Monday, April 14, 2014

Super Simple Chili

Super Simple Chili

1 lb stew meat
2 tbls high heat oil (avocado oil works well here)
1 onion, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 can diced tomatoes in juice
1 can tomato paste
1/4 cup chili powder
1/2 cup masa (corn flour)
1 tbls paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbls fresh chopped garlic (about 6 cloves)
5-6 cups beef stock
salt and pepper to taste

method: brown stew meat in oil. then everything except the broth. add the brother after vegetables, seasoning, and masa have been thoroughly combined to avoid lumps. cover and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours or until meat is tender.

Beef Fajita Marinade

Beef Fajita Marinade

1/2 cup honey
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tbls kosher salt
3 chipotle peppers in adobo
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbls worsteshire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
10 cloves garlic

method: combine ingredients in blender til smooth. marinate meat at least 2 hours but up to 24 hours before cooking.

Gluten Free Dumplings for Soup

Gluten Free Dumplings
(from Serious Eats)

1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley leaves, or 2 tbls dried
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xantham gum
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1.5 tsp seasoned salt

method: gently combine all ingredients. drop by the tbls into pot of gently simmering soup or stew. when last dumping is in the pot, cover and allow to simmer gently for 20 minutes without uncovering the pot. Serve immediately.

pro tip: hello, chicken and dumplings!

Strawberry Shortcake Treat Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Treat Bars

4 tbls butter
10 oz bag mini marshmallows
13.5 oz box Vanilla Chex Cereal
1 - 1.5 oz freeze dried strawberries (also super delicious with freeze dried raspberries or blueberries)

method: melt butter and marshmallows in large nonstick pot over low heat until smooth. turn off the heat, and gently combine cereal and berries with marshmallow mixture until coated. Press gently into a buttered 9x13 inch pan. Allow to set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. cut into squares when set. Keeps at room temp for up to a week. (It won't last that long.)

"Liquid Gold" Salad Dressing

"Liquid Gold" Salad Dressing

5 tbls orange muscat champagne vinegar (found at Trader Joe's)
2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
1 tbls fig jam (or fig butter)
1 clove garlic (about 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp dijon mustard

method: place all ingredients in jar or bottle and shake vigorously to combine!

pro tip: double this recipe. can be used on salads, as a marinade, poured over veggies as a dressing, etc.

Citrus Rice Salad

Citrus Rice Salad
(adapted from FoodNetwork)


for the salad:
2 cups basmati rice (brown or white), cooked in 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (or cilantro)
zest of 1 medium orange
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup toasted slivered (or sliced) almonds
 4 oz lightly browned pancetta
for the vinaigrette:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tbls lemon juice
2 tbls gluten free soy sauce
1.5 tsp cumin
1/3 cup honey
salt and pepper to taste

method: in blender, combine all ingredients for vinaigrette until smooth and set aside. in large serving bowl, combine cooked rice, 2 tbls olive oil, flat leaf parsley (or cilantro), citrus zests, almonds, pancetta, and green onions by gently folding together. Pour dressing over the top of the rice mixture and gently combine rice and vinaigrette. Serve warm or at room temperature.

pro tip: serve with shrimp or chicken for a dose of protein!

My Favorite Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Rice Flour Pancakes
(slightly adapted from Rice Flour Pancakes Recipe)

1 cup rice flour
2 tbls sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk (or nondairy milk of choice)
1 tbls melted butter

method: combine all ingredients until batter is smooth. pour into hot oiled pan with a 1/8th measuring cup. cook until set and flip carefully. makes about 9 pancakes.

pro tip: these make amazing "sandwiches" with an egg and sausage patty between two!