food processor using the shredding attachment)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease one standard round cake pan.

Cream together the butter, shortening, sugars, and vanilla.  Add the egg and…

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Gluten Free Mexican Lasagna

Don’t worry about what’s for dinner. I’ve got you covered! Here is a crowd pleaser dinner idea for tonight. A delicious and easy one dish meal to make kids and spouses say, “seconds please!”.

Gluten Free and Off The Beaten Path

This kid-friendly dish is a fast, go to dinner on busy nights and if you make a double batch, it freezes well!  

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.

Here’s What You Will Need:

1 Pound Lean Ground Beef

1/2 Medium Onion, chopped

1 Bell Pepper, chopped

1 Clove Garlic, minced (*Time Saver Tip:  you can buy pre-minced garlic at the grocery)

1 tsp. Salt

1 T. Chili Powder

1/2 tsp. Cumin

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

1 15 Ounce Can of Tomato Sauce

1 C. Frozen Corn Kernels

1 15 Ounce Can Pinto Beans, drained

1 Small Can Sliced Black Olives, optional

Sliced Jalapenos, optional

2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese

2 C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

12 Corn Tortillas

1 Avocado, reserved

Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt, reserved

Over medium heat, brown the ground beef and cook the onion and…

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