Today is the first in a series of posts here at Lexie's Kitchen that will highlight some of the best of the best gluten-free recipes of 2012.
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Our family has been on a journey to recovery with our youngest son going on four years now. Through diet, we have made great strides in healing him from the inside out. One thing we've learned is that living with food allergies and intolerances can be challenging. As the parent of a hungry and growing boy with multiple food intolerances, I have the deepest gratitude for the gluten-free and allergy-friendly food blogging communities and "safe" creations they pour out that keep me inspired.
My Favorite From 2012
Before unveiling the 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes from my site, I wanted to highlight an all-star blogger and recipe that rocked our world this year! It is a recipe for super simple bagels that are, among other things, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, grain-free, and yeast-free.
The recipe comes from Kelly over at The Spunky Coconut. Kelly is one of the most innovative healthy recipe developers I know. I hope that you will get acquainted with her site, her recipes, and her bagels! You are in for a real treat.
Lexie's Kitchen 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes
This year the top three honors over at Lexie's Kitchen go to Bacon & Kale Pasta, Dairy-Free Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes, and Cool-Aid. Each is a proven winner not only in my kitchen, but in the kitchens of my readers!
Bacon & Kale Pasta
One evening I wasn't home to make dinner for the troops so the privilege fell on the shoulders of my dear and honorable husband. While necessity may be the mother of invention, this one was based upon what was available to him in the fridge and pantry. I can scarf this pasta dish down like it's nobody's business. Here is the recipe.
Dairy-Free Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
When I make these, they are almost too pretty to eat. But once you get me going, I can't stop.
These are the bomb when frozen and allowed to thaw a bit prior to serving—oh, and topped with a decadent dairy-free Kahlua Ganache, of course. Here is the recipe.
"I made this Saturday night for a party and it was a tremendous hit. The kids were following me around like the Pied Piper pining for seconds. I even spotted someone licking their plate!" –Cass
The traffic and interest this recipe (if you can call it that) generated was beyond belief. For those trying to break the juice or soda habit, I highly recommend giving it a try. This refresher may look like Kool-Aid but is far from it. The base is herbal tea. Raw apple cider vinegar is added for tang and its health promoting properties, and a little stevia (or other natural sweetener of your choice) balances it all out. The only things missing are the artificial flavors and a good dose of Red #40. Here is the recipe.
"Oh my! I made this and it turned out great. It really does taste so similar to Kool-Aid! Only soooooo much better. I love that my kiddos are getting some ACV at the same time." -Danielle
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