Last year, I put together a few gluten and dairy free menu ideas. You can see that post here. But what if you are avoiding gluten, dairy, legumes, grains, nuts and refined sugar? Hmmm, sounds kind of tricky, but here are few suggestions:
A very fun appetizer, is tuna stuffed deviled eggs. I used the recipe from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook, but added more garlic and onion powder and smoked paprika and chipotle powder. These are a big hit. Regular deviled eggs are also a crowd pleaser as long as no one is allergic to eggs.
These little bacon meatloaf muffins from Paleo Girls Kitchen are delish! I like this recipe because it is great as is, or with a few changes.This time, I did everything the recipe calls for, but I also added 4 cloves of minced garlic, 10 sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic and onion powder. The ones pictured are made with ground turkey and turkey bacon. These are not only easy to make, but they move quickly because they are tasty and easy to eat!
Pulled pork is a great football food. If you are keeping it paleo though, ditch the bun even if it is gluten free and use homemade BBQ sauce. There are tons of recipes on line. These were served with some very tasty kale collard greens.
These Lemon Blueberry Muffins from Diane Sanfillipo's Practical Paleo are really good. I mean, really, really, good. I really like that they are made with coconut flour instead of almond meal. I call these paleo-ish since they are a treat that shouldn't be consumed all of the time. I like having fun treats from time to time.
As always, it is a great idea to have plenty for fruits and veggies on hand. Kale chips, sweet potato chips or fries, zucchini fries are some great game day snack foods. I hope these few suggestions help you. Tomorrow we will be having some chicken wings! Have a fantastic day!
Seasonal Pot Potpouri
Citrus is in season and even thought the holidays are over, I am still loving the rich and fragrant smells of apple and citrus. One of my favorite things to do is make potpourri in my slow cooker. This is a batch that I made during the holidays. It is a terrific way to neutralize cooking odors as well as natural air freshening. I am pretty sure that there are a number of different ways to do this, but here is what I like to do. My measurements are not exact because I tend to use what is on hand. This is especially good for times when you may have an abundance of produce that you may not get to eat.
Jaye Tee's Potpourri
Place everything in your slow-cooker and cook on low. You may start this on high and then reduce to low if you are in a rush to smell the fragrance. I found that using the slow-cooker liners makes things super easy to clean up afterwards.
Oranges from the neighbor. This is just a fraction of what we were given. Fresh organic deliciousness picked just for us! Do you make any type of air freshener? I would love to hear what others do.
Throwing a Gluten and Dairy Free Fall or Halloween Party
Fall is a fabulous time of year! I love throwing a party in October because it is the perfect time of year to throw get together before the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Fall or Halloween parties can be a lot of fun, however food allergies and intolerance can make things a bit tricky. If you have the time, space and the means, I suggest you host a party at your own home, especially if you or one of your family members is new to being gluten or dairy free. The truth is, although people want to be supportive and understanding, it takes quite a bit of time, patience and information before they can truly grasp how involved avoiding gluten and dairy can be. When things are on your own turf, you have more control over them. I am not in any way saying that it is impossible to attend a party! However, sometimes, I just don't have the energy to worrying about cross contamination or explaining why I can't eat such and such to a new crop of people. That may be selfish of me, but I value my health and peace of mind.
If you decide to throw a party, there are a few things that you MUST consider:
Check back because I will have a few Halloween desserts that you may want to include at your party! Have an wonderful gl
Mini Gluten & Dairy Free Pizzas
We enjoy entertaining! We have also found that sometimes we have the most fun when we pick foods that are simple. Miniature pizzas are fun, elegant and EASY to make! To make these little fellas, all you need to do is make or buy your favorite pizza crust. If you are using a crust that requires you to bake the dough before hand, do so. Remove the crust from the oven and cut out circles using a round cookie or biscuit cutter. Then top these little cuties with your favorite pizza toppings and bake according to the directions that you using for your homemade or store bought pizza crust. I topped these with homemade pizza sauce, onion, bell pepper, vegan cheese, and turkey pepperoni. Since they are smaller, you will probably be able to bake them for less time, so watch them. You can also do this will different shaped cookie cutters. Better yet, have a gluten & dairy free pizza making party! Everyone is always impressed by these. They are also great for controlling portions. If you like smaller sized pizzas, feel free to check out my eggplant pizzas's here. Have a fabulous gluten &/ or dairy free day!
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