Tag Archives: gluten free

Trying to Find Staple Foods

31 Aug

We finally got to try one of Amy’s frozen vegan meals, a burrito. I liked it but the other said it was “alright.” I think the meals are a pretty good vegan option for someone with very little time. (Although many of Amy’s meals are not vegan, they’re organic and offer a lot of gluten free options as well. The packages are clearly marked which I definitely appreciate. I learned about the brand via my sister who has celiac.) Amy’s also has a vegan/gluten free macaroni and cheese option made with rice noodles and soy cheese that I want to try.

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We’ve been eating lots of rice, I finally bought more brown rice and a few bags of frozen vegetables. We need to stock up on the mixed frozen vegetables; now that veggies are a primary food source, I use a whole bag in a meal for two. There are two vegan sauces that I bought to try from Thai Kitchen, I like the pineapple chili one better but both are great. The soy sauce I already had in my fridge is vegan, but several others I had included bonito flakes or some other fishy ingredient.

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The other night I had a meal where I was actually stuffed on legit vegan food (versus getting stuffed on a bag of chips that happen to be vegan >.<). I had a bowl of organic veggie soup, a salad, and a baked potato. On my baked potatoes I've been replacing butter with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and using a mixed "steak rub" spice. Baked potatoes have helped my cravings for rich and wholesome and not salad. I would like to make a big batch of vegetable soup that I can freeze and use for awhile, but this meal's was from a can.

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Cola Chicken in Crockpot

5 Sep
This is a good recipe; it’s in a crock pot/slow cooker, it’s gluten-free and it’s chicken.
Here’s the recipe:
Cola Chicken
This made two large servings.
Ingredients:
5 chicken breast fillets (small, boneless, skinless.)
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup rootbeer (or any dark soda, like Coke, Pepsi, or diet will work. I used rootbeer so it would be caffeine free.)
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1 tbsp butter
cooking spray
Directions:
In a medium bowl, mix together the ketchup, rootbeer, and chopped onions.
Spray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray (I used olive oil cooking spray) and put the butter at the bottom.
Place the chicken in, as spread out as possible.
Pour the sauce over the chicken, and put the lid on.
Place the crock pot on high and cook for 4 hours. (It’s done after three. ) When the chicken is first cooking the sauce seems too thin. However, after it cooks for about three hours it will thicken properly.

Serve hot and enjoy! šŸ˜€

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Pittsburgh Foodie Field Trip

15 May
A few months ago a friend of mine took me around Pittsburgh’s Strip District, and a bit of Oakland. The result: I have new staples to my diet and I’ve got new places to shop.
In the Strip District, we visited Lotus Food Co., a Chinese grocery store. It was awesome, and cheap. And they had loads of gluten-free stuff that my sister would adore. The sauces there were much cheaper than in regular grocery stores. I got a basket full of what I thought would come to about fifty dollars. It came to twenty-two big ones :D. While there I bought udon noodles, a special soy-based sauce to cook the udon in, ube powder(a purple sweet potato powder), seaweed, and dorayaki (basically a small pancake filled with red bean paste= really, really good.)
My family totally loved the udon noodles and tempura (just dip fresh veggies in a flour/water batter and fry). New staple. Tryyy it.
Also visited the PA Macaroni Co. for pasta and bread, and Wholey’s for fish.
After we had bubble tea at LuLu’s Noodles in Oakland (bubble tea was also new to me, and is awesome), and then had a feast šŸ™‚
Pictures!

Vegetarian Chili

20 Mar
Another chili post! This time its gluten free, vegetarian chili. and its excellent. I’m not eating any meat for lent, so I need something easy to reheat when the rest of the household is having meat. Chili is my answer šŸ™‚
Ingredients:
Cans: (make sure that these are plain and do not have seasoning or salt added)
-large can of light red kidney beans (drained), 2 small cans of cannellini beans (drained), 1 small can black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 large can whole tomatoesĀ (do not drain), 1 large can crushed tomatoes (do not drain), 1 teeny can of tomato paste, 1 small can corn (drained).
Fresh:
-3 large green bell peppers, 1 large red Ā bell pepper, 4 hot banana peppers (you need these to balance out the sweetness!), Ā 1 sweet onion, 1 package mushrooms (sliced)
Other:
-1/2 stick of unsalted butter, garlic powder (or crushed garlic if you prefer), several tablespoons white sugar
In my last chili post, I explained my process, but here it is simplified.
I add all the canned goods into a giant pot (with a fitted lid). I chop up the veggies (coarsely), and add them. I turn the heat on medium and stir. I add a cup of water, a half stick of butter, garlic powder, and a decent bit of sugar (a few big spoonfuls.) Stir it up, put on the lid, turn the heat down to low (shouldn’t be boiling.) Ā Stir every ten-fifteen minutes for about 3 hours.Ā If the chili is too watery for your tastes after an hour or two, you can leave the lid off for awhile so that some liquid evaporates.Ā And enjoy :).
I imagine that if you used a (rather large) crock pot you wouldn’t have to stir so frequently. But my dad used a pot so that’s what I do (and I don’t have a crock pot large enough). Also, I am very against chili seasoning/ powder, etc. It tastes fake fake fake. Ā Please do not use it, you don’t have to, and its better without.
Generally, I don’t like corn in chili, but I think it worked well in this vegetarian version.

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Meatloaf for Picky Eaters

16 Feb
Meatloaf looks gross, there’s no getting around that. But this meatloaf is not only gluten-free, its healthier (it uses ground turkey meat), and GOOD. My picky eater loves it. Which is weird. There are very few meals that I can repeat once a week.
Ingredients:
– 1.2 lbs ground turkey meat (I suppose you can substitute ground beef if you really need to. ;))
– about 1.5 cups cooked rice
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp ketchup
– 1/2 cup chopped onion
– 2 tbsp sugar OR 3 tbsp molasses. (I normally prefer molasses. Turkey when cooked is whiter than ground meat, molasses darkens it. And it makes a pretty awesome glaze on top. But in the batch featured I used sugar)
– dash of pepper

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350*F. Mix all of the ingredients together in a largish bowl. It looks gross. I refuse to show my picky eater this step, in fear of refusal to eat the result.

Mixed Together....yummmmm hahaa

Put the mixture into a loaf pan. Shape/smooth it the best you can with the spoon/spatula. Place in oven, uncovered*** for about 45 minutes.
***Covered in foil if you used molasses. Take off the foil for the last 15 minutes, and drizzle a spoonful of molasses on top for a glaze.

In the Oven

Take out, let sit for about 3 minutes. Cut and serve :). We like ketchup on ours, but honestly this recipe is sweet enough so that you don’t need it.
I use the same basic mixture for my meatballs, as well. Substitute the ketchup for whateverĀ marinaraĀ sauce you want, and throw in someĀ ItalianĀ seasoning. Roll into balls. Smother in marinara sauce. Ā Bake covered for the same time and temperature.

Slice & Serve

P.S. I apologize for my blurry pictures! I had to use a phone camera for these.