Step One – bake the cornbread.
At the holidays, it’s always a bummer when gluten-free folks can’t have stuffing. I’m a big fan of stuffing, so I decided to give it a shot. Of course, you can add whatever you’d like to stuffing – giblets, nuts (I usually add pecans), chopped apple, etc., but since I’m kind of broke right now, I used what I already had in the house, which wasn’t much. I wanted to see how it tasted without herbs and spices, and I only put the parmesan on 1/2 of the dish for the same purpose. This recipe would make a good base for more complex stuffing recipes (or dressings, as some people call them). The Hodgson Mill brand of cornbread was not as dense as the Bob’s Red Mill brand, so this stuffing ending up being very light and fluffy, which I’m not used to. I made the mistake (I know, can you believe it?!) of putting some cranberries in the stuffing. They were just too bitter and overpowering for the light flavor. I won’t do that next time. Go ahead, experiment and enjoy!
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped small
- 1/2 medium size onion, chopped & sauteed (I used olive oil)
- 2 cups g/f cornbread, loosely crumbled (I used Hodgson Mill)
- 1 cup cooked white rice
- 1 container g/f chicken broth or stock (I used Costco’s brand)
- Italian-style shredded cheese for garnish (mozzarella, Parmesan, etc. blend)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first five ingredients in 9×9 glass baking dish (I’m sure metal is fine, I used Pyrex). Mix well, with hands. Do not flatten or compact. Pour chicken broth just until you can see it come to the top of the mixture. Sprinkle a thin layer of the cheese over the top. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Turn oven up to 400. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is browning on top.
The rice and cornbread should have absorbed almost all the chicken broth, making them moist and fluffy. This is hot, hearty comfort food that can be tweaked to your preferred level of moistness. Leftovers can easily be reheated in a bowl – fill bowl with the amount you want, then pour a little leftover chicken broth in. Microwave for about 2 minutes on 70%, stir, then an addition 30 – 60 seconds on high for one bowl. It should absorb the additional chicken broth as it sits.
The finished product.
I am in love love love with Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal. You know those times when your stomach is just a little off and you need something comforting? Or those cold winter days when you want something hot and hearty for breakfast? Well, Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal to the rescue!
I found this gem by accident while looking for the gluten-free granola bars at Wal-Mart. Talk about luck!
For $2.98 you get 2 packets each of three flavors (in the variety box which is what I purchased): maple brown sugar, apple cinnamon, and original. The ingredients are all natural – I can pronounce everything. Oats, sugar, salt, flavor, dried apples, etc. No multi-syllabic, chemical-type stuff.
Calories: 130-170; Total fat: 2-2.5g; Carbs: 24-35; Protein: 4-5g
Today I tried the Apple Cinnamon. I used the packet to measure the liquid and microwaved it for 1-1/2 minutes, stirred, and then 30 more seconds. I don’t like my oatmeal too gloopy. They say you can use 2/3 a cup of water or milk – I used half water and half half-and-half. Very creamy, soothing, and yummy. Unlike Cream of Rice, this didn’t boil over. Yay – no cleanup.
Don’t care for plain oatmeal? They sell boxes of each flavor as well, or you can try my Nutella recipe for plain oatmeal.
I will make certain to always have some of this in the cabinet. So very glad I found this.
Mmmm…chocolately. French Meadow Bakery knows how to use chocolate, that’s for sure. I also had their chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and man, oh man were those good. I found the cake part to be just a little bit dry, but the icing made up for it. That, and a cold glass of milk.
The brownies are moist in the middle but just a little dry and crumbly on the outside. Dry, you say? I fixed that with 15 seconds in the microwave and a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream. Definitely a treat. Good consistency. Good flavor.
You can learn more about French Meadow Bakery – which was actually the first Certified Organic Bakery in the USA – at their website: http://frenchmeadowcafe.com/
This one was purchased at the Tripoli Bakery which has quite a few locations in northeastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. (Thanks, Mom!)
Remember the happy-happy joy-joy feeling you got from eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese? Remember that feeling going bye-bye when you went gluten-free? Well, you can get that feeling back – believe it or not – courtesy of Wal-Mart.
I’ve tried other gluten-free Mac & Cheese out-of-the-box mixes and they have been just awful. So when this turned out to be good – I was shocked AND happy. Happy-happy joy-joy, even.
Boil 6 cups of water and add their rice pasta. They say on the box 10-12 minutes, and that’s exactly what it was. No “it says 10 minutes but they mean 40” deal. While the pasta’s draining, mix 1/4 cup of milk with an optional 2 tbsp of butter, and then add the powdered cheese sauce mix.
There really weren’t any ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce, and I did not see any soy.
One package contains 2.5 servings of fluorescent orange, cheesy heaven. 260 calories, a boatload of carbs, 460 mg of sodium, and 6 g protein (I wasn’t sure if that included the milk).
Head on over to Wal-Mart and get yourself some of this in their gluten-free section.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for an unhealthy mac & cheese fix. 🙂
How many times do you walk by the yogurt section and see all those cups with granola and chocolate crunchies on top and think “Those jerks! Why don’t they make those gluten-free?” Okay, it’s just me then? Really? Ha! I didn’t think so. Well…Chobani to the rescue.
Chobani has introduced a line of Greek yogurts with GLUTEN-FREE steel-cut oats in them. Yessuh!
I tried the apple-cinnamon flavor – and man, is it good! It’s thick and creamy, and doesn’t have that nasty yogurt tang – so even people who don’t like yogurt will probably enjoy this. The oats have an excellent consistency to them, hearty, not mushy. (And we all know how violently I despise mushy food.) The apples are actual fresh apples, diced up into juicy, crispy bits. And not just a few apples or a couple of oats. There’s plenty of each in every bite. Don’t go expecting some sugary-sweet treat, like those gross syrupy fruit-on-the-bottom type yogurts. This tastes like a homemade, all natural, delicious breakfast.
This little puppy has 160 calories, 2g fat, 28g carbs, and 10g protein. It contains probiotics and live active cultures. AND, Chobani gives 10% of their profits to charity. I’m sold. You can learn more at www.chobani.com.