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Gluten Free-zer Friday – OAM Mom’s October 2009 Dinners & Desserts

Head over to Mj’s for Freezer Food Friday.   Then head back and join in Gluten Free-zer Friday.  We’ld love to have you join in on the fun!




1. If you would like to participate in Gluten Free-zer Friday, simply email your post link to your gluten free freezer recipe (angelas_kitchenATcomcastDOTnet) or leave a comment below and I will add you to the roundup.

2. Link back to this post on the post with the recipe you have linked.

For Gluten Free-zer Friday this week I am putting up the gluten and dairy free adaptions for Once a Month Mom‘s October 2009 menu.  I changed a couple of recipes completely to still have something delicious, yet simple enough to pull together for gluten and dairy free cooking.  Someday I may have a tutorial post about how to make gluten free ravioli, but I figure it wasn’t a good idea for an already busy cooking day!  ;o)  The “cheese” ball is also being posted today.  Happy cooking!

The original OAM Mom’s October 2009 menu dinners and desserts links:

The instructions and shopping list will be up after I check my math…  I realized something went terribly wrong with my addition!


You will need to pick the “cheese” sauce you could like to use.  One is nut free, which is a great option for those with tree nut allergies.  Our family likes them both.  You will just need to make one batch of a “cheese” sauce.

Both “cheese” sauces can be found here.

Cashew Cheesy Sauce (makes 3 cups)

1 cup raw cashews

2 cups water

2 oz. or 4 oz. jar pimentos, drained (depending on color desired)

1 cup nutritional yeast flakes

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

In a blender, blend cashews to a fine power. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium heat until thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Serve hot.

Mild “Cheese” Sauce or Spread

After it cools this sauce thickens up enough to use this to spread on bread for grilled “cheese” sandwiches.

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes (or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast powder)

1/4 cup corn starch

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 cups water

1/4 cup GFCF margarine (such as Earth Balance Buttery Spread)

1 tsp. prepared GFCF mustard

Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan.  Whisk in water.  Cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles.  Cook 30 seconds, then remove from heat.  Whip in margarine and mustard.  It will thicken as it cools but will thin when heated.


Dairy Free Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source:  Angela at                        DOUBLE

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

3 cups raw cashews

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2-4 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons fresh chives, minced

3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Put pumpkin puree into a sieve lined with cheese cloth and set over a bowl.  Allow to drain while cashews soak.

Soak cashews in room temperature water for an hour.  Drain and rinse cashews. Drain cashews really well, blotting if necessary.

Put cashews, pumpkin puree, nutritional yeast and salt into a food processor or high-powered blender (such as a Vita-Mix).  Process until smooth.

Slowly add lemon juice a tablespoon at a time, checking the consistency after each addition. You will be shaping it, so do not thin it too much (this will vary GREATLY depending on size of cashews, their freshness, the hardness/softness of your water, etc).  Use less juice to keep it dryer. It will firm up more as it chills.  Stir in minced chives.

Divide mixture into 2 parts.  Shape each part with your hands into a ball.  Put the chopped toasted pecans in a shallow plate and carefully roll each ball in the pecans.  Completely cover the outside of each ball with pecans.

Wrap each in plastic wrap.  Put wrapped “cheese” ball into a quart sized freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, seal, label and freeze.

To serve: Thaw in refrigerator. Place on a serving platter. Score sides with a knife to resemble a pumpkin and add celery leaves for a stem.

Containers Needed:            Plastic Wrap & 2 Quart Freezer Bags

Note from Angela:  You will need 4 double crusts and 2 single crusts for this freezer menu (bring on the pies, baby!).  You will be making 2 double batches of dough (below) and a single batch of dough (below the double).  I DO NOT recommend making anything larger than a double batch at a time for the pie crust recipe as your crusts will not turn out well….  Trust me on this.

Double Batch Gluten Free Pie Crust (makes two generous-sized double crusts)

Source:  Angela Litzinger of

*****Make 2 batches *****– you will have better crusts than if you try to make a quad batch.  One double batch for 2 Freezer Apple Pies and one double batch for Meat Pies.

2/3 cup brown rice flour

2/3 cup sourgum

1 1/3 cup tapioca flour

1 1/3 cup potato starch

4 tablespoons cornstarch

8 teaspoons sugar
 or cane juice crystals

3 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

2 tablespoons xanthan gum

2 teaspoons salt

2 cups shortening, cut into  1 “ chunks and chilled
 (I use organic palm shortening)

2 cold egg
 or flax seed equivalent (using golden flax seed – 2 T ground flax + 4 T warm water)

4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

4 tablespoons ice cold water

1/2 cup more ice cold water, as needed

Whisk together rice and tapioca flour, potato and cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt into a mixing bowl.  Cut cold shortening into dry ingredient. Blend with a pastry cutter until shortening is incorporated into the dry ingredients.  Beat egg with vinegar and 2 tablespoons cold water; Pour over flour mixture and toss together with a fork.  If more water is needed for dough to hold together when squeezed, then sprinkle one tablespoon of cold water at a time onto the dough, up to an extra 1/4 cup water.  Form dough into four balls with your hands.  Place each dough ball onto a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk about 1 to 1 1/2″ thick.  Wrap disks well in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Remove dough from the fridge.  Working with one disk at a time, unwrap dough.  Place on plastic wrap and add another sheet of plastic wrap onto of dough disk.  Roll out the dough between to sheets of wax paper. The dough should be about 1 1/2 inches larger in diameter than the pie pan.
 Peel top sheet of plastic away from dough.  Slip hand underneath plastic wrap and crust.  Using the plastic wrap to help support the dough, flip crust into pie pan.  Remove the sheet of plastic wrap. Trim excess dough and crimp edges to form a decorative border.

Note:  You can freeze disks of pie dough.  Wrap the disks well.  When ready to use, allow to thaw over night in the refrigerator.  When thawed, shape and bake.

Single Batch Gluten Free Pie Crust

1/3 cup brown rice flour

1/3 cup sourgum

2/3 cup tapioca flour

2/3 cup potato starch

2 tablespoon cornstarch

4 teaspoon sugar
 or cane juice crystals

1 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder

1 tablespoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shortening, cut into  1 “ chunks and chilled
 (I use organic palm shortening)

1 cold egg
 or flax seed equivalent (using golden flax seed – 1 T ground flax + 2 T warm water)

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons ice cold water

¼ cup more ice cold water, as needed

Follow instructions for the double batch, but make 2 disks of dough instead of 4.

Freezer Apple Pie (half recipe – makes 2 pies)

Source:  Angela at

12 cups apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch (use a peeler/slicer)

2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

3/4 cups sugar or cane juice crystals

3/4 cups brown sugar

3/4 cup corn starch

2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups apple cider

Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice in a large bowl.

In a large stock pan, whisk sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  While still whisking, slowly add apple cider.  Put pot over medium-high heat and bring to a low boil.  Boil for two minutes, stirring constantly.  The cider mixture will be very thick.

Add apple slices and lemon juice to pan and carefully fold apples into cider mixture.  Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring often.  Apple will be partially cooked and more tender, NOT mushy.  Allow mixture to cool for half an hour uncovered, then place into the refrigerator to cool completely.  (Note:  After the filling is cool, you can divide into two freezer containers or freezer bags, label and freeze.)

If making pies, divide into pie tins containing chilled pie crusts.  Return filled crust to refrigerator while making the pies’ top crusts.  Put top crust on pie, flute crust edge, cut steam vents in the crust.  You can brush the top of your pie with an egg wash of and egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water (for egg free use flax seed goop using golden flax), sprinkling with cinnamon sugar to finish the crust.  Now, freeze your pie in the coldest section of your freezer.  When frozen, wrap your pie with freezer weight plastic wrap or slip into a large freezer bag, removing all the air.  Label pie with type of pie, date and baking instructions.

When ready to bake your pie:  Remove from freezer.  Unwrap pie and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 350 degrees for 50 min to and hour.  Pie is done when apples are tender, crust is golden and filling is bubbly.  Allow pie to completely cool before slicing to allow the filling to set.

Containers Needed:    plastic wrap, and 2 9-inch pie pans

Pumpkin Pie

Servings: 16

Author/Source:  Angela at                        SINGLE

2 – 15 oz cans pumpkin

1 ½ cups packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla flavoring

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

6 eggs

3 cups canned coconut milk (not light!)

2 unbaked gluten free pie shells

Remove the pie pastry from the refrigerator, and allow to warm up a bit until you can easily roll it out, but it is still cool.  Roll out crusts (use plastic wrap – crust tutorial is here.) Line two pie plates with a pie crust, crimp edges of crust, and prick bottom of dough all over with a fork.  Freeze the crusts for about 15 minutes while you make the pie filling.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Thoroughly mix together pumpkin, brown sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, salt and spices. Add eggs and coconut milk and mix until well blended. Pour filling into 2 chilled 9 inch unbaked pie shells.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue baking for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. (If crust browns too quickly put foil around the pie crust edges). Remove from oven and allow to completely cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil, place in gallon freezer bag and freeze.

To serve: Thaw slowly in refrigerator. You may reheat until warmed in the oven at 350 degrees if desired.

Containers Needed:            2 9-inch pie pans & 2 gallon freezer bags

Pumpkin Enchiladas Casserole

Servings: 16

Author/Source:  Angela at                        DOUBLE

If you have leftover chicken or turkey, this is a good dish to use it up on.  Shed the meat and layer before the beans.

2 Tablespoons oil

2 cups onions, diced

16 cloves garlic, minced

4 (15 oz) cans pumpkin puree

4 cups gluten free chicken stock or broth

8 oz. can of diced mild green jalapeno chiles, drained

2 teaspoons chili powder

½ teaspoon nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

2 cans back beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

2 – 12 oz jars roasted bell peppers, drained and chopped

2 cups “cheese” sauce of choice

37 gluten free corn tortillas (6-inch)

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons oil. Once the oil has heated, add the onion, and seasoning well with salt and pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, until onions soften. Add garlic and continue to cook for another minute.  Stir in pumpkin puree, stock, jalapenos, chili powder, nutmeg and check if it needs more salt and pepper. Remove sauce from heat.  Pour one cup of sauce in the bottom of each 8×8 pan.  Lay dividing one tortilla in half, fit 3 tortillas into the bottom of pan overlapping an covering as well as possible.  Sprinkle with half of the black beans, half of the pinto beans, and half of the roasted bell peppers.  Pour ½ cup of sauce on layer.  Repeat layer starting with tortillas, then both beans, peppers and another ½ cup sauce.  Top with the final layer of tortillas.  Pour final pumpkin sauce on top (about 1 cup).  Warm “cheese”  sauce until you can pour it.  Drizzle “cheese” sauce over each casserole.  Freeze.

To serve: Thaw.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until bubbling.

Containers Needed:            4 Deep Dish 8×8 pans

Meat Pie

Servings: 16

Author/Source: adapted from Doiron, Jane. “Meat Pies.” Recipe. Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms. Denver, Colorado: Outskirts Press, 2009. 140-141.    Adapted by Angela at                                SINGLE

Double recipe of gluten free pie crust (4 disks), thawed

5 potatoes, peeled & quartered

½ teaspoons  salt

1 3/4  pounds ground beef

1 3/4  pounds ground pork/sausage (be sure GF!)

½ cup  onion, diced

1 1/4 teaspoons seasoned salt

1 ½ teaspoons poultry seasoning

1 – 20 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies of choice

Set a steamer basket into a large pot.  Fill with enough water to come just below the basket.  Bring Water to a boil.  Place potatoes in basket and reduce water temperature to a simmer.  Cover pot and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. While potatoes are cooking, brown the meat and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Drain the meat. Pull the cooked potatoes from steamer basket and mash with a potato masher. Add potatoes, seasoned salt, and poultry seasoning to the meat and mix well. Stir in the frozen veggies.  Set aside to cool.

Remove the pie pastry from the refrigerator, and allow to warm up a bit until you can easily roll it out, but it is still cool.  Roll out crusts (use plastic wrap – crust tutorial is here).  Line two pie plates with a pie crust and fill with the meat stuffing evenly. Cover with top crusts and trim the edges with a sharp knife. Seal the edges together by pressing a fork all the way around the rim. Cut a slice in the center of the crust to vent. Cover well with plastic wrap and foil. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw at least 24 hours in refrigerator. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Containers Needed:            Plastic wrap & 2 9-inch pie pans

Slow Cooker Cassoulet

Servings: 24

Author/Source:  Angela at                        TRIPLE

24 oz. kielbasa, halved lenghtwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (be sure GFCF, nitrate free prefered)

3 – 20 oz pkgs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks

4 1/2 cups baby carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

3 green or red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 cups chopped onion

9 garlic cloves, minced

6 (15-oz.) cans Cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

3 cans (14.5 oz) Italian style tomatoes

4 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cup dry white wine (you can use more stock if desired)

2 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

3/4 t allspice

3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

6 Tablespoons snipped fresh parsley

2 – 10 oz. containers frozen spinach, thawed, water squeezed out

Dividing each ingredient into 4 parts, put 1/4th of each chicken, carrots, peppers, onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, broth, wine, thyme, allspice, black pepper and red pepper into a gallon sized freezer bag.  Remove as much air as possible and seal.  Mix parsley and spinach together.  Divide into 4 pint sized freezer bags.  Remove as much air as possible and seal.  Package large and small bag together (I do this by putting the large and small bag into another larger freezer bag), label and freeze.

To serve:  Thaw.  Put contents of large bag into slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high 3-1/2 to 4 hours.  Just before serving, stir in fresh parsley and spinach.  Serve with some crusty gluten free bread and a green salad.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon sized freezer bags and 4 pint sized freezer bags.

French Baguette Casserole

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: adapted from Sandie @ found via           altered by Angela of                        DOUBLE

24 ounces fresh spinach, rinsed well

3 loaves gluten free bread of choice (I use my GF French Bread, but a triple batch of Noah’s Rolls work really well in this)

1 cup red onion, thinly sliced

16 ounces mushrooms, sliced

3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 cup of “”cheese” sauce of choice

12 each eggs

4 cups unsweetened milk substitute of choice

To Taste, salt

To Taste, pepper

In a medium stockpot, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add spinach, cooking 2 minutes. Drain in colander; press out any remaining water by placing spinach in a cotton, kitchen towel and squeezing out moisture. Chop roughly and set aside.

On an angle, cut  gluten free bread into 1/2″ thick slices. Using a basting (or pastry) brush, lightly oil both sides of each slice with olive oil. Spray 4 deep dish 8×8 pans with non-stick cooking spray, and line the bottom of dish (and sides if necessary) with the prepared bread, slightly layering and overlapping the slices.

Over medium heat, warm a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Add sliced mushrooms and cook 5 minutes more, stirring frequently. Add ground cumin and spinach, stirring to combine.

Layer cooked onion/mushroom/spinach mixture over the bread, spreading evenly. Warm “cheese” sauce until pourable.  Drizzle the “cheese” sauce over the vegetables evenly. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk with salt and pepper to taste. Gently and evenly, pour egg mixture over the layered bread and vegetables in baking dishes. Cover and freeze.

To serve: Thaw slowly in refrigerator (24 hours+) Bake at 375 degrees uncovered for approximately 40-45 minutes. Knife inserted near center should come out moist, but relatively clean. Remove from oven, allow casserole to cool slightly, then cut into portions for serving.

Containers Needed:            4 deep dish 8×8 pans

Crockpot Cranberry Pork Roast

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: adapted from Stephanie @                                    QUAD

6 pounds boneless pork loin

4 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons dried mustard

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoons pepper

8 Tablespoons cornstarch

64 ounces canned whole berry cranberry sauce

1 1/3  cups raisins

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/3 cups cranberry juice

2 Tablespoons lemon juice


In 4 gallon freezer bags, divide dry spices and cornstarch and add meat (1.5 lb portions). Shake to coat. In a large bowl mix cranberry sauce, sugar, raisins, garlic, cranberry juice, and lemon juice. Divide and pour over meat. Freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Cover and cook in slow cooker on low for 8 hours, or high for about 4.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

Islander Pork Roast

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: adapted from                                    QUAD

6 pounds boneless pork loin

2 teaspoons ground cloves

15 ounces canned mandarin oranges

2 cups canned crushed pineapple, with juice

8 Tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoons ground pepper

If you bought a large pork loin divide it into 4 1.5 lb loins. Rub each pork loin with ground cloves, place in 4 separate gallon freezer bags. Pour equal amounts of in mandarin oranges into each bag. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over pork.

To serve: Thaw. Cook in slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 8 hours) until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

Gluten Free-zer Friday – Breakfast & Lunch Plan September 2009

While checking out some other blogs that do freezer cooking, I came across Tricia at Once a Month Mom. She has a great offering where every month she makes a freezer plan, makes the grocery list and freezer labels, and writes up instructions so you and a friend can successfully complete your freezer cooking day all done up on lovely excel spread sheets.  All for free.  Be still my heart!  Trust me, I know this takes a lot of time and planning, and I love what she has put into her plans to make a Once a Month cooking day work.  Tricia also has a section with freezer plans for those of you feeding babies so you can make some food for your sweet babe and have all that homemade goodness on hand.  She was gracious enough to let me adapt the September 2009 menu to gluten and dairy free and post it here.  Thanks Tricia!

Due to my schedule and all my “helpers” I don’t usually do such a big cooking day.  So, I have divided the September plan into 2 parts for this week (Breakfasts and Lunches) and next week (Dinners).  I did switch the White Chicken Chili to the one on my blog, because it is a family fav, but the rest is adapted from Tricia’s plan and instructions.  As most of my family is out of the house during this time of year during lunchtime, most of the lunches will most likely be used as suppers – except the corn dog muffins (which should be great in the lunch box).  Happy cooking!

Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday, then stop on back if you have a gluten free freezer recipe.  We would love to have you join in the fun!  MJ has a Sweet and Tangy Brisket for the slow cooker this week that sounds great and it is naturally gluten and dairy free (just use GF ingredients).



Participating in Gluten Free-zer Friday:

1. If you would like to participate in Gluten Free-zer Friday, simply email your post link to your gluten free freezer recipe (angelas_kitchenATcomcastDOTnet) or leave a comment below and I will add you to the roundup.

2. Link back to this post on the post with the recipe you have linked.

So, what’s on the menu for September?  Below is the September breakfast and lunch menu with links to the original recipe.  Be sure to check out Once a Month Mom and her great site!

The Plan:

Please note that all recipes have been altered (increased quantities) to meet the needs of TWO people participating in a OAM Cooking Day. It is indicated on each recipe whether it has been doubled or quadrupled for your convenience. If you are just one person or would like to make less of a particular recipe, you will need to make the adjustments on your own to the recipe and to the grocery shopping list.  (Angela’s note:  I will just cook this all as one person as my family is so big and hungry!  The assignments helps me break the tasks up to have the kids help and to help me remember what to do next, so that will be how I use them.)

Helpful Hint:   Assign one person to be Person A and one Person to be Person B

Read through the instructions and be familiar with the tasks that you are responsible for during the day.

Washing dishes as you go will likely be necessary, it is not written into the instructions as everyone has different needs and equipment. It is best to have whoever finished a task wash the dishes they just used before proceeding onto further tasks.



2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken.

Night Before:

Bake the gluten free English muffins.

Make the “cheese” sauce you have chosen, either the Cashew Cheesy Sauce or the Mild “Cheese” Sauce.  Divide out one cup for the Eggwiches and 2 cups for the Black Beans & Brown Rice.  Put in fridge.

Start the presoaking stage of the corn bread or Corn Dog Muffins.

Optional (but HIGHLY recommended) – chop up all vegetables, cook 4 pounds of hamburger, cook/steam the 4 cups of dry brown rice.  Do not cut pears or apples until needed as they will discolor.

Day of:

Person What to Do
A Ingredients that need CHOPPED (**indicates usually okay for food processor)

In the indicated order for most efficiency:

Yellow Onions, diced = 1 2/3 lbs ~5 med (~2 1/2 cups)**

Garlic, minced (if not purchased that way) = 20 cloves**

Chicken, chopped/diced = 4 lbs (4 cups)**

Cilantro, chopped = 2 bunches**

B Make “cheese” sauce.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

B Prepare Corn Dog Muffins for oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
A Start 2 Crock pots cooking:

White Chicken Chili

B While Corn Dog Muffins are cooking, dice 3 med apples (2 c**), mix and ready for oven the Apple Streusel Muffins.
B When Corn Dog Muffins are done, place them on wire rack for cooling or transfer to a cool cookie sheet for flash freezing.
B Bake Apple Streusel Muffins for 15-18 minutes.
A Cook 4 lbs ground beef.
B While Apple Streusel Muffins are baking, core and slice pears (into rounds =4 pears), prepare Silver Dollar Pear Pancake batter and ready griddle.
B When Apple Streusel Muffins are done, set on cooling rack.
B Cook Silver Dollar Pear Pancake. Set on cooling rack or place on cooled cookie sheet for flash freezing when finished.
A Prepare and assemble Carole’s Chili – 4 gallon freezer bags.
B Once cooled package:

Corn Dog Muffins – 4 gallon freezer bags

Apple Streusel Muffins – 4 gallon freezer bags

Silver Dollar Pear Pancakes – 4 gallon freezer bags

B Cook eggs and prepare Eggwiches.
B Wrap and freeze Eggwiches – 4 gallon freezer bags
A Turn off crock pots and allow contents to cool a bit.
A Assemble:

Black Beans & Brown Rice – 4 8×8 pans.

B Assemble:

Freezer Beef Stew – 4 gallon freezer bags

A Portion:

Easy White Chicken Chili – 4 gallon freezer bags

BOTH Kitchen Cleanup!
BOTH Congratulations you are DONE!!!!!



Grocery List:

If using Cashew Cheesy Sauce:  1 cup raw cashews,  2 or 4 oz. jar pimentos, 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes, 2 T cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

If using Mild “Cheese” Sauce:  ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes, ¼ cup corn starch, ¼ cup gluten and dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance), and 1 teaspoon gluten free mustard.


4 8×8 baking dishes

Muffin liners (about 4 dozen)

Plastic wrap

24 Gallon zip close freezer bags


3 medium apples

4 Bosc or Bartlett pears

2 bunches cilantro

20 cloves garlic

5 onions


4 pounds ground beef

16 slices gluten free ham

8 gluten & dairy free hotdogs

Canned goods:

8 (14.5 oz) cans black beans

8 cups gluten & dairy free chicken broth

4 (7 oz) cans diced green chilies

4 (15 oz) cans kidney beans

16 oz. gluten free salsa

4 (18.75 oz) cans tomatillos

8 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes

4 (12 oz) cans tomato paste

8 (15 oz) cans white beans

Dairy Replacements/Eggs:

31 large eggs

½ cup + 2 T gluten & dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance)

7 1/3 cup gluten & dairy free milk substitute of choice (rice, almond, etc.)


20 oz. frozen corn


4 cups brown rice


Chili powder 2 T + 2 t

Ground Cinnamon 1 ¾ t

Ground coriander 2 t

Ground Cumin 2 t

Garlic powder 2 T + 2 ¼ t

Onion powder 1.2 t

Dried Oregano 2 t

Red Chili Pepper Flakes 4 teaspoons

Salt 7 1/4 t

Baking Supplies:

12 ½ t gluten free baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 cups GF bean based flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Flour Blend

1 cup brown sugar

4 cups corn polenta or coarse corn meal

4 T honey ro gave nectar

13 T maple syrup

1 cup millet flour

1 ¾ cups oil (I use olive)

2 ¼ cup + 2 T potato starch

1 cup + 2 T finely ground rice flour

2 cups sorghum flour

¼ cup + 2 T tapioca starch

1/3 cup turbinado sugar

1 ½  t gluten free vanilla

5 t dry active yeast

6 t xanthan gum



Breakfast and Lunch Recipes for September 2009:

You will need to pick the “cheese” sauce you could like to use.  One is nut free, which is a great option for those with tree nut allergies.  Our family likes them both.

Both “cheese” sauces can be found here.

Cashew Cheesy Sauce (makes 3 cups)

1 cup raw cashews

2 cups water

2 oz. or 4 oz. jar pimentos, drained (depending on color desired)

1 cup nutritional yeast flakes

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

In a blender, blend cashews to a fine power. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium heat until thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Serve hot.


Mild “Cheese” Sauce or Spread

After it cools this sauce thickens up enough to use this to spread on bread for grilled “cheese” sandwiches.

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes (or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast powder)

1/4 cup corn starch

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 cups water

1/4 cup GFCF margarine (such as Earth Balance Buttery Spread)

1 tsp. prepared GFCF mustard

Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan.  Whisk in water.  Cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles.  Cook 30 seconds, then remove from heat.  Whip in margarine and mustard.  It will thicken as it cools but will thin when heated.


Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Strussel Muffins

By Angela Litzinger of  (adapted from GFCF Rhubarb Strussel Muffins).

1/2 cup GFCF margarine (such as Earth Balance)

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp GFCF vanilla

1 cup finely ground rice flour

1/4 cup potato starch

1/4 cup tapioca starch

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 1/2 tsp GFCF baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup GFCF milk substitute mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 cups chopped apples

Makes 18-20 muffins

Strussel topping:  1/3 c turbinado sugar, 1 t cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, 2 T rice flour, 2 T potato starch, and 2 T tapioca starch mixed well.  Add 2 T soft GFCF margarine and blend with a fork until crumbly.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat margarine and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Combine rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.  Mix well.

Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix just until smooth.   Add milk mixture, scrape bottom and sides of bowl and mix again just until smooth.

Add apples.  Stir just until combined.

Fill muffin liners 2/3 full.  Divide strussel topping over muffins (about ½ T for each muffin).  Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack before serving. Place in gallon freezer bags and freeze. To serve: Reheat in microwave 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags


Gluten and Dairy Free Sliver Dollar Pear Pancakes

Adapted from – pancake recipe by Angela Litzinger of

4 cups gluten free bean based flour blend

8 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

4 cups GFCF milk substitute (ie: almond, rice, etc.)

4 eggs

8 Tablespoons oil

4 Tablespoons maple syrup

4 Bosc or Bartlett pears

3 Tablespoons maple syrup

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients together until blended then add to the dry ingredients.  Stir until blended together.  Set aside.

Core pears with an apple corer. Starting at the bottom, slice pears crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rings, and toss in a small bowl with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Heat an electric griddle to 375° or a heavy skillet until very hot. Brush with oil; wipe off excess with a folded paper towel. Place a few pear slices on the griddle, 2 1/2 inches apart. Let cook 1 minute. Ladle about 3-4 Tablespoons of the batter into center of each pear ring. Using the bottom of a ladle, gently push batter over edges of pears. Let cook until pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, about 2 1/2 minutes.

Using a spatula, turn pancakes over; cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining pears and batter. Allow to cool or flash freeze. Place in gallon freezer bags and freeze. To serve: Reheat for 1-2 minutes in microwave.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags


Eggwiches – Serves 16

Adapted from Marianne by Angela Litzinger of

You will need to bake a double batch of the gluten and dairy free muffins from karina’s kitchen.

(Ingredients for the muffins are on the shopping list)

16 gluten free muffins (see karina’s kitchen recipe above)

16 eggs

1 cup cashew or mild “cheese” sauce

16 slices gluten and dairy free ham

Split and toast the English muffins.  Scramble 16 eggs. Place scrambled egg (approx. 1/4 cup) on bottom of English muffin. Place one slice of ham on top.  Spread 1 Tablespoon of “cheese” sauce of choice on top half of muffin then place on top of ham.  Wrap with plastic wrap and place in gallon freezer bags.

To serve: Unwrap. Microwave for 35-45 seconds or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            Plastic Wrap & 4 gallon freezer bags


Corn Dog Muffins – makes about 28

Based on doubling the Blender Corn Bread from Sue Gregg using gluten free dairy substitute of choice (rice, almond, etc):

Corn bread recipe from Sue Gregg; Corn Dog Muffins from Tricia @; adapted by Angela at

The night before your cooking day:

2 cup rice milk with 2 teaspoon lemon juice or cider vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

6 tablespoons maple syrup

4 cups corn
polenta or coarse ground corn meal

Place above ingredients into blender; blend at high speed 3-5 minutes (the blender will “grind” the grain into a batter in the liquid medium.  Let sit covered on counter overnight.

On your cooking day, add:

4 eggs

1 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon salt

8 gluten and dairy free hotdogs diced

2. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, and salt thoroughly, but briefly, using blender and/or rubber spatula as needed.

3.  Stir in diced hotdogs.  Pour batter immediately into greased muffin pan or use paper liners for the muffins. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 15-20 minutes or until knife or toothpick comes clean out of center.

Allow to cool. Once cool place in gallon freezer bag and freeze. To serve: reheat in microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags


White Bean Chicken Chili adapted (just a tiny bit) from (posted on here.)

Note:  You will be making two batches of chili, for a total of 4 gallon sized freezer bags.  I left the recipe alone as it will be easier to keep the amounts divided, especially if you only have one crock.  If you have 2 6 quart crock pots, go ahead and mix each chili amount at the same time to cook.  If you have one crock, mix, cook, and cool as directed earlier in the morning, then put the second batch into the crock to cook so it will be finished in the evening.  The ingredients for both batches are on the shopping list.

3 T olive oil

2 pounds diced chicken meat (or same amount uncooked, chopped)

2 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced (or 6 cloves of ROASTED garlic.  Yum!)

2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth (I dump in a frozen 4 cup container of frozen stock instead)

2 (18.75 ounce) cans tomatillos, drained and chopped

2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

2 (7 ounce) cans diced green chiles

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

4 (15 ounce) cans white beans (drained)

10 oz. frozen corn

salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

Heat oil.  Sauté onion until softened.  Put every thing into 6 quart crockpot.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  If using uncooked chicken, check the chicken is cooked through.  Stir before serving.

Allow to cool and divide between 2 gallon freezer bags.  Freeze.  Mix second batch following above recipe, cook, cool, package and freeze as above.

To serve:  Thaw.  Reheat in microwave, crockpot or stovetop until heated through.  Serve with these toppings for people to choose from: limes, cilantro, avocado, and tortilla chips.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags


Black Beans & Brown Rice

adapted from Jessie @, adapted to be GFCF by Angela at

4            cups brown rice, uncooked

120 ounces canned black beans  (8 14.5 oz cans – drain 4 cans, but keep the liquid from the other 4 cans)

1/2            cup            onion, diced

12            each            garlic, cloves

2            bunches cilantro, chopped

16            ounces gluten free salsa

2        cups “cheese” sauce of choice, warmed enough to pour

Steam or cook brown rice according to package directions.

Heat black beans (including liquid from four cans) in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Chop onion and cilantro, mince garlic, and place all in a saucepan and sauté. After beans have heated for 20 minutes, add sautéed ingredients and salsa and stir into black beans. Divide cooked rice among 4 8×8 baking pans. Pour black bean concoction over rice and drizzle “cheese” sauce  on top.

Cover with foil and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Bake covered for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Double baking time if not thawed.

Containers Needed:            4 8×8 baking dishes


Carole’s Chili – be sure your seasonings are gluten free!

Author/Source: adapted from Carole @

Quantity            Measurement            Ingredient

4                        pounds                        ground beef, browned and drained

58                        ounces                        diced tomatoes

48                        ounces                        tomato paste

60                        ounces                        kidney beans

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons            garlic powder

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons            gluten free chili powder

4                        teaspoons                        red pepper flakes

1                        teaspoons                        cumin


Mix all ingredients and divide among 4 gallon freezer bags. Freeze. Freeze. To serve: Thaw. Reheat in microwave or in crock pot 2-4 hours or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

Slow Cooking Thursday – French Toast Casserole

Head over to Sandra’s for Slow Cooking Thursday and see what is in everybody else’s crock pot!


Today’s recipe is one I am trying for the first time today.  I will adjust the time on it if it looks like it needs it later.  I wanted to try this out when I am kind of around the house today to check how it is cooking.  If it works out well, we can have French toast for breakfasts during the week without the fuss.  Woo-hoo!  I used the recipe from the queen of crock pot cooking, Stephanie at Crockpot 365.  I just tweeked the recipe a bit to be slightly less sweet, with some different seasonings, and to be all dairy free (she is already a gluten free girl).  I also used a couple of different techniques I use when doing French toast casserole for the family so that it cooks up evenly for us.  It may make it a bit like a bread pudding style French toast, but for the casserole, that is what we like as the custard base seems to better absorb into the bread. 


Check out all of the slow cooking recipes Stephanie shares at Crockpot365.  They are all gluten free and her blog is fun reading.  Her blog is one of my favorites…


Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole (adapted from Stephanie’s recipe at Crockpot365)

Serves 6-8


8 cups gluten and dairy free soft bread cubes, about 1″ to 1 1/2″ (I cut up Noah’s rolls I had on hand.  Stephanie use a gluten free raisin bread. Mmmm….)

1 dozen eggs

4 cups gluten and dairy free milk substitute (I used unsweetened plain almond milk, Stephanie used heavy cream as part of her milk.  To make dairy free, you could use 1 cup coconut milk blended with 3 cups almond for a richer French toast.) 

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon gluten free almond extract

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup walnuts or other nut, optional


Oil the inside of a 6 quart  slow cooker. Place the bread cubes into the slow cooker.

Put the rest of the ingredients, except the nuts, into a blender and blend at a low speed until combined.  Pour egg mixture over bread cubes.  Cover crock and put crock into refrigerator until about 6-8 hours before you would like your meal.  (Mine soaked for a couple of hours, but you could even let soak overnight, which is what I do with my regular French toast casserole.)  Stephanie set it to cook right away, but I like to let a French toast casserole’s egg mixture soak into the bread before baking so that the egg is more evenly distributed though out the casserole.

When ready to cook, put crock in slow cooker base and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

After 8 hours, Stephanie had a bit of liquid left in the crockpot, but the bread on top was browned nicely and the egg was done. She took the lid off for  30 minutes before she remembered that she had left the lid off of the crockpot, and that it was still plugged in.  All the moisture was gone and the french toast was perfect. (That is why I am trying to cook the casserole about 7 hours before I would like to eat, just incase I need to let it sit for a half hour.  I’ll let you know how it worked for me.)


**Edit (after supper):  This took 8 hours to cook, plus the 30 minute lid off time.  Perfect for overnight!  I did not mind the 30 minutes as it gave me enough time to ready some strawberries and turkey sausage to have with the French toast.  The smell through the house really got the kids to speed through washing their hands and get ready for dinner, too!  

I caught my son and MY MOM licking their plates, so I think that means I have to make this again.  My mom thought this was perfect as is (she licked the plate!!), but I thought just a bit moist, so the next time I will reduce the milk substitute by half of a cup, then if still too moist, a half cup more.  That should do it for me for the moisture level to be right.  I will update with the new amount of liquid when I make this again (next week for Spring Break sounds like a great idea).

I am putting this down as an official family favorite. (And a favorite of my mom’s, too, apparently!  Hee, hee, hee!!)  Thanks, Stephanie!!

Natural Easter Egg Dyes


Note:  I DID NOT do the lovely eggs you see above.  Go to Craftastica to read their blog entry on natural egg dyes and interesting techniques of patterning and see some GREAT eggs!  WOW!!



(Article from Mom Spa Newsletter last year:)


When it comes to coloring our eggs for Easter, we usually use the Easter egg dying kits you get at the store.  Then there are the times we get the hankering to try dying our eggs with natural dyes found in our own kitchen.  It’s fun and easy to make your own egg dyes.  It is a really fun experiment activity to do with the kids. 


The two main ways to use your own dyes are to add dyes to the eggs when boiling them or to dye the eggs after they have been hardboiled. It is a lot faster to boil the dyes and eggs together, however you will use several pans if you want to make multiple colors. Dyeing the eggs after they have been cooked takes as many dishes and more time, but we have found this to be more practical for us (after all, most stoves only have four burners!). 


For your ingredients you can try both fresh and frozen produce. We found canned goods make much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color (name followed by ‘boiled’ in the table). Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved.


Here is the method for using natural dyes:

Wash eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may stop the color from coloring the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.


To color and boil your eggs all at once: 

•Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.  

•Add about 1 tsp of vinegar to the water in the pan.

•Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color. You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dyestuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.

•Bring water to a boil.

•Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

  1. If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.


To make your dye first, then add a hardboiled egg:

  1. Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye material.  This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dye material. Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and strain.  

•Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye. If you have them, a canning jar would work great for this.  Use a spoon  to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color, several hours to overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.


•When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.

For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.


Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil to give them a nice gloss.


Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice

Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice


Violet Blue

Violet Blossoms

Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)



Canned Blueberries

Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)

Purple Grape Juice



Spinach Leaves (boiled)

Liquid Chlorophyll


Greenish Yellow

Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)



Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)

Carrot Tops (boiled)

Celery Seed (boiled)

Ground Cumin (boiled)

Ground Turmeric (boiled)



Strong Coffee

Instant Coffee

Black Walnut Shells (boiled)



Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)




Cranberries or Juice


Red Grape Juice

Juice from Pickled Beets



Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)


You can use fresh and frozen berries as ‘paints’, too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs or dip a Q-tip into the juice to use as a paint brush


Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. You can also wrap your eggs with several rubber bands before dying your eggs for a striped effect.  


Another fun way to get some interesting dye effects is to use the dry outer layers of onion skins.  I like to get a wide variety of colors.  I found that most grocery stores will let you snag a variety out of their onion bins for free if you ask them ahead of time.  Carefully wrap the onion skins around a raw eggs and hold them in place with string or rubber bands.  Boil your eggs as you normally would.  Unwrap and polish with vegetable oil.


Happy Easter!

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008 – 01:16 PM
THanks for visiting my site…we’re getting ready to experiment with our Vitamix right now. Whoo Hoo!  

I am going to pass your site on to one of my friends who  I think would benefit from your gluten free stuff. She does gluten free.


Hi!  I have moved.  You can find this post over at  🙂