Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Bumblebee Stew

One of my favorite restaurants is J. Gumbo’s which offers a New Orleans cuisine. My favorite dish is Bumblebee Stew. Corn, tomatoes, and beans. The combination is amazing. Here’s my version of the recipe. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free.

Ingredients

1 can of sweet yellow corn

1 can of red kidney or black beans

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 medium onion

4 cloves of garlic

Brown rice (optional and prepared separately)

1/2 cup of vegetable stock

Seasonings (Add to taste)

Edward & Sons vegetarian bouillon cube

Southwest seasoning

Cajun season

Worcestershire sauce

Fresh ground pepper

Oregano, basil, parsley

Celtic sea salt

Sea Kelp (for the iodine)

Turmeric (just darn good for you)

Mrs. Dash Seasoning salt

Directions

Dump everything into one pot, stir, and let the dish simmer on medium low for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Either serve by itself or spoon it over brown rice. Enjoy.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

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Adobo Turkey Stir-Fry

This is a quick meal to put together after work. It’s full of flavor, filling, and gluten-free.

Ingredients

Turkey breast cutlets

Mushrooms

1/2 of a medium red pepper

1/2 of a medium green pepper

1 small onion

3 to 4 garlic cloves

1 cup of Chicken broth

Brown rice

Seasonings (add to taste)

Goya Adobo seasoning

3 tbsps of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

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2 to 3 tbsps of Bragg Liquid Aminos (Gluten-free)

Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning

Dried Basil

Fresh Ground Pepper

Dried Parsley

Celtic sea salt

Worcestershire sauce

*Tip-If you have time, marinate the turkey in the liquid aminos and apple cider vinegar for at least two to six hours.

Directions

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Brown turkey cutlets and season with sea salt, pepper, Adobo seasoning and Mrs. Dash. Remove the cutlets from the pan and let them rest.

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Cook the vegetables and season them with basil, parsley, and pepper. I sliced my turkey cutlets horizontally like a tenderloin, but you can also cut them into cubes. Put the turkey in with the sautéed veggies and now add the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, and Worcestershire sauce. Turn the heat on low for ten minutes, and then turn the heat on high to burn off some of the liquid, allowing the seasonings to coat the meat.

I spoon the Adobo turkey and veggies over brown rice and devour the meal. It’s sooooooo good.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

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Turkey Cheeseburger Tacos

I know this will be a shocker but when I cook burgers at home, I don’t use bread or a bun. I haven’t for years, but I decided to switch things up when I came across a recipe that took all the ingredients of a cheeseburger and grilled it together like a grilled cheese sandwich. To make this meal gluten-free, I used corn tortillas.

I made two attempts at this recipe: quesadillas and tacos. We’ll start with the tacos which are what I prefer.

Ingredients (all gluten-free)

  • Ground turkey
  • Corn tortillas
  • Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Dill Pickle
  • Ketchup
  • Lettuce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Loads of cheese. Your preference.

Cook the ground turkey and then add the seasonings, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and top it all with loads of cheese.

Meantime, brown the corn tortillas in a non-stick pan. Now build your tacos, adding the meat and cheese mixture and your toppings. It tastes just like a cheeseburger.

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Now here’s my attempt at a quesadilla.

Brown the ground turkey and add the Lawry’s seasoning salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Brown a corn tortilla and build your quesadilla.

Layer on onion, pickle, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and lettuce.

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I put a browned corn tortilla on top and tried to press it all together but it didn’t really work. Everything fell apart and I had to use a fork. So, I’ll stick with the tacos. Let me know which way works better for you.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

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Apple Cider Beef Stew

This meal is hearty, healthy, and hella good. Simply toss everything in a slow cooker and let it go. Of course, it’s gluten-free and a great Mediterranean Diet dish.

Ingredients:

  • A pound of beef stew meat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Ground black pepper
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  •  Thyme
  • Parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 to 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of gluten-free flour

Directions:

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Put the vegetables, seasonings, and beef in a crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

About 15 minutes before it’s done, take a cup of liquid and pour it into a bowl. Add about 1/4 cup of flour, adding a teaspoon at a time and stirring as you go.  Pour the mixture into the beef stew and combine. This will thicken the stew.

I hope you enjoy and stay blessed.

Barbie

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Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Let’s face it. Stuffed cabbage rolls take more time than most of us have on a weekday night. Here’s a way to have the taste of stuffed cabbage rolls without the work. This recipe is gluten-free and you’ll only need one pot.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes ( I used one can of tomatoes and chilies and one can of tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic.
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Seasonings: Use to taste

  • Sea salt
  • Raw cane sugar or another sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Basil
  • Oregano

Directions:

In a large non-stick pan cook ground turkey, onion, bell peppers, and garlic over medium-high heat until done.  Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Put the cover on the pan and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

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Barbecue Meatloaf: Gluten-Free

This is a delicious meatloaf that is gluten-free. You use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. It sounds weird but it’s very tasty.

Ingredients:

1 pound of ground turkey

Diced onion, green and red bell pepper, and garlic (You can cook these before adding to meatloaf mixture. I don’t because I like crunchy vegetables in my meatloaf.)

1 egg

3 cup of rolled oats (gluten-free)

Fresh ground black pepper

Parsley

Basil

Oregano

Mrs. Dash no-salt seasoning

Celtic sea salt

1/4 cup of ketchup

3/4 cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce (I used honey chipotle flavor.)

 

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Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Combine the ketchup and barbecue sauce together and pour a fourth of the mixture into the mixing bowl. Mix all the ingredients together well with your hands.

Rub extra virgin olive oil in a glass dish or a baking pan, and form a loaf out of the meat mixture and pour most of the barbecue and ketchup mixture on top, reserving a little on the side.  Cook at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes until the temperature reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees. Remove from the meatloaf from the oven and pour the reserved barbecue and ketchup sauce on top and enjoy.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

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My Favorite Snacks

Since I follow the Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid, snacks are typically nuts, fruits, and vegetables. That can get boring after a while so I’ve come up with new ways to make my snacks tasty and unique. Of course, they’re all gluten-free.

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I start my week off with strawberries, grapes and hard-boiled eggs prepped and ready to go. I usually have the hard-boiled egg after my morning smoothie, and then I munch on some fruit before lunch or afterward for a dessert.

 

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Sometimes my morning consists of a hard-boiled egg and trail mix. I like these pre-packaged ones from Trader Joe’s. You get ten packs of trail mix for $6.  I also like to have hummus on rice cakes as a snack as well. (Sorry, no pictures.)

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I like to prepare some of my snacks over the weekend if possible, so they’re ready to grab. Here I have cherry tomatoes, radish, cucumber, olives, and jicama. I’ve sprinkled Mrs. Dash seasoning on top. Of course, I have my grapes. So delicious.

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Here are some more veggie combos. Yummy and crunchy.

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Vanilla yogurt and granola are big parts of my life. I’ve taken some yogurt and sprinkled vanilla, honey and almond granola on top. Added some chocolate covered coconut chips and cashews. Darn good is all I can say.

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Vanilla yogurt, granola, chocolate coconut chips and fresh blueberries. One of my favorites.

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For some reason, I can’t make myself eat enough apples. So I came up with this treat. Cut up apple of your choice and add peanuts, coconut chips, and cacao nibs. This almost tastes like a chocolate covered apple to me since chocolate is made from cacao.

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This snack is what I purchase as a rare treat. These Goodie Girl Midnight Treat cookies are gluten-free but addictive and hard to put down. I’ve only been able to find these at Home Goods. Thank goodness.

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I love jerky and this Korean barbecue pork jerky is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The pieces are huge and moist and seasoned just right. I love this with cantaloupe or anytime I want a piece of protein. I buy these at Costco for around $12 a package. They also have Teriyaki beef but this is my favorite.

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My favorite snack of all is my homemade chocolate smoothie. Click here Cocoa and Nut Smoothie for the recipe. This is simply divine and will satisfy your chocolate cravings. To kick it up a notch, simply replace the cacao nibs with cacao powder and the chocolate taste will be out of this world.

Let me know if you try some of this snacks or if you have snacks you’d like to share.

Stay blessed,

Barbie