When I started this blog, I had no intention of posting recipes, as there are a ton of awesome websites and blogs with gluten free recipes already in existence. However, as a working mom who prepares gluten free meals regularly for a family of 6, I have adopted a ton of super easy, family friendly foods over the past few years. One common theme is that all of these recipes involve making foods in a muffin tin. For some reason, my kids seem to really like this! All six recipes are gluten free and soy free, and some are Paleo and/or dairy free (or can be modified to be so). If you’d like, you can skip the cooking spray and use olive oil to grease the tins instead. Okay, here are your recipes…
1. Zucchini Bites (recipe adapted from The Naptime Chef)
Ingredients: 1 cup grated zucchini, 1 egg, 1/4 yellow onion (diced), 1/4 cup cheese (we usually use parmesan), 1/4 cup GF bread crumbs, salt and pepper
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a standard muffin tin or mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. 2. Squeeze out grated zucchini between paper towels so it is dry. 3. Mix egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs, zucchini, and salt and pepper (use as much as you’d like) in a bowl. 4. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, fill the muffin cups to the top. 5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the tops are browned and set.
**Makes 12 mini muffins or 6 regular sized muffins. We have doubled and even tripled the recipe many times without a problem!
2. Pizza Frittatas (I have had this recipe for so long that I cannot recollect its origin):
Ingredients: 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 1 chopped bell pepper, pepperoni slices, 10 large eggs, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 tsp salt
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Saute the mushrooms and bell pepper. 3. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and divide sauteed veggies evenly into each cup. 4. Line inside of each cup with 4-5 slices of pepperoni. 5. Whisk eggs and salt together. Pour eggs evenly into each muffin cup. 6. Top each with mozzarella cheese. 7. Bake for 15 minutes, or until eggs are set and puffy.
**You can tightly wrap the individual frittatas and freeze. Microwave in 15 sec increments until heated through. You can prepare as a Paleo dish if mozzarella cheese is omitted.
3. Easy Cheesy Bread (modified from a recipe on www.simplyrecipes.com):
Ingredients: 1 egg, 1/3 cup olive oil, 2/3 cup milk, 1-1/2 cups tapioca flour, 1/2 cup grated cheese of your choice, 1 tsp salt
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400F. 2. Put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. You may need to use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender halfway through. 3. Pour into a greased muffin tin. 4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until puffy and just lightly browned.
4. Meatloaf Delight (modified from a new recipe called “Meatloaf in a Muffin Tin” on Dana’s website, www.celiackiddo.wordpress.com):
Ingredients: 1-1/2 lbs lean ground sirloin, 2 garlic cloves (minced), 1tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 cup GF bread crumbs, 1 egg
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450F. 2. Grease a standard sized muffin tin. 3. Combine sirloin, egg, garlic, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs in a large bowl with your hands. 4. Divide equally into muffin cups, either using an ice cream scoop or rolling into balls and pressing into cups. 5. Bake for 20 minutes, making sure to cut into one to make sure it is cooked through before serving.
**if you check out Dana’s website (see above) she has a recipe for a ketchup glaze to put on the top before cooking. We opted to give our kids ketchup on the side. We just made this recipe for the first time last week. My oldest gave it a score of an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10, and my 2nd coined it “Meatloaf Delight” because he loved it so much.
5. Salmon Cakes (adapted from a recipe on www.runnersworld.com):
Ingredients: Two 6 oz cans of salmon, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup GF bread crumbs, 1/3 cup milk (can use non-dairy milk), 1 shredded zucchini, 2 tsp curry powder (okay to omit curry if you don’t have it)
Directions: 1 Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. 3. Stuff into 8 to 12 standard sized muffin cups (we have had enough for 12). 4. Bake for 25 minutes.
**can be served with an avocado sauce as well (combine 1 avocado, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, juice of 1 lime, and 1/4 tsp salt in a food processor).
6. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (also via www.celiackiddo.wordpress.com):
Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp GF vanilla extract, 1-1/2 cups GF all purpose flour (I am pretty sure you can substitute almond flour but we have not tried this yet), 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (we use the Enjoy Life brand)
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a standard, 12 cup muffin tin, or 2 mini muffin tins. 2. Place bananas, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Scrape down sides with a spatula and blend again. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients except for chocolate chips. 4. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix well. 5. Fold in the chocolate chips. 6. Spoon batter into muffin tins. 7. Bake mini muffins for 10 minutes, standard sized muffins may need closer to 20 minutes (you will know they are done when a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).