Homemade Mixed Nut Butter (GF, DF)

Peanut Butter 1I normally have a constant stock of peanut butter in my pantry to go with my favorite snack, apples & peanut butter. Little did I know that peanut butter was one of those things that I have been buying my entire life that is SUPER easy and fun to make at home – all you need is a food processor. I am always looking for delicious minimally processed nut butters that don’t have too much oil or sugar in them, and so this week, I decided that instead of spending that time searching in the grocery store, I was going to experiment at home.

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Gluten-free Buckwheat Crepes for Mom!

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When you were a kid, did you ever wake up early and make breakfast for Mothers Day or Fathers Day? My sisters and I did this EVERY year for a while, and the menu usually consisted of Bisquick pancakes, French toast, or after I learned how to make them in biology class (the “egg denaturation” lab), crepes. These were the days before gluten became my enemy. One year we even attempted to make a cake for my parents’ anniversary and invited some of their friends over for a surprise “party” (i.e. cake eating), but realized after we all took a bite that we had forgotten to add sugar! Whoops!

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3-Ingredient Oat Bran Pancakes (GF, V, SF)

Oat bran is one of my favorite breakfast foods. Yes I know it may sound like something your grandma eats, but did you know that one serving contains 6g of fiber and 7g of protein? That’s more than regular rolled oats, and more protein than an egg! These 3-ingredient hearty pancakes just use oat bran, a banana, and milk. If you don’t have a perfectly ripe banana (a few spots are optimal) a great trick is to zap the banana you do have in the microwave for 15 seconds. I like to add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter for extra flavor, and I recommend topping with a touch of maple syrup and your favorite fruit. Enjoy!

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Coronation Chicken Salad (GF, DF)

 

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With Spring fully in bloom, we wanted to share a recipe that would be a great addition to those outdoor picnics, as well as a novel school lunch idea. Coronation chicken salad is a traditional British lunch dish that often comes in a sandwich form and is a perfect representative of East meets West. It is said to have been invented during preparations for the coronation banquet of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, during which food writer and flower arranger Constance Spry proposed the recipe of cold chicken, curry cream sauce and dressing that would later become known as coronation chicken.

We based our recipe on an original from another British institution, the Hairy Bikers (if you’re not familiar with them, you should check out their shows – they’re hilarious), and made it dairy-free by removing the creme fraiche and using a non-dairy butter substitute. It’s a pretty involved process to make this, but since you can make a lot at a time (and since it’s so delicious), we think it’s well worth the time. Enjoy!

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Black Bean Noodles with Miso Dressing (GF, DF, V)

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Given that gluten-free diets have become so popular, it’s no surprise that new companies are popping up offering gluten-free alternatives for just about anything. There is gluten-free pasta made of rice, corn, quinoa, soy, and any combination of the above. The quality of these pastas has been getting better and better, however sometimes it is still difficult to make a gluten-free pasta without it turning to mush once cooked. Also many of these pasta alternatives often are full of carbohydrates and sugars, sometimes containing as much, if not more, grams of carbohydrates than their gluten-filled counterparts. We found a new kind of pasta that is actually made from black beans and that only has 17g of carbs per serving. Yup you heard that right – black beans! They’re also high in protein and fiber. And the true test of quality….they tasted pretty good! You can read more about the noodles in our full product review, but let’s just say we loved them!

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Gluten-Free Flour Alternatives

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we can feel the love in the air. There is a special aura around this day (whether you celebrate it or not) and we love to feel the love in our hearts AND in our stomachs. But instead of eating unhealthy desserts filled with gluten that will leave us bloated with a food baby, we’re looking into flour alternatives that still give a great taste and texture. Many gluten-free recipes may call for a blend of these flours, but here we’ll give you the (honest) down low on our opinions about each flour so you can understand the different components of your recipe. Read on!

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A Truly Green Smoothie

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Gluten-Free Miso Chocolate Brownies (GF, DF option)

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I read in a Wall Street Journal article (yes the WSJ of all places!) about miso making an appearance in desserts. Growing up in an Asian household, I had known miso as a Japanese flavoring, used as a sauce for fish (it’s DELICIOUS with Chilean sea bass) or as a base for soup, but had never thought of it outside of those parameters. But reading this article, it made sense! Miso paste has a thick consistency that would add a thick buttery texture to a dessert, and the flavor, although used mainly as a salty condiment, does have a hint of sweetness to it. I could see how it would make an awesome complement to chocolate, similar to sea salt + caramel.

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Easy Bone Broth (GF, DF)

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Bone broth has become quite the rage these days, and it’s no wonder given its healing properties for anything from the common cold to stomach issues. It’s high in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine, and proline. The collagen is known to heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. And there’s something just so comforting about it.

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Holiday Quinoa Bake

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Does your family get into the rut of making the same exact dishes every year for the holidays? This year I decided to think up a new recipe that could shake things up, and that could satisfy my food intolerances. To get the brainstorm going, I thought of the typical holiday comfort foods that I would be missing out on due to my gluten and dairy-free diet and discovered that the common thread in the foods I’d be missing is that they were all comfort foods baked in the oven. Then I thought about my ideal grain to base my bake around, and of course, quinoa came to mind! After some experimentation, and taking into consideration my love for mixing savory, spicy and sweet flavors, I came up with this festive and healthy Holiday Quinoa Bake!

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