Monday, December 13, 2010

Gluten Free Egg Free Raisin Cranberry cookies

I just made this up last minute when I discovered there were no chocolate chips in my pantry.  It's a Tollhouse like recipe with walnuts, and a great texture similar to oatmeal.  It does not have eggs, which is great!  So this recipe is Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, peanut free, and corn free.

Gluten Free Raisin Cranberry Cookies

2 cups GF flour mix (I mixed my own using rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum Refer to Bette Hagman's mix or another similar one)
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. GF baking powder (Hain Baking Powder is also corn free!)
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white gran. sugar
1 cup Spectrum's Organic Shortening (or 1/2 c. butter/margarine and 1/2 c. shortening)
2 "eggs" worth in Faux Eggs (refer to recipe on the blog)
1 t. GF vanilla extract (Flavorganics, Frontier, Trader Joe's alcohol free, or Simply Organic brands to name a few)
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. medium to finely chopped walnuts (kids don't know there in there!)

Like I said, I made these very last minute.  Sometimes when making cookies, I throw everything in a bowl and whirl it around with electric beaters for a couple minutes.  That definitely worked with these cookies! Beat on low for around 2 minutes or until everything is well combined.  Use a one ounce ice cream scoop to spoon out the dough onto cookie sheets.  I put two full cookie sheets in my oven and rotate them half way through.  So I baked them at 350 for 8-9 minutes, rotate the trays, and move top tray to bottom, bottom tray to top.  Then bake for another 8 minutes roughly.  Watch them closely the last couple minutes as ovens may vary.  Enjoy with cinnamon coffee!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

More experimenting

I have been experimenting with those Faux Eggs recently and discovered that they are pretty useful in a lot of things!  Last night we made salmon cakes, and I substituted the eggs.  They came out lighter, fluffier, and very delicate like a perfect flaky Maryland crabcake; only salmon.  I'll have to post that recipe next time I make it.  I also used it in a GF bread mix this week.  They always call for eggs, and I wasn't sure about the swap at first, but the bread came out perfect.  It didn't affect the texture at all.  I also made them in waffles last week.  The only thing I wouldn't do with these "eggs" is fry them for breakfast.  :)

Portobello Club Sandwich on Udi's Bread

I just made the best sandwich and I thought I'd share it with you.  It is not allergen friendly though.  I decided to cheat on this one.  It's made on Udi's bread which contains eggs.  You can substitute an eggless bread if you like.  This sandwich also had canola mayo in it, but you can substitute Veganaise or another appropriate spread if you're on an egg-free diet.  

3 slices of GF bread untoasted like Udi's
2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
roasted red peppers, jarred
a handful of arugula
sliced tomato
2 T. Italian dressing like Annie's Tuscany Italian
2 T. appropriate mayo
1/2 tsp. jarred chopped garlic
a dash of cayenne pepper
a dash of salt

Combine the mushroom caps with the Italian dressing.  Heat a little olive oil in a saute pan and cook the mushrooms for around 3 to 5 minutes on each side.  Meanwhile, combine the mayo with the chopped garlic, cayenne, and salt.  Really the longer you let it marinate, the better it tastes.  But I did it last minute and it was still good.  Spread the mayo over the 3 slices of bread.  My roasted red peppers came out whole, so I sliced them.  Arrange the slices on top of the mayo on one slice.  Then add one mushroom cap.  Then add a handful of arugula, then the sliced tomato.  Top with another slice of bread, mayo side up, and repeat the process, topping with the last slice of bread, mayo side down.  Easy enough, right? Enjoy alone in an empty room and lick all the juices off your fingers.  I sent all the kids upstairs so I could enjoy this one in solace.  Yah, it was that good.  (Maybe it's also because I haven't had a sandwich in a really long time.)

This sandwich was gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free

Friday, December 10, 2010

Faceless Friday! It's vegan chili tonight!

I guess its like Meatless Monday.  I should start a Beany Wednesday, and Salad Saturday.  A friend of mine on Facebook said she was making veggie chili and it just got me craving it!  So I made a version of one, but I didn't take pictures this time.  It came out so good! Perfect for a snowy night.  Bisquick has a gluten free baking mix now, just make some biscuits to go with this.  If you tolerate corn, cornbread is ideal with this.  I'll try to share what I did.  I always use dried beans and soak them at least 4 hours or overnight.

Vegan Chili

3/4 c. kidney beans (all beans measured before soaking)
3/4 c. white northern beans
3/4 c. pinto, pink, cranberry, roman, or something else beans
3/4 cup black beans
1 c. brown lentils (I don't bother soaking these)
3 c. froz. cut green beans
1 lg. onion diced
2 ribs celery diced
2 carrots diced
1 green bell pepper diced
1 pkg. mushrooms finely chopped with a food chopper or food processor. 
4-5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
3 T. red chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. oregano
1 bay leaf
1 T. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Olive oil for sauteing

In the bottom of a heavy stockpot, drizzle a few T. of olive oil in the pan and heat.  Add the onion, celery, and carrot and saute for a few minutes.  Add the bell pepper, mushroom, and garlic and saute a few minutes more.  Add all the soaked beans (discard the soaking water) and 3 quarts of fresh water (That's a really rough estimate. I was eyeballing it.)  Add the can of crushed tomatoes and the herbs and spices.  Stir occasionally and simmer for an hour, then add the lentils and cook for around an hour more, or until the beans are done.  You may have to add water during the cooking time.  That's what I had to do.  Adjust the seasonings before serving. Serve with any appropriate toppings like non-dairy sour cream, or goat cheese, or veggie shreds, etc. 

*Note:  Baking soda is a great trick for softening the beans.  Add 1/2 t. to your pot when you add your beans, this will shorten the cooking time a little, and make them melt in your mouth!  Once you've had homemade beans, there's no going back to canned!  Don't add too much baking soda or it will foam up too much and taste weird.

**Another Note: Substitute your favorite beans.  Chickpeas are great in this, any combination works.  I usually keep the kidney beans because they seem so perfect for chili.