Chocolate Drizzled Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Drizzled Coconut Macaroons

These macaroons are every coconut lovers dream cookie: a ball of crispy shredded coconut, moist and chewy on the inside, golden on the outside, sweetened with raw honey, and drizzled with decadent dark chocolate.

Lately, my husband John and I have been trying to eliminate milk, refined sugar, and most flours (yes that includes gluten free ones!) from our diet. This makes it a bit tricky when we start craving a cookie or pastry with our tea. Macaroons to the rescue. These cookies are sure to satisfy anybody’s sweet tooth….

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Spiralized Potato Chips With Onion Dip

Spiralized Potato Chips With Onion Dip

March Madness is in full swing and has sports fans everywhere on the edge of their seats. The college basketball tournament is looking to be one of the most exciting sporting events of the season and has already served up several thrilling underdog wins. Of course, food is essential while watching these action-packed games on TV. John and the kids love potato chips, so we decided to make our own healthy chips at home with a mouthwatering creamy onion dip….

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Homemade Paleo Salsa

Homemade Paleo Salsa

My husband, John, is visiting the blog today with a delicious recipe for a healthy salsa dip, perfect for your March Madness celebrations!

It’s March Madness time. Yesssss!! I love college basketball. Even though my team the Fordham Rams didn’t make it (they never make it), I hope your team does well. Does anyone except Wildcat fans believe Kentucky will complete a perfect season?

Of course, having healthy fun foods to snack on is essential while watching those action-packed games on TV. This week we’ll be sharing several game day recipes that will be sure to amplify your victories and also provide comfort if your team loses. Today, we’re featuring this super-tasty, super-easy to make salsa dip….

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Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We celebrate this day with all our Irish friends out there and pray: “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, we are revisiting a dish we made last summer: Irish Nachos. This is a fun Irish twist on traditional nachos. Crispy, seasoned potato slices are drowned in cheese, bacon, green onions and cilantro….

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus - The Gluten Free Homestead

Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones. The ones that require only a handful of fresh ingredients to make a dish that is elegant and tasty and, yet, so effortless to prepare. I’ve added bacon to many of my vegetable dishes, but I think with asparagus I have finally found the perfect match. Seriously, I am in love with this recipe and couldn’t wait to share it with you all.

Bundles of asparagus are brushed with a mixture of coconut oil, avocado oil, and garlic, wrapped in strips of bacon, and then roasted in the oven until crispy on the outside and deliciously succulent on the inside.

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Can a Gluten Free Diet Heal Adult Celiac Patients?

Can a Gluten Free Diet Heal Adult Celiac Patients?

My husband, John, is visiting the blog today with an article about the effects of a gluten free diet for those with celiac disease. 

Les_emotifs_anonymes_posterRecently, my daughter Nicole discovered a delightful French film called Romantics Anonymous. The film is about how two extremely shy people, who happen to share a passion for chocolate, meet and fall in love. The heroine of the movie is Angelique, a world class chocolatier, who because of extreme shyness creates her masterpieces in relative obscurity.

Angelique tries to overcome her pathological timidity by attending an AA-type of support group meeting for those crippled with shyness. These scenes are both humorous and sad. Eventually Angelique is hired as a salesperson for a chocolate manufacturing firm owned by Jean-Rene’, who is seeing a psychiatrist for his extreme shyness. The two eventually discover they are falling in love, and the rest is hilariously funny and heartwarming. Don’t let the subtitles dissuade you from watching; it is a very well done film and a must-watch for those who love chocolate.

Throughout the movie, Angelique fears that her shyness will always be a part of her, and that she could eventually lapse back into familiar self-destructive patterns. What does this have to do with celiac disease?…

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Sweet Potato Noodles with “Cream” Sauce

Sweet Potato Noodles with "Cream" Sauce

The winter has been so long and cold here in New York that some days I’d rather curl up on the couch with a hot bowl of soup than venture outside. But this week the weather has been warming up ever so slightly (the mounds of snow in my front yard have melted just a little to show off a sliver of grass), so I decided to head to the little family-run farm  down the road from my house (that I mentioned in this post) to pick up some fresh vegetables.

I returned home with beautiful red peppers, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and asparagus. Just the ingredients I needed for spiralized sweet potatoes in a creamy sauce! I made this dish with my dairy-free friends in mind. You’d never guess it from tasting it, but this luscious sauce doesn’t have a trace of cream or butter….

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Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

This is the ultimate paleo & gluten-free comfort food. Seared beef short ribs simmer in a slow cooker in a beautiful red wine sauce until the meat is so tender and juicy it literally falls right off the bone.

These mouthwatering short ribs are one of my go-to recipes when I know I am going to have a busy day, but I want to enjoy a savory dish for dinner. They take just twenty minutes to prepare in the morning, and then I leave them in the slow cooker and let them cook all day until my family sits down to eat in the evening.

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Wild Salmon Chowder

Wild Salmon Chowder

Happy Tuesday, friends! As we rush towards the first day of spring, I’m hurrying to enjoy a few last winter dishes. And this one has definitely been a family favorite over the past week. A bowl of warm salmon chowder: bits of crispy bacon and chunks of tender fish floating in an oh-so creamy vegetable broth. And best of all, it’s nourishing to your body: dairy free, gluten free, and paleo!

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Teach Your Children To Eat Gluten Free With Our iPad Game: Bouncy’s Great Gluten Free Adventure!

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Those of us who have children diagnosed with Celiac Disease have experienced the heartbreak the illness brings. Fortunately, we also know that our children can heal and enjoy a healthy life by maintaining a strict gluten-free diet. However, such a diet comes with its own set of challenges. Though at home we can monitor what our children eat, when they are away from home at birthday parties or other activities, children may need to be responsible for their own food choices.

Here at The Gluten Free Homestead we have developed a game for the iPad that will help you train your children to eat gluten-free: Bouncy’s Great Gluten Free Adventure!

This app is the result of many hours of programming by my tech-savvy son, Michael. After releasing the Gluten Free Recipe Book last summer (our first app for the iPhone), Michael was eager to start working on coding a game. And what could be better than to give it a gluten free twist? Last year, we made several gluten-free themed videos for kids featuring a character called Bouncy. Why not make Bouncy the star of the game? And so Bouncy’s Great Gluten Free Adventure was born!

Michael has maintained a gluten-free diet since childhood and understands how children with Celiac Disease can feel “different” because they are not able to eat the same foods as their friends. His game helps children think positively about eating gluten-free, fosters good eating habits, and empowers them to take an assertive role in managing their own diet.

Michael hard at work coding the gluten-free game.

Michael hard at work coding the gluten-free game.

 

BurgerPadBouncy’s Great Gluten-Free Adventure is a one-player game. You travel through the game maze, finding food for Bouncy to eat. In order to earn points, make sure Bouncy only eats gluten-free food. If you select the wrong foods, you will lose points. Earn enough points to win medals and join Bouncy at his gluten-free birthday party and other events. The game focuses on learning by repetition, teaching the importance of always checking the ingredients to make sure your meal is gluten-free.

Download the game today by clicking the button below:

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The game is ready to play.

Features:

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  • Easy to play! This game can easily be picked up and played by young kids from ages 6-8.
  • Fast paced with Self-Esteem Building Achievement Awards! This game is designed to be fun and engaging for kids. Children are rewarded for choosing to eat gluten-free, and awards are quickly won in each level.
  • Entertaining graphics, music, and sound effects! The gaming experience is enhanced by upbeat music and fun sound effects.
  • Only 99 cents on the iTunes AppStore! All sales will help us to continue developing the game and updating the graphics.

If you would like to help us out in spreading the word about the game, here are some ideas:

  1. Leave a review or rating in the App Store if you enjoy the game.
  2. Tell your friends and family who follow a gluten-free diet!
  3. Share it on Facebook or Twitter or mention it on your blog.

Thanks for your support and for being a part of our mission to spread awareness about gluten intolerance and Celiac disease. We hope our game will make following a gluten-free diet fun for the entire family.

Bouncy’s Great Gluten Free Adventure! is now available on the App Store. Download the game today by clicking the button below:

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This post is linked to A Little R & R Wednesday ,  Gluten Free FridaysSavoring Saturdays and Gluten Free Wednesday.