NOTE (8/7/2018): I've edited this article, initially written/published 5/5/2011, to omit the no more applicable back story and broken links. I had referred to a discussion on Jimmy Moore's now-long-defunct LLVLC Discussion Board that made me aware of the Eades' post discussed.
SUMMARY: Fat from the blood following a fatty meal is almost entirely due to the fat in the meal.
These sugar free Gluten Free Crepes are simple to make and exceptionally versatile for a variety of meals.
You can fill these sugar free flourless crepes with ham and cheese, lox and cream fraiche, fruit and yogurt, or sautéed vegetables.
Experiment with different fillings and try them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.
You may also use any ripe fresh fruit such as pears, blueberries or raspberries as a breakfast crepes recipe.
You could also go mad and serve up the crepes with Nutella and bananas -- oh my! All would work as a romantic dish for Valentine's Day or something you would serve mother in bed for Mother's Day.
Whatever the event, maintain this healthy crepe recipe on your cooking repertoire to treat your family members or for special events and parties.
Gluten free crepes have no flour, no sugar
This gluten free crepes recipe is based on the No Flour, No Sugar Crepes recipe from Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet.
The publication is a guide to sensible eating that's helped thousands achieve and maintain their desired weight. No flour, no sugar -- that is it. Dr. Gott's on to something, because bread and sugar cravings are huge problems for lots of people that are trying to drop weight. For others, they just feel better when they avoid refined sugars and flours.
This easy crepes recipe could work for folks who are on gluten free and paleo diets (with a few simple substitutions), too.
Speaking of special events, if you are serving these easy crepes for a special someone, spend the time to make your gluten free crepes as beautiful as possible.
You may also sprinkle monk berry powder or Swerve Confectioners Sugar within the crepes as shown in the pictures like you would with regular sugar. Since both monk fruit and Swerve are natural no calorie sweeteners, it is OK to indulge your sweet tooth a little.
Or you may leave the sugar and chocolate off the outside. Instead, smear some chocolate within the crepe, then fold over. Still as yummy, but no pressure to be Super Chef.
Lastly, leave a couple chopped and whole berries to put in the folds of the crepes on the side of the plate as a garnish. Do this recipe for crepes up like they want in a five star restaurant! Your loved one will appreciate it so much.
This Mama's Tips for making gluten free crepes
You would like to use arrowroot powder and not arrowroot flour in this gluten free crepe recipe.
Using low-fat evaporated milk significantly cuts calories while still delivering creamy sweetness.
I enjoy both stevia powder and monk berry powder in my own cooking. However, I find that stevia gets very bitter when mixed with chocolate, so I avoid using it when I cook with chocolate. You can also use Splenda or Equal in this no sugar crepe recipe if you're comfortable using either of these no calorie sweeteners.
A little scared of cooking up a batch of crepes? The Frugal Chef does a terrific video on how to cook up a crepe starting at the 3:20 minute mark. Bear in mind, practice helps. And you can eat any mistakes! They just will not be as pretty.
Gluten Free Crepes
For the gluten free crepes:
- Two large eggs
- 3/4 cup low fat milk
- 6 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Canola cooking spray
For your dark chocolate sauce and strawberries:
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup monk fruit
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp fresh, ripe strawberries, stemmed and chopped
For the gluten free crepes:
- In a large bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer until pale yellow and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Spray a nonstick 9- or 10-inch skillet with vegetable oil spray and heat over medium-low heat. Add about 2 tbsp of this mixture to the hot pan and tilt pan so the mix is evenly spread over the bottom. Cook until bottom is lightly browned, about 2 minutes, then carefully lift crepe and turn over. Cook until second side is lightly browned, about 2 minutes more. Continue until all the batter has been used.
For the dark chocolate sauce:
- Put chocolate in a skillet. Put milk and monk fruit sweetener in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and heat until hot to the touch but not boiling.
- Stir until chocolate has melted completely.
- Serve sauce immediately. Or cover and refrigerate up to one week. To serve, heat in microwave just until warm and liquid.
To serve the gluten free crepes with berries and dark chocolate sauce:
- Divide strawberries evenly among the crepes, arranging them down the middle of the crepes, and roll the crepes up round them.
- Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of chocolate sauce decoratively over every rolled-up crepe. Serve immediately.
- Serving size: 1 to 2 crepes
Originally published on February 7, 2007 and March 4, 2016. Recipe used with permission. Updated with new images and information.
Photo credit: livfriis at depositphotos
You have to try my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew if you love any kind of Italian seafood stew.
For those of you unfamiliar with cioppino seafood stew, it originates in San Francisco, and has its roots in Italian and Portuguese seafood stew.
It’s usually considered an Italian-American dish.
My husband loves ordering classic cioppino when we dine out. (Me, too!)
Why make this cioppino seafood stew recipe at home?
Going out to restaurants is a wonderful treat from time to time. But the reality is, most of us are trying to save a buck by learning to cook our favorite dishes at home.
What’s nice about making a cioppino San Francisco seafood stew at home is you know exactly what’s going in it.
That way you can avoid anything you don’t like or are allergic to. Or you can tweak the recipe to your specific diet or preferences.
For example, if you like spicy, you can add more red pepper flakes. (Or the opposite, don’t like spicy – use less!)
Or if f you’re on a keto diet and want to be strict with your carbs, you may want to use only chicken broth and clam juice and not add the wine.
You’re the chef!
Using frozen seafood in this quick cioppino recipe
When I first tried to develop some recipes for cioppino seafood stew, I had trouble finding fresh shellfish, fish and shrimp that were affordable.
That’s why I decided to create a classic cioppino recipe based on a Giada De Laurentiis cioppino recipe that relies on frozen seafood.
I used Trader Joe’s Frozen Seafood mix, which is a combination of shrimp, scallops and calamari. (Sam’s Club also has a good seafood mix as do some Asian markets.)
In addition, I bought frozen, shell-off shrimp at Kroger and used the tilapia I had in the freezer from Costco.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find frozen mussels that weren’t breaded (blech!) for my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew recipe, so we had to forego the fun of picking them out of the soup.
If you can find frozen mussels at your store, feel free to add them.
If you can’t find seafood mixes at your local grocery stores, use an equivalent amount of shrimp, scallops, or whatever seafood you can find locally. This recipe is pretty versatile.
More substitutions in the tomato seafood stew
Traditionally, fish stock is used in most seafood stews, but I couldn’t find fish stock at the store. And I didn’t have time to make any from scratch. (Who has time for that anyway?)
After doing a little research and finding recipes for cioppino seafood stew that used either chicken broth or clam juice, I decided to do a mix of the two.
Even with the simplifying of a more traditional cioppino Italian seafood stew recipe, my Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew was very tasty.
Since it relies on frozen items, you can easily make a batch on the weekends when you have a little time to cook, but don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen.
More tips for making and serving cioppino
Can you freeze cioppino? YES! Double the batch and freeze it for later. However, you’ll need a large stock pot if you want to double the recipe.
Can you reheat seafood stew in the microwave? Sure! Leftover shellfish cioppino heats up well in the microwave. Just don't overheat it or the seafood will end up chewy and rubbery.
Can I omit the wine? If you don’t want to use wine in your batch of Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew, use the equivalent amount of gluten free low sodium chicken broth.
What to serve with cioppino? Make sure to have crusty French or Italian bread on hand for dipping into the broth. So tasty!
If you’re gluten free, toast some of your favorite GF bread for dipping. Mmmmmmmm.
I also like to serve a simple side salad like this Kale Salad with Fruity Vinaigrette with the fish.
Soup, salad and bread is a perfect meal.
Looking for more easy seafood recipes?
If you love seafood or fish, you have to try:
Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 large shallots, chopped
- 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for seasoning
- 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for seasoning
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
- 2 1/3 cups low sodium chicken stock (gluten free)
- 3 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 pounds frozen seafood mix
- 1 pound frozen, uncooked shell off shrimp
- 1 1/2 pounds white, firm-fleshed fish fillets, cut into 2-inch chunks
- Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
- Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and sauté for 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
- Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes with their juices, wine, chicken stock, clam juice, and bay leaf.
- Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
- Add the frozen seafood mix to the pot. Cover and cook until the seafood is cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes
- Season the soup to taste with more salt and red pepper flakes, if needed.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
- Serving size: 1/6 of recipe
Originally published on January 10, 2013 and November 7, 2016.
Updated with new pictures and information.
Looking for the best marinated olives recipe? Here it is. Save money with this easy olive recipe. It’s a great appetizer for impromptu entertaining and the perfect addition to meat and cheese platters. Serve as is or with marinated feta cheese for easy low carb snacking.
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I love the beautiful gourmet olives at the olive bar in upscale grocery stores. I typically bring home 3-4 different options to try. Some are green and others black, some are brined and others not, but my favorite olives are those marinated with herbs and spices.
How to make marinated olives
Have you ever wondered how to marinate olives? You’ll be surprised how easy they are to make. To make marinated olives you just need olives, herbs and spices, aromatics, olive oil, vinegar, and salt. Mix everything together, cover, and refrigerate – that’s it! Just a few simple ingredients result in the best marinated olives.
Marinated Olive Ingredients
These are the ingredients I use when making marinated olives. They’re easy to customize per individual taste and what you already have at hand.
- Assorted olives
- Fennel seeds
- Minced garlic or shallot
- Fresh chopped rosemary or thyme
- Fresh chopped parsley, basil or tarragon
- Red pepper flakes
- Red wine vinegar or lemon juice
- Olive oil
How to serve marinated olives
For large gatherings, serve marinated olives in small bowls and place around the room for easy access.
For more intimate or impromptu settings, serve the marinated olives in a larger bowl with a spoon. I like pairing my olives with a bowl of marinated feta cheese or low carb hummus and almond crackers.
Don’t forget to include marinated olives on cheese platters or charcuterie boards. Place the olives in small glass or wooden bowls right on the meat and cheese platters or at least within reach.
Best olives for cheese platter or charcuterie board
I like to include a variety of black and green olives. Try punchy Kalamata olives or green olives stuffed with pimento, jalapeno, almonds, garlic, or cheese. And, mild green Castelvetrano olives are a must. Of course, including this recipe for marinated olives is appropriate.
For the ultimate Mediterranean inspired appetizer board serve marinated olives with Parmesan crisps, low carb focaccia bread, marinated feta cheese, roasted eggplant dip, rosemary crackers, and warm cocktail nuts. Don’t forget to offer a selection of dry and fruity wines.
Olive Platter and Olive Tray Ideas
A good meat and cheese platter is always in style, but make olives the star with on-trend OLIVE PLATTERS! What a perfect way to enjoy your homemade marinated olives recipe.
What are olive platters you ask? Olive platters flip the script on traditional appetizer platters by showcasing olives and filling in with other ingredients.
To Make an Olive Platter
Choose a wide, flat platter or cutting board – the size is up to you.
Select 3-4 kinds of olives to showcase:
- Store bought or homemade marinated olives
- Brined tangy olives like Kalamata
- Stuffed olives with: almonds, pimento, jalapeno, garlic or cheese,
- Dry cured olives
- Whole olives like Castelvetrano
Place olives in bowls on the platter or cutting board or arrange them in groups.
Fill empty spaces with a selection of nuts and berries, cheese (try Manchego and soft goat cheese) and selected meats like shaved ham, cooked cut sausage, or roasted chicken.
How do you store marinated olives?
It’s best to store any leftover olives in their original container in the refrigerator. Brined olives and olives packed in oil will last for several months in the refrigerator. Make sure to use clean hands and utensils when handling the olives to avoid contamination.
Store canned olives in a clean container in their brine or salted water for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Store drained olives in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.
Store marinated olives in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Marinated olives last for 1-2 weeks if kept covered and refrigerated.
Marinated Olives Recipe
- Small sauce pan (optional)
- 1 cup medium pitted green olives* (6 oz)
- 1 cup medium pitted black olives* (6 oz)
- 1 tsp whole fennel seeds
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary (or thyme)
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley (basil or tarragon)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar (or lemon juice)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Warm the fennel seeds in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until fragrant.
- Turn the heat to low and add olive oil, vinegar, rosemary (or thyme) garlic, and red pepper flakes. Heat until the oil is fragrant, about 8 minutes.
- Pour over olives, and stir. Add parsley and salt, stirring to combine. Can serve immediately, but let marinate for at least 2 hours for better flavor.
- Alternately, crush the fennel seeds in a mortar with a pestle. Then, add the garlic and work it into a paste. Stir in the next 7 ingredients. Toss the olives with the marinade. Marinate for several hours for best flavor.
- STORE: Place into an airtight container or into a bowl covered with cling film and refrigerate for up to a week.
- Makes approximately 2 cups serving 6 – 8 people. NET CARBS: 4.46g per 1/3 cup serving (2 oz, or 57 g, or 1/6th of the recipe).
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