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  • welcome to the sprouted life!

    We are a gluten free family trying to balance real food eating & traditional food practices while still eating on a budget and living socially in an over-processed food society. This blog is intended to share: our favorite recipes, our gardening & canning experiences, our food flops (ask me about my egg-free, paleo, almond flour pancake mess) & life with two little dirt covered boys.

    all of our recipes are gluten free, many are egg-free or offer egg-free options (even though our family is no longer egg free, I still try to include egg-free options) and many are dairy free, paleo & GAPS friendly. we don't "follow one specific diet" but our cooking style is best described as "gluten free but inspired by wapf + paleo + raw + realistic."

    Welcome to the adventure we call life!

Loaded Sloppy Joes (an evolution in veggies) – gluten free

I have never been a huge fan of sloppy joes.  I would make them occasionally, but if I had ground beef to use, it would rarely be my first choice.  Now we make what we call “loaded sloppy joes”  all the time. It started with me having some celery that need used up, so I diced a bunch and tossed it in, and the next time I added zuchinni, until slowly, our sloppy joes became about 3/4 veggies to a 1/4 meat.  I am always looking for shortcuts, for one pot meals, and this is a simple way to get a lot of vegetables in the main course.

Last summer when farmers markets/and our garden produce was ample, I made sloppy joe veggie packets and froze them.  So literally, I could just grab the vegetables out of the freezer, sautee, brown the meat and make a quick sauce….super simple dinner.  Even though our garden isn’t producing yet, we were craving this simple meal this week and our EarthFare just had grass-fed beef on sale, so I had some on hand.  The vegetable options are endless, but we typically use: onions, carrots, zuchinni, bell peppers, and celery.



You can also serve the finished dish in a variety of ways.  Sometimes, I use gluten free bread, sometimes lettuce wraps, and other times, I serve it over rice.  Use your imagination, there are a lot of ways to serve this quick, veggie loaded dish!  I also use plain tomato sauce as my base, because I don’t like it super sweet, you can always substitute ketchup, but take that into account when you are adding your maple syrup in.



Loaded Sloppy Joes (an evolution in veggies) – gluten free
recipe type: Main Dish
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2-3 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (we like red and yellow)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 – 2 lbs of ground beef (you can also use ground chicken, turkey or pork
  • 1 – can of plain organic tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of maple syrup (add more if want a sweeter dish)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Dice all your vegetables into small chunks (if kids are picky, dicing smaller helps hide them in the sauce)
  2. Sautee your vegetable combo, garlic and olive oil in a large skillet, until vegetables soften
  3. Add in ground beef and brown
  4. When beef is browened, drain off any extra grease
  5. Add in tomato sauce, maple syrup and mustard (adjust maple syrup for desired sweetness)
  6. Salt & pepper to taste
  7. Serve over lettuce wraps, toasted bread or rice.


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Pecan Oat Stawberry Rhubarb Crisp (Gluten Free)

I am one of those people who loves spring.  I barely survive winters in Indiana and can not wait for green grass, blossoms on trees and signs of life spouting out of the ground.  Along with spring and early summer comes an over abundance of two of my favorite foods – strawberries and rhubarb.

We grow strawberries along the side of our house (below are some pictures from last years harvest).  They are obviously not ready yet for this year, but there has been a lot of really tasty strawberries on sale recently at our local Earth Fare. So I picked up some fresh strawberries and rhubarb to satisfy my early spring cravings.






If you have read previous posts on my blog, you know I create a lot of crisps, because they are so easy to make and you don’t have to be exact. Typically in gluten free baking, being exact really matters and honestly, I don’t really like to measure things.  This recipe is a simple combination of pecan pieces, gluten free rolled oats, tapioca starch and coconut oil.  Many celiacs can not tolerate oats, but I can in small amounts as long as they are not cross-contaminated. I use Bob Red Mills certified gluten free oats in my baking. This recipe is also pretty tart as I like to highlight the rhubarb and keep my sugar content lower.



Pecan Oat Stawberry Rhubarb Crisp (Gluten Free)
  • 8-10 cups of strawberries (cut is halves)
  • 4 cups of chopped rhubarb
  • ⅛ – ¼ cup evaporated cane sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1¼ cups gluten free rolled oats (I grind to coarse in my Vita Mix)
  • 1 cup chopped pecan pieces (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. later chopped strawberries and rhubarb in a 13 x 9 pan
  2. sprinkle with an ⅛ of cup of evaporated cane sugar
  3. in a different bowl, mix together coarsely ground rolled oats, pecans, tapioca, coconut sugar stir.
  4. slowly pour in coconut oil and vanilla and incorporate until topping starts to clump.
  5. sprinkle topping evenly across the strawberry rhubarb layer.
  6. bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 (watching to make sure it doesn’t burn topping) and then reduce the heat to 300 and bake for about 45 minutes, until topping is lightly brown and strawberry rhubarb layer is bubbling.
  7. **you can increase sugar amounts if you do not like the tartness of rhubarb.
  8. **you can also add in additional add ins, like chia seeds, ground flax seed or even coconut. if you do you may need to increase the coconut oil slightly so everything is fully incorporated

two of the notes that I put in the recipe:

**you can increase sugar amounts if you do not like the tartness of rhubarb.
**you can also add in additional add ins, if you do you may need to increase the coconut oil slightly so everything is fully incorporated

I change up our crisp recipes all the time, sometimes I toss in some chai and flax seed, especially if I am going to give it to my kids as breakfast, (I want the higher fiber content) or add coconut, or almond flour etc.  You can be pretty flexible.

I can’t wait to see what this year’s garden harvest of strawberries brings!

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Cabbage Hash (My Easy Version of Polish Golumpki) – Gluten Free

Finishing up some more of our favorite winter recipes, I thought I would share my cabbage hash.  This is actually what we had for dinner tonight because I had a half a head of green and half a head of red cabbage left over from this weekend in which we had fish tacos and a pulled pork/cumin cole slaw tacos (I will share both of those recipes later).  This dish is inspired by traditional Polish Golumpki…which are a stuffed cabbage roll…  I have made them once, and then just realized that the effort to make cabbage rolls is more time than I typically want to spend on dinner, so I created a “one pot” hash version.  We eat a lot of cabbage over the winter months, so finding different ways to prepare it helps with variety in our weekly meals.

It’s a pretty basic dish, with ground beef, cabbage, tomatoes (I add tomatoes with green chilies because we like the extra spice) onion, and rice.  I typically use Earth Fare’s grassfed ground beef for this dish when they have it on sale, but many times I will split half beef/half ground pork, since their grassfed beef is so lean.





Cabbage Hash (My Easy Version of Polish Golumpki) – Gluten Free
  • ½ head of green cabbage
  • ½ head of red cabbage
  • ½ a small yellow onion
  • 2 lbs of ground beef (or half beef/half pork)
  • 1 can of tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ cups of white basmati rice
  • 3-4 cups of water
  1. Finely dice the yellow onion and brown the onion and ground beef in a large dutch oven
  2. Drain off any excess grease
  3. Roughly chop the cabbage
  4. Add cabbage, cans of tomatoes, basmati rice and 3 of the cups of water to the pot and simmer on medium heat (with the lid on for about an hour)
  5. Stir every 10-15 minutes and add the additional cup of water if it is starting to dry out
  6. Dish is done when the rice is tender (approximately an hour)
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste


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Loaded Potato Soup – Gluten Free (Optional Dairy Free)

Finally, winter is coming to an end finally here in Indiana! We are looking forward to garden fresh veggies and lots of grilling, but since we keep having cold weather spells randomly, soups are still in our regular recipe lineup.  Potato soup is one of our family’s favorite.  We have gone through periods in time when some of our household is dairy free and overall we keep our dairy intake pretty low.  So I make my entire soup dairy free, and then people can choose whether or not they want to add cheese.  It’s a simple alternative to the traditional dairy based potato soup, that is both hearty and filling and since organic potatoes have been on sale at our Earth Fare for less that $0.70/lb, it is pretty budget friendly.

I typically use my own homemade bone broth as my main base, but when I am out, I use Pacific brand (which is gluten free).potatosoup

Loaded Potato Soup – Gluten Free (Optional Dairy Free)
recipe type: The Sprouted Life
  • 1 carton of organic chicken broth or 1 quart jar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2-3 cups of unsweetened flax milk or almond milk
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 pounds organic potatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • browned bacon, shredded cheese and chopped green onions as garnish
  1. Dice potatoes into little square chunks and boil until tender, but not mushy (I add a generous amount of celtic sea salt to water to help season the potatoes)
  2. While potatoes are boiling, dice up celery and onion into little pieces and sautee in olive oil until tender.
  3. When celery and onions are tender, pour chicken broth and water into the pot and bring to a simmer
  4. Ladle out a few cups of celery/onion/broth and puree in a high speed blender to help thicken.
  5. Return to pot and pour in drained potatoes and 2-3 cups of flax milk and heat for a few more minutes, while adding salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Don’t over cook/boil or the potatoes will get mushy
  7. Serve! and top with bacon, chopped green onions and shredded cheese if you want


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Pork Lettuce Wraps – a Gluten Free, Quick Dinner

2015 for me, is all about simplifying.  So far in January, I have already downsized every closet in our upstairs, organized my pantry and am starting to work on clearing every unused item out of our basement.  I have also, consolidated nutritional supplements and am working hard to actually do a meal plan each week, just to make my life simpler, grocery shopping easier and to waste less.  Meals are also becoming more one pot style and I am loving the reduced cleanup.

This recipe is one that we have made regularly for the past few years.  It is quick, simple and can feed a lot of people and we will often make this when we vacation with friends.  I am not actually sure where the origin of the recipe began at.  I learned it from my sister, but it’s one of those recipes, that you can be fairly flexible with and add and omit items easily.

Here is our favorite version of Pork Lettuce Wraps.  You can easily substitute, gound beef, turkey or chicken, but ground pork was on sale the other day at our local Earth Fare and we like these best with pork.


Pork Lettuce Wraps – a Gluten Free, Quick Dinner
  • 2 lbs of ground pork
  • 2 bags of broccoli slaw (or 4- 6 cups of shredded broccoli, carrots and red cabbage)
  • 16 oz portabella mushrooms
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Gluten free soy sauce (we use San-Jay Organic Tamari)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups white basmati rice + water or bone broth
  • Head of Romaine Lettuce
  1. Make 2 cups of dried rice in a rice cooker with bone broth or water (can be made on the stove).
  2. Wash and tear off romaine lettuce leaves and set aside.
  3. Brown ground pork with fresh garlic cloves in large skillet.
  4. Add in sliced portabella mushrooms and reduce down for 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add in broccoli slaw and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until vegetables are starting to wilt, but remain slightly crunchy.
  6. Stir soy sauce in and cook down for a few more minutes. I always start with about 2 Tablespoons and slowly add more to taste (this really is determined by how salty you want the dish).
  7. Serve meat mixture on top romaine lettuce and white rice.


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