Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Another recipe from Allrecipes.com, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower.

The ingredients are pretty simple —

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I had most of a head of cauliflower which need to be used.  That prompted this dish.

The cauliflower is divided into florets.  Rather than using and disposing of a ziplock bag, I combined ingredients in an airtight container.  You could certainly use minced garlic from a jar, but I had fresh garlic and used 8 cloves and my garlic press.   I added the garlic to the oil.

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Poured in the cauliflower.

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Sealed the container.

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And shook up the ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish ( recipe says prepared, but there was enough oil in the recipe that I chose to not do any further preparation.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Bake in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes, stirring once about half way through the bake time.

After 25 minutes add Parmesan cheese and Parsley to the top and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.

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This was another dish Guy and I both enjoyed.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Opicky Wan is gone for the next week (to Costa Rica, lucky child) so I can experiment without hearing “I don’t like it” before a bite is ever taken.

Today I started with this Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe at Allrecipes.com   I’ve found that having the need to cook GF has made me more willing to deviate from a recipe, although this one is naturally GF.  What I did follows —

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I used the ingredients shown above (plus an onion which I forgot in the picture).

I pre-cooked a batch of rice in my rice cooker and guesstimated that the 1/2 cup of uncooked rice might equal 2 cups cooked.  I used Jasmine rice because I have a huge bag from Costco to use up.  Brown rice or wild rice would also be good.

The recipe calls for 8 ounces of Textured Vegetable Protein, but doesn’t make any mention of soaking it.  My TVP is dehydrated so again I guesstimated and used 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill TVP and covered it with water to soak

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The recipe calls for 4 bell peppers with the tops cut off.  I only did  2 peppers since there were only Guy and me eating today.  I also  cut the peppers vertically since one of them didn’t want to stand up.  The recipe says to chop what is cut off the top, but since I didn’t have that,  I chopped up about a quarter of another bell pepper.

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Combine the olive oil (I only used enough to coat the pan, probably about 1 Tablespoon), chopped onion and green pepper in a skillet and cook over medium heat until the onion and pepper are soft.

Once the onions were soft, I added two cloves of minced garlic (or I should say I put them through a garlic press), and cooked for a couple of minutes.

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Next I added about 2 Tablespoons of chopped cilantro and the soaked TVP.

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I also added 1/4 teaspoon each of Oregano, Thyme and Cumin.

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Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat.

Add the rice and about 12 ounces of tomato sauce (aka 1-1/2 8 ounce cans).

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Once that was combined, I chose to stir in most of the cheese (I did end up adding a little Cheddar to the mozzarella for color), reserve a little cheese to add to the top later.

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Spoon the mixture into the Bell Peppers.

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Add the remaining half can of tomato sauce to the top.

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I mentioned I only did two peppers, so I had left over filling.  Based on the reviews at Allrecipes.com the filling can be frozen and used later.  Mine just went into the refrigerator for the moment.

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Cover the peppers with foil (I tried to “tent” it so it wasn’t directly on top of the filling) and bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Remove foil and add remaining cheese.

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Bake until the cheese is melted.

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And enjoy!

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Guy and I both really liked these.  The reviews said the peppers didn’t hold up well as leftovers.  I’ll find out tomorrow.  Even with just the two peppers it was very filling and I’ll be taking some to work for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Costco and S&W Foods/DelMonte Foods

We made a quick trip to Costco yesterday and as can frequently happen, we left with more than we had on our list. In this case it wasn’t a bad thing. We’ve noticed that Costco is become progressively more gluten free friendly.

There has been a whole freezer full of this the last few times we’ve shopped there.

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These have also come home with us more than once.

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These noodles were a new to us item yesterday, and we are looking forward to trying them.

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I had been thinking that I would like to make a large batch of pizza sauce and freeze it. After all less than $3 for a huge can of tomato sauce plus some seasonings is way less expensive than buying pizza sauce in small jars.

I picked up this can of tomato sauce and didn’t even thinking about reading the ingredients until Guy looked at it.

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The ingredient list contains “natural flavors” and as many of you know that can be a hidden source of gluten. We couldn’t find any information on it in Guy’s apps or online while we were in the store, but decided to buy it anyway and research more later. I sent a question to them while we were on our way home and got a response today. The sauce is gluten free and they included this list of their gluten free products.

So today, I’m a little more information rich.

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes GF

My friend Sue posted the link to this recipe on Facebook this week.  I looked at the recipe and commented that they looked good and should be easy to convert to gluten free. 

To convert these pancakes, I replaced the flour with Bob’s Red Mill GF All-Purpose flour and added about 3/8 teaspoon of xanthan/guar gum.  (In the GF baking class I took the baker recommended mixing xanthan and guar gum 50/50 and using in the plcce of straight xanthan gum.  It has worked great and makes it a little less expensive.)

I’m not big on pancakes, but the men in this house love it when I make them.  I have to say these were good!  Definite shades of cinnamon rolls.  Plates were cleaned and not a crumb remains.  I added a splash of vanilla to the frosting recipe.  Jesse threatened to drink any  left overs.  Sorry Jess, it was washed down the drain.  I used a 1/4 cup measure to pour the pancakes on the griddle and got 21 pancakes from the recipe.

Gluten Free Vegeburgers

This recipe took a little tweaking to get right, but I think it is there.  I’ve made these burgers with gluten for years.  Most people love them including students at school who were carnivores.  They requested these and were more than willing to have leftovers.  Not only do these taste great, but for once the gluten free alternative is less expensive than the original.  I think most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the glutinous and the gluten free burgers.

The cast of characters in this production:

Start by soaking 1 cup of GF textured vegetable protein ((TVP) I used Bob’s Red Mill) in 7/8 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Once the TVP is rehydrated, add 4 unbeaten eggs,

1 tablespoon dried minced onions or 3 to 4 tablespoons raw minced onion,

1 tablespoon any GF all purpose-flour,

3 tablespoons GF oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

2 tablespoons Bragg’s Amino Acids or GF soy sauce

and 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning.  (I usually just pour the seasoning in until I like the way it smells, but I measured this round to get a fairly accurate measurement.)

Stir to combine all the ingredients.

Pour by 1/4 to 1/3 cup scoops onto heated fry pan coated with GF cooking spray.

Spread out to flatten.

Cook until tops start to look drier, flip and cook the other side.

Serve on GF bread or roll of your choice with all your favorite fixings.  Guy happened to have Rudi’s GF bread in the freezer, so that is what you are seeing here.

This recipe makes approximately 8 burgers.

Let’s Eat Cake!

We had two birthday’s in our immediate family during a two-week period.  Which meant I had the opportunity to try out gluten-free cake recipes.  Let me just say there is nothing healthy about these except for the fact they won’t cause problems because of gluten.

I’ve been going through cookbook after Gluten Free cookbook from our local library and both of these cakes came from one of those books. 

For those who really know me it should come as no surprise that my cake was lemon.  Lemon Layer cake to be exact.  The cake was lemon, there was a lemon curd filling and lemon frosting.  It was excellent!  Probably one of the best lemon cakes I’ve ever had!

The cake was slightly more crumbly than cakes made with wheat flour, but that wasn’t a problem.

Jesse chose a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday, it was also superb!

Again a little more crumbly that non GF cakes, but we had no problem scarfing it down.

The cookbook —

The library copy I used was copyrighted in 2006, however a second edition was released in 2008 with several more copies.  After trying these two cakes, I decided this was a book worth owning and it has now been added to my cookbook collection.

Oh all the cake is long gone, so it won’t do you any good to stop by for a slice.

Tamale First

I currently subscribe to 295 blogs and that number increases every time I find another one that interests me.  This morning as I was reading new content through Google reader one of the blogs had step by step instructions for vegetarian tamales.  It caught my interest because the tamales were naturally gluten-free and because they were vegetarian.  I had never had tamales.  They are sold from cars along the road here, but most of them are some sort of meat, usually pork and they generally have lard in the masa portion.  When I saw the recipe, I thought why not?

Several hours later I had this stack of tamales ready to steam.

The steaming process took 1-1/2 hours and finally I had my first taste of tamales.

As you already know I have nothing with which to compare these.  So I’m going off taste alone — I thought they were very good, as did Guy and Nolan.  As soon as Jesse heard it was something new,  he  had already decided he didn’t like it — so his opinion doesn’t count. 

They were labor intensive, but worth doing again.  I got 21 out of the recipe and froze half of them.  So where did I find the directions?  At the Tasty Kitchen blog.  I think these could be made vegan without too much trouble — try Earth Balance margarine rather than butter and just leave out the cheese.

Spaghetti Primavera (Gluten-free and Vegan)

I am so not a Hallmark kind of girl.  Many years ago while travelling on business, I made the mistake of going out to eat on Valentines Day.  I will never repeat that experience!  Even if Valentines was a big deal, going out to eat is a problem when one is looking for both gluten-free and vegetarian.  It is easier to stay home and cook. 

I posted about this recipe during pre gluten-free days, but have now adapted it so Guy can have it.  I have made enough changes to the recipe at this point, I feel comfortable posting it here.  (Were you aware lists of ingredients for recipes cannot be copyrighted — only the description of how to prepare a dish are copyrightable.)  Guy has repeatedly said this is better than any pasta dish he has ever eaten in a restaurant — high praise indeed.

Start with one pound of Extra Firm tofu.  (I can already hear the groans from some people, but wait this will be way better than plain raw tofu.)

Sit drained block of tofu widest portion down on a cutting surface.  Cut the height in half.

Next cut the block in half lengthwise.

Finally cut into thin strips crosswise (about 1/8″ wide).

For a marinade, I used 2 Tablespoons Bragg’s Amino Acids (there is a GF soy sauce available now, but I haven’t taken the time to locate it yet — it would work equally well), 2 tablespoons wine vinegar (either red or white work) and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Combine these ingredients in an air tight container.

Add the tofu strips.

Cover with the air tight lid and flip over a couple of times to coat the tofu.  Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, longer works great even overnight.  Whenever you go by the refrigerator, flip the container.

When ready to prepare the meal, clean and cut up about 4 cups of vegetables.  I used broccoli florets and carrots.  Feel free to substitute according to your preferences.

Place vegetables in a 3 quart sauce pan along with 1-1/2 cups of frozen peas and plenty of water to cover all the vegetables.  (The cooking water will be used later in the recipe and you will need 3 cups after the vegetables are cooked.)  Cover the pan, bring to a boil and cook until the vegetables are tender.

While the vegetables are cooking, dump the tofu along with any remaining marinade into a skillet and saute over medium heat.

Some of the tofu pieces should become golden brown.

In an effort to reduce the number of dirty dishes, I place the tofu back in the container in which it was marinated and use the skillet to make the sauce.

By now the vegetables should be finished.  Remove from heat and drain liquid, reserving 3 cups.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add one pound of gluten-free spaghetti noodles.  Cook according to package directions.  Our favorite gluten-free pasta is Ancient Harvest Quinoa.  Sadly they don’t make lasagna noodles.  I wrote to them and begged, but they have no plans to do so since it breaks too easily getting to market.

While the water is heating and the pasta is cooking prepare the sauce.

In the skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil and add 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour.  Whisk to combine.  Try to create a smooth paste.  This is harder to do than with all-purpose flour, but is possible.

Gradually add the 3 cups of reserved liquid, whisking to avoid lumps.

To season the sauce add 2-1/2 tablespoons dry parsley flakes (if using fresh parsley triple that quantity), 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder) and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne.

Cook, stirring constantly over low heat, until sauce has thickened.

If everything is timed just right, the noodles should be finished and ready to be drained.

Add the tofu and cooked vegetables to the drained noodles.

Pour the sauce over all the other ingredients.

Mix together and serve immediately.

This easily makes enough to feed 6-8 people. We always have enough for Guy to take for lunch the next day or two.  He claims it is great even cold!

This recipe was adapted from Tofu Cookery by Louise Hagler.

Lemon Balls

This candy is free of processed sugar, vegan, gluten-free and delicious!  I need to give credit for the recipe — I got it from Judy, and Judy got it from Lisa.  I have no idea where it came from before that.

The main portion of the candy requires only four ingredients.

1 cup dried pineapple
1 cup golden raisin
3/4 cup raw cashews
1/8 teaspoon lemon extract

Place those ingredients in a food processor fitted with the chopping blade and run until the ingredients form a soft ball.

This is the most difficult part of the whole recipe, roll the dough into small balls (mine were about the diameter of a nickel — maybe even a little less).  The dough is very sticky which is why this is the hardest step.  Roll the balls in shredded coconut (ground nuts might be a good alternative).

I placed the completed candy on waxed paper.  You can chill them at this point, but I didn’t bother.  They don’t last long!

Everyone liked them, even Jesse who isn’t fond of lemon.  Guy said the pineapple flavor came through most for him.  I have the ingredients sitting here, maybe it is time to make another batch.

Vegetarian GF Lasagna

As long as I can remember, Lasagna has been my favorite main dish.  I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that a neighbor child used to call me Lasagna because she couldn’t say Sonya.  I have the recipe I’ve been making ever since I could cook.  It just doesn’t seem fair to make it for the boys and I and have Guy watch us eat it.  So I’ve adapted the recipe and I must say it came out tasting pretty close to the original.

I started by soaking about half a bag of Butler Soy Curls per the package directions. — you could use Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) just be sure it was not processed in a plant that also processes wheat.  (My mother-in-law brought me the first packages of Soy Curls from the Adventist Book Center in Oregon, I found them in Denver also at the Adventist Book Center. See their websites for other sources.  I should note some people with Celiac disease also have issues with soy, thankfully Guy does not appear to be one of them.

While the curls were soaking, I chopped up one onion and started sauteing it in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

I added 2 cloves of garlic using a garlic press.

Once the soy curls had soaked I ran them through a grinder I picked up at a thrift store several years ago for a couple bucks.  It looks like this picture I got from eBay.  I’ve also used a salad shooter, and now could try a food processor, but this grinder worked beautifully!

Once ground it looked like this.

Add the ground soy to the onion and garlic and continue to saute until the onions are translucent.  Then add a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes. (I’ve tried crushed and it isn’t as good.)

One 8 ounce can of tomato sauce.

Next add the following seasonings:

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 teaspoons parsley flakes (or 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley)

(At this point you could also add about 1/3 cup of sliced mushrooms — I don’t anymore because Jesse won’t eat anything that has touched a mushroom)

Now the sauce needs to simmer.  If using noodles that will be precooked, simmer for about 1 hour.  This is the method I prefer, but the gluten-free Lasagna Noodles I’ve found are ready to be baked and are not supposed to be boiled.

When the sauce is nearly finished gather the remaining ingredients —

1 pound lowfat cottage cheese (be sure to read the ingredients some cottage cheese is gluten-free and some isn’t).

8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded (I’ve always shredded my own, be aware if you buy preshredded cheese, it may have flour added to it to keep it from clumping)

20 ounces gluten-free lasagna noodles (Sadly most gluten-free pasta has half as much as normal pasta in the box and twice the price. I needed two packages.)  If the noodles are not oven ready, cook them according to the package directions.

Spray a 15″ x10″ baking pan with cooking spray and place a layer of noodles in the bottom of the pan.

Spread half the sauce over the noodles.

Spread half the cottage cheese over the noodles and sauce.

Sprinkle half the mozzarella cheese over the top.

Repeat layers once more.  At this point it can be covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake or it can be baked immediately. 

If you precooked your noodles, place uncovered in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes at 375 degree F.  (This is my preferred method  and I intend to try making my own noodles so I can do it this way.

If the noodles were not precooked, cover with foil and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 1 hour. 

Whichever way the lasagna is baked, allow it to stand for 10 minutes prior to cutting and serving.  This should serve 6 to 8.

Now I’m hungry again. 

Just to make life a little easier, here is the list of ingredients in a consolidated format.

4 ounces Butler Soy Curls
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 ounces diced tomato
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/3 cup slice mushrooms (optional)
1 pound lowfat cottage cheese
8 ounces mozzarella cheese (part skim milk is fine), shredded
20 ounces gluten-free lasagna noodles (2 boxes you won’t use all of the second box)

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