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Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Bananas June 16, 2010

Is it just me, the 39 week pregnant lady, or is it HOT in here?! 🙂

It’s warming up and it’s time to cool off! Instead of eating something traditional, like popsicles, in the summer heat- try something else that’s cold, easy to make, and super-satisfying without having to succumb to the high-fat ice cream in the freezer… chocolate covered bananas!

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups good quality GF chocolate bar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut up
Toppings:
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted coconut
  • GF Cookie crumbles
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate candies or mini semi sweet chips, for chocoholics

 

Directions

Peel and cut the bananas in half crosswise, so that you have 8 pieces. Place peeled bananas on sticks. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place bananas on the cookie sheet in the freezer, keep them in there as long as possible, at least 10 minutes. Heat chocolate bits with butter in a double boiler over low heat until the chocolate melts and butter is incorporated. Dip the chilled bananas in chocolate and roll with your favorite topping. Chill or freeze until ready to serve.

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible for a better-for-you tastier version of this recipe

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

PS. CONGRATS to Rebekah Yalcinkaya from Columbus, OH who won the GF Jane Iredale Lip Fixation contest! Thanks to everyone who participated & stay tuned for more fabulous G&G discounts & giveaways! 🙂

 

Host a Gluten-Free Tea Party this Mother’s Day May 6, 2010

Host a Gluten Free Tea Part this Mothers Day There’s nothing better than a tea party. I’m obsessed with high-quality teas, and I’m always in the mood for a sweet, gluten-free treat. Hosting a tea party for that special mom is a great way to show her how much you love and care about her without breaking the bank (Mother’s Day just right around the corner!). Plan an “afternoon date” to enjoy gluten-free tea and dessert with mom and just have fun talking & being girls!

Here are some gluten-free tea-time tips for this Mother’s Day:

  • Make a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Invitation: Take Digital Scrapbooks and More’s “Making Cards Training” to learn how you can personalize your very own party invitation! Including photos of you & mom, special notes inside, and details on the time and place for Mother’s Day tea will make your invitation much more than a regular card, but a Mother’s Day keepsake that she’ll treasure!

 

Note: Digital Scrapbooks and More also has training that can help you make place cards (decorate a beautiful table with tea accessories and include two personalized place cards with your names on it) and design your very own gluten-free tea-time menu!

  • Serve high-quality tea: If you haven’t tried Mighty Leaf tea, you have no clue how incredible tea can be! Mighty Leaf only uses the finest of herbs in biodegradable silken tea bags (that are hand-sewn closed). This is tea at it’s finest. Brew a pot of this gourmet tea and pamper a well-deserving mom. Flavors that go well for a special girls-only tea date? The oh-so delicious Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Mint Truffle. Mom will be in heaven! Digital Scrapbooks and More also mentions a special discount on Mighty Leaf tea! Read this blog for more info on saving money and giving this fabulous tea a taste!

 

  • Bake a delicious gluten-free dessert: You don’t have to spend a million bucks to make mom smile. Take your time in making the little details count, and you’ll surely impress mom and make her feel loved. Bake a delicious gluten-free cake that you can splurge on over Mother’s Day tea. Try this Gluten-Free Banana Pound Cake for a tasty treat!

 

 

Happy Tea Time & Happy (Early) Mother’s Day!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

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!

 

 

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

 

Fry Up Some Gluten-Free Stir-Fry For Dinner April 6, 2010

Gluten Free Ginger Chicken and Veggie StirFry As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pregnant with my first child (yay!!!) so I am avoiding seafood. I miss my shrimp and salmon dinners desperately, but luckily have found some awesome chicken dinner dishes that keep things interesting, flavorful, and of course, gluten-free.

Try this super-tasty Ginger Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry recipe from Shine.com sometime this week:

Ingredients

· 1-1/4 cup sliced zucchini (1 medium)

· 1/2 cup sliced carrot (1 medium)

· 1/2 cup sliced onion (1 medium)

· 1 small red sweet pepper cut into strips (3/4 cup)

· 2-1/2 cups shredded green cabbage (about half of a small cabbage head)

· 1 tablespoon cooking oil or peanut oil

· 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or turkey tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces

· 1/2 cup stir-fry sauce (see my recipe for this below)

· 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

· 3 to 4 cups hot cooked jasmine or brown rice

· 3/4 cup chopped cocktail peanuts or cashews

*Use organic ingredients when you can to make a tastier, better-for-you version of this dish!

I forgot the carrots when I tried this recipe for myself (as you can see in the photo), but I wish I hadn’t! They’d make an excellent addition to this dish- taste-wise and visually too!

Directions

1. In a 12-inch skillet or wok cook and stir half of the zucchini, carrot, onion, pepper, and cabbage in hot oil over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from the skillet. Repeat with remaining vegetables; remove from the skillet.

2. If necessary, add more oil to the hot skillet. Add chicken to the skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Push chicken from center of the skillet. Add stir-fry sauce and ginger to center of the wok. Cook and stir until bubbly. Return the vegetables to the skillet. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or until chicken-vegetable mixture is coated and heated through. Serve over rice. Sprinkle servings with chopped peanuts. Makes 6 servings.

Gluten-Free Stir-Fry Sauce

1/4 c. brown sugar
2 lg. cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 c. gluten-free soy sauce
1/4 c. cider vinegar
2 c. gluten-free chicken or beef broth
1/2 c. water

Combine first 3 ingredients. Add soy sauce and vinegar. Shake until blended. Add broth and water. Shake. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. May be frozen.

Ps. Buy and use chopsticks with this dish for a little extra fun! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Make Gluten-Free Easter Egg Pancakes! April 2, 2010

Make Gluten Free Easter Pancakes!

Just because your child needs to stay Gluten-Free doesn’t mean they should miss the fun this Easter!

If you would like to read the full article then see Easter Egg Pancakes and Digital Scrapbooking

This blog article will tell you how to add a little fun by making Gluten Free Easter Egg pancakes and how to digitally scrap the fun too!

What kid wouldn’t want to start Easter morning with a fun Easter Egg pancake?  Make Easter extra fun this year and when you take the time to make memories don’t forget to scrap the fun too!

Making special fun memories is what childhood is all about!

Don't forget to Scrap Your Special Easter Egg Breakfast!

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If you would like to Buy Easter  kits  to make more scrapbooking pages then check out these coordinating supplies!

Easter Quick Page Digital Scrapbooking Kits!

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Digitally scrap all of your Easter traditions with the kids this year using the Easter Egg Hunt Quick Page Kit. This Quick Page kit is the perfect way to show-off the kids spending a fun morning or afternoon searching for those special Easter Eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny! This fast-to-scrap kit is filled with bright green grass, sprinkled with flowers, and includes all sorts of brightly decorated Easter Eggs!

More Easter Digital Scrapbooking Supplies!

Easter Supplies Digitally scrap the all the fun of Easter with the Easter Egg Hunt Digital Scrapbooking Kit. Create “Egg-citing” Easter Digital Scrapbooking Projects and print them out on your very own, home printer using the Easter Egg Hunt 11×8.5″ Scrap Kit! The Easter Egg Hunt Scrap Kit is the perfect Kit to scrap you and the kids on this very special day. Scrap this year’s Easter traditions; whether that’s looking for Easter Eggs or enjoying yummy treats from the Easter Bunny himself!

Have a very Happy Easter!

 

Taylor’s Gluten-Free Italian Chicken March 27, 2010

Italian Gluten-Free Chicken Recipe I’m all about easy-cooking. I like things to look pretty without being difficult. Just call me a low-maintenance cooking diva. 🙂

That’s why I was excited to try Taylor’s Italian Chicken recipe from BetterRecipes.com. This Italian-inspired chicken dish is gluten-free and simply topped with fresh parsley, garlic, tomatoes, lemon juice, mozzarella cheese, and bacon. Yummy!

It’s funny how bacon can seem totally fatty and cheap, yet other dishes make bacon seem totally chic. This is a recipe where bacon seems glamorous and really makes this chicken dish taste good. With only a few ingredients, Taylor’s Italian Chicken is incredibly easy to make and looks divine on a plate.

Taylor’s Italian Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/8 cup parsley
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 3 strips bacon
  • Dash of salt & pepper

* As always, use organic ingredients when you can to create a better-for-you, tastier version of this dish!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken breasts, skin side down, in a 9 X 11 pan. Dice tomato, chop parsley, cut bacon into 1/2 inch squares and add on top of chicken. Chop up garlic and add to top of chicken. Cut lemon in half and squeeze lemon onto chicken. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over chicken, cover pan with foil, and bake 45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Uncover foil and bake another 12 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Plate with a fresh, veggie salad and dinner is served!

Coming up next week: Lots of fabulous reviews on exciting new gluten-free goodies and products! Also, planning a vacation or stay-cation this spring? We’ve got must-have gluten-free travel toiletries!

Stay tuned. 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free