Have you ever had grits?
I absolutely love them on a cold winter’s morning. Grits make a delicious, hot, creamy whole grain cereal that you can top with brown sugar, cinnamon and currants or raisins.
Grits are most commonly made from corn. But grits can also come from rice or other grains. The broken pieces of grain – the “shorts,” “brokens” or “middlins,” better known in the U.S. of A. as “Grits” – readily cook into a variety of dishes.
Read this post to discover another gluten-free treat you can relish!
For those who don’t speak French, I’m remembering a family friend who just turned 20 a few weeks ago and who gave my husband, Al, what I think is a great idea. A loose translation of the title might be “Florida Grapefruit, Sweetened, by Jami.” Here’s the story…
… I had to skip church Sunday because of something that was going on at home (we were watching a friend’s 2 dogs plus 1 of our own, it was raining, etc… just one of those weekends). Anyway, while at church, Al saw our friend Jami standing in the foyer with a grapefruit in her hand, eating it like an orange… or something that wasn’t sour, so, naturally, she immediately caught his attention. To put it succinctly… He was horrified!
If you know Al, you would also know that in addition to being the…
Any time of year is my favorite time for gluten-free snacks, but in the summer I like to make things that take less time in the kitchen. These little bars of oatmeal and molasses are so easy to stir together that I don’t even need the mixer. I stir them together, pop the pan in the oven, set the timer and come back later.
These bars are sweet, so you might like them with less sugar than what I’ve called for. When I follow this recipe, my husband will eat them, too. That’s great because then I don’t need to make a separate pan of treats for him.
I baked this gluten-free zucchini bread with some of the squash that is so plentiful in local gardens right now. The moist and flavorful quick bread has a good texture and just enough sweetness to make a great gluten-free snack. It tasted good alone. It also tasted good with apple butter, and also with cream cheese…also with strawberry jam, elderberry jelly, peanut butter and regular butter. The sandwiches were easy to make and kid-friendly!
For an easy-to-make, easy-to-eat bread, muffins are among the best, and this recipe for gluten-free muffins is also dairy-free and low in refined sugars.
I made these muffins for my gluten-free diet and was surprised by how much my gluten-loving husband liked them. He enjoyed the sweet flavor of the honey and applesauce and the texture of the muffin with its dried fruit, nuts and whole grain rice flour.
Honey drizzled over warm cornbread…wonderful! Raspberry preserves spread over a another wedge…delicious! During a week of making extra-easy meals, I really enjoyed a simple pan of crusty cornbread. Some of it went with soup. I toasted another wedge in the oven to go with chili and beans. The last piece was pan-grilled to go with eggs for breakfast.
Most people don’t realize that pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A – over 100% of the daily, FDA-recommended value is in just a half-cup serving — plus good amounts of Vitamins C and E, iron and fiber, to name a few of its other benefits. This low-carb, low-fat nutritional powerhouse vegetable is a natural to combine with a low glycemic sweetener like agave nectar.
I made a batch of these gluten-free pumpkin muffins with agave this week. And, I’m glad I did!
They rose well and have a smooth, attractive crust. And, they hold their texture when broken open, not crumbling apart like some muffins do.
The aroma filling the kitchen draws him every time, ready to eat before he even sees how good this quiche looks with its dark green spinach, golden cheeses and tomato topper. My hubby likes this often for breakfast or lunch. The recipe is gluten-free and low carbohydrate naturally, without using special ingredients.
Gluten-free and Gluten-y family members alike will all absolutely love this beef round steak with vegetables from the crock pot recipe.
It's a classic stick-to-the-ribs family-style meal that is every bit as good as your favorite stew... And, you can thicken the delicious broth that you'll get after simmering for several hours in your slow cooker into a silky-smooth gravy that will make the meal even better.
This meal only takes 20-minutes or so to put together and then can simmer for as long as necessary... Whatever that means in your world. It's a low preparation-time recipe that you and your whole family are sure to enjoy.
This week's Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan is high-lighted by a quick-and-easy 30 minute meal featuring Roasted Chicken Breasts garnished with veggies. I've used some of my favorite cut vegetables in Day 5's treat. However, you can modify the recipe to use yours!
But, no matter what you top it with... Steaming hot from the oven, it's sure to look good and taste delicious too!
... I usually use my own preference for the proportion of pasta to vegetables in this dish. Try it and decide what works best for you. I often cook more veggies than the recipe calls for. And, I'll keep them in a separate dish so that I can add more of them to my plate if the mood strikes me. Depending on how many carbs I've already had that day, I may skip the pasta entirely and just have my sauce with the veggies... I really like just the veggies in sauce sometimes. This is one of my family's favorite gluten-free ground beef recipes. The gluten-free sauce combined with the ground beef seasoned perfectly to your taste can be a marvelous addition to your meal time.
… As I looked around the Internet recently I noticed articles and comments about individuals becoming ill because they used condiments which were not gluten-free. I understand from first-hand experience how very easy it is to accidentally contaminate your food with condiments such as Worcestershire sauce, bouillon cubes and things like this. I’ve done it myself... I don't know how many times.
This week's Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan is highlighted by the fact that it's got 2 Slow Cooker Meals and 5 quick, 30 Minute Meals. The meals are all quick or "no-brainer" easy! I guess it reflects the fact that I've been out of the office for several weeks on a temporary assignment. So I'm "knockin' 'em out" fast and furious today.
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