Gluten-Free

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  • Nachos Grande

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    SERVES: 6

    8 corn tortillas, quartered

    Cooking spray

    1 1/2 teaspoon cumin, divided

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    3/4 pound ground beef

    1 tablespoon chili powder

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

    1 can refried black beans

    3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

    Salsa, for serving

    Sour cream, for serving

    Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

    Sliced jalapeno peppers, for serving

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange the tortilla wedges in a single layer on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Generously coat the tor­tilla wedges with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cumin and salt. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Mean­while, cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain if neces­sary. Stir in the chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, the oregano, and garlic salt.

    Meanwhile, heat the refried beans in another large skillet, coated with cooking spray, un­til warm. Preheat broiler. Place tortilla chips on a large oven-safe platter or baking sheet. Spread the warm beans over each chip and spoon the meat mixture on top of the beans; top evenly with the cheese. Broil for one minute or until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven; top with salsa, sour cream, cilantro, and jalapenos. Serve immediately. Source: Fast and Simple Gluten-Free (Fair Winds Press) by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Mango Guacamole

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    SERVES: 4

    2 ripe avocados

    1 cup diced mango

    1/4 cup diced red onion

    1/2 clove garlic, minced

    1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

    1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    Cut the avocados in half, circling the center pit. Twist the halves to separate and then squeeze each half into a medium bowl. Coarsely mash the avocado flesh with a fork. Stir in the remaining ingredi­ents. Serve immediately or chill, covered. Source: Fast and Simple Gluten-Free (Fair Winds Press) by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Easy and Gluten-free

    Sourdough has a unique flavor that stems from the preparation of its leavener. Rather than tearing open a packet of commercially cultured yeast to provide a quick burst of CO2, sourdough relies on protracted fermentation to give the bread lift while at the same time creating its unique (sour) flavor profiles.

    A sourdough loaf worth the effort
    By Craig Gustafson
  • Triple Berry Cobbler

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    Makes: 12 giant or 24 party servings

    About 2 2/3 cups blueberries

    About 2 2/3 cup raspberries

    About 2 1/2 cups marionberries

    1 1/4 cups sugar

    1/4 cup cornstarch

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    Topping

    1 cup butter, room temperature

    1 cup sugar

    2 tablespoons vanilla extract

    2/3 cup cornmeal

    2/3 cup tapioca starch

    1/3 cup potato starch

    1/3 cup rice flour

    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon cardamom

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1 cup milk

    2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar or granulated sugar, for topping

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together the blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice to evenly coat the berries. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking pan. To make the topping, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, starches, rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and xanthan gum. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. Pour the topping over the berry filling. Sprinkle the sanding sugar evenly over the topping and bake until the topping is cooked through, a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, and the berry filling is hot and bubbly, 65 to 70 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Source: Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich, image by Leela Cyd

  • Glazed Baked Doughnuts

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    Makes: 8

    1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour with xanthan gum in mix

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/4 cup dried buttermilk powder

    4 teaspoons dried egg whites

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    2 eggs

    1/4 cup canola oil, melted butter, or nondairy alternative

    2 tablespoons water

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    Chocolate glaze (recipe follows)

     

    Chocolate glaze

    1 cup confectioners’ sugar

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    Pinch of salt

    1 tablespoon milk (regular or lactose-free) or nondairy alternative (almond, rice, soy), plus more as needed

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a nonstick doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Also spray the inside of a one-gallon self-sealing plastic bag well with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a 3/4-inch diagonal off one corner. (If the corner is cut too large, the doughnut yield will be less.) In a two-quart bowl, place the flour, sugar, buttermilk powder, dried egg whites, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to mix well. In a separate two-quart bowl, place the eggs, oil or butter, water, and vanilla extract. Beat well with a handheld mixer. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine with a silicone spatula. Let the batter rest for five minutes.

    Scrape the batter into the plastic bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. Push the batter toward the cut corner of the bag and, twisting the bag, pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, making a complete round (standard pans hold six doughnuts.) Bake for 10 minutes or until the doughnuts are brown on top and cooked through. Remove from the oven. Flip the doughnuts onto a cooling rack, then turn right side up. Place the cooling rack on a baking sheet or parchment paper to make cleanup easier when icing. Repeat with the remaining doughnut batter. Brush the doughnuts with the glaze while they are still warm. If using sprinkles, add now. Let the glaze dry until the doughnuts are completely cool. Wrap loosely and serve within two days, or wrap and freeze.

    To make chocolate glaze, place the sugar in a small bowl. Add the vanilla extract, cocoa, salt, and the one tablespoon milk; stir well. Add more milk only as needed. The glaze needs to be thin enough to spread with a pastry brush but thick enough to stick on the warm doughnuts. Source: Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen by Carlyn Berghoff, Sarah Berghoff McClure, Dr. Suzanne P. Nelson, and Nancy Ross Ryan

  • Pizza

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    MAKES: SINGLE 12-INCH ROUND PIZZA

    Pizza Sauce

    1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

    1 cup water

    1 tablespoon honey

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    Pizza Crust

    1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour with xanthan gum in mix

    2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder

    2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1 tablespoon dried egg whites

    1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 cup warm (about 110 degrees) water

    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    1 1/2– 2 cups shredded mozzarella, soyrella, or casein-free nondairy alternative

    Cooking spray oil

    Toppings of choice

    To make the pizza sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, water, honey, and oregano until smooth. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.

    To make pizza crust: Place the flour, milk powder, Parmesan cheese, sugar, dried egg whites, yeast, baking powder, and salt in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment. Mix on low. (Alternatively, place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low with a sturdy handheld mixer.) Add the water and olive oil and mix on low until a dough forms, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Increase the speed and beat for five minutes. With the beater paddle still attached, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for one hour. If using a handheld mixer, remove and scrape down the beater blades, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise for about one hour or until doubled in size. Mix on low to deflate.

    Spray a 12-inch round pizza pan well with cooking spray. Using a silicone spatula, scrape the dough onto the pan. Spray the palms of both your hands with cooking spray, or oil your palms by rubbing them on a plate containing two tablespoons of cooking oil. Using your hands, press the dough outward to fill the edges of the pan, smoothing the dough as level as possible. Let the dough rise in the pan in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Bake the dough for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. For each 12-inch round pizza crust, use 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce to spread over the top. Sprinkle with the cheese or nondairy alternative and other toppings of choice. Return the pizza to the oven and bake until the crust is browned around the rim, the cheese is bubbling, and the pizza is heated through, about 15 minutes. Let rest for five to 10 minutes. Then slide out of the pan with a spatula and cut into eight wedges. Source: Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen by Carlyn Berghoff, Sarah Berghoff McClure, Dr. Suzanne P. Nelson, and Nancy Ross Ryan

  • Gluten-Free Lemon Tart

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    SERVES: 6-8

    Crust

    1/3 cup rice flour, plus extra for dusting pan

    1/3 cup potato starch

    1/3 cup tapioca starch

    1/4 cup sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour)

    1 tablespoon xylitol

    ½ teaspoon xanthan gum

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    6 tablespoons cold, organic butter

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1 large egg

    Filling

    2 large eggs

    2 large egg yolks

    2/3 cup xylitol

    Zest of 2 lemons

    2/3 cup lemon juice

    ½ cup crème fraiche or sour cream

    Powdered sugar

    Cut the butter into small pieces and return to the refrigerator until needed. To make the crust, start by heating your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch tart pan with cooking spray and a dusting of rice flour. Combine the remaining flours and starches with xylitol, xanthan gum, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into the mixture with the help of a pastry cutter, then work in the vanilla extract and egg.

    Once the dough has come together to form a ball, knead it briefly to finish, making sure to not overwork the dough or to melt the butter. Between two sheets of waxed paper, roll out the dough to a diameter of 12 to 13 inches. Peel the waxed paper away from one side of the dough and drape over the tart pan with the remaining sheet facing up. Peel back the second sheet, then press the dough into the pan, making sure it is even. Bake the empty shell for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool while you mix the filling.

    Whisk together the eggs, yolks, and sugar in a bowl, just until evenly distributed, then stir in the lemon zest and juice. Add the crème fraiche or sour cream last and whisk until the mixture becomes smooth. Fill the cooled tart shell with the lemon mixture and return the tart pan to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, just until it is set. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Finish the tart with a dusting of powdered sugar.

  • Setting the Bar

    If you or someone you know is gluten-sensitive or has celiac disease, the FDA setting a standard on what qualifies as gluten-free is reason for rejoicing. The ability to purchase food that can be counted on to be gluten-free is of the utmost importance for people with celiac disease, and the new standard is a big step toward providing them that assurance.

    The FDA’s gluten-free standards and what they mean for you
    By Adam Swenson
  • Just Between Us Gals

    Gluten is everywhere, but is it innocent or is it betraying your body? By now you probably already know that people on the gluten-free diet avoid wheat, barley, rye, and any oats not labeled gluten-free. And gluten can hide in the most unexpected foods like some brands of broth and corn tortillas.

    How the gluten-free diet can improve your health
    By Carla Spacher
  • Gluten-free Strawberry-walnut Scones

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    2 cups raw walnuts

    ¼ cup coconut flour, sifted

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon sea salt

    ¼ cup pure maple syrup

    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    2 eggs

    ¼ cup Rich and Creamy Melt, softened until pourable

    Organic strawberry jam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until a fine meal is formed. Place the walnut meal and the remaining dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients, except the Melt Organic, to the walnut meal mixture. Blend well with a hand mixer. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the Melt Organic. Mix well. Using an ice cream size scoop, make eight even balls of dough and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. With your thumb or a teaspoon, make deep well in the center of each scone. Fill each well with one teaspoon strawberry jam. Bake 23-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown and the dough springs back when pressed lightly. Cool on pan for five minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight container up to three days or freeze up to three months. Source: Melt Chef Cygnia Rapp; meltbutteryspread.com

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