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About Sandra Shields, Healthy-ish Food and Wellness Blogger, Health Coach, Balanced Living, Clean Beauty and Skincare

Hello! I am Sam. I am a foodie, baker and a Health Coach who likes being in the kitchen making food. My recipes are all gluten free and there are recipes for different food intolerances as well. If you are looking to incorporate healthier eating habits and live a more balanced life, I hope to inspire you. 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 gluten sensitivity and other food intolerances which I have mostly healed, but will always be sensitive to gluten. I went to school for Health Coaching as a second career at Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 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, tips, baking and treats too!

Gluten Free Shredded Chicken Bowls Board!

Gluten Free Shredded Chicken Bowls Board

Everyone loves a bowl! This is a chicken board you can make for dinner and set out bowls for everyone to grab and assemble as they like.

Meal Board with Shredded Chicken for Dinner

When I serve up shredded chicken with a mixture of crunchy, salty, chewy, crusty, creamy, savory and spicy ingredients, toppings and sauces, it is always a hit. People like to create their own versions based on their preferences and it pleases everyone.

This shredded chicken bowls board is a complete meal. Just hand everyone a bowl and tell them to dig in and pile high. I included a sweet, spicy, delectable house hot sauce from American Spoon Foods that is made with apricots, habanero chilies, ginger and lime. Choose ones your family and guests like. This one is delectable, and a great discovery. The other sauce is Chili Crisp which is very spicy, and trendy and has a lot more heat.

One of the fast things about this recipe is you will use an instant pot (or you can use a store bought rotisserie chicken and shred it to save time.) To cook the chicken in the instant pot, add one cup of water to the pot, place the whole chicken on a wire rack insert and sprinkle with Greek Gyro seasoning or another blend you like. This one is a very versatile one I always have in my pantry. Put the lid on the instant pot and seal. Set the manual timer for 25 minutes on high pressure. After it is done, let it sit and release slowly for 20 minutes. I’ve made this many times and some days I let the chicken set on warm until I am ready to shred it and it holds for a few hours which is very convenient. Let’s go!

Gluten Free Shredded Chicken Bowls

Ingredients:

1 Whole Cooked Chicken, shredded

1 Cup of Quinoa (I use a rice cooker!)

A loaf of good gluten free artisan bread (shown here is Challah from Gluten Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I highly recommend it if you want to take your gluten free bread baking to the next level.)

Shredded, Aged Cheddar Cheese

Cannellini or White Kidney Beans (I use Eden Organic)

Chopped Avocado

Chopped Tomato

Chopped Onion

Bacon, Cooked and Chopped

Marinated Asparagus (I used this one from Thrive Market)

Pitted Kalamata Olives

Hot Sauce

Chili Crisp Sauce

Gluten Free Homemade Challah Bread with Everything Bagel Topping

Directions: Prepare the quinoa as directed, or in the rice cooker, my favorite way. Rinse 1 cup of quinoa, then place it in the rice cooker with two cups of water and a half teaspoon of salt. Turn it on. Shred the Cooked Chicken, and Place it in a big bowl. Chop your avocado, tomatoes and onion. Rinse the beans and warm them in a bowl.

Place all the ingredients and toppings on a big board on your counter for serving. Place some pretty bowls beside it and let everyone make their own!

Everyone Loves a Meal in a Bowl

Gluten Free Black and White Cookies!

Gluten Free Black and White Cookies

The first day of Fall makes me want to bake. I think it is a case of the cozies along with all the things that go with Autumn like cozy sweaters, crisp leaves, hot drinks with warm comforting spices like chai and pumpkin spice. So naturally my mind goes to cookies to go with these other enticing things. What better cookie than the black and white that is a little elegant, and you get two sides of frosting, so you don’t have to choose.

This cookie has a soft yet slightly firm and lovely buttery taste and texture. It goes perfectly with a cup of something warm and cozy and a good book or a fun gathering and will satisfy your cookie yearning and certainly fulfilled a baking obsession for the day. Other bakers will understand. If you don’t, it’s okay, you can still bake and enjoy these cookies. They do not require rolling to get the round shape, which is a plus for me, because….why am I so busy? Life is busy, isn’t it? Let’s get on to this cookie recipe. The maple sugar is a nod to fall and does add rich flavor, but you can and should substitute cane sugar if you do not have maple sugar on hand. It will work the same and be lovely!

Gluten Free Black and White Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Lay out two cookie sheets. I covered mine in parchment.

Ingredients for the Cookie:

1 1/2 Cup of All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend that contains Xanthum Gum (I used King Arthur Measure for Measure in this recipe)

1/2 Cup of Butter

1/3 Cup of Maple Sugar or Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

Directions: Cream together the softened butter and sugar for one minute. Add the egg and continue to bear until it is incorporated. Then add the yogurt and vanilla extract. Sift together the other dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt). Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat slowly until incorporated and then turn to medium to fully incorporate the flour.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough onto two cookie sheets flat side down. Space them two inches apart and with damp fingers press the balls flat. This is about three finger widths or 1/2 inch thick. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 14 minutes. The edges will be slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Now the frosting! I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips for my chocolate side.

In a double broiler, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (use what you like) Set aside and make the vanilla frosting.

Vanilla Frosting:

1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar

1 Teaspoon of Honey

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla

2 Teaspoons of water ( add a teaspoon at a time after the rest of the ingredients until it is spreading consistency.

Frost the vanilla side of each cookie with a butter knife. Then frost the opposite half of the cookie with chocolate. Set the cookies aside so the frosting dries and hardens. This takes a couple hours. Enjoy!

Delicious Four Ingredient Date Balls!

Delicious Date Balls with Four Ingredients. Sweet, Crunchy and Yummy!

I have been finding myself eating a handful of pecans and banana chips and a large date or two as an afternoon or evening snack lately, so that got me thinking about making this combination into a date ball. It’s a simple three ingredient snack that is healthy and delicious with a delightful combination of sweet and crunchy, just how I like it. I love the sugariness of the dates with their deep brown sugar like flavor, and the crunch of the pecans with their sweet buttery taste, and the unsweetened banana chips are perfect for crushing and rolling the date balls in for a subtle, crunchy coating.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Cup of Pecans

4 Teaspoons of Tahini or Almond Butter

1/3 Cup of Unsweetened Banana Chips

Directions:

Pulse the banana chips in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. remove then and put them in a small bowl and set aside. Pulse the pecans in the food processor until ground. Place the pecans in a medium bowl. Add the dates to the food processor, and process until finely chopped. Add the pecans back to the food processor along with the tahini or almond butter, and pulse until it sticks together and is blended. Roll the date mixture into balls and roll them in the ground banana chips. Serve and store any extras in the refrigerator for a healthy snack!

Makes a dozen or so date balls.

Four Ingredient Date Balls that are sweet, crunchy and a perfect healthy pop in snack!
Easy, Delicious four ingredient date balls!

When I am baking and making sweet snacks I like to use natural sweeteners. Here is a handy guide to using them in place of cane sugar.

Pin for later! Delicious, Healthy Snack!

Fresh Seasonal Salad Days Are Here!

Seasonal Fresh Salad with Peas

It’s Friday and the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend, and unofficially the start of Summer! Warm weather makes me want to eat lots of fresh salads and seasonal veggies. Peas are in season and are a sweet addition to a salad

. I like to lightly steam them and then rinse them under cold water. Drain them, pat them dry, then sprinkle them on your salads along with pea shoots if you can find them or another type of sprout. The shoots are so pretty and elevate your salad to gourmet.

Peas contain an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals and are heart healthy, and also are a source of antioxidants and protein. Add a soft, buttery lettuce, some healthy fats from avocado, and sliced cooked beets! Bonus! Sprinkle on a little fermented vegetables for gut health benefits. (They are full of probiotics. If you like pickles, you will like them too.) Salt, pepper and your favorite vinaigrette, and you have a gorgeous, delicious salad with lots of healthy nutrition!

I’ve signed up for a local organic farms CSA box this Summer and also have planted a small vegetable garden with peas, bok choy, swiss chard, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a vegetable garden, so I am keeping it small and manageable.

What seasonal vegetable do you most look forward to in the Summer? Eating seasonal and local vegetables is a wonderful way to eat very nutrient dense food!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

There are so many varieties to chicken salad, and I love a good chicken salad recipe! It seems like every time I make one it is gobbled up to the point people are fighting over the last of it. Maybe I don’t make it often enough.

If you ask me, “Do we need another chicken salad recipe?”, it is a resounding “yes!”. Variety is important, and this Chicken Salad is very colorful! After all, we eat with our eyes first! The wonderful thing about this chicken salad is it is Mediterranean! Mmmm! So much flavor, and one of the healthiest ways to eat in the world. It has sundried tomato bruschetta, fresh basil (my favorite fresh herb), delicious roasted red peppers, black olives and the tang of red wine vinegar. It also has the crunch from fresh celery, and two kinds of onion flavor…..green onions and chives! You will need a whole roasted chicken, and I am totally all for a good store bought rotisserie chicken if you are tight on time. There are so many good ones, and many of them are gluten free. If you are making the chicken at home, you can oven roast it or use an instant pot to cook it. Another good trick of mine is to roast two chickens at once. One is for dinner that night, and I make the other one into chicken salad. It’s a time saver and smart cooking!

Chicken salad is such a great lunch option in my opinion. You can heap it over a salad, one of my favorite ways to eat it, make a sandwich, or serve it alongside something else. For dinner, I like to pull it out of the refrigerator after having made it earlier in the day, and then make some sides to go with it. It makes an easy dinner night that everyone here really loves. Did I mention Make Your Own Wrap night? That’s another winner. Just put out the wraps, the chicken salad and some toppings and sauces. People can make it their own. Another great thing about this recipe is, it is just as delicious, if not better, the next day with all the flavors melding. I do hope you will try this recipe, Let me know what you think!

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

1 Whole Cooked Chicken, deboned, skin off and chopped

3/4 Cup of Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Cup of Sundried Tomato Bruschetta

1/2 cup of Fresh Basil, torn

1/2 cup of Sliced Green Onion (aka scallions)

1/3 Cup of Mediterranean Organic Roasted Red Peppers, diced

2 Stalks of Fresh Celery, diced and you can include the leaves too

1/3 Cup of Chopped Pecans or you can use Pine Nuts

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon of Chives (fresh or dried)

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

1/3 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar

Directions: Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, chives and oregano to make your dressing. Place all the other ingredients into a large bowl after chopping and prepping them as directed above, and then pour over the dressing and toss thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! I’d love to hear from you.

Easy Homemade Grain Free Sandwich Bread (Dairy Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free)

Homemade Grain Free Sandwich Bread – Easy, Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free

Anyone who loves bread and is looking for healthy bread recipes, or has missed bread because their tummy can’t handle it, I have a recipe for you that is a very delicious, healthy and easy. There is no rising required, so it is fast, and the texture and flavor are really good! I have been tweaking this formula to get it just the right flavor and texture and have had my taste testers giving me feedback with their high standards. 😉 The ingredients are healthy, and it is a pleasure to make. Actually, it is just a pleasure to bite into a piece of bread with the texture of grain bread. I like to toast it and put an egg on top, make a sandwich, or crostini for dinner, or put a spread on it and eat it with a salad at lunch. My daughter made French Toast with it last Saturday, and proclaimed it delicious that way. I do hope you give it a try, Pin it for later too and let me know what you think!

Homemade Grain Free Sandwich Bread, Sliced – Yeast Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free

Easy Grain Free Sandwich Bread

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

4 Egg Whites

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

27 grams of psyllium husk (this gives the bread it’s perfect texture. I like this pure brand with no additives just pure Psyllium Husk)

1/2 Cup of runny Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter – this is the one I love, it’s roasted and tastes amazing with no sugar)

3/4 Cup of Warm Water

70 grams of Coconut Flour

1 Tablespoon of Runny Honey

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

3/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

2 Extra Tablespoons of Olive Oil for brushing the loaf while it bakes.

Directions:

Grease a bread loaf pan.

In a large bowl with a hand mixer, whisk together the egg whites until they are frothy.

Add the olive oil and tahini to the egg whites, and beat until they are fully incorporated.

Put the 3/4 cup of warm water in a separate bowl, and add the psyllium husk. Whisk and set aside. The mixture will gel quickly, that’s good!

In a separate bowl whisk together the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. When your psyllium and water is jelled, add it to the egg, tahini and olive oil mixture, Beat until it incorporates and is nice and smooth. This takes about 3 minutes. Now, add in the dry ingredients and continue beating until it is smooth and incorporated. Next, grease your hands with some olive oil, and using a bowl scraper or a rubber spatula, scoop up the dough into a loaf shape and using your hands form a loaf making it nice and smooth.

Forming the loaf with olive oil greased hands before placing in the bread pan

Place the formed loaf into your loaf pan. I don’t make the loaf the full length of the pan, it fills up as it bakes. Now brush the top of the loaf with a tablespoon of olive oil. Bake the bread in your oven for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes are up, remove the loaf from the oven, it will have started rising and browning, and brush it again with the second tablespoon of olive oil.

Second Brushing of Olive Oil then Back in the OvenGrain Free, Gluten Free Bread Baking

Bake in the oven an additional 45 minutes, tenting it with foil the last 15 minutes if it is browned nicely to prevent it from overbrowning. Check it after 30 minutes (one hour after initial start of baking). If it is brown, tent it for the final 15 minutes. The bread needs the full 45 minutes to make sure it is completely baked. The total baking time is one hour and fifteen minutes.

Remove the bread from the oven after the baking time, and set it on a wire rack. After 5 minutes of cooling in the pan, remove it from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack before slicing.

If you enjoy this recipe, don’t forget to share it! I hope you Enjoy! 🙂

Cooled Grain Free Homemade Bread Loaf, Ready to Slice (Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free)

Pin it! Thank you!

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Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

Two words…chicken and salsa! They just go together in a palate pleasing way, and sheet pan meals are some of my favorite weeknight ways to cook for the family!

When I am roasting boneless chicken, thighs are my go to, because they never disappoint! I do love a juicy chicken breast, but honestly you need to be right on top of it to get the chicken out right when it reaches 165 degrees F. and not a minute after to get a really juicy breast, and the best flavor for chicken breasts is bone in. I had seven chicken thighs, but this will vary depending on the size.

Back to this utterly delicious Salsa Chicken recipe! It’s on my rotation menu based on all the Mmmm’s I am getting from the kids and hubby. Choose your favorite salsa for this. I used Fody Foods Low FodMap Salsa in this recipe which was surprisingly delicious since it didn’t have the traditional onion and garlic in it. But use your favorite, and your favorite heat level! The salsa is a vessel for the fresh tangy lime juice and green onion. Another spring favorite addition to meals. Greens onions are lovely sprinkled on savory dishes in general. They are exceptional on salads too. If you are eating Low FodMap, Fody Foods is a great choice. You will also need a can of black beans. My favorite canned beans brand is Eden which is headquartered in my home state of Michigan. They are non-gmo, soaked (very important for digestion), organic, and in BPA free cans. I always rinse my beans under cold running water before using them.

Low FodMap Salsa

I have never in my recent memory been so glad for Spring to be here. The winter seemed longer than usual, and I love the promises of Spring with renewal all around us and new growth! When I saw this blue sheet pan I’m using at my local Marshall’s I had to grab it. The color was so gorgeous! It is so good to go outside for a walk and hear so many birds singing, and best of all, wearing tennis shoes instead of boots. There is a feeling of freedom not being bundled up against the cold. I am not one to stay inside all winter, I need to be outdoors because the fresh air just feels good, and it boosts my mood. I’m just starting to get out into my gardens and do some clean up! I see the deer are out and about too. They are very hungry, even eating out of my bird feeder, so I forgive them for digging up a couple of my tulip bulbs.

Mexican Seasoned Chicken for Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

In this chicken recipe I have two colors of peppers. Did you know peppers are higher in Vitamin C than oranges? They are a perfect addition to this salsa chicken. Feel free to substitute any colored peppers you have on hand. Green would be good too.

I mixed up a Low FodMap Mexican Spice blend to coat the chicken that is delectable. Cumin gives the chicken a smoky flavor, and it is not hot, so it won’t blow your socks off! If you are into that, you can use a hot salsa and your favorite hot sauce at the table like my son, Jeff. 🙂

I’d like to add that if you are having digestive problems, a gut health and microbiome test can be very helpful, and balancing your gut can be a huge help in overcoming FodMap intolerance. FodMaps are very beneficial to feeding the good bacteria in your gut, which you want. Low FodMap eating can help alleviate symptoms, but it is always good to get to the root cause. I highly recommend this Gut Health Test from Thorne which is surprisingly reasonable, I just took it myself, you can do it at home and the report is extensive and very helpful with recommendations based on your results and a deep dive into your gut.

To make this dish very Low FodMap, omit the black beans which are a moderate fodmap. Beans do have a lot of health benefits, and soaked beans are easier to digest.

Sheet Pan Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

3 pounds of boneless chicken thighs

1 16 oz. jar of salsa

2 large bell peppers, one yellow one red

1 can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed under water (I always use Eden in my recipes)

3 green onions, sliced (green parts only for Low FodMap)

Juice of 1 Lime (A juicy one. Limes can be finnicky)

Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Mexican Spice Blend:

1 Tablespoon of Cumin

2 Teaspoons of Chili Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Oregano

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a large sheet pan. I used Avocado Oil spray. Put your chicken thighs in a medium bowl. Add a tablespoon of garlic olive and toss to coat the chicken.

Mix together the Mexican Spice Blend. Sprinkle it over your chicken, and toss again until the chicken is evenly coated. Place the chicken thighs evenly spaced on your large sheet pan. Put the chicken in the preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes.

While the chicken is roasting. Put your salsa in a bowl. Add the can of drained and rinsed beans, sliced green onion, and the juice of a lime. Stir it together. Mmm. It’s looking good!

Wash, seed and slice your peppers into long strips. In a bowl, toss the peppers with an additional Tablespoon of Garlic Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

When the 20 minutes are up for the chicken roasting in the oven, pull it out and nestle the peppers around the chicken thighs, not on top of them. That’s for the salsa. Now, mound the black bean salsa mixture over each of the thighs evenly. Place the sheet pan back in the oven and continue roasting for 20 more minutes until the peppers are tender and the chicken is cooked through. Your house is going to smell amazing by the way.

It is ready to serve. You can serve this over cauliflower rice or a rice of your choice. It is absolutely delicious. Don’t forget the pan juices. Spoon them up too. If you love Mexican food, you and your family will love this meal. It is a wonderful, healthy and delicious sheet pan chicken meal! Leftovers are not a problem either, unless you don’t have any. Guess what I’m having for lunch today? 😉 Please leave any comments below. I love to hear from you. Are you enjoying Spring? What is blooming in your area, and what is your favorite Spring meal lately? Have a wonderful day!

Tahini Honey Ice Cream, Dairy Free, SCD Low FodMap

Ahhh, ice cream! It is so creamy and delicious. It a delectable treat! The problem is when it doesn’t love us back. This Tahini Honey Ice Cream is gut friendly, dairy free, with healthful ingredients like raw honey (at a low fodmap serving size of under two tablespoons per serving.) It is lovely and sweet with just one tablespoon of clover honey per 1/2 cup. Egg yolks in ice cream give it the classic custardy, creamy mouthfeel, and the tahini and honey go together so well with a little vanilla extract and creamy, dairy free coconut milk.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, no worries, this is churn free!

I love a good tahini. I can eat it right from the spoon. My current favorite is Soom roasted tahini which I get at Thrive Market and has no sugar added.

Tahini Honey Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk with no additives 1 1/2 Cups

1/4 Cup of Good Tasting Tahini with no sugar added

1/4 Cup of Clover Honey (clover honey is low fodmap up to a 2 tablespoon serving. See Dr. Siebecker’s SCD, Low FodMap SIBO Specific Food Guide on my homepage. It’s downloadable!)

2 Egg Yolks

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

a pinch of salt

Directions: Whisk all the ingredients together with a wire whisk in a medium saucepan.

Cook over medium high heat whisking constantly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Do not boil. It should coat the back of a spoon. This takes about 5 minutes or so.

Pour the ice cream mixture into a loaf pan, and place it in the freezer. Stir the ice cream every hour for 4 hours, or until its a nice ice cream consistency. At this point you can eat it, or put it into a freezer safe container for later. When serving from the freezer, let it set on the counter for about ten minutes to soften.

It is a delicious and healthy treat. I hope this helps you enjoy ice cream again in a healthful way. Delicious whether you are following a SCD Low FodMap diet or just looking to eat healthier treats!

*The low fodmap serving size is 1/2 cup.

*Tahini is SCD legal after 3 months of no symptoms. This is also delicious with Almond Butter.

Spiralized Zucchini Casserole

Spring is finally here! It’s time for dishes that are lighter, and Easter is just around the corner.

Spiralized vegetables add variety and interest to meals instead of eating them the same old way. This Spiralized Zucchini Casserole is perfect for spring, and it is perfect for Easter brunch or dinner too.

There is no dairy in this dish, but I did add some nutritional yeast which gives it a hint of umami flavor, plus it is a great source of B12 vitamins. If you haven’t tried a spiralizer yet, I highly recommend one. They are very inexpensive and you can do so much with them.

Here’s the recipe:

Spiralized Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients:

4 Medium Zucchini Spiralized, I used the ribbon blade (about 4 cups)

13 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Good Mayo

2 Shredded Carrots

2 Teaspoons of Nutritional Yeast

1 Heaping Tablespoon of Djon

2 Teaspoons of Dried Chives

1 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley

1 Teaspoon of Salt, or to preference

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and set aside.

Spiralize your zucchini into ribbons and lay them evenly in your greased pan. If you want to make it even faster, you can buy fresh spiralized zucchini at your grocery store.

Whisk together your eggs, nutritional yeast, mayonnaise, Djon mustard, chives, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir in your shredded carrots. Pour the egg mixture over the spiralized zucchini in your casserole pan. It will cover your zucchini, but some will still be poking up. Use a fork to get as much under the eggs as possible. It doesn’t need to be completely immersed. Bake in your preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the eggs are set.

Spiralized Zucchini Ready for Egg Mixture

Serve! Yum! These make excellent leftovers for breakfast too! Let me know what you think! Any other recipes you would like to see me healthify? Let me know in the comments!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth are one of my favorites! My other favorite is, like many people, chocolate chip! This cookie recipe combines the best of both to bring you a Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie!

This cookie uses just superfine rice flour for the delicate texture and flavor that you want in a shortbread cookie without using the traditional wheat flour. AND it is more heart healthy but with all the flavor because I used half ghee and half olive oil for the fat. It works beautifully in this cookie! This recipe also uses pure organic cane sugar, and there is only a half a teaspoon in each cookie. This batch makes two dozen delicious shortbread cookies that are perfectly sweetened with sugar and the sweetness of the rice flour.

Let’s bake these beauties!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lay out two parchment lined cookie sheets.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Ghee

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

1/4 Cup of Cane Sugar

1 1/4 Cups of Superfine Rice Flour (I use Authentic Foods brand, regular rice flour is coarser and will give a different result)

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life)

Directions:

In a stand mixer, or you can use a bowl with electric beaters, mix your ghee, olive oil and sugar until creamy and light in color like an egg yolk. This will take one to three minutes, longer if you are using a hand mixer. Add the eggs one at a time beating until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and blend. In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, the rice flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to your wet and mix until incorporated completely. Add the teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and mix. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the cookie dough by the tablespoon onto two cookie sheets evenly spaced. I like to use a cookie scoop for this. Flatten by half with your fingertips. Bake in your preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will be set, but they will not brown. They will be the pale color of shortbread.

Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet.

Enjoy! These also freeze beautifully!

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