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Matzo Bread

Matzo Bread is part of the Passover Celebration, remembering the story of God freeing the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery.  They left in such haste that they didn’t even have time for their bread to rise.  Matzo is made with no yeast, and is more like a cracker than bread.

I made it especially for Passover, but it was so good and so easy, I’ll be using this recipe now all year to make these light, flaky crackers.  I can’t wait to try it with soups, dips, cheese, and all the other things that usually marry crackers.  This would also be a fun thing to send in a lunch box with meat and cheese – Lunchables style.

The recipe is from julesglutenfree.com and uses her wonderful flour blend, which you can find again at the end of this post.  My added tip is to score the dough with a pizza cutter where you want to break the pieces apart before baking.  They will break into even rectangles instead of random places.  Also, I just pressed the dough right onto the parchment paper I had lining my baking sheet.  It worked fine.

Thanks, Jules, for another terrific recipe!  You’ve taken one more thing off my list of “things I wish I could still eat” with this addition of gluten-free crackers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. water
  • 12 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450° F (static) 425° F (convection).

Whisk together Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour and almond flour then add in the liquid slowly while stirring with a fork or pastry cutter. If the dough is too dry, add additional water by the 12 teaspoonful in order to get dough wet enough to form a ball but not be sticky.

Form a ball with the dough and pat out onto a clean surface or pastry mat dusted with Jules Gluten Free™ All Purpose Flour. Pat with your fingers to flatten the dough and roll to the thickness of a saltine cracker, then prick all over with a fork. Sprinkle with additional coarse kosher salt, if desired.

Bake for 10 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or just until slightly browned.

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Snacks

DSC_0840Nuts and seeds are such healthy snacks.  They are full of nutrition and they fill you up.  I stock up on trail mixes, plain nuts, banana chips, corn nuts, raisins, popcorn kernels, yogurt covered raisins, dried peas, and dried fruit from our local Sprouts’ bulk section.  I keep some in containers and some in baggies, so we can just grab them on the go.  It’s much cheaper to buy things this way than to try to find special gluten-free bars, and they taste better too.

Our favorite snack ideas:  popcorn, fruit, peanut butter on a banana, apples dipped in peanut butter, rice cake with cottage cheese on top, chocolate rice cake with strawberry cream cheese and strawberries, smoothies, cheese sticks, yogurt and fruit, popsicles made with yogurt, deli meat rolled up around red pepper slices, veggies dipped in hummus or salsa, baby carrots dipped in bean dip, Chex Mix, or an Almond Bar from Nature Valley.

I’d love to hear your ideas too!

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Yogurt Parfait

DSC_0710Here’s one of our favorite breakfast treats.  It’s so easy to make, and it’s so fun to eat, especially in a special parfait or wine glass.

Instead of the typical granola, we layer with trail mix or nuts.  Start with yogurt on the bottom, then add fruit, and then nuts.  It’s easy to make this dairy free too using dairy free yogurt.

Cherries on top make it feel extra special.  My kids always ask Grandma for 2 cherries and she says with her contagious, joyful heart, “Sure, why not?!”  I think we should all learn something from her philosophy, and I think we’ll be glad we learned it before we’re Grandmas!

You can also make a simpler version in a bowl using whatever fruit and nuts you have on hand.  This is a frequent afternoon snack for me.  I add cinnamon to it for extra yummy flavor.  Enjoy!

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Smoothies

DSC_0642Smoothies are perfect for breakfast or a snack, and they’re a great way to boost nutrition.  I add fresh or frozen fruit, milk or almond milk, some vanilla protein powder, a few drops of Stevia for sweetness, and …..shhhh….don’t tell my kids this part.  I also add a couple of tablespoons of ground flax meal for extra healthy goodness.

For dessert, I make a chocolate, strawberry smoothie using unsweetened chocolate almond milk by Almond Breeze, frozen strawberries, Stevia, and …(flax!).  It’s very low on calories and very high in nutrition.  And, it comforts my sweet tooth.

It’s also really fun to serve a smoothie in a wine glass.  It tastes even better with a little class added to it.

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Ode to Rice Cakes

DSC_0493Rice cakes, oh rice cakes

what a wonderful treat.

You’re always there when there is nothing else to eat.

I can find you anywhere and pack you along.

With so many flavors, I can’t go wrong.

Topped with peanut butter and banana or jelly too,

Lunchmeat, cheese, or something new.

A chocolate rice cake with strawberries and cream

makes my stomach so happy and my taste buds beam.

White Cheddar rice cakes with cottage cheese

Give rice cakes a chance

Pretty please?

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