Jan’s Spaghetti/Pizza Sauce

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I love when my Pantry starts filling back up again!

Jan’s Spaghetti Sauce/Pizza Sauce

2 Gallon Peeled Tomatoes

5 Tablespoons crushed garlic

1 Medium Onion (chopped)

1 Large Sweet Bell Pepper (chopped)

2 ½ Tablespoons dry Oregano

2 ½ Tablespoons dry Basil

2 Tablespoons Garlic powder

½ Teaspoon Cumin

½ Teaspoon Paprika

1 Tablespoon Salt

2 Cups Sugar

¼ Cup Olive Oil

Place chopped onion and bell pepper into blender and pulse until it is chopped into very small pieces, but not pureed. Then in large sauce pot add oil, onion, pepper mixture, garlic, and spices. Slowly heat on low heat while you puree tomatoes in the blender. This takes me several batches since my blender doesn’t hold 2 gallon. Pour each batch into the sauce pot with onion, peppers, and spices. Slowly bring up heat adding sugar and bring to boil, stirring often. Let cook until sauce is thick.

Pour into sterilized canning jars, ( I use pints) and process in boiling water bath for 35 minutes.

 

Strawberry Cheesecake

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1  1/2 Cups purred Strawberries with juice

2- 8 oz. Blocks of Cream Cheese ( I use Philadelphia brand)

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 envelope unflavored Gelatin ( Knox brand is Gluten Free)

1 Gluten Free Graham Cracker pie crust.

About 1/2 Cup fresh strawberries sliced in half for garnish.

In medium size sauce pan add strawberries and cream cheese. Place on medium heat and stir until cheese is melted. In a small bowl whisk together gelatin and sugar. Keep stirring strawberries and cheese until mixture starts to bubble. Then stir in sugar and gelatin, let mixture come to a slow boil and remove from heat. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until firm. Garnish with fresh strawberries and enjoy!

 

Broccoli Ham Cheese Egg Bites

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8 Large Eggs beaten ( I use Duck Eggs, so if you use smaller eggs, you should add 4  more)

1 Head of Fresh Broccoli ( about 2 1/2-3 Cups chopped)

3 Garden Onions with the green tops , chopped

3 cups Freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

2 Cups Chopped Ham

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl, beat eggs, add chopped broccoli, onions, cheese, garlic powder, and Ham. Mix well and spoon mixture into greased mini muffins cups. Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes or until set and brown on top.

You can also use regular size muffin or cupcake pan. Just bake longer, for about 30 minutes.

This will make about 2 1/2 dozen mini muffins and about 16 regular.

 

 

 

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

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Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

4- 1/2 inch Pork Chops

8 Teaspoons Gluten Free dry Ranch Seasoning

2 Tablespoons Oil

In large crockpot (mine is a 6 quart). Oil the entire bottom and sides. Rub each side of pork chops with one teaspoon of dry Ranch Seasoning. Place chops in the bottom of crockpot and cover with lid. Turn on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Pork Chops should be browned around the edges when cooked through. You can turn half way through cooking, but it’s not necessary. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Spring Time Gluten Free Meal

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Just wanted to show you our supper tonight. Wild caught fish, ( Sandbass) Wild Onions and Eggs, and Morel Mushrooms.

Wild Onions and Eggs

1 1/2 Cups cut Onions
2 Tablespoons Oil ( or bacon grease)
1/4 Cup Water
6 Large Eggs
2 Teaspoons Salt

Cut root end off of onions, wash well and drain water. In a medium size mixing bowl cut Onions into 1 inch lengths. Add oil to 8 inch skillet, spreading to cover bottom completely. Spread cut Onions evenly over bottom add water and cover with lid. Place on medium to high heat. When onions start to steam move lid over slightly so that it will let steam escape. Let cook about 8-10 minutes stirring a couple of times and replacing lid each time. When onions are fork tender at the bulb end, break eggs into bowl and beat with fork until yolks are broken and mixed. Remove lid from skillet and pour eggs over onions. Replace lid until eggs start to cook and turn white around the edges. Slide spatula around the edges so that eggs won’t stick. Continue to do this until eggs are cooked through. You may want to turn eggs and onions over to make sure all is well done. Remove from heat when eggs are no longer runny. Enjoy!

Low Carb Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

We’ve been so busy here on the farm. I do our own book keeping and tax season is a busy time, along with the fun jobs of baby calves and planting.  So it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to work up a new recipe. I’ve had this one on my mind for a while. Hope you enjoy it!

Peanut butter Banana Low Carb Brownies

1/2 Cup Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter

2 Ripe Bananas

3 Large Eggs ( I use Duck Eggs)

1/2 Cup Local Honey ( I use Clover Sourced Honey)

1/2 Cup Stevia ( Or if you want it really sweet, you can use ½ Cup Brown Sugar)

1/4 Cup ground Chia Seeds

2 Cups Gluten Free Almond Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 350*

In medium size mixing bowl add peanut butter, bananas, eggs and honey. Blend well with electric mixer, then fold in remaining ingredients until wet, then blend with mixer again until all dry ingredients are well incorporated. Pour into a greased 9×9 inch baking pan, or round pan if you wish. Bake 30 minutes or until brown and set in the center. Enjoy!

Optional: You can also add GF Chocolate Chips

Note: these are not overly sweet, I like to heat them up and have them for breakfast.

Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

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Air Fryer Roasted Carrots

1 Pound whole Carrots

2 Tablespoons Light Olive Oil

2 Teaspoon Dried Basil (make sure all herbs and spices are Gluten Free)

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

4 Tablespoons Butter

Wash, peel and slice carrots in half lengthwise. Lay them flat onto the metal air fryer roasting pan. Drizzle carrots with oil and sprinkle with herps and salt. Place pan into air fryer on middle rack and set temp. at 400* for 20 minutes. Half way through cooking time turn carrots over,  dot with butter and let the carrots roast for the rest of the cooking time, or until fork tender. If carrots need to cook longer return to fryer and cook until done. Remove from fryer and serve. Enjoy!

Ginger,Garlic, Pepper Chicken Skillet

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Need to kick up your Immune system? Try this recipe.

Ginger, Garlic, Pepper Chicken Skillet

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds Chicken Breast strips
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 large Bell Peppers ( cut into 1/4 inch strips)
2 Tablespoons grated fresh Ginger
2 Tabalspoons crushed Garlic ,( about 3-4 large cloves)
1 Cup GF Chicken Broth
2 Tablespoons GF Worcester sauce ( Lea & Perrins is Gluten Free)
In large Skillet on high heat add olive oil, and chicken strips. Brown chicken for 8- 10 minutes with the lid on, turning chicken over half way through. Until chicken is cooked through. Turn heat down to medium sprinkle chicken with salt then cut strips into 1 inch chunks. Add peppers, ginger, garlic, broth and Worcester sauce. Cover and let simmer 20 -30 minutes stirring occasionally until peppers are fork tender. Remove from heat and serve with rice or GF pasta.
Enjoy!

Mini Caramel Pecan Pies

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Mini Caramel Pecan Pies

1 Package , Gluten Free Caramels

1 Cup Pecan halves

Ingredients for Crust

1 egg

¼ cup oil

4 0z. Cream cheese ( I use Philadelphia cream cheese)

2/3 Cup Gluten Free Flour ( I like Betty Crocker, or Better Batter)

1/3 Cup Gluten Free Corn Starch

Place all ingredients for Crust in food processor on high until blended. Place dough in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. It just makes dough easier to work with. (You can leave this in the fridge overnight if it is sealed).

Heat oven to 350* F.

When dough is cooled line mini muffin pan with paper liners. Flour your hands with a small amount of GF Flour and dip out a small ball of dough ( about a 1 inch ball) and roll with your hands to make it firm. Place one ball of dough into each paper cup and using your thumb or a floured dough plunger to push an indention into each ball making a mini pie crust. Make sure dough comes up the sides and to the top of the paper liners. When you have finished all of the mini pie crusts place muffin pan into oven. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until crusts are baked through and starting to brown around the edges. This should make 20- 24 mini pie crusts.

When pie crusts are done remove from oven, while they are still hot, place a pecan half into the bottom of the pie shell, add a caramel to each,( caramels will melt down into pie shell) then top with another pecan. Let cool and serve! Enjoy!

Pork Fajitas

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Pork Fajitas

4- 5 cooked Pork Chops

1 -20oz. Bag of Frozen Pepper and Onion strips

2-3 Teaspoons Chili Powder ( Depending on how much you like Chili)

2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

1-2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder (according to taste)

1 Teaspoon Salt ( or to your taste)

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Slice cooked pork chops diagonally into 1/4 inch strips. Add meat to a greased 10 inch skillet, then pour peppers and onions over pork. Place skillet over medium high heat. Add spices sprinkling evenly over mixture. Stir then cover and let simmer 5-6 minutes. Stir to cook evenly until mixture is hot and bubbling. Remove from heat and serve with Gluten Free tortillas or Chips. Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie

Left over Beef Stew

Left over Mashed Potatoes

Optional: Grated Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 400*

Using the left over Beef Stew, drain liquid off of meat and vegetables. Then spread beef and vegetables mixture into a greased baking dish. (9×13 glass pan if you have enough left overs) Warm up the left over mashed potatoes in the microwave for about a minute. Then using a large spoon dip out the potatoes and dollop evenly over beef mixture. Then spread mashed potatoes, covering beef and veggies, then place pan in hot oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. If you are using cheese, the last 5 minutes of baking time spread cheese evenly over potatoes and bake until melted and slightly brown. Remove from oven and serve warm. Enjoy!

Note: If you don’t have left over Beef Stew, here are the ingredients, with the exception of the cheese and Mashed Potatoes.  Remember to drain all of the liquids for the Shepherd’s Pie.

1 Pound Ground Beef

1 Large Onion (Chopped)

2 Cups Cooked Potatoes with liquid ( this is the potatoes that you cooked earlier in the week) Or you can use canned diced potatoes

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

2 Teaspoons Seasoning Salt

2 Teaspoons Regular Salt

1 -28oz. Can of Tomatoes

1 -15 oz. Can of Whole Corn

1 14.5oz. Can Cut Green Beans

1 14.5oz. Can Sliced Carrots

 

Chicken Taquitos

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Chicken Taquitos

Using the Roasted Chicken that you made earlier in the week, remove all of the meat from the bones and shred with a fork, removing any skin that remains. 

2 Cups cooked shredded Chicken
1 1/2 Cups Freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese
2-3 chopped Jalapeño Peppers ( I like the mild peppers)
6-7 Gluten Free Corn Flour or White Tortillas ( the ones available to me are the Mission Brand)

Brush the outside of each tortilla with oil and then fill the inside with meat, cheese, and peppers to the edge of the tortilla closest to you. Leaving a space at the open ends. Start rolling up tortilla, then when you get to the edge dip your fingers in cold water and wet the edge to seal the seam. When you fill all of the tortillas, place them with the oiled seam side down into the air fryer pan. Place pan in air fryer and set the fryer on 400* for 8-10 minutes. Turn Taquitos over half way through cooking time. Remember to check them at about 8 minutes. Some fryers are more powerful than others.

If you don’t have an air fryer, then place filled tortilla in hot oil, (enough oil to cover taquitos) seam side down and fry until crisp on bottom side, then turn and fry other side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with Gluten Free Salsa or Cheese Dip. Enjoy!

Easy Cheese Dip Recipe:

 1- 32oz. Box of Velveeta Cheese ( Queso or Yellow which ever you prefer) (Cube block of cheese, when you get it out of the box.)

1-   10oz. Can of Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Peppers

Pour Rotel in large mixing bowl and add cubed cheese. Place in microwave on high for about 5 minutes. Remove and stir, put back in microwave if it is still lumpy for a couple more minutes or until smooth. Serve warm!

Quick Beef Stew

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Quick Beef Stew

1 Pound Ground Beef

1 Large Onion (Chopped)

2 Cups Cooked Potatoes with liquid ( this is the potatoes that you cooked earlier in the week)

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

2 Teaspoons Seasoning Salt

2 Teaspoons Regular Salt

1 -28oz. Can of Tomatoes

1 -15 oz. Can of Whole Corn

1 14.5oz. Can Cut Green Beans

1 14.5oz. Can Sliced Carrots

In large stock pot crumble ground beef and chopped onion. Cook on medium high heat stirring and continuing to break apart meat until it is browned. Add all seasoning and continue to stir so that meat doesn’t stick. When all the pink is gone and meat is cooked through, start adding all of the vegetables with the liquid. Turn heat up and cover with lid until stew starts to boil and continue to stir occasionally. Then turn down to medium and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn heat off and serve warm. This goes great with the corn bread muffins or corn dodgers you made earlier this week.

Note: Remember to keep leftovers for Shepherd’s Pie. 

 

Mashed Potatoes

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Mashed Potatoes

I usually buy White Russet potatoes, you can use any variety that you like. Russets also cook faster than some varieties like Reds or even Yukon Gold.  I use 1 medium potato per person, but since we are prepping for 3 meals, you will need to use 3 per person. So if you are cooking for 4, then use 12 potatoes.

This recipe is in conjunction with my on going series of Meal Planning and Prep.

INGREDIENTS:

12- 14 Potatoes, (depending on size, a medium potato is about 3 ½ to 4 inches long) If you have small potatoes then use 2.

2 Teaspoons salt ( use 1 teaspoon in water before boiling)

½ Cup Salted Butter or butter substitute ( =1 stick butter)

Wash and peel potatoes, removing any bad spots. Then cut potatoes into about ½ to 1 inch cubes. Place cubes into large sauce pan and cover with water about an inch above the potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and place pot one burner. Turn burner to high. When potatoes start to boil, set timer for 10 minutes. ( Do not remove pot from heat, cover with lid loosely, stirring occasionally) * After ten minutes, dip out 2 cups of potatoes and cover with liquid. Let them cool and place in refrigerator using an air tight container.* ( You will use these in the Beef Stew, later in the week)

Reset your timer on the rest of the potatoes still in the pot and let them continue to boil for another 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender.  When potatoes are very soft a fork will easily go through the potato, they are done. Remove from heat and drain liquid from potatoes into a heat proof bowl. To the pot add ½ cup butter, and 1 or 2 Teaspoons salt to potatoes, depending on your taste. Then mash the potatoes with potato masher or electric mixer. Butter will melt into hot potatoes as you mash them, remember to taste to see if you need more salt. If the potatoes are a little dry add more liquid as needed, using liquid that you drained from the potatoes. Only add a tablespoon or so at a time mashing until smooth and fluffy! ( Don’t over work the potatoes after mashing, it will cause them to be rubbery.)

Optional: If you prefer before serving you can top them with a little Garlic Powder, Chopped Scallions, Crumbled Bacon, etc. Whatever your family prefers.

Note: Remember to keep any leftover mashed potatoes.  Refrigerate storing them in a plastic sandwich bag. You can use these to make the Shepherd’s Pie.

Simple Gluten Free Meatloaf

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Meatloaf

1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef

1/2 Lb. Gluten Free Pork Sausage ( I use J C Potter blue package)

3/4 Cup Gluten Free Oatmeal

1 Egg beaten

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon pure Garlic Powder ( not garlic salt)

1 Cup Gluten Free Ketchup

Preheat oven to 350*

In medium size mixing bowl mix ground beef, sausage, oatmeal and beaten egg, along with seasoning and 3/4 cup of ketchup. I use my hands to just get in there and squish it all together until well mixed. Then place mixture into a oiled 5×9 inch loaf pan, or a 9×9 casserole pan. ( I like to use a loaf pan so that I can slice it for sandwiches later) Shape meat mixture until smooth then top with remaining ketchup, spreading out evenly. Bake for 45- 50 minutes or until done. Cool and serve. Enjoy!

Banana Cream Breakfast Muffins

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Banana Cream Breakfast Muffins

Batter:

1/4 Cup Buttermilk

5 Eggs

1/2 Stick softened Butter (or ¼ cup GF oil)

3 Large Ripe Bananas

1/4 Cup ground Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup chopped Pecans (optional)

1  Cup Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour ( I used Better Batter)

1 Cup Gluten Free finely ground Almond Flour

1 Tablespoon GF Baking powder

1/2Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Cup Brown Sugar or Pyure Stevia Sweetener ( I used the sweetener)

Filing:

1 Ripe Banana

8 oz. plane Cream Cheese

2 Tablespoons White granulated Sugar

 Preheat oven to 325*F.

In large mixing bowl mix together, buttermilk, eggs, butter, bananas and ground chia seeds. Using electric mixer on high, blend together until there are no lumps left from the bananas. Then add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and nuts (if you use them). Fold in flour mixture, then blend well with electric mixer until all ingredients are smooth. Don’t over mix. Let batter set while you make the filling.

In medium size bowl mash peeled banana and cream cheese together with fork or pastry creamer. Add sugar and stir until smooth. Fill a piping bag with cream cheese mixture. You don’t have to use a decorator tip, but if you do use a large one. Close the end and set aside, until you get the muffin cups filled.

Line a muffin pan with liners and fill each with batter (about ¼ cup each )  I like to use a triggered ice cream scoop to do this. Then insert the tip of the piping bag into the center of each muffin and squeeze filling into the batter. ( I insert the tip about ½ way down into the batter)  Pulling back and lifting the bag as the filling comes out of the top. I like to swirl it around a bit on top of batter also. Do the same to each muffin until they are all filled.   Bake for 25-30 minutes or until muffins are brown on top and firm to the touch. When done remove from oven and let cool. This will make about 12-15 cupcake size muffins.   Enjoy!

Note: You may have air holes form in the center of muffins as they cool. If that happens, just make more banana cream and fill each with the creamy filing!

 

Gluten Free Tips and Tricks Starter Guide

Gluten free Gluten Free Starter Guide and Tips

It is extremely important when first starting to eat Gluten Free (staying away from anything that contains Wheat, Barley or Rye)  and heal your body try to stay away from processed GF prepackaged foods. There are some good ones out there, but be aware, Some of them maybe GF ingredients but they could be processed on the same lines as gluten containing ingredients. Some of them just out and out lie and slap that GF label on the package just to make money. It is illegal and several of them have been caught, but another one pops up all the time. So until you find the products that you can trust at first it is just safer to eat as clean as possible to begin with.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, Non- processed meats, etc.

Always wash fruits and vegetables with a white vinegar and warm water mixture, then rinse well.

Plain Milk and Dairy is Gluten Free, ( although some do have reactions to them, it may just take time to figure out what you react to.)

Be aware of Ice creams not all Ice cream is GF. You have to read labels.

Eggs are Gluten Free, ( I know some of this seems like a no brainer, but I have had people ask me these questions, and some people do react to eggs, my Mom is one of them, but it’s not because there is gluten in the eggs. We use Duck eggs and have no problems with them.)

 Always, Always!!! READ LABELS!!! I don’t care if you’ve purchased that same brand or product before and it was GF. Food companies change ingredients all the time! I have found this out the hard way.

Be very aware of Cross Contamination! If you use the same pans, bowls, and cooking utensils to cook gluten foods then use them to cook GF foods. You WILL cross contaminate yourself. Stainless steel is great, because it can be washed in the dishwasher and clean it thoroughly. Plastic, rubber, and wooden bowls can have scratches or cuts in them which will hold on to gluten.

Toasters are a big source of Cross Contamination! If your household is not going totally GF, then you need to have a separate toaster only for GF foods.

Hand towels, hot pad holders, anything with a soft or porous surface will hold gluten. I usually use paper towels to dry my hands. Just in case someone comes in with Gluten on their hands and doesn’t get it all off, then wipes it on the towel.

Also be aware of Soaps, Shampoos, Toothpaste, Shaving lotions, etc. Some of them do contain gluten.  

Oh and this is something that you just don’t think about until it happens to you. Someone else driving your car and eating gluten then getting it on your steering wheel.  People just don’t think about it. So I’m constantly cleaning my steering wheel, since we have teenage drivers around now.

Be aware of Spices, some of them are the real deal and only contain the spice that’s in the jar. Some of them are not, they add fillers. There are some brands that are pure spices.

Be aware of cellulose. Not all cellulose is GF. Some of it is made from Wheat and Barley Straw which does contain gluten.     

Grilled Skillet Apple Cobbler

Skillet Apple Cobbler

My Mom’s apple trees have a lot of apples this year, and we love Apple anything! This cobbler is so easy and making it on the grill adds to the flavor and keeps from heating up the house with the oven.

Grilled Skillet Apple Cobbler

Crust:

2 Cups Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

2/3 Cup White Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Water

1 Large Egg (beaten)

Filling:

4 Cups peeled and sliced Fresh Apples ( I used green cooking apples, sliced about 1/4 inch thick)

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Cup packed Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup (1/2 Stick) Cold Butter sliced very thin ( or butter substitute)

Finish Topping:

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon White Granulated Sugar

Preheat Grill to 375 – 400* ( only use the outside burners)

In large bowl whisk together all ingredients for crust and pour about a third of the mixture into bottom of a greased 10 inch cast iron skillet. Just enough to cover bottom completely. Set aside the rest of the batter.

Then in another mixing bowl combine apples, cinnamon, and sugar. Then pour into skillet on top of the bottom crust. Then top apples with cold butter slices, spacing evenly over apples. When this is done pour the rest of the batter on top of butter and apples.

Place in the center of the top rack of grill and close lid. Remember to leave the center burners off and only use the end burners. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until crust is browned around the edges and a knife inserted into apples are soft.

 10 minutes before removing from grill sprinkle top with remaining Cinnamon and Sugar. Enjoy!

Easter Egg Cake Pops!

Gluten Free Easter Egg Cake Pops

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Easter Egg Cake Pops ( only without the stick)

1/2 Cup Plain GF Greek Yogurt ( or 4oz. cream cheese)

1 Cup Sugar

3 eggs

1 Cup All-purpose Gluten free Flour  (I use Better Batter or Tom Sawyer Gluten Free/Betty Crocker GF Flour Mix  ½ & ½ mix)

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free (Clabber Girl) Baking powder

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla

Cream yogurt, sugar & eggs. Add remaining ingredients & mix well on high speed until blended. Let dough set in fridge for about 30 min.  When ready to bake preheat oven to 350*F. Butter both sides of non-stick cake pop pan and fill bottom half of pan with batter. (without the holes). Place top on, and lock together. Place in oven and bake for 9 minutes, then turn pan over and bake another 9 minutes. (18 minutes total). Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing top.  If batter comes through holes in the top be sure and remove those little bits before cooling. After 5 minutes remove from pan and lay them out to cool on the seam side down. This causes them to have more of an egg shape.( It may be necessary to trim the seam side of pops) When cool dip in melted GF almond bark and decorate. This is a fun decorating project for the kids!

Please note: Butter is the only thing I’ve found that will keep the pops from sticking. Also, its important to use the yogurt or cream cheese in the batter. Even if you choose to use a cake mix, replace the butter called for with yogurt or cream cheese.

This will make 2 dozen cake pops.

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!

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.

 

More Party Food!

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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.

 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

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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!

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)

 

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!