Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Gluten free blueberry crepes
There's so much going on lately, that I haven't been keeping up with this blog very well. I've been cooking a lot of great vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free food lately though! I just made crepes for the first time ever. A while back I bought a crepe pan, and I never used it. I recently cleaned out my kitchen, and I resolved to either use the pan or get rid of it! Well, the crepes were fabulous, and I'll definitely be making them again, so the pan stays! I got the recipe out of Vegetarian Times. I can't tell you the number of VT recipes that I have tried and liked. Many of them have become regulars are our dinner table. Vegetarian Times is a great resource for vegetarian recipes. This recipe wasn't gluten-free or dairy-free, so I'll post the way I made it. Also, since I am cutting out almost all refined white sugar from my diet, I'll be experimenting with it more in the future, but for now, here's how I made it. These crepes were absolutely delicious, and I did not miss the gluten or dairy AT ALL!
Cornmeal Crepe Batter
1 C gf all-purpose flour
1 C masa
1/2 C sugar
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 C almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 C fresh blueberries
10 oz. all fruit blueberry spread
1 1/2 C cashews
1/4 C maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 - 1/2 C water
Whisk together flour, masa, sugar, zest, and salt. Whisk in eggs. Whisk in milk 1/2 C at a time until batter is smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Cover and chill over night (recipe says at least 30 min.). Simmer fruit spread and 1/4 C water for about five minutes. Take off heat and mix in blueberries. Blend ingredients for cashew cream in a heavy duty blender until smooth and chill.
Whisk 1/4 C water into batter to thin. Lightly oil pan and heat over med heat. When skillet is hot, pour 1/4 C batter into it, lifting and turning pan to swirl batter so that it coats bottom of pan. Cook until edges begin to brown and center is dry. Flip and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with blueberry mix and cashew cream.
Here's some of the other delicious gf/df food that we've been eating lately:
This dish was absolutely mouth watering! It had two kinds of mushrooms plus tempeh in a mustard/beer sauce. I used a gf beer and amaranth flour, and it was so delicious. I served it over mashed potatoes and with a side of sauteed chard. I may have to make this one every time my husband goes out of town (he doesn't like mushrooms. Weird, I know.)
My son took this picture (note the Luke Skywalker light saber chopsticks!). This was a recipe called breakfast beans (best - beans - ever! out of The Seventh-day Diet) with brown rice. I also put lots of lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, hot sauce, and nooch in mine. Yum! This one is sort of a standard at our house.
This night we had a lentil loaf (out of The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook), balsamic roasted green beans and red peppers, and a huge green salad. Healthy comfort food!
Here's another mushroom dinner that we had when my husband was out of town. It's a mushroom-tomato soup. The kids weren't crazy about it. I guess I'll have to make this one for book club! I love it. It's an old stand by for me. It has lots of onions, mushrooms, parsley and/or basil, and red wine in it. We had a big green salad and rice crackers with it.
This dish was another hit it out of the ballpark meal! We LOVED it. The kids gobbled it up. I am going to experiment with the recipe a little before I post it because it needs a bit more bite to it. It was really fabulous though. It had coconut milk, tofu, spinach, and rice in it. The kids totally chowed down on it!
For this meal, I cooked up some CSA spaghetti squash. I sauteed onions, garlic, canned tomatoes, and fresh basil to put over the top of it. Unfortunately, the whole meal took longer to cook than I had anticipated, so by the time we ate it, it was kind of cold. I need to make that dish last next time because it's not nearly as good when it's cold. The noodle dish was soba noodles with veggies and a peanut/vinegar sauce. I thought it was okay, but everyone else loved it, so it looks like that recipe is here to stay as well!