Chocolate Summer Fruit Tart

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This week, we are getting antioxidant-rich summer beverages, a recipe for a fermented pineapple drink named Tepache, GF pizza, a chocolate-layered tart with summer fruits… and many more recipes.

Chocolate Summer
Fruit Tart

🍽️ Antioxidants in the News: Antioxidant-Rich Drinks

🍽️ Fermented Beverage Idea: Homemade Pineapple Tepache

🍽️ Appetizer: Grilled Summer Vegetable Skewers

🍽️ Entrée: GF Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes

🍽️ Dessert: Gluten-Free Chocolate Summer Fruit Tart

Healthy News Dose

Antioxidant-Rich Drinks 

What exactly are antioxidants, and why are they important for health? 

Antioxidants are compounds that can encourage our bodies to fight against free radicals, a category of unstable molecules that can cause damage our cells over time.

Many naturally produced foods contain high levels of antioxidants, which can help our bodies stay healthy and potentially provide some cancer-fighting benefits!

An article from Eating Well listed six antioxidant-rich beverages, based recommendations from dieticians.

They included the following six antioxidant-rich beverages:

(1) Green Tea
(2) Pomegranate Juice
(3) Grape Juice
(4) Hot (and Iced) Chocolate
(5) Coffee
(6) Orange Juice

If you are looking for alternative summer beverage ideas that are also beneficial for your gut health, consider adding kombucha or water kefir into your weekly routine.

I started making water kefir a few months ago and have been amazed by its deliciousness. It’s also really easy and budget-friendly to make at home. 

I suspect water kefir will provide growth for supermarket chains’ beverage sections as a growing food trend item over the next five years. Skip the grocery store and make your own custom water kefir blends at home for a small fraction of the cost and countless well-known health benefits!

Click Here to Get: “Water Kefir - The Ultimate Guide

Fermented Beverage Idead

Homemade Pineapple Tepache

If you combine brown sugar, pineapple flesh and pineapple rinds, and water, and allow the contents to sit at room temperature for a few days to ferment, you can create Tepache, a fermented and gut-healthy summer beverage.  I recommend serving this chilled, over ice.

Click here to get the recipe »


Grilled Summer Vegetable Skewers

Grilled or sauteed summer vegetable skewers are really easy to make at home!

A couple of quick tips:

  1. Submerge your wooden skewers underwater for about thirty minutes before adding them to the grill.

  2. (2) If you use the same type of vegetables on a single skewer, they tend to cook more evenly.

  3. After the vegetables are cooked, Add freshly ground black pepper, a sprinkle of salt, some dried oregano, and a drizzle of olive oil.
    Fresh herbs are also wonderful to add here.

  4. Adding a splash of sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar, or lemon juice right before serving provides some welcome acidity and brightness.


GF Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes

If you've never tried cauliflower pizza crust before, you're in for a delightful surprise. The crust is wonderful because it contains a lot fewer carbs than a regular pizza dough; even if it’s gluten-free.
Give it a try in our new recipe library here.

Get more pizza recipes in the ultimate guide to gluten-free pizza (and 4 more free cookbooks)


Gluten-Free Chocolate Summer Fruit Tart

One thing I love most about gluten-free recipes is how much of the baking landscape remains undiscovered. This cake is truly exceptional and offers a taste unlike anything you've experienced before

Click here for the full recipe »

Chef’s Word of the Day

Have you heard of a “cartouche” used in cooking? A cartouche is a lid made of parchment paper that generally has a small hole cut into the center. It allows for minimal evaporation of water while also discouraging the browning of the ingredients being cooked. It also discourages skins from forming on top of your sauces or stocks as they cook down or simmer over low heat.

You can make your own cartouche at home by folding a square piece of parchment paper into a triangle and then folding that triangle angle in half to make a smaller triangle. You then trim the outer edges of the folded triangle to match the radius of your pan. Then, cut off a small section from the center of the folder and trimmed triangle, which will serve as the steam vent. 

When you open and unfold the cartouche, it should roughly match the diameter of your pan, and you can place this cartouche on top of your ingredients as they cook down.

If this written folding procedure doesn’t make complete sense, just search on YouTube for: “How to make a cartouche.”

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