Gluten-free pumpkin muffins are a good way to start off the day. Pumpkin muffins are a type of gluten-free bread and go great with many, many foods… especially breakfast “fixin’s.”
And, even better, this recipe is easy to make. They can be ready in about 30 minutes and will reward you and your family with their delicate aroma and delicious pumpkin-y flavor.
Unfortunately, they won’t last very long. So, be sure to make plenty… I turned my husband loose on the muffins you see in the picture above and they all vanished in about 15 minutes… And, he’s not a magician!
He says that they are fabulous with a pat of rich, creamery butter melted into each bite.
To start the year off, here is a gluten-free menu plan for the week, complete with main dishes, sides and even a couple of sweets for lunches, desserts and snacking.
While this is a complete, family-style menu, many of these recipes have options for healthier low carb eating. Sometimes these are sauces and gravies that are not thickened. To do that, I will remove my portion of a dish before thickening a sauce, and I’ll just keep it warm while I finish preparing the regular thickened sauce or gravy that the family is expecting.
As the year comes to a close I am thankful for each of you who have visited Elegantly, Gluten-Free in 2014. I’m so glad to have been able to share with you my gluten-free recipes and more about eating and living gluten-free and how to enjoy it, whatever your situation may be.
Today’s post is a menu plan of sorts except it’s YOUR 12 favorite gluten-free dinner recipes in 2014… You voted by going to the recipe on Elegantly, Gluten-Free dot com. Each visit counted as one vote.
In 2014, Al and I released the second edition of my third book and I am deeply appreciative of everyone who bought their own copy of my book… It was quite humbling as well as encouraging to be so well received So, as a somewhat late Christmas Present…
Rocky Road Candy is one of my favorite sweets. Since it uses only a few ingredients and doesn’t take a lot of kitchen equipment, it’s also easy to make gluten-free rocky road candy without a lot of extra trouble.
Different kinds of chocolate may be used, like chocolate chips – semisweet or milk chocolate flavor — or Hershey’s milk chocolate bars or even a lower-sugar cacao bar, if you like. Just be sure that the chocolate is gluten-free. (You can check my pantry list for some gluten-free brands.) For this easy gluten-free recipe post I used Hershey’s milk chocolate chips.
Nourishing and warming Butternut Squash Soup in the Slow Cooker is naturally gluten-free.
Butternut squash is easy to cook several different ways, including the slow cooker, the stove top, the microwave or the oven. I’ve used each method in the past and found that they all have their advantages.
For this recipe I focused more on the set-it-and-forget aspect of a crock pot to cook the squash while I went about doing other things for a while.
All I did before putting it in the crockpot was to halve it and seed it.
Gluten-free roasted chicken with spice rub is a great way to perk up your dinner.
The aroma…the texture…and the taste are different, even if the same seasonings are used, as your favorite chicken breast recipes. Of course, chicken pieces are often easy to make and usually quick to cook, which makes them popular for a weeknight meal in a busy schedule.
I know because I often have gluten-free chicken on my menu. Everyone in the family enjoys eating it.
However, a whole chicken roasting in the oven is an entirely different dish than just chicken breasts or thighs. As I said, the aroma is different. The texture is different. And the taste is different, so…
…try a whole roasted chicken, unstuffed, with a spice rub for dinner. It takes a little longer to cook than chicken pieces, but once it is in the oven, it is easy from there on. A whole chicken can also be stuffed, but that adds to the cooking time, so I’m going with the simpler, shorter option with this recipe.
For the Gluten-Free Menu Plan this week the attention is on comfort food –all gluten-free and also family-pleasing. Since I cook for a mixed group – I’m gluten-free, the others are not – it’s important that the recipes are not just gluten-free but also family-pleasing.
Many of these dishes have other options, too, such as dairy-free or low carb.
They all qualify in my family as comfort food.
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