GFCF Recipes

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Caesar Salad Dressing with Croutons Recipe

gluten free dairy free caesar salad dressing with croutons

Photo: Amy Fothergill

Running out of gluten-free and dairy-free lunch ideas for your kids lunchboxes for school or summer camp? This can be a particular challenge when most traditional options revolve around bread and cheese. Of course you can always use gluten-free bread to make the traditional turkey or peanut butter and jelly, but why not think outside the standard lunch box fare and prepare a fresh salad? Children are often big fans of Caesar salad for the creamy dressing, pleasantly non-bitter romaine lettuce and the crunchy croutons. I love to use Easy Lunchboxes since it’s easy to keep everything separated; the croutons would be a bit mushy if I put them on in the morning!

I usually make this dressing with Parmesan cheese but have had a few people request a dairy-free version. I adapted this recipe, which is a fan favorite, by eliminating the cheese and adding Read More »

Gluten free and dairy free, 4 yummy recipes packed with calcium

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rice_puddingRead on to find a list of calcium rich foods your doctor forgot to tell you about…

Gluten free living for those with autoimmunity can be a challenge, but what if you’re also lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy, or intolerant to caseins? How many times have you been confronted with the question or personal concern of nutrition and adequate calcium intake? This is an especially legitimate concern for children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, postmenopausal women, and men and women at risk for osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Are dairy products or supplements the only answer?

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Mini-Muffin Recipe

Gluten free chocolate chip zucchini mini muffinsZucchini is a veggie that you can easily add to just about anything, and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing with it. Grated, it makes a wonderful “raw” pasta substitute, I love it lightly stir-fried with other veggies, it’s delicious sauteed and added to salads, omelets, or whatever else is cooking, and then of course there’s always zucchini bread. My grandmother used to make it every summer. She would bake it in loaves, and then sandwich softened cream cheese between thin slices. It tasted like cake, and I suppose it practically was the way she made it. YUM.

I started looking online for gluten free zucchini bread recipes, and I came across some zucchini mini muffins with chocolate chips over on Elana’s Pantry. I love that website, and I have her Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook, which I use regularly. She now also has a Gluten-Free Cupcakes book, which is now on my wish list, if anyone is feeling generous.

But I digress. Here is the original Gluten Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins recipe, and the only things I changed were my typical substitutions using Read More »

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This is my first attempt at making any type of pie, but my mom has made this pie recipe dozens of times, so I know it’s good. As with most gluten free pie crusts, you have to press the dough into the pie plate instead of rolling it out. I messed up a bit with this part because I forgot to check the depth on the bottom of the crust. It turned out way too thick… oops. Luckily, the dough tastes like a sugar cookie, so it wasn’t the end of the world. Next time I will remember to check the depth with a fork before baking the crust. Other than that slight misstep, the pie turned out great. Read More »

Gluten Free Quinoa and Corn Cakes Recipe

I’m going to really try to not tell a super long story so you can get right to this recipe. Promise.

A friend of mine brought me one of these a few weeks ago; she had just made a batch and I was very excited to try them. I pictured it being more like a crab cake when she described it but it was closer to a griddle cake since it’s flat.

My 6 year old daughter was in the room when she arrived with the sample. I’m thinking, “Oh yeah, it’s doesn’t have sugar. My daughter won’t want this.” Wrong.

“What’s that, Mama?” she asked.

“Something with quinoa; I don’t think you’ll like it.” (It smelled so good, I really did not want to share this).

“Can I have some?”

“Sure honey” and I gave her a piece.

“Uhmm, that’s good!” she says, “Can I have more?”. At least she has good manners.

“Of course, you can. I’ll give you half.” But inside I was like, really? You want this? Woe is me. Never assume what your kids will and won’t eat. I think I said that.

So, I got the recipe from my friend. It had come from her sister who had gotten it from a magazine in Southern California so I don’t know the exact source. I did change some of the amounts and ingredients as well. If I find out where it came from, I will update the post.

I made the quinoa cakes the next week. Surprisingly, everyone (8 year old son and husband included) loved them. What a great way to get some healthy protein for us all! I hope you will give it a try. Read More »

Gluten Free Recipe: Cranberry Glazed Carrots


Cranberry Glazed Carrots

Ingredients:

2 lbs. fresh baby carrots (whole carrots, chopped into rounds, can be used as well)
½ cup jellied canned cranberry sauce (Ocean Spray is gluten-free)
¼ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
Place about 1” of water in a large saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander and set aside. Read More »

Gluten Free Recipe: Warm Millet Salad

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About one month ago, I put out my Breakfast Millet article to rave reviews. I had gotten so many emails thanking me for putting out the article and most of them requesting that I put out another one for a savory millet dish. As I am not one to disappoint may I just say…..the millet saga continues.

I seriously never get tired of talking about millet. Delicious, healthy and versatile millet is a lot like rice and can be the vehicle to transform even the most mundane dish into something exciting. To get the scoop on the health aspects and back story of millet, Read More »

Gluten Free Veggie and Meat Chili Recipe

Amy's Chili...mmmmm! :)

This is a variation of a “veggies on the verge” soup. When you make chili, it’s a good way to use up some of those vegetables in the fridge you are not sure what to do with. Go ahead and throw in carrots, sweet potatoes and celery if you have it. It will all taste good once it’s cooked. The extra vegetables are not necessary but certainly add nutrients to the mix. You can also use this recipe to make tamale pie.

Read through the recipe first; it’s easier to chop the onion and while that cooks, chop the other vegetables, hardest vegetables first to softest last. Serve it by itself, over brown rice, or even polenta for a complete Read More »

Gluten-Free Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash

Gluten Free Works Author Heather

gluten free stuffe acorn squash recipe

Stuffed Acorn Squash. Copyright Gluten Free Cat

I have this strange habit.  I sign up for a challenge, accomplish it, and then stop. Cold turkey.

On Memorial Day weekend, I ran a marathon.  A FULL marathon.  My FIRST marathon.  That was FOUR months ago.  I haven’t run outside since crossing that finish line…well, except to see who just fell off the monkey bars at recess.  Three years ago, I finished anOlympic length triathlon.  I swam, I biked, I ran.  But after finishing that event, the bike sat in the garage, and I don’t think I’ve entered a Read More »

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