Happy Thanksgiving week! If you have room on your menu to add this quinoa stuffing; your guests will thank you. Gluten-free bread or cornbread stuffing can be tricky. You have to have the right amount of liquid and the right type of gluten-free bread to make it work. Even then, it sometimes comes out dry and lacking flavor. Not with this stuffing. Quinoa Stuffing may be made ahead of time and in less than 45 minutes. Are you smiling yet? [Read more...]
Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall vegetables. I love to use it in soups, sauces, salads and now pizza. When I first described my idea of this recipe to a friend, she looked at me like I was crazy. I figured butternut squash makes a great side dish, so why not use it as a topping for one of my favorite meals- pizza. I think I have turned her into a squash-pizza fan, because I have already been requested to make it again. This recipe turned out so well, and the Grand Marnier really adds a nice depth of flavor. Serve this as an appetizer or side dish during Thanksgiving. It will be an instant hit. [Read more...]
It’s that time of the year again; where you see pumpkin recipes all over the place. I am not complaining, pumpkins are one of my favorite fall flavors. Creamy, decadent and rich; pumpkins always please my palette. I love to roast the whole pumpkin, including the creamy flesh and crispy seeds. The seeds make a great snack and are full of great minerals and fatty acids. Last week I was craving something sweet and rich, without being overloaded with calories. This was the perfect recipe to satisfy my craving. I hope you enjoy! [Read more...]
Dinner party… those two words can be intimidating if you are the host. Panic attacks, money, menu, drinks, what to serve? Don’t fret. I’ve come up with a list that will ease your nerves. My ABC’s of Entertaining are below with pictures from my first ever, gluten-free dinner party. It was a huge success and my guests were very pleased with the meal. Their favorite part? The wine poached pears topped with mascarpone coconut cream. Who knew I had the dessert gene in me?
A canvas sign by my sister, @jennymeyerart.
A is for Allergies: Double check with your guests to make sure they have no dietary restrictions, such as food allergies or Celiac Disease. [Read more...]
You can never go wrong with a big bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. None of that processed box crap; just good wholesome freshly grated cheese with gluten-free noodles, freshly ground black pepper and a hint of nutmeg. I’ve tried a million mac and cheese recipes over the years including: jazzed up with spinach, turkey sausage and tomatoes, three cheese, veggie mac, but I always seem to go back to the simple, basic recipe. Normally I use freshly grated cheddar, but I decided to switch it up a bit and try a sophisticated white mac and cheese recipe. I got a sudden craving for it last night (this happens often), so thankfully I had all the ingredients on hand and whipped this sucker up within 20 minutes. You can’t be that. [Read more...]
The other night I made this quinoa side dish to go along-side lemon pepper chicken and green beans. The quinoa was so flavorful and paired nicely with the chicken. I even ate it for breakfast the next morning and topped it with two poached eggs. Fantastic! I hope you enjoy. Don’t have cranberries? Try raisins or dried cherries. [Read more...]
Pasta is so comforting. Whenever I am stressed out, I crave pasta. As you can tell, this one is super spiffy so that must mean I am über stressed. This is true. I have a lot going out, but that is life right? You learn to cope and manage your time (or not). As my good friend told me the other day, “Just keep swimming, you’ll be OK”. If I could swim in this bowl of pasta, I think I would be just fine. I would smell like garlic, but there isn’t anything wrong with that right? This dish features a local grass-fed beef with fresh rosemary and arugula. [Read more...]
Amy, from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, recently asked me if I would like to take part in a series she is doing for “up and coming gluten-free bloggers”. Of course, I was honored to be a part of the series. Amy’s blog has been one of my favorites for some time now. She puts together many delicious recipes that have a healthy twist.
My submission was this beautiful roasted carrot pasta with beets, fresh thyme and goat cheese. It is divine and beautiful to entertain with. Head on over to Amy’s blog to read the entire post I wrote to accompany the pasta.
Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza with Balsamic Onions. Tangy sweet onions with juicy chicken, creamy mozzarella and crispy crust. Enough said.
You will be singing the joys of gluten-free eating once you have tried this recipe. [Read more...]
I love to watch the Food Network during the holiday season. There are always many useful tips- from decorating to holiday recipes. I saw this recipe on The Food Network show: Dear Food Network; where many of their top chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes that they will be serving this year. This particular one caught my eye; it sounded delicate and delicious. I bought Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread mix and made a few variations. For the original recipe, click here. The muffins came out fantastic. They are plump, moist and full of flavor.
Here is my altered version of her recipe: [Read more...]