Gluten free hypo-allergenic Rotation Diet Menu: Apricot glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

October 18th, 2009 yum Posted in Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Brussels Sprouts, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fellow Food Bloggers, Gluten Free Blogs, Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday, JM friendly, Menu, Menu Plan Monday, Soy Free, TED Elimination Diet, Vegan, Vegetarian 11 Comments »

brussels2 This week the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is hosted by Celiacs in the house with a theme of squash. I’ve included a plan for a tasty, low-carb spaghetti squash “pasta” dish in my lineup. I just love the mild taste and texture of spaghetti Squash. What’s your favorite way to prepare it? I’d love some new ideas! Below is my menu, but don’t forget to check out more menus at Org Junkie.
Monday: Italian
Spaghetti Squash “pasta” with eggplant tomato caponata

Tuesday: Chinese
White Jasmine rice with Veggie stir fry

Wednesday: Indian
Aloo Jeera Recipe (Potato with Cumin), Spiced Okra Recipe, Chard Chips

Brown Rice Pot Pie with Kidney Beans

Friday: Vegan
Mashed Smoky Sweet Potatoes, Veggie Soup

White Fried Rice and Veggie Stir Fry

Sunday: American Breakfast
Fried Potatoes and Onions, Slow Simmered Greens

This week I thought I would share a seasonal recipe for apricot glazed Brussels Sprout that is perfect for Thanksgiving or other Fall celebrations. I happened to have some apricot jam, which is odd as I have never liked apricots all that much, and some brussels sprouts begging to be used. Somehow it occurred to me that brussel sprouts might be nice glazed in apricot jam… and you know what? They were quite delightful! I took heart and inspiration from the blog Veggie Venture’s experiment with apricot glazed brussels sprouts, but I always roast brussels sprouts whenever I can rather than boil them. I have By the Bay to thank for that- and her savory Roasted Brussel Sprout Recipe is a favorite in our house. If you haven’t had brussel sprouts lately (or ever)- why not try one of these tasty recipes?

Other Book of Yum Gluten-free Brussels Sprouts Recipes:
Chinese Szechuan Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Gluten-free beer glazed Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Indian Mustard Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Sweet Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Recipe

*note: While strictly speaking the following is not TED, those doing extreme protein elimination diets may find it useful. Brussels Sprouts are also high in Calcium, which is nice for breastfeeding moms, although some moms reportedly have trouble with the “gassiness” of this kind of vegetable. Luckily, we seem to tolerate vegetables well.

Apricot Glazed Roasted Brussel Sprout recipe
1 lb- 1 1/2 lb. brussels sprout
olive oil
dried dill to taste

1/2 cup apricot jam (i use a no-sugar variety)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
lemon zest, if desired

Clean sprouts and shake off water, or fold in a towel. Cut in half, horizontally, and place in medium to large bowl, drizzling with olive oil. Season with dill, salt, and pepper and place flat on cookie sheet. I think that it is easiest if you put them all one way, either flat, cut side face down or round exterior face down. Place in 425 F oven and bake for 15 minutes and then check. If one side is nicely browned, turn over. Otherwise, put back in oven for another 10-15 minutes or until browned on one side. (This will depend on size of the brussel sprout) When this one side is brown, turn the sprouts over and bake for 5-10 minutes or until done to your preference. I like them more done than my DH- My favorite part is the crispy, paper-like exterior. yum! He likes them lightly browned but not papery. To each their own.

While sprouts finish browning, put your jam, lemon juice, and zest in a heavy bottomed, small soup pot. Bring to a simmer and let it come to a liquid like texture. Then turn off the stove and reserve glaze.

When brussel sprouts are done, put in a pretty, medium sized serving bowl and drizzle generously with glaze, stirring if necessary. Serve and enjoy!

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Gluten freee menu and Dairy-free Pesto Green Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

October 5th, 2009 yum Posted in Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday, Hide your Veggies, Menu, Menu Plan Monday, Nutritional Yeast, Vegan, green beans 6 Comments »

mebaby4 I recently attended Blogher Food ‘09 and the DH brought baby to join me for the cocktail after-party. All my new gluten-free blogger friends got to meet baby Yum.. . but that’s a whole different blog post! Isn’t Baby Yum getting big? Speaking of Baby Yum, it seems she still is sensitive to something in my diet, so in the interest of hypo-allergenic diets, I’m going temporarily vegan and cutting egg out of my diet. I’m sure those of you who are egg-sensitive will be happy to hear that!

As always, you can find the gluten-free menu headquarters with Cheryl at GF Goodness. Asparagus Thin is hosting this week’s gluten-free menu swap with a challenge to readers to incorporate 10 super foods into our menu! She lists the following as super foods (those in bold are those I plan to enjoy this week): Avocados, Berries, Beans/ Lentils/ Pulses (and how), Cacao, Cinnamon, Dark Leafy Greens, Eggs, Eggplant, Flaxseeds, Garlic, Kiwi, Mushrooms, Nuts (Almonds and walnuts specifically), Oranges (in my sweet potato), Pumpkin, Red Wine, Non-veg bits, Sea Vegetables, Soy, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Tea, Whole Grains, Yogurt.

I would personally include beets and broccoli in there as well… What can I say, I’m a b-vegetable kind of girl. Below is my menu, but don’t forget to check out more menus at Org Junkie.


Sunday: Middle Eastern
Baked Falafel, Bette Hagman’s recipe for Gluten-free Pita Bread, baba ghanoush, tahini sauce, roasted green beans

Monday: Vegan
Lentil soup and roasted organic white yams and broccoli

Tuesday: Mexican
Refried Bean fresh tortilla rollups, dairy free tomato cumin soup

Wednesday: Vegan
Bette Hagman crumpets with pinto bean un-tuna salad

Thursday: Calcium happy
Wild rice quinoa salad
Stuffed collard greens

Friday: Vegan
Roasted chickpeas
Sweet potato cinnamon boats

*Many of these recipes are based on recipes from an interesting book called “Calciyum” (pictured) that has recipes with high Calcium content WITHOUT dairy. I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out!

This week I’m sharing a delicious and fresh gluten-free pasta salad I made recently. I love whipping up an easy batch of dairy-free pesto for pasta. This time I made it with spinach for extra nutrients. It went beautifully with perfectly crispy fresh green beans from the farmer’s market. Hope you enjoy!

Dairy-free Pesto Green Bean Pasta Salad
Dairy-free Pesto:
1 cup fresh basil
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup toasted pecans
salt to taste
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
olive oil

1 lb. fresh green beans
1 package gluten-free pasta (I like a corn-rice blend)
1/8 cup kalamata olives, pitted and diced
1/4 cup pecans

Combine basil, spinach, seasonings and pecans in a food processor. Drizzle in enough olive oil to make a paste. If you are watching your calories, use a little olive oil and supplement with water. Taste and add additional salt if needed.

Prepare pasta until al dente and rinse in cool water to remove excess starch. Blanch green beans (i.e. drop in boiling water and then rinse in cold water when crisp tender.) Cooking time depends on the bean- I used fresh ones from the farmers market and they cooked quickly but older, tougher beans like those at Trader Joes will take more time.

Toast pecans in pan on stove on low heat, sprinkling with salt and sugar as they start to warm. Continue toasting and remove from heat before they burn.

Mix pesto into the green beans. (You may have extra for the pasta or for another use). Fold into the pasta, and add your olives and sugared pecans.

Serve and enjoy!

The fresher your green beans, the better this will be!
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