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Wednesday
Aug182010

Toasted Pancakes | Gluten-, Casein- & Egg-free


Happy back-to-school everyone! I don’t know about you, but I'm struggling with saying goodbye to our leisure summer mornings and hello to a more hurried start to our days. In hopes of making the transition easier, I have been giving some thought to quick breakfasts. One I will turn to often will be frozen Saturday Pancakes (gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free). Just pop 'em in the toaster and serve them up with some almond butter, fruit and non-dairy yogurt (make your own). Voila, done!

For a handful of great allergen-free school lunch ideas, check out my friend’s recent post Allergy Lunchbox with Brain Power. I’ve printed it and taped it to my fridge. Thanks Kim!

Saturday Pancakes (A Lexie’s Kitchen previous post)
Serves: 3-4

In blender, blend on medium for 30 seconds:

2 tablespoons FLAX MEAL
6 tablespoons WATER

Add to blender in the following order:

2 tablespoons light OLIVE OIL
1/4 cup liquefied HONEY
1 tablespoon gluten-free VANILLA EXTRACT
3/4 cup WATER
1-1/2 cups BOB’S RED MILL ALL-PURPOSE GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR (can't find it? try this flour mix)
1/2 teaspoon SEA SALT
1/2 teaspoon BAKING SODA

Blend at medium speed until combined. Pour batter onto a griddle heated to 275-300˚F. When bubbles appear and begin bursting on surface, flip pancakes and cook until undersides are golden. Serve immediately. Freeze any leftovers and reheat in toaster.

Tuesday
Aug172010

Pomegranate and Red Beet Smoothie


Move over green smoothie! Sip this fuchsia blended beverage and know you're getting a good dose of B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, antioxidants (three different types of polyphenols) and more. Give it a whirl!

And yes, it really is THAT pink ... Pepto-Bismol pink. My kiddos think this smoothie is the coolest!

Pomegranate & Red Beet Smoothie
Serves: 2-4

In a high-powered blender, blend until super smooth:

1/2 cup POM Wonderful® 100% PURE POMEGRANATE JUICE
1 cup NON-DAIRY MILK (how to make Almond Milk)
1/4-1/2 of a medium steamed and peeled RED BEET (how to steam a beet)
One generous handful of frozen STRAWBERRIES
One small handful of raw WALNUTS
20 drops SweetLeaf® Vanilla Crème LIQUID STEVIA
1 teaspoon gluten-free VANILLA EXTRACT
Sweeten to taste, if needed, with runny HONEY or sweetener of choice

Add and blend until smooth:


1/2 cup ICE

Cheers!

Wednesday
Aug112010

Cinnamon Pomegranate Glaze

The nice folks at POM Wonderful® have been sending out samples of their 100% Pure Pomegranate Juice. After drinking half the case (oops!), I thought I'd better get down to business and come up with some recipes! So here is my first—a quick, easy and very tasty glaze to drizzle over a pan-fried pork chop or grilled steak. The hint of cinnamon, the tartness of the pomegranate juice and the tang of balsamic vinegar come together beautifully. I think it would be equally delectable over a grilled portobello mushroom or paired with olive oil for dipping bread.

Cinnamon Pomegranate Glaze

In a small saucepan, bring to a hard boil then lower heat and simmer uncovered about twenty minutes, until the glaze reduction has the thick consistency pictured:

1/2 cup 100% PURE POMEGRANATE JUICE
1/4 cup BALSAMIC VINEGAR
1 teaspoon HONEY (vegan use honey)
1/8 teaspoon SEA SALT
2-3 CINNAMON STICKS

Drizzle hot glaze over the cooked entrée just before serving. And save those glazed cinnamon sticks! Use them to jazz up the presentation of your dish!

Thursday
Aug052010

Pan-Fried Croutons

A reader recently told me that she missed "good bread" and asked if I had a gluten-free bread recipe to share. I wish I could have said "yes," but that's just not a culinary realm I've ventured to yet. Gluten-free bread baking seems daunting. One day I hope to take on the challenge—just not today.

I could, however, sympathize with her craving for "good bread." Thankfully mine have waned since going gluten-, dairy- and egg-free almost a year ago. But that's not to say that I don't have my days. Last week a bread crave hit and I thought I'd try Ener G brand's White Rice Loaf bread (free of gluten, casein, dairy, egg, soy and nut). I've passed it up many times before because it just looked so, well, bland. My assumptions were right. It is quite bland but it makes pretty good toast when slathered in buttery spread. And, it makes SUPERB croutons!

Pan-Fried Croutons

Melt in a large frying pan over medium heat:

2 tablespoons extra virgin OLIVE OIL
2 tablespoons BUTTERY SPREAD or 2 additional tablespoons OLIVE OIL (see notes)

Add and gently stir:

5 slices of ENER G WHITE RICE LOAF BREAD or "safe" bread of your choice, cut into 1/2" cubes

Season to your liking with:

SEA SALT
ONION POWDER
Minced fresh or dried HERBS (optional ... I used oregano and parsley)

Continue to sauté over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crisp on all sides.

Notes: We use Earth Balance (soy-free version) buttery spread sparingly. It's still processed yellow stuff in a tub. But sometimes I just gotta have that buttery taste! If we did not have a dairy allergy in our home, we would use real, organic butter. Oh, and feel free to adjust the amount of oil/butter/buttery spread to your liking.

Ingredients in Ener G White Rice Flour Bread: Filtered Water, Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Pear Juice Concentrate, Yeast, Methylcellulose, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Salt, Orange Citrus Fiber, Calcium Phosphate, Glucono Delta Lactone. Enriched with Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron and Folic Acid.

Find Ener G breads at your local natural foods store.

Friday
Jul302010

Apricot Spritzer | "0" Calorie & "0" Carbs

I have a habit. I collect SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia flavors like some women collect shoes and like a shoe-aholic I am not always thinking straight when I make a purchase. Take this Apricot Nectar flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia for example. It sounded delicious, but when I got home I had no idea what I would do with it!

This week I finally broke into the bottle. My usual routine after a long day is to enjoy, in peace and quiet, a glass of sparkling water laced with a few drops of SweetLeaf Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia. The other night I changed things up a bit (watch out!) and used the Apricot Nectar flavor in place of the Vanilla Creme. Was it ever refreshing! And with a twist of lime and crushed mint, even better!

Apricot Spritzer

Pour over ice and mix.

Sparkling WATER
4-6 drops SweetLeaf Apricot Nectar LIQUID STEVIA
Twist of LIME or lemon
Crushed MINT (optional)

Enjoy! For extra "wow," freeze chunks of apricot in the ice cubes.

For anyone trying to kick the soda habit, give a mix of sparkling water and any one of these SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia flavors a go (and, no, I am not getting paid for this endorsement—I am just a very satisfied customer):

Cinnamon • Grape • Chocolate • Peppermint • Root Beer • Apricot Nectar • English Toffee • Vanilla Creme • Valencia Orange • Lemon Drop • Chocolate Raspberry •  Berry • Hazelnut

Stevia is an all-natural "dietary supplement" that has been used as a sweetener for centuries [here's a little background on why the FDA, unfortunately, prohibits it from being labelled a "sweetener"]. SweetLeaf™ claims to be the only 100%-natural, zero-calorie, zero-carbohydrate, zero-alcohol, zero-chemical, zero-glycemic index stevia sweetener available.

SweetLeaf Stevia is available at natural food stores, some grocery stores, and from Amazon and many other online retailers.