Grain-Free Bagels (Dairy Free & Paleo)

Grain-Free Bagels (Dairy Free & Paleo) gluten free

I love a freshly toasted bagel with cream cheese. In college, I loved Einstein Bagels so much I would study over there enjoying my bagel and a hot drink on snowy days for hours.

But over the years, I learned a gluten-bagel and cream cheese just don’t love me back. And these days a traditional bagel is not even an option for my Celiac husband. Thank goodness for healthier, allergy-free alternatives!

The beginning of school is not months or weeks away, but days away now.  As my daughter approaches her first full day of school in 1st Grade, I want to make sure I am prepared ahead of time with lots of fulfilling and nourishing breakfast and lunch recipes.

These bagels are a new favorite at our house, toasted and topped with either grass-fed ghee, butter, eggs or jam. I plan to make a large batch a few times a month to have on hand for a great lunch sandwich base.


Grain-Free Bagels (Dairy Free & Paleo) gluten free


Feel free to top with chia, poppy and/or sunflower seeds for a tasty topping. I am going to try adding all three seeds with a little garlic and onion powder soon to see if I can re-create my beloved “Everything Bagel.”

What is your favorite comfort food?

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Grain-Free Bagels (Dairy Free & Paleo)
Recipe type: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo
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Serves: 7-8
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seed meal
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan with butter or coconut oil.
  2. Place almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, arrowroot, baking soda and salt into a food processor. Process for 1 minute. Next add in the eggs, raw honey and apple cider vinegar. Process for 2 minutes until mixture is completely blended.
  3. Using a ¼ cup measuring spoon, carefully place the batter into the donut slots. Bake for 25 minutes (check at 20 minutes if you live at a low elevation). Remove the bagels and let them cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy fresh or toasted. Store in the refrigerator.
  5. Makes 7-8 bagels.

Grain-Free Pizza Crust! (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Grain-Free Pizza Crust! (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Ahh pizza…a quick meal that the whole family loves and can be made and ready in under 30 minutes! I’ve been making this grain-free pizza a lot lately when the weather cools down and my family craves comfort food.

This grain-free crust is bursting with fiber and protein and will keep your belly satisfied and your body nourished.
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Grain-Free Pizza Crust! (Gluten & Dairy Free)
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Pizza
Cuisine: Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free
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Serves: 4
  • Yeast Ingredients:
  • ⅔ cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • Dry and Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup arrowroot
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the water, honey and yeast in a small bowl and mix. Let the ingredients sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Add the yeast ingredients in and mix again for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle a teaspoon of almond flour onto a silicone baking sheet. Place the dough onto a silicone baking sheet. Using a rolling pin, roll crust out very thin.
  4. Bake crust on silicone baking sheet for 10 minutes. Add pizza sauce, cheese (or Daiya dairy free cheese) and your choice of toppings. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bottom of crust is golden brown.
  5. *Please note I live at a high altitude. I suggest checking the pizza with toppings after 5 minutes in the oven and cooking an additional 5 minutes if needed.

Veggie Noodle Stir Fry (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Vegan)

Veggie Tempeh Noodle Stir Fry, grain free, kelp noodles, gluten free, vegan, dairy fre

I’ve been wanting to reduce the brown rice pasta my family consumes…hello Kelp Noodles!

Wow, with a tasty sauce added to these noodles, gluten and gluten-free pasta lovers can rejoice at this tasty and healthy alternative to traditional carbohydrate loaded pasta. My kids and husband gobbled this Stir Fry down…and this includes my French hubby who grew up on baguettes and real al dente pasta. No complaining here! And seriously these noodles are so versatile and ready to use right out of the bag, that I think this is going to be my new favorite quick lunch for my kiddos after school.

Veggie Tempeh Noodle Stir Fry, grain free, kelp noodles, gluten free, vegan, dairy fre

Those watching their carbohydrate intake, can rejoice as these noodles are virtually free of carbohydrates, yet are rich in calcium, iodine and iron. Use your imagination and this recipe can be adapted to your needs. I used tempeh in this dish, but feel free to omit it or opt for chicken, shrimp, etc.

Please note, the only soy I personally recommend be consumed is fermented soy, including miso and tempeh (not tofu and soy milk). Enjoy!

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Veggie Noodle Stir Fry (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Grain Free, Paleo & Vegan
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Serves: 4
  • 1 package Kelp Noodles, 12 ounces (I used Sea Tangle Brand)
  • 8 ounces Tempeh
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped finely in a food processor
  • ⅓ cup veggie stock
  • ⅓ cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. red crushed pepper
  • pepper to taste
  1. Rinse kelp noodles prior to using. Cut the noodles to your desired length. Cut carrots into small pieces and chop finely in a food processor. Slice tempeh lengthwise and then horizontal into small square pieces.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and coconut aminos to skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Next add in stock, kale, carrot, spices, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir and cook for 2 more minutes. Add in noodles and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Serve hot.



“Cheesy” Tomato Mac N Cheese (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Did you know 50% of people who have Celiac Disease are also lactose intolerant? This is a delicious alternative to the traditional mac-n-cheese many people eat at home or in a restaurant. This recipe is great for either lunch or dinner and  is made without milk, but rather with a cashew cream sauce. My cheese-loving French husband didn’t even reach for the Parmesan cheese when eating this dish for dinner this past weekend. That’s success in my book!
Cashews contain ample amounts of copper and magnesium. Spinach has sky-rocketing amounts of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and iron. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene (an excellent source of antioxidants) and potassium.
1 package GF pasta
1 cup cashews (soaked in water overnight)
2 1/2 cups spinach
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. ghee
1 1/2 tsp. Herbamare
pepper to taste
Prepare the pasta according to directions on the package. Drain pasta and remove from heat.
Discard water from the cashews. Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until they are finally chopped. Add in the garlic and pulse until it is minced. Next slowly add in the tomato paste, strained tomatoes, Herbamare, and pepper. Run the processor for several minutes until all ingredients are well blended.
Melt ghee in a saucepan over medium low heat. Place the spinach on the saucepan and saute for several minutes. Add in the cashew mixture and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Pour the pasta on top of the sauce and stir well. Heat for another 3 minutes.
Serve hot. Makes 4 servings.

Lasagna (Gluten Free)

After my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease last year, he went through a difficult period adjusting to eating foods without gluten. Of all the foods filled with gluten, one of the things he missed eating the most was lasagna. 

When I created this recipe I made sure to use PURE ingredients. The sauce is from organic tomatoes which are rich in antioxidants from lycopene. Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. Since this recipe uses real tomatoes (versus store-bought pasta sauce) it is also relatively low in sodium.

The first time I prepared this gluten-free lasagna for dinner, my husband was in heaven! The great thing about this meal is it not only makes a delicious dinner, but makes a fantastic lunch for the following day.


1 package Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta Lasagna
1 lb. ground beef (ground turkey works as well)
1 jar organic strained tomatoes
1 jar organic tomato paste
3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped 
2 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp. Herbamare
pepper to taste

Add one package of pasta to boiling water and cook over medium heat for 16 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Drain and set aside.

Over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil for approximately 5 minutes. Add in the beef, parsley, Italian Seasoning, Herbamare and pepper and saute for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil. With a measuring scoop, spread 2/3 cup strained tomatoes on the bottom of the casserole dish. Next place 2/3 cup of the beef mixture on top of the tomatoes. Then use 1/3 of the tomato paste as the next layer and spread it evenly over the beef. Finally top with 1/4 cup each of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Continue again adding in 2/3 cup strained tomatoes, beef, tomato paste and then the two cheeses. Repeat these 4 steps once more for a total of 3 layers.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Slice into individual pieces. Bon Appetit!

Serves 8.

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