2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipe Kick-Off~Lexie’s Kitchen

Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes 2012Today marks the beginning of a series of posts here at The Spicy RD blog that will highlight some of the best of the best gluten-free recipes of 2012.

This holiday season, I am delighted to introduce you all to a handful of top gluten-free bloggers will be here to share their hottest recipes of the year. These are recipes their readers have raved about and that have gone viral on the likes of Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. But most importantly, they are fool-proof and tasty. 

I encourage you to get to know these bloggers. Peruse their websites and be inspired. Each serves a special niche—all are 100% gluten-free. 

So please join me here, and check back regularly between December 18-31, for the 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes event. You won’t want to miss a morsel!

Gluten-Free All StarsFor today’s 2012 Gluten-Free All Star Recipe Kick-Off, I am honored to have Lexie Croft, of the lovely gluten-free and dairy-free blog, Lexie’s Kitchen, share her favorite gluten-free recipes of 2012 with you.  

So, without further adieu, take it away Lexie!

Thank you, EA, for hosting me at The Spicy RD or the kick off of the 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes event. I am chomping at the bit to try the creme de la creme recipes we will be treated to by some of the best gluten-free bloggers out there!

A Journey to Recovery

Since 2007, our family has been on a journey to recovery with our youngest son—the inspiration for my blog, Lexie’s Kitchen. 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 bloggers like EA who pour out gluten-free creations weekly and keep me inspired.

Delicious Bagels from The Spunky Coconut: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, grain-free, and yeast-free.

My Favorite From 2012

Before revealing 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 Lexie’s Kitchen readers!

Gluten-free 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.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cheesecake from Lexie's KitchenGluten-Free and 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 then allowed to thaw a bit prior to serving—oh, and topped with a decadent dairy-free Kahlua Ganache, of course. Here is the recipe.

Cass said: “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!”

Healthy "Kool Aid"Cool-Aid

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.

Danielle said: “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.”

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If gluten isn’t the only offender you avoid, head on over and visit my site. Every recipe is free of gluten and dairy, and most are free of eggs and other common food allergens. I look forward to your dropping by!

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Thank you so much Lexie for sharing all these mouth-watering gluten-free recipes!  They all look delicious, and are going on my “to make” list, but I think the Kale and Bacon Pasta is the first on my list to try!

Which of these delicious recipes from Lexie’s Kitchen do you most want to try???

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  1. All I have to say is, gluten never looked so good!
    I love the combo of kale and bacon! YUUMMMM!

  2. Agree Kristen-you can never go wrong with a kale bacon combo!!

  3. All of these recipes and photos are making my mouth water! You can’t do that to people when they have missed lunch and it’s still an hour until supper.

  4. That pasta has my name on it 😉 and you are right, kale and bacon are great together.

  5. Oh yeah, great recipe round-up! I’ll have a mini cheesecake now, please 🙂

  6. This is a fantastic series EA. Although am not GF but many of my dishes naturally are. This is such a nice way of highlighting other bloggers and introducing them to your readers. Happy Holidays!

    • The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Shulie! I know you will discover lots of delicious recipes to try over the next couple of weeks! Happy Holidays to you too 🙂

  7. Ooh, that pasta dish looks wonderful! Lexie/EA, how different does GF pasta taste than “regular” pasta? I’m intrigued by it!


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