Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yeast Free Bread Mix--Breads from Anna

A few months ago I tried the Yeast Free Bread Mix from Breads from Anna.  The bread was absolutely delicious.  It is the first yeast free bread that I have found that actually tastes and has the texture of "real bread".  The product is gluten, dairy, corn, soy, nut, yeast, rice, and potato free!  How about that list! The owner of the company has celiac, type 1 diabetes, and is also a trained chef.  She has really made a great product.

To make the bread you add 1/4 cup of oil (I used olive oil), 1 1/2 cups of non-dairy drink, including water (I used unsweetened almond milk), 2 tablespoons of preferred sweetener (optional--I used Truvia), and 3 jumbo eggs to the package of Yeast Free Bread Mix.  On the package, it gives tips and variations if you need egg-free bread or use honey or another wet sweetener to sweeten the bread.  The Yeast Free Bread Mix can be used to make pita chips, dinner rolls, hamburger and hot dog buns, herbed olive bread, pancakes, waffles, wraps and flatbread, cinnamon raisin bread and more.

The mix will stay fresh for two years.  It can also be purchased in 25 lb. bulk bags.  The website is Breads from Anna.  I actually e-mailed Anna with a question about whether to use almond milk or water. Her response was swift and she did suggest using almond milk over water in the bread mix.

Here is a photo of the loaf of bread.  You can see from the picture that it does rise quite a bit, just like a normal loaf.

Yeast Free Bread from Breads from Anna
I also made a tuna sandwich using Vegenaise.



Breads from Anna has other yeast free items.  I bought the pie crust mix to try.  I'll tell you how I like it in another blog.  Until then, happy yeast free living!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I have been hearing about cauliflower crust pizza for a long time.  My sister, Glenna, made a great-looking pizza for the Super Bowl using a cauliflower crust.  Below is a photo of her pizza.  (To make it yeast-free, just leave off the mushrooms).

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Glenna used the recipe from this video from popsugar.com to make the crust.  
Here is the link:
Cauliflower Crust Pizza  
The video is  quite entertaining and informative.  The popsugar website gives Paula Deen credit for this recipe.  Here is the recipe for the cauliflower crust pizza with the substitutions I made to keep it yeast-free.

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick spray
2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (I used Daiya mozzarella style shreds)
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (I used Go Veggie! dairy free grated parmesan cheese)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tomato sauce (I used Pappy Fred's Old Style Pizza Sauce--gluten free, no sugar added)
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh basil leaves, optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (I used a pizza stone), and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  3. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan.  Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.  (This step is really important.  The crust must be baked before putting any ingredients on it.  The spray makes it crispy.)
  4. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.
Of course, you can add whatever toppings you would like.  My pizza had Daiya mozzarella style shreds, rotisserie chicken, onions, and cherry tomatoes as toppings.  
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
I hope you enjoy making pizzas using a cauliflower crust!

Easy Springtime Yeast-Free Dinner

It is so nice to be on Spring Break!  The weather has been great, I went to the Winter Park Art Festival, and  I've been able to do some needed cleaning. Yesterday my mother and I made a trip to our local Costco.  I put together this simple and tasty meal when I got home.

First I purchased some Kirkland Turkey Burgers.  The ingredients listed are white turkey, kosher salt, rosemary extract, and black pepper.  They can be grilled, broiled, or cooked in oil on the stove. I put some olive oil in a pan and cooked them for six minutes on each side.  Perfect!

Kirkland Turkey Burgers

Then I made some cole slaw.  I took a bag of Publix brand cole slaw and added Vegenaise, Truvia, sea salt, and pepper to taste.  I also bought some delicious cherry tomatoes at Costco.  I cut them, and dressed them with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.

What a delicious dinner!  I'm now ready for summer!

Turkey burger, cole slaw, and fresh tomato dinner!