I have to share with you this next great recipe that came to us from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This week they are featuring specially gluten-free meals! I love this recipe because it's one featured out of this great book:
This recipe contains a fantastic seed (that is often mistaken for a grain). Millet is a tiny bird-like looking seed that packs a powerful punch of nutrients. It's heart-healthy because it's high in magnesium (which aids in lowering high blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attack.) It's definitely a great seed worthy of incorporating into your diet!
Potato Boats with Spinach Stuffing
Image from PCRM
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Recipe by Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine
Makes 4 halves
By the time I was 25 years old, I could count on 1 hand how many times I've tried Brussels Sprouts. Okay, actually 1 finger. As you can guess, that 1 time was dramatic enough that the details are edged in my memory forever! Ha ha.
When I was little, my mom had told us (me, my brother, and sister) that we were trying something new for dinner, and... if we ate it, we could have some special CANDY she got for us. Oh, how my little ears perked up with the sound of candy and bribery! As she started cooking this mystery food though, all I can remember is this horrific smell oozing from the kitchen! We had to eat whatever was making that smell??! Forget it!
I remember having to stay at the table FOREVER (along with my siblings) until we finished every last bite of our brussels sprouts... Yikes. What a nightmare. I had never worked so hard for candy in all my life!
Luckily, I've found other ways to eat these little healthy veggies (rather than boiling them.) Ironically, this next recipe was created by my mom. Turns out she's found a better way to enjoy them as well.
So my challenge to you...give brussels a chance! If I can overcome my traumatic experience and learn to LOVE them, you can give them a try! They're super healthy, high in vitamin c, have some protein, low on the glycemic index chart, and can actually help you FEEL full.
Bacon & Shredded Brussels Sprouts
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Nut Free)
Created by alene (jalene's mom)
Yields: 2 cups
This recipe can be adapted to use during Dr. Nielsen's Candida Cleanse. Simply omit the bacon and add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil to cook the brussels in.
Oh yes...it's another zucchini recipe! The stuff is seriously multiplying like a weed in my garden. Tell me if you're fed up with the recipes, but they're all a great way to consume this vegetable! You could always pawn it off to a neighbor if you're having the same problem as me! Come to think of it, we are constantly getting new neighbors where we live...maybe I should start giving out in neighborhood welcome baskets! ;)
This is one of my easy go-to recipes when I want to use it as a side dish for dinner. It's quick and tastes good. You can also make this dairy free if needed.
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)
Created by Jalene
Makes 2-3 side dish servings
4. Place on preheated pan and cook until lightly browned on one side. Flip and cook the same way on the opposite side.
Serve warm, refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.
If you're not worried about being Vegan or Dairy Free, you can add 1 Tbsp of Parmesan Cheese for a extra yummy treat!
Let me just start out by saying I'm no Stir-Fry expert but I love to eat it! There's actually so many different combinations you can do but we just had this one for dinner so I thought I'd share. If you don't have exactly these veggies, you can sub in other ones you need to use up.
Speaking of veggies, did you know that you're supposed to eat 2 & 1/2 cups of veggies a day?! Man, how many of us are doing that? I know sometimes it can be hard! So, here's a great naturally gluten free meal that is PACKED full of veggies and with the garlic and ginger flavored teriyaki sauce, you won't be forcing them in your mouth either! I like to add nuts for extra protein. It makes a great Vegan, meatless meal.
Garlic & Ginger Teriyaki Stir Fry
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)
Created by jalene
Cooking time: less than 10 minutes
Tip from jalene:
Like I said, I'm no expert but here's a great article from someone who is. It's a great Q&A session specifically about Stir-frying. It's worth checking out: http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/a-cook-talks-about-woks-and-stir-fries/
This side dish is super fast to mix up and throw together thanks to my premixed Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet mix from last week's post! They go great with almost any meal and are definitely a crowd pleaser.
Remember, if you can, use organic potatoes since they are on the dirty dozen list.
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)
Created by jalene
If you ever end up with leftovers (which is hard to do since these are so yummy!) you can "stir-fry" these up in the morning in a skillet for breakfast! Simply heat with a little oil over medium to medium high temperature until reheated. (They go great with eggs!)
Sometimes it's just easier to eat your vegetables when they are hiddin'. This recipe is really easy to throw together and cooks fast. It also gives a great flavor to a kind of bland vegetable. You can use it as a quick snack or a side dish to a main meal. If you are not dairy-free you can also sprinkle some Parmesan cheese in with the breadcrumbs to give an extra tasty kick.
Breaded Zucchini Sticks
Created by jalene
TIP from jalene:
To make sure your breading doesn't get clumpy you can dip your zucchini in the egg then place on a cooling rack over a drip-plate. This allows excess liquid to drip off before you shake them in your breading bag.
One day my family and I were watching the Disney movie: Ratatouille when I thought, "Man! I wish I knew how to make that dish!" You know, the one at the end of the movie where the critic tastes it and flashes back to happy days of his childhood? Oh, I wanted to feel like that! So, I pulled out my Betty Crocker cookbook and found I had a recipe for Ratatouille! Yes! All happy, I made my dish but it turned out looking a lot like this:
Yuck! Not only did it taste gross but it looked gross too! This is what I would call Rat-Patootie! That didn't look anything like the movie's!! So I dug a little deeper and searched a little harder and now I have adapted a yummy Disney-Ratatouille-worthy dish. It does take a little bit of prep (more so than the original Betty Crocker recipe) but the end result is so amazing you're going to LOVE it!
It has 3 specific layers that you need to make. The bottom is like a pepper and tomato sauce, the middle is the sliced vegetables and the top is a vinaigrette that you drizzle on top after it has cooked.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Disney Ratatouille
(just like the movie's)
Adapted by jalene
#1 Bottom of pan sauce (Piperade) ingredients:
#2 Vegetable Pattern Ingredients:
#3 Vinaigrette Drizzle Ingredients:
You can serve this over white rice, brown rice or quinoa to make it more substantial.
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