Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#GFCF Cottage Pie

A great recipe that didn't need any tweaking to be gluten and casein free.  


  • 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
  • 6 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch deep-dish pie plate.
  2. Place potatoes into a pot; cover with salted water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover; simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain; mash with 2 tablespoons of the butter and the garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, herbes de Provence, and nutmeg; cook and stir until beef is lightly brown and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Spread the beef evenly in the prepared pie plate. Cover evenly with the peas; spread the mashed potatoes over the peas. Dot the casserole with the remaining butter.
  4. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until heated through and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Mikey Brannigan Shows That Autism Isn’t Going to Hold Him Back from Accomplishing His Dreams!

As the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games wind down in Rio de Janeiro, one young man with autism has shown that he isn’t going to let anyone stop him from achieving his dreams.
Mikey Brannigan has always been a runner. From a very young age, his mother said that he was constantly on the move, running, climbing and generally tearing around his home. As a young boy with excess energy to burn, it wasn’t hard to imagine how much structured activities like schoolwork were an ongoing problem.
That was until grade four when Mikey Brannigan was introduced to the sport of running. Running provided this young man with autism the opportunity he needed to focus his excess energy into a structured activity which he could use to find balance in the rest of his educational activities.
From that young age, it was like a fire was ignited inside him, and this year at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Mikey Brannigan ran his way to an Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 meter T20 classification. It was running through a structured athletic program which allowed Mikey to overcome some of the symptoms of autism which were holding him back in other areas of his life. At the beginning of the fourth grade, he was separate to the rest of the class, by the sixth grade he was actively participating in classroom activities with the rest of his class.
Mikey Brannigan set his dreams on running in the Olympics one day and not only did he accomplish them, but he also ran first, winning a gold medal for both him and his country. We all have dreams, and it shows that given the right avenue and hard work, anyone can achieve their dreams. If you enjoyed the article, then please feel free to comment and share.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

#GFCF Pork Marsala

A delicious recipe I found online.  I changed out the flour for gluten free flour, the butter out with margarine and it was still great!


  • 1/3 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin chops, pounded thin
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  1. Mix flour, salt ,garlic salt, garlic powder, and oregano together in a medium bowl. Add pork chops, and toss until well coated.
  2. Heat margarine and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place pork in skillet in a single layer, and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on both sides. Add mushrooms and minced garlic; cook and stir briefly.
  3. Stir in wine, scraping the skillet to loosen any brown bits. Cover and simmer over medium heat until pork is tender and sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. If sauce is too thick, adjust by stirring in a small amount of wine.

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