Monday, May 30, 2011

GF-Strawberry Muffins and GF-Spinach Pasta w/grilled Artichokes

It's a beautiful day today and also one to thank all those vets who have served our country  and those men and women that are still doing so today.  Most of us know someone who has put their lives on the line.  My husband's second cousin who is 23yrs old who just finished up Army boot camp is on his way to Afghanistan.  We are thinking of him today and hoping he stays out of harms way.   While I have my own feelings on war I will not get into that.

Now I'll move on to the food!  How does GF-Strawberry Muffins sound?
This is pre-baked, obviously. I like to use the Vanilla Gluten Freedom Cupcakes from VCTOW...
but with some changes.

I originally was going to frost these but they turned out more like a muffin...or so I thought.  These would make a great breakfast muffin.  These came out really light and airy.
The changes I made were...
eliminating the almond extract/decreased the sugar to 1/2 c.
1/3 C. millet flour instead of corn flour
1/2 C. sorghum flour instead of quinoa flour
1 C. chopped fresh strawberries added at the end....fold in gently until well combined.

Next up...dinner.
Spinach Pasta with Cilantro Pesto and Grilled Artichokes

This recipe was taken from Veganomicon but I used GF-spinach pasta and I used fresh artichokes. Since artichokes are now in season I used them and then grilling them really made the dish more fresh tasting.  The cilantro pesto that has basil in it is really nice too.  This also tastes good cold the next day.

Are there any other ways you all use fresh artichokes?  Anyone have a vegan stuffed artichoke recipe?  I'm trying to come up with one.

Enjoy your day!


  1. Wow, that pasta looks so good! I love artichokes! I usually stuff mine with gf bread crumbs mixed with garlic, herbs and olive oil. Then put them in a steamer. I love drizzling lemon on them when they are done! So good!

  2. Your muffins are pretty, and strawberries make everything yummy.

    Love the look of that pasta too, sounds really delicious. I usually braise artichokes with tomatoes, garlic and onion...but a nice stuffed artichoke recipe sounds good...keep us posted if you find a good one.

  3. I am so glad it's finally strawberry season! Now that they pop up everywhere I feel a bit overwhelmed. Your muffins should help me adjust :)

  4. The pasta looks yummy! I usually like my artichokes pretty simple, grilled or steamed with a little lemon in the water. :-)

  5. Hooray for strawberry season! Great way to change up the original vanilla cupcake, I think I might like your version better.