Summer Fruit Platter

October 17, 2008

Summer Fruit Platter

Ingredients:

  • Fresh cherries
  • Strawberry slices or whole
  • Apple slices
  • Kiwi, cut in half or star shaped halves
  • Honeydew, sliced into spears or cubes
  • Green grapes
  • Dark seedless grapes
  • Small plums, sliced

Directions:

1. If you have a three-tiered tray, top each level with a doily. Cut a hole in the middle if it is the correct size or cut a few pieces to fit each level accordingly.

2. Place your fruit in “clumps” of their own category. Arrange the fruit so no two colors are close to each other – it adds contrast and excitement to the arrangement.

3. If you do not have a three-tiered tray, then various platters of shapes and sizes on a table will also look beautiful. You can even add cheeses if you are indoors or have air-conditioning available.

4. Occasionally refresh your platter (and even the doilies) to add new fruit as people munch away.

Stay cool and enjoy your summer!


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Korean Gluten-Free Mung Bean Pancakes

Korean Gluten-Free Mung Bean Pancakes

My friend Rebecca Subbiah RD, LDN, CPT shared this incredible recipe with me. The recipe is adapted from Dr. Ben Kim with slight alterations.

– Miranda Jade

Makes 10-12 pancakes.

Ingredients:

Pancakes

  • 1 cups yellow mung bean
  • ½ cup jasmine rice
  • 1 zucchini (about 12 oz)
  • 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • ½ onion
  • ½ – 2 cups filtered water
  • ½ tsp. unrefined sea salt
  • Virgin coconut oil (to cook)

To serve

  • ¼ cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • Chili oil, to taste

Directions:

1. Soak the mung beans and the rice in water overnight with 1 Tbsp. of whey, yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, lemon juice or vinegar.

2. Cut the zucchini in matchsticks and place in a large bowl with the salt. Toss the zucchini, then set aside and let it sit for one hour to draw out the moisture. Then, seed and dice the red bell pepper and chop the green onion. Peel and cut the onions into medium dice.

3. To blend the mung bean mixture, drain the mung bean and the rice and place in a blender along with the diced onions. Add 1 cup of water and blend. Then slowly add about ¼-½ cup of water while the mixture is blending. Then check the consistency. It should have the consistency of a pancake batter. Add the salt and blend again. Transfer to a large bowl.

4. To prepare the pancakes, squeeze out the liquid from the zucchini and add these to the pancake batter. Fold in diced red bell pepper, chopped green onion and mung beans sprouts until combined.

5. To cook the pancakes, heat a large stainless steel or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil. Swirl the pan to coat the whole surface with the oil. Ladle the pancake batter into the pan, about 4-5 inches in diameter or even smaller. Lower the heat slightly. Cook until you see bubbles on the top of the surface. With an offset spatula, flip the pancakes and cook for another couple of minutes. Transfer to a plate. Do the same with the rest of the batter, adding coconut oil for every batch.

6. To serve the pancakes, combine the gluten-free soy sauce, vinegar and chili oil. Serve with the pancakes immediately. They are best when hot.

7. Leftover pancakes can be kept in an airtight container and reheated in the oven until hot.

Contributed by Rebecca Subbiah RD, SRD, of ChowandChatter.com.


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Shepherd’s Pie with a Cauliflower Twist

October 16, 2008

Shepherd’s Pie with a Cauliflower Twist

Gluten-Free Shepherd's Pie

This recipe is an old favorite which I made gluten-free and without potatoes. I use mashed “cauliflower” as the topping and no one even knows. Not even my pickiest tester – my daughter.

Ingredients:

Topping

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp butter or soy butter – not melted
  • 2 tbsp rice milk (or milk of choice)

Filling

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 2 lbs ground beef (chicken or turkey)
  • ¾ tsp chili or chipotle
  • 2½ tbsp of cornstarch
  • 6 oz peas (frozen or fresh sweet peas)

Directions:

Preheat oven 420 degrees.

Topping

1. Steam cauliflower till soft in 2½ cups of water (drain and save water).

2. Place in bowl and mash with a fork.

3. Take a blender or food processor and puree. Add butter and milk if you desire a slightly creamier texture.

4. Salt and pepper to taste.

Filling

1. Heat oil in large skillet.

2. Cook onion about 2 minutes on medium heat.

3. Add celery, carrot and garlic. Cook about 8 – 10 minutes

4. Add beef and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir and break up pieces so they’re small.

5. Add the cornstarch to 2 cups of your saved water from your steamer and whisk it. Add mixture to beef and simmer around 1-2 minutes on low heat.

6. Pour filling into a 2-quart dish.

7. Evenly distribute cauliflower mash over the top, sealing edges.

8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.


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Tex-Mex Turkey Meatloaf (First Place Winner!)

October 15, 2008

Tex-Mex Turkey Meatloaf (First Place Winner!)

From Elizabeth Mwanga of Queens Village, NY

This recipe earned one of four First Place prizes in the Beyond Celiac 2011 “Holiday Dips & Dishes” Gluten-Free Recipe Contest, sponsored by Crunchmaster.


From Elizabeth Mwanga of Queens Village, NY

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • ½ cup finely ground Crunchmaster Multigrain Crackers
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup of plain tomato sauce*
  • 1 tbsp chile in adobo sauce*
  • 1 chile in adobo, finely diced*
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Topping:

1/2 cup salsa (non-chunky works best)*
1 tsp chile in adobo sauce*
1/2 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. Lightly grease a large baking sheet with 1 tsp of oil. Heat 3 tsp of olive oil in a sauté pan and cook onion, garlic, red and green pepper over a medium flame until soft, for approximately 3 minutes. Turn off heat and remove pan from stove; allow to cool for 5 minutes.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, egg, ground crackers, tomato sauce, chile, chile sauce, frozen corn, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine all ingredients.

4. In a small bowl, prepare the topping by stirring together all of the ingredients.

5. Add the sautéed veggies to the turkey mixture and combine well.

6. Transfer the turkey mixture onto the sheet pan and form into a rectangular loaf. Pour the glaze over the top and spread evenly.

7. Place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top of the meatloaf and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes.

8. Remove from oven, slice and serve.

* Note: Always check the label to ensure ingredients are gluten-free.


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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

October 14, 2008

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Gluten-free cauliflower mashed potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ cup cauliflower
  • ¾ cup cashews, soaked in water for 4 hrs. (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 medium garlic clove

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together. If you’re using a Vitamix blender, blend fast and long enough to heat up.


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Garden Vegetable Risotto

October 10, 2008

Garden Vegetable Risotto

Gluten-Free, Fresh & Delicious: Garden Vegetable Risotto

By Vanessa Maltin,
NFCA Director of Programming & Communications

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup yellow squash, diced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

In medium-sized saucepan heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic in oil until they begin to brown. Add rice and remaining olive oil and allow to brown for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Slowly add vegetable stock one cup at a time and allow liquid to absorb before adding more. After adding 3 cups of vegetable stock, add in mushrooms, zucchini, squash, peas and carrots.

Add in white wine gradually, allowing time for liquid to absorb. After adding second cup of white wine, add parmesan cheese. Allow cheese to melt for about two minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once cheese is fully melted and liquid is absorbed, remove from heat. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before serving.

See more low-cost gluten-free recipes at www.GlutenFreeonaBudget.com.


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Stuffed Chicken

August 10, 2008

Stuffed Chicken

Stuffed Chicken

By Chef Edgar Steele
NFCA Chef Spokesman

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 4 slices Prosciutto
  • Fresh Mozzarella or Fontina cheese
  • Gluten free pesto sauce
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 beaten egg
  1. Slice each chicken breast in 2 long pieces then place between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound until thin (about 1/8 thick).
  2. Place 1 slice of prosciutto, cheese, pesto sauce, sundried tomatoes and basil leaves (each ingredient can be added in the quantity desired) on top of the chicken breast. Roll up each piece of chicken into a tight log making sure to roll it down the length of the slice, not across the width. Fasten each roll with twine. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the pecans, thyme, cumin and salt in a food processor. Combine the mixture with the bread crumbs. First coat the chicken with flour, then coat it with the beaten egg and bread crumbs until completely covered.
  4. Fry the breaded chicken in 350°F vegetable oil until golden and then remove the twine. Place the chicken roll in an oven set at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165°F. If you prefer not to fry the chicken, you may sear it in a hot sauté pan with a littler oil and finish it in the oven as directed above.
  5. Remove the cooked chicken from the oven and slice it into pieces. Serve it with any accompaniment you choose.


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Rice with chicken (Arroz con pollo)

August 4, 2008

Rice with chicken (Arroz con pollo)

Rice with chicken (Arroz con pollo)

By Chef Edgar Steele
NFCA Chef Spokesman

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups rice, preferably short grain
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried orégano
  • 1/2 cup chorizo, diced
  • 1/4 cup ham of your choice, diced
  • green olives (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Saffron
  1. Break the chicken into breasts, thighs, drumsticks and wings or buy each part individually. Season all of the pieces with salt and pepper. Heat enough vegetable oil in a saucepot to coat the bottom of the pan. Sear the chicken parts on all sides (making sure oil is hot before searing it) until golden brown. When finished, take them out and put them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  2. In the same pot where chicken was seared, add the tomato paste and a pinch of saffron, keep stirring it for 5 minutes then add the diced onions and the red peppers. When they’re half way cooked add the chorizo, ham, olives, oregano and garlic.
  3. Place the seared chickens back in the pot and add the 3 cups of rice and salt. Stir everything together and add the 3 1/2 cups of chicken stock and the bay leaf. Taste the liquid and adjust the seasoning. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat until the liquid has evaporated almost completely and lower heat to low. Cover and stir every 10 minutes. After 30 minutes the rice should be finished cooking and the chicken will be cooked.


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Shrimp and Crab Bisque

May 5, 2008

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

About 6 dinner party portions

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick (2oz) butter or olive oil, but butter is richer flavored
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 ribs or stalks of celery, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 c waterGluten-Free Shrimp and Crab Bisque
  • 1 x 8oz can no salt tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free chicken stock concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free tomato ketchup
  • coffee filter filled with ½ teaspoon dry thyme, 1 bay leaf, some fresh parsley stalks and tied shut
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • grated rind of ¼ lemon
  • 2 tbsp sherry
  • 1/3 lb cooked, peeled salad shrimp.
  • 2 x 6 oz cans of crab meat, well drained, or 8 oz fresh or frozen crab, thawed
  • dash of fresh nutmeg
  • dash of cayenne pepper (if you like a bite to your soup)
  • Fresh, chopped parsley to garnish.
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a 3 quart non-stick pan. Add onions, garlic, carrot and celery and cook, covered over a low heat, for about 10 minutes until they soften. This is known as “sweating” the vegetables and allows more flavor to develop rather than just cooking them immediately in stock.
  2. Add the water, tomato sauce, stock, ketchup, coffee filter of herbs and freshly ground pepper. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook covered for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove herb packet and then use an immersion blender and puree the vegetable and stock mix directly in the pan. (You can also pour into a blender or food processor and puree.)
  4. Add the lemon rind, nutmeg, cayenne (if desired), cream and cornstarch mix.
  5. Add sherry and bring back to just under a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add thawed shrimp, drained crab and simmer for 1 minute.
  6. Turn off heat, add parsley and let sit for a few minutes. You don’t want to boil any soup with a milk mix added as it can break up. Too much heat will also toughen the shrimp and also will prevent you from appreciating the flavor of the soup.
Tips & Alternatives: Don’t use imitation crab. You could also substitute the containers of frozen lobster. Substitute ½ – 1 cup of Chardonnay for the stock. Don’t chop raw vegetables in a food processor, as they will be chopped too small for the immersion blender to puree them. The heavy cream is the finale, and is what makes it taste like a lavish restaurant dish. If you’re lactose intolerant, use unsweetened coconut milk. The dish will not be as rich, but still very good.

Note: Always check the label to ensure ingredients are gluten-free.

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Beet and Orange Salad

Beet and Orange Salad


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Ingredients:

  • 4 small beets cooked and peeled, or use roughly half of a 15 oz. can of small whole beets
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard (make sure it’s gluten-free)
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup or honey
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Greens of 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
  • Zest of half an orange
  • Fresh orange, clementines etc., segmented, or small can of mandarin oranges
  • Romaine or butter lettuce, shredded
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • ½ cup chopped nuts

Directions:

1. Put balsamic vinegar, orange juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a container large enough to take vinaigrette and beets. Mix together.

2. Add olive oil, parsley and green onions. Mix it all together using an immersion blender until herbs are chopped and vinaigrette begins to thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings, sweetness, etc.

3. Cut beets into ½ inch cubes using a fluted cutter for a prettier presentation. Add beets to half of the vinaigrette. Preferably leave beets in the dressing for a few hours for flavors to develop.

4. Divide shredded lettuce between two plates. Top with beets in vinaigrette and a few slices of goat cheese (or whichever cheese you prefer). Add some slices of orange

5. Finish with chopped nuts or crushed nut brittle and a drizzle of orange vinaigrette.

Tips and Alternatives:Cook the beets in boiling water, or you can microwave them in a microwave safe bowl with a cover, 2 tablespoons of water and 2 small beets for about 8-10 minutes.

Choose whatever cheese or nuts you would like to top the salad. Omit them for dairy-free or nut-free.


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