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Amy’s Gluten Free, Dairy Free Spinach Pizza

My review of Amy’s Spinach Pizza with Rice Crust is now live on the Gluten Freedom Project! To see what I thought of the non-dairy, gluten-free creation, check out http://www.glutenfreedomproject.com/learning/topics/5008/7069.

Amy’s offers a wide variety of gluten-free, dairy-free, ad organic products that can be found online and in stores such as Earth Fare, Whole Foods, and other grocery chains. The company, in business since 1987, is family run. It also promises to use fresh, organic veggies and high quality ingredients in their line of convenience meals; making them the choice for many vegetarians, gluten-free dieters, and those interested in eating non-GMO.

 

 

 

gluten free mini doughnuts recipe

Mini Gluten Free Cake Doughnuts

Mmmm. Donuts.

Need I say more?

These little babies are awesome fresh from the doughnut maker or pan and are so much more enjoyable because they are “special.” We don’t have the luxury of picking up a dozen at the grocery store or “Dunkin” so this once-in-awhile treat doesn’t go unnoticed in our household. I made a quadruple batch this time around for all the neighborhood kids to enjoy as well when they sneak in and out of the house. (The quadruple batch made over 80 mini donuts!)

The best part is that the kids like to get involved with decorating, too. We made three easy variations of donuts using this basic cake doughnut recipe: Cinnamon sugar glazed, white frosted with sprinkled, and powdered sugar.

Shopping List:

  • 1/2 C softened butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Cooking spray for pan/mini doughnut maker

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Preparation:

  • In your stand mixer, combine butter, sugar, eggs, almond milk and vanilla. (This will appear sort of nasty and curdled at first!)
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt well.
  • Stir flour slowly into the butter/sugar mixture and stir on low until all ingredients are well mixed.
  • If you are using a  Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker appliance, plug it in and follow the warming instructions with your device. Lightly spray the baking surface with vegetable spray ONLY if your device allows this. (Some doughnut devices do not recommend using spray.) Spoon in the doughnut batter and close the device. Bake doughnuts for about 5 minutes or until your device alarm or light goes on to indicate readiness.
  • If you are using a doughnut pan in your oven, spray the pan with vegetable spray or grease and flour each doughnut cup. Spoon in the mixture and bake in a preheated oven at 375º for about 8-10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Easy Ragu with Muir Glen Organic (and Gluten Free!) Tomato Paste

Did you know that many tomato paste products have wheat in them? It might sound crazy, but they do!

Fortunately, there are brand like Muir Glen that offer a gluten-free, wheat-free alternative to using fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes; making tomato dishes possible all year long!

See my entire review of this versatile tomato product at The Gluten Freedom Project!

 

You can also try out this recipe on your own for an easy ragu-style sauce to top your pasta!

Shopping List:

1 carrot, finely diced in food processor

  • 1 medium onion, diced in food processor
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cans (6 oz each) of tomato paste (I chose Muir Glen!)
  • 3 cans (use tomato paste cans) of water (A little more than 1 cup.)
  • 1 can (use the tomato paste can!) of white wine (About a third of a cup)

 

Preparation:

  • In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat with the onions, carrots, and garlic and sweat over medium heat until the vegetables are translucent and soft.
  • Add the beef, pork and heat over high heat. Keep stirring to keep the meat from sticking and cook until browned.
  • Add the tomato paste, water, wine and stir well.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes to cook off alcohol.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and remove from the heat, add to prepared pasta and serve!

 

 

 

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Take Your Tomato Finalist!

 Please Vote for Tracy G.’s “Black Eyed Tomato Salsa!” on EarthFare’s 2014 Take Your Tomato Contest!

Enter your vote at: EarthFare.com/Tomato

The votes are currently being tallied… and my salsa recipe has a good chance of being crowned the winner. But I need your help…. Simply click under the BAKED TOMATO category and click on your favorite recipe. Once you choose, enter your email address and hit submit to cast your vote!

(Of course, you are free to choose one of the other Tasty Tomato Finalists, but I humbly request a vote for my own :))

The recipe was developed to be a healthier… and still easy and quick… alternative to jar bought salsa. It include lots of good protein from beans, fresh tomatoes corn and peppers, and a little kick from cilantro. Plus, it is gluten free and wheat free! Perfect for some gluten free tortilla chips or on top of a nice green salad!

View the entire recipe at:EarthFare.com/Tomato

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Schar Gluten Free Fusilli

Been looking for a good gluten-free pasta that cooks well, holds its shape and texture, and performs well in a variety of dishes?

Shar is one of the biggest names in gluten free, and boasts The #1 European Gluten Free Pasta, with their noodles are imported directly from Italy.  The company, founded in 1922, dedicated itself to the creation of gluten-free foods over the last 25 years or so. It’s quite possible you’ve seen their products in US stores, as theur popularity is ever-increasing in the states as the demand for gluten free products increases.

The Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Fusilli are made with a base of rice and corn, providing them with a good, hearty al-dente type texture, and good noodle consistency and shape. Unlike some rice-only pastas and other grains, the combo of corn and rice lends itself to a mild taste, yet good density that retains its fusilli shape without becoming a bowl of mushy so-called noodles.

What is super-amazing is its ability to hold to being a leftover. That’s right!!! A gluten free pasta that held up to a reheating in the microwave… that is virtually unheard of! It passed the leftovers test with great result; something that rice pasta simply cannot do.

While there are “cleaner” homemade pasta recipes available, this one holds up pretty well as far as a good basic processed noodle goes. The ingredients list contains Corn Flour, Rice Flour, Pea Protein Isolate, Mono-and Diglycerides. While it does not contain lactose, wheat, or gluten, there is a slight risk of cross-contamination with soy at the Schar facility. The noodles are also preservative-free and cholesterol-free.

For an easy and super-quick meal or weeknight dinner, there is simply nothing simpler than opening a box of  Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Fusilli and a decent jar of gluten-free sauce. Just eight minutes to Mangia!

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Red Apple Lipstick: The Lash Project

Get big, luscious lashes, rich color, and improved lash fullness.

Sounds like an all-to-familiar pitch from one of the major cosmetics companies, right?

Only it isn’t.

 

What the Red Apple Lipstick team has done is pretty remarkable. They have created a gluten free, paraben free, petroleum-free, non-GMO, and harsh chemical-free mascara that promises to help your eyes and recover from years of chemical-laden store brands while making your lashes stronger, thicker, fuller, and more youthful-looking.

Okay, I know you might be thinking why would anyone need a gluten free mascara? To be honest, I’m not sure that you really do. It’s not by your mouth. You’re not accidentally  ingesting it, and you’re certainly not purposely ingesting it. That being said… for those of us who have gone gluten free, it can’t hurt to give it a try. And, for those of us who are watching their exposures to chemicals, toxins, processed foods, and allergens, this formula certainly fits the bill.

As an added little benefit, it is made in small batches in the USA. That’s pretty cool, too.

The Red Apple Lipstick Lash Project Mascara was just introduced, and with what appears to be great success. After placing my order, I received numerous customer support emails and updates stating that their Lash Project sales were better than they had planned for and that their shipping department was working hard to keep up with demands. I received my Lash Project Mascara today, just shy of two weeks with the standard shipping option I chose.

My first impression was that the packaging was beautiful. There was even a thoughtful Red Apple Lipstick logo sticker closure on the postal envelope. Cute!

I’m excited to try the Red Apple Lipstick Lash Project and “Take back my lashes.” The literature states that it can take up to 60 days to notice real results such as fuller, stronger and conditioned lashes and less lash loss and irritation. The website and videos also explains that because the formula is natural, you won’t need additional chemicals or irritants to take it off, either.

As you may recall, I loved the company’s gluten-free lipstick and now call it my go-to brand! I’ve got high hopes for this product as well!

 

 

 

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Make Your Own Gluten Free Croutons

Sure, I could use pecans, or rice crackers, or sunflower seeds to add some crunch to a fresh salad. However, there is something about a good crouton, at least for me, that really tops a salad perfectly. Unfortunately, they are a “luxury” when you are what-free!

Fortunately, they are easy to make with some good gluten-free/wheat-free bread leftovers.  I used the ends of bread that would normally get tossed anyways. I simply saved them up in the fridge, and when I had enough, I diced them into cubes.

To make the homemade gluten free croutons:

  • Line a cookie sheet with tin foil.
  • Spread the cubed bread onto the pan in a single layer.
  • Spray with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle on your favorite seasoning. (I used garlic salt and black pepper on these.)
  • Bake at 275º for 40 minutes or until crispy and dry.
  • Serve on top of your favorite salad or with soup!
ham and eggs breakfast minis

Gluten Free Breakfast Minis

A fun way to serve ham, eggs, and cheese in individual servings by using muffin tins to bake! Super easy and super cute, too! They would be perfect for a brunch party.

Shopping List:

  • 12 slices deli Virginia ham (Make sure you use gluten free ham if you need to!)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons chopped chives (or dice up 1 green onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive or canola oil spray

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Spray inside of each muffin cup
  • Cut ham in half (to make 24 pieces). Line each muffin cup with ham, overlapping so that none of the tin is showing on teh bottom or sides of each cup.
  • Combine egg, water, chives, black pepper in a measuring cup and whisk thoroughly.
  • Pour 1/12 (equal portions) of the eggs into each of the 12 muffin tins.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, just until the egg sets enough to top with cheddar. Remove from oven and sprinkle equal portions of cheddar on top of each egg. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and remove each ham and egg mini from the muffin tin using a fork.

 

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Walk for Food Allergy Awareness!

The annual Cleveland FARE Walk will be held this Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom throughout the country. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative. To fundraise, the organization holds walks in various locations across the United States. The proceeds go to four main areas that they focus on: Research, Education, Advocacy, and Awareness.

Those who walk are asked to gather sponsorships, either as a team, family, or as individuals. Registration for the Cleveland event is online at: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1102607&ccp=650980

Don’t worry…  if you can’t make this event there are several others coming up as well, including Cincinnati (September 20) and Columbus (October 11) as well, Registration information for these and other events is located at: www.foodallergywalk.org.