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To make gluten free, lower glycemic cookies, I used gluten free flour and agave nectar (half of what the recipe says: if the recipe says 1 cup of sugar, use 1/2 cup of agave nectar; also reduce the amount of liquid you use).  I adapted a recipe from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur Cookbook.

I put the cookies in the freezer so I wouldn’t eat them all at once!

GF SF oatmeal cookies1 GF SF oatmeal cookies2


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To make chicken quesadillas without gluten (wheat in my case) or dairy, I used corn tortillas, dairy-free cheese, and chicken.

GF DF quesadillas1 GF DF quesadillas2 GF DF quesadillas3

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Are you gluten free (wheat free in my case) and go crazy when your spouse makes Hamburger Helper, because you really, really want to have some for dinner?  A couple times, instead of making a gluten free (or mostly gluten free – not sure if there are other ingredients in the seasoning that have gluten) version from scratch, we’ve replaced the pasta in the box with the same weight (4 oz?) of gluten free pasta.  We save the pouch of pasta from the box for when we make pasta another time.

It’s fast, it tastes delicious, and it’s convenient.  Somehow, making it from scratch is a lot more work and it doesn’t have that same taste!

GF Hamburger Helper1 GF Hamburger Helper2

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My favorite gluten free bread is Udi’s.  It tastes great, has a great texture (not crumbly like some brands), and was low enough in carbs that it wouldn’t spike my blood sugar like some other brands.

In an attempt to be more frugal, I’ve tried on several occasions to make my own gluten free bread.  All have been failed attempts.  I’ll end up with a loaf of bread (if I’m lucky), but it’s more like a brick (or it tastes like one).  Often, I can’t even get the dough to be dough-like enough for rising.  It takes practice, I guess.  I’ve tried several recipes, both in and out of the bread machine.  I know there’s one out there that will work.  I just have to find it.

Here are some pictures of one gluten free bread-baking attempt:

Failed GF Bread1 Failed GF Bread2 Failed GF Bread3 Failed GF Bread4 Failed GF Bread5  Failed GF Bread7 Failed GF Bread8 Failed GF Bread9

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I made the Broccoli Orecchiette and Zucchini Salad from Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Cookbook.

I used gluten free pasta, and I omitted the broccolini, anchovies, and capers.  Instead of baby mozzarella balls, I used shredded mozzarella.  Instead of chiles, I used chili powder.  I didn’t make the broccoli paste.  Instead, I cooked its ingredients in a pan.  I also forgot to add the broccoli to the pasta water, so I steamed it in a pan.

Fresh herbs from my garden (thyme and mint)

Above:  The raw zucchini salad was quite good.

I served the broccoli pasta and zucchini salad with a chicken breast.

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Gluten Free Pizza Takeout

We found a local pizza place that has delicious gluten free pizza.  Yum!  It’s definitely a wonderful treat.

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One of my snacks is usually gluten free crackers with peanut butter.  I’ve been using Glutino crackers, which are quite tasty.  In order to keep within my carb limits (15g for a snack), I usually do 4-5 crackers instead of the serving size (8).  These crackers are also quite good with cheese.

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