Sunday, April 19, 2020

Scalloped Potato Casserole Em Style

3 pounds of organic red potatoes peeled and shredded
1 small onion shredded or diced very small
2-3 tablespoons of fresh organic oregano leaves chopped
1/2-1 pound of cheddar cheese (white cheese that is annatto free)
1-2 cups milk
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Shred potatoes and onions to resemble hash browns. Oil the bottom of a 13x9 glass-baking pan. Spread the potato and onions in the pan evenly. Add oregano evenly throughout. Salt well… as the potatoes will soak up the salt and may need more than normal. Add milk over top. Shred the cheese and distribute evenly across the top. Bake at 350° on next to the bottom rack for about an hour or until the potatoes are softened and the cheese is browned. Let it set for a few minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Have a Happy, Healthy, Gluten Free day!

~Gluten Free Em~

Em Kennedy
Copyright 2020

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Gluten Free Em’s Favorite White Bread

This bread takes a little effort, but is worth every bit of it! Fresh out of the bread machine it has a moist texture and is great for sandwiches. Of course, after a day or two it dries out and gets crumbly like all homemade bread. That is never a problem in my home though, because we eat it all up in one day!!!

Shopping list:
Sugar in the Raw (Or brown, or white will do.)
Apple cider vinegar
Honey (Raw honey if possible)
Olive oil
White rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill is the brand that I recommend on all the flours except brown rice.)
Brown rice flour (Freshly milled using a Wondermill is how I do it.)
Tapioca starch
Potato starch
Almond meal
Active dry yeast (Make sure it says it is gluten free)

If you don’t have a corn allergy, you can also purchase xanthan gum and use a small amount, but it is not required. It does give it a more elastic texture, which makes it that much closer to the white bread you are used to. I personally do not use it any more.
If you have a bread machine:
Mix together…
2 whole eggs plus 2 egg whites
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons  Sugar in the raw (or brown sugar)
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
Break up the yolks with a fork and add honey to the bread pan covering the paddle thoroughly with honey. Pour in liquid mixture.
Add dry ingredients…
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 1/2 cup white rice flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch
3/4 cup potato starch
1/4 cup almond meal
2 teaspoons of yeast/ or one packet
Set bread machine on basic with medium crust and don’t forget to scrape the edges to ensure all dry ingredients are mixed in to the batter.

Without a bread machine:
Mix the same liquid ingredients with a mixer until the eggs are frothy. Slowly add dry ingredients, scraping edge of bowl to mix thoroughly. Transfer to a greased and floured loaf pan leaving at least an inch space at the top of the pan for the dough to rise. (Can be divided into two smaller loaves if desired.) Heat oven to 200°, then turn off. Place pan with dough into the warm oven to rise. In about an hour dough should be nearly doubled. Gently press the top of the loaf until it deflates slightly. Let rise again for 1 hour. Bake at 325° for roughly 45 minutes, or until top is very dark and toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Baking time will vary based of your oven.

If you don’t have a bread machine and are serious about going gluten free—Do yourself a favor and Go GET ONE! They save you time, effort, and money. They make the bread much better in texture and taste, not to mention nutrition from fresh ingredients. You will be happy you did!

~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2016

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Pizza

Who doesn't like a good pizza, right? Food allergies can really limit the availability of safe foods, and pizza is no exception. But not any longer!!! Here is my personal corn free, gluten free, legume free pizza recipe! This can easily be nut free as well by simply leaving out the almond flour.

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Pizza

2 cups freshly milled brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 -2 cups high protein Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup almond meal (optional)

Gluten and corn free toppings of your choice. Some recommended topping listed below.
Your favorite salsa or pizza sauce. (I use Newman's Own mild salsa)
3/4 pound grated Grazier's medium cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
1-2 large white mushrooms sliced
1/2 a small onion diced
1/2 a bell pepper diced
ham or pepperoni diced (Applegate is a safe gluten free, corn free brand but always check the label to be sure as products can change)

Preheat oven to 425°
Bake time is about 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. (varies based on oven)
Makes (2) 13 x 9 pizza's or 2 medium round pizza's.

Mix dry ingredients together. Add yogurt to form moist dough. Adjust amount to make sure all flour is moistened. Add olive oil. Divide dough in half. Line 2 pizza pans with parchment paper. I use 13 x 9 glass pans or cookie sheets. Place dough in pans. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top of dough and work dough evenly throughout the pan. Do with other pan as well. Peel back top parchment paper slowly and gently. Add salsa or pizza sauce on top of  moist dough, then add preferred toppings including cheese. Bake until edges start to brown, and cheese is starting to brown. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before attempting to cut and serve.
~Gluten Free Em~

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