Author Archives: Teri Gruss, MS

Classic Gluten-Free Fruit Salad

Gluten Free Fruit Salad

Gluten-Free Classic Fruit Salad 2011 (c) Teri Lee Grus.

This is the recipe that we all loved as kids. It’s sweet, creamy and the tangy pineapple dressing is delicious.

This colorful fruit salad is a gluten-free version of the classic fruit salad recipe based on cooked pineapple juice dressing.

The recipe serves a crowd of 12 (or Read More »

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Morning Glory Muffin Recipe

Gluten Free Works Author Teri Gruss

Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins
2010 © Teri Lee Gruss, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The original Morning Glory muffin recipe is said to have originated on Nantucket Island, the creation of Chef Pam McKinstry. I can’t think of a better gluten-free breakfast and snack muffin than Morning Glory muffins with well over a quart of healthy fruits, carrots and nuts added. And these fragrant cinnamon spiced muffins are gluten and dairy free.

This recipe is a gluten-free adaptation of “The Original Morning Glory Muffins” which appears in The Earthbound Farm Organics Cookbook – Food to Live By by Myra Goodman with Linda Holland and Pamela McKinstry.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients: Read More »

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Mix Recipe

 

Gluten free chocolate pudding

2009 © Teri Lee Gruss

Here’s a very easy make-ahead recipe for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Mix. Keep a jar on hand for a fast kids-favorite dessert, after-school snack or lunchbox treat. Use your favorite dairy-free milk in the recipe. I used canned gluten-free coconut milk which makes a really rich-tasting pudding.

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • For the pudding mix:
  • 1 cup Dutch-Processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch Read More »

Gluten-Free Banana Flax Bread Recipe

Our Guide to Low Carb Diets Laura Dolson explains that “While flax is not technically a grain, it has a similar vitamin and mineral profile to grains, while the amount of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega 3 fatty acids in flax leaves grains in the dust.”

All good reasons to add naturally gluten-free flax to your diet! Our recipe for gluten-free banana flax bread is deliciously moist, has all the flavor of our original gluten-free banana bread even though 25% of the gluten-free flour blend has been replaced with freshly ground flax.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: One 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf Read More »

Gluten-Free Fish Tacos Recipe

 

Gluten-free fish tacos

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Tacos! Drive thru beef and chicken, crunchy or soft may be our most familiar tacos – staples of a fast food diet. But if you’ve never had a fish taco, I content that you’ve never enjoyed the best taco of all. From South America, across Arizona and up to Alaska, fish tacos are routinely on restaurant menus, even at airports and most home cooks have their very own favorite versions.

Fish tacos, in all their regional variations are a  culinary sensation.One you shouldn’t miss out on just because you don’t frequent these locales. They are incredibly easy to make at home.

Gluten-free tortillas are easy to find in local groceries. This makes constructing a perfectly delicious gluten-free fish taco pretty darned easy in under 30 minutes. The best fish tacos I have eaten are made with Alaskan halibut or mahi-mahi. Spicy coleslaw and fusion mayonnaise (spicy, often citrus flavored mayo)  are the icing on the cake, when it comes to dressing up a fish taco.

Here’s a recipe for my version of gluten-free fish tacos, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Add a side of homemade guacamole and pico de gallo and be prepared to enjoy. Viva tacos de Read More »

Melissa’s Savory Gluten-Free, Grain Free Stuffing Recipe

gluten-free grainless stuffing with sausageThis easy, stove top gluten-free and grain free recipe for Savory Gluten-Free Stuffing comes from Melissa Diane Smith, author of Gluten-Free Throughout the Year and Going Against the Grain.

This recipe is an out-of-the-ordinary, hearty alternative for those avoiding not only gluten but all grain.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6 Read More »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe

Gluten free chocolate truffle cookies

Gluten-free Chocolate Truffle Cookies Image 2012 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

What makes these gluten-free cookies so good? They are moist and delicious and taste like brownies! But what really sets this recipe apart is the small amount of flour, sugar and butter called for, especially compared to most cookie recipes.

Based on a recipe for “Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt” from Ghirardelli Chocolates, our recipe calls for a healthy measure of chopped walnuts and we’ve omitted the additional sea salt called for in Ghirardelli’s original recipe.

After baking be sure to let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before using a spatula to remove them to a wire rack. Place the cooled cookies in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for an extra chewy brownie-like texture and Read More »

Are You Eating A Low Fiber Gluten-Free Diet?

glutenfreerooseveltlodgebeans[1]Did you know that eating a low fiber diet puts you at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease — including heart attack and stroke, obesity and even colon cancer? Obviously getting enough fiber in our diets is extremely important for our long term health.

Gluten-free diets don’t have to be low fiber diets but if you’re eating a lot of packaged gluten-free foods, especially snack foods made with refined gluten-free ingredients like white rice flour and corn starch, you may not be getting close to the daily recommendations for fiber.

So what kind of fiber is best and how much fiber do we really need to eat every day to support good health?

Types of Dietary Fiber and Health Benefits

Three kinds of dietary fiber have been identified — soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and one you may not have heard about before called resistant starch. Each type of fiber has unique chemical properties and Read More »

How to Cut Your Gluten-Free Food Costs

We are all feeling the effects of rising food costs.

A recently published study appearing in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, “Limited availability and higher cost of gluten-free foods,” found that gluten-free versions of wheat-based foods cost, on average from 76% to a whopping 518% more. Ouch!

The good news is that there are lots of ways you can cut your gluten-free grocery bill, while staying healthy on a gluten-free diet. Two of my favorite ways to lower my gluten-free food costs include Read More »

Gluten Free Caramel Corn Recipe

Whether you have kids out Trick or Treating tonight, or you are going to be cuddling up on the couch watching a scary movie, why not enjoy your Halloween evening with some seasonal caramel corn? This recipe is sure to complete your evening and is easy to make!

Homemade caramel corn is buttery, crunchy, sweet and best of all it’s naturally gluten free. And it’s so buttery fresh, a quality hard to find
in a can or bag! If you like, use organic popcorn, butter, sugar and agave syrup for an extra special treat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour Read More »

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