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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oven Roasted Italian Vegetable Medley


This is a super quick and easy roasted vegetable medley that only takes a few minutes to prepare and get in the oven.  I chose canned potatoes and frozen broccoli, because that is what I had on hand at the time.  You could totally use all fresh vegetables, just be sure to adjust your cooking time accordingly.  You can also mix and match any vegetables that you have on hand.  This is a good way to use up those left over veggies lurking in your fridge.  This dish makes a great accompaniment to my lentil vegetable loafChikn Fried Steak, and my Chicken Meatloaf.  Add a side of hot, fresh gluten-free biscuits and you have a complete meal!

Oven Roasted Italian Potatoes
2 15 oz. cans whole potatoes, drained, rinsed, cut in half
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut
1 16 oz. bag frozen broccoli
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 tsp. dried chives
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. onion powder
salt and pepper to taste


Drain, rinse and halve the potatoes.  Cut and peel the carrots.  Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.  Place mixture on a parchment paper lined baking pan.   Bake at 400 degrees until all the vegetables are cooked tender and a light golden brown.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Quick Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns



Every other Saturday night is hamburger and french fries night at our house!  Although, I am no longer strictly gluten-free anymore, I found when I did the 30 day clean eating challenge, that I really liked and preferred some of my homemade gluten-free goodies, like my favorite chocolate chip cookies and biscuits, over their glutenous counterparts.


This recipe was literally a quick throw together of some ingredients, a hope and a prayer, at the last minute on a Friday night because I needed a gluten-free hamburger bun for my meatless ground meat burger.  The result was an amazing bun!  This recipe only makes three hamburger buns.  Why?  Because, I only have three ramekin bowls.  If you have more bowls then by all means make more buns.




If you are new to gluten-free baking, I don't recommend that you do what I did and put a few ingredients together and hope for the best, because chances are you are going to be really disappointed with the outcome.  Gluten-free baking is completely different than non-gluten-free baking.  So, if you are new to being gluten-free I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you follow a recipe.



To make these amazing buns, first you need to weigh the gluten-free flour and put it in a bowl.  




Next you are going to add the rest of the dry and wet ingredients.



Using a spoon, stir this mixture to combine well.  You will end up with a very thick doughy batter.




Place your ramekin bowls on a small baking sheet for easy transfer to the oven.  Spray the bowls with cooking spray.  Divided the dough into three equal portions in the bowls.  I use a heaping ice cream scoop full of dough.




Next, use a wet spatula to spread and smooth the dough flat into the bowls.




Cover them and set them in a warm place to rise until double in bulk.




Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until they are a light golden brown and fully cooked.  Remove them from the oven and let them sit in the bowls for five minutes.  Remove the buns from the bowls and cool on a wire rack.  This prevents sticking and helps keep the bottoms of the buns soft.  Use immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to three day.  These freeze well.


The buns are thin, but I like mine a little thinner.  They cook more thoroughly and are not dense, dry or gummy in the middle.  Serve this with your favorite burger  and toppings.  For some vegan inspiration, these go great with my meatless ground meat burgers.



Quick Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns
150 grams gluten-free flour blend
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tbsp. oil
1 whole egg
1 tbsp. raw honey
1/2 cup warm water

To make these amazing buns, first you need to weigh the gluten-free flour and put it in a bowl.  Next you are going to add the rest of the dry and wet ingredients.  Using a spoon, stir this mixture to combine well.  You will end up with a very thick doughy batter.  Place your ramekin bowls on a small baking sheet for easy transfer to the oven.  Spray the bowls with cooking spray.  Divided the dough into three equal portions in the bowls.  I use a heaping ice cream scoop full of dough.  Next, use a wet spatula to spread and smooth the dough flat into the bowls.  Cover them and set them in a warm place to rise until double in bulk.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until they are a light golden brown and fully cooked.  Remove them from the oven and let them sit in the bowls for five minutes.  Remove the buns from the bowls and cool on a wire rack.  This prevents sticking and helps keep the bottoms of the buns soft.  Use immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to three day.  These freeze well.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lentil Vegetable Loaf



I stopped eating ground beef almost five years ago after having my gall bladder removed.  I learned very quickly that my body can no longer tolerate greasy, fatty or fried foods.  It has taken a long time to develop recipes that would replace the ground beef in certain recipes.  I finally came up with the perfect meatless ground meat substitute that works great for any recipe where ground meat would be used.  I even use it for hamburgers.  But, it just doesn't work right for meatloaf.

I kept working with different ingredients and tweaking recipes until I came up with the perfect meatless meatloaf.    To keep this recipe totally vegan you can use one flax egg in place of the regular egg.  This recipe is made with cooked lentils, bread crumbs, grated carrot, onion, red bell pepper and celery and just the right amount of seasonings.  The SOFT bread crumbs in this recipe really help give this meatloaf a lighter texture and helps keep if from being too dense.  This has become my go-to "meatloaf" recipe that we have at least twice a month.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First place the cooked lentils into a large bowl and lightly mash them.  You could use a potato masher for this step, but I just use my washed, clean hands.  Next add the rest of the ingredients to the lentils.  For the vegetables, I throw them in my food processor and pulse them until they are a grated consistency, but you can totally do this by hand.


Next, thoroughly mix the lentil mixture.  Again, you could use a spoon, but I just use my hands.


Finally, scoop the mixture in to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  It will be very loose.  Using your hands, shape the mixture in the pan into a loaf shape.  Top the loaf with ketchup.  Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

This is so good served with baked or mashed potatoes, oven roasted garlic broccoli and biscuits.





Lentil Loaf
2 1/2 cups cooked lentils, lightly mashed
1 1/2 cups SOFT bread crumbs
Grated:  1 medium carrot, 1 stalk celery, 1/4 each bell pepper and onion
one egg OR one flax egg
1/4 cup tomato juice
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First place the cooked lentils into a large bowl and lightly mash them.  You could use a potato masher for this step, but I just use my washed, clean hands.  Next add the rest of the ingredients to the lentils.  For the vegetables, I throw them in my food processor and pulse them until they are a grated consistency, but you can totally do this by hand.  Next, thoroughly mix the lentil mixture.  Again, you could use a spoon, but I just use my hands.
Finally, scoop the mixture in to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  It will be very loose.  Using your hands, shape the mixture in the pan into a loaf shape.  Top the loaf with ketchup.  Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Pancake In A Mug


I have never met anyone that didn't LOVE a plate of fresh, hot, stacked pancakes oozing with semi-melted butter and almost drowning with pure maple syrup.  Am I right?  Sometimes when I crave pancakes, it is just me at home and I don't want to make a big batch.  Or I feel like a quick snack or breakfast and just want something simple.

You may be saying to yourself, "But Denise, when you are gluten free, most of the time you don't just throw a few ingredients together and get a perfect result."  While this is true, the more you cook and bake gluten-free, the easier it will become for you to just "know" what kind and how much of an ingredient need to go into a recipe.  This single-serve pancake is just the thing to help you practice.


This recipe is SUPER SIMPLE and hard to mess up.  It doesn't require oil, eggs or egg substitutes, sugar or baking powder.  The best part is you just mix it up and throw it in the microwave and then you have hot cup of pancake goodness!  So, go get your favorite coffee cup and make your self a pancake.



In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and one scoop of vanilla protein powder and one scoop of fiber.  If  you don't have have the protein powder, you can just use more flour.  The protein powder gives this recipe LOTS of  protein, vitamins and minerals.  If you don't have the fiber powder you can just leave it out, but it is VERY beneficial to your colon health.

Spray your favorite coffee cup with some non-stick spray.  Add the flour mixture.  Then add the apple cider vinegar, water and maple syrup.  If you can get it, use 100% PURE maple syrup, not that flavored corn syrup and chemical filled stuff that looks like maple syrup.  Stir really well to combine and make a smooth batter.  The batter shouldn't be too thin. or the pancake will be gummy.


Put the cup in the microwave and cook on high for one and a half minutes.  All microwaves cook at different times and heat levels so watch your cup to make sure it doesn't boil over or burn.  When you spoon up your first bite, you should have a nice, soft fluffy texture.


You can top your pancake with anything you wish, fruit, butter, maple or chocolate syrup, jelly or jam.  Be creative and enjoy your breakfast!

Pancake In A Mug
1/3 cup  of gluten-free flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder OR 2 tbsp. gluten-free flour
1 scoop of fiber powder
2 tbsp. 100% PURE maple syrup
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. water

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and one scoop of vanilla protein powder and one scoop of fiber.  If  you don't have the protein powder, you can just use more flour.  The protein powder gives this recipe LOTS of  protein, vitamins and minerals.  If you don't have the fiber powder you can just leave it out, but it is VERY beneficial to your colon health.

Spray your favorite coffee cup with some non-stick spray.  Add the flour mixture.  Then add the apple cider vinegar, water and maple syrup.  If you can get it, use 100% PURE maple syrup, not that flavored corn syrup and chemical filled stuff that looks like maple syrup.  Stir really well to combine and make a smooth batter.  The batter shouldn't be too thin. or the pancake will be gummy.

Put the cup in the microwave and cook on high for one and a half minutes.  All microwaves cook at different times and heat levels so watch your cup to make sure it doesn't boil over or burn.  When you spoon up your first bite, you should have a nice, soft fluffy texture.  Top your pancake with anything you wish, fruit, butter, maple or chocolate syrup, jelly or jam. 


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Denise's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


Everyone loves fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven!  Right?  Being gluten-free doesn't mean you have go without your favorite treats.  Once I finally got the perfect gluten-free flour blend recipe created, I suddenly found that baking gluten-free wasn't as challenging as it used to be.  As a matter of fact, I haven't made one recipe with the new flour that we didn't like or that I had to throw away.  If you are gluten-free, I know you have been there too, crying over your failed baked goods as they go in the trash.

Like I said, I have yet to make anything with this flour that we didn't like and this chocolate chip cookie recipe is no exception.  We like these cookies so much, that we actually PREFER these cookies over regular chocolate chip cookies!   Even my husband, who is not in any way, shape or form gluten-free and never has been, loves these cookies. How's that for a win! 



So, if you are needing a good old-fashioned cookie that tastes like grandma used to make, look no further.  I have done all the experimenting for you.  All you need to do now is go make you a batch of my perfect gluten-free flour and then get busy with these cookies.  I promise you won't be sorry.



First, weigh 260 grams of the flour blend and put it in a bowl and set it aside.  Next, we are going cream our coconut oil and sugars.  You want to measure the coconut oil EXACTLY.  This is important.  You only want 1/4 cup of SOLID coconut oil.  Trust me, if you just eyeball and don't get an exact measurement and you end up with too much oil, your cookies will be all oily, spread to much in the oven and be not good.  See, I told you I did all the experimenting for you already 😁.  Cream the solid oil and sugars together.  They won't exactly be creamed, but you want them well incorporated together.



Then, add the eggs and combine everything really well.



Stir in the salt, baking powder AND baking soda.  Don't use all baking soda or all baking powder.  You need both.  The baking powder gives the cookies a little bit of a rise and helps with texture.  The baking soda helps with texture as well.



Now, we are going to start stirring in the flour blend, a little at a time until it is all mixed in thoroughly.  Your mixture should closely resemble regular cookie dough.  If it is too soft, you can add more flour blend a teaspoon at a time until you get the right consistency, but don't add too much.  Last, stir in the chocolate chips.  I am using mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life.  They are gluten-, dairy-, nut-, and soy-free.





Using a small cookie scoop or 1/2 tbsp. drop the batter on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.



Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool slightly before moving them to a cooling rack.



Denise's Perfect Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4 cup solid coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar 
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
260 grams gluten-free flour blend
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (raisins or nuts optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Weigh 260 grams of the flour blend and put it in a bowl and set it aside.  Cream the coconut oil and sugars.  You want to measure the coconut oil EXACTLY.  This is important.  You only want 1/4 cup of SOLID coconut oil.  They won't exactly be creamed, but you want them well incorporated together.

Add the eggs and combine everything really well.  Stir in the salt, baking powder AND baking soda.  
Stir in the flour blend, a little at a time until it is all mixed in thoroughly.  Your mixture should closely resemble regular cookie dough.  If it is too soft, you can add more flour blend a teaspoon at a time until you get the right consistency, but don't add too much.

Last, stir in the chocolate chips.  Using a small cookie scoop or 1/2 tbsp. drop the batter on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool slightly before moving them to a cooling rack.


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Denise's Perfect Gluten-Free Flour Blend



Several years ago, in the early years of my illness, my doctor suggested I try a gluten free diet to see if my digestive symptoms could be better controlled.  While I didn't see a ton of improvement, I stayed gluten free for three years.  I tried ALL KINDS of prepackaged and homemade gluten free flour blends.  NONE of them ever worked for me.  They were either too dry, too gritty, too nasty tasting, not enough flavor or just plain gross.

While I found a few blends that were better than others, most of them just didn't give me the results I would see others get in their recipes.  Last summer, I decided to start reintroducing gluten back into my diet.  I was still having digestive issues, so I wasn't convinced that gluten was my problem.  Turns out I was right, it wasn't.  YAY!!!  I still remember the first piece of "real bread" I ate after I baked a loaf of bread from gluten-containing flour.  Oh, it was SOOO GOOD!

I was delighted to find that I could enjoy my favorite gluten foods again.  In August of this year, three months after I quit smoking cigarettes, I decided participate in a 30 day clean eating challenge.  One of the requirements of the program was to give up gluten for 30 days.  After being gluten-free for three years, I knew this wasn't going to be a big deal for me.  During the challenge, I discovered that I still had a lot of gluten-free flours that I had used to make various concoctions of gluten free flour blends that I needed to use up.  So, I took the given opportunity to get creative in my kitchen, revisit my gluten-free cooking skills and learn to master some things that I hadn't manged to do before.


Once again I found my self in the kitchen experimenting with flour blends.  It is REALLY IMPORTANT to have a good flour blend that is mix up in the right proportions if you want your baked goods to turn out right.  It doesn't matter how well you measure your flour or how much liquid you add or leave out of a recipe, if your flour blend isn't in the right proportions to begin with, your recipes are doomed from the get to.

If you are struggling to come up with a good flour blend and good gluten-free baking recipes, never fear!  Because of my trials and errors in the world of gluten-free baking, I have make all the mistakes so you don't have to.  Now, you can just enjoy good food!  So, let's get started with the first step to successful gluten-free baking, the flour.

Before we get into the recipe for the flour, let's talk about the important things, measurements and ingredients.  First and foremost, you need a DIGITAL SCALE.  I can not stress this enough!  I started out using a manual analog scale and I was constantly guessing or approximating a measurement.  When a recipe calls for 250 grams of flour, that is what it means.  Not 248 grams or 253 grams.  I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but it is.  With gluten-free flour, even just a little bit over or under the correct measurements can make a difference in your final out come.  It is also very important to weigh all your individual flours that you are using to make your gluten-free flour, not just the final blend.




Not all gluten-free flour blends or individual flours are created equal.  You will may get different results from different flours or flour blends.  I use Bob's Redmill flours for my flour blend, but you may not like that brand, so you may need to experiment a little and find what you like.


Now that we have the important stuff out of the way, get our your ingredients, a scale, a large bowl to mix the blend and a small bowl for the scale and a container to store your flour.  Ready?  Let's get started with the first step to successful gluten-free baking, the flour.  

First, put your small bowl on the scale and make sure to zero it out so that the starting weight is zero on the scale.  Now you are ready to start measuring your individual flours.  After measuring each individual flour, pour it into your large mixing bowl and put the small bowl back on the scale.  Make sure the scale still says zero.

Weigh out 480 grams of brown rice flour, pour into large mixing bowl.  Weigh out 192 grams of potato starch (flour), pour into large mixing bowl.  Weigh out 96 grams of Tapioca starch (flour), pour into large mixing bowl.  To the large bowl of flours, add 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum.  Using a wire whisk combine all the flours and the xanthan gum THOROUGHLY.  This is important to make sure you get this well blended.




That's it!  You have made perfect gluten free flour!  If you don't know how to use it yet, don't worry.  I've got some recipes on the website already and more coming up.  Store the flour in an airtight container.  I make a lot of this at once and store it in a large glass gallon jug.  If you want to make a large batch just repeat the recipe and fill up your storage container after each batch until you have made enough to fill it.


Denise's Perfect Gluten-Free Flour Blend
480 grams brown rice flour
192 grams potato starch
96 grams tapioca starch
2 tsp. xanthan gum

Measure all ingredients individually using a digital scale.  Place all ingredients into a large bowl.  Using a wire whisk combine all the flours and the xanthan gum THOROUGHLY.  This is important to make sure you get this well blended.  Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

4 Things I Do Every Day For Better Health & Wellness


Living with chronic illness means some days I struggle just to get out of bed, brush my teeth and put on clean pj's.  Some days' are just hard.  Fortunately through life style and diet changes and some prescription medications I am able to better manage my illness now than I was the first few years.

I have found that there is a list of things that I need to do every day that helps me to feel better not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.  I feel better about myself, when I take care of myself.  I have learned that there are somethings I must do daily that are not optional if I want to feel good.

1.  Fueling my body with healthy, nutritious foods and health supplements.

This is KING for having a healthier life style for anyone, but especially if you are sick.  I start my day off with a hot cup of or two of herbal detox tea.  I gave up coffee about three months ago as a part of my healthier life style journey.  Then will have a delicious natural energy drink full of B vitamins, chromium.  This really boost me up in the mornings since I no longer drink coffee.

Next, I make myself a delicious protein shake.  This really helps keep me fueled all morning and also aids in keeping things, um....regular....in the bathroom department.  I use a shake mix and health supplements that are certified vegan, allergen-free from the seven major food allergens, kosher, and just plain good for you.  To that I will had some extra supplements like a small serving of a healthy fat like ground flax seed, fiber, fruit, digestive enzymes with pre-biotics and pro-biotics.  These two things alone (fiber and digestive enzymes) have helped me SOOO MUCH with my digestive part of my chronic illness.  One serving of the fiber provides 12 grams of soluble vegan fiber, almost half of the daily recommended requirements.  

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My current favorite protein shake Chocolate Blueberry Mint.

I also try to eat a well-balanced diet for meals and snacks.  I do no eat fried, greasy, fatty foods, period.  Part of my illness involves fat digestion issues so I steer clear of those.  I do aim for smaller servings of healthy fats throughout the day, rather than large portions with meals.  I have several go-staples that I keep on hand for quick meals, but I also follow a four or five week rotating menu that I will change up as we tire of the current menu plans.


Italian Herb and Garlic Roasted Vegetables

2.  Drink LOTS of water and healthy fluids.

I know, I know, we hear this ALL THE TIME.  "You need to drink more water."  "Drink at least half your body weight in fluids.", etc., etc,.  For a LONG time after I got sick I really struggled with drinking enough water or any fluid for that matter.  With my digestive issues raging for several years, most days drinking the "proper" amounts just wasn't going to happen.

Fortunately, I have worked my way up to being able drink more water during the day.  My morning teas, energy drink and protein shake all count towards my daily water in take needs.  I also bought a couple of large tumblers with a lid and built in straw that I refill during the day with fresh water as needed.  I had to learn to be mindful with my fluid in take and really make it a point o drink more.



3.  Get 30 minutes of exercise in at least three days a weeks

Again, this is something that I have and am still working up to.  Chronic pain or illness of any kind can really put a damper on how you feel and sometimes just the thought of moving is painful.  But, exercise really does help.  It improves blood flow and circulation to every part of the body, it increases energy and helps improve sleep.  It also aids in digestion, weight loss and so much more.  The benefits of exercising really out weight the cons of not doing it.

You don't have to run a marathon every day in order to get good exercise.  I just put on a pair of walking shoes and use in home videos like walking, light strength training, and yoga.  I aim for 30 minutes 5 days a week.  Sometimes I only feel like doing two or three days a week.  Sometimes I only feel like doing ten minutes.  The key is to stay as consistent as possible and try to get some sort of physical activity in everyday.



4.  Take care of me with personal self-care

This is one of those personal matters.  Like I said earlier, some days I am doing good if I can get out of bed, brush my teeth and put on clean pj's.  But, I have found that a lot days if I will just take the time to do just a little bit more I will feel better.  Taking a hot shower every day used to be something I would skip because, I just didn't have it in me to make myself do it.   But, I have started making this a priority in my life.  Why?  Because hot, steamy water is like chicken soup for your body when you are sick.  No matter how bad I feel, there is something about a hot shower, some smelly-good soaps, shampoos and bath oils to lift my spirits and make me feel better.  After all cleanliness IS next to Godliness.  Can I get an AMEN?  

My next personal care step is not wearing my grungy shorts and t-shirt all day and actually putting on "real clothes", even if it is just what I call "classy pajamas" and a comfy sports bra.  You know, those super comfortable clothing items that you have that aren't really for going out of the house, but you wouldn't be embarrassed if someone rang the door bell. Brushing my teeth, using mouth wash and combing my hair  are next on the list. 


Today's "classy pajamas's"....black leggings and a bright, colorful, fun print shirt


Last, but not least is make-up.  Now, I don't do this everyday.  As a matter of fact, the day I took pictures for this post, it just wasn't a make-up day.  Some days, I will do full make-up (I only wear foundation, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner and sometimes lip gloss).  Some days, it is just a bit of foundation, blush and lip gloss.  

I know, I know some of you are thinking, "Denise, this are things that you should be doing anyway, right?"  YES!  You are absolutely right, but here is the thing with chronic illness, some days you feel great.  Some days you feel okay.  And some days you just don't have it in you to do just the little things. Chronic illness can rob you of your ability to do the things you used to do, the things that made you feel human everyday.  I have found that for my well-being emotionally, physically it is so important to keep striving everyday to do those little things.  Even if I can only do one little thing, I have accomplished one more thing that puts me a step closer to feeling better.

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