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Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Cabbage Leaves Stuffed with Ground Turkey

August 5th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN


For thousands of years, people all over the world have found myriad ways to prepare this health-giving vegetable. Stuffed cabbage is a favorite with good reason -- it's so satisfying -- to smell, to see and to taste! Cabbage is a great source for important vitamins like vitamin C, K and folate, minerals like calcium and potassium, plus fiber and bioflavanoids. Recipe also provides complete protein, iron, zinc, vitamin A, magnesium and riboflavin.

Ingredients
  • 12 to 14 large cabbage leaves
  • 1 pound fresh ground turkey
  • 1 cup raw rice
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

sauce: 

  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 4 cups reserved cooking liquid
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Equipment

Large pot with lid.

Process

Core a head of cabbage, soak in hot water for 10 minutes then carefully peel off leaves.  Fill a large pot with 4 inches water and bring to boil.  Add half the leaves to soften but not enough to cook.  Remove to a platter.  Add the rest to soften, then remove.  Reserve 4 cups of the cooking water.

Meanwhile, mix the meat, rice, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Place ¼ cup of meat mixture onto the inside of a leaf where it was attached to the core.  Roll the leaf over while tucking in the sides and roll again to secure the contents.  Repeat with each leaf until filling is used up.

Add 4 cups of tomato sauce to the reserved cooking liquid.  Lay a few cabbage leaves on the bottom to protect the rolls from sticking.  Now arrange the rolled cabbages around the bottom, repeating until all are placed in the sauce.  Bring to a boil, then lower heat to cook gently for 40 minutes. Serves 4-5.


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Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Sauteed Beef Liver and Onions

August 5th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Beef liver is the best source of copper, as well as, protein, iron, potassium, selenium and vitamin A. This recipe will help you appreciate the sweet flavor and smooth texture of health-giving liver, organic, of course.

Ingredients
  • 1 pound organic beef liver
  • 1 large mild onion
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup fine rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

 

Equipment

Large heavy skillet.

Process

Rinse liver under cold water.  Carefully remove any large white veins by cutting or pulling them away from the liver.  Dredge liver pieces in rice flour then salt and pepper.  Set aside.  Heat pan over low medium flame then add oil.  In a minute, arrange liver in skillet.  Saute one side until golden.  Turn over and add onions.  Saute liver and onions untill golden.  Onions should be soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook since this will make the liver tough. 

To make sauce, remove liver to heated platter.  Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch or rice flour to 2 cups water and add to the skillet with onions. Bring mixture to boil.  Turn down heat and cook 2 minutes to thicken.  Pour over liver.  Serves 4.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Braised Chicken Livers & Onions

August 5th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

If you've never tried chicken liver, here is a dish that is nutritious, fast, and flavorful. Enjoy this excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, iron, riboflavin, niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), copper, selenium, and protein once a month to keep healthy.

Ingredients
  • I pound container of natural/ organic chicken livers; rinsed well in cold water to remove bitterness
  • ½ cup rice flour or corn flour (masa harina)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil salt & black pepper
  •  ½ medium onion, thin sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar (apple cider or rice)
  • 2 tablespoons rice starch or corn starch

 

Process

Cut liver lobes in half, then dredge in flour of choice.  Heat skillet to medium, then add oil and livers.  Sautee until golden, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt & pepper. Turn over and add onions.  Sautee everything till golden, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked livers to a heated platter.

To make gravy, add lemon juice or vinegar to water then stir in starch.  Add to pan, scraping up brown bits for flavor. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Adjust salt & pepper.

Serves 4.