FARE is challenging people to make a Top 9 Free (#top9free) dinner on May 13. This is one dinner that is easy to make and is free of all Top 9 allergens. I like making this in the instapot but you could easily adapt it to make on the stovetop. You can brown your beef first, but after trying it as a dump recipe (just dump everything in the pot) I think it tastes just as good without the extra step of browning.
I have more than one pressure cooker so I usually make the rice at the same time in another pot. If you just have one pressure cooker you could make the rice ahead of time and wipe out the pot and then cook the beef.
Pair this with a salad topped with Carrot Ginger Dressing (With olive oil substituting the sesame oil) and you have a meal free of the Top 9 allergens.
1.5 pounds beef stew meat (or other beef roast cut into chunks)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup broth (beef preferred but can be whatever you have on hand)
1/2 cup coconut aminos
2 tablespoons white sugar
1+ tablespoons corn starch
1/2 pound broccoli
Add the beef, garlic, broth, aminos, and sugar to the bowl of the Instapot.
Secure the lid in the seal position.
Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
When the beef is almost done add the broccoli to a microwavable bowl with a few tablespoons of water and microwave on high for approximately 4 minutes. Broccoli should be tender.
Manually release pressure when the cook time is done.
Remove some liquid from the pressure cooker to a small bowl and stir the corn starch into the liquid. Once the corn starch is dissolved pour the mixture into the Instapot and turn on the Sauté mode.
Continually stir the beef and sauce until thickened. This usually takes less than 5 minutes. If it doesn’t seem to be thickening repeat adding some corn starch to some reserved liquid to dissolve and then adding it to the pot.
Once the sauce has thickened add the broccoli and serve over rice.
I know I post mostly sweets on this blog. I feel that it is easier to get a snacks or meal made by someone else that is free of all the things I avoid, but cookies and other sweets are not as easy to find. My allergic child can have nightshades so I do buy store bought gluten-free treats. I just can’t eat them since most contain potato starch.
I like making this with leftover chicken and rice. Making it a fast meal during the week. When I first started making this I would replace the sesame oil with olive. It was good without it so those avoiding sesame replace it with the oil of your choice. I have come to realize one of the things I like about this is the sesame oil.
I use frozen veggies I get at Aldi and often add other veggies that I have in the fridge or freezer. I like to add corn and green beans. In the pictures you will see that I was out of carrots when I made this batch of fried rice. This recipe can easily be doubled and reheats well for leftovers the next day. You can also replace the protein with another, or leave it out and add even more vegetables. Also if you want to replace the rice with a riced vegetable that works too.
I was on an nice vacation last week an left my garden tasks to my teenager. I came back to monsterous zucchini.
I don’t have many recipes that I use zucchini in, but this is one of my kids favorites. Since these happened to be sooo big, I did end up taking the skin off of most of the slices I made. I don’t like to make “boats” with zucchini because I feel like I just destroy it when I cut it into portions to serve. I like to make 1/2 inch slices like you would for acorn squash.
I don’t eat this recipe because of the tomatoes, and I used sausage that has peppers., but I am hoping to make some of my own sausage and try using pumpkin for the sauce. This recipe makes a good amount of stuffing which make great leftovers and can be used over pasta (or zucchini noodles) the next day.
My recent trip to Denver concluded with the best meal we had while visiting.
A friend who is local and a foodie (and aware of our food allergy needs) had recommended a few restaurants and we were able to get into Root Down.
I was so impressed with the knowledge of the staff. When my daughter listed her allergies (Dairy (ANA), Soy Protein, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Celiac) the waitress said that’s not too bad! My daughter was relieved as the waitress pointed out the entrees on the menu my daughter could enjoy. Then when I listed my allergies (Dairy, Celiac, and Nightshades) I asked about a certain dish and she said “that usually has Goji Berries on it but we are using something else right now instead. I was amazed she knew that Goji Berries were a nightshade.
I ordered the beet salad minus the cheese and the risotto. Both were wonderful! My daughter order the crab taco’s and although she wasn’t too sure if she liked them, she was able to try something new.
The best part of Root Down was that we were able to order dessert! We ordered both the tiramisu rice pudding and the truffles. Dessert! We never get to order dessert! Now I need to learn how to make truffles because that’s all my daughter can talk about. The desserts tasted heavenly.
Tiramisu Rice Pudding
I definitely would put Root Down on your itinerary when traveling to Denver with food allergies. They made us feel both special and normal! Thank you for making our trip safe and delicious.
Life seems to get busier with every season. Everyone says “enjoy it the kids will be out of the house before you know it.” Part of enjoying the time is not stressing over dinner. Easier said than done with so much going on and so many foods to avoid, I had read that pasta in a pressure cooker was easy. I was skeptical but it turned out really well.
I browned the ground beef on the stove instead of using the sauté mode of the pressure cooker. I just find it easier. You could definitely do this the day before or earlier in the day.
I still feel new to the world of pressure cookers. I haven’t been wow’d by everything I’ve made and there are a few recipes that I am hoping to improve upon.
I have started buying dried beans and making them in my pressure cooker. For the black beans for the quinoa soup I put about 2 cups of beans in the pressure cooker and covered them with water about two inches above the beans. I then cooked them for 25 minutes on high pressure. I let it depressurize for 30 minutes then spooned then out into mason jars and covered them with the cooking liquid.
Making the Chili helped me check one thing off my January 2019 Wish List. And the rest of the black beans will be made into brownies!
We had a really cold January and we had been traveling, so it was nice to come home and make a nice pot of soup and some corn bread. When traveling with food allergies sometimes you end up eating the same thing over and over.
I like to make this soup when I make Chili for the nightshade eaters. I’m not sure if it’s the color of the soup or the fact that there is beans in it that remind me of Chili. It could be the fact that it tastes better with corn bread. If you have not had chili with corn bread it is the best!
This soup reheats well and I love to add tons of cilantro, avocado and lime on top. Enjoy!
The holidays would not be complete without green bean casserole. When we first went dairy and gluten free we went many years without this holiday staple. Then I learned to make a roux and I started making this casserole again without the French Fried Onions. And then, ALDI started making gluten free french fried onions and holidays dinner was complete!
Personally I like it if the green beans are still a little crunchy so I use fresh beans. Using can or frozen beans is fine too. The other ingredient that can be changed around is the onions. I like using dried chopped onions, the ones you get in the spice isle. These make me think more of the dried onion soup mix that I used before we started our gallery journey.
I hope this recipe helps make your holidays complete. – SB
Avoiding nightshades is hard. I’m constantly saying “I can’t eat that.” In the winter it is nice to have something hearty and warm. I currently think one of the easiest ways to make sweet potatoes is in the crockpot. I wrap them in foil. No wholes poked in them. No oil. Just the sweet potatoes wrapped in foil. I put them in the crockpot on low for 8 hours.
When the 8 hours are up I take them out. Leave them in the foil and allow them to cool. I store them in the refrigerator. When I want one, I unwrap, split in half and heat it up in the microwave.