Gluttonous and Good For You!

Gluttonous and Good For You!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scary Monster Fingers Cheesy Bread Sticks (gluten-free)

There's a fine balance between a food is scary-looking, yet appealing enough to eat.  Yes, these look straight up middle America and there is nothing wrong with that.  Embrace it.  I just handed out cellophane bags of these scary bread sticks to my neighbors and they all commented how cute they were.  Not too cute to eat!  This bread is a pao de quejo mix (Brazilian tapioca cheese rolls), Chebe bread mix.  Any bread mix can be used.  It's all in the presentation.

Scary Monster Fingers Cheesy Bread Sticks (gluten-free)
  • Eggs, 2 large (+ 1 for egg wash)
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Water or liquid of your choice, 5 tablespoons
  • Garlic salt or powder, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Parsley, 1 teaspoon finely chopped (optional)
  • Chebe, 1 box
  • Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup
  • Almonds, raw, about 10-12
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the 2 eggs, oil, liquid, garlic salt together with a whisk or fork.
  3. Mix in the Chebe, baking powder, and cheese.
  4. Divide the dough into 10-12 portions.  Roll between separated fingers to get the knobby look.  Place on parchment evenly spaced out.  In the wide knobs/knuckles, mark with a knife.  Brush very lightly with egg wash.  Push an almond at the tip for the fingernail.  Brush the almond lightly with the egg wash too to keep intact and for good color.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool on a rack.  Share with your favorite goblins.
-Erin Swing
Swing Eats

This is part of Food Network's Fall Feast. Check out The FN Dish.  This week we're focusing on Halloween treats.  On twitter, we're tagging #FallFestHere’s the link to our Fall Fest Pinterest board:  Other scary recipes to try out from our other friends:

Feed Me Phoebe: 7 Frighteningly Healthy Halloween Recipes
Jeanette's Healthy Living:
Creamy Red Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup
The Heritage Cook:
Fried Cheese "Fingers" with Spicy "Bloody" Dipping Sauce (Gluten-Free)
The Lemon Bowl:
Lebanese Stuffed Peppers with Cinnamon and Pine Nuts
Cookie Dough Bites
The Best Halloween Candy and Cocktail Pairings
Elephants and the Coconut Trees:
Halloween-Themed Appetizer: Beet and Cucumber Rolls
Taste with the Eyes:
Malted and Salted: Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme
Big Girls, Small Kitchen:
Olive Oil-Maple Granola Walnuts
Swing Eats:
Scary Monster Fingers Cheesy Bread Sticks (gluten-free)
Napa Farmhouse 1885:
Cabbage Slaw with Peanut Sauce Vinaigrette
Red or Green:
Spicy Chard Chips
Virtually Homemade:
Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Rice Krispie Treat {Gluten Free}
Dishing With Divya:
Egg Puffs
FN Dish:
Trick or Treat! Your Guide to Being the Most-Popular House on the Block

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pumpkin Almond Spice Waffles (gluten-free)

'Tis the season for pumpkin.  Pumpkin everything.  Nope, it doesn't get old for me.  My only pet peeve about pumpkin recipes is that only a portion of the can of pumpkin is used.  Then, I have the remainder go to waste in my fridge.  I figured not matter what, I was going to develop a pumpkin recipe using one whole can.  Why not use it for waffles?  I like to make a big batch of waffles, individually wrap them, and heat as needed for a breakfast on the go.  I try my best to make my waffles as nutrient dense as possible.  Almond flour works great in waffles.  And separating the eggs, adding in whipped eggs whites makes for a fluffy texture.

Pumpkin Almond Spice Waffles (gluten-free)
  • Eggs, 3 large, room temperature, separated
  • Sugar (white or brown), 3/4 cup
  • Pumpkin Puree, 1 15oz can
  • Almond flour, 1 cup
  • All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour, 1 cup
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon, 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon
  • Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice, 1/2 teaspoon each
  • Cloves, 1/4 teaspoon
  1. In a medium/large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff.  Set aside.
  2. In another large mixing bowl, whip the egg yolks with the sugar until homogeneous.  Add in the pumpkin puree, followed by the almond flour, AP GF flour, salt, and spices.  Gently fold in the whipped egg whites in three increments.
  3. Have the waffle iron heated to medium, medium/high.  Cook for a total of 6-7 minutes, maybe longer depending on size of waffles.  Remove and allow to cool on rack.
  4. If storing in freezer - individually wrap in plastic wrap, and keep in freezer.  To reheat, place in toaster (oven) on medium/high.
  5. Otherwise, serve with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and maple syrup.  Feel free to add bacon as needed.
This recipe make 16 small waffles.  If using a large waffle iron, it could be as few as 12.  Enjoy!

-Erin Swing
Swing Eats

This is part of Food Network's Fall Feast. Check out The FN Dish.  This week we're focusing on pumpkin.  On twitter, we're tagging #FallFestHere’s the link to our Fall Fest Pinterest board:  Other amazing pumpkin recipes to try out from our other friends:


Feed Me Phoebe: 7 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall  
The Lemon Bowl: Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free)  
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Oat Chocolate Chip Pancakes  
Bacon and Souffle: Easy Pumpkin Bundt Cake  
Weelicious: Quick Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls  
Virtually Homemade: Gluten-Free Dark Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting Devour: Eat As Much Pumpkin As Possible  
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cake  
Red or Green: Spiced Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Syrup Glazed Bacon Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies  
The Cultural Dish: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts  
The Mom 100: Pumpkin Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger  
Haute Apple Pie: Pumpkin Bread Truffles  
Domesticate Me: No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites with Dark Chocolate Chunks (Vegan and Gluten-Free) 
Swing Eats: Pumpkin Almond Spice Waffles (Gluten-Free)  
FN Dish: Pumpkin Spice (and Everything Nice)  
I Am Baker: Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow  
Taste With The Eyes: Savory Little Pumpkins with Labneh, Zaatar and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cauliflower T-Bone Steaks with Olive, Lemon, and Parsley

Cauliflower that eats like meat...  Yeah, that's it.   Cauliflower T-bones are a regular featured item at one of my favorite restaurants, Superba Snack Bar in Venice by the brilliant Jason Neroni.  This is my version of it, and I'm sharing it with you....  Have you ever noticed the cross-section of cauliflower?  If cut straight down, it kind of looks like a steak.  Just steam til tender, pan fry, and top with a tasty topping.  I made the process easier by steaming the cauliflower in the microwave and using tapenade as the base for the sauce.  I like shortcuts when they work well.  I realized I forgot to top this with some Parmesan cheese.  Either way, it's delicious and easy to make.

Cauliflower T-Bone Steaks with Olive, Lemon, and Parsley
  • Cauliflower, 1 head
  • Veggie broth, 1 cup
  • White wine, 1 cup
  • Garlic cloves, 2-3, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive tapenade, 1/2 cup (I used Trader Joe's)
  • Olive oil (first cold press/EVOO), 1/4 cup
  • Lemon, juice of 1/2
  • Parsley, 6 sprigs, chopped finely
  • Clean head of cauliflower and remove leaves and bottom of stem.  Place bottom down on cutting board and carefully slice into one inch slices.  It will be messy.  Save scraps for a later time.
  • In a microwave safe dish, combine the broth, wine, and garlic.  Add in the slices of cauliflower.  Spoon the liquid over the cauliflower.  Microwave, covered, on high for 3 minutes.  Remove, baste, repeat again.  Remove and drain liquid.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat.  Add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Carefully place the slices of steamed cauliflower.  Allow to brown.  Flip and brown other side.  Add in more oil as needed. 
  • In a small bowl, mix the olive tapenade with 2 tablespoon olive oil with the lemon juice.
  • On a platter, arrange the browned cauliflower slices, drizzle the olive tapenade sauce down the middle, and garnish with a flurry of the chopped parsley.
 Enjoy immediately. Makes 4 servings.

-Erin Swing
Swing Eats

This is part of Food Network's Fall Feast. Check out The FN Dish.  This week we're focusing on cauliflower.  On twitter, we're tagging #FallFestHere’s the link to our Fall Fest Pinterest board:  Other amazing cauliflower recipes to try out from our other friends:

The Lemon Bowl: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken with Cauliflower  
Feed Me Phoebe: Vegan Cauliflower Soup with Red Curry  
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Hash Brown Cauliflower and Potatoes  
The Cultural Dish: Cauliflower and Leek Soup  
Dishing with Divya: Gobi Manchurian  
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Smokey Cauliflower Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano  
Red or Green: Cauliflower and Peppers Pasta with Spicy Pesto  
Swing Eats: Cauliflower T-Bone Steaks with Olive, Lemon and Parsley  
Dishin & Dishes: Curried Cauliflower Chowder  
Domesticate Me: Three Cheese Cauliflower Gratin  
Weelicious: Vegetarian Tagine  
Devour: 5 Reasons to Make Cauliflower Immediately  
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cauliflower Breadsticks  
Taste With The Eyes: Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with Walnut, Cilantro, Mint  
FN Dish: Reasons to Reconsider Cauliflower (recipes)