Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Giveaway!!



As many of you know from my facebook posts I am a big fan of Vani from Foodbabe.com, she always has great information and recipes. I'm excited to share the news with all of you that her book will be released on February 10th called The Food Babe Way. Read about it here on Amazon.

I will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Good Luck!!

Just enter using our Rafflecoptor giveaway box. The contest will be closing on Saturday 2/10/15, so make sure you come back to enter each day. The winner will be chosen at random.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Creamy Mac and Cheese two ways



Forget using boxed mac and cheese especially the ones with the powered cheese packet. These 2 mac and cheese dishes will satisfy anyone who loves a good mac and cheese without sacrificing your health. The first one is a typical mac and cheese, the kind I had as a kid out of the box and the second is a little healthier adding broccoli to get in an extra veggie. Both are delicious, I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:
1 box gluten free pasta I used these elbows for the first dish and these shells for the second dish
1/4 cup grass fed butter
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
2 cups shredded goat cheddar

Directions:
Cook macaroni according to package directions. In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.



Stir in the flour, salt and pepper.



Stir in the milk. Cook for 5 minutes then stir in the cheese and cook until melted. Drain macaroni, add to cheese sauce and stir until all is coated.



Broccoli Version:
Steam or boil broccoli until fork goes through easily but not mushy. Transfer to a bowl. When pasta is done add the broccoli along with the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to combine.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza



BBQ chicken pizza is my husband's favorite pizza and now my kids want to have it any time my husband gets it. My goal was to make one just as good as their favorite pizza place but free of all the junk that comes with take out pizza. This pizza was a success! Everyone enjoyed it, including my husband who has been eating BBQ chicken pizza from the same place for at least the last 10 years.

Ingredients per crust:
2 Chicken cutlets breaded in Gillians bread crumbs or grilled chicken cut into cubes
1/4 cup BBQ sauce (make sure it's clean and free of all artificial ingredients) I used OrganicVille
1/4 cup (or more if you want it more cheesy) Goat mozzarella shredded (You can use regular mozzarella if you eat cow's milk, just make sure it's organic)
Gluten free Crust (We've made this on Udi's GF Crust shown above and Kinnikinnick GF Crust)

Directions
Place cubed chicken in a bowl and toss with BBQ sauce. Spread chicken on crust and top with cheese. Drizzle a little more BBQ sauce on top of cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Jac's Gluten Free Bakery in Hicksville NY


If you are near the Long Island, New York area, you need to check out Jac's Bakeshop & Bistro in Hicksville. I went there for the first time 2 weeks ago when they opened and have been back many times since. We have sampled and enjoyed many items such as their bagels, sandwich bread, bistro rolls, crumb cake, pretzels, rainbow cookies and cupcakes. It is great that they are gluten free but what I love even more is that their products are natural, 100% whole grain, use organic unrefined sugars, all natural food coloring and are 80% organic. Many of their items are also dairy free, egg free and vegan.

I have not had a decent bagel since going gluten free. I've tried some gluten free bagels but none of them were that good so I'd rather just not have them. Jac's bagels are amazing and taste just like a traditional NY bagel. The bistro buns were great fresh, but also great after being frozen and defrosted for later use. I now keep some in my freezer so anytime we need them we have them on hand. So far, my favorite dessert is their NY style crumb cake.

You can also get sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, eggs, pancakes, waffles, cakes, pies, vegan paleo clusters and many more desserts.

You can also go online and have the items shipped to you ---> here.

Check them out on facebook ---> here
Visit them at 600 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville, NY 11801, 516-931-8600.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sesame Chicken



Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons arrowroot starch
salt and pepper
sesame seeds or scallions for garnish (or both!)

For the Sauce
1/2 cup water combined with 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions
Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the egg whites, 3 tablespoons arrowroot, salt and pepper. Add the chicken and stir until all chicken is coated with egg mixture.
Add chicken to the skillet and cook on one side for a few minutes then flip pieces over and cook until no longer pink. 

For the sauce, combine all the sauce ingredients above and stir to combine. When the chicken is done, transfer to a plate. Add the sauce to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes until it thickens. Add the chicken back in and stir to coat. Transfer to serving dish and top with toasted sesame seeds or scallions. 

I served this over quinoa, but you can use rice or if your are grain free use cauliflower rice

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Soda Bread (Gluten/Dairy/Soy/Nut/Corn Free)


You NEED to make this bread! I love Irish Soda Bread but haven't been satisfied with many of the gluten free versions I've tried. This one came out exactly how I wanted it to be. It has a crispy golden outer crust and the inside is slightly sweet. This bread will go over great at any of your St. Patty's Day celebrations!

Ingredients
2 cups gluten free flour mix
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
3/4 cups raisins
3 tablespoons grass fed butter or earth balance melted
1egg
1cup rice milk
1 tablespoon vinegar

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a baking sheet. In a bowl combine the flour mix, baking soda, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, coconut palm sugar and raisins. 



In another bowl whisk the egg and melted butter.



Add egg mixture, rice milk and vinegar to dry ingredients and start to stir. 



You will have a very sticky batter. 



Transfer sticky dough to prepared baking sheet.



With slightly damp hands smooth over the top and form into a round shape. 



Make a slice in the top in a cross about 1/4 in deep. 



Place in the oven for 40 minutes. It should be lightly golden on the top and no longer wet inside. Let cool before slicing. You can also sprinkle powdered sugar on top if you'd like. 




Monday, February 3, 2014

Vegetable Fried Rice



This recipe came about because my daughter was celebrating Chinese new year at school. The class was going to be bringing in vegetable fried rice. My daughter loves rice, but the vegetable fried rice from a Chinese restaurant would contain gluten and soy and she would not be able to have it. I didn't want her to not be able to participate, so I put this together the day before and it ended up being really amazing. So I hope you all enjoy this version of fried rice. Plus it is healthier than take out.

For those of you who are grain free or just want to cut carbs, try this Vegetable Fried "rice" made with Cauliflower rice here ---> recipe

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion chopped
2 carrots shredded
2 eggs beaten
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
1 teaspoon salt
2 scallions chopped

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and carrots and saute until soft.


Slide the onion and carrots to the side, and pour the eggs onto the other side.



Let the eggs start to cook and start to scramble them.




When the eggs are fully cooked, mix them with the onion and carrots. Add the rice in to the mix and stir together.


Add coconut aminos and salt and stir together. Add scallions.