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20 min. Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free Italian Bread & Easy Mezzetta Olive Tapenade

My favorite holiday memories are of having lots of family and friends over for big meals. I love doing the cooking, preparing holiday recipes, the noise and laughter in the house, and of course, eating the food. I've happily adapted most of my old recipes to gluten-free but I had one more challenge. I was missing crusty chewy   Italian bread that I could make into Crostini! I've always loved warm toasted chewy bites of Italian bread at holiday parties. Topped with Tapenade or made into Bruschetta, they are my favorite appetizers, but I hadn't quite found the right gluten-free flour blend to achieve that wonderful chewiness, until now! I'm so excited to share my NEW 20-minute Gluten-free, Yeast-free, Egg-Free, and Xanthan Gum-Free Italian Bread Rolls with you and did I say, they only take 20 minutes? No yeast, no rising and so easy to make. This amazing dough is also perfect patted out thin for flatbread or pizza crust. Scroll down to see my new Pizza crust u

Skinny Cauliflower Recipes!

 I love these substitutes!!  Each recipe makes about 6 servings. Only 60 calories per serving (without the sour cream or cheese) compared to rice at 242 calories or mashed potatoes at 237!!  If you add the cheese and sour cream it will add apx 70 more calories per serving.   Still not bad at all.  Try adding herbs and  seasonings instead to keep it really Skinny.  Enjoy!  xx

Instead of Rice

Cauliflower Rice Recipe


1 large head of fresh cauliflower


Grate with large holed grater or chop the cauliflower into very small pieces so that it's similar to rice.
Heat the cauliflower in a large covered microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes at a time and stir. Repeat until tender.

Instead of Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower Mashed Recipe

  1 head cauliflower, leaves removed, stem and florets chopped into chunks of the same size
  2 cups Gluten Free chicken stock  and 1 cup water to cover
  Salt and pepper
  1-2 cloves garlic, smashed well
  1/3 cup sour cream- opt
  1/2 cup parmesan or shredded cheese-opt

1. Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to medium and cover, allowing to cook for 15-20 minutes or so, or until the cauliflower is very tender and easily mashed with a fork.
3. Once cauliflower is tender, pour off any excess liquid and reserve.
4. Pour all contents into a food processor and gently mix. Add in sour cream, cheese if using or some of the reserved stock. 
Note - I mixed with my hand mixer until I had a blended but slightly chunky (like country smashed potatoes) texture. 

Inspired by the web 


  1. I really am fond of cauliflower mashed. Sometimes it's a nice break from all the heavy foods.

  2. Good collection of all different type of recipes and really very easy and quick to prepare of Skinny Cauliflower Recipes at home.

  3. Hi Apoorva! Thanks for commenting! I have a few more new ones that I will be posting soon. Have you tried a cauliflower pizza crust? It sounds good doesn't it? hugs, Ali


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