Grain Free Springtime Pasta Dinner

Cappellos Fettuccine Dinner

 

Yesterday was the first 75 degree day,  filled with sunshine and blue skies on the mountain, it was glorious!  It was also a frenzied day as I rushed to get things done before my trip.  A simple dinner with little prep time was in order, I reached for a box of Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free Fettuccine.

I tossed the cooked fettuccine (cook time 1 minute) with a bit of olive oil, hemp hearts, cooked baby organic green peas, freshly chopped organic mint, a dash of sea salt and a few grinds of fresh ground pepper….Dinner Done!  If you’re thinking that this dinner lacks protein I assure you it had plenty.  Cappello’s Fettuccine contains 6 grams of protein per serving, the peas contained 8 grams, and of course the beautiful organic Hemp Hearts, 15 grams per 1/4 cup.  29 grams of protein, a nutrient dense meal that didn’t take hours to prepare.

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Grain Free “Rice Krispies” Treats

Grain Free Rice Krispy Treats

Grain Free Rice Krispie Treats

The D-Man and I were at the grocery store the other day and he picked up a box of Rice Krispie Treats.  He looked at the ingredients and said “Mom, did you eat these when you were a kid”?   I grew up with Snap, Crackle, and Pop, and I told my son that Rice Krispie Treats were always a favorite when I was a child.    The D-Man asked if we could make a healthier version that was free of grains and I said we could certainly try.  NOTE:  For my Gluten Free Friends who still eat Rice Krispies:  I have heard (but not confirmed with Kellogg’s) that they will be discontinuing their Gluten Free Rice Krispies in the coming months.

It’s been many years since I’d had Rice Krispie Treats, so I told my son to find the recipe on the Kellogg’s Website.   This is what he found:

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 ounces) Jet-Puffed Marshmallows OR 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal

Directions:
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

We decided to make a smaller batch, opting to use an 8×8 Pyrex Square dish.  This is our version of a crispy treat:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Organic Hemp Hearts (I use Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts)
1/4 Cup Organic Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Organic Flax Seeds
1 1/2 Cups “Crispy Nuts” and Seeds (Chopped)
We used a combination of pecans, pistachios, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower.
5 Ounces Organic Gluten Free Marshmallows or Homemade Marshmallows
5 Tablespoons Pastured Butter (plus extra for greasing the baking dish)

Directions:

Butter an 8×8 Pyrex Baking Dish.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
Add the Marshmallows and stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted.
Remove marshmallow mixture from heat.
Stir in the hemp hearts, chia, flax, nuts and seed mixture.
Scoop into the prepared Pyrex dish and press down to evenly spread the mixture into the pan.
Cut into small squares and serve.

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Simple Chocolate Frosting

2 ingredient chocolate frosting

2 Ingredient Chocolate Frosting

A 2 ingredient chocolate frosting, absolutely!   I remember my Mother whipping up this simple frosting recipe when unexpected company arrived.  This fluffy frosting has been my go to recipe for years, even before eliminating gluten and grains from our diet.   The perfect recipe to whip up when chocolate lovers come to visit, or just for the chocolate lovers at your home….Enjoy!

Ingredients For Frosting:

1 Cup of Chocolate Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup of Pastured Butter

Directions:

Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate and butter.  If you do not have a double boiler use a medium sized sauce pan and melt over very low heat stirring constantly so that the chocolate does not scorch and burn.

When the butter and chocolate have melted pour into a medium sized mixing bowl.

Refrigerate the mixture until solid.

Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.

NOTE:  The top of the mixture may have a white foam/scum on top….do not worry that is just the milk solids that have separated from the butter.

Whip the chocolate room temperature chocolate with an electric hand mixer until it becomes fluffy (approximately 3 minutes).

Frost and serve immediately, or store the frosted items in the refrigerator.   Remove your frosted treats 10 minutes prior to serving so the frosting will soften.

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