Monday, March 28, 2016

Gluten-free Baked Mac and Cheese

Hello everyone! The weather is kind of warming up which means I can eat lunch outside! It's so nice to spend lunch outside when the rest of my day is spent inside a classroom. Today I was running a little late, so it was nice to just throw some baked mac and cheese into my lunch bag before I headed out the door. As soon as I took it out of my lunch bag, everyone commented on how good it looked--some even wanted a taste! So today I have an easy lunch/dinner recipe for you all, something that doesn't require too much effort!

2 cups milk
4 cups gluten-free macaroni
3 cups shredded cheddar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Bring water to boil in the pot and cook the macaroni for about 5 minutes, or until partially cooked.
3. Drain the macaroni and add it to a baking dish that you greased with butter.
4. Mix the milk, cheddar, and egg together in a separate bowl, and add it to the macaroni.
5. Evenly distribute the mixture, add salt and pepper, and set it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.
6. Set the oven on broil for another 5 minutes (I added some cheese slices on top to make it even more cheesy.)

Voila! You have some easy baked mac and cheese!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Gluten-free French Onion Soup

Hello everyone! I am on my last day of spring break, and it's ironically the coldest day this week. I wore shorts on Tuesday and complained of the heat, and now it's so cold that I need my winter jacket to go outside! That's what prompted me to make a soup today, because nothing beats the cold like soup. Today's soup is a single serving french onion soup, for those days when you need to make a quick dinner for yourself. If you have guests and want to make more, just multiply the number of guests by the ingredient--that's what's so fantastic about this recipe!

1 medium sized yellow onion
1 cup beef broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic
Your choice of cheese

1. Slice the onion into very thin slices, and mince the garlic.
2. In a medium frying pan, heat the butter and add the garlic.
3. Once the garlic produces a fragrance, add the onion.
4. Caramelize the onion, stirring occasionally.
5. Add the broth, water, and caramelized onion to a pot.
6. Stirring occasionally, cook it on medium heat for about 25 minutes, or until done.
7. Add the parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper, and let it simmer for a few minutes.
8. Add it to an oven safe bowl and toast some gluten-free bread (I used the Trader Joe's gluten-free hamburger bread).
9. Float the bread on top and add your choice of cheese on top.
10. Broil it in the oven until the cheese melts.

Voila! You have a delicious french onion soup recipe to battle the cold!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi Day Recipes

Happy Pi Day everyone! In order to celebrate, I have compiled a list of five round desserts that you can make today. You don't have to be able to eat gluten in order to enjoy the delicious round foods in life!

If your Pi Day isn't full of math, then it should be full of circular desserts, right :)?


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Gluten-free Norwegian Crisp Bread

Hello everyone! It's almost spring break, which is crazy since it feels like winter break was just a week ago. But you know what that means--I have tests in all my classes next week. That's why this bread is perfect for the busy week ahead of me. Whenever I go to Norway, I always find myself eating a lot of gluten-free knekkebrød (crisp bread), because I don't need to find a toaster to toast it. It's a good bread to bring on hiking trips or for school lunches, and on top of that, it's very easy to make! You can top it off with your favorite sandwich items, or just eat it like a protein bar.

1 1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup chia seeds
2 cups sliced almonds
3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
2 cups sunflower seeds
5 Medjool dates
2 tablespoons honey
3 cups boiling water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Slice the Medjool dates into very small pieces. 
3. Add all your ingredients except the water into a bowl and mix them thoroughly together.
4. Add the boiling water and thoroughly mix it again.
5. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.
6. Line a couple of baking pans with parchment paper, and spread the mixture evenly over it.Spread       out the mixture as flat as possible.
7. Bake it for 10 minutes.
8. Cut the bread into squares.
9. Bake for another 30-40 minutes or until done.

Voila! You have a delicious crisp bread that you won't need to toast on all those busy mornings!