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Recipes to make fabulous dishes you can be proud to serve, and feel great knowing they're gluten free and made from scratch.
Cooking should be a joy to make, and with these recipes they can also be a joy for your body.
Popcorn in a bowl with a cinnamon topping
Author: Thora Toft      March 29, 2017      Updated June 28, 2018
Categories: Snacks - Popcorn    

This made from scratch popcorn seasoning gives a delicious hint of sweetness to fresh popped popcorn or even to potato chips. It's made with date sugar instead of highly processed white sugar. Date sugar is actually just roasted, ground dates,

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Strawberry, blackberry and peach fruit smoothie in a tall glass with a fresh strawberry and blackberry garnish
Author: Thora Toft      April 13, 2017      Updated December 1, 2018
Categories: Smoothies    

Homemade smoothies are a delicious and nutritious way to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. Smoothies leave in all the good for you fibre, which is needed when you cut out breads, especially if you've used breads as your main source of fibre...

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Thick beef steak with rosemary and cubed potatoes on a cutting board
Author: Thora Toft      July 30, 2017
Categories: Main Dishes - Beef    

Rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves "scent" the beef instead of overwhelming it. Try this in place of some "shaker" beef spice mixes. It gives a hint of lovely flavor to beef.

Use organic, especially for the fresh herbs and garlic.

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Quinoa with broccoli and black beans
Author: Thora Toft      August 9, 2018
Categories: Side Dishes    

Quinoa is a great change of pace from plain boiled potatoes. The broccoli and black beans add a nice twist, and the lime adds a tart tang to this delicious side dish. Adding some variety to the foods you eat can maximize the nutrition your body...

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Roasted pumpkin seeds with sprinkled salt and spices
Author: Thora Toft      July 12, 2018
Categories: Snacks - Nuts and Seeds    

These roasted pumpkin seed treats are tasty and crunchie. These will become the latest family favorite, and can be made any time you cook a pumpkin or a squash. Even kids will love these crunchie treats.

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Homemade date sugar in a small bowl
Author: Thora Toft      June 24, 2018
Categories: Sweeteners    

Date sugar is actually just roasted or dehydrated and ground dates. Since it's a whole food, and contains much more than just sugar, such as the original fiber, it does not dissolve. This makes it suitable when a recipe does not require the sugar to...

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Mushroom risotto on a plate with fresh grated parmesan cheese
Author: Thora Toft      June 16, 2018      Updated August 6, 2018
Categories: Side Dishes    

This gluten free risotto is perfect for mushroom lovers, as it has a lot of mushrooms. It's rich and creamy and makes a perfect side dish for grilled meats or roast chicken.

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Chicken stock in a clear glass bowl with carrots and onions
Author: Thora Toft      June 16, 2018      Updated August 5, 2018
Categories: Soups - Stock    

This is a delicious and easy basic chicken stock, that you can use for many recipes that call for stock or broth. It takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare, and you can cook it anywhere from 1 hour to 12 hours.

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Millet grains on a plate
Author: Thora Toft      June 3, 2018
Categories: Side Dishes    

This makes a lovely yellow gluten free side dish that's a change of pace from plain old rice, that's a nice addition to your meal. Adding some variety to the foods you eat can maximize the nutrition you get, since every food item has a different...

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Raspberry dressing in a little dish next to a fruit salad
Author: Thora Toft      April 15, 2018      Updated July 9, 2018

This is a gluten free rosy salad dressing made with fresh raspberries. It's great on a mixed greens salad, or on a fruit salad that also contains some extra raspberries.

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Deep fried fish on an antique silver plate with sliced grape tomaotes
Author: Thora Toft      October 30, 2017
Categories: Main Dishes - Fish    

This is a nice gluten free battered fish. It's made with rice flour instead of wheat flour. Serve it with a simple homemade Tartar Sauce and homemade fries, and you'll never know you're eating a limited diet!

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Tartar sauce in a bowl with sliced lemons
Author: Thora Toft      October 30, 2017      Updated July 2, 2018
Categories: Condiments - Sauces    

This is a very easy and quick tartar sauce that can be made as needed, instead of making a larger batch that may not get eaten if you don't use it very often.

Commercially prepared Tartar Sauce is loaded with a number of ingredients that can cause...

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Stack of homemade coconut and nut treats with almonds and pumpkin seeds
Author: Thora Toft      September 6, 2017
Categories: Sweets - Bars    

These versatile gluten free coconut and nut bars are made with honey. They can be customized with chocolate or seeds of your choice. These are a great replacement for crunchie candy bars, when you're trying to eat more healthy.

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No bake chocolate cookie balls on a plate with various coatings
Author: Thora Toft      August 11, 2017
Categories: Sweets - Cookies    

These chocolaty balls are naturally sweet, with a bit of spice. These are easy to make and don't even require baking. You can really turn up the decadence by dusting them in one or more coatings, such as shredded coconut, or even "mock"...

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Coconut macaroon cookies on a plate
Author: Thora Toft      August 6, 2017
Categories: Sweets - Cookies    

Many store bought macaroons are often overwhelmingly sweet. These homemade cookies are much less sweet. There is some honey used as a binder and a sweetener, but much less than store bought.

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Herb sprinkle made from fresh herbs on a plate next to sliced zucchini
Author: Thora Toft      July 30, 2017
Categories: Condiments - Spice Mixes    

This is a nice way to liven up steamed, roasted, or basic stir fried vegetables. When you're not used to having simple vegetables, or you're trying to eat more veggies, this gives a lot more flavor, and can make it much easier to add a lot more...

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Citrus iced tea in a glass with ice
Author: Thora Toft      April 22, 2017
Categories: Beverages    

This is a delicious and refreshing homemade iced tea. This recipe is additive free and gluten free. It uses stevia which is such a great sugar replacement, that it really will be worth the effort to use.

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Lemonade in a glass next to lemons and limes
Author: Thora Toft      April 22, 2017
Categories: Beverages    

This is one of the simplest drinks to make. For those new to stevia, lemon is a good mask to the slightly different flavor of stevia. Since stevia is not actually a sugar, it registers a bit different on the tongue. Give yourself at least a couple...

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Almond breaded zucchini sticks on a plate
Author: Thora Toft      April 18, 2017
Categories: Appetizers - Vegetables    

When you're new to reducing grains, yet still want to have some of the textures that grains offer, coating things with almond flour can be a great alternative. They also have their own inherent lovely nutty flavor. Almonds give a nice crunch factor...

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Cantaloupe smoothie / juice in a trendy mug
Author: Thora Toft      April 16, 2017
Categories: Smoothies    

This is a nice light tasting smoothie. It makes a nice first smoothie for those not used to the thickness of some smoothies, as this one is more liquidy.

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Blackberry smoothie topped with fresh fruit and seeds
Author: Thora Toft      April 15, 2017
Categories: Smoothies    

This can be served thicker, in a bowl, and when made with a banana, will be a nice pudding texture. Or, it can be prepared thinner, to be drinkable, by adding coconut water or milk, or your favorite nut milk, and skipping the banana.

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Fresh blueberry and coconut smoothie in a glass with striped straws, and topped with frozen berries
Author: Thora Toft      April 13, 2017
Categories: Smoothies    

This vibrant smoothie tastes ultra rich and luxurious. The fresh blueberries are super healthy. If you use both coconut milk and shredded coconut, it gives a lovely tropical taste to a very simple to make smoothie.

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Homemade lard in glass topped mason jars, with bows
Author: Thora Toft      April 11, 2017
Categories: Fats & Oils    

Lard is a natural fat that is terrific for baking and cooking. When you make it yourself, it becomes a real food, which commercially made lard is not. When cooking food, saturated fats make the best choice. They are heat stable, and don't break down...

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Whole grain dijon mustard in a wooden bowl
Author: Thora Toft      April 8, 2017
Categories: Condiments - Sauces    

Whole grain Dijon mustard is a popular condiment with an old world taste and feel. Make your own at home to add a natural and delicious treat to your meals. This recipe tastes awesome and is so easy to make.

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Yellow mustard on a spoon next to small piles of turmeric and mustard powder
Author: Thora Toft      April 7, 2017
Categories: Condiments - Sauces    

This is a basic recipe that can be made on demand. You can experiment with some different herbs and spices to make some different versions. Vinegar and lemon juice will also add a lovely tanginess. You can control the ingredients to ensure it's...

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Dijon mustard in a small wooden bowl on a platter with sausage medallions
Author: Thora Toft      April 4, 2017
Categories: Condiments - Sauces    

Dijon mustard is a very popular condiment. Making your own at home is a great way to add a delicious, all natural version to your meal planning. This recipe tastes great and is easy to make.

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Jar of homemade fruit salad dressing beside a plate of fruit
Author: Thora Toft      April 2, 2017
Categories: Salad Dressing - Fruit    

This tangy dressing can be used on fruit salad, or even on a mixed vegetable salad for something different. Add Tamari and you instantly have an Oriental dressing for salads. Add sesame seeds to complete the salad.

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Shake and serve simple salad dressing in a glass jar next to a veggie plate
Author: Thora Toft      April 2, 2017      Updated December 2, 2018
Categories: Salad Dressing - Vinaigrette    

This is super simple for a first try at making salad dressing. You can customize it to your own taste by adding some fresh herbs, such as thyme, or some other herb that you like the flavor and aroma of. Try some different oils, and different...

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Homemade french fry seasoning in a little mason jar
Author: Thora Toft      March 29, 2017
Categories: Condiments - Spice Mixes    

This homemade spice mix will easily liven up homemade potato chips or fries, and will make you a hit at any party or dinner table. This seasoning goes great on burgers, steamed or pan fried veggies, chicken, fish and even popcorn!

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Berry ice cream in a bowl with nut sprinkles
Author: Thora Toft      March 27, 2017
Categories: Sweets - Ice Cream - Non Dairy    

This is a super simple recipe to make. There are a couple ways to make it. Try them both, and see what texture you like best. You can make this with frozen fruit, and eat it as soon as it's blended. This will have the consistency of soft ice cream....

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Vanilla ice cream in a pretty glass stemmed bowl topped with black berries
Author: Thora Toft      March 26, 2017
Categories: Sweets - Ice Cream - Dairy    

With Stevia, a little goes a long way. Normally, this recipe will require 1 tablespoon of pure stevia powder. If the ice cream is not sweet enough for your taste, you can add some blended fruit also, such as pineapple. Remember, your taste buds will...

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Vanilla ice cream in a bowl topped with frozen blue berries
Author: Thora Toft      March 26, 2017
Categories: Sweets - Ice Cream - Dairy    

If you're an ice cream lover, an ice cream maker is an amazing way to liven up your "sweet tooth" but still eat Real. This version of homemade ice cream will be the easiest ice cream you could ever make! This recipe contains only 4 ingredients:...

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Lightly browned homemade potato chips on a plate
Author: Thora Toft      March 25, 2017      Updated July 14, 2018
Categories: Snacks - Chips    

These are easier to make than you'd think, and makes a much better version than you'd find in the store. When using a Real oil, they become a healthy part of a diet. You can season them simply with some sea salt, or kick it up with some fresh,...

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Nut butter and banana pudding in a simple bowl, topped with large grated chocolate chunks
Author: Thora Toft      March 24, 2017      Updated July 3, 2018
Categories: Sweets - Pudding    

This scrumptious pudding is quick to make and can be a healthy sweet treat that you don't have to feel bad about. Making nut butters works best in a food processor. If you’re a chocoholic you can add some unsweetened cocoa powder and you’ll have a...

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Chocolate mousse in a dish, topped with mint leaves and strawberries
Author: Thora Toft      March 17, 2017      Updated July 6, 2018
Categories: Sweets - Pudding    

This amazing and healthy chocolate mousse is made with a base using avocados. If you've never had anything like this, this might sound really weird. But avocados have the perfect texture. They are living, fresh food, loaded with nutrients and...

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Baked potato chips on a plate
Author: Thora Toft      February 23, 2017      Updated October 4, 2018
Categories: Snacks - Chips     Side Dishes    

This is a very easy recipe for absolutely delicious do it yourself potato chips, french fries, and wedges. Choose a "Real Food" oil, such as organic, cold pressed coconut oil, homemade lard, butter or another meat fat of your choice. Avoid other...

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Homemade Ranch salad dressing in a bowl beside cherry tomatoes and rock salt
Author: Thora Toft      February 18, 2017      Updated June 16, 2018
Categories: Salad Dressing - Creamy    

When made with fresh herbs, good oils, and quality ingredients, this dressing becomes a good source of nutrition. When a higher intake of veggies is new to you, this can really help you eat a lot more of them. Though this has a few more ingredients,...

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Fresh Cobb Salad on a rectangle plate, layed out in small rows
Author: Thora Toft      January 17, 2017
Categories: Salads    

This traditional salad in it's original form is extremely close to being gluten free and real without many changes. Add a bit more chicken, and make it a full meal all by itself. With a bit of planning, and some shopping at some finer stores, this...

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Fresh mayonnaise in a small glass bowl
Author: Thora Toft      January 10, 2017
Categories: Condiments - Sauces    

The key to keeping mayonnaise real is simple ingredients. When made with the "new" good oils, such as coconut, olive, nut and seed oils, and even fresh meat oils, this can actually be healthy, and you won't need to ration it. With practice, this is...

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Wooden mortar and pestle with ground spices
Author: Thora Toft      January 3, 2017      Updated November 17, 2018
Categories: Condiments - Spice Mixes    

Having a homemade replacement for store bought seasoning salt is a great addition to your gluten free, whole food pantry. Most store bought seasoning salt contains MSG, which is one of the worst ingredients ever added to food. This whole food...

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Gluten free quick start booklet on top of meal preparation
10 Steps to Healthy
Gluten Free Eating
 
The free 10 Step Guide is packed full of tips, tricks, recipes and regular member only tips to get you started on the road to healthy gluten free living.
Gluten free quick start booklet on top of meal preparation
10 Steps to Healthy
Gluten Free Eating
 
The free 10 Step Guide is packed full of tips, tricks, recipes and regular member only tips to get you started on the road to healthy gluten free living.