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Trish Deitemeyer

Making Gluten Free Manicotti

February 3rd, 2010 by Trish Deitemeyer


The word is getting out that even though we can’t eat wheat, celiacs (and others who must follow a gluten free diet) still love to eat pasta. There are a few establishments in the Philadelphia area that offer gluten free pasta, such as Giorgio on Pine in Center City, Café Alessio in Doylestown, Café Monterosso in Yardley, City Kitchen Pizzeria in Southampton, and Maggiano’s Little Italy in Center City, King of Prussia and Cherry Hill, NJ. However, if you’re really missing home-made pasta, just like Nonna used to make, why not try to make it yourself? (more…)


lettuce_wrapsMany of us are looking to kick off this year on a healthy note by eating more veggies and just eating better in general. This Asian Lettuce Wrap recipe below covers both of those bases. Lettuce, protein of your choice, and veggies. Not to mention the fact that it's super delicious! (more…)

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I love cooking with different wines, juices and making up different sauces. It can be quick and easy as long as you know the basic steps. Recently, I received a sampling of the POM Wonderful pomegranate juice and immediately thought it would pair well with pork.

Pork is a meat that can be made quickly and goes well with a variety of seasonings and sauces.

pork_pomI have always been a big fan of POM Wonderful juices so I was thrilled to see what I could come up with in the kitchen that would be gluten-free. POM Wonderful juice is a great source of potassium and iron. The juice also has a slight tart taste.

What you will need for the pork chops: (more…)

Amy Fothergill

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe

November 11th, 2009 by Amy Fothergill

Not only is this meal easy, it's delicious and gluten free. Surprise your family one night by having them walk in the house to the smell of lasagna, coming from the slow cooker!

lasagna_slowcookerThis dish can be ready in less than 3 hours. If you will be gone most of the day, make sure to set the slow cooker to Low.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Lasagna

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Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Mushroom Quiche

August 7th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Here's a fabulous dish that's loaded with vitamin K, as well as high quality protein, vitamin A, calcium and other minerals.  Everyone will ask for more! 

Ingredients
  • a lightly baked 9 inch GF pie shell
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup grated semi-soft sheep cheese
  • 4 large fresh eggs
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  •  ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  •  ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •  1 cup sweetened rice milk

 

Equipment

Pie plate.

Process

Prepare pie shell.  Here's our recipe (makes 2 shells so you can freeze the other):

  • 1 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup millet flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan Gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon GFCF baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

 

Blend dry ingredients - flours, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt.  With a pastry blender, mix in the shortening till it resembles coarse meal. Lightly mix in the beaten eggs just until the dough pulls together. Divide dough in half and chill 10 minutes.

Roll two crusts between sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper.  Peel off top sheet then place the dough over the pie plate.  Remove other sheet.  Prick dough in several places with a fork to prevent air pockets.  Bake in a 350°F oven for about 8 minutes or until just set. Do not brown.

Prepare filling.

In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat, adding mushrooms.  When mushrooms are golden on one side, turn off heat and stir in spinach.  Arrange over bottom of pie shell. Sprinkle grated cheese over vegetables. Set aside.

Meanwhile, beat eggs together with a fork.  Stir in seasonings and rice milk.  Pour mixture evenly over cheese.  Place pie in the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until center is firm.

Serves 4.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Pot Roast Made Perfectly Tender in Less Than an Hour

August 7th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

If you have never used a pressure cooker, consider that it saves a lot of cooking time, is versatile and produces richly flavored, tender meat and conserves the broth. It is also economical. This recipe could be cooked in the oven for 3 hours, but that is a lot of heat and time.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 to 2 ½ pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 cups water or enough to come half way up the roast
  • 1 tablespoon rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 cups baby carrots or carrots cleaned and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • ¼ cup thickly sliced celery
  • ¼ cup cornstarch or rice flour mixed into ½ cup cold water

 

Equipment

Pressure cooker or heavy pot with tight lid.

Process

Trim meat of visible fat then sprinkle with salt.

Meanwhile, add oil to cooker and heat over medium flame.  Place meat in middle of cooker to brown it.  Turn over and brown other side, adding onions.  Add water and vinegar then close cooker.  Adjust heat in a few minutes so valve has a slow rock.  Cook 45  minutes.

Remove from heat to bring down temperature.  When steam is released, remove the valve and open the lid.  Add the potatoes, carrots and celery.  Close the lid, replace the valve and cook for 10 minutes more.  Again, remove from heat to cool down.  A fast way is to place the cooker under cold water in the sink.

Alternatively, if you like soft vegetables, then put them in with the meat and cook the 45 minutes.

Remove meat and vegetables to a platter.  To the cooker add the cornstarch or rice flour mixture and cook until thickened and clear.  Easily serves 4 persons.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Mussels Over Pasta

August 7th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Like most seafood, this dish cooks up quickly and can easily be doubled or tripled. Mussels are a great source of important nutrients. They are rich in protein, manganese, selenium, vitamin B12, zinc, and provide lots of thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, potassium, copper and some vitamin A.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 1  cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 pounds fresh, live mussels, scrubbed and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

 

Equipment

Large pot with lid.

Process

Check the mussels to make sure they alive.  Wrap them lightly against the side of the sink.  They should close their shells and sound dull not hollow.  If they are not already clean, scrub them under cold, running water.  Pull off any beards (how they attach to rocks in the water).

Add oil, garlic and onions to a large pot with lid.  Heat on stove over medium heat.  When garlic is just golden, quickly stir in water, parsley, celery, salt, pepper and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil then add mussels and basil.  Cover with lid to steam them. When all mussels have opened, turn off heat and remove lid.  Discard any mussels that fail to open.

Serve in bowl as first course for 4 or over pasta for 2 persons for dinner.  Prepare choice of gluten-free pasta according to package directions.  Sprinkle with grated Romano sheep cheese. 

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Traditional Lasagna With or Without Meat

August 7th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Lasagna is a dependable, much appreciated composition of gluten-free noodles, cheese and sauce that bakes in the oven for a really memorable meal. Want to add meat? Simply brown ground turkey or beef or Italian sausage removed from casing and cook it in the sauce.

Ingredients
  • Box of gluten-free lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 8 oz. fresh sheep cheese (ricotta is traditional but is made from cow milk)
  • 2 cups fresh grated melting cheese like manchego (mozzarella is traditional but is made from cow milk)
  • 1 fresh egg
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Romano (sheep) cheese, grated

 

Meat addition, if desired:

  • 1 pound ground meat of choice: turkey, beef or Italian sausage removed from casings adds selenium, copper and plenty of protein.

 

Equipment

Deep 9x13 inch glass baking dish.

Process

Prepare the GF lasagna noodles.  Cook the noodles as directed on the box, drain. Set aside.

Prepare the filling. While noodles are cooking, combine the soft cheese, melting cheese, egg and parsley in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with black pepper.

Fry the meat until browned then add the tomato sauce.  Stir up the brown bits on bottom of pan and cook 15 minutes.

Assemble. Thin tomato sauce with a half cup water, add vinegar,  then pour enough in a 9x13 inch glass baking dish to cover bottom. Layer noodles on bottom, then top with a third of the cheese mixture. Spoon tomato sauce over cheese and add another layer of noodles. Top with another third of cheese mixture and tomato sauce. Top with noodles and add remainder of cheese mixture and some sauce. Top with noodles and remainder of sauce to cover noodles. Sprinkle with Romano grated cheese.

Cover with lid or aluminum foil to prevent drying.  Bake in oven 40 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until bubbly. Accompany with Avocado Celery Salad. Serves 4.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Shrimp Egg Foo Young

August 7th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Here is a delicious, satisfying meal you will want to add to your favorites because it is quick to make and full of nutrition for the whole family. Egg Foo Young is a form of omelet served over rice with a thick sauce that has been nourishing people for centuries. The strong sauce balances the plain rice for an exciting, complex taste. The egg is one of only a few foods that contain vitamin D and a whole lot more including complete protein, calcium, vitamin A, iron, potassium, zinc, and riboflavin. Added to these are the rich nutrients in shrimp and sprouts. Plus, all the ingredients can be kept on hand. Clean-up is easy, too.

Ingredients
  • ½ cup bean sprouts, fresh or canned, drained (optional)
  • ½ cup water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup green onions, thin sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons oil for the pan

 

Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or rice flour
  • 1 cup water

 

Equipment

Skillet with sloping sides.  Small pot.

Process

Make the sauce first. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and stir to mix thoroughly. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn down to low, stirring until the sauce thickens. If too thick, add more water a tablespoon at a time. It should drop off the spoon like pudding.

Next, chop the shrimp and onions. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs then stir in the bean sprouts, shrimp, onions, salt and pepper.

Heat the skillet to medium high and add the oil. Drop ¼ cup or less mixture onto skillet to form individual circles like pancakes. Oil must be hot enough to make the egg mixture sizzle at once around the edges. Cook one side then turn to cook other side. When golden brown on each side, remove to heated platter and spoon sauce over all or place the egg foo young on top a half cup of plain cooked rice on individual plates and pass the sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Tuscan Chicken with Portobello Mushrooms

August 7th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Made with portobello mushrooms, chicken and carrots and served over rice or pasta, this hearty dish is made in one skillet for simple clean-up. It's so good, there won't be leftovers! Provides complete protein, magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, niacin, vitamin A, calcium and riboflavin.

Ingredients
  • 31/2 pound whole fryer chicken, disjointed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup small portabella or button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ cup carrots, chopped or thinly sliced
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider or wine or rice)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or brown rice pasta
Equipment

Large skillet.

Process

Heat a large skillet to medium or 275 degrees F.  Add the oil then the chicken.  Fry both sides until browned.  Push to edges and add the mushrooms to center of pan. Fry till golden about 3 minutes, then add the carrots, celery, and garlic.  Cook 3 minutes more, stirring vegetables. Add the parsley, salt, pepper, basil, vinegar, and tomato. Cook 3 minutes, then add water and cover. 

Cook on low heat 25 minutes.  Remove chicken to heated platter.  Add cooked rice or pasta to pan, stirring into vegetables to heat through.  Serves 4.

Nice with salad or a green side dish like broccoli, peas, or green beans.