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Marinated and Grilled Pork Chops

The secret to grilling boneless pork chops is an easy 2 step process. Follow these simple guidelines and never have dry pork chops again! First, marinate, marinate, marinate. Shoot for 6-8 hours. Thirty minutes before grilling time won’t do it. Second, cooking time for boneless pork chops is super short. 8-10 minutes maximum! This all depends on your particular grill, how hot it heats, how far the grates are from heat source etc. etc. I have a very hot grill, even on medium heat. I generally cook boneless pork chops about 4-5 minutes on one side and then 3-4 on … 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

Gluten Free Grain Free Thin Mint Cookies

Want the traditional Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie flavor without the milk, gluten and soy? Check out these cookies! Lauren from Oatmeal With a Fork came up with these highly addictive, nearly identical, thin mint style cookies. What is even more awesome…they are grain free too! Yep! Don’t get freaked out by her choice of flour…I promise…you CAN NOT taste anything but super, delicious thin mint cookie flavor! Per her suggestion, I’ve been keeping them in the freezer and I find myself heading there several times a day. I really shouldn’t make these again. BUT I WILL! Her recipe is … Continue reading

Three Bean Chili

I’m a sucker for soups. I love cooking them. Most soups require some pre-cooking the meat, or chopping vegetables or both. Most of the time I enjoy that. Sometimes I just want to open cans and dump them in a big pot. That is what today’s recipe is (mostly) like-fast, easy and tasty. This recipe makes a large batch. So I froze the leftovers in individual serving sizes to take out for lunch at a later time. Make some gluten free pasta, like penne or rotini, and serve the soup over that if you wish. It’s good either way, but … Continue reading

Crunchy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a chocolaty cookie? This cookie reminds me of Lucy’s cookies. It’s more a dry and crunchy cookie than an ooey-goey one. Yet somehow they are highly addictive. And perfect for dunking in coconut milk (or whatever you drink). This recipe was adapted from Erin McKenna’s Babycakes cookbook. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesday. Gluten Free Wednesday. Crunchy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies From: Adapted from Babycakes Cookbook Ingredients: 1 cup oil 1/4 cup xylitol 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/2 tsp. liquid stevia 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 T. vanilla 1 tsp. salt 1 … Continue reading

Raw Broccoli Salad

I had a great restaurant experience not too long ago. We went to Sweet Tomatoes. For those unfamiliar, this restaurant has a large salad bar, soup bar, baked potato bar, bread bar, fruit bar and dessert bar. Even better, they have gluten free and vegan (milk and egg free) dishes and they are clearly labeled. Could I eat EVERYTHING? No, but I ate plenty. I didn’t even have to skimp and just have one or two things. The salad bar had 3 pre-made gluten free and vegan salads. And of course, I could have built my own if I wished. … Continue reading

Broiled Grapefruit

Broiling fruit sounds crazy, I know. But with a grapefruit it is wonderful. I receive a lot of free health magazines from this cute little shop I hit up once in a while. I saw an “advertisement” in one about broiling grapefruit. I finally got around to trying it. I like grapefruit just cut open and scooped out. I never even put sugar on it. But for people who maybe don’t like the sourness of grapefruit, this is the way to go. Broiling the grapefruit makes it warm, extra juicy, and far less “sour.” It does not even take that … Continue reading

How to Make Finger Gelatin (a/k/a finger jello)

100,000! That’s a number worth celebrating! 200. That’s pretty big too! Say what? What does this have to do with finger gelatin? Nothing really. Not Irish and not Catholic, not prone to drinking and partying…I’m still celebrating St. Patty’s Day……with some green food. After all, St. Patrick (born A.D. 373) was one of the most prolific evangelists of all time with planting over 200 churches and baptizing 100,000 people. Prior to those achievements, he was kidnapped by pirates at age 16 and taken as a slave to Ireland. He later escaped only to return to his captors at age 30 … Continue reading

Turkey Burgers Version 2.0

I’m dreaming of warmer temps. And grilling. And picnics. So I decided to have an indoor picnic. With my indoor George Foreman grill. Enter: turkey burgers. These are so easy! And fast! In fact, this has already debuted on the blog….back when I was a newbie blogger. I think this is worth repeating though.  Who doesn’t love a fast and easy meal now and then? You can find the original recipe and article here. That article goes into much more depth. It’s worth a read. Serve these turkey burgers on a bun of choice. Or top with salsa and eat … Continue reading

Make Your Own Cherry Pie Filling

Part of eating “free” is making your own food, a lot. And we’re better for it…less chemicals, preservatives, food dyes, fake sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup, what have you. So today it’s another “make your own post.” Enter: cherry pie filling. I did not use this to make a pie, so I’m not sure how it works in that application. However, I used this pie filling in a salad/dessert type dish. And it worked wonderfully. I love it because it’s easy and free of the bad stuff. I adapted it from Carol Fenster’s Cooking Free cookbook to be refined … Continue reading

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