Gluten-Free Bacon Asparagus Quiche

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Hello Wednesday! Hope you are all having a bright and blessed day. I tell you what, it is getting hard to choose what recipes to share. I have a stock pile of ones to share with you all and I can’t decide on an order. Do I post savory? Do I post sweet? Decisions. Decisions.

Today I opted for savory. I was prepping food a couple of weeks ago (something I’ve done a lot of lately, I’ve already spent at least 5 hours this week prepping meals to just bake or veggies to just cook) and I was staring at some asparagus. What am I going to do with this asparagus. Quiche. It just popped in my mind. It seemed so natural and sounded incredibly delicious.

As I was making the crust, I was further prompted, add Parmesan. I am not going to argue with that! Granted, I was slightly worried about adding another fat, how that may effect the crust and bake. I was so geeked when the crust turned out beautiful. What a great flavor it had. I actually filled a whole pie pan and I have 3 mini tart shells in my freezer waiting on me to fill as well. Spinach pies? That is my current mood for them potentially.

I had plenty of taste-testers on this one. Our roofer friends agreed to share in the quiche with us one afternoon. They had never eaten quiche, let alone a gluten-free one. They praised the taste. I get a lot that many would never know my pie crust is gluten-free if I didn’t tell them. Which to me is a huge compliment. A few weeks ago when I took tarts to Bible Study, they said the same thing. That is my goal always, to make something gluten-free that tastes as good as the real thing (or better, that is an even bigger goal).

As always, that beauty of a quiche is that you can fill it however YOU like. This week I made another quiche (with a shredded sweet potato crust) with spinach, mushroom and bacon. On this Parmesan one, I put asparagus, garlic, and bacon. You can do butternut and goat cheese. Broccoli. Peppers. This list is ongoing. Have fun and be creative with it.

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Tortilla Soup

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This cooler weather has me craving some soup, I don’t know about you.

Since I made tortillas last week, it immediately popped into my mind to make a tortilla soup.

The tortillas crisped up perfectly (I actually may have liked the crispy little tortilla bits more than the regular tortillas).

The soup was slightly spicy with a great flavor.

Plus I swapped beans for roasted peppers.

I LOVE roasted peppers. And I was super geeked when they turned out perfectly. Needless to say I will be featuring a separate piece on making roast peppers and what to do with them.

I love crock pots! They are easy to just put everything in and let them cook. Or to warm them.

This soup made plenty and we enjoyed some Sunday before some football.

Nothing beats soup on a crisp Fall day!

Crispy Tortilla Soup

  • 1-2 Spicy Tortillas
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz. fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 roasted peppers, diced
  • 1/2 lb- 1 lb. chicken, shredded
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • Optional Toppings: Avocado, Sour Cream, Green Onions, Cilantro

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Gluten-Free Spicy Tortillas

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I have to admit that during the school year I don’t do a lot of cooking. Plus I tend to make the same things: cooked cabbage, root hash, etc.

All of my creativity is put into my baking and ideas for baked goods.

So I take a back seat sometimes and let Zach take over the savory portion.

And sometimes he’ll make something for his frat boys that I really want too.

For instance, he makes them quesadillas every week.

I cannot remember the last time I had a quesadilla. Or embarrassingly: if I ever have? I have no recollection, sorry.

I have made plenty of tortillas, usually with the intention of making a wrap (these ones for spinach and kale ones are my fav).

This time I wanted a quesadilla. And I wanted to add some spices, make it tasty and different.

And then I wanted to use the extra tortillas for a tortilla soup (recipe coming Thursday) and a pulled-pork wrap (coming Friday).

This wrap is definitely adaptable. I worked well in all these dishes.

AND it did make a wonderful quesadilla, which was the initial goal.

Gluten-Free Spicy Tortillas

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika

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Chicken Shawarma

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This adventure into pita bread began with chicken shawarma.

When Zach and I were living in Champaign they had a lot of diverse restaurants, it was definitely a nice food town.

One of our favorite spots was a Middle Eastern restaurant. The first time we went, the menu was out of my know. Zach insisted on shawarma, so I got the chicken with him.

SOOOOO DELICIOUS!

It did come with a side of pita. Naturally I give all my bread sides to Zach, so he was stacked up.

I reserved in my mind to one day make my own shawarma. And to make my own pita for the side.

This had so much flavor, and we had plenty of left-overs the next day. The pita was a good boat for eating the chicken, but also for sopping up the tasty sauce left on the plate.

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Strawberry Banana Sorbet

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Sometimes in the summer heat you just want a cold sweet treat.

And I love ice cream, I enjoy making it, but sometimes it is more work than I’m wanting to do.

I really am a pretty simple girl. And sometimes ice cream is too sweet for me. In my everyday life, I don’t eat baked goods. Weird, I know, since I’m a baker. But typically the only time I eat baked goods is when I have to sample the ones I make, to make sure they’re up to par. And sometimes I don’t do that, I have a gorgeous, super-honest husband be my taste-tester because he will let me know what’s up.

So one day, I make to make a little treat for the two of us. I see some strawberries left in the fridge, that someone from the market had given us. And I know what I want. When I go to the store I grab a view bananas.

All I did was blend them. But to a surprising delight, that was all I needed to do. Fruit is sweet to me and I didn’t even sweeten this. It was perfect. It had a next texture. It wasn’t rich. It was light and refreshing.

Plus it was so easy. Something I can respect.

The great thing too, is that you can try it with other fruit. But if you have the perfect strawberry and ripe bananas, you are really set!

Strawberry & Banana Sorbet

  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

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Gluten-Free Yeast Donuts

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I grew up in the Midwest, in a nice sized town called Terre Haute. There’s not a whole lot going on. It’s pleasant. We’re known for ISU, land of Larry Bird.

Growing up we didn’t eat out a lot, my father is a bomb cook and we typically ate meals at home. Plus we lived slightly in the country and we didn’t often go into town to eat. Sometimes, we got treated. A hometown favorite for A LOT of people are Square Donuts. They are delicious.

My father grew up down the street from there, so he has many fond memories of eating there as a children. My grandfather too. He has Celiac’s disease, though, now and cannot indulge in Square Donuts. A few years ago he set me on a mission to make donuts. He sent me home with 5+ pages of notes and a fryer. The experience was a little mortifying and a fail to say the least. I did make some good baked donuts. Grandpa wanted the yeast donut, not the cake donuts.

I have kind of steered clear of donuts ever since. They’re tricky. We’re not really friends.

However, lately, I have been feeling a little more adventurous. Why not try again?

Verdict?

I personally thought they were delicious. They had a nice texture and taste. I was very pleased with them. These are best fresh!

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Gluten-Free Grapefruit Tarts

IMAG4034.jpgGrowing up one of my favorite things to have for breakfast was grapefruit.

My mother would cut one in half. Sprinkle some sugar on each half. cut around the outside and each individual wedge, and microwave or broil each half. One half for Cliff. One for me. And the wedges just popped out.

I have seen several grapefruit tarts, which have been stunning and beautiful. It’s been on my Must Make list for probably about a year now.

Today I had some extra pie crust, plus I already already bought a grapefruit, so I determined that this would be the week I tried it. If I like it, maybe I can take it to the market as part of my POW (Pie of the Week).

Here is the good and the bad of how they turned out:

  • They grapefruit curd was absolutely delicious. Like most other curds (such as lemon and lime), I could sit and sneak little bites maybe all day.
  • Meringue on top? Why not! It’s citrus, just like lemon, why not use some meringue to dress it up
  • Color, this is my only negative. The color was not what I was wanting. This could be 1. Because I used honey and that added to the darker color 2. Many of the recipes I saw used red dye to add to the rubiness of their tarts, but I’m not about that artificial coloring life, so the natural had to do

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Gluten-Free Kale Wraps

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I know was a real big thing for a while. And I do believe eating a variety of greens is important. I think I tried making my first batch of kale chips some 8 + years ago.

Truth: I wasn’t sold.

I am a cabbage girl. I could eat it everyday. And cabbage chips are my favorite vegetable chip (click the link for the recipe). So kale could never hold a candle to my beloved cabbage (which I could/can eat everyday).

I tried sauteing the kale. Nope. Worse there, the chips at least had a nice crunch.

So kale blew-up with catchy kale shirts popping up and a plethora of jokes made their round. It gotten trendy and I was really over it then.

But the hype has died down. And I have had enough time. Enough time to give kale another chance.

My favorite quicky recipe are lettuce wraps. When I’m having a lazy day or I’ve done a ton of baking, I frankly don’t want to spend a bunch of time prepping food or cutting vegetables (although there are many days when I love this). So lettuce wraps are light, refreshing and easy to slap together.

I feel bad sometimes, however, for my dear husband who doesn’t really complain, but who does enjoy a tortilla wrap for lunch.

In the past I’ve made spinach wraps (again click the link for the recipe). They were really freaking good. So I resolved to switch things up this time around. Kale. Now was the time, that I was ready to give kale a third trial.

The verdict?

SOOOOOOO delicious! Make a batch, freeze some for future lazy days.

Explore filling it with different options. I did lettuce and bacon here (no BLT’s for me, I do not do raw tomatoes, it’s a texture thing).

However you could do: chicken salad (or egg or tuna). You could maybe make some spin on fajitas. Pulled pork. Kale inside kale with sweet potatoes and pork strips.

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby

IMAG2919.jpgYesterday I went a tiny bit crazy with lemon. I made lavender lemon meringue tarts and lemon bars and this beautiful little dutch baby with lemon curd and blueberries. A delectable little treat perfect for a Saturday breakfast or brunch in bed scenario. I will note this is the romantic in me. I can’t think of when I ever actually ate breakfast in bed or really brunched or just had a day in bed. Doesn’t mean I am opposed to it. Just need to make it a priority. Note to self. Do this…..soon. Set a day and get it down.

Regardless of when or how you eat it. Whether it’s in a bliss-filled, bed-staying-in day. Or just a regular weekday after some kettlebells. Or just because you want a little tart in your life and lemons are calling your name. It is good. Anytime. Any place.

I will be working on more savory options in the future as well. Prosciutto and goat cheese? Maybe. But if you do not dig lemon or blueberries, there are all kinds of alternatives to topping you can use. Bananas Foster. Bacon and eggs. Caramel Apple. Cherry Almond. Strawberry Banana. Or just eat the pancake. Play around with it. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby”

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet

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This recipe is a duet of sorts, a duet of culinary creations by husband and I. My husband can definitely throw down in a kitchen. And he is a for sure boss at managing and running one. But he cooks all day. Plus I love to cook as well, so I generally try to cook for us at home, so he can relax and get out of the kitchen. This also gives me ample time to play and experiment with new recipes. Which is good and bad for Zach. Not everything I make is a home run the first at bat (like the tator tots that took me three attempts or my first round of pot pie). But he is always gracious, kind, and he gives me his honest opinion. The part is the most important part. I do not need people to just fluff my tail feathers. If something needs adjusted or tweaked I NEED to know before I go sharing. So I am unbelievably grateful for being surrounded with such honesty and truth.

I had never planned on posting or sharing this recipe, though (I have them planned through July already). It was just something I sort of strung together. Zach had some pulled pork in the fridge. We love sweet potatoes, but we have only eaten them just baked one time (on our first camping trip to Brown County, around a year ago). So I just started baking potatoes. Thought I would stuff the pork inside of them rather than serving it on the side. And I fried a couple pieces of bacon, because, why not? Zach raved about this lunch the whole time we were eating. “Babe this is good.””Babe this is so good.””Seriously.”

With this feedback I could not, not post it. And I love that it is a combination of the two of us. Plus it’s easy. Make the pork in the crock pot. just bake a potato. Anyone can do it.

Pulled-Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 pieces of bacon
  • 8 oz. pulled pork

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