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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gluten-Free Dining in Austin

After I took a trip to Dallas recently, I realized how lucky I am to live in Austin.  We have amazing ethnic food and more importantly (to me)...gluten free friendly places.  Here are links to the ones I know about.  If you know of others, please let me know.

PF Changs has a gluten-free menu available with lots of choices.
Tarka is another wonderful restaurant (associated with the Clay Pit) with a gluten-free menu and lots of choices.  I get the sag paneer every time!
Taste of Ethiopia is not really a gluten-free establishment per say...but the bread they use (injera) is naturally gluten-free.  I really, really love this place!
The Clay Pit has knowledgeable staff and lots of gluten-free options...it is the fancy relative of Tarka.
At Kerby Lane, it is easy to avoid gluten if you talk to your server.  They have always been very knowledgeable.  The food is also really really good.
Austin's Pizza has gluten-free pizza upon request.  It is personal pizza size.
Wild Wood Art Cafe is 100% gluten-free.  I have not tried it yet...so I will keep you posted.
Food For Life CF GF is another 100% gluten-free establishment.  They have lots of pizza, pot pies and other items to go as well.

We are also lucky to have a very accommodating HEB and Sprouts grocery store.

Sunny Yellow Salsa

This lovely salsa is perfect when you need a sunny and fresh pick me up.  The yellow color is joyful and fun.  I recently put it on a roast beef sandwich and it was amazing.

8 oz dried apricots
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2-2 cups sweet corn
1 med onion
zest of one lemon and juice
2 garlic cloves
1 handful cilantro
salt (optional)
golden tomatoes (chopped) (optional)

Toast the corn in a dry skillet until it starts to brown slightly.  Chop the pepper, onion, cilantro and apricots.  Mince the 2 garlic cloves.  Add the lemon zest and juice.  Add salt to taste and tomatoes if desired.  Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and chill for at least 2 hours (if you can stand it). 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Italian antipasto style chickpea salad

I stole and modified this recipe (in the book called: Chickpea Lunchbox Salad) from Salads by Elsa Petersen-Schepelern. I thought all my fellow foodies would appreciate this. It is out of this world!

1 15oz can rinsed chickpeas
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
4 oz marinated artichoke hearts
4 oz roasted red peppers in oil (chopped)
2-4 oz sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
about 20-30 cherry/grape tomatoes (halved or quartered)
about 6-8 green onions (chopped)
4 basil leaves (chiffanod)
a handful of green or black chopped olives (chopped)
5-10 capers (optional)
a large handful of parsley (chopped)
1 cup shaved or grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
1-2 finely minced garlic cloves
a pinch of oregano or thyme (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors meld.
MMMM...I think I just made the BEST meal I have ever had!

Gluten-Free Potato and Egg Casserole

This reminds me of breakfast tacos...mmm. Again, this is a very modified (and improved) recipe.

6 beaten eggs
2 c milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
1/4 cup dried onions
1/2 cup corn tortilla crumbles (or tortilla chips if you can't find them)
3 cups shredded potatoes
butter (for frying potatoes)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar

Preheat oven to 350*. Fry up the potatoes in a skillet until browned. Place potatoes in the bottom of a casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients (except cheese) and pour over the potatoes. Mix together. Bake uncovered for 20 min. Remove and add the cheese. Put back in the oven and bake for a remaining 20 min.

Serve with:
Green chili/tomatilla salsa (HEB has a really good one!)

Chickpea and Tomato Stew

This is my ULTRA comfort meal! It is also easy and cheap to make! I serve it with rice. :)

1 lg can tomatoes
1-2 sm cans chilies
2 15 oz cans chickpeas
1-2 crushed garlic
3 T butter or oil
2 med onions (finely chopped)
1 t ginger powder
1/2 t turmeric
1 T coriander ground coriander seed
2 t garam masala (I tend to sometimes add more)
2 T lemon juice
2-3 T chopped cilantro or parsley

Cook the spices, chilies, onions and garlic in the butter until soft. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas (including liquid). Boil stirring occasionally until reduced. Add the lemon juice and cilantro or parsley. Serve over rice or with flatbread.

Teff Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is on the back of the Bob's Red Mill Teff flour package (Whole Foods/Central Market/Sprouts carry this). I can not take credit for it! :) They are really good and so healthy (so I don't feel too bad eating a bunch!!!)

1 1/2 cups Teff Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil (I used grapeseed only cuz that is what I had)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter

Preheat 350*F.
Put Flour and Salt in one bowl. Mix (I used an electric mixer) all other ingredients in another bowl. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Shape into wallnut size balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1-2 inches appart. Cook for 13-15 min. Makes about 18-24 cookies.

Cold Honeydew Lime Soup

Ok, I took a risk and made a cold soup. I was surprised to discover that it is quite good and would be great to balance out the cheesy goodness of some quesadillas, or enchiladas! I can even see it with a good steak and some sweet potato fries.


1 honeydew (cleaned and cut into chunks)
Approx 1/4 cup cilantro (I used a good sized handful)
1 good sized lime
1 tsp jalapeno sauce (think green Tabasco...you can add more if you want more heat)
Salt to taste (about 1/8 tsp)

Blend all of the above in a blender and chill for about 30 min to 1 hour prior to serving.

Some of the best recipe books...

Recently I bought some more recipe books.  It felt like Christmas as I opened the box.

Gluten-Free Baking has a WONDERFUL pie crust recipe.  My only change was doubling the salt.  So Easy is a book I would recommend for anyone.  It is organized into Fast and Slow recipes by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Desert.  There is nutrition information by every recipe.  While not as practical, I love exotic food and adore the new ideas in The Brazilian Table and The New Portuguese Table.  Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef is the new book from one of my best loved blogs.
I also just bought The Just Bento Cookbook at Barnes and Noble the other day.  It has great ideas for fast and healthy lunches.

Meal Planning limits frustration

There are many weeks where I have to scramble to make something before work because I didn't plan my meals.  I try to limit the food I eat at work, because I never know if I can eat anything besides a salad.  It is always a gamble.  So, I have made a point of being more planned.  This is not only good for the gluten-free individual but for also for weight loss since you are more likely to have yummy meal ideas and stick with your diet.

The Blog Uncluttered has a good meal plan template.