Many recipes call for chicken broth or soup stock. If you don’t have any on hand, or if you can’t find a gluten free broth in your supermarket, you can try this easy recipe. This is the base I use for all my soups and I often use it to add extra flavor to grits or rice. If you need a quick and flavorful gluten free replacement for soup stock or broth, try this easy vegetarian soup stock.
Let’s be honest, nothing is more impressive than telling someone you made soup from scratch. There’s a sort of mystique around soups, especially creamy soups. Maybe it’s because we’re so used to buying them in a can that we’ve started to believe that only big companies can really get it right.
Homemade soups are a staple in our house. My family members follow a number of different diets and a homemade gluten-free, vegan soup that’s perfect for the slow carb diet, meets everyone’s needs. Continue reading
Breakfast can be a dilemma for a mom with a large family. Some days I just point everyone to the cereal cupboard, but most days, I want everyone to start the day with something healthy that will keep them going. (Especially on those busy days out when lunch is delayed… um… until dinner). Continue reading
Creamy and spicy with just a hint of garlic. This Red Pepper Hummus Soup is perfect for a quick meal on cool fall nights. Continue reading
It seems everyone in my house has a different food issue. This year, because of increasingly poor health, my daughter decided to try becoming a vegetarian. Surprisingly, (to her meat eating Momma) her health has improved dramatically. Even to the point of no longer requiring her prescription of iron supplements. The only problem I have with her new diet, is finding things that I can cook for both of us. Vegetarian AND gluten-free is a pretty narrow window.
Meeting multiple dietary needs in one family (or one person) can be a challenge. In our house, I’m gluten-free and my daughter has recently gone vegetarian, for health reasons. She’s always struggled with just not feeling well, and by experimenting a bit with the food she was eating she has been able to identify meat, fat and sugar as the main culprits. Her decision to cut out meat has changed things up in our kitchen. When we all have dinner together as a family, I make a main dish that is both vegetarian and gluten free, usually a fancy vegetable dish, and then have sides of meat and vegetable based proteins (legumes, soy). Continue reading
Taking a lunch to work or school is one of the biggest gluten free struggles. If you have access to a microwave it’s easier, you can take left-overs from the night before. But what if you don’t? Or what if you’re going to an event and you know the food will be full of gluten and you want to bring your own?
My friend Joyce introduced me to this fast and easy chickpea salad that has the flavor of that pasta salad your mom used to make for picnics. I used tomatoes, cucumbers and green onions for the vegetables, but you can use whatever you have on hand, even left-over cold broccoli or asparagus.
Brown Bag Lunch Chickpea Salad
- 2 cups of cooked or canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 cup vegetables chopped to chickpea size
- 1/2 cup gluten free Italian Dressing (or see dressing recipe below)
- salt to taste
- Place chickpeas and vegetables in a large bowl
- Add salad dressing and stir gently to combine
- Place in serving size plastic dishes with lids to take for lunch
- Eat at lunch
Fast Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning or 1/4 cup very finely chopped fresh herbs of choice
This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s one of the easiest things to make. It’s creamy, flavorful, healthy and even the pre-schooler will eat it. All my favorite things.
It only takes a few ingredients. Soup stock or broth, I use pre-made Gluten Free Kitchen Scrap Soup Stock, carrots, an onion, some lentils and a bit of mild curry powder.
Carrot and Lentil Soup
- 4 cups broth or soup stock
- 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
- 1/3 cup red lentils
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons mild curry powder
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- In a sauce pan, over medium heat, stir oil, onion, carrots, lentils and curry powder until combined
- Add broth and bring to a boil
- Simmer until Vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes
- Let cool
- Puree cooled soup in a blender until smooth
- Reheat, add salt and pepper to taste
I like to serve mine with a little dollop of Greek yoghurt and a little bit of fresh cilantro.
My parents are coming to visit from Canada in two weeks!! We’re all very excited here; we haven’t seen them for six months. My mom is also gluten free, and she’s dairy free, and she’s one of those people who needs to eat breakfast every day. Living in Canada she has access to gluten free cereal and rice milk. Unless she’s going to survive on eggs, Thailand is going to be a bit of a breakfast challenge. I’ve only seen gluten free cereal at one grocery store. It’s ten dollars a box. So, I’ve been experimenting with quinoa. This morning I made a quinoa porridge with coconut milk and raisins. It was so good I made it again for dessert tonight. I topped mine with milk because I find plain coconut milk bitter. I’ll make fresh rice milk for my mom.
This recipe is made with cooked quinoa so it’s a great way to use up left-overs. I used raisins, but you can use any dried fruit, or omit it, whatever. If you’re not sure how to make quinoa, check out my quick tutorial here: How To Make Quinoa
Gluten Free Coconut Quinoa Porridge
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Combine quinoa, coconut milk, raisins, sugar and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring often until coconut milk has been absorbed
- Serve immediately topped with milk or a milk alternative and sugar to taste