Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Spaghetti Squash Tutorial: An Alternative to Gluten Free Spaghetti Noodles

Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? There are so many different ways to cook and eat it; the possibilities are endless! 
We planted it for the first time this year and it literally took over our garden! The two plants produced so much that we're having to get creative with how to use it. I've started a Pinterest board for different recipes here

I thought that spaghetti squash was normally yellow, but as you can see, it can also be white and green! Who knew?! 

Spaghetti squash skin is very tough and is difficult to cut.  I have figured out a pretty easy way to cook it. 

Here's how:

1. Poke holes in the squash with a fork 
2. Place the squash on a plate and microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft; meanwhile, go ahead and preheat the oven at 350
3. After the squash cools, cut in half lengthwise with a knife 

4. Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon (This step could be done after cooking, but it will be pretty messy)

5. Brush olive oil on the inside of the squash 

6. Place both pieces cut side down on a baking tray 

7. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes 

8. Once the squash have cooled off, scrape out the inside with a fork 

You will be surprised how much "spaghetti" you can get out of one squash! It makes a lot! 

Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce and beef or sausage and you're good to go!  I'm anxious to hear how you like it! 

Steps to Cook Spaghetti Squash:

1) Poke holes in squash
2) Microwave for 5 minutes, or until soft; preheat oven to 350
3) Cut in half lengthwise 
4) Scrape out seeds with a big spoon
5) Brush olive oil on inside of squash 
6) Place squash cut-side down on pan
7) Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
8) Once cool, scrape out inside of squash with a fork 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Banana Berry Muffins

Happy summer everyone! I can't believe it's here already! I hope those of you who are experiencing the same heat wave that we are in Nashville are staying cool! Whew! It's HOT! 

Now that its summertime, we have been picking berries like crazy. Blackberries, raspberries AND blueberries! Here's my version of a healthy muffin recipe, utilizing all those berries! 

Here's what you need:

- 1 Cup of Gluten Free Bisquick (or any other Gluten Free baking mix)
-One 5.3 oz container of Greek yogurt (I used blueberry flavor)
-3/4 Cup mashed bananas
-1 egg
-2 Cups mixed berries 
-1/3 Cup milk 
-1/2 tsp of cinnamon
-juice from one lemon 

-First, mix the yogurt and egg together
-Next, add the milk and bananas
-Then add the mix and cinnamon
-Lastly, add the berries and lemon juice

-Spray muffin tin or loaf pan with gfree non-stick oil spray
-Divide batter evenly, leaving a little room for the dough to spread 

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 
(I made these in a convection oven, so times and temp may vary a little bit)

I loved how these turned out! Not overly sweet, but still great for an afternoon snack or a quick, on-the-go breakfast! 

Of course, these can be made so many different ways. You could change up the types of berries used and use a different flavor of greek yogurt every time! There's so many possibilities! 

I would love to hear what you think and what variations you try! Let me know! 

And most importantly, have fun! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Vanilla Glazed Donuts Review

Good morning to all! Happy National Donut Day! I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a review of some of my favorite gluten free donuts!

Kinnikinnick Vanilla Glazed Donuts that is....

These are delicious! I found them at my local Publix, which has GREAT gluten free options! You can find them in the freezer section.

You can see all their donuts and other gluten free products on their website here:

If you're not familiar with Kinnkinnick, all their products are gluten, nut and dairy free. 

Here are some previous blog posts I've written about Kinnikinnick products:

These are like cake donuts, but are pretty sweet so I can only eat one at a time most days. Today, I made an exception ;) 

There are 6 donuts in one box, so they've lasted me a good while. 

I warm them up for about 25 seconds and they're just perfect! 

And I love the glaze! It's the perfect taste and texture. 

How are you all spending National Donut Day?! After eating these, I think I'll add a little cardio into my day. ;) 

But it was totally worth it!!