Dairy Free, Gluten Free Ranch Dressing (Mayo-Free, Soy-Free)

Last week I shared a photo of a Cobb Salad drizzled with a homemade ranch dressing on Facebook and many of you asked if I would share the recipe for the dressing. Post by The Kitchen Rag.   So here it is! I first began making this by trying to follow Grass Fed Girl's dairy free ranch, which I has previously had prepared by her own hands. It was delicious and I've been meaning to make it for few months now. While I was putting it together I made a few tweaks to make it suit my tastes better, and I ended up totally transforming it. Ingredients 1 can of chilled full fat coconut milk 3 tablespoons of avocado oil one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard 1/4  tsp of pepper 1/4 tsp  of sea salt 1/4 tsp of  garlic powder 1/4 tsp of paprika 1/4 tsp of [...]

October 28th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Paleo and Nut-Free Strawberry Coffee Cake Recipe PLUS Mediterranean Paleo Cookbook Review & Giveaway

This weekend my housemates and I shared a big breakfast. As I walked into the kitchen the smell of vanilla, baked butter, and warm brown sugar kissed my nostrils and I sighed heavily... coffeecake was being baked in the  oven. Unfortunately, I could only smell it. When I first graduated college, I took on the chef position at a quaint bed n' breakfast in town. Every morning I would watch the sun rise while sipping on a cup of tea and waiting for the coffee cake, muffins, scones, or madeleines to bake. Any of the leftovers from breakfast were typically split between the employees and my mid-morning break would often consist of inhaling delicious pastries. Imagine my disappointment  when I discovered that gluten and dairy are the cause of my indigestion, bloat, and eczema! When I got Caitlin's book Mediterranean Paleo Cooking in the mail, I knew what I wanted to make: coffee cake. The beautiful photography [...]

October 24th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Elk Burger Lettuce Wraps

Yes, you heard right.  ELK burgers. Last week, I went hunting and killed a giant Elk and carried it home on my back. Seriously though, we did get Elk meat from a wild Elk that was shot in the woods, not by me, but by one of my husband's friends. I am not that kind of awesome, sorry guys! But I am the kind of awesome that is thrilled when the husband brings home Elk burger out of the blue! I admit, I was disappointed  at first to have to eat a hamburger with no bread or cheese. However, I changed my mind after the first bite of these babies. This burger was juicy, full of flavor (but not gamy!), and the sauerkraut, fresh tomato, and avocados just sent my taste buds to heaven. Here is a simple way to enjoy Elk burgers (or even a regular old beef burger, really) [...]

March 27th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meat Loaf Recipe

Dear Meatloaf, I'm sorry I so grossly misunderstood you when we first met over ten years ago, my first year in American college. I thought you were kind of ugly, dry, and bland. I was slightly appalled at the idea of eating just a wad of ground beef slathered in ketchup. I called you meat bread and would publicly refuse to eat you.  But once I started cooking for myself and incorporating some of the American foods I saw others making, I decided to give you another chance. After all, Clayton liked you so much - how could he be so wrong? But I cheated a little. I couldn't accept who you were, but like all true love, I know you could be something better. I mixed you with pork and wrapped you in bacon. I replaced the ketchup with a homemade tomato glaze, sauce and switched out your breadcrumbs bread [...]

March 12th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pizza

I never thought pizza would happen for me again after I gave up dairy last November. As I browsed through my recipe list, I sadly scratched pizza off the meals I could still enjoy. I'd been making pretty darn good gluten-free pizza for a few years now, but pizza with no cheese, I mean, come one, what's the point? Well, turns out I was wrong. I changed my mind a few months ago  when my brother and sister in law (Me Gusta Mentequila!) made this delicious gluten-free, dairy-free pizza while I was visiting them for my birthday. It was amazing, and I haven't been able to get enough. Since then I've made it a few times myself and honed in what works best for me. The secret ingredient for this pizza is pesto. Dairy-free, delicious, creamy pesto. Here's how: Pesto Ingredients 1/3 cup of almonds 1/4 cup of avocado oil, find [...]

February 26th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Superbowl Recipe Roundup (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free!)

Tomorrow is the Superbowl and although I am not  a huge fan of professional sports (at all, really) I absolute love the food and the fellowship that often forms around it. Lately, things have been tough at gatherings like these, since I have been both dairy and gluten free. Fortunately, there are a lot of great cooks out there with similar needs, and the list of amazing recipes out there you can use to create wonderful healthy spread that avoids the gluten and diary just keeps growing. Not only are these snacks gluten and dairy free, but they are also made out of wholesome delicious ingredients. So this year toss the dorritos and give these real food options a chance. I promise you wont regret it. First things first, lets talk about main courses. Don't worry there are some lightweight veggie dips coming too.  Here is a low carb twist [...]

February 1st, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Looking for something fancy, delicious, and easy to make  for the holidays? Pork loin is a great option. It takes less than an hour and the results can be incredible. We made it for almost sixty guests two weeks ago at an early Christmas party and it was a hit. Plus, it caters to those who forgo dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, corn, etc. Pork loin is delightful by itself, but it's also a blank slate just waiting for some holiday cheer in the form of a tasty topping like sauteed apples, or in this case, cranberry sauce - we still had some left over from Thanksgiving. Thank you Elizabeth for the wonderful photo. I was too busy running around in the kitchen trying to get the rest of the dishes ready. Plus my photo wouldn't have looked this good anyways;) Ingredients Pork Loin Sea Salt Pepper Lard or butter if you [...]

December 22nd, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Polenta Bruscheta

The most creative recipes in our home come to life around the end of the week, when we're trying to scramble together the last contents of our fridge and pantry shelves into something delicious and nutritious. Its a challenge I like to take on although, the results can be hit or miss. Thank goodness I'm married to someone who loves my food, and after seeing me pluck and gut a chicken thinks I am going to be the next Julia Child ;-) This last Friday night I got lucky. One of our friends gave us a whole jar of fresh homemade goat cheese and another friend brought me fresh tomatoes from her garden. I put these two ingredients on the kitchen table and started raiding the fridge: a few slices of bacon, a block of cheddar cheese, two sticks of butter, and some leftover Masa Harina. As soon I saw [...]

August 25th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |4 Comments

Corn Tortillas

When I informed my husband that I was done buying tortillas at the store  since I can easily make my own for way cheaper at home, he gave me a "my wife is the coolest" look and a high five. What I didn't tell him is that I never made my own tortillas. In fact, having been a wild child in a small farming community in Eastern Europe, the first time I even had a burrito was when I came to the US. So I am still a newbie to cooking Mexican cuisine. Last week I put frozen peas in chili... it was an accident I swear!  I even tried to pick them out before I handed my husband his bowl but he noticed and he's been making fun of me since. So I went to the store and, for  just a  couple bucks, bought Masa Harina, which means "flour [...]

August 14th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Coconut Mango Avocado Smoothie

The other day I walked into the kitchen and one of my housemates had me sample her smoothie. I just about died and went to heaven. It was creamy, sweet, and refreshing! It had only two ingredients: mango and full fat coconut milk.  I wanted to drink the whole glass, but I exercised some self control and ran to the store to buy the ingredients so I could make one myself! Since it was close to dinnertime, I decided to throw in an avocado for some extra fatty goodness. When the husband came home I gave him a glass of this concoction, and when I asked what he wanted for dinner,  he told me he was stuffed, like he ate a whole rack of ribs. Score for me since our kitchen is a sauna in the summer!   I love this smoothie because it's delicious, gluten free, sugar free, easy [...]

August 5th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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