glutenfreefitandfrugal

To share tasty, nutrient dense Gluten Free recipes, fitness & wellness tips and best prices for GF ingredients & healthy products in my locale.


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Kaizen Natural Whey Protein Powder

 

  • Kaizen Natural Whey NZ Protein

    from grass-fed New Zealand cows. $26 at Super Store, $36 at Coopers/Save-ons.  Both Natural Vanilla Bean and Chocolate taste great.  I add it to my Shrek smoothie! It’s GF, sweetened with Stevia, contains Bromelain, low in fat, calories and sugar, see Nutrition Facts.

 


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Strawberry & Spinach Salad

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

I made a few substitutions to healthify this Strawberry and Spinach Salad.  Balsamic Vinegar is magical with Strawberries just ask Jamie Oliver!  Green Stevia lets me reduce the Coconut Sugar by half. The toasted, slivered Almonds and GF Fried Onions gives this colorful salad texture and crunch. I found the dressing is good for 2 to 3 salads.  A little goes a long ways as it “cooks” the greens as it sits.


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UBC Ponderosa Cake

Long ago, a co-worker managed to finagle this recipe from a popular university eatery.  It’s great As Is. But this version is “gluten-freed”,  “healthified” and just as addictive!

Print this UBC Ponderosa Cake recipe and try both versions.    The original recipe calls for 2 Cups of White Sugar which is uber-sweet considering the excessive Chocolate Chips it calls for.  With really ripe Bananas, Green Stevia and Coconut or Brown Sugar, I can keep my family’s Sweet Tooth satisfied.  I use 1 Tsp  Green Stevia plus 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar to replace 1 Cup of White Sugar in my baking. For this recipe it’s still enough.

You can order Green Stevia from Amazon.ca or  Suede Hills.    It’s expensive but a little goes a long way.  I bought 100 grams from the local health food store for $8.50.  For convenience sake, I still use the Stevia packets in my tea, but you wonder what they do to make the Stevia WHITE…save that thought for another RANT !


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Teff Waffles or Pancakes With Carmelized Bananas

Teff Waffles or Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Source: Whole New Mom  Adrienne adapted a recipe found in Whole Grains, Every Way, Every Day  by Lorna Sass.

Fire up the waffle iron for a special sweet treat on the weekend. Teff Flour is one of my favourite nutrient-dense, gluten-free flours.   If you make a double batch, you can have them during the week days too.  Make the waffles slightly under done, freeze them,  then pop them in the toaster as needed.


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Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Source: This recipe was adapted from a Cinnamon Peach Cottage Cheese Pancakes found on the AllRecipes website.  This is my adaptation using blueberries and/or blackberries, Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Notes: Before going Gluten-Free, I just used whole wheat flour. After many different variations to make the recipe healthier, I’m happy with this recipe, albeit it’s a bit more complicated. I use the substitutions in BOLD and all the Optional ingredients. I’m pretty much set but I still tinker with the sugar & oil substitutions. Sometimes I eat them plain or I serve them with maple syrup or freezer jam. It’s a delicate pancake and a bit hard to work with. It’s easy to fix that by increasing the GF flours to make the pancake a bit sturdier. But I prefer the taste and lightweight texture of using Almond Flour and extra Almond Milk (thickened with Chia Seeds).

It tastes the best with wild blackberries but the thorny bushes & short season prevents me from having a year’s supply on hand. We buy 40-50 lbs of blueberries from a Richmond Farm at Blundell and Sidaway.  In the off-season, frozen berries are available for sale $15/10lbs for Roccoca and larger BlueCrop varieties.  Also their farm includes an Estate Winery which sells wines, jams, syrup, bees wax… http://www.sanduzwines.com/

You need to use a GF Flour Blend so you have enough structure to flip the pancakes.  My favourite blend is Gluten Free Gigi’s Flour Blend.

You need to use high quality or newer non-stick pans or you’ll have a mess on your hands. I make one 7-8″ inch pancake per pan. The Futura roti pan I bought at an East Indian grocery works great. These pancakes take a bit of time as they’re a bit finicky. If you don’t do mornings , like me….make the whole batch and store in the fridge or freezer.