How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot


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This recipe is perfect for when you have a busy schedule and can’t be home all day. It requires only 15 minutes of prep in the morning. When you return home, your house will be filled with the most delightful aroma of simmering lamb stew. 

Half an hour before your stew is done cooking in the crock-pot, add the brussels sprouts. 

The end result is a savory gluten free lamb stew that tastes like you fussed over it all day, but is actually very quick and easy to prepare.

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot:

 
Ingredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1-2 lbs. lamb stew meat, cut into one inch cubes
1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free All Purpose Flour
1 cup gluten free chicken broth (I like Herb Ox or Pacific
1 8oz. can Muir Glen tomato sauce
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. mint flakes
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed of outer leaves and knobby end then cut each in half

Directions:

Step 1. Sauté diced onion, carrots and celery in 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Spoon into the bottom of  your crock-pot.

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot

 

Step 2. Dredge lamb in flour, add 1 tablespoon of oil to the same pan and brown meat on all sides. Spoon into your crock pot.

 

Step 3. Add broth, tomato sauce and seasonings to crock pot and mix. 

 

Step 4. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot

 

Step 5. 30 minutes before the stew is done, add the brussels sprout halves. You can also substitute green beans or peas depending upon your taste.  

Serves 4

Approximate preparation time: 15 minutes 

Approximate cook time: 7 hours

 

How to Make Gluten Free Lamb Stew In A Crock-Pot

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Review: Pastosa Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli


Review: Pastosa Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli - The Gluten Free Homestead

What’s for dinner tonight? How about a plateful of tender ravioli filled with creamy ricotta and Romano cheese and topped with a rich, thick tomato sauce? Thanks to Pastosa Ravioli’s new line of gluten free ravioli that’s exactly the meal my family was able to enjoy today.

The first Pastosa Ravioli store was opened in 1966. On their website, they proudly describe themselves as “A third generation, family-owned and operated Italian specialty food company widely recognized as the source of New York’s finest ravioli, fresh pasta and Italian specialties…Pastosa Ravioli has grown from a Brooklyn landmark to a household name throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.” The gluten free ravioli certainly lives up to their standard of producing delicious, quality food.

Review: Pastosa Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli - The Gluten Free Homestead

Healthy Facts

The gluten free large round cheese ravioli is produced off site where Pastosa assures: “Good manufacturing practices are used to segregate ingredients in a facility that also processes wheat.” They promise that they use only the finest ingredients in their products. The dough of the gluten free cheese ravioli is made with all-natural Domata Living Flour (a gluten free rice flour). The filling is made with whole milk ricotta and Romano cheese.

 Quick and Easy Cook and Prep Time

The ravioli come in a 16 oz package and must be kept frozen until you are ready to eat them. They can keep for 1 month when sealed and frozen. When you are ready to cook them, simply add a tablespoon of salt to boiling water. Gently place the ravioli into the pot and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Cooking Tips

When removing the ravioli from the pot, use a slotted spoon so that they do not break apart. For a delicious red sauce, try organic, gluten free Muir Glen. However, I think these ravioli deserve a homemade sauce. You can find my recipes for flavorful gluten free Italian marinara sauce in this post or gluten free Italian red gravy in this post.

Conclusion

My family tested other gluten free ravioli products before choosing Pastosa as the undeniable winner for best taste. This dough had absolutely no dusty or chalky back taste. The ravioli are quick and effortless to cook, and the ricotta cheese filling is fresh and delicious. One of my sons, who usually refuses to eat gluten free pasta, loved this ravioli and asked for seconds. He said he couldn’t tell that it was gluten free. I recommend this product to all of my readers.

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Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing


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As winter continues to drag on here in the Northeast, I am looking forward quite impatiently to warmer weather. This salad reminds me of spring: fresh spinach and mushrooms topped with a delightfully sweet raspberry dressing. A dear friend shared the recipe with me years ago, and it’s the perfect treat for a healthy, gluten free lunch or a side salad at dinner. Enjoy!

Recipe for Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing:

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 lb.Spinach
8 oz. mushrooms
1¼ cup raspberries, divided (we like Driscoll’s)
2 tblsp Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar
2 tblsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
dash of  pepper
1 g Stevia

Directions:

Rinse spinach. Wash and slice mushrooms. Rinse raspberries.

Combine spinach, mushrooms and 1 cup of the raspberries in a salad bowl.

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

 

Next mash the remaining 1/4 cup of raspberries with the back of a spoon in a strainer over a small bowl or pitcher. Reserve juice, discard seeds.

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

 

Whisk vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and stevia with the raspberry juice. Drizzle over the salad. Gently toss. Serves 6

Tossed Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Approximate preparation time: 15 minutes

 

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Review: Bareburger Restaurant


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As much as I love cooking and creating new recipes, sometimes it is very nice to spend the evening dining out at a restaurant, especially one that offers gluten free options on the menu. When a new restaurant called Bareburger recently opened in our neighborhood advertizing grass-fed burgers on gluten free hamburger buns, my family was quite eager to try it out. Here is my daughter Nicole’s review.

 

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

 

It was a Friday evening, and my family was dining at the Bareburger restaurant that had recently opened in our neighborhood. When the burgers arrived at our table, we collectively held our breath. We were sure the grass-fed beef would taste delicious. The patties were thick and juicy, cooked perfectly pink on the inside. But what about the gluten free buns? Often gluten free bread can taste chalky and fall apart. One of us bravely took the first bite, and his face quickly broke into a wide grin. The hamburger buns had passed the taste test. “Yes,” he said. “That’s what a burger is supposed to taste like.”

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Trying to eat gluten free when dining out can be quite a challenge. It’s always wonderful to find restaurants that not only accommodate gluten allergies, but, like Bareburger, are also knowledgeable about gluten free diets and the dangers of cross contamination. And, of course, have delicious healthy food to boot. Everything on the huge Bareburger menu is organic and all natural from the sodas to the vegetables to the meat and even the ketchup. The menu clearly marks which foods are safe for the gluten free diner. And, yes, those hand cut fries truly are gluten free. At Bareburger, there are dedicated fryers and grills for the gluten free food.

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

Although its name might suggest that this is only a hamburger joint, there are actually a number of meat options on the menu: turkey, grilled chicken, lamb, and (for the more adventurous) wild boar, elk, bison, and even ostrich. Or you can go for a vegetarian option with a portabella mushroom patty. The manager informed us that the gluten free tapioca rice flour buns are actually made by Udi’s, one of our favorite brands. For dessert, we enjoyed the decadent gluten free flourless chocolate cake.

Even though Bareburger is so gluten-free friendly, you should still make sure to inform your server about your gluten free allergy. One of the salads we ordered, which we thought had been marked as gluten free, arrived with two toasted pieces of bread. Another time we had a mix-up where one of us received the wrong bun on her burger. This was an honest mistake because we were a large group and some of us were ordering the brioche buns and others had chosen the gluten free ones.

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

Mom enjoyed her salad. She is not allergic to gluten. However, be sure to let the server know if you are gluten free. No toast with your salad!

Ultimately, though, our dinner was definitely a success, and we’d recommend the restaurant to all of our gluten free friends. At the moment, the Bareburger restaurants are located throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but this spring and summer they are opening locations across the country and even internationally in Germany and Canada.

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

I hope more restaurants will follow Bareburger’s example of healthy, organic, all-natural, humanely raised gluten free food!

Review: Bareburger Restaurant

 

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Meat Pie with Pillsbury’s Gluten Free Pie Dough


Meat Pie with Pillsbury's Gluten Free Pie Dough

My British mother-in-law used to make the most delicious meat pie — tender beef in brown gravy topped with a flaky golden crust. She once gave me the recipe, but somehow over the years it was misplaced. So today I wondered if I could recreate the meat pie from memory, this time with a gluten free twist.

I decided to try Pillsbury’s new gluten free pie and pastry dough for the crust. It was very easy to work with and definitely earned a thumbs up for taste and flakiness. I seared the beef in small batches in the dutch oven before slowly simmering in seasoned broth on the stove.

My efforts were well rewarded with a rich, flavorful pie. The combination of Worcestershire sauce and thyme gave it a slightly more fragrant taste than the one my mother-in-law used to make. The warm savory gravy, hearty beef, and flaky crust definitely make this one of the most delicious comfort foods.

Recipe for Meat Pie with Pillsbury’s Gluten Free Pie Dough:

Ingredients:

2 lbs. beef, cubed
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose flour
3 tblsp. olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 small carrot, diced
2 cups gluten free chicken broth
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tblsp gluten free tomato paste
1 tblsp gluten free tomato sauce
2 tsp. gluten free worcestshire sauce (I use Lee & Perrins)
1 tsp. thyme
Pillsbury gluten free dough

Directions:

Toss meat in flour. Then heat dutch oven. Sear the beef in batches for about 5 minutes on one side before turning over. This is done on a medium to low flame and will form a sticky glaze on the bottom of the pan. Brown on the other sides. Remove meat and set aside. Next heat oil in the same pan over a medium heat scraping up the brown bits, add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Then return beef to the pot. Add broth, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, worcestshire sauce, and thyme. Stir. Cover and simmer for one hour. Stir often.

Meat Pie with Pillsbury's Gluten Free Pie Dough

About 20 minutes before meat is done simmering, preheat oven to 425℉.

Knead half of the dough until softened and no longer crumbly. Flatten into a round. Place between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a round the size of your casserole dish. Carefully peel off top sheet of paper. Replace paper to cover loosely. Carefully turn dough over to remove second sheet of paper. Use paper to carefully turn dough into the casserole and up the sides. Remove paper. Press crust to edge of casserole. Pre-bake bottom crust for 10 minutes. Then using a slotted spoon transfer meat filling into pie crust. Reserve gravy for later to serve with pie as desired.

Repeat with remaining dough, placing second dough on top. Trim and crimp edges together. Make slits to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden. Cover edge of crust with strips of foil after 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6

Approximate preparation time: 25 minutes

Approximate cook time: 1 1/2 hours

Meat Pie with Pillsbury's Gluten Free Pie Dough

 

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Review: Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough


Review: Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough

When shopping at my local supermarket several days ago, I was delightfully surprised to see a tub of Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Could it be true? Had the Pillsbury Doughboy really gone gluten-free? Indeed, it seems this new line of gluten free products was introduced this past summer, but this was the first time I’d seen my supermarket carrying it. Never one to pass up the chance to try a new gluten free product, I brought this one back to the Homestead to see what my taste testers would think. My family unanimously agreed that these cookies were excellent. In fact, the first batch was scoffed up in a matter of minutes. These cookies were the perfect texture and consistency: slightly crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and full of lots of chocolate chips.

Review: Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie DoughHealthy Facts

Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough does not say it is an organic product, but the ingredients list did look free of additives and preservatives (no high fructose corn syrup) and a more all-natural choice than their wheat cookie dough. So even if you’re not following a gluten free diet, you might consider buying this cookie dough instead of the gluten one. Pillsbury is also a proud sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Quick and Easy Cook and Prep Time

The refrigerated cookie dough comes already prepared. No need to mix or add other ingredients. All you need to do is heat the oven to 350˚F. Next, spoon the dough by tablespoonfuls two inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. After taking them out of the oven, let the cookies cool for two minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet and serving to your friends and family (make sure to save several for yourself because they will probably go quite fast).

Cooking Tips

I didn’t use a spoon when placing the dough on the cookie sheet. It was much easier to just roll the dough into small balls with my hands. Make sure the balls are not too small though! Even my larger balls seemed to only make a slightly thicker bite size cookie. Pillsbury has a page on their website for gluten free recipes. Keep an eye on it, as they will probably soon add creative recipes for this cookie dough.

Conclusion

Unlike other gluten free cookie mixes I’ve tried in the past, these Pillsbury gluten free cookies were not crumbly at all. They didn’t fall apart, and they didn’t have any kind of a dry, dusty taste. Rather, they tasted just like the homemade cookies I used to make with wheat flour. I think you could probably bake these for a party and no one would be able to tell that they are gluten free. Yes, they really are that good and certainly live up to Pillsbury’s standards. I can’t wait to try Pillsbury’s gluten free pie and pastry dough, and I hope they have a gluten free version of their crescent rolls in the works too.

Review: Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough

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Broiled Lamb Chops with Gluten Free Mint Sauce


Broiled Lamb Chops with Gluten Free Mint Sauce

Savory lamb chops topped with homemade mint sauce are the perfect way to turn any dinner into a special occasion. But even though this dish tastes gourmet, it’s quick and effortless to make. The sauce takes ten minutes to prepare, and then sets for an hour. Raw, organic and naturally gluten free Bragg’s apple cider vinegar adds a healthy twist. Once you’re ready to make the lamb chops, they will virtually cook themselves in minutes under the broiler.

Recipe for Broiled Lamb Chops with Gluten Free Mint Sauce:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup water
1 g Stevia
1/4 cup chopped mint
2 tablespoons of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
12 lamb chops, about 1 inch thick
2 tblsps. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Make sauce about 1 hour ahead:

Dissolve stevia in 1/4 cup of boiling water. Pour into a small bowl and let it cool about 10 minutes. Then add vinegar and mint. Stir and let sauce steep for at least an hour.

When you are ready to cook, preheat the broiler.

Wash lamb chops and pat dry. Then brush chops with oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil for about 6 minutes on each side. Spoon sauce over the meat. Serves 6

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes

Approximate cook time: 15 minutes

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