Beautiful millet with fresh vegetables, greens  and a light lemony dressing from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // gluten free, vegan

Magnifique Millet with Spring Vegetables {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler, of Lafleur Paris NY, is a beautiful book filled with recipes for food and healthy, happy living. From natural beauty tips to yoga poses and happy playlists, Rebecca’s years in France bring a fresh and lively voice to clean eating. With fun recipes like Le “Chic” Cake and Pancrêpes and Happy Hazelnut Quinoa Bowl, it’s hard to take life too seriously. Each of the 150 recipes is plant-based and gluten, soy and refined sugar free. Organized by season, each section has beauty tips, playlists and yoga routines that match the theme of the season. We’ve all heard that the French know how to live healthy and well, Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic will teach you their secrets.

Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // Gluten free and vegan recipes for living a clean, green life, the French way.
For more great recipes from Rebecca, keep up with her at Lafleur Paris NY, on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. The kind folks at The Experiment Publishing have offered us a copy of Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic to give away to one lucky winner. We’ll pair this lovely book with a package of millet and quinoa to help you get started. To enter, simply follow the prompts below and we’ll select a winenr at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 8/3/15. Visit The Experiment Publishing to browse their other titles and snag a copy of this book.

Beautiful millet with fresh vegetables, greens  and a light lemony dressing from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler // gluten free, vegan

Magnifique Millet with Spring Vegetables

Millet is appropriately pronounced “mi-YAY!” in French. “YAY!” will likely be your reaction after eating this colorful and flavorful dish that is, in sum, spring on a plate. Millet may be the title food here, but it actually serves as supporting actor to special guest stars: fresh, seasonal produce (adaptable year-round using anything you find at the market). Say it with me now (in your best French accent, please): YAY for millet!

Makes 2 salads

  • ½ cup (50 g) dry Millet
  • 6 small Red Radishes
  • 8 Asparagus Spears (white or green)
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 fresh Spring (green) Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup (50 g) chopped fresh Green Onions
  • 2 handfuls of fresh Spinach
  • ½ cup (50 g) Shelled Peas
  • 1 handful of Arugula and/or Mustard Greens
  • 1 handful of fresh Herbs of choice
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

1. For best nutrition, add the millet and a pinch of salt to a bowl of water, cover, and soak overnight or during the day. Rinse and drain before cooking. If you don’t remember to soak . . . OMG YOU MIGHT DIE! Just kidding, pas de problème, just rinse the millet and follow the rest of the directions.

2. Add the millet to a small pot over medium heat and lightly toast for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add 1 cup (250 ml) water if you soaked the millet, or 1½ cups (375 ml) water if not. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes if presoaked, or 20 minutes if not, until the millet has absorbed the water (but isn’t too mushy!). Let it sit in the covered pot off of the stove for around 5 more minutes until it’s fluffable (a word I invented to describe what happens when one places a fork into perfectly cooked millet).

3. Rinse and cut off the tops of the radishes. Halve or chop into pieces depending on their size.

4. Snap the asparagus spears at their natural breaking point, then cut the tender parts into small pieces. Peel or wash the carrots, then grate. If you’re using fresh garlic, chop into small pieces or slice thinly. If you’re using regular garlic, peel and grate.

5. In a small pot over medium heat, heat the coconut oil and add the green onions. Sauté for around 1 to 2 minutes, until the onions become translucent. Add the radishes, asparagus, carrots, spinach, and peas (and any other seasonal spring veggies you wish), and sauté for just around 1 minute, so they are tender but still quite crisp. Turn off the heat.

6. Add the millet and mix together so the millet becomes warmed, but not hot or mushy. Top with the arugula and fresh herbs and, just before serving, add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, and nutritional yeast. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season, copyright © Rebecca Leffler, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. 


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Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck

Burgundy Bulgur with Blueberries {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes, Whole Grains 101

Simply Ancient Grains, the newest book from renowned whole grain lover, Maria Speck is equally as beautiful as her last book- Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. As a fan of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, I’m thrilled to say Simply Ancient Grains does not disappoint. Filled with stunning recipes like this burgundy bulgur, Maria explores the many different flavors of whole grains and provides inspiring ways to enjoy them without slaving away in the kitchen.

Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck

After a glossary of ancient grains and the many different ways to cook them, Simply Ancient Grains kicks off in a big way with a “Pick Your Grains” section. Here, you can pick a grain you know and love (or simply have on hand) and find the variety of recipes featuring that grain. The goal is to cook a big batch of the grain and use the recipes in the book to simplify your week. This is a woman who has heard “I don’t have time to cook whole grains” a few times in her career, I’ll bet. It becomes a very hard argument to put forth when the grains are already cooked. From breakfast fritatta muffins to a lovely grain salad for lunch and a beautiful entree for dinner, this book has a full day of ancient grains planned out to make your life a little easier. Of course, you don’t have to use the book that way, but we love the idea of it!

MariaSpeck w grain mill

Let me assure you, the recipes deliver. After looking at this book on my desk for a few weeks, I decided I absolutely had to make the cover dish for the Fourth of July holiday. Not only was it simple to make with easy-to-find ingredients, it was a huge hit with my guests. My husband even ate the leftovers without prodding. That, my friends, is a mark of success if ever I saw one.

Maria and the kind folks at Ten Speed have generously provided three copies of Simply Ancient Grains for us to giveaway. With each copy, we’ll provide some ancient grains—sorghum, farro, quinoa and millet—to get you started. To enter, simply follow the prompts below and we’ll select three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 7/15/15. If you want to snag a copy of the book for yourself, you can grab one at any online book retailer or

Burgundy Bulgur with Blueberries and Orange Blossom Water from Maria Speck's Simply Ancient Grains // Bob's Red Mill  // whole grain, simple, breakfast

Burgundy Bulgur with Blueberries and Orange Blossom Water

Serves 4

Of all of the grains in my pantry, intensely nutty bulgur is my go-to choice during the week. The fiber-rich grain is pleasing in a humble way yet speedy and unfussy. One morning, I tossed in all the color I could find in my kitchen to paint my bulgur a deep reddish-blue hue. This recipe gives you two splashy breakfast variations: Unsweetened cranberry juice creates an intense burst of tanginess and a stunning dark fuchsia in your bowl in which the blueberries stand out like jewels. Pomegranate juice lets you start your day on a naturally sweeter note, with a deep burgundy hue—one is as delightful as the other. As an added benefit, this breakfast is an antioxidant powerhouse. If you have orange blossom water in your cupboard, here its fleeting floral and bittersweet scent is a boon.  


  • 2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup medium-coarse bulgur
  • 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to defrost if using frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, or more as needed (optional)


  • 1 cup whole or low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more as needed
  • 1⁄4 cup pomegranate seeds (from about 1⁄2 small fruit) or blueberries, for garnish

To make the bulgur, add the pomegranate juice, bulgur, cranberries, and vanilla to a heavy 3- or 4-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the blueberries and honey and continue to simmer until the berries are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Gently stir in the zest and the orange blossom water. Taste and adjust with a bit more honey and orange blossom water if you like.

Meanwhile, add the Greek yogurt and the 1 tablespoon honey to a small bowl and beat until smooth.

To finish, divide the bulgur between four bowls. Top each with 1⁄4 cup of yogurt and garnish with pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with more honey if you like. Serve warm.

fine points

If you are new to orange blossom water, start with a little to acquaint yourself.

Leftovers reheat in the microwave—about 1 1⁄2 minutes on high per serving, stirring once in between.

GLUTEN-FREE Use quinoa, preferably red for a visual treat, instead of bulgur, and cook for 18 to 20 minutes.

VARIATION Use cranberry (instead of pomegranate) juice and 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (instead of 1 teaspoon) for the bulgur, and whole milk or part-skim ricotta (instead of Greek yogurt) to finish.

Reprinted with permission from Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography credit: Erin Kunkel © 2015

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Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls (GF) {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Bread & Butter is the third book from renowned gluten free, vegan baker Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly Babycakes NYC). This book is exactly what you’d expect from Erin McKenna- beautiful recipes with fun, bright photography. Bread & Butter is a full course of gluten free bread baking with a side of pastries. Basic breads like “rye” bread (say what??) and sandwich bread abound next to more unusual fare like these pull-apart rolls and spicy vegetable cornbread. There are so many awesome recipes in this book, we can’t begin to name them all.

Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill  @bobsredmill

We see a lot of cookbooks around here and what we like about this book is that it’s relatively small, so you’re not thumbing through 500 recipes, and it’s full of rather unique recipes. Plus, we know from personal experience that Erin’s recipes are reliable and delicious. We absolutely adore Erin’s writing style and her easy-to-follow recipes. Bonus: all of the recipes are vegan, making this ideal for anyone with both gluten and dairy restrictions.

Random House has generously offered us three copies of Bread & Butter to giveaway. We’ll pair each copy with a bag of our gluten free oat flour, cornmeal, potato starch and xanthan gum so you can get started baking right away. To enter, follow the prompts at the bottom of this post. We’ll select three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/29/15. If you just can’t wait, look for this book at your favorite local bookseller.

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls

Makes 12 rolls

  • ¼ cup (33 g) cornmeal, for the baking
  • 1½ cups (339 g) warm rice milk (about 100°F)
  • 3 tablespoons (66 g) agave nectar
  • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¹⁄³ cup (70 g) melted unscented coconut oil
  • ½ cup (165 g) canned sweet potato puree (at room temperature)
  • 3 cups (300 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • ½ cup (96 g) potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¹⁄³ cup (9 g) sage leaves, chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, dust with cornmeal, and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the warm rice milk, agave nectar, and yeast. Stir once and set aside to proof until it bubbles, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the oil and sweet potato.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir until it is the consistency of a sticky dough. Fold in the sage.

Using a ½-cup measuring cup, scoop heaping portions of batter onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into squares. Leave no more than ½ inch between each roll on the pan. Cover the baking sheet with a dish towel and let the rolls rise for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, and then rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees. Bake until the crust is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 6 minutes. Let the rolls cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Bread & Butter (c) 2015 Erin McKenna

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Everyday GF Crop

Smoky Chipotle Quinoa Burgers {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

We are beyond excited to debut our newest cookbook, Everyday Gluten Free by Camilla Saulsbury, published in partnership with Robert Rose. Camilla has several well-known cookbooks under her belt, including the ever-popular Power Hungry. We couldn’t be more pleased that she was chosen to author this book on our behalf.

This is our first gluten free cookbook and I think it’s a real winner. Not only is it jam-packed with great recipes using WHOLE GRAINS to make delicious gluten free food, but it’s filled with lots of handy information for a gluten free diet. Each recipe has tips and tricks for adapting the recipe to suit your dietary needs. With over 280 recipes for every meal of the day, we’re proud to put the Bob’s Red Mill name on this book.

To celebrate this new book, we’re giving away THREE copies to lucky winners. Each book will be accompanied by assorted Bob’s Red Mill products to help you get started in the kitchen. See app below to enter. We will pick three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on March 1st, 2015. If you want to grab a copy of this book for yourself, visit your favorite book retailer, BobsRedMill.comAmazon or Barnes and Noble.


Smoky Chipotle Quinoa Burgers

Makes 4 servings

Food processor

  • 1⁄2 cup lightly salted Roasted Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 cups cooked Red or White Quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup shredded Smoked Gouda or Smoked Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup rinsed and drained canned Red Kidney Beans
  • 1-1⁄2 tsp Chipotle Chile Powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp fine Sea Salt
  • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 4 GF Hamburger Buns, split and toasted
  • 4 large Tomato slices
  • 2 cups packed Baby Spinach or Arugula
  1. In food processor, process sunflower seeds until finely chopped. Add quinoa, cheese, beans, chipotle chile powder, salt and egg; pulse until blended but still chunky. Form into four 3⁄4-inch (2 cm) thick patties.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add patties and cook for 4 minutes. Turn patties over and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until crispy on the outside and hot in the center.
  3. Transfer patties to bottom halves of toasted buns and top with tomato, spinach and top halves of buns.

Tip: Cooked amaranth or sorghum, cooled, can be used in place of the quinoa.

Courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook by Camilla V Saulsbury, 2015 © Reprinted with publisher permission.

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Gluten-Free Baguette {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

I bet you’re probably beginning to think I love all cookbooks. Rest assured, that’s not the case. If I don’t think it has some merit, we’re definitely not wasting our time talking about it here. I’ve been excited about a lot of gluten free cookbooks this year because so many of them are making waves with gluten free ingredients by using techniques and ingredient combinations that are new and innovative.

GF Artisan Bread in Five

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day from Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François is a game-changer for a few noteworthy reasons.

1. It is built on the principal of the famous no-knead bread recipe. It works well with gluten and it works superbly for gluten free bread. After all, gluten free bread does not really need to be kneaded at all. It really just needs to be mixed. Kneading activates gluten. When you don’t have gluten, you don’t need to knead. (Yep, ridiculously pleased with myself for that little gem.)

2. The book features two basic flour blends– all purpose and whole grain- and uses them for everything under the sun- from crusty baguettes to gooey monkey bread to ciabatta to chocolate ganache filled brioche. All that from one flour blend!

3. The trickiest ingredient is ground pysllium husk and that is becoming increasingly easy to find and it’s optional!

4. This is a mix it and leave it method. You mix up your ingredients (no kneading!), let it rise and stick it in the fridge. On baking day, you take out a chunk, form a loaf and let it rise for an hour. Then, you bake. You have to admit, it’s much faster than traditional bread baking.

On top of this, I’ve been using one of their previous books, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, for years and it works. It’s reliable and always turns out wonderful breads. As due diligence to write this review (and an excuse to enjoy fresh baked bread), I had the test kitchen bake up a loaf of the classic boule. It was the best gluten free bread I have ever tried and I’ve tried a lot of less-than-stellar gluten free bread. I don’t need to be gluten free, but I figured I should taste this bread if I was going to try to sell you on the book. The loaf was crusty, had a lovely crumb and, above all, had a wonderfully wheat-like flavor.

Our friends Jeff and Zoë, and the folks at St Martin’s Press, have generously offered a copy of this book for three lucky winners. We will pair it with the winner’s choice of the ingredients to make the all purpose flour blend or the whole grain flour blend. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell us what type of artisan bread you miss the most since going gluten free. We’ll select three winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/24/14. If you can’t wait or want to give this as a gift (this would be an awesome gift for a gluten free loved one) you can buy it here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, iBooks and Walmart. I’d bet that your favorite local book seller will also have a copy.

Gluten Free Baguette from Gluten Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Bob's Red Mill

Gluten-Free Baguette

Recipe adapted from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and used with permission
©2014, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

Makes eight ½-pound loaves. The recipe is easily doubled or halved.

This beautiful and crispy loaf is the symbol of France. Our gluten-free version is just as gorgeous and delicious.  We brush the top of the loaf with egg white wash to create a glossy crust, but in a pinch, water will do.


  • 6½ cups of Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (see
  • 1 tablespoon Granulated Yeast
  • 1-1½ tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar or Honey
  • 3¾ cups lukewarm Water (100°F or below)
  • Cornmeal or parchment paper, for the pizza peel
  • Egg White Wash (1 Egg White plus 1 tablespoon Water), for top of loaf
  1. Mixing and storing the dough: Whisk together the flour, yeast, salt, and sweetener in a 5- to 6-quart bowl, or a lidded (not airtight) food container.
  2. Add the water and mix with a spoon or a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the paddle.
  3.  Cover (not airtight), and rest at room temperature until the dough rises, about 2 hours.
  4. The dough can be used immediately after rising, though it’s easier to handle when cold. Refrigerate in a lidded (not airtight) container and use over the next 10 days. Or freeze for up to 4 weeks in 1-pound portions and thaw in the refrigerator overnight before use.
  5. On baking day: Dust the surface of the dough with rice flour, pull off a ½ -pound (orange-size) piece, and place it on a pizza peel prepared with cornmeal (use plenty) or parchment paper. Gently press and pat it into a log-shape with tapered ends, using wet fingers to smooth the surface. Allow to rest for about 40 minutes, loosely covered with plastic wrap or a roomy overturned bowl. During this time, the dough may not seem to rise much, which is normal.
  6. Preheat a baking stone near the middle of the oven to 450°F (20 to 30 minutes), with an empty metal broiler tray on any shelf that won’t interfere with rising bread.
  7. Brush the top with egg white wash, and then slash, about ½-inch deep, with a wet serrated bread knife.
  8. Slide the loaf onto the hot stone. Pour 1 cup of hot tap water into the broiler tray, and quickly close the oven door. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until richly browned and firm.
  9. Allow to cool completely on a rack before eating.

The authors answer questions at, where you’ll also find recipes, photos, videos and instructional material.

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100 Best QUICK Gluten-Free Recipes {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

Carol Fenster is at it again with her new book, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes. It is probably not surprising that we adore Carol and all that she does, after all, she helped us develop many of our gluten free products and has helped shape our gluten free program at Bob’s Red Mill. Her newest book is delightful. It’s small, yet packs in 100 recipes that are quick (and easy) and gluten free, of course.

What I love about Carol’s book (and all of her books, for that matter) is that the recipes are gluten free without compromising flavor. You won’t miss the gluten in these recipes (I mean, just LOOK at that pizza!!). Carol covers all of the essential topics common to her books- which ingredients are best and how to shop for the gluten free ingredients she uses. She’s put together suggested menus and tips for how to store leftovers from each recipe. All of this, packed into a book you could throw in your purse. 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes is a perfect gift for the busy,  gluten-free jet-setter or the harried mom who just needs to get a quick, yet nutritious, meal on the table.

100 Best QUICK Gluten Free Recipes by Carol Fenster

Carol has generously offered us two copies of her book to giveaway to lucky readers. We’ll pair each book with the ingredients needed for Carol’s signature Sorghum Flour Blend (sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca flour) and a package of our gluten free corn grits so you can make this stellar recipe right away. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell us your go-to quick, gluten free meal. We’ll pick two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/20/14.

Pork Cutlets with Marsala Wine and Mushrooms on Soft Polenta by Carol Fenster | Bob's Red Mill gluten free

Pork Cutlets with Marsala Wine and Mushrooms on Soft Polenta

Makes 4 servings

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 12 to 15 minutes

Per serving: 475 calories; 24g protein; 15 g total fat; 8g fiber; 57g carbohydrates; 56mg cholesterol; 320mg sodium

Marsala wine, from the Sicilian city of the same name, is often used in Italian cooking. This classic dish is delicious served over soft polenta, with the pan juices drizzled on top. Serve it on weekdays when you’re pressed for time, but it’s also a wonderful weekend dish for guests.

  • 4 Pork Cutlets (4 ounces each)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup dry Marsala Wine
  • 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 (8-ounce) small can Mushrooms, undrained
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Rosemary
  • 4 cups hot, cooked Soft Polenta (see Easy Soft Polenta, see below)
  1. Pat the cutlets dry and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  2. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cutlets and cook until lightly browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook until other side is browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  3. Add the wine, vinegar, mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary. Simmer gently for 3 to 5 minutes or until the cutlets are cooked through and the juices reduce slightly. Transfer the cutlets to a serving platter and pour the reduced juices and mushrooms on top. Serve immediately over hot cooked polenta.

STORAGE: Refrigerate leftovers, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 days.

Easy Soft Polenta

Makes 4 servings (about 3 cups; ¾ cup each as a side dish)

Preparation time: 2 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes

Per serving: 235 calories; 15g protein; 5g total fat; 5g fiber; 33g carbohydrates; 12mg cholesterol; 814mg sodium

Polenta is Italian cornmeal, but Bob’s Red Mill brand also calls it corn grits on the label. Most polentas require your total attention, standing over the stovetop while stirring the polenta to keep it from getting lumpy and trying to prevent it from splattering. My easy no-stir method eliminates the mess by cooking the polenta in a very large bowl in the microwave oven—saving you time by freeing you to prepare the rest of the meal.

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Polenta/Yellow Corn Grits
  • 3 ½ cups gluten-free low-sodium Vegetable Broth (or Chicken Broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter or Buttery Spread
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese or Soy Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together. I use an 8-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup—large enough to avoid boil-overs.
  2. Lay a sheet of waxed paper over the bowl and cook in the microwave oven on High power in 10-minute increments, whisking between each increment, to reach the desired consistency. Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave; mine takes two 10-minute periods for this recipe, for a total of 20 minutes. Serve immediately, because it starts to firm up as it cools.

STORAGE: Refrigerate leftovers, tightly sealed, for up to 3 days.

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Blueberry Swirl Muffins {Silvana’s Kitchen Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free, Recipes

We are big fans of Silvana’s Kitchen around here, so we were delighted when she told us about her new book, Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen. Silvana and food go way, way back to her days as the founding editor of Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine and time spent in the Food & Wine test kitchen. When her son, Isaiah was diagnosed with an intolerance to both gluten and dairy, Silvana put her food skills to good use and has developed recipe upon recipe that can easily fool the harshest critics. Now you can make those recipes in your own kitchen and take all of the glory for yourself. It’s hard to argue with a book that promises bagels, English muffins and puffy breadsticks. I admit to getting really excited about the Fake-Out Takeout recipes that include Baked Honey Barbecue Popcorn Chicken and Pretzel-Crusted Mini Crab Cakes with Dijon Dipping Sauce. This book is full of classics like these blueberry muffins and more exotic dishes like Moo Shu Vegetables with Sesame Pancakes. Most recipes are accompanied by beautiful photos and all are broken down into easy-to-follow steps.

Silvana has generously offered a copy of this book for one lucky winner and we’ll pair the book with the ingredients needed to make her gluten free all purpose flour referenced below (white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum). To enter, simply follow the prompts below. We’ll select one lucky winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/6/14. If you just can’t wait or want to give this gorgeous book as a gift, head over to Amazon and grab a copy for $18.00.

Blueberry Swirl Muffins from Silvana's Kitchen, gluten free, dairy free

Blueberry Swirl Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins • Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 1¼ cups plus 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 cups fresh Blueberries, divided
  • 2¼ cups Silvana’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Homemade Cashew or Almond Milk or store-bought
  • 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
  1. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup of the sugar and the lemon zest. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 ̊F with a rack in the 
middle. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking 
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 
1 cup of the blueberries and 1 teaspoon of the sugar to a simmer. Cook, mashing occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, beat together the remaining 1 cup sugar, eggs, oil, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Pour the batter into each prepared muffin pan cup until two- thirds full. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the blue- berry compote into each muffin batter center and, using a fork, swirl. Sprinkle generously with the lemon sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on a rack before serving. 
(The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.)
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Chickpea Veggie Soup {OATrageous Oatmeals Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

What’s not to love about a cookbook dedicated to the humble oat? Kathy Hester’s OATrageous Oatmeals offers recipes for using oats in myriad creative ways, like this Chickpea Veggie Soup and Sun-dried Tomato Steel-Cut Oat Risotto. All of the recipes in OATrageous are meatless and contain tips for converting each to gluten free. This book is perfect for just about anyone looking to expand their oat horizons. She has recipes for making vegan sausage crumbles from oats, as well as oat milk and oat yogurt. We had no idea you could do so many things with oats. At Bob’s Red Mill, we thought we’d seen it all from oats, Kathy has proved us wrong and we thank her for it.

OATrageous Oats by Kathy Hester

Today we’re sharing a recipe from Kathy’s book and giving away a copy of this book, along with a variety of our oats to one lucky winner. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell us which type of oatmeal you like best (thick, old fashioned, Scottish, steel cut, etc.). We’ll pick a winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 10/27/14. If you want to grab a copy for yourself or scope a preview of this book, check out Amazon where you can grab an e-book version for only $8.89.

Chickpea Veggie Soup from OATrageous Oatmeals| Bob's Red Mill gluten-free, vegan

Chickpea Veggie Soup

by Kathy Hester from OATrageous Oatmeals

gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free option*

This healthy soup tastes like you slaved over a hot stove all day but comes together fast enough to eat any weeknight. Sweet potatoes, carrots and kale make this delicious. Using steel-cut oats as your grain of choice makes the soup thick and hearty too!

Makes 8 servings

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Olive Oil (*use broth or water instead)
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) minced Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups (270 g) diced Sweet Potato
  • 1 cup (110 g) chopped Carrots
  • 1 can (15 oz [425 g]) Chickpeas
  • 6 cups (1420 ml) Water
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) Steel-Cut Oats (or certified Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats)
  • 4 tablespoons (24 g) Nutritional Yeast, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Rosemary
  • 1-1/2 cups (270 g) chopped Kale or other green like Chard or Collards
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Add the olive oil to a soup pot and heat over medium heat. Once hot, add onions and saute for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Then add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.

Add the sweet potato, carrots, chickpeas and water, then turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.

Once the soup is boiling, turn to low and add the oats, 2 tablespoons (30 g) of the nutritional yeast, marjoram, smoked paprika, basil, thyme and ground rosemary. Cover and simmer until the oats are thoroughly cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Add in the kale and the other 2 tablespoons (30 g) of nutritional yeast. Cook about 5 to 10 minutes until the kale is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Per serving: Calories 177.6, protein 8.1 g, total fat 5.3 g, carbohydrates 24.2 g, sodium 41.9 mg, fiber 6.1 g

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Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes {Stack’d Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Have you noticed the increasing number of protein pancake recipes these days? At first, I thought maybe it was just a body-builder thing, then perhaps it was a paleo-diet thing, but now I am realizing that these recipes cross those boundaries. A protein-rich pancake is a fabulous way to start the day. I love a good bowl of oatmeal, but unless I add some protein to it, I’m hungry within a couple hours. If I opt for a protein-rich breakfast, I’m far less likely to need a snack. This combination of protein and carbohydrates keeps you full and gives your body (and brain) some serious fuel to work through. Protein pancakes are an ideal breakfast solution.

I was very excited to stumble upon Stack’d: The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook from Jessica Kahn and photographed by Rianna Alberty. These protein pancakes use rolled oats as a base and add eggs, yogurt and whey to bulk up the protein. Stack’d provides tips for swapping out oats for almond meal to make the recipes paleo-friendly and substitutions for making them dairy-free. I don’t imagine these pancakes will work as well with vegan egg substitutions, but they might. Recipes rely on a blender for mixing, so break out that Magic Bullet!

Stack'd : The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook

Stack’d is elegantly simple. Its 30 recipes are beautifully photographed and contain easy-to-follow directions with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket. Because they do not rely on flour, there is nothing to be missed in these recipes. Use certified gluten free oats if you need the recipes to be gluten free. I absolutely adore the wonderful flavor combinations in the book- from sweet concoctions (adorably titled “Sweet Cheeks”) like Tart Cranberry and Citrus and Crisp Apple, to savory Fragrant Rosemary and Cozy Carrot. Stack’d even has a whole section dedicated to chocolate concoctions and dressed up recipes- Orange Julep, anyone?

Jessica and Rianna would like to give one lucky winner a copy of this book, along with a package of our Gluten Free Regular Rolled Oats. To enter, simply follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post (this works best on a desktop computer). We’ll pick a single winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 4/25/14. Can’t wait? Head over to the Stack’d website to order or download a copy.

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes

Modeled after some outrageously delicious mini muffins, these chive & cheddar pancakes make for a great, savory flavor combination. Serve with dinner or make two-bite silver dollar pancakes as an appetizer.

  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (5 oz/143 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (1.6 oz/46 g) rolled oats
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural whey protein powder (optional)


To keep pancakes warm while you make the full batch, preheat oven to 200°F.

Using a blender, first add all of the wet then dry ingredients. This will expedite the blending process, brief though it may be. Blend until the oats are broken down and the batter is smooth, about 10 – 15 seconds.

Heat a non-stick griddle or pan to medium. Test the temperature with a quick spritz of water – just run water on your fingertips and flick it in the direction of the cooking surface. If it sizzles, it’s ready. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and you’re all set for the batter.

Pour a scant ¼ cup of batter per pancake onto the griddle or pan. Cook on the first side for 1 – 2 minutes or until the edges start to cook and bubbles appear on the surface. Lift the side of the pancake up just a bit to see where it is in the browning process. Ideally, let them cook until they are a golden, maple color.

Because these pancakes won’t have the rigidity of their flapjack forefathers, the swooshing technique can work wonders. Grab a spatula and, quite literally, swoosh it under the target pancake in one swift motion. Then flip it over.
Cook on the second side for an additional 1 – 2 minutes, or until golden-brown.

Transfer to an oven-safe dish and keep warm in the oven. Continue with remaining batter.

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The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen {Giveaway}

America’s Test Kitchen Event {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

We’ve got some exciting news to share from our friends at America’s Test Kitchen– they’ve launched a new book AND IT’S GLUTEN FREE! For The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook, they’ve applied their extensive expertise in baking and cooking to create reliable, delicious gluten free recipes that will work every time. We’ll keep our book review rather short, because we have a giveaway AND an event to tell you about.

I’m a huge Cook’s Illustrated and ATK fan. I like how deep they get into the science of things and how thorough they are in explaining what needs to be done. In my opinion, if you can understand why something works, you can apply that to other recipes. I have absolutely no doubt that all of the recipes in their newest book will be phenomenal, but this is not a book for the faint of heart. While most recipes are decidedly straight-forward, each recipe comes with a fabulous explanation of the how’s and why’s for its success- which makes each recipe look fairly daunting. If you get past that, you’ll have no problem creating THE BEST Old-Fashioned Birthday Cake, perfect New York-Style Pizza, Extra-Crunchy Fried Chicken and some pretty killer Chocolate Chip Cookies. Most recipes are accompanied by a lovely photo and those that are more complicated have great visual tutorials.

Bottom line: this is a great book for anyone who needs to cook and bake gluten free and wants to know the science behind what they’re doing.

The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen {Giveaway}

We were so pleased when ATK contacted us and let us know that, while they have their own preferred flour blend for the recipes, each recipe comes with some minor adaptations to have perfect success with our Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. How cool is that?

Let’s take the coolness up a factor- join Jack Bishop, Editorial Director and TV Star at America’s Test Kitchen as he presents The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook at Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. Designed to help readers understand gluten-free baking and cooking, you’ll learn what to stock in a gluten-free pantry and breakthrough strategies that every gluten-free cook should use. When? April 7, 2014, at 4:00 PM Bob’s Red Mill will provide samples of a few of Jack’s favorite recipes from the book. This event is FREE and no registration is necessary! For more information:

{Giveaway} The kind folks at ATK have offered us two copies of this fabulous book to giveaway to two lucky readers. We’re going to pair the book with a bag of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Xanthan Gum so you can get started with this book right away. You know you want to win this book. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/11/14.

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