posts tagged "food processor"

Sesame Truffles

Posted on November 7, 2008

These Gluten Free Truffles my final installment of the trufflemania series.  At least for now.

These super nutritious little bites of sesame sweetness remind me of the halva I used to devour as a child.  They’re easy to make, vegan, dairy-free and of course, gluten-free.  Don’t let all those labels scare you though, more than anything else, they’re just plain old delicious.

Sesame Truffles

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½ cup (raw) cashews
¼ cup tahini (I used roasted, though raw will probably work just as well)
¼ cup ... read more →

Chocolate Orange Truffles

Posted on November 4, 2008

It’s trufflemania!

Healthy organic truffles are not only easy to make, they are bursting with flavor in every bite.  In addition, these little treats are power packed with nutrients.  And on top of that?  My family has been devouring them.

The boys have been taking them to school in their lunches and yesterday I sent my father a package of the chocolate prune truffles (including a couple of these as well).  Hi Dad!  Hope you are enjoying the truffles :-)

Chocolate Orange Truffles

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Chocolate Prune Truffles

Posted on October 31, 2008

This delicious, healthy and somewhat sophisticated treat is not too sweet, making a great candy for adult palates.  It may appeal to the younger crowd as well –my 10 year old ate a dozen of these and then packed more in his school lunch.

Along with their rich chocolate-prune flavor, these vegan truffles are packed with healthy antioxidants and quite nutritionally dense.

Chocolate Prune Truffles

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1 cup prunes, pitted
¾ cup tart cherry juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chunks, melted over very ... read more →

Lemon Walnut Pesto

Posted on August 1, 2008

Tomorrow is my birthday and the festivities have already begun! Last night my husband and the boys and I went out for dinner at our favorite local restaurant. At the end of the meal, my children wanted to order (and split) the Coffee Affogato –vanilla gelato drowned in a shot of espresso.

My husband and I pleasantly argued over the merits (none) and shortcomings (caffeine) of this dessert for several minutes while the children observed, amusedly. I was ... read more →

Raw Apple Sauce

Posted on July 29, 2008

I love apple sauce in any weather. The thought of turning on the oven to make some right now? Or lighting up the stove? In this heat? Not a good one. What to do? Make raw apple sauce. It’s tart, tangy, refreshing and delicious. On top of that, “uncooking” cuts back on energy consumption. It also keeps the house nice and cool –as cool as it can be on these 90 ... read more →

Mustard Lime Chicken

Posted on July 15, 2008

It’s too darn hot here to turn on the oven; the high today is supposed to get up to 100°. The solution? Fire up the grill and throw on some chicken breasts ever so briefly. The mustard lime chicken pictured above is a tangy hit of protein on a hot summer’s day.

I hope it cools off a bit tomorrow as my son plays in the finals of the little league tournament. His team (the “B” team ... read more →

Spinach Cake

Posted on June 13, 2008

Community Supported Spinach Salad

Our weekly CSA share kicked in yesterday and we received a ton of fresh organic produce! For those of you who aren’t familiar, “CSA” stands for community supported agriculture. This relatively new socio-economic concept changes the way food is produced, distributed and sold, creating small scale closed markets for farmers in which the consumer participates in the risk and rewards of the farm.

One of the great benefits of the CSA (in addition to receiving produce ... read more →

Horseradish: Make Your Own Maror

Posted on April 6, 2008

As part of the Passover Seder, we eat a bitter herb, to remind us of the bitter times our people have faced.

Many use horseradish for this ritual. I grew up eating Manischewitz brand ground horseradish from a jar at our Seders, with no concept whatsoever of where this pungent herb came from. In fact, horseradish is a root –you can buy it from the store (most good health food stores carry it this time of year), and is ... read more →

Charoset

Posted on April 2, 2008

Charoset is one of my favorite Passover foods. During the Seder, this sweet, fruity dish holds a special, symbolic place, reminding us of the mortar which the Jews used to bond bricks while enslaved in Egypt.

European Jews (Ashkenazi) traditionally use nuts, apples, cinnamon and sweet wine for this dish. Jews of Middle Eastern descent (Sephardic) commonly use raisins, figs dates and sesame seeds. In general, Middle Eastern Jews have a far richer culinary tradition than European Jewry and charoset is ... read more →

Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted on March 11, 2008

Gluten-Free Girl recently announced she is with child.

Out here in Colorado, I have big news as well. Our pet house-bunny was neutered today. After humping every stuffed animal and slipper in the house, we took him to the vet only to discover that contrary to what the Humane Society had told us when we adopted him from their shelter, all of his reproductive capacities were fully intact.

Now, I know this is not the usual subject matter around here and it ... read more →

Parsley Pesto with Sundried Tomatoes

Posted on March 3, 2008

Traditionally, pesto is made with basil. This time of year, it’s not so easy to find organic basil at a reasonable price. Really, the time for basil is summer. And we’re definitely not there yet. Not even close, out here in Colorado.

And yet, I love pesto. All those good greens ground up into delightful, fresh flavors.

Last night, in the mood for something delicious and healthy (in that order), I made pesto using parsley. I always keep parsley in the fridge ... read more →

Fig Tapenade with Walnut Crackers

Posted on February 28, 2008

Inspiration struck today. As did its friend creativity. The sun was bright for the third day in a row over here in Colorado and my faith in all things good returned. Whatever had a hold of me –seasonal affect disorder, Mercury in retrograde, who knows, who cares –it’s gone! I took a long slow walk and saw the last patches of melting snow, flowers popping up through mud and upon arriving home, I observed sap running down the maples in ... read more →

Shrimp Cakes

Posted on February 16, 2008

After preparing a plethora of Valentine’s sweets, I once again have post-holiday “dessert burnout” syndrome. Thus, I now find myself constantly craving protein –for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.

I will be eating a lot of these tasty little seafood patties in this new phase of protein craze. Hence I am delighted to share one of my favorite recipes with you –this one for simple, savory shrimp cakes.

Shrimp Cakes

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1 pound (raw) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red or yellow bell ... read more →

Power Bars

Posted on February 1, 2008

For the past few months, I have been playing around with power bar recipes. When I’m on the go, I want to grab something that is packed with nutrition, not too sweet and plenty tasty.

I’ve made this power bar recipe a bunch of times now and my taste testers (that would be my husband who is a very direct and rather stringent critic) have given it their official seal of approval (that would be eating an entire tray in two ... read more →

Fig Newtons

Posted on January 23, 2008

Fig newtons seem to be everybody’s childhood favorite. Especially my husband’s. I made a batch of homemade, gluten free fig newtons this weekend and he ate the cookies so quickly that I had to hide some for friends.

What makes these little fig newtons so special? Well, I’m told they taste like the real thing. And besides, unlike the original, they have no white flour, white sugar or artificial flavors. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and naturally sweetened, making them a perfect ... read more →

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

Posted on January 18, 2008

Scrumptious homemade truffles using only four ingredients!

This recipe for handmade, gluten free and raw Cranberry Apricot Truffles is packed with nutrients, easy to make and aesthetically pleasing to boot.

After taking a brief hiatus from sweets, I am back on the dessert bandwagon! With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of fun treats to give out to friends and family for the holiday.

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

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1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups chocolate chunks

Place ... read more →

Squash “Pie”

Posted on November 21, 2007

This dish is really more of a soufflé, though in my house it has come to be known as the cherished “Squash Pie.” This morning my dear friend Amado called looking for this recipe for his Thanksgiving feast.

Squash Pie

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2 medium butternut squash, cut in half, seeded
3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

Rub squash with a dab of coconut oil
Place cut side down on a metal baking sheet
Bake squash ... read more →

Stuffed Dates

Posted on October 14, 2007

Dates are an excellent source of energy and rich in B Vitamins.

Stuffed dates are as as sweet as candy, so of course, children like these treats. Adults enjoy the delicate blend of flavors.

Stuffed Dates

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1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled
¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch celtic sea salt
20 large dates

In a food processor, pulse pistachios, orange juice, orange zest and salt
With a sharp knife, make a slit on one side of each date and remove the ... read more →

Granola

Posted on September 11, 2007

I love gluten free granola; sweet and crunchy, it always satisfies a good snack attack.

I also get a kick out of using the term “granola” to ridicule my Boulder brethren. However, when I’m feeling earthy, dousing myself in patchouli (which my husband dislikes to no end) I can easily apply the term to myself –even though I’m more of a yuppie than a hippie. I guess that would make me a yippie.

Alas, I digress. Several years ago when I ... read more →

Salmon with Anchovy Olive Tapenade

Posted on July 31, 2007

I love to eat salmon. Actually, I love the idea of eating salmon. All those good omega 3′s. Lately, I’ve been on a quest to create salmon toppings that disguise the fishy flavor. Here’s one that worked well.

Salmon with Anchovy Olive Tapenade

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4 (4 ounce) fillets wild salmon
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon salted anchovies, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
1 cup black kalamata olives, pitted
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil

Rinse salmon fillets, place in a 7 x 11 inch ... read more →