Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter

July 4, 2016

 

Dear reader,

The biggest problem people on a gluten free diet usually run into around this time of year is making macaroni salad, chilling it, and expecting the macaroni to be as soft as gluten macaroni. I have you covered with my Make Ahead Macaroni Salad Recipe as well as almost 50 other recipes. In addition, one of my cookbook recipe testers did a macaroni test with this recipe, and I've published the results. I'm sure you'll find it useful.

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Happy and healthy gluten-free 4th of July (in America) as well as summer!

 ~Carla

 

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So many new gluten-free dieters fail at making macaroni salad in advance. However, if you use the proper macaroni, it is easy to do. Check out the recipe and the chart of which gluten free pasta came out shining in a make-ahead macaroni salad test.

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Gluten Free Chinese Noodle Salad

Have you ever heard of Chinese rice noodles? They're different than gluten free rice pasta, but you can easily substitute them for whatever you can find locally. I've added some to this fresh and crisp gluten free Chinese salad. The dressing is tasty, as well.

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Raw Spicy Carrot Salad`

Remember the old classic carrot and raisin salad? Well, this spicy carrot salad replaced that in our house a few years ago. The older we get, the spicier we enjoy our food. If you enjoy a little spice to your food, this is a must try. I like to keep some in the frig to use when I don't have time to make a vegetable, usually weeknights. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

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Peach and Cheese Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Summer heat already gotcha down? Try a refreshing salad instead of hot meal. Many people have trouble making gluten free pasta salad in advance. Rice pasta gets hard when refrigerated overnight. There are a couple of tricks to get you to succeed,though. Don't use rice pasta. Try pasta made from other grains such as corn, quinoa, etc. If you must buy one that contains rice, at least make sure it is a mixture of other grains, too. Then, prior to refrigerating, add dressing, or at least oil, to the pasta to keep it soft. Keep in mind that gluten free pasta absorbs liquid quickly. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Sorghum Salad

You'll find that whole grains are trending in the finest of restaurants nowadays. Impress your family or guest by whipping up this delicious whole grain sorghum salad recipe with little effort.

Sorghum grains contain more antioxidants than most other grains and may help you manage cholesterol levels, prevent or help diabetes and dark sorghum (more than light) may control the growth of cancerous tumors. It provides you with plenty of fiber and some protein. Learn more at Whole Grain Council.

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Gluten Free Turkey Cobb Salad

While most of the ingredients for cobb salad are gluten free, this recipe provides you with yet another idea on how to use your leftover turkey. I've used a couple of ingredients that are not traditionally used for this turkey cobb salad; however, you can always use the traditional ingredients of avocado, bacon, chopped eggs, and tomatoes on a bed of lettuce, or your favorites. Find more Gluten Free Leftover Turkey Recipes.

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Arugula Salad with Beets and Citrus

I enjoy making and eating this arugula salad recipe due the zesty flavor of arugula. You do not need a lot of seasonings when you use arugula. Arugula pairs well with citrus as it does with other fruit, nuts and seeds. Enjoy this refreshing salad. It is naturally gluten-free as long as you are sure to use gluten-free fruit when using canned.

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Gluten Free Coleslaw - KFC Clone

For years I used to crave KFC's coleslaw. Now that us gluten free eaters can no longer eat at KFC, I thought you would appreciate my KFC clone dressing. McCormick spices are gluten-free. Be sure to avoid using mayonnaise jars that gluten-eaters may have used if you are gluten intolerant. Double dipping knives in jars can leave cross-contamination. They dip in the mayo jar, spread it on their bread, and then dip in the jar again. Meanwhile, enjoy this gluten free coleslaw recipe. My guests thoroughly enjoyed it on the 4th of July and asked to take the leftover home.

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Image: Gluten Free German Hot Potato Salad

This is my all time favorite potato salad recipe and potato side dish. My sister started making this about 30 years ago. She hasn't been able to find the recipe, but did recall the ingredients. Instead of using all-purpose flour, as in a traditional German hot potato salad recipe, I used potato starch. I can't remember the last time I made this and have lost the recipe, as well. What makes this recipe stand apart from other German Hot Potato Salad recipes is that the apple cider vinegar, combined with celery seed and a little bacon grease. Our entire family loves this recipe so much, we must have had it for about 20 straight years with our Christmas ham (with very few exceptions). It's hard to believe Christmas is just 3 months away! I had to wing it on the quantities, but it tastes just like I remember - oh so good! Of course, I was always known for increasing the bacon and almost doubling the sauce. What are holidays for, right? This time I made it as the old recipe called for, as I just had 4 slices of bacon. That is actually what precipitated me making this dish. I did increase the sauce, however. Enjoy!

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Image: Gluten Free Coleslaw

Memorial Day is coming up soon, and classic dishes like coleslaw are often served. Whether you are having a barbecue, a picnic, or just eating in, this gluten free coleslaw recipe will fit the menu well. It is lower in fat than most coleslaw recipes as I use a bit of fat-free/non-fat Greek yogurt to substitute some of the mayonnaise. If you are on a dairy-free diet, feel free to use plain dairy-free yogurt. For others not needing a low-fat recipe, use all mayonnaise. Meanwhile, you may consider this recipe for Mother's Day, as well.

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