In the spring of my 10th year my sweet Daddy and I drove up the mountain to go trout fishing. He was out of work due to a serious health issue and quite frankly, I thought he was going to die. He didn’t and we went on to have more daddy-daughter excursions, but because of his health issues at the time, and because of my youthful ignorance about them, that outing in particular stands out clear as crystal to me. Continue Reading
When I was growing up, the only time I ever recall anyone using a slow cooker was during fall and winter. There weren’t a zillion slow-cooker recipes floating around and the only “web” anyone knew of was that of a spider. Or that rather famous saying from Marmion by Walter Scott. My mother used to quote it often. “[Oh,] what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” Remember that? She added the “oh”, I suppose, for dramatic effect.
Anyway, when spring rolled around, the slow cooker went away like holiday decorations, to somewhere out of the way, until it was needed again. Continue Reading
Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks with Lemon & Dill is a terrific recipe for an autumn slow cooker supper! Pair it with roasted potatoes, cauliflower mash, or even mashed sweet potatoes for a sumptuous meal with little effort! Continue Reading
Cake in a slow cooker? Oh, yes, my dear ’tis true. You can make just about anything in the good ol’ crock pot, even rich, fudge-y chocolate cake. This one makes its own pudding-like sauce which end up on the bottom once all the slow cooking is said and done. When you scoop into the cake, you’ll see it bubble up and you’ll think where has this recipe been all my gluten-free life?!
This is a great one to make for the egg-free people in your life, too since egg-free cakes that taste great are hard to come by.
Don’t forget to grab some vanilla ice cream the next time you’re at the market. Vanilla ice cream + this cake = match made in gluten-free dessert heaven! Continue Reading
Confession: I’ve never been a big fan of Italian food, at least not the Americanized version. Growing up, I didn’t eat pizza or pasta dishes. For whatever reason those foods had no appeal for me.
In my late 20s I started making my own pizza dough at home and learned that pizza can be delicious. I recreated that recipe into this Quick & Simple Gluten-Free Pizza Dough so that I could continue to enjoy my homemade pies. Continue Reading
Quinoa is a terrific high-protein nutrition-packed food to add to your gluten-free diet, so this slow-cooker main dish makes an excellent meat-free meal! It makes use of quinoa flakes, not whole grain quinoa, so you get a smoother texture in the finished dish, which I find an appealing change of pace. You can learn more about quinoa nutrition here.
Slow Cooker Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- 4 medium bell peppers, washed and dried
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces EACH) organic diced tomatoes
- 1 can (14.5 ounce) organic tomato sauce
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons Italian herbs
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten (or use an appropriate egg alternative)
- Cut tops only off peppers to remove stem and expose inside of pepper.
- Remove the seeds and white membrane from inside peppers. Seeds and membrane can be discarded.
- Set the peppers aside and prepare your slow cooker by turning it on high.
- Add the 2 cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and 1 teaspoon of the Italian herbs and garlic to the slow cooker. Stir.
- In a mixing bowl, combine quinoa flakes, onion, mushrooms, water, eggs, 1 teaspoon Italian herbs, salt, <strong>and 1 cup of the tomato mixture from the slow cooker.
- Stir filling ingredients until well-blended.
- Divide filling evenly between the 4 peppers, filling nearly to the top. The mixture will puff slightly when it is cooking.
- Carefully place the filled peppers in the tomato sauce in the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until filling appears dry on the top and peppers are fork-tender.
Thought you’d like to know…
- You can make your own Italian Herb Blend!
- Learn more about quinoa on a gluten-free diet here.