SuperGreen Hotpockets

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I have to say I am thrilled that I have hooked up with the great people at Organic Girl.  Getting boxes of healthy greens sent to me monthly to cook with is great!  Having their support and trust to create recipes on Zia’s Kitchen for them is so exciting!  It’s funny, I was a huge fan and buying their greens long before they reached out to me through my blog.  In fact I was a fan even before I met them on the set of All Mixed Up well over a year ago. ~Interesting note, when they reached out to me via my blog they had no idea I was the same person who worked on the set of All Mixed Up doing the PR and taking all of the publicity shots for them ~ What do you call that? Kismet? Serendipity? Fate?

Whatever you call it my family and I have been eating healthy delicious baby greens of all different varieties and enjoying every minute!… 

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It’s All About The Corn Flakes

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When you are Gluten Free you don’t get to enjoy very many fried or “crispy” foods you once did.  Which is probably a good thing.  However for those times you want to make things like breaded eggplant, chicken fingers, zucchini fries or more, most gluten free breadcrumbs just don’t cut it.  Panko is out of course.  So what do you do?  I recently found the answer in Publix completely by accident.  While searching to see if they had any new gluten free breadcrumb options I found it.

Corn Flake Crumbs!… 

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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Well in the past few weeks while I have been absent from the blog, I have still been cooking up a storm, and eating like I am getting ready to hibernate for the winter. Of course I live somewhere where you can still wear bathing suits through winter, so I better cut it out.  However I have been inspired of late to bake more and after discovering I had more cans of Libby’s 100% Pumpkin in my pantry than I really knew what to do with, I decided it was time to start using them up and in more creative ways then pumpkin pie!

My friend Mel gave me a pumpkin chili recipe that sounds to die for, but I have yet to go get myself a slow cooker/crock pot so I am waiting on that one. I was looking up some ideas online and found Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls! Ok, sounds perfect!  Now to make them Gluten Free!

Oh a baking we will go…a baking we will go….high ho my jeans are tight, a baking we will go……… 

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Figgy Pudding

 

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Fresh off the Bread Making disaster the other day, I was staring at the loaf in question thinking “what a waste to throw it away” trying to determine something to do with it when it hit me.  Bread Pudding!

I LOVE Bread Pudding.  I miss bread pudding.  So I thought why not make a gluten free bread pudding with this loaf right here?  It’s not the best tasting bread, but that’s nothing sugar and butter and cream can’t fix right? Then when I opened the refrigerator to get out the ingredients I saw the figs I had left and at that moment I decided I was a GENIUS! … 

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Tuesday Tips # 3

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“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
― Julia Child

Well, this Tuesday Tip is a multi-part tip.  It’s also just super embarrassing. That’s all there is to it. I did say I would include ALL of my “mis-adventures” in the kitchen though….so here we go.
Last week I finally got my bread maker out of storage where it has been living for a year and a half.  It’s a great little 1 lb. loaf bread maker - remember that number – in which I have made a few tasty Gluten Free loaves in the past.  Now mind you none of my past bread making experiments have been earth shattering successes, but on the right path.  I figured it was time to experiment
and I had a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin bread mix I had been wanting to try.  The idea was to have a fresh baked loaf for breakfast this morning.
That was the plan.
Sooooooo I was a good girl and set out all of my ingredients the night before.
Sometime around midnight I put the 2 eggs out so they would be room temperature and set my phone alarm for 4 am.  It takes 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete a baking cycle and I thought it would be perfect timing for breakfast. The idea of waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread excited Mama Sis and I very much.
I woke ahead of my alarm and went to the kitchen where I whisked the eggs, water and oil together.  (No photos, I mean really it was 3:45am)  Now here is where I have to admit that in the past 2 moves from house to apartment etc, all of my cookbooks were inadvertently taken and probably donated (I cried upon discovering this) and IN that collection was the manual and recipe book for the bread maker.  The basic instructions are printed on the side but yes, I am missing the actual manual.
I bet you can see where this is going already.
Liquids first.  Then flour mix.  Make a small well in the flour, add the yeast. Close the machine.  After checking the settings, hit start. Go back to bed.
In the morning I found this:
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Not bread.
Tip # 1.  After you think you have hit the start button, perhaps wait a few moments to make sure the cycle has begun before going back to bed.
So I hit start again and hoped for the best.  After the kneading portion was over I looked in and did NOT see a ball of dough as I have in the past.  It was only partially mixed, and while I mixed it with the handle of a wooden spoon I was getting annoyed.  Okay the first mistake was mine.  But this?  It had to be the bread makers fault right?
Nope.
Tip # 2.  Read ALL of the instructions.  Like when the package says it makes a 1 1/2 lb. loaf, maaaaaybe don’t put it in a 1 lb. loaf bread maker.  Just a thought.
The results:
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Ok not terrible. Not pretty, but it’s more about the taste right?  Maybe it all worked out in the end.
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You can’t see it very well, but it’s dense and moist and not entirely cooked through.  this is just a slice off of the end, I am guessing the middle is far less cooked through.
Bread = FAIL.
So what did we learn?
  • ALWAYS read the instructions of a kitchen appliance you haven’t used in a while.
  • If you no longer have the manual, do a google search and find it to download BEFORE using the appliance.
  • Always compare the package directions with said appliance directions. (1 lb. vs. 1 1/2 lb.)
  • Always wait and see if you really hit the start button.
Or just don’t try and do anything complicated at 4 in the morning.
Nom Nom
 

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