Sunday, September 27, 2009

Easy Hearty Soup with lots of fiber

When the weather turns cold and you are looking for something warm to eat, a great fall soup is an apricot lentil soup.  Years ago a friend and I decided to have a soup making night.  We found a bunch of different recipes and made several soups and it is the one I return to most often.  This is so easy to make and its a hearty soup.

Lentils cooking:


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup dried apricots
1 1/2 cups red lentils
5 cups chicken stock
3 roma (plum) tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Saute onion, garlic, and apricots in olive oil. Add lentils and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes (optional), and season with cumin, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in lemon juice. Puree 1/2 of the soup in a blender, then return to the pot. Serve

The finished product:

*Recipe submitted by Karena on

Monday, September 21, 2009

Gluten-Free Raisin Challah for Rosh Hashanah

The Mix


One big loaf and two little tasting loafs (raisin & plain)


In the Crockpot...

For dinner tonight, I put...

3 chicken leg quarters (defrosted)
2 onions sliced
2 cups chicken stock
1 apple sliced & diced
fresh sprigs of rosemary

...into the crockpot.  Set it on low for 8 hours.

Easy to make.  I expect it to be moist and flavorful.  Plan to serve it with a side of rice.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hawaiian Bread

Last night I made a delicious gluten-free Hawaiian bread. Now it doesn't taste like the orange juice that was in there, but it is nice and soft on the inside with a crusty crust on the outside. Almost like a french bread.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for....

Every night we have a dessert of frozen yogurt. Our favorite being Edy's Slow Churned Frozen Yogurt

On our most recent grocery trip to Wegmans, we came home with an addition to our evening treat.


From the Lets Do... brand line


Tasted just like I remembered...

Ice Cream Cones

Apple Peanut Butter Muffins

On Saturday we had plans for dinner with a friend. I wanted to bring a little treat for the friend to sample since he always asks me what I'm baking or cooking.

I whipped up something from one of my recipe books that seemed easy enough to throw together without using up too much of my day.

They are interesting, definitely a strong peanut butter flavor throughout. Probably will be a good high-fiber treat and another way for me to add some fruit into my diet.

Apple Peanut Butter Muffins

Finger Food: Wings

Football season starts this week and with it comes all those finger foods. For a recent Redskins pre-season game watching experience, the hubby made gluten free wings! They were a little bit like fried chicken with enough spice to scare off the mild palate. Served with a side of cucumbers (in place of celery) and bbq sauce for dipping.

And voila!


GF French Toast

This morning my hubby treated me to some homemade gluten free french toast using the bread I made the other day. MMM. Seriously, i would like to find one person that could taste the difference between this and the full-of-gluten kind.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Celiac Disease in the News

An article in today's Washington Post about Celiac Disease helps raise awareness.  And it is followed up with a post  in their Health in the News blog.