Gluten-Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I love chickpeas!

I discovered this new found love earlier this year when I had homemade hummus.  While browsing for recipe ideas, ‘Roasted Chickpeas’ kept popping up so I just had to try it.

They’re a great crunchy snack and super easy to make. It would also make a terrific Christmas ‘Foodie’ gift.
You can vary the spices as many ways as you like. How about garam masala, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper?
Lime juice, gluten free taco seasoning, cayenne and salt?
Or maybe gluten free ginger asian seasoning, cinnamon, gluten free soy sauce, salt and sesame seeds?
I like to experiment with different flavors and create my own combinations. Feel free to “spice it up” (pun intended) and get creative.

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

These make a yummy gift. Wrap it in a decorative takeout box to jazz it up a little.

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas


  • 6 cups chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil ( I like to use Olio Santo)
  • 1 tbsp cumin *
  • 1 tbsp gf taco seasoning *
  • 1 tbsp gf west african citrus spice *
  • 1 tbsp maldon sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • * I buy all of my spices here in Calgary at Silk Road Spice Merchant. I love my spices and I really enjoy the combinations they make. Bonus: they are gluten free! Check out their website for more information.


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir to mix.
  • Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
  • Bake in oven for 40-60 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes.
  • I like my chickpeas crunchy so I baked mine for 1 hour.
  • It’s really based on personally preference so feel free to adjust the baking time to your liking.
  • Remove from oven.
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Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Cauliflower and Orange Salad with a Lemony Dressing

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

Cauliflower and Orange Salad with a Lemony Dressing


  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and cut up
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa per serving
  • 3 tbsp sprouted watermelon or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp whipping cream (can substitute with coconut milk)
  • 6 tbsp avocado oil


  • To assemble the salads start with the arugula and spinach and then add the quinoa in a mound on each salad.
  • Add the cauliflower, then the carrots, the oranges and pomegranates, seeds and fresh herbs.
  • Drizzle the dressing over each salad.

For the dressing:

  • In a canning jar add the juice from the lemon, the zest and the whipping cream and avocado oil.
  • Place the lid on and shake until combined.
  • Serve.
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cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

I am sharing a new salad recipe with all so close to Christmas for a couple of reasons.

One? I love salads and this salad has a ton of crunch, sweetness and plenty of tang.

Second? It’s the holiday season and in between enjoying all the parties, rich appetizers and Christmas baking it is nice to throw a healthy salad in.

This salad is super easy to put together too and as a bonus is meat less so you can add it to your meatless Monday options.

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

I also wanted to add in mandarin oranges as well as pomegranates which are readily available in the grocery stores right now.

The lemony dressing can be made in a small glass jar-just add ingredients, place lid on and shake. Just shake!

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese


  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and cut into 6 wedges
  • Manchego cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 6 thin slices speck (smoked proscuitto)
  • 1/2 cup arugula or baby kale
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Honey to drizzle


  • In a small bowl toss the arugula with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  • Place a piece of manchego cheese, then a bit of arugula onto each pear wedge.
  • Wrap each wedge with the speck.
  • You can place a toothpick through the center of each one if you like for serving.
  • Place each wrapped pear wedge onto a plate and drizzle with a bit of honey.
  • They are ready to serve!
  • Enjoy!
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Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Here is the 2nd new holiday appetizer as requested by my readers.

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese.

What is Speck?

Speck is smoked prosciutto and can easily be found now at most grocery stores in the deli section.

Manchego Cheese?

It is a hard cheese made from sheeps milk so it is a really nice substitute for those with dairy issues. Its flavour resembles a mild parmesan.

Manchego Cheese

I knew you would all have questions about those ingredients so it’s better to answer it right away.

This is another quick and easy appetizer recipe for the holidays.

What I like about this recipe is that it is sweet, a bit smoky and also a bit salty. It pairs really nicely with white wine too.

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Looking for Delicious Salad Recipes?

In my Gluten Free Salads Cookbook you can find 27 other delicious recipes your friends and family will love, including: Cucumber Herb Salad, Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad, Sesame Noodle Salad and many more. Purchase yours today.

Top 10 Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes Your Friends and Family Will Love

Here are my top 10 gluten free appetizer recipes, perfect for the holidays:

Recipe: Gluten Free Spicy White Bean Dip

gluten free spicy white bean dip

Recipe: Gluten Free Tomatillo Salsa

gluten free tomatillo salsa recipe

Recipe: Gluten Free Hummus

Gluten free hummus recipe

Recipe: Buffalo Pork Lettuce Wraps

gluten free buffalo pork lettuce wraps recipe

Recipe: Gluten Free Salad Rolls

gluten free salad rolls recipe

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Sausage Kale Pesto Crostini

gluten free pumpkin sausage kale pesto crostini recipe

Recipe: Gluten Free Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

gluten free portobello mushroom pizza recipe

Recipe: Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

gluten free spicy roasted chickpeas recipe

Recipe: Gluten Free Cheese Ball

gluten free chesse ball recipe

Recipe: Gluten-Free Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

gluten free goat cheese stuffed dates recipe


Top 10 Gluten Free Cake Recipes Perfect For The Holidays

Recipe: Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Dairy Free Carrot Cake

Recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Swirl Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Coconut Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Date Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Rhubarb Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Old Fashioned Jam Cake

Recipe: Pumpkin Cake with Creamcheese Frosting

If you make any of these, please send me a picture on FacebookTwitter or tag me on Instagram.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread

This is day 14 of my #20daysofcookies campaign to post a new gluten free dairy free recipe each day. Enjoy the other recipes here.

gluten free dairy free gingerbread house
Here is the 14th new cookie recipe for the month of December, #20daysofcookies, where I will share 20 new gluten free cookie recipes from December 1-20. Make sure you subscribe to receive each one!
If you follow me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram you would have seen photos of the gingerbread house I made this week.
Yes, a homemade gingerbread house!
gluten free dairy free gingerbread house
The recipe is gluten and dairy free also.
This cookie dough is another one I wish you would add to your “must make” list.
I picked up a funny set of gingerbread cookie cutters earlier this year and had a fun time making some unusual gingerbread men.
gluten free dairy free gingerbread recipe

gluten free dairy free gingerbread recipe

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread


  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan “butter”, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger and cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free molasses
  • 3 cups gluten free flour blend (I like to use Compliments gluten free flour blend)


  • In a stand mixer beat the vegan “butter” with the brown sugar. 
  • Scrap the sides of the bowl to incorporate all.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt and mix in.
  • Add the egg, molasses and apple cider vinegar and mix on low speed.
  • Scrape sides of bowl and beat mixture well.
  • Add the gluten free flour and mix on low speed.
  • Increase speed to medium and beat dough really well.
  • Place dough in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight to chill.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour the countertop with gluten free flour.
  • Divide dough in half and roll out with a rolling pin.
  • Dust dough lightly with gluten free flour before rolling to prevent sticking.
  • Cut out dough with various cookie cutters.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free dairy free gingerbread recipe
gluten free dairy free gingerbread recipe

Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People


Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People


  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • (optional 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. adds a nice spice to the cookies)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance non-dairy butter
  • 2 tbsp organic molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • In a stand mixer add the non-dairy butter, honey and molasses.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl whisk the coconut flour, almond flour, all the spices, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to the molasses mixture and mix until a dough forms.
  • Place dough in a small bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cut another 2 sheets of parchment paper.
  • Place one sheet of parchment paper on counter and place 1/2 chilled dough on it.
  • Place the other sheet of parchment paper on top and then roll dough until thin.
  • Remove top sheet.
  • Cut dough with cookie cutters.
  • Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Enjoy!
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3 Holiday Treat Recipes that are Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Low in Sugar.

gluten free date coconut pistachio balls
Happy New Year everyone!
It is hard to believe it is already 2014 and I am going to be 49 years old this spring.
Last year on my 48th birthday I realized I needed to get healthy.
The first thing I did was buy the UP bracelet from Jawbone (insert jawbone website) and get walking.
I’ve used pedometers before and I like the accountability they give to me. This bracelet not only keeps track of my steps, but it allows me to input other exercise I do, and it also keeps track of my sleep.
All this was important to me.
I started off wanting to get 15,000 steps in per day and by July I upped it to 20,000 steps per day.
Walking became my part time job and I started to slowly lose weight.
Then winter arrived in Calgary and my weight also plateaued. I was walking 2 1/2 hours a day and not losing at all. I knew I needed to up my workouts if I was going to continue on this journey.
Seriously, I am not on a diet. I have tried every diet out there, and have always gained it back. This time it is about getting into shape and eating healthy.
My daughter had started seeing this personal trainer and I liked what I was hearing about her workouts. It didn’t hurt that she really liked her trainer either. I decided to give him a call and see about getting starting some personal training.
In November I started training with Kyle at Vagus Fitness 3 times a week and I am very, very glad I made that initial call.
vagus fitness calgary
vagus fitness calgary
Here is a little background on me in case you are all thinking I’m some sort of an athlete.
First of all I never exercised as a kid. Sure I road my bike around but I grew up in the country and gravel roads aren’t the best. I never played any sports and still to this day do not know how to skate.
Really I am just trying to get into shape.
I will never be a size 0 nor am I trying to be. I would like to be a healthy size and weight for me and be in good shape. Last year the kids bought us bikes for our anniversary and it is something I really enjoy and would like to bike a lot more this year, so that means I need to be in better shape.
Exercising is darn hard work at times, and I am sure I complain to Kyle too much about certain routines he has me doing. But truly, I am thrilled.
I feel better, I am stronger and I am challenging myself past my comfort zone which makes me smile!
Before Christmas, Kyle asked me to come up with some recipes for his blog that were gluten free, dairy free and lower in sugar.
He does have a fitness facility so healthier baked goodies would be best.
I came up with 3 recipes and I encourage you to go on his site and take a look.
How about Gluten-Free Date Coconut Pistachio Balls?
gluten free date coconut pistachio balls
These no-bake balls are delicious and super healthy for you too. Gluten Free Rice Krispies, coconut oil, raw pistachios and dates.
Next there is a recipe for Gluten Free Elderflower Marmalade Oat Bars.
gluten free elderflower marmalade oat bars
I challenge you to make these squares and see if anyone notices they are low in sugar, gluten free and vegan.
They really are just that good.
And last is a recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People.
gluten free vegan gingerbread people
These cookies are gluten free, egg free, vegan and low in sugar.
You will be very pleased with this recipe too.
Check out for these recipes and if you are in the Calgary area I would highly recommend these guys for helping with your fitness goals.
vagus fitness calgary

Gluten-Free Pie Crust


gluten free pie crust recipe

Thanksgiving is right around the corner here in Canada and I thought I’d get 5 new recipes out to you this week.
Through the years I have made my share of thanksgiving desserts, but one dessert you cannot have it seems is pumpkin pie.
I decided to make a simple gluten free pie crust using Robin Hood’s new gluten free flour. Why use Robin Hood gluten free flour blend?
It is readily available in most grocery stores and is not overly expensive compared to other gluten free flour blends.
This recipe makes enough for a single crust pie and is quite easy to make.

gluten free pie crust recipe
gluten free pie crust recipe
gluten free pie crust recipe

Gluten Free Pie Crust


  • 1 1/4 cup Robin Hood gluten free flour blend
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold lard
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 8 tbsp cold water


  • In a small bowl whisk the gluten free flour blend, arrowroot starch, xanthan gum and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to a stand mixer.
  • With machine running on low, cut up lard and butter into small squares and add to dry ingredients.
  • Do not overmix.
  • You are looking for the dough to have pea sized pieces in it.
  • Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of cold water over flour mixture and blend on low.
  • Repeat moistening flour with 1 Tbsp of cold water at a tie until all the flour mixture is moistened.
  • For me that took 8 Tbsp of water.
  • Remove dough from bowl and roll into a ball.
  • Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
  • I roll my gluten free pie crust dough on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • This way I am not adding too much flour to the dough when rolling.
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Ideas for Hosting a Gluten-Free Christmas Party (And Tips For Turkey Dinner)

gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party

I apologize in advance for the quality of photos in this post. I took them once the party had started and they turned out a bit blurry. I’ll blame the wine.
This past weekend we hosted a Christmas/Housewarming party. With our renovation completed we wanted to combine showing off the house with a Christmas celebration.
As with anyone who hosts a party, the week before was filled with planning, shopping, baking, cleaning, organizing and more baking. With a new kitchen, my stress level for hosting was very low prior to years before. It was interesting how much easier it is to host a party when your kitchen and dining room are well organized.
Through the years, I’ve tried to include as many gluten free treats being served as possible. Now that I am much more comfortable with my baking and cooking as well as being gluten free, I decided that this whole party would be gluten free.
I wanted to show that you can have great tasting food at a party and if you didn’t say anything no one would know it was all gluten free.
Just to be normal as much as possible.
Isn’t that what we all want?
With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I would also share what I do when I’m cooking turkey dinner.
My kids love my turkey stuffing so usually I cooked the turkey the same as every year. For me, I would take a few slices off the breast and that would be mine.
This past Thanksgiving I decided to do two smaller turkeys. One regular for my gang that loves stuffing, and one for Cam and I that would be totally gluten free.
For the gravy I use cornstarch to thicken.
Really, other than the turkey, I find the meal is almost entirely gluten free.
It does not stress me at all.
My daughter usually bakes homemade buns full of “gluten” for most of the gang, but again, they are of no concern for me.
I wish for all the newly diagnosed gluten free folks that you feel empowered to host a Christmas dinner without feeling like you might get sick.
Making the food yourself does help to keep you safe and free from cross contamination too.
Here are photos from the Christmas party we had and I’ve listed all the appetizers as well as baked goods I served at the end.

Gluten-Free Appetizers Served:

  • Smoked Salmon on Toasted Gluten-Free Baguette Slices.
  • Garlic Shrimp. (Similar Recipe)
  • Various Cheeses.
  • Gluten-Free Deli Meats and Sausages.
  • Warmed Feta with Marinated Lemons.
  • Gluten-Free Quinoa Cranberry Nut Salad. (Similar Salad)
  • Gluten-Free Chickpea Salad. (Similar Quinoa Salad)
  • Warm Gluten-Free Focaccia. (Similar Recipe)
  • Warm Gluten-Free Baguette.
  • Goat Cheese Dip.
  • Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Ball.(Similar Recipe)
  • Snow Crab and Shrimp Dip.
  • Variety of Veggies.
  • 3 Different Olives.
  • Gluten-Free Crackers.
  • Individual Jars of White Bean Hummus with Sriracha. (Similar Recipe for Gluten-Free Hummus)
  • Warm Brie Wrapped in a Puff Pastry.

Gluten-Free Desserts Served: