Collard Greens with Garlic and Lemon, Served with Crockpot Barbecue Chicken

Collard Greens with Garlic and Lemon

Steamed or braised collard greens with garlic and a sprinkle of fresh lemon are naturally gluten-free. A relative of the cabbage and broccoli family, they are low carb and rich in fiber and many valuable nutrients, such as vitamins A, C and K, plus several of the B vitamins. They also have a variety of minerals, such as potassium, phosphorus and calcium, to name a few.

These collards can be served as a side for pork loin chops or chicken pieces for a paleo dinner, with a baked sweet potato as another side. I like to accompany them sometimes with Cajun rice or blackeyed peas to complement their texture and flavor for a vegetarian dinner. In the photo above they are shown with Shredded Barbecue Chicken.

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GlutenFree Oatmeal Raisin Muffins with Honey

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Muffins with Honey

Anything containing oatmeal and raisins is usually among the all-time favorites in my house, and these muffins are no exception. So, I made several batches of them and experimented a little with the sweetener. These Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Muffins with honey are what we like the best. In fact, a not-to-be-disclosed family member declared that these were absolutely delicious!

I like that the honey is a little better for us than the more traditional granulated cane sugar or brown sugar that is in many of my other muffin recipes.

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My Summer Relish Tray

You’ll Relish This Summer Relish Tray Made With Ernie’s Salsas

The first thing I noticed about Ernie’s Salsas, besides being gluten-free, was the high quality of the ingredients used, the short list of ingredients and the variety of flavors.

Ernie sent me five flavors to taste: Gourmet Red, Hawaiian Pineapple Heat, Chesapeake Bay Shrimp, Perfect Peach, and Black Bean and Corn….

We tasted some of each flavor plain, and then also with cucumber slices, pepper strips, celery and carrot sticks, and also with some chips.

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Gluten-Free Barbecue Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Barbecue Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I really like to come home to the aroma and taste of Gluten-Free, Barbecue Shredded Chicken!

This tangy, filling dinner is just what I need after a long day at work, shopping at the mall or an afternoon of gardening in my backyard.

While “30 minute meals” are really helpful, a meal like this, that only requires me to spend about 10 minutes putting ingredients in the slow cooker is even better. Slow cooker meals are, to my mind, the ultimate in “set and forget” cooking activities!

I just load the ingredients into my crockpot and …

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Gluten-Free Carne Guisada

Tender chunks of meat, spices and flavorful vegetables braised together make a fragrant Mexican version of beef stew called Carne Guisada.

The flavors of Carne Guisada are ideal for a simple family dinner. My husband likes it on the mild side, and I kick it up with extra Pico de Gallo or Salsa on mine.

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Gluten Free Fudge Brownies with Almonds for After School Treat

Fudge Brownies with Almonds for an After School Treat

I love Brownies!

Especially, Fudge Brownies with Almonds… They are good for serving at a party, packing in a lunchbox or eating for a gluten-free after-school snack…or just any time a rich chocolate treat is in order.

They are dense and moist with chunks of almonds that add just the right amount of crunch.

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Blackeyed Pea Salad Stuffed Tomato

Three Gluten-Free Lunches

It’s really hard to keep making lunches and snacks that are interesting even under the best of circumstances.

Plus, the vending machines at work or school have a siren song that almost always sounds better than a lunchbox’s boring old tune.

When the need to be gluten-free is added, lunches can seem even more challenging.

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