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Beef Jerky and a Valentine’s Day Roundup

Another dehydrator adventure! As promised, I’m sharing my beef jerky recipe with you. I’ve made 4 batches since the dehydrator arrived, and I’m betting I’m due to make another. You see, my husband isn’t really a “sweets” guy. All of the chocolates and candies in the world don’t faze him. (Except maybe these chocolates!) To show my love and appreciation for him through food, I make enchiladas, roast chicken, or chili. Although judging by its popularity, I think that this beef jerky very well has been added to this list of favorites.

This jerky is easy to make and while I haven’t measured the nutritional value, I’m sure it’s lower in sodium and healthier than the packaged stuff. My husband and I also think it tastes better – it’s slightly spicy, and the flavor is fuller. Of course, it’s also gluten-free. It’s perfect as an on-the-go snack when you’re not sure about your next meal, or when you don’t have much time to eat. It’s also wonderful to share, which is the reason why we’ve gone through so much!

Gluten-Free Beef Jerky

2 lbs lean beef (I like using London Broil the best)

1/4 c low-sodium gluten-free tamari (soy sauce)

1 T chipotle Tabasco sauce (alternatively, you can chop 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, plus add about 1 t of the sauce)

3 cloves garlic, minced finely

2 t onion powder

1 t black pepper

Place beef in the freezer for about 15 minutes. This will allow it to “firm up” so that you can slice it more easily. Once it is firm, slice your beef across the grain thinly (about 1/8 inch thick or so).

Combine the remaining ingredients in a large zip-top bag. Add the beef slices and seal the bag, and toss around to ensure all of the slices are well-coated. Refrigerate overnight or for 8 hours or so.

Remove from bag and lay strips out on dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 150 degrees for 8 hours or until the meat is dried enough to be just slightly pliable. You want it to bend a bit, but you don’t want it to be floppy in the slightest. (If you don’t have a dehydrator, setting your oven to the lowest setting and placing the beef strips on a metal rack over a baking sheet works pretty well too – you’ll just have to flip the strips halfway through.)

Is your sweetie in need of some more traditional Valentine’s treats? Don’t despair – I happened to check out a few things around the blogosphere, and came up with some decadent delights, just for you!

How about Chocolate Raspberry Bon-bons? I’ve made these before and they were GREAT. http://www.elanaspantry.com/chocolate-raspberry-bonbons/

Or some cake pops: http://www.elanaspantry.com/valentines-day-cake-pops/

Karina at Gluten-Free Goddess is sharing some chocolate love: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2010/02/gluten-free-chocolate-love.html

How about an extra-moist chocolate cake? http://realsustenance.com/extra-moist-gluten-free-double-chocolate-chip-cake/

Chocolate raspberry truffle balls? http://www.dailybitesblog.com/2011/02/08/chocolate-raspberry-truffle-balls/

I have even more truffle ball recipes here: https://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/more-nut-truffles-pecan-pie-and-pistachio-sesame/

Amy has a lovely fresh fruit pastry tart recipe that looks amazing: http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/fresh-fruit-tart-with-pastry-cream-happy-mothers-day/

It might be chilly outside, but in my mind, ice cream is good any time of year! How about sugar, dairy, and gluten-free ice cream? http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2011/02/03/sos-stevia-dairy-free-sugar-free-coconut-ice-cream-no-ice-cream-maker-required/

More ice cream, this time chocolate pomergranate! http://glutenfreeeasily.com/chocolate-pomerdoodle/

Or one of my favorites, a vegan cheesecake: https://tastyeatsathome.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/vegan-and-gluten-free-cheesecake-with-blueberry-compote/

Seal in an airtight container and enjoy!


Filed under Appetizers, Beef, Budget-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Raw Apple Cinnamon Chips

A few weeks ago, the appliance that changed our lives forever arrived. That’s right, my dehydrator showed up on my doorstep. Soon after, the dehydrating fest began! I dehydrated sweet potato chips, zucchini chips, made beef jerky (recipe coming soon!), made gRAWnola, and made these apple chips. (I’ve actually made them several times – they just never lasted long enough for pictures!) This is quite possibly my new favorite appliance. It does take up a bit of counter space, but it’s been used SO often I just haven’t put it away. It is a great way to make healthy, whole food snacks, many times raw and still full of nutrients. It’s also so easy, you hardly need a recipe. I don’t have exact measurements – this is merely a guideline. Feel free to experiment. If you haven’t yet purchased a dehydrator, let me tell you – it’s worth your investment. I think that I will break even on my expense in a month or two, as I am not purchasing store-bought snacks (and organic, gluten-free, raw snacks can be super-expensive!)

Raw Cinnamon Apple Chips

3 organic Fuji apples (or your favorite variety), sliced thinly on a mandoline (mine were probably about 1/8 inch thick or so)

1-2 t ground cinnamon

Lay apple slices in a single layer on the racks of your dehydrator. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples. Dehydrate at 110 degrees F for 8-10 hours or until apples are leathery. Store in a sealed container.

Makes about 1 quart of apple chips.


Filed under Appetizers, Budget-Friendly, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Healthy Meals, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free “Big Game” Party Recipe Ideas

As most of you are aware, this weekend is the “Big Game”. Sunday evening, at 5:30 pm CST. It’s bigger news than usual around here, because Dallas (okay, well technically, Arlington) is hosting at Cowboys stadium. Will I be there? Certainly not. (I can’t afford even the $200-a-piece parking lot tickets!) I won’t be hosting a huge party either, although I will have some family over, just so we have a good excuse to eat some delicious gluten-free food. I’m not even sure what we’ll be serving yet – although these chicken salad puffs could possibly make the list!

However, if you are looking to host a grand gluten-free party, then here are some great party-friendly recipe ideas, designed to please both gluten-free and gluten-eaters alike!

Basil Chicken Pesto Salad Puffs from Tasty Eats At Home

Pork Satay from Tasty Eats At Home

Gluten-Free Nacho Cheese Triangles from Elana’s Pantry

Baked Parmesan Garlic Wings from Steamy Kitchen

Red Chile Enchilada Pizzas from Gluten Free For Good

Red Beans and Rice from Good Life Eats

Chicken and Vegetarian Tamales with Red Mole Sauce from An Opera Singer In The Kitchen

Peanut Butter Brownies from Tasty Eats At Home

Chocolate Date Vegan Brownies from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Chocolate Dipped Dates with Spiced Nuts from Tasty Eats At Home

Super Bowl Cake Pops from Elanas Pantry

Gluten-Free Cake Pops from Gluten-Free Diva


Filed under Appetizers