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Tag: Gluten Free

Doenjang Jjigae

Doenjang Jjigae

For lots of people ‘comfort food’ is meatloaf and mashed potatoes and mac ‘n’ cheese. Although I am a fan of mac ‘n’ cheese (who isn’t!?) I would politely challenge the assumption that in order to qualify as comfort food, it has to be thick, […]

Turkish Chili

Turkish Chili

First off, calling this Turkish is probably a bit of a stretch to be honest. But we’re not going to get into that! As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, one of the hardest parts for me in a vegetarian/vegan diet is getting enough protein and iron. […]

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions

Although burger season is officially over (sad face) I’ve still been making us delicious veggie burgers inside on my cast iron pan.  The best part of cooking burgers inside is that it saves so much time, I can focus more on whipping up unique and delicious toppers!  And the best burger toppers can double as a salad garnish as well!  These quick-pickled red onions are insanely easy to throw together, last in the fridge for well over two weeks, and are good on just about everything.  Even Mr. William and his one year old palate thinks they’re pretty darn good!

So far we’ve been eating them on burgers and brats, either in whole rings, or chopped up like a relish (for the dogs), I’ve cut them into strips and garnished salads with them (bonus points if they’re paired with kalamata olives) and used them as a zesty little topper for tacos.  Basically anything where you want a little punch of flavor you can sprinkle on some of these pickled onions and have excellent results.

The best part is how flexible the recipe is.  The basic recipe – water, vinegar, salt – is predetermined.  But what you add in afterwards is up to you!  My current favorite combination is a pinch of cumin seeds and 2 crushed garlic cloves.  A stem of fresh dill and some smashed garlic is also good, as are jalapeno rounds and garlic (are you seeing a trend here?  I like garlic).  Whatever you add, go light if you’re not sure how it will effect the flavor.  The longer the pickles sit, the more the flavor intensifies, it’s better to go a little light, and have a pleasant punch of flavor the second week, then go heavy and have onions so garlic-y it’s scaring the vampires away!!

Don’t worry about the juice turning red in these, that’s totally normal (they are red onions after all.)  Also on that note, when you are filling the jars and using the pickles, make sure that the onions stay submerged under the vinegar mixture.  This is what helps to preserve them, if they’re exposed to the air for too long they can get funky!

If you try any unique flavor combos make sure to drop me a note below and tell me how it turned out!

 

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Pickled Red Onions
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 pint jar
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Red Onion, sliced 1/4" thick on a mandoline
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves, crushed and cut into quarters
  • 1 tsp Caraway Seeds
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Instructions
  1. Pack the red onion into a clean 2 cup jar (pint jar) alternating the layers as you do so.  Add a few rings of red onion, a sprinkle of seeds, a piece of garlic and repeat.  Make sure to press down on the red onion as you go to ensure a tight fit.

  2. Meanwhile, bring the remaining ingredients to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that the salt and sugar are completely dissolved.  Once the mixture is boiling and the ingredients are dissolved remove from the heat.

  3. Working carefully ladle or pour the hot vinegar mixture over the top of the onions in the jar, until the onions are completely covered.  Leave about 1/4 inch of room between the liquid and the top of the jar.

  4. Twist the lid onto the jar loosely, and allow the onions to cool completely on the counter, up to 12 hours.  Twist the lid on tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts

One of my favorite ways to class up a centerpiece is by turning it into a big bowl of something festive and edible.During the holidays, sweets are every where: the office, the convenience stores, well-meaning friends and family. It can be hard to say no […]

Dairy Free Chocolate Puddings

Dairy Free Chocolate Puddings

I haven’t made chocolate pudding in ages.  Not because I don’t like it (I freaking love the stuff) and not because I don’t have time (it literally takes 10mn) but honestly because I know that it requires milk and occasionally butter, and I don’t stock […]

Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles

I first ordered drunken noodles on a whim because I liked the name.  Once I got my plate full of sauce-y savory noodles and tasted my first bite, I was hooked.  The dish is essentially what it sounds like:  a massive plate of spiraling noodles nearly drowning in a tangy sweet/savory/spicy sauce.  I’m pretty sure you can’t ACTUALLY get drunk off the sauce like the name suggests the noodles have, but I’d be down to try.

The sauce for these guys can be made a day or two in advance and stored in the fridge.  Just give it a good shake before pouring in with the noodles.  I use rice noodles in here, and they work absolutely amazing (while keeping the dish gluten free).  The one thing to note though is that if they sit in the fridge overnight, although they’ll still TASTE amazing the next day, the will also be melded into a solid chunk of rice noodle that you may need to cut with a knife to eat!!!  If you think there’s going to be extras make sure they’re covered in plenty of sauce to keep them from all sticking together in a big noodle-y clump.

I used Bragg’s Coconut Aminos when I made this and then pulled some out before I mixed the tofu in.  This way my soy-free son could still eat with me.  If you’re not concerned about soy feel free to sub the amino’s for the much more accessible (and cheaper!) soy sauce!

 

Drunken Noodles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Ingredients
Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Shitake Mushrooms, ground fine
  • 2 tsp Dried Kombu, ground fine
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp Chili-Garlic Paste
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2" cube Ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
Noodles
  • 1/2 lb Extra Wide Pad Thai Rice Noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, julienned
  • 3 Spring Onions, cut on a bias, white and green seperated
  • 1/4 Cup Thai Basil, minced
  • 1 Block Extra Firm Tofu, cut into 1/2" squares
  • Lime Wedges
Instructions
Assemble the Sauce
  1. Put all of the sauce ingredients into a jar or container with a tight fighting lid.  Shake vigorously to combine and then refrigerate for at least two hours or up to 48 for best flavor.

Stir Fry
  1. Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil over medium high heat in a large high sided skillet or wok.  Add the tofu cubes and cook, stirring occasionally until all sides are browned.

  2. Add the red peppers and white parts of the onions to the oil and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until just softened.  Add the noodles and sauce and cook, stirring occasionally until sauce is mostly absorbed.  Cook longer if you want less sauce, and shorter if you want 'more drunken' noodles.

  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the Thai basil.  Garnish wish reserved spring onion greens and lime juice.

Green Ribbon Salad

Green Ribbon Salad

When the days are long and hot, and the veggies are all starting to ripen, there’s no better way to use up nature’s bounty than in massive salads.  They consist of relatively little prep time, zero oven time, and, with a little planning, can look […]

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup

What do you do when a bushel of carrots is on sale for $5?  Well, buy all of them of course! Which is absolutely what I did.  My motto for farmer’s marketing: stock up now, worry about how in the heck you’re going to eat […]

Blackened Corn & Pepper Salsa

Blackened Corn & Pepper Salsa

Corn was 50 cents a cob at the farmers market this weekend, so you better believe I stocked up!

My all-time favorite way to eat corn is a quick parboil in salted water, and then finishing it on the grill.  It’s fast, easy, and can be parboiled in advance so that when dinner time comes the corn can be ready in less than 20 minutes.  Add a smear of butter and a generous sprinkle of black pepper, and you’ve got late summer perfection!

Of course that’s not the only way I eat it though!  Corn is also amazing in soups, chowders, puddings, breads, salads, sauces and more! I’ve even eaten it in raviolis!  This weekend though I decided to try something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: a fresh, grilled, corn salsa.  I started by throwing a red pepper, two poblano peppers, a jalapeno, and two corn cobs directly on the grill grates (oiled first, of course!)

I let them cook over the a medium flame until the corn kernels started to blacken in places, and the peppers had lots of charred crispy spots.  Normally, after cooking like this, I’ll wrap the peppers in plastic so that I can easily slip the skins off.  This time though I let them cool without being wrapped.  This actually helped to dry them out a bit, which kept my salsa from getting soupy.  Leaving the skins on also imparted lots of delicious smoky flavor to my salsa.

Before I added any of the other ingredients to the corn, I used a potato masher to smash some of the kernels in the bowl.  I didn’t completely destroy them, but I did crush them down enough so that they released some of their starch.  This actually helps with keeping the salsa from getting watery later on, as the starch in corn is a thickener.  Some salsas are better a little soupy, this one though I was aiming for a chunky, crunchy pop with every bite.  After I finished smashing down the corn I added the rest of my veggies: a seeded tomato, an onion, some cilantro, a dash of chili powder and a squeeze of lime juice.

I call for seeding the tomato in this recipe, as the pulp in the tomato will break down quickly when exposed to acid from the lime, and can make the salsa get runny.  There are two basic ways of seeding a tomato.  The first involves cutting it into quarters, and then using a sharp knife to cut the pulp from the flesh, leaving nice, flat pieces of tomato that can then be cut into perfect squares.  This works great, but it gets rid of a lot more than just the pulp, as you also toss most of the meaty interior of the tomato!  The other way, and the one I used for this salsa (since I didn’t need perfect squares) was to cut the tomato in half at it’s equator, and then gently squeeze it.  This pushes out all the pulp, while saving all the flesh.

That’s is.  Simple, bright salsa,  full of grilled veggies and absolutely delicious, whether you’re eating it on chips, pitas – or with a spoon!

Grilled Corn & Pepper Salsa
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Cobs Corn, shucked
  • 2 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, diced evenly
  • 1 large Tomato, seeded and diced evenly (see note above)
  • 1/3 cup Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • 1/2 small lime, juiced
Instructions
  1. Heat a grill, or a grill pan to medium high heat.  Place the corn cobs and peppers over the heat and grill, turning occasionally until corn is bright yellow and has some dark brown/blackened kernels and peppers have charred spots.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  After they have cooled, cut the kernels off the corn and place in a large bowl.  Cut the peppers into small squares, about 1/4" dice, you want all the pieces to be roughly the same size as the corn kernels.

  3. Smash the corn kernels with the back of a fork, or a potato masher until they are partially crushed and have released some of their juice.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently to combine.

  4. Refrigerate Salsa to allow flavors to meld, or serve immediately.  It's even better the second day!

Aloo Saag Curry

Aloo Saag Curry

The farmers market produce seems to come in waves around here.  Meaning, I like to buy metric tons of certain vegetables when they look good, and nothing of everything else.  Such was the case with the potatoes and tomatoes last week. There were 1/2 bushel […]


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