Gluten free Cranberry Orange Bread

titleberryNothing says Christmas like cranberry orange bread! Ok, maybe Christmas cookies. And gingerbread men. And those little snowballs. Ok, ok, so maybe there’s a lot that says Christmas.

But let’s not forget about cranberry orange bread, friends! I think I’m in love.

I was out running errands like a crazy person and actually caught myself daydreaming about curling up next to the Christmas tree with a warm cup of coffee and this recipe. No lie. There’s just something about chopping cranberries that puts me in a merry mood.

This is by far the best gluten-free version I have found to date! I even caught my brother sneaking some out of the fridge when I wasn’t looking. This is super easy to make and has such a nice tart and citrus blend while still remaining moist. It will definitely be part of my Christmas morning breakfast this year. Oh yeah…it’s also dairy free and low-fodmap which makes it perfect for family members with food sensitivities! Continue reading

Holiday Pumpkin Muffins: gluten, dairy, & fodmap free

pumpkin titleLet’s face it. Our holidays revolve around food and lots of it. Having food sensitivities can add an extra measure of stress to your hustle and bustle!

This will be my first year braving the holidays with food restrictions. But I am armed and ready. I have gathered my recipes. I laugh in the face of all things gluten. Bring it on, turkey day.

These little muffins just made my A-list for Thanksgiving breakfast. They would make the perfect gluten-free, dairy-free, low fodmap addition to your holiday!

I made these three times, once as a loaf and twice as muffins. They turn out moist, full of pumpkin flavor, and make great leftovers! You could make them the night before and store in the refrigerator overnight. I personally love to chill them first and then pair them with a warm cup of coffee. Mmm. Continue reading

Perfect Potato Wedges: crispy & gluten-free

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These are by far the BEST roasted potato wedges ever! Ok…they’re basically fries. But they are awesome. Golden and crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. The perfect pair to a dinner or game day food.

But the best part? This recipe only has 3 ingredients, is super easy, and only takes 30 minutes to bake. They are gluten-free and low-fodmap and pretty much just awesome. My husband and I may just devour a pan by ourselves…ok, maybe two.

And don’t even get me started on dipping these golden rays of sunshine in some homemade Dill Ranch dressing. Delish.

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Easy Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies

Pretty sure I did a happy dance around the kitchen last night. I realized I could make a real cookie without flour. That’s right. No flour. No fuss over gluten-free flours or guess work on alterations. And it actually tasted normal. Oh how I’ve missed you, cookies.

Maybe this recipe is common knowledge but these little guys are not only low-fodmap but also contain only 4 ingredients. Can my day get any better?? This brings my tally up to 2 official desserts in the fodmap rotation so far!

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8 Breakfast Ideas for the Gluten, Dairy, & Egg Free

8 breakfast ideas for the gluten egg and dairy free

Breakfast is an important meal of the day. It is also my favorite meal. Every morning I look forward to the smell of coffee percolating, the sun rising, and a plate of delicious food.

But if you have food sensitivities, it can put a real damper on your morning. Avoiding gluten, dairy, and egg is hard enough on its own, let alone as a collective group! Combine that with a low-fodmap diet and you start wondering if you’re going to lose your sanity.

I have been there. Being gluten, dairy, AND egg free can be overwhelming. The amount of frustration, stress, anxiety, energy, and the mental capacity that goes into diet restrictions and menu planning can be downright depressing.

I’m writing this post in response to you asking the question: what in the world is there to eat when you’re avoiding gluten, dairy, egg, and fodmaps? When the options look slim and you wonder if you’ll ever enjoy breakfast again, there is hope! Here are a few breakfast ideas (that don’t taste like cardboard): Continue reading

When Healthy Food is Your Enemy

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I’ll admit it. As soon as I get in sight of the bakery section in the grocery store my heart skips a beat. I might drool a little. Donuts make me want to leap for joy. Why are those darn things so cheap and enticing? Don’t they know I’m trying to be gluten-free? Yet they taunt me from behind the glass all innocent looking with their golden, freshly frosted outside and creamy delightful inside. My arch enemy and guilty pleasure all rolled into one.

But the “eat whatever I want” era came to a screeching halt when I was diagnosed as autoimmune. “Natural” and “healthy” was now the new, or not so new, trend. My body no longer functioned properly and healthy food held the promise of possible recovery. 70-90% of the immune system is located in the gut. Fix the gut and you can fix your immune system. That’s what the research said. The argument that food and nutrition could be a better and safer form of treatment for healing chronic disease was all too convincing.

So I got to work. Out with the processed, packaged, and modified foods. Hello antibiotic-free, grass-fed, organic, clean and friendly foods. Donuts took a back seat to their nutritious counterparts (although I have still been known to sneak one on occasion). My disease changed my outlook on food as I began to slowly replace our “American” diet with foods that were hormone-free, organic, grass-fed, local, and non-GMO. Superfoods like kale, quinoa, avocados, kiefer, and nuts littered my diet. I went vegan. I tried vegetarian. I became Paleo. I experimented with exclusion diets and avoided 25 food sensitivities all at once for a month. I went dairy-free, gluten-free, corn-free, and egg-free…all at the same time, for a long time. I took a regimen of supplements so intense that I had 20 dixie cups all marked by time, an alarm set for each one. I saw a naturopath and drank dirt, or what I affectionately called, “bunny farm” (some of you know what I’m talking about). I made high fiber smoothies that made me gag but I plugged my nose and chugged it down anyway. There were moments I thought I would go crazy. But I was desperate. I did it out of necessity. I wanted my health back.

But after two years of eating better, taking supplements, and making meals from scratch, I was still suffering. My digestive and gastrointestinal system were still dysfunctional and my pain was at an all time high. I felt discouraged and was getting depressed. It didn’t make sense. I was eating “healthy”. I tried all the tricks in the book. I was following all the suggested tips for optimal nutrition but I wasn’t improving…in fact, I was just getting worse. What if I was broken beyond repair? I felt frustrated and confused.

Can healthy and nutritious foods actually do more harm than good?

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Last year my husband and I stole time away together in San Diego. During our beach day, we stumbled upon the Firehouse, a roof top restaurant that served one of the most awesome salads I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. Continue reading

Gluten-free Pancakes

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Saturday mornings make me happy. Visions of big morning breakfasts and the aroma of coffee percolating in the kitchen warms my heart. Hubs and I would grab large mugs filled with coffee and move to the front porch where we would rock the time away discussing the news, life, and relationships.

Hey, a girl can dream.

So maybe our Saturdays aren’t always quite like that, but at least pancakes have their rightful place in the regular Saturday program. And gluten-free makes a happy me.

But let’s be honest, not all gluten-free pancake recipes are created equal. Continue reading