Spider Pizza | Triumph Dining

Halloween Spider PizzaThis Halloween I’m planning to ignore the candy and sweets. Yes, I’m sure I’ll probably end up nibbling some chocolate anyway but I’m not planning for it. Instead I am going to concentrate on savory festive foods instead.

Since Halloween is on a Friday I need options that aren’t too hard or time consuming to get on the table during the week. That’s why I’ve decided to make Spooky Spuds or Spider Pizza. Both require cheese, pizza toppings of choice and a little decorating skill.

Spooky Spuds are potato skins topped with shredded white cheese and decorated with cut outs from pepperoni, bell peppers, olives or anything else you can think of. Follow the directions below and make sure to allow time to bake the potatoes prior to decorating them.

The other option is Spider Pizza. This really isn’t different from any other pizza you’d make except for the decorations. I’ll use one of the Udi’s or Still Riding gluten-free, ready-made crusts I have in my freezer for the base but you could also make your own crust. Top with pasta sauce, shredded cheese and spiders cut out of pepperoni slices or formed with sliced black olives. Click to continue reading »

Pumpkin Seeds | Triumph Dining

pumpkin_seedsThere’s something satisfying and stress relieving about pulling out wads of seedy goop from your Halloween pumpkin. I like that squish between my fingers, but it’s probably not for everyone. Even if you don’t like the process of harvesting pumpkin seeds you should at least try eating them.

We recently published an article about health benefits of eating pumpkin but we didn’t want to fail to mention that there are health benefits in the seeds too. First we’ll talk about why they are good for you then we’ll show you how to make them at home.

• Heart healthy – a 1⁄4 cup of pumpkin seeds contain almost 1⁄2 of the recommended daily amount of magnesium

• Vitamin rich – pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B and fiber

• Plant-based Omega3 – pumpkin seeds and nuts are a great source of plant-based Omega3s

• Good cholesterol – pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol

• Kidney Stones – pumpkin seeds help prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation

• Inflammation – pumpkin seeds have been shown to help reduce inflammation

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Triumph Dining

 

pumpkin-soupWhile fall naturally lends itself to baking, this savory is a good way to satisfy a seasonal pumpkin craving, too. Serve with salad for a light dinner.

Ingredients

·        3 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, light olive oil, or any fat of choice

·        1 medium yellow onion, chopped

·        1 medium apple, cored and chopped ( I prefer a sweet-tart variety)

·        2 carrots, chopped

·        2 cups veggie or chicken broth

·        1½ cup pumpkin or winter squash puree (see note above for fresh squash)

·        2-3 sage leaves (whole)

·        ⅔ cup canned coconut milk

·        2 tablespoons maple syrup (amount depending on apple and pumpkin sweetness, do to taste)

·        2 teaspoons (or less) lime juice, to taste

·        Sea salt to taste Click to continue reading »

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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It’s pumpkin season again. In addition to decorating your doorstep for Halloween with them, did you know all the health benefits for you, your family and your pets?

Help for your eyesight – A cup of pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which can help your eyesight, particularly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Great source of fiber – Pumpkin is a great source of fiber with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories. A small amount added to your dog’s food can also help them with their own elimination (plus my dog loves it). Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Roasted Chocolate Cake | Triumph Dining

sachertorte-austrian-chocolate-cakeRoasting, although basic, is an easy way to develop flavor in your food. In the process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate, roasting is a necessary and important step that removes the bacteria and bitterness from the bean and develops the more familiar, chocolate flavor that we are used to tasting. If you tried a cocoa bean before the roasting process, you would find it would taste a lot different than the delicious chocolate we all know.

Even though cocoa powder comes from beans that have already been roasted, roasting them again after they have been crushed into a powder helps release even more flavor and builds layers which you can definitely taste in the finished product. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Cocoa Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce

pancakesIf you are one of those families that eats breakfast together every morning because the evenings are just too crazy with sports / homework / showers then this recipe may turn into one of your favorites. It’s a little sweet for breakfast every day but it is a good enticement to get everyone out of bed and to the table on time.

This pancake is also great with chocolate sauce, confectioner’s sugar or bananas sautéed in sugar and butter. Here it’s served with a fresh raspberry sauce.

Ingredients

• 1 teaspoon whole flax seeds

• 1⁄2 teaspoon psyllium husk powder

• 1⁄4 teaspoon chia seeds

• 11⁄4 cups gluten free all purpose flour without added gums* (7 ounces)

• 3 tablespoons high quality cocoa powder (3/4 ounce)

• 1⁄2 cup almond flour (1.8 ounces)

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt

• 11⁄2 cups milk

• 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for the pan

• 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Tin Foil Dinners | Triumph Dining

0abc4ec06c4c563d42a039e6100f6c11The suffocating summer heat has passed in many regions leaving in its place leaves turning colors, cool mornings and nights, and weather perfect for light jackets. This is a great time of year to go camping. If you find yourself camping and in search of some easy foil dinners, here are a few new ones to try:

Salmon with Artichokes and Kalamata olives.

Double up foil. Set piece of salmon on top. Douse with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, salt, marinated artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives. Fold the foil into a tightly sealed tent and grill on medium heat for 15 minutes. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Peach Pie | Triumph Dining

peach-crumble-pie-8While the late summer months may mean family camp for some and BBQs for others, to me it has always meant Peach Season with a capital P and a capital S. To celebrate the bountiful harvest each year, I always kick off the late summer season by making my Peach Pie with an Almond Crust and serve it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the perfect way to end a hot summer day.

Plus, not only are peaches juicy and delicious this time of year, but they are full of health benefits as well. Peaches are great for the skin and contain a high amount of fiber and potassium, which reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of an ulcer. They’re also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and have been proven to fight cancer and heart disease. Click to continue reading »

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie | Triumph Dining

strawberries_leadBetween school starting back up, end-of-season BBQs and holiday plans popping into our heads earlier and earlier, the last days of summer always seems to be a crazy-busy time of year. For those of you who like to entertain, this is an easy gluten-free dessert that doesn’t require baking. It’s inexpensive and a huge crowd pleaser, too.

The finished result is a light and creamy pie with sweet strawberries and zesty lemon flavors that melt in your mouth. Cool and refreshing, you may end up seeing that this bad boy makes at least one appearance every summer. This recipe makes two pies. Click to continue reading »

Zucchini Soup | Triumph Dining

2009_01_22-zucchiniWhile my garden is growing and while it’s still farmer’s market season in the Midwest I like to  keep our food as seasonal as possible. Just as I picked all types of berries a few weeks ago, now my zucchini and yellow squash plants are really producing. We’ve published quite a few zucchini recipes on this blog. Be sure to check out this easy summer salad and zucchini bread, too.

I love zucchini brushed with olive oil and grilled. It’s easy, simple, fast and tastes great. But when I’m in the mood for something a little different there’s a cold zucchini soup I turn to. It tastes like summer and since it’s served cold, it’s a nice dinner option for a hot day. I serve it with tortilla chips and my kids tend to treat it as more of a dip than a soup.

It’s easy to make so feel free to play around with seasonings. It’s good with basil or dill. There are also recipes that add curry, cilantro or cayenne. You can cut down on the calories by using low fat cream cheese or sour cream. Cutting back on the amount of those makes for a less creamy soup but still tastes great and also saves on the calories. Feel free to make it your own.

Ingredients:

- 4 medium zucchini (I used a huge one from my garden and also threw in a small yellow squash)

- 1 onion

- Chicken broth or vegetable stock

- 16 oz. cream cheese

- 8 oz. sour cream

Directions:

1) Chop the zucchini and onion into large chunks and place into a pot. Pour in enough chicken

broth to cover. Cook down until zucchini and onion is soft.

2) Blend all ingredients together with a food processor, blender or immersion blender.

3) Let cool a bit and blend then blend in cream cheese and sour cream.

4) Chill until cold and serve with corn chips and your favorite garnish.

Happy summer! Enjoy.