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Lentil Taco “Meat”

Published July 16, 2018 by lynn k scott

In an effort to stay on a (mostly) meat-free, cancer-fighting diet, I thought I would make some lentils in my Instant Pot.  I used this recipe as a guide, however, I halved the recipe because I was cooking just for me.

I did adjust the ingredients and used the following:

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • small red onion; diced
  • (2) cloves of garlic; minced
  • half a can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper

I did saute the onions in a bit of olive oil and added the garlic once the onions were just about done cooking.  Added the rest of the ingredients, gave it a stir and set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes.  Quick release when the time was up.

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The lentils were full of flavor.  Sadly, I was out of avocados and gluten-free tortillas, but I still plated and consumed them happily.  These definitely are a great substitution for meat.

I will note, the original recipe says it’s vegetarian, but that’s only if you use water and she uses chicken stock.  If you use water to cook the lentils, it actually becomes a great tasting, vegan dish.

Give it a try…I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Fruit Platter

Published July 5, 2018 by lynn k scott

Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a background in catering; esp. when I have to bring something to a potluck. However, I do and that’s why I can’t just pick up pre-cut fruit, and bring it to where ever I am going.

Recently, I made a fruit platter for our VBS (Vacation Bible School) potluck bbq. I had envisioned using a cored out pineapple as the center of the dish; however, this was not meant to be.

I laid down some red-leaf lettuce. One, it provides a nice garnish but also covers up an blemishes on the platter. When I can, I prefer to use purple kale and I like the color contrast, but I had to use what was available.

I then cut a watermelon in half and sliced the half. This gave me some straight pieces of watermelon, which I halved again and created watermelon triangles. I placed them on the border of the platter and added a second layer.

I had cubed some cantaloupe melon and made a small layer, adding it between the watermelon layers to hold up the second layer of watermelon.

Added blackberries, opposite each other, did the same with some grapes and added cherries in the center. After all, everything is better when topped with a cherry (or cherries, in this case), right?

Last touch was to sprinkle some blueberries over the entire platter.

All in all, I was pleased with the outcome. To me, it ended up looking like a flower was in bloom.

Homemade fruit platters aren’t the cheapest to make, but they are gluten-free, fresh tasting and provide a healthy alternative to some of the items that normally accompany a bbq.

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REBLOG: Gluten Free Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Published June 8, 2018 by lynn k scott

What’s better than caramel thumbprint cookies? Healthy gluten free salted caramel thumbprint cookies; that’s what! Well, okay, healthier is probably a more accurate description, but with just a touch of sugar and most of the sweetness coming from agave syrup, we are definitely a long way from unhealthy. These salted caramel thumbprint cookies are made without…

via Gluten Free Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies (low fat & sugar) —

“Fried” chicken

Published June 4, 2018 by lynn k scott

My husband enjoys fried chicken.  While I don’t mind making it for him, I do dislike the smell of oil that permeates my entire house and I get to relive that smell for several days.

Have I mentioned how much I love my air fryer?  If not, just know I do.  I am already considering purchasing a larger one because it’s just that great!

This recipe is exactly how I used to prepare chicken, before letting it cook in hot oil.  I am so grateful those days are officially history.  I only make “fried” chicken in the air fryer now.

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free (or all-purpose) flour
  • Eggs; slightly beaten (you can add a bit of water or milk if you’d like)
  • Various spices (salt, pepper, thyme, paprika, etc.) to mix into the flour
  • Chicken legs

You can marinate the chicken in buttermilk overnight if you want.  I have done it with and without, and either way it turns out great.

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Dredge the chicken in the egg and then in the flour.  Shake off excess flour and repeat.  Set aside on a small baking dish or plate and refrigerate until the flour becomes pasty (at least 30 minutes).

I usually prep the chicken before I leave for work and just cook when I get home.

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Using your air fryer, heat it for a few minutes at 390 degrees.  Add chicken to the basket and cook 15-20 minutes per side; depending on thickness.  Flip chicken and repeat.

 

You get crispy “fried” chicken every time.  No oil, minimal mess and a clean-smelling house.

Definitely play with the spices you want to add to your flour.  I haven’t used corn meal or other coatings, but I intend to.  This basic recipe allows for a lot of modifying to your particular tastes.  Enjoy a healthier “fried” chicken.

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Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Published June 1, 2018 by lynn k scott

Summer is coming and so are the family cookouts.  I created this recipe a few years ago.  It was a painstaking process, as I normally cook by sights and taste vs measurements.

I DESPISE mayo (gag, yuck, ewww).  I always have and always will.  I actually published this mayo-free potato salad recipe  on http://www.allrecipes.com.  It’s gotten some pretty good reviews.  The nice part is, it’s completely adjustable.  I am always tweaking recipes and adding items or removing them.  If you don’t like paprika, skip it.  Like olives, add ’em.

Please don’t expect a nice “white” potato salad.  If you add the paprika in the dressing mix, it will change the color a bit.  I actually like the rustic color.  A bonus, is it’s gluten-free.  Having to be on a special diet, food can be challenging.  This version of potato salad is very flavorful.

I also like using potatoes I don’t have to peel.  It makes the process a bit quicker that way. Give it a go.  I’d love your feedback if you do make this recipe.

Happy cooking!

My lil baker

Published May 18, 2018 by lynn k scott

Many of you know my daughter is homeschooled.  An area we focus on, besides core classes, is life skills.  It’s so important for a child to know how to take care of him/herself.  One area, that I truly enjoy teaching my daughter is cooking and baking.  She may not take initiative in cleaning her room or showering (what is with tweens???), but cooking and baking are becoming her thing.  She doesn’t even realize she’s reinforcing fractions, reading and science concepts.

Having worked in the hospitality industry most of my life, I am constantly taking pictures of my culinary creations.  My lil miss has picked up on this and now takes pictures of her creations.

Yesterday, I saw she posted a pic of green whipped cream that she was beating by hand.  I called her and let her know, she’d need to beat it a lot more.  Even I use the Kitchen Aid mixer for whipped cream; but to each their own.

I asked why she was making homemade whipped cream.  Without missing a beat, she replied, “to go with my bundt cake”.  Her inner artist comes out to play, especially, while baking.  Her homemade biscuits, that she made earlier in the week, received sprinkles.  I kid you not.  They were very colorful.

She then informed me that cake was gluten-free.  I was surprised, but happy.  She really wants to make sure I can eat what she makes.  I normally always cheat to taste everything she makes.

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I get home to see her bundt cake in a baking dish.  I let her know that wasn’t a bundt cake.  She said, “I couldn’t find the pan.”  I showed her where it was and then tried a little piece of the cake.  It was SOOOOOOO good!  I noticed it was slightly pink and had a little crunch, here and there.  I asked her about it.  Of course…should have known….SPRINKLES!!!  She cracks me up.  She puts her own spin on everything she makes.

It turns out the Betty Crocker bundt cake recipe can be made gluten-free just by substituting the regular flour with gluten-free flour.  I prefer to use Pamela’s Artisan blend as my gluten-free flour of choice.  The results are amazing and you’d never know it was gluten-free.

My daughter may not realize it yet, but she’s creating her own memories that she will pass down to her children one day.  My future grandchildren will get a kick out of hearing how colorful their mom’s baking used to be.  I’m so proud of the thoughtful, independent, capable, young woman she is becoming.

 

 

The culinary bug bit me….again

Published May 7, 2018 by lynn k scott

I admit it. Since being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemo and just functioning has consumed most of my energy. I haven’t canned a thing all year. I haven’t even been baking as much as I used to. This simply won’t do.

The culinary bug has been buzzing past my ear and I have been itching to get back into the kitchen. Saturday, I picked up three dozen eggs from a local farm. Ok, so I pay a bit more for them, but they are fresh, they taste great and I LOVE getting blue-shelled eggs.

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Yes, they taste the same as a brown-shelled egg, but shouldn’t you appreciate the beauty of something so simple?

Sunday is our busiest day of the week. We have church in the morning and my daughter has youth group in the evening. During that time, we have to eat, normally run errands; including grocery shopping.

As soon as we got home from shopping, I went to work. I had the best intentions of making a gluten-free loaf of bread, but time wasn’t on my side. Instead, I prepped veggies for the work week. I take them to snack on.

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I wanted to use the tomatoes that I purchased last week. What popped into my mind? Roasted totato soup! I roasted the Roma tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Since I needed to roast onions too, I used my air fryer. LOVE that machine!!!

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While that was roasting, I made peanut butter. Yup…super simple. Just use peanut powder, a bit of salt and almond milk. Now, I have something to dip that boring celery in. That’s a win in my book. I also put some beans in a bowl with water to soak.

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It was time for a nap…yup those are still needed as chemo all but destroys your body and being over 40, I bounce back about as much as a deflated ball.

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We stopped off at the Asian market to get a few supplies the regular stores don’t carry. Then off to the she-child’s youth group. I stayed because there was a parent forum with a lot of useful information.

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As soon as we got home, I started a batch of yogurt. While that was coming to temperature, I diced an onion and pulled out the ingredients to make crock pot baked beans. Yup, that’s for tonight’s dinner. Need to keep it simple, so we can start making lumpia for a church potluck on Wednesday. I also made the base for ube ice cream. It’s my most favorite ice cream ever. Heck, I love ube in all sorts of dishes. By making my own ube ice cream, I can guarantee it’s gluten-free. It’s so worth it. I will be putting that in the ice cream maker tonight.

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Cleaned up my kitchen, took the dogs out and headed up to bed. The culinary bug is still in my house. Not sure when it’s going away, but dang if I didn’t get a lot accomplished yesterday!

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