Winter Pot Roast Stew

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When the temperatures reach an arctic level, I prefer to enjoy winter from inside my home.

This homemade stew is the perfect end to a chilly day. The best part? Throw it all in your crock pot for an effortless meal! A nutritious blend of protein, vegetables, and healthy carbs to keep you full. Healthy and hearty, this delicious soup will warm you from the inside out.

As a bonus, this stew is also dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-fodmap! Continue reading

5 Guidelines to Healthy Eating Habits

foodtitle3If you’re still buzzing from sugar overload and feeling the irritable effect of one too many Christmas cookies, welcome to the club. Pants a little tight? Tired and fatigued? Headaches and mental fog? General feeling of yuck?

It’s not surprising that the gym is packed by the second day of January. Most of us are coming off a holiday high that has left us feeling miserable and desperate to get healthy. But working out isn’t going to do much good if your eating habits don’t change (more on that later).

Changing your eating habits can be difficult and frustrating, not to mention confusing. What’s more, each person has a different biochemical make up and what might work for one person may not work for you. For more on that, check out my post on When Healthy Food is Your Enemy.

While eating habits ought to be personally customized, there are still a few general rules you can follow.

But please.

Don’t just try any fad or detox out there.

Don’t just look for the quick fix. Just because it says “diet” does not mean it’s healthy. Not all diets are created equal. And not all of them are good for you. If it offers quick results without all the effort, it’s likely a sham.

Want to eat healthy this year? Not sure how to begin? Here are 5 basic guidelines to get you started on cleansing your cravings. Continue reading

Gluten free Russian Tea Cakes (Snowballs)

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This recipe has always been a tradition in my family. And now I make them every year, mostly because they were my Dad’s favorite!

But this recipe isn’t just popular in my home! This cookie goes by many names: Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Swedish Tea Cakes, Italian Butter Nut, Southern Pecan Butterball, and today’s favorite – Snowballs! This recipe is pretty popular around the world and made its first debut in a 1950 Betty Crocker cookbook!

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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

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with cranberries & pecans

roasted brussels sproutsInstead of going for the traditional green bean casserole, why not try something different this Thanksgiving?

Roasted brussels sprouts are an all-time favorite in our house. I don’t understand why they get such a bad rap?! They are so freakin easy and delicious. And roasting them is such a healthy and simple way to provide all the crunch and flavor without all the effort!

We will be throwing these in just as the turkey is coming out. They make a great low-fodmap addition to the meal! Continue reading

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

This cranberry cream cheese spread rocks my appetizer world. In fact, it has already been requested for Thursday in advance. This sweet dip has a nice kick to it and makes for an awesome Thanksgiving Game Day treat! Not to mention a pretty addition to your table.

This recipe is gluten free and can easily become low-fodmap.

Ingredients

  • 1 package fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 c green onion, chopped (fodmap – use green part only)
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • (2) 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened (fodmap – use Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free)
  • dash of salt
  • your favorite crackers (fodmap – use Back to Nature Classic Round or rice crackers)

Directions

Chop cranberries in a food processor and add to a bowl.

Chop green onion, cilantro, and jalapeno and add to cranberries along with sugar, ginger, and lemon juice. Mix to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. When ready to serve, spread cream cheese onto a platter. Top with cranberry mixture and serve chilled with crackers!

 

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

Low-Fodmap Toscana Soup with sausage, kale, and potatoes

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When the temperature drops, I get delighted about two things: baking, and soup. They were meant to be together. Like Lucy and Ethel. Football and Tailgating. Movies and popcorn. Peanut Butter and Jelly. April and Showers. May and…well, you get the picture.

These are my favorite months to peruse new recipes and fall in love with various flavors just in time for the holidays! But for those of us on a low-fodmap diet, these dynamic duos present a problem. Baked goods and gluten. Soup and onions. It can make these months a little disheartening.

So I have made it my mission this season to find alternatives and share my success stories with you! May your home be blessed with sugar, spice and everything nice!

This soup is absolutely amazing. My husband (who is not on any special diet) has already asked me to make this four times in the last month. This one-pot meal is ready to go in 30 minutes. Even without garlic and onion it is still full of flavor and spice! The recipe only makes Continue reading

Gluten-free Apple Crisp with Oat Flour

apple crispWhen Fall rolls in, my baking side comes out. Apple crisp. Apple pies. Apple cobbler. Every year we trek out to the local Orchard and help ourselves to the endless rows of apple trees. The tradition brings back fond memories of climbing the apple trees as a kid in my Grandad’s own orchard. We fill our bag to the brim until it’s almost too heavy to carry, snacking on a few apples along the way.

But this year is different. This year I have SIBO. This year I’m a fodmapper. No more apples. Or flour. Just go put a damper on my fall baking dreams.

So this is my revolt: Original Apple Crisp Recipe + Super Easy Gluten-free Flour Substitute = Ridiculously Yummy. Not gonna lie, I might even like this better than the original. Shh, don’t tell.

The best part about this recipe is that it only requires one flour, no additional ingredients, and you probably already have what you need in your cupboard. Oats, my friends. I mean, honestly. Who wants to buy 4 kinds of flours, all those starches, and xanthan gum when you can literally make this recipe out of the stuff in your Quaker box?  It’s gluten-free, not rocket science so let’s give our baking selves a break. Continue reading