Inspired Recipes - Wheat Free
Asian Beef with Snow Peas
Think green beans...
A Recipe I DIDN'T follow
Asian Beef with Snow Peas.
'Stir-fried beef in a light gingery sauce. Serve over steamed rice or hot egg noodles.' MARBALET
...First 5 ingredients: (Pay attention. I did NOT use these, except Brown Sugar.)
Think brown sugar
I used: RealLemon Juice. Brown Sugar. Olive Oil.
I fried up Onions and Garlic in Olive Oil, Browned Hamburger (they called for Round Steak), added the Lemon Juice and Brown Sugar added cut up Mushrooms and 3 cooked Baby Carrots (not called for), added cut up Pineapple (not called for), added cooked Cream of Rice Cereal (they served it on a bed of rice), added a half a can of Green Beans (they called for Snow Peas).
I ate it.
The only other ingredient called for that I used was Garlic.
So, I was inspired by Brown Sugar and Garlic? I didn't even use Ginger Root...
Then what should I call it? Asian Beef with No Peas?
It was good enough that I made it again. Of course, I had to use up the rest of the Green Beans.
Since I've been cooking for 100 years, I know how to put things together to try something new. And with the elimination of wheat, I do more of it now. I'll either put together an odd salad, or a hot dish... but it will be a one-dish meal, hopefully giving me all the nutrients I need.
Then I kind of made up another dish in the Asian Beef theme...
Contents: Onions, Garlic, Olive Oil, Hamburger, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice, Brown Sugar, Pineapple, frozen Peas, mashed baked Potato, Butter, Colby/Jack Cheese and Cream.
This had a little odd texture, probably from the baked potato. I'm thinking I could have cooked Cauliflower and mashed that instead. Or I could have boiled the Potato... But the flavor was great.
This is a hot/cold salad. By the time I got done eating, it was a lukewarm/room temperature salad.
Okay, here's how I made it. First I set 2 eggs to boil. I dropped 8 or 10 baby carrots in the kettle with them.
Next I drained a can of tuna in water, and mixed it with a dressing I made using Mayo, Cream, Honey, Olive Oil, Tomato Sauce, Sweet Pickle Relish, and Celery Seed. Set it aside.
Next I cut onions and garlic in wedges to fry, cut Romaine lettuce croswise in 1 inch strips, added the baby carrots partly cooked with the eggs, and fried them in Butter and Olive Oil. After about 5 minutes I added about a Tablespoon of Tomato Sauce and rinsed the jar with hot Coffee (about 3 Tablespoons) and added that (Waste not, want not.) I let this simmer while I peeled the eggs and grated some Mild Cheddar Cheese.
After another 5 minutes cooking, I put the cooked vegetables in a serving bowl, grated the eggs on top, spread the tuna over them, then topped it with the grated cheese.
No, I couldn't eat it all... but I ate it later, cold. It was delicious.
Romaine salad...cooked... Huh?
This was the forerunner of the previous recipe... No picture.
I came across a recipe in a magazine that said you could cook Romaine lettuce. But what I did was hardly recognizable...(silly girl) so forget about that recipie.
Here's what I did. I had some cooked Chicken breast (yes, I fell from my Blood Type regime) that happened to show up in my last 10# bag of Chicken leg quarters I buy for my animals... so... I fried some quartered Onions and Garlic with chopped Celery in Butter and Olive Oil. I added a Tablespoon or so of Tomato Sauce and the diced cooked Chicken and simmered until juices were absorbed.
Removed them from the skillet, then browned quartered Romaine Lettuce, adding more Tomato Sauce and Olive Oil. (about another Tablespoon.) I cooked this gently, turning frequently for 5 minutes, then put the Chicken and Onions, etc. back in the pan to re-warm. Then served...and ATE!
It was very unique. The Lettuce was still partly crisp, and I found similar to Celery, and could have been cooked even another 5 minutes. It was very good!
Embellished Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad... Kind of looks the same as my salad yesterday, but it's not even close. I combined Tuna, shredded raw Cauliflower, boiled Eggs, Onion, Sweet Pickle Relish in a dressing of Mayo, Tomato Sauce, Honey, Olive Oil, and topped with shredded Colby Jack cheese. Very tasty, and even a little raw veggies...
Sweet Potato Salad
Cooked Sweet potatoes, Iceburg Lettuce, topped with ColbyJack cheese... in a dressing of Olive Oil, Honey, Lemon Juice and Mayo.
This is the Granddaddy of them all
Even though this is before I went Wheat Free... it is!
Tuna Croquettes ...for ME!
This I developed last summer....
I've just developed a new recipie for main dish Tuna Croquettes that are out of this world... The picture is a little misleading, because I put the rice and peas right in the croquette (which end up looking more like a patty.)
Here's how to make 'em! Drain the water off a can of tuna into a microwave safe bowl and mix in a little oat flour. A teaspoon or two, depending on how much water you have. You want to make a gravy out of this before you mix anything else in.
While you wait for this to cool a little, mix 1 egg into a bowl with the tuna. Add a little mayo mixed with Parmasean cheese, about a tablespoon of this. (I had used it for another recipie earlier and had some left over.)
Add a squirt of Honey and a squirt of Real Lemon Juice. (I'd say about a half teaspoon of each)
Then add a shot of heavy cream. (about a quarter cup.)
You should be able to add the thickened tuna water by now. Then add 1/4 cup coocked rice and 1/4 cup of canned peas. Mix well, then start adding crushed rice squares cereal. I think I used about a cup, crushed. I just started crushing a small handful and mixing it in until I had a little consistency so they would hold together so you can fry them.
I put a scoop into an iron skillet with olive oil and a touch of butter in it, poked a chunk of Colby Jack cheese into the middle and scooped another spoonful on top, and attempted to keep them in an oval form. As it is, while they cooked and flattened, they rounded out a bit. I don't make a croquette thick enough to be able to roll it in crumbs. It keeps it more moist this way.
I ended up with 4 of them in the pan. Cover and cook over medium heat, turning after a couple minutes, and then turning once again. Serve and enjoy!
What you are getting here is some of Nature's best foods! I used to make tuna croquettes with cream of mushroom soup and crushed soda crackers. Well, I've stopped using the soup because it contains MSG. You could add mushrooms to this, as well. I just didn't happen to have any. And I've stopped using crackers because of the wheat. So these tuna croquettes are Gluten Free, too!
You see a lot of 'abouts' here, because that's the way I cook. When I tasted these babies, it doesn't matter if your measurements are accurate or not, you could hardly spoil these. I thought they were delicious and wanted to record it for YOU... so I could remember how I made them!
This is an on-going project. There's always more ways to eat Wheat Free... but this is a good start.
If you are just going wheat free, please look at my first article on this subject, It Could Be the Wheat You Eat.
Just click on my picture, top right, and look for the title.
[Update] 1 - 10 - 2015
Okay... let's look at #1 first. I had eaten half before I realized how GOOD it was and I'd better record it.
What I did here was mix (a quarter pound of) hamburger with Egg and Garlic. Also Sea Salt and some Oregeno.... Then I put half the mixture in my iron skillet, put a dollop of mixed up Almond Butter and Maple Syrup on the meat, then topped it with the rest of it and sealed the edges. I arranged grated Potatoes and sliced Onions around it, and dropped a half a dozen Baby Brussels Sprouts in, too.
I cooked it in a slow pan for about 10 minutes, turning the hamburger once. Served and enjoyed it!
For #2, I had about a tablespoon of the Almond Butter and Maple Syrup left so I mixed it right into the ground Beef itself with the Egg and Garlic. Put that into the pan and added grated Carrot, sliced Onions and a few sprigs of Broccoli. Cooked it the same... Sprinkled with Parmesan and Romano Cheese.... TOOK A PICTURE... then served and enjoyed it!
...from last summer
Here's the recipie.:
1. In a large skillet, brown 4 ounces chuck steak, cut in strips, 2 cloves garlic, minced and a sprinkle of ginger in 1 ounce Olive Oil. Cook about 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. (I use an iron skillet.)
2. Remove from skillet, add another ounce of Olive Oil, and thin sliced carrot strips and broccoli florets. I used 3 thin carrots and about 3 ounces of frozen broccoli. Cook and stir 3 minutes, then add onions. It called for green onion cut in long strips. I didn't have any, so I just cut a small onion in strips from top to bottom. Cook one minute more.
3. Add the juice of an orange (or you could use frozen orange juice concentrate), a squirt of soy sauce and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Toss to coat.
4. Add the cooked beef and beans. It called for cannellini beans, drained and rinsed. I don't know of them, so I used Great Northern beans and I did NOT drain or rinse them... Cook until it is heated through. I actually simmered it for about 5 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!
I'm finding all kinds of recipes I didn't add... Here comes some others.
Glorified Fruit Salad
A salad that is a full meal, but tastes like DESERT!
It has Romaine Lettuce, Grated Broccoli, Green Grapes, Pineapple, Mozzerella Cheese, Deli Turkey, Grated Boiled Egg and Cherry Pie Filling, with Whipping Cream as Dressing!
I fixed this for New Year's Eve Din Din.
I didn't do a good write-up about it, but I mixed Garlic and Egg into the Ground Turkey, seasoned with some sage and basil, and then surrounded it with Potatoes, Onions, Red/Yellow/Orange peppers and Pineapple and cooked it slowly in my iron skillet. It was delicious.
Another experimental Wheat Free Hot Dish today...
This I'm calling Almond Hamburger, because I left out any Maple Syrup. Mixed into the hamburger is Almond Butter, Egg, Garlic, Onion and Sea Salt. Surrounding it as it cooked in iron skillet with Butter are Grated Potato, Carrot rounds, Broccoli and Pineapple. Added Grated Colby Cheese, letting it set a couple minutes to melt, just before I removed it from pan.
A new one today... (Jan. 14, 2015)
Almond Turkey Burger... I know I won't eat it all! The Ground Turkey has Almond Butter, Egg, Sea Salt and Oatmeal mixed in, then it is surrounded by Carrot Rounds, Sliced Onion, Tomato, and Pineapple. Then it has cooked Rice sprinkled around and topped with Provalone Cheese the last few minutes...
For this salad, I peeled and cooked 3 cut up Carrots in the microwave for 4 minutes. (with a sprinkle of sugar and a shot of water.) Then I added about a cup of Broccoli and cooked for 2 more minutes.
Then I cut up about 4 leaves of Romain Lettuce and browned it in the iron skillet in butter for about 2 minutes... added the Carrots and Broccoli and turned heat down to simmer for a little longer. Then I put it all into my serving dish and grated a Hard Boiled Egg over it.
I added Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese and Deli Turkey cut up...and a handful of quartered Grape Tomatoes. Just before I added my special dressing, I sprinkled chunks of Cashew Butter around the dish.
In a small bowl, I mixed Mayonnaise, Cream and Powdered Sugar. And then I swirled it over the salad... Mmmmmmmm.....
IF you are not chewing impared, you may want to use actual Cashews.
Loaded Peas And Cheese Salad
I took my Mama's basic Peas and Cheese salad, which is just a can of Peas, drained, with a yellow Cheese, such as Colby, and mixed with just Mayo.... and LOADED it!Loaded with cooked, Carrots, Broccoli and Ground Turkey, and boiled Egg, then dotted with chunks of Cashew Butter, and mixed Honey and Olive Oil into the Mayo.... Sigh..... it's so GOOD! Oh, and I used 2 Cheeses... Colby and Swiss.