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Savory Cornmeal Muffins

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Serve up some of these savory, multi-grain muffins to add a touch of country flair to your next meal. No one at the table would ever guess they were multigrain and gluten-free! The flaxseed adds an extra burst of heart-healthy fiber in to each muffin.

You can vary this recipe too: For a spicy flavor kick, fold in 1 finely minced red fresno chili, 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh thyme and 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives into mixture (add just before scooping batter into muffin cups).

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cornmeal muffins

1 cup Milk, skim
3/4 cup Cornmeal
1/3 cup Potato starch flour
1/4 cup Sorghum flour
1/4 cup Tapioca flour
1/4 cup Flaxseed, golden, ground
2 tb Sugar, granulated
1 tb Baking powder
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1/4 tsp Xanthan gum
1 large Egg
2 tb Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Apple sauce
1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, fresh grated
pan spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine milk and cornmeal in a small mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.

In medium mixing bowl combine potato starch, sorghum, and tapioca flours with flaxseed, sugar baking powder, salt and Xanthan gum. Make a well in the center of the dry mix.

Into the cornmeal mixture blend in the egg, oil and applesauce.

Pour cornmeal mixture into well of dry mixture. Stir until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Lightly spray muffin pan with nonstick spray. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin cup. Sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese on top of muffins.

Bake muffins for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Makes 16 small muffins.

Summer Pesto

Summer Pesto

This pesto is great tossed with grilled veggies and pasta. Use it as a savory spread on sandwiches too.



3 cups Basil leaves, fresh

2 cups Cilantro, fresh

1/4 cup Walnuts, raw, shelled

1/8 cup Parmesan Cheese, fresh*

2 cloves Garlic

1/3 cup Olive oil



In a food processor, add the basil, cilantro, walnuts, Parmesan, and garlic and process until smooth. While blender is still running, slowly add in the oil.

*Note: Many pre-grated, processed cheeses contain added gluten. Use fresh cheese if you are trying to cook gluten-free. Fresh always tastes better too!

Easy Blueberry Sauce

Easy Blueberry Sauce

A delicious sauce to top your pancakes, waffles and even ice cream.


1.5 cups Blueberries, fresh (or frozen & thawed)

2 tb Maple syrup

1/2 tb Lemon juice


Combine ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.  Serve with Fluffy Multi-Grain Pancakes. Great on ice cream too.

Makes 10 servings

Tomatoes Concassee

Concassee Tomatoes are easy to make, and are great to use in soups, stews and sauces.




Cut an “X” on the bottom of each tomato.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop tomatoes into boiling water for about 20 seconds. Remove tomatoes from boiling water using a slotted spoon, then place tomatoes into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove tomatoes from ice water; peel away skins with a paring knife. Cut peeled tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds and juice.

Chop tomatoes to desired size.

Cauliflower “Rice” Veggie Rolls with Asparagus, Roasted Red Pepper & Thai Basil

Cauliflower “Rice” Veggie Rolls with Asparagus, Roasted Red Pepper & Thai Basil

Both the grilled peppers and cauliflower rice can be made ahead; just make sure to refrigerate until ready to use. Plan to not cook the asparagus ahead of time- that way you won’t lose its vibrant green color.

INGREDIENTS:Asparagus, Roasted Pepper and Thai Basil Sushi Roll
2 Bell Peppers, red, washed
24 Asparagus stalks, thin, washed & trimmed
1/3 Cauliflower head, washed, trimmed + chopped into medium pieces
1 tsp Mirin
1 tsp Simple syrup
1 tsp Vinegar, rice
1/2 tsp Sesame seeds, white
4 Nori sheets
26-36 Thai basil leaves (substitute regular basil leaves if unavailable)

Grill red peppers, turning occasionally, until all sides are black. Place peppers in a bowl; cover bowl in saran wrap and let peppers rest for 20-30 minutes. Unwrap bowl; remove and discard pepper skins, stems & seeds. Cut roasted pepper into long strips.

Steam asparagus until al dente, about a minute. Throw asparagus into ice bath to stop cooking; remove from water.

Place cauliflower, mirin, simple syrup and rice vinegar into food processor. Chop until cauliflower pieces are about the size of rice grains. Stir in sesame seeds.

To assemble: Place 1 nori sheet on sushi mat. Thinly spread cauliflower mixture over nori sheet, leaving a 1/2 inch “lip” of one side bare. Place a row of basil leaves in middle of cauliflower (running parallel to bare lip.) Lay some pepper strips on top of basil leaves. Lay 3 steamed asparagus stalks over pepper, allowing the asparagus heads to extend beyond the end of the roll. Take three more asparagus stalks and trim to fit the space left at the end of the first three stalks, again allowing for some length so that the asparagus tips will stick out of veggie roll end. Roll mat slowly toward “lip”; wet bare Nori lip with water and rub onto roll to seal.
Dampen a chef’s knife with a moist cloth. Carefully slice roll into 6-8 pieces. For easier cutting, make sure to clean and re-moisten blade with damp cloth in between each slice.

GARNISH OPTIONS: soy sauce*, wasabi, and/or pickled ginger

*use wheat-free soy sauce or Tamari if preparing gluten-free

Makes 4 veggie rolls
Serving size: 1 roll

Hawaiian Apple Pie (no-bake)

Hawaiian Apple Pie (no-bake)

So delicious, plus simple to make, you may never want to turn on the oven to bake another apple pie again. Make sure to wait the 24 hours after preparing the pie and before serving so that the cinnamon spice has time to mellow. Since it’s basically all fruit and nuts, a slice of this pie can even make a healthy addition to your breakfast lineup.

for the crust:

A Slice of No Bake Apple Pie = A Piece of Heaven!

3/4 cup Almonds
1/4 cup Macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon Coconut, dried + shredded
6 medium Dates, Medjool, pitted
1/16 teaspoon Sea salt

for the filling:
1/3 cup Orange juice, fresh squeezed
1/8 cup Pineapple juice
4 medium Dates, Medjool, pitted
1/3 cup Raisins
5 medium Apples, Granny Smith
1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground

Soak all 10 dates in 1/4 cup water for 30 minutes. Soak raisins in 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes. Reserve both waters.

Chop almonds in food processor until smaller bits. Remove a tablespoon of the almond “flour” for later use. Add macadamia nuts to processor and chop until macadamia is coarse bits. Add 6 dates, 1 tablespoon of coconut and salt and process until crust is formed. If too dry and crumbly, add up to 1 tsp of date soak water to slightly moisten.

In an 8″ pie plate sprinkle the tablespoon of reserved almond powder to “flour” plate bottom. Put nut/date mixture on top of “flour” and push into bottom and sides of plate to form pie crust. Refrigerate.

In a blender put in orange and pineapple juices, reserved date and raisin soak waters and remaining 4 dates and blend until smooth. Pour syrup into a large mixing bowl.

Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. Place apple slices in mixing bowl with fruit syrup. Continually toss to make sure slices are covered in fruit syrup so that they won’t brown. Add raisins and cinnamon to bowl and toss everything to mix evenly.

Fill pie crust with apple filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 hours before serving.

Optional garnish: top each slice with a small dollop of whipped cream and a wedge of pineapple

Serves 8