Corn Bread

Skillet Cornbread Recipe with Green Chiles  and Cinnamon

This cornbread is moist and tender.  You can  top it with ground cinnamon before you bake it (shown in the first photo) or  leave the top plain (though if you haven’t tried the flavor combo of green  chiles and cinnamon- give it a whirl!).

We love leftover wedges grilled in a little  olive oil. If you like your cornbread really spicy try using chopped jalapeños  instead of the mild roasted green chiles. See other substitution ideas- including subs for a sweet vanillacornbread in Notes below.

Dry ingredients:
  • 1 cup stone ground gluten-free cornmeal
  • ¾ cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch or potato starch (not potato flour!)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or cinnamon- or my  fave: both
  • ½ cup organic light brown sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer whisked with ¼ cup warm water*
  • ½ cup plus two tablespoons light olive oil, or  grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup very warm water or rice milk ½  teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 extra tablespoons water, if needed- the  batter should be like cake batter, and not too thick

Add:

  1. ½cup chopped roasted green chiles- mild or  spicy, as you prefer
  2. A sprinkle of chili powder and cinnamon, for  topping

Instructions:

  1.  Preheat your oven to  375ºF.
  2. Lightly oil a 10-inch iron skillet.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients (cornmeal through  brown sugar) in a bowl and whisk.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Egg  Replacer with the olive oil and beat for one minute.
  5. Add in the dry ingredients and beat by hand  just until a smooth batter is formed, about one minute.
  6. Add in the chopped  roasted green chiles. (If your batter seems a little dry, add a tablespoon more  liquid at a time until you achieve a smooth consistency.)
  7. Heat the prepared skillet over medium-high  heat.
  8. Pour the batter into the heated skillet and  sprinkle a little chili powder and/or cinnamon over the top of the batter.
  9. Bake the cornbread in the center of a  pre-heated oven for 25 to 35 minutes (depending upon your altitude), until firm  to the touch in the center, and slightly golden around the edges.
  10. A wooden pick inserted into the center should  emerge dry.
  11. Place the skillet on a wire rack and allow the  cornbread to rest 15 minutes before cutting. This helps keep the slices from  crumbling apart.
  12. Serve warm.
  13. Grill leftover slices in a little olive oil  for a savory winter treat.

Yields 8 to 10 slices.

Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf gets a bad rap. I’m not sure why (it’s one of the most popular entrees at the trendy Ivy restaurant in Santa Monica). And every time I make a meatloaf it is devoured with gusto. Or maybe my family is simply crazy for old fashioned comfort food. My latest variation for gluten-free meatloaf is to use cornbread to make gluten-free breadcrumbs. This makes for an amazingly flavorful and moist meatloaf that cozies up rather well to my favorite Brown Sugar Glaze.
  • 1 3/4 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 small sweet or red onion, peeled
  • 1 medium to large carrot, peeled, trimmed
  • 3 cloves fresh peeled garlic
  • 1/2 cup good tasting tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 organic free-range egg (or omit for egg-free and use 1 more tablespoon molasses)
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free cornbread crumbs
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Put the ground turkey into a large bowl and using a fork or spoon, break it apart it a bit.
  3. Roughly chop the onion and carrot into same sized chunks and place them into a food processor;
  4. add the garlic; pulse until the veggies are uniformly diced- fine- not too chunky;
  5. add them to the turkey.
  6.  Toss lightly with a spoon or fork to quickly distribute the veggies.
  7.  Add the ketchup, molasses, egg (if using), cornbread crumbs, spices and thyme.
  8.  Mix it all up using a light touch; try not to over-mix it into mush (over-mixing makes for a dense loaf).
  9. If the mixture is too dry at this point, add a little more ketchup. If it feels too wet, add more cornbread crumbs. You want a nice stick-together balance.
  10. Spoon the meatloaf mixture into a standard size loaf pan and firmly press into place, smoothing and rounding the top of the loaf so that the sides are lower than the edge of the loaf pan (you don’t want the glaze spilling over the sides later on).
  11. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, make your brown sugar glaze.

Brown Sugar Meatloaf Glaze

Stir to combine:
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon honey mustard
  • A small pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon
  1. At the 45 minute mark, remove the loaf from the oven.
  2. Spoon the glaze mixture on top of the loaf.
  3. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.
  4. Allow the cooked loaf to cool for ten minutes or so before slicing and serving.

Serves 4 to 6.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

All Natural Pumpkin Spice Sauce:

  •  1¼ cups water
  • ¾ cup Agave Nectar
  •  3 Cinnamon Sticks
  •  ½ tsp of ginger
  •  ½ tsp of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg (or if you’re lazy like me and that is too many ingredients, just shake on some all spice until you’re happy with it)
  •  3 Tbs of canned pumpkin
  1. Bring to Boil and Mix

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Make some VERY strong coffee….
    1. NOTE: To get strong coffee,  I take the leftover breakfast coffee (probably around 2-3 cups), and pour it back in the coffee maker (instead of water), add some grounds to the ones that were already used and re-brew. This makes awesomely strong coffee!
    2. Use around 5 tbps of it
  2. 6-8 oz unsweetened coconut milk
    1. Heat the milk.
      note: the coconut milk is awesome, because it’s thicker than regular milk, it’s my preferred choice.
  3. 2-3 Tbps Pumpkin Spice Syrup —-or more if you like it sweet like I do.
  4. Mix together, and add a little whipping cream, or a sprinkle of cinnamon is you want (the cream part isn’t low cal).

Source: Creatively Living Outside the Box