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NEW Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free

Do you ever just wish someone would make gluten free baking easier? That there was a simple product swap that could replace wheat flour without having to keep 5 different flours and starches on hand? That you could just take the guesswork out of how much xanthan gum to use? Good news! We are excited to say that our newest addition to our gluten free product line can do just that.

Introducing…

Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour | Bob's Red Mill

endless possibilities, one easy solution

I think all of our gluten free products are winners, but this one is my new favorite. It’s so easy to use- just swap wheat flour with this blend cup for cup and follow the original recipe as instructed. You will bake some pretty stellar baked goods and tasters will be hard pressed to tell the difference. We even did some blind taste tests around with none the wiser. That’s a pretty good test, in my opinion.

This flour combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum—just enough xanthan gum to create chewy cookies and springy muffins. The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chocolate chip cookie.

We hope you will enjoy this new product as much as we do. To celebrate our newest addition, we’re giving away a package of this blend to five lucky winners. Follow the prompts below to enter. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 7/6/14. We’re working to get this product on shelves as soon as possible, so if you don’t see it at your local store, ask them to bring it in. In the meantime, you can grab a bag at bobsredmill.com for $4.95.

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Buckwheat Blini Bites

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Blinis are a thin, crepe-like pancake, often made with buckwheat flour. We’ve taken our Buckwheat Pancake Mix and created these bite-size blinis that are perfect for brunch and hors d’oeuvres. Of course, if you don’t have access to our buckwheat pancake mix, you can use any of our pancake mixes for a similar result. We’ve included some suggested toppings below for sweet or savory combinations. If you’re short on time, watch the video at the end of the post for a quick method for making these lovely little pancakes. Make these for your next party and watch how quickly they disappear!

Buckwheat Blini Bites | Bob's Red Mill

Buckwheat Blini Bites

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

Prep Time:  10 minutes | Rest Time:  90 minutes | Cook Time:  10 minutes

Yield: 40 blinis (10 servings)

Step 1

Combine warm milk, sugar and yeast and let sit until yeast has dissolved, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Whisk in eggs and butter, then Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix.  Cover and let rest until bubbly, about 90 – 120 minutes.

Step 3

Oil or butter a nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat.  Pour 1 Tbsp batter onto skillet per blini and cook until edges are set and bubbles have formed on the top, about 2 minutes.  Flip and cook on the second side, 1 – 2 minutes.  Serve immediately or hold warm in a 200°F oven.Bite-Size Buckwheat Blinis | Bob's Red Mill

Savory topping ideas:

  • Creme fraiche, sliced cherry tomatoes and basil
  • Ricotta cheese, smoked salmon, sprig of dill
  • Sour cream, a sprinkling of paprika and chives (see photo at the beginning of the post)

Sweet topping ideas:

  • Sliced strawberries, chocolate hazelnut spread, dollop of whipped cream
  • Sliced figs, goat cheese, drizzle of honey

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10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July

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

It’s Monday again, which means it’s Meatless Monday around here. At least, for many of us, it’s a short week! In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ve gathered together 10 of our favorite meatless dishes for the Fourth of July. Each of these will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike and make it easy to please everyone no matter what you’re doing on Friday. 10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

10 Stellar Meatless Dishes for the Fourth of July | Bob's Red Mill

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What is it? Wednesday: Sorghum

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday, Whole Grains 101

What is sorghum? Also know as milo, sorghum is a grain that originated in Africa thousands of years ago. It spread throughout the Middle East with traders, ultimately becoming a staple of the region and is still a heavily consumed grain in India. Though sorghum as a food is relatively unknown in most parts of the world, it has long been used as animal feed and for the production of sorghum syrup/molasses. (Interestingly, sorghum syrup is much more labor intensive than traditional cane and beet molasses. It’s production in the United States fell dramatically after World War II and is now more of a specialty regional item in the South.)

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

Is sorghum a whole grain? Yes, sorghum is a whole grain. The variety we offer is a round, golden kernel that is about the size of large pearl tapioca.

Is sorghum gluten free? Yes, sorghum is inherently gluten free. The grain and the flour we produce are made in our gluten free facility and tested for gluten.

What does it taste like? Sorghum has a mild, earthy flavor. It’s texture and flavor is similar to wheat berries and the flour has been called out as being the most wheat-like gluten free flour.

How do you use sorghum? Sorghum can be used in soups, salads, side dishes, pilafs and more. It makes a great substitute for wheat berries, pearl couscous and other gluten-full grains in most recipes. One of our favorite ways to enjoy sorghum is to pop it. It makes perfect little miniature “popcorn” that the kid in all of us will enjoy. Check out the video below for directions.

What about sorghum flour? Milled from whole grain sorghum, this flour is a great addition to gluten free baked goods. It has a good amount of protein and, when used in baking, helps with browning (something gluten free baked goods often struggle with). The protein also helps replicate the lost gluten, providing a more wheat-like texture.

Some of our favorite ways to enjoy whole grain sorghum:

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Sorghum Lentil Sloppy Joe's | Bob's Red Mill

Meatless Monday: Sorghum Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

by Sarena Shasteen in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

In a family of meat eaters, non-meat eaters, celiacs, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, soy allergies and well, the usual personal picky preferences, coming up with meals that everyone will or can eat is sometimes a challenge. I won’t lie, we sometimes all eat different things, but for the most part, I like to keep things simple and have us all eat the same thing at meal times. After years of trial and error, I have found that playing around with old favorites by replacing a few things with new ingredients is my best option. This gives me a fighting changes when I’m changing things up so the guys here have a frame of reference when I tell them what’s for dinner. If I say “Sloppy Joe’s” they are all on board. If I try to get too descriptive, well, that will lead to a conversation that may not go in my favor. I keep things simple and no one is the wiser…

I love sorghum and the guys here do, too. The fact that it’s high in fiber and has a good protein content makes it a great addition to our meat free nights. Texture is a huge consideration for me when I’m playing around with recipes in the kitchen. I have some picky palates in the texture arena here. I like to consider foods that would ordinarily have a certain texture when I’m swapping out ingredients. This time around I went for a meatless sloppy joe. I combined sorghum and lentils to give my version of a sloppy joe that signature thick rich texture to hold up on the buns. These Sorghum Lentil Sloppy Joe’s did not disappoint either. They are full of flavor packed with wholesome ingredients and they are kid approved!

I served mine as sliders on cheesy tapioca rolls. You can never go wrong with making meals fun with finger foods either.

Sorghum Lentil Sloppy Joe's | Bob's Red Mill

Sorghum Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

(makes about 3 cups)

  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, diced small
  • 1 medium Onion, diced small
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Whole Grain Sorghum
  • 3 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3/4 cup Lentils
  • 1 (15 oz) can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Honey or Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

In a skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion to the oil. Sauté until the vegetables are tender and the onions are translucent.

Next add sorghum and vegetable stock to the vegetables. Turn to high heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, place a lid on the pan and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add lentils to the pan turning the heat back up to boil. Once boiling, return the lid to the pan and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Add tomato sauce through salt to the sorghum lentil mixture. Turn the heat to medium and simmer. Stir frequently to avoid sticking to the pan. Cook until the mixture has reduced and thickened. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve on your favorite rolls.

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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10 Best Salads for Summer

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

In honor of what might possibly be my favorite day of the year and, irrefutably the longest, here are our top 10 go-to summer salads. Whether it’s a fancy dinner party, casual barbecue or a day at the beach, each of these is perfect for your next gathering. If you can believe it, NOT A SINGLE ONE of these salads uses mayonnaise making them much more party friendly. Substitute gluten free grains in place of those featured to make these dishes allergen-friendly. Quinoa, whole grain sorghum and long grain brown rice are some of our favorite gluten free salad grains.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some wholesome whole grain goodness on this, the first day of summer!

10 Best Salads for Summer | Bob's Red Mill

Curried Carrots and Sorghum Salad
Mediterranean Farro Salad
Millet Spring Roll Salad

10 Best Salads for Summer | Bob's Red Mill

Buckwheat Pesto Salad
Farro Caprese Salad
Vegetable Bounty Quinoa Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

10 Best Salads for Summer | Bob's Red Mill

Tabbouleh
Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad
French Bean and Kamut® Berry Salad
Barley Salad in Radicchio Bowls with Champagne-Orange Vinaigrette

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Bulgur Black Bean and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole | Bob's Red Mill

Meatless Mondays: Bulgur, Black Bean, & Mushroom Enchilada Casserole

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I have a confession, I’ve been sitting on this amazing recipe from Anetta of The Wanderlust Kitchen for about two months now and haven’t shared it with anyone. It’s a little selfish, but this dish has become my go-to recipe when I have company coming for dinner and I didn’t want to share. That’s not really why I haven’t shared it yet, but it feels like that. This dish is really easy to put together and so delicious. You’ll never want to take the time to make legitimate enchiladas again.Bulgur Black Bean and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole | Bob's Red Mill

Instead of ground beef, Anetta uses whole grain bulgur wheat. I love this application of bulgur. Once cooked, it takes on a chewy texture that easily replaces meat with the only major difference being the flavor. Cooked mushrooms are rich in umami, that mysterious flavor found in our favorite foods, which brings balance to the dish. Add black beans, enchilada sauce and cheese and no one will ever notice there is no meat. In fact, as I’ve learned, most people will think it has meat anyway. If you need this dish to be dairy free, simply use a non-dairy cheese like Daiya, for an equally compelling meal. If you need this dish to be gluten free, try gluten free steel cut oats in place of bulgur (it will be different, but similar) and look for gluten free corn tortillas.

Bulgur Black Bean and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole | Bob's Red Mill

This makes a great dish for potlucks. I’ve even assembled the dish a few days in advance so I can look like a rock star when I have company. I get to look like I slaved away without spending any time in the kitchen! Talk about hero points. It also holds well in the fridge for a few days and freezes well cooked, or uncooked. I’m making this for the next person I know who has a baby. Just assemble, wrap with foil and write or tape the simple baking instructions on top. Easy-peasy dinner that any harried parent will appreciate. Plus, it makes a lot, so it will keep them fed for a few days.

Can you tell that I really like this dish? I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. I serve this with the suggested accouterments below and a green salad, this meal doesn’t need anything else.

Bulgur Black Bean and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole | Bob's Red Mill

Bulgur Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 15 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 cup uncooked Bulgur Wheat
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb. White or Brown Mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (28 oz.) can Mild Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 lb. Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded

Optional Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp. crumbled Cotija Cheese
  • 1/8 cup chopped Cilantro leaves
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped
  • 1 small Jalapeno, sliced into rings

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine bulgur with 2 cups cold water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes until cooked.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and brown on one side for 60 seconds. Stir and continue to cook until soft, three or four minutes. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.

3. Once the bulgur has cooked, fluff with a fork and transfer to the large bowl. Add the black beans, ¼ of the enchilada sauce, and ½ of the shredded cheese. Fold together with a spatula.

4. Pour another ¼ of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 13” x 9” baking dish. Arrange five tortillas to cover the bottom (you may need to cut into quarters). Spoon half of the filling over the top and press down with a spatula. Pour another ¼ of the enchilada sauce over the top.

5. Arrange another five tortillas in the dish to create a second layer, followed by the second half of the filling and another ¼ of the enchilada sauce.

6. Arrange the final five tortillas over the top of the dish, then pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top. Spread the remaining shredded cheese over the top of the dish. Cover with well-greased foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another five minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Let rest fifteen minutes, top with desired toppings, and serve.

 

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Almond Butter and Strawberry Coulis Pancakes

by Alisa Fleming in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Pancakes are one of those “perfect” foods in my book. They can be made thin like crepes or puffy like little cakes (my personal choice); they can be sweet or savory; they freeze well (yes, toaster pancakes!); they are easily made without dairy, gluten, or other top allergens (more forgiving than waffles); they are quick to make; and they can be dressed with an assortment of different toppings.

Almond Butter and Berry Coulis Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

I recently had some fun coming up with new ways to serve my husband delicious stacks of pancakes using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix. The beauty of a mix is it allows me more time to focus on the toppings, and since my husband eats gluten-free, I don’t have to worry about measuring a plethora of starches and flours. Of course, you can use your favorite Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix (I highly recommend Organic High Fiber and Organic 7 Grain, which are both made without dairy) if wheat isn’t an issue for you.

As for those toppings, all of the ideas I’ve tested thus far are sweet and wholesome, but there are some savory versions on the horizon. In the meantime, enjoy these easy dairy-free pancake topping recipes:

Cinnamon Peaches and Cream Pancakes (dairy-free and gluten-free)

Cinnamon Peaches n Creme Pancakes | Go Dairy Free

These cinnamon-spiked pancakes sandwich layers of vanilla coconut whip and are topped with a tasty fresh peach puree and some chopped peaches for good measure. Recipe here: http://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/cinnamon-peaches-and-cream-pancakes  

Chunky Monkey Pancakes (dairy-free and gluten-free)

Chunky Monkey Pancakes | Go Dairy Free

Displaying the magic of frozen pancakes (just pop them in the toaster!), this toppled stack has a chocolate drizzle (2 options), quick nutty syrup, sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, and diced bananas. Recipe here: http://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/chunky-monkey-pancakes

Almond Butter and Berry Coulis Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

Almond Butter and Strawberry Coulis Pancakes (dairy-free and gluten-free)

The following recipe is a healthier, fresh riff on the traditional flavors of peanut butter and jelly.

Servings: 4 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a medium bowl, gently stir the strawberries with 1 tablespoon honey, until well-coated. Set aside to macerate for 20-30 minutes (or longer if making ahead).
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup of the chopped strawberries. Place the remaining chopped strawberries in your blender with the chia seeds. Puree until smooth. If needed, blend in additional sweetener (your choice of type). The amount you need will depend on the sweetness of your strawberries. For medium sweet berries, I add around 10 drops of vanilla stevia. Stir the reserved chopped strawberries into the puree, and let sit while you prepare the pancakes and almond butter.
  3. Make 1 batch of the pancakes (dollar-size), according to the directions.
  4. As the pancakes cook, whisk together the almond butter, coconut oil, and 2 teaspoons honey. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 15-20 seconds if it is too thick.
  5. Plate 1 pancake on each of 4 plates. Top with a little of the almond butter mixture, followed by a 2nd pancake, gently pressing down. Repeat with more almond butter mixture and another pancake. Top each stack with the chunky strawberry puree. Dollop with any remaining almond butter mixture.

 

Alisa Fleming, Go Dairy FreeAlisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa has three new books in the works, and is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Her dietary specialty is dairy-free, but she also has expertise in gluten-free and allergy-friendly.

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What is it? Wednesday: Farro

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

What is farro? Farro is a general Italian term for wheat. This includes the ancient wheat varieties of Spelt, Einkorn, and Emmer. In the food world, if you order farro, you could be getting any variation on those three grains- from a whole grain kernel to something that has been pearled. At Bob’s Red Mill, our farro is made from spelt that has been lightly scored.

Is farro a whole grain? Our farro, like many in the market, is not technically a whole grain. It has been lightly scored to facilitate the release of starches when cooking. Only the smallest amount of bran is removed in this process, but any loss prevents it from being classified as whole grain. When cooked, the kernel almost pops open and releases starch. This makes a perfect ingredient for dishes like risotto (often called farrotto when using farro) where you want the grain to soften over time and create a creamy dish.

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Is farro gluten free? No, regardless of which variety of wheat farro is made from, they all contain gluten.

How do you use farro? Farro can be used in a variety of ways- from sweet to savory. At its most basic, farro can make a lovely addition to soups, salads and pilafs, but there are many recipes available that take farro above and beyond the basic.

Substitutions for Farro Farro is very versatile and can be replaced in most recipes with spelt berries, wheat berries and Kamut® berries. If you want a gluten free substitute, sorghum, brown rice and oat groats will all make good replacements in most recipes. When replacing farro, keep in mind what the cooking times and applications. For instance, replacing farro in a cold grain salad is simple- almost any grain will work in place of another for this kind of dish. If, however, you’re adding uncooked farro to a soup, you’ll want to account for the different cooking times of the grain you plan to use instead.

Farrotto | Bob's Red Mill

Our favorite ways to enjoy Farro:

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Farro  Caprese Salad | Bob's Red Mill

Meatless Mondays: Farro Caprese Salad

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I just love this salad. The bold flavors of basil and balsamic vinegar contrast so well with zingy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella. Add chewy farro berries to the mix and you have a wholesome dish perfect for warm summer nights. It’s so easy to whip up, too, making it perfect for the impromptu picnic or barbecue. Substitute long grain brown rice or whole grain sorghum to make this dish gluten free. If farro is hard to come by, these flavors will pair well with any grain.

Farro  Caprese Salad | Bob's Red Mill

Farro Caprese Salad

  • 2 cups Farro
  • 1-3/4 tsp Salt, divided
  • 6 cups Water
  • 5 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cups Shallots or Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup Basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 10 oz fresh Mozzarella, chopped into bite-sized pieces

Bring water and 1 tsp salt to a boil. Add farro to pot of boiling water and cook until tender, about 20-30 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.

Whisk together olive oil and vinegar. Combine with remaining ingredients and add farro. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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