Gluten Free Pizza Crust made with Expandex

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You do not have to own a pizza stone to make gluten free pizza crust, though a preheated stone does absorb moisture, creating a more crisp crust, without the use of additional oils and calories. I like to make pizza crust ahead of time, bake them for about 5 minutes and then freeze them. This enables me to come home after a busy day and just top them and bake them – voila! – a great gluten-free pizza ready in no time! Chewy, crunchy and a nice high dough on the edge! See my update towards the bottom of page for an alternate recipe along with links to many more pizza crust recipes. Continue reading “Gluten Free Pizza Crust made with Expandex”

Gluten Free Pasta Recipe: Chicken Alfredo

Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

While on our at-home vacation I wanted to make a few special dinners. Though this gluten-free pasta recipe is high in calorie, my husband may have ordered this dish at our favorite local Italian Restaurant, Nativo’s. However, we had it at home, all gluten-free! Alfredo sauce is often used with fettucini, but I love capellini (angel hair¬†pasta)! I hope you enjoy this gluten free pasta as much we did. Mangia! (eat in Italian) Continue reading “Gluten Free Pasta Recipe: Chicken Alfredo”

Gluten Free Taco Pizza with Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust

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I received a couple of Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust to review. Because I am allergic to tomatoes, I often end up having a no sauce pizza or a pesto pizza. This time I came up with a sauce I can have, taco sauce without tomatoes! Why didn’t I ever think of that before, I do not know why! ¬†My husband tasted my pizza and liked it better than his! ¬†This recipe is much lower in sodium than most pizzas, too! Udi’s gluten free pizza crust made it delicious, as well! Now when you don’t have time to make your own gluten free pizza dough, you know what to buy.

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Gluten Free Pesto Mashed Potatoes

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A month or so ago, I went to an Italian restaurant where I was served pesto mashed potatoes and it was one of those hitting my forehead type of moments, “Why didn’t I ever think of that?” They were fantastic, but lacking in butter. Perhaps they used olive oil only. They had just a hint of garlic and basil, not overbearing as you may expect. It didn’t taste like pesto pasta, nor garlic mashed potatoes, but a unique, flavorful mashed potato. I was able to duplicate the recipe, and wanted to share it with you, though my version has more butter than theirs. Rich, decadent and creamy! They were so good that I forgot to take a photo of them when first made. See my left-overs in the below photo. Enjoy. Continue reading “Gluten Free Pesto Mashed Potatoes”

Yeast-Free Gluten Free Focaccia Bread

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This gluten free focaccia bread is commercial yeast-free. If you are allergic to yeast you may try substituting the apple cider vinegar with a bit of 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar. I haven’t tried it myself, but any high acidic ingredient will do, lemon juice, etc. This is a hearty recipe, much like regular focaccia. If you’re looking for something lighter, which contains yeast, try my newest Gluten Free Focaccia Bread Recipe. Meanwhile, enjoy!

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Gluten Free Casserole: Italian Sausage and Rice

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This dish is not only delicious, but very easy and fast to make. I use a precooked, frozen organic brown rice that I get at Trader Joe’s. Now for the taste…You know how bacon makes everything taste great. Well, between the saltiness, sweetness and spices of the sausage and the sweetness from all the different peppers this dish is addicting! I bet you go back for seconds, maybe even thirds! It’s one of those dishes that when you’re putting away leftovers (if there are any) you just have to have one more bite!

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Gluten Free Asparagus Prosciutto Risotto

On a gluten free diet many of us eat a lot of rice. Gluten free risotto is a nice change. I am getting tired of the same old rice dishes and wanted to mix things up a bit. The only risotto recipes I have taste-tested were in fine Italian restaurants, but never cooked it myself. Imagine that! And I’m half Italian! Our family always ate the same asparagus recipe, boiled, and dipped in mayonnaise while eating. Traditional risotto includes parmesan cheese cooked into the rice. It makes it creamier, though it is pretty creamy alone because of the starch content of the arborio rice.¬† However, because prosciutto is already very salty I opted on just topping the rice off with a little parmesan cheese. Continue reading “Gluten Free Asparagus Prosciutto Risotto”

Gluten Free Italian Sausage Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes

Gluten Free Mashed Potatoes and Cheese Stuffed Italian Sausage

One of my husband’s favorite dishes is mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese over Italian sausages. It is a great way to use up mashed potatoes. It is not something either of us can afford to eat very often, as far calories are concerned, but 3 or 4 times a year I make this special treat.¬† It’s right up there with pizza for us! I was not planning on posting this recipe, but snapped a quick photo anyway (before the cheese melted), and then later decided why not!¬† Kids love sausages and adults.¬† My mother used to make it for our family for years. When she decided to start cooking low cholesterol dishes she started broiling the sausages, cutting back on the grease. ¬†It’s delicious broiled, too – nice and brown! Continue reading “Gluten Free Italian Sausage Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes”

Gluten Free Lentils and Italian Sausage

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Nothing like a good lentils and Italian sausage recipe. Someone sent me a bunch of gluten-free¬†sausages during the holidays which I had frozen. I had contemplated what I should cook with them. I ended up making an Italian dish that is customarily served on New Year’s Day, lentils and sausage, which symbolizes prosperity for the upcoming year. With added seasonings and vegetables, it turned out very tasty! I have to say, this is one of my new favorite Italian recipes. You could even add more broth and make it a soup! Continue reading “Gluten Free Lentils and Italian Sausage”