Gluten & Dairy Free BAKED Meatballs

Makes 20 meatballs

1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
2 minced garlic cloves
1 egg
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons organic ketchup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon parsley 
Olive oil cooking spray (or just olive oil)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Spray large cookie sheet with olive oil spray or coat lightly 
Mix everything BUT the meat in a large mixing bowl 
Add the meat to the bowl and mix gently 
Form 1 inch balls

Bake 20 minutes 

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Easy Chicken Fajita Salad

I knew I wanted to do a one pan chicken and veggies meal because let’s be honest – one pan cooking is pretty awesome.  I pre-cut the peppers and onions as well as minced the garlic the other day storing them in a glass container, so that I wouldn’t have to do that when I was ready to make this meal.

All you do is preheat your oven to 400 degrees, spray a cookie sheet with olive oil spray (or you can coat with olive or coconut oil – totally your preference) and then spread out the peppers and onions topping with the chicken (I use organic chicken tenderloins).  Sprinkle with garlic, olive oil and some spices, toss and then throw in the oven for 10 minutes – toss around again – then cook for another 10 minutes.

Put the chicken and veggies on top of lettuce (this was a spring mix).  I added in some gluten-free spanish rice and boy was I satisfied and full and very happy there will be more for leftovers!

  • Recipe:Ingredients:
    1 1/2 lbs chicken tenderloins
    3 bell peppers sliced into strips – you choose the colors!
    1 medium onion sliced into strips
    3 minced garlic cloves
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Lettuce – your choice

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray or simply coat with a light layer of olive or coconut oil
    In a small bowl, mix the spices (including s&p)
    Spread the peppers and onion onto the baking sheet then top with the
    chicken
    Sprinkle garlic over food, drizzle with olive oil then toss everythingMake sure that everything is spread evenly and the chicken is not
    overlapping prior to putting in oven
    Put in oven for a total of 22 minutes tossing once halfway through
    Voila! Done! Add atop lettuce with a side of gluten-free rice if
    you would like and enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash with Baked Meatballs – Gluten & Dairy Free!

I knew that I wanted to try a new recipe today for a marinara sauce and put it on top of spaghetti squash, but I also knew that if I did not give my husband and son some meatballs I would not have myself some happy campers.   I did not anticipate how delicious these BAKED meatballs were going to end up tasting!  I have been trying to avoid meat for the most part because of the added hormones.  Even if I get grass-fed and organic, it is still an animal that produced hormones naturally and for me with endometriosis it is something I need to be careful with – but that’s for another write up.

The recipe for the marinara sauce is from the cook book “One Part Plant” by Jessica Murnane and is seriously so easy.  I am actually still in shock at how easy it was to make.  The only thing I added was some oregano because I personally love me some oregano in my sauce!

 

So I then looked on my “boards” in Pinterest and I find that I have a recipe for baked meatballs that CLAIMS to be EASY and DELICIOUS.  I am normally skeptical of anything that says easy, but will always give it a shot.  I tweaked the recipe (as I normally do – people hate that!) to make it gluten and dairy free which was super easy to do!  Just changed the regular bread crumbs to gluten-free breadcrumbs and instead of using parmesan cheese I used nutritional yeast (if you have never heard of that before I will write up something on that another time but it is a FANTASTIC substitute for a cheesy flavor (non-dairy) and has a ton of nutrients – don’t get grossed out by the name!).  I had to taste one to see what they tasted like.  I think I then ended up eating like 4 – they were too good!!

Now, I’m not the best photographer and I am learning very slowly but I figure you won’t be too harsh on me.  I know this picture doesn’t look like the food would be absolutely amazing, but I can tell you this – my husband ate a huge portion and my son LOVED the meatballs and they are my toughest critics!

 

Back from the sick!

I’m back up again!  It has been 2 weeks of being sick on top of having endo and a slew of other autoimmune issues, but I finally feel enough energy to get my butt writing again.  I posted this picture of me on Instagram with a mask on when I knew I had strep throat (didn’t want my family getting it) and someone said to me “ya know you are Endo Mom Strong.  You really shouldn’t put pictures like that up.  It doesn’t show people you are strong”.  I understand this person’s point, but I also feel that what sets me apart from others is that I keep it real.  I’m going to be honest with anyone who asks about what it is like going through endometriosis and how life is not always rainbows and unicorns.  I will, of course,  be positive and uplifting for the most part because I do feel that there is a lot of hope for you suffering but I think it is very important that you know that the strong can get knocked down as well and that’s OK as long as you get back up again!

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I’ve been focused on Instagram working on getting followers and posting pictures and that is a lot more time consuming than I would have thought!  I have a new appreciation for Social Media Experts.  It takes all day to constantly be posting pictures, commenting on other’s pictures and gaining appropriate followers – good for you all!

Having the chance to look through Instagram and see who was out there- endo related -was very hopeful in that there seem to be many people trying to do what I am doing which is raising awareness about endometriosis and helping women to understand they are not alone and that they do not need to live in pain.  Not only was it very hopeful, but it was also very sad to see how much suffering women are going through with endometriosis and how they are still not given enough information on how to help themselves feel better.

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We have a large community out there ladies.  We are all working toward the same goal, so we just need to continue to do what we are doing and coming together to help you and help our future generation of women so that you can enjoy your life and not continue to live a painful life each day.  We are with you and here to support you – just believe you do not need to live like this anymore.