Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter: August 16, 2017

 

Dear reader,

With the overwhelming response of the gluten free community over the latest gluten free Girl Scout Cookies, I thought I would sponsor a giveaway for some official Girl Scout Cookies.

Not every council sold gluten free cookies. Not every council who did sell them, had the same variety (there were two). I only tasted the Trios and just had to share them with one lucky individual. The winner gets six (6) bags! Click below in the giveaway section to enter. 

Don't forget to check out the NuNaturals giveaway, as well as the latest gluten free recipes and articles.

I've been taking many requests for recipes lately. I either add them to my site or save them for my cookbook that I hope to publish this year. Timing depends upon on workload. Meanwhile, if you have any requests, just reply to this newsletter and let me know (in as few words as possible - thank you).

 

Have a happy and healthy gluten free weekend!

~ Carla

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GIVEAWAYS:

Trios Girl Scout Cookies Giveaway

The Girl Scouts are testing a pilot project of gluten free Girl Scout cookies. They are only available in limited quantities, in limited areas. They will do follow-up research to determine if they will continue to sell them in the future. To coax them into carrying them every year, especially the Trios - yum!, I decided to order 6 extra packages to giveaway to one lucky winner. I would like to encourage everyone who wishes for gluten free Girl Scout cookies to be available in the future especially Girl Scout Trios Cookies, to enter, as a way of showing interest to the organization.

If you wish to provide feedback to the Girl Scout organization, please leave your feedback on my Trios Gluten Free Girl Scout Review page. That page serves as a platform for the Girl Scout organization to judge the level of interest within the gluten free community. There you can tell them if their cookies contain an allergen that you or your child have.

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NuStevia Gluten Free Giveaway

If you're a regular reader, you've probably seen me list NuStevia by NuNaturals, as a brand of stevia I use often in many of my sugar-free recipes. It's because it is one of the few brands that doesn't have that bitter taste like most brands. NuNaturals recently released some new products that I absolutely love, NuStevia Cocoa Syrup and Mint Cocoa Syrup. They are giving away those, plus much more to four winners in this amazing giveaway! - a total of almost $230 in prizes! - plus each winner gets a surprise gift! By the way, their products are, of course, gluten free.

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RECIPES:

Homemade Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Adapting my Whole Grain Gluten Free Dinner Rolls Recipe, enabled me to whip these gluten free hot cross buns up in no time. While the dough rose, I was able to make a delicious dinner. This gluten free hot cross buns recipe only take about 10 minutes to bake. It all worked out perfectly and it can for you, too. These are so much less work than making Fluffy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls, though I enjoy those, as well.

Note: See the whole grain rolls recipe at the above link for a photo of the inside texture of these buns.

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Healthier Gluten Free Spaghetti Hotdogs
You have probably already seen similar photos of pieces of hot dogs threaded with strands of spaghetti. I've taken a step further to improve the nutritional content of spaghetti hot dogs. Instead of using spaghetti made from white starches such as wheat and rice, I used sweet potato soba noodles. Soba means "buckwheat" which is gluten free, despite it sounding like it is from the wheat family. Using healthy, gluten free hot dogs, your child has a great lunch. Just add some fruit and they're good to go.

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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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Gluten Free Almond Cranberry Bars

Try this recipe for addictive almond cranberry bars. They're a true delight. I would choose these bars over cake or other sugary sweets. They are definitely a less guilty pleasure. They're heavy, similar to chewy brownies, perhaps a bit more heavier. Yet they are chewy. They satisfy your sweet tooth for dessert, as well. They're just addicting! I blew my diet …

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Gluten-Free Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cookies with Filling

I am big on nut butter cookies. You can use peanut butter or almond butter, whichever you prefer. I have made Flourless Peanut Cookies, Crunchy Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies, Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies with OatmealChocolate Peanut Butter CookiesDairy-Free Peanut Butter Cookies Using Cookie Mix, and now, gluten free egg free peanut butter cookies with teff flour. They're all wonderful and some are considered grain-free as teff and buckwheat are seeds, not grains. However, my all-time fave is Gluten Free Nutter Butter Cookies Recipe (Dairy-Free). Those are a bit more time-consuming than this new recipe. I enjoy this new one for its nutritional value, ease of preparation, and flavor.  I hope you enjoy them, as well. They're dairy-free, egg-free, and gum-free, to name a few. They are also grain-free as teff is a seed, not a grain.

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Gluten Free Soda Bread in Cake Pan

I made this gluten free Irish soda bread before St. Patrick's Day. It's definitely a keeper for next year. However, you can serve all year round. It's full of flavor and the texture is like it is made with yeast, but it's not. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes

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, this recipe is a classic. You can't do much wrong other than under cook it. I've taken a shortcut, though. Mom made it on the stovetop and I've used a slow cooker/crockpot instead. If you've never had homemade corned beef and cabbage (it's available in a can, who knew?), you're missing out on some deliciousness. If you enjoy bacon, you'll most likely enjoy corned beef. The one I purchased contain no MSG or nitrates. It's usually cured with salt and water only. It's perfect for a weekend or or weekday since all you have to do is remove the fat and throw everything in a slow cooker. Corned beef and cabbage is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. I'll be enjoying leftovers on March 17! How about you?

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Gluten Free Sugar Free Brownies : Small Batch

Well, this may be too much for some people for a single serving, while others think it's just right. Either way, this gluten free sugar free brownie recipe is ideal for people who are the only one in their household on a gluten free diet. In addition, if you do not like keeping sweets on hand, it's perfect, as well.

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Gluten Free Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

My husband went crazy over my Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. So, I thought I'd give a sour cream chocolate frosting a try. Oh my! This one is very special as it uses a few key ingredients that just perfects chocolate frosting. It's super creamy to spread and sets up thick. Check it out!

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Gluten Free Italian Meatballs

Before I discovered my tomato allergies, I enjoyed meatballs just like my Sicilian grandmother used to make. I still make sauce for my husband, though. He's usually happy with Italian sausage, but I can't seem to find good Italian sausages without nitrates. Therefore, I've gone back to making him meatballs. He loves them and I hope you do as well.

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Gluten Free Oats and The Controversy

Oats are naturally gluten free; however, oats commonly contain gluten, possibly as much as 10%. Gluten grains may grow in nearby fields. Then when the seeds blow over to the oat crops, they grow together. In addition, transportation vehicles and processing equipment may contain remnants of gluten-containing grains.

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Non-GMO: What you get and what you don't

Due to recent comments on Facebook that stated that a product is suddenly safe because it is labelled non-GMO is the reason I am writing this article, today. I want to bring awareness of the true meaning of non-GMO and what it includes and what it doesn't.

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Gluten Free Talk Tuesday

Are you up for a gluten free talk (#glutenfreetalk) and learning some gluten free cooking and baking tips? Do you have questions about the gluten free diet, gluten free cooking, or gluten free baking? Join me on this site and ask your questions. I'll be available for two hours and will do my best to answer all questions every Tuesday.

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat may sound like it contains wheat or gluten, it does not. In addition, to being gluten free, it is also grain free as it is actually a seed, not a grain. Just be sure to purchase a brand that is labeled gluten free. When it is not, it may contain wheat or other gluten grains due to its processing method.

Interestingly, while wheat tends to spike glucose levels, buckwheat lowers them. There are several studies that show a patient's glucose levels lowered after consuming buckwheat on a regular basis. Not only do the whole grains helps control diabetes and the prevention of same, but products baked with buckwheat flour do such as well.

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Solution to "Is That Gluten Free?"

Some of the ingredients listed on product labels may be confusing to you causing you to think, "Is that gluten free?" Sometimes it is necessary to contact a manufacturer to determine whether or not a product is gluten free. Know when to ask and for which ingredients.

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Gluten Free St. Patrick Day Alcohol Warnings

This is information that may help you next St. Patrick's Day...

Each St. Patrick's Day millions of people eat out and drink out. If you are gluten intolerant, it makes it difficult to do so, especially with Irish spirit. If you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease and you do not tolerate alcohol made from gluten grains, see the information below. The newest recommendations is for manufacturers to not label their alcohols gluten free if they are derived from gluten grains. Read more about it at Gluten Free Alcohol Defined. Meanwhile, I have you covered. Read the below and find a recipe for an alternative Bailey's Irish Cream.

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Carla's Gluten Free Online Store

Do you find it difficult to determine whether products are gluten free or not? I take the confusion out of it by adding all of the safe gluten free product to my Carla's Gluten Free Online Store.

I carry gluten-free products, as well as essential gluten-free cookbooks, books and kitchen items. They are shipped straight to your door via my Amazon store.

Receive free shipping on eligible items when your order totals over $35.

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