Gluten Free Romesco Sauce

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This adapted recipe came from when last Sunday I got a pedicure at my favorite local salon! I love to read food magazines and this month's Food and Wine magazine was all about food from Spain. I read the magazine cover to cover, so intrigued by every recipe! 

I came across this delicious sauce and wanted to adapt it to be gluten free and to my tastes. I used a few different ingredients and used tortillas instead of bread to thicken the sauce. I am more than thrilled with the results! It is an amazing sauce that tastes so great with everything! I hope that you make it today and enjoy it too! 

Romesco Sauce: 

Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine

3 large dried ancho chilies (stems and seeds removed

1 cup sundried tomatoes (not oil packed, just dried) 

1 heaping cup grape tomatoes

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

6 tortillas cut into triangles

6 large garlic cloves, cut in half

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup hazelnuts

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1. Place the dried chilies and sun dried tomatoes in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over them. Let them soak for 1 hour, drain the liquid off and reserve it. 

2. Put the grape tomatoes in a roasting pan. Turn on your oven to broil. Broil the tomatoes for 5-7 minutes or until they are slightly browned. Set aside to cool. 

3. Heat the olive oil (1/4 cup) until very hot (almost smoking). Add the tortilla pieces and the garlic. Toast them/saute until they are browned all over. Remove the garlic and tortillas from the pan. 

4. Add the nuts to the pan and roast them for 3-4 minutes. Remove the nuts with a slotted spoon and reserve the garlic oil. 

5. Pulse the tortillas, garlic and nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the chiles  & sun dried tomatoes, roasted grape tomatoes & paprika. Process until smooth. 

6. Add in the garlic oil and 2 extra tablespoons of olive oil to the food processor and process. 

7. Spoon the sauce into a medium bowl and season it with plenty of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste to see if the seasoning level is right. 

Use this sauce on top of polenta, as a dip for chips or veggies. It's so good!! 

 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes!

peanut butter protein pancakes

This Sunday I had a craving for a fancier weekend breakfast that was still healthy, so I decided to alter a recipe that I had been hanging on to for several months with the ingredients that I had on hand to create these yummy pancakes. Much to my delight they were a great hit not only with myself but with my son and husband! 

I know I have found the perfect pancake to make a huge batch of for when back to school time rolls around in another week and mornings become much busier for us! This way I can get breakfast on the table in a flash! This recipe makes around enough for serving 3 people. Feel free to double or triple this recipe in order to make enough for the whole week, I know that is what I'll be doing very soon! 

These pancakes are great with maple syrup and berries, topped with yogurt or just with more peanut butter or other nut butter on top. Feel free to experiment and have fun! 

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes: 

Adapted from: The Pancake Princess

Makes 9-10 mini pancakes

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup gluten free flour mix (see recipe below) 

3/4 cup sweet rice flour

4.5 tablespoons peanut butter powder

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1.5 cups coconut milk (or whole milk if you are not dairy free) 

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

4.5 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter (I like Adam's brand) 

Coconut oil for greasing the electric skillet

Instructions: 

1. Whisk together the gluten free flour mix and sweet rice flour, baking powder and salt.

2. Stir in the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter.

3. Heat an electric skillet to about 350F. 

4. Add a teaspoon or more of coconut oil to coat the bottom of the electric skillet. If you don't have an electric skillet, you may melt coconut oil in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Make sure the whole surface is coated in oil so that the pancakes don't stick. 

5. Measure out batter by the 1/4 cupful. Each one will make a small pancake. 

6. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the pancakes are brown on the bottom. Flip and let cook for another minute.

7. Serve while warm with maple syrup, more peanut butter on top & berries to taste! YUM! 

** Gluten Free Flour Mix: Whisk together 4 cups of brown rice flour, 1 2/3 cups potato starch and 2/3 cup tapioca flour in a large bowl. Store the extra in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for using in other recipes. 

Plum and Ginger Crumbles

Plum and Ginger Crumbles

Harvest season! There is nothing like it! I am so fortunate that my parents have such a bounteous and beautiful fruit orchard that they have grown and nurtured for so many years. This time of year there are apples, plums, prunes and pears to be had. I managed to get a few very precious plums that are such a gorgeous color as well. 

I imagined that these amazing plums would pair really well with ginger, and boy was I right! I really love the concentrated flavor of crystallized ginger and I was able to find some at a bulk section at a local grocery store.  

I decided to keep the fruit part simple, just the ginger and a small bit of coconut sugar to let the tartness of the plums shine. Then, a sweetened & spiced oat topping to give the crumbles a bit of crunch. Perfect! 

I hope that you will join me in making this amazingly yummy dessert soon! Let me know how it turns out in the comments below! 

Plum or Berry and Ginger Crumbles: 

Makes 4 individual plum ginger crumbles

Fruit: 

3 cups plums (or berries of choice like blackberries or blueberries) 

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Mix together the fruit mixture in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture between 4 ramekins. 

 

Crumble Topping: 

1/2 cup gluten free flour mix

1/2 cup gluten free oats

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Mix together this mixture in a bowl. Store in the refrigerator until needed for topping the crumbles. 

 

Assemble the Crumbles: 

1. Heat the oven to 375F. 

2. Top the plum mixtures in the ramekins with the crumble topping. 

3. Place all of the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheets. 

4. Bake the crumbles for 20 minutes or until crumbles are bubbling and the topping is golden brown. 

 

Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail

Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail

 

Here in the Portland, Oregon area the roses are starting to bloom, so it is Rose Festival Season! I just love this time of year when my rose bushes are at their prime and they have the most lovely, fragrant blooms. Since I grow my roses organically and don't use any chemicals on them, I can use them in drinks and dishes! What a win! 

I hope that you enjoy this fun and quick drink recipe that you can make to celebrate the roses this season! You could also add some rose water to amp-up the rose flavor if you desire. 

Rose, Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail: 

1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

1 key lime, quartered

1/4 cup maple syrup with infused rose petals (you'll use 1-3 tablespoons of this for 1 drink, then save the rest) 

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup rose petals

4-5 rose petals (for muddling in drink) 

crushed ice

sparkling water

 

1. Put strawberries & lime pieces & 4-5 torn fresh rose petals into a tall glass. 

2. Make syrup: bring to a simmer the water and maple syrup. Add the 1/4 cup rose petals. Infuse the syrup for 10 minutes while it cools. 

3. Add 1-3 tablespoons of the infused syrup to the glass. Muddle with a wooden spoon or muddle. Then, add crushed ice and sparkling water to taste. Taste your drink for sweetness and add more of the syrup to taste. 

This drink is yummy and refreshing. It won't taste a lot like rose petals but it has a unqiue flavor.