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Stir-Fry Beef with Orange Sauce February 6, 2008

Posted by glutenfreedance in Celiac Disease, Food, Gluten Free, Recipes.
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This is a nice replacement to my fave beef recipe from the chinese restaurant we always used to eat at in our pre-gf days.  Everyone liked this recipe.  Man, that’s a rare moment.  Barely modified from The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy by Bette Hagman.

1 lb. stir-fry beef (or lean bottom round steak cut across the grain into 1/4″ strips)
1 orange
2 TBSP, vegetable oil
4 green onions (I used only 2, of course) chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP gluten free soy sauce
10 drops sesame oil (I have absolutely no idea how to get drops out of these new tops so I used about 1/4 tsp)
1 1/2 tsp orange zest
1 TBSP honey
1 large handful snow peas (and I mean LARGE)
1 large handful sliced button mushrooms (ditto that–unless you are under 35, then you can copy that)
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 c water

After grating rind to make zest, cut ornage and extract the juice until you have 1/4 c. (I just used all the juice.)

In a wok or large frypan, heat 1 TBSP oil. Add beef and stir-fry until the meat is browned, about 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl.

Add the last TBSP oil, heat, and add the onions, stir-frying for about 1 minute, or until softened slightly. Add garlic and cook another minute. Return meat to the pan.

Add orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, orange zest, honey, peas, and mushrooms. Cook about 2 minutes longer. Stir in cornstarch dissoved in watter and cook until the sauce boils and thickens. Serve over beds of white rice.

Review: Glutino Crackers February 6, 2008

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We ordered these with our Baby Mum-Mum order and received them today.  In appearance, they are round, like a Ritz, but they look like they would taste more like a saltine.  The texture is somewhere between the two.  I think our Celiac would have been happier if we’d had some “cow cheese” to put on them, he passed them onto his dad.  Of course, it might just have been because I was serving him his mac-n-cheese at the same time.  The rest of the taste testers liked them.  I think they definitely are a good replacement for either Ritz or saltines.

Menu Monday February 5, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

Had the best shopping experience in my gluten-free life.  Went to Sprout’s on Friday and discovered that they have started carrying a whole lot more GF food.  Best of all, they are stocking K-Toos (both choco & van).  These are our Celiac’s fave.  He just loves being able to eat “Oreos” like everyone else.  I hope this trend continues.  If so, we may never have to make another trip to Whole Foods. 🙂

Alright, on with the menu…

Unless otherwise linked to, all special recipes this week come from The GF Gourmet Cooks Fast & Healthy by Bette Hagman.  Say, did you know she died last year?  I just found out.  It’s sad.  I hate it when people die. 😦

Monday–Tacos & rice

Tuesday–Stir-Fry Beef with Orange Sauce & rice & snow peas (and those bitty-corn things if I can find them)

Wednesday–I&O (our oldest has reached the age, finally, where his taste buds kick in and he hates McD’s so we have to trade off this week and eat at the only other close GF friendly place, In & Out)

Thursday–Spicy Pineapple Cashew Stir-Fry (although, with me making it, spicy is a relative term)

Friday–Salmon Baked with Sweet Ginger Sauce & rice & corn

Saturday–Rice and Vegetable Casserole

Sunday–Leftovers

Don’t forget to check out all the other great menu ideas at Aprovechar this week.

Creole Crabmeat Casserole February 3, 2008

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Since a few people have asked for this recipe I thought I’d post it up now that we’ve tested it.  It is originally from Nearly Normal Cooking, etc., and I modified it for what is available where I live.

2-6 oz cans crabmeat
1.5 c. instant, uncooked rice
1/2 onion, chopped (you can put more, I don’t care for onion so I always half the recipe)
1/2 green, orange, red and/or yellow pepper (if you love peppers use the “and” option)
12 oz g-f tomato-based soup
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
(she called for 1 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce as well, but I’m not into hot sauce)
1 tsp salt
15 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 c. shredded cheese (this is optional and she calls for Mozzarella, but I just used what I had on hand)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325F.

Combine all ingredients except cheese and place in a greased casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Add shredded cheese and cook, uncovered for an additional five minutes.

Review:  I loved this recipe.  It’s super easy to make and tastes (and smells) absolutely delish.  This one will go into my semi-regular rotation.

Menu Monday January 28, 2008

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Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday

An unexpected side-effect of all this eating in was noted over the weekend in the discovery of the reason why all my pants kept slipping.  Apparently, if you don’t eat half your meals at CFA or McD’s you lose weight.  Who’d’a thunk? 😉 

Another was noted this morning.  If I read all the menus posted at the Monday Menu thing, I may not need to buy any more cookbooks.  The recipes are very tempting.  Aprovechar has a link to a really delicious sounding stir-fry meal.  I’m going to have to try that one next week.  (Oh, and let’s just keep this idea of not buying books between us, eh?  I don’t want to get my husband’s hopes up. hehe)

Speaking of books, this weeks special recipes are taken from Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating.

Monday–Spaghetti & Salad (Gee, isn’t it time for another WF trip yet?  We’re dieing without the Glutino bread.)

Tuesday–Baked Marinated Chicken with Peppers & rice & corn

Wednesday–Leftovers, or possibly cold cereal.  I’m going out with friends and the guys are on their own. 😀

Thursday–Creole Crabmeat Casserole & spinach with a special dessert, Old Fashioned Rice Pudding.

Friday–Tacos

Saturday–Chicken Scaloppini & rice & green bean casserole (which I actually found at GF Mommy via google).

Sunday–Leftovers

Review: Baby Mum-Mum–Original Flavor January 28, 2008

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Since we have decided to keep our newest baby completely GF we are not able to give him biter biscuits. All my prior children practically lived on biters when they were teething. Unfortunately, it is apparently not cost effective to make GF biter biscuits. I searched for a while then finally found some information on the posting board at Gluten Free Forum about Baby Mum-Mum.   While, this product is very tasty it’s not a direct substitute for the typical biter biscuit.  The plus (and minus) is that they pretty much melt in the baby’s mouth.  Great for choking problems, not so great for helping out when teething.  However, it really seems the perfect first “finger food” when you are trying to keep your baby GF.  Our baby really likes them and would seem to prefer to make a meal out of them than his normal food.

Monday Menu (a little late) January 22, 2008

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Yesterday was a busy one so I’m a bit late with this. 

So far participating in the Monday Menu has had it’s desired effect, mainly to make sure I have a plan for dinner every night AND follow through with it.  I tend to want to wimp out due to previous GF cooking failures.  It may be disgusting, but it’s easier to eat at McD’s. 😉

Monday–Skillet Skettie (since I’ve made it already I’ll post the recipe later…don’t know how much later) & Butternut Squash

Tuesday–Hot dogs & chips (we are having a movie night)

Wednesday–McD’s

Thursday–Chicken & Potatoes with spinach

Friday–Slow Cooker Steak with Rosemary Rice

Saturday–Creamy Hashbrowns with eggs (I know, no veggie.  I’m horrible.  I just can’t figure out a veggie that would even taste good with breakfast food.)

This weeks menus can be found at Ginger Lemon Girl

Some Light, Late-night Reading January 17, 2008

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Found this as I was attempting to research potential paeds at our local Children’s Hospital.  I certainly hope they do further research.  I wonder if we could sign up? 🙂

Menu Monday January 15, 2008

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Last weeks menu went pretty well, at least until Thursday when we ran into a bit of a snag.  It seems our Thursday activity will now be on Friday for a while so the food I had planned to make on Friday I had to make on Saturday, which all would have worked out fine ‘cuz I’d just make the Saturday food on Sunday.  But then, as fate would have it, I was forced, yes with a gun to my head and my arm twisted behind my back ;-), to go to the Opera  Opera on Sunday afternoon.  I know, I have a hard life.  whine, whine, whine.  So last Saturday’s menu will be this Tuesday, but I will make it in increments–some before we go and some when we get back.  Timing in the kitchen has never been my forté so this should be very interesting.

With all due respect to this weeks ingredient (leeks), um, blech.  Not so much a leek fan.

Monday–Eat out night at CFA

Tuesday–See last Saturday.

Wednesday–Leftovers

Thursday–Black Pepper Salmon that I found at gfmommy, with rice.

Friday–Pizza.  Haven’t decided if it will be Amy’s or Chebe (the latter being my fave p.c.), it will depend on if I can convince my dh to take the kiddo to Friday night’s activity.

Saturday–Casserole.  I know this sounds like a quickie item but it takes 1.25 hrs to cook so it is relegated to Saturday.  If it’s tasty I’ll post the recipe and link to it from here.

Sunday–Leftovers, etc.

Don’t forget to check out the other nummy ideas at Gluten Free Mommy.

Chili’s January 11, 2008

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We were never fans of Chili’s.  In fact, we went once while we were dating and never returned.  That was nigh on 20 years ago…gosh I’m getting old.  Now, however, I have found out that we will be Chili’s fans if it kills us.  Thanks to Gluten Free Tiffany over at Make Mine Gluten Free for posting a link on her blog (which I just found through the tag surfer this evening) to Chili’s GF menu (PDF file).  I will have to look for a different Chili’s than the one closest to us though.  Our Chili’s is in the same shopping center as our CFA.  I’d have a riot on my hands if I tried to take the kids to Chili’s when there is a perfectly good play area five doors down.  Ain’t kids fun?