Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal

This fall-inspired Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal includes lightly sweetened gluten-free cinnamon baked oatmeal base topped with an easy coffee cake crumble. Nutritious enough for breakfast and yummy enough for a treat! Dairy-free option.

 

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal - Grazed and Enthused

 

As we head into everyone’s favorite baking season, I wanted to create a comfy, cozy recipe that the whole family could dive into at anytime of the day. This Gluten-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal is sweetened just enough that it could be served as a special occasion breakfast or brunch or even as a holiday dessert.

This recipe combines the flavors and crumble topping of Coffee Cake with a traditional baked oatmeal base. I chose to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats as oats can be cross-contaminated with gluten. These rolled oats are desired for this recipe versus steel cut or quick cooking oats – and you can get a big bag for under $10 at most grocery stores!

I’ve been recently able to tolerate gluten-free oats here and there without the headaches I used to get from them! Another example of how bodies are constantly changing and healing when treated with care and attention – even if it takes years to be able to eat a bowl of oatmeal again!

 

Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal

 

What’s in Baked Oatmeal?

  • Rolled Oats: can’t make traditional baked oatmeal without these!

  • Ground Flaxseeds: extra nutrients but can be left out

  • Eggs: holds it all together and helps it rise slightly

  • Almond Milk: my dairy-free milk of choice

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Baking Soda

  • Sea Salt

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

If you haven’t noticed – I try to make all of my recipes as pantry-friendly as possible. If I have the ingredients on hand in my minimalist kitchen, my hope is you do too (or at least most of them!)

 

Be sure to source gluten-free oats if you are gluten-free. It will say it on the bag. I like this big bag of gluten-free rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill.

 

How do you make Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal?

  1. It’s easy! You’ll combine the dry baked oatmeal ingredients in a bowl and then mix with the wet ingredients. Let it soak for 10 minutes then transfer to a greased glass baking dish.

  2. While the oatmeal is par-baking, you’ll make the simple gluten-free Coffee Cake crumble out of almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, sea salt and ghee, coconut oil or butter.

  3. Sprinkle the Coffee Cake crumble evenly over the par-baked oatmeal and return it to the oven to finish baking.

  4. Drizzle with a little piped vanilla frosting for a fun breakfast, brunch of mid-afternoon treat!

 

If you’re looking for a grain-free take on baked oatmeal, I highly recommend my Baked Carrot Banana Bread N’Oatmeal from my cookbook The Healing Kitchen (page 138) or you can find the recipe as a guest post on Autoimmune Wellness.

 

Carrot Banana N'Oatmeal

Carrot Banana Baked N’Oatmeal (page 138 The Healing Kitchen) if you’re looking for a grain-free baked “oatmeal” recipe!

If you’re looking for other gluten-free breakfast ideas, check out:

 

 
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Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

This Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad recipe includes a quick Ginger-Lime Dressing. An excellent dish to bring to a BBQ or make on Sundays for sides or lunches during the week.

 

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

 

This Labor Day Weekend I needed a quick BBQ side I could bring to a friend’s house with just a few hours to spare. I’ve always loved the combination of warm and cold in salad and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, most of us should be consuming our salads room temperature or warm anyways!

 

This salad combines hearty, filling and fiber-rich ingredients for a flavorful side dish:

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes, roasted until lightly crisped

  • Black Beans, canned, rinsed and drained

  • Cilantro

  • Red Onion

  • Roasted Pistachios – you can use pepitas too

  • Olive Oil

  • Lime Juice

  • Fresh Ginger

  • and just a touch of Maple Syrup

 

You will love the combination of sweet, tangy and spicy flavors you get when you toss everything in this quick homemade Ginger Lime Dressing!

 

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I recommend serving it a few different ways: 

  1. As a taco filling with shredded chicken and cheese (or keep it dairy-free)

  2. In a bowl with cooked rice, your protein of choice and some guacamole

  3. Alone for a still hearty vegetarian and vegan meal

 

You can roast your sweet potatoes in the oven, convection oven or even your Air Fryer like me. I just ordered the Cuisinart Convection Toaster Air Fryer Oven – it does ALL those things.

I upgraded from my GoWise Air Fryer because we have been air frying two to three times a day for the last four months. Air Frying speeds up cooking time by using circulating hot air and decreases cook times by up to 25%.

 

Cuisinart Art Fryer

What I love most about this Air Fryer is the modern look and how it’s all stainless steel. I wasn’t ready to purchase this $200 Air Fryer until I knew I liked this cooking method. Now that I know I LOVE it – it made sense to upgrade to a better quality appliance.

 

Enjoy this recipe, and if you’d like to try another veggie-heavy salad, check out my Spicy Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad!

 
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My Avocado Mattress Review

Today on the blog, I’m sharing my Avocado Mattress Review and why we switched to non-toxic and organic mattresses for our family of four.

Avocado Mattress

Let’s get right to it: sleeping is not a luxury, it is a necessity. While we sleep, our bodies are repairing, detoxing, creating long term memories and new neuronal connections, releasing necessary hormones and fighting inflammation. 

If you have autoimmune disease, chronic illness or life stress, sleep is even more important for your health and wellbeing. When we don’t get quality sleep, our immune function decreases, blood sugar is harder to stabilize, and we don’t have the mental or physical energy to approach our day mindfully and with controlled cortisol levels. 

Many years ago when most of my peers were staying out late, I was digging into all the research surrounding sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene includes a set of routines and habits that create a positive and restful sleep environment. 

Some examples of good sleep hygiene I practice include: 

  • wearing blue light blocking glasses once the sun sets – this helps your body move away from producing cortisol (wake hormone) to producing melatonin (sleep hormone)

  • limiting the use of screen and technology in the evening (screens at night affect natural melatonin production)

  • getting enough morning and daytime sunlight to regulate my circadian rhythm so I tire naturally as the day progresses

  • having a “no stressful conversations at night” rule – and definitely no news, scary or intense TV or movies

  • a set bedtime routine and sleep time (the 10 pm to 2 am sleep is thought to be most restorative)

  • creating a comfortable sleep environment (inclusive of non-toxic mattress and bed sheets, cool temperature and air circulation and quality)

Here’s the thing: when you actually fall into that glorious deep sleep, you don’t want to be breathing in harmful chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and allergies. You may not smell them (or maybe you do – off-gassing VOCs can be potent) or see them, but with conventional mattresses and even some organic ones, they are present. 

While you spend 33% of your life in bed, you are likely being exposed to flame retardants, formaldehyde, toxic glues and water-based adhesives, foam, phthalates (carcinogens) and pesticides, if you’re still sleeping on a conventional mattress.

It may take some time to save up for a truly healthy mattress, but it will be worth it to significantly decrease your daily toxin load, especially when your body is working hard to detox while you rest.

When I became pregnant with my first, we decided to toss our old conventional mattress and opt for something more natural. We dutifully went to our local natural mattress store and chose the one that fit our price range, not taking into consideration comfort or quality.

Our old (but still safer) mattress retained heat and had little give or spring – we were waking up with muscle cramps, overheated and just couldn’t get as comfortable as we did with our old conventional mattress. We put up with it for 5 years (because mattresses are not cheap, hello!)

But I’m here to say: don’t compromise your sleep comfort and safety if you can help it. 

I had my eye on Avocado Mattress for years since it has become the industry standard and #1 rated organic mattress company. Avocado‘s mattresses meet the rigorous safety standards of several certifications, and they are handmade to order in their own Los Angeles factory.

Look at this impressive list of commitments to safety, transparency and comfort. I was truly shocked to see a mattress company go above and beyond like this!

  • GOTS Certified Organic

  • Uses Organic Latex, Cotton and Wool

  • Green Guard Gold Certified

  • No Flame Retardants (which are linked to cancer and hormonal disruption and present in conventional mattresses)

  • Hand-Tufted, Not Glued with Chemical Solvents

  • Recycled steel springs (also biodegradable)

  • Ergonomically designed for back and neck safety

  • American-made in California

  • B Corp: committed to the safety of people and the planet

  • First mattress company to create negative carbon emissions (offsetting all of their environmental emissions and then some!)

  • Fair Trade Certified 

  • More than 10,000 5-star reviews

  • 25-year warranty

You can geek out with even more information about all the steps they take to ensure your mattress is safe, comfortable and ethical here.

Avocado Mattress Review

Okay, so we know this mattress is using safe and sustainable materials. But is it comfortable? I often assume I will be trading some modern comforts when transitioning to a non-toxic lifestyle.

After sleeping on the #1 rated Green Mattress (King Pillowtop) for several nights, I can see why Avocado has such a large fanbase. WOW! I can’t believe I spent 5 years (technically sleeping for almost 2 of those years) sleeping on a hot, overly firm mattress instead of this one. 

It arrived rolled up in a fairly heavy (but not large) cardboard box with white glove service. Our delivery driver got the box up two sets of stairs, and my husband was able to lift it himself onto our platform bed the next day. 

Our mattress had a moderate smell straight out of the box – definitely not a chemical smell – more like the smell of a new wool rug that faded within a few hours. 

The pillow top is incredibly plush and soft, and the mattress doesn’t transfer motion or bounce from my thrashing husband and 4-year-old. I recommend the pillow top to take away some of the firmness that comes with natural latex and wool mattresses. 

And can I make a confession? Our old mattress was so hot, we could barely sleep on it together. Avocado Mattress is helping us return to a true family bed – not just me and the kids – but my always-runs-hot husband too.

I can actually sleep with my organic bed sheets, heavy comforter AND 8-pound weighted blanket (I’m a high maintenance sleeper, if that isn’t obvious from this email) and wake up completely cool and not drenched in sweat. Quite frankly, that is a miracle. 

After trying out the King Size Pillow Top Avocado Mattress, those 10,000 5-Star reviews make complete sense. It’s really gratifying to know there are companies out there this dedicated to human and environmental health and running their business in a transparent and ethical manner. They have my official BIG seal of approval!

Wondering how you can save on Avocado right now?

They happen to be running their annual Labor Day Sale through September 9th!

Avocado Mattress Review

Use code ALAENA for $200 off your mattress (includes Green, Vegan and Luxe Crib Mattresses) through 9/8. 

If you want to add on a bed frame, get it $150 off using code BED150 on top of the $200 off mattress discount.

I know so many of you have been curious about Avocado Mattresses, so I hope this review helped you decide if it’s the best investment for your family.

Please let me know if you have any other questions about my experience!

 

Healthy Star Crunch Cookies

Feeling nostalgic? Try these Healthy Star Crunch cookies – a nourishing and gluten-free, dairy-free take on everyone’s favorite chewy caramel chocolate covered cookie!

 

Healthy Star Crunch Cookies - Gluten Free and Dairy Free - Grazed and Enthused

 

I recently asked on Instagram what Little Debbies nostalgic 90s treat everyone missed the most. An overwhelming majority said Star Crunch, so I had to get to work to create a gluten-free, dairy-free Healthy Star Crunch Cookie everyone could enjoy.

 

Before I got started attempting this recipe, I checked out the ingredient list for the boxed Star Crunch Cookies. Oh em gee – not surprisingly – a lot of processed, nutrient poor chemicals stuffed into one delicious little chocolate caramel cookie.

 

I just can’t get behind about 97% of those ingredients – especially polysorbate, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, soy flour and the first ingredient being SUGAR. Ha! No wonder they taste so good.


I adapted my Healthy Rice Krispie Treats recipe for this Star Crunch Cookie recipe but changed up a couple ingredients and the ratios. The end result is a dense, chewy, no-bake chocolate-coated caramel rice cookie, and I seriously couldn’t stop going back for more bites.

 

Healthy Star Crunch Cookies - Grazed and Enthused - Gluten Free and Dairy Free

 

Ingredients in Healthy Star Crunch Cookies:

  • Organic, sprouted crisp rice cereal: I use the One Degree Organics brand which has less than 1 g of sugar per serving and uses organic, sprouted rice. It’s quite possibly the most consciously made cereal I can find.

  • Unsalted tahini: the neutral tasting base for the quick caramel. You can sub cashew butter, if needed.

  • Maple syrup: I choose organic maple syrup which is quite rich in minerals and has a natural golden caramel taste. Quality matters here!

  • Coconut oil: Helps the cookies firm up in the fridge and replaces the rancid oils in the original recipe.

  • Collagen peptides: Collagen adds to the stickiness and thickness of the caramel, so do not leave it out. You can grab collagen peptides at many healthy grocery stores or on Amazon or Thrive Market.

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chips for this recipe. You could use dark chocolate, but they won’t be as reminiscent of your childhood favorite (which uses milk chocolate).

  • Shredded Coconut: This gives the cookies more of that chewy texture. I prefer unsweetened since the maple and chocolate provides plenty of sweetness.

  • Vanilla extract and sea salt

 

The only cooking materials you need for this recipe are a small saucepan, a mixing bowl and a parchment lined cookie sheet. To create perfectly round Star Crunch Cookies without a sticky mess, I highly recommend using a 2-inch Biscuit Cutter. I use to make my yummy Gluten Free Protein Breakfast Cookies as well.

 

 

Tips for making Homemade Star Crunch Cookies:

  1. Use a stainless steel saucepan for even and quick heating and continuously stir your tahini caramel mixture so it does not have a chance to burn.

  2. Remove your caramel from the heat if it starts to foam or separate. You don’t want the fats separating prior to mixing in your crisp rice cereal.

  3. Use a rubber spatula to scrape every last bit of caramel from the saucepan. This is a smart way to make sure you get all your wet ingredients (tahini, maple and coconut oil) out of their measuring cups too.

  4. When forming the cookies, use the back of a spoon or clean hands to firmly compact the mixture together in the biscuit cutter. This is how you’ll get denser, chewier cookies.

  5. Make sure your cookies have set completely before gently dipping in the melted chocolate, or they could fall apart.

  6. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave – just make sure when you’re dipping the cookies that you’re using a shallow bowl.

 

I hope this recipe satisfies those nostalgic cravings for an after school 90s treat. Maybe you can throw on a little Animaniacs while listening to 98 Degrees and really take a journey back into a much simpler time. We all need that right now.

 
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Healthy Star Crunch Cookies

Gluten Free Seed Bread

This Gluten Free Seed Bread is made with a variety of healthy seeds, tigernut flour and coconut oil. It makes for a delicious family-friendly snacking bread or avocado toast!

 

Today I’m sharing my Gluten Free Seed Bread. It is Paleo, Nut-Free, Grain-Free and Vegan and actually made on a baking sheet instead of a loaf pan!

This recipe was born out of my need to find a more nutrient-dense option for the avocado toast obsession that has taken over my house. My 15-month-old is on the choosier side of the eating spectrum, and I found she is really drawn to all things bread, crackers, and the like.

We had been choosing gluten-free bread (Canyon and Food for Life brands), but I knew I could make a more nutritious option at home that would expand her palate more. Enter this seed-based gluten-free “snacking” bread.

I’m calling it snacking bread because it’s not a traditional bread – it’s a flatbread baked on a baking sheet and cut into slices versus a rising loaf of fluffy sandwich bread.

Gluten Free Seed Bread Paleo

I find it really satiating with a nice seedy texture and much healthier than the gluten-free breads on the market filled with conventional grains, isolated fibers, rancid canola oil and who knows what kind of quality eggs.

This One Bowl Paleo and Vegan Seed Bread is:

  • grain and gluten-free

  • dairy-free

  • egg-free

  • nut-free

  • yeast-free

Try and find a bread like that in the grocery store – it’s probably not going to happen (or it might cost you $10+ a loaf and actually be more like a thinly sliced brick). For sandwiches, I’ll have to work some magic to create a nutritious and nut-free recipe for you all!

Gluten Free Seed Bread Serving Ideas: 

  • Topping it with thinly sliced avocado, sea salt, a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice and some microgreen sprouts

  • Smearing on organic sunbutter and unfiltered raw organic honey and topping with sliced banana and hemp seeds

  • Layered with homemade blueberry jam and granola crumbles (for the jam, I simmer fresh organic blueberries with a splash of lemon juice and maple syrup until they break open and thicken).

  • Spread with dairy-free cream cheese, drizzled with honey, sliced figs and a bit of flaked salt.

 

If you’re looking for more gluten-free, dairy-free snacks, try my:

Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Nut-Free Paleo Granola

Vanilla Mandarin Energy Balls

 

 
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Dairy Free Strawberry Yogurt Pops

Dairy Free Strawberry Yogurt Pops - Grazed and Enthused - Gluten Free

 

Dairy Free Strawberry Yogurt Pops made with fresh organic strawberries, cooked and pureed, unsweetened vanilla almond Greek yogurt, a touch of honey and sea salt. Kid-friendly, low sugar and a good source of vitamin C!

 

These Dairy Free Strawberry Yogurt Pops are a recipe spawned from problem solving. Anyone else getting tired of giving their kids the same snacks over and over again? If I’m over looking at them – I can only imagine how they feel! My oldest during summer is always asking for “lollipops” (popsicles), and while there are some pretty “clean” ingredient ones at the store, they still have way more sugar in them than I would like. Especially when she’s asking for one multiple times a week!

 

I came into a whole extra pound of the juiciest, sweetest organic strawberries recently, which felt like such a treat in itself. Instead of eating them straight from the container (delicious but boring), I set out to make low-sugar dairy-free strawberry yogurt pops.

 

These kid-friendly (but you’ll like them too) Strawberry Yogurt Pops are made by cooking down juicy red strawberries on the stovetop and letting them cool. You’ll then simply blend them up with Kite Hill Unsweetened Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or your vanilla yogurt of choice), a bit of honey and a touch of sea salt.

 

Easy breeze and full of vitamin C, fiber, probiotics and sweet enough to call a treat but not lead to the after-treat tantrums. Straight out of the freezer they’re a little icy, so let them sit out for about 5 minutes before serving!

 

What you need for homemade dairy-free Strawberry Popsicles:

  • Fresh organic strawberries – the juicier and sweeter the better!

  • Fresh lemon juice

  • Filtered water

  • Kite Hill Unsweetened Vanilla Greek Style Yogurt (or yogurt of choice)

  • Honey

  • Sea Salt

 

 

How to make homemade healthy dairy-free popsicles:

1. Cook down the strawberries, water and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Break up the strawberries with a wooden spoon as they soften.

2. Cool strawberries completely before adding to a high-speed blender with the dairy-free unsweetened vanilla yogurt, honey and sea salt. Blend on high until smooth.

3. Transfer to pop molds and freeze for at least six hours or overnight.

4. To remove frozen pops from molds, run them under warm water until the pops loosen. Dairy-Free Strawberry Yogurt Pops have the best texture when allowed to sit at room temperature for a five minutes before serving.

 

Looking for more healthy popsicle recipes? 

Try my Toasted Coconut Cream Pops – they are Paleo, AIP, Dairy-Free AND Low Sugar!

 
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Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Four ingredient Frozen Watermelon Margaritas use real foods like watermelon, lime and sea salt, and they couldn’t be easier to blend up for a refreshing summer beverage.

 

Frozen Watermelon Margarita - Four Ingredients - Grazed & Entuhsed

 

My husband and I went on a quick 2-night trip recently to the Costa D’Este resort in Vero Beach, Florida. It was one of our favorite vacations we’ve taken in the last 10 years – likely because we have been stuck at home for four months with two kids and limited childcare.

 

Even if that weren’t the case, we would be returning to the resort in the future. It is on the smaller side, with an intimate pool deck, salt water pool and just a few steps from a private beach access. There is beach service – meaning you can order delicious, overly sweetened frozen beverages from the sand, taking sips in between ocean dips. It really was a tiny slice of Heaven for two tired parents who haven’t had much alone time this year.

 

I let my husband choose our drinks, and he kept coming back with these frozen watermelon margarita drinks (made with vodka instead of tequila). They weren’t made with fresh watermelon though, and while delicious, they definitely gave me a headache. I’m sensitive to nightshades and since vodka is distilled from potatoes (a nightshade), I don’t tolerate most vodkas well. There are some made from grapes (like Ciroc – P.Diddy’s brand ha) and even blueberries, but they are hard to find when out and about at restaurants, bars or resorts.

Tequila – especially high quality silver tequila from Casamigos (George Clooney’s brand – I guess investing in alcohol companies is a lucrative business? See: Bethenney Frankel) I do quite well with in responsible amounts. What’s responsible for me? Usually one drink – on vacation or a special occasion – two drinks over the period of a few hours.

 

When remaking my own “healthier” version of a frozen watermelon margarita, I wanted to keep the ingredients simple and straightforward. Frozen watermelon when blended creates the PERFECT slushy margarita texture! Who knew a big ol’ melon was just nature’s Sno Cone in the making?

 

Frozen Watermelon Margarita - Four Ingredients - Grazed & Entuhsed

 

What’s in a Frozen Watermelon Margarita?

  • Fresh watermelon, cubed and then frozen

  • Silver Tequila

  • Fresh lime juice

  • Sea salt or pink salt

  • Water, if needed to thin.

 

How to make a Frozen Watermelon Margarita at home?

  1. Prior to making your margaritas, you will want to remove the rind, cut the watermelon in cubes, and then freeze in a single layer on a large parchment-lined plate or cutting board. You’ll want to freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  2. In a high-speed blender (I use this one), combine the frozen watermelon, tequila, lime juice and sea salt, using the tamper to keep the mixture going. If the mixture gets stuck, slowly add some of the water, as needed.

  3. To serve, you can create a salt rim by running a lime wedge along the rim and dipping in crushed coarse salt. Sprinkle grated lime zest on top and serve with a straw. It will melt over the next 10 to 15 minutes, so serve immediately.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no added sugar in this recipe. You NEED to use a sweet, flavorful, juicy, red watermelon for the best results. Your margarita will only be as flavorful and refreshing as your watermelon is! Here’s a great post by Real Simple on How To Choose A Sweet Watermelon.

 

If you want to turn this into a frozen watermelon margarita mocktail, simply leave out the tequila and include the water. You could even replace the water with GT Kombucha Watermelon flavor – yum! Here’s another mocktail recipe: No-Alcohol Red Sangria!

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Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach

This Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach makes a flavorful, Middle-Eastern inspired one dish meal. Serve it with cooked organic white rice for a full and satiating meal.

 

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free

 

I’ve been wanting to get back to my roots with my cooking, but my 4-year-old wants to keep me in raw vegetable, watermelon and deli turkey land. It’s interesting to see how my 1-year-old gobbled up this meal and ended it with turmeric and Za’atar Chicken stained fingers and cheeks. My 4-year-old is in the “I can’t believe you would mix two foods together in the same cooking vessel” stage, so she did not partake. But the three of us who did, LOVED it!

 

If you’ve never tried Lebanese or Middle Eastern food, I highly recommend you go Yelp for a local restaurant now. Middle Eastern cooking is no stranger to flavor and utilizes lots of earthy spices, fresh herbs and bright acids like lemons and tomatoes.

 

This Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach is: 

  • Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Nightshade-Free and Egg-Free

  • Made in one skillet for easy clean up for weeknight meals

  • Is budget friendly with the use of chicken thighs, canned chickpeas, canned artichokes and pantry staples

  • Comes together in 30 minutes or less!

 

I find preparing it a few hours before serving (and then reheating it prior to serving) allows the flavors to marry and develop. AKA It makes great leftovers!

 

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free

 

Za’atar seasoning is a popular Lebanese seasoning blend made with sesame seeds, sumac, thyme and sometimes salt and other spices like coriander. It’s heavy on the thyme and sumac which provides a bright lemon-y flavor to any dish. Premade Za’atar seasoning can be found in many grocery store spice aisles, or you can make your own at home.

 

What other ways can I use Za’atar spice blend? 

  • Top salads and soups before serving

  • Sprinkle on hummus

  • In sandwiches or lettuce wraps

  • On top of pizza

  • As a rub for roasts, ribs, and chicken

 

Because this is a one-dish meal that requires very minimal chopping,  you can add it to your weeknight meal plans! I would say it’s a bit more for adventurous eaters with a rich, tangy sauce and herb-y cilantro finish. If you’ve been craving Lebanese take out from home, this should hit the spot! You could even serve it with a side of hummus, pita bread (I like the Siete Tortillas toasted for crispy pita bread for scooping) and a tabouleh salad.

 

The only cookware you’ll need for this recipe is a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet. I prefer cast-iron for browning and not burning the spices for this recipe. Here is the 10-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet I use daily!

 

Ingredients in Gluten-Free Za’atar Chicken:

  • Chicken Thighs

  • Canned Chickpeas

  • Canned Artichokes

  • Salted Ghee (butter can be subbed)

  • Za’atar

  • Sumac, Oregano, Turmeric, Cumin

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Spinach

  • Coconut Milk

  • Lemon Juice

  • Cilantro and rice, for serving

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free

 

If you’re looking for some more healthy Middle Eastern inspired recipes, check out these from the blog:

Five Spice Skillet with Fennel and Currants

Crispy Lebanese Chicken

Roast Chicken with Lebanese Beef and Parsnip Rice Stuffing

Chicken and Rice Meatballs

 
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Lebanese Za'atar Chicken Chickpeas Artichokes

Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix – Preorder Now!

You can now pre-order my Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix – my first collaboration with Legit Bread Company! Get this AIP, Paleo, Nut-Free and Grain-Free Cookie Mix delivered to your door. Pre-order now to save your bag!

AIP Gluten Free Cookie Mix

The cookie mix you’ve been waiting for: Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix! If you’re familiar with Grazed & Enthused, you’ve likely tried my popular Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies! They quickly became a fan favorite because they taste like the real deal – like Nestle Tollhouse Real Deal but without any grains, nuts, or eggs with dairy-free options.

 

Legit Bread and I partnered up to bring you those Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies in a convenient bagged mix. No rushing to the store the next time you have a cookie hankering or placing an order on Amazon for tigernut flour. It’ll already be waiting for you in your pantry. Just add a few ingredients and you’ll have a tray (or two) of cookies ready within minutes!

 

 

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

In this mix you will find NO –

-Nuts

-Grain

-Gluten

-Eggs

-Dairy

-Seeds

-Nightshades

-Refined Sugar

The Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix includes:

  • Tigernut Flour: a nut-free flour made from tigernuts (tubers) is nutrient dense and a good source of fiber

  • Cassava Flour: the closest white flour option for Paleo baked goods made from the cassava root

  • Baking Soda: to help your cookies rise without eggs

  • Sea Salt

 

It makes between 24 and 28 cookies and there are instructions for making the full bag or a half batch (12 to 14 cookies).

 

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

You simply add your wet ingredients to the mix, scoop onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake!

  • Powdered gelatin: makes these egg-free cookies soft and helps hold them together without eggs

  • Ghee, palm shortening or coconut oil: depending on your dietary preference, you’ll add melted and slightly cooled fat to your mix

  • Extra virgin olive oil: combining solid fat with extra virgin olive oil gives these cookies a more delicate texture, crispy edges and soft insides

  • Maple syrup: to lightly sweeten these cookies – you only need 1/2 cup for over two dozen cookies!

  • Vanilla extract: you can’t call it a cookie without adding a little vanilla extract.

  • Mix ins of your choice: anything goes! Dark chocolate chips, ground cinnamon, raisins, toasted coconut, whatever your heart and body desires!

 

and get the mix shipped to you when it launches at the end of June!

 

 

 

While you’re at it, grab Legit Bread’s other grain-free and allergen friendly mixes including the new Dairy-Free Cheese Cracker Mix and Dairy-Free Cheese Mix (by The Curious Coconut)!

 

 

Allergen Friendly Cookie Mix

 

 

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Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Squash

You’ll never make spaghetti squash any other way after trying this Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Squash. You can easily make it dairy-free too, and it’ll be ready in less than 25 minutes!

 

Gluten Free Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash

 

I promised my newsletter list more Air Fryer recipes, and here’s the first one I’m putting on the blog: Air Fryer Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Squash. If you find it hard to get spaghetti squash the perfect crisp-tender texture in the oven, microwave or Instant Pot, I’m with  you! There’s nothing more disappointing in the cooking world than overcooked, mushy veggies.

 

Most of us actually cook our veggies too long, and we don’t appreciate the mouthful delight that comes from a crisp-tender vegetables. If you weren’t a fan of Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus as a kid, this was probably why. You’ll find this Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash to really hold up well to any sauces like marinara or pesto, but you can totally eat it alone as a side dish. Or be like me, and eat it alone at your kitchen counter while your baby naps.

 

I’ve been cooking with the Air Fryer for a few weeks now, and I’m getting the hang of the different temperature and cooking time settings. Air Fryers cook food about 20 to 25% faster than a traditional cooking method like oven or stovetop. Air Fryers work similar to convection ovens by utilizing circulating hot air to cook your food. If you’re looking for an oven spaghetti squash method too, check out my Beef & Mushroom Carbonara.

 

 

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

 

 

Other than time savings, here are some other pros I’ve found with using the Air Fryer:

  • They are essentially more affordable, space-saving countertop convection ovens. If you’ve been thinking of adding a convection oven to your kitchen, the Air Fryer will be a much cheaper option.

  • You will use less of your expensive cooking fats. Don’t get me wrong: many fats are good for our health. But fats like organic coconut oil, grass-fed ghee and tallow and avocado oil can also be pricey. You’ll use less fat while cooking and can add a drizzle to your finished plate, if desired.

  • It’s fairly hands-off cooking… not quite as hands off as the Instant Pot but close! I give the fryer basket a shake every 4 to 5 minutes to prevent sticking and make sure the food gets browned and cooked evenly. Some foods like chicken tenders or meatballs require you to flip them halfway through for even browning.

  • Use up the produce/meat that’s going bad in your fridge even when you’re not inspired to cook! I had some wilting broccoli, slightly mushy mushrooms and ground beef that was on it’s last leg in my fridge. Instead of wasting the food, I quickly prepared it for the Air Fryer and minimized waste even on nights when I have no desire to cook.

 

You won’t need many ingredients for this easy Parmesan Garlic Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash 

  • A two-pound spaghetti squash: anything larger wouldn’t fit in my Gowise Air Fryer basket.

  • Extra virgin olive oil: I add a bit more fat to this recipe than other Air Fryer vegetable recipes for the best texture.

  • Garlic powder and minced fresh garlic

  • Sea salt and pepper

  • Shredded Parmesan: for dairy-free, you could use nutritional yeast or simply omit all together. It’ll still be delicious

  • White wine or coconut vinegar: the white wine vinegar has a much more mellow taste but I like the umami in the fermented coconut vinegar too

 

And bonus: it’ll be done in less than 25 minutes! Spaghetti squash in the oven can take easily 35 to 40 minutes to get to that scoop-able texture.

 

Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

 

How to make Spaghetti Squash in the Air Fryer

1. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds.

2. Drizzle the spaghetti squash with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on garlic powder, salt and pepper.

3. Cook the spaghetti squash in the Air Fryer at 360 degrees for 20 minutes.

4.  Halfway through the cooking time, fluff the spaghetti squash with a fork. Drizzle with additional olive oil.

5. Remove the squash from the Air Fryer and scoop out the flesh, leaving the skin intact. Toss with white wine vinegar and fresh  garlic. Return to the squash skins. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

6. Return to Air Fryer and cook at 400 degrees for 3 to 4 minutes until the Parmesan is melted. Serve warm.

 

 
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Garlic Parm Spaghetti Squash