Onions add their sweet, savory flavor to many of the things I cook. They also deserve a spotlight of their own. You can usually find pearl onions year-round in the produce department (or if you want, in the freezer case). Dressed up just a little with butter and parsley, and maybe a little paprika, they’re a great side dish for many meals. You can easily use a substitute for the butter to make the onions casein-free.
As fresh asparagus begins to show up in the produce market in abundance, I find many recipes to enjoy it – soups, salads, sides, quiches – you get the idea. The best way to enjoy it, though, is perhaps the simplest – pan-grilled in a little oil (or, if you’re like my husband, in a little butter) until crisp-tender, with simple herbs and maybe a squeeze of lemon just before serving. This is cooking gluten-free, making food everyone will like.
Snacks are always popular around my house, sometimes more so than meals! Gluten-free snacks that my husband likes can be especially hard to find, so when we have one that we both like, like these redskins, I take note. Don’t tell him but these are also much healthier than many of his favorite snacks. I recently served them with some carrot and celery sticks on the side – he was well on his way to a whole day’s worth of veggies before he even got to dinner!
Here we are again being inundated with ads for rich desserts and treats. This time it’s for Valentines, which I’m all for, naturally, but aren’t there some other desirable gifts besides candy and jewelry? Chocolate may be rich in antioxidants, but it’s also usually rich in sugar and calories that I don’t really need to focus on right now.
Instead I’m concentrating on one of my favorite lunches, a salad with beans, crisp veggies and a little Dijon dressing. Maybe we’ll talk about chocolate later….
When the snow is piling up on the roads like recently, I’m not as eager to shop for fresh salad ingredients as often.
This combination from my pantry and refrigerator made an easy salad on one of those snowy days.
During the summer, this salad is delicious with fresh ingredients!
This green beans with bacon recipe is so easy is to make, and it’s naturally gluten-free. It’s also a dish that looks good, tastes good, and travels well. Actually, it doesn’t even need to “travel,” since you can easily cook it quickly at the destination, without a lot of fuss.
We had just been invited to Thanksgiving dinner, so I was willing to make whatever the hostess asked me to bring. I would even have been happy to make a gluten-free version of that traditional green bean casserole that “everyone” likes. Green beans are my favorite vegetable choice in many dishes, including that one. But, when I asked the hostess who had just invited us what I could bring, her answer of “Green Beans with Bacon and Onion” was ideal! I like that even better!
With its high nutrition and ease of cooking, salmon is a natural for a quick but elegant dinner, like this combination of salmon, acorn squash and sautéed vegetables.
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