Basic Pasta Noodle

Homemade pasta noodles are something that i think everyone should be able to make. It is so simple and has so few ingredients (it is possible to make with only flour and water). There is nothing finicky or difficult about making your own and has such an impact when you bring your own freshly-rolled noodles to the table.

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You do not NEED a pasta roller but I really really recommend one. It makes a somewhat annoying process become super easy. I picked one up from my local kitchen store for about $30 but I see them at second-hand stores sometimes too.

They also have attachments for your stand mixer. I look longingly at them online week after week. The attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer will set me back anywhere from $70-120 which I just can’t justify right now but now that fall is coming around (pasta season) I am more tempted by the day.

If you check out the ingredients list of the back of you pasta you will notice that most contain nothing more than wheat flour and water. I like to add egg to mine. It is NOT necessary just a preference as I enjoy the flavor and my hens are currently in full production.

Basic Pasta Noodle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1-2 Tbsp water or olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt and egg
  2. If needed, add enough water or olive oil to make a stiff dough
  3. Knead dough 3-4 minutes
  4. Use pasta machine or roller to roll out dough to desired thickness
  5. Add pasta to salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until done

Notes

if you don't want to cook it right away, it can be dried or frozen to use later.

http://backtomyroots.ca/basic-pasta-noodle/

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Buckwheat Pancakes (gluten free)

Before going gluten free I had never tried buckwheat. Honestly my eyes have really been opened to all the other grain (and in this case seed) options out there. I now “think outside the box” when it comes to meal time.

Buckwheat is delicious! It has a strong, earthy flavor that I am a big fan off. Despite its name, it actually has no relation to wheat at all. This makes it a safe substitution for a gluten free diet.

buckwheat_pancakesI found this recipe for buckwheat pancakes a couple weeks back and left it in my folder of things to experiment with. It required a little tweaking. The original recipe created flat, dry pancakes that I really wasn’t sold on.

I spent some time and played around with it a little and I finally created exactly what I was looking for. Although the recipe says that fruit is optional, I really think it adds a lot too it. Perhaps it should say “strongly recommended”. Or if ya really wanna take it to that next level… chocolate chips?

I made these tasty buckwheat pancakes for breakfast and I love how easy there are and only need 4 ingredients! For this batch I folded in fresh organic blueberries and they were amazing, I am dying to try a batch with fresh raspberries and blackberries!

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I had already eaten two pancakes at this point. You really get a lot of pancakes out of this recipe. You have to trust that I wouldn’t let you go hungry!

And yup, in the background you can see a jar of our own homemade maple syrup.

 

Buckwheat Pancakes (gluten free)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except fruit and mix until well combined
  2. Fold in fruit pieces or berries
  3. Cook on a non-stick pan on med-high until bubbles begin to form on top, then flip
  4. Enjoy with fresh fruit, maple syrup, honey or any other topping you love
http://backtomyroots.ca/buckwheat-pancakes-gluten-free/

This post can also be seen on: Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday

 

 



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Gluten Free Bread for One in One Minute (microwave)

If you are gluten free or know someone who is, then you know what a pain it is when you need some gluten free bread and have none.

I am the only one in my house and whole family who is gluten free so I often need just one bun for a burger or sandwich and this is my new go-to recipe. It only takes a minute in the microwave and makes a soft and delicious gluten free bun or bread.

bread for oneA great idea I saw was to make this recipe in one of those sandwich-shaped tupperware containers so that your bread comes out loaf-shaped! Brilliant!

I don’t have one yet though so a little ceramic dish makes the perfect sized bun for  a burger or sandwich.

 

Gluten Free Bread for One in One Minute (microwave)

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 Tbsp milk (cow, goat, soy, almond etc)
  • 3/4 tsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup gluten free flour blend BTMR GF Flour Blend
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the wet ingredients together, then add the dry ingredients
  2. Put into a microwavable dish
  3. Cook in the microwave for 80 seconds
  4. Remove from dish and allow to cool on a rack
http://backtomyroots.ca/gluten-free-bread-one-one-minute-microwave/

This post can also be seen on: Homestead Barn HopAllergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday



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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is the grain that everyone is eating these days and for good reason. It it full of vitamins, gluten free and is full of protein.

I am always looking for new ways to eat quinoa. Some things are a huge success while others are a miserable failure. A couple months back I bought a Cream of Quinoa cereal and my god it was terrible. I couldn’t even finish the small serving it made. It gives me shivers just thinking about it. What I am trying to say is that I wouldn’t recommend it…

I really DO enjoy quinoa though and will not be put off by a single bad experience. I just made up some of this super easy quinoa salad and I have been won over. There are so many variations to how this can be made (just like any good salad) but the principal will be the same.

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Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can beans (kidney, black, chickpeas, whatever)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa in the water and set aside to cool
  2. Chop the tomatoes and onions and add to a bowl with the beans
  3. Whisk the dressing together
  4. Once the quinoa is cool, add to the veg and beans and toss in the dressing
  5. Allow to sit a minimum of 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop

Notes

There are so many more things you can add to this. Try adding corn, sweet peppers, squash, carrots, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia etc. Use what you have!

http://backtomyroots.ca/quinoa-salad/

This post can also be seen on: Gluten Free Wednesdays, Homestead Barn Hop, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday



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High Protein Pancakes (gluten free, paleo)

Wow, so I really love pancakes. When I went gluten free I thought I would never eat another pancake again but it has really opened up the world of possibilities to me.

high protein low carb pancakesFirst off, pancakes are one of those foods that you don’t want to be chewy and “gluteny” so it actually works out really great. There are so many flour options too! I have made them with white rice flour, brown rice flour, potato flour, buckwheat flour and almond flour and they all have their unique flavors and health benefits.

This recipe uses coconut flour and eggs to hold it all together which creates a beautiful, high protein, low carb pancake.

 

 

 

High Protein Pancakes (gluten free, paleo)

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Put the eggs into blender for 30 seconds
  2. Add the rest of the indredients and blend until well combined
  3. Let the mixture sit and thicken for 5 minutes
  4. Set a non-stick pan to medium heat
  5. Cook each pancake until bubbles form on the top and then flip to cook on the other side
http://backtomyroots.ca/high-protein-pancakes-gluten-free-paleo/

Banana Berry Sauce

This sauce was an awesome idea I had. Feeling pretty proud of myself here. The pancake recipe calls for a half a banana and I don’t know about you but I hate having half a banana laying around.

So I grabbed the remaining half and tossed it in a saucepan with some other berries I had laying around (blueberries, raspberries) and cooked them down for a few minuted before pureeing them with a hand blender.

Can this fruit sauce be raw? Absolutely! There is really no need to heat it up at all. I just liked how it intensified the flavors but in the future I will probably just blend them up without the heat.

 

This post can also be seen on: Gluten Free Wednesdays, Homestead Barn Hop, Allergy Free Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday

 



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