Bacon and Cheese Potatoes

Bacon and Cheese Potatoes

Bacon and Cheese Potatoes

3-4 Medium size Potatoes (Baked with the skin on)

3-4 Slices of Bacon (cut in half)

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Season Salt

1/2 Cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese

Slice baked potatoes into rounds with the Peeling still on. Then place potato slices into greased baking pan. ( I used my round copper pan that fits into my Air Fryer) Season with garlic and salt, place bacon slices on top (they cook better if the slices are cut in half). Place pan into Air Fryer ( or oven) cook 15 minutes at 400*. Half way through cooking time, turn bacon so that it will crisp on both sides. When done remove from oven and top with cheese. Enjoy!

Almond Flour Flat Bread

 

 

Almond Flour Flat Bread

1 cup finely ground Almond flour

1 Teaspoon Baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking soda

1/ 2 cup Greek Yogurt

1 Cup Egg Whites

Preheat oven to 350*

In medium size mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and

baking soda. Then add Yogurt and Egg whites, whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

Butter cast iron baking pan or Skillet. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto pan and bake for 10- 12 minutes or until edges are turning brown, then flip bread and bake another 3-4 minutes or until bread is set in the center. Remove from oven, sliding bread onto cooling rack, to let cool.

·        If you only have a skillet then repeat process until all batter is used. This recipe will make about 5 flat breads.

Please note after bread is stored and it gets cold, then you must heat it for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave for it to be more pliable.

Oatmeal Molasses Spice Breakfast Muffins

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Oatmeal Molasses Spice Breakfast Muffins

1 Cup Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oatmeal

3/4 Cup GF Almond Flour

3/4 Cup Gluten Free All-purpose Flour ( I use Better Batter)

1/2 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1  1/2 Cups Packed Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon  Baking Powder

1/2 Cup Softened Butter ( or butter substitute )

1 Cup Water

3 Eggs Beaten

1/8 Cup Pure Molasses ( Unsulfured)

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl whisk all dry ingredients together. Add softened butter, water, beaten eggs, and Molasses. Fold together with spatula then mix with electric mixer just until blended. Fold in pecans and let batter set while you prepare muffin tins with paper inserts.

Then fill each cup with approximately ¼ cup triggered scoop of batter. ( this should make 18 regular size muffins)

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until done. Insert tooth pick into center muffin. If it comes back clean, they are done. Remove from oven and add topping.

Topping :

1/4 Butter, Melted

1 Cup GF, additive free shredded Coconut

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

2 Tablespoons Molasses

2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar

Mix all ingredients in medium size bowl. Top each warm muffin with 1 Tablespoon of mixture then place muffins under broiler for 1-2 minutes to toast pecan topping. Remove and let cool before serving.

 

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Gluten Free Sausage Cheese Balls!

1 Pound GF Pork sausage, uncooked ( I used JC Potter)
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1 Cup GF Bisquick ( or your own GF biscuit mix)
2 Cups Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Optional ( 1-2 finely chopped Jalapeñoes)

Preheat Oven to 375*
Add all ingredients to food processor or large mixer, using the dough hook or blade. Mix until well blended, then using a 1 to 1 1/2 inch scoop, ( or your hands) make balls from mixture. Place each ball onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. ( I like to use my stone ware, it makes them really crispy). Bake for
25-30 minutes. Turning each sausage ball half way through baking time. When cooked through, remove and serve. Enjoy!

 

Greek Sausage

 

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We have been working on Party food this week. I love the make ahead kind that you can pull out and just reheat!

Greek Sausage

1-  2 Pound stick of Gluten Free Sausage ( I used JC Potter)

1/4 Cup Gluten Free Greek Seasoning( Recipe Below)

Preheat oven or smoker to 260*

Cut the plastic wrapping off of the sausage and place in foil. Sprinkle Greek seasoning over sausage, turn sausage roll to completely cover the whole exterior of the meat. Then fold foil completely around sausage and seal at each end. Then place in oven or smoker and roast for 6 hours. ( you can also do this in the slow cooker on high) When done  remove from oven or smoker and let cool before slicing.

This is great to serve with chips and dip!

Greek Seasoning

2 Tablespoons Dried Sweet Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley Leaves

1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano Leaves

1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary Leaves

2 Tablespoons Dried Thyme Leaves

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder ( not Garlic Salt)

2 Teaspoons Onion Powder

2 Teaspoons table Salt

Combine all of the Herbs and spices into food processor or spice grinder and pulse or grind until all the leaves are finely chopped and well mixed. Store in an air tight container or freezer until ready to use.

Optional : add 1 tablespoon of Pepper flacks if you want it spicy.

 

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins

Need to use up that left over Ham?

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10 Whole Eggs

1-2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder ( depending on how much you like garlic)

2 Cups Chopped Ham

2 Cups grated Cheddar Cheese ( I used sharp cheddar)

Optional: 1-2 Jalapenos finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl whisk together eggs and garlic powder. Fold in Ham, cheese, and peppers. Using a scoop fill a buttered or greased muffin pan with egg mixture. Note: don’t over fill the cups. Only use about 1/4 cup  each. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

pumpkin Cream Cheese bars

This time of year I usually make my Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll, but these are so easy  I’ll be making these more often!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

1  1/2 Cups Almond Flour

1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1  1/2 Cups Sugar or ( I used  Stevia Pyur)

1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon (always make sure your spices are GF)

1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

2 Large Eggs ( I use Duck Eggs)

1- 15oz. Can Pumpkin Purée

Cream Cheese Filling

1 – 8oz. package Additive Free Cream Cheese (Softened)

1/2  Cup Sugar (or Stevia)

1 Egg White

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*

In medium size mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients, then add eggs and pumpkin. Whisk all pumpkin bar ingredients together until smooth and well blended.  Pour batter into a buttered or oiled 9×11 inch, spreading evenly.                                                In separate bowl mix all cream cheese filling ingredients until smooth.  Then pour over pumpkin bar batter and swirl with a butter knife. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set in center. Let cool completely and slice into bars. Enjoy!

Chicken Cheese and Bean Casserole

Chicken Bean and Cheese Casserole

Chicken Cheese and Bean Casserole

2 Cups Refried Beans ( I used left over white beans drained and mashed)

2/3 Cup Pure Sour Cream

2 Tablespoons GF Taco Seasoning

1 Pound of cooked Ground or chopped Chicken or Turkey ( I used Chicken)

1 Teaspoon Season Salt

2 Cups freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese ( reserve 1 cup for topping)

Preheat oven to 350*

In small skillet brown ground chicken or turkey and season with season salt. When done set aside and let cool. ( you can even use left over chicken breasts for this, just chop it up very fine, and omit the season salt if already seasoned.)

In medium size mixing bowl add mashed beans, sour cream, taco seasoning, cooked meat after cooling, and 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.  Mix well then pour mixture into a greased 10 inch deep dish pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes then top with remaining cheese. Bake another 10 – 15 minutes or until browned around the edges and cooked through. Remove from oven and serve with Gluten Free tortilla chips. Enjoy! ( I like to add a little GF Salsa to mine also. )

 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

We are already getting Sweet potatoes from our garden and we love them just about anyway I fix them!

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

4 Large Sweet Potatoes (washed)

3 Tablespoons melted Butter (or butter substitute)
2 Tablespoons Pure Brown Sugar
Optional, 1Teaspoon Cinnamon
Bake potatoes in Microwave just until soft.
Heat grill to 375- 400*.
Oil grates generously.
Slice potatoes completely in half then slice again through the center of the potato, but not through the skin.
In small bowl mix melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. ( If you use the cinnamon)
Place potatoes cut side down on grate and close lid for about 35-40 seconds directly over flame. Let potatoes char slightly then turn potatoes over and brush with butter sugar mixture. Let skins char for another 45-50 seconds or if you like them very brown you can let them go longer. When done remove from grill and serve!

Southwest Ranch Salad

Jan's Gluten Free

Gluten Free Southwest Ranch Salad

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Southwest Ranch Salad

4 Cups chopped baby Kale

2 Cups Fresh or frozen cut Corn

1 Avocado peeled, seeded and cubed

1- 16 oz. can Bush’s Gluten Free Dark Red Kidney Beans (Drained)

10 -12 Small Red Cherry Tomatoes cut in half

Optional 1 Diced Jalapeno

1 Cup crushed Gluten Free Corn Chips

Assemble all vegetables in large serving bowl and top with corn chips. Mix dressing using recipe below and pour over salad just before serving.

Dressing:

1/3 Cup Gluten Free Mild Salsa

1 Cup Gluten Free Ranch Dressing (see recipe below using the yogurt to make it thicker)

Add salsa and ranch dressing to small mixing bowl whisk together, and pour over salad just before serving.

Gluten Free Ranch Seasoning Mix

2/3 Cup GF Dry Buttermilk (Saco Cultured Dry Buttermilk)

2 Tablespoons Additive Free Dried…

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Low Carb Cheesy Kale Biscuits

Cheesey Kale Biscuits

These make the best Bacon and Tomato sandwiches!

Low Carb Cheesy Kale Biscuits

1 cup Almond flour

1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon dry Oregano Leaves

2 Teaspoon dry Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoon minced Garlic

1/4 Cup butter, melted (1/2 Stick)

5  Large Eggs, beaten

1 packed Cup destemmed and finely Chopped Kale Leaves ( I chopped them in the food processor)

2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, freshly grated

1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat Oven at 350*

In large mixing bowl Whisk together all dry ingredients. Then blend in herbs and all wet ingredients, including cheeses and kale. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to incorporate all ingredients. Using a triggered scoop (about ¼ cup) dip out each scoop and place into a buttered muffin tin or buttered biscuit pan and bake for 20 -25 minutes or until done. Let cool about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

(  I used a slider size bun pan for these. It’s slightly larger than a biscuit pan)

 

Bacon Tomatoes and Okra

Bacon Tomatoes and Okra

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Our Tomatoes and Okra are ready!

YUM!

Don’t worry,this is not slimy. When you add in the tomatoes, the acid breaks down the slime of the okra.

1/2  Pound of GF Bacon

4 Cups Sliced fresh Okra

2 medium Cloves of Garlic (chopped)

1 Small Jalapeno chopped (Optional)

2 Cups cored, peeled and chunked tomatoes ( About 3 medium tomatoes chunked into 1 to 1  ½ inch cubes)

1/2 Teaspoon Salt ( or less if you are watching your salt intake)

I medium skillet fry bacon just until crisp. Remove bacon from grease, to crumble into chunks and reserve for later. Add garlic, jalapeno and sliced okra to grease and fry on medium high heat just until okra is soft and starts to turn brown, stirring so that it cooks evenly. Reduce heat and add tomatoes and salt. Raise heat and let vegetables just come to a simmer. Remove from heat, stir in bacon and serve. Enjoy!

Note: You don’t have to peel the tomatoes. I just like mine peeled.

Slow Cooker Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole

1 pound Ground Turkey or Pork ( browned and crumbled into small pieces, I used pork)

3 Medium Yellow Squash ( 5 Cups grated or chopped in food processor )

1/4 Cup Salted Butter ( or butter substitute)

3 Cups Freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

2 Large Eggs Beaten

1 Teaspoon additive Free Season Salt

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

Optional 2-3 medium Jalapeño Peppers ( deseeded and finely Chopped)

2 Cups Crushed GF Cheddar Crackers for topping ( I used Snyder’s Wholey Cheese)

Line Crockpot with foil or a crockpot liner. Grease inside of liner with butter or oil then when browned meat has cooled mix evenly with your hands all ingredients except GF crackers. Place lid on pot and set on low for 6-8 hours. Before removing from pot add crushed GF Cheddar Crackers on top, spreading evenly. Let casserole rest with lid off for about 10 minutes then serve. Enjoy!

Note: If you bake this casserole in the oven, you will need to parboil the squash before chopping to make casserole. In the crockpot the longer cooking time will let the squash soften and it is not necessary to parboil.

 

Cheesy Kale Meatloaf

My Kale is doing so good this year, so I’ve been putting Kale in everything!

Cheesy Kale Meatloaf

 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

2 large eggs

1 Cup GF Marinara Sauce

2 Cups finely chopped Kale leaves ( Remove the stem before chopping)

1 Cup GF Bread Crumbs or GF Oatmeal

1 Cup freshly grated Romano Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese

1 1/2 Cups freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (reserve for topping)  

1 Tablespoon dried Oregano leaves

2 Teaspoons dried Basil leaves

2 Tablespoons minced Garlic

 Preheat oven to 375*

Wash stem and chop Kale leaves in food processor until finely chopped. Place into large mixing bowl along with all other ingredients, (except Parmesan Cheese). Using your hands mix well until well blended. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan patting out meat mixture evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes to let meat reabsorb liquids. Top with parmesan and serve. Enjoy!

 Note: This recipe also makes great meatballs! We like to top them with more marinara sauce. YUM!

 

Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

1 Cup Almond Flour 

1/2 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking soda

 

1 Teaspoon dry Oregano

2 Teaspoon dry Basil

1 Teaspoon dry Thyme

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

 

1/2 stick Butter, melted (1/4 Cup)

1/4 cup Greek Yogurt

4 Duck Eggs ( 5 regular chicken eggs)

 

1 Cup freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

 

Preheat oven to 350*

 

In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients including herbs and garlic powder. In another bowl whisk melted butter, yogurt and eggs until well blended. Pour all liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Then fold in all of the cheese and incorporate thoroughly. This should make a stiff ball of dough. Grease large pizza pan or sheet pan with butter and roll out dough onto pan. If you are using a pizza pan with no sides only roll out to within 2 inches of the edge. As the cheese melts the dough will spread and run over the side of pan if it is too close to the edge. Bake for 20-25 min. or until bread sticks are set and turning brown. Then remove from oven slice bread sticks into 1- 2 inch widths and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until well browned on top. Serve warm. Enjoy!

 

Fried Radishes

Fried Radishes

2 Large bunches of Radishes ( enough to make 2 Cups sliced radishes)

1/4 Cup Oil enough to cover bottom of skillet (optional, add 2 Tablespoons bacon or pork chop drippings)

1 Teaspoon Salt

Wash radishes well, cutting off the greens and the root end, do not peel. Slice to about 1/8 inch thick. Add meat drippings and oil to skillet and heat until sizzling on medium high. Add sliced radishes spreading out evenly in skillet. Season with salt, cover with lid and let fry for about 3 minutes. Then turn radishes and stir spreading out evenly. Let fry covered, another 3-4 minutes until edges are starting to get crisp and centers are soft. Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy!

Crispy Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes

Slowcooker Ham and Potatoes

Crispy Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes

 

4 medium Potatoes

2 Cups cubed GF Ham

1 Teaspoon additive free Season Salt

1 Teaspoon additive free Garlic Powder

1 Cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Line Slow Cooker with tin foil, oil sides and bottom before filling with ham and potatoes.

Wash potatoes very well, leaving the skins on, being sure to remove any bad spots. Then slice each potato into 1 inch thick rounds all the way across the potato. Place potatoes into the bottom of the lined slow cooker. Sprinkle evenly with season salt and garlic powder. Place ham on top of potatoes distributing evenly. Set slow cooker on low for 6 – 8 hours.

When potatoes are soft lift foil filled potatoes and ham from cooker. Using tongs lift each potato round to the top letting ham chunks fall to the bottom, then place foil packet under hot broiler in the oven for 1-2 minutes or until potatoes are crisp. Top with grated cheese, and place back under broiler until cheese melts for a few seconds. Remove and serve. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Duck

Maple Glazed Duck

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Wild Duck

6-8 Frozen Wild Duck Breasts ( my Crockpot will hold 8)

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Cup Pure (additive free) Maple Syrup

Line crockpot or slow cooker with parchment paper up to the rim. Place each cleaned and frozen duck breast with the skin side down into the bottom of the parchment lined crockpot, only one layer deep. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkling evenly over meat. Using only ¾ cup of maple syrup, drizzle over duck breast. Completely coating each. Cover and set cooker on low for 6-8 hours. When done, lift parchment paper, duck breasts and juices to a shallow baking pan. Cover each duck breast with remaining syrup, then place entire pan under oven broiler. Let breasts crisp for 1 ½ – 2 minutes per side. Remove from oven and ladle meat juices over each duck breast before serving. I like to let them rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Note: The frozen meat keeps it from cooking too fast and drying out.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Smoothie

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This has become my new favorite smoothie!

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Smoothie

1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

1/2 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter ( I use low sugar real peanut butter)

1/4 Cup plain Greek Yogurt

6-8 small Ice Cubes ( add more if you want your smoothie thinner)

1 Tablespoon Ground Chia Seeds

Optional, 2 Tablespoons Stevia or your favorite sweetener

Add all ingredients to food processor or smoothie maker. Blend until smooth,  Pour into glass and enjoy!