Gluten Free Turkey Meatball Soup with Fennel

The colder weather, longer nights, and the absolute gluttony of Thanksgiving have me spent mentally and physically. I’m feeling like I need total body and soul cleansing. So, I decided to create one for myself with this gluten free turkey meatball soup with fennel. Yes, fennel! I recently tried fennel for the very first time in a recipe I found for braised center cut pork chops and it was divine. Since then, I’ve done some research on this wonderfully aromatic and delicious veggie and found out that it is also off the charts in health benefits. First, and probably its greatest health benefit, is that it helps reduce inflammation, which is what I need most at the moment. I’m feeling … Read more…

Gluten Free Dark Mocha Brownies

As you might know by now, I’ve been on the search for that gluten-free flour (I’m not talking about a blend) that could easily substitute wheat flour at a 1:1 ratio. I happened to stumble across teff flour. The more I read about it, the more hopeful I became. I even saw a few baking recipes that people were using just teff, no other flours. Could this really be the one??? I started getting really excited. Well, I fell a little too hard for teff flour, a little too soon. But see, I’m naturally an eternal optimist. If someone tells me something doesn’t exist or can’t be done, I’m always right there trying to prove him or her wrong, sometimes … Read more…

Dairy Free Caramel Frappsicle

I just had to do it again. Coming into the end of summer and the hottest time of the year, it seemed like a good time to knock off of a summertime favorite. I’ll miss you Caramel Frappucino, NOT! I can’t even tell the difference except that these are on a stick instead of a cup, I have to bite instead of suck and I feel better, not worse! The only similarity is that they are just as addictive. Did I say dairy free and delicious? OK, just one more time, then I’ve got to get off these lovely treats. Check it. DAIRY FREE CARAMEL FRAPPSICLE This makes 6-8 servings depending on the size of your popsicle molds. INGREDIENTS 1 … Read more…

Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Fudgesicles

I know, I said I wasn’t big on dessert…but I’ve always had a slight obsession with ice cream. When I want dessert, it’s my go to. But after realizing that running for the bathroom minutes after devouring a bowl wasn’t normal, I decided to see how my body would fair without ice cream or most other dairy. I’m a bit lactose intolerant, but ice cream hits me the hardest. Sometimes I’m willing to sacrifice feeling bad for a few hours just to satisfy my craving. But usually I try to steer clear of dairy all together if possible. If it does that to my body, it can’t possibly be a good thing for me. It’s the height of summer, it’s … Read more…

Gluten Free Strawberry Cobbler with Orange Almond Streusel

Remember these? I didn’t do a damn thing with them. We just ended up eating strawberries for 3 straight days and then fed the leftovers to my little feathered friends. There were just so many things I could do, it made it hard to choose! I could make preserves, I could freeze them and save them for a later date, I could make some popsicles for the kids or a mixed drink for the adults (my inner “yes!”). The list in my mind goes on and on. I’ve never been good with too many choices. Make me choose between this or that and I’m fine. But more than that, forget it! My brain turns over and over and back and … Read more…

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