Cooking with food intolerances

Chicken Potato Casserole January 3, 2019

I made this after coming home from a week long vacation and before going to the grocery store to replenish, so I was trying to use up what I had on hand. Almost everything came from the freezer. It would have been even faster if I didn’t have to defrost the chicken, or if I’d had leftover chicken to use up. I looked for a recipe, but they all had sour cream and/or canned condensed soups and/or cheese, so I made my own:

4  c. frozen shredded potatoes (I used Trader Joe’s brand)

vegetables (I used 1/2 small bag frozen peas, 1/2 small bag frozen corn, 1/2 small bag of frozen pearl onions, 2 carrots peeled and sliced thin [those I parboiled for 10 minutes because I was worried that they wouldn’t cook all the way through]

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced

2 1/2- 3 c. gravy

spices (I used 1/2 tsp. rosemary, 1/2 tsp. thyme, 1/2 tsp. basil, 1 tsp. nutritional yeast, 1 tsp. sea salt, and 1 tsp. ground pepper)

I layered everything in an 11″ x 17″ glass pan, then mixed it all together at the end. I did not precook the potatoes or the vegetables (except the carrots).

For the gravy, I put 3 Tbs. soy-free Earth Balance, and 3 1/2 Tbs. GF flour (I used Pamela’s bread flour blend) in a saucepan on medium. After “butter” is melted, stir together. Then add liquid a little at a time. I used 2 c. homemade chicken broth, and 1/2 to 3/4 c. of So Delicious coconut beverage for mine. I seasoned with salt & pepper.

Then I poured the gravy on top, and mixed everything up. I gave it the sniff test to see if it needed anything else. Bake in preheated 375F oven for 45 minutes. I was hoping for leftovers, but was disappointed.



Clam Chowder January 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 7:17 pm

2 6-1/2 oz. cans of minced or chopped clams

1/2 medium sweet onion, finely chopped

4 small red potatoes, cubed  

1 c. water or chicken broth

1 leek, thinly sliced                 

2 carrots, thinly sliced  

¼ tsp. thyme

¼ tsp. parsley

2 ½ Tbs. soy-free Earth Balance             

1 3/4 c. So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk

Drain the clams and reserve the clam juice in a large pot. Add 1 c. chicken broth or water. Cook the potatoes and carrots in the clam juice/water until tender (about 15 minutes).

In a skillet, sauté the onion and leek in soy-free Earth Balance on low until tender. Add clams, thyme and parsley, and ¼ tsp. salt & few dashes of pepper. Sauté for additional 3 to 4 minutes.

When potatoes are tender, add the remaining ingredients into pot, and heat but do not boil.

I only use 1 Tbs. minced onion now to reduce the fructose in this dish. I also replaced the thyme and parsley with a spice blend that I got from spiceandtea.com called “Mariner’s Chowder Spice Blend.”


Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookies December 17, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 6:43 am

cranberry orange sugar cookies

Still looking for ways to use the cranberry orange relish from Thanksgiving. A couple dollops here, a couple dollops there….

3/4 c. Soy-free Earth Balance
1 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
2 c. gluten-free flour (I use Pamela’s GF Bread flour)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. cranberry orange relish

1/2 c. sugar
zest of one clementine

Mix top group of ingredients together. Shape dough into 1″ ball and roll in sugar and orange zest. Place 2″ apart on ungreased insulated cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated 350F oven.

Cranberry orange relish is a Thanksgiving tradition in our house. Ground whole oranges and cranberries, with a little sugar.


Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake October 16, 2018

Filed under: Dessert,Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 5:07 pm
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I wanted cake. Something moist. Something delicious. Something different. I googled and there weren’t many choices out there, certainly not with my restrictions. I saw many recipes that including grinding an entire orange, skin and all, but that seemed like a lot of work, which I wasn’t in the mood for. One recipe said 2 Tbs. poppy seeds, and another recipe said 1 1/2 cups of poppy seeds. That seemed like a big range. So I combined a few recipes, then de-glutened it, and un-dairy-ed it. Then changed the recipe as I went because I ran out of the So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk. But what I got was DELICIOUS.

3 c. 1:1 gluten free flour blend (like Pamela’s bread mix)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sea salt
2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. soy free Earth Balance (or other safe margarine)
1/2 c. corn or canola oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla (I make my own)
zest from one naval orange
1/2 c. pulp free orange juice
3/4 c. So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 c. poppy seeds

Mix all together in mixer until combined/uniform. Pour into greased Bundt pan. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 55-65 minutes.

Optional: glaze with icing made from confectioners sugar and orange juice.

It’s day 3 and it’s still moist and delicious.

I needed a picture to go with the post, so I had to slice another piece… and now I have to eat it. See what blogging forces me to do? That’s okay. I’ll take one for the team.


Pork & Black Bean Soup June 30, 2018

Filed under: Soup,Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 10:17 am
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This summer I am going to focus on some Mediterranean dishes, since my husband has decided he is going back on the Mediterranean diet, to lose a little weight and bring his cholesterol down. I didn’t get a picture of this one, because I wasn’t doing it for the blog. But after the fact, since everyone liked it so much, I decided to post it here, so I wouldn’t forget it.

6 c. homemade chicken broth
1 can black beans
1 1/2 c. cubed cooked pork (leftover from a roast pork loin the other night)
1 Tbs. chopped onion
2 carrots peeled, and sliced
1 can Sofrito (like salsa)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2-3/4 tsp. hickory smoked salt

Throw it all in a pot, and simmer on low for 2 hours. Delicious!


Anise Cookies November 26, 2016

Filed under: Dessert,Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 9:03 am
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1/2 c. Soy-free Earth Balance  dsc05780

3/4 c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 3/4 c. gluten-free flour blend (I use Pamela’s)

1 Tbs. crushed anise seeds

1/2 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together. Put down a sheet of wax paper about 12″ long (standard width). Plop the dough along one side, and roll up so that you have a tube of dough. Chill in refrigerator for about one hour. Take dough out of fridge and remove from wax paper. Cut into slices 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick (I made one sheet of thinner slices and one sheet of thicker slices). Place on insulated baking sheet, leaving about an inch between cookies. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 11-13 minutes.

I liked the thinner ones dipped in my tea, because they were crisp. The softer ones were good for just snacking on. I’m keeping in an air-tight container and so far they’ve lasted 2 days (because my kids don’t like anise!).



What’s in My Pantry? October 30, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 2:09 pm

dsc05724So last fall (2015) my daughter healed from all of her food intolerances and can eat anything. So now, it’s my son, 16, who can’t have gluten, dairy, soy, or eggs (if the chicken has been feed soy) and me. I have the longer list these days. I can’t have: gluten, dairy, soy, garlic, chocolate, turmeric, beef, black tea, tree nuts, grapefruit, mango (most fruits actually because I’m very low fructose), and probably others I’m forgetting.

I like whole foods, and I like cooking/baking from scratch, however, I also work 2 jobs, so I do like some convenience foods when I can get them. So if you’re new to this, and want to stock your pantry, these are brands that I’ve found to be safe, and are great to be able to make all sorts of things (remember that we are a mixed house – 3 of us can eat anything, two are restricted):

  • ketchup: Simply Heinz (made with sugar; no corn syrup)
  • Price Rite brand hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot, but it doesn’t have garlic in it) because I love hot wings and buffalo chicken dip
  • Whole Foods 365 Mayonnaise (the only one I’ve found with no soy and actually tastes good; not safe for son)
  • Pamela’s gluten free flour blend (I buy it on Subscribe & Save on Amazon and store it in an airtight bin, which sits in the kitchen, next to the cooktop)
  • Old El Paso corn taco shells (Ortega has soy in them)
  • Ancient Harvest Quinoa flakes (for chicken nuggets) and Quinoa
  • canola oil
  • olive oil
  • Nutiva coconut oil
  • Nature’s Promise organic balsamic vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • confectioner’s sugar (if you can’t have corn, Trader Joe’s has one made with tapioca starch, but it’s seasonal for some odd reason – who only bakes seasonally?)
  • Bob’s Red Mill flax meal (egg replacement; I keep mine in the freezer, along with Red Star yeast)
  • chia seeds (egg replacement)
  • dried black beans
  • dried navy beans
  • from my mother’s organic garden: canned tomatoes, zucchini relish, sweet pickles, dill pickles, popcorn, Jacob’s cattle beans, applesauce, beets (pickled and plain), roasted pumpkin seeds. Since it’s October, I also have butternut squash, baking potatoes, and onions from her.
  • So Delicious culinary coconut milk
  • King Arthur gluten free yellow cake mix
  • King Arthur gluten free doughnut mix
  • Zico coconut water
  • Heartland and Barilla gluten free pasta (Tinkyada for lasagna noodles)
  • Spring roll skins
  • Cento manzanilla green olives (most brands have lactate in them, which can be dairy sourced)
  • Bob’s Red Mill grits
  • Quaker white corn meal
  • Spectrum palm shortening
  • Bragg’s nutritional yeast (for cheesy flavor in chicken divan)
  • Peter Pan peanut butter
  • Ener-G egg replacer (though I use chia seeds mostly)
  • Organic coconut flakes
  • Simply Balanced gluten free plain breadcrumbs
  • Luce’s gluten free bread mix (sourdough & rye are our favorites)
  • organic tomato paste (from Costco)
  • Goya canned black beans
  • Genova tuna packed in olive oil
  • Newman’s Own mild salsa (son only)
  • Black Pearl olives
  • Great Lakes pork gelatin (to make gummies, gelatin salads, and marshmallows)
  • Armour or Hormel corned beef hash (son only)
  • Old El Paso traditional refried beans (my son uses them as a dip for Tostitos)
  • For kids’ lunchboxes, we also have: Lay’s and Cape Cod potato chips (plain), Tostitos organic and regular plain corn chips, Capri Sun and Poland Spring Water, Organic mott’s no-sugar-added applesauce, Enjoy Life s’mores bars, Enjoy Life chocolate chocolate chip cookies