Coastal Kitchen

Separated by circumstance but still sharing a love for a healthy lifestyle …

Gluten-Free Chocolate Gingerbread

“The taste of this dense and lovely gingerbread smacks delightfully of cocoa and ginger spice. The texture is akin to pound cake. This is a perfect not-too-sweet cake for afternoon tea with your best friend, or an edible sigh-inducing respite from wrapping gifts. Nibble it playing Scrabble by a crackling fire.”  – The Gluten-Free Goddess The Gluten-Free Goddess […]

Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, comfort food is on our minds and our rendition of the Chicken Pot Pie hits the spot. We topped this gluten-free dish with a paleo gravy, which uses coconut milk and almond flour instead of the traditional ingredients – it was is so good we could drink it with […]

Poğaça – Turkish Cheese pastry

These delightful little pillows of bliss can be found in most pastry shops throughout Istanbul. This recipe was inspired by Sydney’s travels to Istanbul as well as our love for anything to do with bread and cheese! We decided to experiment with using our gluten free pastry dough instead of the traditional Turkish dough recipe […]

Rebuilding the Fajita

Mexican food holds a special place in the Coastal Kitchen ladies’ hearts, but with all the additives found in pre-made seasonings and sauces, we were quite excited to come across this post from SparkPeople. Three new additions to our Mexican nights are avocado cream, fajita rub (we added salt to ours) and replacing the standard […]

Pumpkin Glazed Donuts

What better way to get into the fall spirit than by filling the kitchen with the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin? This is our second installment of donuts, but this time they are dairy and wheat free with the main ingredients being almond flour (high protein) and canned pumpkin (extremely high in fiber). I […]

Southern Style Pulled Pork

Everyone always tells me how easy it is to use a slow cooker. “Just dump a bunch of ingredients in it, cook on low for eight hours, and you have a great meal when you get home from work.” I had a wee bit more difficulty. After one year of owning a Crock Pot and […]

Avocado Lime Ice Cream

We are all big fans of ice cream, but making it homemade can be tricky. This recipe however, is not only simple and delicious but also loaded with all the good fats that your body needs. By combining four simple ingredients (avocado, lime, full fat coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk) you can whip up […]

Chard & Feta Tart with Kalamata Olives

Simply amazing! One of the best and most savory tarts that I have ever tasted! I found this recipe on Eating Well  and made two versions both, gluten free. The first one, I followed the instructions for the savory pie crust although I substituted the pastry flour and whole wheat flour with gluten free flours and […]

Avocado Egg Bullseye

We’ve been seeing this recipe everywhere, but after a friend posted it on Facebook the other day, we decided that it was about time we gave it a try! This meal is a nutritional powerhouse, filled with the good fats your body needs to make it through the day.  It is Paleo approved, gluten-free, dairy-free […]

Greek Yogurt and Coconut Milk Popsicles

Popsicles are the ultimate summer treat, but if you peruse the frozen aisle in the grocery store and check out some of the labels, the findings often include a plethora of food dyes, dozens of unpronounceable ingredients, high fructose corn syrup and enough sugar to give a baby whale the jitters. We made two versions […]

Almond Joy Bars

We came across this recipe while skimming through one of our favorite blogs, Elana’s Pantry. Just looking at photos of these decadent treats made our mouths water. These bars are not only gluten free, but also high in protein and fiber because of the use of almond and coconut flour. View recipe at  

Grilled Curried Chicken Salad

This was always a lunch favorite when we were in middle school. Mom would whip up the curry chicken salad for sandwiches and wraps and we couldn’t get enough of its delicious taste. Many people add nuts and raisins to the recipe, but we like it clean and light and we love the taste of […]

Paleo Banana Pancakes

I’m a strong believer that NOTHING can replace the true taste of a buttermilk pancake, but last weekend I was having a major craving so I decided to try a paleo/gluten-free alternative that wouldn’t throw off all the hard work I’ve done. Who knew that combining eggs, coconut flour and bananas would have such a […]

Stoplight Stuffed Peppers

This is probably one of the most pleasing dinners to the eye. We love it because it is super easy to make for a night in or as an entrée at a party. We replaced all the extra rice and grains that are normally found in stuffed peppers with lean ground beef and the feta […]

Grain Free Strawberry Rhubarb Tart

This strawberry rhubarb tart was inspired by the many wonderful memories of our seaside home in Rhode Island and one of our favorite places, Schartner’s Farm where it is a family tradition to buy a strawberry rhubarb pie when the holidays roll around. This particular recipe is “grain-free” and uses less sugar than most pies and […]

Grain-Free (Gluten Free) Berry Tart

With summer just around the corner and me preparing to head back up to Rhode Island for six weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for some seasonal treats that make me think of bonfires on rocky beaches, sea salt coated hands and watching Fourth of July Fireworks from the end of the floating dock at […]

Tuna Guacamole

Okay, it’s another tuna dish but we are on a roll, or perhaps in a rut, but man this was good! Scott and I were getting ready for a big bike ride this past Saturday and amidst all the preparation I had forgotten about dinner, which is kind of an important component the night before […]

Chicken Parmesan

Sometimes the day calls for some good comfort food that warms you up and fills you up! For me, there’s nothing quite as comforting as Chicken Parmesan with pasta. I try to keep the cost down where I can but definitely don’t skimp when it comes to organic, free-range meat. I also opt for gluten-free pasta […]

Apple Streusel Egg Muffins

In light of my 21-Day Sugar Detox, here is a recipe that is 21DSD approved! Thank you to Balanced Bites for this wonderful and easy recipe to follow – it was truly a treat after weeks of nothing sweet! As of this post, my 21 days are done, but honestly I don’t think I’ll go […]

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These babies are Paleo approved and gluten free, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are actually good for you! After three weeks detoxing from sugar I thought I would treat myself to some homemade chocolate chip cookies to see how I felt after eating them. They were delicious and I couldn’t stop […]

Cauliflower Pizza

The sugar detox has been a battle to say the least! It’s amazing how sugar can sneak its way into almost everything! Frustrated, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found this incredible recipe for cauliflower “pizza”. The crust is made of cooked cauliflower,egg and mozzarella. It’s super versatile so you can go traditional and […]

Mashed (Cauli)tatoes

This gives ordinary mash potatoes a run for their money. By combining cauliflower, coconut oil (or butter) and some rosemary salt you can make the creamiest mashed (faux)tatoes that even the most junk food savvy person would welcome onto their plate. Here is a great way to hide your vegetables in what is normally an […]

Kalamata Olive & Rosemary Scones

These scones are probably the best scones that I have ever tasted aside from our cranberry & lemon scones. These babies are sugar-free and gluten-free and when I saw this recipe pop up on the Gluten-Free Goddess, I just had to have one, it was all I could think about. Upon reading her recipe I […]

Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

Shut the front door! This soup is absolutely AMAZING! Even better, its sugar-free, gluten-free and super hearty. Thank you to Balanced Bites for this one! I just added more chicken, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and served it for  Valentines Day dinner – Scott even went back for seconds which is always a good […]

Pizza for Two

I’ve always thought that making something for someone you love is a great way to show them you care. So this Valentine’s Day, what better way to spread your love than through cooking? My thought exactly, which is why I chose to experiment with pizza…hold the gluten. I know we gave pizza a bad rap […]

Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup with Bacon

I’m always trying to find ways to trick myself into getting all my veggies daily and this is one of the most genius solutions yet! By blending together broccoli, cauliflower, garlic and chicken broth it creates a thick chowder-like soup that satisfies those cravings for a creamy comfort food while still being completely paleo. This […]

Zucchini Pasta

As part of my 21-Day Sugar Detox I decided to try making a zucchini pasta with my cool little spiral slicer. I can honestly say that Scott and I were both pleasantly surprised with this al dente gem!  Ok, nothing quite replaces the taste of fresh pasta but seeing as pasta is not allowed during […]

Roasted Carrots & Fennel Root

After all my preaching about the negative effects of sugar, I decided to put myself on a sugar detox for the next few weeks to see if I noticed a difference. While I thought I had basically cleared sugar out of my diet for the most part, I have realized through the 21 DSD that […]

Cranberry & Lemon Scones

Ok, every now and then you just need something a little sweet. The Ferguson ladies have done a great job of staving off the sugar but every now and then there is a time that beckons for something sweet, warm and fresh from the oven. Something to pair with your cup of coffee on Sunday […]

Easy Gluten-Free Pancakes

As a kid I couldn’t stand pancakes as they were too sticky and soggy and I gagged at the thought of drinking milk. As a grown up, I still shiver at the thought of drinking a glass of milk but have learned to love pancakes. In fact I became quite the pancake maestro when it […]