Gluten-Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I love chickpeas!

I discovered this new found love earlier this year when I had homemade hummus.  While browsing for recipe ideas, ‘Roasted Chickpeas’ kept popping up so I just had to try it.

They’re a great crunchy snack and super easy to make. It would also make a terrific Christmas ‘Foodie’ gift.
You can vary the spices as many ways as you like. How about garam masala, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper?
Lime juice, gluten free taco seasoning, cayenne and salt?
Or maybe gluten free ginger asian seasoning, cinnamon, gluten free soy sauce, salt and sesame seeds?
I like to experiment with different flavors and create my own combinations. Feel free to “spice it up” (pun intended) and get creative.
 

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

These make a yummy gift. Wrap it in a decorative takeout box to jazz it up a little.

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil ( I like to use Olio Santo)
  • 1 tbsp cumin *
  • 1 tbsp gf taco seasoning *
  • 1 tbsp gf west african citrus spice *
  • 1 tbsp maldon sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • * I buy all of my spices here in Calgary at Silk Road Spice Merchant. I love my spices and I really enjoy the combinations they make. Bonus: they are gluten free! Check out their website for more information.

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir to mix.
  • Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
  • Bake in oven for 40-60 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes.
  • I like my chickpeas crunchy so I baked mine for 1 hour.
  • It’s really based on personally preference so feel free to adjust the baking time to your liking.
  • Remove from oven.
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Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Cauliflower and Orange Salad with a Lemony Dressing

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Cauliflower and Orange Salad with a Lemony Dressing

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and cut up
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa per serving
  • 3 tbsp sprouted watermelon or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp whipping cream (can substitute with coconut milk)
  • 6 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions
 

  • To assemble the salads start with the arugula and spinach and then add the quinoa in a mound on each salad.
  • Add the cauliflower, then the carrots, the oranges and pomegranates, seeds and fresh herbs.
  • Drizzle the dressing over each salad.

For the dressing:

  • In a canning jar add the juice from the lemon, the zest and the whipping cream and avocado oil.
  • Place the lid on and shake until combined.
  • Serve.
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cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

I am sharing a new salad recipe with all so close to Christmas for a couple of reasons.

One? I love salads and this salad has a ton of crunch, sweetness and plenty of tang.

Second? It’s the holiday season and in between enjoying all the parties, rich appetizers and Christmas baking it is nice to throw a healthy salad in.

This salad is super easy to put together too and as a bonus is meat less so you can add it to your meatless Monday options.

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

I also wanted to add in mandarin oranges as well as pomegranates which are readily available in the grocery stores right now.

The lemony dressing can be made in a small glass jar-just add ingredients, place lid on and shake. Just shake!

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

cauliflower orange salad lemony dressing recipe

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and cut into 6 wedges
  • Manchego cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 6 thin slices speck (smoked proscuitto)
  • 1/2 cup arugula or baby kale
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Honey to drizzle

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl toss the arugula with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  • Place a piece of manchego cheese, then a bit of arugula onto each pear wedge.
  • Wrap each wedge with the speck.
  • You can place a toothpick through the center of each one if you like for serving.
  • Place each wrapped pear wedge onto a plate and drizzle with a bit of honey.
  • They are ready to serve!
  • Enjoy!
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Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Here is the 2nd new holiday appetizer as requested by my readers.

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese.

What is Speck?

Speck is smoked prosciutto and can easily be found now at most grocery stores in the deli section.

Manchego Cheese?

It is a hard cheese made from sheeps milk so it is a really nice substitute for those with dairy issues. Its flavour resembles a mild parmesan.

Manchego Cheese

I knew you would all have questions about those ingredients so it’s better to answer it right away.

This is another quick and easy appetizer recipe for the holidays.

What I like about this recipe is that it is sweet, a bit smoky and also a bit salty. It pairs really nicely with white wine too.

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Speck Wrapped Pears with Manchego Cheese Recipe

Looking for Delicious Salad Recipes?

In my Gluten Free Salads Cookbook you can find 27 other delicious recipes your friends and family will love, including: Cucumber Herb Salad, Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad, Sesame Noodle Salad and many more. Purchase yours today.

Top 10 Gluten Free Cake Recipes Perfect For The Holidays


Recipe: Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Dairy Free Carrot Cake

Recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Swirl Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Coconut Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Date Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Rhubarb Cake

Recipe: Gluten Free Old Fashioned Jam Cake

Recipe: Pumpkin Cake with Creamcheese Frosting

Enjoy!
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread

These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie to make.

These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive cookie to make. My gingerbread dough can be used for gingerbread houses and cut-out shapes like trees, gingerbread men and more. I love this time of the year when lights are twinkling, trees are decorated, stockings are hung and the smell of cinnamon fills our houses.

Pick up a gingerbread cookie cutter and get baking!

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These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are fun to make and are full of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Festive and perfect for the holidays! This recipe was first published in December 2014. I have taken new photographs of the cookies and rewritten blog post.

These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie to make.

This gluten-free gingerbread dough works really well to make gingerbread houses. The dough when baked up holds up really well when cemented with royal icing. Craving gingerbread? Get out a bunch of holiday cookie cutters and make a batch of these cookies. It is fun dough for kids to use too.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THE COOKIES:

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There is just something about making your own homemade cookies that makes me happy! Especially during the holiday season. This gluten-free gingerbread cookies recipe will become your new holiday favourite. They are perfectly spiced and lightly drizzled with royal icing.

These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie to make.

Are you excited for holiday cookie baking season?

HOW TO MAKE THE GINGERBREAD COOKIES:

  1. In a stand mixer or hand mixer and bowl, add the vegan butter and brown sugar.
  2. Mix on medium speed.
  3. Add the baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt and mix on low speed.
  4. Add the egg, molasses and apple cider vinegar and mix on low speed until well combined.
  5. Scrape sides of bowl to incorporate all.
  6. Add the gluten-free flour and mix on low speed.
  7. Increase speed to medium and beat for a couple of minutes.
  8. Remove dough and place in a small bowl and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  11. Lightly flour the countertop with tapioca starch.
  12. Divide dough in half and use a rolling pin to roll out dough.
  13. Cut dough with various cookie cutters.
  14. Place shapes on parchment paper.
  15. Bake in oven for 9-10 minutes.
  16. Remove and cool.
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This week I plan on baking 6-8 different gluten-free holiday cookies. I like to bake batches and place them in Tupperware containers and store in refrigerator. This way I am well prepared and ready for the holidays. What is your favourite holiday cookie?

These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie to make.

Gingerbread is one of may favourite holiday flavours and I have a few different gingerbread inspired recipes on the blog. Recipes like Gluten-free gingerbread sheet cake, vegan and grain-free gingerbread people and gluten and dairy-free soft gingersnap cookies.

HERE ARE SOME MORE HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES:

GLuten-Free Linzer Cookies

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

Gluten and Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies

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These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie to make.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Cookies

These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie to make.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course baking, Christmas, Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine American
Servings 20

Equipment

  • measuring spoons and cups
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheets
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • spatula
  • mixing bowls
  • holiday cookie cutters
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer beat the vegan “butter” with the brown sugar. 
  • Scrap the sides of the bowl to incorporate all.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt and mix in.
  • Add the egg, molasses and apple cider vinegar and mix on low speed.
  • Scrape sides of bowl and beat mixture well.
  • Add the gluten free flour and mix on low speed.
  • Increase speed to medium and beat dough really well.
  • Place dough in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight to chill.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour the countertop with gluten free flour.
  • Divide dough in half and roll out with a rolling pin.
  • Dust dough lightly with gluten free flour before rolling to prevent sticking.
  • Cut out dough with various cookie cutters.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Enjoy!
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Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People

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Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • (optional 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. adds a nice spice to the cookies)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance non-dairy butter
  • 2 tbsp organic molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer add the non-dairy butter, honey and molasses.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl whisk the coconut flour, almond flour, all the spices, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to the molasses mixture and mix until a dough forms.
  • Place dough in a small bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cut another 2 sheets of parchment paper.
  • Place one sheet of parchment paper on counter and place 1/2 chilled dough on it.
  • Place the other sheet of parchment paper on top and then roll dough until thin.
  • Remove top sheet.
  • Cut dough with cookie cutters.
  • Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Enjoy!
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3 Holiday Treat Recipes that are Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Low in Sugar.

gluten free date coconut pistachio balls
Happy New Year everyone!
It is hard to believe it is already 2014 and I am going to be 49 years old this spring.
Yikes!
Last year on my 48th birthday I realized I needed to get healthy.
The first thing I did was buy the UP bracelet from Jawbone (insert jawbone website) and get walking.
I’ve used pedometers before and I like the accountability they give to me. This bracelet not only keeps track of my steps, but it allows me to input other exercise I do, and it also keeps track of my sleep.
All this was important to me.
I started off wanting to get 15,000 steps in per day and by July I upped it to 20,000 steps per day.
Walking became my part time job and I started to slowly lose weight.
Then winter arrived in Calgary and my weight also plateaued. I was walking 2 1/2 hours a day and not losing at all. I knew I needed to up my workouts if I was going to continue on this journey.
Seriously, I am not on a diet. I have tried every diet out there, and have always gained it back. This time it is about getting into shape and eating healthy.
My daughter had started seeing this personal trainer and I liked what I was hearing about her workouts. It didn’t hurt that she really liked her trainer either. I decided to give him a call and see about getting starting some personal training.
In November I started training with Kyle at Vagus Fitness 3 times a week and I am very, very glad I made that initial call.
vagus fitness calgary
vagus fitness calgary
Here is a little background on me in case you are all thinking I’m some sort of an athlete.
First of all I never exercised as a kid. Sure I road my bike around but I grew up in the country and gravel roads aren’t the best. I never played any sports and still to this day do not know how to skate.
Really I am just trying to get into shape.
I will never be a size 0 nor am I trying to be. I would like to be a healthy size and weight for me and be in good shape. Last year the kids bought us bikes for our anniversary and it is something I really enjoy and would like to bike a lot more this year, so that means I need to be in better shape.
Exercising is darn hard work at times, and I am sure I complain to Kyle too much about certain routines he has me doing. But truly, I am thrilled.
I feel better, I am stronger and I am challenging myself past my comfort zone which makes me smile!
Before Christmas, Kyle asked me to come up with some recipes for his blog that were gluten free, dairy free and lower in sugar.
He does have a fitness facility so healthier baked goodies would be best.
I came up with 3 recipes and I encourage you to go on his site and take a look.
How about Gluten-Free Date Coconut Pistachio Balls?
gluten free date coconut pistachio balls
These no-bake balls are delicious and super healthy for you too. Gluten Free Rice Krispies, coconut oil, raw pistachios and dates.
Next there is a recipe for Gluten Free Elderflower Marmalade Oat Bars.
gluten free elderflower marmalade oat bars
I challenge you to make these squares and see if anyone notices they are low in sugar, gluten free and vegan.
They really are just that good.
And last is a recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People.
gluten free vegan gingerbread people
These cookies are gluten free, egg free, vegan and low in sugar.
You will be very pleased with this recipe too.
Check out vagusfitness.com for these recipes and if you are in the Calgary area I would highly recommend these guys for helping with your fitness goals.
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Gluten-Free Pie Crust

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gluten free pie crust recipe


Thanksgiving is right around the corner here in Canada and I thought I’d get 5 new recipes out to you this week.
Through the years I have made my share of thanksgiving desserts, but one dessert you cannot have it seems is pumpkin pie.
I decided to make a simple gluten free pie crust using Robin Hood’s new gluten free flour. Why use Robin Hood gluten free flour blend?
It is readily available in most grocery stores and is not overly expensive compared to other gluten free flour blends.
This recipe makes enough for a single crust pie and is quite easy to make.


gluten free pie crust recipe
gluten free pie crust recipe
gluten free pie crust recipe

Gluten Free Pie Crust

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup Robin Hood gluten free flour blend
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold lard
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 8 tbsp cold water

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl whisk the gluten free flour blend, arrowroot starch, xanthan gum and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to a stand mixer.
  • With machine running on low, cut up lard and butter into small squares and add to dry ingredients.
  • Do not overmix.
  • You are looking for the dough to have pea sized pieces in it.
  • Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of cold water over flour mixture and blend on low.
  • Repeat moistening flour with 1 Tbsp of cold water at a tie until all the flour mixture is moistened.
  • For me that took 8 Tbsp of water.
  • Remove dough from bowl and roll into a ball.
  • Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
  • I roll my gluten free pie crust dough on a sheet of parchment paper.
  • This way I am not adding too much flour to the dough when rolling.
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Ideas for Hosting a Gluten-Free Christmas Party (And Tips For Turkey Dinner)

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gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party
gluten free christmas party


I apologize in advance for the quality of photos in this post. I took them once the party had started and they turned out a bit blurry. I’ll blame the wine.
This past weekend we hosted a Christmas/Housewarming party. With our renovation completed we wanted to combine showing off the house with a Christmas celebration.
As with anyone who hosts a party, the week before was filled with planning, shopping, baking, cleaning, organizing and more baking. With a new kitchen, my stress level for hosting was very low prior to years before. It was interesting how much easier it is to host a party when your kitchen and dining room are well organized.
Through the years, I’ve tried to include as many gluten free treats being served as possible. Now that I am much more comfortable with my baking and cooking as well as being gluten free, I decided that this whole party would be gluten free.
I wanted to show that you can have great tasting food at a party and if you didn’t say anything no one would know it was all gluten free.
Just to be normal as much as possible.
Isn’t that what we all want?
With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I would also share what I do when I’m cooking turkey dinner.
My kids love my turkey stuffing so usually I cooked the turkey the same as every year. For me, I would take a few slices off the breast and that would be mine.
This past Thanksgiving I decided to do two smaller turkeys. One regular for my gang that loves stuffing, and one for Cam and I that would be totally gluten free.
For the gravy I use cornstarch to thicken.
Really, other than the turkey, I find the meal is almost entirely gluten free.
It does not stress me at all.
My daughter usually bakes homemade buns full of “gluten” for most of the gang, but again, they are of no concern for me.
I wish for all the newly diagnosed gluten free folks that you feel empowered to host a Christmas dinner without feeling like you might get sick.
Making the food yourself does help to keep you safe and free from cross contamination too.
Here are photos from the Christmas party we had and I’ve listed all the appetizers as well as baked goods I served at the end.



Gluten-Free Appetizers Served:

  • Smoked Salmon on Toasted Gluten-Free Baguette Slices.
  • Garlic Shrimp. (Similar Recipe)
  • Various Cheeses.
  • Gluten-Free Deli Meats and Sausages.
  • Warmed Feta with Marinated Lemons.
  • Gluten-Free Quinoa Cranberry Nut Salad. (Similar Salad)
  • Gluten-Free Chickpea Salad. (Similar Quinoa Salad)
  • Warm Gluten-Free Focaccia. (Similar Recipe)
  • Warm Gluten-Free Baguette.
  • Goat Cheese Dip.
  • Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Ball.(Similar Recipe)
  • Snow Crab and Shrimp Dip.
  • Variety of Veggies.
  • 3 Different Olives.
  • Gluten-Free Crackers.
  • Individual Jars of White Bean Hummus with Sriracha. (Similar Recipe for Gluten-Free Hummus)
  • Warm Brie Wrapped in a Puff Pastry.

Gluten-Free Desserts Served:

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake

It is now a month before Christmas so I am thinking that I will pump out quite a few new recipes for everyone for the holidays.
In fact, I will not be writing stories of my days, or life being gluten free. I figure, we all have so much to get done in the next 30 days that I will just share new recipes with you all.
We can always catch up after the new year. I am sure I will yap at times about thoughts I have, or some event that I want to share, but mostly it will be recipes.
So in keeping with this thought process here is a new recipe.
It is an easy one (I tend to like those kind) but one that may come in handy with the holidays approaching. I think this is a great cake to bring to a potluck, a school function, to the office for a co-workers birthday celebration, or like me, a dessert when you are having company.
What’s great about this cake is you can jazz it up, after it’s baked, when you are serving it.
I made caramel sauce and poured the warm sauce over the cake and then topped it with a mound of whipping cream. So good!
How about a warm cherry sauce poured over with a side of whipping cream and then dark chocolate shavings? Black Forest cake anyone?
How about a little raspberry jam under the cake and then topped with fresh raspberries?
You decide. That’s what I love about this cake.
Go ahead, make it today, you’ll be happy with it!

Recipe Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake
Recipe Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake
Recipe Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake




Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup dark chocolate gfree cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp gfree vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips gluten-free

Instructions
 

  • Spray and line a 8×11 pan cake pan with parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the sorghum flour, br rice flour, and tapioca starch.
  • Add cocoa, baking powder and soda.
  • Whisk again to combine.
  • In stand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
  • Add brown plus cane sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, plus egg yolks one at a time, mixing on low speed.
  • Add vanilla also.
  • Once mixed, on slow speed add dry ingredients as well as the buttermilk.
  • Turn to medium speed and beat for a minute.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and mix in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes until cake is done.
  • Enjoy!
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