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Popeye Risotto – Gluten Free

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Popeye Risotto:

  • Spinach Stock
  • Olive oil 2 teaspoon
  • Garlic 2 tablespoons
  • Baby Spinach 9 oz (1 Bag)
  • Grey Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper 1/8 teaspoon
  • White Wine 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom 2 Whole – crushed and seeds removed
  • Vegetable Stock 2 1/2 cups

 Risotto:

Olive Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Butter 1 tablespoon
  • Bamboo Rice 1 cup
  • Ground Ginger 1/8 teaspoon
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/4 cup

Method of Preparation:

  1. Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  2.  Peel garlic and rough chop it, set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy bottom skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  4.  Add chopped garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  5.  Add cardamom seeds and baby spinach.
  6.  Cook over medium heat until spinach has wilted.
  7.  Add white wine and cook for an additional minute.
  8.  Season with salt and pepper
  9.  In the pitcher of a blender add 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock and spinach mixture.
  10.  Blend on high-speed until well blended.
  11.  Add spinach stock to a medium sauce pan and keep warm over low heat.
  12.  In the same skillet as before add remaining olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  13.  Once the butter has melted add the bamboo rice and stir until well coated.
  14.  Sprinkle ground ginger and stir well.
  15.  Stir in 1 cup of spinach stock – just enough to cover the rice.
  16.  Stir well and continue to stir until the rice has almost completely absorbed the stock.
  17.  Continue this until all stock has been added to rice and absorbed. This should take about 20-30 minutes.
  18.  Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.
  19.  To serve top with grated lemon zest and pine nuts (optional)

Chef Notes:You can use arborio rice instead of the bamboo rice, it will have the same texture and consistency. I have made a similar recipe with the arborio rice and it is very delicious and flavorful.

It is easy being green…and delicious too!

About the Author: Jenny Manseau is a Chef, Culinary Nutrition student and author of the blog Creative Cooking Gluten FreeJenny created her website after being diagnosed in 2008 with Celiac Disease and takes many “regular” every day recipes and alters them to the gluten-free diet.

5 Gluten-Free Slow-Cooker Recipes

Getting dinner on the table doesn’t have to be a battle—at least not when you rely on your trusty slow cooker. From working moms to busy singles to frenzied families of all kinds, everybody knows that there’s a sweet simplicity to throwing ingredients together, plugging in the crockpot, and focusing on something else. Once the ingredients are cooking, you can sit back, relax and know that dinner will be ready in a few short hours. Plus, what’s even better is that these slow-cook dinners are easily gluten-free! So the next time your household needs a fast, convenient, home-cooked meal sans gluten and sans heavy prep work, look no further than these five crockpot staples.

1. Crockpot Chili

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Stuff your slow cooker with ingredients in the morning, and have a hearty, meaty meal ready for you that night. Whether you eat a bowl of chili alongside watching the football game or as standard weeknight fare, one thing is certain: It is hard not to love a meal that comes together this easily.  For an example of an easy, gluten-free crockpot chili recipe, try this one from Food.com:

RECIPE IDEA: Debbie’s Crockpot Chili: Debbie’s crockpot chili combines tomatoes with spices, beef, and kidney beans for a low-prep, slow-cook chili that users rank with five stars.

2. Crockpot Pot Roast

Is there any meal more comforting than a tender pot roast that’s been cooking all day with vegetables like carrots and potatoes adding to the flavor? Because pot roast revolves around meat, stock, spices, and vegetables, it’s a meal easy to make gluten-free. If you use bouillon cubes or packaged stock, be sure they are gluten-free too.

RECIPE IDEA: Use My Gluten-Free Kitchen’s recipe to make a pot roast with just seven ingredients, a long 8-hour cook time, and enough portions to feed six. This recipe includes 12 ounces of cream of mushroom soup—so look for a brand that’s marked as gluten-free.

3. Crockpot Potato Soup

Creamy, comforting, and delicious, potato soup is a favorite on a cool evening. Plus, beyond dicing up the ingredients, the prep work is almost nothing. Combine all your ingredients in the morning and come home to simmering soup—It’s as simple as that!

RECIPE IDEA: At Mama Loves Food, the potato soup recipe combines 5 pounds of russet potatoes with an onion, 10 cloves of garlic, 8 cups of stock, and 16 ounces of cream cheese. As long as your stock is free of gluten, this recipe is as Celiac-safe as it is incredibly easy.

4. Crockpot Roast Chicken

Think roasting a chicken has to involve trusses and basting and constant supervision? Think again! The truth is, roasting a chicken can be dead simple—So simple, you can even do it in a slow-cooker. Slow-cooking a whole chicken involves rubbing the bird with oil and spices, placing it in your crockpot, adding vegetables like celery and onion, and plugging in the pot. In 4 to 6 hours, it’s done.

RECIPE IDEA: In the slow-cooker recipe from Skinny Ms., the blogger recommends using a crockpot with a built-in temperature probe. “Put the probe in the fatty part of the thigh and set the probe to 165 degrees,” she writes. Then the slow cooker automatically adjusts the temperature as the chicken cooks.

5. Crockpot Vegetable Stew

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For another vegetarian slow-cooker option that is also gluten-free, consider a crockpot vegetable stew. Made with ingredients like carrots, potatoes, onion, squash, and greens, a vegetable stew is yet another crockpot dish that screams comfort. Plus, after a little prep work chopping vegetables and combining them in the pot, all you have to do is turn on the slow cooker and go on with your day. Dinner will be ready when you need it.

RECIPE IDEA: Chow.com has a vegetable stew recipe filled with various spices and a medley of root vegetables: pumpkin, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. Be sure to choose a gluten-free stock or broth, and you have a wonderful gluten-free dinner option. It’s easy to prepare, easy to cook, and perfect for both gluten-free and vegetarian eaters.

Your Thoughts

Have you made many gluten-free meals in your crockpot? As the season changes and cooler temperatures come to an end, there’s never been a better time to start adding gluten-free crockpot meals to your repertoire. What other gluten-free favorites do you have?

About the author: Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PacMoore (http://www.pacmoore.com/) in Hammond, IN. PacMoore is a contract manufacturer focused on processing dry ingredients for the food & pharmaceutical industries. Capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, & consumer packaging.

Scrumptious Granola Love Crush Bars

Want to surprise your sweetheart with something homemade for Valentine’s Day? How about some Granola Love Crush Bars.  Ditch that idea of the store bought box of chocolates and make this delicious sweet that leaves both of your sweet tooth’s satisfied! Get the full recipe here!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Oatmeal
  • 2 cups Corn flakes
  • 1 cup Dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup Milk chololate chips
  • 3 Tbl Butter
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 2 Tbl Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Butter a strip of foil and line the bottom of a square baking dish. Toast the oatmeal and corn flakes in a 350~ oven for 5 minutes and then place in a large bowl. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, oatmeal, corn flakes, dried cranberries, pecans (hold the chocolate chips until things cool). In a sauce pan melt the butter, honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Poor the warm mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. Wait about 5 minutes and add the chocolate chips (reserve a few to place on top of the bar). Place the mixture in the lined baking dish and press them into place to cover the pan and create the square bar shape (you can use wax paper). Once the mixture is pressed into the pan, add the additional chocolate chips and press those into the top of the bars. Refrigerate for one to three hours, remove and cute into even rectangles. Place into bags or baggies for easy on the go snacks.

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About the Author: I’m Julie, a home stylist, blogger, wife and mother of four living on the beach in San Diego California. I created Burlap and Crystal to keep me inspired and maybe even get you inspired. It’s a place to document the things I love. It has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style through recipes, entertaining tips, home décor, fab-finds, DIY projects and even a little piece of me…styling life my way.

Charity of the Month February 2014 – New York Bully Crew

EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2014. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.

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February’s Charity of the Month has been chosen by Lauren Tzanateas, an EatSmart fan.

Founded in December 2010, the New York Bully Crew is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization. This 501c3 is based on Long Island but their outreach is nationwide. Similar to Animal Planet’s hit show “Pit bulls and Parolees”, the NYBC specializes in rescuing pit bulls, the world’s most misunderstood breed of dog. However, the NYBC does not turn away any animal in dire need of rescue and they are willing to assist in all phases of rescue. The NYBC’s mission is to bring positive attention to what they consider to be the most loyal breed of dog. They work to give seconds chances to the innocent dogs that have been discarded by humans simply because of their breed. The NYBC’s Instagram profile reads, “On a tireless, fearless crusade to #savePits from the unimaginable abuse, neglect and abandonment they face every day.” At the NYBC, they firmly believe that there are “no” bad dogs, just bad owners. “New York Bully Crew… Speaking for the ones who can’t.”

The NYBCs website offers numerous pictures of “adoptables” (and might I add they are darn cute!) There is also an outlet to report abuse, volunteer opportunities, and feel good success stories.

Connect with the New York Bully Club.

http://nybullycrew.org/
https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkBullyCrew
Twitter: @thenybullycrew
Instagram: NewyorkBullyCrew

About the Author:  Lauren is a recent Fairfield University Undergraduate.  She majored in English with a Concentration in Professional Writing and a Marketing Minor.  She is a reader, writer, and animal lover, that enjoys to maintain a healthy lifestyle by cooking exciting new dishes for her family and friends.

We will be donating 50 cents for every new Twitter follower during the month of January. (So spread the word!)

Click here and EatSmart will donate:

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If interested in submitting a charity for consideration, please email joseph@eatsmartproducts.com. The donation amount will be capped at 500 new followers/likes.

Spicy Szechuan Lettuce Wraps (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

spicy szechuan

Ingredients:

  • 8 Ounces Shaved Top Sirloin Steak
  • About 2 Tbs. San-J Gluten Free Spicy Szechuan Sauce (Enough to taste)
  • 1 Yellow Sweet Onions
  • 2 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • Brown Rice (See Below) (1/2 cup per serving)

Ahead of Time:

  1. Prep your favorite brown rice according to the package directions and set aside to cool.
  2. Cut some Romaine lettuce to use as tortillas! This is what we will be putting our steak and onions into!

Instructions:

  1. Wash and peel onions, and chop them finely.
  2. Next, put the onions in a large wok or any other pan with high sides will do.
  3. Add in the shaved steak, and put on medium heat.
  4. Add in a splash of San-J Gluten Free Spicy Szechuan sauce, to give the dish some spice and flavor
  5. Sautee for about 5 minutes, or until the steak is cooked thoroughly.
  6. Divide into 4 and add ½ cup brown rice to each serving.
  7. Let cool for a minute or two and enjoy!!

Get the full recipe here!

About the Author:  My name is Sarah Tsacogianis and I am a 20 year old college student with celiac disease and other allergies. I have a passion for cooking/baking (always have) as well as helping others. I like to combine the two, to create tasty recipes, that are not only allergen free BUT also have a healthy “clean eating” twist! Check out her website Gluten Free Gal and follow her on Instagram!

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