Posted in Appetizers, Gluten Free Recipes

Basil and Roasted Pepper Bites

Makes 25 Appetizers

1 package (2.5 ounces) thinly sliced ham
3 tablespoons garden vegetable cream cheese spread (from 8-ounce container)
1 package (2/3 ounce) fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup roasted red bell peppers (from 12-ounce jar), patted dry
5 pieces (5 1/2 inches long) string cheese

Stack 2 slices ham on work surface; pat dry with paper towel. Spread evenly with 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cream cheese. Top with basil leaves to within 1 inch of top edge. Cut pepper into 1-inch strips; cut to fit width of ham. Place pepper strips across bottom edge of ham. Place cheese piece above pepper on basil leaves; trim to fit.

Beginning at bottom, roll up securely. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 5 rolls. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Unwrap rolls; place seam sides down. Cut each roll into 5 pieces with sharp serrated knife. If desired, pierce each roll with 5 evenly spaced toothpicks before cutting.

Note:  Please make sure your ham and your cheese are gluten-free. I do not use packaged ham, I get my ham from the deli, a brand that I know is gluten-free and sliced on a different slicer.

I found this gem on Glutenfreely.com.

Posted in Drinks, Gluten Free Recipes

Mojito Slush

Makes 14 Servings

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)
3/4 cup light rum
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 cups gluten-free ginger ale

In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium heat about 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In 8-cup blender, place sugar water, lime juice, rum and mint leaves (if smaller blender, do in batches). Cover; blend on high-speed about 20 seconds or until mint is finely chopped.

Pour mixture into 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Freeze 4 to 6 hours, using fork to break apart ice crystals every 2 hours.

To serve, spoon 1/2 cup mixture into each glass; pour 1/4 cup ginger ale over each. Stir. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs.

While looking for wonderful refreshing recipes for this summer on the deck, I found this at Glutenfreely.com!

Posted in Gluten Free Recipes

Grilled Chile-Lime Chicken

2  teaspoons grated lime peel
1/4  cup lime juice
2  tablespoons olive or canola oil
2  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2  teaspoon sugar
1/2  teaspoon salt
1  small jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped
1  clove garlic, finely chopped
4  boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4 lb)

To make marinade, in shallow glass or plastic dish, or resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken.

Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. Add chicken to marinade; turn to coat. Cover dish or seal bag; refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours.

Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Cover and grill chicken over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).

NOTE:  Because everything is fresh, it is naturally gluten free.  This is an excellent dish that you can marinate and freeze, for a quick meal later on.

I found this recipe on Tablespoon.com by Eat Better America.  Yummm!

Posted in Drinks, Gluten Free Recipes

Blueberry Hard Lemonade

2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes
2 tablespoons gin (1 oz)
1/2 cup gluten-free ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
Lemon wedges, blueberries on a beverage pick, fresh mint, if desired

In a highball glass, muddle blueberries, lemon juice and mint.

Fill glass to rim with ice cubes. Add gin. Top with ginger ale; stir gently.

Garnish as desired.

I found this recipe on Glutenfreely.com.  This will be a refreshing summer drink!!

Posted in Gluten Free Recipes, Sweets

Banana Nutella Muffins

This recipe is FABULOUS!

Original muffins:

My gluten-free version:

 

2 cups GLUTEN-FREE flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3 very ripe bananas, soft, darkly speckled, mashed well (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon GLUTEN-FREE vanilla extract
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup Nutella

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl mix mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Lightly fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with rubber spatula until just combined and batter looks thick and chunky. Fold in hazelnuts.

Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.  Place 1 teaspoon of Nutella on top of each muffin. Swirl with a toothpick. Bake until golden and toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and serve.

NOTES:  Baking soda is naturally gluten-free.  Nutella is gluten-free!  Yogurt is naturally gluten-free, but because of additives, please check the label.  PLEASE CHECK your vanilla, not all extract is gluten-free – McCormicks is good, I use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract which is gluten-free but a little pricey.  I really like Pamela’s Baking mix for all of my sweet baking and have found that I can use it as a cup for cup exchange in all of my old tried and true recipes.  Also check your non-stick cooking spray – not all are gluten-free!

In this gluten-free version……..I did not swirl in the nutella.  The muffin has a banana bread texture…a bit heavier but very moist.  I use very dark bananas so the batter is darker than usual.  This muffin was excellent and I will be making this again!

A big shout out to Diane Krejci Sullivan who found this recipe at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen (http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/).  I modified it to make it gluten-free.  Thank you Christina for an amazing recipe.

Posted in Gluten Free Recipes, Snacks

Coconut Flour POWER COOKIES!

These cookies are NO SUGAR ADDED, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, & packed with POWER, duh!

Wet Ingredients:
2 Whole Eggs
2 Egg Whites
2 TB Melted Coconut Oil
1 medium sized mashed banana
2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
Liquid Stevia   (optional: but I used about 10 drops)

Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup ground Flax
1/4 cup Protein Powder of choice (I used sunwarrior)
2 tsp Baking Soda
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Optional Add-ins: Dark Chocolate Chips, Raisins,
Dried fruit, coconut, etc…

Easy Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix wet ingredients together

Add in Dry Ingredients

Mix in your optional add-ins

Form into cookie shapes onto a parchment lined cookie sheet

Bake @ 350 Degrees for about 13-15 minutes

Let cool, if you’re patient enough & ENJOY!

I found this awesome recipe at:  http://powercakes.net/   which is a blog from Kasey Arena who among other things happens to be gluten free.  Thank you Kasey!

Posted in Product Reviews

NoOodle (The NO calorie Noodle)

Allrighty!  I decided to try this for a number of reasons.  First of all, it seems WAY too good to be true.  It has no calories, no fat, no net carbs, no soy and no gluten.  That sums up about everything I take into consideration when eating!

http://www.nooodle.com/

I am rating this product ♥♥ with a score of 14 out of 20.

Appearance:  At first glance this product looks like clear ramen noodles!  After rinsing, it did not appear to be sticky or slimy.

Flavor:  This product has no flavor at all.  None.  When the package was first opened it had a little odor…..I can’t describe it…..it was not unpleasant or spoiled smelling, but different and not what I expected.  The odor disappeared when it was rinsed.

Texture:  Firm.  It was very moist and did not hold the sauce very well.

Price:  Reasonable.  I purchased this at my local Jewel store, which is usually a bit higher than other stores, and it was just under $3.00 for this 8 oz bag.

This was my first experience with a shirataki noodle.  Overall it was not bad, I would purchase and use it again.

The directions on the package say drain and rinse.  In checking their website, they recommend placing the noodles in a dry skillet and “dry fry” them to evaporate the liquid after you have rinsed and drained them.  This would have been good information to have BEFORE I actually tried the product.  It would have helped the sauce stick.  I’m not sure why they don’t have this on the package!!   I will try this next time.

This noodle would be wonderful in soups and casseroles or with some stir fried veggies.  I also think this noodle would be great in any type of dish because it has absolutely NO flavor and would take on the flavors of whatever you are cooking.  If you try this, check their website.  There are all sorts of recipes including desserts…….

A fair warning to you.  This product is fiber……don’t be alarmed when you see it later….. 😉

Live and LOVE gluten-free!