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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Entries from February 1, 2011 - February 28, 2011


Grain-Free Double Chocolate Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free, cane sugar-free, low sugar)

Grain-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Oh yeah! I made a few tweaks to my recipe for Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies and ended up with these chocolate-packed nibbles of bliss.  No flour, lots of protein, very few grams of sugar per cookie, and lots of soft fudgy goodness. Pretty great, right? 

I tried a new cocoa powder in this recipe. Last weekend I went to the Kitchen Window, a locally-owned kitchen shop that is my favorite place to shop. In addition to incredible cookware, kitchen utensils and gadgets, food items and spices, small appliances, and cookbooks, they have an impressive selection of bulk cocoa and chocolate products.  I couldn't resist indulging, and I left with Callebaut cocoa powder, Valrhona cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and unsweetened cocoa mass (along with an awesome digital kitchen scale, a mini funnel, and a ring of Spanish spicy chorizo).


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Spicy Tuna & Black Bean Salad with Romaine and Chile-Toasted Pepitas


As the winter goes on, the more I crave spicy food. I am adding various forms of dried and fresh hot peppers to just about everything I'm eating these days, and am inspired by the fresh - and often sweat inducing - flavors of ethnic cuisines. This salad was inspired by South American cuisine, combining black beans, lime juice, green olives, pepitas, and chile powder.  It is so easy to make; if you can use a can opener, you can make this salad.  Prepare the Tuna & Black Bean Salad and Chile-Toasted Pepitas to eat with romaine, as suggested here, or make them seperately to eat however you'd like. These recipes are super versatile! 


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Zesty Breakfast Meatloaf (gluten-free, ACD)


I have recently fallen in love with pork. Pork tenderloin, bacon, prosciutto, sausages, I just can't stop myself. One of my favorites is ground pork breakfast sausage from my local co-op. It is seasoned with sage, nutmeg, thyme, ginger, white pepper, and other spices, and is absolutely addicting. I had a pound of it in the refrigerator, and wanted to make something other than simple pork breakfast sausage patties. "Why not make meatloaf?", I asked myself. I really like meatloaf, but had never thought to make it for breakfast!

While preparing it, I realized that this meatloaf is actually the ultimate breakfast food: pork sausage, oatmeal, egg, and even a bit of jam (I use jam in my Magical Meatloaf Glaze). It's full of all the great things about a hearty breakfast in a single slice. It is a nutritious, filling, and simple breakfast for busy mornings, a true make-ahead miracle. If only it had some pieces of bacon in time.  


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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt Flakes (gluten-free, grain-free, cane sugar-free)


Over the weekend, Minneapolis received about a foot of snow in less than 24 hours. I woke up, saw the snowflakes, and immediately wanted to spend the day stuffing my face with food. This winter has been seriously brutal to my waistline. And my inner thighs. And the back of my arms. And my hips. Whatever.

Against my vanity and better judgement, I decided to make cookies. I was inspired by a recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that I saw in the most recent Penzeys Spices catalog that uses eggs and peanut butter for the cookie base, no grains at all!  I knew had to try an adapted version of that recipe.  Conveniently, my local co-op just started stocking duck eggs again and I had bought a couple cartons on Thursday, and I had all the other ingredients I would need. Cookie project, ACTIVATE!

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Creamy Hemp Milk (gluten-free, vegan, raw, ACD)


This is my go-to recipe for a quick milk, a simple combination of filtered water, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Hemp seeds do not contain phytic acid, are easily assimilate by the body, and do not need to be soaked for optimal digestion like other nuts, seeds, grains, and beans. Although you can make this recipe without the chia, including it lends a creamier, thicker consistency and better mouthfeel.  

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