archive for May, 2009

Umeboshi Cucumber Dressing

Posted on May 30, 2009

We are having friends over tomorrow evening for a small barbecue and I will be serving this easy, delicious, tangy salad dressing over fresh greens from our garden.

We started our garden very early and have planted literally dozens of green veggies in it.  The boys are enjoying the many different types of kale that are now growing like weeds.  I am particularly fond of the bitter greens –mustard and arugula.  My husband loves them all and asks for a bigger ... read more →

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Posted on May 28, 2009

These vegan, gluten free Cranberry Orange Biscotti are delicious with a cup of tea or after dinner as a light (or lite) treat.

My younger son thinks these are delicious and packed some in his lunch last night for today…the last day of school.  Summer.  Hooray!  The boys are very happy to be free.  And play lots of baseball this summer.  I’m looking forward to taking them to the pool and splashing around with them and their friends.

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

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Homemade Starbucks Orange Cake

Posted on May 26, 2009

During the last month Gluten Free Orange Cake has received a lot of play. And it’s certainly not because this tasty dessert is on my site.  Starbucks recently launched a classic Gluten Free Valencia Orange Cake to much fanfare from the gluten-free community.

A couple  of weeks ago I received this fabulous comment from LeAnne on my original Orange Cake post:

Elana – have you tried the new Starbucks Gluten Free Valencia Orange Cake? It’s a copycat of your recipe. in ... read more →

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted on May 23, 2009

This is my favorite ice cream. It’s vegan. It’s vanilla. And it’s yummy.

I’ve been making this ice cream for the last couple of years.  Way back when in my New York days, my raw food friends turned me on to the fact that cashews make an amazing substitute for dairy.  While I love this ice cream and have been known to chow on it late night, be forewarned that my husband (who is my ultimate taste tester) does not like it.

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Simple Fruit Salad

Posted on May 21, 2009

My children love to have fruit salad as an after school snack.  I often serve it to them with organic yogurt, adding a bit of vanilla and agave nectar to the yogurt.

It’s just about fruit season here in Colorado and everything is starting to look luscious.  We have strawberries ripening on the plants in the front yard and peaches (still green) on our peach tree in the back.  Right now however, even though I’m harvesting mountains of kale and ... read more →

Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

Posted on May 19, 2009

Here are some easy recipes for a gluten-free Memorial Day barbecue.

This year we are laying low on Memorial Day Weekend.  The boys are going to run in the Bolder Boulder race and then we’ll probably hang out after that.  No big plans for a barbecue or any type of festivities, we are just hoping to recover from our little league baseball fatigue.  We have a game every night of the week (and weekend) usually during dinner time, so I am ... read more →

Twinkies

Posted on May 15, 2009

I’ve been on a quest this week for gluten-free, dairy-free healthy Twinkies and after several attempts (make that 7) I seem to have come up with a good approximation of this infamous Hostess treat.

Whenever the subject of Twinkies comes up in our house a certain Twinkie vandalism story is told (of which I was not a part!).  My husband likes to talk about the time (in his college days) when he and a buddy were coming home from a night ... read more →

Chocolate Chip Cookies Again

Posted on May 13, 2009

The other day, I received this lovely note from one of my favorite readers, CoconutGal.

I wanted to send you an email to let you know how thankful I am for your generosity in sharing your wholesome, creative, and super delicious recipes.

I would like to tell you a little bit about my story; I have been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, an autoimmune disorder where my white blood cells recognize food as a virus and attack my body when I eat, causing ... read more →

No Potato Salad

Posted on May 11, 2009

This healthier gluten free potato salad is perfect for picnics and barbecues.  Replacing potato with cauliflower is a trick that I learned from the “low-carbers.”  And it is a good one!

In the winter, I often make mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes.  Now, in spring, it is wonderful to have this no potato salad made from cauliflower.  We’ll be having it tonight with grilled turkey burgers and green salad from our garden.

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Carrot Muffins

Posted on May 8, 2009

These gluten free carrot muffins make a great addition to any brunch menu, though especially one for Mother’s Day.

These lightly sweetened muffins are made with high fiber coconut flour.  Don’t let all that healthy stuff scare you off though, they’re mighty tasty.  And with yacon sweetening them, they’re not too sweet.  If you want to replace the yacon with agave your muffin will be just a bit sweeter.  I tried making them both ways and preferred the yacon version.

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Gluten Free Mother’s Day Recipes

Posted on May 6, 2009

Here’s a recipe round-up for a healthy high protein, gluten free Mother’s Day brunch.  This is a brunch menu that won’t leave you with the dreaded brunch bloat and hangover afterwords.

I haven’t figured out what we’ll be doing for Mother’s Day yet, though I do know that we don’t have any baseball games scheduled so it will be a nice and hopefully fairly lazy day.  Maybe the four of us will take a walk down by the creek.

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Nutty Bread

Posted on May 4, 2009

This hearty, gluten free bread with seeds and nuts is delicious anytime of day.

Toast it for breakfast and serve with a side of scrambled eggs.  Works great along with a big salad at lunch.   Or, for a quick and easy dinner, it makes a great sandwich with organic turkey, avocado, romaine, tomatoes and dijon mustard.

I think this bread would also be delectable as an after dinner treat with a smear of dairy-free butter (I’m very into this Earth ... read more →

Superfoods: the Almighty Almond

Posted on May 1, 2009

Almonds are in.  And guess what?  They’re good for you.

Almonds are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine.  Eat them as a snack (raw or dry roasted), or use blanched almond flour in your baked goods to reap the numerous benefits of this incredible superfood.  Almonds are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and fat.  Yes, that’s fat.  However, almonds are high in good fats –that is the heart healthy monounsaturated fats that are found in olive oil.

And almonds seem ... read more →