T.G.I.F!

Friday is finally here!  The long weekend is behind me and my birthday weekend can now begin!  To start things off right, I’ve made my first batch of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.  Just what the birthday girl ordered! 😉  Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter or Earth Balance 50/50 sticks
  • 1/2 cup Swerve
  • 1/2 cup blue agave
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 droppers Liquid Stevia Vanilla Creme
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1.75 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free baking soda
  • 1 tsp. xantham gum
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Cream butter, swerve, agave, egg, vanilla, and stevia in mixing bowl.  Mix in coconut until just combined.  Add next 3 ingredients to wet batter and blend well.  Hand stir in chocolate chips.

Place 2 inch scoops on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake for 11-13 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack.

Have a sweet weekend!

Christina Russell @2CookinMamass

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Gluten-Free Silver Dollar Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes @2CookinMamasSaturday mornings are my favorite!  Sleeping in (well as much as you can with a toddler), staying in your pj’s, and serving up a creative & fun breakfast for the entire family.  This past weekend, my husband took the reigns and made us our first batch of gluten-free pancakes.  What a treat!  Serve these with your favorite fruit or sweeten them up for special occasions with chocolate chips & whipped cream.

If you extra pancakes left over let them cool, wrap them in plastic, and freeze.  To reheat just pop in the toaster or microwave for 30-60 seconds!

Gluten-Free Silver Dollar Pancakes

Bobby Flay Pancake Pan

Bobby Flay Pancake Pan

Yields: 20 pancakes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup gluten-free pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together and mix until smooth.  Preheat pan over medium-low heat.  We used the silver dollar pan by Bobby Flay, but any pan will do.  Lightly spray non-stick cooking spray on pan and pour in batter.  Cook on one side until you see small bubbles forming on the edges.  Flip once and continue cooking until golden brown.

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Breakfast Frittata

I am a huge lover of breakfast and eggs are always on the menu.  To change things up a bit – try this Salmon Frittata recipe…all the yummy goodness of quiche without the crust!

Salmon Asparagus Frittata @2CookinMamasSalmon Frittata

Total TIme: 25 minutes – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz fresh asparagus tips
  • 4 oz package of smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups homestyle sliced potatoes
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, shredded or Manchego cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried tarragon

Directions:

Preheat large sauce pan on medium-high heat for 3 minutes.  While heating, cut asparagus into bite-sized pieces.  Remove skin from salmon and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Place butter in saucepan, along with potatoes, onions, asparagus and salt.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Stir often.  Add salmon and cover.  Cook for 5 more minutes or until potatoes are tender and browned, stirring as needed.

Pour eggs evenly over salmon mixture.  Sprinkle tarragon and cheese on top, but do not stir.  Cover and reduce heat to low and cook 8-10 minutes.  Frittata is done when eggs are puffy and bottom is golden brown.  Serve immediately.

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Go Gluten-Free with Almond Flour Waffles

Almond Flour Waffles with blueberriesChristina, the other cookin’ mama, is going to start a gluten-free diet come August and has done quite a bit of research on the best foods to eat and where to purchase them. It is amazing how much is done to the foods we buy everyday without our even being aware of it. Did you know that much of the gluten-free foods on the shelves in your local grocery store contain highly processed and starchy ingredients like potato starch, corn and soy ingredients, rice flours, and refined sugars! This recipe is both a gluten-free and paleo recipe for waffles that is much more tasty than the mixes or even homemade wheat or regular flour varieties. It was a surprise to my husband just how much better they tasted.

My tip today has to be that less processed foods without all the carbs of wheat and white flour are so much better for you and not a hard change to make at all!

Almond Flour Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal (meal is just a little grainier so I prefer the flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, depending on your taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Non-stick spray or coconut oil

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients together in medium bowl. Whisk together the eggs, honey and vanilla extract and add to the dry mixture, stirring well.

Heat waffle maker and spray with non-stick spray. Drop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot iron. Cook until browned then top with real maple syrup or yogurt with fruit.

Serves 2.

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Breakfast Tex-Mex Quesadillas

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day – make it yours too with this delicious Tex-Mex recipe.breakfastquesadillas

Breakfast Tex-Mex Quesadillas with Creamy Salsa

Total Time: 30 minutes – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1.75 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 6 large brown eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vegetable seasoning
  • 4 – 10″ whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Cilantro & diced tomatoes, optional for garnish

Directions:

Cook bacon, following package directions, until crisp.  Set aside.

Combine salsa, sour cream, and 1/4 cup cheese in small bowl and place in refrigerator.

Preheat large pan on medium-high heat.  Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray and cook onions for approximately 3-4 minutes or until they begin to brown.

Stir in eggs, 1/2 cup cheese, and vegetable seasoning and cook until eggs are firm.

Equally divide egg mixture on 1/2 of each tortilla.  Top with 1/4 cup cheese and 2 slices of bacon.  Fold in half and return to pan two at a time, lightly coated in non-stick cooking spray.  Cook 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.

Take out creamy salsa mixture from refrigerator and serve with warm, gooey quesadillas.

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Love Bananas? Try These Waffles

Banana Bread WafflesI love to make banana bread and banana muffins and chocolate-covered bananas and banana cream pie, well, you get the idea – anything with bananas! So I thought why not use my banana bread recipe, change it up slightly, and cook it in my waffle iron. Voila, I had Banana Bread Waffles! Cool!

Banana Bread Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs (you can whip egg whites for fluffier texture)
  • 1 6-oz. vanilla yogurt (I use fat free)
  • 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups milk (can use almond milk as well)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour, sifted (I use 1 cup white, 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • Pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Crumb sugar and shortening together. Add the eggs, yogurt, milk and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in mashed bananas.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix into banana-egg mixture.

Spray waffle iron with non-stick spray or, using pastry brush, brush on a small amount of shortening. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, fill waffle iron with batter. Cook until desired doneness is reached. Remove  and top with maple syrup and pecans.

Batter can be stored in refrigerator for up to one week. Stir before using.

You may also cook up all waffles and heat again in toaster for quick breakfasts. The kids might even like eating them as they are or place ice cream in-between two and let them enjoy a delicious waffle ice cream sandwich.

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Strawberry Delight!

IMG_1480Today is National Pick Strawberries Day, so we decided to celebrate by visiting our local strawberry patch – The Girls Strawberry U-Pick in Delray Beach, FL.  My son loved running up and down the aisles picking the biggest & brightest strawberries he could find.  It was a little slice of country right in the city.  🙂

Whether you enjoy picking your own from the farm or from your local supermarket – grab a handful and try this incredible recipe from Sip. Saute. Savor.

Chocolate-Covered-Grand-Marnier-StrawberriesDark Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Grand Marnier

Ingredients:

  • 1 package very large strawberries (about 10 berries)
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (I like Ghiradelli Intense Dark)
  • 1 Tablespoon solid shortening or butter
  • 1-2 ounces Grand Marnier (other options are Frangelica, Chambord,Cointreau or Amaretto)
  • Mini dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed oreos, melted white chocolate (optional)

Directions:

The best way to prepare for this recipe is to make a rectangular piece of Styrofoam and cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. If you do not have any Styrofoam handy you can easily place the chocolate covered strawberries on a piece of wax paper to dry.

Wash strawberries, leaving stems and leaves intact, then pat dry. Inject the Grand Marnier into each strawberry being careful not to overfill.

To melt dark chocolate, place chocolate, broken into pieces, into a 4-cup microwave safe measuring cup. Add shortening/butter and place in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and, if not all melted, repeat on high for 30 additional seconds. Make sure you stir well and give the chocolate that is still in pieces time to melt. Do not overheat.

Take strawberries and spear with a toothpick (if using a Styrofoam form) then, one at a time, swirl gently in warm dark chocolate covering about 3/4 of the strawberry.

Optional: Roll immediately in mini dark chocolate chips, crushed oreos or finely chopped nuts. You can also add a drizzle of melted white chocolate once the dark chocolate has cooled.

Place toothpick into Styrofoam and let dry. If just using only wax paper you can hold the strawberry stem and swirl it in the chocolate then set onto the wax paper to dry.

Makes 10 chocolate covered strawberries.

Option: You can add 1 Tablespoon of cream and 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier directly into the chocolate for dipping and eliminate the need for injecting into the berry with a syringe.

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Perfect for Summertime

This fruit cocktail is pretty in pink (sugar) & perfect for summertime.  Made in 20 minutes or less – it’s a great recipe for National Fruit Cocktail Day!

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Total Time: 20 minutes – Serves 4
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup diced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple
2 oranges, peel removed,cut in segments and diced
2 tablespoons white rum
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
sugar or pink tinted sugar (optional)
red food coloring (optional)
lime slice (optional)
Directions:
  1. Mix the strawberries, pineapple, oranges, rum, the 2 tablespoons sugar and lime peel in a large bowl.
  2. Let stand, tossing occasionally until sugar dissolves. About ten minutes.
  3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of sugar on a plate.
  4. Add one or two drops of red food coloring and blend until tinted.
  5. OR, just spread the pink tinted sugar on a plate.
  6. Dip rim of martini glass in water, then the sugar, to coat the rim.
  7. Spoon in fruit and juice.
  8. Slit a lime slice to garnish the side of the glass.

Resources:  Food.com

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It’s National Butterscotch Brownie Day!

I’ve never had a butterscotch brownie before, but I love butterscotch candies and who doesn’t love brownies?!, so the combination only makes sense!  Check out this recipe from AllRecipes.com and if you’re up to baking this holiday weekend, let me know how they turned out!

butterscotchbrownies

Ingredients – Makes 32 bars

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8″ square baking pan.
  2. In large bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar, egg, & vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, walnuts, & salt.  Slowly add the egg mixture to the shortening mixture and stir until blended well.  Spread dough evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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