When I was a kid, one of the best things about this time of year was getting a cool and minty shamrock shake at McDonalds. I no longer visit fast food joints for my obvious GF reasons, but still wanted a little taste of my past. These frosting-filled sandwich cookies are simple to make, the cookie dough is sweetened with only maple syrup and applesauce, and the green coloring is actually NATURAL, and made from something you likely have in your pantry. Of course you can use food coloring if you desire, but for people who are avoiding artificial coloring, this may be quite the treat! Continue Reading
Do you grow tired or reading labels on seemingly simple products? So many food I look at don’t say GF on them, but don’t have any gluten ingredients listed. It’s that “natural flavor” or “spices” that make me put something back. Pizza sauce is one such product, so I’ll take 20 minutes out of my day make my own, store it in a squeeze bottle and put it in the fridge. Continue Reading
When was the last time you enjoyed a soft, warm breadstick from Olive Garden? That’s what I thought. When a friend asked my daughter on a scale from 1 to 10 where these rated, my daughter rated it a 9. When asked why not a 10, she exclaimed, “Because they are not unlimited!” The “hardest” part of making these are learning how to set up the form for the pan (easy to follow instructions are below), but do it once, and it won’t be a big deal anymore. Continue Reading
In a breakfast rut? Start your day with some yummy granola – with milk or toss it on top of some fruit and yogurt. In this GRAIN FREE recipe, lemon is the star and takes this granola on a departure from your standard, almost too familiar, cinnamon-type granola. It makes for a great snack, and a topping for ice cream too! Continue Reading
Welcome to ravioli #4 in the ravioli-making series. This one can be made dairy free! And here’s a NEWS FLASH! I just changed up the prep to make it SO MUCH FASTER AND EASIER. You see, I roll dough fairly often, and in some cases it is that activity alone that becomes the dealbreaker in time and/or motivation to make a recipe like this. We all have our days when we just can’t get the desire to cook and need to break through it to have something really satisfying. Let me set the expectation for you – this really isn’t a big deal to do once you get started (just make sure you have all of the ingredients ready to go, or that frustration will just grow)! Continue Reading
One of the interesting (yet frustrating) aspects of being GF is the seemingly infinite number of flours to choose from. With the exception of rice flour, I eliminated many possibilities when I gave up grains. I’ve tried just about all of the flours out there and quickly determined my favorites. Hazelnut is a flavor that people either love to hate, and some of that can be contributed to hazelnut overload of the last decade (before the everything vanilla phase and the current pumpkin spice craze) . Hazelnut flour is quite different. And in this recipe, it has such an interesting flavor and texture – almost elegant – and when paired with the creamy frosting you’ll eat every bite on your plate. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it is reminiscent of something from my childhood, most likely my years in New Jersey. Regardless, it is something I look forward to making around the holidays! Continue Reading
Fast and gluten free don’t always go together very well. So many people I meet complain about having to make everything from scratch, and I don’t know about you, but processed gluten free foods seem to often disappoint on flavors, textures and nutrition, not to mention my wallet. Every time I create a new recipe, I always take time and ease of preparation into account.
This tomato bisque is ready in under 30 minutes, and the dairy free option is just as good, if not better than using straight up cow’s milk. Toss some toasted croutons on top, or serve with a grilled cheese sandwich…can you say comfort food? It makes enough to serve two people a cup of soup, but let’s be honest, I finished the whole thing myself for lunch. Feeling satisfied… Continue Reading
It is officially soup season at our home. It was a dreary, rainy day and the one of the only ways to end it on a good note is to fill my belly with some warm soup. I’ve had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for the last week or so, and this seemed like the perfect occasion to use it. What I like best about this recipe? It’s savory, not sweet like other squash soups. But, more importantly, it’s easy – ready in about 45 minutes without the need to constantly mess with it. Pair it with a salad and you have a fantastically satisfying meal. Vegetarian? No problem! Omit the bacon and use a veggie bouillon cube. Like it spicier? Add more Sriracha to suit your taste. Continue Reading
Looking for a decadent, gluten/grain/dairy free dessert? Look no further! Lots of molten and lava cake recipes have been popping up all over the place lately, so I can’t take credit for the concept, but I did create my own version only because I was in a chocolate mood, and a handful of chocolate chips just wasn’t cutting it.
These cakes are so easy to make – just a few minutes of prep time, pop them in the refrigerator while you eat dinner, then bake them for about 10 minutes at the most and voila! You’ll have an elegant dessert! Store a few unbaked ones in the freezer in the event you want a fantastic chocolate fix some night but don’t want to put in all the effort to make them from scratch (just be sure to thaw prior to baking). And, you can make them in different sizes, just be sure to adjust the baking time (the smaller the cake, the shorter the time). Continue Reading
Do you ever walk by an item in the grocery store that brings back a flood of memories – one that you thought you could no longer enjoy ever again? That happened to me the other day when numerous displays of these awesome snowball cakes (in a Halloween orange) were right by the register, just begging for a compulsive purchase. Being the gluten free maven I am, it was easy to pass by, however, I couldn’t resist the inspiration to make it at home…without any gluten, gums, grains or dairy!