Appetizers & Sides Recipes

Avocado Fries

(this recipe is courtesy of our friend Gluten Free Gigi. Be sure to visit her blog for more great recipes and insights!) INGREDIENTS: 1 medium avocado 3/4 C crushed Plentils Crunchy Lentil Chips 1 t seasoning of your choice (Gigi used Ben’s Blend Avocado Seasoning from California Avocados Direct)   DIRECTIONS: Preheat your oven to 420F. Line a cookie sheet with with foil and spray generously with cooking spray or olive oil. In a shallow medium-sized bowl, add seasoning (if using) to Plentils crumbs and stir. Set this coating mixture aside while you prepare the avocado. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, then cut each half into wedges. Carefully peel off the outer skin. Depending on how thick you want your avocado fries, you can leave the wedges as they are, or you can cut them in half for thinner fries.   Click here for the Gigi’s original recipe...

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Bread Crumbs

INGREDIENTS: 4 small potatoes, about 4” long 1 T. olive oil 1/2 t salt 2 T buttery spread or oil of your choice 3 to 4 T stock (chicken or vegetable) 1 T fresh chives, finely chopped 1 T bacon bits (optional) ¼ t gluten-free onion powder 1/8 t. garlic powder Pinch ground thyme Pinch cayenne ¼ t. sea salt 2 T. Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Cereal crumbs ¼ C. + 1 T. Daiya Pepperjack-style Shreds or Cheddar-style Shreds   DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, combine the olive oil and the ½ t salt with a few turns of fresh ground pepper. Toss the potatoes in the oil/salt mixture to coat. Place them on a piece of metal foil in the oven for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the middles, leaving about 1/8” potato all the way around. To the potatoes add the buttery spread or oil, the stock, the chives, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne, sea salt, the Daiya shreds, and 1 T Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax cereal that has been ground into crumbs. If using bacon, add it now. Mix until combined. Stuff the filling back into the skins. Top with the extra Daiya shreds and the remaining 1 T of Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax cereal crumbs. When ready to bake, place in 375F oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are heated through and Daiya is beginning to...

Mighty Nice Chicken Bites

INGREDIENTS: 1-2 lbs chicken breast or tenders 1 C Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Cereal ⅓ C brown rice flour ½ t garlic powder ¼ t onion powder ½ t dried parsley ¼ t salt ⅛ t black pepper, ground ¼ C butter, margarine or Earth Balance spread (melted) 2T vegetable oil Dipping Sauces of choice DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375°F. Pour about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to lightly coat a sheet pan. In a food processor, combine Crunchy Flax cereal and flour. Pulse until you get the crumb size you prefer. Fewer pulses will result in a coarser crumb, more pulses will result in a finer crumb. Transfer to a plate or bowl. Add garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, salt, and pepper (or any spice blend that you prefer) to the plate or bowl of ground cereal and rice flour, and combine well. In a microwave safe bowl, melt Earth Balance (butter or margarine if allowed). Cut chicken into nugget or tender-sized portions or use a whole chicken breast. In small batches dip the chicken in melted Earth Balance and coat with cereal/spice mixture. Place on sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the chicken over after 10-12 minutes. Add more oil if necessary. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces. May be stored covered in refrigerator up to 2 days. Serves...

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

INGREDIENTS: For Sauce: ¾ small onion, minced ½ C lemon juice or vinegar 1 C sugar 1 – 15 oz. can tomato sauce ½ C water 1 – 16 oz. can cranberry sauce (jellied or whole) 1 – 12 oz. jar chili sauce For Meatballs: 2 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey) ⅔ C Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Cereal ¼ small onion, minced 2 t garlic powder 2 t salt ½ t black pepper, ground 2 t parsley flakes (or fresh parsley, minced) DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375°F For Sauce: In a saucepan on medium heat, combine all ingredients, and stir.Bring sauce to a boil and turn heat to low to simmer the sauce. For Meatballs: Grind Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax cereal. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Form into balls and place on sheet pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes on each side. When completed, blot excess fat and add meatballs to the sauce. Simmer covered for 45 minutes, stirring periodically. Meatballs and sauce can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, or up to a month in an airtight container in the freezer. Serves 4-6 as a main...

No Bluffing – It’s Stuffing!

INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ C Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Cereal 2C vegetable or poultry stock or broth (warm) 1T butter, margarine or Earth Balance spread 2 stalks celery, diced ½ large onion, diced 4-5 mushrooms, sliced 2-3 T carrot, grated 1t salt ⅛ t black pepper, ground 1 ½ T fresh sage, minced DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl place 2 ½ cups Crunchy Flax cereal. Add warmed vegetable stock and let soak for at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in a sauté pan. Add celery and onions, and sauté until translucent (do not let it brown). Add mushrooms and carrots. If mixture seems dry, add a little of the soaking liquid to deglaze the pan. Add the vegetables to the cereal and mix. Add salt, pepper, and fresh sage. Combine completely. Place mixture in an 8×8” pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. May be stored covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Serves...