Gluten Free Southern Vegetarian Recipes: Pan Fried Cornmeal Flour Okra Recipe

June 2nd, 2009 yum Posted in Corn, Southern, Vegetables, Vegetarian, okra 5 Comments »

cornmealokraokra2Although Southern food does not exactly scream either vegetarian OR gluten-free, as a Northwestern girl, I’ve always had a crush on its hearty, stick-to-your-ribs style cuisine. Of course, done the traditional way most recipes are too heavy or non-veg for my taste, so I have found my own take on the traditional that suits my house, whether it’s lightened gluten-free biscuits using Pamela’s mix, a vegetarian gumbo, or vegan gravy. The DH has a fondness for okra which I haven’t always understood, but it is also a classic Southern ingredient, and I have to say, prepared in a tasty okra Indian dish or done Southern style, this unassuming little vegetable starts to make my heart pitter-patter a little faster too. This recipe is a light take on the classic fried okra that I think might make you change your mind about okra too, so the next time you see some in the supermarket, why not pick some up and try it for yourself?

Gluten Free Fried Okra Recipe
12 pods okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp. milk (dairy or non dairy) with a firm squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1/4 teaspoon seasoning mix of your choice with salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-2 tbsp olive oil
After letting lemon juice make milk curdle slightly, add to whisked egg (or egg replacer egg) and whisk together. Add Okra and let sit for 10 minutes or so.

Combine dry ingredients and put in bag with okra. Shake until okra is coated.

Heat oil in nonstick pan. Add okra and fry on each side until brown. Add a little more oil if you need it. (Or start with 1 tbsp, spread evenly in pan and add second tablespoon after you turn/shake the okra to fry the other side.)

Cool, sprinkle with more salt, and enjoy!

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Gluten Free Vegan Vegetarian Vietnamese Recipe: Vegetable Pho Recipe

May 26th, 2009 yum Posted in Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Vietnamese 6 Comments »

vegpho3vegpho10The other day in my never-ending quest to find a ladies room (ah the joys of pregnancy), I waddled into a local noodle shop. Everyone around me had slurp-worthy bowls of noodles, many with rice noodles, piled with fresh basil and veggies and non-veg items. They all looked delicious, but of course most probably weren’t completely gluten-free, and they certainly weren’t vegetarian. But, I was inspired- and had a mission. I wanted to create a truly vegetarian, gluten-free noodle bowl similar in style to Pho but with my own twist. I rifled through the refrigerator and found tons of fresh veggies to add to my dish… which resulted in a thoroughly unique and absolutely delicious vegetarian “pho” recipe that I slurped down with absolute gusto. Mmm. Who says you can’t make a vegetarian pho? Certainly not me!


Gluten-Free Vegetarian Pho Recipe
Soup  Vegetables  Asian  
8 cups water with 4 Edward and Sons Not-Beef soup stock cubes
1 small unpeeled onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled
a 1-inch piece of ginger, coarsely sliced
two 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp szechuan peppercorn
3-4 allspice berries
generous sprinkling white pepper

for the soup:
1/2 pound rice noodles
1/2 bunch of chard, separated into stalk and leaf bits or 1/4 napa cabbage
1 small section of broccoli florets
2 green onions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
1/2 cups bean sprouts (soybean sprouts also ok)
smoked or sweet paprika, chili powder, or chipotle powder
sesame oil
8 ounces fried tofu, sliced or cubed *optional*
a good handful of basil, mint or cilantro leaves, left whole
sesame seeds
1 lime, cut into wedges

Start by making the broth. Add your onion, garlic, ginger, and other spices (through white pepper) to a large dutch oven and stir, dry roast for a few minutes. When the onion and garlic start to char, slowly add the water with stock cubes added and bring up to a boil. Lower heat and cover, simmering for around half an hour. Strain solids out and discard, reserving the broth, returning it to the dutch oven and keeping it on low heat. Taste and season with any additional salt or white pepper as needed. Add chard stalk and let simmer while you assemble the other ingredients. Add chard leaf or napa cabbage close to time you are ready to serve. Alternatively, simply blanch chard stalk along with other veggies.

Soak noodles in boiling water for 15-20 minutes, or until soft. Blanch in cold water and let drain. Blanch broccoli until crisp but no longer raw. Blanch bean sprouts or soybean sprouts- the former very briefly, but boil the latter for 3-5 minutes before rinsing in cold water. Keeping veggies separate, drizzle with a touch of sesame oil and massage so it is evenly distributed on each veggie, and season with paprika, chili powder, or chipotle powder.

To serve, pile rice noodles in individual bowls and pour broth over to heat. Add veggies, blanched (broccoli, sprouts, chard/napa cabbage), tofu (optional, leave off for soy allergy), and fresh (green onion slices, fresh herbs) . Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with lime and more fresh herbs if you like. Enjoy! You can also put fresh herbs, fresh veggies, hot sauce, lime etc. on a plate and let people add to their own veggie noodle bowl.

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