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(Amazing) Gluten-Free Almond-Pear Bread

8 Oct

Pear bread fresh from ovenOn a recent trip to Costco, I purchased a large box of beautiful pears after my two-year old begged me to buy them.  They ripened quickly at home and guess who decided he doesn’t like pears!

Note to self: Do not make purchasing decisions based on the whim of a two-year old.

After giving away several beautiful pears to the neighborhood kiddos, I still had more than I could eat by myself.

I absolutely hate letting food go to waste, so I decided to try making pear bread.

I’d never had it, and had never made it, but figured it just had to be good, so why not?

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Summertime Black Bean Soup!

2 Aug
Delicious black bean soup topped with chopped grape tomatoes, plain yogurt, and fresh chives from my garden.

Delicious black bean soup topped with chopped grape tomatoes, plain yogurt, and fresh chives from my garden. Served alongside gluten-free brown rice crackers by Food Should Taste Good, purchased at Costco.

Quick and delicious, this gluten-free black bean soup makes a refreshing summertime meal.

A sweet friend brought a batch of this soup to me after my jaw surgery and I’ve been making it ever since. She shared the recipe with me from AllRecipes.com After making it a few times, I modified the recipe slightly by cutting back on the cumin and using chicken broth instead of veggie broth.

Summertime Black Bean Soup Recipe

Simply combine the following ingredients in a blender until fairly smooth (I used speed 4 on my Vitamix for approximately one minute):

–2 (15 oz) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

–1 1/2 cups chicken broth

–1 cup chunky salsa

–1/2 tsp ground cumin

–Top with plain yogurt to substitute for sour cream, chives, tomatoes, black olives, or whatever you’d like!

Makes ~ five 8 oz. soup portions

To view the original recipe from Maryanne, you can visit the link here.

Enjoy this light and refreshing meal!

3 Grilled Chicken Recipes You’ll Love This Summer

9 May
Grilled Stuffed Chicken

Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers

Following my grilled teriyaki salmon post a few weeks ago, I had a number of readers ask me to share some tips on how to grill chicken.

Detailed here are three of my favorite go-to grilled chicken recipes:

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken 

Citrus Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers

Any of these meals are perfect for summer entertaining or dining al fresco!

1. Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Step-by-Step:

The easiest of the 3 recipes here (though they are all fairly simple), this teriyaki chicken is melt-in-your-mouth tasty and turns out perfectly every time!

The easiest of the 3 recipes here (though they are all fairly simple), this teriyaki chicken is melt-in-your-mouth tasty and turns out perfectly every time!

Instructions:

–Prepare chicken breasts by rinsing and patting dry with a paper towel.

Chicken Prep

–Flatten chicken with meat tenderizing tool and pierce several times with a fork. Flattening the chicken results in more even cooking and a tender taste. Piercing it with a fork before marinating results in more flavor.

Chicken Pounded

–Pour marinade into shallow glass pan and place chicken breasts one at a time in the pan, using a silicone brush to smother the chicken with your marinade.

Same marinade I used for my grilled salmon recipe a few weeks ago. Try their Very Very Teriyaki, too!

Same marinade I used for my grilled salmon recipe a few weeks ago. Try their Very Very Teriyaki, too!

–Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Drench chicken with marinade in a glass dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

–Heat grill to ~400.

–Cook chicken on one side for ~5-7 minutes, flip and cook on remaining side for 3-5 minutes, depending on how well-done you like your chicken.

–Serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice, or pick your favorite sides!

2. Citrus Grilled Chicken, Step-by-Step:

Citrus Grilled Chicken

Instructions:

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Dinner Tonight: Teriyaki Salmon on The Grill

5 Apr
Don't be afraid to cook fish! A simply seasoned salmon fillet on the grill is healthy, delicious, and super-easy!

Don’t be afraid! A simply seasoned salmon fillet on the grill is healthy, delicious, and super-easy.

We’ve invited family over for dinner tonight and we’ll be enjoying the salmon pictured here, a scrumptious salad, and some amazing grilled pears.

GRILLED SALMON RECIPE:

–Place salmon fillets (I prefer Wild) skin-side down on a piece of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap up the edges and create a “foil boat” for the fish.

–Smother the salmon with your marinade of choice, close up the foil boat at the top, and refrigerate for ~30 mins, or a maximum of 1 hour (unlike beef or poultry, fish begins to degrade if left in marinade for too long).

Try their Very Very Teriyaki, too!

Soy Vay makes some great-tasting marinades. Island Teriyaki is what I’m using tonight (pictured here). Try their Very Very Teriyaki, too!

–Pre heat grill to ~400

–Brush grill grates with canola oil

–Remove salmon from foil boats and brush the fish lightly with canola oil. Place on grill, skin-side up for ~3 mins

–While salmon is still on grill, brush the skin with oil and carefully flip the fillet(s)

–Cook skin side down for 5-7 mins depending on thickness of the fish. Salmon should be close to opaque all the way through once fully cooked and flake easily.

–Remove salmon from the grill and serve with The Only Salad You’ll Ever Need To Make.

The simple toss of a few ingredients in a light olive oil dressing will cause your guests to rave!

The simple toss of a few ingredients in a light olive oil dressing will cause your guests to rave!

Heart-Healthy, Gluten-Free Snack Bars

15 Jan
Yummy and oh-so-easy gluten-free bars are a healthy alternative to sugar-filled sweets!

Yummy gluten-free bars are a healthy alternative to sugar-filled sweets!

My lovely neighbor brought us some of these delicious and not-to-sweet bars recently. I asked her to share the recipe with me, and now I’m sharing it with you! This recipe was developed and written as-is by Teri Gruss, who is the author of the About.com Guide to gluten-free cooking.

Consider baking this healthy alternative instead of cakes and cookies for Valentine’s Day  this year!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup nut butter (almond OR cashew OR peanut OR sunflower butter)
  • 3/4 cup sweetener syrup (honey OR GF brown rice syrup OR good quality Agave nectar)
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted raw nuts and / or seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds- use your favorites in any combination)
  • 1 cup unsulfured dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, pineapple, raisins- use your favorite dried fruits in any combination)
  • 4 cups GF brown rice crispie cereal
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

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Easy, Peasy Taste of Fall – Perfect For Dinner Any Day Of The Week

15 Nov

Perfect for cool outdoor weather, this dish is satisfying, flavorful, and optionally gluten-free!

If you enjoy lots of flavor, you’ll love this dish! This simple and delightful fall meal takes just minutes to prepare:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

These brands are the ones I use for this easy fall dinner, but feel free to switch things up a bit depending on availability in your region or personal taste!

Main Dish:

–Spinach & Garlic chicken sausage by Bilinski. I buy it because it contains no pork casing – the fact that it’s delicious is a bonus!

–Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta sauce by Williams Sonoma.

–Ancient Grain Quinoa Pasta (any shape – I had elbows on hand). Feel free to substitute your favorite pasta.

Salad:

–Fresh baby spinach.

–Apples (unpeeled). Gala or Honeycrisp both work well with this recipe.

–Walnut halves/pieces.

–Blue Cheese crumbles – use sparingly, as the flavor is very strong. Consider placing it in a separate small bowl, allowing your guests to help themselves.

–Olive oil vinaigrette dressing. (I like Newman’s Own).

PREPARING YOUR MEAL

–Grill sausage whole on medium-high for ~4-5 mins each side.

Quick tip: Opt for grilling the sausage earlier in the day and then refrigerate it until needed. Simply slice and warm the sausage along with your sauce while pasta is cooking.

–Cook pasta according to package directions.

–Warm Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta Sauce in a saucepan while pasta cooks.

–Chop apples and assemble the salad. Toss in olive oil dressing.

–Drain pasta and toss lightly in olive oil. Return to cooking pot (should be emptied of all cooking liquid), and toss with pasta sauce, coating evenly. Top with chicken sausage and fresh parmesan cheese.

For easy decorating, add a mini pumpkin to each dinner plate and toss a few leaves on your table.

Enjoy the flavorful taste of fall Around Your Home!

Warning: Addiction Likely

11 Sep

Let’s just say these PopCorners disappeared quickly after this photo was taken!

I stumbled upon my new favorite snack indulgence at the grocery store last week. Though I typically try to stick to the outer sections of the grocery store (produce and dairy), I do wander occasionally into the middle aisles where all of the processed foods lurk.

PopCorners come in several flavors!

That’s when I discovered PopCorners. PopCorners taste exactly like popcorn, but in the form of a chip. They are delicious and gluten free (watch for my upcoming post on why I made the switch to gluten-free living). I seriously could eat an entire bag.

Oh, and PopCorners come in Kettle Corn flavor, too!

The best thing about PopCorners? I’ve been wearing braces now for 20 months, and popcorn has been a forbidden food choice throughout my orthodontic treatment. Now it’s an option for people with braces, too!