Posts tagged ‘gluten free’

September 19, 2013

Crazy Good Quiche for this gnashers return

I’m back! So much has happened since my last post…. I kind of let my job get the best of me and dropped blogging for a while. I was still in the kitchen, but not near as much as I would have liked…. Well, boy has that ALL changed. I’ve since moved to Northern California, I now work for Whole Foods (doing what I love most, being around FOOD!), and I’m ready to get blogging again!

A picture of the view on Los Gatos Creek Trail – about 5 minutes from my house and my main route to work!

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Since relocating, my mind (and wallet) have gone back to my roots of cooking – savory comfort food, and using what’s in the kitchen. This quiche was inspired by ‘hurry up and use these ingredients before they go bad!’ but turned out being one of the best breakfast items I have ever made (my boyfriend can attest to this). Therefore, we’re just going to get Cali with the name and call this one ‘Crazy Good Quiche’

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch Organic Lacino Kale, thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cooked Chicken Apple Sausages, diced
  • 1 365 brand Gluten Free Pie Crust (it’s quiet good)
  • 6 organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Parm, thinly sliced or grated
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 375. In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Add chopped kale and onion and sautee. Remove from pan and put aside. Keep heat on pan and add diced chicken sausage, sautee until golden on edges. Remove from pan and put with sauteed veggies. In a medium bowl, crack eggs, add milk, salt & pepper and wisk together thoroughly.

Add sautee mix to pie crust, sprinkle cheese on top of mixture and pour egg mixture till the crust is full. Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Enjoy, and don’t forget to save those leftovers!!

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And I’m off to reheat a piece of this! Until next time, gnashers!

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January 27, 2013

Ground Beef, Farro & Feta Stuffed Peppers

I often like to start my process by thinking about how I can refine a common dish. This time are I was looking at Stuffed Peppers – they’re hearty, balanced, and just hit all of the taste buds. I’ve been experimenting switching out rice or pasta with other grains. Farro has enticed me for some years – a Tuscan grain (can also be found in regions of California), that tastes similar to barley, but fluffier. The rest of the ingredients are fairly standard to the dish, but the Farro really brought it together.

What you’ll need:

– 1 medium yellow onion, diced

– 2 yellow bell peppers, cut in half and cleaned

– 1 pt. white button mushrooms, diced

– 1 garlic clove, diced

– 1 can diced tomatoes

– 1/4 cup tomato sauce

– 1 cup dry quick cooking farro

– 1lb organic ground beef

– 1/2 cup fresh crumbled feta

– 1 tsp. olive oil

– salt, pepper, everyday seasoning, red pepper flake and Italian seasons to taste.

Method:

Heat up dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, onion, and garlic. Saute’ until translucent, then add ground beef – cook until browned. Remove from heat and drain excess fat.

In a separate pot, bring water to boil. Add farro and touch of salt, boil for 8-10 minutes. Drain and set to side.

Return dutch oven to heat, add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and mushrooms saute for about 5 minutes. Add ground beef mixture and bring to simmer. Mix in cooked farro and reduce mixture for 10 minutes.

Scoop beef mixture into halved peppers, sprinkle with crumbled feta. Cover and cook for additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let rest for 3 minutes and serve.

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February 20, 2012

Refined Homemade Tomato Sauce

This is one of my staple recipes. I use this sauce with so many things, and love making huge batches. I first started making my own tomato sauce after I saw this Giada DeLaurentiis’s tomato sauce recipe. Although I like her recipe, I needed to refine it to fit my taste.  This sauce can take anywhere from an hour to 3 hours to make, depending on how long you have to let the flavors develop. The longer this simmers, the more ripe the flavors will be (I cannot stress this enough). This sauce makes a great base sauce for pasta, polenta, meats, bread, rice, and casserole dishes.

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 large can Organic Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 large can Organic Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Sweet Onions, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks Organic Carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks Organic Celery, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Parsley

Method: 

Heat a large pot to medium heat. Add olive oil. Once heated, add chopped onion, carrots and celery (mirepoix) and sauté for about 10 minutes. Add garlic, salt and pepper, Stir. Add the tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Adjust heat to a simmer and add bay leaves, parsley, red pepper flakes and sugar. Simmer for 1-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and remove the bay leaves. Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until smooth.

Homemade Sauce with Spaghetti and Meatballs

January 29, 2012

Lemoney Lunch Quinoa

Eating lunch out can get expensive, and everything quickly begins to taste the same. I’ve been experimenting with lunch ideas that are portable, and balanced. This week, I’m turning to this quinoa recipe. It’s fresh, light, and provides the energy needed to get through your afternoon. You can eat this warm or cold, depending on your mood. Try making this on Sunday, and eating for lunch a couple of days of the week. You can always add some lettuce or spinach to make this more filling.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup organic Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 cups low- sodium organic Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 vine Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Hearts of Palm, chopped
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Dill
  • 1/4 of Lemon
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Be sure to rinse and drain your Quinoa!

Method:

In a medium saucepan add olive oil, garlic, pepper and onion. Saute until translucent. Add quinoa and mix. Add chicken stock and cover. Bring quinoa to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 20 minutes. Transfer to a container and let cool. Once cooled, squeeze lemon over quinoa. Add tomatoes, hearts of palm, parsley and dill. Toss until fluffy and mixed.

This fluffy Lemoney Quinoa will be sure to power you through the afternoon!

 **Makes 4 servings, and is 6 Weight Watchers PlusPoints per serving**

January 21, 2012

Chicken Verde Casserole

When working a full-time job you’re always looking for some easy dinner’s that you can prep ahead of time, so when you walk in the door all you have to do is pop dinner in the oven. This Chicken Verde Casserole is a GREAT recipe to prep ahead, and it  makes some great leftovers as well. I was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe. This recipe is delicious, versatile, balanced AND gluten free!! Put this on your list for dinner this week, I know you won’t be disappointed.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package Corn Tortillas (Mission brand is Gluten Free)
  • 1 can Mexican-style beans (or re-fried black beans)
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 1 can Salsa Verde (I like Rick Bayless’s salsas, or Trader Joes)
  • 1lb Organic Chicken Breasts, grilled and chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Shredded Pepper Jack cheese

 

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 375. In a large glass baking dish, spread a layer of beans on the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of corn tortillas.

Layer onions, peppers, and chopped chicken. Pour 3/4 jar of salsa verde over the chicken. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over pepper, onion, chicken, salsa layer.

Add another layer of corn tortillas. Pour remaining salsa verde and sprinkle the remainder of the cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes.

*Casserole serves 6 and is 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus*

*You can prep the casserole and refrigerate over-night*

Gnash On!

December 28, 2011

Gnashing Refined’s Seasonal Favorites

This Holiday season has flown by…. with baking, shopping, cleaning, and doing some holiday pampering…oy vey! But there are a few things that made this Holiday season most enjoyable. Each season brings a new set of favorites. Here are this season’s…..

  • Corn Pasta is quickly turning into my favorite pasta. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS (which is what’s most important), AND it’s GLUTEN FREE. I’ve eaten my fair share of brown rice pasta, and although it’s edible, it doesn’t always satisfy my pasta craving. I think corn pasta is going to be a popular food in the new year. This is a great pasta to whip up with some marinara and veggies, or oil and garlic with spinach. You can find corn pasta at Trader Joes.

  • Green Tea Latte’s are a great way to treat yourself to a delicious drink without having coffee. There is nothing more warming, or relaxing, than a warm green tea latte. Order yours with soy milk for a non-dairy treat! But beware, some places use melon syrups that add extra sweetness…. you can always order your drink with one (or no) pumps of syrup.

  • Amanda Skrip’s Creamy Black Bean Recipe is a great way to add some hearty, delicious beans to your diet. This recipe results in some seriously flavorful beans, that are mildly addicting. I plan on constantly having some in the fridge all winter long. (Check out Amanda’s blog, it has so much more deliciousness to offer.)

 

  • Mistos’ are an awesome way to flavor food with oil and vinegar without overdoing it. Releasing the perfect amount of oil for cooking, I use my olive oil Misto daily. Mistos’ are also great for cookouts and camping. Additionally, these make a great affordable gift for the fellow cook.

 

  • An order from Door-to-Door Organics makes my life sooo much easier, and  much more nutritious. If you have a hard time finding quality produce at your local grocery store, or if you’d like to begin to enjoy a wide variety of fruit and veggies, door-to-door is the way to go. During summer I love going to the farmer’s market, but often miss that freshness throughout winter. With weekly and bi-weekly subscription options, and a variety of size options, each week has a new menu of organic goodies to offer. If you don’t like something on the weekly menu, no worries, you can sub-out items for other fresh produce.

 

 

I hope you all continue to have a joyous, and relaxing holiday season. Happy New Year!!

October 27, 2011

Hearty Curry Squash Soup

 

 

Hearty Curry Squash Soup

As Fall peaks, I can’t help but adjust to the cold weather the best way I know how, eating hearty food. Squash is one of the classic fall ingredients that I can’t seem to stop craving. There are so many varieties, and the options are endless, not to mention the great aesthetic qualities of squash. In the past, butternut squash has been my go to for soups, but with such a great selection of squash out there, I wanted to experiment. This recipe is hearty, spicy, and sweet. I know I’m adding this recipe to my winter staples, and you should too!

What you’ll need:

2 Acorn Squash

1 Delicata Squash

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 yam, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 box organic low-sodium chicken stalk

2 tbs. butter

1 1/2 tbs. curry powder

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbs. brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Cut squash in half, spoon out seeds, and place facing down in a baking dish in about a 1/2 inch of water. Bake at 385 for about 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

   

Cooked Squash

While squash is baking, prep all other veggie ingredients. On the stove, heat a large pot with a drizzle of olive oil and butter. Once hot, add all chopped veggies. Let simmer for 20 minutes or so.

Simmerin' Veggies

Once the veggies have cooked down a little, add the chicken stalk, spices and squash meat. Let simmer for 40 minutes to an hour. When it comes to soup, I always like the veggies to simmer for a long period of time, as it seems like the flavor develop best. Once simmered, remove from heat and blend. I use an immersion blender but you could also use a standard blender. Finally, stir in the brown sugar and any extra salt and pepper needed.

Garnish with Cheddar, Salt and Pepper

 AND don’t forget to freeze some of the leftovers for a rainy day!

September 22, 2011

Rick Bayless’s Pollo Pulquero (Slow- Cooked Chicken with Tomatillos, Potatoes, and Jalapenos) with Corn Salsa

As a chicagoan, anthropologist, and foodie, I have mad respect for Rick Bayless.  With his educational background in Anthropology, Rick Bayless really gets the importance of connecting ingredients with culture, incorporating new ideas, and making home-style Mexican cooking accessible. I got this recipe from Rick Bayless’s “Mexican Everyday”. This recipe for Pollo Pulquero stood out to me for a few reasons: Slow cooked meat is one of my favorite ways to have meat, the flavors sounded simple and delicious, and it was a recipe that I could easily make around my schedule. This is a great recipe to make before you leave for work, or prep the night before. And let me tell you, the aromatics from this will make your home smell amazing. Of course I had to add my own personality to the recipe, and decided to add some lime to the slow-cooker to bring a citrus flavor. I also decided to serve this with some corn salsa, as it adds a nice sweetness and texture to the meal. I promise if you give this a try, you will not be disappointed!

Pollo Pulquero:

1 medium white onion, cut into 1/4 inch think rounds

2 medium baking potatoes (Bayless calls for red skin, or yukon gold potatoes but I had some baking potatoes and they worked great, you could even use something like purple potatoes, which would work great as well)

4 (or around one pound) skinned chicken thighs*

1 cup cilantro leaves

8-12 Medium Tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and slices 1/4 inch thick

2 tablespoons jalapeno pickling juice

2 diced pickled jalapenos

Half of a lime

Sea salt

This slow-cooker recipe is all about layering. I started with the potatoes on the bottom, then chicken (skin down), cilantro, onions, and tomatillos. Once layered, I poured the pickling juice on top, squeezed lime juice and added the diced jalapenos on top. Be sure to salt between each layer, as this is the only salt in the dish. I set my slow-cooker on low for 8 hours, but Bayless calls for 6 hours on high. Once cooked, I spooned out the extra juice and decided to put it in a small pot and simmer it down a little. The juice is mostly the fat from the chicken skin, but adds some more flavor. Utilizing this juice is purely optional.

Ingredients layered in Slow Cooker

*Bayless’s recipe calls for skinless thighs but my store only had skinned and I thought it would add some great flavor. You can also use pork shoulder  or beef chuck, but Bayless suggests staying away from leaner cuts as they’ll dry out.

Cooked Pollo Pulquero (before excess juice has been removed)

Quick Corn Salsa:

3 ears fresh corn

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced

7 grape tomatoes, quartered

Fresh cilantro.

Fresh lime juice.

Sea salt.

Boil corn ears until tender but not too soft. While corn is boiling, chop jalapeno, tomatoes, and cilantro and place in bowl.  Once corn is cooked and cooled, cut corn off of the ear and add to bowl. Add lime juice and salt. Toss mixture.

Plate a chicken thigh and scoop of potato, onion, tomatillo. Add sauce reduction (optional). Top with fresh corn salsa.

Pollo Pulquero with Corn Salsa

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s flexible. If you only have sweet potatoes and chicken legs, you can still give this a try and it’d come out great! There is no easy way to fail at this. If you’re looking for more easy, delicious, flexible Mexican recipes, I encourage you to get some of Rick Bayless’s books and start testing things out.

Gnash On! 🙂

September 11, 2011

Mint Pea Soup with Goat Cheese

It may be a little premature for soup season, but I’ve been craving peas and wanted to try this recipe. I originally found this recipe on the Jamie Oliver iPad App. I wanted to take his original recipe and refine it a little. (And by refine I mean, use the resources I had in house.) I added some coconut milk  for sweetness, which was not in the original recipe. I also added canadian bacon to the topping to get that savory flavor without the fat of regular bacon. This is a nice hearty, filling, soup that eases your tummy and leaves you satisfied.

What you’ll need:

2 bags buttered minted peas (I bought these from trader joes but if you can’t find them pre-minted/buttered you can do so on your own by adding the two ingredients)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 medium russet potato

4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth

1 pad of butter

2 tbs Olive Oil

1/4 cup cream

3 tbs coconut milk

Sea Salt

Pepper

For Topping:

1 slice wheat bread

1/4 cup goat cheese

3 slices canadian bacon, chopped

Method: In a large pot, saute onion, celery, and finely chopped potato in olive oil. Saute for 10 minutes, or until tender. Add broth to veggies. Bring to boil. Once boiling, add bags of peas. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and blend. Once throughly blended, add cream, butter and coconut milk. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste, and stir.

Veg and Broth boiling

Topping: In a small saute pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Once very hot, add chopped bread and canadian bacon. Brown. Remove from heat and toss in goat cheese. Use as garnish to soup. Enjoy!

Yummmmmm......

I’m planning on freezing some of the leftovers to enjoy on a snow day.

August 3, 2011

Protein Power Shake

I’ve been seeing a nutritionist and one of her first suggestions was adding protein to my diet. I think I’m pretty knowledgeable about what I eat, but this protein shake is rocking my world. I usually have a huge gap between lunch and dinner, which leaves me starved by the time dinner comes around. Instead of snacking all afternoon, or overeating at dinner, I have this protein shake. At first, I was weary of this protein shake idea because I had tried a few powders and recipes, and honestly, they were nasty. This shake is great and is actually desirable, which makes the power you get from it even better.

What you’ll need:

1 Scoop Rainbow Light Protein Powder

1 Banana

1 cup Almond Milk

1 tsp Peanut or Almond Butter

A Handful of Ice Cubes

Combine and Blend. I use my immersion blender for smoothies because I don’t have a blender, but either method will work great.