Gluten Free Brown Rice Muffins

Merry (late) Christmas to everyone.  I hope you all made some memories with families and friends during this busy time of year and took time to reflect on the true reason for the season.

Yesterday, one of the gifts that I received from my parents was a set of muffin tins.  Yup… I actually asked for those!  I have been wanting some for quite some time now.  The main reason was because I found a recipe in “The Feed Zone” book that I wanted to try.  I wasted no time and decided to try to make them today:

Brown Rice Muffins (Gluten-Free)

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I used a whole apple which was about one cup chopped instead)
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon

  1. Heat oven to 325 and lightly grease the muffin tin
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend til a nice batter is formed
  3. Divide into muffin tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes

This recipe made 10 muffins for me.


Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes

This last July, I made a trip to Portland, OR for a race and vacation.  I had the privledge of staying with a really neat host family, the Dailey family.  The made me feel right at home in a new location.  Jason (the father/husband) and I had a fair amount in common… triathletes, loved the outdoors, and health nuts.  While I was there, he was frequently made stuff from scratch from very simple ingredients.  Not only did he whip the meals together in lightening speed, but they were full of fresh fruits, veggies, and/or whole grains (mostly rice or quinoa).  I asked him where he got all these great ideas and he showed me a book that was written by two chefs for the Radio Shack pro cycling team.  The book is called “The Feed Zone.”

The feed zone is a book full of recipes that are easy to make and are designed for athletes.  We all have busy schedules and don’t have a ton of extra time to make nutritious meals, but with the tricks mentioned in this book it can reduce meal prep time in half.  Plus, since the cooks were literally working in a bus, they had limited ingredients.  So almost every recipe has about 7 ingredients or less!

Today I tried the Sweet Potato Pancake recipe in the book… but did a little spin on it.  I made it gluten free.  It’s still simple, cheap, and delicious.

Here’s how to make it gluten free.  Pictures below to give you a visual on how to do it as well:

  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats (after putting them into a blender to make flour.  It just under 4 cups of oats)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups cook sweet potatos, mashed (or one large can organic sweet potatoes)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups soy or almond milk

1. combine all ingredients in a bowl and use an electric hand mixer to mix together into a thick batter consistency

2.  Heat oven to 375 degrees

3.  Spray olive oil, or another nonstick spray, on a baking sheet.  Spread batter evenly over a large baking sheet

4.  Bake for about 30 minutes

I like to use the oven because I make a large batch of pancakes all at the same time instead of doing one or two at a time.


Now that you’ve made some delicious pancakes, don’t ruin them with a cheap syrup made from corn.  Splurge a little and buy some real maple syrup… your taste buds (and body) will thank you!


Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats

Crock Pot Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal

Required ingredients:

  • 1 c. steel cut (Irish) oats
  • 4 c. skim milk, soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk

Optional toppings:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried figs
  • Raisins
  • Fresh or dried blueberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut milk
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Ground flax
  • Wheat Germ

In a slow cooker, combine all required ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 6 to 9 hours.

Stir and remove to serving bowls. This method works best if started before you go to bed. Then your oatmeal will be finished by morning.

Add toppings right before you eat the oatmeal.



Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup milk (soy, almond, cows, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds, or 1/4 cup walnuts
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon

Directions:  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Cover and place in refrigerator over night.  It will be ready to eat in the morning.  If using chia seeds, add about another 1/4 cup of milk since they absorb a lot of fluid too.



Quinoa and Vegetable Hash with Eggs

Quinoa and Vegetable Hash with Eggs


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups cubed and cooked sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese


I also like to add a few extra garden vegetables if I have them on hand such as zucchini, summer squash, and spinach, etc.


  1. place oil and onion in a skillet and sauté
  2. add cooked sweet potatoes and parsely, sauté until the edges of the potatoes are brown (if adding additional veggies, add them at this time too)
  3. add cooked quinoa, salt, pepper and cheese to taste
  4. in a separate pan, cook the eggs as you like.
  5. Divide dish in half and put on egg over the hash.