Category Archives: Nut-free

Product Review: Quinn Microwave Popcorn

The Midwestern Gentleman surprised me with a gift of three different flavors of Quinn Popcorn over the holidays.  He knows I love popcorn, but I’ll confess I’m also a bit of a popcorn snob. At home, I always cook popcorn … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Appetizers, citrus, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, herbs, monounsaturated oils, Nut-free, Product Reviews, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian | 7 Comments

Jam-Swirled Gingerbread Porridge for Frosty Winter Mornings (GF/DF/NS)

Groundhog Day came and went on Sunday, and no one living in the North was surprised by Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter.  Temperatures in Iowa have lingered ten to thirty degrees below average for months, with … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Breakfast, coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined), Dairy-free, ginger root, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Recipes, spices, Vegan, Vegetarian | 3 Comments

Pão (de Queijo) Dairy-Free Variations Part II: The Sweet (GF/DF)

My last post featured variations on the small, savory Brazilian snackie bread called Pão de Queijo. This time around, I’ve eliminated the cheese in favor of sweet flavorings, making these pão into tasty little bite-sized dessert pastries that won’t blow your daily … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Breakfast, coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined), Dairy-free, dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more), Desserts, fruit, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, spices, Vegan, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Good to the Last Bite: Gluten-Free Banana Bread (GF/DF)

I have made three batches of this banana bread — with and without chocolate chips and shredded coconut — over the last month, and each time, it disappeared so quickly, I didn’t find the time for a decent photo-shoot.  So, … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Breakfast, coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined), Dairy-free, dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more), Desserts, fruit, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, spices, Vegetarian | Leave a comment

Pineapple-Coconut Sherbet (GF/DF/V/NS)

How do you feel about sherbet?  I have always thought of sherbet as the humbler cousin of rich, decadent ice cream and elegant, tangy sorbet (or sorbetto, depending on which country’s frozen confections you prefer).  I discovered a new love … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Dairy-free, Desserts, fruit, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Eggplant Caviar (GF/DF/V)

This recipe is a variation of one my mother used to make often when I was a child.  This type of vegetable “caviar” — which can be enjoyed as a dip, chunky spread, or topping — is common to Mediterranean … Continue reading

Posted in alliums (garlic/onions), Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Appetizers, cruciferous vegetables, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, herbs, monounsaturated oils, mushrooms, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Naturally Sweetened Coconut “Syrup” (GF/DF/V/NS)

I love coconut in all its forms.  I also love pancakes.  Coconut in pancakes is wonderful… so what about coconut on pancakes? Traditionally, coconut syrup is made by simmering coconut milk and an equal amount of refined sugar or corn … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Breakfast, coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined), Dairy-free, Desserts, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian | 6 Comments

Gluten-Free Multi-Seed Crackers (GF/DF/V/Nut-Free)

One of the most difficult processed foods for me to give up for the sake of an anti-inflammatory diet has been… crackers.  You wouldn’t expect the humble cracker to inspire this sort of unfailing devotion, but it turns out crackers … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Appetizers, coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined), Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Recipes, seeds, Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Lime Salt & Simple Snacking (GF/DF/V)

Flavored salts are simple to make and add easy pizazz to any dish.  Last fall, when the Midwestern Gentleman and I harvested our herb garden, I put up several jars of herb salts: lemon balm salt; thyme salt; and a … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, chile pepper, citrus, Gluten-free, herbs, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, spices, Vegan, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Coocoo

Since our visit to Trinidad and Tobago in January, coocoo now claims a regular spot in our menu rotation.  This Trini version of polenta is traditionally served as a starchy side with fish. I enjoyed it in Tobago as a … Continue reading

Posted in alliums (garlic/onions), Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients, Appetizers, coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined), cruciferous vegetables, Dairy-free, Entrees, Gluten-free, herbs, Nut-free, Recipes, Snacks, spices, Travel, Trinidad & Tobago, Vegan, Vegetarian | Leave a comment