Monthly Archives: September 2011


Looks normal. Tastes normal. I don’t know… it must be a pizza.  Seems so easy, but let me tell you about  the years without pizza. Eating other safe food while the rest of the family had pizza for dinner… yeehaw. Grateful for my health, yes, but so sad to not be able to enjoy “normal” family menus.

I am changing that. They now eat GF. They probably don’t even know that.. it’s just food. But to me, it’s SAFE food. Big difference.

I still have to assemble it… but it’s pretty close to not even having to cook. Don’t get me wrong… I love to cook, but sometimes there  just needs to be a quick solution. There is no take-out option for gluten free food. Sad but true. Last month I was treated to some gluten free pizza at a real pizza restaurant. Nice try pizza guys, but I would rather eat this. This is cheaper, and tastier. Awesome.

No real prep- just quick layer and bake.


  • Udi’s frozen pizza crust
  • Classico sauce- from a jar
  • grated cheese
  • Hormel pepperoni
  • sliced roma tomato

Baked at 375 until done, probably 10-12 minutes


Eat Your Donuts

Eat your vegetables! … or donuts. Whatever.

My daughter had no idea that there were veggies in her baked goods. Ha!

I have been making this particular recipe for YEARS.  And today, I blew it while we were at the grocery store wandering around in the veggie department. I mentioned that we needed to also get (and I quote) “some zucchini for the donuts”.

What a dumb thing to say outloud. She gave me  “the look” of disbelief and said (rather loudly) (in public): “YOU PUT VEGGIES IN MY BAKED GOODS”???

Well. Yes. Yes I do. And in my defense, you are healthy and up to this very minute you didn’t know the difference.

I win. 

Chocolate Zucchini Donuts

  • 1/2  C oil
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 C shredded zucchini
  • 2 C gluten free flour (I used 1 1/4 C brown rice flour and 3/4 C potato starch)
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs (I replace eggs with flax meal gel)
Mix. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, in mini donut pans.

Chicken Stew and biscuits


It’s raining, cloudy and a sort of dreary day all the way around.. maybe soup will fix it. Yep. It does. Comfort food is comforting like that.


  • 1 onion-chopped
  • 1 pkg baby carrots – chopped lengthwise
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pkg chicken thighs, cubed
  • 3 T oil
  • 1 box chicken stock
  • 1 box creamy chicken soup
  • salt, pepper, poultry seasoning – to taste
  • Optional: add some “Anneli” to the soup. These are tiny gluten free noodles that are just too cute, but leave them out if you want to.
make up some bisquits! I used Betty Crocker’s gluten free bisquik and the recipe off the box. Easy peasy.

Chop up the chicken, brown in the oil, add onions-potatoes-carrots. Cover with chicken stock. Cook until veggies are tender. Add the cream of chicken soup and adjust seasonings. Done.

Break a biscuit into a bowl and cover it up with some stew. Yum.


Eat better, feel better.

Read this. now.

Foods That Can Trigger Joint and Muscle Pain


The list is not comprehensive, but includes some of the more common food triggers of joint pain.


  • Grain (all grains including wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn, rice, millet, sorghum, etc)
  • Nightshades (potato, eggplant, tomato, peppers, tobacco)
  • Hydrogenated Fats (hardly a food, but added to a lot of processed food items)
  • Sugar (in all processed forms)
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Soy
  • Peanuts





Brownies for breakfast

Breakfast of champions. 

I decided that I needed brownies for breakfast, I mean really?, who doesn’t.

Went with the Menehune Brownie recipe from the files and ramped it up a little bit by adding some baking powder for more cake like appearance. They are delicious. Try some.

  • 1/2 C potato starch
  • 1/4 C brown rice flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 6 T cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C palm shortening
  • 2 eggs <replaced with flax and hot water>
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Bake at 350 in mini-muffin tins for 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.