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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Gluten Free Menu of the Week and Raw Chard Salad with a Vegan Cashew dressing recipe

September 6th, 2009 yum Posted in Menu, Menu Plan Monday, Raw Food, Salad, Salad Dressing, Vegan, Vegetarian 6 Comments »

Dinner tonight was jasmine rice with an impromptu Soy-free ginger-cilantro mushroom green bean stir fry and the below tasty raw chard salad in a scrumptious cashew dressing.

I’ve finally gotten back in the swing of menu planning, and have a host of posts scheduled with some yummy recipes for dairy-free pizza toppings, arugula gnocchi, and a sweet potato coconut curry pie. Here’s my menu for this week.

Sunday: Raw, Vegan
“Raw” Slaw with Asian Pear
Jasmine Rice

Monday: Chinese
Jasmine Rice Fresh Veggie soy-free stir fry
Egg Soup

Wednesday: Southern
Cornbread vegetarian stuffing
pressure cooker beans
slow cooked greens

Nut Butter Spinach pie Recie

Friday: Vegan
Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Gratin with pine nut or cashew “ricotta”
Quinoa mint salad

Baked Goods:
Bette Hagman dairy-free bread

This week the gluten-free menu swap is hosted by Asparagus Thin with tapioca as the theme.*edited, sorry bout the mix up* The menu headquarters are hosted by Cheryl at GF Goodness. Don’t forget to check out more menus at Org Junkie.

I’m returning to my old salad of the week theme with a delightful raw foods recipe adapted from an old Vegetarian Times magazine I had lying around the house. The cashew dressing called my name- and I loved the idea of using chard as the base for a slaw. But, it needed some tweaking for my taste buds and pantry. Hope you enjoy! By the way, Vegetarian Times is a pretty cool magazing for us gluten-free folks- many recipes are labeled gluten-free as is, and are delicious as well as being vegetarian (of course).

Raw Red Chard Slaw with Asian Pear and cashew dressing recipe
10 red chard leaves, de-stemmed and sliced into 1/4 inch ribbons
3 asian pears, peeled, cored and grated
3 large carrots, peeled and grated
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2/3 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup favorite rice vinegar (i used brown rice)
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

Combine chard, pears, carrot and cilantro in a large bowl.

Combine cashews, orange juice and sesame oil in a small food processor and blend. add vinegar, ginger, and scrape down sides. Process again until you have a smooth, creamy dressing. Pour on grated and sliced veggies and let sit for at least ten minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

DH was very skeptical but enjoyed it despite himself. The dressing is super yummy- you could make double and use it on another recipe. Mmm…
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