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.

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Inside Out Blueberry French Toast   
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Prep Time:    5 Minutes
Cook Time:   35 minutes in the oven (or) 15 Minutes (stove top)

Spray oil of your choice (I use Winona Pure Oil)
2 Eggs
¼ Cup milk of your choice
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup day old prepared Glutino YankeeCornbread Mix, cubed
1 Glutino BlueberryFrosted Toaster Pastry (broken into large pieces)

1.       Preheat the oven to 350°.
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 vanilla together.
4.       Add the cornbread cubes and blueberry toaster pastry pieces.
5.       Combine well and pour into the prepared casserole dish.
6.       Bake until bubbly and egg is cooked (test with a toothpick).
7.       Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.

This recipe can also be made the night before and reheated.

* 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!

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(For a brief video tutorial, click here)
Prep Time:  5 Minutes
Cook Time: None, Freeze until Firm

1 Pint non-dairy dessert (I used SoDelicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert)
Ground up allergy-friendly cookie crumbs (we used Enjoy Life Foods Sugar Crisp Crunchy Cookies)
3 Sleeves Glutino  BlueberryFrosted Toaster Pastry (broken into pieces)

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 cookie crumbs.
4.       In a large bowl, combine the softened frozen dessert with pieces of Blueberry Frosted Toaster Pastry (size of pieces does not matter).
5.       Using a spatula, spread the toaster pastry and frozen dessert mixture on top of the cookie crumbs, then top with additional cookie crumbs.
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 freezer burn.

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!)

Prep Time:  10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

1 Mid section of an apple (core removed)
1 Teaspoon raw honey
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1/3 Teaspoon each of cinnamon and allspice

1.       Preheat the oven to 375°.
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 heat.
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 sheet.

Makes 1 serving

Be Thankful, 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 provide.

#PurifyYourLife #EatFreely 

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