entrees

chicken breakfast sausage

Try­ing to find chicken break­fast sausage with­out night­shades (paprika) has proven to be impos­si­ble. I’m glad really, because mak­ing these myself is quite easy, thanks to my neigh­bor­hood butcher who grinds organic, bone­less, skin­less chicken thighs for me. The fla­vor … more




pan roasted frenched pork rib chops with chutney and cabernet demi-glace

I wanted to develop a really com­plex recipe for frenched pork chops. I love the pre­sen­ta­tion of a frenched chop and the result­ing moist­ness from any cut of meat with the bone left intact. (If you can’t find frenched chops, … more




salad in a jar

It was their turn to host our book club din­ner, so my mother-daughter friends Kathy and Jen­nifer, respec­tively, set a gor­geous table and served a beau­ti­ful and inge­nious meal they made a day ahead of time. Fea­tur­ing a Salad Nicoise, … more




gluten-free tuna quinoa salad with lemon

Served warm or chilled, this tangy salad is per­fect for sum­mer. Don’t worry about how much lemon is in here — the quinoa really soaks it up. Flakes of tuna give it a won­der­ful piquant fla­vor that meld beau­ti­fully with … more




gluten-free pasta primavera

Half soup, half pasta — all hearty and fill­ing. I love one pot meals espe­cially when it’s cold, and believe it or not, it’s COLD in San Diego. Hail greeted me in the back­yard when I came home from errands … more




mexican bowls

This is a per­fect lunch or din­ner with left­over pot roast. In fact, I make a pot roast just for this pur­pose. Inspired from my favorite “fast” food restau­rant, Chipo­tle, this was my once a week treat. Now that night­shades … more




gluten-free at burger lounge!

When you give up gluten, you also give up con­ve­nience. The num­ber of restau­rants at which you can eat tends to shrink dra­mat­i­cally, and you are left hav­ing lengthy con­ver­sa­tions with wait staff. If you live in San Diego or … more




udi’s pizza crusts

A nice addi­tion to their array of gluten-free prod­ucts, Udi’s pizza crusts offer a quick din­ner option for those nights you really don’t feel like cook­ing. They are two to a pack­age at about $5.00, so $2.50 per unit. A fam­ily … more




gluten-free swedish meatballs

Find­ing my night­shade intol­er­ance forced me to give up meatballs…at least meat­balls that way I’ve always pre­pared them. In an attempt to find a meat­ball I like, I sud­denly thought…‘Swedish.’ There is pork in here, which I rarely eat, but … more




chicken and mushrooms

My Hun­gar­ian hus­band is always ask­ing me to make him a good “szaft-y” dish — that’s Hun­gar­ian for a dish in a good sauce. When I watched Ina Garten take a Napa, CA vaca­tion where she show­cased this won­der­ful recipe, … more




new product — best gf pasta to date!

We’ve tried lots of brands of gluten-free pasta, but bionaturae’s line of organic, gluten-free pasta is the one most highly favored by the two gluten addicts in my home. Made in Italy, their gf pasta comes in four forms: spaghetti, elbow, … more




sloppy gluten-free burgers

With Udi’s ham­burger buns, I am able to give my kids a mouth-watering ham­burger that they love! The buns freeze well, but I use them within a few days of pur­chas­ing. Go wild with top­pings, or stay with the basics … more




chicken caesar salad

The tuna indus­try will tell you that tuna salad is America’s favorite salad. I even found a coleslaw blog, also “America’s favorite salad”. The point is, we like our sal­ads. Chef, 3-bean, jello (if you want to go way back), … more




simply roasted chicken breasts

I love to roast chicken. Whole or in pieces, but always with the bone in, which makes for much moister meat. I like to roast four breasts at a time so that I have it at my dis­posal for a … more




turkey shortcake

I can’t, for the life me, think why my dad called this dish “turkey short­cake.” It’s got to be a weird south­ern thing. Nev­er­the­less, the Thanks­giv­ing left­over I remem­ber most fondly from my child­hood is this oddly named dish con­sist­ing … more




carnitas tacos

It is my per­sonal belief that if you heat up an oven or a crock pot, then you should try to get at least two meals out of it. Pork is a lean and fairly inex­pen­sive way to feed a … more




mediterranean pasta

Enjoy this with a sim­ple green salad. If you want to make this sans dairy, I would replace the feta and parme­san with shred­ded Daiya moz­zarella. Active time: 10 min­utes Total time: 30 min­utes Yield: 4–6 serv­ings 1 lb. rice … more




bbq chicken

Sum­mer is just around the bend and for my fam­ily that means bar­be­cu­ing. This is a quick recipe that requires few ingre­di­ents and a hot grill. Using ready made, gluten-free BBQ sauce makes it a snap and it tastes great … more




filet with horseradish on greens

Using a small piece of meat (filet is my favorite for this dish), you can pro­duce a pro­tein packed salad that will keep you full most of the day. This is a won­der­ful lunch or din­ner, depend­ing on the quan­tity … more




halibut over greens

This is one of my favorite times of year…the hal­ibut are run­ning! A firm, flaky, moist fish, it is my favorite lunch or light din­ner over a plate of well sea­soned greens. I bought mine (caught wild) at Costco. It’s … more




butterflied roast chicken

I love roast­ing chick­ens for a num­ber of rea­sons — the smell for one will make your fam­ily rav­en­ous, and when you do two at a time, you get great left­overs. Not to men­tion car­casses for stock. But I don’t … more




margherita pizza

I don’t think you should have to give up pizza just because you can longer eat gluten or dairy. With Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tor­tillas, I make these in my largest cast iron pan. If you can’t do dairy, try … more




fajitas

Liv­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, I have an appar­ent fond­ness for Mex­i­can and Mexican-inspired food that bor­ders on obses­sive. Cilantro, onions, limes, gar­lic and pep­pers are sta­ples in my kitchen and the fam­ily knows that if they don’t like a par­tic­u­lar … more




chicken strips

Who knew that a whole gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren would best iden­tify chicken as a strip or nugget? If they’re gonna eat ‘em, best to make them home­made. When I do make these, I dou­ble the recipe because the kids love … more




rolled tacos

When I want to use up left­over Pot Roast, this is a great, savory snack or din­ner. I don’t like to serve fried food very often, but when the fam­ily craves it, I fig­ure if they’re going to eat it, … more




quick pesto and pasta

The rich tex­ture of wal­nuts replace pine nuts and parme­san cheese in this quick and sim­ple recipe. I love to serve this over spaghetti or fusilli pasta. Any left­over pesto is great on crack­ers. For left­over pasta, sim­ply refresh it … more




stuffed bell peppers

I think this dish was a sta­ple in many homes in the 60’s and 70’s. It’s kind of a clas­sic in the ranks of those huge Camp­bell soup-based casseroles my mom would make dur­ing the week. This has been updated … more




chicken souvlaki

I love this Greek word for skew­ered meat. I like just about any Greek food, for that mat­ter. This is a nutri­tious, yet fun meal for your kids, after all, who doesn’t like meat on a stick? For us with … more




chinese fried rice

I’ve learned to love and appre­ci­ate left­overs. In fact when I make any meal, I always con­sider how I can squeeze one more din­ner out of it. So when you make any rice dish, add another cup of dry rice … more




fish cakes

Prep time: 15 min­utes Total time: 25 min­utes Yield: 12–16 fish cakes This is a great dish for any left­over flaky white fish such as hal­ibut or cod. I always make extra fish for Fish Sticks or Fish Tacos so we … more




pork wienerschnitzel

So you can prob­a­bly tell by now that there are some Euro­pean roots in our fam­ily. My Hun­gar­ian husband’s fam­ily tree extends to the for­mer Czecho­slo­va­kia and Aus­tria, which is where this dish hails from. Orig­i­nally made from veal, pork … more




pulled pork sandwiches

You can throw this into your crock pot before you leave for work and it will be ready 8–9 hours later. Or if you are away from the house longer than 9 hours, start this in the evening, (8–9 hours … more




bbq chicken pizza

A word about “pizza”. You know those things that your mom made you eat as a child that were just short of a scar­ring expe­ri­ence? In our house it was Mon­tana Stew which was com­prised of ground beef, kid­ney beans, … more




holiday roast turkey with gravy

Thanks­giv­ing is my favorite meal of the entire year — so much so that I repli­cate it for Christ­mas with a few changes. Maybe you can too. As for me, when the house smells like roast­ing turkey and bacon, I … more




roasted short ribs

This is a great week­end meal that you can put in the oven and for­get about. I buy them when­ever they’re on sale because they can be pricey. My kids love these with a gluten-free BBQ sauce. Prep time: 15 min­utes … more




easy risotto

I would never have thought that risotto could be this easy. I’ve stood patiently in front of the stove, stir­ring reli­giously, after each half cup addi­tion of stock, but this recipe from Ina Garten’s new cook­book How Easy Is That? … more




chicken wrap

This also works great with deli turkey. This is my kid’s sec­ond lunch after school. Total time: 5 min­utes Yield: 1 wrap 1 brown rice tor­tilla (I buy Trader Joe’s brand) lots of may­on­naise (Best Foods is GFCF) or hum­mus 1/2 … more




indian chicken pilaf

I per­son­ally like to spice my Indian food until my nose runs and I require three glasses of water just to get through the meal. But my kids are a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. This is a recipe I’ve adapted to their … more




roasted turkey breast & gravy

Thanks­giv­ing din­ner is my favorite meal of the year.  It’s not just that I love roast turkey or the smell of apple pie and the the long table my daugh­ter and I set every year. I love Thanks­giv­ing because is … more




garlic rosemary chicken

One of the great things about liv­ing in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia is that you have access to the out­door grill pretty much all year around. If you don’t how­ever, a grill pan (and a good over­head vent) will do the trick. … more




beef pot roast and gravy

Your home will smell great when you come home from work and your din­ner is ready. Save left­overs for the week­end for a big Machaca break­fast. Mix with your favorite BBQ sauce for BBQ Beef Sand­wiches along with Coleslaw or … more




turkey on the grill

You can also use chicken breasts or thighs. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 25 min­utes Yield: Serves 4 2 turkey ten­ders (about 1 lb. total) 1 recipe Cilantro Pesto Coat thighs with cilantro pesto and mar­i­nate for sev­eral hours or … more




hungarian goulash

My hus­band is 100% Hun­gar­ian and guy­las leves, as they say in Hun­gary, is a hearty stew wor­thy of a long sim­mer to be eaten on a fall or win­ter day. I think every Hun­gar­ian fam­ily has their own recipe, … more




no fail roasted chicken

Noth­ing smells like home more than a roast­ing chicken. I usu­ally roast two at a time. One for din­ner and one for any num­ber of other dishes, like Chi­nese Chicken Salad, Chicken Tor­tilla Soup, Chicken Wraps… This is from Ina … more




mock enchilada

I hon­estly have no idea who named this, but my broth­ers and sis­ters and I grew up on it. Even though I can’t par­take, I love mak­ing it because the smell brings me back to my mom’s kitchen. Great for … more




chinese chicken salad

This is my most requested recipe. It’s changed lots over the years, but I’m pretty sure it came from the source of many great recipes — the church potluck. There is a ton of chicken in here and we eat … more




enchilada casserole

This takes some time, but is well worth it! Great for a crowd too and it’s even bet­ter the next day. This pairs well with Heather’s Salad and mar­gar­i­tas. Pour Kid Mar­gar­i­tas for your lit­tle ones. Prep time: 30 min­utes Total … more




meatballs

I make a boat load of these gluten-free, casein-free meat­balls and freeze them for the days where cook­ing isn’t an option. And you never know when those days are going to hap­pen, so hav­ing a stash of cooked meat­balls in … more




turkey wienerschnitzel

My father-in-law ate this every day in board­ing school in Vienna, but with veal. This is a splurge to eat once in a while, but it’s one of my favorite meals. Prep time: 20 min­utes Total time: 40 min­utes Yield: … more




pasta and meat sauce

Semi-homemade makes this tasty and quick. Fen­nel is the secret ingre­di­ent that makes it taste like it’s been sim­mer­ing on the stove all day. Don’t be intim­i­dated by the long list of ingre­di­ents — they’re mostly herbs that you should … more




garlic mustard lemon chicken

Super easy and quick! This is great on the BBQ, which tames the acid­ity of the mus­tard. My kids love this and it’s great on pork, too. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 25 min­utes Yield: Serves 4 8–10 bone­less, skin­less … more




fish sticks

This is my son’s favorite meal, with lots of cat­sup. Dou­ble the recipe and then you’ll have left­overs for Fish Cakes later in the week. Prep time: 15 min­utes Total time:  30 min­utes Yield: Serves 4 1/3 c. veg­etable or wal­nut … more




fish tacos

A creamy cilantro sauce is the key to these tacos. And a big mar­garita. If you have a bit more fish, cook it all up and use the left­overs for Fish Cakes. Prep time: 20 min­utes Total time: 35 Yield: … more




jambalaya

This is one of my favorite things to make for a din­ner party because it’s a one pot dish that needs only a green salad to com­plete the entire meal. Plus, it’s great the next day, too. Don’t be over­whelmed … more