archive for July, 2009

Peach Almond Ice Cream

Posted on July 31, 2009

Peaches are in high season here in Colorado and we are making the most of it.  This week I made a gluten free (of course), fruit sweetened, dairy free, vegan Peach Almond Ice Cream.

To increase the peach factor, I diced up more fresh peaches and mooshed them into the ice cream after it came out of the ice cream maker.

This is another recipe that is a bit more complicated than most, however, I found it to be well worth the ... read more →

Getting Your Children to Cook

Posted on July 30, 2009

I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately on Facebook and Twitter talking about the various aspects of my home.  This includes tidbits ranging from chickens to children and everything in between.  I’ll start with children, and my two favorite subjects in the entire world –my sons.

Last night the boys and I had breakfast for dinner.  Each of us made our own omelet.  Eggs are a great place to start when it comes to cooking with children.

I’ve had the boys ... read more →

Bran Muffins

Posted on July 27, 2009

I have been craving a good, healthy, tasty, gluten free bran muffin for quite some time.  Finally, thanks to flaxmania (I’m on a string of flax recipes this week) here it is.

My friend Chris was one of my guinea pigs for this baking endeavor.  She took a flax muffin home from my house one day and ate it the next for breakfast.  Later, I received a phone call from her requesting this recipe.  I take that as a good ... read more →

Dark “Rye” Bread

Posted on July 24, 2009

As I mentioned the other day, Laura Dolson’s flax bread recipe has been more than inspirational. I have used it as a starting point for many other recipes which you will see here in the days and weeks to come. Today’s recipe is for a dark “rye” bread.  I like to eat this plain or lightly toasted.

Again, I was surprisingly pleased that my tasters enjoyed this bread as much as I did.  It’s very versatile and also works quite nicely for sandwiches.

Dark ... read more →

Flax Focaccia Becomes Parsley Bruschetta

Posted on July 22, 2009

This is the bread recipe that changed my life –well, at least temporarily, in a small way.  As you will see from the bruschetta below and more recipes in the days to come, I have turned this focaccia bread base into several other interesting types of baked goods.

First, however, I  do need to disclose that this focaccia recipe is really not my own.  It is Laura Dolson’s and was pointed out to me by someone in the low carb group ... read more →

Kale Almond Pesto

Posted on July 20, 2009

Mid July and pestomania is in the air. I’ve been working on a variety of pestos night and day for the last week.  Today’s version is Kale Almond Pesto.

This recipe is based upon something similar from Beckie at The Organic Dish.  The other day when I stopped in there to pick something up, she was making a luscious looking pesto and I had to have some of my own… with kale from our garden.

Kale Almond Pesto

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1 bunch kale, steamed to ... read more →

Mexican Chicken and “Rice”

Posted on July 17, 2009

This may be one of the worst food photos I’ve ever taken, however, this gluten free, grain free chicken and ”rice” dish is packed with protein and spicy Mexican flavor.  It’s not so easy to take pictures of brown stuff; I could say more, however, I won’t go on; let’s just leave it at that.

Since I don’t eat grains, this faux rice is a real treat for me.  My husband liked it too.

Mexican Chicken and Rice

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4 tablespoons olive oil
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Orange Fizzie Cocktail

Posted on July 15, 2009

Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream

Posted on July 13, 2009

The catalyst for this naturally sweetened, vegan, gluten free ice cream (don’t be scared by all the descriptors) is a recipe from Karina’s Kitchen for Maple Roasted Banana Ice Cream.  Thanks Karina, your creativity, spunk and inspiration continue to be contagious!

This ice cream is not the easiest to make, given that there are a couple of steps involved, however it’s mighty tasty and my children love it –we hid it from my husband because we wanted more for the 3 ... read more →

Blueberry Cherry Crumble

Posted on July 10, 2009

I chose to go with a messy “action” photo of this crumble to demonstrate just how much my husband liked it!  He came home from work and devoured the section you see missing above.  I was somewhat surprised since it was another one of my experiments making a purely fruit sweetened dessert.

While this crumble is not as easy to make as my usual desserts, it’s super healthy and also deliciously satisfying.

Blueberry Cherry Crumble

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Filling:

4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
1 pint ... read more →

Turkey Club Sandwich

Posted on July 8, 2009

Here is one of my favorite sandwiches –the Turkey Club.  It’s a sandwich on Nutty Bread with avocado, mustard and of course, turkey.  It’s hot here, so I’m very happy to make sandwiches for dinner and not have to spark up the oven, stove or grill.

These gluten-free sandwiches are full of protein and tasty to boot.  For me, the avocado makes a great whole food substitute for mayo (I’m not in the mood to make homemade mayo today either, though ... read more →

Rosemary Fig Crackers

Posted on July 6, 2009

I was reading our local paper yesterday and saw an article on Rosemary Fig Crackers (glutenoid of course) and decided I had to make my own gluten-free version (or g-free, if you prefer).

These gluten free crackers are super easy to make and delicious as well.  My husband gave me the thumbs up on them.

Rosemary Fig Crackers

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1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon rosemary, minced
3-4 dried figs, chopped
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a large ... read more →

July Fourth Recipe Roundup

Posted on July 3, 2009

-photo from rr_rocketman on Flickr

Just in case any of you are looking for more recipes for your July Fourth celebrations, here are some wonderful dishes from several of my favorite food bloggers:

Starters
Joey’s Kicked Up Rockin’ Guacamole with Lime + Tomatillos from Karina’s Kitchen
Veggie Dishes/Salads
Cucumber and Red Onion Salad from The Nourishing Gourmet
How to Grill Zucchini from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Broccoli Slaw from Smitten Kitchen
Raw Mediterranean Salad from Brigitte Mars
Main Dishes
Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, Caper, and Parsley Relish from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Scallops ... read more →

Fourth of July Barbecue

Posted on July 1, 2009

I’ve had several people request Fourth of July picnic and barbecue menus from me in the last week.  Here’s a simple assortment of easy dishes that you can make for a fun fourth.

Gluten Free Fourth of July Menu
Iced Tea
Crudite with Sesame Dip
Mixed greens with Green Goddess Dressing
Simple Fruit Salad
Hot Dogs
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free Dairy Free)

I still haven’t quite decided what we’ll be doing for our Fourth of July festivities, though with the boys at prime fireworks viewing age, ... read more →