As some of you know I have recently been advised to try to eliminate Gluten from my diet due to a suspected Gluten Intolerance. Wondering why I am capitalizing the Gluten? Because its so damn yummy and hard to replicate of course! This week – in a distinct effort to eat the same meal as the entire family, I tried to – ungluten-ize (ya that’s sooooooo a Joy word 🙂 ) some of our family-faves-clean-up-your plate recipes. If you follow my blog – you will see that I found a Brown Rice Pasta that works perfectly for Penne and GF Meatballs. Here are my next 2 attempts – one successful – scored a 10 from me, a 10 from hubby and a 7 from my 6 year old – Sweet Potato Enchiladas Verde Casserole and a “So-So Recipe With Potential” – Gluten Free Turkey Meatball Dumplings – scored a 4 from me, a 7 from Hubby and a 5 each from the kids.
**(skip to bottom for review of Chunky Green Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Dressing).
Sweet Potato Enchiladas Verde Casserole
*This casserole made of corn tortillas (make sure you read the ingredients – to ensure that yours do not contain gluten), sweet potatoes and spices combined with black beans & spinach makes a hearty & tasty meal These Sweet Potato Enchiladas can’t be beat!
2 1/4LB Sweet Potato – peeled and cut into chunks (about 2 Large Potatoes)
1/8 LB (a bunch) or 10 g fresh spinach – washed & trimmed & blanched & drained
2 TB Cilantro Salsa (or 1/2 c fresh cilantro mashed with lime juice)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 large Red Onion
1 – 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
1/4 LB (100g) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese (omit to make it vegan -maybe substitute in avocado for cheese? might be worth a try)
8 small (6 or 8 ” corn tortillas)
1 lime cut into slices or wedges.
Mix together – 1 jar ( 10-12oz) green salsa, 5 dashes cayenne sauce (optional), 1 1/2 c sour cream & 1/2 tsp minced garlic.
- Bring a saucepan to a boil and add sweet potatoes until very tender. Drain, return to hot sauce pan to eliminate any moisture. Mash potatoes, add rest of ingredients except the cheese, sauce, lime & tortillas.
- In the bottom of a greased lasagna pan/casserole dish spread a bit of sauce. Add a layer (slightly overlapping) of tortillas (they may go up the sides of the pan a bit), top with a thin layer of cheese, then 3/4 of the filling, top with 1/2 of remaining sauce.
- Add another layer with the remaining tortillas, then the remaining filling and top with the remaining sauce. Top with lime slices.
- Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through. enJOY!
Gluten Free Turkey Meatball Dumplings
This one we were expecting to come out like a turkey meatball stuffed yorkshire – however the “all purpose” gluten free flour I was using made the batter almost like a chicken ball batter, and they were difficult to brown. That being said – next time I would substitute a big chunk of chicken breast and a sweet and sour sauce and serve it as Chicken Balls…. or do this again and make a hollandaise type of sauce, maybe a cranberry sauce for a holiday meal, we dipped it in dijon mustard and that worked too.
1LB extra lean ground chicken (or large chunks of chicken breast)
1 Egg (beaten)
1 Tsp Oregano (or herbs to taste)
1/4 c gluten free bread crumbs
1 Cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Milk
Heat oven to 400 degrees and place muffin trays inside to heat while the oven heats up. meanwhile, mix meat (if making meatballs), with beaten egg, herbs and bread crumbs – roll into large or small meatballs (we tried both). Remove trays from oven, spray with cooking spray or mist some EVOO onto the tin). Place Meatball into the centre of each muffin tin (we made some with a mini muffin tray and some with a full sized muffin stone. Bake for 10 mins or until meatball is browned. Remove tray from oven, pour batter over top to between 3/4 and totally full. Put back into oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Enchiladas Casserole -shown served with Chunky Green Salad with Basil Vinaigrette Dressing (Tomatoes – Avocado – Chick peas – Green Leaf Lettuce – as expected was AWESOME – that salad will be added to the rotation for sure!) Thank you to fellow blogger: Mrs Buena Vida for sharing the recipe!