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Non-Alcoholic Gluten-Free Indulgences May 25, 2010

Pink Champagne Body Lotion and Scrub I’m all about a glass of champagne, opening a good bottle of wine, or sipping on a fabulously decadent martini… but when you’re pregnant (like me) that just can’t happen. It’s been close to a year since I’ve enjoyed an adult beverage and I look forward to the day I can have a nice meal alongside a good Riesling once again.

But until then, what’s a gluten-free pregnant lady to do? My sister had the solution. As a (soon-to-be) mother’s day gift, she sent me gluten-free 100% Pure Champagne Body Scrub & Body Lotion! It’s amazing stuff! It really does smell like champagne & grapes!! It has a sweet smell to it, the scent lasts a long time, and I love using it! My husband loves it too. Whenever I wear it he freaks out about how good I smell.

And only a few weeks later, my lotion is completely gone. I’ve slathered it all over my growing belly and feel like I can indulge in my favorite adult “beverages” without getting tipsy and causing my baby any harm! Yay. All the fun of alcohol without any of the yucky side effects. No drowsiness, no hang-overs…  🙂

Another reason I feel good about using this lotion and body scrub? It’s gluten-free, which means I won’t be absorbing gluten into my pores and possibly getting myself or the baby sick, but it’s also organic & chemical-free.

I don’t think I can go back to regular lotions now. Not only because this one smells so good, but it worries me about what I’ve been slathering all over my tummy throughout this pregnancy. What kinds of lotion-chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and affect my baby- even if it’s only in very small amounts? Hmmm…. I think it’s better to be safe then sorry and use products like 100% Pure that leave your skin soft and do so without scary artificial/toxic ingredients.

Victoria Secret has a strawberries and champagne lotion too, but it can’t even compare to 100% Pure’s Pink Champagne lotion. 100% Pure’s smells so much better (and sweeter), but also Victoria Secret’s smells so much like chemicals now… Maybe it’s just my “pregnancy nose,” but I can’t use any of their lotions lately without feeling like I’m slathering on cleaning products.

ORGANIC PINK CHAMPAGNE
NOURISHING BODY CREAM

All Natural, 100% Vegetarian, Gluten free

Rich and decadent body cream will deeply moisturize and nourish your skin with fruit oils, vitamins and antioxidants. This 100% Pure body cream is free of synthetic chemicals artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives and anything else that is not truly, 100% Pure.

Ingredients: Organic Rose Hydrosol1, Organic Rosehip Oil1, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Avocado Butter1, Grape Extract, Organic White Tea1, Organic Beeswax2, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Extracts of Red Wine, Organic Thyme2, Organic Oregano2, Organic Goldenseal3, Organic Lavender2, Organic Rosemary2, Organic Cinnamon2, Organic Grapeseed4 and Japanese Honeysuckle, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel

1 certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
2 certified organic by QAI
3 certified organic by Maryland Department of Agriculture
4 certified organic by Soil Association Certification Limited

 

Pink Champagne body lotion, scrubs, and bubble bath also make AMAZING girly birthday presents! Try 100% Pure for yourself and give some to your favorite gal pal (or a special pregnant lady that misses happy hour!). 🙂

 

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

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

 

Shiny, Happy Hair with Gluten-Free John Masters Organics April 8, 2010

John Masters Organics- Shine On When I was a tween, I loved glitter-products. From lotions, to gels, to sprays, I was all about making myself sparkle. I guess it was the inner princess in me! 🙂

I don’t typically reach for products infused with confetti-like glitter anymore, but my ears do perk up when I hear about anything that promotes a pretty & natural shine, subtle glimmer, or radiant glow to the skin and hair.

I love adding a little “fabulous” to my beauty regimen, and a a touch of glitz can really boost my mood- instantly making me feel pretty and feminine.

That’s why I LOVE John Masters Organics Shine On , a leave-in treatment that creates happy, shiny hair!  Why? Read on…

1. It’s Gluten-Free! I’ve made the non-negotiable decision to go gluten-free when it comes to food, so why would I assume it’s OK to slather poisonous gluten all over my scalp?! It’s always a pleasure to find glamorous companies, like John Masters Organics, that refuse to use common allergens (like gluten) in order to make brilliant hair-care. Using great products that are gluten-free make me feel more confident  that I’m not still absorbing trace amounts of gluten through my skin or scalp and causing long-term damage to my body. I definitely think that going GF with my hair-care can only be better and healthier overall!

2. And Organic! Besides being free of gluten, I can’t believe that Shine On is also made from organic ingredients! Remember, organic means no weird pesticides, chemicals, and toxins end up in the hair, which means happier and healthier hair (and YOU!).

3. It’s light, clean, and doesn’t leave messes behind. I was shocked to find that this product was completely scentless. And you know what? It was a refreshing surprise! I loved the fact that this product doesn’t try to allure you with unnecessary fragrance… especially because added fragrance might actually do damage to your hair!

Shine On also has great texture. The best way that I can describe this product is that it’s similar to a gel (since it’s not a spray or hair mist)- but without gel’s typical ooey-gooey-sticky residue! Shine On’s not oily or greasy either, and is absolutely fantastic stuff that doesn’t build up or leave behind flakes in your hair!

4. Easy to Use & Versatile. You don’t have to be a any sort of professional hairdresser to use this product and leave with salon-worthy hair. It ridiculously easy to use: just add sparingly to damp hair, brush, blow-dry… and whaa-laa! Soft and shiny, fabulous hair!

I also found that I like to use it on my dry hair as well. It helps calm frizz or little hair fly aways, leaving a super-pretty and natural looking shine. So often regular shine hair mists and sprays leave your hair looking pretty greasy if you go anywhere near your roots for fly away hairs. I loved the natural-looking, healthy shine it gave my blonde locks without weighing it down!

Shine On’s great because you can use this product when you decide to leave your hair up or down- it’s all up to you!

I specifically used Shine On the other day for my three year anniversary dinner date with my husband. I put my hair up in a long, straight ponytail and wrapped a bit of hair around the rubber/hair band for a elegant little “twist.” My hair looked AMAZING! Shiny, straight, and naturally beautiful.

Ponytail Hairstyles Watch this video for super-easy ways to accentuate your pony tail hairstyle… and make sure you use John Masters Organics Shine On before or after you blow-dry your hair (or both!).

John Masters Organics Shine On costs $30.00 for a 4 oz container and you can buy it directly from John Masters Organics.com. If you buy now, they’re also offering free ground shipping through their website!

RAVE & REVIEW VERDICT: Amazing stuff. I loved that a product that I like to use every day could also versatile enough to assist on my glamorous hair-occasions too! Yay!

Get salon-style hair without giving in to gluten. Try this brillant hair-care product that will leave your locks soft, shiny, and stunning.

Yes, my adult inner-princess is at peace. 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. While not all John Masters Organics are gluten-free, they still have TONS of gluten-free products besides Shine On! Contact them directly at: info@johnmasters.com for more information about additional gluten-free items and stay-tuned for future Glamour & Green Gluten-Free reviews on more must-have John Master Organic fab-finds!

 

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

 

Spring Get-Aways: Travel with Fabulous Gluten-Free Toiletries March 29, 2010

Gluten-Free Must-Have Toiletries After what seems like a looooooooong and cold winter, I am getting stir-crazy! I need to run away with my husband to somewhere warm, sunny, and by the beach!

If you’re planning a spring vacation, a babymoon (like me), or a little weekend get-away, it’s time to stock up on gluten-free traveling essentials!

And if you’re not planning a spring vacation, no worries! Plan a “staycation” and have fun at home! Indulging in a few gluten-free travel toiletries can still get you excited about warmer weather at home and can also become motivation to do something exciting and cost-efficient around town!

Stock Up on These 8 Glamorous Gluten-Free Toiletries for Your Next Adventure:

1. Gluten-Free Hand Sanitizer: We all know that it’s not easy to wash your hands as often as you touch dirty, germy things when you travel. That’s why hand sanitizer was such a brilliant creation. But it always freaks me out to think of the chemicals used in hand sanitizer, and what might be even worse, if the hand sanitizer includes gluten! The Solution? Try EO Hand Sanitizer–the organic, plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers and is also gluten-free. Organic Lavender Essential Oil is naturally cleansing and soothing. Organic Alcohol (non-GMO) sanitizes on contact. Soothing Jojoba nourishes and moisturizes. It keeps your hands clean as you travel, but even better than that, rest-assure that your hand sanitizer isn’t filled with gluten or scary, toxic chemicals!

2. Gluten-Free Toothpaste (Travel-Size): One of my favorite toothpastes is Tom’s of Maine brand. Free from artificial sweeteners, it uses real, natural flavored oils for taste. It’s incredible toothpaste that fights cavities, controls tarter, and whitens your teeth too! They even have travel-size all-natural toothpastes that make it easy to toss pack in your toiletry bag. My favorite flavor? Try the refreshing orange-mango toothpaste flavor which feels light and clean! It’s an exciting alternative to regular minty toothpaste flavors and can become a fun flavor to use on tropical trips and turn into a personal traveling tradition!

3. Gluten-Free Shampoo & Conditioner (Travel Size): Looking for a good gluten-free shampoo? Try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Shampoos– Trial Size, which includes 4 different shampoos that are designed to be used in rotation so that all aspects of hair and scalp can be nourished and maintained. Pine Shale (Air) and Apple Cider Vinegar (Fire) Shampoos nourish the hair and stimulate growth. Sea Essence (Water) and Earth Essence (Earth) Shampoos detoxify and regenerate hair and scalp. Rotate all four for maximum care — Pine Shale today, Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow, Sea Essence the next day, then Earth Essence, then back to Pine Shale Shampoo to continue the rotation cycle. Then try the Morrocco Method 5 Elements Conditioners– Trial Size, which includes a 2-ounce bottles of Diamond Crystal Mist, Volumizer Mist, and Chi Instant Conditioners plus a 1-ounce bottle of Euro Organic Oil and a 1-ounce package of Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy. All shampoos and conditioners are gluten-free, color-safe, and organic! Truly fantastic!

4. Gluten-Free Anti-Fizz Hair Serum: I can’t believe something that’s organic works so well, but Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone anti-frizz hair serum is phenomenal! After your usual shampoo and conditioner routine, apply a dime-sized amount to towel-dried hair and banish traveling frizziness! It also helps detangle dry hair that needs extra moisturizing. This stuff works miracles (I use it every single day) and will be a life-saver if you plan to go out and sit by the beach and don’t want to end up with a unsightly fro. It’s a little pricey, but trust me, it’s worth the investment!

Must-Have Gluten-Free Traveling Toiletries

 

5. Gluten-Free Soap: Using the Kauai Blossom Soap from the Dynamic Fragrance Soap Collection at EverAfter Naturals is an awesome, all-natural, and gluten-free choice to put you in the mood for a tropical get-away. Filled with island floral notes and a hint of ginger, this handcrafted soap will take you away to clear waters and white sand whether or not you’re really going on vacation! It smells great, cleans well, and leaves your skin silky and soft. Make sure you get a bar for your next trip! I’m a huge fan of this soap and this company- read my review of EverAfter Naturals here.

6. Gluten-Free Lip Balm: EverAfter Naturals gets another shout-out here for the super-amazing Moisturizing Lip Balm. It’s all natural, gluten-free, and full-on fabulous. Flavored with only pure plant oils, this lip balm contains no petroleum, artificial flavors or sweeteners. You’ll be amazed at how incredibly smooth this lip balm goes on and how long it lasts! The applicator is also more oval (while most lip balm or chapsticks are more round) which I think is a cool feature and a better fit for real lips! My favorite is the Berry flavor which gives your lips a really pretty, all-natural tint, which makes it perfect multi-tasking product for avoiding slathering on heavy-feeling lipsticks during your traveling, but still getting a beautiful touch of lip color.

7. Gluten-Free Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must-have product for regular, every day, daily life- so obviously- you wouldn’t dare go without it as you run away to your sunny escapes! That said, California Baby No Fragrance  SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion is the hands-down winner. Unfragranced, PABA free, non-chemical, California Baby® sunscreen is perfect for those with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies. California Baby’s active ingredient is a highly micronized titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. This lotion is simple and elegant; it glides on smoothly and will not slip off when it comes into contact with water, so you may rest assured that it will last. Non-staining formula, very water-resistant, and contains no gluten (whoo-hoo!), nut oils, soy, oat, or dairy! Love this stuff and TOTALLY worth the price.

8. Gluten-Free Body Lotion: I like my sunscreens to be scent-less so I can get crazy with the fun-stuff: body lotion. Get in the mood for fun and perhaps a pina colada (or two 🙂 ) with 100% Pure’s Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! This body cream will make you happy whether you leave the house or not! This highly nourishing luxurious cream is concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. It’s a delicious smelling body cream that will immediately hydrate, soften and feed your skin nutrients for healthy, glowing skin. Truly, 100% Pure – never any toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals or anything else artificial Made only with highest quality, natural, organic nutrients for your skin. Vegetarian and gluten-free too! Yay.

Happy & Safe Gluten-Free Traveling!

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

Ps. Thanks to Digital Scrapbooks and More for the pics! Check out Digital Scrapbooks and More’s Scrap Shop for photo editing and digital scrapbooking tutorials! It’s easy and GREEN!

Pps. Tomorrow is all-about creating “green” memory books for Spring 2010 Adventures, Vacations, and Travels with digital scrapbooking. Sooo exciting! 🙂

 

Gluten-Free Paprika Shrimp and Green Bean Saute March 24, 2010

 

Try a Gluten-Free Shrimp Recipe from Eating Well I tried this DELISH recipe about 7 months ago and it was awesome. Now that I’m pregnant though, I am avoiding seafood (among other pregnancy “no-no” foods) and, obviously, can’t eat shrimp.

Boy, do I miss it.

I’ve heard of pregnant women that crave bad-stuff like paint chips, cigarette butts, and dirt (thankfully, I am NOT one of them!), but I do want the totally off-limits seafood. My mouth starts to water when I think about shrimp nachos, shrimp with cocktail sauce, shrimp sautéed in garlic and butter, or shrimp sprinkled all over a gluten-free pizza.  MMmmmmm….

I’m reminded of “Bubba” from the movie Forrest Gump, and how all he ever talks about is shrimp and the different ways that you can cook it. …Well, with the way I want to eat shrimp, I could listen to Bubba talk about shrimp all day. I wouldn’t mind a bit. I’d probably join in.

So, since I can’t indulge in my shrimp-obsession for, at the very least, another three months, do me a favor and enjoy a shrimp dinner yourself. Try this gluten-free Paprika Shrimp and Green Bean Saute recipe from Eating Well. It’s easy and awesome:

Ingredients
  • 4 cups green beans, trimmed (about 12 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, (21-25 per pound; see Note), peeled and deveined
  • 2 16-ounce cans large butter beans, or cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

*Use organic ingredients and spices when you can!

Preparation
  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Put green beans in a steamer basket, place in the pan, cover and steam until tender-crisp, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and paprika and cook, stirring constantly, until just fragrant but not browned, about 20 seconds. Add shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes per side. Stir in beans, vinegar and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup parsley.
  3. Divide the green beans among 6 plates. Top with the shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup parsley.
Yummy Gluten-Free Shrimp Recipes Tips & Notes
  • Note: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized. In recipes calling for a specific count, order by the count (or number) per pound to be sure you’re getting the size you want.
  • To peel shrimp, grasp the legs and hold onto the tail while you twist off the shell. Save the shells to make a tasty stock: Simmer, in enough water to cover, for 10 minutes, then strain. The “vein” running along a shrimp’s back (technically the dorsal surface, opposite the legs) under a thin layer of flesh is really its digestive tract.
  • To devein shrimp, use a paring knife to make a slit along the length of the shrimp. Under running water, remove the tract with the knife tip.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Yummy Gluten-Free Banana Nut Bread March 23, 2010

 

Gluten Free Banana Bread When you’re craving comfort food, good banana bread really hits the spot. Try this super-moist gluten-free bread the next time you are in the mood for a yummy treat:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients:

½ Cup Butter
½ Cup Sugar (Brown Sugar if you like) 
3 Eggs
2 Cups ALL Purpose GF Flour (Try Bob’s Red Mill)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 Cup very ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas per one batch or 4 to 5 double batch)
½ Cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon

*As usual, if you can pick organic ingredients and spices, you’ll always end up with a better-for-you, tastier version.

Directions:

1. Melt butter in microwave

2. Combine in mixer bowl: GF flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Mix to combine dry ingredients.

3. Add bananas, eggs, vanilla and mix in mixer bowl with dry ingredients.

4. Add melted butter and mix in.

5. Stir nuts in

6. Pour mixture into greased bread pans

7. Bake at 350 for about 40 to 45 minutes or until putting a knife in middle and pulling out is clean

8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before cutting.

Makes 1 to 2 loafs depending on loaf pan size — (recipe above with the 2-3 bananas) — or (double all ingredients above with the 4 to 5 bananas option for 2-3 loafs).

Recipe Tip: The next time you have very ripe bananas, peel them and freeze in zip lock bag. When you have enough bananas for this recipe, defrost them and add them directly to mixer! If you don’t have a hand mixer then make sure the bananas are mashed very good before adding them to bowl, and then mix everything completely.

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free