Sunday, May 8, 2011

Gluten-Free Shepard's Pie

The boyfriend told me that he wanted Shepard's pie, so I found this recipe from the blog Going Gluten-Free. The recipe is so easy, involves minimal ingredients and heats up very well! Our local grocery did not carry Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup, and the only other mushroom soup that I could find that was gluten-free is the one shown below by Pacific Natural Foods.

I also made a lot more than Going Gluten-Free did, so we could have lunches for the entire week. My ingredients included 2.5 lbs of ground beef, 2 boxes of Cream of Mushroom Soup, a bag of frozen peas and carrots mix, 16 oz of shredded cheddar and 5 russet potatoes. You also need goodies to make the mashed potatoes, but I usually have those on hand (milk, butter, garlic, salt, sour cream, etc).

I start by peeling the potatoes, getting the big pot of water boiling and preheating the oven to 350 deg. When it starts to boil, cut the potatoes into fours and throw them in. Then, as the recipe states, brown the beef, drain, add the soup, frozen veggies and let sit for a little with the lid one.  By this time hopefully the potatoes are ready to be mashed up. Just make these like you would normal mashed potatoes, blend while adding milk, butter, garlic salt, all the fixings you like to taste. I just recently got a hand held blender, don't be discouraged if you don't have one, before my purchase I would always mash them up by hand with a fork. When your mashed potatoes are to your liking, set them aside. Pour the beef/soup mixture into the bottom of the Pyrex, then dollop on the mashed potato spreading it as you go. Since I started with so much more of the ingredients, I actually had two Pyrex dishes full of this goodness.  I do the ending a little different than Going-Gluten Free, I actually sprinkle the cheese on before I put it into the oven, but then I also covered the pan with tin foil. Then after the 20 minutes are up in the oven, I remove the foil, and turn it up to broil. After you do this it is important you don't walk away, it will only need a minute or two in there, but this browns the cheese a little on the top and I really like that! As soon as the cheese is toasted to your liking take it out and let it cool! 
Meat/Potato/Cheese layers

Big Dish Before Being Baked

Smaller Dish After Being Baked

A Week of Lunch for Me and the Boyfriend

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mini Gluten-Free Cheeseburgers, French Fries and a Beer!

The boyfriend made himself such an easy meal when I was out for girls' night last night.. mini cheeseburgers, French fries and a brewski! I wanted to give some shout outs to the contributors to this easy meal. The buns are actually Jenny's gluten-free dinner rolls. They can be purchased as People's Rx in Austin, TX. They also have loaves, hoagie rolls, and actual sized hamburger buns. These are the most amazing gluten-free bread products that we have ever tasted. They are currently flying off the shelves, so if you are looking for a certain product you should call the day before to put in an order. Jenny's rolls don't label themselves as gluten-free because they are cooked in the same kitchen as gluten products, but all the ingredients are gluten-free. (UPDATE: Gluten Intolerance Group of North America recently tested Jenny's Bakehouse products and found they DO have traces of gluten in them. GIG strongly recomends you do NOT consume this product.)

The second shout out is to Ore-Ida for supplying us a multitude of gluten-free French fry products. We have a gluten-free grocery shopping book where we originally found out about Ore-Ida products.  It states that the following Ore-Ida products are gluten-free: cottage fries, country style steak fries, extra crispy (crinkle cut, fast food fries, seasoned crinkle cut), fast food fries, golden (crinkles, crinkle 8lb- Costco and Sam's Club only), pixie crinkles, potato wedges with skins, seasoned French fries (8lb Sam's Club only), shoe strings, steak fries, waffle fries, and zesties. Their hash browns are gluten-free too! It's so nice to have something easy and cheap be gluten-free!

The third and final shout out goes to Bard's gluten-free beer! Thank you for completing a simple and delicious meal!