Gluten Free Meatballs

Gluten Free MeatballsMy father mentioned to me that my extended family was having homemade meatballs and spaghetti for Christmas Eve dinner a few weeks ago. I immediately started craving spaghetti and meatballs. I wanted a baked recipe so I found this one and adapted to work with my food sensitivities. We’ve now made it several times, and it’s delicious. My kids who eat gluten can’t tell these meatballs are gluten-free.

To make this recipe dairy free, omit the parmesan cheese. To make this recipe soy free, omit the Worcestershire sauce.

Gluten Free Meatballs

  • 2 pounds lean organic ground beef (I use 90 or 95%)
  • 1/2 cup organic parmesan cheese, grated (omit for dairy free option)
  • 1 box (4.5 oz) gluten free cracked black pepper crackers (I used Simple Mills brand)
  • 1 teaspoon dried organic garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried organic Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed organic red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons gluten free organic Worcestershire sauce (I used Wa Ja Shan brand) (omit for soy free option)
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • olive oil for pans

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Oil two 9 x 13 pans with olive oil.
In a food processor using an S blade, crush and combine crackers with parmesan cheese and seasonings.
Whisk eggs together in a small bowl.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are evenly distributed.
Shape into 1.5 inch balls. Making sure they are all about the same size for even cooking.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. For extra crispiness, add another 10 minutes.
Serve with the pasta sauce of your choice and gluten free pasta, or you can use pasta sauce and gluten free buns for meatball sandwiches.
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Something Soured the Apple of my Eye Pie

Something Soured the Apple of My Eye Pie by NaturallyElizabeth.comI recently entered a pie baking contest to win tickets to see Waitress. I won second place. Pies were supposed to have a theme that related to the musical. Here is the spiel I gave about my pie:

I have walked a very different path in life than Jenna, but I very much relate to her use of baking to help her process her emotional issues. I was previously homebound with major health issues for six years, and baking was one of the ways I released stress on my good health days. I tend to bake using seasonal ingredients because they are more flavorful and affordable. Since we are in apple season, I immediately thought of one of my favorite pies that I have created which is a variation on a French crumb apple pie. However, I wanted to do something more with the recipe to fit with the theme of this contest. I was thinking about phrases with “apple” in them, and the phrase “apple of my eye” popped into my head. Like Jenna, many of us have had loves whom we thought were the apple of our eye. We believed that they were amazing and perfect, and then the relationship goes sour. Fortunately not all of us go through the abuse that Jenna went through with Earl after her relationship went bad once she had married him. That made me think of what I could add to the pie to make it more sour. Since it’s also cranberry season, I decided to turn it into a cranberry apple pie and name it the, “Something Soured the Apple of My Eye Pie.”

This can be easily made gluten free by substituting the gluten free flour mixture of your choice in place of the all-purpose flour. It can be made vegan and dairy free by substituting coconut oil, shortening or margarine for the butter.

Something Soured the Apple of My Eye Pie by NaturallyElizabeth.com

Something Soured the Apple of my Eye Pie

Makes one 10” pie

Crust
1.5 c organic all-purpose flour
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 c organic unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/4-1/2 cup cold water
Extra flour for rolling out crust

Filling
6 cups of peeled, cored, and thinly sliced organic apples (about 6 large apples or 9 small). I used equal amounts of Granny Smith, Gala, and Fuji.
12 oz (one bag) organic cranberries, fresh or frozen (defrosted and drained), chopped coarsely
1/2 c organic light brown sugar, packed
1/3 c organic cornstarch
1/2 t sea salt
1 t organic cinnamon
1 t organic nutmeg

Crumb Topping
1 c organic all-purpose flour
1/2 c organic light brown sugar, packed
1/2 c (one stick) organic unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 c organic shredded coconut

Directions

Prepare the apples and cranberries. Add the rest of the filling ingredients to the fruit in an oven-proof bowl and mix well. Place in the oven at 425F while it preheats to get the fruit softening a bit.

Mix together the dry ingredients for the crust. Cut the butter in with a fork. Add water until the dough is moistened enough to stay together but isn’t goopy. Roll the dough out and put in a 10” pie pan, crimping the edges. Set aside.

Mix together all of the ingredients for the crumb topping. I find it easiest to mix with my hands. It will be a bit on the dry side. Set aside.

Pull the filling out of the oven. Being careful of the hot bowl, pour the filling into the pie crust. Top with the crumb topping.

Place the pie on a cookie sheet (to help with any spillovers) and cover with foil. Bake at 425F for about 40-50 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes to brown the crumb topping. If the fruit juices are not bubbling up on the sides at this point, re-cover with foil and put it back in the oven in 5 minute increments until it is bubbling and juicy.

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Gluten Free Latkes

While we aren’t Jewish, my family loves latkes. We enjoy them so much that we bought a potato ricer which is essential to getting crispy latkes. We also use a Cuisinart to shred potatoes because it makes life much easier. We sometimes double the recipe; leftovers aren’t as good as fresh, but if you warm them up in a toaster oven or oven rather than a microwave, they’re still pretty good.

Latkes are a lot of work, so we save them for special events like Christmas and Easter. My argument is that Jesus was Jewish, so we’re just celebrating his heritage. Granted, Jesus probably never ate a potato in his entire life, but still, it’s the thought that counts.

gluten free latkes

gluten free latkes

Gluten Free Latkes

Yield About 2 dozen
Time 60 minutes

4 large Russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and rinsed
1 large white or yellow onion, minced
3 large eggs
1/3 cup millet flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup brown rice flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Safflower, canola or other oil, for frying

Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes.

Using a potato ricer, squeeze the grated potatoes over the sink to release all liquids. Do the same with the minced onions. Put drained potatoes and onions in a large bowl with a dry towel to help absorb any other liquid.

Remove the towel, and place the onions and potatoes into the bowl. Add the eggs, millet flour, rice flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and pepper, and mix until it is well-blended.

In a medium pan over medium heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is hot (a drop of batter placed in the pan should sizzle), use a slotted spoon to drop 3” very loose balls of the mixture into the oil, cooking in batches. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 3-5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 3-5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as necessary.

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New Year’s Soup

When I first moved to Texas, I had never heard of the New Year’s tradition of eating black-eyed peas and collard greens for good luck. I thought it was rather bizarre since I wasn’t a fan of either of those things. Since then, I’ve learned to love both.

As with all soups, this one is forgiving. There are several options you can make to change it up if you want.

  1. Instead of ham, if you have leftover cooked turkey or chicken, you could use those instead. You’ll need to add some extra salt to taste as the ham is naturally salty.
  2. If you don’t have a hambone, just skip it. It adds some extra flavor, but it’s not essential.
  3. You can use any kind of greens you want, have available or are on sale. Collard greens, mustard greens, lacinto kale, dinosaur kale, rainbow chard, or swiss chard all work.
  4. If you want, use a jalapeno, habanero, or other spicy pepper instead of the cayenne pepper. Or if you prefer your food milder in taste, skip all of the above.
  5. If you can’t find fresh black-eyed peas, you can soak dried ones overnight and then add to the soup. If you use canned or frozen, you will not need to cook this for very long at all (5-10 minutes).
New Year's Soup

Black-Eyed Peas, Ham, and Greens soup

New Year’s Soup

A few tablespoons of olive or canola oil
1 yellow or white organic onion, diced
1 organic bell pepper (I used 1/3 orange, 1/3 green, 1/3 yellow), diced
8 cups organic chicken broth (I used Pacific brand)
12 oz fresh black-eyed peas, pre-soaked
1 ham bone (optional)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried organic marjoram
1 teaspoon dried organic thyme
1/2 teaspoon organic black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried ground mustard (not prepared)
1 pound fully cooked ham, diced
1 bunch collard greens, stalks and leaves separated

Slice the stalks to the collard greens the way you would with celery for a soup. Shred the collard green leaves into bite sized pieces. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion, bell pepper and sliced collard green stalks together over medium in oil. Once the onion mixture is cooked all the way, add the broth, ham bone, black-eyed peas, garlic and spices. Cook until the beans are soft, about 45-60 minutes. Towards the end, stir in the ham to warm it up. Remove from heat and remove the ham bone. Add the collard green leaves to help cool the soup to an edible temperature and cook the greens.

Makes about 12 cups of soup.

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GFDF Lemon Raspberry Muffins

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GFDF Lemon Raspberry Muffins

This recipe was inspired by Tastes Better from Scratch.

We made these recently for my son’s birthday party. I don’t think any of the guests even knew they were gluten free. They were incredibly tasty!

Ingredients
1/2 cup organic tapioca starch
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup organic brown rice flour
1/2 cup organic sorghum flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup organic evaporated cane juice (aka sugar)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 organic eggs, lightly beaten
7/8 cup rice milk (or other milk substitute of your choice)
1 Tbsp organic lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated organic lemon zest (this was about 4 small lemons)
1/2 cup organic canola oil
2 cups fresh organic raspberries

For the glaze (optional)
3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp fresh organic lemon juice

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix together the beaten eggs, 1T lemon juice, rice milk, canola oil, and sugar on one bowl. In another bowl, combined together tapioca starch, almond meal, brown rice flour, sorghum flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and lemon zest. Slowly add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring as you do. Gently fold in the raspberries.

Grease a muffin tin well with additional canola oil or spray. Fill 15-16 muffin cups about 3/4 full; these muffins will not rise too much. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 18 minutes or until the top is gently browned. The inside may still be a bit moist because of the raspberries, so a toothpick test is a bit difficult on them.

Allow to cool about 15 minutes before removing from the pan carefully, using a knife to separate from the top. You may lose a few crumbs in the bottom of the pan, but those are free of calories and meant for the cook. You should allow the muffins to cool fully before glazing, if desired.

For the glaze (optional):
In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until it reaches the consistency you want. Delicately drip the glaze over the muffins in an artistic fashion. Try not to eat them all at once!

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Lemon Raspberry Muffins

GFDF Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Kielbasa, Lentil and Kale Soup

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kielbasa soup

Apologies for the cell phone picture!

1 yellow or white organic onion, diced
1 pound all-natural smoked sausage (kielbasa), diced (we use jalapeno to add kick)
1 organic bell pepper (I used 1/2 red, 1/2 green), diced
8 cups organic chicken broth (I used Pacific brand)
1.5 cups dried organic red lentils
1 teaspoon dried organic marjoram
1 teaspoon dried organic thyme
1/2 teaspoon organic black pepper
8 ounces (1/2 bag) frozen 365 organic blue curled kale

In a large soup pot, sautee the onion and sausage together over medium. (The sausage is usually greasy enough that you don’t need to add oil, but if you use low-fat sausage, you might need to.). When the onions are partially translucent, add in the bell pepper. Once the onions are cooked all the way, add the broth, lentils, marjoram and thyme. Cook until the lentils are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the frozen kale to help cool the soup to an edible temperature and warm the kale. Makes about 12 cups of soup.

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GFDF Blueberry Pecan Crumble Pie

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One of the things that I unfortunately had to remove from my diet in January was egg.  IgG sensitivity testing showed that I was reacting to both chicken and duck eggs, and given the foods I was reacting to, that made sense.  I’ve had problems with eggs before, but not when I was gluten sensitive.  This is creating a whole new cooking and baking challenge for me.

For my birthday this year, I decided to go for a pie in part because I haven’t done a lot of eggless GFDF baking yet and partially because Whole Foods had organic blueberries on sale for $1.99 a pint last Friday.  We had plenty of blueberries left for a pie.

This recipe is based on another GF blueberry pie recipe I had, but the idea of a pecan crumble came into my head while I was standing in the kitchen this morning.  It tastes fantastic.  I highly recommend it.  To make the pecan meal, my daughter ground up a bunch of pecan pieces in a coffee bean grinder that I normally use for grinding flax and other seeds.  The meal isn’t perfectly smooth, but it works well for this purpose.

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GFDF Blueberry Pecan Crumble Pie

Makes one 9 inch pie

Crust:
5 tablespoons organic brown rice flour
5 tablespoons sorghum flour
5 tablespoons almond meal
5 tablespoons organic tapioca starch
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup organic palm shortening
About 1/4 cup water

Crumb Topping:
6 tablespoons organic brown sugar
3/4 cup organic pecan meal*
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
5 tablespoons organic palm shortening

Filling:
2/3 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup organic cornstarch
Zest of one medium organic lemon
Juice of one medium organic lemon
5 cups fresh organic blueberries, room temperature

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

To make the crust, stir together the flours, starch, xanthan gum, salt, and cream of tartar.  Cut the palm shortening into the flour mix.  Slowly add the water to the flour mixture until the dough is formed but a bit crumby. You may not need all the water or you may need more depending on the day.  Press the crust into a 9” pie pan.

In the same emptied bowl, cut in the shortening into the rest of the crumb topping ingredients.  You will get a moist crumbly mixture.  Set aside.
Mix together the blueberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, cornstarch, and sugar.  Pour into the pie crust.  Top with the crumb topping.

Put the pie on a cookie sheet as it will very likely bubble over while baking.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking for an additional 20-30 minutes until the crumb topping is browned and the blueberry filling is bubbling.

*Use a coffee bean grinder or other grinding machine to make a course flour out of organic pecans.

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Sloppy Beef

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sloppy beef served on a slice of GF vegan Rice Millet Bread made by Food for Life

The male given name in my family of origin is Joseph, and most of them have gone by the nickname of Joe.  Any time we have Sloppy Joes for dinner, my dad would pitch a mock fit of resentment about the term.  So around my house, we changed the name to Sloppy Beef to solve this problem.  We also would make this out of ground buffalo on occasion, so that was called Sloppy Buffalo.  To further complicate the naming of this dish, we also have “Daddy Sloppy Beef” and “Mama Sloppy Beef.”  My ex makes Sloppy Joes with beef, sometimes onion, ketchup and chili powder.  My recipe is the more complex one below that includes vegetables.  My ex does not like celery seed, so when he was eating it, I never put it in, but I love the taste it adds.

My kids tend to be horrified by the idea of “hiding” vegetables in food.  They point out that they can see them and taste them so therefore they are not hidden and the grown-ups who think they are pulling one over on the kids are really not.  I have to laugh at their honesty.  This is one of the “hidden” ways that I can easily get vegetables into them, though.  I guess if you add enough ketchup to anything it becomes edible to some of the kid population.  My daughter still won’t eat this, though.

This recipe is also flexible on the veggies.  I didn’t have a yellow squash for the version I made for the pictures, so I just used two zucchini.  I bought a red pepper because they were all the same price and I like the color it adds, but if green peppers are cheaper, then that’s what I use.  I like seeing if I can get red, orange, yellow and green colors in the recipe, or if purple peppers are in season, I can get purple in there, too.  The cup estimates are just that:  Estimates to give you a general idea of how much to add.  If you end up with 1.75 cups of squash and 1.75 cups of carrots, it will be fine.  I never actually measure the veggies when I’m making the recipe for my family.

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2 pounds 95% organic or grass-fed ground beef or buffalo
1 medium organic yellow or white onion, diced (about 1.5 cups)
1 organic red pepper, diced (about 1.5 cups) (or any other bell pepper)
1 small organic zucchini, grated (about 1 cup)
1 small organic yellow squash, grated (about 1 cup)
2 small organic carrots, grated (about 1.5 cups)
1 tablespoon organic dry mustard
2 tablespoons organic chili powder (or less if you don’t like it spicy)
1 teaspoon organic celery seed (optional)
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper (optional)
About ¾ to 1 cup organic ketchup

Brown the beef, onion, and pepper over medium heat.  When it is about half way cooked, add in the zucchini, squash and carrots and continue to brown.  Once the beef is browned and all the vegetables are soft, add in the seasonings and the ketchup.  You should add enough ketchup to make the sloppy beef as sloppy as you prefer.

Serve over bread, tortillas, or rice.

Serves 4-6, depending on how many of them are starving carnivorous male children.

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Mushroom Summer Squash Soup

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IMG_0297-psAfter five months, I’m back!  I had some really rough health months in the time I haven’t been posting, so my blog fell by the wayside.  I did take pictures of some of the recipes I created during that time, though, so I have recipes to share.  I just need to get them up on the web.  Easier said than done!

One of the changes that happened during that five month absence is that I removed black pepper from my diet.  I started getting migraines again, and I wasn’t sure why.  Through the process of elimination, I figured out black pepper was one of the main culprits.  I stopped eating black pepper right before Christmas, and within three weeks I had lost an entire dress size with no other changes.  Weight issues involve far more than just calories, sugar and exercise, but our society often fails to recognize that.

So for the past five months, I’ve been eating simply and eating without pepper.  It eliminated a few more of the very few processed shortcut foods I had (like a few of the Amy’s frozen dinners I could eat), but I’m probably better off without them.  It’s made me become more creative with seasonings rather than just relying on black pepper like so many of us are trained to do.

The soup below was a “use up what’s in the fridge” creation.  Summer squash are about to be overrunning CSA boxes locally, and squash recipes are always appreciated at this time of year.  This recipe could easily use zucchini, yellow, or zephyr squash or any other similar soft squash that you end up with.  Likewise, any type of mushroom that you prefer would work well.

This soup freezes well.

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Mushroom Summer Squash Soup

Splash of canola oil
1 large organic white or yellow onion, diced
1 organic green chile including seeds, sliced
4-5 cloves of organic garlic, chopped roughly
3 cups sliced organic mushrooms (I used cremini)
7 cups organic summer squash, cubed in 1 inch-ish chunks  (I used zucchini  and zephyr)
½ cup fresh organic parsley, chopped roughly
1 tablespoon fresh organic rosemary, chopped roughly
6 cups organic chicken broth

Saute the onions, chile and garlic in the canola oil until the onions are almost translucent.  Add in the mushrooms, squash, parsley, rosemary, and chicken broth.  Cook over medium heat until the squash are tender.  Once softened, use an immersion blender to blenderize the soup.   If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer in small batches to a regular blender, being careful not to overfill.

Makes about 3 quarts.

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GFDF Lemon Coconut Bread

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I’ve been gluten free for over two years.  One of the first recipes I converted when I started baking gluten free was this great recipe from Farmgirl Fare.  Since it was one of my first conversion attempts, it doesn’t use one of the standard flour mixtures I now use in my GF baking.

It’s a dense bread, but it’s good.  The batter will be very thick and you will be able to scoop it up and plop it into the pan.  The gluten free version tastes best warm in my opinion.

This batch was made with the rest of the delicious lemons from Jenny of Websy Daisy.

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GFDF Lemon Coconut Bread

Makes one 8-inch loaf

Adapted from Farmgirl Fare.

1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup organic tapioca starch
1/2 cup organic cornstarch
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup organic coconut flour
1/2 cup organic white rice flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/4 cups organic evaporated cane juice (aka sugar)
2 tablespoons organic lemon zest (give or take)
2 cups finely shredded organic unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup organic palm shortening
2 organic eggs
3/4 cup organic rice milk
1/2 cup fresh organic lemon juice
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°. Oil an 8×4 inch loaf pan. (I used organic canola oil.)

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients on the list starting at xanthan gum and ending with the shredded coconut.  Cut the shortening in the way you would with a pie crust.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, rice milk, lemon juice, and vanilla.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Cool and serve.  Or not.  It’s great warm.

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