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Friday
Apr052013

So Delicious® Dairy-Free Recipe Contest

The So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest has kicked off over at Go Dairy Free and the big prize up for grabs—a $500 Wllliams-Sonoma gift card!

Go Dairy Free and So Delicious have teamed up and are looking for the tastiest recipes made using any one or more So Delicious nondairy products.

This contest is open to everyone. Enter here.

To view entries that have been submitted and to vote for your favorites, visit (and follow) the So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest Board over on Pinterest. 

I use So Delicious products in some of my favorite sweet treats. I've rounded them up for you here. Enjoy ... and they'll never know that these goodies are dairy-free!

Dairy-Free Peach and Cherry Yogurt Pops

Click here for the recipe.

Dairy-Free Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Click here for the recipe.

5-Minute Mug Brownie

Click here for the recipe. 

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Cheesecake Parfaits

Click here for the recipe.

Thursday
Apr042013

My Portable Garden

This week's weather has left me feeling hopeful and dreaming. Hopeful that warmer days are around the bend and dreaming that maybe, just maybe, I will get to garden this year.

Gardening is something that feeds my soul. 

When the Great Recession hit we had to sell our home and move north for work. We left behind a great little house and a sunny garden spot. For the last three years, not having a garden has left me feeling sort of incomplete and I am done with feeling that way. I have let a teeny yard and a strict rental agreement dictate what I can and can't do.

Well, enough is enough! This year I am going to have a garden and this is how I am going to do it.


That's right, I'm going mobile with a Portable Container Garden from Garden365™.

If we end up moving this summer, I can take the garden with me. 

If it hails as it often does where we live, I'll just roll it on into the garage.

It's the perfect solution! It may not be a half acre plot, but at least I'll be able to grow an abundance of herbs. I am beyond excited to get everything planted! Updates to come.

Monday
Apr012013

Pressure Cooker Kale Mashed Potatoes


New e-Cookbook: Crazy for Kale

If you flip for kale or just want to add more of it to your diet, I have an e-book and a recipe for Kale Mashed Potatoes that you just might love!

Today, Hallie Klecker of Daily Bites is launching her newest e-book—Crazy for Kale: Glow from the Inside Out with 40 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes.

The reason I love Hallie's recipes is that they are wholesome and healthy. She uses simple ingredients and

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Mar302013

Go Green with Molly's Suds


This week I received product samples from Molly's Suds—an eco-responsible company launched by a mom, who like many of us, is trying to make her home a little less toxic. The Molly's Suds story will touch your heart, and hopefully your mind, to consider more small steps you can take to rid your home and life of the chemicals and pollutants in food, bath, body, and cleaning products that are contributing to disease, cancer, disorders and infertility.

 

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Mar272013

Baking with Coconut Flour

5-Minute Mug Brownie made in the microwave with coconut flour. See below for the recipe!

Today, Jeanette of Jeanette's Healthy Living hosted a Google+ Hangout on How To Bake With Coconut Flour

I've played a little with coconut flour but tuned in to the hangout mostly to learn from expert users of this non-traditional flour—namely Bob’s Red Mill‘s recipe specialist, Sarah House, and food bloggers Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food, Cara from Cara’s Cravings, and Kelly from The Spunky Coconut. Jane from The Heritage Cook also joined in eager to learn along with me :).

What is Coconut Flour?
Coconut Flour is made from fresh coconut meat that has been dried, defatted, and then finely ground to a flour. It is naturally gluten-free/grain-free flour and is loaded with fiber, protein, and iron (60% fiber; 56% of that is insoluble fiber; 40% protein). 

How Can I Use It?
If you are adding coconut flour to a gluten-free flour blend or substituting it for flour in a regular recipe, Sarah suggests using it for up to 20% of that blend. You will need to increase the liquid and/or fat combination by about 20% (fat preserves the long term moisture of the final baked product).

In What Recipes Does Coconut Flour Shine?
Recipes that work best with coconut flour include pancakes and tender pastries (cupcakes, muffins, cakes, quick breads). The panel agreed, that it's tough to achieve crispy cookies and yeasted breads using large amounts of coconut flour. 

Our Favorite Coconut Flour Recipes
Egg-free recipes that successfully use coconut flour are tough to find. But there are a few out there. Here are some of the panel's favorites. Egg-free recipes are indicated with "EF".

The Spunky Coconut Bagels EF (so good! you must try these)
5-Minute Microwave Mug Brownie EF (pictured above)
Sweet Potato Pie Truffles EF
Monster Cookies EF
Onion Poppy Seed and Cinnamon Raisin Bagels EF
Cookie Dough Stuffed Pancakes
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Totally Coconut Doughnuts
Chocolate Marbled Cupcakes
Chocolate Glazed Banana Cupcakes
Chocolate Coconut Flour Cupcakes
Low Carb Panini Recipe
Coconut Milk Bread
Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour Recipes

Other Resources (FYI recipes in these books rely heavily on eggs)
Cooking with Coconut Flour by Bruce Fife
The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts
The Spunky Coconut Cookbook, 2nd Edition
The Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook (available for pre-order now!)
Gluten-Free Cupcakes 
Paleo Indulgences

Coconut Flour and Beyond

Here is a great article on the plethora of coconut products on the market. Very helpful and a good read if you are just beginning to go coconuts!