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Who says that smoothies can only be served in a glass? This smoothie recipe is thick enough to eat with a spoon, and using a bowl allows you to add plenty of healthy, delicious, and crunchy toppings. This Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl recipe makes a wonderful breakfast on a lazy summer morning or a refreshing snack on a hot afternoon.

Triple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Yield 2 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Topping Ideas

  • Fresh berries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sliced or chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • A dollop of peanut or almond butter
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine the frozen berries, banana, almond or coconut milk, maple syrup, and protein powder (if using). Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into two wide bowls and add toppings. Serve immediately.

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This week’s gluten-free meal plan makes use of the slow cooker and stove top for cooking on hot summer days. You can even put your slow cooker outside to keep the heat out of the kitchen. But one recipe that’s worth turning on your oven for is the blueberry cobbler.

Last year at this time I wrote to you about my new kitchen (we had just moved). For the sake of anyone who is considering remodeling their kitchen, I have to say that I love having a cooktop in an island. The backdraft fan does not work quite as well as an overhead fan, but that’s seldom a problem.

The reason I love it so much is because I’m not facing a wall when I cook. I can easily see what’s going on in the house and outside and participate in conversation. When we have company, I often feel like I’m part of what’s going on, even when I’m cooking, rather than being on the fringes.

I will add, however, that even though my kitchen is not very big, the island is quite large. That means I have a good bit of counter space on both sides of my cooktop. That certainly adds to my enjoyment of it.

Main Dish


Slow Cooker Italian Chicken with Potatoes – This recipe uses Italian seasoning and salad dressing as an easy way to add flavor.


Turkey Meatballs in White Sauce – Using turkey instead of beef and a dairy-free white sauce instead of a tomato based sauce makes this a nice change from traditional meatballs and sauce.


Hummus Crusted Chicken – This is a super easy and tasty way to prepare moist chicken on the stove top.


Slow Cooker Ground Beef Stew – In the summer, I add just enough water to help the food cook but not enough to make it soupy. It’s great served over rice, or you can add potato chunks to it. I often make it without tomatoes (adding a little extra water), and it’s just as good. It’s a great way to use zucchini, but keep in mind that the zucchini has to be added only during the last hour of cooking.


Brown Rice Salad with Ham – This can be eaten warm or cold. It’s great to make ahead and have for a picnic or easy summertime dinner.


Biscuit Crust Pizza – This is a quickish way to make homemade pizza that doesn’t require rise time.

Sides


Carrot, Beet, and Apple Salad – Even people who don’t like beets like this salad. The carrot and apple (or pear) and other ingredients add so much flavor that the beet flavor does not stand out.


Grilled Zucchini – I love fresh summer zucchini, and grilling it is a great option.

Breakfast


Pancakes – Pancakes are just fun breakfast food. These are delicious and great for a lazy morning.


Zucchnini Quiche Muffins – Here’s another great way to use zucchini for a low-carb breakfast.

Dessert


Blueberry Cobbler – I honestly prefer my berries fresh, but once in a while I’ll cook with them, and this recipe really is delicious.


Chocolate Coconut Candy – This is a really yummy treat that doesn’t require baking.

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This week’s gluten-free meal plan uses the slow cooker for flavorful chicken, beef, and pasta meals, as well as other dinner ideas. You’ll also find ways to use some summer produce, and a couple of fun chocolate treats.

Main Dish


Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – A delicious way to enjoy chicken. I especially like to brine the chicken first.


Salisbury Steak – A great way to dress up ground beef, especially if you like mushrooms.


Baked Chicken Tenders – These have a grain free coating and the chicken always turns out nice and moist.


Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Bowls – I love that everyone can make their own bowls with or without rice and toppings of choice.


Zucchini and Sausage – I’ve been getting a lot of zucchini in my CSA box, and this is such a flavorful and easy way to cook it.


Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole – Using the crock pot for this dish saves you from having to turn on the oven.

Sides


Roasted Radishes – I like mild flavored radishes in salads, but when they are stronger, I find that roasting helps to mellow the flavor.


Smoothie
– During the summer in particular, smoothies are a great way to eat fruit and veggies. And you might get your family to eat some foods they wouldn’t eat otherwise.

Breakfast


Multi-Grain Waffles – Waffles are so much fun to make and eat. I love this version.


Rhubarb Coffee Cake – This is a delicious way to use rhubarb, and its grain free!

Dessert


Peanut Butter Pretzels – These are a fun treat. You can use almond butter if peanuts are a problem.


Edible Chocolate Cups – Try putting ice cream, pudding, or other treats in these edible cups.

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If you’re looking for a super easy and healthy summer treat that doesn’t require any cooking, these Strawberry Shortcake Bites fit the bill perfectly!

Simply mix a few ingredients in a food processor (a blender would probably work too) and shape in to balls. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Please keep in mind that not all gluten-free oats are created equal. The only oats I will eat are those  grown under a purity protocol, such as GF Harvest brand. Gluten-Free Watchdog has a list of companies that supply purity protocol oats.

Some oats labeled gluten-free are not grown this way. They are contaminated with gluten containing grains and then are mechanically separated to sort out the gluten grains. It’s an imperfect, system, however, and can result in levels of gluten that are well above what is considered safe.

Strawberry Shortcake Bites

Yield 15 balls

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup freeze dried strawberries (I buy them at ALDI, but you can find them on Amazon)
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats (can sub with quick oats)
  • 1 cup raw unsalted mix of cashews, walnuts, and macadamia nuts (can use all of the same nut instead of a mix if desired)
  • 4 tablespoons honey (can sub with raw agave nectar for vegan)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place the freeze dried strawberries, gluten-free oats, and cashews in a food processor. Pulse just until the mixture is ground to course powder.
  2. Pour the honey and vanilla extract into the food processor. Pulse a few more times until the liquid is evenly absorbed and the mixture starts to stick together.
  3. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface or baking sheet.
  4. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into clean hands and roll into a ball. Place on parchment paper and continue this process until all of the mixture is used. Rinse your hands after every 4-5 balls. When your hands are sticky, the balls don’t form as well because the mixture to sticks to your hands.
  5. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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This week’s gluten-free meal plan is filled with delicious hot weather recipes. The fruit pizza (dessert) is always so pretty and can be made red, white, and blue for a 4th of July treat. If you’re planning to grill burgers, make a batch of these homemade hamburger buns. My family loves them!

Main Dish


Slow Cooker Chicken and Brown Rice – This is a great way to cook a hot meal without turning on your oven or having to cook brown rice for a long time on the stove top.


Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry – One of my favorite stove top meals that’s always delicious.


Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Short Ribs – If you’re a fan of short ribs, this is an easy and flavorful way to cook them.

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Italian Sausage and Pasta – This stove top recipe is great for a busy week night.


Cheeseburger Rice – This easy recipe is a hit with kids and adults alike. My husband loves it. Serve it with a salad or veggies and dip.

Sides


Watermelon Avocado Basil Salad – With summer flavors, it’s as delicious as it looks!


Southwestern Pasta Salad – This is a great side dish to take to a July 4th cookout.

Breakfast


Overnight Oats – If you aren’t in the mood for hot oatmeal, this is a great alternative. Put it together at night, and it’s ready to go in the morning.


Zucchini Pancakes – A delicious, low-carb way to use fresh zucchini

Dessert


Fruit Pizza – Use red and blue berries on this fruit pizza for a great 4th of July dessert.


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream – Homemade ice cream is so easy and yummy!

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Delicious and easy dinner recipes are lined up for this week’s gluten-free meal plan, including slow cooker and stove top meals that help you beat the heat. The French bread rolls will satisfy any bread craving you have, and the angel food cupcakes are a perfect summer treat.

Main Dish


Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetables – This is a super easy go-to recipe that doesn’t require turning on the oven, which makes it great for summer. If you get a large enough chicken (but be sure that it still fits in your crock pot), you will have leftovers for a second dinner. Or you could use it for chicken salad or adding to a green salad.


Mexican Casserole – My family always enjoys this tasty casserole that uses leftover chicken.


Skillet Beef and Zoodles – Zucchini noodles are a great way to cut carbs, but you could serve this beef recipe over rice or pasta if you prefer.


Italian Pot Roast – I love cooking pot roast in the slow cooker because it’s so easy. This one has Italian flavors.


Fish Cakes – This is a great stove top meal. I like serving fish cakes with homemade tartar sauce or remoulade sauce.


Spaghetti with Meatballs – I prefer baking meatballs because it’s so easy and less messy, but if you don’t want to turn on your oven, you could cook them in a skillet. I always make a double batch and freeze the extras after they cook.

Sides


Chopped Veggie Salad – I’m so glad it’s that time of year when I can start making this salad again. It’s fresh and flavorful.


French Bread Rolls – These rolls are just as good as my French bread loaf, but they’re easier to make. They go great with a lot of meals for a special treat.

Breakfast


Buckwheat Pancakes – Switch things up and try buckwheat in your pancakes! Buckwheat is gluten-free, but be sure it’s only buckwheat flour and not mixed with wheat flour.


Blueberry Coconut Muffins – These delicious muffins are made with coconut flour and are grain free and paleo.

Dessert


Angel Food Cupcakes – This recipe only uses 6 eggs instead of the 12 needed for an angel food cake, and they’re a bit easier to make since you don’t need to have a special pan and invert it after baking. These cupcakes would be great for 4th of July.


Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Fresh picked strawberries are delicious by themselves, but they’re amazing when you dip them in chocolate. Making chocolate covered strawberries is really quite easy so don’t let that stop you.

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You’ll find flavorful stove top and slow cooker meals, breakfast and dessert ideas, and more in this week’s gluten-free meal plan. And I’ve included one of my husband’s favorites for Father’s Day.

Main Dish


Filet Mignon – My husband loves filet mignon. It’s an expensive cut of meat making it perfect for Father’s Day or another special occasion.


Skillet Lemon and Dill Chicken – I love this flavorful dish, and during hot weather I love not turning on my oven.


Italian Sausage with Broccoli and Quinoa – This recipe is also cooked on the stove top and it’s a one-dish meal that’s perfect for a busy weeknight.


Slow Cooker Taco Meatloaf
– The slow cooker can be a great way to cook during the summer, and this variation on meatloaf is one of my favorites.


Fried Cabbage with Sausage – I love the flavor sausage adds to a meal, and it goes great with cabbage in this recipe.


Pizza – Pizza is one food that’s worth turning on the oven for, and this homemade crust recipe is definitely worth it!

Sides


Kale Chips – I’ve been getting kale in my CSA box, and this is one of my favorite ways to eat it.


Corn Bread – This is totally worth turning on the oven for too!

Breakfast


No-Bake Breakfast Cookies – These breakfast cookies are great for on-the-go eating.


Paleo Nut Muffins – These muffins contain nut butter and turn out really nice.

Dessert


Chocolate Chip Cookies – Homemade cookies are always a treat. Why not make some instead of buying an expensive package of premade cookies that don’t taste as good as freshly baked cookies.


Date Balls – These are a great treat that’s grain-free and paleo. And they don’t require any cooking.

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This week’s gluten-free meal plan has a great line up of flavorful recipes, including one that is always a hit when I serve it to company. And don’t miss the AMAZING carrot cake!

Main Dish


Chicken Scampi – This is a flavorful recipe that I like to make when I have a little more time than usual, so it’s great for the weekend.


Mexican Lasagna – I have made this many times over the years for company or taking someone a meal, and everyone loves it. One young man simply could not stop eating it and saying how good it was!


Ground Beef and Broccoli with Mushrooms and Ginger – Be sure to pick up fresh ginger for this recipe. It adds a lot to the flavor of the dish.


Slow Cooker Pineapple Cinnamon Chicken – With only a few ingredients, this recipe is super easy.


Fish Tacos – If your family enjoys having tacos regularly, these fish tacos are a great way to mix things up.


Zucchini Crust Pizza – A delicious and low-carb pizza you’re sure to love!

Sides


Roasted Cauliflower – Pine nuts add a nutty flavor and crunch to this roasted cauliflower.


Honeyed Beets – Beets are in season around here. I eat them raw in smoothies and beet salad, but this is a great way to eat them cooked.

Breakfast


Rhubarb Coffee Cake – If you’re a rhubarb fan like me, you’re sure to enjoy this coffee cake.


Healthy Carrot Muffins – These are low-carb and paleo – perfect for breakfast or snacking.

Dessert


Carrot Cake – This is an amazingly delicious cake! Seriously. If you haven’t tried it, you need to!


Chocolate Avocado Pudding – I also really like this recipe made with canned coconut milk instead of almond milk. I do have to add a little more sweetener with the coconut milk though.

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This week’s gluten-free meal plan is full of easy and delicious dinner ideas to help you serve up gluten-free food that everyone will enjoy, such as kabobs, fish sticks, pancakes, and more! The delicious banana cake is one of my family’s favorites.

It is incredibly humid (85% right now) and buggy around here these days, and it’s not even officially summer yet. And, I have poison ivy rash on various parts of my body. Some of it I got from pulling up poison ivy roots and some I think I got from my dogs. A combination of peppermint, tea tree, and lavender essential oils did wonders for my son and neighbors when they had poison ivy rash, but it’s not a lot of help for me. However, I have found Tecnu Rash Relief Spray to be very helpful!

Despite the above, I’m not letting anything get me down because my parents are out of town with my sister for a week, and we’re taking an at-home vacation! First on my agenda is time with my granddaughter! I hope you all have a great week ahead too.

Main Dish


Grilled Honey Mustard Smoked Sausage Kabobs – These are delicious with onion, red pepper, and apple added to the smoked sausage on the skewers.


Hummus Crusted Chicken – You can use whatever flavor of hummus you like in this is easy 3-ingredient stove top recipe.


Unstuffed Cabbage – This recipe includes directions for stove top or Instant Pot.


Mexican Quinoa & Beef – This slow cooker recipe is good year round because it’s not soupy. The quinoa absorbs the liquid, and it’s a great Mexican dish. It only takes a few hours to cook if you have a hot crock like mine, so don’t plan to leave it all day.


Fish Sticks – These homemade fish sticks are tasty and go great with homemade tartar sauce.


Cheeseburger Fries – My guys like this for a fun Friday night dinner.

Sides


Asparagus Soup – Asparagus is in season, and while I love it steamed or roasted, it’s great in this soup too.


Coconut Flour Biscuits – If you want some bread with your meal but not a lot of carbs, try these biscuits.

Breakfast


Strawberry Rhubarb Pancakes – Rhubarb is in season, too! Try it in these pancakes.


Rhubarb Coffee Cake – Or use rhubarb in this paleo coffee cake.

Dessert


Banana Cake – So moist and delicious, this is one of my family’s favorite cakes.


Paleo Banana Bars – These bars are moist and grain-free.

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I’ve included some recipes in this week’s gluten-free meal plan, such as salads and angel food cupcakes that would be great for a Memorial Day gathering or graduation party. I’ll be making the coleslaw to take to a cookout. And although you can easily buy gluten-free buns, my homemade hamburger buns are soft and moist, and you can freeze the extras.

Main Dish


Chicken Parmesan is always a big hit with my family, and it’s great for serving to company too.


Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes – If you don’t have or don’t want to use a grill for Memorial Day, these sloppy Joes are a delicious substitute for burgers. There are decent gluten-free hamburger buns available to buy, but we love this recipe for homemade buns.


Baked Chicken Tenders – These chicken tenders have a grain free coating which keeps them nice and moist while they bake.


Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew – It’s so easy to throw everything into the crock pot, and I love the way the beef in this recipe turns out so tender.


Salmon Cakes – My mom just loves these, so I make them regularly. And homemade tartar sauce is super easy to mix up or try a homemade remoulade sauce.


Biscuit Crust Pizza means there’s no rise time for the crust. The biscuit dough works best in smaller sizes so it’s perfect for individual pizzas.

Sides


Homemade Coleslaw – I honestly can’t get enough of the homemade stuff, and I love taking this to cookouts.


Hamburger Buns – I mentioned these above, but in case you missed it, these buns are soft and moist. And they freeze well too. We use them for burgers or any kind of sandwich. I like to make the buns thick enough to hold a burger but not so thick that it’s hard to take a bite.


Beet Salad – I love what one friend said about this: “I don’t usually like beets, but this is good!” I think the other ingredients in the salad help to balance out the beet flavor. And it’s a beautiful salad!

Breakfast


Baked Oatmeal – Now is the time to enjoy this before the weather gets too hot to bake. You can put it together at night or bake it in the morning. It’s also great for snacks.


Almond Matcha Smoothie – I eat smoothies almost daily once the cold weather passes. They’re great for any meal or snack, but this one is great for getting you going in the morning.

Dessert


Angel Food Cupcakes – I adore angel food cake and these cupcakes are easier to make than a big cake. They’re great for a party too.


Chocolate Coconut Candy – This is a delicious no-bake, no-cook recipe and it’s much healthier than most chocolate candy.

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