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Lasagne Stuffed Peppers Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo}

These are so delicious they remind me of the last time I had stuffed peppers. It was middle school and I was on summer vacation visiting my grandparents. That was a really really long time ago! I’m not sure why stuffed peppers aren’t really made that often. They make such a delicious meal. This is definitely a modern recipe and great if you are craving lasagne but don’t want the cheese and do not want to or cannot eat lasagne noodles. I have yet to find a gluten free noodle I really like so I prefer using vegetables instead of the not so good gluten free options. This is also a super delicious paleo dish.

Here is what you need:
4 colorful bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
Olive oil
1lb spicy italian sausage, removed from casing
1 clove garlic minced
2 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tsp red chile pepper
1 tsp fresh ground pepper

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Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

4. While peppers are baking, saute garlic with 1 tsp olive oil.
5. Add sausage and brown over medium heat
6. Add dice tomatoes, red pepper, salt to pan and combine over medium heat.
7. Add basil, stir, and remove from heat.

Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

8. When peppers are done, spoon sausage mixture into peppers
9. Bake stuffed peppers for 10-15 mins at 400 degrees
10. Allow to cool for a few minutes then serve. I cut mine in half like this.

Lasagne Stuffed Peppers - Paleo Gluten Free Easy Dinner

Here are the recipes I looked at before making this for other variations.

Recipe 1

Recipe 2

Recipe 3

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Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

Last week was crazy. Lots of early morning meetings, presentations, phone calls overseas, offsite meetings, after work dinners, juggling the dogs, seeing old friends, and trying to stick to our 5:30am workouts. I made this thinking we would have it for dinner and it ended up being at least 5 separate meals throughout the week. It’s delicious to have on hand so you don’t get tempted to eat something you really don’t want to and I never get tired of it. It’s perfect and easy for parties, groups, or potlucks. And, you can serve it with eggs and corn tortillas too – breakfast tacos anyone? Even better, it’s an awesome recipe for anyone who thinks they cannot cook. Don’t need to tell your guests, but there really isn’t any cooking going on. Just dump a bunch of ingredients into a crockpot, stir, let it cook for 4 hours, and pull the meat apart with forks. Really, it’s that easy.

Here is what you need:

Package of Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1 Jar Salsa Verde
1 Can El Pato Jalapeno Salsa
1 Can Diced Jalapeños {optional for those who like it spicy}
1 Diced Shallot
1 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
Lettuce Leaves
Limes

Optional:
Corn Tortillas instead of Lettuce
Avocado
Limes
Crumbled Cotija Cheese
Crema Mexicana
Tapatio

One of my favorite paleo blogs, sh1tcrossfitgirlsdo recently posted another similar version of this recipe plus served over a lettuce bowl – genius! They have awesome recipes – check ’em out!

Here are the steps:

Place all ingredients except lettuce and limes into a slow cooker or crockpot and stir.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Here is the Salsa Verde, El Pato, and Jalapeños I use:
Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Tacos

El Pato Pulled Pork tacos

Diced Jalapenos Pulled Pork Tacos

After slow cooking for 4 hours, pull apart meat with forks:
Easy Pulled Pork Tacos - Paleo and Gluten Free

For a paleo version, serve with lettuce leaves. For gluten-free serve with warmed corn tortillas. And, don’t forget the lime wedges on the side.

Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos - 'Nuf Sed

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Albondigas Soup – Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

This soup is delicious, super easy, makes great leftovers, and is really fast to make. Plus it’s gluten free. I found the original recipe on Pinterest here and have modified it below to use all of the meat you need to buy for it and to make it paleo. The original recipe, also gluten free, is delicious too and is more traditional with rice in the meatballs. I like to make the soup first and make the meatballs while the soup is simmering to save time. It’s great for making a day ahead, taking leftovers for lunch, and freezing for later.

Here is what you need for the soup:

Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe
2 shallots diced
1 tsp grund cumin
1 tsp oregano
5 celery stalks chopped
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes in their juice
64 oz. chicken broth
Limes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 zucchinis chopped

Here is what you need for the meatballs:
Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe

1lb lean ground beef
1 lb. gluten free spicy italian sausage
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Make the soup first – Combine chicken broth, shallots, celery, tomatoes, cumin, oregano
2. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
3. Make the meatballs – Combine all ingredients with a stand mixer to mix thoroughly
4. Form meatballs with your hands
5. Add meatballs to soup with tongs
6. Simmer for 10 minutes
7. Add zucchini and simmer for 10 minutes
8. Season with salt and pepper

Serve with limes, cilantro, and tapatio

Albondigas Soup - Classic Mexican Meatball Soup Recipe - Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe

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Shrimp and Pineapple Curry Recipe {Gluten Free and Paleo Recipe}

I love the look of pineapples. They are so strange looking and you would never know something so delicious and juicy is inside. Tonight, I was craving soup so I made this delicious, super easy, and super fast Shrimp and Pineapple Curry over Cauliflower Rice.

What you need:
3T Vegetable Oil
1 Can Red Curry Paste
1 Can Coconut Milk
1.5 Cups Water
1 Lb Peeled Raw Shrimp
1 Whole Pineapple Cubed
1.5 Tbsp Gluten Free Fish Sauce
1.5 Tbsp Sugar
Limes

Directions:
1. Heat cooking oil in a small pot
2. Add the curry paste and stir for about 30 seconds. Do not let burn. I have never been able to find curry paste in my local stores so I ordered this one from Amazon:
Shrimp and Pineapple Curry

3. Add the coconut milk, water, and bring to boil. I used this can of coconut milk:
Shrimp and Pineapple Curry

4. Add shrimp and pineapple and cook for 3 minutes on low heat.

5. Add fish sauce and sugar. This is an excellent gluten free fish sauce:
Shrimp and Pineapple Curry Gluten Free Fish Sauce

Serve with limes as a soup or with Cauliflower Rice.

Shrimp and Pineapple Curry Soup Over Cauliflower Rice

Shrimp and Pineapple Curry with Cauliflower Rice

For the Cauliflower Rice, I followed the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo and used these ingredients. I kept the lid on the pan for 5 minutes and it was cooked perfectly.

1 Small Head of Cauliflower
1 Shallot Chopped Fine
1 Tbsp Garlic
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

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Jicama Cucumber Dill Simple Salad Recipe {Gluten Free}

I love non-lettuce salads with unique ingredients and this is one of my favorites. It’s easy, fast, and unexpected. Dill is such a refreshing herb not used much in the US and it adds so much when used in the right dishes.

Here is what you need:

1/2 Jicama – remove skin with knife
1/2 English Cucumber – Quartered
Pinch of Salt
1/8 Cup Chopped Dill
1/8 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

Here are the steps:
Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

Delicious Jicama Summer Saladad

Delicious Jicama Summer Salad

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BBQ Burgers and Unique Gluten Free Buns

When I first found out I couldn’t eat gluten the food I missed the most was definitely bread. Especially warm, chewy sourdough bread. So I tried all of the gluten free bread, buns, muffins I could find between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Most of it was bland, super dry, tasted like cardboard, didn’t stay together and definitely was not worth the calories. I have since started making my own gluten free bread and some awesome brazilian cheese biscuits I will definitely be sharing the recipes for. During the week it’s hard to find the time to make bread, biscuits, or anything other than a quick dinner. Sometimes you just want to fire up the grill and have a simple burger. When I make burgers I like to use some very non-traditional items for buns. Of course at In-N-Out and most restaurants, you can get your burger made protein style with a lettuce bun. Lettuce is ok if that’s the only option. But i’d rather go bunless than have hot from the burger, slimy lettuce stuck to my burger – ewe gross. So at home I use portabella mushrooms and peppers as buns. Here is how you do it.

What you need:
3 Jalapeños, diced
4 Slices of Bacon, chopped
2 Lbs. of Ground Beef
1 TBSP Fresh Ground Pepper
1 TBSP Minced Garlic
Bell Peppers, tops removed, seeded, and sliced in half
Portabella Mushrooms, stems removed

Place jalapenos, bacon Ground Beef, Garlic and Pepper and mix fully in stand mixer

Heat the BBQ to medium and place burgers and mushrooms on grill. I always do the mushrooms top down first. And, put a thumbprint in the middle of your patties so they stay more flat after they are done. Close lid for 3-4 minutes
Burgers and Shrooms on the grill

Flip burgers and mushrooms for another 3-4 minutes. Add peppers for 2 minutes per side.
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The peppers are sweet and crispy with lots of flavor after BBQing and WAY better than a cardboard gluten free bun.
Kristi's Plate

My new favorite gluten free bun is the portabella mushroom. I heart them. Lots of flavor and even the texture is more similar to a bun than the peppers. You can even add a slice of pepper with the burger too for more flavor.
Antonio's Plate

There you go! Two awesome super easy, super delicious alternatives to gluten free buns. Happy BBQing!

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