How the Blog was Born

Hi, my name is Geri and I'm a reformed Gluten Eater. I've been Gluten Free for over 4 years now, and I'm hanging on! In fact I'm such a Gluten Free fanatic that I'm sure I irritate my friends with all my "this is why gluten is bad for you" talk! But I have had a few friends want to jump on the wagon with me, so this is for them. I decided it might be easier to have my recipes in a place where they could get them instead of waiting for me to email them!! And it gives me a venue to talk all I want about the evils of gluten, and traditional medicine, and artificial sweeteners and so on and I will never know if you tune me out!! So that is How the Blog was Born. Whether it dies or not...we shall see....well I don't think you can kill one of these things, so I guess it's here to stay. If you want some ideas and recipes on how to eat Gluten Free, and how to keep your kids and yourself out of the doctors office then feel free to join me!! And if you have things to share, please comment and I'll add it on!!

Enjoy the Journey!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Where Do I Get It NOW?

WALMART!  Hooray for Walmart!  They now have a gluten free section.  At the Nampa, Greenhurst Walmart  it is on the isle with the Asian, and Latino foods.  It's small, but it's something.  My Albertsons across the street also has a small Gluten Free section so if I can't find it at Walmart I go there!

They have pasta, cookies, crackers, pretzels, Oats, box mixes.  They have a few of the flours like the Brown Rice Flour and Xanthan gum.  Sometimes they have the Potato Starch but not always.  I still get my Tapioca Starch at WINCO in the bulk section.  I also get my Xanthan gum there in bulk.  I think its the cheapest.

I have some friends that go to Seattle occasionally.  They stock me up on Trader Joes Gluten Free Pasta!!  It's the best price and I love their pasta!!  So if you have a Trader Joes connection, USE IT!!

Happy Shopping!!

Substitute for Creamed Soup

I thought I would put this on as a separate post.  I know I put it in a dinner recipe, but this is my standard filling for most casseroles, gravies, whatever.  I use this now instead of Cream of Chicken, Mushroom, Celery, Soup.
It's easy and fast and much better for you!!

In a pan add 1/4 C (1/2 cube) of butter or coconut oil.  Let it melt on low to medium heat.  When it's melted add 1/2 cup brown or white rice flour.  I like to use a whisk, so whisk it in and let it cook for a minute or so.  Slowly start adding milk or chicken broth until it gets to a thick gravy consistency.  Take it off the heat.  This is where I get creative.  Depending on what I'm making I might thin it some more with Chicken broth.  Or add more milk and some mayonnaise or sour cream. Season it with salt and pepper, or garlic salt and lemon pepper, or salt and curry powder.  Play with the amounts for what you need for your family!  Remember I usually super size things!!
You can also add mushrooms or celery or chicken for a creamed soup!

Some meals I use it for:

Chicken and rice, Hawaiian Haystacks.  Add the gravy to your chicken you've cooked in the crock pot all day or that you've just cooked on the stove.  Serve over rice.  Add condiments for Hawaiian Haystacks if you want!

Chicken, broccoli, rice casserole.  Layer cooked rice in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Put cooked, diced chicken on top of the rice, just barely steamed broccoli on top of the chicken, then pour the gravy with curry powder and mayonnaise over the top.  Top with grated cheddar and bake for 20 minutes!  YUM!!

Add a block of cream cheese and about 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and make an Alfredo sauce to go over gluten free fettuccine.  Add chicken if you'd like.

Tuna Noodle Casserole.  Make the gravy,  add chicken broth, garlic salt, lemon pepper, dill, and 1 or 2 cans of tuna.  Add pasta.  Mix together and top with grated cheddar and crushed potato chips!  I would add peas but my kids hate them!! I usually make a side of peas for me to add in!!

Pancakes or Waffles

GF Pancakes or Waffles
These work as pancakes but I use the exact recipe for waffles, which my kids like better!

2 C Featherlight Mix
1 tsp Xanthan gum
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C ground flax seed (flaxseed meal)

mix dry ingredients together
2 1/4 C milk
5 Tbs oil
2 eggs

Put eggs and oil in a large mixing bowl.  DO NOT MIX.  Put dry ingredients on top and start to mix slowly, adding the milk.  Mix  minimally. Add about a tsp of vinegar to mix.  Leave the batter lumpy.

Cook on a warm griddle until bubbles appear on the surface.  Flip and cook.  They take a little longer to cook all the way through so be patient!!  Waffles take about 4 minutes.

GF German Pancakes

GF German Pancakes

Preheat oven to 425

1 Cup Featherlight mix
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 C milk
4 eggs beaten
Mix dry ingredients together.  Mix eggs and milk together then pour over your dry ingredients and mix well.
Put 2 Tbls of butter in a 9x13 pan and put in the oven for about 2 minutes until it is melted.  Tilt the pan to cover the bottom with butter then pour in your ingredients and bake for about 18-20 min.  The top that puffs up high might get a little burnt but it needs to cook all the way through!  Remember, for some reason, cooking with gluten free flours takes a little longer than regular flour.

Serve with butter and syrup!  (I don't add either.  I think it is yummy just plain!)

OPTIONS:  you can top this with cinnamon and pecans.  You could also add diced peaches.