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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bitter Cold in PA!

It’s beyond cold outside and all I can think about is being warm.  My mindset is to make and eat anything that is hot.  In the mornings I’m making Bob’s Mighty tasty Gluten-Free Hot Cereal (and it gives a nice fiber punch!) with tea, and you bet I’m eating soup or stews for lunch and dinner.  Last night after a great run I made a hearty split pea soup, which warmed me up nicely after my body started to cool down from the run.

Split Pea Soup - Dinner!

Split Pea Soup – Dinner!

I decided to make this since I had leftover ham steaks that were on sale.  This dish won’t be ready in an instant as the split peas require some cooking time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb green split peas (rinsed)
  • 2 T oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 onions diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 3 large carrots diced
  • 2 ham steaks (or a ham bone if you have one)
  • 8 cups water (you may need more depending on the amount of veggies you include)
  • 1 Herb-ox gluten free chicken bouillon cube (optional)
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In large pot heat oil and saute garlic and onions until translucent
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil
  3. Once boiling reduce heat, cover and simmer stirring occasionally
  4. Cook for about 2 hours

 

Wawa to the Rescue

It’s 8am, and as we head out for the day’s adventure I find out we are picking up sandwiches instead of stopping somewhere later in the day.  Of course I have my snacks on me (I’ve been known to carry a grocery bag in my car or snacks in my purse at all times), but a bag of nuts and dried fruit only hold you over for so long.  Now what?  Queue Wawa.

Wawa is the perfect spot to stop in the morning hours to help you prep your day.  Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and of course the ever reliable hoagie. Until recently I didn’t think a Wawa hoagie could be an option, but it is!!  In the last two months on 3 separate occasions I have been pleasantly surprised by the staff, and their willingness to accommodate the gluten-free diet*.  They still require you to enter your order in the kiosk, and then you give them the number so they can take precaution against cross-contamination. They change their gloves, use a clean work area, and put the contents of the hoagie order in a nice resealable container minus the roll.  They even package the mayo or mustard in a convenient little container too.  All you need to do is provide the roll.

Maybe they will even have a gluten-free roll as an option one day soon??

Thanks Wawa for allowing me to have the closest thing to a hoagie 🙂

*Always make sure you explain your needs to that you have a safe meal.

Pasta Fagioli

I’ve been known to catch a cold or two during the winter months, and I find myself relying on soup most days.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for chicken noodle soup, but I thought I’d share my take on pasta fagioli. I also made a big batch as it was meant to be shared and still have leftovers!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 T crushed red pepper
  • 1 T black pepper
  • 2  14.5 oz cans of gluten-free chicken broth
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 16 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans of cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 lb of gluten-free pasta
  • 2 stalks green scallions

Directions:

  1. In a big saucepan heat up olive oil and saute garlic
  2. Add in onion, celery, parsley, oregano, bay leaves, crushed red pepper and black pepper
  3. Cook for about 5-10 minutes or until onion is  cooked
  4. Add in chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce and let simmer for 20 -30 minutes.
  5. While soup is cooking, boil water for pasta and cook according to directions*
  6. Add beans to soup, let cook 5 more minutes
  7. Add pasta to soup and serve
  8. Garnish with green scallions – optional

*To prevent pasta from being overcooked, I cooked the gluten-free pasta separately.  Next time I will try cooking with the soup to see how it turns out.

Break Your New Year’s Resolution

That’s right I said it – break the resolution!  Being on a gluten-free diet is enough of a resolution if you ask me, and that is why I’m posting this anti-resolution recipe.  It’s easy and delicious so go ahead and make one last treat for yourself.  Trust me these caramel peanut balls dipped in chocolate are enough of a reason to.

Caramel Peanut Balls dipped in Chocolate

Caramel Peanut Balls dipped in Chocolate

Per Eagle Brand the recipe is simple with only 4 ingredients:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine peanuts, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a heavy saucepan
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until mixture forms ball around spoon and pulls away for side of pan.
  3. Cool 10 minutes then shape into 1-in balls
  4. Melt chocolate morsels in a small heavy saucepan over low heat.
  5. With a wooden toothpick, dip each ball into melted chocolate, covering half of ball.
  6. Place on wax paper and let cool until firm

Happy New Year!