2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes~Jeanette’s Healthy Living

For today’s 2012 Gluten-Free All Star Recipe Event, and my last post in 2012, I am delighted to have Jeanette of one of my favorite healthy recipe blogs, Jeanette’s Healthy Living, share her favorite gluten-free recipes of 2012 with you.  Take it away Jeanette!

Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes 2012Hi everyone, I’m Jeanette from Jeanette’s Healthy Living! Thanks so much EA for hosting me at The Spicy RD as part of the 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes event. What a fun way to see the best of the best gluten-free recipes for 2012 from a fabulous group of bloggers!

Our Story

I started Jeanette’s Healthy Living 2 1/2 years ago as a place to record recipes I was making for friends with cancer. In December 2010, our youngest son was found to have food allergies and I began chronicling my journey to learn how to cook and bake gluten-free for my son.  At first, I was at a loss at how to make his favorite meals free of the foods he was allergic to. Through an elimination diet, we were able to heal my son’s gut and today, he is only gluten-free. Thanks to Lexie’s Kitchen and other gluten-free blogs like EA, I can now cook and bake gluten-free easily (most of the time).

I try to cook as healthy as I can for my family, but never sacrifice on flavor. My motto is that everything I make has to taste great. I’m always trying out new recipes and cuisines on my family, so you’ll find all sorts of gluten-free recipes on my blog – North American, South American, Asian, European, and African. In fact, I’ve found it much easier to cook gluten-free because I have learned how to cook different cuisines that are naturally gluten-free.

My Favorite From 2012

Before revealing the 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes from my site, I want to highlight an all-star blogger and recipe that quickly became a family favorite in 2012. It’s decadent, but perfect for a special occasion and lighter than you might expect – Chef Dennis’ Spaghetti Fresca with Jumbo Lump Crab (served over gluten-free pasta of course!).  It’s also very easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. I’ve adapted this recipe slightly to make it saucier by adding more tomato and stretching the crabmeat (I use a 1-pound can from Costco’s for 4-5 servings). This has become our kid’s favorite 2012 celebratory dish and would be perfect for New Year’s Eve. It’s also perfect for anyone who is dairy-free and egg-free. Given how decadent crab is, I love how light this recipe is.

Spaghetti with Jumbo Lump CrabmeatSpaghetti with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat from Chef Dennis

Jeanette’s Healthy Living 2012 Gluten-Free All-Star Recipes

Now for the drumroll…This year the top three honors at Jeanette’s Healthy Living go to Beginner Green Tea Smoothie, Detox Beet and Carrot Smoothie, and Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole. Interestingly enough, two of my most popular recipes are for smoothies. These smoothie are so good for you, so I’m glad to see that they garnered so much interest. I know they’ll be a great way to kick-start the New Year! I’m not at all surprised that the Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole made the top 3 as it is a favorite in our house, easy to make, and so naturally beautiful.

Green Tea SmoothieBeginner Green Tea Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

I posted this recipe at the beginning of the year when everyone (including me) was coming off all the celebratory eating from the holidays, and ready to detoxify their bodies. I think people were especially drawn to this Beginner Green Smoothie because I served it in shot glasses. It was a great way to get my kids (and adults alike) to try a green smoothie.  Here is the recipe.

Beet & Carrot SmoothieDetox Beet and Carrot Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

This red smoothie is a tease because it is so vibrant in color and looks like it’s going to taste like strawberries. I posted this smoothie recipe at the beginning of the year when I was trying to incorporate more vegetables at breakfast time. It is such a brilliant red color that my husband thought it was a strawberry smoothie. He drank it all, then looked at me with a puzzled face, wondering what was in the smoothie. I had “tricked him” into drinking something healthy – ha!

Here is the recipe.

Strawberry Banana French ToastStrawberry and Banana French Toast Casserole (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I first made this pretty French toast casserole for my kids after one of my sons had his wisdom teeth pulled and I wanted to make something soft and special. It’s a great way to get kids to eat fruit at breakfast time, and it’s really easy to make. One father wrote: “This is awesome!! My son and I made for my wife for Mother’s day. Easy to make and tastes great! Thanks for the recipe.” Here is the recipe.

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I hope you enjoyed my 2012 Top Recipes. Please pop over to Jeanette’s Healthy Living and check out more recipes. I have lots of recipes focused on whole food living, all family tested.

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Thanks so much Jeanette for sharing these amazing looking gluten-free recipes with my readers. As usual, they ALL look healthy AND delicious which is the best way to start off the new year!

Wishing you and your families the happiest and healthiest of new years!!!

Which of these delicious recipes from Jeanette’s Healthy Living do you most want to try???

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  1. Wow!! Everything on this post looks fabulous!!
    I love the idea of the mini green smoothie! Perfect for those just trying to work into healthier habits.
    Happy New Year, EA!!

  2. happy new year, ooh that green tea smoothie would help things out right about now. Look forward to fun recipes and GF goodness in 2013.

  3. I love Jeanette’s blog too.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Great recipes! Jeanette’s recipes sound & look wonderful.

    Happy 2013, E.A.!

  5. Great Recipes..i am looking from many time for gluten free recipes..thanks for share!

  6. Oh, wow. My grandmother with celiac will LOVE that French toast casserole! Yum! Can’t wait to share this with her!

  7. Thanks for having me guest post EA – what a fun series this has been. Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing all your new recipes and news this coming year!

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