zucchini wrapped veggies

zucchini-wrapped-veggies-ranchZucchini wrapped veggies are a great finger food for any party or barbecue! They go great with our homemade ranch dressing or any other type of vegetable dip! And given the fact these are bite sized with a toothpick already in them, there’s no chance for double dipping! Super bonus! Of course, since these are made only from fresh veggies, they are Whole30 compliant, Paleo, and vegan!

These zucchini wrapped veggies look like they take forever!

They don’t, I promise! Simply peeling the vegetables and then chopping them into the right sizes makes the process go fairly quickly. I generally peel my zucchinis first to determine just how many I need to feed the amount of people I’m aiming for. Since the zucchini is the wrapper for all of these, it’s best to get all those done first. I then peel and chop as many veggies as I think I need to fill all my zucchini wrappers, knowing I have more of all of them in the fridge and can prep more later if I need to. I try not waste anything, but if I end up with leftover veggies for the inside (which I often do), I simply throw them in a stir fry within a day or two.

carrot-wrapped-radishes-celeryOh no! I ran out of zucchini!

NO PROBLEM! Though they will be smaller, thinly peeled carrots can replace the zucchini at the drop of a hat! Simply do the exact same thing but use carrots as the wrapper instead of zucchini.

When I run out of zucchini part way through, or just want to add more color to the overall veggie display, I use carrots as the wrapper. I generally only fill the carrots with one other vegetable. Maybe a few slices of radish or celery. I don’t usually fill the carrots with more carrots… as that seems a little redundant!

Lets go through all the steps!

zucchini-peeledFirst, peel your zucchini. I use a Y-peeler for mine. I go from one end to the other, and the Y-peeler slices my zucchini in perfectly thin strips, exactly what I need for these zucchini wrapped veggies.

zucchini-and-veggies-preppedSecond, chop your veggies. Sometimes I peel them and then cut them down to size, sometimes I simply chop them into match-sized pieces. Either way works, I usually tell people to do it whichever way they can do faster.

zucchini-with-veggies-before-rollingThird, lay out your zucchini strips and put some veggies on them. For these particular rolls, I did 3 pieces of carrot, 3 pieces of celery, and 3 pieces of radish. You can leave any of those vegetables out, add in different ones, it’s entirely up to you. Just remember that you need to watch how much you put o your zucchini strip. It still needs to be able to roll up and take a toothpick.

zucchini-wrapped-veggies-finishedFourth, roll your zucchini, add a toothpick, and enjoy! My family likes these veggie wraps dipped in ranch, but they are fantastic dipped in just about any type of dressing or sauce. I like them in cucumber sauce, and they’re even good in some sweeter sauces! Have fun with the dipping sauce and enjoy this awesome little dish!

Zucchini Wrapped Veggies
Simple side dish that looks awesome and is super healthy!
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sized zucchini
  2. 2 medium sized carrots
  3. 2 medium sized celery stalks
  4. 2 medium sized radishes
Instructions
  1. Peel the zucchini into thin strips (using a Y-peeler makes this easy).
  2. Peel and cut (or just chop) carrots, celery stalks, and radishes into matchstick sized pieces.
  3. Lay out zucchini strips, add vegetables (usually 3 stick of each veggie is good), roll the zucchini and pop a toothpick through the zucchini to hold it all together.
  4. Enjoy with your favorite vegetable dipping sauce!
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sausage egg sandwich

sausage egg sandwich
Sausage and Egg Sandwiches
Serves 2
Feels like you're eating a muffin, but there's no bread!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 sausage patties, homemade or store bought, depending on your preference.
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1 tablespoon butter (or clarified butter or ghee)
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. Mayo and/or mustard
  6. *you need biscuit cutters or something similar for this recipe
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage patties, set aside.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat and melt the butter in the skillet, coating the bottom.
  3. Set biscuit cutters into the skillet.
  4. Break each egg in a small bowl one at a time and break the yolk with a fork (no need to beat the eggs), drop each egg into a separate biscuit cutter within the skillet.
  5. Pour the 1/4 cup water into the skilled OUTSIDE of the biscuit cutters.
  6. Cover skillet and let cook until the eggs are done, usually about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot the skillet is.
  7. Remove eggs from skillet, let cool a little bit, put 1 sausage patty between 2 eggs, add mayo, mustard, or any other condiments you want.
  8. ENJOY!
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Like eating a sausage egg sandwich, but without the bread!

Totally awesome, packed with protein, absolutely delicious! This breakfast is easy to make, doesn’t take long, and even on a diet that doesn’t include wheat, you feel like you’re eating a muffin. I was surprised the first time I tried making one of these, using the egg instead of bread. I really thought the eggs would fall apart in my hands. Thankfully, the eggs held together and they turned out great!

It is a little odd to use eggs instead of muffins or some other type of bread, but it is healthy, delicious, and gluten free! I could eat a sausage egg sandwich every day for breakfast! Even the kids like these, which is always a wonderful bonus! Healthy kid approved foods can be difficult to find, especially considering that some kids are extremely picky. But this fills them up and definitely gets them through to lunch.

Almond Ham with Rice

A fairly quick and simple dish, the almonds and ham together make the flavors pop!

Almond Ham with Rice
A delicious blend of amazing flavors that bring the taste of plain old ham to a whole new level.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups cooked brown rice
  2. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 3 ham steaks, pre-cooked
  4. 1.5 cups smoked almonds, finely crushed
  5. 1.5 cups baby spinach, chopped
  6. pepper to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut ham steaks into cubes about 1/4 inch in size.
  2. Add olive oil to skillet over medium heat. Add ham, stirring around often.
  3. While the ham starts to heat up, crush almonds. Using a food processor makes this super quick, but you can also use a rolling pin to crush them.
  4. Add almonds to skillet. Continue stirring until the ham pieces are browned.
  5. Add rice, spinach, and 1/8 cup of water to the skillet. Stir until everything is fully heated.
  6. Serve hot.
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What else can I do with this almond ham dish?

This dish, as mentioned in both the title and recipe, is awesome served over rice. The rice, however, can be replaced with cauliflower “rice” which is also incredibly fantastic. Adding more spinach can help make it more filling, while eating less rice. Steamed carrots is also an awesome addition to this meal and adds a little extra color to it too!

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Kielbasa and Quinoa Skillet

A vegetable-packed simple skillet dish that is bursting with flavor and color! This recipe makes more than enough for dinner and leftovers, which is always a wonderful thing!

Kielbasa and Quinoa Skillet
Kielbasa and Quinoa in an amazing skillet dish that will make eating tons of vegetables (yes, there are lots) easy as pie!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 kielbasa sausages, sliced down the center, then sliced in 1/2 inch pieces
  2. 2 zucchini, cubed
  3. 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  4. 1/2 small red onion, diced
  5. 3 medium jalepeno peppers, seeded and minced
  6. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  7. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. a dash of salt (I just throw some in)
  11. 3 cups cooked quinoa (can substitute for rice or noodles, see note)
  12. 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  13. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Start cooking the quinoa, as it takes about 15 minutes.
  2. Brown kielbasa in large skilled over medium heat. Set aside.
  3. Add all other vegetables and olive oil to the skillet. Cook everything, stirring often. When the onions become slightly translucent and the zucchini loses some of it's crunch (about 5-6 minutes), add the black beans, quinoa, and about 1/2 cup of water. Continue cooking, stirring often, for about another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve and savor!
Notes
  1. Substituting quinoa for brown rice (and most other types of rice) will keep this dish gluten free. If you use noodles, the dish may not be gluten free, depending on the type of noodles.
  2. Gluten free or not, this dish is still super healthy!
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Pulled Pork with a Citrus Twist

Pulled pork is so incredibly awesome, my family loves it! The only problem is that when I’m out of homemade barbeque sauce, most of the options at the store contain high fructose corn syrup, something I try to stay away from. So instead of BBQ pulled pork, I add a special CITRUS TWIST to ours, and it is incredible! We hope you enjoy this Pulled Pork with a Citrus Twist as much as we do!

Pulled Pork with a Citrus Twist
Serves 4
An amazing citrus twist on pulled pork.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
For the Meat
  1. 1 pork tenderloin
  2. 1 cup fresh orange juice (clementines or mandarins are acceptable substitutes)
  3. 1 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  4. OPTIONAL 1 tsp adobo sauce - this will add a kick to the dish, only emphasizing the amazing citrus flavor
For the Sauce
  1. 1 12oz can black beans, mushed in a food processor or blender
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice (again, clementine or mandarin juice is good too)
  3. OPTIONAL 1 tsp adobo sauce (or 1/2 tsp adobo spice)
  4. 1 tsp fresh copped thyme
For Serving
  1. Corn tortillas (to make this a gluten free meal)
  2. Sandwich rolls, such as potato rolls (will not be gluten free)
For the Meat
  1. Cut any fat off the pork loin, chop into chunks, place in crock pot or in pot for the stove.
  2. Juice oranges for 1 cup of juice (about 3-4 oranges).
  3. Chop fresh thyme, 1 tbsp needed.
  4. Add fresh orange juice, thyme, and adobo sauce (OPTIONAL) to the crock pot or regular pot that already contains the pork loin. Add water to cover the meat.
  5. For crock pot, set to cook as usual, low setting if cooking all day, higher setting if cooking faster.
  6. For stove, place pot over low heat, cover, and let simmer (checking water level & stirring occasionally) for about 4-4.5 hours.
For the Sauce
  1. Put entire contents of black beans can in food processor to create a mush (consistency of refried beans).
  2. Scoop black beans into a bowl, add orange juice, thyme and adobo (optional). Mix well.
Meal Completion
  1. Once the pork is done it should fall apart when poked with a fork. Remove pork from water mixture, toss water mixture. Pull the pork apart with 2 forks, this should be easy and should look like the pork in a regular barbeque pulled pork sandwich.
  2. Add the sauce to the pork. Stir well. Put entire mixture back on the stove over medium heat for about 5 minutes, just long enough to heat the sauce up.
  3. Serve on corn tortillas (gluten free) or sandwich rolls (not gluten free) with extra slices of orange or slices of lime. Enjoy!
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Amazingly Hot Adobo Sauce

This recipe is for incredibly hot adobo sauce. This sauce can be canned for use later or used right away. This is one of those sauces that you actually need to warn people about, as just the tiniest amount can set off a spicy sensation that a gallon of water is unable to quell!

Amazingly Hot Adobo Sauce
HOT HOT HOT! Adobo sauce to spice up any dish!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small 7oz can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  2. 1/2 cup orange or mandarin juice (I prefer to juice it myself to ensure ample flavor)
  3. 1 1/2 cloves garlic, sliced
  4. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (using a citrus juicer is best, takes about 3 small limes)
  5. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Put in blender or food processor until everything is liquified. You're done! See notes for canning instructions.
Notes
  1. When canning this sauce, place it in a pot on the stove and heat, stirring often. While heating the adobo sauce you should also be prepping/preheating your jars and lids for canning. Once the adobo sauce is hot (generally about 10 minutes on medium heat, with stirring), transfer to jars leaving about 1/2 inch head space. Put lids and rings on jars, place in hot water bath, water 1 inch over jar lids, for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn heat off and leave jars in water for 5 minutes. Remove jars and place on countertop. You will hear a "pop" as each jar seals. After about 30 minutes, if any of the jars have not sealed, repeat the process... you may need to use a new lid if the previous one did not seal properly (the lids are what actually seal to the jar, if the rubber has a flaw it may not work).
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Cornbread without Cornmeal

Cornbread is a fantastically versatile side dish that my family loves! Unfortunately, I rarely keep cornmeal on hand. This is a recipe for simple cornbread without needing any cornmeal! It’s a great recipe and super easy to make. Enjoy!

Cornbread without Cornmeal
Gluten free cornbread recipe that uses no cornmeal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups corn masa flour
  2. 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. sugar (to taste, depending on how sweet you want your bread, we do maybe 1 tsp in ours)
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 1/2 cups milk
  8. 2 Tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Combine corn masa flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs, combine with milk and melted butter.
  4. Combine dry and wet ingredients and mix until batter is thick. This batter is very thick and must be mixed well to ensure no pockets of flour remain.
  5. Grease an 8×8 pan (I use a glass one and I grease with 100% olive oil cooking spray). Spoon batter into pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. When the cornbread is done, the sides and top should be slightly browned and a knife or toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center.
Notes
  1. To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure the 1/2 cup flour you use has no gluten. There are several good brands out there that are gluten free.
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Yeah cornbread!

I just plain love cornbread. I really do. I like it with a spaghetti type dish (or zoodles), I like it with beef, I like it with pulled pork. I just really, really love it. Sometimes, for food aversion or allergy reasons, we need to make dishes without certain ingredients. Or maybe we just don’t have the particular ingredients required in the pantry. Whatever, the reason, I didn’t have cornmeal and I wanted cornbread. So I made some and it came out better than most other cornbreads I have made in the past. It’s awesome!

Apple Bacon Chicken

This is a recipe for gluten free apple bacon chicken is something I came up with after talking with my family about different flavors they would like to try in our dinners. The dish turned out great and the entire family loved it!

Apple Bacon Chicken
Serves 4
A great fall dish, the apple and bacon flavor will fill your house with the scents of the season!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup apple juice – this is best if juiced from fresh apples (takes about 3 medium sized apples)
  2. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  3. 1/2 lb bacon
  4. 2 medium sized apples
  5. 1/2 large sweet onion
  6. 4 chicken breasts, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. Make apple juice if being done by hand. For 1 cup of juice, I usually need 3 medium sized apples
  2. Fry up bacon (save a little grease)
  3. Cube 2 medium sized apples
  4. Heat leftover bacon grease (about a tbsp) in large skillet. Add chicken and brown on both sides, approximately 2 minutes per side.
  5. Add apple juice, red wine vinegar, apples, onions and bacon. Cover and simmer, stirring often until chicken is done, approximately 20-30 minutes (see note) or until no longer pink on the inside.
  6. Serve on its own or over brown rice, scooping sauce onto the dish.
Notes
  1. When simmering, the longer you simmer your mixture, the more tender the chicken will be.
  2. Though any apples will do for this recipe, if you prefer a more tart flavor, use Granny Smith, and go with red apples for a more sweet flavor.
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Taco Dinner

This is a wonderfully simple taco dinner that our kids love! I make fresh taco seasoning, gluten free, for this recipe. The information on my fresh taco seasoning can be found here.

Taco Dinner
Simple taco dinner.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Lean ground beef, 1-2 pounds depending on how many people
  2. Taco seasoning
  3. Lettuce
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Cheese
  6. Hot sauce or salsa
  7. Sour cream
  8. Taco shells or soft corn tortillas, make sure they’re gluten free
Instructions
  1. Chop lettuce small, dice tomatoes, put other ingredients in bowls, ready to serve (quick and easy!).
  2. Brown ground beef, adding taco seasoning.
  3. Serve it all up!
Notes
  1. Gluten can be in spices and seasonings, so always check.
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This taco dinner is great for… TACO TUESDAYS!

We’ve all heard the phrase “Taco Tuesdays” before, but this recipe brings it to fruition! A fantastically easy recipe, absolutely delicious!
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Fresh Taco Seasoning

This recipe for gluten free, fresh taco seasoning is one I came up with to ensure our taco seasoning was full of fresh vegetables instead of just a dried mix of spices. While I realize fresh seasoning can’t be stored long (use it the same day you make it for the best taste), it is worth the extra effort as it tastes amazing!

Fresh Taco Seasoning
Amazingly delicious taco seasoning made fresh!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp dried oregano
  2. 1 tsp ground cumin
  3. 1 tsp sugar (OPTIONAL)
  4. 1 habanero chile (maybe more, maybe less depending on your taste for hot!)
  5. 1/2 red pepper
  6. 1/2 sweet onion
  7. 1 clove garlic
Instructions
  1. Combine dried ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mince habanero chile (see note below) and garlic clove. Chop red pepper and sweet onion. Add to dry ingredients and mix.
  3. At this point, you are finished making the fresh taco seasoning and can put the mixture in the refrigerator to pull out at taco time.
Notes
  1. Taco Time! Once your taco meat has been browned on the stove, add the bowl of taco seasoning and continue stirring until the onions are thoroughly cooked. This will ensure all the flavors of the taco seasoning are fully integrated into the meat.
  2. Habanero chiles can be HOT and do come in a variety of sizes. I always taste a small piece of the ones I’m going to use prior to determining how much to add to a recipe.
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
Adapted from Homemade Health Food
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Why make taco seasoning from fresh veggies when I can just buy a packet of it?

Why? Because this is way better!!! Not only does it not contain any added sugar or preservatives, it just really tastes better than the taco seasoning packets. We always try to aim to use the freshest ingredients possible, especially when it comes to creating something like taco seasoning. I have found that some packets of seasonings contain ingredients that I can’t even come close to being able to pronounce, and if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to feed it to my family. I can, however, pronounce “onion” and “pepper,” so those are approved ingredients!

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