Gluten Free Recipes

I’m back, as promised! To share a few of the recipes we’ve enjoyed over the last month as we ate gluten free.

On the weekends we typically take the time to make breakfast & eat together as a family. That used to mean waffles or pancakes with our bacon & eggs. Well now I’ve discovered veggies with my eggs! And I’m actually digging it! This is a random Saturday morning, but I just added in the veggies I had in the fridge & then cracked my egg into the middle of the skillet. This particular morning I had kale, shredded sweet potatoes, red onion & green pepper. And of course topped with a little cheddar & some avocado. We pretty much put avocados on everything. Cause they’re the best.  

Skillet Eggs |

Here are a few of the recipes I’ve found around the web…please pin from the original source:

Overnight oats. Have you guys tried any overnight oat recipes, yet? I know they are kind of a sensation on social media right now…I, per usual, was a little late to the ballgame, but I am now a believer! These have become our go to breakfast! The great part is they take us about 10 minutes Sunday, and then we have breakfast ready to grab and go for the whole week!! And you can totally customize them to your taste! Use fruit, nuts, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, flavored yogurts, whatever your heart desires! (or diet allows ;)) This peanut butter & chocolate recipe is what we’ve been eating! Warm them up for about 45 seconds & you can almost believe you’re eating a Reese’s for breakfast…think on that for a minute…

Overnight Oats

I found Danielle Walker & her blog Against All Grain, and let me tell you, I want to try every one of her recipes! They all sound (and look!!) delicious! The first one of her recipes I made was this Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa. It was so simple and yet felt so fancy. Give it a try!!

Mexican food is really easy to adapt to be gluten free…which is a good thing, since I could eat tacos & guacamole every day of the week! Seriously. I think Josh is probably sick of tacos…but I can’t stop. I won’t stop.  But for a little variation I found this taco bowl. I made this twice in the first week of January. Ha! It was so good.

And those sweet potatoes…totally make the dish! I have since made them as a side for a few other meals. They are so good. And this coming from a girl who would’ve told you two months ago that I didn’t even like sweet potatoes! So even if you don’t like tacos, which by the way, who are you?? I’m not sure we can be friends. At least not ones that eat together. But even if…you’ve gotta try the sweet potatoes!

We also like to eat quite a few Asian inspired recipes in our house. I found two new ones that are total winners! This beef & snow pea recipe was delicious! We eat a lot of chicken when it comes to rice/stir fry type recipes so it’s always nice to find a good beef recipe. 

And then there’s this Kung Pao Chicken. You guys. I didn’t even serve it with rice. That’s how good it is. You don’t even miss the rice. Well maybe you would, but I don’t think so. And I bought a spiralizer to try making some veggies into noodles, etc. and this was the first recipe I made with it. Super fun! I want to spiralize all the things!! But you can just slice the onions however you’d like if you don’t have a spiralizer. It won’t change how it tastes, I promise!

That reminds me…we tried spaghetti squash for the first time last week! Josh cut it in half, sprayed some olive oil on each half, sprinkled a little seasoning and then put them cut side down on a baking sheet for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Once they’ve cooled for a couple minutes you just use a fork to shred the insides & it literally looks like spaghetti noodles. I just used my usual meat & spaghetti sauce and topped the squash with it. Really good! Like I could eat spaghetti like that all the time. Now to go look up all the benefits of spaghetti squash… 😉

One of the things you really miss when you’re avoiding gluten is chocolate chip cookies. Haha. How can you go a whole month without one? You must be stronger than me & Josh! We used this gluten free flour & tried a new recipe…a “healthy” recipe 😉 And we were pleasantly surprised! Jaclyn even said she’d never know they didn’t have butter in them if I hadn’t told her. You’ll need to use gluten free flour if you want them to be gluten free. But if you don’t care about that these are a great “healthier” chocolate chip cookie option as is!

coconut chocolate chip cookies

So there you go, just a few of the things we’ve been munching on recently. I would love to hear if you have any great recipes your family loves! Gluten free or not. 

<3 Michelle

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Going Gluten Free

So with January almost over how many of you are still sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you even make them? I’ll admit…I kinda hate failing…so…I tend to not even make any. Because, you know, I feel better about myself if I don’t give up on something I never start 😉

Well this year Josh & I decided to try some things to improve our health. Not really a New Year’s Resolution, but maybe it qualifies since we started on that glorious first day of January. 

I met with a functional medicine doctor last fall and he suggested that I try going gluten free (and dairy & soy free, but one thing at a time, people!) to see if that would help my headaches. And according to him, it would at least help me feel a lot better even if it didn’t change the frequency of my headaches. Well I kinda dug my heels in for awhile…hello, give up pizza? Are you crazy?! I mean, no one in their right mind volunteers to do that!

But as the holidays rolled around and I decided I needed something to kick-start some weight loss this year I thought, why not? I’ve tried (what feels like) EVERYTHING else to help my headaches, with no success, why not this? So, here we are…28 days into January and still avoiding gluten. We, because, well, Josh is good at being supportive 🙂

And you know what? It isn’t that hard. I know, no pizza?! But…that’s the crazy thing. I’ve had pizza twice in those 28 days!! Sure, I paid $3.99 more than everyone else around me to have a pizza about half the thickness…but still, it was pizza, and it was good! 

Because of the culture we live in and the way the health fads are these days, there are gluten-free options everywhere. It is easy to find restaurants that will accommodate you. Sure, they might charge you a pretty penny to do so, but most of them are willing. Some even have a full menu just for you 😉

And you can even buy gluten-free flour. Lots of different kinds actually. So that Slonaker tradition of waffles? Yup, we’ve had those. And they’re good! You guys, this is what’s surprised me the most…the substitutes actually taste good!! Most of the time when you try substitutes I feel like they suck. You know, the textures off or you can really taste those beans even when they swore you wouldn’t! I have been pleasantly surprised with the substitutes we’ve tried so far.

That’s not to say it isn’t painful to pay $13.99 for a bag of pancake mix the size of my hand…there may have been tears…so you know, its not all great. But I’m just saying, at least if you’re going to pay that for it, it does taste good!

The most exciting part for me is that I’ve found a ton of new recipes, thank you Pinterest. I have actually really enjoyed finding, planning & cooking meals this month. Which I must admit is kind of a change for me. It’s usually such a chore or even something I completely ignore until 5:30pm rolls around and then I’m scrambling to try and putting something edible together!! But something about wanting to find healthier options for my family, that also taste delicious, has brought a fun new challenge to the every-tiring task of feeding my people.

I will gather some of my new favorite recipes together and do a post soon! And I promise, you’ll like them even if you’re not eating gluten free. And many of them can even be adapted to include lots of extra gluten…if that’s what you prefer 😉   

Any of you eat gluten free? We have a couple friends that do & honestly I’ve learned a lot about it just from sharing meals with them over the years. If you have any great recipes or ideas I’d love to hear them!!

<3 Michelle

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