Gluten-Free Pie Recipes for Pi Day, on Foodie

This opportunity to create a collection of gluten-free pie recipes is sponsored by Foodie.

If you’ve seen me around the internet or in person lately, you may have read or hear my whining about my elimination diet. Long story short, I’m cutting out a whoooolllllleee bunch of foods for 90 days to see if I am truly allergic to them. I am investigating other solutions to the problem of my occasional crippling tummyaches, but for now this is the plan.

As such, I’m on a gluten-free, dairy-free, low glycemic diet. It’s pretty challenging, but it’s forcing me to be super creative with preparing my food or else I go faint with hunger.

And sometimes a girl’s gotta have a slice of pie.

I made this collection of a dozen pies in anticipation of choosing a suitable pie for Pi Day, March 14 (3.14 – get it?) that I can serve to my family and also enjoy while on this crazy diet. The collection is on Foodie, a site and app that is like a cross between Pinterest and Foodgawker. It’s very easy to make collections – I just installed the bookmarklet in my browser (I’m sweet on Firefox these days) and I click it every time I come across a recipe in my travels that I want to remember later. Foodie has a lot of recipes already saved by other readers, so it is easy to put in a few keywords and come up with a wealth of recipes to browse.

My head explodes with all the pie recipes and now I’m really hungry. AGAIN. Anyway, this is the first of these recipes I’m going to try: Gluten Free Cherry Blueberry Pie. Because my friend Yvonne can taste it and tell me if I did it wrong – it’s her recipe!

Flashback Friday: Being John Malkovich

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I have no recollection of this. My files say it’s from 1999.

I know I’m the one in the middle with the fake combover, and that’s Christine on the left, and my dear Heather on the right. Heather is recovering from surgery, so I found the most awesome photo of her to put up here. Love you, Hinkee.

 

Spring Break Snack For Kids: Recipes with Smart & Final

I am a member of the Collective Bias® (#CollectiveBias!) Social Fabric® Community. This shop for First Street products at Smart & Final (#ChooseSmart!) for the creation of healthy snacks for spring break has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

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My boys are in first and third grade. Their spring break is coming up in several weeks, and when Smart & Final asked for some recipe ideas for spring, I thought “yes, I would like some too, please.” But Kyle and Brady are so picky, I often have to adapt recipes for them or give up altogether, so this time I decided to create my own and throw my hat into this recipe ring. To my delight there are plenty of ingredients to choose from at Smart & Final:

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Since we are not planning any travel or special activities, we’ll be home a lot, with daily excursions to the beach or for a hike or to the park. That’s a lot of togetherness, which means every 5 minutes the boys will be asking for a snack. I don’t want to resort to pre-packaged cookies or a boring old apple every time, so I thought it would be fun to come up with some new and let them help me so they’ll be more interested in eating what we make together.

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie

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I know it’s not rocket science, but that’s what makes it easy for kids to help, and for pre-coffee mom to make it. I don’t know about yours, but my kids are up at the crack of dawn on days they don’t have school! Use frozen fruit so you don’t have to bother adding ice.

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie Recipe

2 cups First Street Mango Berry Blend, frozen
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Add fruit, yogurt, and milk to blender. Mix on chop setting until the ingredients break up a bit. Add orange juice and increase to high speed. Makes two kid-size smoothies.

Veggie Baked Taquitos

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Brady saw a commercial for frozen taquitos and he wanted to try some. But I wanted a homemade version that wasn’t fried and full of mysterious ingredients, so we experimented with taste and texture, and he really likes these:

Veggie Baked Taquitos Recipe

1 can First Street vegetarian refried beans
1/4 cup pureed roasted red pepper*
1/2 cup First Street sour cream
1 cup First Street Mexican blend shredded cheese
15 corn tortillas

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1. Mix beans, red pepper puree, sour cream, and cheese in a bowl.
2. Put 5 corn tortillas on a plate and cover with a wet paper towel. Microwave for 45 seconds.
3. Working quickly, place a 1/4 cup dollop on the top tortilla and spread in an even layer over the whole thing. Roll into a tube from one end to the other. Place tortilla on a baking sheet, seam side down.
4. Repeat step 2 and 3 in batches of 5 with remaining tortillas.
5. Spray a fine mist of cooking spray over taquitos.
6. Bake in 375 degree oven for 18 minutes or until edges of taquitos are golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Makes 15 taquitos.
7. Serve with salsa.**

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*I snagged a big can of First Street roasted red peppers because these are a true gem in your pantry. They are packed in water with very few additives so they are still healthy. I pureed the whole can and used the rest to make an easy, delicious lentil soup. Bonus recipe: 1 package lentils, 1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth, and pureed red pepper. Add all to pot, bring to a boil, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. The roasted peppers give this soup a smoky flavor.

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**These taquitos are great for adults too. As soon as my husband got home from work, he ate about 5 of them!

Banana Swirl Pudding Pops

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Adding whipped cream to the pudding gives it a lighter texture and makes it easier to pour. Make as much pudding as you need to fill your pop molds – we only have three so we reserved the extra pudding and made a second batch the next day!

Banana Swirl Pudding Pops Recipe

1 box chocolate pudding mix
1 box vanilla pudding mix
1 banana
1 can First Street whipped cream
4 cups First Street whole milk

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1. Prepare each box of pudding according to package directions.
2. Before puddings are set, scoop 1/2 cup of each flavor into smaller bowls. Add a generous pile of whipped cream to each, and fold in.
3. Slice banana and mix in to vanilla pudding mix.
4. Pour chocolate pudding into 1/2 of each pop mold.
5. Fill the rest of the pop mold with vanilla/banana pudding.
6. Freeze for 3 hours.

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Smart & Final is holding a picture & recipe contest on their Facebook page.  The name of the contest is “Our Brands, Your Pics.” Find more awesome recipes created by my fellow bloggers at the Smart and Final Social Circular, or connect with them on Twitter.

Smart & Final is a great place to do a one stop shop of everything from produce to meats. Smart & Final carries warehouse size items without a club fee, making shopping easy, less expensive and less daunting to shop in than a big warehouse store? Smart & Final is a perfect place to shop for all your food needs, bakery items, etc.

 

Wordless Wednesday: My Beastie Boy

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He’s totally thinking “I’ll stir fry you in my wok.” Or maybe just “I like my sugar with coffee and cream.”