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Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Pineapple Raisin Sauce

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


This rich, nutritious velvety sauce takes mild fish, ham, pork and chicken to a higher level of satisfaction and digestibility. Try it over fried tofu for a vegetarian treat.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup water
  • ¼ cup juice from pineapples
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple tidbits
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or white rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter or gluten-free margarine
  • sprinkle salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon prepared gluten-free horseradish mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons fructose or sweetener of choice

 

Process

Mix juice from pineapples and water with cornstarch or rice flour and set aside.

Add rest of ingredients to a medium saucepan, stir to combine and cook over medium low heat 4 minutes.  Whisk in cornstarch mixture and raise heat to medium high.  Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.  Stir in butter or margarine.

Makes one cup / serves 2


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 Hearty Pea Soup with Sausage

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

This "nutrient dense" soup is thick, rich and satisfying with lots of protein and minerals.

Ingredients
  • 1 pound roll fresh sausage (found with the breakfast meats)
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ pound dried green peas
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, minced or ½ teaspoon dried sage

 

Equipment

Heavy pot.

Process

Remove plastic covering from sausage roll and discard. Add sausage to a heavy pot, breaking it up with a fork.  Fry over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring with the fork or spatula until lightly browned.  Add onions and cook until nicely browned, being careful not to burn them.  Good soup needs good browning for rich flavor.

Add peas, water, bay leaf, carrots, celery, salt and pepper.  Bring to boil, stirring, then lower heat to simmer.  Cover and cook 45 minutes, or until peas fall apart.  Adjust water to desired consistency. Serves 5.

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.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Apple Amaranth Pancakes

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

These pancakes are great for breakfast. Nutritious low fat amaranth adds its rich protein, fiber, iron, calcium, and B vitamins to whole grain brown rice, eggs and applesauce for a nutrient dense breakfast that really satisfies.

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour or cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fructose or other sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

 

Equipment

Skillet or griddle.

Process

Blend dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir in eggs, oil, vinegar, applesauce and water just until mixed.

Allow to set a few minutes, then drop 2 to 3 tablespoons onto hot greased griddle or heavy skillet. When bubbles form around the edges of the pancakes, flip over to cook other side.  Works just as well for making waffles. Serves 4. 

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Old Fashioned Stomped Lemon-ade

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

This tangy, refreshing lemon-ade has stood the test of time not just for extracting loads of vitamin C from the rind, but for exceptional taste. Someone can always be found to do the stomping, especially children. Makes a quart. New wooden stompers can be easily bought, or have fun looking for the old, turned ones found at garage sales or flea markets.

Ingredients
  • 1 large fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Works fructose
  • 1 quart of fresh water
Equipment

A heavy glass pitcher and a wooden stomper.

Process
  1. Scrub the lemon with baking soda on a clean wet cloth.
  2. Rinse well then cut into thin slices.
  3. Toss the lemon slices into the pitcher with the fructose.
  4. Stomp a few minutes until the juice is rendered, but not so long as to mash the rinds.
  5. Stir, add ice cubes and enjoy!
Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Squash

July 28th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Surprise the family with this colorful side loaded with taste, texture, and nutrition. Or make it for a healthy lunch, with or without, low-fat sour cream or substitute.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups yellow (summer) squash, cubed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice (leftover)
  • 1/2 cup (or more to taste) gluten-free refried beans
Equipment

Medium pot with lid.

Process
  1. Wash and chop the squash into 1/2 inch cubes. 
  2. Pour water into the pot and bring to boil. 
  3. Add the chopped squash, salt and pepper.
  4. Turn down heat to low medium and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice, cilantro, and refried beans.
  6. Cook 2 more minutes to heat through.
Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Ham and Potato Salad

July 28th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

This old recipe is rich in flavor and appeal. It goes well with any main meat dish, salad, or sandwich.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white potatoes such as red bliss, yukon gold, or russet
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked Canadian bacon, sugar-free, or 4 strips of sugar-free bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free mayonnaise
  • 2 T unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seeds

 

Equipment

A large mixing bowl.

Process
  1. Cooked Canadian bacon does not need preparation, just cut it into small cubes. Bacon needs to be fried and crumbled with a T of the fat for flavor.
  2. Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender but not falling apart. Drain, cover the pot and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and chop the celery and parsley.  Add to pot with the potatoes. Add the vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Stir in the bacon, blending all ingredients without mashing the potatoes. Serve warm in a large bowl. 
Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Apple Dumplings

June 16th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

gluten free apple dumpling recipeWhen Apple Dumplings are baking, their unmistakable aroma fills the air. Much more satisfying than apple pie, everyone is sure to appreciate them.

 

Ingredients
  • Pastry for 2 pie shells (see below)
  • 6 medium tart apples (Jonathon, Pink Lady, Winesap, Granny)
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons fructose or honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons butter (optional)

 

Ingredients for syrup
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

 

Equipment
  • 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish.

 

Process
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly grease bottom of baking dish.
  2. Make the syrup: in a medium pot, mix together the apple juice, honey, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and clove.  Bring to boil, then turn down to low and cook 3 minutes.  Set aside.
  3. Prepare the pastry dough, or see below for our recipe. Divide pastry into 6 balls, then chill.
  4. Pare and core apples.  Mix together raisins, nuts, fructose or honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Evenly fill apples with this mixture and add a half teaspoon of butter.
  5. Make the dumplings.  One at a time, roll each pastry ball between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to form an 8 inch circle.  Remove the top piece of plastic and place an apple in the center of the circle.  Bring the edges of the pastry to the top of the apple to enclose it, then press to seal.   Peel away the bottom piece of plastic.  Repeat with the remaining 5 apples. Space the dumplings evenly in the baking dish and pour the syrup over each one.
  6. Bake 40 minutes or until crust is golden and syrup has lightly carmelized or thickened.

 

Pie pastry from our recipe file:
  • 1 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup GF millet four or sorghum flour
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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. Makes 6 dumplings.

 

Del Monte gluten free 10-minute garden potato salad

April 6th, 2009 by John Libonati

  

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This potato salad recipe is a breeze to make, does not require cooking and tastes fantastic. You can find the recipe on the back of the 29 oz Del Monte Whole New Potatoes can or Del Monte’s website. Enjoy! (more…)