GFCF Pretzels Using Namaste Pizza Crust

April 22, 2010 at 4:41 am | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF, Mixes, Namaste Contest, Recipes, Yeast, YUM | Leave a comment
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by Shannon Penrod

Before we went GFCF my son loved pretzels.  When we started the diet I looked for a substitute and we found the Ener-C pretzels, they were expensive but they worked, he loved them.  Then when we started working with our DAN Doctor he asked us to remove all soy, well that meant the Ener-C pretzels were out.  We switched to another brand then, I’m not sure which, it may have been Glutino.  Whatever it was had yeast in it and when we eliminated yeast from our son’s diet we effectively eliminated store bought pretzels.  That’s when I started making them out of Namaste Pizza Crust mix!  The make really nice chewy pretzels, you can add kosher salt before putting them in the oven for a real authentic soft pretzel.

The consistency of the dough is key to making pretzels.  It needs to be about the same consistency as Play-Doh.  Gushy enough to roll into a ball, but not so wet that it sticks to your hands is perfect.  At my altitude this is about one cup of Namaste Sugar-Free Pizza Dough Mix and 3 tablespoons of water.  Add the water slowly so you can see what works for you.  Mix the dough and then separate into two pieces.  Roll 1/2 of the dough between your hands to create a long tube.  Once you have it in a tube, place it on a piece of wax paper and gently knead the dough making it longer and thinner.  The spices in the mix will make it impossible to continue rolling it between your hands without breaking so slowly work the dough out with your fingers, smooshing it back together if it breaks or cracks.  One you have reached the desired length (about a foot) take both ends and cross them attaching the ends inside, like a pretzel. If the pretzel breaks just smoosh it back together, they are very forgiving before you cook them. Do the same with the other half of the dough and then transfer the two pretzels to a baking sheet.  Cooking on parchment paper is ideal but not necessary.  Sprinkle with kosher salt if desired.

Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 6 minutes, do not burn or even let them get very brown. One cup makes two large pretzels!

Shannon Penrod is the host of Everyday Autism Miracles on www.toginet.com.  The show airs live every Friday at  2pm EST/11am PST.  Free podcasts of the show are availabe at www.toginet.com/shows/everydayautismmiracles or you can subscribe to the free podcast on iTunes.

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GFCF Corn Free Popcorn

March 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF, Mixes, Namaste Contest, Recipes, Yeast, YUM | Leave a comment
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Listen, when I say that I can make almost anything out of Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza Crust, I’m not kidding!  Someone asked me the other day if I work for Namaste, because I’m always talking about it – here’s the sad truth – I don’t work for them I just love their stuff.  If your kid has as many dietary restrictions as mine, you’ll love it too.  Jem can’t have corn – it is too starchy and converts to sugar in his system and where there’s sugar – there’s yeast.  A little corn and I have a drunk elf – seriously he acts and smells like he’s been to a bar.  So, no corn – what do you do on movie day at school when all the other munchkins are dining on popcorn?  I make pop corn out of pizza dough! 

I take one cup of Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza crust mix and slowly add water one tablespoon at a time to get the right consistency, today it took 8 tablespoons of water (it can vary greatly depending on the humidity where I live)  The dough needs to be wet, but not soupy.   It needs to be wet enough to spoon it on to a cookie tray in small globs that will remain slightly spiky.  It should look like big popcorn.

Bake at 400 degrees for only a couple of minutes – Don’t bother walking away.  You need to bake it long enough to dry the dough out, but not long enough to brown.  My oven runs hot and I am at altitude so it only takes about 4 minutes.  Keep an eye on your oven the first time to time it – nobody likes burnt popcorn.  I serve it as is, but you can add salt if you like.  It’s good hot, cold or room temperature and it travels well!

What can YOU do with Namaste Pizza Crust Mix?  Enter the recipe contest on Everyday Autism Miracles and you could win a prize and have your recipe featured in Namaste’s new cook book!

GFCF Contest with Namaste!!!

February 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Namaste Contest, YUM | 1 Comment
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The big joke in my family is that I can make anything out of Namaste
Foods Sugar-Free Pizza Crust mix.  It’s kind of true.  I make bread sticks out of it, I make biscuits, next week for Dr. Suess’ Birthday I will make green eggs and ham out of it (my kid can’t eat eggs, ham or green food coloring but with a little creativity and Namaste, I’m good!) It occurred to me that if I could make some crazy good things with a Namaste product maybe other people are making crazy good things too!  Turns out that the folks over at Namaste Foods were having the same thought at the same time.  SO the GFCF Namaste Recipe Challenge was born!  We want to know what fabulous creations you are cooking up using Namaste Foods mixes! 

Have you got a kickin’ cookie recipe using the brownie mix or a totally scrumptious shrimp scampi and pasta bake using the  Taco Shells Pasta Meal?  We want to hear from you!  Create a winning recipe and you can win a $50 gift certificate for Namaste products and your recipe will be featured in the NEW Namaste Foods Cookbook!   Here are the particulars of the contest:

Prizes will be awarded to the best recipe in the three following categories:

1. Entrée – this is anything you would serve as the main course of a meal.
2. Dessert – tasty treats ranging from a Birthday cake, to a brownie and beyond
3. Everything else – this could be a side dish, a snack or even a dog biscuit!  Anything goes in this category.
Contestants must create a fabulous recipe in one of these categories using one of more Namaste Foods products.

To Enter:
 
1. Clearly write the ingredients and instructions to your recipe and email it to everydayautismmiracles@gmail.com
2. Be sure to include your email address, name and address as well as your phone #.
3. Attach a photo or your finished recipe
4. In the subject line type the category your recipe should be judged in. (entrée, dessert, everything else)
5. Tell us in 100 words or less who you make this recipe for and why they love it!

Submission will be accepted until  April 15th.  Winners will be notified by May 1st.
Winning recipes will be featured in the New Namaste Foods cook book.  All entries will become the property of Namaste Foods and could be featured in upcoming cook books, recipe cards or on line.

Have an idea and getting ready to step into your kitchen to test drive it?  Namaste would like you to enjoy a 15% discount of their products ordered from their website.  Visit www.namastefoods.com fill your shopping cart and enter promo code 50014 to receive 15% off of products.  Please note that the 15% reduction is for product only and cannot be applied to shipping costs.  Namaste Products are also available in stores such as Whole Foods Markets.  You can find a store close to you by visiting the store locator at www.namastefoods.com .  The promo code is only applicable to products purchased via www.namastefoods.com

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Namaste’s Rocking Sugar Free Pizza Crust

February 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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If some one came to me and said you can only have one product to help your son stay on the GFCF diet, I would have a hard time choosing between his Food 100_4743For Life Yeast Free Brown Rice Bread, his Shelton’s Free Range Hot Dogs and his Namaste Sugar Free Pizza Crust – but I have to say, I think I would say the Pizza Crust because it is SSOOOOOO versatile.

Yes it makes a pretty decent pizza crust.  But it also makes really good breadsticks, kick butt bisquits, fabulous fried chicken coating, sublime chicken nuggets, and even hot dog on a stick crust.  And how can I possibly forget – I made Christmas cookies out of it too!

C’mon now!  That’s pretty verastile.  And it tastes good.  My son’s one on one aide loves the bisquits!  Namaste makes several other products that are good also – me also use their Sugar Free 100_4483Pancake and wafffle mix.  Again very versatile -for Thanksgiving it used it for pie crust.  Their products clearly list what they are free of.  We are also soy, corn, potato, yeast and sugar free – which leaves nothing right?  No, it leaves glorious Namaste!  If you do allow sugar in your little one’s diet I here their brownie mix is fabu! 

You can buy Namaste in most health food stores.  I suggest telling the store when you start buying it.  Usually they order a case and wait til it runs out, then order another (leaving days when it isn’t available)!  Whenever you try a product and like it tell your store that you are going to buy it on a regular basis so they keep it stocked!

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