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Gluten Free Pasta Casserole

There’s nothing like a pasta casserole. It’s a warm dish that can be served with a salad.

This is a gluten free and dairy free recipe. I don’t make pasta often since I eat for Autoimmune disease. As an option, ground beef can be used instead of ground turkey.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free pasta
  • Gluten free tomato sauce-i use Paul Newman’s
  • Dairy free parmesan cheese-spaghetti cheese
  • Dairy free parmesan cheese shredded
  • Ground Turkey
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Gluten free turkey gravy mix

Bring water to a boil cook pasta half of the time.

While pasta is cooking, brown the turkey, add salt and pepper.

Mix water and the gluten free turkey gravy mix.

After the turkey is cooked, add the gluten free turkey gravy mix. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down.

Add the tomato sauce to the turkey. Mix well. Turn off heat.

Sprinkle the dairy free parmesan cheese on the turkey mixture. Mix well.

Drain the pasta when it is done. Then put in the pan that can be in the oven. Add the turkey mixture. Mix together. Add the dairy free shredded parmesan cheese on top of the the casserole.

Put in the oven on 350f. For about 20 minutes or until it looks like the cheese is melted or brown. Remember, dairy free cheese does not melt like cheese with dairy.

Out of the Oven

Happy Day

Caroline

dairy free · gluten free · personal blog · personal development

Gluten Free Southwest Chicken Salad

This is a simple recipe. It is gluten free and dairy free. Of course you can add dairy free shredded cheese to top it. (I am not a huge fan of dairy free shredded cheese). I like to make simple recipes, with little time in the kitchen and more time enjoying my meals.

Ingredients needed:

  • lettuce
  • follow your heart ranch dressing
  • black beans
  • corn
  • grilled chicken
  • gluten free taco seasoning
  • gluten free tortilla chips

Rinse the black beans and corn in a strainer. Then warm them in a pot adding the gluten free taco seasoning. Once warm, take it off the stove and let cool.

Add salt and pepper to the chicken and grill. Cut into strips.

Put lettuce, chicken and black bean and corn mixture on top of the lettuce. Add follow your heart salad dressing

Serve gluten free tortilla chips on the side.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Bean Sprout Soup and a Salad

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This is a gluten free and dairy free recipe. Both the soup and salad is simple and quick to make. Add a mint water to the meal for a refreshing drink.

Bean Sprout Soup.

Ingredients

  • I can of soybean sprouts 
  • 1 carton of Bone Broth
  • 1 Tbsp green onion
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (or more to taste)

Rinse the bean sprouts from the can. If using fresh bean sprouts, also rinse. Leave the ends, as that is where most of the nutrients will be. Boil the bone broth. Add the bean sprouts and boil for 3-4 minutes. Add the green onion, garlic and sea salt and boil for 1 minute.

Green onions can be grown indoors. Place the roots in a glass jar with some water to cover the roots. Put by a window. I use a grow light since I have a lack of sunlight.

Apple Cranberry Raisin Salad with Broccoli Florets

Ingredients

  • broccoli florets-cooks till tender
  • cranberries
  • raisins
  • sunflower seeds
  • lettuce
  • one apple-diced, if making a small portion, option to use half of the apple.
  • lemon basil dressing from Paul Newman

Boil the broccoli florets until it is tender, drain and let cool. Use a large size bowl for the salad to toss everything together. Add together all the ingredients along with the dressing.

This salad has a sweet taste because of the raisins.

Mint Water

A mint plant can be grown inside. Place it near a window for the sunlight. In the summer, you can put it outside for more sun. I use a grow light on my plants since my home faces the north and has tons of shade from the tall trees that sit behind my townhouse.

Fill up your glass with water and ice, then add two or three mint leaves to the water.

The other option is to add lemon or cucumber to the water for a detox water.

This is a great refreshing and energizing drink.

For Your Shopping Wishes

Here is the link for the grow light for indoor plants.

Indoor Plant Grow Light

Below is a photo of the grow light in my home.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free · lifestyle blog · personal blog · personal development · simple life

Romaine lettuce salad

Today I tried a different salad. This is a simple recipe. It can be made as vegan by omitting the bacon with vegan bacon.

This recipe quick to make, easy to stand in the kitchen without chronic pain issues. Easy to digest.

Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce- cut it in small pieces before cooking.
  • Bacon-omit for vegan bacon
  • Radishes
  • Tomato- diced
  • Lemon
  • Potato
  • Follow Your Heart ranch salad dressing (contains soy)
  • Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast- optional

Make the bacon. Cut it in small pieces. Add back to the pan and saute the radishes to heat them up. Then add the lettuce. Stir it several times, cook until it wilts.

Bake the potato. I added vegan butter and salt, pepper, and chives on the potato.

Pour the salad mixture onto a plate. Add diced tomatoes on top. Then pour the Follow Your Heart ranch salad dressing on top. Squeeze a lemon on top for extra flavor. Can add parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for added flavor.

Serve potato and salad together. Add fruit in the side.

Tonight I’m going to rest and enjoy my dinner in front of the television. Maybe a craft later tonight. Definitely will be doing yoga. My back hurts from working all day.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · rheumatoid arthritis · simple life

Blueberry Muffins

This is the first time using this mix. Very easy to make, with eggs, milk (I used almond milk) and oil. It suggests add-ons and gives the amount. I used blueberries since I had more than enough in my refrigerator.

I recommend to use this mix. It is simple and easy for anyone needing gluten free and dairy free products. But it is also simple for those with autoimmune and chronic pain to make. The time standing in the kitchen is only a few minutes.

Blueberry muffins were fabulous. The texture of the mix reminds me of using all-purpose flour. This mix is gluten free and it has a sweetness to the mix. Definitely will buy this mix again!

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · dinner · gluten free · mindfulness · minimalism · recipes · rheumatoid arthritis · simple life · spiritual

A Review of Meals this Week

My diet consists of gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune illness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

On Monday, tuna, chicken BBQ and chicken burgers were prepared. Rice and roasted vegetables were also prepared.

An order from Whole Foods Market was made. They have the best gluten free and dairy free products, that I can not find anywhere else. Plus they deliver, so it’s easier to order there as my work schedule can be difficult to get to a grocery store.

I did not have a dessert every night. I finished the cinnamon muffins last night. The gluten free homemade biscuits were starting to loose it’s freshness so I had to toss those.

A spinach smoothie was made for Breakfast, along with eggs, avocado on toast and left over veggies were warmed up.

The refrigerator is now empty of this week’s meals.

This evening, I’ll make dinner. It will be a salad and a baked potato.

Tomorrow I work, so I have the chicken soup and tuna thawing. I will make those for dinner when I get home from a long day at work.

I’ll have to eat the grapes today for a snack. I also got out of the freezer the gluten free brownies I made the other day. And today I’m going to make blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins will be my breakfast for tomorrow along with fruit. I’ll post the gluten free blueberry muffins.

Meals

Happy Day

Caroline

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Quiet Day

It’s a quiet cold morning while the snow blankets every reminder of grass and spring time.

The birds are quite, the people in the city are quiet and my home is quite.

Things to do on a Quiet Day

  • Be creative
  • write
  • cook/bake
  • learn a new recipe
  • make crafts
  • take a walk
  • meditate
  • take a bath
  • read
  • watch a movie/documentary
  • rest
  • meet up with a friend for coffee
  • sit at a cafĂ© by yourself and have coffee

Smoothie

Spinach, blueberries, banana, protein powder, almond milk. Blend together

My breakfast was the spinach smoothie, warmed up gluten free biscuit with dairy free chive cream cheese from Kite Hill, and a mandarin orange.

This is a wonderful book. It is for those yoga fans out there. A must read.

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · gluten free

Sunday Breakfast

The challenge is to use what I have in the freezer and pantry before it goes bad. Food prices are increasing and it’s time to honor what I have more everyday.

Gluten free Dairy free Breakfast

Ingredients

  • One Potato
  • Left over broccoli florets
  • Turkey bacon
  • Two eggs
  • Basil-I have need to use it!

While the potatoes are cooking, I’m drinking my electrolytes. The winter and cold is definitely causing dryness in my mouth and skin. I’m drinking Body Armor fruit punch. It is gluten free!

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Autoimmune has this controversy do you eat or should you eat white potatoes. I have not found any difference in my flares if I eat white potatoes. So I will eat some white potatoes and then include sweet potatoes in my meals the following week if I want a potato. I eat white potatoes in moderation.

Here’s the result of my breakfast

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · meditation · mindfulness · minimalism · simple life

Today’s Meals

Today is cold with 12 inches of snow outside. The day might be a work from home day. Most of my clients are having their session by video. I’m waiting on one client to let me know what she wants.

I have not been doing yoga much lately. I started a yoga challenge with Yoga with Kassandra. The challenge is a 15 min yoga stretch and then a 5 min meditation.

I have energy after that!

Smoothie recipe

I had a fruit smoothie with blueberries, banana, dairy free yogurt and protein powder. Put all in a blender with almond milk.

Then I toasted a bagel and spread dairy free chive cream cheese from kite hill on it.

Breakfast photo

If course I needed a little chocolate, so I have 2 squares of enjoy life chocolate bar.

To make life a little easier, preparing for dinner early is the best thing to do for myself. After the client sessions, I’m exhausted mentally and physically my body is swollen from sitting most of the day.

I boiled frozen broccoli florets. That will be for the salad for dinner.

I also cleared out the refrigerator. I froze the fruit I had in there before it goes bad. That is the fruit I use for smoothies.

Brownies

I have the urge for chocolate brownies. The recipe is on the back of King Arthur gluten free measure for measure flour.

Lunch

Grilled chicken breast, rice, avocado and lemon dressing (Paul Newman’s salad dressing- lemon basil)

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · etsy · rheumatoid arthritis

Gluten free chicken meatballs

Something new to post A new recipe at 4pawsartstudio….

Since I began the gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lifestyle it’s been slightly challenging to make some changes.

For instance, dairy free sour cream yuck, but Kite Hill is the best one.

Dairy free cream cheese, I’m still looking.

Bread? Everyone on gluten free diet knows bread is irreplaceable. Canyon is the best and can be found at target and whole foods. But there’s others that can be bought through their website which I have not tried. But heard they have less sugar and more healthier and actually tastes like bread.

Back to the gluten free, dairy free chicken meatballs..

I used a recipe from Pinterest and converted it to gluten free and dairy free products.

Here’s the recipe

1 pound ground chicken-or turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1/2 cup dairy free parmesan

2 tablestoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

additional seasoning-Italian seasoning

combine all ingredients and mix together. Roll into small balls. I made this in a crockpot. Put the setting on high, spray crockpot with olive oil, add dairy free butter to the bottom of the pan-a few small slices, add about 1 tablespoon of water to the crockpot before placing the meatballs in it. Cook for about 3 hours. stir halfway through to prevent from burning and sticking, may need to add additional water to the crockpot.

I made a salad with these meatballs. I do not care for gluten free pasta. Having an Autoimmune illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I need to eat mostly anything that will help flush out the fluid my body retains.

Salad recipe:

green leaf lettuce

mixed salad greens

dandelion

green onion

apple cut in cubes

lemon salad dressing

mix together and enjoy

Reminder: 4pawsartstudio has art and knitting products for sale on Etsy.

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Happy Day

Caroline