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About Sandra Shields, Food and Wellness Blogger, Health Coach, Healthy Living, Food Intolerance Recipes, Well Rounded Living

Hello! I am Sam. I am a foodie and a Health Coach who likes being in the kitchen creating healthier versions of favorite foods, especially for those with food intolerances and restrictions, or those who are looking to incorporate healthier eating habits. I have had an obsession with baking since I was ten! I started this blog to share recipes I was making for myself after finding out I had several food sensitivities, including gluten. I had no idea what I was going to eat and how I would feed my hungry family. I went to school for Health Coaching as a second career at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world's largest health coaching school. I wanted to have recipes I could eat, and the whole family would enjoy, that were healthy, delicious and made with ingredients that promoted overall health. So this is in essence my food diary. Taking real food and creating delicious recipes is something I am passionate about. From experience, I believe nutrient dense food gives the body the best fuel and building blocks to be vibrant, healthy, prevent disease, and maintain great energy as well as heal. I am excited to share delicious food recipes and tips!

Fall Fresh Safer Beauty for Everyone!….and my Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie!

Beauty Counter Limited Edition Fresh Fall Favorites are HERE!  Today Beautycounter released 11 new items for the Fall Fresh Beauty launch. These items are while supplies last, so if there’s something you want for you or to gift, don’t wait!

Soooo exciting… 10 new items & sets, 21 shades, and new tools are HERE! Before we jump into the fun, I want to THANK YOU for being here. I know there is a lot going on in the world, but I’m hoping to offer a calm, peaceful space for you to practice self care. This month, I hope to help you find safer swaps to treat yourself. I love indulging for myself while gifting loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but I’m SO EXCITED and can’t wait to FINALLY be able to reveal Beautycounter’s limited edition holiday collection with you!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT BEAUTYCOUNTER’S FIRST TALC-FREE POWDER MAKEUP! This Golden Hour All-In-One Palette has me feeling the glow up, even in quarantine! I am wearing it here. This is a great price point on this makeup palette. You get a blush, bronzer and 4 eyeshadows! Golden Hour All In One Palette, $65 – is our first talc-free high performance makeup with high standards of heavy metal testing, no hormone disrupting chemicals, and is a stunning sunset on your eyes! If you were to buy eye shadow, blush, and highlighter individually it would cost $119, this palette is about HALF the price! AND Beautycounter is donating 10% of all profits! Plus, 10% of proceeds from the sales are being donated to Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to eradicating child labor and exploitation.

Warning, it will probably sell out. In years’ prior the palette sold out in a few days!

The Jellies Shimmers, $39, are BACK! I am SO excited about the new scents and shades: Cocoa, Caramel, Honey, Peppermint, Sorbet. Like Juicy Tubes but without the toxic chemicals and slightly sweetened with stevia.

Beyond Gloss Trio, $49 – a fantastic trio with ranging shades. It’s like a “buy 2 get one free” our regular prices. I love this holiday-inspired Mandarin Violet scent, too. Honestly, I don’t think I can live without Lilac Shimmer! It’s gorgeous!

Protect and Polish Lip Duo, $34 – is magic for dry lips. If you experience peeling, cracking, or bleeding lines from aging then you’ll love this set of lip polish and better balm!

Bright Side Duo, $75 – “100% saw immediately brighter skin.” Our day and night combo of best-selling treatments for 24/7 glow, they defend with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, which also synthesizes with collagen to repair skin. A full size All Bright Serum is $79! These work regardless of skin type; it’s a perfect gift and addition to any skincare routine! This is in my top 3 picks!

Countertime Radiant Skin Set, $89 – combines our bestselling anti-aging award-winning Radiance Serum with a brand new facial roller tool to smooth lines and de-puff skin. “100% said skin texture felt smoother, and 97% said fine lines and wrinkles were reduced, skin felt firmer, and experienced brighter, more radiant-looking skin.” I’m telling you that roller feels soooooo good! It really does destress…..used it on hubby Doug too!

Good To Glow Body Duo, $59 – our newly formulated Sugarbuff Body Polish has finely-milled sugar to gently exfoliate the skin to leave a healthy glow for soft, hydrated, revitalized results. The Luminous lotion is formulated with responsibly-sourced mica for a natural-looking sheen and glow. Citrus and chamomile scent is soothing.

Special Edition Cleansing Balm, $95 – this enormous bomb of a balm is a fantastic value ($.76/oz vs $.96)! The Swiss Army Knife of skincare, this jack-of-all trades can be a makeup remover, face wash, and hydrating night time mask (one of my favorite ways to use it)! I highly recommend it after you apply the Resurfacing Peel, wake up to rejuvenated bright, even-toned skin! Plus, we use it all over to spot treat eczema and dry, cracking spots. It is an awesome product! So many uses, and the lotus extract, an active stem cell that helps to soothe and de-stress the skin, and a blend of jojoba and avocado seed oils which mimic the skin’s natural lipid barrier is just wonderful!

Body Butter Trio, $49.Hand Creme Trio, $34.Calm, Balance, and Uplift are subtle and soothing.*note the Ultimate Renewal Bath Set (with rosewater body oil, a luxurious dry brush, and the same scrub) is being put on hold, let me know if you’d like to pre-order it with me.

Don’t forget to add Band of Beauty to your cart! This is like our Amazon Prime of Better Beauty – 10% back as product credit on future orders, free shipping on orders $100+, and the Welcome Gift of the detoxifying Charcoal Mask and Overnight Resurfacing Peel duo.

And, on top of all that goodness, I have more good news to share (I think we all need it)! Governor Newsome signed both the Bills to ban toxic personal care products in California, this is HUGE! The greatest gift you can give me is a referral; I’d LOVE for you to invite a friend to this group to spread the word and help us get safer products into the hands of everyone!

And to go along with healthy, glowing skin, I don’t want you to forget to nourish yourself on the inside, so I am reposting my favorite smoothie recipe here for glowing skin and health. It is my Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie full of antioxidants and skin loving ingredients. My video demonstration can be found here on the blog.

Here’s the recipe:

Good Morning Gorgeous Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
1 Ripe Banana
1 Cup Packed Baby Spinach
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter or Tahini
2 Teaspoons Ground Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
1/4 Cup Cold Water
2 Teaspoons of Sliced Almonds
Sliced Mango for the top

Directions: Place all the ingredients into a blender except the Sliced Almonds and Mango and reserving some each of the Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries to scatter on the top. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl (or bowl mug). I am a fan of Affirmation Bowl Mugs like this one.  Scatter with reserved berries, a few slices of mango, and sliced almonds.
Sit down and savor this highly nourishing breakfast. It is a wonderful way to care for your body that is your home while on this planet!

Have a Gorgeous Week, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions!

Decadent Chocolate Truffles, Fall Vibes and Color Palettes from Beauty Counter

I don’t think we need a season change to enjoy decadent chocolate truffles, but for some reason the beginning of October always has my mind going toward thoughts of them.

This recipe is nut, dairy, grain and gluten free and melt in your mouth.

They are sweetened with Maple Syrup and Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips which is my go to chocolate chip because the are allergen friendly.

Decadent Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 Cup of Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4 Cup of Cocoa Butter (chopped into small pieces) This is my preferred brand.

2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Salt

1/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder (reserved for rolling)

Directions:

In a double boiler, place the chocolate chips and the cocoa butter. I make my own double boiler by placing a small saucepan with an inch of water on the stove and using a stainless steel bowl that fits on top without touching the water. If you are using this, the chocolate chips and cocoa butter go in the bowl above the simmering water like a double boiler to melt it.

Melt the chocolate chips and cocoa butter over simmering water. When they are completely melted, whisk in the remaining ingredients except the cocoa powder until smooth and glossy.

Place the bowl of chocolate into the refrigerator for a half an hour to cool enough for scooping.

When the truffle mixture is ready to scoop, get a small plate and add the cocoa powder to it. With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the truffles one at a time onto the cocoa powder and roll them around until evenly coated with cocoa powder. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. When all the truffles are rolled let them set for 30 minutes. Then they are ready to eat. Store them at room temperature.

Makes approximately 15 decadent truffles

So, are you feeling those Fall vibes? I am! There’s a little nip in the morning air, the leaves are changing, a hint of wood smoke around town, and pumpkins everywhere! We even have a house down the hill from us decorated to the hilt for Halloween already. It is quite well done. We were walking Ming a few nights ago, and I had to pull my daughter, Skyli, back from walking into the road because she was looking at all the details of their yard. Do you have a favorite fall color? Rich plums, warm browns, coppers, dark greens, burgundy, black…. I like them all, but my favorites are the coppers and rich plums for sweaters, jackets and bags. Give me a black pair of boots any day.

Have you checked out the eye palettes at Beauty Counter? The one shown here is the classic palette with warm nudes and neutrals using clean safer beauty ingredients. I’m wearing it in the photo below along with the Illuminating Cream Highlighter in Pearl Glow and Bronze Glow. The Sheer Genius conditioning lipsticks come in ten shades and the ECOCERT-certified organic vanilla from Madagascar is responsible for this lipstick’s signature sweet scent. Pick a blush, highlighter or bronzer for your cheeks and you are set with your new Fall into Winter look! You can get those in creams like I used here or silky smooth triple milled powder.

Fall Vibes
Here’s the Classic Palette on my eyes

You can save ten percent off your first order too. When you go to Beauty Counter and sign up for emails you will get a coupon code sent to you. You’ll also get a little something special from me when you order and choose me as your consultant.

All Beauty Counter ingredients are rigorously screened for toxins and contaminants. We all deserve to know when we use skin care and makeup that we are safe. I hope your Fall is going well so far.

Farmhouse Style Foaming Hand Soap to Make Yourself in Peppermint Mocha!

I have an awesome DIY recipe for you to make your own Peppermint Mocha foaming hand soap in an adorable Farmhouse Style dispenser!

This is super easy and convenient, plus shall I say fun to make? It really is enjoyable to mix up your own hand soap. When you have the simple ingredients handy, you can make it all year round. This is a safe way to wash your hands without any chemicals or unwanted toxins going onto your hands. We all have been washing our hands a lot lately!

This peppermint mocha essential oil mixture smells good enough to eat! My favorite kind of soap!

Here’s how to make it and where to get these super cute, glass farmhouse dispensers.

Farmhouse Style Foaming Hand Soap in Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients:

1 Glass Farmhouse Style Foaming Dispenser or other 12 oz. size foaming dispenser

1/4 Cup of Liquid Castile Baby Unscented Soap

1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel (optional) this is soothing to the hands. this one is EWG Verified as some have unwanted preservatives

1 Teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil (this is a liquid coconut oil not a solid, solid will not work)

4 Drops of Coffee Essential Oil (here)

4 Drops of Vanilla Essential Oil

3 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

1 Cup of Distilled Water

Directions: Mix together all the ingredients except for the Distilled water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Add the Distilled Water to the 12 oz. line and mix with a whisk.

Pour the hand soap into your dispenser. That’s it. It’s ready to use.

You will enjoy this uplifting aroma every time you wash your hands!

Sausage and Swiss Chard Vegetable Soup, Low FodMap, Grain Free

We have had several days of rain and cooler weather, and that always gets me craving soup!

I made my Healing Chicken Soup one day and the next I made this Sausage and Swiss Chard Vegetable Soup using Plant Based, Low FodMap, Low Carb Miracle Noodles. They have a good texture and are wonderful in soups! It was hearty, warming and delicious. So good in fact, that I had leftovers for breakfast!

Soup for breakfast is actually a very nourishing way to start the day when it’s a good one that meets your protein and vegetable requirements.

This soup takes about 30 to 40 minutes to prepare, and then you can just put it in the crock pot for 4 to 6 hours until you want to eat. Alternately, you can simmer it on the stove for 30 minutes and skip the crock pot. I love recipes like that! It gives me more time in the afternoon if I use the crock pot and flexibility.

Sausage and Swiss Chard Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

1 pound of Pastured Ground Pork

1 pound of Grass Fed Ground Beef

My Low FodMap Sausage Seasoning Blend here:

2 Teaspoons of Ground Fennel

1 Teaspoon of Ground Thyme

1 Teaspoon of Sage

1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon of Salt

Mix the sausage seasoning blend together.

3 Cups of peeled and diced Butternut Squash and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for browning.

4 Cups of Swiss Chard, Chopped

2 Medium Zucchini, Chopped

1 1/2 Cups of Sliced Scallions (green parts only for Low FodMap)

8 Cups of Chicken Stock

1 Package of Fettucini Miracle Noodles

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Dried Parsley

Optional: Real Parmigiano Reggiano to grate over the top when serving.

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium high heat, place a tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil.

Add the ground pork and beef to the olive oil, then sprinkle your sausage seasoning over it. Saute this mixture, blending in the seasoning with a spatula, and thoroughly cook and brown the meat. Drain the fat, then add the cooked meat to your crock pot. Using the same pan, add the second tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil and then add your butternut squash, and sprinkle it with a half teaspoon of salt. Brown it over medium heat for about five minutes. Turning half way through. The squash only needs to be browned, not cooked through. Add the squash to the crock pot with the ground meat.

Add the remaining soup ingredients except the miracle noodles and parsley, including the broth, to your crockpot. Stir, then place the lid on, set the crock pot to high and let cook for 4 to 6 hours.

About 15 minutes before serving, open your Miracle Noodle package, rinse them under cold water, and add them to the soup along with the dried parsley.

If you eat dairy, this is good with real aged parmesan grated on the top.

How I’m Cleaning Up My Beauty Products and Why

Good Morning! I have taken on a new endeavor and am really excited about it! My goal is to educate, provide recipes and healthy living tips to improve the lives and health of as many people as possible because you all deserve it and it makes people feel great, and that in turn makes me feel good to spread health and happiness. I’ve been on my own health journey as well and know how important it is to take care of all aspects of our lives.

I believe you deserve to feel good and look good using products that are safe and promote your health. I value clean beauty products and have been striving to have my home be as toxin free as I can. When we know better, we do better, and it’s certainly been a journey for me.

One of the things I love about Beauty Counter is they are passionate about making a change for cleaner beauty by being involved in changing the laws so there is more transparency and honesty in what is being put in products that we use on ourselves and our families. Currently the FDA doesn’t regulate the beauty industry. That means a lot of bad stuff can be in what we use without any disclosure. Our skin is our largest organ, and we absorb what we put on it. Beauty Counter is completely transparent and has an 1,800 list of toxic ingredients that they NEVER use. You can also look all their products up on EWG Skin Deep, and they are all rated very safe. You can find EWG here. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Beauty Counter products are verified which means when you see the EWG VERIFIED™ mark on a product, you will know that the product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health. This is a great resource to research products you are currently using including household products.

You can take a look at Beauty Counter products here to see why I’m so excited. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am happy to answer you, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find out for you.

https://www.beautycounter.com/sandrashields

I’ve been thinking about what to share first about Beauty Counter, and my favorite color intense lipstick seemed a good starting point. I am on my second tube of the shade 9 to 5. Here’s my before and after pics of the shade on me. I put a graphic below to show how the shades look beautiful on all skin tones. Beauty Counter tests for heavy metals in all their products so you aren’t putting them on your body or in your body as you can with anything you put on your lips and skin. This lipstick comes in a twist up tube in 8 different shades from neutrals to statement red! It has jojoba to moisturize, soothe and condition. My lips never feel dry with this, and you get color with just one swipe. Carnauba Wax gives you hydration and a very subtle shine. This lipstick is long wearing. There is natural peppermint oil in it for a subtle refreshing flavor. It is gluten free, certified vegan and cruelty free. ♥️ When you go to the link to Beauty Counter above, you can sign up for email and get 10% off your first order.

Bare lip before applying 9 to 5

What kind of makeup demos would you like me to do?

9 to 5 Color Intense Lipstick comes in a twist up tube

The shades of color intense on different skin tones

I look forward to sharing more about Beauty Counter and other healthy home and living tips with you soon. Stay tuned for more …..and more recipes coming too as always!

Fruit and Quinoa Granola, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Guess what makes really great granola other than oats? Quinoa Flakes!

As someone who cross reacts to gluten when eating gluten free oats, quinoa flakes have been a very happy discovery! It can be substituted anywhere oats are called for.

This is a healthy granola recipe that is made with three kinds of dried fruit. I’ve included dried blueberries, raisins and turkish figs in this recipe.

It is sweetened with maple syrup, and the fat used is heart healthy olive oil. I added a touch of warming cozy cinnamon.

How do you like to eat granola? I like it as a yogurt topping and just plain by the handful.

Fruit & Quinoa Granola, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Quinoa Flakes (my go to gluten free brand)

1/3 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup of good Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Cup of Turkish Figs, diced

1/3 Cup of Dried Blueberries

1/3 Cup of Raisins

Directions:

Spread your quinoa flakes in an even layer on a baking sheet, and toast for 8 minutes stirring half way through.

Remove quinoa flakes from the oven and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Heat the maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon and salt over medium high heat to a rolling boil. Pour the hot mixture over the bowl of toasted quinoa flakes, and stir until evenly and thoroughly coated.

Spread the granola on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 18 minutes, stirring half way through after 9 minutes.

Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the dried fruit.

Cool completely on the baking sheet before storing in an airtight container.

This will keep for at least a week at room temperature.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Loaf with Turkish Figs

Fall is almost here ready or not! About this time of year I start thinking about warm spices, pumpkin and comforting quick breads. I can’t imagine many things better than a mini spice loaf with pumpkin and Turkish figs made with healthy, delicious whole grains for that hearty texture. It is a perfect mix of late Summer and Fall.

A slice of this loaf is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.

Quinoa is a complete protein and a whole grain that is gluten free. Quinoa flakes are a great substitute for oats too.

Dried Turkish Figs are bigger than Mission Figs and lighter in color. Their flavor is absolutely delicious, and they are naturally sweet and jammy in texture. They make a great snack straight up, but are so good in baking. I actually prefer these to Mission Figs.

Figs are rich in minerals and fiber, and dried Turkish Figs are a convenient way to enjoy them year round.

This mini loaf will give you about 6 thick slices! It is moist and keeps very well wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for several days. Let’s bake!

Gluten Free Spice Loaf with Turkish Figs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a mini loaf pan.

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1/3 Cup of Quinoa Flakes (I love these g/f ones from Nuts.com)

1/4 Cup of Canned Pumpkin

2 Tablespoons of Quinoa Flour

2 Tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

2 Tablespoons of maple syrup

1/2 Cup of Turkish figs (I get these delicious organic ones from Nuts.com)

1 Teaspoon of ground flax

1/2 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of ground allspice

1/4 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 Teaspoon of baking soda

1/8 Teaspoon of salt

Directions:

Coarsely chop your figs and remove the stems. Whisk together your egg, maple syrup, pumpkin, yogurt, vanilla and olive oil. Add the flax, cinnamon and allspice and whisk. In a separate small bowl, stir together the quinoa flour, salt and baking soda. Whisk this into the batter. Then, stir in the quinoa flakes. Fold in approximately 2/3rds of the chopped turkish figs, reserving the rest for the top.

Spoon the batter into your prepared pan. Arrange the remaining chopped figs on top of the loaf. Bake the loaf in your preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the middle of the loaf springs back when pressed. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Then, run a knife around the pan before turning out to cool completely.

Toasted Quinoa Goji Berry Cocoa Energy Balls

These are like a bowl of hot cereal in a ball, which makes them great for breakfast. I love the whole grain earthiness of these energy balls and all the great nutrition in them. The coating of raw cocoa powder on the outside gives them the perfect bittersweet flavor when you bite into them plus an extra nutrition boost.

Not only are these great for breakfast, but for a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

The flavor of toasted quinoa flakes is warm, nutty and gives them depth of flavor. I get my organic non-GMO quinoa flakes at nuts.com. They come in a nice sized bag of one pound or five pounds. Quinoa is a complete protein, it contains all nine essential amino acids, so it is a wonderful choice for breakfast or snacking! It’s also a great source of iron and dietary fiber and easy to digest, because it’s actually a seed, but the nutrition world considers it a whole grain.

Energy Balls Ready to Bake

Goji Berries contain antioxidants and Vitamins A and C and Zeaxanthin which is good for eye health. Dried ones are chewy, and earthy which gives these balls substance, meaning if you like chewy whole grain textures, you will like these a lot. A few of these with a cup of hot tea on a stormy day, like today here, is perfect.

The kitchen smells so good when you are toasting the quinoa flakes, warm and homey. Here’s the recipe.

Toasted Quinoa

Toasted Quinoa Goji Berry Cocoa Energy Balls

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup of Quinoa Flakes (I love these organic gluten free ones!)

1 Medium Sized Ripe Banana

3/4 Cup of Dried Goji Berries (organic, sundried, no sulphur ones are my choice.)

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Ground Flax

2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder (reserved for rolling) I use raw cacao

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Allspice

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Directions:

On a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out your quinoa flakes in a even layer. Toast in your preheated oven for seven minutes stirring halfway through. This will be after five minutes.

Remove the quinoa flakes from the oven when golden brown and set aside to cool.

Place your goji berries in a food processor with a blade attachment and pulverize them on high until they are mostly powder with a few bits left. This takes about one minute. Add the flax and banana (broken into pieces) and blend on high. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Now, add the remaining ingredients except for the quinoa flakes and cocoa powder. Blend until very smooth, scraping down the food processor once. Add the toasted quinoa flakes and pulse until they are evenly and completely blended into your energy mix. It should be thick and easy to scoop.

Lay out a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and put the cocoa powder on a small plate beside it for rolling. With a cookie scoop, scoop out tablespoon sized balls and drop them right onto the cocoa powder. Roll them around with your fingers until coated with the cocoa and then pick them up and perfect them into balls. Place them on the cookie sheet two inches apart. This recipe makes 14 energy balls.

Bake in your preheated 350 degree F. oven for ten minutes. Remove them from the oven, and cool completely on the cookie sheet before eating. These will store in a sealed container on your countertop.

These are a healthy gluten free snack that will give you energy, fiber and great nutrition.

Chicken Wet Burrito Skillet Gluten Free with Low FodMap Option

There is something about a cast iron pan that browns food beautifully! Skillet dinners are handy one dish meals that are fun family pleasers. Wet burritos used to be me and my roommates Friday night takeout dinner while I was going to college in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they actually originated! It was a little hole in the wall that made the Best Wet Burritos! Not gluten free, but I wasn’t g/f back then. This skillet is reminiscent of those burritos, but it IS gluten free and has a low fodmap option!

This is a skillet recipe that is easily made low fodmap, like I mentioned, by simply omitting the black beans. Jasmine rice is an easily digested rice that works well for many people with digestive difficulties, and it is a great binder and delicious in this recipe. It only takes one cup of cooked rice. I make it in larger quantities in my rice cooker and reheat it in the microwave as needed. You can also make it while you are preparing this dinner. It cooks in 25 minutes with no attending. If you don’t have a rice cooker yet, I highly recommend them! I use this one that also has a steamer on top, so you can steam vegetables at the same time as the rice is cooking. This one is medium sized and my favorite.

I used boneless chicken thighs because they are the juiciest part of the chicken. If you are craving wet burritos, this skillet dish is a healthy and delicious way to satisfy your yearning. It takes about 45 minutes to make start to finish, and also makes great leftovers.

If you are making this to be compliant with the SIBO Specific Diet, omit the white rice. I do well white Jasmine rice, so I added it to this recipe, but it is delicious without it. Your filling will be slightly looser.

Chicken Wet Burrito Skillet

Ingredients:

6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (about 2 lbs.)

1 Cup of Tomato Puree

1 Green Pepper, diced and seeded

1 Cup of Jasmine Rice (hot)

1 Cup of Black Beans, rinsed (omit for low fodmap. I use this brand) The kombu seaweed makes them easier to digest and you don’t even know it’s in there.

1 Cup of Shredded, Aged Cheddar

1 Cup of Shredded Iceburg Lettuce, for topping

1 Cup of Diced Fresh Tomato, for topping

2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 Bunch of Green Scallions, sliced (green parts only)

1 Teaspoon of Cumin

1 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika

1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt

3/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions:

Add Two Tablespoons of garlic infused olive oil to a large cast iron skillet. Warm over medium high heat. Then add the diced chicken thighs, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. They should sizzle when they hit the pan. Spread the chicken in an even layer, and brown for six minutes, stirring every two minutes. When the chicken is browned and cooked through, remove it to a plate and set aside. In the same pan, add the diced green peppers and the cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Brown for one minute. Add in the two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to deglaze the brown chicken goodness from the bottom of the pan. Now add 1 cup of tomato puree, half of the sliced scallions, and the other 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Cook, stirring for two minutes. Turn the burner down to low, and add in the cup of rinsed black beans and hot rice. Stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients. Smooth the burrito filling out flat, and top with the cooked chicken thighs.

Turn your oven to broil. Now, sprinkle the top of the chicken thighs you just put on top of the filling with 1 cup of shredded, aged cheddar. Place the cast iron pan under your broiler for one to two minutes until it is bubbly and melted. Remove the pan from the oven, and top the chicken burrito skillet with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and the remaining sliced scallions. It is ready to serve!

Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

These heart healthy muffins are filled with antioxidant rich blueberries and sweetened lightly with honey. I used sprouted quick oats in the recipe and soaked them for a few minutes in a homemade buttermilk made from oat milk and lemon juice before mixing them into the muffin batter. They bake up in just 18 minutes!

The fat used in this muffin recipe is one of my favorites for keeping cholesterol in check, heart health, and for it’s overall health benefits…..Olive Oil. It works wonderfully in baking. This recipe makes 16 muffins that have a beautiful blueberry cinnamon aroma as they bake, and these will make your kitchen smell very inviting! My teens love these muffins. I always take that as a very good sign I’m on track.

If you are eating for digestive health or to prevent a SIBO relapse, go here to get a free download of Dr. Jacobi’s new The Vegetarian SIBO Bi-Phasic diet. Although I am not a vegetarian, a lot of people are and have a need for a diet plan without meat that is balanced. I am interested in expanding food choices for people with less restriction and helping them maintain their digestive health in a way that coincides with their dietary preferences. Her new vegetarian plan includes sprouted or soaked oats as well as some other gluten free grains. You should always listen to your body, because we are all individuals, and we all respond differently to different foods.

I think you will love this healthy and delicious muffin recipe! It has a wonderful, homey character, is lightly sweet and has a great whole grain texture that is hearty and good!

Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Quick Oats (I like One Degree’s Organic Sprouted Oats)

1 Cup of Oat Milk (if making gluten free this brand has clean ingredients)

1/2 Cup of Quinoa Flour

3 Large Eggs

1/4 Cup of Runny Honey

1/3 Cup of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of fresh Lemon Juice

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups of Frozen Blueberries

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange 16 Muffin liners into two muffin pans and set aside.

Stir the lemon juice into the oat milk to create a dairy free buttermilk. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 2 Cups of quick oats with the oat milk mixture. Let sit for ten minutes to let the oats absorb the liquid and soften.

While the oats are soaking, in a large mixing bowl with a hand held electric mixer, beat your eggs, olive oil, vanilla and honey together until creamy. Then, add in your quinoa flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and beat until thoroughly blended. After the oats have soaked for ten minutes, spoon them into your batter and mix until thoroughly incorporated. The batter will be nice and thick. Finally, fold in your frozen blueberries just until combined so you don’t get blue streaks.

With a muffin scoop or 1/4 cup measure, scoop the muffin batter evenly into your prepared muffin cups. Bake in the preheated 400 degree F. oven for 18 minutes or until they spring back. 400 degrees is a higher heat, so make sure you don’t let them go too long.

Remove the muffins from the oven and cool five minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Dig in. They are great warm too!

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