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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Giving Gluten Free Thanks
No matter what holidays you celebrate during the cooler
months, all of us have similar things in common- leftovers! How do we use every
bit of them up but still make sure our families don’t get tired of the same
recipes over and over again? Especially during holiday months, we could all use
a little help with maximizing our budgets as well as our foods. Here are some easy
ways that will not only be gluten free but so delicious, even those who aren’t
gluten free will not be able to turn these down.
Turn it Inside Out
Many of us make corn bread or corn muffins since they are so versatile and go
easily with many meals. But sometimes, they can also tend to be left out just a
little too long. Rather than throw away your slightly stale sides, why not pull
them apart and put them back together again as a new recipe? For instance, did
you know that cornbread makes excellent gluten free French toast? And those broken pieces of Glutino Frosted
Blueberry Toaster pastries add just the right touch for a new, sweet treat.
2.Generously spray a 4 x 6 casserole dish with
spray oil and set aside.
3.In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and
4.Add the cornbread cubes and blueberry toaster
5.Combine well and pour into the prepared casserole
6.Bake until bubbly and egg is cooked (test with a
7.Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container
for up to two days.
This recipe can also be made the night before and
* This may also be prepared on the stove top like your
typical French Toast. However, it is more difficult to flip.
Serving size is approximately 2 servings
Didn’t Your Mom
Tell You To Freeze Leftovers? I know my mom did as well as my Grandmother.
Seal it up, store it away for another day or another meal to keep your kitchen
stocked. But what they did not tell me is that you can do this in so many
creative ways with so few ingredients. They
also never told me that creative cooking can be a lot less stressful and
time-consuming as I always imaged it to be. Sometimes, your Blueberry
Toaster Pastries break but have no fear- a new, easy dessert is here!
1.Place the pint of non-dairy frozen dessert in
the refrigerator to soften for easier stirring (approximately 45 minutes).
2.Using a mini chopper or food processor, grind up
the Enjoy Life Foods cookies.
3.Sprinkle the bottom of a casserole dish with the
4.In a large bowl, combine the softened frozen
dessert with pieces of Blueberry Frosted Toaster Pastry (size of pieces does
5.Using a spatula, spread the toaster pastry and
frozen dessert mixture on top of the cookie crumbs, then top with additional
6.Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the
freezer until firm.
*These may also be made as popsicles for a great pick-up
dessert- just remember to keep them sealed in an airtight container to avoid
Serving sizes will vary
Use it; Don’t Throw Away The number one
rule of any allergy-friendly kitchen is to get every penny out of your products
and foods. One of the things I am thankful for is that there are so many
wonderful gluten free items for our families to use. Why not make
sure we put them to all possible uses? You have some leftover pie crust, you
have that middle section of the apple that you almost always don’t eat but now
you can. The best part is that having this dessert as a single serving makes
anyone feel special (and, it makes your house smell divine!)
2.On an ungreased baking sheet, form two circles
with the pie crust slightly larger than the size of the apple slices with the center cut out and set aside
(thinner is better).
3.Using a frying pan, heat the oils on medium
4.In a bowl, combine the honey and spices, mixing
into a paste.
5.Slice the apple, making sure it’s at least 1 ½
inches thick (otherwise you will lose the taste of the apple)
6.Add the apple slice, using the mixture as a
paste to cover the apple.
7.Place the coated apple in the preheated skillet
and cook, flipping once, until the apple browns (about 7 minutes).
8.Place the cooked apple slice onto a plate to
cool for 2-3 minutes.
9.Gently place the cooked apple slice onto one of
the pie crust circles, and then top with the second circle.
10.Gently fold and mold the crust around the apple.
Still have extra pie crust? Use it to form small shapes (such as a heart) to
attach to the top of the crust for decoration.
11.Bake for 20 minutes, then spray with additional
oil and sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar.
12.Bake an additional 10 minutes.
13.Allow to cool before removing from the baking
Makes 1 serving
Always No matter what obstacles are brought into your life, always be
thankful for the things that you have. Be thankful for family, be thankful for
those who help you through the journey of allergy-friendly cooking and be
thankful that there are numerous gluten free options for our families to use.
All it takes is one good product to create one good recipe, then another. Fill
your kitchens and homes with love and gratitude in a way that only your favorite products can