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Gluten Free Brown Rice Pancakes VIDEO RECIPE

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RECIPE: Brown Rice Pancakes

It has taken me soooo long to come up with a really good pancake recipe with all the allergies I have.

LWF's brown rice pancakes finished

Of course I can’t use any of the mixes because they all have ingredients I can’t eat, so I was desperate to come up with my own. I refuse to use more than one type of flour for pancakes because I think they should be very simple. I haven’t found a recipe yet that met my expectations of what a pancake should be, both flavor- and texture-wise, so I had nothing to base it off of. But finally – FINALLY – I have created the perfect recipe! I hope you like it too. 🙂

LWF's brown rice pancakes recipe

1. Mix all dry ingredients with a whisk and make sure there are no clumps, especially with the sugar. Sift them if you’d like to make sure.

2. Mix well all wet ingredients in with the dry ones.

LWF's brown rice pancakes batter

3. Spray a pan with olive oil or something similar (spraying is better so you don’t fry the pancakes with too much oil) and put the heat on medium.

4. Spoon pancakes into the pan and spread them out with the spoon so they’re not too thick. I make these as silver dollar pancakes, but you can make them bigger.

LWF's brown rice pancakes batter in pan

5. Cook on each side for about 1 minute. These don’t always get bubbles in them to tell you that they should be flipped, so if you’re unsure if it’s time to flip them, check the bottom and see if they have some brown on them. If so, they’re probably ready.

LWF's brown rice pancakes cooking

6. Serve hot with maple syrup, jam, or whatever you like on your pancakes.

LWF's brown rice pancakes with syrup

Hope you enjoy! Keep on living the wheat free life!

WildFlour Bakery/Cafe: A Gluten Free Treasure

Gluten free bakeries are few and far between – and small, cozy ones where you can see the owner baking behind the counter all day long are even more rare. WildFlour Bakery/Cafe is a gem in Lawrenceville, NJ that you absolutely must visit. With gluten free sweets that are appealing not only to the tastebuds but to the eyes, plus full, creative breakfast and lunch menus AND ready-to-go sweet and savory breads, it’s worth any drive for the luxury of eating completely safe and excellent food in a serenely artistic ambiance.

Let’s take a tour through some of the baked goods and the cafe itself, shall we?

apple danish and earl gray tea

Now this is how to start a fall morning. A hot cup of tea and an apple danish.

apple danish

The gluten free apple danish is sweet, has just the right amount of crispness, and the apples aren’t overcooked. The glaze you see on top is what lends most of the sweetness.

Brazilian cheese puff

This Brazilian cheese puff was something I’d never tried before, but it proved really impressive.

Brazilian cheese puff in half

The outside is crunchy while the inside is airy and the cheese taste isn’t overwhelming, quietly balancing out the pastry and the filling.

napkin holder

The owner of WildFlour Bakery/Cafe, Marilyn Besner, is also an artist. One of the types of art she creates is pottery, and you’ll find her work around the dining room and in the windows. These lovely rustic napkin holders were made by her in her own studio. Isn’t it wonderful how an artistic person can use her talents in so many ways? Jennifer Cohan, Marilyn’s PR agent, was so right when she mentioned the incredible tactile connection between Marilyn’s baking and her pottery: both kinds of art require love, attention to detail, and serious dedication.

apricot mini pie

Isn’t this apricot mini pie adorable?

apple crumble mini  pie

This apple crumble mini pie is a perfect addition to any holiday, gluten free or not – or just because you deserve it!

pecan pie

And who can resist pecan pie? It’s one of my favorites.

tray of gluten free desserts

Look what had just come out from behind the counter while I was there. It was extremely hard to resist picking up just one of each!

madeleines

I tried one of these madeleine cookies and they were bliss. Buttery, soft with crispy edges, and sweet.

pumpkin muffin

What a creative way to make a muffin! This pumpkin muffin has pumpkin seeds on top as well as lightly sweetened ginger. The whole muffin is so moist and light, you can’t tell it’s gluten free at all.

rugalach

RUGALACH! How often do you get to eat gluten free specialty baked goods?!

rugalach inside

The rugalach I had was raspberry, perfectly balanced, and the pastry was wonderful.

glazed chocolate oat muffin

Did someone say glazed chocolate oat muffin? Yes please!

homemade granola

WildFlour even sells their own homemade granola for you to take home. Since you already know it’s made in a gluten free facility, it’s much safer than many granolas you find on the shelf.

main dining room

Look at that lovely view in the main dining room. The pottery on the window sill is Marilyn’s own work.

sitting room

Upstairs, there are two more rooms: one with a long table for larger parties, and this one with a comfortable lounge couch. Perfect for the creative mind to run free.

sitting room 2

Beautiful space in the same room. I could sit here and write all day!

chickpea burger

Back to the food. Chickpea burger anyone? Maybe this will be one of the many things you’ll learn to cook in WildFlour’s gluten free cooking classes! Keep your eyes out for them this winter.

bread pudding

This was one of the best culinary moments of my life, which you may have seen on my Instagram. Gluten free bread pudding with homemade caramel sauce and fresh strawberries. I melted into a pile of joy when I tasted this. One of my friends recently got bread pudding at a restaurant and I drooled as I watched him savor each bite. Now I could finally do the same!

chocolate chip cookie

The classic chocolate chip cookie done right. This slightly chewy chocolate chip cookie had just the right amount of vanilla, and the chocolate was quality. I haven’t had a cookie like this since I went gluten free 10 years ago!

macaroon

This is a mix between a coconut macaroon and a meringue. It’s light and fluffy with the sweet, sugary taste of meringue on the outside and the shredded coconut on the inside. Fantastic!

ginger nut cookie

I didn’t get the name of this cookie, but it’s the quintessential fall cookie. It tastes like maple and spice and nuts. This one is sure to impress at your dessert table with its slight chewiness and just the right amount of sweetness.

cream puff

And finally, a cream puff! It’s just like a regular one – I couldn’t tell the difference. The pastry tastes and feels exactly the same, the chocolate adds just a hint of sweet cocoa, and the cream inside is rich and dense but not heavy. This is another thing I haven’t had since I went gluten free, and WildFlour nailed it.

takeout box

After seeing all these goodies, I’m sure your mouth is watering! So stop in and have a cuppa with some outstanding gluten free pastries or order some in advance for your upcoming party or get-together. Wow all your gluten free friends with this well-kept secret – and wow your non-gluten free friends too! They’ll never know it was gluten free!

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Connect with WildFlour on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You’ll want to see their upcoming cooking classes and events.

Sugar Detox Day 13: Easy Chicken with Apples, Onions, and Red Pepper

Sorry I’m a day behind with these posts! The last one will be tomorrow for my 14-day detox.

When I’m sugar detoxing, it helps cut my cravings if I have something sweet(ish) as part of my lunch or dinner. Then I don’t feel the need for dessert. And with so many different sweet fall apples out there, it’s the perfect time for this very simple recipe that takes next to no time at all.

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1. In a sauté pan, cook diced apple, diced onion, and diced red pepper until the onion is almost done.
2. Add shredded roast chicken breast and mix in well with other ingredients.  Cook until the chicken is heated through.

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That’s it! I found no need for salt in this recipe. I also found no need for any kind of sauce because the cooked apple, onion, and red pepper were so sweet and such a good combo, it felt like a complete dish all by itself. You could possibly throw some balsamic vinegar in there, but I like it best on its own.

Do you like to have fruit in your savory dishes? Do you find it helps cut your cravings?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Sugar Detox Day 11: First Detox vs. All Others

I want to assure you of something: the first sugar detox experience is always the hardest. It will get easier after the first one.

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Squeeze me into water in the morning to get rid of sugary cereal cravings!

For those of you who have never done a sugar detox, you may spend some time feeling like you’re quitting cigarettes – impatient, moody, feeling like you constantly need to snack, and having cravings. It’s going to be more extreme your first time because you’re not just detoxing from some sugar or an overindulgence in sugar. You’re detoxing from an entire lifetime of sugar. That’s a whole lot of withdrawal your body is going through. But your reactions are normal, and once you’ve done your first good sugar detox, you can do it again and feel better during it.

The first time I did a sugar detox, I went off sugar completely for about eight months, only allowing myself dates and low-glycemic fruits. It was a HUGE detox, and honestly I didn’t want refined sugar anymore after a while. Once you really get yourself off sugar (and anything else you choose to cut yourself off from), get over the cravings, and replace sugar with other things, you may find yourself feeling like you’ve gotten so far that it’s not worth it to tempt yourself by having a piece of chocolate or a little cake. Even if/when you do eat sugar again at some point, you’ll probably have better control over your eating habits, and you may even find sugar too…well…sugary. After months and months of staying off sugar, I remember feeling like a pear was extremely sweet and refined sugar was disgusting. I still don’t like most cake icing unless it’s homemade. Store bought is not only too sweet, but I can taste the chemicals since I also no longer eat things with preservatives in them.

Ultimately, if this is your first time, remember that this is the hardest detox you’ll have to go through. It will make you stronger, help you resist sugar better, and allow you an easier time detoxing in the future. It’s worth all the effort, and you’ll feel a difference once your body gets past the withdrawal. For me, I felt more awake and energetic in general, I lost my afternoon fatigue, my moods improved, I could thinking more clearly, and I had an easier time waking up in the morning. And those are just the benefits that spring immediately to mind – there are many more.

How did your first detox go? Did you notice a difference between the first time and subsequent times?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Sugar Detox Day 2: Potatoes Are My BFF

It may sound crazy, but when my stomach feels like it’s running on empty and I’m craving sweets, eating a baked potato (or a sweet sweet potato if you can’t have regular potatoes) with sea salt actually helps a lot. Especially a big potato. The starch helps fill me up, and somehow the sea salt distracts me from my need for sugar. In fact, I sometimes end up wanting more potato just for the salt on my tongue! I have an easier time resisting salt than sugar, so that works out just fine for me.

You can do this at the office if there’s a microwave. Be lazy. Stick the potato a few times with a fork, throw it in the microwave for a few minutes, put some salt on the flesh, and dig in! If you have the patience to do it in the oven, go for it.

Fun potato ideas – mix and match:

– sea salt
– olive oil (this can taste and feel a little like butter sometimes)
– cayenne pepperpotatoes
– tumeric (good for detox anyway)
– chili pepper
– scallions
– garlic (!!)

Get fancy – fresh home fries/hash browns:

– grate the potato or buy pre-cut shredded potatoes, ready for hash browns
– sautĂ© onions, garlic, and pepper in a pan
– add the shredded potatoes and salt and pepper. Cook until browned.

Fake yourself out – pseudo loaded potato:

– make a baked potato
– sprinkle it with garlic
– mash up the flesh a bit without hurting the skins
– quick sautĂ© scallions, garlic, crumbled bacon (check there’s no cane sugar in the ingredients), and even broccoli in a pan
– gently mix them into the potato
– if you can have sour cream, butter, or cheese – or a substititute for any of those – feel free to use it, but just make sure there’s no sugar (or even fake/natural sugar) hidden in there

Of course you can also make homemade fries (baked or fried) and potato chips and add fun seasonings to them, too.

Do you have any potato recipes or tricks you like to use to distract yourself from less healthy options?

Keep on living the wheat free life!

Leaky Gut Menu Ideas

On this leaky gut diet, while I’m taking one of the herbal medications, I am very limited in what I can eat and I have to eat frequently to take in enough nutrients for my body. Here’s my daily routine – recipes to follow soon!

Everything listed below is organic, antibiotic free, and hormone free, even if it doesn’t say so in my list.

Breakfast – 7am
Applegate Sweet Italian sausage with either
Bubbie’s sauerkraut
sauteed with apples and onions
-grapefruit

OR

Roast/boiled chicked with cabbage slaw

Mid-morning snack – between 10am and 11am
-roast chicken
-all fruit smoothie (no yogurt, milk, or proteins – just fresh fruit and organic juice)
-Multi-colored carrots

Lunch – 1pm
Salad with lettuce and roast/boiled chicken or Applegate Organic Roast Turkey with Gunther’s lemon oregano dressing and
-home roasted beets
-cucumbers/zucchini
-apples
-carrots
-pick a vegetable, any vegetable 🙂

I always follow lunch with an apple or an orange.

Mid-afternoon snack – between 2pm and 3pm
-sweet potato and leek soup
-butternut squash soup
-yam chips
-dried or dehydrated fruit with no sugar added (still very sweet)

Dinner – 6:30pm or 7pm
Meat:
-roast beef
-roast chicken
-roast shoulder lamb chops
-roast leg of lamb
-broiled sirloin steak
-wild caught flounder
Starch:
-full or half yam (one of three different kinds!) baked and sprinkled with sea salt
-mashed yams
-cauliflower can act as a rice substitute if chopped up in a blender or Cuisinart
Vegetable:
-salad made with lettuce (my favorite is red leaf), radishes, cucumbers or green zucchini, onions, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt
-spinach or kale sauteed in olive oil with onions and garlic
-cabbage slaw
-roasted root vegetables with beets, turnips, parsnips, yams, and carrots
-carrot and parnips with garlic and dill
-sauteed spaghetti squash

Dessert – between 8pm and 9pm
Vermont Village organic applesauce, unsweeted or with cinnamon and nutmeg

Drinks at any given time of the day
365 Organic Honeycrisp Apple juice (Whole Foods brand)
RW Knudsen Organic juices (they usually have ascorbic acid to maintain color, so just check that this is okay for your diet. And also, pear is so amazing that it’s practically a dessert!)
Odwalla Garden Organics juices (any of them except the carrot apple mango because mango is high glycemic)
Colombia Gorge Organic juices (the carrot one is so sweet that it takes like they used baby carrots!)
Alvita organic herbal teas (my favorite is Rosemary)
Celebration Herbals organic tea (my favorite is Raspbery Leaf. You can order loose tea or teabags.)