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13 Gluten-Free Recipes That Will Make You Drool

13 Gluten-Free Recipes That Will Make You Drool

It is not easy when you switch from a “normal” diet to a gluten-free diet. One of the things I like do is reinvent old favorite recipes. It sometimes takes a bit of testing but well worth the challenge. Here is a great list of gluten-free recipes to get you started.

Breakfast

Cinnamon And Coconut Pancakes

    These are so easy to make and so good. I always like to us a cast iron frying pan, I believe they brown better. The trick is finding the right temperature so they don’t burn.

    Blueberry Quinoa

    Blueberry Quinoa

      How you can not fall in love with this breakfast? It is like having a dessert for breakfast! You can make the Quinoa the day before. I would use yogurt instead of half and half.

      Breakfast Pizza

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        I bet your mom told you not to have pizza for breakfast! This is definitely not your mom’s pizza. With kale (sautéed in olive oil), smoked mozzarella, prosciutto and an egg this makes the perfect breakfast. If you are eating it with a fork, you can cook the egg medium, but if you want to pick it up and eat it, then let it get a little harder.

        Kitchen Sink Egg Muffins

          Every time you make this you can select new ingredients! I loving being able to change it up, whatever left overs or what is in the fridge always works great. These are actually really good cold or reheated so they are perfect snacks.

          Lunch

          Power Protein Salad

            Seriously how could you not want to eat this right now! Ensuring your lunch has a large portion of protein will give you the extra energy to make it through the rest of the day.

            Gluten-Free Vegan Dinner-Quinoa With Black Beans

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              By easily switching the veggies and the fruit you can change it up everyday. Now add in a really awesome vinaigrette dressing you are set for awesome lunches.

              Curried Chicken Salad With Apples And Raisins 

                The lovely flavor of curry and apples together, makes a truly mouth-watering lunch! Chicken is a great low-fat protein to have at lunch. You can bake or grill up chicken to last the entire week and store in the fridge, handy whenever you need it.

                Salmon With Cucumber-Radish Relish

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                  Growing up in Western Canada with easy access to Salmon, I didn’t realize how amazing it could really be when cooked perfectly! In this recipe the simpler the better, a little oil, salt and pepper.

                  Dinner

                  Cauliflower Lasagna

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                    Ohh the warm your tummy goodness that comes with comfort food. The gluten-free version of lasagna fits the bill!

                    Mongolian Beef (Low-Carb And Gluten-Free)

                      How can beef stripes in a little brown sauce taste sooo good! This is a very easy to make recipe that can be as low-carb as you want as well as being gluten-free. Fast to make as well, this will take less than 20 minutes to cook.

                      Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy And Delicious!

                        We have to end the dinner section with PIZZA of course! This pizza is made with a cauliflower crust, lightly brown and super awesome. You could easily make the crust a head of time then add your toppings and bake it.

                        Appies

                        Gluten-Free Spring Rolls With Spicy Ginger Sauce

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                          These do take a bit of time to create, but setup a little assembly line and you will be set. I often make these in the morning and have them ready for a light lunch. Great finger food for any party!

                          Sweet ‘N Sour Bacon Wrapped Pineapple {GF, Low Calorie And Low Fat}

                            Can you smell the bacon yet? This particular recipe uses sweet and sour sauce on the bacon/pineapple wraps, but you can make it naked or with a little brown sugar and it also tastes wonderful! The last couple times I have made these, I literally make three or four cookie sheets at a time.

                            I hope this list gives you a few ideas for making your gluten-free cookie fun and delicious.

                            Featured photo credit: Richard Scappini via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                            Boundaries are limits

                            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                            • When do you feel disrespected?
                            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                            • When do you want to be alone?
                            • How much space do you need?

                            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                            Sample language:

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                            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                            Final Thoughts

                            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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