Gluten Free All Day

A Gluten Free Blog by Chef Eli G

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Pei Wei Asian Diner

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Since being diagnosed as a Celiac, one of my food cravings that I never fulfilled was Chinese takeout.

I decided to try out Pei Wei after learning of their GF menu.
They have an easy to understand separate GF Menu with enough choices for my liking.

I spoke with the manager at my location to ensure that they take extreme caution when preparing GF items.
They go to great measures to accommodate GF.

You can place your order online and pick it up at your specified time. Your food will always be ready on time or a few minutes early.

On my first experience driving home, the smell in my car was so good I could barely wait to get home and try it! I got home and dug into the delicious spicy chicken and rice with sugar snap peas and carrots, It was superb. For $9 its a great price.

I did see a huge line at the store, so try doing an online order and pickup..

p.s. they even include GF soy sauce!

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A Play on Huevos Rancheros

So I decided that “plain ole” Huevos Rancheros weren’t gonna cut it so decided to switch it up a bit.

The base is still corn tortillas but instead of refried beans I made a salsa of tomatoes, black beans and corn. Instead if a sunny side I just made it over easy. For cheese I used cheddar in place of queso fresco. For a sauce I made an avocado sauce consisting of: avocado, sriracha, lime juice and fat free half and half.

I love it, hope you will too!

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Teriyaki Foods Made Easy

I’m so thankful for the La Choy Teriyaki Marinade – gluten free. It’s so simple to make a delicious dinner these days.

Simply pour some over a chicken breast and roast it in the over covered for 25-30 minutes and your golden. Try some teriyaki salmon by pouring over a piece of salmon and baking covered or 15 minutes

They carry it at Walmart for a decent price like $2 or less!

Definitely a gluten free must have at all times in the pantry.

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Graham Cracker Crumbs

If you ever wanted a good cheesecake or sweet pie, it must have bothered you not to find those pre-made pie crusts in the store. At least you can now make them easily with these graham cracker crumbs and some melted butter.

In all honesty, I used to by their animal cookies graham cracker and grind them up myself. I guess they became smarter and started selling them already crumbled for me.

Kinnikinnick definitely has some great gluten free products on the market. Say for example the k-toos cookies, pizza crusts and more.

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Pizza Crust Review – Udi’s

So I found this crust to be great for thin crust lovers like myself. It gets nice and crispy even without a pizza stone and bakes rather quickly. It can also withstand lots of toppings without falling apart.

The price is the most expensive that I’ve found this far at $5.99 for 2 at Sprouts Farmers Market. They used to carry it at Walmart for a dollar less, but I haven’t seem it in a few months.

Definitely worth to stock up on when their on sale!

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Favorite Gluten Free Snack

I happened upon this delicacy while shopping at HomeGoods one day.

Very hard to find but most definitely worth the search. I’ve only found it once more since then.

It’s a crispy rice wafer / cigar roll filled with a yummy chocolate gooey center.

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Chocolate Mousse

Check out this recipe for making Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse at home.
Requires only 4 ingredients!
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Ingredients
6 1/2 Ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
6 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 1/2 Ounces Sugar
1 Whole Egg
2 Egg Yolks
Directions:
Whip the cream in a mixer on high until firm and set aside
Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 60 seconds (if needed for 30 more seconds),
set aside to cool slightly
Begin boiling the sugar with just a bit of water and use a thermometer to monitor the temperature
In a mixing bowl or stand mixer whip the egg and yolks until ribbon stage -
 this is when the eggs are thick enough that you can run a “ribbon” of eggs over the top and it will stay.
Once the sugar reaches 220 degrees farenheight,
slowly add it to the whipped eggs while mixer is on highest setting
After the sugar is mixed in, add the chocolate in increments of thirds until fully combined – on medium speed
Add all the whipped cream and mix just until combined – on medium speed.
Cover with plastic wrap and set to cool in the fridge for 4 hours
Enjoy!

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NY Style Cheesecake

Check out this recipe for making gluten free Cheesecake at home.
Requires only 7 ingredients!
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Ingredients:
Crust:
2 1/4 Ounces Gluten Free Graham
2 Teaspoons Cup Sugar
1 Ounce Melted Butter
Cheesecake:
12 Ounces Cream Cheese
3 3/4 Ounces Sugar
3 Egg Yolks
3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Ounces Heavy Cream
 Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (farenheit).
Melt the butter for the crust in a microwave for 30 seconds and add the graham cracker crumbs and 2 tsp sugar.
Distribute the crust and flatten inside each ramekin, bake for 5 minutes and let cool (reduce oven to 290)
Soften the cream cheese and add the sugar, fully incorporate it before adding egg yolks
Add 1 egg yolk at a time – wipe down the sides in between each addition.
Add the vanilla extract and cream when done and combine
Pour evenly into each ramekin and tap them to remove air bubbles
Bake in a water bath for 45 minutes and then let cool.

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Crème Brûlée Vanilla Flavored

Check out this simple recipe for making gluten free Crème Brûlée at home.
Requires only 4 ingredients!
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Ingredients
4 Egg Yolks
2 Ounces Sugar
12 Ounces Heavy Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Kitchen Tools
Small Sauce Pot
Mixing Bowl
Whisk
Deep Baking Pan
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit
Heat up the heavy cream, vanilla extract and half of the sugar.
Whisk together the egg yolks and remainder of the sugar.
Once the cream starts forming bubbles around the sides, begin to temper it into the egg yolks.
Add small amounts at a time to make sure the egg yolks don’t curdle.
After adding all the cream pout the mixture into the ramekins.
Place the ramekins inside a deep baking dish filled 1/3 with water (water bath / bain-marie).
Cover the dish with silver foil leaving a small opening.
Bake for 1 hour or until set
Yields 4 servings. (3.5 ounces each)
Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 1 Hour

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Almond Flavored Meringues

Check out this easy recipe for making gluten free Almond Flavored Meringues at home.
Requires only 6 ingredients!

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Ingredients
3 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
As Needed Almond Meal

Instructions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees (farenheit) and grease a baking sheet.
Whisk together the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks are achieved
Add the vanilla & almond extracts while whisking, and gradually add the sugar – whisk until stiff peaks.
Using a pastry/piping bag with a star tip, pipe even amounts onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 2 hours on 250
Let the Meringues cool for a few minutes before storing or eating
Yields 48 gluten free meringues

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Yields: 48 Meringues