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Easter was one of my favorite holidays as a child, second only to Halloween on a childhood scale of candy satiety. Today as a sensible grown-up and health-oriented to boot, the thought of giving a child commercial Easter candy full of genetically modified high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil just doesn't work for me. These unhealthy ingredients permeate our daily diets as is.
That's why I am so excited to share some terrific homemade Easter candy recipes this week. They come from our brilliant Candy Expert, Elizabeth LaBau. Try Elizabeth's amazing solid chocolate Easter egg recipe and marshmallow chicks just to name a few of the classic Easter candy recipes in this collection.
Be sure to use gluten-free ingredients, like gluten-free graham crackers in Elizabeth's crunchy peanut butter Easter egg recipe. And if cooking isn't for you, check out our Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Expert's latest safe candy list.
Image 2014 (c) Elizabeth LaBau
As I watched my buttery gluten-free cookie dough, flecked with freshly grated lemon zest and minced crystallized ginger spread out on the cookie sheet to thin, very thin enormous circles, I started thinking, disaster! Not unusual in the world of gluten-free bakers, but always disappointing for sure.
This gluten-free recipe story has a happy ending. Even my gluten-eaters raved about these big, bright chewy good gluten-free cookies.
More Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes:
- Gluten-Free / Flour-Free Amaretti Cookies
- Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies with 25% Less Sugar
- Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men
- Original Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Image 2014 © Teri Lee Gruss
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Our Guide to Kosher Food has lots of tips to help you prepare your Passover Seder Plate, set the Passover table and make Charoset, the delicious Passover dish made with fresh and dried fruits, walnuts, red wine and spices.
These Passover dishes are naturally gluten-free, which means cooking for Passover can be easier than you think. Apples, walnuts, shank bone or poultry neck, eggs, celery, potatoes, celery, parsley and horseradish root are all traditional ingredients in Passover recipes.
Whether you're planning a fresh leafy green salad, a colorful fruit salad or a perennial favorite potato salad for your Easter brunch or dinner, you'll find lots of recipe ideas in our collection of gluten-free salad recipes. Naturally gluten-free and super healthy, salads can be one of the most memorable and energizing parts of your Easter menu. Our red cabbage coleslaw with homemade sesame vinaigrette dressing is at least as intensely colorful as a basket of Easter eggs!
Store-bought dressings require diligent label reading and can be an obstacle for gluten-free diets. I've never seen this as a particular problem because homemade gluten-free salad dressings are truly fast and easy creations and taste so much beer than commercial products.
And when you make your own salad dressings you can use delicious oils like fruity olive oil or more exotic culinary oils like avocado, almond, walnut and toasted sesame oil, all which can add amazing flavor and nutritional value to salads, and all are healthier than commercial dressings made with GMO oils like soy oil.
- Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Homemade Sesame Oil Vinaigrette
- 10 Homemade Gluten-Free Salad Dressing Recipes
- Classic Gluten-Free Potato Salad
- Bahamian Gluten-Free Bean and Corn Salad
- Homemade Gluten-Free Rosemary Croutons
Photo 2014 (c) Teri Gruss
This recipe for gluten-free spinach quiche calls for simple gluten-free ingredients and is easier to make than you might think. Eggs, fresh spinach, cream, cheese and nutmeg are the makings of a classic, irresistible quiche.
If you have a food processor the quiche crust recipe is super easy and can be made a day or two ahead of time, wrapped in waxed paper and refrigerated until you're ready to assemble the quiche - a great quality in an Easter holiday recipe if you ask me!
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An Easter menu planned around the venerable ham is not only a traditional favorite, it's easy! Here's a list of popular and easy-to-find gluten-free ham products, some tips for baking and grilling ham, delicious leftover ham recipes and healthy gluten-free side dish recipes that compliment ham.
Matzoh, matzo, matzah are all names for an unleavened substitute for bread eaten during Passover. Traditional matzoh is made from 2 simple ingredients - flour and water, which is, of course, a problem for those of us on gluten-free diets.
You can make your own delicious gluten-free matzoh (pictured) with certified gluten-free oat flour or if you'd rather, you can buy ready-made, gluten-free matzoh. Our Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Expert has put together a great list of gluten-free matzoh products for Passover.
- Make Your Own Homemade Gluten-Free Oat Matzoh
- More Gluten-Free Passover Recipes
- Kosher / Parve Gluten-Free Panko Flake Review
Not every gluten-free cook has the desire or time to grapple with the learning curve of gluten-free baking. And today, it's about the last thing we have to worry about because there are so many great gluten-free breads at our local groceries. Even the small towns that I frequent have them in the frozen coolers. So why tackle a homemade, from scratch, gluten-free bread recipe?!
Well, if you loved baking like I did in my pre-gluten-free days, it's still satisfying to bake a homemade loaf of bread, even if kneading isn't part of the process. This is my favorite homemade gluten-free bread recipe.
More Gluten-Free Bread and Roll Recipes
- Gluten-Free Bubble Bread Recipe
- Gluten-Free Walnut Rosemary Bread Recipe
- Gluten-Free / Rice-Free Buckwheat Mini Loaves
- Gluten-Free Onion Dinner Rolls
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I recently bought a small package of kale chips at my local health food store. They were flavored with seasonings and labeled gluten-free. I gobbled the high-priced small bag down in no time flat. The delicate, crispy chips were delicious. I wanted more.
Kale is a healthy leafy green vegetable related to the cabbage family. Our About.com Guide to Nutrition says "Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, while being low in sodium." And it only contains 34 calories per cup. For a snack food, those are some very healthy statistics.
Homemade kale chips are easy to make and you can add your favorite gluten-free herb blends for more distinctive flavor. This is a snack that your kids may really like and a great way to get them to eat nutrient-rich dark green leafy greens.
More Gluten-Free Snack Recipes:
- Gluten-Free Sesame Honey Halva Bites
- Easy Gluten-Free Guacamole Recipe
- Gluten-Free Spicy Asian Snack Mix
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Asparagus, that edible gem of the lily family is pushing up dirt in spring gardens around the world. This vibrant spear is at its' peak of freshness from February into June in northern climates. Now is the time to cook and enjoy the many delights of this stellar stalk.
Check out our collection of 10 asparagus recipes and some great tips for cooking asparagus from About.com Food Guides.
Spring Gluten-Free Recipes
- Creamy Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free Chicken with Asparagus
- Scallops with Asparagus
- Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Garlic Butter