Food & Recipes

  • Ranch Dressing

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    MAKES: 1 1/4 CUPS

    1/2 cup rice milk

    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 small clove garlic, finely minced or pressed

    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

    1 tablespoon finely chopped celery leaves

    3/4 cup vegan soy-free mayonnaise

    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Freshly ground pepper

    In a small bowl, combine the rice milk with the lemon juice. In a blender or mini chopper, combine the garlic, parsley, celery leaves, vegan mayonnaise, and mus­tard. Pulse a few times. Add the rice milk mixture, and pulse. Add the xanthan gum and blend well. Add the salt and pepper to taste and blend until rich and creamy. You will have about 1 1/4 cups. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Source: Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal

  • Tea For Your: Upset Stomach

    Your stomach can become upset for many reasons. If you’ve eaten something spicy, had a little too much alcohol, eaten too fast, or you’ve been stressed about something in your life, you could easily develop indigestion. Most importantly, remember to slow down when you’re eating, practice calming exercises, and go easy on the alcohol.

  • A Perfect Potato Salad for the First Days of Spring

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    As the weather warms, fresh and colorful ingredients become more and more abundant on our plates. This spring, allow the many types of potatoes to be star ingredients in your recipes; they add nutritional value and a variety of colors, flavors, and textures to your favorite dishes. Need inspiration? Take a lesson from Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien who is known for creating healthful recipes that never lack in flavor, just like her latest potato dish, Potato'zanella.

    A traditional panzanella salad calls for cubes of bread. This reinvented Potato'zanella uses potatoes instead of bread, a great substitution for those on gluten-free diets, and also keeps the dish light, fresh, and full of vegetables. It's easy—just toss together cherry tomatoes, cucumber chunks, spinach, red onion, basil, and a flavorful dressing with the halved fingerling potatoes to complete the dish. This twist on the traditional adds a punch of nutritional value to this tasty dish. 

    No matter what you serve this spring, don't forget the nutritional power of potatoes: one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana (450g), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. With seven unique potato types and many ways to prepare them, you can enjoy potatoes every day of the week and substitute them into any dish. 

    Inspired by Hungry Girl's creative and guilt-free potato recipe? Hungry Girl and the USPB invite you to enter the Guilt-Free Potato Goodness recipe contest on the Potatoes, Taters & Spuds Facebook page. Simply submit your original, mouth-watering, and guilt-free potato recipe for the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles, CA, and a meet-and-greet with Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien at her brand-new Hungryland headquarters and test kitchen! Enter the contest by March 28, 2014. Check out the following site for official contest rules: 
    facebook.com/PotatoesTatersAndSpuds/app_325926694220428 

    >>Potato'zanella<< 
    Prep: 10 minutes 
    Cook: 30 minutes 
    Servings: 4

    Ingredients:

    Salad
    1 lb. fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
    1 tsp. olive oil
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
    1 cup cucumber cut into chunks
    1 cup chopped spinach leaves
    1/2 cup chopped red onion
    2 tbsp. chopped basil

    Dressing
    2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
    1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
    Place halved potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat.
    Place potatoes cut sides down on the baking sheet. Bake until tender and browned, 25 - 30 minutes.
    Let cool slightly, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, and add remaining salad ingredients. Mix well.
    In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad, and toss to coat. Dig in!
     

     

    Nutritionals per serving (about 1 1/3 cups): 150 calories, 5g fat, 175mg sodium, 25g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3g protein

    Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140320/CG86029
    SOURCE: United States Potato Board
    RELATED LINKS: hungry-girl.com; potatogoodness.com

  • Food Term: Functional Foods

    Foods that have a health effect beyond basic nutrition. (Or, as the New York Times calls them, “foods with benefits.”) Tomatoes are a great example: Besides being delicious and giving your body some calories to burn, they are loaded with lycopene, a potent antioxidant.

  • Mock Mashed Potatoes

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    Serves: 8 – 10

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, sliced

    1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped

    3 cups cooked cannellini beans

    1/2 cup vegetable broth

    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, sliced (chives would also work well)

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add sliced garlic, and cook until slightly browned. Meanwhile, place one to two inches of water in a large pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Place cauliflower in a steam basket and place in pot. Cover and steam until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. In a food processor, combine garlic-infused oil, cauliflower, cannellini beans, vegetable broth, and parsley, and purée until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed, and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm and enjoy! Source: Recipe by Amanda Maguire, picklesnhoney.com

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Squares

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    Serves: 4

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion

    1 clove garlic, minced or pressed

    1 teaspoon dried thyme

    2 tablespoons superfine brown rice flour

    2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth, warmed

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Freshly ground pepper

    1 tablespoon agave nectar

    1 (28 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)

    1/2 cup rice milk

    Grilled cheese squares

    8 slices allergy-friendly sandwich bread

    8 teaspoons Earth Balance soy-free buttery spread, at room temperature

    1/4 pound thinly sliced Daiya vegan cheddar

    Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for two minutes, stirring a few times. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for one minute more. Sprinkle in the brown rice flour and cook, stirring, for two minutes, until lightly golden and aromatic. Slowly add the warmed broth, stirring. Add the salt and a few turns of pepper and stir in the agave nectar. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for two minutes, stirring often. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for ten minutes. Purée in the pot with an immersion blender, or purée in batches in a jar blender or food processor, then return to the pot. Add the rice milk and cook for five minutes more. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.

    Meanwhile, prepare the grilled cheese squares. Lay out four slices of bread. Spread one teaspoon of buttery spread on each. Flip so that the buttery side is down. Distribute the vegan cheese evenly among the four sandwiches, and cover each with another slice of bread. Spread one teaspoon of buttery spread on top of each. Heat a large nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat for two minutes. I use a well-seasoned cast iron pan for this. Add as many sandwiches as will fit, cover and cook for two minutes, until the cheese is starting to melt and the bread is browning on the bottom. Flip the sandwiches and press down hard with a spatula. Cook for about one minute more, then flip again and press down to get a final crisp on both sides. Remove the sandwiches from the pan and cut each into quarters. Grill the other sandwiches if you were not able to do them all in one batch. Serve alongside the soup. Source: Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal

  • Beef Bone Broth

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    Makes: 4 quarts

    5 pounds of beef soup bones

    2 bay leaves

    4 sprigs thyme

    3 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

    2 large yellow onions, quartered

    3 carrots, chopped

    2 celeriac, peeled and chopped

    4 cloves garlic, smashed

    1 cup red wine

    2 gallons water, plus more as needed

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Arrange the bones in a roasting pan in a single layer and roast for 45 minutes. Transfer the bones into a heavy stockpot. Toss in the bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns, onions, carrots, celeriac, and garlic. Pour in the red wine and water. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, then immediately lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for at least 12 and up to 18 hours, adding water as necessary to keep the bones submerged. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding the solids, and pour it into jars. Place it in the fridge and allow the fat to harden. You can remove the hard fat and use it for cooking. Use up the broth within a week, or freeze immediately. Source: The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

  • Triple Berry Cobbler

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    Makes: 12 giant or 24 party servings

    About 2 2/3 cups blueberries

    About 2 2/3 cup raspberries

    About 2 1/2 cups marionberries

    1 1/4 cups sugar

    1/4 cup cornstarch

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    Topping

    1 cup butter, room temperature

    1 cup sugar

    2 tablespoons vanilla extract

    2/3 cup cornmeal

    2/3 cup tapioca starch

    1/3 cup potato starch

    1/3 cup rice flour

    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon cardamom

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1 cup milk

    2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar or granulated sugar, for topping

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together the blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice to evenly coat the berries. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking pan. To make the topping, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, starches, rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and xanthan gum. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk. Pour the topping over the berry filling. Sprinkle the sanding sugar evenly over the topping and bake until the topping is cooked through, a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, and the berry filling is hot and bubbly, 65 to 70 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Source: Sweet Cravings by Kyra Bussanich, image by Leela Cyd

  • Fresh Herb Frittata

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    SERVES: 6

    9 eggs

    2 tablespoons heavy cream

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

    2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

    1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill

    1 teaspoon chopped fresh chervil

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Break open the eggs into a large mixing bowl, pour in the cream, and beat them together until loosely combined. Whisk in the herbs. Melt the butter in an ovenproof skillet over medium-low heat; when it froths, pour in the beaten eggs with cream and herbs. Let the eggs cook, undisturbed, for five minutes or until the bottom of the frittata is cooked through, but the top is still liquid. Transfer to the oven and bake for five minutes before serving. Source + image: The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

  • Pizza

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    MAKES: SINGLE 12-INCH ROUND PIZZA

    Pizza Sauce

    1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

    1 cup water

    1 tablespoon honey

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    Pizza Crust

    1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour with xanthan gum in mix

    2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder

    2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1 tablespoon dried egg whites

    1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or instant yeast

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 cup warm (about 110 degrees) water

    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    1 1/2– 2 cups shredded mozzarella, soyrella, or casein-free nondairy alternative

    Cooking spray oil

    Toppings of choice

    To make the pizza sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, water, honey, and oregano until smooth. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.

    To make pizza crust: Place the flour, milk powder, Parmesan cheese, sugar, dried egg whites, yeast, baking powder, and salt in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment. Mix on low. (Alternatively, place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low with a sturdy handheld mixer.) Add the water and olive oil and mix on low until a dough forms, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Increase the speed and beat for five minutes. With the beater paddle still attached, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for one hour. If using a handheld mixer, remove and scrape down the beater blades, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise for about one hour or until doubled in size. Mix on low to deflate.

    Spray a 12-inch round pizza pan well with cooking spray. Using a silicone spatula, scrape the dough onto the pan. Spray the palms of both your hands with cooking spray, or oil your palms by rubbing them on a plate containing two tablespoons of cooking oil. Using your hands, press the dough outward to fill the edges of the pan, smoothing the dough as level as possible. Let the dough rise in the pan in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Bake the dough for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. For each 12-inch round pizza crust, use 1/4 cup of the pizza sauce to spread over the top. Sprinkle with the cheese or nondairy alternative and other toppings of choice. Return the pizza to the oven and bake until the crust is browned around the rim, the cheese is bubbling, and the pizza is heated through, about 15 minutes. Let rest for five to 10 minutes. Then slide out of the pan with a spatula and cut into eight wedges. Source: Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen by Carlyn Berghoff, Sarah Berghoff McClure, Dr. Suzanne P. Nelson, and Nancy Ross Ryan