5orLess

Eating healthfully during the week when you’re pressed for time is a real challenge for any family or individual. Designed with the week day cook in mind, these recipes all have 5 or less ingredients.

white and dark clusters

I think the only rea­son my chil­dren make candy with me is the reward of lick­ing the choco­late drenched spat­u­las. It’s a good deal for every­one, actu­ally. While mak­ing my tra­di­tional bark that my hus­band hands out at work each … more




goat cheese christmas log

I was try­ing to come up with some­thing fes­tive for a client’s hol­i­day party when I spied scal­lions and fresh cran­ber­ries in the fridge. Here’s the result — a lus­cious goat cheese log with scal­lions and orange spiced dried cran­ber­ries. … more




thanksgiving countdown — cranberry relish

Whether you’re prepar­ing for an inti­mate meal or are expect­ing a house full, if you’re host­ing Thanks­giv­ing this year, there are plenty of things you can do ahead of time. In fact, there are a few items that taste bet­ter … more




chocolate dipped macaroons

I really think mac­a­roons are the poster child for gluten-free treats. Plus, you’ve got to love a “cookie” that dates back to 16th cen­tury Italy. Over the years, Ital­ian Jews adopted the recipe due to a lack of leav­en­ing (no … more




tasty gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanks­giv­ing doesn’t have to be a huge carb fest. In addi­tion to the req­ui­site Sweet Potato Casse­role and Dress­ing (bread-based dish baked out­side the bird), load your menu full of veg­gies and inter­est­ing sal­ads. Here’s a few stan­dards that are … more




holiday chocolate mousse

The Choco­late Mousse recipe below is not a tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing dessert, but since the kids in our fam­ily request it each year, it’s found a per­ma­nent place on the menu. I finally got smart and used old fash­ioned, shal­low dessert … more




thanksgiving desserts

The meal after the meal, if we’re being hon­est. I can’t think of another occa­sion when desserts are so heav­ily fea­tured. We love to eat half por­tions of every­thing, so we can taste every pos­si­ble sam­pling. That’s just com­mon sense. … more




chinese five spice blend

I love dis­cov­er­ing spice blends and mak­ing up my own. My 20-year old Braun spice/coffee grinder finally gave out and I just bought a new one, a lit­tle Krups that is wholly ded­i­cated to spices. You can buy Chi­nese Five … more




nightshade free yellow mustard

Based on the well-guarded French’s Clas­sic Yel­low Mus­tard, below is a ver­sion adapted for us lovers of mus­tard, only gluten-free and night­shade–free. In a world where we’re busier than ever, mus­tard is the last thing any of us really want … more




new item — gluten-free organic pasta

As I was perus­ing the “New Items” shelf at my local Trader Joe’s, I came across this pasta — gluten-free and organic to boot. It con­tains only a hand­ful of ingre­di­ents, which I love: organic brown rice flour, organic quinoa, … more




guacamole

When my husband’s fam­ily came from Ger­many this sum­mer, one of the foods they ate in abun­dance was Mex­i­can, smoth­ered in everyone’s favorite condi­ment — gua­camole. Whether you like it smooth or chunky, hot or mild, gua­camole is that quin­tes­sen­tially … more




indian summer iced tea

I spoke with my sis­ter in Boise yes­ter­day who was expe­ri­enc­ing flash floods and storms — quite a con­trast from the 97 degree weather we are deal­ing with here in San Diego. It’s tech­ni­cally still sum­mer, but I have a feel­ing … more




orange studded breakfast fruit

I love the look of orange sec­tions sliced into a fruit salad — all suc­cu­lent orange and none of the pith. It’s eas­ier than it looks so long as you have a really sharp, fairly large knife. Make sure you … more




gluten-free brownie parfait

I don’t know about you, but I’m always look­ing for ways to make food stretch at my house. At any given time, I have between two (the ones I’ve got), and eight kids at my house. An easy dessert is … more




lemon slushes

One of my most pro­found food mem­o­ries from my child­hood is lemon slushes. We had a pro­lific lemon tree in the back­yard that pro­duced plump, juicy, thick skinned Eureka lemons. With them, we made lemon squares (gluten-free recipe to fol­low shortly), … more




gluten-free warm goat cheese salad

If you can have dairy, this is a treat. The pun­gency of the goat cheese is set off beau­ti­fully with the sweet­ness of the vinai­grette. This is a lovely side salad with one slice of cheese, or a main dish … 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




happy v-day

A few good­ies to make for your favorite Valen­tines on this day of splurg­ing. Valen­tine Bon­bons Choco­late Almond Bark Straw­berry Banana Cake Melissa’s Choco­late Peanut Butter Cups     




kid margarita

An oldie, but a goodie! This is a reprint because of a com­puter quirk. This is a refresh­ing ver­sion of lemon-limeade and a nice option for any­one who doesn’t drink alco­hol. Active time: 1 minute Yield: 1 8oz serv­ing 6 oz. … more




greens and butternut squash salad

I just had this salad at Waters, our won­der­ful local cafe, where we cel­e­brated my sister-in-law Randy’s birth­day. I am dupli­cat­ing it here because it was deli­cious! This recipe calls for goat cheese — omit if you are dairy intol­er­ant. … more




Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a very sim­ple dress­ing to put together, with a nice acidic bal­ance. I use a mini proces­sor, in which case, I need to thin the dress­ing with a tea­spoon or two of water. If you sim­ply shake it … 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




gluten-free thousand island dressing

I remem­ber eat­ing this as a kid over an ice­burg let­tuce salad. I never cared that the let­tuce had absolutely no fla­vor — the point was the dress­ing. This is great over a stan­dard salad, or bet­ter yet, as the … more




Omission — hands down the best gluten-free beer

When I first found out I had gluten issues, I resolved to have a stiff upper lip. I could give up sour­dough bread and my favorite pasta. I could even give up pie and real choco­late chip cook­ies, but when … more




mango strawberry sunrise

I use my lit­tle magic bul­let for this, which gives me a per­fect sin­gle serv­ing. This dou­bles eas­ily to pro­vide four lit­tle serv­ings for break­fast or an after­noon snack. Hav­ing frozen fruit in the freezer makes this a snap! On … more




dandelion greens

I’ve always had a curios­ity about the greens I watched my father eat his whole life. My mother steamed or sautéd them with but­ter, salt and pep­per and I would watch him eat a plate­ful, grate­ful that I was not … 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




caesar dressing

Can I inter­est you in some hairy fish? This mis­un­der­stood mem­ber of the her­ring fam­ily packs a huge punch. And when served improp­erly, an anchovy can leave an indeli­bly unfa­vor­able mark upon your pal­let. But con­sider this — when served prop­erly, … more




all fruit breakfast smoothie

Con­tain­ing all acid and sub-acid fruits, this smoothie is a great way to cleanse your body first thing in the morn­ing.  A com­plete food with a per­fect bal­ance of pro­tein and starches which are already bro­ken down into amino acids … 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




body parts in goo

My friend San­dra came up with these grue­some crowd pleasers. The kids loved these at our last Hal­loween party. You can use gummy worms or any thing else dis­gust­ing that will delight your chil­dren. Prep time:  30 min­utes Total time: … more




goldmine

One of many won­der­ful things my hus­band brought to our mar­riage was this recipe. Some­times called a “Toad in the Hole” here in the states (much to the cha­grin of the Brits who assign this name to an entirely dif­fer­ent … more




spooky strawberries

Check these out! I found these on Recipe Diva, a great blog I con­tribute to. These are from the Diva her­self. What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate straw­ber­ries and choco­late for Hal­loween? And who wouldn’t like to eat a mon­ster with … more




butternut squash soup

I know fall is here when I find but­ter­nut squash at my local stores. I always mar­vel at how sim­ple this recipe is. Every once in a while, I try to mon­key around with it by adding green apple, or … more




gluten free, dairy free ranch dressing

Not just a dress­ing but a condi­ment for mak­ing all sorts of veg­eta­bles palat­able for young kids. God for­bid they ever actu­ally put it on a salad! Serve this up with cucum­bers, car­rots and cel­ery for a refresh­ing snack, or … more




simple syrup

This is a won­der­ful base for any drink that requires sweet­ness, alco­holic or non-alcoholic. Won­der­ful for Sum­mer Lemon­ade as well as White San­gria, it comes together quickly, and the ratios are always the same. Prep time: 2 min­utes Total time: 10 … more




floating ice ring

I love using these when I do a punch because it’s beau­ti­ful in it’s own right, and it keeps the punch crisp and cool. Prep time: 5–10 min­utes Total time: 8 hours Yield: 1 ice ring Spe­cial equip­ment: 1-piece bundt ring 1 … more




ridiculously good cream cheese frosting

I found this recipe while look­ing for a Red Vel­vet Cake recipe for my friend San­dra. Being a Crim­son alum from the Uni­ver­sity of Okla­homa, she has a par­tic­u­lar fond­ness for Red Vel­vet Cake or as I like to call … more




summer lemonade

The best lemon­ade always start with a sim­ple syrup. It takes longer, but it’s smooth, with­out the grit­ti­ness of undis­solved sugar. When we received two laun­dry bas­kets full of lemons from a friend, we juiced them all and froze the … more




blueberry smoothie

Using a Magic Bul­let makes this one serv­ing smoothie a snap. If you want to dou­ble it, use the blender. Full of antiox­i­dants, this smoothie can get you going first thing in the morn­ing or pro­vide a pick-me-up for a … more




brownie s’mores

I am a con­su­mate believer in the slightly under­cooked brownie. Moist, gooey and not a hint of dry­ness is my cup of prover­bial tea when it comes to these treats. They do not, how­ever, resem­ble the clean edged brown­ies that … more




perfect corn

There’s few things bet­ter than a fresh ear of corn in sum­mer. But how many times have we suf­fered through an over-cooked ear with wilted ker­nels? Here’s a fool-proof way to make corn that pops as you bite into it. … more




onion rings

This is a splurge. Things like french fries and onion rings are kind of a pain to pre­pare, which keeps us from doing it too often. We have these once in a blue moon. One large onion is the right … 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




coconut strawberry ice cream

Uber deli­cious and crazy quick. The only require­ment is an ice cream maker, which is one of those invest­ments that pays for itself the first sum­mer you use it. This coconut based ice cream is creamy and full of fla­vor. … more




hard-boiled egg spiders

If you fol­low a spe­cial diet, be sure to include cal­cium rich foods.  Cal­cium is an impor­tant nutri­ent, espe­cially when you or your child is on a dairy-free (casein-free) diet. Cal­cium is impor­tant for strong bones, as well as sup­port­ing … more




breakfast scramble

I love scram­bles — they are cousin to the omelet, but here, with­out the cheese. For a lean pro­tein, I love to add smoked turkey and sauteed onions and scal­lions. Add a smoothie or fresh fruit and you’ve got a … more




pamela’s chocolate chunk cookies

Another great short cut com­pli­ments of Pamela’s. GFCF, but with a bit of soy in the chunks of choco­late, these are my son’s favorite cook­ies, bar none. Using a mini-ice cream scooper makes beau­ti­ful, uni­form cook­ies every time. Prep time: 5 … more




lettuce wraps

Hydro­ponic let­tuce is one of my new favorites. The bonus is that the Costco near me sells a big con­tainer of it. The brand is eva pro­duced by Grupo Altex. I try to pur­chase food as locally as pos­si­ble. For … more




chocolate puffed rice treats

A clas­sic Amer­i­can treat that is almost always gluten and dairy free! You can use tra­di­tional marsh­mal­lows or get the more health con­scious vari­ety at your local co-op or Whole Foods. My son’s 8th birth­day party is tomor­row and this … 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




dill vinaigrette

Burst­ing with the fresh­ness of lemon and the light­ness of dill, but grounded with the tart­ness of dijon mus­tard makes this a fam­ily favorite. I love it over greens with a piece of fish atop. This is also great on … more




banana strawberry no-milk shake

One more creamy gfcfsf alter­na­tive to offer your­self or your kids as a treat. I like mine around 4:00 p.m. when I start my after­noon lag. With lots of fruit and pro­tein, and so thick you can float a slice … 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




poached eggs

Often times, it’s dif­fi­cult to fig­ure out the cook­ing of eggs when one is dairy-free. Grape­seed oil and Earth Bal­ance spreads are help­ful for scram­bling or fry­ing, but if you want to truly go au nat­u­rale, poach­ing is the way … 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




rice pilaf with noodles

When­ever we go to one of our favorite Greek restau­rants, my son and I can’t eat the rice because it has those threads of noo­dles in it. I saw Lucinda Scala Quinn demon­strate a sim­i­lar dish, so here’s my gluten-free … more




oven roasted bacon

This is my favorite way to make bacon on the week­ends, when it’s more than just a slice or two. This is so deli­cious that my kids have even turned down bacon when they dis­cov­ered it wasn’t “oven bacon.” I … more




chocolate dipped strawberries

There is some­thing so famil­iar, yet deca­dent about a choco­late dipped straw­berry. You can do them the night before you serve them and they are per­fect the next day. Just take them out of the refrig­er­a­tor about a half hour … 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




valentine bonbons

My friend, Simone, gave me the idea for these lit­tle nuggets. Using ready made choco­late sand­wich creme cook­ies (they look like Oreos) make these gluten-free, casein-free bon­bons a snap to make.  Add peanut but­ter to the mix and you’ve cre­ated … more




greek salad

This is a great side salad with din­ner along­side Chicken Sou­vlaki and Saf­fron Rice. Or have it for lunch on it’s own or with left­over Chicken Sou­vlaki on top to make it heartier. If you can with­stand dairy, creamy feta … more




greek vinaigrette

This is a really nice com­bi­na­tion of fla­vors that, for me, epit­o­mize Greek food — gar­lic, lemon, fresh oregano… I love this on a typ­i­cal Greek salad, piled high with lots of veg­eta­bles, which is the per­fect foun­da­tion for left­over … more




saffron rice

In the past, I kind of shied away from using a lot of saf­fron because it was so expen­sive. But I found a lit­tle bot­tle at Trader Joe’s for right around $6. Saf­fron, the sta­men of the cro­cus flower pro­duced … more




amaretto sour

My girl­friend San­dra just intro­duced me to this, her favorite drink. We elim­i­nated the sweet & sour mix, most of which con­tain HFCS and preser­v­a­tives, and poured and mixed until we got it just right. There were sev­eral attempts, but … more




lemon squeeze

The Santa Ana’s are blow­ing this week. The winds that I always asso­ciate with dry warmth now pro­duce a chilly morn­ing and evening draft that reminds me it’s still win­ter. I am drink­ing hot tea in the morn­ings to stay … more




curried zucchini soup

This is a great soup when it’s cool out­side or for a light spring sup­per as well. Lemon adds a sur­pris­ing fresh­ness. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 30 min­utes Yield: 4–6 serv­ings (about 5 cups) Spe­cial tool: immer­sion blender … 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




the goodie box

When I was 7 years old, I had my ton­sils out. To break up the monot­ony of my 10 day recov­ery, my mom put together a goodie box that I pulled from each day. It was filled with crayons and … more




hot wings & drummettes

Okay, once in a while, I think these are okay, espe­cially for the Super Bowl or Mon­day night foot­ball. At least if you make them home­made, you know what your fam­ily is eat­ing and it’s free of trans fat. I … more




champagne cosmopolitan cocktail

I adapted this from an old Bon Appetit recipe from years ago. This is a won­der­ful hol­i­day cock­tail. You can serve it at Thanks­giv­ing, Christ­mas, New Year’s and Valen­tines Day or for any party, really. This is a reg­u­lar fix­ture … 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




creamy avocado dressing

When you have to give up dairy, you feel as though you no longer get to expe­ri­ence that lux­u­ri­ous tex­ture we all love. Avo­cado is the per­fect ingre­di­ent to give you creami­ness with­out the cream. Total time: 5 min­utes Yield: scant … more




quickest ever GFCF peppermint bark

Short of bit­ing into a candy cane while you’ve got a mouth­ful of choco­late chips, this recipe is the eas­i­est way to pro­duce that won­der­ful chocolate-peppermint com­bi­na­tion but GFCF style — with­out the milk. No blocks of choco­late, no lay­er­ing … more




peppermint bark

I love this stuff. It’s totally addict­ing, so I’m glad candy canes are only avail­able at Christ­mas, or I’d be in trou­ble. This is a fun thing to do with friends or with your kids. It’s a lit­tle tricky. Just … more




sweet potato latkes

Safe for peo­ple with night­shade aller­gies, these Sweet Potato Latkes are a snap to pre­pare. If you’re cook­ing for an army and have a food proces­sor, you can grate them in sec­onds with your grater attach­ment. They are won­der­ful as … 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




cucumber salad

A nice change from a green salad, this is a typ­i­cal Hun­gar­ian side, with­out the sour cream. It’s light and fresh and keeps for another day. My kids love this (even the raw onion part). Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: … more




latkes

We just cel­e­brated Christ­mukkah last week. Just like it sounds, this mish-mash of Christ­mas and Chanukah is a time to dec­o­rate our tree with friends, play the drei­del game and cook latkes. My kids love to col­lect choco­late gelt from … 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




tartar sauce

My grand­mother was an amaz­ing cook, but never wrote her recipes down. Actu­ally, I never did either until I started this blog, so I shouldn’t com­plain. So when I found her tar­tar sauce recipe in our fam­ily cook book, it … more




cranberry relish

This is a sta­ple at any Thanks­giv­ing table, but I make it year ’round. It’s the per­fect top­ping for a slice of brie atop a rice cracker. Many peo­ple like addi­tional fruit (raisins, apples, cur­rants) or nuts (wal­nuts, pecans) in … more




sauteed haricoverts

I feel like I make a thou­sand deci­sions a day. So when I’m stand­ing in front of the pro­duce aisle try­ing to fig­ure out what to pre­pare that night, I wish some­one would just TELL me what to make. It … more




homemade chicken stock

A few nights ago we had a won­der­ful rotis­serie chicken din­ner with our old­est friends, Dan and Deb­bie, and their three dar­ling girls. With Thanks­giv­ing around the cor­ner, I was eying their chicken car­casses. When they told me they were … 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




speedy black bean soup

This is so easy, it almost doesn’t count as cook­ing… This would be won­der­ful with Heather’s Salad as a side. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 10 min­utes Yield: Serves 6 4 15-oz. cans organic black beans 1 c. water 1 … more




chocolate almond bark

These are inspired by the lit­tle can­dies I cherry pick from the box of See’s that finds its way into our home every Christ­mas. You can use solely milk choco­late or solely dark for this recipe, but I think half … more




hard boiled eggs

Active time: 10 min­utes Total time: 1 1/2 hours Yield: 14 appe­tiz­ers Spe­cial tools: egg cooker optional This is stan­dard, old-fashioned fare, but they’re fill­ing and a party favorite. There are two ways to hard boil eggs. The tra­di­tional way … more




garlic dill aioli

This is a tasty dip for steamed aspara­gus spears and for strips of Gar­lic Rose­mary Chicken as an appe­tizer. It’s quick and can be made with pur­chased mayo or you can splurge and whip up your own. Prep time: 5 min­utes … more




quick chocolate chip cookies

Not just for lit­tle kids, but for big ones too — choco­late chip cook­ies are the uni­ver­sal com­fort food, right up there with mashed pota­toes and pop­corn. Busy indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies take heart. Cher­ry­brook Kitchen has a won­der­ful gluten, dairy, … more




roasted carrots

It’s said that we taste first with our eyes. I love the deep rich­ness of roasted car­rots, but their color adds a par­tic­u­lar beauty to any plate. Active time: 5 min­utes Total time: 25 min­utes Yield: 4–6 serv­ings 6 car­rots, cut … 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




spanish rice

I usu­ally make a dou­ble recipe of Bas­mati rice so that I always have extra for just this type of recipe. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: Serves 4–6 as a side. 1 c. Bas­mati rice 1 1/2 … more




hot quinoa cereal

A nice alter­na­tive to oat­meal with lots of fiber and more pro­tein that you’ll find in any other grain. Active time: 3 min­utes Yield: 1 serv­ing 1 c. water 1/3 c. quinoa flakes pinch of salt hand­ful of blue­ber­ries driz­zle of … more




pb&b s’mores

Other than a per­fectly ripe straw­berry, peanut but­ter and banana on a gra­ham cracker was maybe my dad’s favorite thing to eat. S’moreables makes a gluten-free gra­ham style cracker that doesn’t taste much like a tra­di­tional gra­ham cracker, but it … more




breakfast quesadilla

Cheese makes this nice and gooey, but feel free to omit it. This is great on the week­ends, with a side of Sweet Potato Hash. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 15 min­utes Yield: Serves 2 2 eggs, whisked until … 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




steamed cabbage with caraway

There are cer­tain things that just go together. Car­away and cab­bage are one of those per­fect pairs. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time:  18 min­utes Yield: Serves 4 1/2 green cab­bage, cut in half with stem removed 1 T car­away seeds … more




tuna sandwich

I give my kids tuna no more than once every two weeks because of mer­cury lev­els found in tuna. The older they are, the more they can have. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 10 min­utes Yield: enough for 4 sand­wiches … more




sweet potato hash

Prep Time: 5 min­utes Total Time: 20 min­utes Yield: Serves 4–6 as a side Sweet pota­toes are one my favorite veg­eta­bles and often over­looked in favor of white pota­toes. This is great as a break­fast side or with din­ner. Remem­ber, sweet … more




cilantro pesto

This is great on scram­bled eggs, and for mar­i­nat­ing chicken, turkey and fish. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 5 min­utes Yield: 1/2 cup Spe­cial equip­ment: mini food proces­sor 1 large bunch cilantro 1/4 c. olive oil 1/8 c. fresh squeezed … more




organic quick oatmeal

Some of us can eat oat­meal and some can’t. If it’s organic, I’ve found I can tol­er­ate it really well. This is the world’s quick­est hot break­fast! Total time: 3 min­utes (seri­ously) Yield: 1 serv­ing 1/2 c. organic quick oat­meal … more




sweet and savory dressing

This is my favorite and most requested dress­ing. It goes per­fectly with the Chi­nese Chicken Salad, but I use it for every salad you can imag­ine. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 5 min­utes Yield: 1/2 cup 1/4 c. veg­etable oil … 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




mushroom soup

Nour­ish­ing and easy to make — only a hand­ful of ingre­di­ents. Prep time: 15 min­utes Total time: 40 min­utes Yield:  Serves 4–6; about 2 qts. 1 tsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 3/4 — 2 lb. mush­rooms, brushed … 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




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




pb&j lunch

There’s a lot of sweet already going on here…jelly, fruit. Try to make send­ing a cookie a spe­cial occa­sion instead of every day. Total time: 10 min­utes YIeld: 1 sand­wich 2 slices gluten-free bread (I use Udi’s) black­berry or straw­berry jam … more




egg salad sandwich lunch

Udi’s bread makes this com­fort food pos­si­ble. If you want a change from bread, my kids love dip­ping rice crack­ers into the egg salad, too. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 30 min­utes Yield: 2 sand­wiches 3 hard boild eggs … more




fruit platter

Never under­es­ti­mate the appeal of fresh fruit. When I bring an this to a party, fruit is always a nice con­trast to all the stan­dard heavy, creamy fare. Use what­ever is in sea­son and it makes a beau­ti­ful appe­tizer or … more




essential roasted salsa

This is adapted from Rick Bay­less’ Mex­i­can Kitchen, one of my all-time favorite cook­books, which should be a sta­ple in your kitchen if you have any fond­ness at all for Mex­i­can food. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 15 min­utes Yield: … more




homemade mayonnaise

Before you scratch your head and won­der who would want to make may­on­naise on their own, just try it, espe­cially if you’re aller­gic to soy. It’s so easy, really, and totally addict­ing. A warn­ing about raw eggs. My research shows … more




chocolate chip muffins

Using Pamela’s mix makes these muffins a snap. Remem­ber, there’s a small amount of milk in these. Prep time: 15 min­utes Total time: 35 min­utes Yield: 12 muffins 2 1/2 c. Pamela’s Bak­ing & Pan­cake Mix 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. … more




french toast

There’s noth­ing like a batch of but­tery french toast drowned in maple syrup with the hint of cin­na­mon — a great week­end break­fast or brunch. Serve with Fresh Fruit and enjoy. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: 4 … more




chocolate chip pancakes

These are our Sat­ur­day morn­ing rit­ual. Remem­ber, there’s a small amount of milk in the mix. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 15 min­utes Yield: Serves 2–4 1 c. Pamela’s Bak­ing & Pan­cake Mix 1 large egg 3/4 c water (but … more




pancakes

I am a big fan of short-cuts and here’s one of my biggest. For those of you who can stand a small amount of milk, I’ve yet to find a mix as good as Pamela’s. My fam­ily loves her gluten-free … more




machaca

Liv­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, I have had a geo­graph­i­cal addic­tion to Mex­i­can food, which is a cui­sine friendly to those with gluten-intolerance. This is great for a hearty week­end break­fast. Left­over Pot Roast is per­fect for this recipe. Prep time: … more




huevos rancheros

This is my family’s favorite break­fast. It really need no accom­pa­ni­ment except a good cup of cof­fee. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: Serves 2 1 15 oz. can organic black beans, rinsed until water run clear … more




scrambled eggs and bacon

Break­fast can be a real dif­fi­culty for gluten-intolerant peo­ple. This is one of my main­stay break­fasts and clas­sics should never be over­looked. And there’s a great trick for cook­ing eggs with­out but­ter. I use grape­seed because of it’s but­tery fla­vor. … more




no-milk milkshake

This is so good that kids might for­get there’s no ice cream in here. And for adults, it’s a vel­vety, creamy indul­gence. Total time: 5 min­utes Yield: 2–3 small serv­ings 1 c. choco­late almond milk (Almond Breeze is GFCFSF) 1 … more




pineapple fizz

I’m always try­ing to find sur­rep­ti­tious ways to get sugar out of my kids diet. With fruit juices so full of it, this is a good, par­tially dil­luted option. Thirst quench­ing and sim­ple, it’s also a great alter­na­tive for adults … more




peach iced tea

My dad was south­ern, and iced tea was always in the fridge. Here’s a fresh way to serve it with a kiss of peach. Prep time: 5 min­utes Active time: 1 hour Yield: 15 8oz serv­ings 6 of your favorite tea … more




old fashioned popcorn

Com­pared to the stuff you put in the microwave, pop­ping corn the old fash­ioned way is almost as fast, tastes so much bet­ter and is a frac­tion of the cost. Besides, it’s fun and kids love the sound it makes … more




herbed rice

This is my week­day go-to rice. It’s light and fresh and pairs well with chicken and beef. Prep time: 5 min­utes Total time: 20 min­utes Yield: 6 serv­ings 2 c. white Bas­mati rice 2 1/2 c. water juice of 1 lime … more




paige’s witch hats

Easy to make and a hit with every­one, not just kids. Prep time: 10 min­utes Total time: 25 min­utes Yield: 2 dozen cook­ies 1 c. peanut but­ter (I use organic, which pro­duces a less creamy cookie, but tastes great) 1/2 c. … more