July 13, 2010


Gluten-Free Wednesdays 7/13/10

Gluten-Free Wednesdays2

We have definitely been feeling the heat of summer here.  I lose much of my motivation to cook when it gets hot, but we still have to eat so I keep cooking.  The thing that seems to be motivating me lately is a desire to use what’s in my garden.  I have a cucumber recipe that will be posted soon and Monday I posted yet another zucchini recipe.  I am now getting grape tomatoes from my one plant.  Thankfully I didn’t go overboard on that one.  One plant is plenty. 

This week I thought I would give you a rundown of what we’ve had for dinner the past few nights.  If you’re looking for ideas, maybe it will give you some.  Remember, you can always visit my Facebook page or the Facebook tab  on the widget just under my blog header to see what I’m make for dinner Monday through Friday. 

Sunday I cooked chicken and tomatoes in the crock pot.  I had planned to post the recipe, but it turned out to not be very flavorful despite the fact that I put ginger, parsley and honey in it.  It wasn’t bad.  It just wasn’t noteworthy.

crockpot chicken and tomatoes
I served it with Lundberg brown rice couscous.  It was the first time I tried that.  It was good, but for me it wasn’t much different than eating brown rice, just smaller. 

brown rice couscous
Monday night I grilled salmon (didn't get a picture) and veggies.  I put Italian salad dressing and fresh basil on the veggies and my picky eater loved them!  The veggies included zucchini (of course) grape tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, and mushrooms.

grilled veggies
Tuesday night I made a beef gravy using shredded beef and broth that I had in the freezer.  I served it over mashed potatoes.  I steamed wax beans and sauteed mushrooms.  I served them separately for those who don’t like mushrooms.  The potatoes and beans came from my CSA box last week.  It didn’t make a very colorful dinner, but it was good.

7.13.10 Dinner
Now it’s your turn to share with me your gluten-free eating idea.  If you’re new, please read the guidelines.  Thanks for participating!

1. Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free {Easy Individual Berry Crumbles}
2. Jenn Cuisine (Gluten Free Substitutions, Part I)
3. Jillian @ Funny (allergen-free) Girl - Dark Chocolate blondies
4. Aubree Cherie (How to Cook Daylilies)
5. Shirley @gfe (Coconut/Palm Sugar Review & More)
6. Jason@JLHealthTulsa (GF 5* Poached King Salmon)
7. Mushroom Herb Chicken
8. Stick with the Letter P
9. Easy To Be Gluten Free - Italian Roasted Red Peppers
10. Heidi @ Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom (Dairy-Free Fruit Sundaes)
11. Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea (Almond Olive Oil Cake)

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Had to post this Berry Crumble recipe to show how super simple it is!! My 6 and 3 year old made it all by themselves. Plus, it is a perfectly easy recipe for the summer that will even impress guests!
So looking forward to seeing all of the posts for this week!
Thanks for hosting!!
I am always so impressed with all the food you create....and all those beautiful summer veggies yum!!!

This time I'm not sharing a recipe, but more of a concept related post - I'm starting a weekly series on making gluten free substitutions of all kinds, whether it be in existing GF recipes or actual recipe development - hopefully we can all learn from each other to create more yummy GF foods!
I've been wondering about that brown rice couscous ... thanks for your opinion. And, I know exactly what you mean about recipes not being noteworthy or photogenic. ;-)

I linked up a post that included info on my new love, palm (or coconut) sugar. It's terrific. Plus, there's more info and a giveaway associated with it. If that's not okay, Linda, feel free to delete.

Thanks for hosting as always!
This week's post is a GF Poached King Salmon recipe from a 5* restaurant! Thanks for hosting!!

Great ideas Linda, my hubby is salivating of your Shredded Beef and Gravy!
Hopefully we're having Sweet and Sour Meatballs over rice tonight. I made a huge batch of meatballs (substituting oats for breadcrumbs--my mom always made meatloaf that way when I was growing up, and we weren't GF then) a couple of weeks ago and froze half for the meatballs. I'm planning to stick it in the slow cooker in an hour or so and then have a stress free meal later tonight!
I hate it when you make something and it ends up being boring. Here's a great, flavorful recipe for chicken and tomatoes in the crock pot. I haven't had time to post about this recipe, but it's one of my favorite summer meals. I made it over the weekend, and after a few meals, turned it into soup by pulsing the tomatoes and cooking it in some chicken broth. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/07/herb-roasted-chicken-with-summer.html

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