Gluten-Free Lamb Roast

Roasting a nice quality meat is great way to serve up a feast. Meat being naturally gluten-free is safe choice on a gluten-free diet. How about a nice lamb leg roast?

You only need a rub that does not use any wheat, barley or rye, and also not cross-contaminated with other ingredients that contain gluten. A gluten-free mustard and herbs mix is a nice baste to start with. Here is a list of gluten-free mustards to help make things easier.

Now, on to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in lamb leg
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 °F.
Cover baking pan with aluminum foil.
Combine herbs and spices, minced garlic, and mustard in a bowl.
Pat dry the lamb leg using paper towels.
Rub garlic mixture thoroughly all over the lamb.
Place lamb in the baking pan and roast in the oven until the desired doneness (1.5 to 1.75 hours).
Make sure to check the internal temperature at 145 °F .
Let sit 15 minutes before cutting.
Serve immediately with baked potatoes.


Enjoy!

Gluten-Free: Mixed Berries and Mangoes with Lemon Mint Syrup

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It’s a comfort to know that there are some foods that are naturally gluten-free. Thankfully, fruits are on the list! Enjoy this very cool dessert that is a breeze to prepare and is safe for your tummy if you’re following the gluten-free diet.

Berries are great tasting and has amazing health benefits. It is rich in flavonoids which are best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Doesn’t that make for a cool treat indeed!

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen blackberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

4 pieces frozen mangoes cut into squares

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

4-6 tbsp sugar adjust to taste

2 tbsp chopped mint

Mix all ingredients together and voila, you have a perfect treat to beat the Manila heat, for kids and adults alike!

How Do You Make Sandwiches Gluten-Free in the Philippines?

SandwichesTo make things a bit easier for a sometimes challenging diet to conform to, we’ve gathered some sandwich classics to help you whip up filling gluten-free meals for kids’ school baon (lunch pack) or even for the office.

As a basic, of course, you’d want to start with a gluten-free base like your gluten-free bread, and baguette. Though pandesal and tasty bread are out, don’t fret. There are still great alternatives you can try. These are available in your supermarkets, and be sure you are looking to avoid these in the ingredients: wheat, barley, rye, oats, malt, and brewer’s yeast. If you want more convenience, you can visit GERALD.ph for a gluten-free selection you can have delivered to your home in Metro Manila. If you’re new to the gluten free diet, you can visit celiac.com’s comprehensive list of gluten-free foods .

So without further ado, here they are:

1 – Egg salad sandwich

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This is an easy one and definitely a favorite for quick sandwiches. We love it for it is moist, light but filling. It’s perfect that the typical ingredients, like mayonnaise and plain mustard, are grocery staples that happen to be gluten-free. Most come without the gluten-free stamp, but check the back label. Let a saucepan containing eggs submerged with water come to a boil, then turn the heat off and put the lid on and let sit for five minutes. Let the eggs cool in a bowl of ice water, and peel and dice. To the eggs, add mayonnaise plus mustard, salt and pepper, chopped celery and onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Smother on gluten-free bread, add strips of ham (check the label for some ham glazes may contain gluten. If the glaze is in a separate packet, just don’t use it). Chill and enjoy!

2 – Hamburger

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Make your own burger patty and skip the frozen patties. You can make better ones for less. Pure unprocessed meats do not have gluten, and so the ground beef that you get straight from the butcher and then mixed with wholesome spices yourself is guarantee you don’t have gluten cross-contamination risks that processed meats may have.  Also, this gets you away from additives and extenders that are common in local ready-made patties.

One thing that might require some research is the soy sauce to use with your patty. We do use a lot of soy sauce in our cuisine and a burger patty isn’t an exception. Based on a research made by soya.be, Kikkoman, a brand we have here locally appeared to meet the 20 parts per million content enough to qualify as gluten-free (and not have adverse physiological effects.)

Top patty with veggies like tomato, coleslaw, or gluten-free sauces to make different versions. 

3 – Grilled cheese sandwich

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Typically an American sandwich, but it practically has the Pinoy stamp on it what with the Filipino’s love for the really cheesy meals. Really, can you think of anything better than warm gooey melted cheese? I can’t. The ‘unspecial’ grilled cheese sandwich is made with processed cheese. For your gluten-free diet, go with the all-natural variety. It’s hard to find a proper grocery store now without a deli section so getting these should be easy (check: SM, Puregold, Rustan’s all has this. Now it’s online, too). Natural cheese does not have gluten, and you can choose to add much more interesting cheeses like emmental, gruyère, or comté, as long as they are soft, melting cheeses (Parmesan might be challenging to melt). Want to be more adventurous? Add crumbs of blue cheese. And the secret: add butter in your pan with the sandwich after your cheese melts. Look here to master the art of grilled cheese.

4 – Caprese wrap

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Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil in a sandwich. To make a gluten-free roll up version, substitute corn or brown rice tortillas for bread. Add steamed or grilled chicken and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette, and you have an exciting roll up. With how easy it is, this simple but elegant tasting dish will surely be a regular in your lunch pack.

Tip: for wrap recipes, you can actually do away with bread altogether and wrap it in greens like a nice iceberg lettuce or cucumber. Healthy, and certainly gluten-free.

5 – Croque Monsieur/Croque Madame

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For something a bit fancier, try to make this baking-required French sandwich. A little trouble in the kitchen but Oui it’s all worth it. With gluten-free bread as base, Croque monsieur for the most part already uses gluten-free ingredients:  butter, milk, mustard, gruyere and Parmesan cheese. For the cheese sauce, just use rice flour instead of all-purpose flour.  Check out an easy to follow recipe here. Don’t forget to substitute the ingredients!

Add an egg to make a Madame. 😉

Hope you can make yours out of these and try other gluten-free versions, too! Do share with us some of your own special gluten-free sandwich tricks in the comments!

References: Celiac.com, celiacdesease.about.com, soya.be, seriouseats.com

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Spaghetti with Scallops and Mussels

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There’s no need to go to an Italian restaurant to enjoy this classic pasta dish, and you can even have it gluten-free. You can prepare it in minutes with the convenience of the frozen seafood available on Gerald.ph.

Ingredients
1 pack Gerald.ph gluten-free spaghetti
1/2 cup reserved pasta water
1 pack scallops (roe off)
1/2 pack mussels (shell off)
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup frozen chopped parsley
2-3 tbs garlic herb butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 tbs. flour
2 tbs. olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Directions
1.In a large pot, cook pasta until al dente or tender to the bite. Drain and set aside some pasta water.
2. Lightly dredge each scallop in a bowl full of flour and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Shake off the excess. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and half of the garlic herb butter. Saute scallops for about 2-3 minutes on one side until just beginning to brown, then carefully turn over and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
3. Add chopped garlic into the skillet and saute for 30-40 seconds – do not let it brown. Add the wine and a little bit of the pasta water, about 1/4 cup. Then add mussels and cover for 3-4 minutes. Stir.
4. Add cooked pasta and season with additional salt and remaining herb butter. Add more pasta water or a touch of wine if you prefer more broth. Sprinkle with parsley and toss gently to combine.
Voila, a delightful pasta dish!

Rocking Gluten-Free Spaghetti-The Filipino Style

Since we already know that there is a large pool of gluten-free selections that we can indulge in, it’s now much easier to explore gluten-free recipes and whip-up scrumptious safe meals, worry free.

There’s a wide array of recipes to discover for you, ranging from gluten-free vegan recipes, gluten-free cookie recipes, gluten-free cake recipes, or maybe even some gluten-free snack recipes for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the family.

How about a filipino-style spaghetti? Here’s a gluten-free diet recipe for you that can be enjoyed whether or not you worry about gluten in your diet. 🙂

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Filipino Style Rice and Corn Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams Rice and Corn Spaghetti
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 250 grams lean ground pork  
  • 250 grams ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh goat’s cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped white onion
  • 1 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  • Cook the rice and corn spaghetti until al dente or firm to the bite.
  • Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan.
  • Sauté the garlic and onion.
  • Add the chicken and pork  after, and saute everything again for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water. Lower the heat and simmer the sauce for about 30 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste. Stir well until it thickens even more.
  • Add the sugar, and carefully season with salt and pepper.  
  • Put about a cup of pasta on each plate, and pour a ladleful of sauce on top.
  • Top with some goat’s  cheese. (Choose all-natural cheese for this recipe to make sure it’s gluten-free)

Serves 4 persons

This would also definitely make a great part of your gluten-free recipe for kids, too! In case you’ve missed it, here are some gluten free dessert, bread, and sandwich recipe.

Got any brilliant gluten-free culinary ideas that you would like to share? Just comment below!

Gluten-Free Strawberry Malakoff

Who says nice decadent desserts are out of reach if you cannot have gluten in your diet?

By using gluten-free ladyfingers (broas), as a substitute, you can make a gluten-free version of this delicious Strawberry Malakoff dessert made famous French cuisine master and icon, Julia Child. It’s super easy to make!

INGREDIENTS

24 single Gluten-Free Broas
4 cups fresh strawberries (or frozen strawberries)
⅓ cup orange liquor
⅔ cup water

For the almond cream:
2 cups whipping cream, chilled
½ lb unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup orange liqueur
¼ tsp almond extract
1 ¼ cups pulverized almonds

DIRECTIONS

1.) Slice the strawberries in half.  Line your mold with wax paper, and place a circle of wax paper on the bottom of the mold.
2.) In a shallow dish with the orange liqueur, and water added, dip the broas one by one, and drain on a rack. Be quick about it, as gluten-free broas may easily crumble upon being wet.
3. Line sides of the mold with the broas. Reserve the remaining dipped ones.
4.) Mix butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes, until pale and the texture is creamy. Beat in the almond extract and orang liqueur. Then beat in the almonds. Whip the mixture  until sugar particles are dissolved completely and thick in texture.
5.) Layer of cream into the mold. Put a layer of strawberries. Cover them with a layer of ladyfingers. Repeat with another layer.
6.) Repeat the process until the top of the mold is reached. At the topmost layer, trim off ladyfingers around the edge of the mold.
7.) Cover the top with wax paper, place a flat tray, and add weight over it. Refrigerate for at least hours so the butter is chilled firm to not collapse when un-molded.)
8.) Peel off the wax paper on top. Reverse dessert onto a chilled serving platter. Refrigerate until serving.

You can decorate the top with the remaining strawberries, swirls of whipped cream and strawberry sauce.

Easy and Quick Gluten Free Pasta Recipes

Pasta is one of the easiest and quickest meals to prepare. Thankfully, we have a lot of options for gluten-free pasta, that can help make our meal preps a breeze. Why not try these excellent recipes for this week? You can get a selection of gluten-free pastas and noodles from your local grocery, or order some here for delivery to your home. 

 

  1. Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Fettuccine with Bacon

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Bacon lovers will love this pasta recipe. Good Alfredo is rich and as a consequence fatty. But not this recipe. It uses cauliflower puree. Not sure where to get some? You can purchase cauliflower pieces for easy pureeing here .

Heather Cristo is a great source for allergen free recipes, and beautiful content. We love her curated and mouth watering editorial food photos.  Try this recipe and other gluten-free recipes. 

Link right here: Heathercristo.com

 

  1.  Zoodles with Tomatoes and Spinach-Caper Pesto

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If you are in the mood for wholefoods through and through, try this pasta recipe of zucchini noodles, spinach, tomatoes, pesto and fresh zesty ingredients.  Quick and easy to make, and you can take pride in the fact that you made everything from scratch. You can substitute zucchini with carrots for an equally healthy and colorful plate.

Recipe right here: health.com

 

  1.  Vegan Eggplant Lasagna (gluten + Grain-free!)

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Who says lasagna is off limits on a gluten-free diet? With a little imagination this recipe came up with an excellent one layering eggplant instead of gluten formed pasta. It’s yummy, definitely healthy and gluten-free!

Recipe here: Frommybowl.com

 

  1.  Edamame Pasta with Shrimp and Pesto Sauce

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Edamame is a healthy bean (young soy), and a great alternative to making regular semolina made pasta. This simple clean recipe really makes its flavor shine. You can order Edamame pasta for delivery on this link

Recipe here: epicureanvegan.com

 

  1.  Stir-fried Shrimp Shirataki Noodles

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Not really a pasta recipe, but we can be a little lenient with this delicious virtually zero calorie dish that is gluten-free as a bonus. It uses shirataki noodles, miracle noodles for those avoiding calories, carbs (and also gluten) that is made of water and  konjac plant. It is rich in glucomannan, which is a dietary fiber that is easily dissolved in water. You can buy shirataki noodles here for delivery.

Recipe Here: Stir-fried Shrimp Shirataki Noodles

Tell us which one is you’re trying this weekend! Feel free to share this list with your friends! 🙂

Adlai Stewed in Coconut and Curry

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When your grain options are limited due to gluten sensitivity (goodbye, wheat, barley,  rye and all of their forms), what is there left to eat? Still a lot, if you are really looking, but we have to gain where we have lost, don’t we? Adlai or also known as Job’s tears or pearl barley (because of it’s nice pearly shape) is a gluten-free grain you should add to your shopping list.  It is a family of grasses where wheat and rice also come from but other than being gluten-free, it is also low in the glycemic index, so, better for your blood sugar than white rice.It also has a nice texture that is slightly chewy yet firm and al-dente to the bite–like rice shaped pasta grains.

How do you cook them? You can  try this recipe right here!  You can also add it to your salads, soup  or stews. 🙂 Let’s get started!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups or 15 oz cooked Adlai grains
1 can of coconut milk , or ,milk expeller-pressed from 1 medium sized coconut
2 small garlic cloves, chopped
3 medium shallots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 chile (siling labuyo), de-stemmed, sliced and seeded
2 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
1 tsp curry powder
5 cups water

DIRECTIONS

Start by sauteing the onion until fragrant. Add the garlic, shallots and chile. Saute for another 3 minutes. Add the curry powder and then add the coconut milk. Simmer for 2 minutes and add adlai grains to the pot. Continue to simmer on low heat until tender, around 30 to 40 minutes.

You can choose to soak the adlai grains for at least half an hour before you start cooking to speed up the process.  Once Adlai is tender, that’s it! Add some more sliced chiles on top or toasted coconut to add more interesting twist and crunch to the dish.

Enjoy with a side of meat or on it’s own as a nice vegan dish!

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Rice

Here is an excellent gluten-free version of our favorite cauliflower rice recipe! If you are also worried about calories, aside from gluten, this is a great meal substitute for your usual gluten-free pasta or rice.  Excellent to pair with meat or seafood. It is a staple for those on a keto diet, but just as excellent if you also can’t have gluten. You can also try it without the egg or meat for a vegan healthy dish! Ready? Let’s get cooking!

INGREDIENTS

2 packs of Cauliflower

1 medium-sized carrot, shredded

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 bunch of spring onions, chopped

2 chicken breasts (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

2 tbsp. sesame oil

1 egg (optional)

2 to 3 tbsp gluten-free seasoning

6 to 10 pieces of broccoli florets

3/4 cup frozen peas

 

DIRECTIONS

Chop cauliflower finely using knife or use a food processor to achieve rice-size pieces.

Season the chicken and fry until cooked through (15 to 20 minutes cooking time.) Let cool, and shred it using a fork or cut into small cubes.

In the same pan, sauté  garlic, and then add the cauliflower. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat, making sure to mix to avoid burning. Scramble egg in by directly breaking egg into the pan and mixing.

Mix in the carrots, broccoli, chicken, peas, and spring onions mixing continuously. Cook for about 5 more minutes or until the veggies are soft enough to your liking. Add the gluten free seasoning and sesame oil. Add slices of chili if you want your rice with a bit of a kick. Plate and serve with your favorite side of gluten-free seasoned meat or seafood.

Enjoy!

 

Quick Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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We’ve got another quick and delicious gluten-free pasta recipe for you. This is great for when time is not your friend, since it only takes minutes to prepare! Using gluten-free canned ready meals like some of the gluten-free items of Amy’s brand of organic food, cuts your meal prep time in half. Try this for your lunch this weekend! Definitely, yummy!

INGREDIENTS

1 can of Amy’s Gluten-Free Tomato Bisque

1 pound dried  Gluten-free Pasta (Fusilli, or Penne should work nicely)

4 tbsp salted butter

3 tbsp gluten-free flour

2 cups whole milk

1 cup shredded cheddar

½ pound sliced button mushrooms

3 medium sliced shallots,

A few stems of fresh thyme, washed and dried

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS

Prepare gluten-free pasta as instructed in the pack. While boiling, move on to prepare the sauce.

In a sauce pan, melt butter in low heat and slowly whisk in the flour, and then the milk a little at a time, until fully combined. Adjust heat to medium to simmer, making sure to keep an eye on the mixture to avoid burning, whisking continuously.

Empty the can of gluten-free tomato bisque soup in the sauce pan, and let simmer. Add the cheddar, salt and pepper, and set aside after 1 minute. Cheddar is a gluten-free cheese, lucky us! Only, be careful to use real cheddar and not processed cheddar to avoid any additives that can contain gluten.

In another pan, sauté  shallots until translucent, and then add the mushrooms. You can do a few pieces of mushroom at a time so they have enough space in the pan to get sufficiently browned. You’ll get much more flavor in the dish, this way. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

When the pasta is al dente. Mix in theother ingredients: tomato sauce mixture, shallots and mushrooms. On medium heat, allow to simmer to let the water evaporate, leaving you just enough liquid so that your pasta is creamy but no longer runny.

Serve and enjoy!

 

Recipe from Amy’s, adapted and made gluten-free.