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Gluten-Free Turkey Burgers

By May 11, 2013 Gluten-Free Recipes

It’s official – I’m obsessed with quinoa. I’ve broadened my gluten-free horizons and have started trying out all sorts of recipes with this wonderful grain in the ingredient list! I have the blog Queen of Quinoa in my Google Reader, so I find a lot of great recipes there, including this one!!

Cilantro-Quinoa Turkey Burgers with Garlicky Kale

Gluten-Free Turkey BurgersIngredients:

Burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Garlicky Kale:

  • 4 cup kale; sliced into ribbons
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (I used the equivalent in squeeze minced garlic)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Optional:

Instructions:

Cook the quinoa per the bag’s instructions.

Cut the cilantro. Mix ground turkey, quinoa, and cilantro together and season with salt & pepper.

Ground Turkey

Shape into 4 burgers.  Cook on grill for 4-5 minutes per side, ensuring that it is over 165 degree Fahrenheit.

Grill Turkey Burgers

While burgers are cooking, sauté the kale with the olive oil and garlic in a skillet. You’ll know the kale is ready when they have wilted.

4 cup kale

sauteed kale

Cut your tomato into slices and toast your roll or bun.

Assemble your masterpiece and enjoy!

tomato

Top with garlicky kale

turkey burger

 

And that’s that. The best turkey burger you’ll ever eat. Well, at least the best turkey burger that you’ll ever eat with quinoa in it!

What’s your favorite recipe that uses quinoa? Share in the comments!

Gluten-Free Turkey Burgers
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: G-Free Laura
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
The best gluten-free quiona turkey burgers you’ll ever eat!
Ingredients
  • BURGERS:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • GARLICKY KALE:
  • 4 cup kale; sliced into ribbons
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (I used the equivalent in squeeze minced garlic)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL:
  • Gluten-Free Roll or English Muffin (or other type of bun)
  • 1 tomato, sliced for topping
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa per the bag’s instructions.
  2. Cut the cilantro. Mix ground turkey, quinoa, and cilantro together and season with salt & pepper.
  3. Shape into 4 burgers. Cook on grill for 4-5 minutes per side, ensuring that it is over 165 degree Fahrenheit.
  4. While burgers are cooking, sauté the kale with the olive oil and garlic in a skillet. You’ll know the kale is ready when they have wilted.
  5. Cut your tomato into slices and toast your roll or bun.
  6. Assemble your masterpiece and enjoy!

 

 

 

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GFAF Expo in Chicago!

By April 18, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

Odds are if you’re gluten free, you’ve heard of the GFAF Expo. Traveling all across the nation, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo is the hottest spot to be if you’re g-free!

This weekend, April 20 – 21, the GFAF Expo will be making a stop in Chicago, and this girl is going! Luckily Chi-town is only a 4-5 hour drive (depending on traffic of course) from Toledo, Ohio, so I am hopping in my car and making an appearance! With nearly 8,000 attendees expected, and LOTS of amazing vendors, this is sure to be a weekend to remember!

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My GFAF Expo Plans:

I will be arriving Friday evening, and I have the opportunity to attend the Schar party. UMMM, awesome! Then on Saturday I will be spending my day at booth #702, reppin’ Taste Guru, my favorite gluten-free company out there! If you’re in the expo hall, you better stop by and say hello…or else!

I’m not only excited to help Taste Guru throughout the weekend, I am ecstatic to come face-to-face with other bloggers that I’ve come to know via the interwebs! I consider a lot of these people my friends, as weird as that sounds since I’ve never met them, but it’s true! We all know each other on a level that other people don’t, because we have all gone through similar experiences. AND, we’re all passionate about gluten-free living, so obviously we’ll get along (until someone eats the last gluten-free cupcake, then it’s war)!

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Updates from the GFAF Expo:

Follow me via social media this weekend to see what’s happening, both on my personal G-Free Laura accounts, and on Taste Guru’s social media accounts. We’ll be covering the latest gluten-free products available, and we will connect with some of your favorite gluten-free personalities, so you’ll definitely want to be tuned in! It’s going to be a magical couple of days!

Follow along with G-Free Laura: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Follow along with Taste Guru: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Don’t miss out, folks! It’s going to be a wild time! I hope to see your beautiful faces stopping by the Taste Guru booth. We have a special little giveaway that’s probably the cutest gluten-free thing you’ve ever seen!

See you soon!

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What the Gluten-Free Diet and Kim Kardashian’s Baby Have in Common

By January 10, 2013 Gluten-Free Experiences

Yes, you did just read that title correctly.

Kimye’s baby and the gluten-free diet have a few things in common. What are they you may ask? Well, here ya go:

Kimye's Baby and the Gluten-Free Diet

It takes about 9 months to grow on you

Just like Kimye’s baby, the gluten-free diet isn’t second nature right when it’s sprung on you. At first you’re completely overwhelmed, thinking of how different life will be now, but you gradually get used to the idea of the whole thing. You get into a routine and oftentimes change your habits.

I’m sure motherhood is the same way (although I don’t want to find out for another 7-10 years).

The media gives it more and more attention each day

You already couldn’t open up a magazine without seeing Kim and Kanye, and now Kim’s pregnancy has exponentially increased public interest. This baby already has entertainment news sites all over it and it doesn’t even have a name yet!

The gluten-free diet is the same way…kind of. Three years ago, when I told someone I was gluten-free, I was greeted with a blank stare, and then my favorite question, “So that means you can’t have glucose?”

Now, with the constant news articles, celebrity exposure, and healthy trends highlighting the diet (not that I agree with them all), people know what the term gluten-free means.

It gives you weird cravings

I can only imagine the requests Kanye is going to get (and then give his personal assistant) in the middle of the night from Kim. I’ve heard of some strange pregnancy cravings, and Kim K isn’t immune to this. Her taste-buds are going to want foods she may have not longed for before. It’s all a part of the process.

Before I went gluten-free, I didn’t crave the things I do now. My taste-buds changed as I was on the diet, partly because I couldn’t have some of my old favorites, and partly because I matured through the whole ‘going gluten-free’ process.

Forces you to love a new lifestyle

Kim might not be driving her lambo too often now that she has to haul a baby seat around. Things change when you have a little one, and you have to change along with them. She will most likely swap her favorite boutiques for the designer equivalent of Baby Gap, and the selfies we used to see on her Instagram will most likely change to baby pics.

A lot is going to change for Kim. She is going to find things that seem more important now than they used to. The same thing happens when someone goes on the gluten-free diet. Certain things don’t seem as important anymore, and you begin to value your health more than a doughnut or pint of beer.

Creates a new reality 

You are no longer the bread basket hoarder when dining out. When people ask what your favorite restaurant is, Olive Garden is most definitely not in the top 3 (even though they have a gluten-free menu), and you start craving lettuce wraps instead of deli sandwiches.

Changes happen and you learn to roll along with them when you’re on the gluten-free diet.

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Thankful for Caffeinated Beverages

By November 6, 2012 Giving Gluten-Free Thanks
Diet Mountain Dew

Tuesday, November 6th – I am thankful for caffeinated beverages.

As I walked into work yesterday unable to stop my non-stop yawning, I realized how thankful I was for caffeine. The kicker is, I don’t even like coffee. BUT, I do have an ever-lasting love for Diet Mountain Dew. Now, I know what you’re going to say – it’s not healthy for mehaven’t I read the label?yada yada yada.

I HAVE read the label and the nutrition facts, but sometimes love is stronger than any article about the side effects of aspartame can ever be.

Diet Mountain Dew is there for me when I need an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening energy boost. Don’t judge me. We all have our addictions.

I also enjoy Crystal Light Energy. I was super thankful for that Monday morning when I walked into work. I was so tired I don’t even remember my drive into the office. Thanks to that little packet of goodness, I was able to power through my morning To-Do list.

What product makes you tick? Are you addicted to something that you know isn’t necessarily healthy but you turn your cheek the other way?

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Thankful for Leftovers

By November 4, 2012 Giving Gluten-Free Thanks
Craig and I

Sunday, November 4th – I am thankful for leftovers.

One of the greatest feelings ever is getting home on a Sunday evening, starving from the long drive you just had, and finding a Tupperware filled with glorious leftovers.

I experienced this fist-pump worthy moment about 20 minutes ago when I spotted the last serving of the gluten-free stir fry my stepdad made a few days ago. Let me tell you, that bowl of chicken, veggies and rice just did me right in so many ways.

I have become very appreciative of five-star, gluten-free leftovers lately. With my busy schedule and lack of motivation to cook, it has been a struggle to have a legit dinner on a regular basis. I don’t take bowls of taste-bud pleasing leftovers in the fridge for granted, and I don’t take the person that made the leftovers for granted either. So, I am thankful for my stepdad as well.

Otherwise known as the gluten-free chef of the family, my stepdad has perfected the art of gluten-free cooking. I am thankful that he 1) likes to cook 2) takes requests 3) constantly looks for new gluten-free products and recipes to use.

Thanks, Craig! You’re awesome.

 

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

By October 21, 2012 Gluten-Free Recipes
Pumpkin Heaven

Tis the season to put pumpkin puree in anything & everything you can.

I stumbled upon a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares recipe on the Baker Street website earlier this week and immediately said to myself I’m making a gluten-free version of this. You can find the original recipe in the Pumpkin section of Baker Street’s Recipe page, or you can follow the instructions below.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used AgVantage Naturals All-Purpose Baking Mix)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 
First things first – preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, line the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan with foil so when your pumpkin treat is all baked, you can simply lift the entire pumpkin cookie out of the pan to cut. Then, whisk together the dry ingredients – gluten-free flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer and cream the 2 sticks of butter and sugar on medium-high speed until it becomes smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined. After that, it’s time to bring the pumpkin into play – add in the 1 cup of pumpkin puree as your last wet ingredient.
Now, combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix on low-speed. After it is all mixed, fold in the chocolate chips.
Grab your 9×13 inch pan and spread the batter evenly. Lick the batter that remains on the spoon and bowl. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until edges begin to pull away from the pan. Let cool.
Once the pumpkin chocolate chip sheet is completely cool, lift out of the pan. You can now cut your squares to whatever size your heart desires.
I hope you enjoy this Fall gluten-free treat just as much as I did!! Be sure to check back to my Recipe page for more simple gluten-free meals and baked goodies!
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares
Recipe Type: Baked Good
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: Depends
This will be your favorite recipe this fall as it has both chocolate AND pumpkin in it.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used AgVantage Naturals All-Purpose Baking Mix)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line bottom of 9×13 pan with foil
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients (gluten-free flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt)
  4. In separate bowl, use electric mixer and cream 2 sticks of butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined
  6. Add 1 cup of pumpkin puree as last wet ingredient
  7. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix on low-speed
  8. After all is mixed, fold in chocolate chips
  9. Spread batter evenly into 9×13 pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from pan.
  10. Let cool
  11. Once cool, lift out of pan and cut squares into whatever size your pumpkin-loving heart desires.

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