Recipe Category Archives: Gluten-Free Recipes

Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Adapted from Levana Cooks, using Mushroom Medley Levana Nourishments

gluten-free pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza. Yay!

Gluten-free friends rejoice: You can have your gluten-free pizza and eat it too!

The following recipe leaves you lots of room not only for the choice of flours, but also for the choice of toppings. No need to ever buy a commercial gluten-free flour mix, which you might not find in your neighborhood, and which will cost you much more . Rather, experiment with your favorite flours, and take good note of your favorite results. And same goes for toppings.

If it is tomato-and-cheese topping you like, go right ahead,  but if you would like to explore a little further, get exciting variations each time!

Let’s Talk Tapioca:

I urge you to experiment with the whole-grain flour gamut, but for gluten-free flour mixes, please be sure a third of your flour mix is tapioca flour. Good old tapioca, a blast from the past, is now all the rage! Made from the cassava root, tapioca is great as a thickening agent and adds a very pleasing chewiness and lightness to baked goods, and is easy to find.

Xanthan gum is an emulsifier easy to find in health food stores.

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Almond Cookie Recipe – Moroccan

Adapted from Levana Cooks, using Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments

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The Almond Cookie is a  great Moroccan favorite, called ghriba.

Traditionally we make them round and top them with a little cinnamon.
I am including the Traditional Basic Ghriba recipe here as well, so this Moroccan Almond Cookies variation, although it takes some poetic license, is a welcome change of pace, in terms of both shape and ingredients. These melt-in-your-mouth Almond cookies are totally suitable for gluten-free and are vegan without even trying.

For some more protein and nutrients…

Add Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments pouches to this delicious recipe. It will add protein and nutrients for a healthy and delicious dessert.

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Cottage Cheese Salad Recipe

Adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments

I just had me a little cottage cheese salad party!

My granddaughter Musia and I demolished a whole bowl of it this past shabbos.

Just in case cottage cheese eaten alone sounds too plain, here’s how to jazz it up!

My Russian mother in law Z”L used to make cottage cheese salad for us all the time, and called it – mysteriously – blotte.
Here’s my lean version of cottage cheese salad (sans sour cream), straight from the Old World: It brings a smile to my husband’s face. Adjust it to your personal taste: There’s nothing you can do to ruin it!

Only please don’t use the fat-free cottage cheese.

It just doesn’t taste good enough to take the trouble. This cottage cheese salad has no oil and no dressing, so it is perfectly OK to use 4% cottage cheese. If you would like, do all your chopping in the food processor, it will save time; just be sure to use the pulse button and don’t let the vegetables get chopped too fine.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments

chocolate dipped strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries is hardly a recipe:

Just a wonderful gift from yourself to yourself and a few dear friends, deliverable at the drop of a hat.

Luxurious, and gluten-free without even trying.

Everyone loves chocolate dipped strawberries on Passover too. I make them right on the spot and get lots of excited diners.
I recently served them at a dinner my granddaughter Chaya Rachel was at, a special treat to her who loves both chocolate and strawberries, but goes crazy for the combo. I gave each of us a tiny bowl of the chocolate sauce, passed the strawberries and the tiny skewers to pick them up with, and watched her smack her chocolate-smudged lips delightedly as she ate. I said to her, “Bubbie and Chaya Rachel are being bad girls”. She responded, “Bubbie, don’t show me how to be a bad girl!”
Grab a box of gorgeous strawberries on your way home:
For an extra-special occasion, the majestic long-stem ones will create more drama.

Why stop at chocolate dipped strawberries?

There is a lot of exciting stuff you can dip in the chocolate mixture; to name just a few: Orange segments, pineapple chunks, banana segments (make these only if you are serving immediately: peeled bananas are perishable), unsalted pretzel sticks, marshmallows. Have fun dipping!

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Yerushalmi Kugel Recipe

Adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments

yerushalmi kugel

Yerushalmi Kugel is a great Jewish favorite

It is also a real showcase in Israeli synagogues at Kiddush time:

I have seen two burly men flip an enormous pot of Yerushalmi Kugel onto a gigantic counter, then slice it across its whole diameter in two or three places with a knife about three feet long (promise!), then cut through the whole stack of disks from top to bottom, in hundreds of cubes. It reminded me of Gulliver’s travels. I remember thinking, what a pity it’s Shabbos and we can’t take pictures of this phenomenon! Then after I watched all the hard work, and inhaled the wonderful whiffs that filled the room, I watched it disappear in minutes, barely getting the time to get a piece of the wonderful stuff for myself.

The trademark of Yerushalmi kugel is the caramelized sugar-oil mixture

That’s pretty high maintenance (first hurdle), then combining that mixture with the other ingredients (a real nuisance, as the hot sugar-oil mixture seizes and hardens, and resists combining with the rest of the ingredients: second hurdle). I tried with caramelizing the sugar in water, which is the usual way of making caramel and then combining the caramel with the remaining ingredients, and found it much easier to make the dish this way, and every bit as delicious.

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