Gluten-Free Easy Polenta Lasagna Recipe

August 4th, 2009 yum Posted in Corn, Easy, Italian, Polenta, Vegetarian, cheese, leftovers 7 Comments »

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In my menu of the week post I mentioned that a friend had brought over a bunch of yummy gluten-free dishes for my freezer. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as I’d been eating frozen Amy’s meals for almost every meal at that point and was going slightly insane over the lack of variety. I missed home cooked meals desperately, but it’s hard to find time to make them with a newborn vying for your attention. (And so adorably, too!) Among many other things, she brought me some frozen polenta squares, which still was a world of flavor better than the nasty processed kinds in the tube… and they reminded me of a dish I’d enjoyed at a fancy restaurant in Boulder, Colorado with layers of tomato sauce, melted cheese, and spinach in a cheese sauce. I made a busy momma’s version of that dish using the polenta cubes for dinner, and the DH and I enjoyed them greatly. Why not try some yourself on a busy weekday? This recipe comes together really quickly with the polenta prepared the night before (or week! or month, if frozen). I wouldn’t have thought to freeze polenta, but it is a very nice way to extend the polenta’s life. Just defrost in microwave (carefully) and drain any liquid that seeps out. You will have to handle the polenta carefully as it will be softer after being defrosted than if you had just taken it out of your refrigerator when firm.

Polenta Spinach Lasagna Square Recipe
Ingredients
1 recipe prepared polenta, chilled until firm and cut into thin, 1/4 in. thick, 3 inch wide cubes. (Prepare according to box instructions, using veg broth instead of water if desired, and spices to taste)

1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Your favorite grill seasoning (gluten-free)
small bowlful of fresh spinach
marinara sauce (gluten-free, of course- most are, luckily)
Organic cheddar or feta cheese

Directions
Heat olive oil in nonstick pan on medium and swirl to evenly cover surface. Add your polenta squares and season generously with grill seasoning. Let brown and then turn. Season browned side and turn once more to set in the spices. Add spinach to one side of the pan and let wilt. To assemble, heat oven to broil. Place browned polenta squares on cookie sheet and top with wilted spinach. Drizzle with marinara sauce and top with organic cheese. Place under broiler and let cheese get melted and golden brown on top. Enjoy!
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Gluten Free Mexican Recipes: Vegetarian Potato Tofu Chard Enchilada Recipe

July 16th, 2009 yum Posted in Garlic-free, Mexican, Potatoes, Vegetarian, cheese, tofu 5 Comments »

potatoenchilada5 This week I started preparing food to stock our mini-freezer for after the baby comes. I always enjoy frozen enchiladas, so I thought I’d make some. I like Amy’s gluten-free enchiladas, but they are either very rich and cheesy or a little too healthy, without much in between. Also, at least in California where I live, the price of Amy’s meals has been consistently creeping up into the $5/meal mark, which I find a bit excessive. For dinner tonight, I decided to make a healthy gluten-free enchilada filled with lots of delicious chard, tofu, and potatoes. I was inspired by Indian aloo jeera recipes (potatoes with cumin) when I prepared the potatoes using a healthy twice browning Indian technique, but I used mexican spices like epazote and chili to bring out the spirit of (Fusion) enchiladas. I’d never had potato enchiladas before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this healthy and tasty enchilada, and I think it’s going to be delicious on a night when I have no time to cook and am sick of prepared food after Baby Yum joins us. I hope you enjoy it as well!

Gluten Free Potato Tofu Chard Enchilada Recipe
Ingredients
2 tsp. your favorite oil
3 small-medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tbsp. cumin

2 tsp. your favorite oil
1 yellow onion, sliced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 block of tofu, sliced and pressed between towel for 30 minutes, and then diced
1 1/2 cups crimini mushrooms, chopped
small bunch of organic chard, cleaned and diced

dried epazote (optional)
chili powder (spicy) or sharp paprika (not spicy)
lemon pepper

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp sweet rice flour
1/2 cup cream cheese (I only had whipped, lowfat)
2 cups milk (or more- until you have a satisfactory white sauce)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

shredded white organic cheese, to taste (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 jar of organic GF salsa or GF enchilada sauce

1 package sprouted corn tortillas or equivalent number of homemade tortillas

Directions
Heat 2 tsp. oil in a nonstick pan on medium high and add your cumin. When they pop, add your potatoes and toss with cumin and a little salt, letting the potatoes brown on one side and then turning. When potatoes are browned on both sides but not cooked through, remove them from pan and reserve.

Heat more oil in the pan on medium and add the onion and a little salt, letting it slowly caramelize. Turn onion as needed. When onion is almost done, move it to the side and add a touch more oil and then add your diced tofu. Brown them on one side and then turn. When the tofu is almost done, add your mushrooms and let begin to cook and release juices. Add your potatoes back in and a small amount of water and cover pan with a lid. Let potatoes cook intermingled with other ingredients. Check after pan goes dry and turn and add a little more water and cover again if needed. If potato seems almost done, add chard and seasonings to taste. Fold in and leave pan uncovered to letting chard wilt and adding more if you couldn’t fit it all in the pan. When all ingredients are cooked and seasoned to taste, remove from pan and reserve.

Melt butter in pan and add gluten-free flour, combining to make a roux. Slowly whisk in milk 1/4 cup at a time and adding more as needed. After you have a nice thin sauce, add the cream cheese and let melt together, adding milk to get the quantity of white sauce you want. As the sauce thickens and you have a nice creamy texture, gently season with lemon pepper and fresh chopped cilantro. Fold reserved prepared veggies into the white sauce.

Prepare a nonstick pan with a dab of oil and heat on medium-low. Pour a little salsa into a large plate and dip tortilla in salsa on both sides and then warm in the nonstick pan, browning first one side and then the other.

Pour a little salsa in the bottom of a medium square pan and gently fill salsa-browned tortilla with creamy vegetables and roll into an enchilada shape. Continue preparing all enchiladas in this way. Baste with a little extra salsa and sprinkle top with shredded cheese.

Bake in preheated 350 oven for 15 minutes (or longer if you prefer) and enjoy!

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