Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Best Fluffy Waffles (gluten-free)

These light and delicious waffles have a crispy exterior and fluffy interior and gluten free. This recipe is perfect for families to share and yields about 4 large waffles (may vary depending on your waffle maker). Make this recipe in advance, let cool on a wire rack and freeze! Pop them into the toaster for a quick breakfast. Top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup (for a flavorful twist, try spreading them with a little light cream cheese and sliced strawberries!)

 

Ingredients

½ cup gluten free oat flour

½ cup gluten free all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

¾ cup milk of choice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs, separated

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or coconut oil)

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

pinch of cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions

 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  2. Separate the eggs, adding the yolks to the dry ingredient mixture, and placing the whites in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Add milk and melted butter (or coconut oil) to dry ingredient mixture and whisk until combined.
  4. Beat whites until stiff peaks are formed and fold into the mixture.
  5. Ladle mixture into hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

 

 

Healthy Cherry Crumble

Every week I take some time to take inventory of my fridge, freezer and pantry…really just to make sure I don’t buy what I may already have (BTW, this is a GREAT way to plan a weekly grocery list!).  So this morning I realized I had a bag of dark, sweet frozen cherries that I had initially bought to make smoothies, but decided to make this healthy cherry crumble.  This recipe is vegan, gluten free and AHH-MAZING!! It’s SUPER easy to make and truly delicious and made with minimal sweetener.  I love the texture of the oats against the cherries and then top it off with a bit of yogurt (if having for breakfast) or with some frozen yogurt (I used Sweet Scoops madagascar vanilla in this photo) or whatever your belly and heart desire.

Note: You can also use frozen blueberries but if you do, I would suggest adding some fresh lemon zest to brighten up the flavor a bit and add it right with the blueberries and cornstarch.  Also, if you don’t have coconut oil, melted butter also works.

Ingredients 

Topping

1 cup gluten free rolled oats (GF quick oats also works fine)

1/3 cup almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Filling

1-16 oz bag of frozen dark sweet cherries (I used Whole Foods 365 brand)

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a glass pie dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cherries and cornstarch.  Mix to combine and until the cherries are completely coated and cornstarch dissolves.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the oats and almond flour, whisk to combine.  Make a well in the center. Pour in the maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla and coconut oil. Stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Transfer the filling a glass pie dish, and sprinkle evenly with the topping.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the juice is bubbling at the sides of the dish.
  6. Allow to cool a bit and serve warm or completely cool and refrigerate.

 

Dill Turkey Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

If you love a quick and easy weeknight meal, give these turkey burgers a try!  I’ve always followed recipes for turkey burgers that included breadcrumbs and egg until I came across a recipe by @bobbyflay that did not include those two ingredients. So I thought if Bobby Flay made it, it must be great!  So I created these easy dill turkey burgers with yogurt sauce.  I love dill and have added it to the burgers and the yogurt sauce for a burst of flavor.   As a fun family dinner idea, declare “dress your burger” night and let your kids pick their favorite veggies to top their burger with!

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey breast (or mix ½ pound ground turkey breast with ½ pound ground dark meat turkey)

2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 whole grain burger rolls (or for a low carb option, wrap in romaine lettuce!)

Yogurt Sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 teaspoons dill, finely chopped

2 tablespoons onion, minced

¼ cup tomato, chopped

¼ cup cucumber, chopped

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ teaspoon ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, onion tomato, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together and mix well. Form into 6 patties.
  4. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium heat and coat with a dash of olive oil. Cook the patties until nicely browned, about 1-2 minutes, and flip. Continue cooking another minute until browned on both sides.
  5. Turn stove off and place skillet directly in oven. Bake for 10 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees F.