Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Portuguese Comfort Food

I love this dish!  

Sliced Potatoes
Thinly sliced onions
Salt Cod (rinsed and cooked)
Diced Tomato
Olive Oil
Portuguese Hot Pepper Paste
Minced Garlic
Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Eggplant Parmesan

The "Wheat Belly" cookbooks recommend making Eggplant Parmesan with flaxseed instead of breadcrumbs. I gave it a try and I'm not completely sold. I guess it is an acquired taste. I'm not turned off on it either and I do realize that flaxseed has many benefits. So I made a compromise. I used 1/2 flaxseed with 1/2 breadcrumbs.

Gluten-free bread crumbs
Splash of milk
Salt and Pepper
Tomato Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Spinach, Mushroom and Beef Stir-fry

Freshly minced ginger
Olive Oil
Thinly sliced beef
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
Gluten-free Soya Sauce

Serve with sprouted brown rice.  

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Spaghetti Squash Latkes

Minced Shallots
Minced Ginger
Cooked Spaghetti Squash
Grated Potato
Ground Cumin
Freshly Cracked Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Gluten Free Flour
Grapeseed Oil

Serve warm with honey flavoured Greek yogurt!  

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Dinner Prepared in less than Fifteen Minutes

Avocado Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Sesame Seed Oil
Sugar Snap Peas
Red Bell Pepper
Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Simply delicious!  

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Epic Fail: Banana Raspberry Pancakes

Today, I failed at making gluten free pancakes. It was an epic failure. This is part of my gluten-free journey, sometimes there are steep learning curves.  

This sad looking thing is my second "pancake" waiting for me to accept defeat. It was suppose to be a beautiful pancake that look like these pancakes.   

Now I'll admit, I did try to tweak the recipe according to the ingredients that I had available at home. When you're home recovering and can't get out to do grocery shopping you gotta make do. I substituted the almond milk with 3% milk. I also substituted coconut flour for millet and used 3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (Cloud 9 brand) and 1/4 cup coconut flour. And the final substitution was raspberries for the blueberries. 

And then I saw how dense my pancake batter was so I added more milk and then some more. It didn't help. It didn't even taste that good.  

Sometimes, things don't work out as well as you hope. At least the coffee is good. Coffee is always good.  

Friday, 10 January 2014

Artichoke & Spinach Baked Eggs

Years decades ago I found myself at a little theatre/restaurant for brunch in Minneapolis. While there I had an egg and artichoke dish that had a bread crump topping. It was delicious and this recipe is inspired by that dish I enjoyed many moons ago.

Marinated artichoke hearts
Red peppers
Brown mushrooms
Sea Salt
Freshly cracked black pepper

Pour into buttered ramekins, top with gluten-free bread crumbs.

Don't forget the cheese! Pop in a 350 degree pre-heated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Yum! Happy Eating.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Creole Style Chicken-a-la-King

A basic Chicken-a-la-King recipe kicked up a whole bunch of notches!  

Red Peppers
Wild Mushrooms
Gluten-free flour (I used Cloud 9 all-purpose blend, available at Costco)
Chicken Stock
Left-over Roast Chicken

Serving suggestions:  Serve on sprouted brown rice, quinao, or roasted spaghetti squash.  

Monday, 6 January 2014

Bok Choy Stir-fry

Coconut oil
Whites of Bok Choy
White onions
Red peppers
Bok Choy Greens
Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Sunday, 5 January 2014

What's a Gal to do?

I've been laid up post-op with instructions to keep my leg straight until my next post-op appointment. So this is what I did while sitting around the kitchen.

I pre-diced carrots and celery and put them in freezer bags. They'll save some time when it comes time to make a pot of soup.

And that's my time-saving tip for today.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Cold Pizza for Breakfast?

No, thank you! I prefer a hot breakfast.

I start with pan frying some gluten-free garlic sausage that has been thinly sliced. You can use any gluten-free meats. Costco has gluten-free Italian sandwich meats that would work wonderfully too.

While the sausage is sizzling I remove a gluten-free pizza crust out of the freezer. (I found these pizza crusts at Safeway in the frozen gluten-free section.)

First, I spread some pizza sauce on the crust before I layer on the garlic sausage. Add whatever toppings you like. I added some thinly sliced fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced onions and topped with grated cheese.

Pop it into a preheated 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust have started to brown.

Best part, this breakfast pizza was done from start-to-finish in less than thirty minutes. Now who can argue they don't have time for breakfast?

Happy Eating!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Yellow-eyed beans

There were no black-eyed peas to be found in the stores so I went for the next best thing this New Year's Day--Yellow-eyed beans.

I soaked them overnight and then brought them to a boil in a pot of salted water. When they reach the boiling point reduce heat to medium and cook for about an hour or until done.

Now what to do with them, curry? Soup? Baked beans?

I'm sure these beans would work in any of those ideas but I thought to add them to a tray of nachos.

Happy New Year's Day!