Five Layer Black Bean Dip

A simple black bean dip that is a family favorite, and a great way to use leftover black beans. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups pre-cooked Black Beans 1 cup Salsa 1 cup Sour Cream 1 cup Guacamole 1 cup shredded Cheese 2 chopped Scallions for garnish (optional) Serve with Tortilla Chips. Directions: Spread the beans out…

Oatmeal Apricot Almond Bars

An oatmeal breakfast bar that is chock-full of dried apricots, coconut, cardamom, and almond butter.  This is oatmeal cereal on the go.  Bake these ahead of time, and zap them in the microwave briefly (or eat them cold) for a homemade, nutritious breakfast that is high in protein and fiber while simultaneously being low in…

Chicken Tortilla Soup

A chicken tortilla soup that uses ground up corn tortillas as a thickening agent leaving you with a slightly velvety soup full of a range of flavors typically associated with tex-mex cuisine: lime juice, jalapeño, tomatoes, garlic, and chili powder.  Be sure to use corn tortillas if you are looking to make a gluten free…

Swedish Meatballs – of a Sort

I decided to take a swing at making gluten-free Swedish meatballs.  My two main areas of concern when going into this project were, one, find a suitable starch to act as a filler in place of the breadcrumbs and, two, find a way to keep the meatballs together without relying on gluten to bind them….

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

While cleaning out my cupboards, I unearthed an old can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk that was just this side of expiring.  Unfortunately, I made that key lime flan last week.  I primary use sweetened condensed milk for either flan or lemon meringue pie, and I thought that both desserts were too close to last…

Key Lime Coconut Flan

I have been fending off a cold this week which has put me off of most food, but somehow has left me craving the smooth, creamy textures and simple flavors of pudding, custard, or flan.  I decided to go with the flan.  I thought that I might add a little citrus for some additional vitamin…