I do A LOT of cooking but strangely I don’t create all too many recipes from scratch on my own. I do, however, have a few tried-and-true recipes I found on the internet that I love. Today I’m sharing those with you. I’ve made these recipes multiple times and they are always great. A lot of them are gluten free and all use real food ingredients.
Years ago I tried making baked oatmeal and it was bland and…disgusting. Fast forward many years and a friend told me about a baked oatmeal recipe she loved. I made it, the family loved it, and the rest is baked oatmeal history. The baked oatmeal you see above I made with strawberries and blueberries. You can easily replace it with any fruit you like. The husband has asked that I try peaches next to resemble something like a peach cobbler.
My family adores these waffles from Cookie and Kate. In fact, my husband memorized the recipe (!) and makes them just about every Sunday (!!) for “Faffle Sunday” as my three year old calls it. You can easily make oat flour from rolled oats in a high powered blender. And in my humble opinion these faffles do not need syrup. Butter and whip cream are the way to go with these bad boys, nuts and blueberries too if it’s your best friend’s birthday.
These muffins from Lindsey at Passionate Homemaking have surpassed my love for blueberry muffins which I thought was not possible. I do not soak the flour first as Lindsey recommends and they still come out scrumptious. Thanks Lindsey!
Soups and Stews
The delicious soup boasts a variety of veggies along side lentils and split peas. Slow cook it all day and when it’s done, put 4 cups in a blender with olive oil and gently blend until creamy. Do not forget to add the red wine vinegar at the end (I add extra)! And parm! Oh the tangy, creamy goodness of the soup…I seriously can’t get enough.
The quick, easy, and super nutritious soup comes from my Nutritional Balancing Practitioner, Nikki Moses. Swiss Chard (or spinach), carrots, white beans, onions, and garlic, all cooked in chicken broth. Oh.so.good. My husband and kids even like it! Save yourself some time and use canned beans. To find the recipe, click the link above and scroll down a bit until you hit the recipes.
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This rich soup reminds me of something you’d eat at Olive Garden and it does not disappoint. Warm, satisfying, and so good I make it all year long. And for living in Florida that’s saying a lot.
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I’ve been making this stew for many years and love it every time. It’s simple, packed with protein, and gluten free. Sarah has a TON of great gluten free recipes on her blog so check them out.
Lunches, Light Dishes, and Sides
If you love mac and cheese but want something a little healthier look no further than this recipe from Pinch of Yum. The cheese sauce is made from butternut squash and caramelized onions. I know, I know. It sounds crazy but trust me- it’s good. I use rice pasta for a gluten free version.
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Looking for an easy, healthy side dish? Try Ina Garten’s Roasted Carrots. My husband loves them so much he doesn’t even care that they require oven cooking that heats up our kitchen in the summer.
I’ve been making this dish for a long, long time. The family loves it and it’s cheap. I like to make my refried beans from a mixture of black beans and pinto beans. We eat it with organic blue corn chips. Delish.
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This super quick pasta dish brings out my Italian side. The sauce is created with only a few, raw ingredients so freshness is key. The freshest, ripest tomatoes you can find is best but I have used store-bought tomatoes before and still thought this dish was amazing. And as with everything you cook use quality salt.
Gluten free flours can be tricky to work with but this drop biscuit recipe works well with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. Just follow the instructions and don’t even think about being stingy with the garlic butter.
Greek night is always the BEST night. Preparing hummus and falafel can be a little time consuming but it is sooo worth it. Cat has an amazing hummus recipe but to get her falafel recipe (which you’ll definitely want to do) you’ll have to buy her Kindle book and you can do that here. And HELLO kalamata olives, I love you.
It was Thanksgiving of last year and I was looking for a recipe to use up my leftover turkey. Well, Emeril Lagasse delivered and BAM it was amazing! I used homemade turkey broth and don’t think I have ever made anything so flavorable. Is that a word? Anyway, this recipe calls for ground turkey so you can use that too and I omitted the cayenne so my kids would eat it. The recipe is a 10 out of 10 hands down. MAKE IT.
You guys, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife has a cooking blog (and a few cookbooks) and I found this one-pot recipe on her website. It’s a winner. Savory and simple, Chicken with Rice and Peas is delicious. Don’t forget the fresh lemon at the end for an unexpected twist.
Damn Delicious made a damn good chili mac; ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, beans, pasta. Get in my belly. I use rice pasta for a gluten free version.
You do not need a grill to make great hamburgers. In fact, I prefer these stove top burgers to grilled burgers any day. John Linn gives you 5 simple tips for making juicy burgers on the stove. Listen to him.
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I have heard it said by more than one person that the Pioneer Woman’s recipes are not all that great. I can’t really comment on that. But one thing I know for sure is that these Mushroom and Swiss Sliders are…heavenly, decadent, and…amazing. Strange choice of words to describe sliders but that’s what comes to mind. Try them (and make the fry sauce). Or not. It’s your loss.
Desserts and Sweets
Oh Texan Erin. I don’t know you but I want to send you flowers for creating these cookies and sharing them with the world. They are my favorite cookies of all time. I use Ghiradelli’s dark chocolate chips and man…warm, gooey, gluten free. I have to stop here.
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There came a time when I learned sugar was destroying my body. I still indulge as is evident by the cookies above but I have cut way back on my sugar consumption. Lauren from Healthy Indulgences helps me satisfy my sugar cravings without sugar or toxic sugar-substitutes like Splenda. This refreshing Frappacino copycat uses stevia and erythritol and it’s delicious! No bitter aftertaste and tastes JUST like the real deal! So long Starbucks.
Now that I’ve made myself starving I’m gonna end this post. BUT if you have any favorite recipes that we can find on the web please share them in the comments below. Thanks 🙂
All photos are my own.