All posts tagged: gluten free

Plantain Tacos with Shrimp (Paleo and FODMAP) 1 of 2

Sometimes a night calls for tacos. You can probably guess how excited I was to find a recipe for taco shells that fit the Paleo and FODMAP diets (what I’m eating now on my journey to health). Here is a recipe that will knock your Paleo socks off: plantain tacos with shrimp. It’s a recipe that can be filled in many ways (stay tuned for another filling idea in my next post, you’ll get to use today’s leftover taco shells!). So easy to make, healthy and delicious—I just fell in love with plantains after eating this. If you’re not yet sure about the whole “Paleo thing”, this just might change your mind! I ran into this recipe from Fresh Tart, and I must say, it is quite tasty.   With a grain-free meal, find foods that will fill you up and replace hardy grains. After a class of Tae Bo (cardio boxing) this is just the meal that satisfies me. And the taco recipe is ridiculously easy! Five ingredients that make freezable leftovers (if need be). That’s what I call a quick, weeknight meal. I made these shells with boiled, …

Brownie Torte

Get out your baking pan, it’s time for brownies! These are special, rich chocolate brownies, made with the best ingredients like raw cacao. Recently, I’ve been following Purely Twins’ blog, written by a set of twins that eat healthy, who are certified personal trainers and address health challenges with nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I admire their approach to cooking, making food variations that fit any dietary needs. If you follow my blog, you may not be surprised that I added chocolate chunks to this recipe—more chocolate the better! I also dusted the brownies with powdered sugar, giving them an elegant look. Cacao vs. Cocoa Usually, I’ll grab Hershey’s cocoa powder, but today I’m using the very best quality cacao. So, what’s the difference between cocoa and raw cacao? They’re both made from cocoa beans, but raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, whereas cocoa roasts cocoa beans at a high temperature. Cold-pressing keeps all the nutrients and enzymes alive, making raw cacao the very best kind of chocolate you can eat. The brownies are gluten, dairy and grain free. Apple sauce …

Minimalist Baker’s Gluten-Free Waffles

Now that you’ve experimented with gluten-free flour from my last post, it’s time to put it to the test. I made these waffles when I went home to visit my dad. There’s something about being home and baking for breakfast—makes me want to stay in my PJs all day and sip tea while I watch Giada Delorentis making creamy polenta or Bobby Flay throwing down a spicy dish. The key to a perfect waffle is the crisp crust coving the soft bread inside. The key is coconut oil. You’ll need to coat your waffle maker with coconut oil, and a lot of it. That’s how you’re going to get the *crisp*. I grabbed this recipe from the blog, Minimalist Baker. I was so impressed with this recipe that I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. Usually my gluten-free attempts turn out to be rock cookies or something that tastes like a bland flour ball. There’s an infamous cookie recipe that goes with that, but that’s another story… These Minimalist Baker waffles are perfection. As my …

My Favorite Gluten-Free Flour

Just because you’re gluten-free, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a hot waffle, right off the griddle. When I went gluten-free, I thought it meant “bye-bye” to everything I enjoyed…but I was wrong. I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t take some research. Why it even included bouts of pouting, watching my sister carve her Belgian waffle into bite-sized forkfuls. But my story has a happy ending—it ends with a delicious, “the best I’ve ever had” (quoted by my non, gluten-free sister) waffle. Despite my pouts and foot stomping, my sister was kind, dried my tears and sent me a blog post from Minimalist Baker. If you haven’t explored the Minimalist Baker blog, well then, you must. If the horde-full of gluten-free ingredients are impeding on your baking style, you’re not alone. With all of the xanthem-“what’s?”and guar gums, which sound more like something you scrape off the bottom of your shoe, shopping for gluten-free, all purpose flours seems daunting. Luckily for you, because my sister is so kind, I will pay-it-forward and share my little secret with you. Before we make the gluten-free …

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Birthday Goodness

Try this elimination diet: no dairy, no gluten, no beans and no fake sugars. If you chuckled and said something along the lines of “No, thanks!”, I’m not surprised. That was my first reaction, too. Honestly, after almost six weeks of this, I’m still having the same reaction! But it’s been successful in detecting my allergies. At least I get my basic needs: wine and dark chocolate! A day when I normally would have deserved any kind of splurging or would’ve un-regretfully eaten the largest piece of cake (ever!), looked as though impossible. However, being that my older sister always looks out for her twin sisters, chocolate cake was back on the menu. What I learned? My sister can make a mean, gluten-free, dairy-free cake! She used a gluten-free Whole Foods recipe, and substituted the dairy with dairy-free milk and butter. Then topped it off with black cherries. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze — (seriously the best cake you’ll ever taste!) Related Recipes/Articles Gluten-Free Cake Pops by http://www.LifeMadeDelicious.ca Nectarine Upside-Down Cake by www.FaveGlutenFreeRecipes.com Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies by www.maryanna-bishop.blogspot.com Surprising Foods …