You know how the story goes…if someone had told me 10 years ago that rutabagas would be one of my favorite vegetables…. Fact is, I never ate a rutabaga until just a few years ago, when I was looking for more variety in my tiny, limited gluten free world. Perhaps that’s one of the plusses to being GF: Getting the nerve up to expand to foods I never knew much about. They have a texture similar to a potato and are sweeter and milder than it’s cousin, the turnip. With a quick comparison to potatoes, they appear to be better for you! Rutabega vs. Potato – 1 cup serving: ( calories 51 vs. 136) and carbohydrates (11.6 grams vs. 31.4 grams) so if calories and carbs are on your watch list, these may be a great substitute! Considering they have potassium and vitamin C too, you may want to put them on your shopping list. Continue Reading
Brussel sprouts have come a long way in the last few years, from an obscure vegetable that wrinkled faces at the dinner table to a much welcomed side dish. I remember as a kid, the only way they were ever prepared was boiled, and if you were lucky, it had some butter on it to make it more palatable. If only my mom knew about roasting vegetables! What is so great about roasted veggies is the convenience of just tossing some veggies with oil, salt and pepper and letting them do their thing in the oven while you muss and fuss with the other parts of the meal. Bacon (of course) amps this up, but the addition of a few crumbles of blue cheese and a drizzle of honey can make this the favorite item on your plate. The other night, we tossed a few scoops of this onto our salads and made a meal out of it. Welcome back, Brussel sprouts! Continue Reading
Fast and gluten free don’t always go together very well. So many people I meet complain about having to make everything from scratch, and I don’t know about you, but processed gluten free foods seem to often disappoint on flavors, textures and nutrition, not to mention my wallet. Every time I create a new recipe, I always take time and ease of preparation into account.
This tomato bisque is ready in under 30 minutes, and the dairy free option is just as good, if not better than using straight up cow’s milk. Toss some toasted croutons on top, or serve with a grilled cheese sandwich…can you say comfort food? It makes enough to serve two people a cup of soup, but let’s be honest, I finished the whole thing myself for lunch. Feeling satisfied… Continue Reading
It is officially soup season at our home. It was a dreary, rainy day and the one of the only ways to end it on a good note is to fill my belly with some warm soup. I’ve had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for the last week or so, and this seemed like the perfect occasion to use it. What I like best about this recipe? It’s savory, not sweet like other squash soups. But, more importantly, it’s easy – ready in about 45 minutes without the need to constantly mess with it. Pair it with a salad and you have a fantastically satisfying meal. Vegetarian? No problem! Omit the bacon and use a veggie bouillon cube. Like it spicier? Add more Sriracha to suit your taste. Continue Reading
Elegant and easy appetizer needed? Mushrooms, tarragon and bacon take center stage in this delicious toast that can be served warm or cold. Warm your favorite cheese on top of a crispy toast (omit if you’re dairy free – still delicious) and you’ve got something really special. Thinking of the “optional” option with the fish sauce? Unless you have an allergy, consider getting to know this stuff. Used sparingly, you won’t get a fish smell or taste, just a little umami in many different dishes! Continue Reading
Say goodbye to boring gluten free snacks. This one tastes JUST LIKE PEPPERONI PIZZA – without that strange aftertaste of your average, processed and packaged GF snack. Snack mixes are the perfect way to use up day-old gluten free bread that is just a bit to dry to enjoy as a sandwich. Don’t have any bread but still want to make this pretty quick? Make the Fast Focaccia (yeast free) or Hamburger Buns (dairy free), cut it in cubes and you’re ready to go! The seasoning is dairy, egg and nut free, so if you need to follow any additional protocols, choose your favorite GF bread for that need and make this a tasty addition to your snacks. Continue Reading
As the zucchini continues to be harvested from my garden, so do the ideas for ways to use them up. The inspiration for this recipe came from Food & Wine magazine – they used a 9″ round pan and had an Italian-flavored gratin all whirled up so pretty and all in there. I prefer cooking in smaller batches, so I chose to use three ramekins and created an Asian-style flavor, only because I’m currently tapped out in the Italian-style zucchini arena. This is really a simple dish to make. I’m sure the one in Food & Wine tastes as awesome as it looks. I’ll be trying that when I get a craving for tomato and cheese. Continue Reading
Not so long ago, two family members decided to go vegetarian – for no other reason than they said they didn’t care for the taste and texture of meat anymore. For some meat, I can’t totally disagree with them. For me, the more different we get with our particular protocols and preferences, the more we have to cook (separate meals), the less we get to eat together (because preparation gets out of sync), or both. So, to dine together, I’ve been playing around with some different stuff that satisfies my gluten free needs and others’ vegetarian needs. Mushrooms do a great job of absorbing flavors and have a great texture, so this just seemed like a good project to work on. Continue Reading
Another versatile onion blossom. It makes a fantastic side dish for your summer grilling favorites and can take on many personalities. We ate a lot of onion blossoms on a recent camping trip, and in addition to the Buffalo Blue Cheese Blossom, here is another flavor combination that compliments just about any grilled meat. Depending on your preferences, you can sprinkle with cheese, bacon bits, or anything other BBQ-worthy item. If you have 30 minutes, consider making some Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce – Fast & Fresh. When my BBQ sauce-loving son tells me this is the best BBQ sauce ever, I kinda have to believe him. Not only does it taste awesome, but it is quick and easy to make and may have you skipping the BBQ sauce aisle at the grocery store! Continue Reading
I used to love those blooming onion petals, deep fried and breaded, ready for dipping into some delicious sauce. Years ago, we found a recipe for slow cooking an onion on the grill – cutting it into petals, seasoning it with just salt, pepper and a splash of wine, then wrapping it in foil and letting it cook on the grill – alas, gluten free and definitely healthier than the deep fried version.We are always looking for fun summer foods for camping and picnics. On a recent camping trip, we wanted something a little more interesting, and came up with this flavor combo. It’s easy to make, and cooks while you get all your other stuff prepared. And, in my case, I get to avoid potential cross contamination from the campsite-provided grill, since we all know gluten doesn’t burn off any grill..