Ham fried “rice”

I love ham fried rice, there are just two things wrong with it now. 1) It’s made with soy sauce so it has wheat. 2) I already eat a lot of rice. Rice is probably the main go to grain for those with celiac disease or even a  gluten sensitivity. Rice fills you up but doesn’t always leave you feeling very well.  There are two ways to handle this problem. Ignore it, or futz with some food until a suitable substitute is found. I live by the second option.

I adore my mother, she’s always on the lookout for fun things to try with me. She came across a wonderful recipe substituting cauliflower for the rice. It sounds crazy, but a dash of crazy every now and then spices life up, so we tried it.20151014_174725

Doesn’t that just look like ham fried rice?? It tastes pretty good too!!

It’s fairly simple too!

20151014_174802Take some Minced Garlic and Oil.

And some carrots, peas and ham. (We cubed pre-sliced ham)



 Add the chopped cauliflower (Thank heaven for food processors!)


Don’t forget the Gluten Free soy sauce!20151014_174821




Heat it all up and add some eggs and you’ve got a wonderful dinner! Don’t take my word for it! Try it out!

Ham fried Cauliflower "Rice"
A fabulous substitute for traditional ham fried rice!
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  1. 1 TBSP Sesame Seed Oil
  2. 1 TBSP minced Garlic
  3. 8 oz cubed beef, ham or chicken {Depending on your fancy ;) }
  4. 1 Cup diced (or shredded) carrots
  5. 1 head of cauliflower
  6. 1 Cup of peas
  7. 2 eggs
  8. Pepper
  9. 3 TBSP Tamari Soy Sauce
  10. Scallions to garnish
  1. Place cauliflower in food processor and process.
  2. Heat the sesame seed oil and garlic in a sauce pan.
  3. Add the meat and heat it up.
  4. Add Carrots to the heating mix next.
  5. Add the cauliflower, continue to heat the mix.
  6. Add the peas and heat for a minute or two more.
  7. Make a hole in the middle of the food, add the eggs in the center of the food, scramble the eggs for a minute, then mix all the food together.
  8. Add the pepper and the Tamari Soy Sauce.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Serve and garnish with scallions.
  1. If you don't want peas, chop up 1 cup of fresh green beans.
  2. We only used half a head of cauliflower, so we got to make 2 wonderful batches of this!
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Quinoa Parfait

Quinoa Parfait 2 Quinoa is a delicious grain, small, multi-colored, kind of nutty, chewable, and fun. Ben has learned to enjoy it with yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Quinoa ParfaitIn fact, today with the leftovers from the breakfast cooking pot, we made a Quinoa Parfait to have as a snack when he gets home from school. 

He’s thinking about the toppings, wondering if blueberries might be better for him than say, perhaps a banana – Oh! and then remembering his favorite fruit – It’ll be topped with Kiwi!!! 

Halloween Fun

NaRhiaRhiannon and her beloved Auntie, Naomi, spent some time in the kitchen yesterday. They created Monster Apples as a treat, in addition to some Chocolate/Date Bats and Cats!

Rhiannon LOVES creating raw food with Naomi. She loves creating the new flavors available to her in gluten-free food too. The best part though, is sampling it when it is done. So tasty!

Here is a very happy little Raw Chef-ette.


Good Gluten-Free Resource

Hi there!

Here’s a link to a marvelous Gluten-Free resource with many recipes to choose from – photos included. This resource not only gives you ideas, but will allow you to play with new menu items. Who doesn’t need a boost once in awhile. 

Have you ever asked, “What would you like for dinner, sweetheart?” And you receive the answer, “Uh, I don’t know, whatever…” This is not helpful. The reason I asked the question in the first place was because I was out of ideas and tired of the old standbys, ya know? :0)

The site referenced above will help you overcome your cooking block! Good Chow.

Drive-by Breakfast – Who’s next?!

20140504_101622Pumpkin – Millet – Oat – Potato Starch Pancakes

We woke early this morning and decided we just HAD to have pancakes! I suggested pumpkin, and Naomi did the rest.  While Naomi makes her own personal version of Gluten-free baking mix, we want to let you know that the remaining part of the recipe was inspired by Gluten Free Cooking.

We made them with just the flours, we made them with chocolate chips. We made them with blueberries, apples, and walnuts and various syrups. We even tried them with a ginger syrup. Divine, light and fluffy.  We were so happy with our food we decided to go out and try to discover anyone else who might be hungry for a gluten-dairy free breakfast.

We found several people, beginning with our friend, Scheri. Her daughter has recently been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, and she was very happy to sample our newly created fare. The verdict?
“May I have some more?!”
Ahahaha, success!

Another friend, Danielle, wasn’t home – but Jeri down the street was. *Mwhahaha*
Then, we stopped by to see Alicia. There wasn’t a single recipient of today’s drive-by breakfast that didn’t enjoy, and want more.

We’re already planning our next drive-by event! What do YOU think we should do?!!

Oat & Brown Rice Waffles

We’ve show you pancakes before, so thought we’d branch out just a little bit by showcasing a delicious waffle. Have a great day.

Oat & Brown Rice Waffles
Yields 6
Crisp and firm waffles
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  1. 1/4 C Bob's Mill Gluten-Free all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 C Bob's Mill Brown Rice flour
  3. 1 1/4 C Arrowhead Mills organic oat flour
  4. 2 Tbsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 Tbsp raw organic sugar
  9. 1 Tbsp oil
  10. 3/4 C milk (or milk substitute)
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1 tsp vanilla
  13. honey
  1. Combine all flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl until well mixed.
  2. Make a well in center of dry mix; put in oil, milk, eggs and vanilla, mixing until a batter is formed.
  3. Pour into waffle iron via a heaping 1/4 C measurer.
  4. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Top with honey (or your favorite topping) and enjoy!
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Dates – Historical & Fun Facts

Dates in bowl

  • Dates can be found back as far as 5000 – 6000 BC in Iran, Egypt and Pakistan
  • Dates are and have been a staple for the Middle East for… a really, really long time


  • The average date has 23 calories
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Iron for your blood,
  • Fiber to help your bowels
  • Vitamin A for your eyes
  • Potassium for your heart
  • B-vitamins
  • Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium Free!

Madina MosqueDATE FACTS

  • The palm leaves of the date tree have been used to make all sorts of items; roofing, baskets, rugs, doors, and hats are a few of them
  • Dates are great snacks for desert journeys
  • All parts of a date palm tree can be put to use
  • It is said that the Prophet Muhammad lived on dates for months at a time
  • Date trees were used to build a mosque in Madinah
  • There are male and female date palms. To get fruit, pollen from a male tree must be inserted into the female tree’s flower at the right time. It has been done by hand for generations.


  • The date tree is referred to in the Koran as “the blessed tree”
  • The date palm has also been called “the tree of Life”
  • In ancient times, native Arabs supposedly ate up to 6 pounds of dates a day!

Divine Dates


I have recently fallen in love with these succulent little food items. Adding dates to your diet delivers vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain optimum health. The primary vitamins in dates are the B vitamins, with B-6 topping the list. B vitamins help with the metabolism of food and the formation of new blood cells. Other vitamins include K and A.

Dates on treeDates are an excellent source for minerals, with potassium in the #1 spot. They also contain:

  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Iron
  • Zinc

The body only needs small amounts of minerals, but if it is depleted of any one, it can be disastrous to your health.  Snacking on dates can help you build up your body’s mineral stores.

Sugar Concerns?

One of the reasons people avoid eating dates is the belief that they will raise their blood sugar levels.  The May 28, 2011, issue of “Nutrition Journal” reports a study in which date consumption was tested on diabetics.  It showed that while dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index food and did not significantly raise blood sugar levels.  If this is a concern for you, speak to your doctor before adding dates to your diet so that you can monitor your blood sugar levels and determine how dates affect you personally.

For myself, I am glad to know that dates are a delicious, low-glycemic food. My husband is pre-diabetic, and fixing foods that will not exacerbate that issue brings me a little peace.

Naan Bread Recipe – Gluten & Dairy Free

Here’s Naomi’s recipe for a versatile, flat, Naan bread.

Naan Bread - Gluten & Milk Free
Adapted by making it dairy-free too.
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  1. 1/2 C hot water (110 degrees F)
  2. 1 Tbsp honey
  3. 2 tsps instant yeast
  4. 6 Tbsp buttermilk substitute
  5. 3/4 C brown rice flour
  6. 6 Tbsp potato starch
  7. 2 tsp xanthan gum
  8. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 3/4 C white rice flour
  11. 6 Tbsp cornstarch
  12. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  13. 1/4 C olive oil
  1. Add warm water to a medium-sized bowl; add honey; stir to dissolve; add yeast; stir and set aside for about 5 minutes until it blooms. If it doesn't bloom, start over with fresh yeast.
  2. In a large bowl, add remaining dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Beat eggs, then add buttermilk substitute and beaten eggs to yeast mixture and combine well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stir. Soft dough will form looking like the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes.
  5. Allow dough to rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Scatter 2 tbsp potato starch on a clean, flat surface; place 1/3 C of dough there.
  7. Knead with dusted hands and shape into a circular disk.
  8. Cook on the griddle for about 2 1/2 minutes.
  9. You will flip it about 4 times.
  10. Repeat with remaining dough adding additional potato starch as needed.
  11. Serve Warm.
  12. You may store covered, un-cooked dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Adapted from Food.com - soft gluten free naan bread
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Our “Grimm” Syrup Recipe

Grimm's MonroeDuring the breakfast that wasn’t on Grimm, Season 2, episode 14 – there was a syrup mentioned. Spinach-Walnut-Basil-Maple Syrup.  (Yes, we’re going to paraphrase these characters as if they are real people for a little while.) Monroe says his food keeps him healthy, Nick declines “I’m not even remotely interested in eating that.” Then the kicker, Monroe says Syrup6basically that in order to be healthy you have to sacrifice taste. 

We are here to let you know that Monroe misled you! We have created his recipe, and as promised, we are sharing it with you. You’ll never want plain maple again! The taste buds dance and sing when you eat our “Monroe’s Syrup”. 


Spinach-Basil-Walnut-Maple Syrup
Yields 2
A divine syrup you won't believe until you try it!
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  1. 1/4 C spinach
  2. 1/4 C walnuts
  3. 1/2 tsp dried basil
  4. 1/2 C maple syrup
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender-blend until smooth.
  2. Pour on pancakes.
  3. Devour.
  1. Option 1: Use fresh basil.
  2. Option 2: Use Basil essential oil. (This option really enhances the basil flavor-use sparingly.)
Adapted from "Monroe" on Grimm
Adapted from "Monroe" on Grimm
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