GFCF Veggie Burrito

April 26, 2010 at 6:53 am | Posted in GFCF, Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod

Lunches tend to kick my butt a little in GFCF land.  Finding things that can survive the lunchbox and the scrutiny of my kid’s classmates is tough, but it’s even harder to find something that my kid will eat cold.  He’s not so fond of the cold thing, and I’m not so fond of food poisoning.  He keeps asking me to get him a cooker to have at school, like Sam has on iCarly.  Not possible.

Food for Life has these great Brown Rice Tortillas.  They are a chewier version of a burrito, and they tend to break on rolling, but the taste rocks!  Cedarlane makes a red pepper hummus that is a huge favorite at our house.  Mix these with some veggies and you’re  talking about a great lunch entrée.  Of course you can add meat, Jem loves chicken in his, but for this day I went strictly veg.  We call this eating the rainbow!

Ingredients:

Brown Rice Tortillas (Food For Life)

Red Pepper Hummus (Cedar Lane)

Veggies (use whatever you have on hand, I used peppers, onions, zucchini, baby bok choy, carrots and  mushrooms)

1 tbs. Olive Oil

Garlic

salt to taste

Clean and slice the veggies and steam them until al dente. Heat garlic and oil in a heavy pan and add the veggies for a quick toss.  Salt to taste.  Spread hummus on the tortilla and add veggies.  Tuck and or roll the tortilla to make a burrito!

Only add veggies that your child likes to start.  If that means just carrots it’s okay. You can gradually sneak other stuff in.

I send these in Jem’s lunch, or for a snack and we frequently take these on the road.  One word of caution, the hummus leaves messy hands and face so you will want to think of quick clean up solutions for the road.  I usually pack a wet napkin in a ziploc to take care of the aftermath.

Quick, easy, nutritious, and it can travel!  Eat the rainbow with your kids today!

GFCF Pretzels Using Namaste Pizza Crust

April 22, 2010 at 4:41 am | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF, Mixes, Namaste Contest, Recipes, Yeast, YUM | Leave a comment
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by Shannon Penrod

Before we went GFCF my son loved pretzels.  When we started the diet I looked for a substitute and we found the Ener-C pretzels, they were expensive but they worked, he loved them.  Then when we started working with our DAN Doctor he asked us to remove all soy, well that meant the Ener-C pretzels were out.  We switched to another brand then, I’m not sure which, it may have been Glutino.  Whatever it was had yeast in it and when we eliminated yeast from our son’s diet we effectively eliminated store bought pretzels.  That’s when I started making them out of Namaste Pizza Crust mix!  The make really nice chewy pretzels, you can add kosher salt before putting them in the oven for a real authentic soft pretzel.

The consistency of the dough is key to making pretzels.  It needs to be about the same consistency as Play-Doh.  Gushy enough to roll into a ball, but not so wet that it sticks to your hands is perfect.  At my altitude this is about one cup of Namaste Sugar-Free Pizza Dough Mix and 3 tablespoons of water.  Add the water slowly so you can see what works for you.  Mix the dough and then separate into two pieces.  Roll 1/2 of the dough between your hands to create a long tube.  Once you have it in a tube, place it on a piece of wax paper and gently knead the dough making it longer and thinner.  The spices in the mix will make it impossible to continue rolling it between your hands without breaking so slowly work the dough out with your fingers, smooshing it back together if it breaks or cracks.  One you have reached the desired length (about a foot) take both ends and cross them attaching the ends inside, like a pretzel. If the pretzel breaks just smoosh it back together, they are very forgiving before you cook them. Do the same with the other half of the dough and then transfer the two pretzels to a baking sheet.  Cooking on parchment paper is ideal but not necessary.  Sprinkle with kosher salt if desired.

Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 6 minutes, do not burn or even let them get very brown. One cup makes two large pretzels!

Shannon Penrod is the host of Everyday Autism Miracles on www.toginet.com.  The show airs live every Friday at  2pm EST/11am PST.  Free podcasts of the show are availabe at www.toginet.com/shows/everydayautismmiracles or you can subscribe to the free podcast on iTunes.

GFCF Recipe Contest LAST CALL

April 16, 2010 at 3:01 am | Posted in GFCF | Leave a comment
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by Shannon Penrod

The Namaste GFCF Recipe Contest is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get your recipes in!

Here are the details:

Create a winning recipe and you can win a $50 gift certificate for Namaste products and your recipe will be featured in the NEW Namaste Foods Cookbook!   Here are the particulars of the contest:

Prizes will be awarded to the best recipe in the three following categories:

1. Entrée – this is anything you would serve as the main course of a meal.
2. Dessert – tasty treats ranging from a Birthday cake, to a brownie and beyond
3. Everything else – this could be a side dish, a snack or even a dog biscuit!  Anything goes in this category.
Contestants must create a fabulous recipe in one of these categories using one of more Namaste Foods products.

To Enter:
 
1. Clearly write the ingredients and instructions to your recipe and email it to everydayautismmiracles@gmail.com
2. Be sure to include your email address, name and address as well as your phone #.
3. Attach a photo or your finished recipe
4. In the subject line type the category your recipe should be judged in. (entrée, dessert, everything else)
5. Tell us in 100 words or less who you make this recipe for and why they love it!

Submission will be accepted until  April 15th.  Winners will be notified by May 1st.
Winning recipes will be featured in the New Namaste Foods cook book.  All entries will become the property of Namaste Foods and could be featured in upcoming cook books, recipe cards or on line.

Have an idea and getting ready to step into your kitchen to test drive it?  Namaste would like you to enjoy a 15% discount of their products ordered from their website.  Visit www.namastefoods.com fill your shopping cart and enter promo code 50014 to receive 15% off of products.  Please note that the 15% reduction is for product only and cannot be applied to shipping costs.  Namaste Products are also available in stores such as Whole Foods Markets.  You can find a store close to you by visiting the store locator at www.namastefoods.com .  The promo code is only applicable to products purchased via www.namastefoods.com

ENTER TODAY!!!

Lazy Lemon Chicken Legs

April 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Posted in GFCF, Recipes, YUM | 2 Comments
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by Shannon Penrod

I admit it.  I am a lazy cook.  I like to do things the REALLY simple way.  I know some people think of the really simple way as going through the drive through at a fast food restaurant, but I don’t have the luxury of doing that on my son’s diet, and his diet makes the difference in him being able to talk and learn, so I’m not giving up on that!  But I don’t want to give up on keeping things simple either.  So over the years I’ve come up with some really easy recipes that get the job done.  This is a fav!  It takes less than 5 minutes to prep the chicken, about 45 minutes to cook it and makes enough for several meals!

Ingredients:

A jumbo package of chicken legs – you can remove the skin if you want (it’s healthier without it – but I’m lazy and leave it on)

One large lemon

1 tablespoon of dried basil

1/4 Cup olive oil or canola oi (you can mix them if you like)

Salt to taste

3 Cloves of garlic

Press the garlic cloves into a large bowl.  Juice the lemon into the bowl, add the basil and oil and salt.  It should smell great.  Rinse the chicken and toss 4 pieces at a time in the mixture. I don’t dry the chicken before tossing, that’s how lazy I am!  Toss the chicken and put it into a shallow baking dish.  Arrange the legs so you can fit in as many as possible!  Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.  I don’t even turn the chicken.  When done the chicken should be a nice brown on top and bottom and the meat should be falling off the bone.  Check at least one piece to make sure that it is done at the bone.  The juices should run clear.  I remove the chicken from the pan almost immediately and let it cool on a clean white dish towel – this helps to drip grease and means that I can start soaking the pan almost immediately.  I always let the pan soak in hot soapy water overnight which makes for quick clean up the next morning.

The chicken is great hot or cold and packs well for picnics, as long as you bring napkins to clean hands afterward.  It’s great lazy cooking!

Natural Dye Easter Eggs

April 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Posted in GFCF, Recipes | 2 Comments
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by Shannon Penrod

Sometimes I have great ideas, other times they are just mediocre, and on occassion they are just big hairy losers. This week I decided to make natural dye Easter Eggs. Verdict: mostly big hairy loser with elements of mediocrity.

The mission: create colorful easter eggs using only edible natural elements to achieve the goal.

The method: boiling the eggs with vinegar and a color element. Blueberries for blue, beet juice for pink, spinach for green and turmeric for yellow.

The result: The turmeric eggs were beautiful, the blueberry eggs were gruesome, the beet eggs were bland and the spinach eggs just looked dirty!

But it was a well intentioned idea – and the yellow eggs were beautiful!

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