Pumpkin Spice Flan

Pumpkin Spice Flan

Pumpkin Spice Flan- a simple twist on a Latin Treat

Pumpkin Spice Flan

Flan- A Latin Classic

The first time I ever had flan I was in middle school. We had recently moved to Miami; I was at a friend’s house and her grandmother was making it. She was trying to teach us, but her measurements were all based on a broken coffee cup. It was all about the ratios.  The flan was delicious and it quickly became one of my favorite dishes.

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It’s creamy and not to sweet on its own, but the caramel sauce that it’s baked in adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

Pumpkin Spice Flan

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A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. A delicious blend of pumpkin, condensed milk, milk, and spices. In a stroke of brilliance, I realized that not only is it the perfect coffee creamer, it would also be the perfect base for flan. Once you have your pumpkin spice creamer base, it’s as simple as adding eggs to make a custard.

Recipe Tips


When baking the flan, be careful to place your filled custard cups in a glass baking dish and fill with water halfway up the custard cups. Be gentle taking it in and out of the oven. The water can splash into your flan.


After burning myself in an attempt to make caramel for the base, I opted for real maple syrup. Feel free to make caramel if you wish.

Enjoy this take two recipe!

Happy gluten free eating!


Pumpkin Spice Flan

Pumpkin Spice Flan



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer and eggs until smooth.
  3. Pour 1 to 1/2 Tablespoons into the bottom of a custard cup. Repeat with 3 more cups.
  4. Divide creamer egg mixture among 4 cups.
  5. Place custards cups in small glass baking dishes. Fill baking dish with water, about half way up the cups.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until set.
  7. Carefully remove from baking dish. Allow to cool.
  8. Refrigerate at least two hours.
  9. To remove flan from cup, carefully run a knife around the edge and invert onto a small plate.
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Taste of Gluten Free Louisiana- Product Review Friday

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Get a taste of Gluten Free Louisiana!

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Product’s were provided for this review. No monetary compensation was received, all opinions are my own.

Taste of Gluten Free Louisiana

Maybe it is because it is the first place my husband and I went together, but I just love New Orleans and Louisiana in general. The food, the people, the culture, the food (it’s worth mentioning twice!). I haven’t been since diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but when Cookin’ Wit Gus and U.S. Sauce Co. contacted me to try some of their gluten free products I jumped on the chance to get the taste of Louisiana.

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Cookin Wit Gus

Do you know how you know something that is gluten free is really good? When your non-gluten free friends come over, eat it, and LOVE it. That’s what happened with this Gluten Free Spicy Fry Mix from Cookin Wit Gus. It was so yummy. We don’t generally deep fry at our house, so we went ahead and made the fried chicken the same way we normally do. Boil till done, dip in egg, fry mix, and quickly pan fry on all sides. This fry mix worked like a charm and it was even still crispy when we warmed it up the next day!

I was pretty impressed. The fry mix is rice flour based and I usually have a problem with gluten free flours burning really quickly, but this one worked perfectly. It can also be used to make gravy. Cookin Wit Gus makes several different fry mixes for chicken, pork, beef, and fish. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what I make with the Pork Fry Mix next week!

While Cookin Wit Gus does have non-gluten free products, they have extremely strict cross contamination procedures in place. You can read more about their commitment to gluten free products and their understanding of what it means to be gluten free on their website.

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U. S. Hot Sauce Company

Hot sauce is a must for any dish from Lousiana. In order to sample this Cafe Louisiana hot sauce from U.S. Hot Sauce Co properly, I had to make my Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice.  The hot sauce was the perfect addition. A little bit vinegary, and hot, but not so hot that it masqued the flavor. It is going to be used quite a bit at our house. It is the perfect way to get a taste of gluten free Louisiana, without having to travel.

You can find out more about the U. S. Hot Sauce company on their website.

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Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

Pisco Chocolate Mousse

Peruvian Style Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

Pisco Chocolate Mousse

Product was received for use in the post from Imperial Sugar as part of the #choctoberfest2016 promotion. No monetary compensation was accepted, all opinions are my own.

Pisco Chocolate MousseChoctoberFest2016

#Choctoberfest 2016 is a great opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin-inspired chocolate recipes! Today we have a Gluten Free  Peruvian Style Pisco Chocolate Mousse (You can find my Mexican Dessert Torte HERE)! Be sure to check out all the great sponsors, including Imperial Sugar, and other great blogs with Chocolate Inspired recipes. Imperial Sugar was kind enough to send me sugar to use in this recipe. If you would like to get in on the fun enter the giveaway HERE!


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Chocolate Mousse is my husband’s favorite desserts If I want to get on his good side, all I need is Pisco Chocolate Mousse waiting for him when he gets home. It turns him into putty. Funny story, I made this once at my dad’s (who isn’t a big dessert eater), he literally went and scraped the bowl. I guess the saying, you marry your father, is sometimes true…at least when it comes to dessert!

A few years back I made my husband Anne Burrell’s Chocolate Mousse from Food Network. Of course, as with everything, I’ve adjusted it and has to throw my own spin on it.  It’s the perfect dessert, just the right amount of sweet, without being overpowering. Traditionally Chocolate Mousse is made with Kalua or Espresso, but Pisco adds an amazing touch that really knocks this mousse out of the park.

Pisco is a Peruvian liquor made from fermented and distilled grapes. It is famous throughout Peru, mostly used in a drink called “Pisco Sours”, but it is delicious in other applications, like dessert, as well.

Pisco Chocolate Mousse

 The Recipe

Chocolate Mousse from scratch can seem a bit intimidating, but it really isn’t very hard. My golden tool in this is my hand mixer. Kitchenaid’s are great, but for this recipe, it helps to have more than one bowl.  Here are my notes to help make Pisco Chocolate Mousse a seamless process for you.

Multiple Bowls

I know it means more dishes, and I will be the first to complain about extra dishes (we are a paper plate family), but you need them for this. Suck it up and just wash them all when you’re done. Trust me, it is worth it.

The Chocolate

It is ok if some of the chocolate does not incorporate seamlessly. It just gives you little bits of chocolate throughout the mousse and it is delicious.

Adding the Liquor

Under no circumstances add the liquor to the chocolate. You will have a large mess. Do not ask how I know, just don’t do it.

The Eggs

This recipe does use raw eggs. If you are making it for a large group of people, you may want to consider purchasing pasteurized eggs that are safe for pregnant women and children.

Dairy Free Substitution

Whipped Coconut Cream can be used in place of Whipped Heavy Cream.


I think that is about it. If you try it, be sure to take a picture and tag @myglutenfreemiami on Instagram!

What’s your favorite go-to Chocolate Dessert? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream

Pisco Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream


  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar (divided- 3 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Pisco (depending on taste)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (can use coconut cream for dairy free substitution)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place a small glass or metal bowl over a small pot with about 2 inches of water in it. Bring to boil.
  2. Place chocolate in bowl and stir until melted. Remove bowl from top of pot and allow to cool slightly
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg yolks and 3 tablespoons sugar until egg yolks double in size. Stir in Pisco.
  4. In another bowl whip 2 cups heavy cream with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside 3/4 cup whipped cream for topping.
  5. Carefully beat together chocolate and egg yolk mixture by pouring egg yolk slowly into bowl with chocolate with beaters running. Be careful not to cook the eggs.
  6. Add several heaping spoonfuls of whipped cream to egg chocolate mixture and beat on low until combined.
  7. Fold in remaining whipped cream.
  8. Pour mousse into desire containers or bowls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  9. Top with whipped cream.
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Tips for Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating

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Trick or treating should be fun for everyone. Use these tips for allergy friendly trick or treating that doesn’t leave anyone out!

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Confession Time

I have never been trick or treating. Never. Growing up we went to a lot of harvest festivals at church, and always had a great time, but I have never experienced knocking on doors and handing out candy. I’ve never handed out candy either. I used to buy a bag but never lived in a neighborhood where kids went door to door.

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But now my daughter has started Day Care and she has school on Halloween. I’m not planning to take her trick or treating, but I wanted to do something special for her class. As always, the first thing I think about is, “Does anyone have food allergies?”  I created these great little pumpkins full of non-food toys and a few treats that are allergy friendly and made without artificial flavors.


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Tips for Choosing Allergy Safe Treats for Trick or Treating

When it comes to holidays, we always want to be as inclusive as possible. These are just a few tips to help when choosing allergy safe treats:

  1.  Avoid items like play dough (may contain wheat) and items made of latex.
  2. There are several candies out there that are Top 8 Free, including Enjoy Life Mini Chips (You can see my DIY post using Enjoy Life Mini Chips HERE!) and Yum Earth Gummies. Keep packages on hand for parents to view.
  3. Give options. Have non-food treats and candy treats available. The Teal Pumpkin Project has some great ideas for treats, as well as signs you can download to let children know that your house has allergy friendly options.

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Pumpkin Gift Bags

For my daughter’s class, I found these cute little pumpkin boxes at Michael’s. (Michael’s tip- Always use a coupon! They will take them from your phone!) and picked up some little trinkets at Target. I love Micheal’s and Target (not getting paid to say this!) and I am lucky enough to have them in the same building.

Allergy Friendly Trick or Treating | http://myglutenfreemiami.comIt wasn’t very expensive to put them together. I included:

  1. Foozy balls
  2. Rubber (non-latex) bracelets
  3. Spider Rings
  4. Spider Erasers
  5. Yum Earth Lollipop
  6. Yum Earth Gummy Bears and Worms.

They fit in the little boxes perfectly and I know the kids in Day Care are going to be thrilled to get a little gift, plus the parents are going to be thrilled that the candy isn’t full of artificial stuff. It’s also a very limited amount of candy.

What are your favorite tips for Allergy Free Trick or Treating? Share in the comments!

Allergen Friendly Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags + A Giveaway

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Enjoy trick or treating with fun DIY gluten free treats!
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Teal Pumpkin Project

I hate seeing kids left out, especially when it is so simple to include them. There will always be times when you have Celiac Disease or other food allergies that you won’t be able to participate in activities, but if you have it in your power to include everyone, then why not do it!

Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? It is a fantastic movement that takes into account children with allergies and food sensitivities during Halloween when candy treats are typically passed out. When you see a teal pumpkin outside a door, it means that they have treats that are safe for kids with food allergies. Often this means items like stickers and spider rings, but sometimes great companies produce candies that are perfect for children with allergies.

Using Enjoy Life’s new Baking Chip Snack Bags, I created these fun gluten free treats. Since Enjoy Life goes the extra mile to make their products allergen friendly, I wanted to go the extra mile to make these gluten free treats allergen friendly as well.

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Enjoy Life Baking Chips Snack Packs

Baking Chip Snack Packs are the newest of Enjoy Life’s amazing allergen friendly products. They are perfect for handing out as treats just like they are (or to sneak in your purse for that daily chocolate fix!).  As with all Enjoy Life Products they are Top 8 Allergen Free. This means NO:




Tree Nuts





Plus, they are made without casein, potato, or sesame. Perfect for handing out as treats! Plus, you can enter below to win 2 FREE Bags.

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Gluten Free Treats for Everyone

gluten free treatsIf you have Celiac Disease, you understand how difficult it can be to participate in “normal” activities. One of the best things about Enjoy Life Baking Chips Snack Packs is that they are not only gluten free, but Allergen Friendly. When I decided to make these adorable activity bags, I didn’t want to just make them gluten free. I wanted to make them as allergen friendly as possible.

These kits are a super fun activity for a Halloween or Harvest party, or just to pass out for kids to do at home. They make great little gifts or party favors. So simple, but they turn out adorable!

How to Make Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags

  1. gluten free treatsPlace one Pumpkin Crispy Treat, one Enjoy Life Snack Pack and one bag of icing in each goodie bag.
  2. To decorate, just cut the corner of the icing and squeeze onto pumpkin. Decorate with Enjoy Life Baking Chips!
  3. Pass out for kids to enjoy!

In order to make them Allergen Friendly I made a few adjustments to my usual recipes.

Recipe Notes:

Butter: Earth Balance makes great vegan, dairy free buttery sticks.gluten free treats

Crispy Rice: I used Nature’s Path Crispy Brown Rice.

Marshmallows: Dandies Marshmallows are gluten free, corn free, and vegan (they do contain soy, so if this is an issue, please look for another variety!) Regular marshmallows do not contain soy, but are made with corn syrup.

Chocolate Chips: Enjoy Life mini chips are top 8 free and made without corn.

Powdered Sugar: I used Wholesome Brand Corn Free Powdered Sugar. I have heard that Trader Joes also makes a corn-free powdered sugar, but I have not tried it.


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Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags

Crispy Treat Pumpkin Bags


    Crispy Treats
  • 1/4 cup dairy free butter stick
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 5 cups gluten free crispy rice
  • Icing
  • 3 cups corn free powder sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened dairy free butter
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring if desired


    Crispy Treats
  1. Melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and melt together.
  3. Add gluten free crispy rice.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Spread onto baking pan.
  6. Use a pumpkin cutter to cut pumpkin shapes.
  7. Icing
  8. Beat softened butter.
  9. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  10. At water and vanilla.
  11. Beat well.
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Product Review Friday: Nuttee Bean Co Review

NutteeBean Co Review

Nuttee Bean Co Review- The allergen-friendly snack for everyone!

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Nuttee Bean Co Review

NutteeBean Co ReviewWhen Nuttee Bean first contacted me to try their fava beans, I will admit, I was a bit unsure. I honestly wasn’t entirely sure what a fava bean was. Turns out they are crunchy, delicious and healthy! What a great combination.

As a recently launched Florida-based company, Nuttee Bean takes great pride in their products, which are all top 8 allergen free and made in a dedicated facility. (If you are Celiac, Gluten Sensitive, or have food allergies, you understand how important this is!) There are NO Nuts in Nuttee Bean. They are also a verified allergy free snack product on Snack Safely. Transparent in all their manufacturing practices, any information you are looking for can be found on the Nuttee Bean Website

Crunchy Goodness

NutteeBean Co ReviewI don’t know about you, but I am a snacker. Very rarely are my snacks very healthy, but Nuttee Bean has fixed this. Full of flavor, high in protein, high in fiber, no cholesterol, and there are even some vitamins hiding in there. I’m sure my doctor will approve.

NutteeBean also comes in 3 great flavors that are perfect for snacking:

Spicy Fava Beans

Salt & Vinegar Fava Beans

Wasabi & Ginger Fava Beans

More great flavors are in the works.

Get Yourself Some Nuttee Beans

Before I end this Nuttee Bean Co Review I have to share with you a little story. I had set aside some of the Nuttee Beans to take some more picture, but then I got a picture from my husband at work. He had taken them and was eating them all! He came home asking me to order him more. That doesn’t happen with snacks very often. If he loves them, you should definitely give them a try!

You can order NutteeBean on their Website, Amazon, or at Whole Foods in Pinecrest.

If you have any questions about their products, check out the Nuttee Bean website. They even have a nutritionist on staff that you can talk to about Fava Beans and Nuttee Bean.


No Bake {Gluten Free} Mexican Dessert Torte

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte is a simple & delicious spin on a layered cake.

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

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 #Choctoberfest 2016

#choctoberfest 2016When I was asked to join in #Choctoberfest 2016 I knew it would be a great opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin-inspired chocolate recipes! Today we have a Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte and later this week a Peruvian Pisco Chocolate Mousse! Be sure to check out all the great sponsors, including Imperial Sugar, and other great blogs with Chocolate Inspired recipes. Plus, there is a great giveaway! Enter HERE!

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

A Mexican Love Affair

I love Mexico…not the Cancun Mexico, but the mountains. The small villages. The people. In high school and college, I spent a lot of time in Zacoapoxtla and Puebla. It was my home away from home. Given the opportunity (and if I could get my husband on board), I would move in a heart beat.

My love for Mexico didn’t start in high school, my parents were very purposeful in introducing us to other cultures when we were growing up. Whether it was having something different for dinner or having missionaries from around the world stay at our house, I was exposed to culture constantly.

When I a was little one of the desserts my mom would serve whenever we had company over was this Mexican Torte. It was so simple, but everyone loved it. The original recipe came from The Sunset Mexican Cookbook (Copyright 1976!) and she tweaked it a bit over the years. Now I’ve tweaked it more to make it gluten free!

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte

This dessert is so easy. The trick to making it gluten free is to have gluten free tortillas. I make my own using GF Jules Recipe and flour. It is really easy, but there are also several brands of gluten free tortillas on the market.

Recipe tips:

Dairy Free Option- By using Enjoy Life Chocolate and a Dairy Free Sour Cream (Check out all these alternatives on Go Dairy Free), this can easily be made to suit guests with an aversion to dairy.

Chocolate Shavings- Use a chilled, not frozen chocolate bar. It is to cold it breaks,  and if it is to warm it smushes.

Chill Time- Make sure you make it a couple hours prior to serving, it does need a couple hours to chill.

That’s all folks! Check out the other #choctoberfest recipes and Happy Gluten Free Eating!


No Bake {Gluten Free} Mexican Dessert Torte

No Bake {Gluten Free} Mexican Dessert Torte


  • 4 Gluten Free Flour Tortillas
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 cups sour cream


  1. Melt chocolate either in the microwave (be careful not to burn!) or over a double boiler. Let cool slightly.
  2. Stir in 1 cup sour cream and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar.
  3. Combine remaining sour cream with the rest of the 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Add more to taste.
  4. Layer gluten free tortilla, 1/3 chocolate mixture, tortilla, 1/3 chocolate mixture, tortilla, 1/3 chocolate mixture.
  5. Top with remaining tortilla and spread sour cream mixture on top.
  6. Garnish with shaved chocolate.
  7. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  8. Enjoy!
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Quinoa and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash {Gluten Free}

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Gluten Free quinoa and chicken sausage stuffed acorn squash with grated parmesan & fresh herbs are the perfect addition to your fall meal plan.

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This post was sponsored by First Fresh Chicken Sausage. All opinions are my own.

A trip down memory lane

When I was a young child fall meant cooler temperatures, colored leafs, and lots of time outside feeling like I was one with nature. It was such a peaceful time. As an adult, living in Miami, it can be difficult to recreate that feeling, and I often find myself longing for those childhood moments of peace.

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Though complete re-creation is not possible, when I make fall inspired dishes, I am taken back to those childhood moments.

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Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash, Stuffed full of goodness!

Ever since I was a child I have loved the fillings of items more than the actual item. I was the kids who ate the toppings off the pizza or the filling out of the stuffed shells. I created a BBQ Chicken Calzone not for the amazing crust, but for the filling.

I’m going to admit it. This Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash is no different.  The filling is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Best part? It is actually pretty good for you too! Combine it with roasted acorn squash and it is delicious!

This recipe is so easy, there really isn’t a lof of explaining, but I have a few tips for you just to make it easier!

Recipe Notes

Chicken Sausage

Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash | http://myglutenfreemiami.comIf you have been following My Gluten Free Miami for any length of time, you know I love First Fresh Chicken Sausage. Not only is it lower in fat than pork and made from ingredients you can actually read, it just tastes amazing! I used the Mild Italian, but the Hot Italian or Breakfast Sausage would all be great! If you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, ask your local grocery store to order it. You won’t regret it!


The key to adding flavor, without a lot of salt and fat is fresh herbs. I like to buy the little box of poultry herbs. It has sage, thyme and rosemary in it. It saves money because I only need to buy one box,Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash | http://myglutenfreemiami.com instead of 3 . Feel free to use your favorite herbs!

Adjustable Recipe

If you don’t need 4 servings, you can easily cut the recipe in half!

Gluten Free Panko

I used gluten free panko to help hold it together, but you could use a plain gluten free bread crumb. It would be just as good. If you have trouble finding them you can get gluten free panko on Amazon (affiliate link).


I cook my quinoa in the rice cooker. One cup quinoa is 1/2 cup uncooked to 1 cup of water. Rice cookers are great because once you press down the button, you can pretty much forget it.


Enjoy this little taste of fall dish!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Quinoa and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash {Gluten Free}

Quinoa and Chicken Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash {Gluten Free}


    Acorn Squash
  • 2 small acorn squash (2-3 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Filling
  • 1 12 ounce package gluten free fresh chicken sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan (divided)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free panko crumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cut acorn squash in half, rub with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place cut side down on baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes.
  4. While squash is roasting, make the filling.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large pan.
  6. Brown Chicken Sausage
  7. Add fresh herbs and sautee for a minute.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. In a bowl combine cooked quinoa, parmesan, gluten free panko, salt and pepper.
  10. Add Chicken Sausage/Herb Mixture.
  11. Stir together well.
  12. Add egg and stir again.
  13. Stuff into acorn squash, sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
  14. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes
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#Choctoberfest 2016

#choctoberfest 2016

#Chocotoberfest 2016 is here!

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My Gluten Free Miami is so excited to be participating in #Choctoberfest this year! I know so many of you love chocolate and I have some amazing Latin-inspired recipes for you this week! Be sure to follow along to get  recipes for my yummy Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte and Pisco Chocolate Mousse!

#Choctoberfest 2016 is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers.

Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:

  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate’s: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean’s:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint
  • From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
  • From #Choctoberfest blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen: 1 specialty chocolate gift pack (your choice of dark or milk chocolate), 1 tin (14 ounces) drinking chocolate, and Divine’s Fair Trade Gift Set

Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We’ll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 22, so enter by next Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing:

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Here’s a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Kitchen Hoor’s Adventuresaddicted 2 recipesAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair From The HeartBalancing MotherhoodBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenBy the PoundsCanning and Cooking at HomeCoconut & LimeCook with 5 KidsCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with CarleeCopyKat RecipesCricket’s ConfectionsCrumbs in my MustachioElisabeth JeanFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFantastical Sharing of RecipesFeed Your Soul TooFeeding BigFrankly EntertainingFull Belly SistersGet the Good StuffGrumpy’s HoneybunchHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHostess At HeartInk and SugarJane’s Adventures in DinnerJoin Us, Pull Up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen AdventuresKate’s Recipe BoxKudos Kitchen by ReneeKylee CooksLetz EatLife CurrentsLife on Food Making MiraclesMonica’s TableMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMy Catholic KitchenMy Gluten Free MiamiOur Good LifePalatable PastimeRestless ChipotleSeduction in The KitchenSew You Think You Can CookSimple Food 365Southern With A TwistSumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasTampa Cake GirlTeaspoon of GoodnessThat RecipeThe Crumby CupcakeThe FlavouristaThe Food Hunter’s Guide To CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Spiffy CookieTramplingroseWildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen

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Product Review Friday- Butcher Box Review: Curated Grass Fed Beef, Organic Chicken and Heritage Pork

Butcher Box Review | http://myglutenfreemiami

Butcher Box Review: Curated Grass Fed Beef, Organic Chicken and Heritage Pork

Butcher Box Review | http://myglutenfreemiami

Butcher Box provided a mixed box of meats in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

Butcher Box Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Butcher Box about their grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and heritage pork boxes that are delivered to you. Butcher Box prides themselves in delivering quality meat to their subscribers. The goal of the founder was to make quality beef easily available to the masses. Each box is specially curated to include high-quality cuts from small farms. Being this was my first time using a service that delivered meat, I had a bunch of questions, I’m sure you do too! Hopefully, this little question and answer session will help you decide if a product like Butcher box is for you. If you have any additional questions, leave a comment or send me an email!

How is it shipped? Butcher Box Review | http://myglutenfreemiami

My first concern about receiving a box of meat in the mail was how it would be shipped. I am in Miami and it is H-O-T. My concern was null, the boxes come well packed with dry ice. As a matter of fact, I was actually out-of-town when the box came and while my husband did put the meat in the freezer, the foam shipping box was still sitting in the kitchen. When I opened it, the dry ice was still frozen. It could have easily been in shipping one or two more days without an issue.

Can I choose what is in the box? Will I know what is in it ahead of time?

Butcher Box Review | http://myglutenfreemiamiThe short answer is no. Each box is chosen to provide for a variety of cuts each month and you don’t have any control over this (other than choosing if you want just beef or a mixed box). They do have some add-on items such as whole chickens, rib eye, beef bones, and bacon that you can be added on.

I was a bit unsure of this, but when I received my box I was very pleased with the selection. We received 2 packages of thin sliced steak, 4 thick cut pork chops, a package of bacon, a package of tri-tip steak, a package of chicken breasts, and 2 blocks of ground beef. It was a nice selection.

Will they give me ideas of what to do with the meat? What if I don’t recognize a cut?

Butcher Box Review | http://myglutenfreemiamiI was a bit concerned about this. I’m in a very busy season, so while I love having things delivered. It saves so much time. However, I don’t have a lot of time to figure out what to do with an unfamiliar cut of meat.

Luckily, there were some great recipes included. We tried out the Easy Paleo Pho (which of course we made non-paleo by adding rice noodles) and it was delicious. The steak was so tender, no fat (normally when we buy meat I end up trimming a ton of fat off of it). I didn’t expect to be able to tell much of a difference, but it was obvious that the quality was better than what I usually buy at the store.

How much does it cost? Why should I invest in Butcher Box over Whole Foods or just buying regular meat at the grocery store?

One month is $129.00, including shipping. This is enough meat for 20 servings. You get discounts for doubling your order and prices for add-ons very. I did price everything as best as I could to Whole Foods. It was about the same cost, but there is definitely a greater variety. It was very difficult to find the same variety in grass-fed beef , organic chicken, and heritage pork that is available through Butcher Box.

Buying grass fed beef is a personal choice. Personally, I find the taste and quality much better, but you have to do what is best for you and your family. You can read more about the reasoning behind eating grass fed beef on their website.

My Final Butcher Box Review

It is more expensive than what I am used to spending, but I have been trying to buy high-quality meat and this fits the bill. I went through what I received and it is about a month’s worth of meat for my family. I would add on whole chicken and beef bones in order to have a bit extra. We also like using bones for broths and soups.

While it is a bit higher than what I’m used to spending, I am getting a whole months worth of quality meat for the same amount as it costs my family to go out to eat twice. I am planning on trying it out and will report back on to how it is working for my family.

If you would like to try Butcher Box, use the code  myglutenfreemiami10 and get $10.00 off and a free package of bacon!butcher-box-banner

If you try out Butcher Box, be sure to let me know what you think!





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