Category Archives: Grains

About Gluten Free Oats, How To Make Quick Cooking Gluten Free Oats, and How to Cook Oats Fast For Breakfast

While oats are technically gluten free, they are often not gluten free due to farming practices and processing. Therefore, for anyone wishing to avoid gluten, (especially those with Celiac disease), it is imperative to buy “certified gluten free oats.”  This means they were grown on fields dedicated to oats only and not on a rotation with wheat or barely and processed in a gluten free facility. I used to buy Bob’s Red Mill certified gluten free oats in bulk and kept the extras in the freezer.  However, about 2 years ago, Trader Joe’s started selling gluten free oats and they … Continue reading

Cuban Rice and Beans

We eat with our eyes first. That is why I’m hesitant to post the below picture. It is not the most appetizing looking meal. However, in this case a picture doesn’t say 1000 words. To be honest, I got eye rolls when I put this on the table. But I soon got, “wow, this is really good” and clean plates at the end of the meal. This Cuban Rice and Beans meal can be lumped into the “comfort food” category. Seriously, it has that down home, satisfying feeling. Another plus….it is cheap to make. After all, black beans are really … Continue reading

Flavor Your Rice Seven Different Ways

Rice doesn’t have to be boring!  Spice it up! Want Salsa Rice?  How about Spicy BBQ Rice?  Teriyaki and Italian anyone?  You can even make it sweet with Apple Cinnamon Raisin! Find the recipes to make these flavors of rice (and more) by reading this article I wrote for My Life With Food Allergies. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesday. Gluten Free Wednesday. Real Food Wednesday.

Pumpkin Chai Spice Breakfast Bars

I saw the stats. The Grab and Go Breakfast Bars were a HUGE hit! I had mentioned I was working on a new flavor. Today, it’s yours…. Pumpkin Chai Breakfast Bars. Great autumn breakfast, although I would eat these any time of year. But now would be the time to stock up on canned pumpkin as it is always cheaper in the fall. These are not overly pumpkin for those of you who prefer a mild taste. The chai spices are not heavy either. You may want to check out the Grab and Go Breakfast Bars post for all the … Continue reading

All About Gluten Free Flours

There are a lot of gluten free grains (made into flour) available, but do you know what they really are? What their nutritional profile is? What they are used for? Check out my two part series on My Life With Food Allergies, describing all the gluten free flours I have in my freezer and refrigerator. What’s In Your Flour, Part One can be found here. What’s In Your Flour, Part Two can be found here. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays.

Ever Wonder If You Should Go Gluten Free?

Have you considered going gluten free?  Do you wonder if it would be beneficial to you?  Maybe you just want to learn more about gluten and its affects on the human body.  Find out by reading my article on My Life With Food Allergies.  Click here to find the post. As always, please feel free to share or comment!

Cherry Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Today’s recipe is one I found on the Whole Foods blog. I know people are looking for breakfast ideas and quinoa ideas. So I decided to bake this up and test it out for you. This recipe for Cherry Quinoa Breakfast Bake makes a lot, but according to the Whole Foods blog this will last 5 days. That’s perfect! Make it Sunday evening and you’ll have a breakfast ready and waiting for you every morning. It can be eaten cold or warm, but it tastes much better warm. I followed the recipe almost to the tee so I’ll send you … Continue reading

Too Much Grain? Two Vegetables To Use As Grain Alternatives

How much wheat or gluten free grains do you eat a day?  I imagine it’s more than you realize.  We’ve been ingrained (ha!) to think we need to eat lots and lots of grains.  Even many gluten free people are consuming lots of gluten free grains (unless you are Paleo).  Following doctor’s orders, I had to cut back on grains (gluten free ones) to about 6 ounces a day.  Let me tell you, it was tough.  It wasn’t until this experiment that I realized just how much grain I was consuming…breakfast, snacks, lunch, supper and evening.  Even though I was … Continue reading

Oats And Ancient Grain Pancakes

Here’s another pancake recipe!  Even though I have several, I keep trying new recipes hoping to stumble upon the perfect one.   I’m not sure this is the perfect one, but it is good and easy.  Fresh is best, but they freeze well too!  They are also something to feel good about with lots of fiber and protein from the oats and ancient grains of quinoa, buckwheat or teff.  Unrefined sweetener (coconut sugar) makes them vegan pancakes too! For some reason, these are the pancakes I make if we are having breakfast for dinner.  Do you make breakfast for dinner?  … Continue reading

Chocolate Granola For Anyone!

Calling all chocolate lovers!  I found a new way to get a chocolate fix.  Chocolate granola!    I adapted this recipe, tried it, and then two days later I found that Trader Joe’s had a chocolate granola.  Then I found a gluten free chocolate granola in another store.  So glad I made homemade a few days earlier!  Homemade is fun!  Homemade is less expensive!  Homemade is easy! Once you try this, you will make this over and over again!  I know I have!  It makes for a great snack!  Better print this out! If you love this, why not Like … Continue reading

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