Friday Foodie Fix Cucumber Gluten Free Recipes

gluten free recipes Welcome back to our weekly event, Friday Foodie Fix.  This is where you link up your gluten free recipes each week that contain the Secret Ingredient!

You will also find each week there will be loads of information on that ingredient so even if you don’t have any recipes to share, you’ll gather some useful information.

Make sure you check back to see what recipes have been added.

This week’s secret ingredient is Cucumber.

Healthy Facts

I love the abundance of organic cucumbers in the summer.  Cucumbers provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.  Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.

How to Buy

Cucumbers are sensitive to heat so you’ll want to either find them in the cooler section at the store or if you get them at the farmer’s market you’ll want to cool them off when you bring them home.  When choosing a cucumber they should be firm, rounded at their edges, and their color should be a bright medium to dark green

How to Store

Cucumbers should be stored in the refrigerator where they will keep for several days. If you have a leftover piece of cucumber, place it in a tightly sealed container or tight plastic wrap so that it does not become dried out.  Best if used within a day or two.

Favorite Tip

I love to add cucumber to my morning juice.  Combined with other anti-inflammatory foods it adds a very refreshing aspect to my Green Elixer of Life.  If you don’t have a juicer yet you can still eat them for breakfast by slicing them and topping them off with eggs.  Or add some spears to your jug of water and you’ll be drinking a lot more water.

Last Week’s Favorite Links

Gluten Free Cat shared Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie

The Tasty Alternative shared Raw Pasta with Two Sauces 

gluten free easily shared Cheesy Chicken Zucchini Bake

Linking up Guidelines

  • Share your own recipe using the Secret Ingredient. This must be your recipe, not copied from someone else.  If you were inspired by another recipe you MUST ALWAYS note that in your recipe.
  • Link the URL of your Specific Individual Recipe Post,  NOT to your home page.
  • Please link back to this post, not a static page so your readers can find the recipes here.
  • When you link, please tell us what you’re sharing.
  • This is a Gluten Free Resource so please make sure you share gluten free recipes.
  • Recipes do not need to be brand new on your blog, just your own and contain the Secret Ingredient.
  • There is no limit to how many times you can post on any given Secret Ingredient,  just Link Back.
  • Please use the FFF icon in your post and feel free to add it to your sidebar!  Here’s the code:  <a href=”http://www.thewholegang.org/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://www.thewholegang.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/FFF-thewholegang.jpg” width=261 height=256 border=0></a>

Next Week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is … Summer Squash!

Now it’s your turn to share your gluten free recipes with cucumbers below.

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6 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix Cucumber Gluten Free Recipes

  1. heathergfc July 6, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I love this Friday event! I love learning new things about the seasonal fruits and veggies that I love and finding new ways to use them. Thanks so much for doing this each week and for sharing my Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie!

    Cucumber, love it too!! I'm linking up a Fennel Orange and Sesame Salad that has a cucumber crunch to it.

  2. Devin @ Nom Yum Free July 6, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Hi Diane,

    This is my first time joining your Friday secret ingredient event. What a fun idea!

    I agree that cucumbers are a nice refreshing treat in the summertime. I'm sharing my refreshing cucumber basil salad, which I noticed has some of the same ingredients as your pictured cucumber onion salad. Strangely enough, like your mom and salad, my mom has been making this cucumber salad with basil since I was a kid. It used to be the only way that she could get me to eat cucumbers (unless they were pickles). :) I'm still having a hard time trying to convince my 3-yr old to eat them though. :(

    Thanks for hosting!

    -Devin

  3. glutenfreegidget July 6, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    In my opinion, cucumbers should have their own food group! I don't have any cucumber recipes because I eat them before I can cook with them! Dipped in salsa is my fav snack.

  4. amber July 6, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Diane,

    I do hope this Friday finds you well.

    Thank you high highlighting my raw zucchini pasta! I so enjoyed the other fabulous recipes.

    This week I am sharing pesto stuffed cucumber and a fun way to serve cucumber as an appetizer: topped with a beautiful fig and raw carrot hummus.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Be Well,
    –Amber

  5. Shirley @ gfe July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Hey Diane! I always love your FFF write-ups; there's so much to learn or re-learn about real food. And it's all wonderful, of course. Thanks for highlighting my Cheesy Chicken Zucchini Bake from last week! You'll be happy to know that I've been making that dairy free most recently. A little of that Majestic Garlic Spread and life is good! ;-)

    This week I'm linking up my Cucumber Chickpea Bruschetta. One of our very, very faves for hot weather fare. :-)

    Stay cool!
    Shirley

  6. Daniel Dostie July 9, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    Diane, I am glad to joun your great Friday event. I have found quite a lot of useful things about organic veggies and fruits. It is my main part of summer ration. I love cucumbers and eat them all the time, i knew they had some benefits but not all that you mention above, very informative,thank you

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