Everything Food Conference Takeaways and a Giveaway!

Meet gluten free bloggers, be inspired, and enter to win some great gluten free swag!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Everything Food Conference in SLC, UT. It’s a series of classes and events  for food bloggers and I got to finally meet up with a few of my favorite gluten free-ers and learn some great tips to help improve the content I provide for you. On top of that (this is the REALLY exciting part!) the weekend included Cupcake Battles hosted by Justin Willman himself (host of Cupcake Wars, look him up!). Chrystal from Gluten Free Palate and Brianna from Flippin’ Delicious represented our community and showed the foodie world how amazing gluten free cupcakes can taste! 

I want to share a few of my takeaways, pictures of all the fun we had, and because you’re all so amazing and keep coming back to read these posts and try new recipes, I want to share some of the fun swag I brought home with YOU! Be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway when you’re done reading.

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A few things I learned over the weekend:

Pat Flynn was the opening speaker. He has some inspiring pod casts and also donated a copy of his book “Will It Fly” to our swag bags (be on the lookout for another giveaway 😉 ) I learned quite a few things from his address, but had one major takeaway: Life is hard. Life is complicated. We all have dreams, hopes, things we want to accomplish, an endless to-do list (can I get an AMEN for this one??). It isn’t about working harder, doing more, wearing ourselves thin until we have no more to give. It’s about working smarter and prioritizing so the things that are truly the most important to us and those around us are the things that get done first and the things that get done best. Some things (many things) are going to have to be dropped, and we need to learn to be OK with that. Just be sure you’re keeping your top priorities and doing them well.

  1. It's not about working HARDER, It's about working SMARTER

One of the best, if not THE best part of the weekend, was finally meeting these fellow food bloggers in person. Let me tell you, these ladies are amazing! Take a moment to browse through and follow their blogs if you don’t already. Not pictured here is Erica from Celiac and the Beast,  I also got to meet her but she had left to attend another conference before we got our group photo. She is always up-to-date on celiac info and is a great resource!

Having dietary restrictions or caring for someone who does adds stress to your life. It was nice to hang out with people that could relate! If you’ve been diagnosed with food allergies, intolerances, or celiac disease, I recommend finding a support group or at least meeting up with friends in a similar situation to alleviate some of that stress.

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Left to right: Holly from My Plant Based Family | Me! | Michelle from My Gluten-Free Kitchen | Kelly from Raising Jack with Celiac

Brianna from Flippin’ Delicious | Megan from Allergy Awesomeness | Chrystal from Gluten Free Palate

You know, having chronic health problems is a (really) tough journey. Caring for a child with food allergies is stressful. I realize those might sound like gross understatements to you! I only know a piece of this, and I’m sure many of you have many more struggles. My heart goes out to you and this is exactly why I do what I do. You are warriors. You are fighters. It’s might be a struggle to care for yourself, to care for a loved one, to serve a friend so they don’t feel left out or get sick at your next gathering.

That gluten free, dairy free cupcake you keep in the freezer to pull out when you find out (last minute) that someone in your child’s school class has a birthday and you want your child to have a treat, too? That’s a beautiful thing.

Giving up gluten at home to keep a loved one safe and healthy even though you can still eat it? That is love and service at its best.

 It’s a difficult journey and I sincerely applaud all you do, day in and day out. And when you choose to fight, when you choose to keep going, to try a new recipe even though the last 14 attempts failed, to stay up late making a cupcake so your kid doesn’t feel left out, when you choose to smile or laugh it off, to see the bright side, to educate those around you, you’re making a difference. You’re making a positive impact on the world and you grow stronger every time you do it.

 Positivity Breeds Success -Andrew Smith | Life After Wheat #EFC2016

Of course, seeing Brianna and Chrystal bake up a batch of unbelievable gluten free cupcakes was  huge highlight of the entire weekend. The mock Cupcake Wars was hosted by Justin Willman himself (host of Cupcake Wars on Food Network) and judged by a panel of previous Cupcake Wars winners. They had exactly 45 minutes to mix, bake, cool, and decorate cupcakes to present to the judges. We all had so much fun watching and cheering them on! The judges had only positive things to say about their cupcakes and were amazed they were gluten free. Way to go ladies for proving that #glutenfreeisgood

Meet gluten free bloggers, be inspired, and enter to win some great gluten free swag!

To top off the weekend we were privileged to hear from the amazing Mary Crafts from Culinary Crafts. Hearing her story was inspiring and just what I needed to hear at that moment. My favorite quote from her remarks: 

When you let go of fear, You get to FLY -Mary Crafts | Life After Wheat ThereIsLifeAfterWheat.com

There is so much in life that can keep us from reaching our potential and our dreams. Let go of that, and fly. We all have something beautiful that can change the world, however seemingly insignificant that something might seem. YOU are making a difference. Thank you for coming back again and again to read, comment and share. Reach out anytime with questions, I’m here to help and support you on your gluten free journey! <3 Celeste

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Savoring Saturdays #106

Come find new gluten free recipes and link up to share your own!

Happy weekend everyone, and welcome to Savoring Saturdays!

This has been an exciting week! I went to the Everything Food Conference in Salt Lake City last weekend and it was incredible. I’ll be writing a post over the weekend and sharing some awesome swag with all of you so stay tuned! This week we said goodbye to our good friend Emily from Recipes to Nourish who has been hosting Savoring Saturdays with us. Be sure to follow her on social media so you keep seeing her amazing frozen treats and other fun recipes! Next week we will be combining with Allergy Free Wednesdays (hosted by Tessa The Domestic Diva) to bring you an even bigger and better linky party. It will be live Thursdays, so be sure to come back and check it out!

Link up to several of your favorite recipes or gluten free articles from your blog and remember to leave a comment below. I love finding out what you’re up to in the gluten free world, so please tell us a bit about the recipe/article you’re sharing today. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week’s most popular link is…(drum roll please!) Flourless, Sugar Free Carob Cake with Fudge Frosting by Oatmeal with a Fork. This recipe is for everyone! She even includes a video so you can see first-hand how to make the frosting.

Flourless, Sugar-Free Carob Cake with Fudge Frosting (Paleo) 7

Here are some other favorites from last week’s party:

Low FODMAP Thai Green Curry from A Saucy Kitchen. I LOVE curry! Absolutely any kind of curry, and this one looks top notch.

Low FODMAP Thai green curry - fresh, flavorful, and IBS friendly

 

What to Eat for Better Sleep from Healthy Green Savvy. We’re a sleep deprived household (thanks, kids!) so I’ll be reading and re-reading this one!

what to eat for better sleep

 

Easy Chocolate Cake from Gluten Free Palate. Because Easy + Chocolate were meant to be together.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake that's tender, chocolaty, and delicious.

 

Whew! Who’s hungry??

Meet the four ladies behind Savoring Saturdays!

Savoring Saturdays

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Elle from Only Taste Mattersfacebook twitter pinterest rss youtube
Emily from Recipes to Nourishfacebook twitter pinterest instagram 
Celeste from Life After Wheatfacebook twitter pinterest googleplusinstagram

And here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Come find new gluten free recipes and link up to share your own!

Gluten-Free Brownies with Sea Salt from Celeste
Beautiful Bananas: 30 Gluten-Free Recipes from Elle
(Tahini Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread from Treats With a Twist, pictured)
Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Chococlate Frosting 
from Raia

 

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  • healthy whole, gluten-free food {no boxes, mixes, refined sugars, etc.}
  • do-it-yourself stuff/crafts
  • gardening/farming/homesteading
  • homeschooling
  • housekeeping
  • food politics
  • healthy living
  • whatever you’re grateful for today!

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Gluten Free Brownies with Sea Salt (dairy free)

Chewy, fudgy, chocolate brownies sprinkled with sea salt and gluten free! 10 ingredients, 15 minutes to mix 20 minutes to bake.

Chewy, fudgy, chocolate brownies sprinkled with sea salt that are also free from dairy and gluten! 10 ingredients, 15 minutes to mix 20 minutes to bake.


There are 2 types of people in this world:

Cake brownie fans and Chewy brownie fans.

I love a good cake, but when it comes to brownies I’m all about the chewy, fudgy, dense and chocolate filled kind. I love the crispy edges and the ooey-gooey centers, still on the fence about which I love more 😉 I have many great memories of food from my childhood (thanks for raising a foodie Mom!) My mom was known for her homemade bread, pizza, and (my personal favorite) brownies, which were made just the way I like them.  When gfHubs was diagnosed with food allergies over 4 years ago, I knew we had to recreate my Mom’s recipe because it had quickly become a favorite of his, too.

Gluten Free Brownies with Sea Salt

Many of you are fully aware that recipes don’t always readily convert to a gluten free version by simply switching out the flour. It can throw off the balance of things a little and some adjustments need to be made. This brownie recipe was no exception and I have tweaked it over the years until it is the perfect chewy, fudgy, and chocolate-packed brownie you see here. You will notice these are very dark, this is because I used half regular cocoa and half dark cocoa. You can do the same, or feel free to use all regular cocoa for a lighter taste and color.

Gluten Free Brownies with Sea Salt

The rich chocolate in these brownies is perfectly offset by the addition of sea salt. If you haven’t tried dark chocolate and sea salt together, man are you missing out! Move that right on up to the top of your priority list! These brownies are perfect on their own, or with a scoop of your favorite gluten free and/or dairy free ice cream. We served it up with Breyer’s gluten free Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. The combo of cool mint, rich fudgy chocolate, and sea salt was absolute perfection. I’m always an advocate of serving peanut butter with your chocolate, too!

Gluten Free Brownies with Sea Salt

This recipe can easily by doubled and made in a 9×13″ pan. Be aware that these brownies are decadently rich and a small piece will satisfy that chocolate craving, so making a square pan to feed our family of 6 is just right. For this photo op I made a large pan and we shared with family and friends. If the brownies are wrapped to protect from drying out, they will stay nice and chewy for up to 3 days after baking. My kids loved having them in their lunch boxes!

Chewy, fudgy, chocolate brownies sprinkled with sea salt and gluten free! 10 ingredients, 15 minutes to mix 20 minutes to bake.

A few notes on brownie baking:

  1. I say this every time but it bares repeating: Flour matters! Use a high quality gluten free flour. In this case, I used Gluten Free Mama’s Almond Blend. If you try another, please come back and comment letting us know which you used and how it turned out!
  2. ALWAYS bake brownies until they’re almost done. If you want to ruin brownies, overbake them. I like them nice and fudgy so I pull them out when there are lots of moist (sorry!) crumbs and it looks almost battery. They will cook a little more as they cool.
  3. Speaking of cooling, let these bad boys cool completely before you cut them. I know, I know, waiting has never been so hard since you became an adult. But they’ll slice so much easier if you wait, trust me 😉

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Gluten Free Brownies with Sea Salt

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (refined or unrefined)
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (I used avocado)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup high quality gluten free flour (I used Mama's Almond Blend)
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt coconut oil.
  2. As soon as it is melted, add neutral oil and cocoa powder and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add sugar and stir until fully combined. Remove from heat.
  4. Add eggs and beat with a spoon until smooth and eggs are fully combined with the cocoa/sugar.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Add gluten free flour, xanthan gum, and salt and stir until smooth.
  7. Spread into a greased, square cake pan. Sprinkle with sea salt if you want.
  8. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with very fudgy crumbs. Mine were done right at 20. Be careful not to overbake! You should take the brownies out of the oven just before they seem to be done, they will cook a little more as they cool.
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Chewy, fudgy, chocolate brownies sprinkled with sea salt and gluten free! 10 ingredients, 15 minutes to mix 20 minutes to bake.

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Savoring Saturdays #105

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Happy weekend everyone, and welcome to Savoring Saturdays!

Link up to several of your favorite recipes or gluten free articles from your blog and remember to leave a comment below. I love finding out what you’re up to in the gluten free world, so please tell us a bit about the recipe/article you’re sharing today. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week’s most popular link is…(drum roll please!) Healthy Flourless Brownies from Gluten Free Easily, they’re healthy, so you can have 2 right?

Flourless Brownies ... Gluten-Free and Paleo [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]

Meet the four ladies behind Savoring Saturdays!

Savoring Saturdays

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Elle from Only Taste Mattersfacebook twitter pinterest rss youtube
Emily from Recipes to Nourishfacebook twitter pinterest instagram 
Celeste from Life After Wheatfacebook twitter pinterest googleplusinstagram

And here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Come find new gluten free recipes and link up to share your own!

Thai Peanut Wraps from Celeste
Salted Toffee Blondies from Elle
Real Food Strawberry Ice Cream from Emily
Grain-Free Strawberry Banana Donuts with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting 
from Raia

 

Want to join in on the fun?

Leave one or two links of any of the following:

  • healthy whole, gluten-free food {no boxes, mixes, refined sugars, etc.}
  • do-it-yourself stuff/crafts
  • gardening/farming/homesteading
  • homeschooling
  • housekeeping
  • food politics
  • healthy living
  • whatever you’re grateful for today!

Please Note: If your post doesn’t fit these guidelines, it will not be featured. If your post is in any way inappropriate, it will be deleted from the party. Please keep your posts positive! By linking up here,  you agree that any of the hostesses may use any applicable pictures from your post in Savoring Saturdays posts (to feature, with a link back to your post). By linking up, you are giving me permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You also, by linking up, guarantee that your pictures are not someone else’s work, or else has a broad usage license {for example with stock photography put in public domain}. 

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Come find new gluten free recipes and link up to share your own!


Happy weekend everyone, and welcome to Savoring Saturdays!

Link up to several of your favorite recipes or gluten free articles from your blog and remember to leave a comment below. I love finding out what you’re up to in the gluten free world, so please tell us a bit about the recipe/article you’re sharing today. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week’s most popular link is…(drum roll please!) Garlic Herb Dinner Rolls from Natural Fit Foodie. How good do these look??

Gluten free garlic herb dinner rolls recipe -These gluten free garlic herb dinner rolls are bursting with flavor! Crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, perfect for any special occasion!

 

Here are some other favorites from last week’s party:

Morning Glory Breakfast Cookies from Making Life Sweet. love breakfast cookies! These look like the perfect grab-n-go breakfast for the whole family.

Morning Glory Breakfast Cookies | Making Life Sweet with Lauren Gaskill

Nightshade Free Marinara from It Takes Time. I have met quite a few people lately who can’t tolerate nightshades and that is a tricky food intolerance! This is a clever substitute.

 

Meet the four ladies behind Savoring Saturdays!

Savoring Saturdays

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Celeste from Life After Wheatfacebook twitter pinterest googleplusinstagram

And here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Come find new gluten free recipes and link up to share your own!

Skillet Cornbread from Celeste
25 Gluten Free Tea Time Recipes from Elle
(Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake from What The Fork Food Blog pictured)
Easy Homemade Herbal Mouthwash from Emily
Dairy-Free Hummingbird Cake 
from Raia

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  • healthy whole, gluten-free food {no boxes, mixes, refined sugars, etc.}
  • do-it-yourself stuff/crafts
  • gardening/farming/homesteading
  • homeschooling
  • housekeeping
  • food politics
  • healthy living
  • whatever you’re grateful for today!

Please Note: If your post doesn’t fit these guidelines, it will not be featured. If your post is in any way inappropriate, it will be deleted from the party. Please keep your posts positive! By linking up here,  you agree that any of the hostesses may use any applicable pictures from your post in Savoring Saturdays posts (to feature, with a link back to your post). By linking up, you are giving me permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You also, by linking up, guarantee that your pictures are not someone else’s work, or else has a broad usage license {for example with stock photography put in public domain}. 

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Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

Southern comfort food at its finest! This quick and easy Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread is soft and tender with a beautiful, crispy, golden brown edge.

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! This one has the record on recipe development time, it’s been a work in progress for almost an entire year and has been tweaked dozens of times! I guess you could say I’m a cornbread snob. I love a good cornbread that is soft, tender, has that beautiful crispy brown edge, and is drenched in honey. We laugh about this one because it was declared perfect and ready to post several times but then I decided it just wasn’t perfect enough. So back to the drawing board we went. 

The most tender, flavorful cornbread that is perfectly browned on the edges. Comfort food at its finest! Gluten Free.

This cornbread has just the perfect hint of sweetness which is offset perfectly by a light buttermilk flavor from the added vinegar. The flour to cornmeal ration yields the perfect texture. And this particular cornbread also has a secret ingredient (ssshhh!) Years ago gfHubs and I ate at a Mexican restaurant that had some great cornbread, and that is when I fell head over heals over the stuff. I was surprised when I bit into it and discovered kernels of corn hidden inside-it was delicious! Adding corn to this recipe sends it over the top, it is just SO good! And did I mention it’s easy? it is so simple to whip up a batch of this cornbread to go with any meal.

The most tender, flavorful cornbread that is perfectly browned on the edges. Comfort food at its finest! Gluten Free.

Now if you’re going to enjoy a good Southern cornbread, you will definitely want to invest in a cast iron skillet. They’re inexpensive and you’ll find I use them in a lot of my recipes (as should you!). Using a cast iron skillet gives the cornbread those irresistible edges. 

The most tender, flavorful cornbread that is perfectly browned on the edges. Comfort food at its finest! Gluten Free.

A few words of advice that apply to allllll gluten free recipes: flour matters. I used Gluten Free Mama’s Almond blend in this recipe. I like that it doesn’t have any xanthan gum because the cornbread only requires a little. Using a flour mix that contains xanthan or guar gum will offset the texture a little and might give it a gummy texture. I recommend sticking with a flour that doesn’t have any added xanthan so you can use just the right amount. Enjoy!


Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-8 slices

Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup high quality gluten free flour (I used Gluten Free Mama's Almond Blend)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn (optional but recommended!)
  • 1 T butter for greasing skillet

Instructions

  1. Turn oven on to 400 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together sugar, egg, milk, and vinegar.
  3. Add butter and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients and corn and stir with a spoon until batter is mostly smooth (a few small lumps is OK).
  5. Put the 1 T butter into a 10" cast iron skillet (you can use a 9" cake pan if you don't have one) and set pan inside the oven. Watch the pan and remove as soon as the butter is melted.
  6. When butter is melted, remove from the oven and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan and up the sides a little.
  7. Pour batter into the skillet or pan and bake (be sure oven is preheated first) for 18-20 minutes, until edges are golden brown and/or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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The most tender, flavorful cornbread that is perfectly browned on the edges. Comfort food at its finest! Gluten Free.

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Savoring Saturdays #104

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Happy weekend everyone, and welcome to Savoring Saturdays!

This weekend is Mother’s Day so I’m highlighting some recipes from last week that would be the perfect way to treat your mom or yourself!

Link up to several of your favorite recipes or gluten free articles from your blog and remember to leave a comment below. I love finding out what you’re up to in the gluten free world, so please tell us a bit about the recipe/article you’re sharing today. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week’s most popular link is…(drum roll please!)  Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are some other favorites from last week’s party:

Quick Pecan Sticky Cakes from Gluten Free Palate. My mom loves pecans and these would make her day!

These easy Gluten-Free Quick Sticky Pecan Cakes are naturally moist, flavorful, and fragrant. They can be served as a rich breakfast, a light dessert, or a classic treat at tea time.

Hot Chocolate Cookies from Auntie Bethany. Because nothing says, “I love you Mom” like a fudgey chocolate cookie topped with melted chocolate and a toasty marshmallow!

Triple Berry Lemon Agua Fresca from Making Life Sweet would be the perfect refreshing drink to serve!

Triple Berry Lemon Agua Fresca

 

I team up with three talented gluten free bloggers to bring you Savoring Saturdays every week, here’s a little more about us:

Savoring Saturdays

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Elle from Only Taste Mattersfacebook twitter pinterest rss youtube
Emily from Recipes to Nourishfacebook twitter pinterest instagram 
Celeste from Life After Wheatfacebook twitter pinterest googleplusinstagram

And here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Come find new gluten free recipes and link up to share your own!Soft Sandwich Bread from Celeste
Chocolate Chip Scones from Elle
Strawberry Ginger Switchel from Emily
100+ Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Recipes 
from Raia

 

 

Want to join in on the fun?

Leave one or two links of any of the following:

  • healthy whole, gluten-free food {no boxes, mixes, refined sugars, etc.}
  • do-it-yourself stuff/crafts
  • gardening/farming/homesteading
  • homeschooling
  • housekeeping
  • food politics
  • healthy living
  • whatever you’re grateful for today!

Please Note: If your post doesn’t fit these guidelines, it will not be featured. If your post is in any way inappropriate, it will be deleted from the party. Please keep your posts positive! By linking up here,  you agree that any of the hostesses may use any applicable pictures from your post in Savoring Saturdays posts (to feature, with a link back to your post). By linking up, you are giving me permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You also, by linking up, guarantee that your pictures are not someone else’s work, or else has a broad usage license {for example with stock photography put in public domain}. 

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Savoring Saturdays #103

Savoring Saturdays gluten free linky party 101st edition

Happy weekend everyone, and welcome to Savoring Saturdays!

Another week has sped past! It was cool and rainy the whole week so we soaked up those rare moments of sunshine, snuck in a quick mow of the front lawn, and now the back looks like a jungle haha! The forecast says a few more days and we should be back in the sun-Hooray for sunshine!

Meanwhile, I took advantage of our inside time and started playing around with a muffin recipe. Have you tried the big bakery muffins from Costco? They’re my fav. They seriously can’t be beat so I set out to replicate them because, you know, they have gluten :( No worries though, we’ll make our own! The first batch was a HUGE success and everyone had to have 1 in their lunch the next day. In fact, my oldest came home complaining because he only had 1. So stay tuned for this recipe, it is coming and you don’t want to miss it!

On to the Party!

Link up to several of your favorite recipes or gluten free articles from your blog and remember to leave a comment below. I love finding out what you’re up to in the gluten free world, so please tell us a bit about the recipe/article you’re sharing today. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week’s most popular link is…(drum roll please!) Gluten Free Morning Muffins from Dinner was Delish. These muffins are chock-full of so much goodness and are the perfect way to start your day!

Here are some other favorites from last week’s party:

Eat the Rainbow Spring Rolls from Oh the Things We’ll Make. I love beautiful food! This one is almost too beautiful to eat.

Eating the rainbow and getting in a healthy dose of colorful vegetables is fun and easy with these colorful rainbow spring rolls.

No-Bake Salted Caramel Cookie Cups from Gluten Free Palate. This one has been circling the internet and my mouth waters every time I see it! It’s a recipe that I need to try in the near future.

In a hurry? No worries. These No-Bake Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Cookie cups are simple to make and allergy friendly.

Pumpkin Waffles from Strength and Sunshine. This recipe makes a single serving and is also vegan!

Pumpkin Waffles | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 Simple, crispy, and delicious pumpkin waffles! A single-serve, gluten-free, vegan breakfast recipe that's easy and ready in a snap any day of the year! Plus, you can sneak your veggies in!

 

Meet the four ladies behind Savoring Saturdays!

Savoring Saturdays

Raia from Raia's Recipesfacebook twitter pinterest google plus google plus rss
Elle from Only Taste Mattersfacebook twitter pinterest rss youtube
Emily from Recipes to Nourishfacebook twitter pinterest instagram 
Celeste from Life After Wheatfacebook twitter pinterest googleplusinstagram

And here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Savoring Saturdays gluten free linky party 101st editionGluten Free Tamale Pie from Celeste
20 Gluten-Free Recipes With Pretzels from Elle
(S’Mores Popcorn Snack Mix from Making It Milk Free, pictured)
Grain-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler from Emily
Honey Sweetened Coconut Whipped Cream 
from Raia

 

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  • healthy whole, gluten-free food {no boxes, mixes, refined sugars, etc.}
  • do-it-yourself stuff/crafts
  • gardening/farming/homesteading
  • homeschooling
  • housekeeping
  • food politics
  • healthy living
  • whatever you’re grateful for today!

Please Note: If your post doesn’t fit these guidelines, it will not be featured. If your post is in any way inappropriate, it will be deleted from the party. Please keep your posts positive! By linking up here,  you agree that any of the hostesses may use any applicable pictures from your post in Savoring Saturdays posts (to feature, with a link back to your post). By linking up, you are giving me permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You also, by linking up, guarantee that your pictures are not someone else’s work, or else has a broad usage license {for example with stock photography put in public domain}. 

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Gluten Free Tamale Pie

Gluten free cornbread is topped with a savory meat filling to make this one-pan meal that is reminiscent of the taste and texture of tamales. All the goodness of a classic tamale but without all the effort!

Gluten free cornbread is topped with a savory meat filling to make this one-pan meal that is reminiscent of the taste and texture of tamales. All the goodness of a classic tamale but without all the effort!

Once again I’m bringing you a classic dish made into a quick and easy, one pan meal because…that’s how we roll! A few years after gfHubs and I were married (and pre-food allergies), I stumbled on a recipe for tamale pie and knew I had to try it. I’ve always loved a good tamale, and making it into a one-dish meal certainly sounded appealing. It was a good one and we made it several times, but it was forgotten after gfHubs was diagnosed with food allergies.

A few months ago I was sorting through all my old recipes and came across that one. Now that I feel we’ve gotten this gluten free thing down, I was so excited to whip up a gluten free version of it! I made a few tweaks to get just the right combination of meat and cornbread and the perfect flavor. I think you’ll love it!

This savory meat filling topped with gluten free cornbread is reminiscent of the taste and texture of tamales but without all the effort!

You’ll notice I use my cast iron skillet A LOT. I love it because it is easy to clean, cooks evenly, and browns the edges just perfectly. Plus it doesn’t have all the chemicals that traditional non-stick cookware is coated with and it cleans up easily. That’s a lot of wins in my book! Here’s a link to the one I use, which is listed under $20 right now on Amazon.

You can customize this dish by piling on your favorite toppings. Think sour cream, chopped avocados or guac, green chiles, fresh cilantro, a little squeeze of lime or even refried beans. It’s a fun dish the kids will love as much as the parents. You could even make individual ones by baking in well-greased muffin tins and scooping out with a spoon.

This savory meat filling topped with gluten free cornbread is reminiscent of the taste and texture of tamales but without all the effort!

Technically speaking, gfHubs is the only person in our family who has to eat gluten free. But about a year after his diagnosis I realized it wasn’t practical to make two separate dishes of everything for dinner. The worries of cross contamination further complicated things so I decided to throw out all the wheat flour and just make the same thing for everyone. Our kids still eat wheat bread and sometimes pasta and snacks (they have their own “gluten” area), but I haven’t baked with wheat flour in years.

You might expect that our kids complained or have been begging for ‘regular’ food again, but they’ve actually done the opposite! Our oldest has repeatedly told me that I’m a better cook since we started eating gluten free, and they often say how much better the gluten free food tastes. That’s why I love dishes like this. They taste great to everyone, and everyone can eat the same meal, together.  You can find the printable below-enjoy!

~Celeste

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Gluten Free Tamale Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Gluten Free Tamale Pie

Gluten free cornbread is topped with a savory meat filling to make this one-pan meal that is reminiscent of the taste and texture of tamales. All the goodness of a classic tamale but without all the effort!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean hamburger
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T finely chopped jalapenos (I removed the seeds)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour (I used Mama's Almond Blend)
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (omit if using a flour blend that contains xanthan)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 T baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn, optional

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger in a skillet for 5 minutes.
  2. Add onion, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, chili, salt and pepper and cook until done.
  3. Add tomato sauce and simmer 15-20 minutes until thickened.
  4. Meanwhile, make the cornbread by whisking together melted butter, sugar, egg, sour cream, and milk.
  5. Add flour, xanthan gum, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and corn and whisk gently just until combined.
  6. Preheat oven to 425. While oven is preheating, put a 10" cast iron skillet in the oven with 1 T butter. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, you can use a casserole dish but only heat it in the oven for a minute or 2. Either way, pull the pan out as soon as the butter is melted. Watch it closely so the butter doesn't burn.
  7. When oven and pan are preheated, pour cornbread batter into pan.
  8. Top with meat mixture. The meat won't completely cover the cornbread and that's ok :)
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, top with cheese, and broil for 2 minutes. If using a casserole dish instead of cast iron, continue baking for a few minutes instead of broiling.
  10. Serve with sour cream, fresh cilantro, chopped avocados or guacamole, refried beans, and/or green chiles.

Notes

***Please be sure all ingredients you use are gluten free.

http://thereislifeafterwheat.com/2016/04/gluten-free-tamale-pie/

Gluten free cornbread is topped with a savory meat filling to make this one-pan meal that is reminiscent of the taste and texture of tamales. All the goodness of a classic tamale but without all the effort!

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Savoring Saturdays #102

Happy weekend everyone, and welcome to Savoring Saturdays!

Last week was another busy one, but so much fun! We took all the kiddos to a family-friendly symphony. It was an hour long production that taught about Beethoven’s life (my favorite classical composer!), and played his 5th Symphony throughout the program. The rest of the week was filled with soccer practices and games, swimming lessons, lunch with friends, and working on never-ending house projects that are all going to be awesome someday. We all have a few of those, right? 

While you’re here, link up to several of your favorite recipes or gluten free articles from your blog and remember to leave a comment below. I love finding out what you’re up to in the gluten free world, so please tell us a bit about the recipe/article you’re sharing today. Thanks for stopping by!

Last week’s most popular link is…(drum roll please!) Grain Free Cauliflower Bread from Embracing the Lovely. Wow, it’s amazing all the things you can make with cauliflower!

If you've ever wanted to cut the carbs and eat healthy then Grain Free Cauliflower Bread is a great alternative to regular bread!

Here are some other favorites from last week’s party:

Vegan (no-bake!) Snickers Cheesecake from A Saucy Kitchen. WHOA, do I need some of these in my life! 

 

No Bake Snickers Cheesecake - a devilishly decadent dessert that's free of eggs, dairy, grains, and refined sugars. Make it paleo by swapping peanuts with almonds!

 

Annnnnd because I can’t get enough of the mouth-watering recipes from A Saucy Kitchen, this Chia Seed Jam also made the list. I discovered chia seed jam last year, it is so easy to make (you all know how much I love an easy recipe!) and you just can’t beat the taste of homemade jam made with fresh fruit. (PS, this jam would taste amazing on my homemade bread!)

 

Homemade Chia Seed Jam - just three ingredients! | Paleo, Vegan, Low FODMAP

 

Last but not least, I have been drooling over these Grain Free, Gluten Free, Triple Chocolate Ding Dongs from Gluten Free Palate. Don’t they look incredible???

 

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Triple Chocolate Ding Dong anyone? Your chocolate loving taste buds are going to do cartwheels in your mouth when you bite into this tender, rich, chocolaty treat.

What was your favorite recipe from last week???

Meet the four ladies behind Savoring Saturdays!

Savoring Saturdays

Raia from Raia's Recipesfacebook twitter pinterest google plus google plus rss
Elle from Only Taste Mattersfacebook twitter pinterest rss youtube
Emily from Recipes to Nourishfacebook twitter pinterest instagram 
Celeste from Life After Wheatfacebook twitter pinterest googleplusinstagram

And here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Come join in the fun by sharing your favorite gluten free or healthy living blog post!
Blender Crepes with Cheesecake Filling from Celeste
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Graham Cracker Crust from Elle

Natural Skin Care Made Easy from Emily
Banana Nut Muffins 
from Raia

Want to join in on the fun?

Leave one or two links of any of the following:

  • healthy whole, gluten-free food {no boxes, mixes, refined sugars, etc.}
  • do-it-yourself stuff/crafts
  • gardening/farming/homesteading
  • homeschooling
  • housekeeping
  • food politics
  • healthy living
  • whatever you’re grateful for today!

Please Note: If your post doesn’t fit these guidelines, it will not be featured. If your post is in any way inappropriate, it will be deleted from the party. Please keep your posts positive! By linking up here,  you agree that any of the hostesses may use any applicable pictures from your post in Savoring Saturdays posts (to feature, with a link back to your post). By linking up, you are giving me permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You also, by linking up, guarantee that your pictures are not someone else’s work, or else has a broad usage license {for example with stock photography put in public domain}. 

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