Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

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Yummy, yummy, yummy!  Summer is coming to a close, fall is getting close which means the season of everything pumpkin is right around the corner!!!  This is great news not only for our tastebuds, but also for nutrition!  Pumpkin is great for you and has lots of vitamins and minerals!

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Notice that the pin revolves around pumpkin and the immune system?  Another great thing about pumpkin season is that it coincides with the beginning of the dreaded cold and flu season.  It’s great, because pumpkin is excellent for the immune system!  Yay!

Okay, so we know pumpkin is good for us, but let’s talk about the taste!  It’s delicious!!  A lot of pumpkin treats this time of year are baked goods, and a lot of baked goods means a lot of gluten.  If you’re one of the individuals that avoids gluten, this could mean bad news for you.  However, in addition to this pumpkin bread recipe being moist and delicious, it’s also gluten free!!!  Double yay!  Another plus is that it’s super easy to make…just a few ingredients in a blender or food processor into a bread pan and into the oven.  Wa-la, pumpkin goodness!

Before we get to the recipe, I do want to mention that after making this basic recipe, I realized that next time I would probably add chopped walnuts and raisins for sure.  This recipe is fantastic as is, but add-ins, such as raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, coconut, or chopped nuts of your choice, are completely fine and definitely something to keep in mind!

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN BREAD

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (I used maple syrup)
  • 15-ounce can organic pumpkin puree (make sure the can lining is BPA free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or combine 1 1/2 tsp. worth of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a bread pan with parchment paper (as shown – this will come in handy when taking the bread loaf out of the pan after baking).  Lightly grease the pan and paper.

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2.) Add the oats to a food processor or blender and process on high until it reaches a consistency of gritty flour.

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3.) Add the rest of the ingredients to the oats in the food processor and process on high until completely combined and smooth.

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4.) Poor the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake in the oven for 33-35 minutes.  Take the bread out of the oven and poke a toothpick in the center of the bread.  If the toothpick comes out clean, allow the bread to cool in the pan.  If not, cover the top of the bread with aluminum foil (this will protect the top from getting burnt while the inside is cooking completely) and place back in the oven for 3 minute increments until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.  Let the bread cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes.

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5.) Remove the bread from the pan and use a knife to cut into slices.

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6.) Transfer slices to a plate and serve.

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You’re going to love this stuff!  So good and so good for you!  Happy pumpkin season!  Enjoy! 🙂

Veggie Stuffed Chicken “Sandwiches”

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Oh my gosh!!! These chicken “sandwiches” that I made are absolutely adorable!  Eating gluten-free, sometimes I really miss just throwing a sandwich together for lunch or dinner, so I am constantly looking for different ideas for “bread” that isn’t really bread.  This evening, I had baked some chicken breasts, and I noticed how much the outside looked like it could pass for bread – LIGHT BULB!  A chicken “sandwich” in which the chicken is the bread.  It turned out wonderfully!  I mean, look!

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And yes, it tastes just as scrumptious as it looks!  It was amazing!

Another plus when it comes to using chicken breast as bread is that chicken has a lot of health benefits!  Of course, we all know that it’s an excellent source of protein, but it goes much further than that!  The following pin lists some health benefits of chicken and links to a site that describes 7 impressive benefits of chicken.

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Awesome!  Plus, um, these chicken sandwiches are so yummy, guys!  You can really use any fillings you would like, but I gotta say that the mixture I made to fill the sandwich really is amazing.  Let’s get to it!

VEGGIE STUFFED CHICKEN “SANDWICHES”

Ingredients: 2 servings

  • 1 large chicken breast (6-8 ounces)
  • 1/3-1/2 small head of cauliflower, cut into slices and small florets
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups of baby spinach and arugula (mixed), finely chopped
  • 2 ounces shredded cheese (I used a hard goat’s milk cheddar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • garlic granules
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with garlic granules, and place in a baking dish.  bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until baked through.

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2.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the prepared cauliflower on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic granules.  When the chicken has 25 minutes left to bake, place the cauliflower in the oven and bake for 25 minutes along with the chicken.

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3.) While the cauliflower and chicken are baking, heat 1 1/2 tsp. of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until tender.  Add the spinach and arugula, and cook until completely wilted, about 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat, and stir in the shredded cheese.  Mix completely.

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4.) When the chicken breast is done cooking, cut it in half length-wise.  These will be your two buns.  Cut each of the them in half width wise creating a top bun and a bottom bun for each of them.  Place a layer of cauliflower on the bottom bun, and top with a layer of the spinach and arugula mixture.

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5.) Sprinkle with a small bit of sea salt, and then place the top bun on top, creating a sandwich.

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Dig in!  Enjoy! 🙂

Garden Vegetable Egg Breakfast

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Guess what?!  I have a new favorite, and it’s this breakfast!  I’ve fallen in love again, and I may have to marry this stuff to make an honest woman out of me!  I don’t know if I could find a more nutritious breakfast that tastes this good!

If you have followed my blog at all, you know that I am always trying to make sure that I get plenty of veggies in at breakfast time.  Well, there is a reason for that!  As a matter of fact, the following pin links to a site that explains 5 benefits of of eating veggies for breakfast!

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Not only are those 5 reasons for eating vegetables for breakfast fantastic, but there is also the advantage of making sure that you get your daily dose of veggies out of the way right at the start of your day!

In general, the recommended daily amount of veggies is 2 1/2 cups.  Personally, I always aim for 5-8 cups of veggies per day.  Not always easy, but I find that there are little things you can do to get more in, such as cooking your veggies, adding them to smoothies, etc.

At any rate, if 2 1/2 cups is the bare minimum, this breakfast takes care of that in one meal!  Pretty awesome, right?  Plus, there is an egg and some greek plain yogurt involved providing a nice punch of protein to keep you satisfied and strong right up to lunchtime!

If you’re still not convinced that this is probably one of the best breakfasts ever, then I challenge you to try it once!  The taste alone will have you hooked!

GARDEN VEGETABLE EGG BREAKFAST

Ingredients: Makes 2 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • 4-5 cups mixed greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard)
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (julienned)
  • 1 cup yellow squash, finely chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1.) Place the mixed greens into a steamer, and steam until slightly wilted, but not all the way wilted.  Set aside.

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2.) While the greens are steaming, prepare your other veggies.

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3.) Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet.  Add the green onion and cook for 1 minute.  Add the zucchini and yellow squash, cook for 2 minutes.  Add the carrots, garlic powder, and lemon juice.  Sprinkle with sea salt and cover.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.

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4.) Remove from heat, add the wilted greens and the tomatoes, then put on a plate.  Set aside.

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5.) In the same pan that you cooked the veggies, fry your eggs.  Break into the pan over medium heat.  Cook on one side for 1 minute or 2, then use a spatula to flip the egg over and cook on the other side for 1 minute or 2.  Place the eggs on top of the veggies.

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6.) Do this with both eggs, then top with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and season with sea salt and pepper.

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Just look at that!  You can practically taste it just from the picture!  SO YUMMY!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sweet Potato Oatmeal

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Alright, my favorite vegetable of the moment is SWEET POTATOES!  I am falling more and more in love with these guys!  Want a salty snack?  Whip up some sweet potato fries or sweet potato chips!  Want something sweet?  MAKE THIS OATMEAL!  There’s just so much you can do with this scrumptious veggie, so it is quickly becoming my favorite of the moment!  Not only is it super versatile in terms of what it lends itself to, it’s also ridiculously good for you!

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Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these yummy yams!  Alright, so let’s get to this oatmeal!  As everyone knows who has even visited my blog once, I am obsessed with cramming as many veggies into meals as humanly possible!!!  My newest way to sneak some veggies into a dish that you wouldn’t normally think about adding veggies to is this sweet potato oatmeal!  Oh my gosh, it is so good, and of course super good of you too!  It makes for an awesomely filling breakfast that is an absolute treat to start your day with!  Are you sold yet?  Trust me, you gotta try this stuff!

SWEET POTATO OATMEAL

Ingredients

  • 1 small/medium sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • raisins and chopped pecans for topping

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Peel your sweet potato and cut into small pieces.  Place on the baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes until tender.

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2.) When the potatoes have about 10-15 minutes left to bake, put your oatmeal and water in a sauce pan and simmer over low/medium heat for 5-10 minutes until the water is absorbed in the oats.  Remove from heat and add the chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey.

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3.) When the sweet potatoes are done baking, place them in a bowl and mash them up with a fork.

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4.) Add the sweet potatoes to the oatmeal and stir to combine all the ingredients.

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5.) Transfer to a bowl and pour the almond milk over the oatmeal mixture.  Top with pecans and raisins, if desired.

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Now get ready for an amazingly yummy and healthy breakfast that will definitely leave you satisfied!

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YUM!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

Gluten Free Carrot Zucchini Muffins

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Okay, I get excited for just about any gluten free muffin recipe, but the fact that this recipe has some veggies in it as well has me beside myself!  These are SO good for you, and they are DELICIOUS!  They’ve got a perfect light and fluffy texture, and they have the perfect taste!  YUM!

Like I said, these guys have the added benefit that there are veggies in there – namely, carrots and zucchini!  The following pins show some of the health benefits of these two powerhouse veggies.

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You will think these muffins are too good to be true considering the fact that they have all these health benefits and they taste like a treat!

I am also including a little recipe for an almond lemon frosting.  This is optional, but it does go perfectly with this muffin!  I used goat cheese in it, but that’s because I really LOVE goat cheese!  You can use cream cheese, or you can leave the cheese out all together.

Alright, without further ado, here is the recipe, folks!

GLUTEN FREE CARROT ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

For the frosting

  • 2 Tbsp. goat cheese (or  3 Tbsp. cream cheese)
  • 4 Tbsp. smooth almond butter
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil.

2.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

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3.) In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients (eggs, honey, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar)  and the shredded carrots and zucchini.

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4.) Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.

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5.) Fill your muffin tin with the batter (2/3 of the way full for each cup in the tin).  Place the muffins in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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6.) While the muffins are baking, put your frosting together.  Place all of the frosting ingredients in a bowl and mix until completely combined and smooth.

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7.) When the muffins are done, remove from the muffin tin, and allow to cool.  Place a dollop of frosting on each muffin, if you are using the frosting.

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Yum, Yum, Yum!  You are going to love these!  Enjoy! 🙂

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

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I don’t know about you, but I love Zucchini bread!  Not only for the taste, but also because it has ZUCCHINI, and zucchini has loads of health benefits, some of which are shown in the following pin!

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SO many health benefits!  This zucchini bread recipe is gluten free, and is so yummy!  It tastes great with a bit of soft goat cheese or almond butter spread on top.  I love that zucchini bread is still on the table even if you are gluten free!

GLUTEN FREE ZUCCHINI BREAD

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of stevia
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a bread pan and then line it with parchment paper hanging over the sides.

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2.) Place your shredded zucchini in a fine meshed sieve and put the sieve over a bowl.  Press down on the zucchini to get rid of as much moisture as possible.

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3.) In a large bowl, mash the banana.  Add the eggs, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.  Stir until completely combined.  Stir in the coconut flour, cinnamon, stevia, baking soda, nutmeg, and sea salt.  Stir until completely combined and fairly smooth.  Stir in the zucchini.

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4.) Transfer to your prepared bread pan, and use a spoon to smooth the top.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean.  Use the edges of the parchment paper to pull the bread out of the bread pan and place on a plate to cool.

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5.) Slice using a knife and serve!

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Yay!!!  It’s gluten free zucchini bread!!! YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Chopped Veggie Dill & Sardine Salad

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Alright, guys!  Once again, I am giving a shout out to sardines!  I know that every time I write a post with a sardine recipe, I go on and on about how fantastic these tiny guys are, but I only do this because it’s true!!!  The following pin links to a site that explains 20 health benefits of Sardines.

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Some of these benefits include the following.

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps relieve depression and anxiety
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Prevents blood clots
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Promotes healthy brain function

And that’s only 6 in this list of 20, and the list of 20 is only 20 in the loads and loads of health benefits that this fish provides!  If you haven’t been convinced to try them with my past posts, then hopefully this salad will get you on the sardine bandwagon!

This salad is SO yummy!  Loaded with veggies, sardines, and a healthy dill dressing, the nutrition in this thing is out of this world!  Best part?  It’s a salad, so it’s beyond simple to make!

CHOPPED VEGGIE DILL & SARDINE SALAD

Ingredients – makes one salad…feel free to use more or less of a certain ingredient – it’s up to you!

  • 2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped.
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, cored and finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 1 tin of boneless and skinless sardines (in water), drained
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Layer your spinach, cucumber, tomato, and onion on a plate.  Toss to combine.

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2.) In a bowl, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and dill.  Stir to combine.  Add the sardines to the bowl, and mash up with a fork.  Stir to combine.  Add the sardine and dill mixture to the salad.

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3.) Season with sea salt and mix well.

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You’ve gotta try this!!!  It’s SO yummy and SO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂