Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

If you are looking for the perfect summer dessert to bring to the next family cookout, these Lemon Poppy Seed cookies fit the bill incredibly well.  They taste like summer and they're easy to make.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
Prep time: 15 min
Bake time:   15 min
Servings:   Makes 45 cookies

Ingredients list
  • 3 ½ cups gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking blend)
  • 1 ½ tsps baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup butter, very well softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lemon, (zest for the dough & juice for the glaze)
  • 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Video Tutorial: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F or 175 °C
  2. Combine the gluten free flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds and set aside.  
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest until fluffy then add the eggs and beat until well combined. (Scrape down the bowl as necessary)
  4. Add the flour mixture and continue mixing until you have a homogenous dough then transfer the dough to another bowl and chill for ½ hr.
  5. Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls and place them onto an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet then flatten to about ½ inch. (15 cookies per sheet 3 x 5)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges then allow them to cool on the pan for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. To make the glaze combine the juice of the lemon and the confectioner’s sugar and stir until smooth. (optionally you can add a little more lemon zest to the glaze) 
  8. Spoon a little glaze over each cookie and return to the baking rack. 
  9. After glazing every 3 or 4 cookies, sprinkle them with poppy seeds before the glaze dries too much for them to stick.
  10. Once they’re all done allow the glaze to dry and they’re all ready to eat. (When storing pack them in an airtight container with a sheet of waxed paper between each layer to keep the crumbs from one layer from getting onto the glaze of the layer beneath it) 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Meatloaf - Whole 30 Compliant Recipe

Whole 30 Meatloaf

This Whole 30 compliant Meatloaf slashes the carbs without sacrificing anything that makes meatloaf the ultimate All-American comfort food.

Meatloaf - Whole 30 Compliant Recipe
Prep time:  20 Minutes
Bake Time:  1 Hour
Servings: 4 – 8 Servings

  • 2 lbs total Ground Beef Pork Veal
  • ¾ cup Almond Meal
  • ½ cup Onion, Diced
  • ½ cup Carrot, Grated
  • ½ cup Zucchini, Grated
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 cup Whole 30 Ketchup Divided (½ cup in the loaf & ½ cup on the loaf)
  • 1 egg, Slightly Beaten
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
Ingredients for the Whole 30 Ketchup (see notes)
  • 6 oz. Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ cup Warm Water
  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • ½ tsp Salt
Video Tutorial: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (or 175ºC) and line a baking sheet with foil sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium skillet, over a medium heat saute the diced onion, carrot, zucchini and garlic in a tablespoon of oil with some salt and pepper for 4 or 5 minutes until they soften and develop a slight bit of color then let them cool.
  3. Beak apart the meat with a large fork to get them roughly combine.
  4. Add the sautéed cooled veggies, almond flour, ½ cup of Whole 30 compliant ketchup, 1 slightly beaten egg, ¼ tsp of cumin and some salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix it all together until you’ve got a homogenous mixture then form it into a loaf on the prepared pan. 
  6. Spoon the remaining ½ cup of ketchup onto the top and spread it carefully over the surface extending just about an inch down the sides but be careful not to let the ketchup go down to the bottom or it could burn if it bakes onto the pan.
  7. Bake it in the preheated oven for one hour then let it rest on the pan for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Notes:  I made my own low Whole 30 compliant ketchup by using an immersion blender to combine the ingredients listed for the ketchup.  But I did soak the raisins in the warm water for about an hour prior to the blending so they would soften and blend more easily.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Epic Bacon Patty Melt

Epic Bacon Patty Melt
Prep time: 15 min active 1 hour passive
Cook Time: 12 min
Servings: 1

  • 6 oz ground beef (I used 85/15 ground chuck)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 bread (I used GF Schar Artisan white)
  • butter, softened (enough to lightly smear over coat one side of the bread)
  • 2 oz cheese 

Video Tutorial: 

  1. Form the beef into a square patty slightly larger than the bread surface, wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for about 2 hours so it becomes solid and easy to work with.
  2. Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread then turn them over and top them both with cheese and set aside.
  3. Wrap the frozen burger with bacon in a basket weave pattern as is demonstrated in the video tutorial.     
  4. In a large cast iron skillet begin frying the burger by holding the burger upright with a tongs to sear each edge for about 2 minutes to crisp the bacon on the sides.
  5. Once the edges are all done, lay the burger flat and add the onions to the other half of the pan and begin frying in the rendered bacon grease.
  6. After 4 minutes on the first side flip the burger and let it coo for three minutes on the second side.
  7. Place the cheese covered bread buttered side down in another frying pan over a medium low heat to allow time for the cheese to melt before the bread over-browns.
  8. Place the fried onions on top of the burger then place the burger on top of one of the slices of toasted bread and cheese top it with more condiments if you want.  (I used pickles, mustard and ketchup) then add the second slice of bread and serve. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Quinoa Pancakes - Elvis Style

Quinoa Pancakes - Elvis Style

A few posts back, when I made those Mini Brownie Trifles  I told you guys that Namaste Foods had sent me a few products to review.  In the Trifle post I used their Organic Brownie Mix which was fantastic.  

In this post I used their Quinoa Flour to make pancakes. But not just any humdrum pancakes; these pancakes are fit for a King paying homage to Elvis and those infamous peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches he used to love so much. 

But back to that quinoa flour.  I found Namaste brand to have a superfine texture that blended easily into the batter and a nutty flavor that worked well in this recipe.  

Quinoa is a super-food with nutritional benefits that crush the competition among other grains.  But it does have it's own distinct flavor which could make people shy away from using it in their baked goods.  

Since these pancakes contain bananas, peanut butter, and vanilla which are all pretty strong flavors in their own right the quinoa blended nicely into the recipe with no strange taste. 

You're going to love these pancakes.

To check out the Namaste website click HERE.

Quinoa Pancakes - Elvis Style
Prep time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5-10 min per batch
Servings:  Makes (9)  4 inch pancakes


  • 1 cup quinoa flour (I used Namaste Brand)
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (64 grams, melted)
  • 1 ½  large ripe bananas, mashed (the other ½ for garnish)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for Garnish

  • ½ banana sliced
  • crispy bacon crumbled
  • cup melted peanut butter

Video Tutorial: 


  1. Whisk together quinoa flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, and salt then set aside.
  2. In another bowl combine the melted peanut butter, mashed bananas, milk, beaten egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix the liquid ingredients until well combined and add the dry mixture then stir until you’ve got a homogeneous batter with a thick consistency.
  4. In a large greased non-stick skillet over a medium low heat, ladle in scant ¼ cup measures. 
  5. Allow the pancakes to cook low and slow for 3-4 minutes or until the tops begin to dry out and small bubbles begin to form then flip the pancakes and let them cook for a couple of minutes on the second side or until they are a light golden brown.
  6. Remove from the pan and serve stacked with crispy bacon, banana slices and a drizzle of melted peanut butter.
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