Gluten Free Recipes

Mango Salsa Appetizers Recipe

Mango Salsa Appetizers

06.04.15 by Jackie

Flatbreads are great because you can load them up with whichever ingredients you like. They're also very versatile and can be served as a main course or cut up into bite size appetizers.  

Since I recently purchased a molcajete, the typical, hand-carved Mexican mortar and pestle made from natural volcanic stone, I decided to put a Mexican twist on my flatbread. I gathered diced Ataulfo mangoes, green apples, jalapeños, red onions, Persian cucumbers, lime juice and tomatoes.

The exotic salsa would make a tasty, healthy snack all on its own, but it's even better spooned onto California Lavash flatbread. Yum!


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Polenta Burger Recipe Recipe

Polenta Burger Recipe

05.19.15 by Jackie

I think I've said in previous posts that my mother-in-law recently discovered she was gluten intolerant (when she decided to become a vegetarian a year ago) . Her diet has changed drastically but we try to keep her palate happy. Here's a gluten-free dish that doesn't leave her missing bread or pasta. I pan-fried pre-cooked polenta medallions and used them as a substitute for the burger buns. I topped them with melted provolone cheese, sautéed baby spinach and soyrizo (you can replace with real meat).

I served the polenta burgers with steamed vegetables, so we had a delicious light meal that fit everyone's diet in our home. My mother-in-law has been adjusting to her new diet very well these days, although I have to admit it was so cute but kind of sad catching her smelling and "hugging" freshly-baked loaves of bread in the kitchen over the weekend.

***The photo was taken with my phone.


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Banh Gio Recipe (Steamed Meat Rice Cakes) Recipe

Banh Gio Recipe (Steamed Meat Rice Cakes)

04.27.15 by Jackie

In Vietnamese cuisine, just as in many other types of cuisines, the use of banana leaves in cooking dates back centuries. Back when there was no aluminum foil, parchment paper or wax paper, the thick leaves were what cooks used to pack, steam, grill, bake and serve their food. Isn't that a smart, eco-friendly way to make good use of biodegradable, natural materials? Plus, the banana leaves give awondderful additional aroma to the food. If you ever visit Vietnam, you'll notice how commonly food is wrapped in banana leaves. Bánh giò is no exception, and it's one of my favorite Vietnamese street foods.

Bánh giò is a steamed rice cake, often filled with meat. This time, I filled them with ground chicken (a more authentic version would use pork). In any case, the meat is cooked with wood ear mushrooms. It's not the prettiest meal, but it's a flavorful, earthy (thanks to the mushrooms), light, gluten-free dish.

The key to achieving the perfect texture is to add a bit of cornstarch to the rice flour to firm up the dough, then flavor it with warm chicken broth and cook it on the stove before shaping the rice cakes.

Steamed Meat Rice Cakes Recipe with Picture


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Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe Recipe

Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe

03.23.15 by Jackie

At Cost Plus World Market, I recently discovered a 100% lychee juice drink with no preservatives and no sugar added. As soon as I came home, I began brainstorming and came up with this deliciously, refreshing drink. It's made of coconut milk, lychee juice and sugar cane juice. The concoction is that wasy. It's really about the correct proportions and you could even add a few ounces of rum to spike it up.  Plus, it's dairy free!

If you're like me and don't have the patience to wait until the drink is chilled, simply add a few ice cubes and mix it in a cocktail shaker. It makes the perfect warm weather treat, almost like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. So you can relax and pat yourself on the back for a well-crafted lychee coconut cooler.

 

 


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Spicy Stir Fried Beef and Green Beans Recipe

Spicy Stir Fried Beef and Green Beans

03.05.15 by Jackie

Stir-fried green beans and beef make a delicious dish. First, green beans are deep fried until the outer skin becomes slightly wilted. Once all the beans are fried, they're stir-fried in garlic, chili garlic sauce, black bean sauce and soy sauce with beef. I also thicken the dish with a bit of cornstarch and add chiles for extra flavor. But the key ingredient is cashew nuts, which provide incredible texture and nutritional value with folic acid.

This may not be the healthiest way to prepare a stir fry, but I can’t get enough of it. The natural sweetness of the green beans balances perfectly with the tenderness of the beef. For a healthier alternative, you could substitute tofu for the meat and omit the sesame oil and sesame seeds. 

 


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