Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

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A good morning is often made great with a delicious breakfast sandwich. I made this open-faced gluten free delight this morning and I have no doubt that it will leave you salivating.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Breakfast Sandwich:

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This gorgeous GF breakfast is easy to assemble, but one element can leave people baffled: the tricky sunny side up egg.

How can you make a perfect sunny side up egg? Here’s how I make mine!

How to make the Perfect Egg for a Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Breakfast Sandwich:

1)  Leave your skillet over medium heat for a few minutes, then add the oil of your preference (I usually use olive oil or coconut).

2) Crack two eggs and let sit for 2-3 minutes until the translucent egg white gains color.

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3) Cover eggs with lid and reduce heat. Let steam.

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4) Once the top of the egg turns white, you’re ready to go! (Shouldn’t take long!)

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Valentine’s Day Gluten-Free Gift Giveaway

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**Give-away details at the bottom!**

Many local and national bakeries are adapting to consumer needs and catering to the growing gluten sensitive population. 

I was recently approached by Dancing Deer Baking Co, who decided to try their hand at gluten free baking, to review a new, gluten-free product. Dancing Deer creates all-natural baked goods by using high quality ingredients and omitting any artificial preservatives.

After trying their Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownies, I was excited to learn more about the process leading up to the final product.

Master Baker Jennifer Shelley shared, “Amazingly enough, gluten free baking faces completely different challenges than traditional baking.  The lack of binding agents and moisture retention from flour needs to be replaced while maintaining the same texture. It was months of trial and error and tastings to achieve the delicious, moist brownie that our customers expect from Dancing Deer.”

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The Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk BrownieI taste-tested were moist, delicious and jam-packed with chocolate chunks. Definitely a winner for the gluten intolerant chocohollic in your life!

The brownies also kept very well, which surprised me considering there were no artificial preservative used. I would suggest refrigerating or freezing them though if you don’t plan to eat them within a few days! (Then you can spread out that chocolatey goodness.)

You can find this product at one of these stores, or order it online at dancingdeer.com.

Now for  VALENTINE’S DAY GLUTEN-FREE GIFT GIVEAWAY!!!…

The GIVE-AWAY! Dancing Deer is offering one of my Alternative Eating readers a  free Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownie Gift! To enter to win, just comment on this post or comment on my Instagram photo (including @_LoMartinez_ and #DancingDeerCo) answering the question: “What’s your favorite gluten-free treat?”

The Give-away will be open until Wednesday, February 5 and unfortunately is only open to US-based readers.

Dancing Deer is also offering EVERYONE a special 20% off offer using the promo code GOODIE!

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Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Homemade Chicken Parmesean

I spent last weekend visiting my younger sister who attends Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Though many would expect, in such a situation, to be served mac n’ cheese or ramen for dinner, I was greeted with the opposite kind of meal: A well-planned, gluten-free version of a family favorite, Chicken Parmesan. I’m happy to share her recipe below and hope you enjoy learning how to make Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan!

Ingredients For Homemade Chicken Parmesan:

  • 1 Box of gluten-free pasta
  • 3 Roman tomatoes, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Half a cup of onions, chopped
  • 4 chicken breasts, pounded
  • 1-2 eggs, scrambled
  • Panko bread crumbs (we used Ian’s GF brand)
  • Shredded Italian cheese (optional)
  • 4 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • Red wine
  • Olive oil
  • Pesto
  • Salt and Pepper

How to make Homemade Chicken Parmesan (4 servings)

**Note, you will want to have the chicken and the pasta/sauce going at the same time. An extra set of hands in very helpful!**

How to Make the Chicken for Chicken Parmesan

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Flatten out chicken and add salt & pepper.
  3. Dip each flattened breast or half breast in egg and them dip in panko crumbs. Make sure each side is coated.
  4. Place breasts on a greased baking sheet and spray top of breasts with cooking spray (this will allow the panko to get nice and crisp).
  5. Bake for 25 minutes
  6. Remove breasts from the oven and place store-bought sauce on top of each breast, add shredded Italian cheese and half slice of provolone on top, and place back in oven for an additional 5 minutes. Homemade Chicken Parmesan Recipe

How to Make the Pasta & Homemade Sauce

  1. For pasta, follow directions as recommended.
  2. Heat stove top to medium high with olive oil, 2 tbsp.
  3. Combine and sauté onions and garlic for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes.
  4. Add some red wine and simmer covered for 10 mins
  5. Add pasta to sauce mixture. Toss in extra olive oil and pesto to taste.Homemade Chicken Parmesan Sauce Recipe

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Easy Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms Side Dish

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The unsung heroes of many a delicious dish are it’s sides.

Here’s one of my favorite, healthy, paleo, gluten-free sides: (Garlic) Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms. It only takes about 10 minutes to make and goes great with chicken!

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Ingredients for Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms:

  • baby spinach (10 oz package)
  • 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
  • 2-4 garlic cloves (to taste–I love garlic, so I go on the heavy side)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

How to Make Sauteed Spinach and Mushroom Side Dish (2-4 servings)

1. Heat olive oil in a medium/large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add mushrooms to oil and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
3. Add minced garlic, salt and fresh pepper to the mushrooms and let cook for two minutes before adding the spinach.
4. Add spinach and sauté, stirring until wilted.

Easy Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and this recipe is a perfect testament to that….

That’s right ladies, you had him at “bacon-wrapped.”

I’m excited to share this recipe because, though easy to make, it’s a huge crowd-pleaser! It’s pretty much the same effort to make 1 serving as it is to make 4-6.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken Recipe (1 Servings)

Ingredients for Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 2 Tbsp Philadephia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat)
  • 2 slices bacon, partially cooked

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How to Make Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Pound the chicken breast to 1/4 inch thick and

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spread the cream cheese over one side of chicken breast. 3. Roll chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese mixture.
4. Microwave bacon on a paper towel for 20-45 seconds. Wrap partially cooked bacon slices around chicken breast and secure with a damp toothpick.
5. Place on a baking sheet (use one with a lip) and bake 30 minutes 375 F.
6. Turn oven up to BROIL for 5-10 minutes to crisp up bacon.

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Coconut Oil: Health Benefits and Uses of the “Wonder Oil”

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I recently purchased a jar of coconut oil for a 3-day detox cleanse. When my friend, Molly, saw it on the shopping list, she exclaimed, “I LOVE coconut oil! I used to use it ALL THE TIME for EVERYTHING! You’ll love it.”

…And she was right.

Coconut oil has quite the list of uses and health benefits! I’ve spent some time going through this exhaustive list to pick out my favorites! Check out my top ten uses for coconut oil below.

Coconut Oil: What you can use it for

Top 10 Uses for Coconut Oil:
  1. Cooking – You can cook, saute, bake and broil with coconut oil and it won’t create harmful byproducts like some other oils/fats.  Coconut oil can be used to replace butter (cup for cup) in recipes.
  2. Curb Appetite – Have a problem with overeating? You can take a tablespoon on coconut oil before meals to help curb your appetite.
  3. Cleanser/Makeup remover – Coconut oil has cosmetic applications! Coconut oil can be used as a facial cleaner or alone to remove oil-based makeup, like eyeliner and mascara.
  4. Fitness – Training for a race or getting back into a regular workout routine? This might be the perfect thing to add! Coconut oil helps to increase metabolism and improve your thyroid function. Coconut oil will also boost your energy and aid in healthy weight loss.
  5. Acne Treatment – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that causes acne. Dab it directly on the affected area.
  6. Moisturizer/Conditioner – My friend Molly pointed this one out to me! When used as a moisturizer, coconut oil will soften and hydrate dry or damaged skin. When used as a conditioner, it will strengthen and repair damaged hair. Massage the coconut oil into your hair and leave for ten minutes, then rinse. If you have frizzy hair, a dab can be rubbed in to correct it.
  7. Sore Throat – For all my singing friends, coconut oil can be used as a throat coat! Dissolve a tablespoon in your mouth to coat and protect your throat. Doing this will boost the health of your mucus membranes!
  8. Lip Balm – Coconut oil is a perfect alternative to chapstick and lipbalm. Coconut oil also offers about SPF 4 protection. How about that!
  9. Illness Prevention – Intake of coconut oil can help your bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria. It can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida as well.
  10. Nausea –  Apparently, rubbing some coconut oil on the inside of the wrist and forearm can help to calm upset stomachs.

I purchased my jar of Coconut Oil from Earth Fare for $9.99.

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Juice Cleanse- My 3- Day Detox Cleanse

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You might be wondering why anyone would subject oneself to such torture…. “THREE DAYS WITHOUT SOLID FOOD?! But I LOVE food!!!”

Trust me, I’m there with you.

But here are a few reasons I decided to try it out:

  • Cliche as it may be, it’s a new year and I wanted to do “something big” to kick it off, setting the tone for a (hopefully) healthy year.
  • Back in the Fall, my friend and co-worker, Angelina, tried a detox cleanse. (This very same cleanse, in fact!) She had a great experience, and told me she would even do it AGAIN! My curiosity was peaked…
  • Drinking juice gives your digestive system a chance to rest. A proper juice cleanse  provides you with lots of nutrients while freeing up your digestive system to get rid of toxins and waste built up in your body. (Sounds good to me!)

3 Day Detox Juice Cleanse Recipe

I completed the Dr. Oz 3 day Detox Cleanse. It’s not technically a juice fast–more of a smoothie fast! I chose to go this route because, unlike with many pre-made juice cleanse systems, the protein, fiber and fat aren’t lost. I blended mine in a magic bullet blender.

The best thing about the program is there is a SHOPPING List, and I was able to get everything I needed for around $60! Most pre-made cleanses are that much a day!

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Post-Cleanse Thoughts:

  • Day 1 I felt fine. No hunger pains… no cravings… I was a little sleepy since caffeine is cut out, but that was really it!
  • Day 2 was a little more challenging. I was fine until around 2:30, that’s when I started to feel it a little. (It didn’t help that cake was being served in the office) But I pushed through and once I got home and had my dinner drink, I felt fine!
  • Day 3 was the easiest of all three days. I felt energized and the sugar from the fruits in the juices had me feeling chipper as ever. As my work day winded down, I started feeling very sleepy. I felt extremely relaxed once I got home.
  • Day 4 (back to reality) I felt amazing! I work up and make a veggie and goat cheese omelette. It was the perfect re-introduction to solid food.

Things I noticed Post-3-Day Cleanse:

  • My skin cleared and brightened up.
  • I lost 2.5 lbs.
  • I haven’t craved coffee.
  • I haven’t craved sweets.
  • I have a sense of pride in having the self control and resolve to finish! (**always a bonus to completing a challenge!**)

I would recommend this 3-day detox cleanse and I would do it again in 6-12 months.

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