Fruit Kebabs

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Whether using fresh, frozen, or canned fruit, fruit kebabs are not only naturally gluten free, but make one of the easiest, yet healthiest appetizers. Using pineapple, strawberries, kewi, honeydew melon, green or red seedless grapes, green or red apples, and bananas are great for coordinating holiday colors, but use whatever you have available or enjoy. You may make dessert fruit kebabs by serving with a Chocolate Fondue Sauce. Enjoy these appetizers whether for New Year’s Eve or any other day! Continue reading “Fruit Kebabs”

Gluten Free Fried Bananas

Fried Bananas (Naturally Gluten Free)

Don’t know what to do with over-ripened bananas? Make fried bananas! Fry them up in about 5 minutes and top them your favorite topping or the buttery sweet sauce straight from the pan. It’s truly an easy gluten free dessert recipe you cannot go wrong with. It’s a non-alcoholic version of bananas foster. Next time I make this recipe I’d like to try dredging the cut side of the bananas in almond flour before frying. That just sounds perfect to me. Wish I would have thought about it sooner. Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Fried Bananas”

Fresh Honeydew Melon Martini (Gluten-Free)

I am crazy for a fresh anything, but this fresh honeydew melon martini is a real treat!  I’ve tried a fresh watermelon martini, but this is great, too! Since I’m allergic to citrus I couldn’t add any lemon or lime juice to mine, but it will definitely give it a good flavor. I’d prefer lemon juice myself. Others add triple sec (a mixture of bitters and sweet oranges), but this recipe for a fresh honeydew melon martini did me just fine! Very chilled and frothy on top. I’ve also included a link to gluten-free vodka brands. Enjoy! Continue reading “Fresh Honeydew Melon Martini (Gluten-Free)”

Blackberry Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts

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Last night for dinner I just wasn’t up to cooking anything, and wasn’t that hungry, but I managed to make some candied walnuts (I used agave), and threw together this blackberry avocado salad together that I absolutely loved! You will find three recipes below: Candied Walnuts, Blackberry Balsamic Dressing and and how to arrange this all together to form a blackberry avocado salad. using spring greens. You may top this off with feta cheese, goat cheese, monterey jack, cheese substitute, your favorite cheese or plain. However, there is nothing plain about this salad. Your family or guests will think you slaved all day! Continue reading “Blackberry Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts”

Fresh Fruit Heals Leaky Gut

The best recipes for a leaky gut contain whole foods (unprocessed foods), but some in particular. Perhaps you’re sick of fruit and are now going for those high carb snacks. I think we all have gone through the feeling of being deprived when we first start a gluten free diet, though once you find your favorite brands of gluten free baked goods, including bread, all hell breaks loose on the scale, at least those of us who have healed already. This is why I have been concentrating on finding a more healthy gluten free snack. Though I don’t ever think I’ll give up perfecting gluten free baked recipes. Everything in moderation, right? So, while your gut is still healing, ditch those high carb baked goods and reach recipes for leaky gut such as those containing high complex carbohydrates: legumes (if tolerated), fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. Continue reading “Fresh Fruit Heals Leaky Gut”

Gluten Free Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

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On the 4th of July I had a sweet tooth. Actually, I have had a sweet tooth all week, but not for dessert. I went to the grocery store, hungry, the other day and ended up with a cart full of naturally gluten-free foods, such as gluten-free cocktail onions and raspberry balsamic vinegar. Obviously, not just sweet foods, but tangy, as well. Must be something going on with my diet. Hmmm. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this recipe strawberry spinach salad, as well as the dressing. We did! Continue reading “Gluten Free Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing”

Gluten-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Marinade and Sauce

Gluten Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Marinade and Sauce

Raspberry vinegar produces a darker, nicer looking meat when grilled. It helps produce those nice, dark grill marks, which every chef desires. Using a raspberry vinegar is a quick and easy trick. Anything with sugar or fructose (all fruit contains fructose) creates a darker crust on meat, whether fried or grilled. I often use balsamic vinegar, but was attracted to this raspberry vinegar while shopping when I was hungry! Gee, my tastes sure have changed. Years earlier I would have purchased junk food, like chips. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Marinade and Sauce”

Watermelon Sundae

Watermelon Ice Cream Sundae

Of course, this watermelon recipe can be made in a bowl or atop a with gluten-free ice cream cones or regular. If using a cone you can decorate the cone’s top edge with frosting or whipped cream. I’m fresh out of my Goldbaum’s gluten-free ice cream cones. I gave them all to my grandkids. However you can have more ice cream in a bowl, which is what I enjoy the most! This not only makes a great 4th of July recipe, but a nice cool treat all summer long. I had so much fun making this! I’ve never scooped such a large watermelon ball before, but it was very easy. It’s no different than scooping out smaller ones. Get that scooper and dive in! And again, happy 4th of July! Continue reading “Watermelon Sundae”

Watermelon Stars

Watermelon Cut-Out of in Shape of a Star

This is such an easy and fast gluten free dessert to make! Frost bottom edges with sweetened whipped cream, white frosting, or cream cheese frosting (all recipes below). You can also use canned whipped cream. If desired, add blue food coloring to frosting for decorative stars or leave white. I like to use natural food coloring made by Select Tea. It’s gluten-free and vegan. I left mine white. Adding a single blueberry on top and/or one in the middle of each decoration at the bottom brings color to this dessert. If you’d like, you can frost the entire top of the star and add multiple blueberries and/or other red berries, and skip the decorative frosting, or do both. This recipe can be made low-carb using sugar substitutes. This definitely makes a great 4th of July desserts, and definitely a conversation piece! Happy 4th of July to everyone in the U.S.! Continue reading “Watermelon Stars”

Gluten Free Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet (Naturally Gluten Free)

It’s strawberry season again and I am delighted! Sorbet is gluten free, naturally, but not always egg-free. This strawberry sorbet recipe includes several choices of ingredients. Due to my citrus allergies I used cream of tartar in place of lemon juice, but if I could have use lemon juice, and suggest you do for a more flavorful sorbet. Pineapple juice or orange juice will also work well. As a thickening agent you can either use a food starch or egg white, whichever works best for your diet. If you are watching your sugar intake or prefer a refined sugar-free version you may use agave nectar/syrup in place of simple syrup (sugar and water heated). Adding a natural food coloring will make it look more appetizing, but it is not necessary. Select Tea makes natural ones. If you do use food coloring, you are not limited to red. Green makes an awesome gluten free sorbet, as well.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Strawberry Sorbet”

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