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It has been snowing for 3 days.  I’ve been shoveling for 3 days.  You know what I didn’t want to take 3 days?  Supper!  So it was off to the fridge to find something to make.  I found a carrot. … Continue reading

Avacodo & Feta Taco. Its quick – Its Gluten-Free – Its Delicious and its Easy!


Its summer time and no one wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when there’s sunshine to enjoy!

IMG_20140716_150654 IMG_20140716_150703 TacoThis is an old favorite of mine.  Simply easy and delicious – best of all takes about 5 min to make and very little mess to clean up. This is a vegetarian taco-like sandwich using an unconventional filling.

Makes 1 sandwich.

  • 1 Corn Tortilla
  • 1/2 avacado
  • 1-2 TB red onion
  • 1 oz feta cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • cilantro (optional)

Heat a non stick pan over high heat.  Place corn tortilla (you can usually find them in the refrigerated area at your supermarket), in the hot pan.

Meanwhile chop the avocado & onion.  Flip the tortilla over in the pan (it will be crispy on the side that was fave down and a little browned).  Crumble the feta on the tortilla, add onion and avocado.  Sprinkle with  salt and pepper and cilantro if using.  (You can also add tomatoes or some cooked fish like mahi mahi ).   Heat for a couple min until you can peak at the bottom of the tortilla and see that it is browned.  enJOY.

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Outta the mouths (for the mouths) of babes!


recipeI found this recipe written by my 8 year old daughter sitting on the dining table this morning. Looks like she’s  on the way to a full fledged foodie like her Mom!

In case you can’t read it – here are her recipes (2 of them – she’s written more and came up with a delish veggie salad as well but that’s for another post)  – could be influenced by a recipe book – or more likely the Food Network, that kid loves any cooking show! Especially Chopped and Top Chef!

 

Crazy Cucumbers

  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • thinly sliced carrot
  • raisins
  • cream cheese
  • chives

Spread cream cheese on cucumber.  Add carrots and raisins.  Roll it all up and tie it with a chive.

Inside Out Sandwiches

Mini Me Foodie

Mini Me Foodie

  • breadstick
  • mustard
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • thinly sliced red pepper
  • turkey slices

Spread mustard on turkey slice.  Add rest of ingredients, ending with the breadstick.  Roll it up. EnJoy

 

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3G Baked Penne – Grown Up Gourmet & Gluten Free


I made a lasagna the other day and had some left over Ricotta and left over roasted cherry tomatoes  so I whipped this version of a baked penne – for grown ups.  I made this one using a gluten – free corn pasta, but your favorite gluten free, or regular pasta works too.

If you have time – roast the cherry tomatoes with a bulb of garlic (slice top off) – drizzle EVOO over all of it and bake at 400 for 20-25 min.  Use all of tomatoes and juice and 1-3 cloves of garlic out of the bulb (squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skin).  Heat some Honey – Oat  Gluten Free Bread for dinner and use the roasted garlic instead of butter.  To shorten the prep time, use minced garlic.

Gourmet Baked Penne

Mix

4 cups cooked penne

with:

ricotta spinach basil oregano garlic mixed with penneBaked Gourmet Gluten Free Pennesingle serving 3G Baked Penne2 cups ricotta cheese

1 egg (slightly beaten)

3 dashes Franks Red Hot

1/2 cup steamed and drained spinach

1/2 c left over roasted cherry tomatoes with and juice from roasting (I had a about 5 more raw ones that I thew in whole but tried to keep them nearer the top so the tomatoes roast and burst into the casserole)

salt to taste

1 tsp minced garlic (or roasted garlic – see above)

1/8 tsP black pepper

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp basil

1/8 c shredded mozzarella

2 TB parmesan cheese

Once blended pour into a greased casserole dish, top with

plus 1/8 – 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Raise heat to 400 and uncover for last 7 min.

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This is a family favorite and its Gluten Free to boot!  Feel free to add (left over) cooked broccoli or bell peppers or other veggies to make it your own.  Super simple and delish – without all the processing that … Continue reading

Wow! Chocolate & (not Peanut) Butter Bars!


This is one of the recipes I use for a treat for the daycare I was catering at. The kids loved it! We had peanut & nut allergies so I used WOW! Butter for this recipe.  If there is no risk of allergy feel free to substitute real peanut butter for the WOW! Butter.  Best part – this is  a no cook recipe and only takes 5 min to prepare.

WOW! Butter & Chocolate Bars.

Wow Butter Bars (2)  wow butter bars

  • 1 cup  Syrup – I’ve used corn syrup or maple or table syrup
  • 3 cup Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes (or a mix of both)
  • 2 cup WOW! Butter or Peanut Butter
  • 2 squares of semi sweet chocolate

Mix first 3 ingredients in a bowl – please note all of these measurements are approximate as I actually just toss this stuff in together and mix it until its the consistency of rice krispy squares.  Add more or less of each ingredient until you get the right consistency.

Wow Butter Bars (3)Press into the bottom of a 8*10 pan (I line it with wax or parchment paper – so I can life the entire thing out to cut later).  Melt the chocolate for 30 seconds in microwave – and stir continue in 10 sec, spurts until melted (or melt in double boiler on stove top).  Spread on top of mixture in pan.  Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens (about an hour).  Lift out of pan using the parchment paper and cut into bars – freeze  or serve.  Keep in refrigerator,  freezes well.

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In the midst of packing and moving so this post is a short one!  Last night I made one of my favorites for dinner – Lamb Chops on the grill! I know, lamb is not nearly as popular here in … Continue reading

Guest Post: 5 Tips to Turn Your Favourite Dish Gluten-Free by: Bridget Sandorford


Thank you to Bridget Sandorford from culinaryschool.org  who was kind enough to share her tips to turning your fave dishes Gluten-Free!  

Top 5 Tips to Turn Your Favorite Dishes Gluten-Free

540926535_6117cae4b9_mGluten has become a buzz word for what we’ve always known to be a part of some of our favorite foods – like pizza, pasta, bread and cake. Technically, it’s the protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley that can cause any number of health issues, such as digestive upset, chronic pain and a weakened immune system. Informally, it’s known as delicious.

Unfortunately, a great number of people are sensitive to gluten or even intolerant to it. As more people recognize the symptoms, they are starting to adopt gluten-free diets for greater energy, ease of weight loss, and relief from poor health symptoms. However, some find it hard to make the switch to a gluten-free diet and giving up all those favorite foods. Here are a few ways that you can turn your favorite dishes into gluten-free options so that you can maintain the healthy diet you need while still enjoying the foods you love:

1. Use a Gluten-Free Flour

Many flours can be easily substituted without changing the flavor or consistency of a recipe. Instead of using white or wheat flour, you can use almond flour, rice flour or even potato flour. You may need to make some adjustments since many flours cannot be substituted one-for-one. Look up substitution recommendations with the manufacturer of the flour, or just try out some experiments and learn what works through trial and error.

tip from Joy: Quinoa Flour is nutty and nice for baking as well!

2. Eliminate the Flour Altogether

gluten free fudgy brownie made with black beans topped with icecreamNot all recipes even need the flour to work – including many baked goods. You can use ingredients such as black beans, apple sauce, bananas, and even additional eggs to substitute flour in dishes from brownies to cake to pancakes. Surf some gluten-free recipe sites for some ideas, or pick up a good gluten-free recipe cookbook. Once you get a few ideas, you can try experimenting with some recipes of your own.

tip from Joy: check out my Black Bean Brownies Recipe – no flour!

3. Think Outside the Bun

A sandwich just doesn’t seem the same without bread, nor a hamburger without a bun. Yet you can still enjoy these favorites without the gluten. You can use romaine lettuce leaves to sandwich your hamburger or to create a nice wrap for your sandwich fillings, or you can just put your ingredients in a bowl and make a salad or bowl meal out of it.

tip from Joy: instead of breadcrumbs in your homemade burgers add GF oatmeal instead! Look for a GF Worcestershire Sauce for some added flavour!

4. Make Veggies Work for You

Veggies can take on the shape and texture of many of your favorite dishes if they are prepared right. For example, you can use a spiralizer to turn zucchini and squash into “pasta noodles” and top them with your favorite sauce. Zucchini, kale, and other veggies can be ground up or sliced and dehydrated to create a “bread” or “chips.” Again, check out a few recipe books and experiment to see what you like best.

5. Make Friends with Nuts

Peanuts anyone?Nuts can be used to make everything from flours for breads to crunchy coatings for “fried” items. You can soak them and ground them for flours or meal, which can be used for baking, frying and sauces. You can chop them up and use them to create a crispy, flaky crust for fried chicken or onion rings. Not only are nuts naturally gluten-free, but they are also full of nutrients, including healthy fats.

tip from Joy:  try grinding some almond flakes with a coffee grinder (whole nuts may burn out the motor in a smaller grinder) to make Gluten Free Onion Rings so awesome!

If you feel like a gluten-free diet could benefit you, don’t be scared off by thinking that you’ll never get to eat bread or pizza again. You can make even your favorite dishes gluten-free by just substituting the ingredients. You’ll make the meal healthier, and you won’t sacrifice any of the flavor.

About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance blog and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the job description of a line cook. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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Tonight it was raining out. It was also hot, sticky and – all caps- HUMID so neither cooking in the oven nor on the grill for any length of time was appealing.  And,  I was home alone for supper, and … Continue reading

Fly Me Away to the Pub – Gluten Free Wings & Pub Grub (Supper on a Budget Part 3)


Whether you are hoisting a pint or not – who doesn’t love going to the pub for some good ‘ol “pub grub”?

For this edition of my supper on a budget (see my past posts of Part 1 and Part 2) we are visiting pub grub…. more specifically wings.  I love wings, unfortunately most wing places flour their wings (regardless if  they bread them)  – which for the most part make them off limits to me because of the gluten.  This recipe is my kids absolute favourite wings and do not contain ketchup or tomato which some recipes do.  Its been said nothing on the internet is completely new and its true – I adapted my recipe from this one.

On the menu:  Sticky Wings, Salad, Oven “chips” and carrots and celery sticks.   (fed 2 adults, 2 kids +left overs)

Cost:

  • 1KG wings                                      $7.70
  • Gluten Free All Purpose Flour  $0.50
  • celery & carrot sticks & salad    $2.50
  • Potatoes for “chips”                     $1.00
  • oil  & spices & marinade             $2.00
  •                                          Total       $13.70
  •                        cost per person       $3.43

Fly Me Away to the Pub – Gluten Free Wings & Pub Grub

sticky chicken wings pub grub dinner

Sticky Wings

  • 1 KG chicken wings – split and tipped
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I use a rice based one)
  • 1 – 2 TB your fave BBQ Rub (we use JIYK Classic)
  • 1/8 -1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 2 TB soy sauce (reduced sodium) (check for wheat)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 c white vinegar
  • 1/2 c sugar (or use Maple Syrup or Honey)
  • like hot wings?  optional:  hot sauce to taste or omit sugar and add 1/2 c Sweet Heat Mango Trinidad Style hot sauce

To tip and split the wings – use kitchen shears, as you split them dunk in the eggs, then dredge in flour mixed with BBQ Rub. Allow to “dry” for a minute, repeat.

Heat oil in a deep saute pan over med high heat. Place wings in hot oil for 1 min per side until browned. (They will not be cooked). Once browned, removed from pan and place in sprayed casserole dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl or (I use a 2 cup measuring cup), mix, hot sauce (if using) with vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and whisk well (beware the sugar is harder to mix in).  Pour marinade over wings, place in oven for 1 hour.  After 20-30 min, flip wings over in sauce.

Oven “Chips”

fries baked

  • 2-3 White Potatoes – sliced very thin.
  • 1 -2 TB EVOO or Vegetable Oil.
  • 1 TB BBQ Rub

Slice potatoes thinly, toss with oil and BBQ Rub, place on cookie sheet in oven with wings for last 40 minutes.  Once wings are removed from oven, broil chips for 2 min.  Serve & enJOY.

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If you love pub grub like I do – check out these recipes of mine:

Fish Cakes    Roast Beef & Yorkies   or Loaded Baked Potato Soup