(Family Features) - With spring in the air comes time to clean closets, cupboards and ... recipe boxes? Freshen up more than your home this season by sorting through your collection of mealtime favorites. Adding new springtime desserts to the recipe rotation is a surefire way to satisfy everyone from the pickiest of eaters to those with special dietary considerations, including gluten free.
Spend some time browsing online at inspiring food websites and blogs, flip through your favorite magazines and revisit trusted cookbooks to revitalize your recipe collection. Try unexpected tasty combinations, such as Strawberry-Marshmallow Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches made with gluten free Chex(r) cereal, a recipe created by cookbook author and DishTowelDiaries.com blogger Silvana Nardone.
"Introducing new recipes to fit everyone's needs is fun and delicious," said Nardone, author of "Cooking for Isaiah," a cookbook catering to the millions of Americans with food sensitivities like her son, Isaiah. "Gluten free cooking is easier than ever with five varieties of gluten free Chex cereals, which I use as an ingredient in everything from Sweet 'n' Salty Coconut Chicken to Double Chocolate Pudding Pie, to a refreshing homemade ice cream sandwich."
Nardone offers these tips to ease into a scrumptious spring:
New twists for the table: Reach for delicious fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market or grocery store to make a beautiful-and nutritious-centerpiece.
Creative uses for everyday staples: From an on-the-go gluten free snack mix, to a perfect piecrust, Chex cereals offer a fun crunch from breakfast to dessert. Nardone notes five Chex cereals-Honey Nut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Rice and Corn-are gluten free; and Wheat and Multi-Bran varieties are not gluten free.
Blending it up: A smoothie is a perfect snack for both kids and adults. Just toss together a variety of fruits, yogurt and ice, and blend until creamy.
Feeling inspired? Try Nardone's tasty gluten free Strawberry-Marshmallow Crisp Ice Cream Sandwiches.
For additional creative recipes, visit www.Chex.com/GlutenFree. And remember, if you're cooking gluten free, always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.