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Meatless Mondays: Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Happy Memorial Day! If you’re heading out to a picnic or barbecue, whip up this salad to take along. The bright flavors from lemon juice and red wine vinegar pair beautifully with salty Greek olives and feta cheese. This dish is a great alternative to antipasto salad, containing similar flavors with the advantage of using nutritious garbanzo beans in place of pasta. If you’re short on time, canned garbanzo beans will work fine in this recipe. Pair this with grilled eggplant and toasted pitas for an easy dinner spread.

Greek Garbanzo Salad | Bob's Red Mill

Greek Garbanzo Salad

Serves 8

Salad:

  • 3 cups dry Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Beans, cooked according to package directions (about 6 cups prepared)
  • 2 English Cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Greek Olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup Feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion, thinly sliced

Dressing:

  • 6 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Basil, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Combine garbanzo beans, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes, olives, feta and red onion with dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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5 Whole Grain Dishes to Step Up Your Potluck Game

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Memorial Day seems to be the official opening day of barbecue and picnic season. What’s better than bringing together those you love over some delicious food? And what’s more fun than serving something that shows off your culinary chops? Sure, potato salad and pasta salad are perennial favorites and not overly difficult to put together. Wouldn’t it be more satisfying to bring a dish that isn’t filled with empty carbs and mayonnaise that everyone raves about? Health benefits aside, you know you will likely be the only person who brought something remarkable and different. Here are a few whole grain swaps you can make to step up your potluck game.

1. Instead of potato salad, bring Warm Kamut® Berry Salad with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts and Gorgonzola. Sure, this salad is a little time-consuming to make, but so is potato salad (unless you’re opting for a prepared version). Gorgonzola and bacon bring their A-game in this dish, while whole grain kamut berries and Brussels sprouts team up for a well-rounded dish that everyone will enjoy. If you can’t keep it hot, don’t worry, warm will be lovely and you won’t have to worry about any mayonnaise turning. If you can’t find kamut berries, wheat berries and farro will both make a comparable replacement.Warm Kamut Berry Salad with Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Gorgonzola

2. Swap a antipasto salad for Vegetable Bounty Quinoa Salad with Asian Vinaigrette. Far more nutritious than pasta, quinoa packs a nutritional punch and the flavors in this salad are warm and bright, perfect for pairing for a spring gathering.

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3.  Trade a pasta salad dressed with mayonnaise for this Curried Carrot and Sorghum Salad. The creamy curry dressing is both gluten free and vegan, making it perfect for any gathering and will quickly put mayo out of mind.

Curried Carrots and Sorghum Salad

4. Sure, a green salad is a great way to go, but wouldn’t it be more fun to bring Tabbouleh? Filled with fresh tomatoes and seasoned with mint and parsley, Tabbouleh comes together quickly and delivers a light, fresh flavor perfect to pair with grilled chicken or fish.

Tabbouleh

5. Keep it fresh and light with this Millet Spring Roll Salad. Who cares what you swap for this one? The bright flavors of this dish will counterbalance other, heavier fare and you’ll be able to school people on what millet is and impress them with your culinary prowess. Who has the time to make real spring rolls when you can turn them into a delicious salad?

Millet Spring Roll Salad

 

 

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WIN IT: Gluten Free Granola

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

Bob’s Red Mill is excited to bring you NEW Gluten Free Granolas! We took our two most popular granola flavors—Apple Blueberry and Honey Oat—and switched out a few ingredients to create the tastiest gluten free granola you’ve ever had. We carefully monitor each ingredient throughout the entire process, from farm to packaging, to be sure you are getting the highest quality gluten free product.

NEW Gluten Free Granolas | Bob's Red Mill

We use only pure, high-grade gluten free oats. Each farm delivery is tested with an R5 ELISA gluten test to ensure the absence of gluten. Advanced color-sorting removes undetected impurities. Roasting enhances that wholesome robust flavor you expect. Finally, the oats are moved to our 100% gluten free facility and tested for gluten again to ensure their purity.Granola w Blueberries

To these pure oats, we add a little bit of sugar and flavorings for a lightly sweet, crunchy granola you’ll want to eat right out of the bag. Made using the same process (but not the same lines) as our regular granolas, these new Gluten Free Granolas are sure to become favorites in your house.

To celebrate our new additions, we’re giving away a package of each new Gluten Free Granola, Apple Blueberry and Honey Oat, to five lucky winners. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 05/22/14.

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Meatless Mondays: Savory Green Onion Pancakes

by Guest in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I adore green onion pancakes but they usually require you to create dough, which needs to be kneaded, rested, and then rolled out. At JoyFoodly, I’m always looking for ways to simplify recipes for families. Really, this is the only way anyone who is busy can joyfully recreate a favorite recipe time and again. For this savory and delicious green onion pancake, I’ve found a way I think you’ll love that’s quick and seriously yummy.

It all starts with the star of the pancake, the green onion batter. For this recipe, my shortcut is my always on-hand Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix. You can whip this batter up in no time. I especially love to get kids involved with measuring ingredients and stirring the batter.

The other thing I love about this pancake batter is that it can take quite a bit of green onions, so if you’re also looking for a way to really use up a lot of them (or just love green onions!), feel free to overstuff and top these beauties for extra crunch. If you’re not sure how to cut or prep green onions, here’s a quick video we’ve put together for our Joyful 12 Kitchen Learning Lab that will help make your prep just a little more joyful:

Here’s to your family having some fun in the kitchen on this Meatless Monday. Don’t forget to add a little drizzle of sauce to kick up the fun one extra notch!

PS: We thought the sour cream on top could be optional but we highly recommend it not be!

Tips to help your kids love Savory Green Onion Pancakes

We include tips like this in all of the recipes in our online kitchen learning lab, the Joyful 12! Learn more here.

  • Get them involved: Making batter is a great lesson for kids in the kitchen. Show them how to accurately measure ingredients and why this is important. Have them help you incorporate the dry and the wet ingredients and learn when the batter is the right consistency (not too thick but not too runny)
  • Be a food explorer: People eat pancakes all over the world! In France, they eat thinner pancakes called crepes. Here, we are making a savory vs. sweet pancake. Ask your child what they think about savory pancakes.
  • Taste your creation: It’s fun to make one pancake from the batter and have your child help you taste test it. Do you want to add more green onions to it, or maybe more Chinese five spice? Then, when you’ve finished cooking them all, you’ll already know your child likes them because you involved them in making them and tasting them!

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Savory Green Onion Pancakes

Serving size: 4 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Green Onions
  • 1-1/2 cups Pancake Mix (we use Bob’s Red Mill® Gluten Free)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • Sour Cream, optional topping

Sauce to Drizzle

  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Tamari (Gluten Free Soy Sauce)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 pinch Hot Pepper Flakes

Directions
Note on Substitutions: you can use soy or almond milk in place of coconut milk, and vegetable oil in place of coconut oil.

2-ingredients

Get Organized:

1. Take 5 minutes to get out all your ingredients, measuring and cooking equipment needed, and place them on a cookie sheet within easy reach.

2. Make the sauce that can be drizzled on top of pancakes by combining all ingredients in a bowl and stirring together.

3. Cut the green onions into small discs. Set aside a few green tops to be used to sprinkle over pancakes when you serve them.

4. Preheat oven to 325F, to keep cooked pancakes warm while you finish cooking all the batter.

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To Cook:

1. In a bowl beat the egg together with the coconut milk and sesame oil.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the Chinese five spice and salt with the pancake four.

3. Add the pancake flour and spices to the egg mixture gradually, stirring to combine.

4. Stir in the cut green onions into the batter.

5. In a nonstick pan, heat enough coconut oil in the pan to just cover the bottom of the pan.

6. Use a spoon to place 1-2 pancakes into the pan. Cook over medium-high heat. Look for bubbles on the outside of the pancakes. Flip and cook another minute.

7. Hold finished pancakes in a warm oven on a cookie sheet.

8. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional but yummy), extra green onions, and the sauce on the side, which can be drizzled over.

hollie-headshot-postsChef Hollie Greene is passionate about bringing the joy of good food to your family. She created JoyFoodly™, a San Francisco mission based company, to help families joyfully get more fruits and vegetables into their families’ diets. The Joyful 12™, Chef Hollie’s Online Kitchen Learning Lab, helps parents explore and learn how to joyfully get twelve fruits and veggies into their families’ diets each season.

Chef Hollie is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in NY and has taught over 2,000 children in New York and California through her work with non-profit programs partnering with Rachael Ray’s Yum-O!, Mayor Bloomberg, and as a Professional Expert for the State of California’s Healthy CA Kids Initiative. Follow Hollie on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with her newest joyful kitchen creations.

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Georgia Peach Pie Cookies

by Sarena Shasteen in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

I know a lot of people get scared introducing coconut flour into their baking so I wanted to share my recipe for Georgia Peach Pie Cookies today. This recipe uses enough coconut flour to baby step your way into baking with coconut flour in more of your recipes. Trust me when I say, you don’t want to skip that part in these little gems. I use coconut flour in most of my gluten free dessert baking. I find that if gives my recipes a subtle hint of extra sweetness and really enhances the flavors in my treats without adding a heavy coconut flavor when that’s not what I’m looking for.

Georgia Peach Pie Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

I am so excited that Spring has finally decided to show up on my side of the world! The warmer weather has me ready to throw on my bathing suit and prop my feet up while laying by the lake reading a good book. It also has me thinking about my favorite things to bake during the Spring and Summer! I always have baking on the mind, well, to be honest, I always have food on my mind, but baking is definitely my favorite thing to do when it comes to food. My favorite fruit during the summer time is peaches! I’m a Georgia girl through and through when it comes to celebrating peach season! I get so excited every year when the local peaches start popping up in the grocery stores. I love walking by that section of the store and smelling the sweet aroma of these beautiful jewels of Georgia. I’m a fruit girl when it comes to treats anyway, so when I bake during the warmer months, I love to highlight the season’s best fruits!

Georgia Peach Pie Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

These Georgia Peach Pie Cookies are a buttery vanilla shortbread base with a peachy center. They are crisp on the outside and filled with a gooey peach center with chunks of fresh peaches to highlight my Peach State! These cookies are perfect served on their own or even better served as a mini pie with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. YUM!

Georgia Peach Pie Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

 Georgia Peach Pie Cookies

(Makes 13 cookies)

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Peaches (about 3 1/2 oz), very small pieces
  • 4 Tbsp Peach Preserves
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup White Rice Flour
  • 1/3 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Soy Free Earth Balance (or butter)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp Almond Milk (only if needed to bring the dough together)
  • 3 tsp Raw Sugar, reserved for topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the chopped peaches and preserves. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, cornstarch, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles course crumbs. Next add the egg and vanilla to the flour butter mixture. Stir until the dough comes together. Add a tablespoon of milk at a time only if needed to bring the dough together. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press the dough in the center to flatten while leaving a lip on the edge to hold in the filling. Once the dough is ready, evenly distribute the filling into the dough rounds (about 3 tsp each). Sprinkle each cookie with the remaining raw sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are browned on the edges. Remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool.

Georgia Peach Pie Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Sarena Shasteen: The Non Dairy QueenSarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef,  Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Celiac Awareness Month with Pacific Foods

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and we’ve partnered with our friends at Pacific Foods to help raise awareness and have a little fun in the process. Together, we have created a few fun (and easy!) breakfast ideas that are both gluten free and dairy free to make breakfast a little easier and delicious. Join the fun all week as we share our recipes, give away some wonderful prizes and host a Twitter chat.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Pacific Foods is an Oregon-based company with an extensive non-dairy beverage line, as well as quite a variety of soups, broths, sauces and meals for every occasion. We are excited to be partnering with them on this campaign to show you how easy a GF/DF breakfast can be and give you a chance to win a breakfast prize pack containing:

For more of the nitty-gritty details click here.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

There will be EIGHT chances to win over the next few days. Our week kicks off with a Twitter chat tomorrow (5/7) at 11 am PT. We’ll be using #celiacbreakfast and hope you’ll come and share your ideas for a healthy and delicious GF/DF breakfast.  Get inspired with our Pinterest board and end the week armed with breakfast ideas to keep you busy all May!

Want more info? Head over to Pacific Foods and find out all about the products we’re featuring and the fun we have planned!

 

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Beef Empanadas with Peppers and Onions (Gluten Free)

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

When a food crosses all cultural boundaries, it seems to indicate something really special about that food. It shouldn’t be surprising that a version of hand pies can be found in almost every culture. I found recipes from South America, Italy, Germany, India, China, Great Britain and more. It makes sense, here is a food that uses the most basic ingredients—flour, water, fat—to create a dough that is wrapped around whatever is on hand, be it meats, beans, fruits, vegetables, cheese, etc. and is baked or fried for a portable meal. Dough that doesn’t need to rise and a meal that can be taken with you to eat as you travel seem to have been important factors to ancient cultures.

Today, they are more of a treat- a delicious way to enjoy sweet and savory fillings from around the world. Inspired by our southern neighbors,  our resident chef, Sarah House, came up with these beef empanadas with peppers and onions and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Our test kitchen added a little bit of Gluten Free Masa Harina to our Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix to make an enticing crust for a succulent slow-cooked beef filling.

GF Beef Empanadas with Peppers and Onion | Bob's Red Mill

Beef Empanadas with Peppers and Onions

Contributed by: Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Rest Time: 60 minutes| Cook Time: 110 – 115 minutes | Yield: 10 – 12 servings

Crust

Filling

  • 16 oz boneless Beef Chuck, cubed
  • 1 cup Water (240 mL)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt, divided
  • 10 oz diced, mixed Bell Peppers
  • 1 ½ cups chopped or thinly sliced Yellow Onions (170g)
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1/8 tsp ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp grated Lime Zest
  • 1 – 2 tsp fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Water

Step 1

In a large bowl, combine Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix and Gluten Free Masa Harina. Cut in butter and shortening using a pastry blender or two knives until crumbly. Add water gradually and mix until the dough sticks together, adding additional water if needed. Flatten dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step 2

Meanwhile, combine beef, water and ¾ tsp kosher salt in a large skillet. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 ½ hours. Add additional water if necessary so the beef is at least ¼ submerged.

Step 3

Remove lid, add peppers and increase heat to high. Stir well and cook until peppers are very soft and most of the water has evaporated, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Remove beef and peppers from the pan and drain off most of the remaining fat, leaving 1 tsp in the pan. Add onions and remaining ¼ tsp kosher salt and cook, stirring frequently, until deep golden, about 5 – 7 minutes. Add beef & peppers to the onions along with the garlic and cumin. Cook, stirring vigorously to break beef into smaller pieces, until beef is warmed through. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest and juice. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

Step 5

To form empanadas, remove dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature until malleable. Divide dough into 3 oz portions (about 1/3 cup each). Using a plastic-lined tortilla press or a rolling pin with the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper, press or roll each 3 oz portion in to a 7-inch round.

Step 6

Fill each empanada with 1 oz of filling (about 2 Tbsp), leaving a ½-inch border around the edge. Lightly brush the edges with water and fold over to create a half circle. Pinch the seam or crimp with a fork to seal. Place on prepared sheet tray.

Step 7

Whisk together the egg and 1 Tbsp water. Brush tops of formed empanadas with egg mixture and bake until golden, 20 – 25 minutes. Serve immediately or let cool and serve at room temperature.

 

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Meatless Mondays: Cherry Date Bars

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Inspired by Power Hungry by Camilla Saulsbury and our love of certain kind of fruit and nut bar, our test kitchen came up with these lovely Cherry Date Bars. They’re easy to make and are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, tucking into lunch boxes and pre-workout (or recovery) fuel. I love that the sugar comes purely from the fruit. The sweet tartness of the cherries pairs beautifully with hazelnuts and cinnamon, making them almost dessert-like without adding any extra sugar. Make a batch and wrap them individually for easy grabbing throughout the week. If you like these as much as we do, we cannot recommend the Power Hungry cookbook enough- it’s absolutely packed with fabulous recipes for every kind of bar you could envision.

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Cherry Date Bars

Contributed by:  Sarah House

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Chill Time:  30 minutes | Yield: 6 servings

  • 1 cup Tart Dried Cherries (120g)
  • ¼ cup Date Pieces (36g)
  • 1 cup Hot Water (240 mL)
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal (112g)
  • ¼ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Almond Extract
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped, toasted Hazelnuts (30g)

Step 1

Combine cherries, dates and water and let soak until soft, about 5 – 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap or waxed paper.

Step 3

Drain the water from the soaked fruit and discard.  Place the drained fruit, hazelnut meal, cinnamon, salt, almond extract and chopped hazelnuts in a food processor.  Process until well combined, about 1 minute.

Step 4

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.  Cover with a piece plastic wrap or waxed paper and press down to flatten to a smooth, even thickness.

Step 5

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Remove from pan, discard plastic wrap and cut into 6 equal-sized bars.  Store covered.

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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)

MAKES 6 – 8 PANCAKES; 2 SERVINGS

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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What is it? Wednesday: Arrowroot Starch

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday

We are very excited to bring you What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 

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Welcome to What is it? Wednesday! This week’s topic is Arrowroot Starch, AKA: Arrowroot Powder, Arrowroot Flour. A lesser-known ingredient than its starch brethren—corn, potato, tapioca—arrowroot is an incredibly useful ingredient that is often overlooked. It is frequently used in gluten free and allergy-free baking. Use it in place of cornstarch in baking, or for thickening cool liquids (read: ice cream). If you have questions we don’t address, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to find you an answer.

What is it? Wednesday: Arrowroot Starch | Bob's Red Mill

What is it? Arrowroot starch is a very fine, white powder akin to cornstarch made from the tubers of the arrowroot plant. The arrowroot plant, Maranta arundinacea, is a perennial herb found in tropical climates. The origins of its name are a little mysterious. One source claims that the Arawak Indians called the plant aru-aru, “meal of meals.” While another claims that arrowroot was used medicinally, being placed on wounds made with poisoned arrows to draw out the toxins. With its medicinal properties, it might just be a little of both.

How do you use it? Like other starches, arrowroot starch is used as a thickening agent in liquids and supports proteins in baking to give baked goods form. It has virtually no flavor and is allergy-friendly, making it a great option for those avoiding corn, potatoes or gluten in general.

Arrowroot does not hold its thickening abilities like other starches and is best added near the end of heating. It should be mixed with liquid to create a slurry before adding to hot liquids to prevent clumping. There is a secret to a smooth sauce with arrowroot starch. Bring the sauce base to a simmer over medium-low heat. Next, whisk ¼ cup water and 2 Tbsp. arrowroot starch together to make a slurry. Stir the slurry into the simmering sauce and heat for one minute or until thickened.

How is it different from other starches? First off, arrowroot starch does not turn sauces cloudy like some starches, and it works at temperatures below a simmer. Arrowroot starch is neutral tasting and tolerates acidic ingredients, such as citrus (hello, lemon curd!). The starch also freezes well and dissolves well at lower temperatures. In fact, it must be cooked over low heat as it doesn’t endure high temperature cooking and does not reheat well. A final word to the wise, arrowroot does not do well in milk-based cream sauces (it changes the texture), but it bakes well in cakes, cookies and biscuits made with milk.

Sweet Potato-Almond Waffles with Crispy Oven-Baked Cornflake Chicken | Bob's Red Mill & Cara's Cravings

Try one of these fabulous recipes using Arrowroot Starch:

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