Gluten-Free Tin Foil Dinners | Triumph Dining

0abc4ec06c4c563d42a039e6100f6c11The suffocating summer heat has passed in many regions leaving in its place leaves turning colors, cool mornings and nights, and weather perfect for light jackets. This is a great time of year to go camping. If you find yourself camping and in search of some easy foil dinners, here are a few new ones to try:

Salmon with Artichokes and Kalamata olives.

Double up foil. Set piece of salmon on top. Douse with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, salt, marinated artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives. Fold the foil into a tightly sealed tent and grill on medium heat for 15 minutes. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Peach Pie | Triumph Dining

peach-crumble-pie-8While the late summer months may mean family camp for some and BBQs for others, to me it has always meant Peach Season with a capital P and a capital S. To celebrate the bountiful harvest each year, I always kick off the late summer season by making my Peach Pie with an Almond Crust and serve it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the perfect way to end a hot summer day.

Plus, not only are peaches juicy and delicious this time of year, but they are full of health benefits as well. Peaches are great for the skin and contain a high amount of fiber and potassium, which reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of an ulcer. They’re also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and have been proven to fight cancer and heart disease. Click to continue reading »

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie | Triumph Dining

strawberries_leadBetween school starting back up, end-of-season BBQs and holiday plans popping into our heads earlier and earlier, the last days of summer always seems to be a crazy-busy time of year. For those of you who like to entertain, this is an easy gluten-free dessert that doesn’t require baking. It’s inexpensive and a huge crowd pleaser, too.

The finished result is a light and creamy pie with sweet strawberries and zesty lemon flavors that melt in your mouth. Cool and refreshing, you may end up seeing that this bad boy makes at least one appearance every summer. This recipe makes two pies. Click to continue reading »

Zucchini Soup | Triumph Dining

2009_01_22-zucchiniWhile my garden is growing and while it’s still farmer’s market season in the Midwest I like to  keep our food as seasonal as possible. Just as I picked all types of berries a few weeks ago, now my zucchini and yellow squash plants are really producing. We’ve published quite a few zucchini recipes on this blog. Be sure to check out this easy summer salad and zucchini bread, too.

I love zucchini brushed with olive oil and grilled. It’s easy, simple, fast and tastes great. But when I’m in the mood for something a little different there’s a cold zucchini soup I turn to. It tastes like summer and since it’s served cold, it’s a nice dinner option for a hot day. I serve it with tortilla chips and my kids tend to treat it as more of a dip than a soup.

It’s easy to make so feel free to play around with seasonings. It’s good with basil or dill. There are also recipes that add curry, cilantro or cayenne. You can cut down on the calories by using low fat cream cheese or sour cream. Cutting back on the amount of those makes for a less creamy soup but still tastes great and also saves on the calories. Feel free to make it your own.

Ingredients:

- 4 medium zucchini (I used a huge one from my garden and also threw in a small yellow squash)

- 1 onion

- Chicken broth or vegetable stock

- 16 oz. cream cheese

- 8 oz. sour cream

Directions:

1) Chop the zucchini and onion into large chunks and place into a pot. Pour in enough chicken

broth to cover. Cook down until zucchini and onion is soft.

2) Blend all ingredients together with a food processor, blender or immersion blender.

3) Let cool a bit and blend then blend in cream cheese and sour cream.

4) Chill until cold and serve with corn chips and your favorite garnish.

Happy summer! Enjoy.

Stack’d | Triumph Dining

StackdTo me, pancakes are the ultimate comfort food; you can make them sweet or savory, they aren’t complicated to cook, and they’re absolutely delicious. However, finding a recipe for a non-grainy, good tasting, gluten-free pancakes isn’t easy at all. Too often, the wrong kind of gluten-free flour or sweeteners can make the end product anything but comforting. Given this, I was elated to come across Jessica Kahn’s book Stack’d The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook.

Out of the three recipes I have tried so far, they have all been really tasty, but the really great part is that they are packed with protein so you feel fuller longer and they have a great texture to them. Jessica’s recipe’s call for gluten-free rolled oats. I used Bob’s Red Mill, which are blended down to make perfect pancakes. The blending of the ingredients also whips air into the batter, which makes for a lighter and fluffier pancake. Click to continue reading »

Zema’s Foccacia | Triumph Dining

rosemary-450x767Do you participate in the Meatless Monday trend? It’s a goal in our house although it’s not always accomplished on Mondays. No matter the day, I try to plan at least one or two meatless dinners during the week.

This week’s meal was created around a rosemary-millet focaccia mix made by Zema’s Madhouse Foods. We made a tomato pesto focaccia, vegetarian potato leek soup and a green tossed salad.

The mix came in my monthly Cuisine Cube and could be made into focaccia bread or a pizza crust. We opted to top ours with some homemade pesto, sliced tomatoes and a little shredded cheese. The mix required adding egg whites (or egg replacer), water, maple syrup or agave nectar and vinegar. The directions said to mix everything together then layout on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet before adding the toppings. I didn’t have any parchment but the foil I used worked fine.

The focaccia bread turned out thin, browned on the edges and tasty. The whole thing took about 10 minutes to prep and 40-50 minutes to bake so I put it in the oven then made the soup. Click to continue reading »

It’s Berry Season | Triumph Dining

main Markus Mainka shutterstock_90796280This past week alone I was able to pick my own blueberries, cherries, raspberries, gooseberries and currents many in a variety of colors or types. There’s a sense of accomplishment in filling that picking bucket. I often enjoy the picking so much though, that I get home and think: ‘Now what do I do with all these berries?’

The obvious choice is sharing with friends and family so that is easily done. I also wash and freeze some for the winter for a splash of color or the taste of summer on a cold cold day. It’s nice, too, to have frozen fruit on hand for smoothies.

Here are some additional ideas and recipes to use up those fresh berries that you picked or bought from the farmer’s market or store. Please share your ideas if you have others that didn’t make this list.

• Fresh berries with ice cream, whipped cream or yogurt

• Fresh berries with granola, cold cereal or oatmeal

• Make your own jam

• Berry sauce to use as a topping for desserts, pancakes, French toast of crepes

• Berry muffins

• Berry parfait with layers of yogurt, gluten-free granola and berries

• Fruit crisp (made with any fruit on hand)

• Popsicles or smoothies

• Summer salads

• Berry-infused water or lemonade

• Muddled berry wine spritzer or cocktail Click to continue reading »

Brazilian Cheesy Bread | Triumph Dining

Brazilian Cheesy BreadAfter long stints in front of the TV with all eyes on Brazil, we’re still thinking about its cuisine. Here’s a delicious gluten-free recipe for Pao de Queijo.

Pao de Queijo is a small, baked cheese bread that is popular in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, often eaten for breakfast or for a snack. These buns are made with tapioca flour and the inside is very chewy and moist because there is no leavening and air pockets expand inside of the dough when cooking. The Japanese have a similar bun called Dekasegis made with rice flour instead of tapioca starch. If you have trouble finding tapioca flour (try Whole Foods) and have rice flour instead, try making the Japanese version as it’s an even exchange in the recipe! Click to continue reading »

Asian Noodles | Triumph Dining

asian-noodlesI scraped through the cupboard recently in an attempt to avoid the grocery store before an upcoming vacation. I grabbed a couple eggs, peapods from my garden, an onion and pulled the meat off of leftover dry rubbed pork ribs. I also fished out some Asian cellophane noodles and a bottle of gluten-free teriyaki sauce. I tossed it all together and dinner was made!

It got me wondering why we don’t talk more about Asian noodle options in the gluten free community. While we talk a lot about gluten-free Italian style pastas, Asian-style noodles can also be a great addition to gluten
free menus. Click to continue reading »

An Easy Gluten-Free Salad | Triumph Dining

zucchini-shaved1000A few years ago my parents turned their in-ground swimming pool into a garden. My mother had just retired and this garden soon became her new hobby. We’ve benefitted greatly from the bounty of things she’s grown and when I saw this recipe, I knew we’d make it often.

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago

Serves 6

Credit: Bay Area Bites

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 small zucchini, trimmed (about 1 1/4 lbs total; I like to use a mix of different colors)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 oz. Asiago, Pecorino, Parmesan, or ricotta salata cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped roasted, salted almonds; toasted pine nuts; or chopped toasted walnuts

Directions

Using a vegetable peeler, shave long strips of zucchini from the stem end to the blossom end into a shallow serving bowl or plate. As you shave ribbons, rotate the zucchini until you’ve shaved down to the center core of seeds. Discard the core (or shave it as far as you can!).

Shave edge of cheese with a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.

Drizzle with a little oil (1-2 tablespoons), squeeze the lemon over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the ribbons evenly. Sprinkle with the cheese shavings and nuts and serve.