Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Use a Spice Grinder to Make Your Own Gluten-free Flour
A spice grinder makes it easy to make your own gluten-free flour.

Need a gift idea that's not too costly, super useful, and in the end will be time and money-saving?

Is there really such a stupendous idea out there?  Does such a magical object exist?


It's a spice grinder.  I just got one, and I LOVE it!  I have long made my own oat flour by blending it up in small batches in my blender, but using a spice grinder makes it super easy and quick to make my own flour.  I can make oat flour, quinoa flour, chickpea flour and more in just a few quick pulses.  

Make Oat Flour Using a Spice Grinder
I made my own gluten-free oat flour in seconds with my spice grinder.

I also used it to quickly chop up some pepitas when I was making granola the other morning.  

It comes apart, and I can wash the components in the dishwasher.  So easy!  Because it's so easily cleaned, I don't have to worry that any aroma or flavor from pungent spices will linger.

What are your ideas for fun gift giving this holiday season?

Happy Cooking!

Find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  (Also a great gift!)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nutritional yeast spice mix
Nutritional Yeast and Smoked Paprika

I have a new favorite flavor combination.

Nutritional yeast, smoked paprika and salt.

Simple right?  Simple, but fantastic!

I sprinkle this combo on popcorn, on steamed broccoli, on roasted potatoes, and more.

It's so good.

Popcorn with Gluten-free Spice Blend, vegan
Organic Popcorn Sprinkled with Spice Blend

I shared this with Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

Nutritional Yeast and Smoked Paprika Spice Blend

1 part sea salt
2 parts smoked paprika
3 parts nutritional yeast (not baker's yeast)--I like Bob's Red Mill's nutritional yeast

Combine all ingredients.

Happy Cooking!

Find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Gluten-free, Vegan quick brownie
Vegan, gluten-free mug brownie with coconut cream

Halloween is past.  Junky candy is eaten, tossed or donated.  Does that mean that there is no need for sweets now?

No way!

Today, I have two different ideas for you that fill that sweet need in a slightly better-for-you way that are quick to pull off.

gluten-free, vegan gummy candy

First, the nice people at Surf Sweets sent me and my family two of their vegan options to try.  We sampled the Sour Berry Bears and Gummy Swirls.  They were both delicious.  They are made with organic fruit juice and sweeteners (evaporated cane juice - so still sugar), but they are free of corn syrup and GMOs.  They are made in a nut-free facility, which provides us with a sense of relief, too.  Best of all, though, my kids really loved them.  They are a nice option if you're looking for a packaged candy.

single serving vegan, gluten-free brownie

Second, if you want to mix up a warm, fresh dessert that takes just two minutes to prepare, you should check out my post at The Balanced Platter.  I wrote about a mug brownie that is quick, delicious and possibly best of all--a single serving.  If you need a treat, you don't have to make a huge pan of brownies that will keep you indulging after your craving is satisfied!

What treats are you eating?

Happy Cooking!