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Make Your Own Gluten-Free Easter Candy!

Thursday April 17, 2014

Give candy. Get candy. Hide candy. Find candy. Candy. CANDY!

Solid Chocolate Easter Egg Recipe

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.

Homemade Gluten-Free Easter Candy Recipes

Image 2014 (c) Elizabeth LaBau

Giant Gluten-Free Lemon Ginger Crisp Cookies

Monday April 14, 2014

Gluten-Free Giant Lemon Ginger Crisp Cookies Image Teri GrussAs 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.

Recipe for Giant Gluten-Free Lemon Ginger Crisp Cookies

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Gluten-Free Passover Recipes and Prep Tips

Sunday April 13, 2014

Gluten-Free Passover Seder Plate FoodsOur 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.

10 Gluten-Free Passover Recipes

Gluten-Free Easter Salad Recipes

Thursday April 10, 2014

Gluten Free Red Cabbage Cole Slaw with Sesame Oil Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe Image

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.

Collection of Gluten-Free Salad Recipes

Photo 2014 (c) Teri Gruss

 


Gluten-Free Easter Quiche Recipe

Monday April 7, 2014

Gluten-Free Spinach Quiche Recipe

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!

Gluten-Free Spinach Quiche Recipe

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Gluten-Free Ham and Easter Brunch Recipes

Sunday April 6, 2014

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.

Gluten-Free Easter Menu Ideas and Tips

Gluten-Free Matzoh for Passover

Monday March 31, 2014

Gluten-Free Matzoh RecipeMatzoh, 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.


If You Like To Bake -- Try Our Favorite Homemade Gluten-Free Bread Recipe

Saturday March 29, 2014

Delicious homemade gluten-free bread ready to eat! Image Teri Gruss

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.

Our Favorite Homemade Gluten-Free Bread Recipe

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Homemade Gluten-Free Kale Chips

Thursday March 27, 2014

Gluten Free Homemade Kale Chip Recipe Image Teri Gruss

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.

Homemade Gluten-Free Kale Chip Recipe

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The Stellar Stalk - 10 Spring Fresh GF Asparagus Recipes

Saturday March 22, 2014

Gluten-Free Asparagus Recipes

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.

10 Gluten-Free Asparagus Recipes and Cooking Tips

Spring Gluten-Free Recipes

 

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