Author: Denise Finochiaro

Where’s The Meat No Beef Patties

Where’s The Meat No Beef Patties

After creating my No Beef Crumbles recipe that is vegan, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free, I loved it so much that I decided to use that recipe as inspiration to create new ones that call for a traditional ground meat.

Protein Powder Shake Mix

Protein Powder Shake Mix

Protein shakes are a quick and convenient way to have a healthy breakfast, snack or other meal replacement. But not all protein shake mixes are the same. They vary widely in taste, texture, and ingredients. You can just about bet that any mix you buy […]

Hello Dolly Protien Bars | Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan

Hello Dolly Protien Bars | Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan

There are ALL KINDS of protein bar recipes on the Internet.  Many of them included some form of highly processed protein powder which can be REALLY pricey, especially if you are on a budget.  I created this recipe because I wanted a healthy protein bar that was easy to make, healthy AND delicious and budget-friendly.  This recipe is a whole food dish and is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free.  Can easily be make dairy-free and vegan by subbing the milk chocolate chips with dairy-free chocolate chips and replacing the honey with agave nectar or other liquid vegan sweetener.

NOTE:  I know a lot of you will ask this so I will go ahead and answer this question:  

Q:  Can I use regular peanut butter or other nut butter? 

A:  Yes you can!  However, you will need to adjust the amount of other liquids you use (i.e., honey, water.)  I suggest using the full cup of regular peanut butter and reducing the honey.   You may not need the 1/2 cup of water.   You can always add more honey or water if needed, so start with less.

Chances are you already have all the ingredients to make this in your cupboards.  So let’s get started!!!

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Hello Dolly Protien Bars | Whole Food, Gluten-Free

Yield: 30

Hello Dolly Protien Bars | Whole Food, Gluten-Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter powder
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1tbsp. coconut flour
  • 4 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the honey and peanut butter powder until it resembles creamy peanut butter.  Stir in the ground flax seed.  Next stir in quick oats and coconut flour alternately with water.  Once all the water is stirred in the mixture will be thick like cookie dough.  If it is too wet, stir in more oats.  
  2. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray.  Spread the mixture into the pan and press with lightly greased hands.  A little cooking spray sprayed directly on your hands works well. In a bowl, microwave the mini chocolate chips for one minutes until they begin to melt.  Remove and stir in a a tablespoon of milk.  Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in a little milk after each increment until the mixture is smooth, creamy and spreadable.  This should take about another minute or so total cook time.  Then spread the melted chocolate over the top and sprinkle LIGHTLY with salt.  This REALLY brings out the sweetness in the chocolate.
  3.  And finally, sift coconut flour over the top.  I use coconut flour because it is lower in fat than regular flake coconut, but you can totally use regular flake coconut here.  Chill for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.  Cut into squares.  You can cut these as big or as small as you like.  I cut mine into 30 squares.
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Fat-Free Vegan Butter Spread

Fat-Free Vegan Butter Spread

When a low-fat diet became a necessity for me several years I go, I had to give up butter, margerine and oily spreads for my breads and toast.  I sure have missed having a nice creamy spread on my fluffy baked goods!  I found several […]

Oven Roasted Italian Vegetable Medley

Oven Roasted Italian Vegetable Medley

This is a super quick and easy roasted vegetable medley that only takes a few minutes to prepare and get in the oven.  I chose canned potatoes and frozen broccoli, because that is what I had on hand at the time.  You could totally use […]

Lentil Vegetable Loaf

Lentil Vegetable Loaf

I stopped eating ground beef almost five years ago after having my gall bladder removed.  I learned very quickly that my body can no longer tolerate greasy, fatty or fried foods.  It has taken a long time to develop recipes that would replace the ground beef in certain recipes.  I finally came up with the perfect meatless ground meat substitute that works great for any recipe where ground meat would be used.  I even use it for hamburgers.  But, it just doesn’t work right for meatloaf.

I kept working with different ingredients and tweaking recipes until I came up with the perfect meatless meatloaf.    To keep this recipe totally vegan you can use one flax egg in place of the regular egg.  This recipe is made with cooked lentils, bread crumbs, grated carrot, onion, red bell pepper and celery and just the right amount of seasonings.  The SOFT bread crumbs in this recipe really help give this meatloaf a lighter texture and helps keep if from being too dense.  This has become my go-to “meatloaf” recipe that we have at least twice a month.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First place the cooked lentils into a large bowl and lightly mash them.  You could use a potato masher for this step, but I just use my washed, clean hands.  Next add the rest of the ingredients to the lentils.  For the vegetables, I throw them in my food processor and pulse them until they are a grated consistency, but you can totally do this by hand.

Next, thoroughly mix the lentil mixture.  Again, you could use a spoon, but I just use my hands.

Finally, scoop the mixture in to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  It will be very loose.  Using your hands, shape the mixture in the pan into a loaf shape.  Top the loaf with ketchup.  Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

This is so good served with baked or mashed potatoes, oven roasted garlic broccoli and biscuits.




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2 1/2 cups cooked lentils, lightly mashed
1 1/2 cups SOFT bread crumbs
Grated:  1 medium carrot, 1 stalk celery, 1/4 each bell pepper and onion
one egg OR one flax egg
1/4 cup tomato juice
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

First place the cooked lentils into a large bowl and lightly mash them.  You could use a potato masher for this step, but I just use my washed, clean hands.  Next add the rest of the ingredients to the lentils.  For the vegetables, I throw them in my food processor and pulse them until they are a grated consistency, but you can totally do this by hand.  Next, thoroughly mix the lentil mixture.  Again, you could use a spoon, but I just use my hands.

Finally, scoop the mixture in to a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  It will be very loose.  Using your hands, shape the mixture in the pan into a loaf shape.  Top the loaf with ketchup.  Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

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Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Pancake In A Mug

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Pancake In A Mug

I have never met anyone that didn’t LOVE a plate of fresh, hot, stacked pancakes oozing with semi-melted butter and almost drowning with pure maple syrup.  Am I right?  Sometimes when I crave pancakes, it is just me at home and I don’t want to […]

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Denise’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Denise’s Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven!  Right?  Being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have go without your favorite treats.  Once I finally got the perfect gluten-free flour blend recipe created, I suddenly found that baking gluten-free wasn’t as challenging as it […]

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Denise’s Perfect Gluten-Free Flour Blend

Successful Gluten-Free Baking | Denise’s Perfect Gluten-Free Flour Blend

Several years ago, in the early years of my illness, my doctor suggested I try a gluten free diet to see if my digestive symptoms could be better controlled.  While I didn’t see a ton of improvement, I stayed gluten free for three years.  I tried ALL KINDS of prepackaged and homemade gluten free flour blends.  NONE of them ever worked for me.  They were either too dry, too gritty, too nasty tasting, not enough flavor or just plain gross.

While I found a few blends that were better than others, most of them just didn’t give me the results I would see others get in their recipes.  Last summer, I decided to start reintroducing gluten back into my diet.  I was still having digestive issues, so I wasn’t convinced that gluten was my problem.  Turns out I was right, it wasn’t.  YAY!!!  I still remember the first piece of “real bread” I ate after I baked a loaf of bread from gluten-containing flour.  Oh, it was SOOO GOOD!

I was delighted to find that I could enjoy my favorite gluten foods again.  In August of this year, three months after I quit smoking cigarettes, I decided participate in a 30 day clean eating challenge.  One of the requirements of the program was to give up gluten for 30 days.  After being gluten-free for three years, I knew this wasn’t going to be a big deal for me.  During the challenge, I discovered that I still had a lot of gluten-free flours that I had used to make various concoctions of gluten free flour blends that I needed to use up.  So, I took the given opportunity to get creative in my kitchen, revisit my gluten-free cooking skills and learn to master some things that I hadn’t manged to do before.



Once again I found my self in the kitchen experimenting with flour blends.  It is REALLY IMPORTANT to have a good flour blend that is mix up in the right proportions if you want your baked goods to turn out right.  It doesn’t matter how well you measure your flour or how much liquid you add or leave out of a recipe, if your flour blend isn’t in the right proportions to begin with, your recipes are doomed from the get to.

If you are struggling to come up with a good flour blend and good gluten-free baking recipes, never fear!  Because of my trials and errors in the world of gluten-free baking, I have make all the mistakes so you don’t have to.  Now, you can just enjoy good food!  So, let’s get started with the first step to successful gluten-free baking, the flour.

Before we get into the recipe for the flour, let’s talk about the important things, measurements and ingredients.  First and foremost, you need a DIGITAL SCALE.  I can not stress this enough!  I started out using a manual analog scale and I was constantly guessing or approximating a measurement.  When a recipe calls for 250 grams of flour, that is what it means.  Not 248 grams or 253 grams.  I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is.  With gluten-free flour, even just a little bit over or under the correct measurements can make a difference in your final out come.  It is also very important to weigh all your individual flours that you are using to make your gluten-free flour, not just the final blend.



Not all gluten-free flour blends or individual flours are created equal.  You will may get different results from different flours or flour blends.  I use Bob’s Redmill flours for my flour blend, but you may not like that brand, so you may need to experiment a little and find what you like.


Now that we have the important stuff out of the way, get our your ingredients, a scale, a large bowl to mix the blend and a small bowl for the scale and a container to store your flour.  Ready?  Let’s get started with the first step to successful gluten-free baking, the flour.  

First, put your small bowl on the scale and make sure to zero it out so that the starting weight is zero on the scale.  Now you are ready to start measuring your individual flours.  After measuring each individual flour, pour it into your large mixing bowl and put the small bowl back on the scale.  Make sure the scale still says zero.

Weigh out 480 grams of brown rice flour, pour into large mixing bowl.  Weigh out 192 grams of potato starch (flour), pour into large mixing bowl.  Weigh out 96 grams of Tapioca starch (flour), pour into large mixing bowl.  To the large bowl of flours, add 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum.  Using a wire whisk combine all the flours and the xanthan gum THOROUGHLY.  This is important to make sure you get this well blended.



That’s it!  You have made perfect gluten free flour!  If you don’t know how to use it yet, don’t worry.  I’ve got some recipes on the website already and more coming up.  Store the flour in an airtight container.  I make a lot of this at once and store it in a large glass gallon jug.  If you want to make a large batch just repeat the recipe and fill up your storage container after each batch until you have made enough to fill it.


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480 grams brown rice flour
192 grams potato starch
96 grams tapioca starch
2 tsp. xanthan gum

Measure all ingredients individually using a digital scale.  Place all ingredients into a large bowl.  Using a wire whisk combine all the flours and the xanthan gum THOROUGHLY.  This is important to make sure you get this well blended.  Store at room temperature in an air-tight container.  Makes 6 1/8 cups.

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Bread Machine Honey Oat Bread

Bread Machine Honey Oat Bread

Nothing tastes better than fresh, homemade bread straight from the oven, right?  But, who has the time or patience to make it from scratch?  For years I used to make all of our bread by hand.  I would make four to six loaves at one […]