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From Beth Hillson
The best thing about quick breads is suggested in the name. With no yeast to coax into rising and no long waits or kneading, quick breads reach lofty limits via fast-acting baking powder or baking soda or both. Once liquids and leavening touch, the action begins; quick bread goes right into the oven to maximize the chemical reaction that is beginning. Best yet, quick breads can be enjoyed by those who are gluten free and yeast free and miss their bread. Owing to the light texture and sumptuous flavor of this bread, no one misses out!
Makes 1 loaf (14 servings)
This recipe produces a light and moist loaf. You can replace the beer with an equal amount of seltzer water to turn this into a wonderful, yeast-free sandwich bread.
3 cups Beth’s Gluten-Free Quick Bread Flour Blend (next)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon white sugar, optional
3 large eggs at room temperature
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/3 cups gluten-free beer or seltzer water at room temperature
2 teaspoons melted butter or dairy-free buttery spread for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
Mix flour blend, baking powder, and sugar, if used, together in a bowl.
Beat eggs, olive oil, and honey together in a separate large bowl; add flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer until you get a smooth batter. Stir beer into the batter and beat batter until smooth. Transfer to prepared loaf pan. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter.
Bake in preheated oven until cake tester comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn bread out onto wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Beth’s Gluten-Free Quick Bread Flour Blend
Several flours are interchangeable in a flour blend. You’ll see them noted here. I prefer using cornstarch as it produces a lighter quick bread loaf. However, potato starch produces a chewier texture in the beer bread. Take your pick according to preference and food sensitivities.
Combine these ingredients. Blend well, then scoop out the amount needed for your recipe.
1 cup sorghum flour (or corn or brown rice flour)
¾ cup rice flour (or buckwheat flour)
¾ cup cornstarch (or potato starch or tapioca starch flour)
½ cup amaranth flour (or quinoa, buckwheat, or millet flour)
2 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
This is an easy chili that everyone will love. Don’t tell them it’s healthy, too. You can double or triple this to feed a crowd and up the spices if your guests like the heat. Try replacing pumpkin with butternut squash, too. However, do not add brown sugar as the squash is much sweeter than pumpkin. Top with sour cream or cheddar cheese.
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound ground dark meat turkey
2 teaspoons fajita or taco seasoning
2 teaspoons chili powder
¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
3 cups cubed fresh pumpkin or butternut squash
2 tablespoons brown sugar (omit if using butternut squash)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
Cooked brown rice
Sour cream or grated cheddar cheese
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; brown turkey, stirring often, until crumbly and no longer, pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any fat. Add the spices and use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate.
Heat remaining olive oil in the pan and add onion and garlic. Sauté over low heat until the onion is translucent. Add back the turkey. Stir to combine. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, sugar and vinegar to the pan. Cook, covered, on low heat until pumpkin is tender and has started to break apart, about 30 to 40 minutes. Add the beans and cook an additional 15 minutes. Check seasonings and add salt and pepper if desired.
Serve with rice and sour cream.
Here’s a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack that’s healthy and loaded with fiber and potassium, too. Whether you use unsweetened cocoa, coconut, or ground nuts, you’ll be getting lots of nutritional bennies in each treat.
Make a batch ahead of time so they are ready for school or breakfast on the run. You’ll swear you are biting into a chocolate bar when you try the bananas coated with unsweetened cocoa; the coconut variety tastes like coconut cream and the nuts will make you think you’ve bitten into a nutty ice cream treat. What could be better?
No need to add fruit preserves if using the nut or coconut coating. However, the preserves are a nice touch to cut the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate.
2 large organic bananas
¼ cup plain yogurt, preferably organic
2 teaspoons fruit preserves (no sugar added), optional
Toppings: (Choose your preference)
4 teaspoons unsweetened dark cocoa
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
¼ cup chopped unsalted almonds or peanuts
4 skewers or long toothpicks
Line a large plate with wax paper. Peel the bananas and cut in half through the center. Place a skewer through each banana half lengthwise.
In a small plate, combine yogurt and fruit preserves, if using.
In another plate, add cocoa, breaking up any clumps.
Spread the coconut over another plate, breaking it up with the back of a fork. Spread the nuts over another plate, if using.
Coat each banana half in the yogurt mixture then coat it in one of the addition toppings. Set on the wax paper lined plate and freeze for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 3 days.
When you need a Go-Stick, grab on out of the freezer and away you go!
Most pancakes are, by definition, heavy in carbs and sugar. Add maple syrup and you increase that load of unfriendly calories. No wonder you’re sleepy by 10 a.m. Not these pancakes, however. They are light and filling and don’t use a speck of sugar. Using bananas as a substitute for fat makes them diet-friendly, too, and the small about of flour comes from nutritionally-dense flours like buckwheat, oat and flax meal.
Best yet, these can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer for a healthy on-the-go breakfast. If you are home, enjoy them with additional sliced bananas or strawberries and just a smidge of maple syrup, if you must!
The most challenging part of this recipe is keeping two bananas on the counter long enough to turn very ripe. (Someone always swipes them off my counter!) Make sure to select flours that are labeled “gluten free.”
4 large eggs
2 very ripe bananas, preferably organic
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons oat flour
1 tablespoon golden flax meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
Olive or coconut oil, optional
In a medium size bowl, thoroughly whisk 4 eggs until frothy.
In a second bowl, mash the bananas and add to the eggs. With a fork, beat until any lumps are nearly gone. Add the vanilla and set aside.
Mix together buckwheat flour, oat flour, flax meal, baking soda and salt. Whisk into the egg and banana mixture.
Lightly oil a no-stick griddle or add a small amount of olive or coconut oil to a frying pan. Heat to medium or 350 degrees F.
Spoon the pancake batter onto the pan and fry until golden brown on both sides.
Top with additional sliced banana or other fruit.
On the go tip: Roll each pancake in chopped fruit.
Breakfast can be a balancing act. Trying to find something that contains protein and nutrients and has a good amount of healthy carbs is not the first thing you want to deal with in the morning. But, let’s face it. You stand a better chance at handling all those little daily challenges if you are fortified from the get go. So, here’s a great twist on breakfast, a Balanced Sandwich, to help jumpstart the day. Besides, it’s a yummy meal that can be wrapped in waxed paper to eat on the way to work or school. Now go get your breakfast on. And have a great day!
3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Ketchup
1 teaspoon white horseradish (from the jar)
3 Glutino or other Multigrain English Muffins
6 slices cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
3 large eggs
¼ pound Boar’s Head or other gluten free Pastrami Turkey, thinly sliced
½ cup coleslaw (optional, but I love cole slaw any time of the day)
Mix together mayonnaise, ketchup and horseradish. Set aside.
Separate English muffins and toast the halves. When toasted, top each half with a slice of cheese. Let it melt slightly and set aside.
In large skillet, heat the oil or butter. Crack the eggs into the heated pan and fry just until the whites are set. Cover the pan and continue cooking for 3 minutes or until yolks are no longer runny. Remove the skillet from the heat.
Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons of the mayonnaise mixture over half the English muffins. Top with turkey pastrami, coleslaw, and fried egg. Cover with an English muffin half that does not have mayonnaise on it. Down it promptly or wrap in waxed paper and eat on the way to school or work. Don’t forget the napkins!
This light, refreshing salsa is packed with flavor and perfect for summer entertaining. Serve with sturdy corn tortilla dippers. This way, you are guaranteed to get a big mouthful of deliciousness in each bite. The salsa is great with grilled lamb, fish, and chicken, too, so you might want to make a double recipe.
3 cups finely chopped seedless watermelon, (about 3 pounds with the rind)
1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons honey
Juice of one lime
Gluten Free Corn Tortilla Dippers
In a large bowl, combine the all ingredients except the dippers. Toss gently to coat.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to one day. Serve with lots of chips.
Makes 9-12 Large Brownie Squares
Decadent doesn’t begin to describe this luscious treat. When you think about it, what could be bad about a treat that combines chocolate, salt, caramels and pretzels? Perfect for a summer picnic or barbecue, you’ll be making these over and over in the next few months. And no practice is involved, these are easy, quick, fun to make and always turn out well. Even the kids can help. Just keep little fingers away from the molten caramels.
I made these for the folks at Glutino/Boulder Brands recently. I put out a giant platter and turned away for a moment. Alas, only crumbs were left. Make a platter for your family and watch them disappear just as quickly!
The instructions are for making a box of Gluten-Free Pantry Brownie Mix. You could use any gluten free brownie mix that makes an 8 or 9-inch square pan of brownies. Omit the eggs and butter here and follow the instructions on the package. I used Glutino Salted Caramel Pretzels and Kraft individually wrapped caramels.
1 box Gluten Free Pantry Double Chocolate Brownie Mix*
2 large eggs
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon melted butter
1 1/3 cups coarsely ground gluten free Salted Caramel Pretzels, divided
24 gluten free caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons cream or milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with aluminum foil. Lightly oil the surface with vegetable oil or use no-stick aluminum foil. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs for 2 minutes or until light and frothy. Slowly add the brownie mix. Beat to moisten. Add the butter and mix to combine. Fold in ½ cup of the chopped salted caramel pretzels.
Spread into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels and the cream. When the brownies have baked 18 minutes, heat the caramels in the microwave for 1 minute at medium power. Stir and heat another 30 seconds if the mixture is not melted. (Don’t worry if you see small lumps of candy. These will melt as you stir the mixture.) Let cool 1 minute and spread over the top of the brownies. Some of the mixture will swirl into the brownie batter. That’s good!
Gently press remaining chopped pretzels into the caramel mixture with the back of a rubber spatula. (Don’t touch the melted caramels with your fingers. They are hot!)
Return the pan to the oven. Bake an addition 17 to 20 minutes or until the center seems set and does not jiggle when you touch the pan.
Cool. Lift from the pan using the edges of the foil. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
*Use any gluten free brownie mix that makes an 8 or 9-inch square pan of brownies and follow the instructions for preparation on that package.
Makes 6 Burgers
Recipe By Beth Hillson
Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer. It’s time to start your barbecues! Here’s one of my go-to recipes that is part of every barbecue at my house. Vary the add-ins and add-ons to suit your taste. Try adding chopped shiitake mushrooms when you sauté the onions. Top the burgers with fresh sauerkraut, tangy pickles or fruit slaw. Serve these with your favorite condiments, too. Whatever way you present these, they are sure to be a hit.
The secret is to use ground turkey. (I prefer the dark meat.) It pairs well with so many flavors. Sautéing the onions (and other veggies) first lends a nice punch to the burgers as well. Don’t forget to pick up some of your favorite gluten free buns.
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices gluten free bread
1 ½ pounds ground dark meat turkey
¼ cup flavorful gluten-free barbecue sauce, smoked or tangy is best, more to top burgers
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
6 gluten free hamburger rolls (Udi’s or Canyon Bakehouse are my two faves)
Heat a grill to medium heat or preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Set a large lightly oiled ovenproof skillet on the stovetop or on the grill and heat to medium high. Sauté onion (other veggies, too) in olive oil until soft and slightly caramelized. Set aside to cool. Keep the skillet handy. You’ll need it for the burgers.
Microwave bread for 30 to 45 seconds or just until soft. Tear into small pieces. In a large mixing bowl, combine bread pieces, ground turkey, barbecue sauce, cheese, and salt and pepper. Add onions (other veggies, too) and mix well.
Form into six burgers. Put the skillet back on the stovetop or on the grill. The skillet should still have a coating of oil. If not, add a tiny bit more (1 to 2 teaspoons). Add burgers and brown for about 3 minutes. Flip to brown the other side.
Close the lid on the grill to finish cooking the burgers, about 10 minutes or until they are no longer pink in the center or set skillet with burgers in the oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until center is no longer pink.
Here’s another way to grill the burgers: Start burgers in the cast iron skillet placed on the grill with the temperature set at medium heat. Cover the grill and cook for 5 minutes. The outside will become firm, preventing the burger from sticking to the grids. Turn the burgers onto the grid to grill and brown for an additional 10 minutes, flipping midway through.
Toast or warm rolls. Serve one burger on each roll with coleslaw and extra barbecue sauce.