Too Easy Tomato Soup

When we went gluten and dairy free it was amazing what foods were full of both. I read every label, and many times came up empty on our typical foods due to the now taboo ingredients in them or cross-contamination.

One of these was canned tomato soups.

Thanks to our new Lifestyle plan we had an option, but I tweaked it and made it even easier to mix and serve, and we like the extra texture from the crushed tomatoes.

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Ingredients

We get most of our bulk spices from here, and if you are interested in looking at any of the other products we use, you can find them here.

Method

Put all ingredients in a medium stock pot and add water to thin it out to the consistency you desire, and heat until a temperature that you enjoy, or allow to simmer on low for 30-60 minutes to allow the flavors to mix together.

***This a fuel pull addition to a meal on the Trim Healthy Plan, but it does need to be paired with a significant protein source like lean chicken breast or a protein drink. You can also add it to an E or S meal to help fill in.***

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Dog Gone Good Dip

Because we travel, at least monthly if not more often, 1 1/2-2 hours to get our groceries we have discovered some really tasty on-plan options to grab at the grocery store. Did you know the grocery store is the ultimate fast-food restaurant? It’s true!

One thing in particular is an almond-based dip at Walmart with a very descriptive name outlining a common name for female canines. Apt description, but it makes me cringe when I post the pictures on my THM Journey App because I don’t say the word in my own home, as a descriptor.

I had to try and recreate it, if only to be able to stop posting the picture of the title from the grocery store version, right? According to my husband, and spicy-food-loving second son, I nailed it in the flavor department!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Blanched Almonds or Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 4-8 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Method:

Soak your sunflower seeds overnight with cool water, covering them by at least 2 inches. Then, drain off the soaking water the following day when you are ready to prepare the dip. Place all ingredients and seasonings in a food processor or high-powered blender. Scrape the sides down frequently, and blend until smooth.

You can add water by the Tablespoon to thin it out to your liking.

***This recipe is an S on the Trim Healthy Plan, please add some non-starchy veggies to this to round out your meal***

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Celebration Sip

If you live a sugar free lifestyle, certain traditions become more of a challenge, especially when concentrated fruit juices are at the heart of them.

Specifically communion, biblical feasts and celebrations like Shabbat(Jewish Sabbath from sundown Friday evening to Sundown Saturday evening).

As a Trim Healthy Mama, I don’t drink juice, specifically concentrated fruit juices without the whole fruit included for fiber. So, this is SIPPER, yes I was able to make it a sipper, is going to be my new celebratory grape juice-style drink!

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Ingredients:

Method:

Put the Butterfly pea flowers or tea bags in 2 cups of hot water, for several hours or overnight to steep. Strain and put into a quart sized vessel. Add all other ingredients, and mix well. Fill to the top of the vessel with ice cubes and use as an all day sipper on the Trim Healthy Plan or a sugar free celebratory drink to replace grape juice and wine as you would like.

Chili Mac

This recipe really brings back some memories. We ate chili mac, well really anything with macaroni and cheese, when my dad was away hunting. Mac was not his favorite food.

And, because our children have celiac disease, you can read more about that here, they had never had anything like it before. But, desperation is where recipes are born, so here is my gluten free rendition of this old favorite.

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Ingredients:

We buy most of our bulk spices here, and you can find more of the products we use here.

Method:

Brown Meat, and drain. Add diced onion and Chili seasoning, cooking until onions are translucent. Drain and rinse konjac noodles while the meat mixture cooks. Add other ingredients and cook on medium heat for a few minutes to meld flavors. Taste and adjust to suit you and your family.

***This recipe could be made S, E or, FP on the Trim Healthy Plan. Just pay attention to the fat content of your ground meat, and choose your sides and condiments accordingly.***

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Cabbage Rice

My husband is not a big fan of cabbage, but if I make it this way he enjoys it, so we certainly have it on the menu frequently because cabbage is a powerhouse veggie! You should look up on the benefits, really!

If cauliflower is not your thing, you can use this in many places that call for “Caulirice.”

This makes itself a very versatile dish to compliment any meal you can think of!

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Ingredients:

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Method:

Cut the head of cabbage into slices, then “dice” is by cutting against the grain in small pieces. The pieces will look like cabbage confetti.

Put the cabbage in a very large skillet or pot, because there will be a lot of volume, but they will cook down. Sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of salt, and put the cabbage on Medium-high heat. Do not add any other seasonings or oil/butter until the cabbage has started to decrease in volume and release its juices.

It will begin to steam itself from its own juices, and lightly brown as they cook off, You want to brown bits because it adds flavor and texture. Once it has stopped cooking down so much add all other seasonings and your oil/butter to taste.

***Your fuel type, if following the Trim Healthy Plan, will be determined by how much oil/butter you added, and the quantity you ate. Less than 1 teaspoon of oil per serving then you can make it a Fuel Pull side. More than 1 teaspoon of oil per serving and this will compliment an S or Crossover meal.***

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Banana Bread Quinoa

I like to mix things up a bit when it comes to quick, gluten free creations. And, this loaf I decided to try to make it egg free, even though we have over 40 hens and eggs a plenty most of the long days of the year.

So, here is my “banana bread” version of baked quinoa.

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Ingredients:

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I placed mine in a standard loaf pan with parchment lining it, but a silicone loaf pan would be great for this. It will be done when the middle is set. Let cool for about 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

This is egg free, so it will be crumbly. Best Results will be when completely cool.

***This is an E meal or Snack on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan***

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Fluffy Oat Pancakes

As the mother to 7 children, and believe me we may be completely gluten free, but pancakes are a universal language in the breakfast universe! A good recipe is worth its weight in maple syrup, pure grade A of course!

So, I set about to make one, just for my crew…..

It’s not an easy thing to transition to a gluten free lifestyle, because at first nothing tastes or acts right. Fluffy pancakes are few and far between, especially in the whole grain gluten free flour world.

But, I do believe these ones are the ONES! Even my husband thought the texture was amazing.

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Ingredients

Method

Mix all dry ingredients together, with a whisk, until well combined. Add all your wet ingredients, except for the ACV or Lemon Juice (whichever you want to use). Mix well, and until there are no lumps. Then, add the vinegar or lemon juice. Let this mixture sit for at least 10-15 minutes to let the action happen.

Preheat a ceramic griddle, yes you can use a pan but make sure it is non-stick because oat flour is crazy sticky even with spray, to about 250 or 300 degrees. Then drop the batter by 1/4 Cup-fulls on the the surface and even out the surface so it is all the same thickness. Let the pancakes become very bubbly all over the top and “dry-ish” looking before you flip. Then, flip and let cook an additional 3 minutes.

***These are an E fuel on the Trim Healthy Plan, and approximately 1/4 of this recipe would be a serving size*** And, they go fantastically with my Maple-Nut Syrup!

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“Free-From” Baking Blend

Living in Gluten FREEdom for 7 years now, this month, I feel very much for all the allergy families as they navigate their new lifestyles.

In my Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle Journey, I have watched those with allergies struggle with baking blends, and I took the most consistent allergens and went to work on a replacement.

This is my gift to you, Lovely Ladies! A blend that is FREE of gluten, wheat, nuts, coconut, dairy, mammal free, nightshades, oats, grains, eggs, egg whites and corn! It will even fit into a vegetarian lifestyle.

We all deserve safe baked goods, and this is my 7 year “Celiac-Aversary” present to you from the Treehouse!

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Free From Baking Blend. Life in the Treehouse.

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Ingredients:

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, and store in an airtight container.

1/4 Cup of this recipe is fuel pull, if using the exact brands that I have linked, otherwise it will fall into a light S, per serving, on the Trim Healthy Plan

***I have been able to use this blend in all Trim Healthy Plan compatible baking that calls for their branded baking blend, along with recipes from other bloggers who create recipes compatible with THM***

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Gluten Free Sourdough Waffles

If you have spent anytime around my blog, or my social media, you will see that I am so in love with my Gluten Free Sourdough creations….Thanks to “Brice” my Gluten Free Sourdough Starter!

I was looking for a way to use the starter in more recipes, and I came across several recipes for waffles, but they all had off-plan flours. If you know anything about gluten free flours, then you know that whole grain flour does not product a very fluffy final product, and waffles are supposed to be fluffy, right?

I am starting to love a good challenge, regarding our limitations around food, and this was one that I wanted to get done. Not just because I miss waffles, but also because They can make a good substitute for slices of bread…you know, sometimes you just need a good sandwich!

Here is what I came up with…..

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Ingredients:

Overnight Sponge-

Other ingredients-

Method:

Mix up the Overnight sponge. Cover with a light cloth and leave overnight on the counter.

The next day add all your ingredients, except glucomannan and psyllium because both will need to be mixed immediately and completely to avoid clumping. Add those two, and mix with a whisk as you add them slowly.

I used a mini waffle maker like this one, and about 3 Tablespoons of the batter was just right for my machine to handle without a mess.

This recipe falls into an E setting on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, and I would recommend about 3 mini waffles as a serving. These also freeze well, and do not come out dry.

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Gluten Free Sourdough Flat Bread

This flat bread, is the most versatile recipe I have found with my sourdough adventures!

You need a sandwich?…it’s got you!

You want pizza?…it’s got you!

Crackers anyone?…it’s got you!

You have to use that discard, or you will have to throw it out?…It’s got you!

Otherwise, this recipe needs no large introductions, because it is so yummy, after many years of bread like products, you’re going to be so amazed at what you could use it for!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup mature Sourdough starter or discard, If you do not currently have a mature Gluten Free Starter I may have some available for purchase here.
  • 2-3 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Mineral Salt
  • Dash of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder, we buy most of our spices through here.
  • 1 teaspoon Psyllium Husk
  • Up to 1/4 Cup water to thin the mixture

Method:

Mix everything except water, getting all the lumps out (I’m looking at you psyllium husk!). Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the psyllium husk to fully activate. Then, add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, up to 4 tablespoons (1/4 Cup) until it is thin enough to pour onto a pan or a griddle….like a pancake.

Pro tip: a silicone basting brush is very helpful to even out the flatbreads after you pour them onto the heated surface to cook. This is my favorite tool for cooking gluten free tortillas too.

Cook until the top looks dry and you can easily get your spatula under the flat bread, and flip to cook for a few minutes on the other side.

Fridge or Freezer?

Yes, and Yes! This flatbread does well for 3-5 days in the fridge, making sure it is completely cool prior to storing so that it will not stick to the other flatbreads. It also, freezes well with no discernable dryness, to myself or my family, that comes with many other gluten free bread-like products after time in the freezer.

Is your flat bread sticking?

This is typical of gluten free dough and batter in general. For this recipe I would suggest a ceramic or non stick pan of some kind. I find my ceramic griddle to be very effective, and I do not spray anything on it at all. If it sticks for me, I give it a few more minutes and try again. If it still sticks, it likely had residue cook on from the last flat bread and I try to scrape the area better before I cook another one there.

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