This is the second year I used my very tall rabbit- proof greens garden.
I planted the seeds, went on a trip putting Mother Nature in charge and came home to a full bed of lettuces.
My rabbit- proof garden does not grow much, but it makes a nice small salad to go with lunches. Here is a quick recipe for dressing made from ingredients you probably have around the house.
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1 TB of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
4 garlic cloves minced or jarred garlic
The dressing has a bite to it, so I use it sparingly. Store in a small jar in the refrigerator.
A Gluten Free Thanksgiving is very easy to have in your own home. But if you are going to be a guest, think about bringing a few slices of your own GF turkey if your host stuffs theirs. I usually bring along a Pumpkin Flan as well. Below is an easy Green Beans recipe as an alternative for green bean casserole. Also included is a wonderful recipe for Popovers. The Popovers are one of the few recipes I make that are not naturally gluten free and require special ingredients.
For Pumpkin Flan go to this recipe.
Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnut-Lemon Butter
1 1/2 tablespoons soften butter
3 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
8 cups of water
1 1/2 pounds of trimmed green beans These can be found bagged (like salad) in the fresh vegetable isle.
Combine butter, hazelnuts, lemon rind and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and blend well. Butter can be made up a week in advance and refrigerated.
Boil water with 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt. Add green beans and cook 3 minutes. Drain and return pan to medium heat. Add butter mixture and beans. Cook about 3 minutes until beans are well coated and tender.
adapted from Cooking Light
These gluten free Popovers are straight from the box of King Arthur Flour Gluten Free multi-purpose flour mix. The Popovers bake up light and hollow in the center. Just a caution when planning your meal, they take 45 minutes to bake and rest.
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/4 cups of lukewarm milk
1 cup of King Arthur multi-purpose flour Grocery stores are carrying this now or can be ordered from their website as well.
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum Can be found in health food stores.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 cup muffin tin. I like to use cooking spray.
2. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and milk in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, xanthan gum, and salt. Gradually whisk dry ingredients into the liquid, whisking until the batter is smooth.
3. Pour batter into muffin tin filling each cup 2/3 full.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 15 more minutes until Popovers are deep brown.
6. Remove from oven and let them rest for 5 minutes. Remove from tin and serve immediately.
It is picking time! I harvest first thing in the morning, as the weather is heating up and the lettuce gets wilted in the afternoon.
The first picking produced enough salad greens to make dinner. I carefully cut the oldest leaves and let the others mature for the next meal. Below is a great recipe that is naturally gluten free and tasty for everyone.
Homemade Gazpacho Dressing
3 Tablespoons tomato juice I buy a six pack of small cans of tomato juice and will have it on hand for future salads.
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 garlic clove minced
Combine ingredients and stir well.
6 cups of salad green – Homegrown is best! And store bought is good too. Also, the salad ingredients can be halved for a smaller salad.
2 diced tomatoes
1 diced cucumber
1/3 cup of feta cheese
1/2 orange bell pepper diced (or what ever color you like)
1 small bunch of green onions chopped
1 (16 ounce) can of cannellini beans rinsed or any white bean
Toss ingredients into a salad.
I like to serve the dressing on the side, as I usually don’t finish the salad at one meal. The dressing is strong and only a small amount is needed per serving. It is great for any salad.
*Check out my blog category “Gluten Free” for more easy GF recipes with everyday ingredients.
Adapted from Cooking Light
It is time to flashback to some Gluten Free cooking. There is nothing like some Pulled Pork BBQ in the summer time. Once the Pulled Pork is made, it can be used in a couple more recipes. If you have had enough, it is easy to freeze the meat. I put some extra BBQ sauce on top of the pork before popping it into the freezer.
My favorite is the Tostados. I love the crunchy tortilla and guacamole.
- If you know someone that has been recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, please send them to my blog. I have easy recipes made from everyday ingredients and enough variety to keep them cooking for until they figure out how to eat gluten free.
The Flashback this week is Onion Casserole. It is a naturally Gluten Free recipe that everyone will enjoy.
If you need to eat GF or are newly diagnosed, please check out the recipes on the Gluten Free part of my blog. All are easy to make with ordinary ingredients that can be found in your local market. I have included a variety of foods to get you started on the diet.