Menu of the Week and Gluten-free Vegetarian No Tomato Pizza Recipe

June 7th, 2009 yum Posted in Chebe, Dairy, Pizza, Vegetarian, cheese 8 Comments »


Tuesday: Vegetarian
Lentil Roast
Mashed potatoes and vegan gravy

Wednesday: Indian
Smoked Eggplant in Creamy Sauce (healthy cuisine of India p. 91)
Rajma- Red Kidney Bean Veg Chili
Basmati Rice

Thursday: Japanese
Fried Tofu balls (Japanese Veg Cooking p. 246)
Japanese rice
Spinach with sesame sauce

Friday: Mexican
Herbed Zucchini Salad (A Taste of Mexico p. 67)
Refried Bean Tostadas (116)

I’m hosting the gluten-free menu swap this week- with a theme of PIZZA! Pizza is great because you can have as many variations as there are diets or preferences. Gluten-free Cheese pizza, vegan pizza, raw foods pizza, dessert pizza- they are all delicious forms of pizza. Really, with pizza, the only limit is your own imagination! I look forward to seeing what delicious and unique forms of pizza you all come up with. Check on future Gluten Free menu Swaps over with Cheryl at GF Goodness. You can find more great menus with Org Junkie.

Angela shared recent dishes including dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate silk pie and info on the 2009 Gluten-Free Culinary Summit in Denver or New York, respectively. She is looking forward to making my dairy-free walnut pesto recipe. (Yay!)

Wendy at Celiacs in the House found some of the new Betty Crocker Gluten Free cookie mix at her local Kroger on Friday night and were pronounced a good bargain and very tasty! Wendy is making a California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken pizza on a Jules Gluten Free crust. Sounds lovely!

Cheryl of GF Goodness is making a socca garbanzo bean flour pizza that sounds WONDERFUL. I forgot all about the yumminess of socca and am glad she reminded me. She is going to do the roundup for my virtual Baby Shower soon, so make sure to get your link to her if you are a participant.

Celiac Family’s Menu features grilled and slow-cooked techniques for her protein dishes. No leftovers will go to waste at this house, but instead be used in a “make-your-own-buffet” meal and homemade enchiladas. Looks like Chebe Pizza Crust mix will be coming out of the pantry this week.

Fresh Ginger has a delicious and varied international menu planned with dishes from Ethiopia and Korea as well as pizza (or their more glamorous cousin, calzones). She’s looking forward to the start of her CSA subscription next week, but in the meantime, she’ll be enjoying fresh grilled asparagus. yum!

Here are some of my favorite pizzas that I’ve made at the Book of Yum:
Gluten-Free Grilled Marguerita Pizza Recipe

Allergy-free Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Zucchini Crust Pizza Recipe

Japanese Mayo Corn Pizza and Thai Veg Peanut Sauce Pizza

South American Socca Recipe

Chickpea Flatbread Pizza with apple, onion and feta recipe

This week the DH and I went on a short camping trip in our gypsy van. I like to keep Chebe mixes stocked in the van because it makes it extremely easy to toss together gluten-free bread rolls or pizza with very little effort. Lately, pregnancy-induced heartburn has made tomato NOT my friend, so I brought some premade basil pesto from home (Costco brand) along with onions and yellow peppers, thinking that I might throw together a quick pizza for dinner. I was inspired by some fresh mozzarella at the store on our way out to the campground, and an entirely new pizza was born. The DH raved and raved about the pizza. I think the secret is to slice the onion extremely thinly, and let it sweeten and caramelize before you add the other ingredients. We gobbled up the first pizza that night, and it was just perfect. I made a second one (pictured) that was slightly overbaked, so the crust wasn’t as perfect as the first one, but it was still divine. If you don’t have chebe on hand, you can make any of your favorite gluten-free pizza dough and it will be just as tasty! Enjoy!

*note: You can use dairy free or dairy basil pesto. I tend to make it dairy free at home to reduce calories, but for this recipe I happened to use prepared dairy pesto. Either one is equally good, though.

Tomato free Basil Pesto Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella Recipe
1 uncooked GF pizza crust (Chebe is yummy, or I like Carol Fenster’s recipe below)

1/8 cup basil pesto (pre-made or homemade)
1/2 small onion, cut in half and into thin slices
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into matchstick sized pieces or diced
1/2 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

Bake pizza crust in 350 oven for 10 minutes and then baste with basil pesto. Sprinkle liberally with thinly sliced onion. Put back in oven for another ten minutes. Then add your bell pepper pieces and return to oven for another five minutes. Add your sliced fresh mozzarella, and bake until cheese begins to bubble on top.
Adapted Carol Fenster’s Pizza Crust Recipe
1 tablespoon dry yeast

2/3 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning OR “pasta seasoning” mix like Trader Joe’s

2/3 cup warm non-dairy milk (110) (rice etc.)

1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Put a pizza stone on the bottom rack, leaving the main rack free.

Combine dry ingredients in your mixer, including yeast. Then add the liquid ingredients slowly and beat the ingredients for two minutes. If the dough bounces around the mixer, it’s too dry, so add extra liquid a little at a time until it will mix smoothly.

Prepare a pizza pan by greasing it either with nonstick baking spray (NO FLOUR VARIETY) or grease the pizza pan with a little olive oil.

Next, take your mixed dough and either split it for two mini pizzas or use it for one large pizza. throw your dough on the pizza pan (rectangular pan for two, round for one) and take a freezer-quality ziploc bag. Either spray with nonstick baking spray OR grease with a little olive oil. Put your hand inside the bag and use it to spread the dough out into a pizza shape, giving the dough a little rim around the edge to hold the toppings.

Bake for ten minutes and then remove from the oven. I like to baste the crust in oil from sundried tomato pesto. Cover the pizza with your desired toppings and then move the pizza stone to the middle rack and put your covered pizza on the pizza stone and bake it for at least ten minutes or until the pizza is done.

THIS PHOTO SHOWS THE HALF-BAKED DOUGH BEFORE THE second-baking on the pizza stone. After baking the second time, especially after pesto basting, the dough turns golden brown. The pizza stone really makes the dough nice and crispy so I highly, highly recommend one!
Walnut Dairy Free Pesto Recipe
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups fresh basil leaves
sprinkle salt
1/8 cup roasted fresh onions
1/4 cup olive oil
Combine ingredients in blender or food processor, drizzling in olive oil as you blend it. Taste and season with more salt or other spices if desired. Enjoy!
I used this pesto on a gluten-free pizza crust topped with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted potatoes, roasted red pepper, roasted onion, and even half roasted chard. Yum yum yum!
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Gluten Free Menu of the Week: Cheddar Asparagus Red Pepper Quiche Recipe

March 22nd, 2009 yum Posted in Dairy, Eggs, GF Support Groups, Menu, Menu Plan Monday, Party Food, Party Menu, cheese 10 Comments »

Announcement: Don’t forget to participate in the March Adopt-a-Gluten-Free-Blogger Event! Event Open so SIGN UP NOW!

You can find more great menus over withOrg Junkie. As always, many thanks to Cheryl for temporarily housing the Gluten Free Menu Swap at her blog. The theme of this week’s gluten-free menu swap is Latin cuisine, which inspired me to try to come up with a baked recipe for chilies rellanos (on the DH’s request).

Monday: Japanese
Sesame Miso Eggplant
Tofu with peanut miso paste

Wednesday: Vegan Raw Foods
Zucchini Un-pasta with sauce
Dehydrated falafel and tahini sauce

Friday: Indian
Gluten-Free flatbread
Mattar Paneer

Saturday: Latin Cuisine
GF Baked Chilies Rellanos
Mexican Rice

Gluten-Free Baked Goods: Banana Muffin Recipe

Recipe of the Week: Gluten-Free Potluck Quiche Recipe
Alas, no light salad or dressing recipe for you today. Lately I’ve been baking up a storm of hearty, protein-rich recipes, so I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today (with more to come, including a dairy-free version). Recently we had a Celiac Bay-Area Gluten-Free Potluck Luncheon. When I heard the theme I immediately thought- what could be a better gluten-free, vegetarian luncheon item than a lovely quiche? I’m always pining after the veggie quiche in the refrigerator case at coffee shops, but can never had them due to the crust. But crust is no obstacle to the gluten-free baker! Many people use potato hash browns as a quiche base, and it is true that they make a lovely crust. But, I happen to be partial to a nice, decadent gluten-free pastry, so for this event I mixed up a batch of Gluten-Free Pantry Crust and rolled it out. And I cursed. Oh yes, I cursed. Maybe I hadn’t let it chill long enough, but after the ease of Chebe pastry or even my own recipes, I found that particular crust a real hassle to work with. Next time I’ll either make my own recipe or follow Bette Hagman’s dream crust recipe. However, once it was baked with a lovely filling, it tasted lovely and was everything a vegetarian quiche should be, so I suppose all is well that ends well.

Gluten Free Asparagus Pine Nut Quiche Recipe
Gluten Free Pie Crust*

1 small bunch (or half of one) of asparagus, end snapped off and cut into 3 pieces or so.

2 tsp. olive oil
1 onion
1/2 jar artichoke hearts
1 diced red pepper or multiple baby sweet peppers, diced
2 tbsp. pine nuts
1 ounce feta
cheddar cheese to taste

3/4 cup milk
4 eggs
fresh basil
herbs (dill, provincial etc)

Blanch asparagus for a few minutes then drain.
Sautee onion in olive oil. When it turns translucent, add other ingredients through the pine nuts. When pine nuts have toasted, take pan off burner, add drained asparagus, put sauteed veggies in pie crust, and sprinkle with cheese.
Mix milk and eggs together, whisking and seasoning

Bake 35 minutes or so at 375 or until quiche is firm and lightly brown on top.

*I used Gluten-Free Pantry pastry mix, but think I prefer Bette Hagman’s Dream Pastry Mix for handling OR, for an easy “cheating” move- use Whole Foods GF Bakehouse pre-made pie crust.
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