Gluten Free Muffins

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins (gluten-free)

Lazy Sundays are just the best. My idea of a lazy Sunday would include some (or all) of the following: sleeping in, a trip to the farmer’s market, brunch with friends, watching football (GO HAWKS!) or movies, baking or cooking, a nap, a walk around Greenlake, reading a new novel……I could probably go on and on.

Seattle got a little taste of the fall this weekend with crazy windstorms, rain, and power outages galore. With the weather still crisp this morning, it meant one thing….today was going to be a lazy Sunday:

  1. I would take a trip to the farmer’s market all the while sporting tall brown leather boots and a scarf
  2. Bake something delicious for the week
  3. Snuggle up with a good book and a mug of tea in the afternoon

Knowing that berry season is just about over and Fall is just around the corner, I was inspired to pick up some local raspberries during my trip to the Ballard farmer’s market. However, I knew that I wasn’t looking to add these to yogurt or throw them into a smoothie. No, these raspberries had to be made into something warm and “Fall-like”. Summer berries + Fall inspired food = A delicious berry muffin.

Over the last year, I have been exploring fun ingredient substitutions for my recipes. In this recipe, the subtle nutty flavor and higher protein contents of the almond meal offers a pleasant alternative to classic all-purpose flour. I chose to use yogurt instead of oil/butter, simply because I knew the eggs and almond meal would offer enough fat; while the yogurt would give the desired moisture one looks for in a muffin.

Hope you enjoy!

raspberries and eggs

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal/flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 oz container of plain Greek yogurt (1% or 2%)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place paper muffin liners in a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. In a medium to large bowl mix the almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In separate large bowl, whisk the 3 eggs. Add the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold the raspberries into the batter, trying not to break the berries.
  6. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the muffin pan cups. The batter should be even with the top of the muffin liner.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are done baking.
  8. Carefully remove the muffins from the pan and let cool on a wire rack. 

Santé!

xoxo,

Megan

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt muffins gluten free

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Salmon with goat cheese, cherries, and peaches

“The Pacific Northwest Salad”: Grilled salmon with goat cheese, Rainier cherries, and peaches

After living in the Pacific Northwest for 28 years, I like to identify the seasons by flavor. Spring offers the best asparagus for roasting, winter provides the juiciest apples for baking, and summer….well, let’s just say it is a sweet, sweet season. Berries, and melon, and stone fruit…OH MY!

Native to the PNW and a summer diet staple, Rainier cherries top my “FLAVORS OF SUMMER” list. For the brief time they are available I find ways to include them with everything I’m eating….yogurt, salads, dessert, summer salsas….

This recipe can serve as a side dish or an entrée, but will likely steal the show in either role. Take advantage of the rest of summer and enjoy this healthy and refreshing taste of the NW!

Grilled Salmon with Goat Cheese, Rainier Cherries, and Peaches

  • Servings: 1-2 as an entrée
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 lb salmon King or Sockeye salmon
  • 5-6 cups of mixed greens
  • 3-4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Rainier cherries, halved and pits removed
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic dressing
  1. Over medium-high heat, BBQ salmon until cooked through (about 10-15 minutes)
  2. Plate greens for 1-2 people
  3. Evenly distribute goat cheese, cherries, and peaches between salads
  4. Cut salmon into bite sized pieces (remove bones if found) and add to salad
  5. Drizzle with desired amount of salad dressing
  6. Serve immediately 

Happy Summering!

Santé!

xoxo,

Megan


Watermelon salad

Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil

How is it already August?! Summer is flying by and I don’t want it to end! Being that watermelon is an iconic summer fruit, for me this salad wraps up some of the summer flavors in a nutshell (or should I say, a watermelon rind). Quick and easy to make, this recipe is perfect for a picnic, BBQ, or as a refreshing snack while you’re sitting on the porch drinking a tall glass of delicious _______.

Soak up the last few weeks of heat and enjoy these essential summer flavors!

Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 personalized watermelon
  • 4-5 oz of crumbled goat cheese
  • 4-6 sprigs of basil, leaves removed and cut in a chiffonade style
  1. Cut watermelon in half. Using a melon-baller, scoop ball shapes out of the watermelon and set them aside in another bowl. Once most of the watermelon balls are removed, scrape out the extra melon flesh and place in tupperware for another use (Watermelon Margaritas anyone?).
  2. Add the crumbled goat cheese to the bowl with the watermelon balls and gently toss. Make sure not to let the goat cheese melt or smear.
  3. Add the mixture back to the hollowed out watermelon “bowl”, garnish with basil, and serve immediately   

Santé!

xoxo, Megan