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New to being gluten free? Join us for a Udi’s Gluten Free Community chat Tues July 30 @ 8PM ET

New to being gluten free? Join us for a Udi’s Gluten Free Community chat Tues July 30 @ 8PM ET

Are you new to being gluten free? Then join me, Liz of The Lemon Bowl, and Alta of Tasty Eats At Home for a LIVE CHAT on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 8PM EST on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community site for tips on how to get started living la vida gluten free. You can join us here or in the dialog box below.

We’ll be answering questions to help those new to the gluten-free lifestyle. And we’ll be giving away tasty treats from Udi’s Gluten Free such as tortillas, sandwich bread, muffins, granola, and Ancient Grain crisps – yum!

Join us for a chat on keeping gluten free during summer travel on Monday, July 1st 8PM ET #gfcommunity

beach

It’s been a hectic summer for my family between the various kids’ camps, entertaining, house guests, and getting ready for a family camping trip. If you’re like us, you may be completely off any sort of a routine when it comes to work, sleep and even eating. That’s why it’s super important to pay attention to your gluten free diet during the summer – especially if you’re traveling!

We’ll be discussing gluten free travel and more at the Udi’s Gluten Free Community on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8 PM ET. We’ll also be giving away some delicious Udi’s Gluten Free goodies. You can join us here or in the discussion widget below.

Here’s to a happy, fun and healthy summer whether you’re spending it at home or at the beach!

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

As an Udi’s Gluten Free Community leader, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that I can easily make gluten free – especially desserts! We had a guest over recently, who I wanted to make something special for to thank him for connecting me with my new kinesiologist. (The doctor has done wonders for my shoulder and helped me avoid another surgery.)

Since we had a bag of pecans in the freezer – courtesy of my husband’s former landlord who has a pecan tree in his yard – I thought I’d make a gluten free version of Martha Stewart’s Sorghum-Sweetened Chocolate Pecan Pie.  I had made it at Thanksgiving and loved the mixture of bourbon, sorghum, coconut palm sugar, and chocolate along with the pecans. Plus, it gave me an excuse to use some leftover chocolate.

Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

I used a premade gluten free crust from Wholly Wholesome. I wasn’t totally happy with it as too hard to cut! Next time I use the crust (the package came with two), I won’t prebake it as maybe that’ll help. Feel free to use your favorite gluten free pie crust recipe, mix, or premade crust. Or try making a crust out of rice cakes like I did with my Chocolate and Almond Freezer Pie.

Like my freezer pie, this is not a light dessert, so make sure to serve up small pieces! However, I promise not to come over with the Diet Patrol if you want to serve it up with a scoop of ice cream or some whipped cream. In my opinion, it’s yummy and decadent enough without the added goodies.

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Bourbon & Chocolate Pecan Pie

Based on Martha Stewart’s Sorghum-Sweetened Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 gluten free pie shell
  • 1/3 cup gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon (I highly recommend Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey.)
  • 1/2 cup sorghum syrup
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Green & Black’s 70% organic dark chocolate.)
  • 1/2 cup buttery spread, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together gluten free all-purpose baking mix, coconut palm sugar, and salt.
  3. Stir in eggs just enough to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Stir in bourbon, sorghum, pecans, and chocolate.
  5. Pour melted buttery spread into bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
  6. Place pie shell on a baking sheet.
  7. Pour pie filling into shell and bake for 35 minutes. The top should be set but the center may be slightly gooey. (Test by jiggling the pan. The center may move a bit, but the sides won’t.)
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Serve at room temperature and store in the refrigerator.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1 slice

Win Udi’s Gluten Free goodies at our Monday, May 20th summertime chat at noon EST #gfcommunity

summertime laptop at the beachMy kids have only two more days of school! So I’m already planning for day trips, summer camp, and family camping trips – what about you? Let’s chat about what you and your family is doing this summer on Monday, May 20th (that’s TOMORROW!) at noon HERE on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community site. (Or in the widget below.)

Udi’s Gluten Free Community Leaders Toni from Boulder Locavore, Sarah from Sarah Stanley Inspired, and I will be discussing summertime fun and food!  We’ll be sharing some great gluten free dishes for all of summer's different outings from camping to potlucks to barbecues!

And we’re also giving away some terrific prizes from Udis’ Gluten Free that will be perfect for your summertime food plans including:

  • 3 packs of hot dog buns
  • 3 packs of classic hamburger buns
  • 3 packs of whole grain hamburger buns
  • 3 boxes of snicker doodle cookies
  • 3 loaves of white sandwich bread
  • 3 boxes of blueberry muffins

Hope to see you at the chat on Monday, May 20th HERE (or below) at noon EST/9 am PST!

Let’s chat about celebrating Mother’s Day at Udi’s Gluten Free TODAY at 2pm EST #gfcommunity

Let’s chat about celebrating Mother’s Day at Udi’s Gluten Free on Tuesday, April 29 at 2pm EST #gfcommunityJoin me and several of the other Udi’s Gluten Free Community leaders for a LIVE CHAT celebrating Mother's Day TODAY on Monday, April 29th at 2PM EST! We’ll be chatting about how to stay celebrate Mother’s Day gluten free, whether we’re dining out with our families or being cooked for at home.

We’ll also be giving away some great Udi’s Gluten Free products during the chat!

  • bags of Cherry Walnut Granola Clusters
  • bags of Blueberry Cashew Granola Clusters
  • packs of Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts
  • packs of Mighty Bagels
  • boxes of Snickerdoodle cookies
  • loaves of Cinnamon Raisin Bread

You follow the chat here or in the widget below. I hope you can join us!

Quick and Easy Nachos with Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas!

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As a part of my work with the Udi’s Gluten Free Community, I try to serve as your go to source about Udi’s Gluten Free new products. One new offering that got me really excited was their new gluten free plain tortillas. One of the foods I really missed when I first started eating gluten free were tortillas. (Since I was eating corn free for a while, I couldn’t eat those either!) I’m sure many of you – especially those with gluten free kids – feel the same way since tortillas are something many of us eat regularly. I couldn’t image having any sort of Mexican style dishes from quesadillas to taco night without them!

About Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas

Udi’s Gluten Free’s tortillas come in two sizes – small and large. Also, you may have to search in the refrigerator or freezer section of your store to find them, as they need to be refrigerated. I learned the hard way and had them out on the counter for a week when they started getting moldy.

As far as taste and texture goes, I like them a little better than the brown rice tortillas I usually purchase. They’re less chewy, especially if I cook them in the microwave for 10 seconds before making a wrap with them. Unfortunately, the tortillas are a bit fragile and tear easily, but this is true of other gluten free tortillas I’ve tried. So make sure to store them perfectly flat in the refrigerator. If you don’t, they’ll tear in the package.

Udi’s Gluten Free plain tortillas

The reason I gave you that warning because I didn’t store them flat, and had a package of broken tortillas that were useless for making breakfast egg wraps or hummus and arugula rollups. So I decided to make lemonade with lemons, or in this case, nachos with torn Udi’s Gluten Free tortillas!

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Nachos at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Nachos

This is a great way to use up leftovers from taco night or an easy party dish to make for your gluten free guests.

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 3 large or 5 small Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas, torn into bite sized pieces (or enough to line your oven safe dish)
  • Your favorite healthy nacho toppings – low fat Mexican style grated cheese, chunks of queso fresco, salsa, olives, leftover fajita beef, chicken or pepper stir fry, diced onions and tomatoes, no fat refried beans, etc. Get creative!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray an oven save dish with cooking spray. (I used a glass pie plate.)
  3. Line dish with torn pieces of Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Tortillas.
  4. Place dish on highest rack of the oven and cook for 10 minutes until the tortilla pieces start to get a little bit brown and crispy.
  5. Remove dish from oven. Cover tortilla with your favorite nacho toppings.
  6. Place dish back in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and toppings are heated through.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 1 large platter of nachos
  • Serving size: varies

Join us for a #glutenfree springtime Easter chat on Thursday at noon EST! #gfcommunity

Easter eggs

Join me and several other Udi’s Gluten Free Community Leaders - Sarah, Jo-Lynne, Toni and Rachel - for a Celebrating Springtime and Easter live daytime chat this Thursday March 21 at 9 am PST/noon EST! We’ll be discussing celebrating springtime and Easter with gluten free recipes, favorite family traditions, Easter egg hunts, spring gardening, and more!

We’ll also be giving away some Udi’s gluten Free goodies! Hope you can join us here or in the chat box below.

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Gluten-Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit and Orange Vanilla Sauce

Gluten-Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit | At This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comAs a community leader at Udi’s Gluten Free, I’m always on the lookout for healthy, delicious and easy to make gluten free recipes. That’s why I was excited that the folks at the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association sent me this recipe for gluten free crepes to share with you!

You'll need a crepe pan (an 8" omelet pan should do fine), and if you've never made crepes - some patience! It takes a little bit of practice to get the crepes just right, so expect to feed the first few tries to the dog.

About Chilean fruit

Chile’s fresh stone fruits and berries are now in ample supply in supermarkets throughout North America. If you’re concerned about safety of the produce coming from Chile, know that their fruit growers and exporters are passionate about providing the freshest, highest-quality fruit to consumers. That's why they've invested in state-of-the-art facilities and maintain the highest standards for food safety and quality.

For more delicious recipes from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, visit fruitsfromchile.com/recipes. And for more gluten free recipes, check out Udi’s Gluten Free Community.

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Gluten Free Crepes with Chilean Fruit and Orange Sauce

Recipe from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk or soy, rice or coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter or buttery spread (melted)
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 peaches, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced into quarters (or equivalent mix of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • Optional: add whipped cream, yogurt or ice cream if desired.

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk together. Add melted butter. In a small bowl, blend flour, salt, sugar and baking powder and add to liquid mixture, and blend until combined. Refrigerate for one hour.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice and granulated sugar and simmer until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, blend, and set aside.
  3. Lightly wipe the surface of a small nonstick skillet with butter or canola oil. Place skillet over medium heat. Pour approximately 1/8 cup of batter into hot skillet, tilting skillet until batter spreads evenly into a thin layer. Cook crepe until lightly brown, about two minutes, then flip with a pancake turner or spatula.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sliced peaches and berries. Spoon sliced fruits into the center of each crepe. Fold in half. Fold in half again forming triangle, four layers thick. Place two crepes on individual serving dishes and add 1/4 cup of orange vanilla sauce.
Prep Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Servings: Serves 8
  • Serving size: 2 crepes
  • Calories: 177
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2 g
  • Sodium: 209 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 63 mg

Recipe and photo used with permission of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Join me and Udi’s Gluten-Free for a Movie Awards chat this Tuesday at 8 PM EST

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Are you throwing a party for the big Movie Awards Ceremony? If so, join me and the Udi’s Gluten Free Community tomorrow at 8 PM EST for a chat about the best gluten free appetizers and drinks to serve your gluten sensitivite guests while you watch the celebrities walk down the red carpet. We’ll also be chatting about gluten free celebrities, movie themed foods, and more.

We’ll also be announcing our own winners – by giving away some Udi’s Gluten Free goodies that is! We’ll be giving the following Udi’s Gluten Free Prize Pack to FIVE lucky winners:

  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hamburger Buns
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownie bites
  • 1 package of Udi’s Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
  • 1 Udi’s Gluten Free dry erase board

You can follow the chat here or in the embedded discussion box below. Hope you can join us!

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Are you ready for some football…chat that is? Join us at the Udi’s Gluten Free Community on 1/23 at 8 pm ET! #gfcommunity

football

Will you be throwing a party for the Big Game and wondering what you’ll make for your gluten free guests – or yourself? If so, join me, Wendy at La Phemme Phoodie, Alta at Tasty Eats at Home, Sommer at A Spicy Perspective, and Toni at Boulder Locavore on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community website on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT to discuss gluten free entertaining and cooking for the Big Game!

We'll be sharing our favorite appetizer, drink and party dish recipes along with tips on how to entertain gluten free. In addition, we'll be giving away Udi’s Gluten Free prize packs! And if all you want to discuss is who you think will win or what Beyonce will wear, we’re happy to chat about that, too!

You can join the conversation here on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community or in the widget below. Hope to chat with you then!

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Disclosure: As an Udi's Gluten Free Community Leader I'm compensated for my time and efforts on their behalf.

Wine and Rosemary Quinoa

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Chicken and Sausage Paella from Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking

Chicken and Sausage Paella from Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com
As a community leader for Udi’s Gluten Free, I’m always on the lookout for new cookbooks written for people who are gluten free. That’s why I’m excited to share with you Cybele Pascal’s new cookbook, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame. As you can tell by the title, it’s also for people with food allergies and food sensitivities, and is a follow up to her book The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook.

I met Cybele at a blogger event in Los Angeles over a year ago. She knows all about dealing with food allergies having cooked that way since 2001 after her son, Lennon, was as diagnosed with severe dairy and soy allergies. She obviously knows her stuff, which is why she’s an Ambassador Who Cares for Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. You can find more about her on her website cybelepascal.com.

Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame

Cybele also has great taste and style, which is why I fell in love with her new cookbook and love dipping into it to find ideas for what to make for dinner. I’ve already made her Garam Masala Lamb Chops with Cumin Quinoa, which was fantastic and a huge hit with my family. To quote my daughter, Lucie, “I really don’t like quinoa, Mom. But this is so good!” She even got her brother to eat it!

The recipes in Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking are similar to the way I like to cook – healthy, delicious and can quickly be put together on a weekday night. Cybele’s recipes aren’t complicated and fussy, and don’t contain a zillion hard-to-find ingredients. Like me, she loves ethnic foods, such as Sopa de Lima, as well as classic family favorites like Chicken Noodle Casserole. In addition, she has a lot of great tips for those new to allergy-free cooking, like how to stock your pantry and what kitchen equipment you’ll need. It’s a great book for beginners as well as seasoned cooks who need to eliminate allergens in their kitchens.

Chicken and Sausage Paella from Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Chicken and Sausage Paella

Reprinted with permission from Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame by Cybele Pascal, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. Photo credit: Chugrad McAndrews.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/8 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 8 ounces chorizo, andouille, linguica, or kielbasa, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine the rice with 1 1/4 cups of the chicken broth in a microwave-safe container. Cover and microwave for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle the chicken tenders with the paprika and some salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until starting to shimmer. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and sausage and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the bell pepper, garlic, saffron, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the remaining 1 cup chicken broth, bring to a boil, and deglaze the pan by scraping up any browned bits along the bottom, 1 minute or so. Stir in the tomatoes, partly cooked rice, and chicken, bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, loosely covered, for 8 minutes more or until the liquid is absorbed. Add the peas and heat through for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, toss with the parsley, and serve hot, sprinkled with a little more parsley
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Serves 6
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

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Disclosure: I was provided with a sample copy of Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame to facilitate this review. All opinions and experiences are my own.

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