Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gluten-free Canned Soup

Continuing on with my quick and cheap gluten-free dinner ideas, I want to mention that Progresso is now labeling some of their soups gluten-free!




According to their website, Progresso has also decided to remove MSG from all their soups.  This is good news!  The MSG was keeping me from buying their soups more often.  Thanks, Progresso!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another Quick, Cheap Gluten-free Dinner Idea (Low Carb)

This is one of the fastest and easiest meals I make.  It generally takes about 10-15 minutes, from the time I turn on the stove to sitting down to eat.   There's only one pan afterwards.  This recipe is low-carb, but very filling.  There are only four ingredients:

Pork
lettuce
olive oil
salt

1. Turn the stove to medium and heat a cast-iron pan.
2. When the pan is nice and hot, place your cut of pork in the pan.  Let it cook for 2 minutes for a one-inch-thick piece, 30 seconds for a thin piece.
3. Turn the pork over.  Let it cook for thirty seconds to one minute, then turn off the burner and cover the meat with a large lid.
4.  When the piece is just cooked through, salt it on both sides.
5.  Place the meat on a bed of lettuce dressed with olive oil and salt.

Or, for another version, prepare this dish with roasted vegetables in the oven as I described in Quick and Easy Gluten-free Soy-free Dairy-free Dinner Idea: Roasted Vegetables.

Check out my previous post for more quick and cheap gluten-free dinner ideas.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Quick and Cheap Gluten-free Meals

The biggest drawback to the gluten-free diet is the expense.  Wheat is the cheapest food that you can buy, and having it off your list guarantees a higher ticket at the grocery store.  Here's a quick list of the easiest and least expensive gluten-free meals out there.  Some of them are even naturally gluten-free, and they are all delicious!

Pasta Carbonara
Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Rice
Oxtail Soup 
Rice Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Roasted Vegetables with Bacon

If you have a favorite cheap and easy gluten-free meal, leave a link or a recipe in your comments!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gluten-free Cornbread Recipe

Making cornbread gluten-free is easy. Unlike other breads, cornbread does not rely on wheat for any of the properties that make it what it is. The taste and texture depend mostly on the corn. I have had corn bread with lots of different types of flour, and they all turned out well. I use a gluten-free pastry flour mix for a more tender and moist crumb, but feel free to use rice flour, brown rice flour, or your favorite flour mix.

Southern corn bread calls for just corn meal, and is more savory than sweet. This is a northern cornbread recipe, which calls for all-purpose flour in the mix and has a more cake-like consistency. Use some corn flour in addition to the corn meal if you want to make the texture even more tender.

Gluten-free Cornbread Recipe

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9x9x2-inch pan. Mix together in a large bowl:

1 cup stone ground corn meal
1/4 cup corn flour

3/4 cup 
Deluxe Pastry Flour
4 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


In another bowl, whisk together:

2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups milk

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Fold in:

3 Tbsp melted butter or vegetable oil

Pour the batter into the greased pan and cook for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in it comes out clean.