my 12 best recipes of 2012

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This year I fully embraced the wheat free lifestyle and with that came a lot of experimenting in the kitchen.

I love to eat good food, but because wheat is in almost everything learning to cook without it is a huge task. I took time researching and looking through many cookbooks and websites, I learned a lot about alternative flours and how to use them and now I'm embarking on 2013 with a arsenal of great recipes that actually taste good (not like cardboard!).

Here are our 12 favourite recipes of 2012. They are on a high rotation in our household.

  1. Homemade turkey soup - what else do you do with all that leftover turkey?
  2. Healthy blueberry muffins - the most popular post on FO, these are healthy and delicious!
  3. Dairy free carrot ginger soup - was a staple in our fridge until we discovered L'il E's tree nut allergy (oops!).
  4. Wheat and dairy free brownies - if you love sweet, sticky brownies these might not be for your, but I like them.
  5. Maple ginger granola - a nice twist on a traditional recipe.
  6. Gluten free mac 'n cheese - the ultimate comfort food so even us GF people need it!
  7. Wheat free raspberry muffins - my all time favourite muffin (yum!).
  8. Healthy cookie recipe - a pleasant surprise, you can put just about anything you want in these.
  9. Flourless lemon almond torte - delicious dessert if you're looking to class things up a bit.
  10. Quinoa burgers - even meat-eaters will chow down on these amazing burgers.
  11. Lemon cilantro chickpea quinoa salad - I have an unhealthy relationship with this salad (consume in large amounts!).
  12. Dunk-worthy gluten free chocolate chip cookies - Finally a gluten-free cookie that actually tastes like its wheat counterpart (happy face!).

Enjoy a less rumbly tummy!

comfort food

Despite all of the Easter feasting this weekend I was in the mood for some good 'ol comfort food last night for dinner. So, I baked up the ultimate in that category - Mac 'n Cheese. Of course it was a classy spin on the tried and true, courtesy of Gwynny's awesome cookbook My Father's Daughter.

Since we're wheat free I used brown rice elbow pasta and GF breadcrumbs. I also added a layer of salty-licious prosciutto on top. So crispy!

Are you feeling the comfort food vibes?

[print_this]Gluten-free Mac n' Cheese

You'll need:

  • 1 lb macaroni (I use Tinkyada, it's the best rice pasta I've tried)
  • 1 generous cup mascarpone
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the real stuff people!)
  • 1/2 cup milk (if you have homo milk use that)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use GF bread crumbs)

Then you:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Boil macaroni for 2 minutes less than directed on the package.
  3. While macaroni is cooking heat mascarpone, milk, nutmeg and Parmesan over medium heat until it all melts together.
  4. Drain the pasta and pour into a baking dish.
  5. Pour cheese mixture all over pasta.
  6. Cover top with prosciutto and a mix of bread crumbs and Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.

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We topped our individual servings with peppery arugula and green peas. A perfect treat for the whole family!