Sunday, May 27, 2012

gluten-free, dairy-free ice-cream at home

        I recently received an ice-cream maker as a gift. And what a gift it has been. Since I have been dairy-free for close to 2 years it's been awhile since I have been able to enjoy ice-cream. Which hasn't been easy because I have a sweet tooth, so I would cheat anytime people were having ice-cream and eat a little, then regret it later.. Even sherberts & sorbets usually have skim milk in them. 
        I've been experimenting with all kinds of flavors and these are a few that have been hits with my family that have no allergies.

Mint & York peppermint patty  

3 cups of original almond milk
1/2 cup of sugar or sweetener
1 teaspoon peppermint extract 

Combine all ingredients, place in ice-cream maker for 25-30 minutes. Add 2 crushed york peppermint patties (or 1/4 cup of chocolate chips). I really like the peppermint patties because it adds another level to mint & chip.

1 1/2 cups original almond milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup Orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar or sweetener
1 banana sliced 
1/4 cup of crushed pineapple or diced fresh pineapple

Mix juice, milks and sugar together well, incorporate the fruit and pour into machine.

I'm excited, I'll be able to enjoy sweet treats on a hot I have to work on making a gluten-free waffle cone recipe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

lunch today: gluten-free mini pizzas

        I'm not proud of it, but I have eaten a lot of frozen pizza in my life. I've never been a person that craved pizza. Until I gave up dairy, then cheesy pizza & cheesy bread always sounded good, just not good for me. Now, I make pizzas with Gluten-Free bread mix. I normally make the dough according to package instructions and add garlic powder & Italian seasonings. Roll out the dough and bake at the temperature on the box for like ten or fifteen minutes and then add toppings and put back in the oven.
Pizza I made for Valentine's day
        Today I used my gluten-free rolls, (GF english muffins or GF hamburger buns have also worked for me in the past). Ragu pizza sauce, Hormel Turkey Pepperonis, almond cheese alternative Mozzarella style. (You can use real cheese if you are not dairy-free). I cut the roll in half, add sauce, cheese & pepperonis and then put them in the toaster oven until the cheese is melted and the pepperonis are crisp. I love turkey pepperonis, they get really crisp and are so good. Plus they aren't as greasy as regular pepperonis. This is such an easy lunch & they taste so much better than regular gluten frozen bagel bites or frozen mini pizzas.
                         I love jalapenos on my pizza

I've done my own research and found that those brands are gluten-free, but remember to always double-check if you have a gluten-intolerance because ingredients change all the time.