Monthly Archives: May 2016

Gluten Free Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing Recipe

Gluten Free Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing Recipe

Gluten Free Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing Recipe

I am woman enough to admit… I enjoy salads because I am a dressing addict.

Yes, I have salad with my dressing…. and not the other way around.

How do I live with the guilt…. I will let you in on my secret… I like to fill the salad with very healthy stuff and I make the dressing from scratch.

How many times do you look at the bottle of commercial dressing and can not even pronounce half of the ingredients… well if you make the dressing from scratch with basic ingredients I feel that it makes up for the amount that I use.

Denial… maybe… but it works for me!!

Today’s recipe for Cilantro Lime Ranch also works for me… and my Handsome Hubby enjoyed it as well!!

You are going need to have this link for the home made gluten free ranch mix.. (click HERE) It’s a great recipe to keep handy because you can mix it up and store it in your spice cabinet.   it’s always great to have it already made because you can whip up some ranch in no time… or make it into ranch dip for those days when you have unexpected guest.  I always keep a batch made and ready to go.

This also makes for a great vegetable dip!!!
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Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Recipe 

Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Recipe 

Gluten Free Cajun Shrimp Recipe

I get quite a few requests for spicier recipes.  Today, this recipe is for all of you!!  I myself am not a spice lover but I am sure married to one… so he is grateful for the request, so please keep them coming!!

What’s great about this recipe is… this recipe could be an appetizer if you serve them with those adorable frilly toothpicks.

This can also be a main dish… just serve it over some rice or pasta and BAM… dinner.

This can be a tasty side dish… because if you enjoy a good surf and turf like I do… this will will be a fantastic surf to your favorite turf.

No matter how you serve it… it’s bound to be a hit with the spice lovers in your life!!
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Product Review – Red Copper Pans

Product Review - Red Copper Pans

Product Review – Red Copper Pans

Okay, I confess… I am a sucker for a good infomercial!

I can not tell you how many nights I have stayed up way past my bedtime watching them.

I watch the TV stations that sell you stuff, which is essentially infomercials.

I find myself wondering down the “As Seen on TV” aisles at the store.

I admit it… but I also know that I am not alone… if I were they would not be the multi-million dollar sales generators that they are.

Today I am not going to tell you about all the stuff I have purchased over the years, ranging from blankets to kitchen gadgets… today I want to tell you about my experience with my latest purchase.  Red Copper Pans.

I bet you have seen them advertised… how could you not they seem to be on every few minutes… or at least them or one of their competitors.  I have seen this commercial so many times I feel like Kathy Mitchell, the spokeswoman, is going to show up at our next family function.

Handsome Hubby has seen me stop on this infomercial so many times that he finally got so sick of watching the infomercial that he ordered me a set.  Ya thats right… a SET!!  Am I totally spoiled or what… BUT WAIT THERES MORE… he also got me the red copper knife and a glass lid with it!!  Heck ya!!

What a wonderful surprise this was… and now I no longer make him watch the commercial so it’s a win-win for us both.

So now it’s your turn to admit it… you are curious if they work as they say….

Well here is the scoop….

They advertises that you can use metal utensils right in the pan…. and you CAN. However, their instructions say that “for best performance use only wooden or plastic cooking utensils”  Now I know this will disappoint some people but I am ok with it because I would do that anyway… but I will not deny that it gives me a sense of peace to know that if by come chance a metal fork or spatula is used that I am not going to have to buy a new pan.

Another interesting fact that is NOT mentioned in the infomercial is that “for best performance” before you use them you should “season” your skillet.  In fact, “for best performance” this should be done twice a year.  I know for a fact that will deter some buyers… because for years and years I avoided buying/using cast iron skillets because of my fear of having to “season” them.  I do want to mention that there are 5 easy instructions on how to do it… and when I say easy, I mean easy… so if you are like I was and feared having to season skillets, do not let that deter you because Red Copper makes it so easy that you wont even mind.

Have I done everything they have advertised?  No, but I never had the intention of brutalizing my cookware like they do in the commercials.  After all, why would I need to roll around metal nuts and bolts in my pans… and I have never had the need or desire to drive over my pans with my car…. What I can tell you is this… I have been using them in many meal and desert preparations over the past few weeks… regardless of whether I cooked, baked, broiled, fried, or sautéed, each time nothing has stuck to the pan AND it is very easy to clean.  In fact, because nothing sticks to it… it is the easiest pan I have ever cleaned!!

The only negative I would say isn’t that big of a deal… it’s just that the recipe book that comes with the pans wasn’t much help for a gluten free / Celiac cooker.  But really.. to me that is not an issue at all.  What I like is the performance and as they say “everything slides right out”

Let me also mention, I have also taken this pan out to cook meals in our RV… it was wonderful because we were in a state park that did not have “sewer hookups” which will make sense to any fellow RV enthusiast out there… but let me explain for those who not.  It means that your RV has to store the water you “pour” down the sink.. so if you are there for more than a day or two you have to be very conservative about how much water you use in the showers and sinks… including your kitchen sink.  So having a pan that cleans up so fast and easy was AWESOME!!

I wont deny that I have been disappointed with some of my infomercial purchases in the past but this time… I have truly enjoyed this pan.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs (Naturally Gluten Free) 

Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs (Naturally Gluten Free) 

Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs (Naturally Gluten Free)

I have always said that whoever does PR for Prunes was terrible at their jobs.  I truly believe that had they called them dried plums, instead of prunes, it wouldn’t have the stigma that prunes seem to have.

Whoever came up with something named the restaurant chain Fat Burger, I feel could have been on the prune PR team…. I can not imagine going somewhere and eating a FAT burger.  I imagine they are GREAT… but the name really puts me off.

Whoever came up with FAT bombs… must be related to the people mentioned above… because it just sounds terrible.  However, I sucked it up and gave it a try since hubby is trying to cut back on his carbs and this sounded like a great low carb dessert for his sweet tooth.

Much to my surprise they were really tasty!!

I enjoyed them the most when I let them sit on the counter for a few minutes prior to eating them.  Doing that it really makes them taste like creamy strawberry ice cream.

One thing that is very important to do prior to making these tasty treats… eat on of your strawberries because I didn’t do that and I really feel like my strawberries were not that sweet and needed a little more sweeter because mine were a bit on the tart side… but if you adjust for the strawberry sweetness you are bound to like these as much as I do.

By the way….

something else I did with these… I toss a few frozen ones, with a little bit of milk into my Vitamix and BAMB…. I had the most decedent milkshake!!  DANG!!  making these for that alone is worth it!!


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Gluten Free Cheesy Cauliflower Tots Recipe 

Gluten Free Cheesy Cauliflower Tots Recipe

Gluten Free Cheesy Cauliflower Tots Recipe

For many years I avoided cauliflower like the plague.  I had tried it a few times and each time I found it repulsive.  However, I have heard that our tastebuds change and so I felt that it had been so many years since I have had it I needed to give it another try.

Of course I can not deny that part of my decision also came to play with the realization that bacon and cheese can do amazing things to the vegetables that we do not like to eat.

So last year I started to post some fabulous cauliflower recipes.

Recently, I have been on the look out for both gluten free and reduced carb recipes.  I came across this fun sounding Cheesy Cauliflower Tots Recipe

Well I happened to notice that cauliflower is on sale at my local Sprouts Market and I felt that I just had to give this a try…

It was a fun and tasty recipe.  Will it fool your kids into eating these instead of tater tots?  No way!!

Was it appetizing and a great way to eat your veggies?  You bet!!

In fact, this would be great served as a side dish or as an appetizer for your  next get together!!

I do also need to mention that they are even better when dipped into gluten free ranch dressing!!

But like the bacon and cheese… ranch dressing is a pretty delectable way to eat veggies!!
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