Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Slow Cooker Roast

When looking for a good Sunday traditional lunch I decided to try my first Gluten Free Slow Cooker Roast.  I put everything in the slow cooker before church and it was ready in time for lunch!

What You Need:
- 3 lb Roast (can be larger depending on how many you are feeding)
- 1 packet dry GF onion soup mix
- 1 box/can of GF cream of mushroom or celery
- 1.5 cups of water
- Salt & pepper

How to Make It:
Trim the fat off the roast.  Rub with salt and pepper.  Mix the onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and water in a bowl.  Pour some of the soup mix in the bottom of the cooker.  Place roast on top and cover with remaining soup mix.  You may need to add more water so the liquid is half way up the roast.  Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours.   Once cooked let rest for at least 5 minutes on a cutting board.  Cut into thin slices going against the grain.  Cover with the gravy from the cooker.

I decided not to add my veggies to the slow cooker because I have a small cooker.  I baked them at 350 for 45 minutes.

For dessert we made these tasty GF Cake Balls!  I used semi-sweet chocolate and pink candy chips.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Baked Ziti

I love pasta and baked ziti is one of my favorite dishes!  I have missed it since going Gluten Free so I came up with this Gluten Free version.

What you need:
2 jars of 16oz GF pasta sauce
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic minced or chopped
18 oz GF pasta
15 oz Ricotta
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese
oregano to taste

How to Make it:
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Brown beef with onions and garlic, drain fat.  Add sauce to meat.  While pasta is cooking (only cook for 3/4 time on package), mix ricotta, egg, oregano, parmesan and 1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese.   When pasta is cooked mix into cheese mixture.  Cover bottom of 9x12 casserole dish with sauce.  Add a layer of pasta/ cheese mixture, then a sauce layer, repeat.  Cover the dish with the remaining mozzarella cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes.

This tasted like the real deal!  We had Gluten eaters over for dinner and they raved about it!  It makes a lot but I'm looking forward to leaf overs tomorrow!  Sorry the pictures aren't great we started to serve the guests before I remembered to take a picture.

Friday, June 10, 2011

P.F. Chang's Gluten Free Dinner

For a girls night out with my mom and sister we went to P. F. Chang's.  It was my first trip and I was super excited to try their vast Gluten Free Menu items.

For my appetizer I went with the GF Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  Super tasty!  We went through 2 plates of lettuce.

For my main course I ordered GF P.F. Chang's Chicken Fried Rice.  This was good but not as flavorful as I was hoping for.  I added some GF soy sauce and that helped.  Next time I plan to try the Singapore Street Noodles.

There was a ton of food leftover as each dish is meant to be shared.   We all took home leftovers.  Everything heated up well the next day.

I think the Lettuce wraps were my favorite and could be a meal.  The service was good and our waitress was very attentive to my Gluten Free needs!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

Pizza has been one of the hardest parts of going Gluten Free.  I miss it.  Last night when I had a craving for pizza I knew I couldn't turn to Dominos so I turned to the pantry and fridge.  This is what I found Bisquick GF mix, leftover grilled chicken and BBQ sauce = BBQ chicken pizza!

What you need:
1 1/3 cup Bisquick GF mix
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup BBQ Sauce
1 cooked chicken breast, chopped
1 roma tomato
1 cup shredded cheese, I used cheddar

How to make it:
Heat oven to 425.  Mix crust ingredients together and place on greased pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.
Top crust with sauce and remaining toppings.  Feel free to add whatever you have available!  Red onions would have tasted great.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

This was a very good late night treat.  I have to say it didn't really taste like pizza.  I think the Bisquick mix made the crust too "bready".  Next time I will try a different GF flour mix.  Make sure you spread the crust mix pretty thin because it will puff up during baking.

What is your favorite GF pizza crust recipe?
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