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

Peanut Butter Love

Every once in awhile I get this HUGE craving for peanut butter and today was no exception.  What I really wanted was a quick and easy yummy dessert, without a lot of effort, but that’s also gluten free.  Enter…the flourless peanut butter cookie.  🙂  (Make sure to use all gluten-free ingredients)

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Total time: 40 minutes – Makes 36 cookies

Peanut Butter Love

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

Heat over to 350º F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.  In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until smooth.

Shape dough into small balls and place 2″ apart on lined baking sheets.  Using the tines of a fork, flatten each ball in a crisscross pattern.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until puffed and golden.  Let cookies cool slightly then transfer to a rack to cool completely.  Cookies will deflate as they cool.

Enjoy…and try not to eat them all in one sitting!  🙂

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

Our Cookbook is Here!!

We did it!   After a year of hard work, determination, and a LOT of cooking – our cookbook is finally here!  Introducing the 2 Cookin’ Mamas first ever cookbook: The Pregnancy Cookbook.

@2CookinMamasThe Pregnancy Cookbook @2CookinMamas

Available on Kindle & Kindle Readers Now!

Only $5.99!

Click HERE to purchase.

Not pregnant?  That’s OK!  It’s a heart-healthy cookbook for everyone!

We’ll be launching our Kickstarter campaign soon so we can complete our android & apple cookbook app, get hard copies printed, and publish the e-book on Nook & iBooks readers.  Stay tuned for that information and if you purchase our cookbook – please share your thoughts with us.  We would LOVE to hear what you think of our recipes!

Thank you!

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Makeover your Mayo!

Switch out your mayo this BBQ season with a more natural version that doesn’t come from a jar!

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Yields: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender and mix together until smooth.

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

Hot Fudge Sundaes!

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Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae

Sundaes are the perfect treat for a hot summer day! Ice cream, hot fudge, cherries, nuts, and whipped cream – it doesn’t get much more perfect than that!  Today, we’ve put together our favorite sundae recipes – click the links below to see each recipe.  Need an excuse to indulge?  Ok – It’s also National Hot Fudge Sunday Day! 😉

Mexican Hot Fudge Sundaes

Italian Hot Fudge Sundae

Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes

Mexican Hot Fudge Sundae @2CookinMamas

Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundae

Marshmallow Creme – Hot Fudge Sundaes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Deep Dish Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes For Two

and last but not least!:  Betty’s Hot Fudge Sundae            

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

Caviar Kisses

caviar @2CookinMamasLooking for a great standout appetizer or a romantic treat for two?  This recipe is sure to be a big hit!  Go ahead & splurge a little – today is National Caviar Day!

For even more flair – pair with your favorite champagne from France.

Caviar Kisses

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • small cucumber, scrubbed well
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 jar red salmon caviar
  • fresh dill sprigs, garnish
  • 8 thin slices whole wheat bread
  • butter

Directions:

Slice cucumber into 1/4″ rounds.  In small bowl mix sour cream, dill, and pepper.  Place one teaspoon of the sour cream mixture on each cucumber round.  Top with caviar and dill sprig.  Toast bread, cut into shapes using your favorite cookie cutter, and butter.  Place toast shapes around outside of serving platter, cucumber rounds in the center, and serve immediately,.

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

Two Amazing Tropical Smoothies

We just returned from the El Dorado Royale Resort in Tulum, Mexico where one of their featured lunch restaurants, Health Bar, had an out-of-this-world smoothie bar.  Here are two of my favorites that I will be trying to recreate at home.  Now, where can I find some cactus?

Tropical Shakes @2CookinMamasTropical Protein Shake:

Strawberry, Banana, Mango, Pina Colada & Protein Powder

Fiji Tropical Smoothie:

Jugo de Toronja, Nopal, Apio y Perejila or Grapefruit, Cactus, Celery, & Parsley

Salud!

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

Cocoa Almond Milk Iced Latte

A decadent latte with 1/2 the calories!

Cocoa Almond Milk Iced Latte

Prep – 10 minutes – Chill – 1 hour – Serves: 8

Ingredients:  Cocoa Almond Milk Iced Latte @2CookinMamas

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup espresso (or French) roast coffee
  • 2 cups organic almond milk (unsweetened vanilla, chocolate, or plain)
  • 2 packets instant hot cocoa mix (gluten-free mixes available)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

Brew coffee, with 2 cups cold water, in drip coffeemaker according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Stir in milk, cocoa mix, and almond extract until well combined.  Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour.  Serve over ice.

Only 50 calories per serving!!!

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Hot Dog Perfection

hotdogsJuly is National Hot Dog Month so today we honor the hot dog with 5 delicious and creative new toppings.

  1. Avocado Chip Dog – 1 hot dog topped with lime-infused avocado, crumbled crunchy potato chips, slivered onions and plum tomatoes.
  2. Chipotle Chili Cheese Dog – 1 hot dog topped with chipotle, chili powder, jalapeño peppers, and bacon crumbles.

    Image from BHG.com

    Avocado Chip Dog
    Image & Recipe from BHG.com

  3. Hawaiian Dog – 1 hot dog topped with caramelized onions, sweet teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds, and grilled pineapple.
  4. Summer Dog – 1 hot dog topped piled high with vinegar-tossed tomatoes, crunchy corn kernels, lettuce, and onion.
  5. Mac & Cheese Dog – 1 hot dog topped with your favorite macaroni and cheese mixture and a pinch of chili powder.

Nom! Nom! Nom!

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Celebrating the Red, White, & Blue!

americashatHappy Birthday America!

We celebrate you today with all recipes red, white, & blue!

watermelonstarsWatermelon stars!  Pretty simple – just cut watermelon into 1/2″ thick slices and use a star cookie cutter to make cutouts. Serve in a bowl or around your main dish.  You can also infuse them in a pitcher of water for a yummy & refreshing drink.

Independence Day Sangria! 

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Ingredients:

  • Handful blueberries
  • 6 sliced strawberries
  • 2 pineapple slices (cutout like stars)
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup berry flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

Directions:  Combine all ingredients, stir, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours prior to serving.

whitechocolatestrawberriesWhite Chocolate Covered Strawberries!  Melt white chocolate and dip strawberry until 3/4 of berry is covered.  Then dip tip of strawberry in blue sugar crystals.  Don’t have blue sugar?  Just add food coloring!

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