April 30, 2015
It’s a May Day tradition to sneak up to a neighbor or a loved one’s front door and surprise him or her with a basket full of flowers, candy and other fun treats. Celebrate the first of May this year by making these fun, simple May Baskets that your family and friends will love!
Step one is to decide what you want to use for the basket itself. It can be anything you like so this is a chance to get creative. One of the easiest and most popular May Baskets is made of colorful paper rolled into a cone shape and stapled or taped along the sides. Make a handle using ribbon or string and easily hang it on a doorknob. Another easy idea is to decorate clean, empty yogurt containers (Like these from Greek Gods®) with two holes punched in each side for a ribbon handle. Left over Easter baskets also work great, and you can customize them by gluing on silk flowers, bows, and paper cutouts.
Once your have decided what you want to use for your basket, it’s time to fill it. Traditionally May Baskets are filled with flowers and sweets, but you can personalize it for whoever you are giving it to with little notes, toys, and their favorite snacks (Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™ Cherry Almond Bars perhaps?) Your filling also depends on the type of May Basket you choose to use. If you are using a paper cone, make sure the flowers and candy or treats you put in it are not too heavy that they will cause it to tear or break. If you are using a store bought basket that is shallow, trim your flowers so that the stems fit inside the basket and aren’t sticking out everywhere.
If you are making a May Basket for your fellow gluten-free friends, fill it with some chocolates, your favorite gluten-free candy, and these super simple coconut almond chocolate chip cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth
- Scoop a small dollop of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, making sure each cookie is 1-2 inches apart
- Bake for 8-10 minutes and let cool for 4-5 minutes before serving
March 20, 2015
Sometimes your body is tired but your mind just can’t seem to slow down, which makes it difficult to fall asleep. We’ve come up with a few tips that may help you wind down before bedtime, and hopefully give you a more restful night and a refreshed morning
Lavender has long been regarded a soothing herb that can help calm your body and mind. Inhaling the scent of lavender has been known to help lower the heart rate and in turn, help you relax. Try a lavender spray on your pillow or a lavender lotion like this one from Avalon Organics before bedtime.
Stretching or nighttime yoga
Light stretching or nighttime yoga can help relieve tension that has built up in your body over the course of the day and relax your muscles in preparation for sleep. It can be a full routine or a few simple stretches on your bed. This can be a great pre-bedtime ritual for the whole family to do together to wind down from the day, and a fun way to spend time together before bed!
Celestial Sleepy Time Tea
We love a nice warm cup of tea before we go to sleep, especially when it’s as soothing as Sleepytime Extra Wellness. It’s a blend of chamomile, spearmint, and valerian, an ancient natural sleep aid. Try a calming cup before bed to help melt away the stress of the day.
Make a bedtime playlist
On those nights that you’re tossing and turning and you just can’t seem to turn off your brain, music can be the answer. Try creating a playlist with all your favorite soothing songs and listen until you fall asleep. Listening to the melody or lyrics can help focus your mind on one single thing, and slowly bring you into a relaxed, sleepy state.
March 16, 2015
Impress your friends and family with these delicious gluten-free appetizers this St. Patrick’s Day. They are so easy to make and yummy that everyone will want a bite! For more ideas, recipes, and drinks, check out our Pinterest board for a GF St. Patrick’s Day!
Gluten-Free green pinwheels
- Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™ Spinach Tortillas
- 8 oz package softened cream cheese
- 1 container basil pesto
- 1 container hummus
- ½ cup finely diced tomatoes
- ½ cup chopped cucumber
- 1 package feta cheese crumbles
- ½ cup chopped green bell peppers
- Mix together equal parts pesto and cream cheese in a small bowl
- Spread a thin layer of the pesto cream cheese mixture over the tortilla, followed by a thin layer of hummus (make sure to leave about 1 inch around the perimeter free of any spread)
- Spread remaining ingredients evenly over the tortilla
- Tightly roll the tortilla and stick a toothpick in each end. Refrigerate for 1 hour
- Slice the rolls into small pinwheels
Gluten-Free Puppy Chow
- 4 cups rice squares cereal
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 ½ TBSP butter
- 2 TBSP almond butter
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup green candy sprinkles
- Microwave the chocolate chips, butter, and almond butter in a large bowl for 30 seconds. Stir, and then microwave for 30 more seconds, stirring until smooth
- Pour the cereal squares into the bowl and stir until it is all evenly coated
- Transfer the mixture to a large seal-able bag, then add the powdered sugar and candy sprinkles
- Shake bag well until all the cereal is coated
- Spread out on a baking sheet or parchment paper and let cool 20-30 minutes
Avocado Fries with Cilantro Lime Sauce
(This recipe was borrowed from our Gluten-Free Recipe page. Check it our for more gluten-free goodness!)
- 4 slices Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™ Multigrain Bread
- 2 large avocados
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil (for frying)
- 8 oz cup of plain Greek yogurt
- juice from one lime
- 1/3 cup of cilantro
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 small jalapeno (can add more depending on spice preference)
Preparation (avocado fries):
- Heat coconut oil on medium in a deep pan while preparing the fries.
- Process Rudi’s bread into fine crumbs in either a high-powered blender or food processor.
- Slice avocados in half lengthwise and cut into 1-1 1/2 inch thick strips.
- Combine bread crumbs, cumin and garlic salt in a medium sized bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until yolks and whites are combined.
- Dip avocado slices in the egg mixture and then immediately coat in the bread crumbs.
- Fry avocados for about 45 seconds on each side, or until golden brown.
- Remove from pan, place on a paper towel and let excess oil drain off.
February 27, 2015
DIY Tea Blends
These recipes are a fun, natural way to make sure your next cup of tea is just that, your cup of tea! You will need loose tea leaves as a base, which you can find at specialty tea stores or you can cut open store-bought tea bags. Fill empty tea bags or tea ball with 1-2 tbsp of each mixture, steep, and enjoy! Try a cup with our Cherry Almond bars for a great start to your day or a quick pick-me-up.
Energizing Orange Ginger Green Tea
- 2 tbsp sliced orange peel
- 2 tbsp dried ginger,
- ¼ cup green tea leaves (try Celestial Seasonings Authentic Green Tea)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Soothing Lavender Chamomile Tea
- 1 tbsp Lemon Balm
- 1 Tbsp dried lavender
- ¼ cup loose leaf chamomile tea (try Celestial Seasonings Chamomile Herbal Tea)
- 1 cup loose black tea (from cut up tea bags)
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp dry ground ginger
- 1 ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1 tsp cardamom pods, sliced
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- Spread cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns on a baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes at 325F.
- Transfer spices from baking sheet to a small bowl and use the back of a large spoon (or a mortar and pestle if you have one) to crush everything into small, even pieces
- Add the ginger, nutmeg, and black tea to the bowl and mix well
February 18, 2015
When I started working on recipes for my new cookbook, I had several goals in mind. One was to provide recipes that could be used for more than a single recipe. Check! did that.
The next goal was to make the recipes easy to make. Another check! As the base of this recipe is quick and easy and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week for use in other recipes as the week progresses.
The last goal was that the food was nutritious and delicious. This recipe is just one example of meeting that goal!
Here’s the basis of the Sloppy June and Sprout Sandwich.
Sloppy Junes and Beyond
- 2 tbs. coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 (12oz) package vegetarian chorizo
- ½-3/4 cup chopped yellow, red, or green bell pepper
- ¼ cup drained and chopped sundried tomatoes in oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup organic corn, fresh or frozen
- 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
- ½ tsp. sea salt (I prefer Himalayan salt)
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/8 ts. Ground chipotle pepper (optional….May be too spicy for the young ones)
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbs. of the oil. When the oil is hot, put in all of the chorizo and stir with a wooden spoon for 3-4 minutes. The chorizo has a tendency to stick to the pan and burn, so stir constantly and watch it carefully.
- Remove it from the skillet and set it aside on a plate. (Note that the chorizo doesn’t change much in color or texture as it cooks).
- Turn the heat down to medium and add the other tablespoon of oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sauté until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and corn and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, spices, vinegar and cooked chorizo. Stir to combine well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the mixture simmer to blend the flavors for about 5 minutes.
Next you are going to assemble your Panini sandwich. I love Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™ Multigrain Bread because it tastes great, is substantial and does not fall apart as you are eating it. So, here’s how you make the sandwich on the cover of my latest cookbook, Gluten Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook. (this recipe is for 1 person, so you will need to double or triple it if you are making this for more than yourself!
- 2 pieces GF bread
- Sliced avocado
- Hummus (use your favorite variety)
- ¼ cup Sloppy June filling
- Sliced cheese (vegan or dairy, optional)
- Coconut or vegetable spray for the grill
I used a George Forman grill for this recipe, but you can also use a Panini machine.
- Lay 1 piece of bread on a cutting board. Place a slice or two of avocado on the bread; you may wish to mash it and spread it over the bread.
- Top with a small amount of the hummus (about 1 tbs.) and spread it out over the avocado, then add the Sloppy June mixture, sprouts and cheese (if desired) and cover with the second piece of bread.
- Lightly spray the top and bottom of a Panini machine or indoor electric grill with coconut oil. Put the sandwich in the grill and press it together. The machine should tell you when the Panini is done, or grill until the bread is browned and the ingredients are heated. Serve immediately.
January 13, 2015
It’s that time of year again… the time when all we want to do is stay at home in our PJ’s and curl up to a good book and soup. It’s the time of year when our bodies don’t soak up much vitamin D from the sun since many of us our inside mostly and we aren’t as active because it’s cold. We also may not be eating as many fruits and vegetables we were eating during the summer time because they are not in season. It’s the time of year when, let’s face it, it’s hard to beat the winter blues. Here are our tips to make the winter time seem a bit better and brighter!
1. Take an Epsom salt bath: Epsom salt is like a detox for your brain. Epsom Salts are a crystaline form of Magnesium Sulphate Mg2SO4. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include fatigue, depression, low energy, and stress. Taking an Epsom salt bath could help reduce some “winter blues” symptoms.
2. Eat more dark leafy greens: Dark leafy greens are great for withstanding the cold, harsh winters. Also, they are high in fiber, calcium, and magnesium which can help raise our levels of serotonin and dopamine.
3. Try learning a new skill: Since many of us are “stuck” inside, try turning off the TV and learning a new skill as a family. Not only will you keep your brain active, you’ll also be making something that you created! Learning to knit, playing a musical instrument and baking are all great and inexpensive hobbies to enjoy indoors.
4. Make soup… all the time: Soup seems to be very healing to the body and it’s also easy to prepare. Try chopping up onions, carrots and celery and add to a large pot along with 2 cups dried lentils, 1 can organic coconut milk, 1 can of organic diced tomatoes and Indian seasonings for a delicious Indian lentil stew. Pair it with 1 slice of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Plain Ciabatta Roll for a hearty meal!