Gluten Free Goodness to Get You Started

Not sure how to get started on your gluten free journey? These recipes will give you a little tasty inspiration.

Kickin’ Kale Salad
1.5 lb of green curly kale, stemmed and chopped
5 Tbsp lemon juice, divided
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 shallot, minced
10 green grapes, halved
1 C roasted pecans, chopped
1/2 C pitted dates, chopped

Directions
Combine kale with 3 Tbsp lemon juice and use salt to “massage”- this will help make the kale more tender.
Combine 2 Tbsp lemon juice, olive oil, honey and shallot in a small bowl. Stir until well combined.
Put kale into large bowl and add grapes, pecans and dates. Stir until well mixed.
Pour dressing mix on top and stir again to coat the salad.

Note: This makes approximately 20 servings, so you it’s perfect for large get-togethers. You could also make a smaller batch and separate out for lunch each day.

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Quinoa Stuffing
1 lb ground turkey
2  C quinoa
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
2.5 C cubed butternut squash
1 C roasted walnuts, chopped
1/4 C apple juice
1 C dried cranberries
4 C reduced sodium chicken broth
1 C flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 C chopped sage
2 tsp kosher salt

Directions
Cook quinoa and set aside
Cook ground turkey in 4-qt pot until lightly browned and then transfer to a bowl
Add onions and olive oil to pot, cooking until brown and tender
Add butternut squash and cook for 3 minutes
Add apple juice and continue to stir
Add kosher salt and stir in cranberries and walnuts
Stir in broth and bring to boiling, then reduce heat
Simmer for 20 minutes
Add in ground turkey and quinoa and simmer for another 20 minutes
Remove from heat and stir in parsley and sage

And there you have it- another warm and tasty side dish that won’t have you missing the gluten. This serves approximately 12 people, and the added protein and fiber from the quinoa mean you can skip out on the carb slump!

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Paleo Chili, with Gluten Free Corn Bread

Nothing says Comfort Food like Crockpot Chili and Cornbread!

Here is a Paleo and Gluten Free version which is just as tasty!!

Ingredients
1 Pound Grass Fed Ground Beef
1 Pound Grass Fed Ground Turkey
14 ounce can diced tomatoes
28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
4 oz tomato paste
4 cloves of garlic
1 white onion diced
2 red bell peppers
3 Tbsp chili powder
3 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp of sea salt
1tsp pepper
Garnish with crumbled nitrate free bacon
1/2 avocado sliced

Instructions
Brown beef and turkey in a saucepan or I use my Ninja. Drain fat
Saut’e onions and garlic, add meat and veggies and set crockpot on low for 5-8 hours

Gluten Free Cornbread
I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mixwww,amazon.com

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Fall Comfort Foods: Recipes that feel like home

Fall is here and winter is quickly following behind. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating the holidays with friends and loved ones. It’s no secret that this time of year is when weight slowly creeps on. You may be too busy to exercise, or you may just find yourself party hopping and celebrating with way more calories than you need. Have no fear. These recipes will help you feel at home while keeping you healthy.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
6 Tbsp of butter (use ghee for dairy free)
3 Tbsp almond milk
3 tsp minced garlic
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Directions
Steam chopped cauliflower until tender
Add cauliflower, butter, almond milk and garlic to food processor or strong blender like Vitamix
Blend, stopping every 30 seconds or so to scrap sides as needed
Once you have a mashed potato consistency, stop
Add in sea salt and pepper
Mix and serve warm
*This is a great side dish for the holidays
Serves 5-6Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

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1 medium spaghetti squash
1 lb lean ground turkey (could also use bison)
1 can of low sugar tomato sauce
5 whole cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Italian seasoning to taste, 2 tsp recommended
Directions
Pour tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic into 6 quart crockpot
Slice squash in half around the middle, not from end to end
Scoop out seeds
Place the two halves cut side down in slow cooker
Roll turkey or bison into bite-sized meatballs and place around squash
Cook on low for 5 hours
Remove squash and fork out “spaghetti”
Top with sauce and meatballs
Enjoy!
*This is a family favorite that even the kids will enjoy. Add a side salad or mix in some spinach for extra vegetables and nutrients.

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