Archive | March 2013

Gluten Free Pie Crust

My mother-in-law has Celiac’s and has for years. It seems to be a growing trend these days and I, myself, have even had issues with wheat and flour products. I won’t even to begin to tell you the reasons for this, it would take me all day!

Either way, I love to find yummy treats and food to make for her, not to mention, it’s usually healthier for the rest of my family as well.

Well, in honor of Pi Day (Pi=3.14… March 14th is 3/14…you get it, right? Yes, I am that big of a nerd, thanks for my Calc teacher, in high school) I decided to make a pie. A chocolate one, to be exact. I will share that recipe with you as well, but right now, it’s just the crust.

If you’re scared of making gluten free foods, or just starting out, don’t fret. I’ve made many mistakes already with things not tasting good and such. It’s quite sad after you put the money, time and effort into it. But oh well. This one seems to be a winner! (and paired with chocolate or fruit filling…it can’t be bad, right?)

Gluten Free Pie Crust (adapted from Primal Palate)
Yield: make about 1 1/2, 9-inch crusts

2 1/2 cups almond flour (I was a little short so I had to add about a 1/4 cup Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil, (soft, but not melted. It softens pretty easily when you stir)
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. I found it best to whisk it together
In a small bowl, combine, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk until mostly smooth I had a few chunks of coconut oil that I tried to break up with my fingers.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix. I started out by using a rubber scraper, but eventually had to use my hands. It was pretty sticky at first, but the more I kneaded it, the more pliable and dough like it became. So don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and go at it!
Spray the bottom of a 9 or 10-inch pie pan with non stick cooking spray. Carefully press the dough into the pan and up the sides a bit. (I ended up burning my crust after the filling was in, so don’t press it up too far!) If you have some left over, you can use it in little tart pans for for some mini ‘pies’.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, and bake crust(s) for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Let cool.
Then add whatever filling you want.

Note: If the pie filling needs to be baked, I would almost suggest not baking the crust until you are ready to bake the filling. Maybe the crust won’t burn as easily then. Or, if you have a crust shield, that would keep the crust from burning after you add the filling to bake as well. 

Enjoy!

DIY Ketchup

Have you ever been making lunch for your kids (or yourself) and realize you’re out of ketchup? I have…a lot. Last time I went grocery shopping, I walked by the ketchup and thought to myself, “We have enough ketchup at home. I don’t need to buy any this time” 

Needless to sayI was wrong.

I did need ketchup. I didn’t buy any. And now my kids are kethcup-less with their chicken nuggets, tater tots, and hot dogs…it’s a sad day at our house when there is not enough ketchup to go around.

Then, one day, it occurred to me. Why don’t I make my own ketchup? DUH!

This was a complete break through for me. And with my pregnancy brain lately…almost everything is a breakthrough for me.

As you may have already guessed, I started Pinterest-ing and found hundreds thousands many recipes for diy ketchup. There’s kinds you can ‘can’ (thought that sentence sounded weird with to ‘can’s in a row..) However, I just wanted something I could whip up and throw in the fridge. 

I looked at a couple that had some weird ingredients and that doesn’t work. I need something that I will always have the ingredients for.

DIY Ketchup (adapted from Basic Ingrdients)
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

1 (6oz) can tomato paste
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp molasses
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup water (if you want it a little thicker)

In a small/medium bowl, whisk together all in ingredients except water. Slowly add the water while continuing to whisk. It will seem a little lumpy as first, but trust me, it comes together in the end 🙂

Keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. You can use the container you mixed it in (I mixed mine up in a Pyrex), or buy a special squeezy bottle for your ketchup, and even using an empty ketchup bottle from the store would work too!

 

note: I took some pictures with my phone, but it’s not working to upload them on here right now. So you’ll have to take my word for it when I say this ketchup, like the stuff you buy from the store, is red. 🙂

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

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It may not be fall, but I still love pumpkin! (shocking, I know)

So, this morning I felt like baking some muffins for the kiddos and since my youngest was having a tantrum for and hour in his room, i figured, what the hey, now’s my chance.
Off I went perusing my Clean Eating Pinterest Board.

The first recipe I came across (that I had all the ingredients for) was mine. And it’s good thing I stocked up on pumpkin last fall!!!

These were super easy, grain, egg, and oil free. (if you want them to be gluten free, make sure you buy gluten free oats).

You can really get creative with these muffins too! You could add chocolate chips (yum!), banana, cranberries, raisins, nuts, different yogurt flavors, anything really!

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Muffins (adapted from Spokane Dinner Club)
Yield: 12 muffins

2 1/2 cups oats (instant or regular)
1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup add-ins (nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, etc)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 12 liners, or spray the tin. (I used a silicone pan with spray and it worked perfectly!)

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In a blender or food processor, blend the oats until they look close to a flour texture. Pour into mixing bowl (a kitchen-aid would probly work, I used a regular bowl and a whisk) Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the 1/2 cup of add-ins and mix/whisk together until well blended.
Then add the add-in of your choice.
Divide the batter between your 12 muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for a few minutes before eating 🙂

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