"Comfort Food" Quinoa is the Word

Good Morning World!!!
Well after a wintery weekend, I wanted to start off the week with some comfort food… but I started on Sunday so I really didn’t even get out of the weekend.    Usually it is by this time of year we are all feeling the affects of the grey skies, the chilly air and how dark it gets way to early.  So we look to our comfort dishes, they just make us feel a bit better, something yummy in the tummy we all have our favorites, what are yours?

You might say not an easy task when your baking or cooking gluten free.  I’ve been there and done that believe me!    However with time and practice you’ll feel very confident that dishes that you are going to make will turn out fine.  I’m going to make Gluten free Cheeseburger casserole made with Quinoa noodles and Chocolate Chip Cookie bars with a bit of Quinoa flour for that nutty taste.

Remember comfort food can still be yummy gluten free and also by choosing low fat ingredients you end up with a dish that is  a win- win!  Check out the recipes for these goodies on our recipe page.

When baking my Quinoa chocolate chip cookie bars I bake them in a 9×13 cake dish and after they cool we usually cut them up into squares for eating but my 6 year old daughter soon to be 7 thought why not use cookie cutters, I thought now that is a pretty good idea and how much more fun to eat!  She is big at thinking outside of the box, one of the many things I love about my daughter!

Here’s what you will need if you want to try the Quinoa chocolate chip cookies

2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour (you can find that on the blog under flours) You could also use 1 1/2 cup all purpose and 1/2 cup brown rice instead.

1/8 cup of quinoa flour (check out under flours about making your own and saving money)

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla

2 cups Hershey chocolate chips

1/4 cup vanilla yogurt

1 cup butter

2 large eggs

1 tsp.  salt

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350F

Mix flours, salt, xanthan gum, baking soda.  In another bowl mix butter, yogurt, sugars, vanilla and eggs and then mix in chocolate chips.

Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mixture and combine.  Put into a 9×13 baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool before cutting into shapes.


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