Friday, April 3, 2015

Simply Perfect Gluten-Free Brunch Recipes

Happy Friday friends!  Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I'm looking forward to celebrating our "dating" anniversary with my husband this weekend.  We're having a low key night tonight and then we'll be going out for a fancy Italian dinner tomorrow - give me alllll the risotto and wine!

I'm also looking forward to spending time with our family on Easter.  After mass on Sunday, we'll head to my grandma's for brunch - she's in an assisted living facility, so having family over is always extra special. I'm excited to see her, she requested cake donuts, so I'll be tracking those down :) We'll also be bringing a breakfast casserole - you can find the recipe below. In the evening, we'll head over to my husband's family for a big Easter dinner.

If any of you are last minute planners, you may be looking for Easter brunch recipes. Don't worried, I have you covered with some of my favorites. Enjoy!

  • Breakfast Tostadas are perfect for feeding a crowd. The colorful presentation will add beauty to your breakfast table.
  • Sparkle Donuts can be easily topped with your favorite pastel colors. Why have high calorie fried donuts when you can bake them and still have the perfect chocolate cake taste? 

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes might not come to mind as a traditional brunch option, but with tons of cookie dough flavor, your family and friends will be raving about them for weeks. 

  • The Best Iced Coffee never disappoints. Set it out overnight in your french press and wake up to bliss.  Want to pack an added punch? Free coffee overnight in ice cube trays for the perfect addition this masterpiece. 

  • Breakfast sandwiches never disappoint for a quick meal. Pair with fruit salad and you've got an award winning combo!

What's on your menu? Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Got Zucchini?

Hi friends! Hope you're having a great day today. Spring is finally here! I can't wait to bring back our vegetable garden and plant flowers. Anyone else out there with a green thumb? Today, I'm sharing a recipe that incorporates one of my favorite vegetables. Zucchini. If you're planning on growing zucchini this summer, this is the perfect recipe for all that extra green.  

Flashback with me to last Friday. We were running low on food and had odds and ends in the house. I ended up making a few different "appetizers" for our dinner. I had a zucchini in the fridge, a bag of panko bread crumbs and an idea...

If my kitchen walls could talk: Top this recipe with parmesan cheese and dip in marinara for the perfect Italian treat. Need vegan modifications? Skip the egg and lightly sprinkle with nutritional yeast after baking.

Oven "Fried" Zucchini


1 zucchini, sliced
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic salt

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with foil, lightly mist with olive oil.
2. Slice zucchini into rounds, set aside. Beat egg and almond milk in a shallow bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, parsley and garlic salt.
3. Working one at a time dip zucchini in egg mixture, then dip in panko mixture, covering both sides. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini are used. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown and cooked through. Halfway through cooking, flip zucchini to crisp both sides.

Monday, March 30, 2015

3/30 Meals for the Week

Hi there! I can hardly believe it's the start of a new week already. We had an amazing weekend and I'm sad that it's already over - we played cards at a local coffee shop, browsed through a comic book store, had dinner out with friends and family and just spent plenty of time relaxing. It was perfect.

This week is a little hectic with work and physical therapy, so our meal plan isn't adventurous by any means! We were invited to dinner on Sunday last minute with our family, so our original plan to grill got scrapped for family time and enchiladas :)

Sunday: Mexican - dinner out with family!
Monday: BBQ Pineapple Tacquitos, kale salad
Tuesday: Family dinner 
Wednesday: Leftovers -  Lightened Up Macaroni & Cheese 
Thursday: Salsa verde enchiladas - if this is a success, I'll post! Here's an amazing enchilada recipe. 
Friday: TBA - leftovers, homemade pizza, tacos...? 
Saturday: Anniversary Dinner - Out!

What's on your menu this week?