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Showing posts from 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

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.

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

Spinach, Mushroom and Beef Stir-fry

Onions Mushrooms Freshly minced ginger Olive Oil Thinly sliced beef Spinach Sea Salt Freshly cracked black pepper Gluten-free Soya Sauce
Serve with sprouted brown rice.

Spaghetti Squash Latkes

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

Serve warm with honey flavoured Greek yogurt!  

Dinner Prepared in less than Fifteen Minutes

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

Simply delicious!

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 go…

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 Spinach Eggs 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.

Creole Style Chicken-a-la-King

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

Butter Celery Red Peppers Wild Mushrooms Onions Shallots Garlic Gluten-free flour (I used Cloud 9 all-purpose blend, available at Costco)
Thyme Gluten-free Creole Spice Milk Chicken Stock Left-over Roast Chicken
Serving suggestions:  Serve on sprouted brown rice, quinao, or roasted spaghetti squash.

Bok Choy Stir-fry

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

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.

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!

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!