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
Bacon+Sriracha+Sweet Potato = Pure deliciousness. It is the collision of three of my favorite flavors and is a one baking pan deal, ready in under 45 minutes. If you have access to Benton’s Bacon, well then, you’ll just take it right over the top (and will probably never want to eat another brand of bacon again). A little Benton’s goes a long way in this recipe. Mine sits in the freezer until I need a little fix, when I cut an inch or so of bacon from the package. If I didn’t have self-control, it’s possible I’d eat the entire package in one sitting! Continue Reading
A delicious bacon garnish appeared on a twice-baked potato at a restaurant the other night. Because I was told it had gluten in it, I just watched as everyone raved about it. The server was kind enough to share the simple ingredients with us and after a few attempts, voila! A delicious gluten free bacon to use as a garnish, to top a burger, or (for shame), as a snack! Continue Reading
Yummy…bacon, onion, pepper, garlic and mushrooms all together in one place with a little blue cheese and thyme to finish it off nicely. In some warm bacon dressings, bacon fat is a main ingredient, and if that’s your thing, then you could probably substitute the bacon fat for the olive oil. Blue cheese is optional, depending on your tolerance (and ability to find one that’s GF). Feta is a good alternative, but even with omitting the cheese it is also very tasty! Continue Reading
A tasty departure from your average, everyday salad! Tomato vinegar compliments the flavors nicely, although balsamic vinegar can be substituted. Don’t have shallots? Substitute chopped garlic and onions. If you cannot find a GF-labeled blue cheese, feta cheese is a viable alternative. I serve this at room temperature, just after it’s assembled. If you prefer, you can chill it, but consume within an hour or so of making it.