Don't be fooled by the healthiness of this next recipe! It's super yummy and you'll be plenty satisfied with all the wonderful variety and flavors. I wish I could claim this glorious recipe but it was originally created by the tastykitchen. I simply adapted it to fit our needs. I've been searching for recipes that my entire family can all eat right now because my husband is currently on a special Intense Cleanse similar to the Candida Cleanse. Not only can he not have wheat or dairy but a whole bunch of other foods as well! It basically boils dinner down to mostly veggies and meat. ;) (Which, don't get me wrong, are always great to have but I LOVE variety!)
Be sure to see the recipe alterations for special diets.
Spaghetti Squash with Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo)
Adapted by jalene by inspired by the Tastykitchen.com
Use a fork to scrape the strands.
Picture from the Tastykitchen.com
3. In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
4. Add 1/4 of the chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, and broccoli. Saute for 5 minutes. Add the peas, chicken, and remaining 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Shake about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese into the mixture (just enough to thicken the chicken broth). If using Nutritional Flakes, the sauce may not thicken fully.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes. Serve mixture on top of spaghetti squash or combine all together. Garnish with more parmesan cheese.
This recipe can be used on Dr. Nielsen's Candida Cleanse. Simply omit the cheese, and sub fresh tomatoes for the sun-dried.
By the time I was 25 years old, I could count on 1 hand how many times I've tried Brussels Sprouts. Okay, actually 1 finger. As you can guess, that 1 time was dramatic enough that the details are edged in my memory forever! Ha ha.
When I was little, my mom had told us (me, my brother, and sister) that we were trying something new for dinner, and... if we ate it, we could have some special CANDY she got for us. Oh, how my little ears perked up with the sound of candy and bribery! As she started cooking this mystery food though, all I can remember is this horrific smell oozing from the kitchen! We had to eat whatever was making that smell??! Forget it!
I remember having to stay at the table FOREVER (along with my siblings) until we finished every last bite of our brussels sprouts... Yikes. What a nightmare. I had never worked so hard for candy in all my life!
Luckily, I've found other ways to eat these little healthy veggies (rather than boiling them.) Ironically, this next recipe was created by my mom. Turns out she's found a better way to enjoy them as well.
So my challenge to you...give brussels a chance! If I can overcome my traumatic experience and learn to LOVE them, you can give them a try! They're super healthy, high in vitamin c, have some protein, low on the glycemic index chart, and can actually help you FEEL full.
Bacon & Shredded Brussels Sprouts
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Nut Free)
Created by alene (jalene's mom)
Yields: 2 cups
This recipe can be adapted to use during Dr. Nielsen's Candida Cleanse. Simply omit the bacon and add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil to cook the brussels in.
This next recipe is a fun variation of my Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies. Same concept, slightly different order of things. They're super yummy. Probably too yummy, so eat sparingly. ;)
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene from a recipe by southyourmouth.blogspot.ca
Yields 10 cookies
Notes from jalene:
The other day I watched a young mother feed her 5 month old baby a (dyed) red strawberry cake with frosting. I almost fell off my chair! Knowing what I know about food allergies, especially wheat & dairy, that alone was enough to almost make me want to yell out, "Nooooooooooo!"
From a holistic doctor point of view, let me teach just a little on the subject. Even if your medical doctor says it's okay to start solid foods at 4 months you may want to take a look at the studies and organizations behind WAITING to introduce them! Delaying solid foods until a baby is at least 6 months old gives the baby greater protection from illnesses, gives their digestive system time to mature, and DECREASES the risk of food allergies! In fact, newer studies show to wait even longer until age 2 to introduce HIGHLY allergic items such as dairy, wheat, and peanuts.
And don't even get me started about the red food dye...
Thankfully the little baby spit most of the cake back out (which should have been a good sign to the mom). Hopefully, the more knowledge people gain, the less likely they will be to make this mother's same mistake. :(
Along that line, a couple of people have asked me what I did for Audrey's 1st birthday since she was Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined-Sugar-Free. I found a great alternative that Audrey was happy with.
I think some people let their own emotions get in the way, "But wont they miss having a normal cake?!" Remember, they're only 1 and they don't know any differently. You can still bake a cake for the rest of the family and keep your little one safe. In fact, for most of Audrey's childhood, she was happy eating, when we were eating, even if she wasn't eating what we were eating. ;)
Overall, Audrey's cake turned out cute with 3-tiers and pink frosting (made naturally with NO food coloring!) She loved the taste too! The cake's consistency was thicker than a normal cake and the frosting was unique but it works! Maybe this recipe will help someone out there.
PS- the cake can also be made into little mini muffins and served as a snack to your toddler. Because it contains an egg, I would wait at least until they are 1. ;)
1st Birthday Cake
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)
Created by jalene
Adapted by jalene from elanaspantry.com
(dairy free, Vegan, refined-sugar free)
So you know how I'm addicted to peanut butter? You realize it was only time before I would come up with a peanut butter granola right?! This recipe is really easy, not too sweet, and the peanut butter & honey gives it a nice softness compared to other crispy granolas. There's also lots of room to alter this recipe so run with it! And if you're feeling a little crazy... you can even add mini chocolate chips to it! YUM! Enjoy.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Granola
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)
Created by jalene
Makes almost 5 cups
Sheesh, I have not posted a bread recipe in a long time! The funny thing is I didn't even notice because we usually don't consume a lot of bread in our house. We've simply adapted to not having it around. This may sound impossible for some of you starting out your gluten free journey but your body CAN and DOES ADAPT and soon you WILL stop craving the gluten-infested items as much. I'm proud to say I can drive by a Krispy Kreme donut shop now and no longer lick the car window... ;)
I think the whole cravings issue is what stops some people from being completely gluten free. They'd rather continue to eat the food that makes them sick rather than eat properly! Which is so crazy to me but it does happen! (I know because I was that way...ha ha.) It's funny but maybe we've all done it! I bet you can think of something right now that you KNOW is not good for you but you eat it anyways. ;) Busted.
My sister has a friend with Crone's Disease (which is very closely related to a gluten/wheat allergy) and when she is off gluten/wheat entirely, she feels SO much better! But, frankly, it's "too hard" for her. She rather not deal with a diet change. So what she is dealing with instead are sores on her gut. Medication can help calm the symptoms, but it can't take away the body's real issue of being allergic to wheat.
Well, now that you've gotten your "Don't be lazy and eat what's bad for you" pep talk for today let's get to our next recipe! This one was submitted by my mom. She said it's a great garlic bread with a whole wheat type of texture. I'm going to work on making it dairy free and with less starches so Audrey can enjoy it too. Stay tuned for updates! :)
Gluten Free Buttermilk Garlic Bread
Submitted by alene (jalene's mom) from an original recipe by Tricia Thompson, MS., RD
Serves 8 (Serving size: 1-inch slice)
Sometimes I get a little frustrated when I look at the back of prepacked items. It seems like they throw all sorts of unnecessary stuff in there! Let's take Honey Roasted Almonds for example, shouldn't it have only a couple of ingredients? And since when do you need soy to make Honey Roasted Almonds?!
This next recipe is simple, yummy, and quick to make. Plus, you can save money doing it yourself! We purchase our raw nuts in bulk from Costco or Health Food Store bulk bins and then refrigerate the rest. (That saves us money too!)
You're going to love the smell of these babies and they taste just as good! They make a great snack and you can even throw them into a trail mix instead of food-coloring-coated-candies to help sweeten things up!
Watch out though! These are highly addictive! My little Audrey ate 15 (I was rationing) and was she was still begging for more!
Gluten Free Honey Roasted Almonds
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene from multiple recipes online
You might cry after you try this next recipe. I know I almost did! But I have an excuse, I'm pregnant... and I LOVE FOOD! I owe this amazing recipe to my part Asian husband. ;)
Last month I was sick in bed with the 24-hour flu and the only stinking thing that sounded good was Ramen Noodles. Mind you, we stopped eating Ramen Noodles LONG ago back when we found it had MSG, no nutritional value and full of gluten. There was no hope for this glorious comfort food to ever be seen in our house again.
So, why the sudden craving? Who knows. Luckily, my sweet husband grew up eating Ramen Noodles! (He claims before most of America was eating them because they had special hook-ups with his mom being from Hawaii and all...)
So if anyone were to try recreate it, he'd be the man.
When he brought up the soup for me to eat in bed, it was almost enough to start the ol' water works. This soup not only hit the spot but I started thinking...You realize what this means?! Gluten Free College students have been liberated! They can now eat the same as gluten-infested eaters... you're welcome college students.
Go ahead and feel free to dim-sung this up! Add peas, chicken, corn, whatever! It all tastes good.
And thank you to my wonderful husband for taking care of me! I love you! I'm so thankful we get to be together forever! ;)
Gluten Free Ramen Noodles
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Sugar Free, MSG Free, etc.)
Created by jalene's husband Brandon
A funny but sad note...
Food for thought: A day after posting this great recipe Yahoo published a crazy article on a teen's strange Ramen noodle addiction! Apparently she's been eating mainly Ramen for the past 13 years! (YIKES!) According to her doctors she is malnourished and has the health of an 80 year old! Sad. So the lesson here, eat a well balanced diet and parents, don't allow your kids to make poor eating choices. You're the boss. You can say no. :)
Yum, I've been in LOVE with this next recipe. It only takes 5 minutes to throw together and then you let the oven do the rest of the work! Don't you just love recipes like that!! It works great on those days you have other things to hurry and get done instead of slaving over a stove. But, if you do have time to slave, it works great as a breakfast side dish too!
Word to the wise, if you have a large family, double the recipe. They disappear fast! If you want to make them Dairy Free, simply leave off the cheese!
Ham, Hasbrown & Egg Breakfast Cups
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Created by jalene but inspired from recipes off Pinterest
Makes 7 Breakfast Cups
Sometimes I forget to post the quick little things we eat if we need a fast snack. This next one is a great in between meal for those hungry little eaters. You could even turn it into a meal depending on what you serve with it! We love to throw in avocado or replace the ham for cooked chicken. Whatever combination, it's sure to please!
Ham and Cheese Quesadilla
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Created by jalene
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