Category Archives: Veggies

Gluten Free-zer Friday – Roasted Tomatoes

Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday.  Then, if you have a GF recipe to share that freezes well, come on back and join in on the fun!

Freezer Food Friday

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Join in on 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.

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My dad brought me 7 pints of tiny grape tomatoes.  Yes, it is May in Minnesota and as such, not such a seasonal thing (we just got our tomato plants in the ground here!), BUT I can’t let anything go to waste!  This is a great “recipe” for when you are overrun with tomatoes later on in the season.  The slow roasting process (which partly dries and caramelizes the sugars in the tomatoes) really intensifies the flavors of the tomatoes and can turn even supermarket ‘maters into little balls of heaven.

As I have yet to come across a home canning safe recipe for roasted tomatoes such as these (or has a processing time for less than and 90 minutes?!?  Sheesh!), so I freeze them.  If the tomatoes I am roasting are cherry tomatoes (over 1″ around) or very small romas, I cut them in half, placing them cut side up on the pan after tossing with olive oil and pepper.

These are amazing with eggs, on pizza, on toasted gluten free French bread, chopped on baked potatoes, with broiled fish or chicken, tossed with gluten free pasta, etc., etc.  Roasting tomatoes is hardly a new thing, but this is how I do it…

Slow Roasted Caramelized Tomatoes

Grape, cherry or very small roma tomatoes, washed and stems removed

Bulbs of garlic (1/2 bulb per pan of tomatoes)

olive oil (1-2 Tablespoon per pan)

fresh cracked pepper

Fresh herbs to toss with the tomatoes at the end of cooking time

Preheat oven to 425.  Line rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.  I needed 2 half-sheet pans for 7 pints of grape tomatoes.  Set aside.

If tomatoes are cherry or small romas larger that 1″ around, slice in half lengthwise.  Put tomatoes in a bowl and drizzle with 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil.  Toss tomatoes in the oil until coated and shiny.  You just need enough oil to give them a nice sheen.  Place tomatoes on your parchment lined baking sheet(s).  Break your garlic bulb apart, leaving the cloves unpeeled.  Place cloves from 1/2 of a garlic bulb on each baking sheet, mixing in with the tomatoes.  Be sure tomatoes are in a single layer.  If your tomatoes are cut in half, set them so the cut side is up.  Season with pepper.

Put in 425 degree oven.  Roast for 15 minutes.  Lower oven heat to 225 degrees.  Rotate the baking pan.  Allow to slow roast at lower temperature for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until dry and shriveled up, but still retaining some chewy-softness.  (Like sun dried tomatoes.)  After garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the roasted garlic and mix with the tomatoes.  You can now add fresh minced herbs, if you wish.

Use right away or allow to cool on the pan.

To Freeze: After tomatoes cool and garlic has been squeezed from peels, place baking sheet into freezer.  Allow tomatoes to freeze.  Pack tomatoes and garlic into small freezer bags or containers, removing as much air as possible, labeling and freeze.  Freezing this way allows a “loose pack” of the tomatoes, so that you can remove as many as needed without thawing the entire container of tomatoes.

Gluten Free-zer Friday – February 2010 Once a Month Mom Gluten & Dairy Free Dinner Adaptions

The day of Christmas cookie insanity!

There can never be too many sprinkles.

Welcome to Gluten Free-zer Friday!  Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday. Then come on back with your gluten free freezer recipe link.  If you have a gluten free freezer recipe to share, let me know in the comments and I will add you to the round up!  Come join in on the fun!

Freezer Food Friday

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To Join in on 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.

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This week for Gluten Free-zer Friday I am finishing up the last of the adaptions of Once a Month Mom’s February 2010 menu. OAM Mom says the gluten and dairy free adapted recipes count for the Once a Month Mom Cook Off.  If you would like the breakfast and lunches for February for your cook off day, you can find them in this post.

Once A Month Mom Cook Off

Head over to Once a Month Mom for the big day instructions (just be sure to use your good judgement on what applies to your gluten and dairy free selves).  For the grocery lists, cut and paste to Word or your favorite application the ingredients for each recipe.  Sort out by type of food or area of the store as you choose, or just leave as is.  Happy cooking!

February 2010 Once a Month Mom Gluten & Dairy Free Dinner Adaptions

Original Dinner Links:

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To make a vegan dish, replace ground beef with 4 cups cooked lentils and 2 cups cooked quinoa mixed together.

Easy Taco Bake (Doubled recipe)

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: Kate @ Stolenmomentscooking.com  - altered by Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

3 pounds ground beef

2 cups onion, chopped

1 cup green pepper, chopped

30 ounces tomato sauce

6 cups fresh spinach leaves (about 10 oz. bag), chopped or 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed with water pressed out

4 cups frozen corn

3 – 14 .5 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed

4 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

-the triple batch of Noah’s Rolls dough (below)

If you have not done so in slow cooker, brown the ground beef, drain grease. Brown the onion and green pepper. Add the browned ground beef. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, spinach, seasonings and corn. Stir until spinach wilts.  Spread into 4 8×8 pans.  Make Noah Rolls batter (recipe below). Dividing between pans, spread batter over the meat mixture smoothing to edges. Cover and freeze (before baking). To serve: Thaw. Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.

Containers Needed:            4 Deep Dish 8×8 pans

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Noah’s Rolls Batter- author unknown (if anyone knows, please let me know!)

Triple batch of batter:

1 1/2 cups brown or white rice flour

2  cups tapioca flour

1  cups potato or corn starch

2 Tablespoons xanthan gum

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs (**egg free variation below)

1  cup oil

1 1/2 cups gluten and dairy free unsweetened milk substitute

1  cups sparkling water

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately except for the sparkling water.  Combine dry and wet in a heavy duty mixer or bowl with a spoon.  When batter is well combined, add the sparkling water.  Mix until combined.  The texture of the batter should be rather thick.  Use in above recipe.

To do egg-free:  Replace egg with 3 tablespoons ground flax (I used golden flax) and 9 tablespoons water cooked together.  Wisk over medium heat until thickened and gooey egg-like  consistency.

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I freeze my pizza either as shaped crusts or as shaped crusts with toppings.  See this post for photos of how I shape the dough.  I also have an egg free pizza crust recipe, if you need your crust to be egg free.

I line my pizza pan with an oiled piece of parchment paper, shape my crust, freeze (or add topping then freeze).  I remove the frozen pizza from the pan, wrap well with freezer plastic (leaving the parchment on the pizza) and put back in the freezer.  When we need a pizza I take off the plastic and place the pizza and parchment on pizza pan and bake until cooked through and the crust is golden.

If you would like a “cheese” sauce to drizzle over pizza, try the Cashew “Cheese” or Mild Pizza Cheese sauce.

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Gluten & Dairy Free Pizza Crust (Doubled recipe)

Author/Source: Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

Makes 4 13-inch pizzas.

3 cups brown rice flour

1 cup amaranth flour

4 cups tapioca flour

2 tablespoons xanthan gum

2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons active dry yeast

2 tablespoon sugar, cane juice crystals, agave, honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice

3 cups warm water

6 tablespoons olive oil

8 egg whites at room temperature (egg-free:  use flaxseed replacement)
more olive oil for spreading pizza dough

Oil 4 13-inch pizza pans or baking sheets, using olive oil. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flours, xanthan gum, salt, yeast, and sugar. In a measuring cup, combine the water and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add olive oil-water mixture to dry ingredients, then egg whites, mixing well after each addition. Beat on high speed for 4 minutes.

Divide dough into four equal portions. Place each portion on a prepared pizza pan.  Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil over your hand and one portion of dough. I usually pat the dough back and forth in my hand until rounded.   Spread the dough out evenly over the pizza pan, forming a ridge around the edge to contain the pizza toppings. Repeat process for each portion of dough.

Freeze crusts without toppings, or with toppings of your choice.  I freeze in the coldest part of my freezer, then double wrap pizza as soon as it is frozen.

To serve: Unwrap.  Add toppings if needed. Bake at 400 degrees F. for around 15-20 minutes until the crust looks crispy and lightly golden brown and pizza is cooked through.

Containers Needed:            parchment, plastic wrap

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Roasted Veggie Pizza Topping            (Doubled recipe)

Servings: 4 pizzas            Author/Source:Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

3 medium yellow or green summer squash, quartered and in ½” slices

2 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 medium orange or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

3  medium sweet onions, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a 9 x 13 pan mix together all ingredients. Roast for 20-25 minutes until veggies are tender and beginning to caramelize.  Cool.  Use as a pizza topping.

You can also divide into 4 bags, remove as much air as possible, seal and freeze.  Thaw before using.

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You can make this a vegan dish by using white beans in place of the tuna and veggie broth in place of the chicken broth.

Tuna Noodle Casserole (Doubled recipe)

Serves 16

Author/Source:  Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

24 oz gluten free pasta (I like small shells, penne, elbow shapes, or veggie spirals for this recipe.), cooked, drained and rinsed of extra starch

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 1/2 cup chopped onion

3 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), thinly sliced

3 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup sweet rice flour

6 cups chicken broth (or more if needed)

3/4 cup gluten and dairy free mayonnaise

2 Tablespoon dried parsley

2 teaspoons dry thyme

salt and pepper

2 14 oz cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 ½ cups frozen peas

4 (6 ounce) cans tuna (be sure to use one that is gluten/dairy free)

Optional topping:

1 1/2 – 2 cups gluten free dairy free bread crumbs (your favorite or Noah Rolls work well in a pinch.  You can also use crushed potato chips if your family is into that topping instead.), optional

paprika

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Heat half the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add onion, peppers and mushrooms, cook until tender then remove from pan.

Add 2 more tablespoons olive oil to pan and stir in sweet rice flour, whisking until smooth.  While continuing to whisk, gradually add broth, cooking until sauce thickens.  Stir in mayonnaise, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper, whisking until smooth.  Turn off heat.

Mix in onion/pepper/mushroom mixture, artichoke hearts, peas and tuna.  Spread cooked pasta in 4 8×8 lightly oiled baking dishes and pour tuna mixture over noodle being sure to cover the noodles completely.

If using a topping, sprinkle gluten free bread crumbs over the casserole, dust lightly with paprika.  Spritz bread crumbs with a bit of olive oil.  If using potato chips, simply sprinkle crushed potato chips over all.  If not using a topping, lightly dust with paprika.  Cover, label and freeze.

If serving one right away, bake in the preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until lightly browned on top.

Bake from Frozen: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, covered with foil, until center is warm, about 2 hours. Uncover, and bake until top is browned, about 20 minutes more. 

Bake from Thawed: Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake, covered with foil, until center is warm, about 30 minutes. Uncover, and bake until top is browned, about 20 minutes more.

Containers needed: 4 8×8 pans

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You can make this a vegan dish by not adding the meat, increasing the mushrooms to 24 oz and using portabella mushrooms (mush more substantial texture and flavor).

Stroganoff Casserole

3 pounds ground beef or stew meat

4 c chopped onion

16 oz sliced mushrooms

4 clove garlic, minced

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 c sweet rice flour

1 tsp sea salt

3/4 tsp white pepper

1 ½ tsp ground thyme

1 ½ tsp ground sage

2  c gluten and dairy free unsweetened milk substitute of choice

3 c vegetable broth (can use up to 1 c white wine as part of broth liquid)

1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce

16 oz gluten free penne pasta, cooked

3 cups frozen peas

Precook ground beef and drain grease, if using.  If using stew meat, heat oil over medium-high heat, add beef and cook until browned.

Add onion and saute 3-4 minutes. Add mushrooms, saute 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes more. Push meat and vegetables to edges of pan.  Add oil to pan.  Add seasonings and sweet rice flour and stir to incorporate flour into oil, browning it slightly – mixture should become very thick. Slowly add milk substitute while stirring to evenly incorporate. Slowly stir in vegetable broth until mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and simmer to desired thickness. (You can add more milk or broth if you would like a thinner sauce, or increase sweet rice flour for more thickness).  Remove from heat, stir in soy sauce and peas.

To freeze: Pour into 4 deep dish 8×8 pans. Top casserole with shredded cheese. Cover and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Uncover and cook in 350 degree oven until cheese is bubbly (approximately 30 minutes).

Containers Needed:            4 deep dish 8×8 pans

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If you would like this to be a vegan dish, do not add chicken.  Add 3 cans drained and rinsed chickpeas and 3 cups chopped cauliflower.  Replace chicken stock with veggie stock.

Chicken and Vegetable Curry

Author/Source:  Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

3-4 Tablespoons oil

1 ½ cups chopped onion (3/4”-1” pieces)

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
or thighs, 1” pieces

1 ½ cups chopped green pepper (3/4”-1” pieces)

9 cloves garlic, minced

3-inch peice of ginger, peeled and grated

6 cups gluten free chicken stock

2 14.5 oz can coconut milk (not low fat)

4 cups fresh or frozen green beans (sometimes I use a yellow bean, green bean and baby carrot mix)

1 cup golden raisins, optional

4 -5 Tablespoons of curry powder
(be sure gluten free)

salt & pepper to taste

In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent.  Add chicken to pan. Cook until chicken just begins to brown.  Add peppers, garlic and ginger, cooking for 2-3 more minutes.  Add stock, coconut milk, beans, raisins and curry powder.  Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced and thickened slightly, and chicken and veggies are very tender, this can take 30 to 45 minutes. Add salt and pepper, if needed.

Variation:  I add what ever veggies are in season that can handle a long simmer in place of the green beans:  winter squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, summer squash, kale, etc. or a mix of them.  I usually do not use delicate greens (unless you stir in at the end), or broccoli (I don’t like mushy broccoli), snow peas, etc. that would turn to mush.  Drained and rinsed chickpeas are also a nice addition.  Sometimes we sprinkle roasted cashews or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) over the top when serving.

To freeze: Divide and place in 4 8×8 pans, or 4 gallon sip-closure freezer bags. Cover and freeze.

To serve: Thaw.  If in pan, uncover and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Turn/stir the chicken and bake for another 15 minutes. If in bag, pour into pan and heat through. Serve over rice, quinoa, or gluten free pasta.

Containers Needed:            4 8×8 pans or 4 gallon zip-seal freezer bags

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Angela’s note:  Use cooking apples in this recipe.

Pork Roast with Apples and Pears              (Quad of original recipe)            

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: adapted from Chase, Erin. (2009). The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. New York: St. Martin’s Press

6 pounds pork roast or loin, divided into 4 1 1/2 lb portions

4 cups apple juice

4 cups onion, chopped

4 each apples, peeled & sliced

4 each pears, peeled & sliced

In 4 gallon freezer bags divide each of the last three ingredients and place in bags. Place a 1 1/2 lb portion of pork in each bag. Pour in 1 cup of apple juice to each bag. Seal and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Cook in slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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Asian Pork (Roast)                                  (Quad of recipe)            

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: adapted from Chase, Erin. (2009). The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. New York: St. Martin’s Press

6 pounds pork roast or loin, divided into 4 1 1/2 lb portions

¼ cups lemon juice

2 cups gluten free soy sauce

12 garlic cloves, minced

4 teaspoons ginger, ground

In 4 gallon freezer bags divide all ingredients and place in bags. Seal and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Cook in slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Salsa Chicken

Servings: 18

Author/Source:   Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

4 ½ pounds boneless chicken breast or thighs, chopped

45 ounces canned black beans, rinsed & drained

3 cups frozen corn

4 cups gluten free salsa

2 cups chopped onions (3/4” to 1” pieces)

2 cups chopped green pepper (3/4” to 1” pieces)

1 ½ cups chopped red pepper (3/4” to 1” pieces)

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

9 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper, to taste

Divide ingredients into 4 freezer bags, remove as much air as possible, label, and freeze.

To Serve: Put in slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8 hours. Good served over cooked rice and dipped into with tortilla chips or rolled in gluten free tortillas.  Also good over baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.

Containers Needed:  4 gallon freezer bags.  (I freeze this in 2 gallon freezer bags to make 2 meals of 8 servings)

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Gluten Free-zer Friday – Roasted Veggie Stock

Welcome to Gluten Free-zer Friday!  Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday. Then come on back with your gluten free freezer recipe link.  If you have a gluten free freezer recipe to share, let me know in the comments and I will add you to the round up!  Come join in on the fun!

Freezer Food Friday

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To Join in on 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.


Be sure to come back next week when the February 2010 gluten and dairy free adapted dinner recipes from Once a Month Mom are posted.  OAM Mom says the adapted recipes count for the Once a Month Mom Cook Off.  I am so excited!  See you then!!

Roasted Veggie Stock (makes about 4 quarts)

2-3 large onions, peeled and quartered (skins washed and set aside)

4 carrots, washed and cut into 3″ lengths (tops washed and set aside)

2 medium parsnips, washed and cut into 3″ lengths – optional

1/2 pound mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed

4 tomatoes, cored – optional

5 -6 cloves garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Toss above ingredients with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Place veggies on a large roasting pan.  Put pan in oven and roast veggies, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are lightly browned and starting to caramelize, about 40 minutes.

Transfer vegetables to a large stock pot.  Add 2 cups of hot water and 1 1/2 Tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar to the roasting pan.  Scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the roasting pan and pour water into stock pot.  To the stock pot add:

14 more cups water

3/4 up cleaned fresh parsley leaves and stems (or 10-12 parsley stems)

3 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 6-8 thyme sprigs)

2 bay leaves

16 peppercorns

Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to a low simmer, simmering until veggies are very soft, about 45 minutes.

Turn off heat.  Strain stock through a fine meshed sieve into a large heat resistant container.  Allow to cool.

To freeze: After stock is cooled, you can package in amounts your family uses stock.  I like to package 4 cup and 2 cup amounts in quart sized freezer bags.  You can also freeze stock in ice cube trays.  When frozen, place cubes into a larger zip-seal freezer bag, remove as much air as possible and seal.  Stock cube are handy when you only need a few tablespoons of liquid in a recipe, but would prefer something more flavorful than water.

To serve:  Thaw.  Use stock as directed in your recipe.

Slow Cooking Thursday – Burgundy Mushroom Stew

Head over to Sandra’s for Cooking Thursday.  The pork sandwiches she posted last week were a HUGE hit with my family on game day.  Mmmm….  Thanks, Sandra!

Today’s recipe is a hold over from our vegan days.  This is the stew I always made for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, leaving it in the crock for anyone who dropped by.  I have brought it over to new mom’s and for friends who simply needed a little soupy love.  Be sure they love mushrooms first, though!  You can use beef stock to replace the vegetable stock if you prefer (it won’t be vegan anymore, though).

This makes a BIG pot of stew.  Leftovers freeze well, or you could cut the recipe in half.

Burgundy Mushroom Stew

4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

3-4 pounds button mushrooms, cleaned and quarted

2 large onions, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

6 medium carrots, chopped

6 stalks celery, chopped

2 red sweet peppers, seeded and chopped

8 cups vegetable stock (the recipe I use to make Roasted Veggie Stock will be posted tomorrow)

1 1/2 cups red wine or more stock

6 large potatoes, chopped

6 Tablespoons corn starch

6 Tablespoons tomato paste

4 teaspoons dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1 1/2- 2 teaspoons salt (This depends on the stock you use.  It is what I use when I use the stock below.  DO NOT add salt until you have checked for seasonings if you use a different stock that may be pre-salted.)

fresh cracked black pepper, to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon or so for us)

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms.  Saute quickly until golden.  Put mushrooms in slow cooker.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan and saute onions until translucent and just starting to caramelize.  Add onions to slow cooker.

Whisk corn starch into 1 cup of the stock.  Pour in slow cooker.  Add garlic, carrots, celery, red pepper, rest of stock, wine, potatoes, thyme, marjoram, tomato paste, salt and pepper to slow cooker.  Stir ingredients.  Cover with lid.  Cook on low heat for 6 – 7 hours until potatoes and carrots are tender but not falling apart.

Slow Cooking Thursday – Eggplant Caponata

Head over to Sandra’s for Slow Cooking Thursday turned Cooking Thursday!

This is more of a late summer recipe, but as it freezes very well (I freeze 2 cup batches) I found one lonely package in the freezer.  Mmmm…  This next summer I think I will see how it does in the pressure canner.

Yummy with fish, chicken, as a veggie main dish, on sweet potatoes, grilled polenta, and on olive oil-brushed-and -grilled gluten free French bread.

Eggplant Caponata

8 plum tomatoes (such as Roma), peeled, seeded and chopped

4 small eggplant (12 oz each), cut into 1/2″ pieces

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2″ pieces

2 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2″ pieces

4 stalks celery, chopped

2 large sweet onions, peeled, chopped

2 cups tomato puree

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup sugar (I like to use dried cane for the bit of molasses flavor)

2 Tablespoons dried basil

1 1/2 cups chopped green olives

1/4 cup capers, rinsed

Mix all ingredients except olives and capers in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high for 4 1/2 hours or on low for 7 hours.

Remove lid, stir and check liquid.  If too moist, turn heat to high and allow to cook with lid off for about 1/2 hour.  Stir in olives and capers.  Can serve warn, room temp or chilled.

Slow Cooker Thursday – Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Stew

It’s been forever since I joined in on Slow Cooker Thursday.  I have been mostly been using my crock for the same ol’, same ol’ things so haven’t had anything new to post.  Well, that and TIME to post seems to be a premium for me these days!  We’ll have to see if I can get that turned around a bit…  Due to my schedule being a bit different now, Wednesdays are the big slow cooker day in my house.  When do you use yours?

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Head over to Sandra’s for Slow Cooking Thursday and join in the fun!  This is a hold over from our vegan days (I only used roasted veggie stock for it then).  If you would like greens in it, add spinach and tender cooking greens (washed and coarsely chopped) right at the end of cooking time.  If you are adding kale or tougher greens, allow to cook with everything from the beginning.  How much?  Just toss in a couple of handfuls until it looks good to you!

 

This makes a big amount of stew, but it freezes well, so stock your extra amount away for a busy night this holiday season.  I like to freeze this in individual containers for lunches.

 

Slow Cooker Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Stew

Serves 12-18

8 cups gluten free chicken, turkey or vegetable broth

2 pounds butternut squash or other winter squash/pumpkin, seeded, peeled, cut into 1″ cubes

2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

6 medium carrots, sliced 1/2″ thick diagonally

2 large onions, chopped (about 2 cups)

2 cups dry green or red lentils, picked over, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup tomato paste or pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)

2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

 

For garnish/to serve:

1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2  limes, each cut into wedges

 

In a 6 quart slow cooker combine stock, squash, chickpeas, carrots, onion, lentils, tomato paste or pumpkin puree, ginger, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and turmeric.  Mix well.  Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high 3 1/2-4 1/2 hours.  Serve with a sprinkling of chopped peanuts and cilantro with a wedge of lime.

Gluten Free-zer Friday – Succotash

Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday.  She has a Marinara sauce today that is naturally gluten and dairy free!  If you have a gluten free freezer recipe to share, let me know in the comments and I will add you to the round up!  Come join in on the fun!

 

I am finally, slowly (oh, so painstakingly slowly) but surely getting a bit caught up on my work and life (oof!).  That means I should get the grocery list and instructions for last week’s freezer post up this weekend.  Yay!  Next week watch for part one of Once a Month Mom’s November Menu.

freezer-food-friday

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To Join in on 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.


This is a bright colorful side to pop out of the freezer.  It’s a northerner’s twist on it (no hominy or bacon, etc., sorry!).  You can also use this as an easy, colorful, made ahead side for Thanksgiving.

This is a TRIPLE batch (each batch makes about 8 servings for us).  I mix it up an put into 3 freezer bags for when I need it.  If you would like to use fresh corn and fresh shelled, baby lima beans from your garden, then cook them a bit after adding until cooked through.

 

Succotash

1/4 cup oil (I use olive)

3 cups diced onions

9 cups chopped carrots

1 1/2 cups diced red sweet pepper

1 1/2 cups gluten free chicken or veggie broth

6 cups frozen corn (30 ounce bag)

6 cups frozen baby lima beans (30 ounce bag)

salt and pepper to taste

 

In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onions and saute until translucent.  Add carrots and broth.  Increase heat and bring broth to a boil.  Add peppers, cover and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer carrots until tender.  Uncover pan and increase heat.  Add corn and lima beans.  Simmer until liquid has reduced.  Season with salt and pepper.

 

To freeze: Allow to cool.  Divide into 3 freezer bags, remove as much air as possible, seal and label.

 

To serve: Thaw.  Put in a sauce pan and heat until heated through.

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!

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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.

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!

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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.

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Dairy Free Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source:  Angela at angelaskitchen.com                        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 angelaskitchen.com

*****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 angelaskitchen.com

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 angelaskitchen.com                        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 angelaskitchen.com                        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 angelaskitchen.com                                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 angelaskitchen.com                        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 @ inncuisine.com found via themushroomchannel.com           altered by Angela of angelaskitchen.com                        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 @ crockpot365.blogspot.com                                    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

Directions:

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 Stacy@recipesformoms.com                                    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 – OAMM October 2009 Breakfasts, Sides & Appetizers

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!

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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.

Today as promised is the first half of the gluten and dairy free adapted October 2009 Freezer Menu from Once a Month Mom.  This month is a special Thanksgiving Edition, so instead of lunches, there are delicious side dishes to make your feast tasty and easy.  Today I am posting the recipes for the Breakfasts, Appetizers, and Side Dishes.  The big missing appetizer is the Cheese Ball.  I have a couple nice recipes for dairy free versions (really!), but as I haven’t frozen and thawed them before, I am testing them before posting.  I will have it up in two weeks (October 23, 2009) with the Dinners and Desserts.  Happy cooking!

Be sure not to miss Once a Month Mom’s Tweet-up.  I don’t tweet, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun.  I guess that even those of us that aren’t tweet-ers (is that the word??) can still live stream it, so we can all join in.

October 2009 OAMM menu with original links:

Please note that all recipes in this document have been altered (increased quantities) to meet the needs of TWO people participating in a OAM Cooking Day.  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.

Instructions

Night Before:

Optional (but HIGHLY recommended) – chop up all vegetables except potatoes 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

Potatoes, Yukon Gold, peeled & quartered = 6 lbs

Large Onions, chopped = 4

Medium onions, chopped = 8

Medium Onions, thinly scliced= 3

Celery, diced = 4 bunches (5cups celery/4 cups celery leaves)

Mushrooms, chopped = 1 lb

Mushrooms, sliced = 2 lbs

Green Onions, chopped = 2 bunches

Peppers, Green, chopped = 1

Peppers, Green, finely diced = 4

Roma tomatoes, seeded chopped + 8

A Start 2 slow cookers of potatoes – see Perfect Mashed Potato directions). Cook on HIGH for 4 hours. (Perfect Mashed Potatoes)
B While Pumpkin Pie are cooking mix and ready for oven and waffle maker the Pumpkin Coffee Cake & Gingerbread Waffles.
B Bake Pumpkin Coffee Cake for 50-55 minutes.
B While Pumpkin Coffee Cake are baking, cook Gingerbread Waffles.
B When Pumpkin Coffee Cake are done, set on cooling rack.
B Cook Gingerbread Waffles. Set on cooling rack or place on cooled cookie sheet for flash freezing when finished.
A Prepare and Assemble Broccoli Casserole – Deep Dish 8×8.
B In same skillet, saute 1.5 cups onion & 3 cups celery in 2 cups butter. Continue to follow directions to completion for Bread Stuffing - 4 gallon freezer bags.
A Prepare and assemble Gourmet Rice Dressing.
B Once cooled package:

Pumpkin Coffee Cake – Deep Dish 8×8

Gingerbread Waffles – 4 gallon freezer bags

A Assemble:

Scalloped Corn – 8×8 pan

Perfect Mashed Potatoes – 4 gallon freezer bags

B Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels – 2 gallon freezer bags
BOTH Kitchen Cleanup!
BOTH Congratulations you are DONE!!!!!

Shopping List:

Produce:

4 bunches celery (5 cups celery, 4 cups celery leaves)

2 bunches green onions

4 pounds mushrooms

5 large green bell pepper

4 large onions

11 medium onions

6 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

8 medium firm ripe tomatoes (such as Roma)

Dairy Substitutes/Eggs:

16 ounces tofu-based cream cheese, softened (such as Toffuti brand)

12 ¼ cups unsweetened milk substitute of choice

½ cup gluten and dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance)

1/2 oil or dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance)

8 eggs or Egg replacing ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons apple sauce, 4 tsp baking powder, 4 tsp egg replacer

Canned/Bottled:

4.5 ounces canned black olives, chopped

8 cups GF chicken broth or stock

4 cups (32 oz) unsweetened, full fat coconut milk

5 cups (40 oz) canned pumpkin

1 ½ cups white wine or chicken stock

Containers:

4 8×8 pans or 2 9×13 pans

8 8×8 deep dish pans

12 gallon freezer bags

4 pint freezer bags

plastic wrap

Spices/Condiments:

2 teaspoons ground allspice

3 bay leaves

pinch of cayenne pepper

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

6 whole cloves

3 t GF curry powder

2 1/2 teaspoon dry garlic granules

4 teaspoons ground ginger

2 ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 ½ + 1/3 cup light tasting olive oil

2 1/2 teaspoon dry minced onion

1 teaspoon paprika, plus more for garnish

2 Tablespoons dry parsley flakes

2 ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

6 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

10 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

Frozen:

12 cups thawed frozen kernels

32 ounces frozen broccoli florets

Baking Goods:

2 cups sliced toasted almonds

11 teaspoons baking powder

3 teaspoons baking soda

7 cups bean based flour blend (such as Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose GF Flour Blend or 4 cups garbonzo bean/fava bean flour, 2 cups potato or corn starch, and 1 cup tapioca or arrowroot flour)

½ cup dark brown sugar

½ cups light brown sugar

1 teaspoons cinnamon

7 tablespoons corn starch

2 cups honey

12 Tablespoons dark molasses

1 1/3 cup potato starch

2 cups raisins

2 ½ cups sugar

½ cups sweet rice flour

4 cup sorghum flour

1 1/3 cup tapioca flour

4 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla flavoring

2/3 cups walnuts, chopped

6 teaspoon xanthan gum

Cereal/Grain/Pasta:

4 cups uncooked rice

Meat/Seafood:

8 strips GF bacon

Other:

20 each GF ivory teff tortillas (such as from La Tortilla Factory)

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Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: adapted from Jamie @ segermoments.blogspot.com  - adapted by Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

20 each GF ivory teff tortillas (such as from La Tortilla Factory)

16 ounces tofu-based cream cheese, softened (such as Toffuti brand)

2 Tablespoons dry parsley flakes

2 ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 1/2 teaspoon dry garlic granules

2 1/2 teaspoon dry minced onion

2 teaspoon salt

4.5 ounces canned black olives, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup green or red bell pepper, chopped

2 bunches green onions, chopped

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

½ cup crumbled GF bacon (8 strips cooked until crisp, drained and crumbled)

Mix tofu cream cheese, parsley, pepper, garlic, onion, and salt together until well blended. Add in rest of ingredients and mix in blender on low speed until well blended. Using a baker’s spatula, spread medium amount of mixture onto one flour tortilla – be sure to smooth it out! Roll tortilla into a “wrap-up” and cover with plastic wrap. Continue with rest of tortillas, wrapping each in plastic wrap individually. Place in gallon freezer bag. Freeze. To serve: Thaw in refrigerator until ready to serve. Remove from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap from each wrap-up. Cut width-wise into pinwheels and place on serving platter or tray.

Containers Needed: Plastic Wrap & 2 gallon freezer bags


Scalloped Corn

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: http://vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegetarian-thanksgiving.htm#4 – adapted very slightly by Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

4 tablespoon light olive oil

4 large onion, chopped

4 large green bell pepper, finely diced

8 medium firm ripe tomatoes (such as Roma), seeded and chopped

3 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon paprika

pinch of cayenne pepper

4 cups unsweetened milk substitute of choice

12 cups thawed frozen kernels

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Extra paprika for garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until it is golden. Add the bell pepper and tomatoes and continue to sauté just until they soften.

Sprinkle in the corn starch, paprika, and cayenne, stirring them in until well blended. Pour the milk substitute in slowly, whisking continuously. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the corn and simmer for another minute or so. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture into 4 oiled 8×8 pans or 2 9×13 pans. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.  Cover with foil and freeze.

To serve:  Thaw.  Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 F.  (Double baking time if not thawed.)

Containers Needed: 4 8×8 pans or 2 9×13 pans


Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Servings: 16

Author/Source: adapted from Elise @ simplyrecipes.com – altered by Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

6 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & quartered

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup unsweetened, full fat coconut milk

½ cup gluten and dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance)

¼ cup unsweetened milk substitute of choice (I like almond)

To Taste salt

To Taste pepper

Place potatoes in a crock pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add water until potatoes are covered. Cook on HIGH 7 hours or on LOW 4 hours – a fork can easily be poked through them. Drain off water.

Warm coconut milk and melt margarine, together, either in microwave or in a pan on the stove. Put hot potatoes into a bowl. Add margarine mixture. Use potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed. Use a strong spoon to beat further, adding milk substitute to achieve the consistency you desire. (Do not over-beat or your potatoes will get gluey.) Salt and pepper to taste.

Place mashed potatoes in unlined muffin tin pan. Freeze until hardened. Remove from muffin pan and place into gallon freezer bag.

To serve: Reheat in slow cooker, in microwave or on stovetop until heated through.


Broccoli Casserole

Servings: 16-20 Author/Source:  Angela @ angelaskitchen.com

32 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed

8 Tablespoons olive oil

3 medium onions, thinly sliced

salt and pepper, to taste

3 pounds mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1 12/ cups white wine or chicken stock

3 bay leaves

6 whole cloves

3 cups coconut milk

3 cups unsweetened milk substitute of choice (I like almond)

4 Tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oil.  Add onions and stir, cooking until caramelized.  Remove onions from pan, leaving oil  Season with salt and pepper.

In hot oil stir in mushrooms, cooking until browned.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in wine or stock, bay leves and cloves.  Boil off most of the wine, scraping up and bits in the pan.  Wisk cornstarch into milk substitute.  Stir coconut milk and milk substitute into pan with mushrooms.  Whisking continuously over medium heat, bring to a simmer until mixture thickens.  Remove bay leaves and cloves.  Whisk in nutmeg.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in thawed broccoli.

Put mixture into 4 8×8 deep dish pans or 2 9×13 baking dish.  Sprinkle caramelized onions on top.  Cover with foil and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Covered, place in oven and cook at 350 degress for 20 minutes. Uncover, place back in oven and cook for remaining 10 minutes.

Containers Needed: 4 8×8 deep dish pans

Gluten-Free Diet: GF Recipes: Gourmet Rice Dressing Recipe from: http://www.csaceliacs.org

4 cup onions, chopped

1/2 cup oil or dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance)

4 cups celery, chopped

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

8 cups boiling GF chicken broth

4 cup celery leaves, chopped

4 t salt

3 t GF curry powder

cups uncooked rice

2 cups sliced toasted almonds

Sauté onions, celery, celery leaves, mushrooms and rice in butter until vegetables are tender and rice is golden. Turn into a buttered shallow 2-qt casserole dish. Stir in chicken broth and seasonings. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork;  Cool.

Divide rice into 4 gallon sized freezer bags.  Divide toasted almonds into 4 separate pint freezer bags.  Package one dressing and one almond  bag together and freeze.

To serve: Thaw and bake covered with foil in a greased dish at 350°F until heated through, adding hot water or stock if needed to keep rice moist. (about 30 -45 minutes covered). Spoon into a serving dish and top with almonds 

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


Gluten and Dairy Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Servings: 16-20

Author/Source: Life, gluten free with the streusel topping from Doiron, Jane. “Pumpkin Coffee Cake.” Recipe. Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms. Denver, Colorado: Outskirts Press, 2009. 46-47. DOUBLE streusel, QUAD cake

4 cup sorghum flour

1 1/3 cup potato starch

1 1/3 cup tapioca flour

4 teaspoon xantham gum

1 teaspoon sea salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

3 teaspoons baking soda

6 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons ground allspice

2 cups raisins

Wet Ingredients:

2 cups canned pumpkin

2 cups honey

2 cups sugar (although not wet, you will combine it with these)

8 tablespoons molasses

1 1/3 cup oil

8 eggs or Egg replacing ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons apple sauce

4 tsp baking powder

4 tsp egg replacer

Streusel topping:

½ cups sweet rice flour

½ cups sugar

½ cups light brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoons cinnamon

4 Tablespoons oil

2/3 cups walnuts, chopped

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Oil a 8 by 8 baking pans.  Blend streusel topping together.  Set aside.

Combine pumpkin, honey, sugar, molasses, oil, and egg or egg replacer ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together well.

Add remaining ingredients (except for the raisins) to the wet mixture. Mix until just blended; do not over mix. Stir in raisins.

Transfer batter to the greased baking pans.  Sprinkle with streusel topping.   Bake approximately 40 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack.  Wrap well and freeze.

To serve:  Thaw.  Warm in oven until heated through if desired.  

Containers Needed: 4 deep dish 8×8 pans


Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles based on my pumpkin waffles with the gingerbread waffle spices inspiration from Rookie Cookie

7 cups bean based flour blend (or 4 cups garbonzo bean/fava bean flour, 2 cups potato

or corn starch, and 1 cup tapioca or arrowroot flour)

8 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

2 teaspoon xanthan gum

½ cup dark brown sugar

4 Tablespoons dark molasses

8 tablespoons oil

3 cups canned pumpkin

5 cups dairy-free milk of choice

4 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla flavoring

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the first five ingredients well.  In a blender or separate bowl, blend the sweetener, oil, pumpkin, dairy-free milk and vanilla until smooth.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Cook on an oiled waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.

Allow to cool. Flash freeze on a cookie sheet if desired. Place in gallon freezer bag and freeze. To serve: Reheat in toaster or microwave until warmed through.

Containers Needed: 4 gallon freezer bags

Gluten Free-zer Friday – Pumpkin or Squash Puree

Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday, then come on back with your gluten free freezer recipe.  I’ld love to have to join in!

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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.


Yep, you can just open a can of pumpkin for your recipes, but this tastes so much better, much more fresh.  Also, you can use different varieties of winter squash, such as butternut (we like butternut pie even more than pumpkin), hubbard, etc.  If you are freezing pumpkin puree be sure to use the smaller cooking pumpkins (often sold as “pie pumpkins”) as the ones sold for Jack O’Lanterns are very watery and not as flavorful.

I do not can pumpkin puree as currently the USDA  does not recommend it anymore due to the low acid of the product, the variations of thickness of pureed squashes, etc.  I would rather be safe than sorry, and I have the freezer space, so there you go…  This is more of a technique than a recipe.

Pumpkin or Winter Squash Puree

I bake 5-8 pound squashes.  Cut squash in half lengthwise (through the stem area) and remove all seeds and the stringy fibbers in the center with a spoon.  Place cut side down on an oiled rimmed baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on the size of the squash, until the squash flesh can be easily pierced with a fork.

Cool squash just until you can easily handle it.  Scoop the cooked squash into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Pour squash pulp in a colander lined with cheesecloth.  Place colander over a bowl to catch the pumpkin liquid.  Allow the squash puree to drain until completely cooled.

Dispose of squash liquid (or save to add to smoothies or soup).  I package the puree in 2 cup amounts as that is what I use most of the time.  Pack the puree into a quart sized freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, label and freeze.