Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter

March 16, 2016

 

Dear reader,

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Add a little green Irish cheer to your meals with these delicious recipes. 

Be sure to read the below article about food coloring!

Members and non-members have access to the Corned Beef recipe. Only members have immediate access to the remaining recipes. If you're not yet a member, read the bottom of this email to gain access today.

 

Happy and healthy gluten-free cooking!

 ~Carla

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ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE!

Every year around this time, my mom used to make corned beef and cabbage. It wasn't until recently that I realized it wasn't named Corn Beef and Cabbage. I didn't realize the beef was "corned". The "ed" makes total sense. I'm not alone, though, and either are you if you didn't know this. There are over 18,000 people each month that search for "gluten free corn beef" via Google.

Meanwhile, making corned beef in a crock pot/slow cooker is a cinch! You can even find corned beef nowadays without nitrates. It's delicious!

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This recipe for St. Patrick's Day cookies is incredible! They're in between a shortbread and sugar cookie. Shortbread cookies contain more butter than sugar cookies which makes them a bit softer and richer. Everyone loves these cookies. Adding a little green or Irish theme makes them that more special.

Also, be sure to read my article on Gluten Free Food Coloring at the below link. If you're dairy-free, be sure to see my suggestions on how to make gluten free cookies to your liking using Earth Balance in the Cut-Out Cookie recipe. In addition, I have added a substitute for gluten-free meringue powder in my Royal Icing recipe. Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day and be safe! 

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Homemade Gluten Free Bailey's Irish Cream

If you do not do well with alcohol made from gluten grains such as whiskey, you'll need to make your own substitute for Bailey's Irish Cream. You can make your own Bailey's Irish Cream gluten free. If you use heavy whipping cream it's super rich and creamy. Make it your favorite way. It's so delicious, I bet you don't get back to drinking the original whether you can tolerate it or not.

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Image: Irish Coffee

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and my partly Irish husband, I hope you enjoy this gluten free Irish coffee recipe. Though Irish coffee is traditionally served with Irish whiskey, per the 2014 interim labeling rules, alcohol made from gluten grains should not be labeled gluten free. In addition, traditionally, Irish coffee is topped with either cream on or softened whipped cream. I chose a stiff whipped cream, instead, as I believe it makes for a nicer presentation. Happy St. Patty's Day to you all! (clink!)

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Allergen-Free Gluten-Free Shepherd's Pie

There is another Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie Recipe on this site; therefore this one is distinguished by the leading "Carla's". Since I'm allergic to tomatoes, this recipe has been adapted to be tomato-free. In addition, it uses a different mashed potato recipe, though it is also allergen-free. They are both delicious recipes.

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Gluten Free Avocado Mashed Potatoes

I know, it may sound like an odd combo, but avocado is actually a great egg or fat substitute. Though these mashed potatoes do taste a bit like avocado, with a little added cheese, (I used parmesan) they are simply amazing. I actually even enjoyed them cold. Cold, they taste more like avocado. Warmed they taste more like mashed potatoes. It's all very interesting. It's a must try if you like avocados. You'll never know if you like avocado mashed potatoes unless you try them. It's an adventure, just like my Raw Almond Pistachio (Avocado) Ice Cream Recipe, which I love!

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Image: Gluten Free green Pea Cake

This cake is to die for, especially if you enjoy chocolate and sweetened whipped cream.  But you ask, "Pea flour recipes, now?" Yes. Peas are part of the legume family, and when ground into a flour may be used in larger quantities than other bean flours, as they are not as strong as other bean flours, and the pea flavor is more easily hidden. Green pea flour is wonderful to bake with, as it is very high in protein, 4 grams of protein in every 1 1/2 tablespoons. No need to run out and purchase green pea flour. If you own a coffee grinder, just purchase a bag of green split peas at your local grocer and grind them up into a fine powder. If it appears to be gritty, don't worry. They will break down in the cooking process.

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Image: Avocado Ice Cream

This recipe is dairy free, refined sugar-free and additive-free. I love pistachio ice cream but have had trouble thinking of a way to make it green without using artificial food coloring. I recently learned that avocados may be used as a substitute for eggs. Do you see where this is going? A raw avocado ice cream recipe made with almond milk, but instead of using vanilla extract, as some may have thought, I used almond extract. Just delicious! It also contains agave syrup. Check out my recipe below.

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Homemade Food Coloring

Gluten Free Food Coloring

Food coloring is usually gluten free, but after reading an article about one person having a gluten reaction to a yellow food coloring that was confirmed to contain gluten, I always purchase brands labeled or sold as gluten free.

Food coloring comes in a few varieties such as powdered, liquid, and gel/paste. I don't use any commercial brand of powdered coloring, but I explain all of the others available that I know are gluten free and safe for anyone to use. I even explain how to make your own at home.

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