Author: Brianna

Quick Dinner: Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles

Well, I’m realizing {thanks to those commenting on my Instagram!} that you all like to see my easy meal ideas but you also want to know how to make some of these things!

Okay, that’s not all that unexpected. But now that I know there’s an audience, I’m going to start posting recipes of things that I see you all want to make.

So, here’s the first quick dinner: turkey meatballs and zoodles!

Zoodles + Turkey Meatballs

I’ve been saving up for an Inspiralizer— I currently use a mini spiralizer I found on Amazon for really cheap and it’s on it’s last legs! But, you can indeed get a low-cost one to give zoodles {and other spiralized veggies/fruits} a try.

I love zoodles because they’re not only fun to make + eat, but super low carb!

See the recipe below; I’ve included the brands I love but this post is not sponsored.

Quick Dinner: Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles

Yield: 3-4

Quick Dinner: Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3-4 thin zucchinis {so they fit your spiralizer/don't have many seeds!}
  • BBQ sauce {I use Sweet Baby Rays}
  • Ketchup {I use Heinz; nice and easy!}
  • Parmesan cheese {shredded or grated}
  • 1/4 c GF bread crumbs {I absolutely love my old standby, Gillians, that are top 8 free too!}
  • Garlic powder/onion powder
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Olive oil for pan + non-stick spray or parchment paper for baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spiralize zucchini into a bowl, lightly salt, and set aside for 10 minutes while you make the meatballs.
  3. In a bowl, combine ground turkey, generous squeeze of BBQ sauce and ketchup {about 1/3c each}, handful of parmesan, breadcrumbs, few shakes of garlic + onion powders, S&P to your preference.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Spray non-stick onto a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  6. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop meatballs and line up in rows on the baking sheet.
  7. Put in oven for 30 minutes, setting timer to turn at 15 minutes.
  8. After turning the meatballs, heat non-stick skillet with a few tbs. of olive oil.
  9. Take zucchini and place into heated oil.
  10. Turn gently several times over next ~10 minutes, until cooked to desired softness.
  11. Remove meatballs from oven and zoodles from skillet; serve warm.
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/08/quick-dinner-turkey-meatballs-and-zoodles/

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

No-Bake Gluten Free, Egg Free, Lactose Free Cheesecake

Alas, the long awaited cheesecake recipe.

I’ve posted photos of my favorite dessert many times on Instagram {@breezygfreezy} and continually get the comment: “Recipe please!”

Well, I’m finally getting around to it.

I’ve always loved cheesecake– my mom has a famous recipe and made it for many special occasions when I was growing up.

Her recipe morphed into a perfect GF cheesecake that I enjoyed for years, but when I was slammed with a severe egg intolerance, everything cheesecake came to a screeching HALT.

How could we re-make Brianna’s favorite dessert {again} so it’s safe?!

Well, folks. We did it– thanks to my mom’s ingenuity, some recipe tweaking {okay, a lot}, and some of my favorite products. This recipe/post is not sponsored– I’m simply sharing it because it’s:

a. absolutely delicious

b. the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and midnight treat

c. only possible because of the brands I’ve found and fallen in love with over many years

No Bake Cheesecake GF/EF/LF

Without further ado…

No-Bake Gluten Free/Egg Free/Lactose Free Cheesecake

Yield: 12

No-Bake Gluten Free/Egg Free/Lactose Free Cheesecake

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put cookies into food processor and pulse until crumb texture.
  2. Add melted butter and mix.
  3. Press cookie-butter mixture into 9 inch springform pan.
  4. In a stand mixer/using hand mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Remove from mixer and gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  6. Fill crust with filling.
  7. In a small pot, melt Smucker's Sugar Free Jelly over low heat until liquid consistency.
  8. Slice strawberries and arrange as desired.
  9. Drizzle warm jelly liquid over the top.
  10. Chill in fridge 2-3 hours or longer before serving.
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2017/08/no-bake-gluten-free-egg-free-lactose-free-cheesecake/

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery: Review + GIVEAWAY!

*This review has been sponsored by Hannah’s Healthy Bakery, but as always, the opinions expressed are my own.*

I met Hannah at this year’s GFAF Expo in Schaumburg, IL– and boy, am I happy she was there!

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery is a line of mixes that are gluten free, paleo {grain free}, and dairy free. They’re all almond flour based and result in delightful goodies that just happen to be beautifully low carb!

I’ve made her cookie mix over and over– using egg replacer {I’m not specific– I’ve used Orgran, Namaste, and Ener-G} to make them egg-free {and ultimately now vegan!} and Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup in place of maple syrup + Enjoy Life Mini Chips and BAM! Delicious low carb, egg free cookies that allow this cookie monster to indulge and eat a few in a sitting!

When Hannah reached out to me about using her brownie mix to create vegan brownies, I was eager to get baking! The result? Cocoa-forward, cakey brownies that I’ll absolutely make again.

Here are the substitutions:

  • Eggs –> Egg Replacer of choice
  • 1 c sugar –> 1/3 c sugar, 2/3 c Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup
  • 3/4 c oil –> generous 1/2 c

I also added Navitas Organic Cacao Sweet Nibs from my Love With Food Snack Box this month to top them off with a fun twist!

Hannah's Healthy Bakery Brownies

Baking time remained the same and though they look super thin in a 9×13″ pan, they do fluff up a bit. Next time, I’ll opt for a 9×9″ pan!

So, gluten free/celiac/paleo/low carb/grain free/diabetic/vegan/dairy free/egg free/you-name-it friends, who wants to get their hands on some of the fabulous Hannah’s mixes?! Hop on over to my Instagram and enter to win 6 bags of your choice!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Looking for a quick tummy fix?

Okay, it’s no secret that my GI system wages war against me frequently. Despite the fact that I am the “most careful celiac” physicians have ever seen, have eliminated another 3 foods/food groups that I identified make me feel miserable, and am endlessly careful about overloading my stomach with lactose/dairy, I’ve got issues.

Recently I went through another round of tests and scopes to see if a new doctor could find the answer to my nausea and bathroom-running woes, but nada. Nothing. All “looks good.”

Well, okay then.

As I continue to deal with periods of misery and some periods of near-perfection, I’ve learned a few tricks about putting together at-home tummy fixes that are agreeable, budget-friendly, and quick.

Last week, I grabbed a few Imodium from my medicine box, a Powerade Zero from my emergency stash {yes, I have one}, and filled my hot water bottle {I prefer it over a heating pad–the weight seems to be helpful! My mom has been giving it to me since I was little}. Dinner hour was creeping up and food was not sounding appealing.

So, I wanted to share what I made. Here’s everything you need:

Alright, folks. These are pantry staples. Not hard to keep things that are frozen or shelf-stable around for these in-a-pinch situations.

I heated the chicken in the microwave, added the frozen onion for a quick zap, poured the bone broth over and heated it for another couple minutes. I toasted my Bloomfield Farms GF Vegan Loaf bread on the side and all set. A balanced meal with healing bone broth that can be put together in under 5 minutes using things that don’t require slaving in the kitchen when your stomach is cramping.

Bone Broth Quick Soup

Take it easy, but take it. + feel good!

Brianna

Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles {GF, Top 8 Free Optional}

Though summer months scream for ice-cold goodies, I’m a fan of frozen recipes all year!

What if I told you I have a low carb, gluten free, top 8 free {optional} new recipe that could transform your breakfast with 3 simple ingredients and 6 steps?

Introducing Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles!

Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

Stop by your local Target, Dollar Store, Walmart, etc. and grab some inexpensive popsicle molds, then head on over to your local grocery store for one container of your favorite berries, a bag of your go-to granola, and 2 personal icups of your typical yogurt.

These healthy day-starters were made with So Delicious vanilla coconut yogurt, which not only makes this a beautiful top 8 free recipe but also does not have an overwhelming coconut taste {which can be a palate turn-off for some, including me!}

And though I made these for breakfast, you can change out the granola for something like Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips to make these bad boys for a grabbable evening treat!

Check out the recipe below and give them a try!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Parfait Popsicles
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Frozen Yogurt Parfait Popsicles

A frozen tasty treat to start your day that is low carb, gluten free, and top 8 free optional!

Course Breakfast
Servings 1 tray

Ingredients

  • 1 tray popsicle molds
  • 1 package berries {any kind, but I used strawberries!}
  • 2 containers yogurt {any flavor, but I used vanilla!}
  • 1 cup granola {choose your favorite!}

Instructions

  1. Wash berries and slice into thin pieces {blue/black/raspberries in half, strawberries in thirds}

  2. Fill popsicle molds halfway with yogurt.

  3. Add 3-4 pieces of fruit, aligning to outside edge of mold.

  4. Fill until mold is 3/4 full with yogurt.

  5. Add granola on top until mold is full and push granola slightly into yogurt.

  6. Add cap/stick to the molds and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

Recipe Notes

Take out popsicles about 10 minutes ahead of serving so you can pop them out easily!

*This post is an entry to the So Delicious + Go Dairy Free Frozen Fridays Recipe Contest*