Small Batch Tomato Soup

A creamy, hot comfort food in a quick recipe that makes just enough for two. Ingredients: 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz, or about 1/3 cup) 1/2 small onion (approx 1/3 cup chopped) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tsp fresh, finely chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or olive oil…

Homemade Chicken Stock/Broth

While there are some gluten-free options out there for chicken stock/broth, once you add multiple food sensitivities it gets particularly difficult to find something safe.  I learned how to do my own broth when we were testing to see if my partner was also reacting to nightshade plants such as tomato and pepper.  Paprika is…

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Tilapia

This is a pretty versatile recipe in that you can substitute many different vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke hearts) for the soup, and any mildly flavored protein.  By changing the protein, this recipe becomes vegan. If you haven’t worked with quinoa before, you really should try it.  It is a delicious and versatile little grain…

Potstickers (Fried Dumplings)

In the interest of not re-inventing the wheel, I want to point you to the Garden of Gluten Free website, where you’ll find fabulous step-by-step instructions (with photos) for making Andrea Nguyen’s rice flour dough for gluten-free potstickers! I use her dough, but a very different filling, which to me tastes more like the (Americanized)…

New Orleans Shrimp and Grits

Once I had this in New Orleans, I ordered it from every menu that carried it, and vowed to make it happen at home!  The one drawback was that my local grocery stores do not carry a brand of gluten-free grits.  So I highly recommend scoping out the grit situation ahead of time, and ordering…

Blackened Chicken Tenderloins

A great brunch addition, or a topper for salad or pasta.  You can add some heat with cayenne pepper in the spice mix. Since the total cook time is only 6 minutes, this could be the base for a quick weeknight dinner with pan-seared vegetables. Ingredients: 2 chicken tenderloins per person, thawed and patted dry…

Pan-Seared Broccoli

This works with any sturdy seasonal vegetable, such as cauliflower, asparagus, brussels sprouts, peppers, parsnips, etc.   It’s great for a one-pan meal, in which you cook the protein and set it aside under foil while you sear the vegetables in the same pan.  This takes advantage of the delicious drippings from a steak or…

Norwegian Fiskeboller

Fiskeboller Pasta with Zucchini and Potatoes Fiskeboller are a very traditional Norwegian fish dumpling, so when I spent four months in Norway it was on the list of foods I needed to try.  Normally I don’t like fish.  Once a year or so I will try something fishy just to remind myself of that.  Because…

Sesame Noodles with Bok Choy

A fresh, tasty, hearty meal or side dish that makes a great lunch the next day.  You can substitute shredded spaghetti squash for the noodles if you cannot eat rice.  Stir-fry the cooked squash shreds for a few minutes before doing the rest of the vegetables to keep them from shedding water when the sauce…

How to Evaluate a New Restaurant

Depending on your level of gluten sensitivity, a restaurant visit can be anywhere from no big deal to a big ordeal.  There are many restaurants out there who have attempted to expand business by jumping on the GF bandwagon, but many do it without research first.  I have encountered restaurants who advertised a gluten-free menu…

Sausage Kabob with Orange-Ginger Glaze

These are perfect for gatherings that offer a grill, or they can be cooked under a broiler indoors. Mix up the fruits and vegetables however you like! Ingredients Kabob: skewers (8 large (15″) or 25 of the little wooden ones) 1 pound sweet Italian sausages 1 small pineapple 1/2 pound bell peppers 1 medium zucchini…

Calico Beans

Calico Beans (baked beans) can be oven baked or cooked in the crock pot. They’re just as good cold as hot, so they make a great packed lunch, picnic, or travel food. Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs lean hamburger 1/2 lb bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces 1 cup chopped onion 1 large can (min 20oz) lima…