Sweet Potato Applesauce Muffins

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Adapted from the Oatmeal Artist http://theoatmealartist.blogspot.ca/2012/10/sweet-potato-oatmeal-muffins.html?m=1  Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and vitamin A. Applesauce replaces some of the maple syrup. These are also egg-free. Pair these muffins with some non-fat Greek yogurt and fruit for a healthy breakfast.

1 c. pureed cooked sweet potato

2 T. oil

2/3 c. milk

1/4 c. plus 2 T. water

1/4 c. applesauce

1/4 c. maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. oat bran

1 c. oat flour (I pulsed oatmeal into a flour like consistency)

2 T. flour (gluten free or regular)

2 – 3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix liquid ingredients together in small bowl.  Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.  Add liquid to dry, mix well.  Drop into muffin tin cups that have been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

 

Chocolate-Walnut Spread / Truffles

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AKA “Healthy Nutella”

Gluten free, egg-free, dairy-free, sugar free no-bake, and yummy

1.5 cups walnuts, or hazelnuts, ground

1/4 c. liquid – milk, juice, water

8 dates, pitted

1/4 c. cocoa powder

dash salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Grind the nuts in a food processor. Add liquid, process some more. Add dates, process some more.  Add remainder of ingredients and process until completely blended.  Can use as a spread or roll into balls and roll the balls in nuts, coconut, etc. for truffles.

Pasta Salad {Gluten Free, Low Fodmap}

 

Eating low fodmap for IBS is not easy. I slip on and off the low fodmap wagon frequently. After a particularly bad tummy day I made this pasta salad.

1 package Catelli Gluten Free fusilli style pasta. cooked according to package directions

picture from sheletthemeatcake.com
picture from sheletthemeatcake.com

1/4 zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2/3 c. frozen green peas
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, green part only, chopped
1/2 small cucumber, chopped
Dash of rice vinegar
Various dried salad herbs, about 1 T. each (thyme, oregano, dillweed, tarragon, cilantro)
1 T. celery salt
1 T. chili powder
1 T. pepper
1 tsp. salt or to taste
3/4 c. mayonnaise
a bit of olive oil (1 – 2 T. )

Combine in a large bowl and chill before serving. About 8 servings. If you can handle dairy you could add some cubed cheese. Cooked chicken or hard boiled eggs would work also for protein to make this a complete meal.  *Catelli Gluten Free Pasta has corn, white and brown rice and quinoa grains.

No Bake Cookies {Gluten Free}

photo: avenafoods.com
photo: avenafoods.com

A classic cookie, easily made gluten free.

2 1/4 c. quick-cooking, gluten-free oats such as Only Oats from http://avenafoods.com/

1 c. shredded coconut

1/2 c. milk

1/4 c. butter

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla

 

Combine oats and coconut in large bowl and set aside.  Combine milk and butter in a saucepan and heat to melt butter.  Stir in sugar and cocoa and mix well.  Bring to a boil.  Add oat mixture, stirring constantly.  Cook for one minute.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto wax paper.  Cool and enjoy. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Speedy Pasta Primavera

 

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3/4 lb. pasta, cooked with a little salt and oil in boiling water (I used spaghettini which cooks to al dente in 5 minutes)

1 c.  zucchini cut into thin strips

1 c. carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips

2 c. frozen mixed vegetables

1/2 c. water (stock can also be used)

1 c. half and half or light cream

1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

2 T. dried dillweed

Pinch nutmeg

Saute zucchini and carrots in a large pan or skillet. Add stock and cook until vegetables are done.  Add frozen vegetables, cheese, spices and cream (heat cream a little in the microwave before adding).  Reduce heat to medium. Add pasta, mix well and heat thoroughly.  Serves 6 – 8.

 

 

Salad Rolls {Gluten Free}

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After a friend of mine made salad rolls and brought them to our luncheon a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to try making them myself. These are nice as an appetizer or even a main course when it’s too hot outside to cook.

Recipe and instructions:

You will need a package of rice paper wrappers. I bought mine at a health food store but it’s likely these are available in less expensive stores such as Superstore in Canada.

First prepare your filling ingredients. You will need:

Shred or slice thinly one cooked chicken breast or cooked pork. Cooked shrimp will also work. Slice very thinly (or shred) an assortment of vegetables. Here I used a pepper, cucumber, and green onions. Quantities used for  the vegetables were about 1/2 pepper, 5 or so green onions, and about one-third of an English cucumber (which was enough for 10 salad rolls) Also, about a tablespoon of broccoli slaw and a leaf of fresh basil per wrapper was also used.

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Fill a large bowl with warm water. Take the individual rice wrapper and soak it for 5 seconds in the water. Place the wrapper on a plate or the counter and let it sit for 30 seconds to soften.

Then, fill wrapper with a small amount of each of your ingredients, placing the ingredients near the bottom of the rice wrapper. The rice wrapper pictured below likely had too much filling; I tended to over fill mine and then, when it came time to eat them, they became “deconstructed salad rolls.”

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Carefully draw the sides of the filled rice wrapper towards the middle. Then fold the bottom in towards the middle and roll up.  Lather, rinse, repeat for as many rolls as you have filling for.  I had enough filling for about 10 salad rolls.  Cover with saran wrap once you’re done making the rolls so they do not dry out.

**Salad rolls are pretty versatile. Today I made them using shredded carrots, thinly sliced pieces of romaine lettuce, pepper, broccoli, and leftover canned salmon.

Enjoy with peanut sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Peanut Sauce:

1 c. water (GF chicken broth could also be used)
2 T. cornstarch
¼ c. peanut butter
1 T. oil
2 T. wheat free / GF soy sauce
2  – 3 T. Thai sweet chili sauce or to taste

Whisk together in a small pot and heat over medium heat until peanut butter is melted. If this becomes too thick, add  a little more water or broth.

Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Peppers {Low Fodmap and Gluten Free}

photo via imagebase.net (totally free photos)
photo via imagebase.net (totally free photos)

 

4 chicken thighs

1 dozen mini potatoes, rinsed and scraped a bit

1 pepper, chopped

1/4 c. oil

2 T. each lemon juice and balsamic vinegar

1 T. chili power

1 tsp. each oregano, cilantro, paprika, salt and pepper

1/2 tsp. sugar

 

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Combine thighs, potatoes and pepper in a casserole dish.  Mix together the oil, spices, sugar and salt and pepper in a small jar; shake to combine. Pour over thighs, potatoes and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Bake at 400 F for 35-40 minutes until potatoes are tender. Serves 2, but is easily doubled or tripled.

 

Barley and Brown Rice Salad

Photo credit: gobarley.com
Photo credit: gobarley.com

This versatile recipe is very tasty.

1/2 c. pearl barley, rinsed

1/2 c. brown rice, rinsed

2 c. water

dash salt

2 cups diced vegetables – I used a mixture of celery, green onions, and carrots)

1/2 c. each dried cranberries and chopped walnuts

1/2 c. crumbled soft cheese – I used Boursin, but feta or goat cheese would work well too

Dressing:

1/2 c. oil

1/4 c. vinegar

2 – 3 T. each maple syrup and mustard

2 T. soy sauce

salt and pepper

While this version is vegetarian, chopped diced chicken, canned tuna, or tofu can also be added.

Bring water to  a boil.  Add rice and barley. Cover and lower heat to medium low and cook for about 40 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes or until any remaining water is absorbed.  Combine with remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix up dressing in a jar and pour over salad.  Refrigerate for a few hours to cool and let flavors meld.  Serves 4- 6.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I have been having this for breakfast every day for two weeks now and I’m still not sick of it. Mind you, I ♥ oatmeal and eat it every day.

Combine in large bowl

1 1/8 c. water

1/2 c. large flake oatmeal

dash salt

Microwave on oatmeal setting in microwave (or about 3 minutes on high, until oatmeal is set).

Add:

1/8th c. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 T. brown sugar

1/2 T. coconut oil

1/8th c. chopped walnuts

dash each of cinnamon and vanilla

Stir together until coconut oil is melted. Serve with milk or dairy-free milk.  Serves one.

Gourmet Tuna Salad

1 can tuna, drained

juice of 1/2 lemon

zest of one lemon

1 T. dried dillweed

1/4 c. fresh parsley, minced

1 stalk celery, diced

1/3 c. mayonnaise

Combine in a small bowl.  This can also be used for tuna sandwiches and tuna melts. If using for tuna melts, spread bread or bun halves with butter or margarine.   Add tuna salad mixture to each piece to cover.  Sprinkle with shredded cheese of your choice.  Broil for 3 minutes.