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Menu Plan June 27-July 1, plus a Summer Squash Chicken Frittata

Where have the menu plans gone? You might be asking. They haven’t been posted on my blog for a few weeks now. Well, long story short, I was on vacation for 2 weeks. While I had vague ideas of what I planned on cooking, I was in the midst of testing so many recipes for my upcoming book, and our schedule was so lax, that I didn’t have an actual “plan.” (In fact, there were evenings where, after hours of cooking and testing recipes, my husband asked what was for dinner, and my only plan was something like “There are brownies, a cake, crackers, bread, some tomato jam, and I’m working on a meatloaf. Would you like any of that?”  I had tons of food around, but often, there wasn’t a cohesive meal in sight.) Last week, I was still in post-vacation recovery mode, and a lot of the meals were last-minute compilations of what we needed to use up. Finally, this week, we’re back into the swing of things.

One of the recipes I was testing during my time off was a recipe I debuted last year, albeit in a slightly different form, as an appetizer for a crowd of guests (gluten and dairy eaters) that were visiting. Originally it was called an “appetizer square”, and was made with zucchini and crumbled pork sausage, rather than summer squash and chicken. It obviously went over well, as the pieces were gobbled down fairly quickly. When I came across it again, I remembered the abundance of squash in the refrigerator, and decided to make a different version. It turned out to be even better than the first, in my opinion.

What’s lovely about a recipe like this is that it’s versatile. Zucchini or summer squash can be used – and this time of year, most of us have more of both of these veggies than we’d like, so it’s a great way to use it up! Any leftover cooked meat can be used – or even beana (I could imagine black beans tasting scrumptious here!). Spice it how you’d like. Serve it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer. The sky is the limit here.

Summer Squash Chicken Frittata (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

½ c olive oil, divided

½ c diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t minced fresh sage

½ lb diced cooked chicken

½ t ground cumin

1 t herbs de Provence

1 t chile powder

4 whole eggs

½ c almond flour

¼ c coconut flour

1 T baking powder

3 c grated summer squash or zucchini

½ c Daiya cheese (or other non-dairy cheese)

1 T nutritional yeast flakes

½ t salt

¼ t ground black pepper

Heat a skillet to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add onions to skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, sage, and chicken and sauté for another minute. Remove and allow to cool while you prepare the rest of the dish.

Grease a 13X9 baking dish and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until blended, and add the rest of the oil and whisk. Add in the flours, baking powder, onion-garlic-chicken mix, grated squash and remaining ingredients. Spread into prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes and cut into squares. Makes 16 appetizer servings.

And now, for the menu for this week!

Monday

Breakfast: Healthy chocolate zucchini muffin, scrambled egg whites with spinach and tomato

Lunch: Roasted turkey breast, leftover veggies from Sunday dinner (grilled asparagus, green beans)

Dinner: Chicken with mole sauce, steamed brown rice, steamed broccoli

Tuesday

Breakfast: Smoothie with strawberries, spinach, protein powder, almond milk and chia seeds, scrambled egg whites with Daiya cheese

Lunch: Roasted turkey breast with baby carrots and steamed spinach, unless there are leftovers from dinner

Dinner: Garden salad, Meatballs

Wednesday

Breakfast: Healthy chocolate zucchini muffin, scrambled egg whites with spinach and tomatoes

Lunch: Garden salad with roasted turkey breast or tuna

Dinner: Brined pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes, steamed cauliflower and spinach

Thursday

Breakfast: Smoothie with acai berry, protein powder, banana, spinach, and chia seeds, scrambled egg whites

Lunch: Tuna, shredded carrots, and spinach in a brown rice tortilla wrap

Dinner: Grilled salmon, okra and tomatoes, grilled potatoes

Friday

Breakfast: Healthy chocolate zucchini muffin, scrambled egg whites with spinach and tomatoes

Lunch: Creamy tomato tofu soup, gluten-free crackers

Dinner: Fried brown rice with shrimp, green beans

Snacks this week will include fresh peaches, black bean dip on brown rice cakes, and apples with peanut or almond butter. I also have Tanka bars on hand if I need a bit of protein.

Want more great menu ideas? Check out Celiacs In The House and the Gluten-Free Menu Swap!

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.

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Southwestern Omelet and a Call for Recipe Testers

I love eggs. They’re not only healthy, a great source of inexpensive protein (even happy, free-range eggs don’t cost much), and one of the speediest things to cook, they also are SO tasty. One of my favorite ways to enjoy an egg is simply cooked sunny-side up, followed closely by poached. But sometimes, I want something with a little more flair, and more ability to incorporate the plethora of veggies in my kitchen. This is when an omelet is just the thing.

Omelets don’t need to be complicated. Of course, mine aren’t as delicately fancy and thin as some, but for my everyday breakfast, that’s fine by me. Just a single fold – enough to allow the filling inside to get all warm, melty, and mingled with the egg – works for my quick and healthy breakfast. I’ll save the fancier stuff for fancier occasions.

Another bonus about omelets – each one is customizable. That way, if you’re making omelets for other family members, everyone can pick out their favorite fillings. Today, I opted for a Southwestern style – a sauteed mix of shallots, diced tomato, serrano pepper, and spinach, topped with just a tiny bit of Daiya cheese. It was spicy, fresh, and packed with powerful flavors, but light enough so that I had energy to get on with my day. My kind of breakfast.

Southwestern Omelet (makes 1 omelet)

1 T olive oil

2 T sliced shallots

4-5 slices fresh serrano pepper (or more if you’re daring – my chile was HOT!)

1/4 c diced tomato

1 large handful of baby spinach

2 eggs, scrambled

2 T Daiya (or other non-dairy) cheese, or omit

1 T fresh chopped cilantro

Heat a small skillet (mine was about 8 inches) to medium heat and add half of the oil. Saute the shallots and serrano chile for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add tomato and spinach and continue to saute until spinach is wilted. Remove and set aside in a small bowl. Wipe out the skillet and add the rest of the oil. Swirl to coat well. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the eggs. Allow eggs to sit without stirring for a minute. Once eggs start to cook on the bottom, take a flexible spatula and carefully pull the edges of the eggs away from the skillet and allow the runny part to fill the space underneath. Do this all the way around the omelet. Repeat this once or twice more, or until the egg is starting to set up more. Once nearly set, add your veggie mixture on one side of the omelet and top with Daiya cheese. Top with a bit of cilantro. Then carefully flip the empty side of the omelet over onto the filling, holding the top in place for a moment or two, if necessary, until the egg stays folded. Allow to cook for another 30 seconds or so, and carefully remove from pan and put onto plate.

Enjoy.

Okay, by announcing it here, this makes it official, right? Are you ready? (Am I ready? Eeek!)

I am working on my first e-book! This book will be filled with gluten and dairy-free recipes that are tasty and healthy for the whole family, made from whole foods and real ingredients. But I need your help to make this happen. I will be furiously working on recipes here at home, but I need testers! If you’re interested in testing out recipes, please send me an email at alta2924 (at) hotmail (dot) com. I hope to be able to have recipe testing start in the next month or so. Thank you in advance for all of your help! This is a huge step for me, and I have so many dreams for this book – I certainly hope it’s as exciting for you as it will be for me!

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Giveaway: Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy

This giveaway has ended. For an opportunity to purchase a copy of this book and other great ebooks by Ricki Heller, visit her blog here. She has many wonderful sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan recipes on her blog as well!

When someone has food restrictions (one or several) and those restrictions include gluten, sugar, eggs, and/or dairy, breakfast tends to be the most difficult meal to adjust. After all, typical American breakfast fare includes cereal, donuts, muffins, milk, eggs, pancakes, and the list goes on. All of these items are off of the table when you throw in food restrictions such as those mentioned above. So what DO you eat?

If you have a copy of Ricki Heller’s (of the Diet, Dessert and Dogs blog) new ebook, Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy, suddenly there are more options out there than one can comprehend. This ebook isn’t Ricki’s first, and it seems her talents in the kitchen just continue to improve with each book she publishes. This book gives back those items we all miss when on a restricted diet. Cereal? Yes! Muffins? Of course. Pancakes? She has two different recipes, plus a recipe for waffles! Ricki has even figured out how to make delicious egg alternative dishes, and shares these recipes in her Good Morning! ebook.

When she asked me to review a copy, I was excited. In an effort to lower my sugar intake, in combination with my avoidance of gluten and dairy, her recipes seemed like a blessing to me. She is endlessly creative, making “syrups” from almond butter and carob (she has a recipe for a sweet almond sauce that’s to die for) for topping pancakes (or sweet potatoes – she suggested it, and I happily followed her instructions.), or making vegan breakfast sausages using rice and walnuts. Ricki adheres to the Anti-Candida Diet, and all of her recipes are ACD-friendly. What I love is that they’re friendly to my tummy as well.

I wasn’t sure what to make from her ebook first. I browsed through the entire thing more than once. I finally settled on making some of her “sausage” patties. I had some leftover brown rice from dinner, and so I set to work, blitzing the ingredients in my food processor and baking the little patties. It was a wonderfully relaxed recipe, and the result was more than I’d bargained for. They weren’t nearly as greasy or over-the-top salty as store-bought breakfast sausage. (This was welcome, as far as I was concerned.) They were filling, satisfying, and had a lovely hearty texture. They were at home with sauteed vegetables, her “veggie-full” breakfast hash (recipe in the ebook) or with gluten-free pancakes. I was hooked.

What next, I wondered, as I looked through this ebook yet again? I decided I was dying to make her grain-free granola. The recipe enticed me – I love granola anyway, and I loved that this version was very low on sweeteners and full of good healthy fats from nuts and seeds. It also included root vegetables, which piqued my interest. So I made it.

And this past weekend, I had to make it again. It was that good. I stored this jar in my pantry, and it was so addictive that every time I ventured into the pantry, I’d end up with my hand in that jar. It also made a great breakfast with homemade almond milk or as a snack.

I would have to say that Ricki’s Good Morning! ebook has passed my “test” with flying colors. It’s definitely a reference that I’ll use over and over again.

And so should you. That’s why I was glad Ricki was gracious enough to give one of you lucky readers a copy! Yes, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy by Ricki Heller. Just leave me a comment below and you’ll be entered! A winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Of course, if you want extra credit (a.k.a. extra entries), you can do the following:

“Like” Diet, Dessert and Dogs on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

“Like” Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

Subscribe to Diet, Dessert and Dogs and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

Subscribe to Tasty Eats At Home and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

That’s it! I wish you all the best of luck! Again, this giveaway ends May 14, so hurry!

There are still a few days left to enter into my giveaway for a copy of Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts by Carol Kicinski! Check it out and enter for your chance to win! Giveaway ends May 7, 2011.

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Daring Bakers: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Christmas Stollen

The 2010 December Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make Stollen. She adapted a friend’s family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart’s book…and Martha Stewart’s demonstration.

I have heard of Stollen, but have never made it. I’m not a fruitcake person, really, but I do love dried fruit and nuts, and this was more of a bread than a cake. I was excited to give it a try, but knew I only had 1 shot at getting it right. Instead of trying to guess which gluten-free flours would make a perfect bready texture (and I’m out of several of them, and have to wait for my online order to arrive), I opted instead for Pamela’s Bread Mix. I’ve used it multiple times for pizza crust and hamburger buns, and it bakes up fluffy and light. As for the dairy-free substitutions, that was a breeze – I used So Delicious coconut beverage  for the milk, and palm shortening for the butter. I opted to not use red glace cherries, instead substituting dried cherries and bumping up the amount of dried fruits in the bread.

The verdict? I was worried it wasn’t rising at first. I made the dough and let it rest in the refrigerator for 2 days, and when I let it warm, rolled it out, and rested it, it really didn’t look as though it rose. I know gluten-free dough has a tendency to have difficulty rising (that lack of gluten!), but I had concerns it was going to bake into a doughy lump. But once it was in the oven, it rose, browned, and looked delicious and crusty. And when we ate it – heaven. Yum. Not too sweet, crusty on the outside, and a soft interior studded with sweet cherries.

I would love to make this again. Next time, I’d love to soak my dried fruit for longer (I only soaked for about an hour), to really bump the flavors, (and probably use rum instead of bourbon) but overall, a lovely Christmas treat.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Christmas Stollen Wreath

1/4 c lukewarm water (110 degrees F)

2 packages dry active yeast (Red Star is gluten-free)

1 c non-dairy milk

9 T palm shortening

5 1/2 c of your favorite gluten-free flour blend

1 T xanthan gum, if your flour blend does not already include it (mine did)

1/2 c sugar

3/4 t salt

1 t cinnamon

3 large eggs, beaten

Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange

2 t vanilla extract

1/2 t almond extract

1 t lemon juice

3/4 c candied orange peel (make your own!)

1 c golden raisins

1/4 c dried cranberries

1/2 c dried cherries

3 T bourbon

Juice from zested orange

1 c sliced almonds

Melted non-dairy butter for coating the wreath

Powdered sugar for dusting the wreath

In a small bowl, soak the raisins, dried cranberries, and dried cherries in the bourbon and orange juice. Set aside while you work on the rest of the stollen.

Add the yeast to the warm water and stir to dissolve. Allow to sit for a few minutes to “proof”.

In a small saucepan, combine the non-dairy milk and the shortening and melt the shortening over medium heat. Remove from heat and let stand until lukewarm (about 110 degrees F).

Lightly beat eggs with extracts in a small bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, xanthan gum (if using), sugar, salt, cinnamon, and zests. Then stir in the yeast mixture, eggs, and the lukewarm milk mixture. Mix until dough comes together. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Add in the candied peel, the soaked dried fruit, and the almonds and mix with your hands or with a mixer (with a dough hook) on low until well-incorporated.

Sprinkle some additional gluten-free flour onto a clean counter, and turn dough onto flour. With floured hands, knead dough for approximately 8 minutes. Dough should be slightly sticky, but not excessively so. The raisins and dried fruit might fall out of the dough a bit as you knead – this is good. Just keep pressing them back in. Gather the dough and make a ball. Lightly oil a large, clean bowl, and place the dough ball in it, rolling it around to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature on the counter for about 2 hours. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter and turn dough onto it, and place another large piece of parchment on top. Roll dough out into a rectangle about 16 X 24 inches and about 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and starting with the long side, roll dough up tightly into a cylinder.

Transfer the cylinder roll to a sheet pan. Form the roll into the shape of a wreath, using a bowl in the center as a guide, if needed. Pinch the ends together. Using kitchen shears, make cuts along the outside of the circle, about 2 inches apart, and about 2/3 of the way through the dough. Roll these pieces towards the outside of the wreath so that the cuts separate somewhat. Cover wreath loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes and rotate 180 degrees. Bake for another 30 minutes or until dough reaches 190 degrees F in the center and wreath is deeply browned. Remove from oven and brush with melted non-dairy butter. Using a sifter or a fine-mesh strainer, sprinkle powdered sugar over the wreath in an even layer. Allow to soak in for a minute, and sprinkle another layer of sugar. Allow to cool for 1 hour before serving, or store in a plastic bag once completely cool.

Serves about 12.

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Daring Cooks: Eggs Benedict

Jenn from Jenn Cuisine and Jill (Jillouci) have challenged The Daring Cooks to learn to perfect the technique of poaching an egg. They chose Eggs Benedict recipe from Alton Brown, Oeufs en Meurette from Cooking with Wine by Anne Willan, and Homemade Sundried Tomato & Pine Nut Seitan Sausages (poached) courtesy of Trudy of Veggie num num.

While I’ve poached many an egg in my day (I even know how to do it in the microwave), I have actually never made eggs benedict, so I took this opportunity to try it out. It’s one of my favorite “classic” breakfast dishes, and I’ve neglected to make it on a weekend morning, simply because in my head, I felt that making hollandaise was “too fussy” and would take too long.

Boy, was I wrong. I made this for dinner last night (breakfast for dinner is something I really must do more often!) and it really didn’t take much time or effort at all! The hollandaise came together in a flash, and was creamy and delicious. I opted to use a Kinnikinnick hamburger bun instead of coming up with a gluten-free English muffin, and it worked just fine. I also substituted Earth Balance soy-free buttery spread for the butter, and it too was perfect. Now that I’ve realized how simple the basic, traditional eggs benedict recipe is to make, I have hopes to make a fancy, pimped out version again sometime soon. (Anyone have suggestions?)

Another great Daring Cooks challenge complete! Thanks to Jenn and Jill for this easy and delicious challenge!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Eggs Benedict

For the hollandaise:

3 large egg yolks

1-2 t water

pinch sugar

10 T dairy-free butter

1/2 t kosher salt

2 t freshly squeezed lemon juice

pinch cayenne pepper

For the eggs benedict:

4 eggs

1 T vinegar

4 thin slices ham (or Canadian bacon)

4 gluten-free English muffins (or other gluten-free bread)

 Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a simmer. Cut the chilled butter into small pieces and set aside. Whisk egg yolks and water in a mixing bowl large enough to sit on the saucepan without touching the water (or in top portion of a double boiler). Whisk for 1–2 minutes, until egg yolks lighten. Add the sugar and whisk 30 seconds more.

Place bowl on saucepan over simmering water and whisk steadily 3–5 minutes (it only took about 3 for me) until the yolks thicken to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat (but let the water continue to simmer) and whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time. Move the bowl to the pan again as needed to melt the butter, making sure to whisk constantly.

Once all the butter is incorporated, remove from heat and whisk in the salt, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Keep the hollandaise warm while you poach your eggs.

Crack eggs individually into bowls. Fill a shallow pan with about 2 inches of water.  Add salt and a splash of vinegar (any kind will do). Bring to a simmer. Slip eggs directly into the very gently simmering water, making sure they’re separated. Cook for 3 minutes for a viscous but still runny yolk.

While waiting for the eggs, quickly fry the ham slices and toast your English muffin. Top each half of English muffin with a piece of ham. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, draining well, and place on top of the bacon. Top with hollandaise and garnish with chives or chopped sage, and enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Holiday: Holiday Breakfast and Brunch (Breakfast Tacos/Taquitos)

Can you believe we are in our 5th installment of Gluten-Free Holiday? Time flies, I tell you! This week we are celebrating over at Ginger Lemon Girl and sharing recipes for holiday breakfast and brunch. I can’t wait to check out what recipes have been shared. But even more exciting are the books that are up for grabs this week!

There will be 4 copies of Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and 3 Elana’s Pantry totes. I own this book, and love it – the recipes are simple, straightforward, and delicious!

2 copies of Cooking For Isaiah by Silvana Nardone - a book I have yet to get my hands on, but can’t wait to check out!

And 3 copies of Gluten-Free Diner by Diane Eblin of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang – another wonderful book I’m proud to own. She serves up delicious comfort foods in this book.

This week’s recipe links are of particular interest to me. Why? Well, our family doesn’t typically put much thought into holiday breakfasts. Christmas morning is a frenzy of emptying stockings from Santa, opening gifts, snapping photos of bed-head kids tearing apart wrapping paper, and bargaining with them on how many chocolates (from their stocking) they can eat for breakfast. (Usually it’s just 1 piece, and hey, it’s twice a year they get candy for breakfast!) If we’re not dashing off to someone else’s house to celebrate, then I might whip up a breakfast, but it’s not much different than any other weekend breakfast. The favorite among our kids is breakfast tacos (called taquitos around here – not sure why!), which is just a simple mix of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese. Most of the time, I can pry the kids away from their new gifts for 5 minutes to gobble some of these down. This year, however, I might actually plan ahead and start a new tradition – we’ll see!

Check out the recipe for breakfast tacos/taquitos here! To make them dairy-free, I simply omit the milk and use Daiya cheese, if I have some. Otherwise, I just omit the cheese – I don’t miss it anymore.

Head on over to Ginger Lemon Girl and check out some amazing recipes for your holiday breakfast/brunch!

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Daring Bakers: Donuts (Those Who Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail)

So I waited until the eleventh hour to start the Daring Bakers Challenge for this month. For some reason, I got the dates confused (again), and I had it stuck in my head that I had until the 1st of the month to make it. (Yes, I realize that by waiting until this upcoming weekend, I was already procrastinating.) This morning, I read new posts at a few fellow food blogs and realized today was the due date.

Whoops.

I decided I was too late, and went ahead and made plans to just let the Daring Kitchen know that I would miss this month. But my husband encouraged me to go forward with it, so I did. (He’s a wonderful guy that way!) But I hadn’t given the process a lot of thought, other than I knew I wanted to make pumpkin donuts.

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

I opted to modify the Alton Brown recipe, but I pretty much winged it. I decided to bake rather than fry, and I tried to substitute a mixture of potato starch, tapioca starch, sweet white rice flour and sorghum flour for the wheat flour. I used almond milk instead of regular milk, and lowered the moisture and added pumpkin puree. But the dough didn’t really rise. The flavor was decent, but I had dense, slightly gooey, donut pucks.

Sigh.

I plan on working on the donuts again, as a perfect pumpkin donut sounds so incredible to me. But this time, I think my failure to plan and research (and play in the kitchen) got the best of me. If I manage a perfect gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin donut soon, I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you! Until then, check out this basic gluten-free donut recipe, and a different version of a pumpkin donut hole recipe over at Baking Beauties.

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