Friday, November 11, 2016

Wanting to turn back time to spring again, and craving something crunch & low carb, I decided it was time to try making zucchini chips.... I sliced them thinly, the tosses them with olive oil, Himalayan sea salt & some grated Parmesan. Then I placed them side by side on a parchment lined cookie sheet... depending on your oven, try them at 350 for 30-45 mins... I turned them once, half way through.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GF Pumpkin chip cookies


2 1/4 c. GF flour blend of your choice ( I use Bob's red mill )
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp guar or xanthan gum
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 c. light brown sugar or 1/2 truvia brown sugar blend
2 eggs
1/2 c. slightly melted butter
1 1/4 c. pure, pureed pumpkin ( not pie filling )
1 tsp maple extract
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 cup pecans or walnuts
1/2 dark chocolate chips

in large bowl mix all dry ingredients
in small bowl beat all wet ingredients together well.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix thoroughly but do not over blend.
Line cookie sheets with parchment and preheat oven to 350
Drop batter by spoonfuls onto parchment and bake 12-14 mins or until lightly brown on bottom and just set in middle.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Pumpkin Time !


SWEET STUFFED PUMPKINS

I would like to thank my friend Eleanor D.  for allowing me to share this wonderful recipe.

October has arrived, and with it, pumpkins ! We  love our annual trek to local pumpkin patches to see if we can find "the great pumpkin" 
But then there are those delightful little pie pumpkins we have in the garden... pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, curried pumpkin... this is a wonderful & very easy to make, addition to your "pumpkin repertoire "  

Simply scoop out your pie pumpkin and fill the cavity with all those yummy apples you picked last month 
and also add some dried cranberries, a dollop of butter & some brown sugar 
( or maple syrup if your hubby is French Canadian like mine ) 
How about some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spices too, if you like ? 
Then put the "lid" back on your pumpkin and bake it at 350 F for 1 -2 hours, or until soft ! 



Friday, August 23, 2013

Maple raisin granola

Well, today brought rain and cool air that signals the  end of summer is near. This always gets me baking or cooking something warm that feels like fall. Today I was thinking about back to school, and what better thing to start the days than a hearty bowl of granola ?

preheat oven to 250.
prepare 2 cookie sheets by covering in parchment paper

IN LARGE BOWL, MIX :
4 cups large flake oats (GF of course )
1/2 - 3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup shredded coconut ( unsweetened is best )
1/3 cup dark brown sugar

COMBINE :
1/4 cup (organic, cold pressed) grapeseed oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
pour over granola mix and stir till combines well.

spread evenly, onto the parchment covered sheets and bake for aprox 50 mins. sprinkle about 1/2 cup raisins over each sheet and shut oven off. leave in for another 15 mins. cool completely and store in sealed plastic container.

OTHER ADD IN'S :

for variety try 1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped nuts instead of sunflower seeds
try adding 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the oat mix.
try adding other dried fruit of your choice after removing from oven.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One dish pasta dinner

This is not low calorie but it sure is a fast & satisfying meal on a cold winter day !
you will need...
gluten free pasta of your choice
whipping cream
dried parmesan cheese
garlic
chopped veggies of your choice ( we like broccoli & bell peppers but have also tried onion, carrots etc )
chopped meat of your choice ( in above photo we used gluten free smokies but left over turkey or chicken works very well too )

in a heavy sauce pan pour the amount of whipping cream that you think you will need for the sauce. throw in veggies, meat, garlic & spices to taste ( italian is nice, as is pesto ) then add at least 1/2 cup of parmesan for every cup of cream - this is what thickens it so don't omit. In fact the more, the better. slowly cook on medium low, stirring almost constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom. when sauce is thickening & veggies are tender crisp boil your pasta.
drain & rinse pasta & pour the sauce over it & mix well for a one ( okay, technically two, pot meal )

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gluten Free Cinnamon buns

Warm up a cold and snowy January day by baking up a batch of these yummy cinnamon buns !
1 tsp sugar
1 envelope yeast
1/4 cup warm water
Dissolve yeast in sugar water for 5 minutes

Mix together in large bowl :
1 1/2 cups white rice flour
1 1/2 cups light brown rice flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 TBSP guar or xanthan gum

in microwaveable glass measuring cup:
 1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
microwave just until milk is warm and butter is melted

pour milk mixture and yeast mixture into flour mixture.
Add :
3 eggs

beat all for 2 minutes
cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 - 1/2 hours ( until doubled )

Spread the following in a 9x13 or 13 x 15 glass lasagna pan
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar dissolved in 2 TBSP warm water
1/2 cup raisins

 on rice floured surface pat dough into a 13 x 15 rectangle
cover with cinnamon and brown sugar
& I like to add more raisins  along one edge

cut into 12-14 strips and roll them up. place in the lasagna pan and let rise again for 1/2 hour in warm place.
Bake @ 350 for 25 to 30 minutes and enjoy !

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pizza - at last !

The discovery of coconut flour has opened up a whole new world of gluten free choices.... choices that have a beautiful texture !
Finally a gluten free pizza crust that doesn't resemble cardboard.... yummy !
3 lrg eggs
3/4 c milk
1/3 c warm water
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 cup coconut flour

beat eggs and then mix in order given until smooth & well mixed
spread over a lightly greased ( I used coconut oil to grease ) cookie sheet. 
Bake at 370 for aprox 15 mins  ( or until browned lightly and well set. )
top with your favorite ingredients ...
we make ours Hawaiian - which goes nicely with the coconut flour flavor )
bake for another 7-10 minutes, broil for a minute if desired to brown the cheese, and finally... enjoy pizza again !