I have a quick product review to tell you about. Rhythm chips made from Kale. They are made by Daily Juice Food in Texas. I know you are thinking…what? They are exactly what they sound like….. kale that has been chopped and dried. They are considered a raw food since the are air dried at a low temperature. They come several different flavors and are also gluten free, vegan and gmo-free. I think my favorite was the ranch. I love kale, so I thought they were really good. My twenty something kids however, not so much. They are both kind of picked so I would let that stop you from trying them. I loved them. Like I said, I love kale. I eat it raw in salad and cooked in anything. They are crispy like a chip so it's really easy to just keep popping them in your mouth, and they are good for you! I think they would be really yummy in a salad instead of a crouton too. Check them out here and see what you think! Oh, and great to travel with too.
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I just received my updated Gluten-free Restaurant Guide by Triumph Dining. I love this guide and have had several editions of them. The most current one is the 5th edition. I like the fact that the book is divided into states and cities. That way if you are traveling, you can look up where you will be and see a list of the gluten free restaurants in that area. The back part of the book has the restaurant menus. This is the good part……what you can order and how to order it!
This years guide has several new restaurants added which is always nice to see. It's important to know that menus can change so you want to check from time to time the favorite things you order out. Triumph also makes a grocery guide and several cell phones apps which are so helpful. You can see what they have to offer at http://www.triumphdining.com/. Check it out!
Wow, I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! Is this your first gluten free Thanksgiving? Are you a little nervous? We'll, don't be! This is an easy holiday to be gluten free! Below is the menu that I'm making on Thanksgiving. Also, be sure to check out all the other gluten free blogs. There are so many creative gluten free cooks out there willing to share with others.
The most important thing is, don't stress about it. My first gluten free Thanksgiving I tried to do it all! I planned too many things to make and thought I had to make everything homemade. Bad idea. If you can find pre-made gluten free pie crusts in your area, don't look at the price, just buy them. Whole Foods makes some great ones. That might not work if you are dairy free though and you will have to make them. If you have to make pie crust from scratch, I would make it this week and freeze it in a pan ready to go. It will cut down on work next week.
To make stuffing, you really don't need homemade bread for it to be great. I am using frozen pre-made from Whole Foods. Their gluten free Oat bread is also dairy free. Another bread that makes great stuffing is Ener-g brand. It is a shelf stable bread that you usually see in health food stores. It makes great stuffing! Make sure you use enough liquid so your stuffing is moist. Gluten free bread dries out easily!
If dairy is a problem and you are making pumpkin pie, try coconut milk. That's what I'm planning on! I'm also not attempting rolls. I gave up on gluten free rolls a long time ago. I'm making cornbread. I'm going to add a hand full of dried cranberries to it just because it sounds yummy and will look festive!
I have a recipe given to me by my sister in law for sweet potatoes. They are fabulous. She uses cashews, peaches and ginger in the potatoes! So be sure to check out that recipe!
Most importantly, enjoy the day. Enjoy your family. Be thankful for the food you can eat. This is a time it's really easy to feel sorry for yourself because there are so many things around that you can't eat. Don't let that ruin your day! Really try to enjoy and savor what you can eat.
On another note, I received and email from the folks over at Triumph Dining. They were letting people know that Butterball Turkeys are gluten free. Some, even have gluten free gravy packets! If you buy one, please read your packet before using it. Some of the stores may still have the packets with the gravy that contains gluten. If so, just throw the gravy out. The turkey itself is gluten free!
Also, Triumph Dining is getting ready to put their grocery guide in an iphone app! I am so excited about this! I love Triumph's grocery guide and will love having it on my phone where I can access it whenever I need it! Thanks Triumph!
Thanksgiving Day Menu
Dressing (print recipe)
Sweet Potatoes (print recipe)
Cranberries (print recipe)
Corn bread with cranberries (print recipe)
Jamaican Spiced Pumpkin Pie (this is dairy free!)
Apple Pie (I am using this recipe from fine cooking, but using apples instead of pears. Just use an all purpose gluten free flour as your flour)
Have a happy thankful day!!
The weather is getting colder and that means it's time for soup! I think most of you know by now that on Sundays, I scrapbook with my mom and a couple of friends. Most Sundays, the friends go home at dinner time, but once a month we have a pitch in. The husbands come and eat with us too!
Luckily, my mother and my friend Jennifer, is gluten free. My other friend, Denise, is very good about bringing something that is gluten free so the meal stays safe to eat. We really have a lot of fun doing this and it's something I look forward to each month. Luckily, I have a huge dining room table that can seat at least 10 without the extra leaf and more with it! I love filling that table with people and feeding them.
Coming up with a gluten free main dish to feed that many people can be tricky at times, but can be managed. I love to make soup. A couple weeks ago when we had this dinner, it was a little chilly out. Right now the weather in Indianapolis is beautiful. It's been in the low 70's. I know winter is just waiting to rear it's ugly head. So, this soup recipe will be perfect on those cold winter days.
This recipe makes a ton of soup. You can easily cut it in half for less people. And, it gets better each day it's leftover!
Minestrone Soup (print recipe)
2 pounds ground sirloin
6 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1/2 cabbage, chopped
1-28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2-15 oz. canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2-32 oz box beef stock plus 3 cups
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 zucchini, shredded (I use a cheese grater)
2 cups uncooked gluten free elbow pasta
1. In your largest soup pot, brown ground beef and drain off the fat.
2. Add the carrots, celery, and onions. Cook until they are tender.
3. Next, add the cabbage, tomatoes, beans, the two boxes of beef stock and spices. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer and cook for about and hour.
4. After and hour, add the zucchini and the pasta. Cook until the pasta is tender, about 30 minutes. This is where you might want to add the extra broth. I like my soup with more broth, you might like yours with less. It's up to you! You can also add less pasta if you like it that way.
This makes a huge pot of soup! It will serve at least 16 people.
Jennifer brought corn bread. She has a secret gluten free cornbread recipe. But, it's not dairy free. So, just for me she made some dairy free corn muffins. They were so yummy! I can't share the recipe since she's taking it to the State Fair competition this summer. I think she's going to give them a run for the money! You can see Denise's veggie tray in the background. That's a perfect thing to bring for a gluten free dinner!
I'm about as excited as a dairy free girl can get! I've discovered cashew cheese! I whipped up my first batch last night after receiving a comment from Cinnamon Quill about making cashew cheese. If you've never been to her blog before, please go check it out. She has beautiful photography and is always making something yummy!
The recipe I used was from Choosing Raw. You have to soak your cashews for an hour of two, then give them a whorl in a food processor with lemon juice, garlic, water and salt. Her recipe call for miso which I did not have, so I left that out. I did use sun dried tomatoes and some dried basil in mine. Oh my is it good. It has the consistency and flavor of ricotta cheese. I think it would be a very good in lasagna or on pizza! Last night, I liked it mighty fine on crackers and a glass of wine to go with 🙂
For lunch today, after an early morning shopping trip to Sam's club, I was starving. I had purchased some roast beef and made a sandwich with cashew cheese and roast beef. Our local Sam's club has really good deli meat and it says gluten free right on the label!
I also found out that Whole Food Bakehouse does have a dairy free bread. It's Gluten Free Oatmeal Bread. They use soy milk powder and of course gluten free oats. This is a lifesaver because there are weeks I just don't have time to make bread!
I encourage you to try this "cheese". It's really easy to make if you have a food processor and really good!
Next time I think I'll make mexican flavor!