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Scrumptious Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake April 29, 2010

I made the most fabulous gluten-free dessert yesterday… A gluten-free banana pound cake!!! It was ridiculously good and so incredibly moist my husband had a really hard time believing it was gluten-free! Truly, this is one of the best gluten-free desserts I’ve ever made.

Try this super-fabulous treat the next time your in the mood for a delicious treat. It also makes a great tea-time dessert! Invite a few friends, bust out the tea pot, and serve this yummy cake warm or cold.

Lee’s Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake

Note: I slightly modified the recipe below. For the original recipe, click on the link above.

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cups white rice flour (120g)
1/4 cup sorghum flour (30 g)
1/4 cup potato starch (48g)
1/4 cup tapioca flour (30g)
1 (3.4 oz) box Jell-O Instant Banana Cream Pudding and Pie Filling
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
2/3 cups Bakers Sugar (extra fine granulated)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 medium banana (3.8 oz)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp banana extract
1/2 cup 2% milk

Frosting (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbs butter , softened
1 Tbs whole milk or half and half
1 tsp banana extract

*You may even want to add chopped pecans on top! 🙂

* REMEMBER TO USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE FOR A TASTIER & BETTER-FOR-YOU VERSION OF THIS DESSERT

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Stir together all Dry Ingredients in a bag or lidded container. Shake to completely mix.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients(except milk)until completely blended. Gradually add Dry Ingredients, beating at low speed until well mixed (about 2 minutes). Add milk gradually to the mixing bowl, stir until mixed. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
4. Pour batter into greased 4-cup Bundt or 6-inch tube pan. Bake for 80 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; invert cake pan onto a plate or cake dish. Tap bottom lightly to loosen cake from pan.
5. Place all frosting ingredients in a small mixing bowl, blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Optionally drizzle with frosting. Refrigerate any leftover frosting in a covered container.

SO YUMMY!!!! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

PS. More tomorrow about hosting a gluten-free tea party for Mother’s Day!

 

 

Look Good While Saving the Planet: Shop for Gluten-Free Goodies with the Envirosax Bag April 26, 2010

How do you GREEN your life Did you celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd?

I love that “going green” has gained so much momentum and that saving our beautiful Earth is becoming an important priority to most people. It worries me when what seems like every day there’s another natural disaster, another animal that’s almost extinct, and hearing more and more about a rapidly disappearing ozone layer above our little world.  I definitely want to be a part of the ‘go green’ movement, preserve mother nature, and keep this lovely planet that we call home intact for myself, for my kids, and for their kids too…

So, what do I do to ‘green’ my life? Well, for starters, I recycle. To me, it’s the easiest way to do good for the Earth without even exerting a lot of effort; just put the recyclable plastic, glass, or paper into the blue bin instead of the black bin.

I also try to make an effort to buy recycled products. When I can, I do try to choose products that’s made from recycled materials over ones that are not. Most the time, I can’t even notice the difference between recycled materials and regular, so if I can choose the one that’s doing good for our planet, why wouldn’t I go with the kinder-version of what I want?

I use energy-efficient light bulbs and I choose organic, all-natural meats, produce, and food that supports farmers and farming practices that want to treat our land, our animals, and our bodies with respect.

But I’m certainly not perfect. I don’t drive a hybrid car and I have definitely have had my fair share of long, hot, wasteful showers. There’s so much more that I could be doing for our precious Earth. I have a long way to go, but I am proud of the fact that I do care and do try to make a conscious effort to get better and continue to find more ways to go green.

A little voice inside of me has been nagging me for some time because of the fact that I’d still use plastic bags at the grocery store. I’d see the unattractive, straw-like “green” grocery bags just hanging on racks at the checkout stand, but could never follow through and give them a try. It’s not like I was ignorant either. I hated the fact that I knew how wasteful all those plastic bags were, and how much they pollute the Earth, yet would continue to go to the store and come home with bag after plastic bag…

I wonder how many wasteful plastic bags just sitting somewhere in a landfill belong to me… 

Go Green with Evirosax Bags when shopping for Gluten Free Goodies So, when I found the Envirosax La Boheme Bag on the Nubius Organics website, I knew I had found my solution!

The Envirosax bag has officially made it glamorous to go green when it comes to grocery shopping. No more frumpy, ugly ‘green’ bags! Hey, why not look good while saving the planet?

The Envirosax bag comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns (florals, solids, and abstract designs), and it also comes in different materials (polyester, hemp, and linen), but my favorite is the Envirosax La Boheme Bag 1.

Envirosax ®, La Boheme has been inspired by a fusion of the romanticism of Bohemia and the ideals of the Art Nouveau movement. This new range is a celebration of Envirosax pushing conventional boundaries, breathing new life into eco-friendly products with a focus on beautiful design.

Each bag is printed with an exciting graphics print using sublimation. This preferable print method ensures the print is indefinite and these striking bags will not fade. 19.5″ x 16.5″.

 

The Envirosax Bag is such an attractive alternative to those ugly, unflattering bags they sell at the grocery store. With black, French-like floral designs on an off-white background, it’s so adorable, you may find yourself toting around this eco-friendly tote bag to places besides the grocery store! Whether you’re off to the gym or out to a casual lunch with friends, this planet-friendly bag works well in lots of life situations. Not to mention, the Envirosax La Boheme Bag 1 is strong, durable, and even made of water-resistant polyester that works well with cold items with condensation while running errands (yes, the perfect carrier for cold champagne!).

And it only costs $7.95! What a great, affordable investment for something so cute that does so much good!

If you’re still collecting planet-polluting plastic grocery bags, give the Envirosax bag a try and make an effort to make a small change to ‘green’ your life! The next time you need to pick up a few gluten-free goodies at the market, slip on your strappy black heels, dark jeans, & red lipstick, and use your eco-friendly Envirosax bag to show the world how good-looking “’green’ really is. 🙂

Join me and take another small step to live a greener, healthier, and happier life… all without compromising your glamorous style!

Gluten-Free Grocery Tip: Another amazing product stocked by Nubius Organics? The Blue Lotus 100% Organic Cotton Bags! Use these to fill up on fresh, organic produce and just stick them inside your Envirosax tote as you shop at your local grocery store or farmers market! Again, another way to skip the plastic, go green, and use adorable, eco-friendly products with real functionality!

You can buy the Envirosax bag online from Nubius Organics; a fabulous one-stop-shop for all things organic, green, and glamorous! From reusable shopping bags and bottles, green gifts, and eco-friendly kids products, this website is really like an online mall for everything that you could ever want that’s planet-friendly, organic, and brilliant! Make sure that you add Nubius Organics to your website link favorites and browse their site for fantastic personal, home, wedding, baby, & other gift items. …Remember, Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

In fact, Nubius Organics is offering YOU, Glamour & Green Gluten-Free Readers, and exclusive 10% OFF discount at the Nubius Organics website! Just enter the discount code: SPRING10 at the Nubius Organics check-out for your special discount! And this discount applies towards the Envirosax bag or any other item on their website, for that matter!! 🙂

Go Green… Glamorously!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Oh-la-la! Little Bites of Gluten-Free Bliss: Melange Sucre Macaron Petits April 21, 2010

Melange Sucre Macaron Petits- Gluten-Free Bites of Bliss! When going gluten-free, one of the hardest things to find is great-tasting desserts. So often gluten-free sweets are too dense and don’t have that light, fluffy, or moist texture that gluten-filled goodies have. So when I find a gluten-free dessert that’s FABULOUS, I need to share it with the world.

And that is why, my friends, you NEED to know about this super-glamorous, completely delicious little treat: Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! (Yes, they really are as luxurious as they sound).

These delicate cookies have nothing in common with the dense coconut confections that Americans know as “macaroons.”

 

Mélange Sucre macarons are prepared in the traditional Parisian style, sandwiching two light cookies together with a flavored cream or marmalade. Each macaron is made by hand and skillfully baked to achieve the perfect blend of natural ingredients to produce an authentic French macaron. Mélange Sucre macarons are crafted to be lighter and more petit than the traditional macaron. The chewy and crunchy cookies surprise you with each bite.

 

Now as much as I love my gluten-free bakeries, I have to say, it’s great when you find a dessert that’s gluten-free JUST BECAUSE IT TASTES GREAT WITHOUT GLUTEN. And that’s how it works with Mélange Sucre. They made these incredible little treats using fresh, delicious, all-natural ingredients and without seeing the need for gluten.

So, what are these little bites of pure bliss made from? Mélange Sucre macarons are made with egg whites, sugar, natural almond flour, milk, cream, and butter.

Sweet… literally. 🙂

These cookies are totally high-maintenance (kinda like me- haha!), and that’s just another thing that I love about them. When you receive your package of Mélange Sucre cookies, you know it’s something special… and that this isn’t your average gluten-free treat:

Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits are shipped frozen, so to ensure freshness, and to maintain the quality the Chefs intended for the macarons, these perishable items are shipped via overnight or 2 day express.

 

For optimal flavor, Mélange Sucre macarons are best if consumed within 1-2 days. Store in refrigeration up to 7 days at 41 degrees F; before consuming, remove the macarons from refrigeration and allow them to reach room temperature. (Approximately 30 minutes). See… this gluten-free delicacy is a treat to be treasured; not something you can just pick up at your local grocery store any ol’ boring day. 

 

Raspberry Macaron Petits from Melange Sucre Each box includes 12 macarons with two of each flavor. Flavors include: Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Pecan Caramel, Cinnamon and Coffee. 

I melted over the chocolate and raspberry flavors, but all of them are absolutely delicious!! Light, airy, flaky, creamy, and chewy all the same time. They are almost impossible to describe how fabulous they really are… Just a must-have goodie for any dessert-loving gal that wants to try something extra special.

These gourmet cookies pair nicely with gourmet teas or a delicious, frothy cappuccino. They’d work well with a little tea party or an afternoon get-together with your favorite gal-pals. Another occasion that would suit Macaron Petits perfectly? Mother’s Day. Their beautiful presentation (the box the macarons come in is long, gorgeous and made from environmentally-friendly materials that’s also reusable as storage for other special things!!) and phenomenal taste makes them a fabulous gift to give to that special mom of yours. And with only 130 calories for 2 cookies, they’re a treat she won’t feel bad indulging in!!

You can buy a box of 12 Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits on the Mélange Sucre website for $28.00 (though you should read on for more info about the fabulous discount that they are extending to you, loyal Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers!), and are more than worth it. They are the kind of shi-shi cookies you’ll want to have on hand 24-7 for guests, they’re so classy and impressive. Ooh-la-la!

So, give them a try this spring! Host afternoon tea and serve this delicate little cookies as your tea-time treat. And give them to mom as a Mother’s Day surprise. You really don’t need a special occasion to indulge in these amazing cookies. Simply buy them for yourself and try one of the best gluten-free/non-gluten-free treats you’ll ever eat! MMMMMMmmmm!!!

 

Mélange Sucre has also given YOU, our fabulous Glamour & Green Gluten-Free readers, an EXCLUSIVE discount! Enter the coupon code: GGREEN for 15% off your next purchase of Mélange Sucre Macaron Petits! 🙂

Bon Appétit!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Fabulous Virtual Make-Overs For Photos! April 17, 2010

Make-over your favorite digital photos! Let’s be honest here: Being a woman is just so darn expensive! Our beauty regimen can get quite costly and my all-natural beauty wants & needs are becoming addictive! But our beauty product routine is not something that we women can just quit cold-turkey. I’ve never seen a pack of gum to lessen my desire for anti-aging foundations, powders, and bronzers, and I’ve never been able to find a “reduce-the-cravings-for-mascara-patch.” All in all, I don’t think that we women should ever have to cut back or give up our special girl-things that make us look and feel good. But I do, however, think we need to be a little more creative and think outside the box with new solutions for inexpensive beauty alternatives.

So, how can we save some serious cash-flow and still feel ultra-glamorous? Two words, my friends: Virtual Makeup. Yes, physical makeup is so overrated! What really counts is looking great in our photos. We may slap on a pair of old jeans and beach sandals to go to grab a bite to eat and run a few errands, but do we post these casual, greasy hair-in-a-ponytail and no makeup photos on our Myspace or Facebook profile? No way! Only our best looking mug-shots end up being the sacred Profile Pic! With all the ex-boyfriends and old competitive girlfriends out there in social networking cyber space, there’s no chance we’ll upload our every-day, sweats, T-shirt, and a few zits pics! But with virtual makeup, we can save money and transform our regular pics into gorgeous, professional-looking head shots! Virtual makeup allows us to make easy, natural-looking edits to our photos, so that we can whiten our teeth, remove pimples, get rid of wrinkles, airbrush photos and look ultra-fabulous for pennies!

Digital Scrapbooks and More (www.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com) makes instantly downloadable photo editing training that specifically focuses on virtual makeup, called the Digi MakeOver Madness Tutorials (www.shop.DigitalScrapbooksandMore.com).

Digital Airbrushing! The Digi MakeOver Madness Tutorials has a simple motto; a philosophy that I think we can all appreciate: “Spend $5… look like $500.” It’s true, as each individual tutorial is ridiculously inexpensive at $1.99 or less, and features super-easy training to make your favorite photos look even better. Convert photos to vintage black & white pics, whiten teeth, get rid of blemishes and wrinkles, digi tan, even airbrush photos (celebrity or not)! And although Digital Scrapbooks and More cannot legally make any guarantees, I wouldn’t be surprised if I made several new random Facebook friends after posting my newly edited pic.

So what if you’re worried that you don’t have photo editing software to follow along with the training in order to apply virtual makeup to your own photos? Don’t despair; you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements through the Adobe website (www.Adobe.com). With no hidden tricks or gimmicks, you really, truly can get picture-perfect pretty with nothing but pocket change.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Gluten-Free Virtual Make-Overs! April 16, 2010

Afterglow Cosmetics

Last chance to bust out of the rut with a virtual makeover!

Yodit

Before Yodit’s Afterglow makeover.

Send in your photo to Afterglow Cosmetics TODAY ONLY and receive a Virtual Makeover! The offer ends at 11:59 pm on April 16th!

We’re all guilty of it; we find our favorite makeup shades and never stray. This week we invite you to take advantage of Afterglow’s Virtual Makeover Appointment, which offers you a complete makeover without having to leaving the house. It’s time to experience new shades. Let’s bust out of this rut!

Here’s what you do:

1.) Send a close-up photo of yourself to Support@afterglowcosmetics.com between now and 11:59 pm tonight

(Don’t worry about primping; you wouldn’t put on a full face of makeup before a makeover, would you?)

2.) Along with your photo send a list of your favorite shades to sport during spring.

3.) Click send!

Upon receiving your photo one of Afterglow’s Beauty Advisors will send you a list of shades to complement your individual skin tone and features!

Afterglow’s make up collection is entirely gluten-free.

Yodit

After Yodit’s Afterglow makeover. Afterglow suggested Yodit try our Organic Mineral Blush in Tickle, Mineral Eye Shadow in Whisper and Sage, Ultra Matte Eye Shadow in Cocoa and Organic Lip Love Lipstick in Afterglow.

-Glamour and Green Gluten-Free

 

Have a Mexican-Inspired Fiesta: Gluten-Free Chicken Quesadillas April 13, 2010

Chicken Quesadillas Recipe from MyRecipes_com and Photo By Oxmoor House You don’t have to wait until Cinco De Mayo to start your spring fiestas!

On a beautiful sunny day this spring, make it a Mexican-food night and indulge in this ridiculously yummy gluten-free chicken quesadilla dinner with an upgraded, shi-shi version of regular ol’ salsa and guacamole dip!

Trust me, this isn’t your average, everyday quesadilla! You’ll love this recipe! It’s great for dinners outside on the patio and impressive when serving to family and friends during little dinner get-togethers! 🙂

Chicken Quesadillas with Fruit Salsa and Avocado Cream from MyRecipes.com

 

Note: I have modified the original recipe  to a gluten-free version below for my gluten-free foodies! 🙂

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free/ all-natural cooking spray or oil
  • 1 1/3  cups  shredded carrot
  • 1  cup  thinly sliced green onions
  • 1  cup  (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, divided
  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 2  cups  chopped ready-to-eat roasted skinned, boned chicken breasts (this recipe is great for using your left-over cooked chicken!)
  • 1/2  cup  fresh cilantro leaves

Preparation

Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add shredded carrot and onions; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons shredded cheese over each of the tortillas, and divide carrot mixture evenly over tortillas. Top each tortilla with 1/2 cup chicken, 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, and 2 tablespoons cheese, and top with a tortilla.

Place skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add 1 quesadilla, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until quesadilla is browned and crispy. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas. Plate and top each quesadilla with 2/3 cup Fruit Salsa and about 3 tablespoons Avocado Cream.

Fruit Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2  cups  coarsely chopped peeled ripe papaya or mango (about 1 large)
  • 1 1/2  cups  coarsely chopped peeled kiwifruit (about 3 kiwifruit)
  • 3/4  cup  fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 1 ear)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped red onion
  • 1/2  cup  minced fresh cilantro
  • 3  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1  tablespoon  minced seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; cover and chill.

Avocado Cream

 

Ingredients

  • 1  peeled medium avocado, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 1/2  cup  fat-free sour cream
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 2  tablespoons  minced fresh cilantro

Preparation

Place first 3 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Spoon pureed mixture into a small bowl; stir in cilantro. Cover and chill.

*AS ALWAYS, USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHEN YOU CAN FOR A YUMMIER, BETTER-FOR-YOU VERSION OF THIS DISH

Happy Fiesta-ing! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Don’t Be Glum- Try Gluten-Free Glee Gum! April 12, 2010

Gluten Free Gum Besides regular bread, one of the things I’ve missed most about going gluten free is gum.

Gum seems like such a staple-item, doesn’t it? When you’re out and about, tiny designer clutch in hand, it might only include a few things, but you never leave home with some sort of small wallet, your cell phone, your favorite lipstick… and gum.

Or what about date night? If your single or dating, gum is simply hands-down a MUST-HAVE, without-a-doubt item.

Thank goodness I’ve been married to the most precious man for a few years now and don’t have to have perfectly minty-fresh breath after scarfing down a grilled steak and onion dinner with a big side of delicious garlic mashed potatoes! But c’mon, let’s be honest: Poor guy. I am sure my after-dinner kisses just aren’t as sweet. haha. 🙂

Besides worrying about the gluten-contamination that gum could have (wouldn’t that be such a sad way to ruin date night? A little piece of gluten-filled gum and the fun is totally over as I writhe in pain), but nowadays I’m so aware of what goes in my mouth, gum seems so toxic.

What the heck is in gum, anyway?! Most of the ingredients in gum I can’t even pronounce! But the ingredients I do know of are artificial sweeteners that just can’t be good for my body. I’d rather eat organic sugar by the spoonful than consume that scary artificial sweetener stuff. How many artificial sweeteners have been linked to causing health problems- like cancer?! I know several have. I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist, but in my opinion, it’s not worth it.

And as normal as it seems to chew gum, perhaps it’s a lot more hazardous than most of us realize?

If your like me, avoiding gum since going gluten free, and have been totally depressed about suffering with troll-breath after eating your favorite, potent-smelling foods, be glum no longer, my friends…

Gluten Free Glee GumI was SO ridiculously excited to discover GLEE GUM (what a perfect name, huh?!).

Glee Gum is gluten-free and made with wonderful, ALL-NATURAL ingredients!! WHOO-HOO!

Glee Gum is all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners nor preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle! Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee Gum! Glee Gum uses chicle because it is an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest. Chicle is also what gives the gum such great, long-lasting chewing texture! Glee Gum is a “green” gum right down to the packaging, which is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard. So chew with Glee, naturally!

 

It comes in SIX great flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint, and triple berry. Glee Gum is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! With no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners (no aspartame), or preservatives, it’s easy to chew Glee-fully!

 

This is BY FAR the best gluten free gum, I’ve ever found. And besides being gluten free, it’s so comforting to know you’re not chewing a piece of toxic waste (and being good to the earth at the same time)! Whenever I pop a few pieces of gum in my mouth, I feel happy knowing I’m making a healthy choice to keep my health in tact!

Not to mention, Glee Gum tastes great and the packaging is absolutely adorable! It has a very retro-type look about it. I can envision myself wearing a pink poodle skirt and sitting at a cute 50’s diner every time I pop a few Glee Gum’s in my mouth. 🙂 It makes me happy.

The packaging is cute enough you’ll totally want to keep some in your purse, your car- everywhere- and show it off to your friends. This gum ends up being more than just gluten-free gum- it’s a fashion statement that goes well with bright red vintage-looking lipstick. 🙂

I’m a huge fan of the Peppermint flavor; it’s great to use as your “default” gum. After dates, dinner/meals, when you need a “quick lift” to refresh your palate, this is the flavor to pick.

But just for any time fun, I LOVE LOVE LOVED the Wee Glee- a 1 oz. loose gum box filled with a tasty mix of four fun flavors: Tangerine, Triple Berry, Bubblegum, and Banana! The fruit flavors were so yummy, fun to mix, and didn’t have any kind of weird after-taste. I felt like a kid again when I chewed this gum; I loved these all-natural fruit flavors!

Tip: I find that three pieces (they come in little square gum pieces, not gum strips) works well for one gum-sitting. I also notice that the flavor fades sooner than with regular gum. At first I was a little bummed because the flavor is so yummy (and the gum is so good for me, health-wise), but then I thought… Ya know what? Maybe I should remember that it’s unnatural for something’s flavor to last and last and last… and last… If you had a real piece of food in your mouth, you wouldn’t expect the flavor to linger hours later!! I think this gum totally does it’s job- makes your mouth feel minty and fresh (or fruity and fresh) and lasts long enough to feel good about it. If you want more gum, get a few new pieces and start over again! No big deal. 🙂 

Become a fan of Glee Gum and show your support by trying some awesome gum for yourself by buying online or finding a store near you, read their newsletter (you’ll get special discounts off your gum purchases!), and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace!

Try Glee Gum and be gleefully gluten-free!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free