Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gluten Free Hearty Lasagna Soup

One of those cold and lazy winter days. I didn't get it together to make a big meal but soup this time of year hits the spot. This is a new recipe I decided to try since I had a coupon for various canned tomatoes. It was delicious and my children gave it the thumbs up. So I am sharing it with you for your family. Check out the link for the Lasagna Pasta - has a sale on it. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Hearty Lasagna Soup

1 lb Ground Beef
1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1/4 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
3 1/2 Cups Beef Broth
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Lasagna Mini Noodles
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

  1. Cook the beef, onion, garlic and parsley in a 3 qt saucepan over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until the beef is well browned, stirring often. Pour off any fat.
  2. Stir in broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning in the saucepan and heat to a boil.
  3. Stir the pasta in saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Stir in the cheese. Serve with additional cheese sprinkled on top.
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Elana's Pantry Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook

One of my favorite gluten free bloggers as well as an author of the new Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

Elana's giving away her cookbook as well as a 5 lb bag of Honeyville Almond flour. Check it out!
To your health in 2010.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Soaked Flour Gluten Free Bread

My flour has soaked and I used it to make a simple gluten free loaf of bread. I used the Gluten Free Cheese Bread recipe minus the cheese. I did not add any liquid either. Here is the result. I pulled it from the oven, let it cool a bit and then sliced it and slathered with butter. My son begged for more and my daughter wolfed down a slice. I have to admit it was moist and fluffy. Very good and worth the effort.

To soak my flour I took equal parts of water and flour (ie 2 cups of water to 2 cups of flour) and added 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar for every two cups. For one cup of brown rice I added 1 tsp. I don't think there is a right or wrong amount. It will just make it a bit more "tangy" if you add too much.

Another adventure taken and conquered. Now to work on more grains to grind, soak and bake.
To your health!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

My New Toy - KitchenAid Grain Mill

Some may not consider a KitchenAid grain mill something worth getting excited over but to me it is one of the coolest things. There is something very comforting to me about getting back to the old way of cooking. I know that I am doing the very best I can to keep my family healthy with nourishing foods. Each time I attend a Weston Price conference I am more convinced of this. So much vitality and positive *emotion* flows from the people there. It's inspiring.

So now I have a grain mill. Why did I want this? For two reasons. Gluten free flours are more difficult to get quickly. This way I can stock the grains and grind as I need them. No more bags all over the house of 20 different flours. Of course there will be some that still remain like teff and sorghum. But brown rice and white rice are easy now. Second, as I read more I am learning that as soon as the kernel of the grain is broken it begins to deteriorate. The wonderful vitamins and oils within it begin to diminish and go rancid. Since we are eating food to be nourished it makes little sense to use something that is less than optimal. I have also read that rancid oils can be damaging to our bodies. That got my attention!

So now you can see what the grain mill looks like attached to the end of my mixer. A little tip for those of you who may want to buy one. Take your 20% off Coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond and have them order the grain mill for you. If you get it before the end of the year you can send a refund offer into KitchenAid for another 20% off. It's a great deal!

This is the end knob. You can see how it turns 360 degrees around to go from fine to course grind.

This is the top of the hopper - see the rice in the bottom. It's almost finished......

And here it is....... my first batch of freshly ground white rice flour. My next step is to learn how to soak my flour to get it to break down the phylates that make grains hard to digest. Nourishing Traditions book (by Sally Fallon) here I come.......

Keep watching my blog to see how my new adventure with a grain mill goes.

To your health.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gluten Free Almond Bars

As Christmas approaches once more my memories return to my childhood of cookies and bars that my family made each year. One of these were almond bars. I loved them. That sweet center of gooey almond paste was hard to resist. But this year (and in recent years past) these old recipes remained a memory as they were loaded with gluten. As my skills have matured in converting old favorites I return to them one by one to re-create them. So yesterday I set out to make these bars. They turned out great and my children fell in love with them. They kept saying "Hmmmm.....Hmmmmm..... These are SOOOOOO YUMMY!" Yes I am raising true Dutch children with a passion for almond paste. So here it is.
Mix Together
1/2 lb Butter - softened
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp Vanilla

In a Separate Bowl Sift Together
2 Cups
Gluten Free Cake Flour Mix
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Combine sifted ingredients and butter mixture and chill.
Roll out 1/2 of the dough and place it in a 9 x 13" pan. (roll out between two pieces of waxed paper)
Filling - Mix the following together
3/4 lb Almond Paste
3 Eggs, unbeaten
1 Cup Sugar
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
Put tilling on top of the dough in the pan and cover with the remaining rolled out dough.
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies

We made gluten free cut out cookies tonight. I tried a recipe last Christmas but they just weren't like the ones we always made before going gluten free. So I set out to find another one. Google is my best friend in times like this. I stumbled on a recipe on the Land O Lakes website. This is a website I would have never thought to look for gluten free recipes. They turned out delicious! As you can see my children enjoyed piling in the sprinkles too.
Go here to see the "Star Cut Out Cookies" recipe.