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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hot Rice Salad (McDougall)

Below is pictured the veggies in skillet before cooking

This only takes 15 minutes if you have your rice cooked. I had cooked mine in the crockpot earlier in the day. (for crock pot rice go to:

1/2 cup vegetable broth (I usually use chicken broth because I have a hard time finding gluten free stuff in my area)
2 bunches green onions, cut in 1 inch pieces (I used regular onion)
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 cup broccoli florets
1/2 teas minced garlic
1 tab parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 cups hot cooked brown rice
1 tomato chopped (I was out of this!)

I also added some Bragg Liquid Aminos (it is like soy sauce and is gluten free---you can add soy sauce that is gluten free if you like --the La Choy brand doesn't usually have wheat). This recipe needs salt if you are not using soy sauce or Bragg's. I found this inThe McDougall quick and easy cookbook.

Tuna and red bean salad

Quick and yummy. From Family Circle!

Mix together:

1 15 ounce can drained and rinsed red kidney beans (I used the smaller Red Beans)
1 can (12 ounces) drained water- paced tuna (this is the large can)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 tab olive oil (I used 1)
1 tab red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (I used garlic powder and added some salt)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Chill and serve. It makes a good amount! I liked it even without chilling!

mini turkey meatball soup

I found this in family circle Mar 2011 issue. I did some changes--I will put both versions. I needed gluten free so I used brown rice instead of couscous etc. This was very tasty!!!! AND pretty quick.


1 lb ground turkey or chicken (I used turkey)
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I used GF rice bread crumbs with Italian seasoning added)
1 large egg
2 scallions, chopped--I just used chopped onion (tab or so0
2 tab Parmesan cheese--I omitted
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped (I just used some dried ones)


2 tab canola oil (I used a bit of olive oil)
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
3 medium parsnips peeled and chopped
4 scallions, chopped (I think I omitted--I didn't see this!)
1 large can (48 ounces) light fat-free chicken broth
2 sprigs fresh thyme (I used dried)
1 head escarole, trimmed, cleaned and chopped (I used cabbage--about 1/3 -1/2large head)
1 cup Israeli couscous (I used some brown rice already cooked)
2 tab grated Parmesan (I omitted)
1/2 teas salt (I did to taste)
1/4 teas black pepper (I did to taste)
Paprika (I added a sprinkling of this)

1. Meatballs: In large bowl combine ground chicken or turkey. Add bread crumbs, egg, onion, cheese(if using), and chopped thyme. Stir until evenly blended. With wet hands form into 1 inch balls, about 40 total. Set aside (I made less).

2. Soup: In large stock pot, heat oil over med heat. Add carrots, parsnips and scallions or onion cooking for about 5 minutes (I cooked this separately in an iron skillet adding the veggies to the broth after the balls). (Meanwhile I cooked/ heated the broth separately with the chopped cabbage, cooked rice and thyme).If doing veggies in stock pot then add broth, thyme (and it says to add 4 cups of water but I added none!! And the flavor was great so do what you like here. Bring to simmer with increased heat.

3. Gently drop meatballs into simmering broth mixture(I added cabbage and cooked rice to the broth first and I had to turn the heat up when adding the balls because the balls cooled the broth. I also added the balls before adding my semi cooked carrots and parsnips). Reduce heat to medium and cook 4 minutes. Add escarole in 2 batches IF NOT USING CABBAGE in its place. Add the couscous if not using the rice. Cook 8 more minutes , then stir in Parmesan (if using) , salt and pepper, and some paprika if using.

Brown rice cooked in Crock pot

I think I found this at

This is easy and is a very helpful recipe! i used my small crock and it filled it (I think this is a 2 quart crock? Mine cooked 2 & 1/2 hours on high because I was out running errands and it came out perfectly!!


"This has become my favorite way to cook rice! I get a big pot full of rice to use for dinner and later for leftovers, and I don't have to pay attention to my stove (which boils hot!). I mix in all kinds of seasoning and flavors, as the mood strikes...but I am going to share with you the staple way to make rice in your cooker.

5C Water or Broth
2C Brown Rice
2 tsp salt
1T butter or coconut oil

Grease the walls of the crock, out your rice and water in.
Cook on High for 2 and a quarter to 2 1/2 hours or Low for 5 hours

* Rice tip - No matter the amount of rice or the size of the pot or wether you are cooking it in a steamer, on the stove on in the crock remember this tip: pour your rice in the bottom and gently pour water/broth over top until it reaches 1" above the rice. You will never need to measure your rice or your water again. It comes out perfect every time!"

Check out her blog for more ideas!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chicken (slosh) in crock pot (similar to pot pie)

Easy good and served over Gluten Free Linguine it is great! This is cooked in the crock pot.

2 large chicken breasts
2 cups chicken broth (could use more if desired)
2 cups pinto beans (would be good with Northern beans too)
2-3 stalks celery(sliced up)
2 carrots (sliced up)
pepper and salt to taste
1 tablespoon of dried onion flakes
1 tsp of dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 to 1/2 ground/powdered garlic

place Chicken, broth, pinto beans and seasonings in slow cooker. Saute the celery and carrots until tender and add to the slow cooker.Cook on high 4 hours and reduce to low until ready to serve. It is done after 4 hours but you can serve it much later. Serve over linguine or rice or potatoes or whatever you desire. We had some whole string beans on the side and a glass of wine.