Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Banana TeaCake

Being gluten free and also trying to limit sugar can be a tough thing when you are craving something a little sweet!(this isn't too sweet though)....Well this teacake fit the bill, my husband who doesn't particularly care for desserts really enjoyed this.... And we really did have it with a cup of tea!!....Well here is what I did....Enjoy!

3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup honey
3 eggs (beaten)
3/4 cups coconut flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthum gum
pinch salt
1/2 stick softened butter
Preheat oven to 350 and place a cookie sheet in oven
In your mixer bowl add bananas, honey and eggs....mix well
add all dry ingredients mixing until smooth and then add the softened butter mix until creamy
Prepare a loaf pan by cutting a piece of parchment to fit and overlap
spray with cooking spray and add the batter spreading evenly with a spatula
Place loaf pan in cookie sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes
Let cool at least 1-2 hours before lifting out and cutting

Italian Sausage Kabobs

So I was scrolling through my Facebook page and came across these Italian sausage kabobs that my FB friend Brenda had posted and thought to myself "Oh my gosh what a great idea!"...and next I thought "Why hadn't I ever thought of doing this!"...Well she was nice enough to let me repost her idea for all to enjoy!.!!...Here is a picture of her Kabob's (don't they look great!)....You could slide this skewer right into a nice Italian bun!....Enjoy!!

(soak your wooden skewers in advance)
Italian Sausage (cut to size)
Purple Onion
Green Pepper
Red Pepper

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

OK,,,so I have been wanting to try and make a cauliflower crust pizza for a while now..... I finally decided to give it a try.....A lot of the recipes just seemed very time consuming so I wasn't very eager to make it!...So I will try to simplify this recipe for you as much as I can!...I have to say though once I made it, it really wasn't that difficult,,,,And, the next time I make it, it will be a breeze!!...Here is what I did,,,,,Enjoy!
1 head cauliflower (cut into florets)
1 egg
1/2cup grated parmesan
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
optional seasonings.....rosemary, basil or oregano
(you will also need cheesecloth or a linen dishtowel)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
and place a cookie sheet upside down in oven (or a pizza stone)

1. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor or blender (I used my Ninja blender)
2.It should look like rice....transfer to a glass bowl and microwave for 8 minutes and let it cool (about 5 minutes)
3.Overlay a bowl with cheesecloth or linen dishtowel and add cooked cauliflower

4. Start wringing out the cauliflower to remove all water

5.Add dried cauliflower back to bowl and add cheeses, egg and spices...mix well to form your (dough) ball...divide into 2 balls
6. Spray a piece of parchment with cooking spray (I placed parchment on my pizza peel to slide into oven)...add 1 dough ball and start forming your crust do not make to thick or too thin especially at the edge to prevent burning
7. Slide crust onto the upside down cookie sheet (you could also use a pizza stone) and bake for12-15 minutes or until it looks golden brown
8. Decorate as you like with sauce (any veggies you may like) then cheeses ...I sprinkled with grated parmesan and then shredded mozzarella before putting back in oven and baking until cheese is melted,,,(I can't have tomatoes, so this was more like a cheesy bread!)

9. Let cool then slice as you like!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Cheese Cake (gluten free crust)

I Love a great cheesecake and I have done a pistachio cheesecake in the past, but here is a great recipe for a plain cheesecake, and you could top this with fruit if you like!....The great thing about this is that the crust is gluten free, but even if I wasn't gluten free these ingredients make an awesome crust that anyone will enjoy! It is made from Rice Chex cereal!,,,,,you could even use other flavors of chex if you like, Here is what I did.....Enjoy!

3 Cups Rice Chex (crushed)
4 Tablespoons butter (melted)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoons cinnamon
3 packages cream cheese (softened)
1- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
1 Cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
Prepare crust by adding cereal to a freezer bag and start smashing to finely crush cereal.
Add the crushed cereal to a bowl and add the melted butter and the sugar and cinnamon
Mix well
Press the mixture into a 9-10inch spring form pan and bake for 8 minutes
For filling add the cream cheese to a mixer bowl and whip until fluffy
add the condensed milk and then the eggs one at a time, mixing well and then add the sour cream and vanilla,,,,Keep mixing until smooth, when done pour filling over the crust and bake for 50-55 minutes center will be softer while the edges should be golden......place a shallow bowl of water on bottom rack of oven  while baking to prevent cracking
Let cheesecake cool before refrigerating for 3-4 hours before serving

Friday, June 5, 2015

Gilligan's Island (cocktail)

I love a great cocktail.....And this one has all of my favorite things in it!.......Enjoy

1 ounce Vodka
1 ounce peach schnapps
3 ounces orange juice
3 ounces cranberry juice
Combine all liquids into an ice filled cocktail shaker.....cover and shake well

Greek Pasta Salad

I love making a pasta salad as a side dish for summer meals.....you get your veggies and your starch all in one!...This is also a great dish to bring if you are invited to a cookout, I made mine with gluten-free corn pasta but you can use any pasta and shape that you like...This would probably taste really good if you served it warm also.......Here is what I did....Enjoy!

1/3 Cup olive oil
2-3 zucchini (quartered then sliced)
3 cloves minced garlic
1 pound pasta of your choice (cooked as directed)
15 cherry tomatoes (halved)
5 ounce container crumbled feta cheese
1/2 Cup calamata olives (halved)
1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
1 teaspoon dry basil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
In a bowl add tomatoes, feta and olives,,,,stir in salt pepper and all of the spices to coat....set aside
In a frying pan add olive oil and zucchini...let cook for about 10 minutes,,,not getting it too soft...add minced garlic and cook about a minute more
Place cooked pasta in a serving bowl add the cooked zucchini with the olive oil mix well with tongs then add the contents of the bowl of tomatoes , feta and olives,,,toss well
add more salt and pepper to taste, you can also drizzle with more olive oil if needed,,,you can also sprinkle grated parmesan on top if you like!
this is the pasta I used
when using this corn pasta if it gets a little hard the next day you can always put it in the microwave for a bit to soften the noodles,,,when I did it melted the feta and it was very tasty!! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Gluten Free Seasoned Flatbread

These seasoned flatbread are very simple to make ....and they are very tasty!,,,,Being gluten free I am always looking for something that can be versatile,,,,,You can add toppings to this to use as a flatbread or break them apart to use as a cracker for dips....They are good just eating them plain also...I am going to spread with some soft butter sprinkle with  granulated garlic powder and then top with grated parmesan cheese and bake to use as a garlic toast also...Use your imagination and do what you like with them!,,,add some sauce, toppings and shredded mozzarella to make a flatbread pizza....Here is what I did ....Enjoy!

1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1/2 Cup Arrowroot Flour
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Granulated Onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
coconut oil for pan
Preheat oven to 350
In a mixing bowl add flours and whisk...add water and spices and mix with whisk until smooth....It should resemble a thin pancake batter
Pour 1/4 cup of batter in a hot crepe pan on Medium heat,,,,that you have added a small amount of coconut oil to
turn pan with wrist to spread batter in a circular motion
Let cook for 1-2 minutes then flip and cook 1 minute more.....add small amount of coconut oil before frying each flatbread
Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
here is what I did to make garlic toast,,,spread with butter,,,sprinkle with
granulated garlic and top with parmesan cheese and then bake