Aussie Bites- Make Your Own

Do you enjoy the Organic Aussie Bites purchased at Costco? We do. They seem pretty healthy.

They are a little too sweet to me though. There are several forms of sugar in them: sugar, cane sugar, invert sugar and honey (not including the sugar from the dried fruit). At 130 calories for one bite, that seems a little steep. They have 16 carbs and 8 grams of sugar.  They also contain butter but some of my family is dairy free.

Can we improve upon this? I strayed from the original a bit. My final recipe had roughly 95 calories for one, with 12 carbs and 5 grams of sugar. No dairy. Continue reading “Aussie Bites- Make Your Own”

Butternut Squash Soup

This is a tasty roasted butternut squash soup. It’s not my husband favorite, but I really like it.

First, you will roast all the fruits and vegetables coated in the spices, then you will simmer and puree. What could be easier? Continue reading “Butternut Squash Soup”

My New Favorite Snack Bar

Sometimes your just need to grab a snack that is quick and easy. It’s not always easy to make it a healthy snack. These are my new favorite snack bars. Continue reading “My New Favorite Snack Bar”

Brussels Sprouts “Parmesan” with Bacon

My family doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts much, actually… at all. However, I have gotten the thumbs up with these. My daughter did say she would eat them again. My husband said they really didn’t taste like Brussels Sprouts and he seemed to like them. This recipe is dairy-free Continue reading “Brussels Sprouts “Parmesan” with Bacon”

Beef Goulash

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”  Matthew 5:13

 

Beef cubes are browned and cooked in broth. You can cook the beef in water as well, but the broth gives a richer flavor.

The browner the meat, the more flavor your meat and gravy will have. I remember my dad saying it tasted best when my mom burnt the meat.

You need enough stock/broth to cover the meat.

The sauce is generally used as is, but I added gluten-free flour to mine to make it thicker.

Serve over rice, gluten-free noodles, quinoa or potatoes. I usually skip the starch. I just like a little on the side with a salad/vegetable.

 

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Beef Goulash

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 2.5 hours
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Ingredients

  • 2T  ghee or oil (dairy-free alternative)
  • 2 lbs beef cubes, trimmed, cut into about 1″ cubes (grass-fed, organic is best)
  • salt and pepper, to taste (to season meat before browning)
  • 3 yellow onions, chopped
  • 2T paprika
  • 1 1/2-2 cups beef stock/broth (can use water as well)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2t salt
  • 1/8t pepper

(if you like it spicy, you can add spicier pepper or other spices you like)

Directions

  1. In a large pot heat 1 T butter/oil. Season meat with some salt and pepper, to taste. Add 1/2 of the meat to the pot to brown on high heat. Brown the meat well on all sides. The darker it is the more flavor your gravy will have. Remove meat from pot and repeat with the remaining butter/oil and meat.
  2. In the same pot on low heat, add the onions and cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the meat back to the pot. Add the garlic, paprika and stock/broth. Add enough broth to cover meat. Stir to mix well.
  4. Cover pot with tight fitting lid. Simmer over low heat about 2 hours. Stir occasionally. Meat should be tender.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add any other seasons you would like.

Optional:  make thicker gravy, mix 1/2 cup cold water with 1T gluten free flour mix. Stir until dissolved. Slowly pour into the meat while whisking to avoid clumping. Bring back to a boil for a minute or two.

Serve over rice, gluten-free noodles, quinoa or potatoes.

Bone Broth

“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.”  Proverbs 15:30

I’ve seen quite a few post about the health benefits of bone broth. This is made when you take chicken or beef bones and cook them with vinegar for an extended amount of time, usually 24 (chicken) to 48 (beef) hours. Are the health benefits really worth investing all that time? Continue reading “Bone Broth”

Vote: What Is Your Favorite Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread?

Gluten-free bread can be hard to swallow, quite literally.  When someone is considering a gluten-free lifestyle, bread is often the deal breaker. I have heard so many people say, “My doctor (or someone) said I should cut out gluten, but I just can’t give up bread.” or “I am gluten-free, except I occasionally have bread.” 🙄 (just a note- your not actually gluten free then)

Something as simple as a piece of bread can be standing between them and potential better health.

If you are gluten-free, consider sharing your favorite bread brands Continue reading “Vote: What Is Your Favorite Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread?”

“Cheesecake” Bites -Dairy Free, Gluten Free

I tried to make a dairy-free cheesecake for Christmas. When I bit into it…I think the angels started singing.  Oh…no..that’s just me. Continue reading ““Cheesecake” Bites -Dairy Free, Gluten Free”

Do You See Yourself Here?

Here is a partial listing of conditions that can be linked directly or indirectly to Celiac disease and/or gluten sensitivity. Gluten not only directly damages various parts of the body, it also causes nutritional deficiencies that adversely effect the whole body. So while these symptoms seem completely unrelated, they can be traced to a Continue reading “Do You See Yourself Here?”