These flavors made me think of a certain restaurant that my friends know I love- Chipotle! I used Zatarain's Andouille Smoked Sausage, so this had a bit of kick, but you could easily tone done the spice by using a different gluten/dairy free sausage like Johnsonville's Smoked Rope Sausage. This was so savory and satisfying served over rice with a little extra salsa on top! It would be great paired with my smooth dairy-free guacamole if you have access to avocados.
Almond flour creates an excellent savory or sweet dish, and although I don't use it daily, my family always enjoys these recipes and I wanted to shine a spotlight on them. This post does contain links to the original recipes, because I didn't create these, the original authors deserve the credit. Any changes or adaptations I made from the original are noted here.
Just looking at these photos makes my mouth water... and don't worry, you can totally make your pot pie more visually appealing than I did by rolling out 2 crusts and presenting it traditionally. I just found that it was quicker and easier to roll out 1 crust and lay over the top. Now which one to start with...
This recipe is adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie's One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake. After you've popped your mug cake into the microwave, head over to her site and scope it out- she has loads of gluten-free options in her recipes and they are all dairy/egg free since she is vegan. She's my go-to source for dessert recipes for our family with special dietary needs.
On to that recipe...
Meatloaf seems like such a basic recipe, but I made it over and over before finally deciding to share this recipe. I wanted it to be just right, and I kept tweaking things here and there. When I made it last night, it was delicious! Naturally, meatloaf leaves some room for error, so if you don't have the exact amount of ground beef I used, or you opt to throw in some garlic or other spices, you have freedom to do that. This was spot-on for a traditional, tasty meatloaf flavor in my opinion. I'm super excited I wrote down what I was doing as I tossed things in so I can share it with you and recreate it for my family again. This recipe was a hit with my husband especially. Yum!
Ingredients for Family Size Batch (Serves 6-8 depending on their appetite):
2.2 lbs lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/2 cup (61 g) finely chopped white onion
1 sleeve (100 g) of Glutino Gluten-free original table crackers*
1 cup ketchup (I use ALDI's organic)
5 tsp. yellow prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Smash crackers until no pieces remain larger than a pea. I place them in a quart size freezer Ziplock baggie and used a meat mallet, but a rolling pin works well too.
3. Set aside 1/4 cup ketchup to be used as topping later. Mix all other ingredients together thoroughly. I use my hands as I find it's the fastest way to incorporate the ingredients evenly.
4. Press into baking pan (I used a 2 quart rectangle Pyrex baking pan).
5. Bake 30 minutes. Drizzle reserved 1/4 cup ketchup over top (or more if you'd like). Bake 10 more minutes or until meat is cooked to a safe internal temperature.
*These are dairy and egg free at the time of my purchasing them, but always read labels to ensure products haven't changed ingredients or don't contain allergens.
I have never thought to add mustard to meatloaf before, as I'm not a huge fan of mustard in most recipes, but the small amount here is really what set this recipe apart from the many other variations I've made of eggless gluten-free meatloaf. Even if you aren't a mustard fan, I'd encourage you to try it as written the first time. After that- feel free to mix things up to your liking! Adding the 1/4 ketchup topping even earlier can allow it to sweeten more as it bakes if that's your thing- otherwise a quick broil can lead to a nice presentation, but watch it carefully so it doesn't burn or dry out if you do use broil for the last few minutes of baking time.
The carrot harvest from our garden was so measly this year, that as I pulled them from the ground, I asked myself, "Why am I doing this? Why do I bother? Is it even worth my time?" Yet, I couldn't bring myself to leave them there to be buried by snow and wasted. I never would've bought these ugly things at a farmers' market or grocery store, but I did learn something about their value as I pulled them from the dirt.
We LOVE these two recipes and having them pre-prepped in the deep freezer makes tossing them into the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker/Crock pot a breeze for full-flavor meals without loads of prep time.
If you're only making 1 of these, feel free to just dump it all into your Instant Pot or Crock Pot or into a gallon freezer bag if you're prepping a make-ahead meal. Since I bought 28 arm roasts at an impressive sale, I developed a 'system' to try speed the process of making these dump roasts.
First the recipe ingredients, then I'll explain the system...
These one-bowl drop biscuits (hooray for no rolling and cutting needed!) are so delicious. You can have them on the table in under 20 minutes and they are a perfect compliment to soup/stew or a base for meat/gravy recipes.
We've tried loads of waffle and pancake recipes over the years, this is my favorite waffle recipe for the crisp texture it can give your waffles if you eat them right away they come out of the maker. If you like 'em softer, just stack 'em up high while you cook and they will steam each other soft. I've tweaked the flavor in these to be just to our family's liking. I hope you like it too!
1 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. flaxmeal
5 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla
Heartland is a popular family friendly drama series centered around a ranch that rehabs and rehomes horses. If you are looking for something to watch with a solid, homegrown feel and honest values, give this series a peek. UPtv and UP Faith & Family SVOD are the only 2 places you can find the entire series if you want to start from season 1. If you're looking to jump in with the newest season 12, UPtv has exclusive access before anyone else. If you're not familiar with Heartland, check out Plugged In's review and the trailer below.
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I am not much of a blog reader. There's only a couple I check on occasion:
Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!