GF Christmas Sweets Made with Everyday Ingredients

Christmas can be difficult for those who have to eat Gluten Free who want enjoy sweet treats for the holidays.  Below are some recipes using ingredients that can be easily found in local markets.  These are especially good for the newly diagnosed.  All the recipes just happen to be gluten free and are yummy for everyone.

Some other suggestions are homemade fudge and cheesecake.  Use a cheesecake recipe that does not include flour.  Use GF cookies for the crust.  I like to use GF ginger snaps.

Enjoy

 

 

 


Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

A Gluten Free Thanksgiving is very easy to have in your own home.  But if you are going to be a guest, think about bringing a few slices of your own GF turkey if your host stuffs theirs.  I usually bring along a Pumpkin Flan as well.  Below is an easy Green Beans recipe as an alternative for green bean casserole.  Also included is a wonderful recipe for Popovers.  The Popovers are one of the few recipes I make that are not naturally gluten free and require special ingredients.

For Pumpkin Flan go to this recipe.

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Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnut-Lemon Butter

1 1/2 tablespoons soften butter

3 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided

8 cups of water

1 1/2 pounds of trimmed green beans  These can be found bagged (like salad) in the fresh vegetable isle.

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Combine butter, hazelnuts, lemon rind and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and blend well.  Butter can be made up a week in advance and refrigerated.

Boil water with 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt.  Add green beans and cook 3 minutes.  Drain and return pan to medium heat.  Add butter mixture and beans.  Cook about 3 minutes until beans are well coated and tender.

adapted from Cooking Light

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These gluten free Popovers are straight from the box of King Arthur Flour Gluten Free  multi-purpose flour mix.  The Popovers bake up light and hollow in the center.  Just a caution when planning your meal, they take 45 minutes to bake and rest.

4 large eggs

3 tablespoons melted butter

1 1/4 cups of lukewarm milk

1 cup of King Arthur multi-purpose flour  Grocery stores are carrying this now or  can be ordered from  their website as well.

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1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum Can be found in health food stores.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease 12 cup muffin tin. I like to use cooking spray.

2. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and milk in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, xanthan gum, and salt.  Gradually whisk dry ingredients into the liquid, whisking until the batter is smooth.

3. Pour batter into muffin tin filling each cup 2/3 full.

4. Bake for 25 minutes.

5. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 15 more minutes until Popovers are deep brown.

6.  Remove from oven and let them rest for 5 minutes.  Remove from tin and serve immediately.


Homegrown Salad with Gluten Free Dressing

It is picking time!  I harvest first thing in the morning, as the weather is heating up and the lettuce gets wilted in the afternoon.

The first picking produced enough salad greens to make dinner.  I carefully cut the oldest leaves and let the others mature for the next meal. Below is a great recipe that is naturally gluten free and tasty for everyone.

Homemade Gazpacho Dressing

3 Tablespoons tomato juice I buy a six pack of small cans of tomato juice and will have it on hand for future salads.

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon extravirgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 garlic clove minced
Combine ingredients and stir well.

Salad

6 cups of salad green – Homegrown is best!  And store bought is good too. Also, the salad ingredients can be halved for a smaller salad.

2 diced tomatoes

1 diced cucumber

1/3 cup of feta cheese

1/2  orange bell pepper diced  (or what ever color you like)

1 small bunch of green onions chopped

1 (16 ounce) can of cannellini  beans rinsed or any white bean

Toss ingredients into a salad.

I like to serve the dressing on the side, as I usually don’t finish the salad at one meal.  The dressing is strong and only a small amount is needed per serving. It is great for any salad.

*Check out my blog category “Gluten Free” for more easy GF recipes with everyday ingredients.

Adapted from Cooking Light

 


Flashback Friday – Christmas Treats

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Those who have to eat Gluten Free can feel a little left out at Christmas time.  Most of the delicious sweet treats are off limits for us.  I have gathered a few alternatives that use everyday ingredients easily found at the market.  The best part is that most of the recipes just happen to be GF, so everyone will enjoy them.  Make some treats for yourself and always take some with you to holiday parties.

Also, there are now many mixes offered that aren’t so bad.  Yes, I have never been a big fan of them, but they are improving. 

Here is a quick change up to make Christmas Brownies from a mix.

Choose your favorite brand of brownie mix.

Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract into the mix.

10 minutes before baking is done sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top (about 1/3 cup or as much as you want).

 

Take a look at the Christmas recipes and maybe one will become a new family favorite.

Gluten Free Sweets for Christmas (or any time).

Peppermint Bark

 

PS  If you are newly diagnosed or know someone who is, check out my Gluten Free collection of recipes that are naturally GF using everyday ingredients.

HAPPY EATING!!


Flashback Friday

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It is time to flashback to some Gluten Free cooking.  There is nothing like some Pulled Pork BBQ in the summer time.  Once the Pulled Pork is made, it can be used in a couple more recipes.  If you have had enough, it is easy to freeze the meat.  I put some extra BBQ sauce on top of the pork before popping it into the freezer.

My favorite is the Tostados.  I love the crunchy tortilla and guacamole.

  • If you know someone that has been recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, please send them to my blog.  I have easy recipes made from everyday ingredients and enough variety to keep them cooking for until they figure out how to eat gluten free.

 

Easy Pulled Pork BBQ

Pulled Pork Tostados

Pulled Pork Arepas Appetizers

Pulled Pork Pupusas


Flashback Friday

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The Flashback this week is Onion Casserole.  It is a naturally Gluten Free recipe that everyone will enjoy.

If you need to eat GF or are newly diagnosed, please check out the recipes on the Gluten Free part of my blog.  All are easy to make with ordinary ingredients that can be found in your local market.  I have included a variety of foods to get you started on the diet.


Flashback Friday

Holidays are always hard for those that must eat Gluten Free.  I gathered some easy to make treats with everyday ingredients.  Enjoy!

 

Gluten Free Treats Made with Everyday Ingredients

 

 

Peppermint Bark