Archive for October, 2009
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Have you noticed the words “Gluten Free” showing up on grocery products a lot more? You’re probably familiar with the Betty Crocker baking mixes that showed up in the baking aisles of grocery stores this summer. Now, Betty Crocker is labeling their fruit snack products as “Gluten Free.” Honestly, I haven’t found any brand of fruit snacks that contain gluten, but I always check ingredients just to be sure. And, it’s always reassuring to see those two words clearly written on a boxed product.
I recently received some of the Betty Crocker fruit-flavored snacks to review. They arrived in a “Simple Joys” prize pack. The package included a box of Create-A-Bug fruit-flavored snacks and a box with a variety of fruit snacks, along with some fun toys. My kids were ecstatic to receive the box, and they devoured the fruit snacks as quickly as I would allow. Each individual package of the Create-A-Bug fruit-flavored snacks contains enough chewy bug parts to create at least one bug. It may even have two heads and three tails. 🙂 The kids played briefly with them, but really were more interested in eating them than making the bugs. We’ve also tried the Create-A-Dino fruit-flavored snacks we found in the store, and had the same reaction.
They make great snacks to throw in a lunch bag or your purse because they don’t crumble or melt. They would even make great snacks for a Halloween or birthday party. Can’t you see these in a goodie bag for a dinosaur or ladybug birthday party? Fun.
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My husband found this jar of Vindaloo Curry Paste while looking for some special ingredients for another recipe. When he brought it home, I was pleasantly surprised to see the words “Gluten Free” under the list of ingredients on the label. I knew he had checked to make sure it was gluten free, but it’s still nice to see it in print. Nice to know that the company who makes it, had taken the time to check their ingredients and put it on the label.
So, now that I had the curry paste, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It sat in our pantry for months before I finally decided to give it a try. Using the recipe on the label for Shrimp Vindaloo as my inspiration, I came up with the recipe below for Chicken Vindaloo. It has become a favorite meal for my husband and me. The curry paste makes it a very quick and easy meal. And, the strong Indian flavors are a nice break from the mild dishes we normally make to satisfy the taste buds of everyone in the family. This dish is definitely too spicy for my kids, so I either pull out some of the chicken for them before I add the sauce, or just heat up some leftovers for them.
Patak’s has a whole line of products, and quite a few of them are carried at our grocery store (Wegmans). If you can’t find them at your grocery store, you can get them on Amazon. And, now I have found that their website has a lot of recipes, too. Chicken Tikka Masala may be next…but wait, those Onion Bhaji’s look fabulous, too. Did I mention that on their website, you can search for recipes by the main ingredient, heat rating, type of dish, difficulty to prepare, and time it takes to prepare? What a great resource for those of us who love Indian food in the restaurants, but don’t have a lot of experience cooking Indian food at home.
Chicken Vindaloo Recipe
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/3 Cup vindaloo paste
1 Cup chicken broth
- Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces, and place in the skillet. Brown the chicken on both sides, and then remove the chicken from the skillet.
- Now put the chopped onion in the same skillet and cook until tender and translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute, or until aromatic.
- Add tomato and stir in the vindaloo paste. Once well combined, add the chicken back into the skillet and stir, making sure the sauce covers the chicken.
- Pour in a cup of chicken broth and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes.
- Serve it over basmati rice.
- This is a spicy dish, but it’s not too hot. Adjust the amount of curry paste to your liking. The first time we made it, we used 3 or 4 TBSP of the paste and were surprised it wasn’t very hot.
- I’ve also used a 15 oz.-can of diced tomatoes with green chiles instead of a fresh tomato. It turned out really good.
For more gluten-free chicken recipes, check out this week’s Friday Foodie Fix at The WHOLE Gang.
I also have a revised recipe for this coffee cake that is dairy-free and uses slightly less sugar.
This is not your typical coffee cake. Thanks to the banana in the recipe, it is very moist and stays that way even after a couple days. Great for breakfast, brunch, and snacking. I’m submitting it to The Gluten-Free Homemaker for a blog carnival of gluten-free breakfast foods. So, if you’re looking for more gluten-free breakfast ideas, check out this week’s edition of “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten-Free?”
Banana Coffee Cake
1/2 Cup brown sugar, packed
1 TBSP butter, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup brown rice flour
1/2 Cup cornstarch
1/4 Cup tapioca starch
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 or 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 Cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9″ cake pan by spraying with oil.
- Mix together the filling ingredients and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (brown rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt) and then mix into the butter/sugar/egg mixture.
- Add bananas and milk. Stir well.
- Pour about 3/4 of the batter into the cake pan.
- Spoon in the filling and gently spread it over the top. It doesn’t need to be smooth and even.
- Pour the remaining batter over the filling. It doesn’t need to cover the filling completely.
- Bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes.
- This also works in a 8×8 baking pan.
- You can also add chopped nuts to the filling.
- This cake also freezes well. I have wrapped and frozen individual portions, so that we can take out one at a time and heat it in the microwave. Great morning treat to grab-and-go on the way to the office.
- You may also want to consider this gluten-free recipe for breakfast meetings, tea parties, baby showers, bridal showers, etc.