Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter

June 23, 2016

 

Dear reader,

One of the members asked me how to make weeknight cooking easier by preparing things on weekends.She already prepares ingredients in advance such as chopping vegetables. I share with you what I suggested to her.

Forgive the length of this newsletter, but I could go on and on long enough to write a cookbook about this subject. It’s hard to know what to suggest because tastes vary. I hope I've included something you can use. 

What are some of your favorite recipes? I look forward to hearing from you with questions and comments. Just click reply.

 

Happy and healthy gluten-free cooking!

 ~Carla

 

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Image: Authentic Italain Gluten Free Spaghetti Sauce

Even though there are only two of us at home now, I still cook far in advance and usually in large quantities. I always have the three below recipes in my freezer, stored in individual servings. I cook one of them about every 12 weeks or so.

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Gluten Free Chili Beef Stew

 I use 5 pounds of beef stew in this recipe and just multiple the ingredients as needed.

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Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Meatloaf

I also make five pounds of meatloaf and cut into individual-size portions, wrap in foil and store them all in gallon-size freezer bags.

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Image: Gluten Free Chili Without Beans Without Tomatoes

What I forgot to mention to her was that if I could have enough leftover to put in the freezer, I'd also freeze my chili recipe. Instead, we enjoy it so much we eat it night after night until it is gone!

I include two different ways to make it, with dried beans or canned. Nowadays, I cover beans with plenty of water, bring it to a boil, and simmer dry beans for 30 to 45 minutes. Then I rinse them thoroughly and drain. Precooking not only speeds up cooking but removes most of the enzymes that cause gas.

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No Bean No Tomato Chili

 If you can't digest beans at all, use this no-bean recipe and serve it over rice, bread, or your favorite side dish. You can even use cooked veggies or tofu!

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Soft Gluten Free White Corn Tortillas

I’m big on Mission white corn tortillas (they’re lower in weight watcher points and less starchy/carby than others). I use them with Mexican shredded chicken and fajitas. You can also make your own, even larger, without chemicals and gum.

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Image: Gluten Free Chicken Fajitas

We love fajitas! So, I like to make a huge batch of it. We eat them for lunch and dinner sometimes.

This recipe is a copy cat recipe based on the flavor of Chile's restaurant's fajitas. Everything in this recipe is naturally gluten free except for the soy sauce. I also provide a soy-free sauce substitute recipe link. Find several homemade gluten free tortilla recipes, if needed. Enjoy!

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Image: Gluten Free Beef Fajitas

An easy and fast recipe for busy people are fajitas. You may serve them in a purchased gluten free corn tortillas, Rudi's new gluten free tortillas, or a homemade gluten free tortilla or alone with other side dishes. The sauce in this recipe makes great fajitas! They were very yummy! I hope you enjoy this as much as my hubby and I did!

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Gluten Free Shredded Mexican Beef Soft Tacos

For busy weeknight dinners, this gluten free Mexican shredded beef recipe comes in handy. If I have a busy week ahead, I make a batch of this using beef and another with chicken to keep on hand for various meals. You can freeze them, as well. Enjoy!

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Crispy Open-Faced Gluten Free Egg Roll

Instead of making lengthy meals such as egg rolls, I’ve found faster ways to make them such as open-faced egg rolls/tostada-style.

Of course, you can spend hours on a weekend making traditional gluten-free egg rolls, but the open-faced version is crispier. The meat sauce turns people into ginger-lovers.

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Broccoli Potato with Gluten Free Cheese Sauce

You can make this cheese sauce in advance and use on macaroni, veggies, potato skins, or nachos

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Image: Gluten Free Potato Skins

Filled with rich cheese sauce, these are no ordinary potato skins. Top them with your favorite toppings and have your guests literally eating out of your hands. They're perfect for feeding hearty appetites and on game day!

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Discover 13 Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipes

You can make pizza dough and freeze it.

You can even cook the crust for about 10 minutes and then freeze them. Defrost at room temperature while you prepare the toppings. Add the sauce and toppings and bake for 10 – 20 minutes, depending upon if it is still a little frozen or not.

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TIPS FOR CUTTING CORNERS:

I’ve switched to using pre-shredded cheddar cheese as they are the same price as blocks.

Mexican food is great with tons of garlic. You can save time and tons of money buying a frozen bag of peeled garlic at Costco. I use a microplane to grate it right into the skillet.

Years ago, I switched to using Minute Rice when I’m in a hurry. It’s lower in carbs than long grain or jasmine rice, though I love jasmine rice! Of course, since it cooks in 5 minutes saves a plenty of time. Plus, it’s never sticky and always cooks perfectly.

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FAST AND EASY DESSERTS:

Image: Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Whether you live in the U.S. and call this dish apple crisp or in the U.K or Australia and call it apple crumble, they all taste the same. The use of rice flour makes this gluten free apple crisp, actually crisp on top. Adjust the juices to your liking by using lemon or apple juice. Or kick it up a notch with rum; or when all else fails, plain old water works.

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Image: Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries

I was watching Paula Deen the other day and her son was on her show and made stuffed strawberries with cream cheese and powdered sugar. I made them, too, as a gluten free sugar-free recipe! I can't think of anything that I would enjoy more on a hot summer day, and did! I had so much fun testing this recipe using different sweeteners. I didn't care for them with agave but enjoyed them with powdered sugar and stevia. Surprisingly, I liked these strawberries better with stevia. I hope you enjoy these, too!

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