Secret Ingredient Homemade Taco Shells (grain free & vegan)

Grain Free Taco Shells - Paleo and Vegan!

{What a treat I have for you today!  Paleo Taco Shells from Jennifer at Predominantly Paleo.  Who’d a thunk it was possible?!  You’ll never guess the ingredient she uses to make them.  I sure wouldn’t have!  Are you going grain-free, or at least reducing grains in your diet?  Or maybe you’re on a corn-free diet?  Then this post is for you.}

Ever notice those big giant freaky looking banana-like creatures in the produce section?

Yes! The plantains!

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread – gluten-free & vegan with sugar-free option

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe - Gluten-free, vegan, with sugar free option
{Please welcome back Laura from Petite Allergy Treats, with a fabulous Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe that will knock your socks off.  Plus it’s gluten-free and vegan.  Who could ask for anything more:)?}

Dear Summer,

Hurry up and get here!  You’ve been gone for too long.  I feel like I should file a missing seasons report.  I miss your sunny face and warmth.  I would love to spend an afternoon outside.  I would go for a walk, run or even sit on the elusive ‘green grass’.  

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Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

{From Adrienne – Boy do I have a treat for you today. 

A recipe for Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter. 

I’ve been thinking about sourdough a lot since I found out that I can tolerate fermented foods.  

We LOVE the tangy flavor of sourdough and I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making a gluten-free sourdough bread.  Thanks to Tiffany of Don’t Waste the Crumbs, I am now that much closer to my goal :)!

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3 Ingredient Buckwheat Galettes (Buckwheat Pancakes) with vegan option

These Buckwheat Pancakes (or Wraps) are made with only 3 ingredients and come together lickety-split. They're gluten-free with a vegan option, and they freeze well!

One of the biggest challenges to being a gluten free family is having affordable bread alternatives around so you can easily throw together a quick meal or a snack.

Today’s recipe, Buckwheat Galettes (or Buckwheat Pancakes) is one recipe in our home that has become a staple.  They make a great gluten free wrap that is so much less expensive than those “priced through the roof” wraps in health food stores.

They mix up quickly and simply, store well, travel well and are a super flexible background for meals and quick snacks.

And my kids love them.

Hope you do too:-).

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On the Road with Special Diets ~ and Focaccia Flax Bread (gluten-free with vegan option) {Balanced Platter}

Gluten Free Bread Flax


Are you or a loved one on a special diet?

If so, you know how hard it can be to travel.

Stopping at fast food places, eating at restaurants, and the like can be very difficult.

Whether or not you are on or know someone on a special diet, join me today over at The Balanced Platter where I’m sharing some of my favorite foods to take on the road (not that we get there very often :-)).

If special diets are a part of your life, this post will hopefully make traveling easier for you.

And if they’re not a part of what you deal with, I think your next trip will be a little more wholesome.

Enjoy … continue reading, click here.

Healthy Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat!

Fruit Kids Breakfast

Getting your kids to eat healthy can be like tough.

Especially when their barraged by commercials touting the:

  • latest fast food fad
  • cartoon-sponsored fake fruit, or
  • heated, slurried and molded cereal shape

Well, I’m hoping to give you a little oasis in the middle of your desert of food prep for your hungry munchkins.

And of course, these all are yummy enough to be enjoyed by adults too!

So pull up a cuppa something.  (Maybe my Delicious and Healthy Coffee Substitute?) and hop on over to The Balanced Platter where I am sharing a roundup of great Healthy Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat.

You’ll save money at the grocery store, have some fun, and get some smiles too.  Sounds good?  Just click here to join me and read more.

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Healthy Valentine's Progressive Dinner – Breakfast!

Valentines Heart

The countdown to Valentine’s Day continues.

My son asked me the other day, “Mom, is Valentine’s Day really a special holiday – because it doesn’t seem like it is to me – you know, like Thanksgiving.”

Well, I said, “In one sense, you are right.  Thanksgiving is more important.  But it truth, Valentine’s Day is important in that it’s a reminder that we should be showing love to those who are near and dear to us (I said something close to that :-).”

And I mean it.  I think that, like all other holidays, it’s been changed and manipulated into something that it shouldn’t be.

To me, Valentine’s Day isn’t:

  • A box of chocolates
  • A bunch of roses that will die soon anyway
  • A reason to feel bad about yourself if you don’t have a “special someone in your life”

But instead, it’s a day when we can take the time to celebrate our love for others.

Lots of ways to do it, but one surefire way is to make some goodness in the kitchen for your loved ones.

Yesterday I shared some great healthy beverage ideas from other members of Nourished Living Network and today the yumminess continues.

With Breakfast :-).

What’s on the table?

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Super Quick Drop Biscuits (gluten and dairy free options)

These Drop Biscuits are Super Fast to make. Great for last minute meal or snack needs...and they are gluten, dairy and egg free to boot. Yum!

Here is a great easy recipe for biscuits that can be made both gluten-free and dairy-free.  These are one of the staples in our home.

As the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, my mind turns to baking again.

I used to bake so much.  Too much probably.  Ah well, there are worse things to spend one’s time on :-).

Anyway, I’ve been pulling my grain mill out again and we are all enjoying the taste of fresh baked goods again.

But time is still tight and I am juggling a lot.   Being a wife, a mom, homeschooling, this blog, our special needs son, special diets, and still having physically rough days of adrenal fatigue.  On those days not much gets done.

So I need fast recipes that can nourish my family without a bunch of fuss.

This is one of those.

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Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts (with gluten-free and soaking option)


Baked Whole Grain Gluten-Free Doughnuts

This recipe for soaked and baked whole grain doughnuts is probably my family’s favorite sweet whole grain recipe.

Did I say, “probably”?  Silly me.  I made two batches yesterday, one with gluten and one without.  Two of us (including yours truly) ate the gluten and sugar free version and well, there are very few of those left.  This time, it was my oldest son who was guilty of over-indulgence.  Typically I share that “honor” with him.

We took the gluten- and sugar-free version (see notes following the recipe) to a doughnut eating contest at a homeschool gathering recently.  Somehow, we were able to suspend my gluten-free treasure on a string between the other doughnuts without it falling apart into crumbly nothingness.

My daring husband entered himself in the contest and there he was, coming in second amongst a crowd of men eating those lightweight, devoid of all nutrients, processed rings of nothingness.   Yes, in my humble opinion, he should have won.  One of my doughnuts clearly by weight and amount-of-chews-needed-to-make-before-you-swallow equalled 2-3 of theirs.  But then, I’m really not that competitive :-).

Ah well, back to baking.

I have had this recipe for a long time and it is adapted from one by Sue Gregg in her Breakfasts cookbook.  They are easy to make, don’t require any special pan, are not deep-fried, and are coated with just a slight bit of oil, milk, or water to make the delicious sweetened cinnamon topping stick.  And they have a wonderful hearty texture and flavor to them.

Interested in other Gluten Free Yummy Treats?  How about:

- “Almond Joy” Bars
- Grain Free Coconut Macadamia Cookies
- Super Pumpkin Cookies (taste like store bought)
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Oh, and if you happen to link through to to see this doughnut cutter that I use, and then purchase that or something else from them within 24 hours (other restrictions apply, but they are really strict), I earn a very small commission. You pay the same price, so I’d be happy if you choose to do so and so support my site. Just so you know how these links work :-).

This post is linked to Fight Back Friday, The Humbled Homemaker, Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, and Bake with Bizzy.

Applesauce Wheat Germ Muffins (with gluten-free option)

These muffins are a favorite in our family for a number of reasons. One of them is they are delicious. Another is that the recipe comes from a dear friend. Margaret is a wonderful hostess who likes to cook simply and have people over often. She will have you into her house even though it isn’t perfect –and she doesn’t expect yours to be either.  In fact, Margaret and her husband, David, have been known to phone us while driving though Grand Rapids just to tell us that they are in town in the hopes that they can drop by.  Sometimes they have even called us from our driveway!  Now that’s my kind of friend!

Margaret is, like a lot of us, very busy–she has five children and she is very active in ministry. She doesn’t like to cook much and so her recipes tend to be simple. These muffins are no exception. You will probably have much of what you need in your pantry to make these so you can whip up a batch at a moment’s notice anytime. You could also choose to bake multiple batches because they freeze well, though muffin baking experts say that mixing more than 1-2 batches at a time will result in an inferior product because their texture depends upon not too much stirring of the batter.

They work great as regular or mini muffins, or you can try my favorite time saving method by baking them on a baking stone as muffin tops! That saves the time-intensive cleaning of muffin tins.

I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!

Enjoy with a cup of tea, your family members or a friend or two, and make sure that you don’t clean up too much before you invite a friend over to enjoy them!