Happy Cinco de Mayo! Instead of eating chips and queso and fajitas; I decided to make something a little lighter this year. This dish can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Frittatas and egg casseroles have always been a staple in our house. They are so easy to make and they give you the freedom to throw whatever you have on hand in the dish. This time I wanted something healthy and substantial enough that I would not feel hungry a couple hours later. This frittata was the answer. [Read more...]
Here I am talking about pancakes again. I’ve been busy testing all sorts of pancake recipes, and I have yet to get sick of them. I just love the texture and flavor of pancakes. This recipe is the exact same as the last pancake recipe, but with the addition of cocoa powder. The cocoa adds a nice touch to the batter. You can add more if you like, but I don’t like the cocoa flavor to overwhelm the simple pancake flavor. The rich cocoa really shines with the extra virgin olive oil. I’d recommend you serve with fresh berries, powdered sugar and plenty of butter. [Read more...]
Pancakes have always had a special place in my heart. Growing up, I remember my parent’s house would have the sweet aroma of homemade German pancakes floating around. My Dad used to make them for us every Saturday. It was a Meyer family tradition. My brother, sister and I would sit around the kitchen table and gobble up one pancake after another. Sometimes we would even have a contest to see who could eat the most German pancakes (I don’t recommend that now). [Read more...]
I am no way near to being a full-blown vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating meatless meals every now and then. Lately, Chris and I have been eating meatless at least once a week. It’s a chance for our bodies to slow down and savor the flavor of just vegetables, without big hunks of meat getting in the way. Maybe I will make the switch to vegan one day, who knows. I certainly feel great when I eat a healthy diet of whole foods with less meat products.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I never use my crock pot enough. Every time I prepare a meal in the crock pot, it makes me question why I don’t use it more often. This recipe is really simple. [Read more...]
Looking for a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth? Look no further than these delicate cinnamon-sugar kale chips. As you all know, kale chips have become quite popular over the past couple years. I still make them all the time. I haven’t gotten sick of them yet. I am in my last semester of graduate school right now (yay!) so I am always on the look out for something I can snack on while I study. Normally that little afternoon snack is something salty, but this time I went to the sweet side. I love the way the subtle flavor of the palm sugar really shines with the coconut oil and the touch of nutmeg. It’s definitely a keeper. [Read more...]
What’s my secret to spicing up sauces, steaks, vegetables, fish and more? Compound butter. Compound butter is a great way to add an extra layer of flavor to a dish. It’s basically a fancy term for adding herbs, zests or anything with flavor to plain old butter. They are easy to make and the possibility of ingredient combinations are endless. My favorite way to use compound butter is with proteins. I’ll saute shrimp and fish with this orange-jalapeño butter or drizzle melted lemon-parsley-thyme butter on steaks and chicken.
Welcome to Day 9 of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. In preparing for this food fest, I brainstormed some of my favorite flavors and wrote down different pizza combinations. The combination of artichoke, bacon and basil sounds a little strange but it works. Trust me. This pizza literally has three of my favorite things. I love artichokes and use them often in pasta dishes, hummus recipes and salads. Bacon of course, is a house favorite. We can’t get enough of it around here. Basil is such a wonderful herb. It is so versatile, and of course, my favorite way to use basil is as a pesto. [Read more...]
Mushrooms are nutrient powerhouses. They are great sources of vitamin D and potassium, among other nutrients. I love to snack on raw mushrooms with hummus. It is one of my favorite study snacks! Mushroom pizza has been a part of pizza parlor menus for years. Now I know why. The mushrooms add a wonderful flavor to what would be a regular tomato and cheese pizza. It definitely kicks it up a notch. We have two more days of gluten-free pizza recipes. Next up: southwest pork pizza and artichoke bacon and basil pizza. [Read more...]
Happy Valentine’s Day! Make this pizza tonight for your special date. It is sure to put a smile on their face. The rich, creamy white pizza pairs perfectly with the salty capers. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? We like to avoid the crowds at restaurants and stay in for this special holiday. This year is my turn to plan (we alternate each year), and we are having pizza, and lots of it. Yesterday, I spent the gorgeous sunny afternoon in my beloved kitchen; baking pizzas and shooting pictures. This is the final week of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. You are going to love what we have in store for you this week. Remember, if you want to be a part of the final pizza fest summary, email me your blog post link. [Read more...]
Just because you are gluten-free, doesn’t mean that you can’t have gravy with your mashed potatoes, a rich cheese sauce with your macaroni and cheese, a lovely alfredo sauce with your pasta, or a roux with your gumbo. Many people use corn starch as an thickening alternative to flour, but I find it leaves a weird aftertaste sometimes. I prefer arrowroot powder or flour. It is much smoother and creates a nice white sauce which you see above. Make a cheese sauce with this béchamel and use it with your fondue pot. Perfect for Valentine’s day!