Thursday, December 31, 2009

Modifications for Freezer Dinners from Big Cook

I know, I've been hugely slacking on the recipe posts but I haven't been cooking lately. My husband and I were pleased to announce the birth of our daughter in December and since then life has been really crazy!

Luckily before hand we managed to prepare some frozen meals thanks to this cookbook, The Big Cook. They're pretty healthy and we motified them to be gluten free. The recipes are for crock pot, stir fry or in the oven. We are mostly living on crock pot ones at the moment to keep our sanity.

Here's what we made to freeze and how we modified it to make it gluten free!

Almond Chicken (page 57)
We used El Peto Gluten Free Chicken Bouillion to make broth.
Use real bacon instead of bacon bits
We replaced the soy sauce with Koyo brand Wheat free Tamari that we found at Zehrs.

Cantonese Chicken (page 62)
Again we replaced the soy sauce with Koyo Wheat Free Tamari

Lazy Man's Lasagna (p.46)
Not all Onion Soup mix is gluten free. We presently use Lipton Onion Soup mix as it is currently gluten free. **no longer gluten free!!
The Pasta in this will have to be replaced with gluten free pasta. We recommend Tinkyada or Rizopia rice pastas.

Beef Fajitas (page 37)
Check to make sure the Salsa is gluten free. We used Tostitos Medium Salsa.
For Italian dressing we used Our Compliments brand.
Worcestershire sauce is currently NOT available gluten free in Canada. Below you'll find a recipe to make it from scratch.
We used Enjoy Life Tortillas to wrap these.

Recipe for Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar - Heinz should be safe according to their website.
2 tablespoons Koyo Wheat Free Tamari or Gluten Free Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir thoroughly.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer 1 minute. Cool.
Store in the refrigerator.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
Shake well before using.

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