Canadian Graphic Designer, Young adult novelist and gluten free recipe developer from Canada
Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
I really like appetisers and in the past, I have been known to go to a restaurant and order only from the appetisers. But now that I know what my dietary issues are and that gluten is the culprit, that is not an option for me anymore. For the most part, when I go to a restaurant now all of the appetisers are out because they either contain gluten or are fried in the same oil they fry things containing gluten. Lately, I have been missing chowing down on appetisers. Since the celiac diagnosis, I have been getting more experience cooking for myself and I have taken to making my own appetisers without gluten or all that fat and oils that restaurant appetisers usually come with. I prefer baked appetisers anyway because they are less greasy and I had a bad experience once with an oil fire. I'll post about that experience in the notes if you are interested. At least I knew not to throw water on the fire and instead used flour, then salt, then basically any flour powder in reach of the kitchen. I got the fire out but it looked like a localised snowstorm happen in the kitchen.
Smoothies 2 Ways
A smoothie is a better option for a meal replacement or snack than those overly processed meal replacements you can buy in the store. You never know what is in those or how much nutrients you are actually getting. And they are hardly filling. If you have any fruit or vegetables on hand (fresh or frozen) you can have a smoothie in hand in minutes that taste good and you know is good for you.
Rice is a good staple to have on hand, But truth be told, I find that it can be a little - bland to eat on its own. So I am always looking for recipes that use rice but take it up a notch and make it much more exciting. Hence this Mexican recipe I found a while ago for Red Rice. Onion and garlic are a few of the ingredients added to take plain old boring rice to the next level
I absolutely love chips, just like any other person. Next time you go to buy salsa, look at the ingredient list. It's full of stuff that no one has stocked in their pantries, am I right? Most chip dips out there are full of calories and way too much sodium, neither of which is great for your health. This is why I prefer to make my own salsa, which is not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to store-bought dips.
Gluten free Egg in a Hole
As a child, one of my favourite treats was something called "Egg in a Hole", a classic breakfast dish made by cutting a hole in a slice of bread and cracking an egg into the hole before frying it up. However, as an adult with Celiac, many of my favourite comfort foods are no longer accessible to me. It takes a lot of creativity to adapt traditional recipes to be gluten-free, but I recently had an "aha" moment that led to the creation of a new twist on Egg in a Hole: Bell Pepper Egg in a Hole.
Deli Reuben "Sandwich"
Since going on a Gluten Free diet, I think I miss going to Deli's most of all. When I was young, I used to go every weekend with my family to a local deli. My favourite sandwiches were Roast Beef on Rye bread and Reuben with sauerkraut on Rye. It was a weekly ritual with us. The staff knew us on site and the other regulars would get together and talk with my grandparents. I miss the social aspect of that weekly excursion. But now at least I can kind of replicate the deli experience at home. One day I wondered how I could make a Reuben sandwich gluten free. One day it hit me - golden crispy brown potato pancakes! I already had some leftover potato pancakes in the fridge so I took a few and used them in place of the rye bread. It was an instant hit and I have made my own take on a Reuben many times since.
Pesto Tuna Salad
I like recipes that are fairly easy to make but regular tuna salad can also be a little bland. So lately, I have been experimenting with things I can add to tuna salad to give it a little oomph. I tried Sriracha and that was tasty but when I tried swapping out the mayonnaise used in regular recipes with pesto, I realised that had a real winner on my hands. If you do not have any pesto on hand, I have included a recipe for you to use.
Apricot Herb Chicken Salad
Normally when one thinks of fruit and meat pairings, ham and pineapple is no doubt the first pairing to come to mind. A close second is the pairing of pork and apples. But, have you ever tried Chicken and Apricot? Trust me this pairing is a complete and total mouthgasm. It is kicked up a bit also with the addition of sweet basil and champagne.