Chili Orange Chicken

Marinade for 6 chicken pieces:

Juice of 1 large orange
zest of 1 large orange
3 TB Asian garlic chili sauce
1 TB raw sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TB gluten-free soy sauce

Whisk marinade together in a large zipper bag. Add chicken pieces. Massage marinade into chicken. Let rest in the fridge for 20 minutes or up to over night.

Heat cast iron pan to high. Dump chicken and marinade into hot pan. Cook chicken 4 minutes and spoon marinade over to glaze. Finish cooking in a hot oven or by turning heat to low and covering tight.

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Parm and Parsley Pasta

Simple easy side dish that is sure to please! Try it as a pasta salad base recipe or top with grilled veggies, meat, or fish.

1 lb gluten-free fusilli

2 TB butter
2 TB olive oil
5+ cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 + Cup grated parmesan cheese
1 bunch parsley rough chopped
salt and pepper to taste

While pasta is boiling, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter, oil, and garlic. Heat until just before garlic browns. Remove from heat.

Drain pasta well. Toss into hot butter-oil. Sprinkle in parsley and cheese, salt and pepper. Coat evenly. Serve hot as a side dish OR chill and add chopped raw veggies for an easy pasta salad.

Mushroom and Arugula Quesadillas

As a gluten-free girl, I don’t get to use my panini press very often. I decided to take it out again because it is AWESOME and has tons of uses other than sandwich making. Also, the gluten-free tortillas you can easily find in the freezer section at most natural grocers kind of taste like card board. Grill marks really improve things! If you don’t have a panini press, an indoor grill pan or you outdoor grill are awesome for this.

4, 12 inch tortillas
8 slices havarti cheese
1 bunch arugula, washed and chopped
1 bunch beech mushrooms, separated
1 lb cooked bacon or prosciutto

Olive oil for grilling

Grill mushrooms with oil until grill marks form. I leave the beech mushrooms in clumps so they are easier to grill. Divide filling ingredients equally among tortillas. Put the cheese on the bottom layer for easy melting and to seal the tortilla.

Fold and press between hot panini grill. Cheese will melt in about 4 minutes on a panini press. Grill 3 minutes per side on a grill or grill pan.

Creamy Split Lentils

This is great to serve as a side dish to any Indian style main course. It’s also a great way to prepare lentils for kids, just adjust the chili powder to their taste. For some kids, that may be doubling the chili powder!

1 Cup split lentils
1 Cup chopped onion
2 TB olive or vegetable oil
2 TB butter (or quality vegan butter substitute)
1 tsp salt (to help onions sweat)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
3+ cloves garlic minced

1 1/2+ Cups filtered water

Add onion, fats, salt, and seasonings to a small stock pot. Brown over high, stirring constantly until onion begins to caramelize. Stir in lentils. Coat in spiced oil by stirring vigorously. Stir in water. Scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon to release all the browned flavors from the pan.

Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Stir occasionally. Split lentils will cook quickly and break apart. The texture is very smooth and creamy without adding dairy.

Serve with naan bread or over rice.

3 Cheese Penne with Baby Broccoli

Baked pasta dishes are the eewy gooey food gluten-free folks seem to miss the most. In the “About Gluten Free” section (visit the right side menu bar) I explain pasta brands that are a best bet for fooling even you Italian guests.

Well what do you do with the wrong brand of mushy, never right gluten-free pasta? Bake it! Baked on sauces will transform gluey mess into gooey fabulous. This cheese sauce is so velvety smooth, it could hide anything.

16 oz gluten-free penne, cooked and drained, not rinsed

1 lb sweet baby broccoli

3 Cheese Sauce:

1 TB butter
1 TB olive oil
2 TB rice flour
2 Cups milk
1/2 Cup parmesan, divided
4 oz goat cheese
4 oz mozzarella

Make a roux with the butter, oil, and flour over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes until rice flour is no longer raw. Slowly whisk in milk. When smooth, add 1/2 the parmesan and all of the goat and mozzarella cheeses. Whisk until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat.

Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces. I cut baby broccoli a little larger because it is tender and sweet. I like the broccoli to be as long as the pasta. Place the broccoli in the bottom of your strainer. Drain pasta water over the broccoli. This will flash cook the outside of the broccoli so that it will retain its color well while baking.

Stir drained pasta and broccoli into cheese sauce. Transfer to baking dish and top with remaining parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown delicious.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

The veggie with the worst reputation: the Brussel Sprout. They have about 275% of the Vitamin K you need daily, over 150% of the Vitamin C you need daily, and are also a fab source of Vitamins A, B1, B6, and B2. You’ll also get plenty of folate, fiber, and potassium. Now, let’s make them taste awesome!

if you can find the sprouts still on the tree, they’ll be the most tender and sweet. If you can only find them plucked, they are still awesome. Wash them well and cut gently from the tree stem. Cut close enough to the stem to keep the sprout in tact. For plucked sprouts, trim the bottoms as part of cleaning to remove tough, dried stump. 1 tree stem of sprouts is about 1 lb of sprouts. The bags are usually sold by the pound.

On a roasting pan combine:

1 lb washed sprouts

1/4 Cup olive oil

1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar

2 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

Roast at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Stir on tray half way through cooking. Serve immediately.

Rice Noodles in Miso Broth

Hooray! I visited the Asian market today! In the produce section, they sell fresh rice noodles. These are soft and raw and cook in just a few minutes, just like fresh Italian pasta.

2 liters filtered water
3 TB red miso paste
1 lb fresh rice noodles
6 oz mushrooms, sliced thin
6 oz carrot, julienne
1 bunch spring onions, sliced into thin rounds
2 TB ponzu sauce

optional: 1 lb thin sliced beef, shredded cooked chicken or pork, tofu cubes, peeled shrimp

Place water and miso over a high burner to bring to a soft boil. Add in carrots, mushrooms, and meat/tofu. Stir gently to prevent protein from sticking. When broth begins to boil again, add fresh rice noodles. Simmer for 4-6 until rice noodles are cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in ponzu sauce and onion. Serve immediately.

For added nutrition, you can add in additional vegetables. These veggie suggestions are grouped by cooking time.

Add any of these vegetables with the carrots and mushrooms: shredded red or green cabbage, baby corn, thin sliced Thai eggplant, Asian long beans

These vegetables should be added with the spring onions before serving: mung bean sprouts, shredded napa cabbage, shredded bok choy

Pick-a-Filling Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a great make ahead meal. They are always good left overs. Everyone likes them. This is a versatile recipe that can be filled with just about anything.

Served with Guac and Sour Cream!

For the Sauce:

1/3 Cup minced yellow onion (1 small)
3+ cloves minced garlic
1 Cup veggie or chicken stock
1 Cup tomato puree
1 TB cumin
1 TB oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp mexican saffron
dash turmeric

To taste: salt, hot sauce– I add my demon sauce to this for a very intense multi-chile flavor.

Add all ingredients to a sauce pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. This can be made ahead: up to 10 days in the fridge or frozen for weeks. This makes enough sauce to cover about 8 enchiladas. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for feeding large crowds.

Filling for 8 enchiladas:

1 lb ground chicken, beef, or turkey
OR
8 oz chopped mushrooms and 1 Cup refried beans
OR
your family’s fav taco/ burrito filling

seasoned with 2-3 TB taco seasoning, depending on your taste for heat.

CHEESE! Sprinkle in queso blanco, monterrey jack, pepper jack, cheddar, or a blend of cheeses as you roll your enchiladas. If you are making just cheese enchiladas, a blend is best. 1 Cup of cheese should fill 8 enchiladas when mixed with another filling. For cheese only, you’ll need about 3 Cups.

8 Corn or gluten-free tortillas, 6-8 inch size.

Spread a few tablespoons of sauce over the bottom of a casserole dish. This will keep the enchiladas from sticking to the pan. Fill tortillas with your filling mixture and roll them. Lay them carefully in the casserole dish, squeezing them together to hold the roll closed. An 8×8 inch pan usually holds 6 enchiladas.

Top with shredded cheese.

Pour sauce evenly over rolled enchiladas. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and brown. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, or you favorite veggie salad.

** For a vegan meal, stuff with veggies, tempeh, and vegan cheese. Commercial steak sauces are often vegan and can add a real kick to sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions.

Eli’s Mom’s Challah

I made a gluten exception for this. See why?

My sister made this loaf

Mix:
1 c warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 packets of yeast

Wait 10 minutes for the mixture to become foamy.

Add:
1 T salt
2 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil
Mix.

Now mix in about 3.5-4 c unbleached flour, one cup at a time.  Once the mixture becomes stiff, start kneading with floured hands.  Knead for about 7 mins, turning the dough over often.

Add a little vegetable oil to the outside of the kneaded dough ball and put it in a bowl.  Allow to rise in a slightly warmed oven (turn the oven on for a few min, then off before you put the dough in) for about one hour, or until the dough doubles in size.
Cut the dough into thirds and roll out (using flour) into long coils.  Braid it, starting in the middle of the loaf and working out to either end.  Place onto a greased glass baking pan.  Allow to rise for 15-30 additional minutes at room temperature (the dough should double in size again).  Glaze with one egg yolk mixed with 1 tsp water.  Bake for 30-45 mins at 375.

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7 Layer Dip

Everyone likes layer dip. It’s easy to make for any party. It’s great to make the day before and let rest in the fridge over night for more intense flavor.

We started eating it and forgot to photograph it... again!

1 Cup cooked pinto beans
3 TB taco seasoning (recipe follows)
4 oz chopped green chilies
2 avocados, sliced thin
lime juice
1/2 Cup chopped black olives
8 oz salsa
8 oz sour cream
8 oz shredded cheddar or Monterrey jack

Layer 1: Place pintos and taco seasoning in your food processor. Blend to creamy. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a little lime juice to thin it out.

Layer 2: Spread chopped green chilies over beans.

Layer 3: Arrange avocado slices over chilies. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice.

Layer 4: Add black olives over avocado.

Layer 5: Spread out salsa

Layer 6: Spread out sour cream

Layer 7: Sprinkle over shredded cheese

Serve with chips, crackers, veggies, or anything that will scoop this out. Like a spoon!

You can use store bought taco seasoning, but it may contain gluten, fillers, chemicals, or non-food ingredients. Weird!

Taco Seasoning

2 parts chili powder

1 part cumin

1 part oregano

1 part garlic powder

1 part onion powder

1 part paprika

1/2 part salt

(1/2 part cayenne for HOT taco mix)

Shake together in a jar and store in a cool, dry, and dark place. Seasonings keep for 4 months.

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