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Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes
 

A must have recipe to keep in your arsenal of breakfast recipes!

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After seven months of testing out this recipe, I am finally here to say that this is my most favorite gluten-free pancake mix! It’s been a long road but so worth it! You’re probably wondering, why this long!?

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Well, I didn’t want to compromise a pancake’s flavor, texture, and simplicity so I basically did everything against that for so long. You see, like the world’s view on nutrition in how it may seem complicated, overly expensive, and trendy, that was the viewpoint I was taking. Strip all that away, and now you’re left with a no-fail, go-to, gluten-free pancake recipe.

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But like most gluten-free pancake mixes, you need to know some tips in order to make them fluffy like a regular buttermilk pancake.

Tip #1: Let that batter rest!

Tip #2: If using eggs, be sure to use at least one egg white.

Tip #3: Make sure your baking powder and baking soda is fresh.

Tip #4: Do not over-stir the batter

Tip #5: Make sure the batter is of a thicker consistency.

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These are great tips I have learned throughout my years of cooking Saturday stacks for my husband, going on 5 years now! We are a bit pancake obsessed.

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Have you ever wondered why you’re still hungry after eating a plate of pancakes? Well, regular pancakes do not contain high amount of healthy fats and protein so even if you are not gluten intolerant, these pancakes provides the perfect amount of density to keep you fuller longer!

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This GF pancake mix is also very forgiving so if you would like to add fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or additional spices, you can!

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Ingredients

  • ½ cup superfine almond flour

  • ½ cup GF whole grain oat flour

  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch/flour

  • ⅓ cup plant based milk

  • 2 whole eggs

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk dry ingredients.

  2. In a different bowl, whip egg white and eggs until fluffy. Incorporate the rest of the wet ingredients to the eggs until combined.

  3. Slowly whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Do not over-mix.

  4. Let your batter rest for at least 15 minutes.

  5. Heat a large skillet or griddle on low-medium heat or at 375 degrees.

  6. Grease skillet or griddle with butter.

  7. When the skillet/griddle is hot, using a small ladle or ¼ measuring cup, ladle pancake mixture onto skillet.

  8. Cook until small bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake. Slip a spatula underneath, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes until cooked through.

  9. Repeat the same process for the second batch.

  10. Top pancakes with your favorite toppings like almond butter, blueberries, chocolate chips, and maple syrup!

Notes

  1. Makes 6-7 medium size pancakes

  2. Here are the flour brands I use for this recipe: superfine almond flour, GF whole grain oat flour, and arrowroot starch/flour.

 
Turkey Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats
 

Turkey taco spaghetti squash boats is a great recipe to make for a guilt-free, low carb taco night. Perfect for meal preps and a hit among kids!

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When I think of spaghetti squash, I think spaghetti = Italian, right? So, that is pretty much all I have done when cooking spaghetti squash. I have made shrimp alfredo, chicken parmesan, and the classic marinara to name a few, but it never occurred to me to use spaghetti squash in a different way. After posting a poll on my IG, it turns out many of you would like to see how spaghetti squash can be used for a Mexican inspired dish!

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Needless to say, after experimenting I was surprised at how spaghetti squash and Mexican flavors paired so well together! My husband was hesitant at first but it was love at first bite for him -- he now asks for these squash boats every week!

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Hey, if I can make this every week then I would be happy as a clam. For a #tacotuesdaynight, it has to be the easiest recipe to bake while preparing the toppings. While your spaghetti squash is cooking, you are preparing the meat mixture that goes inside the boats while prepping all the fun and healthy toppings. As soon as your boats are done baking, add all your favorite toppings and dig in! And the best thing when you’re done eating? You don’t have as many dishes to wash!!

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You can make this recipe kid-friendly by omitting/using less of the spicier seasonings. Other than that, these squash boats would be great to add to your taco night! With that said, you will find that this recipe can be customized to your preference. For example, in my hubby’s boat, I added extra beans and cheese while my boat sticks to the recipe but with 5 maybe 20 dashes of hot sauce (love my spicy food)!

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Turkey taco spaghetti squash boats is a great recipe to make for a guilt-free, low carb taco night. Perfect for meal preps and a hit among kids!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 2 cans low-sodium black beans ((drained/rinsed))

  • 1 large spaghetti squash

  • 1 cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo*

  • 1 tsp each garlic powder, ground cumin, and chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp each smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • couple dashes of red pepper flakes

Toppings

Lime wedges, fresh salsa, pico de gallo*, romaine lettuce, cheese, avocado, cilantro, jalapenos, peppers, hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

  2. Drizzle halves with olive oil and season with S&P. Place squash cut side down on baking sheet and roast for 45-50 minutes. When done, use a fork to scrape out the squash flesh.

  3. While your spaghetti squash is cooking, make the meat mixture.

  4. Drizzle oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and saute for about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add the ground turkey and cook until slightly pink, then add all of your seasonings, fresh salsa, and black beans.

  5. Turn the heat off and set meat mixture to the side.

  6. Transfer cooked squash flesh to the meat mixture and combine. At this point, taste mixture to see if you need to add more S&P/seasonings/hot sauce for personal preference.

  7. Transfer squash mixture to your now scraped spaghetti squash bowls and top with optional cheese.

  8. Bump up the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until your cheese is nice and bubbly or your naked boat is nice and warm.

  9. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

NOTES

  1. Pro tip: Place the whole squash in the microwave for 5 minutes for an easier slice!

  2. Pico de gallo recipe

  3. If you are using a smaller spaghetti squash, then use just 1 can black beans.  

 
Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls
 

Grilled chicken burrito bowls with Pico de Gallo made easy at the comfort of your own home!

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This grilled chicken burrito bowl was inspired by the notable chain restaurants Chipotle and Moe’s. It can be so tempting to go through their lines and simply tell them what you want: Your choice of protein, black or brown beans, white or brown rice, and finish it off with toppings (hello, Pico de Gallo!). Well, this recipe is just like that -- tailor it exactly how you want it, or even add things that Chipotle/Moe’s, etc. may not have! With this recipe, I’m making it with my personal preferences and a special grilled chicken marinade recipe. I’ll even show you how easy it is to make Pico de Gallo.

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My grilled chicken burrito bowl recipe is gluten and dairy-free using clean and simple ingredients that, in my opinion, is much healthier than eating out while saving you a lot of money!

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As you know, a burrito bowl is complex in flavor because there are many components like veggies, protein, and carbs that each play a different role. I would say this recipe can take up to 40 minutes to make, but that’s only if you are making rice. You can cut some time off by using instant rice, or by preparing the ingredients ahead of time. I often tend to have my veggies already cut and ready to use in the fridge, so if you’re like me, then this burrito bowl can be made very quickly.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!  


Grilled chicken burrito bowls with Pico de Gallo made easy at the comfort of your own home! 

INGREDIENTS

Grilled Chicken Marinade

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • juice of one lime

  • 2 Tbsp EVOO

Pico de Gallo

  • 1/2 white onion (diced)

  • 2 roma tomatoes (diced)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • juice of 1/2 lime

  • 1 jalapeno diced ((spicy version))

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup sprouted brown rice

  • 2 cups water or low sodium chicken broth

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • juice of 1/2 lime

  • S&P to season

Toppings

  • grilled corn

  • sliced avocados

  • lime wedges

  • hot sauce

  • romaine lettuce

  • black beans

  • diced jalapenos

DIRECTIONS

Grilled Chicken

  1. Combine seasonings, EVOO, lime, and chicken into a gallon size Ziploc bag and sit in the fridge to marinate for two hours or overnight (preferred).

  2. Cook chicken on the grill on medium heat for 5-7 minutes and flip for an additional 5-7 minutes or until cooked through.

  3. Let sit until you are ready to assemble the burrito bowl.

Pico de Gallo

  1. Combine all ingredients and sit until ready to assemble.

Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Add rice and water (or broth) to a rice cooker and cook on the brown rice setting until fluffy and fully cooked. If you do not have a rice cooker then cook in a medium saucepan for about 30-35 minutes or until rice is fully cooked.

  2. Toss in cilantro, lime, and seasonings until fully mixed and set aside.

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl

  1. Meal prep - Divide chicken, pico de gallo, rice and toppings into meal prep containers.-Tip: separate cold toppings like avocado, lime wedges and lettuce into Ziploc bags or stasher bags to keep fresh before eating.