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Monday, January 20, 2014

GF, DF Armenian Pizza (Lahmejun)


In the Armenian tradition there is a delicious dish known as Lahmejun.  It is often referred to as "Armenian Pizza" in this country, but it is actually quite different that the pizza you know and love.  There is never any cheese on it, and the meat and sauce are combined into a paste and cooked on top of the bread.

In the old country, this dish would be made by creating a bread dough from scratch, but today I'll share with you a shortcut that is not only simple but gluten-free as well!  GF tortillas from your local grocery serve perfectly as crust for these delicious meals.  Lahmejun is not only a fast and yummy lunch or dinner food, but it actually tastes better on the second day, so it makes wonderful leftovers for protein-rich snacks!  A food processor makes this recipe a snap, but you can certainly chop your veggies by hand if you prefer.


Armenian Pizza (Lahmejun)

2 packages gluten-free tortillas (12)
2 lbs ground beef
1 3/4 cups canned tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 green pepper
2 medium onions
1/2 cup fresh parsley or 1/4 cup dried parsley
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or Aleppo red pepper)
pinch of black pepper
1 - 3 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a food processor, combine green pepper (cored) and onions (peeled) and pulse until completely ground.  Add two types of tomatoes, parsley, salt and spices, and pulse again to mix.  Add ground beef in fist-sized clumps, and pulse gently to mix.  Do not pulverize.

Spread about 1/4 cup of meat filling onto each tortilla.  As you can see from my photo, the filling will shrink as it cooks, so spread the raw meat all the way to the edges of the tortilla.  Grease baking sheets with coconut oil or ghee, and cook two tortillas per sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until the meat has browned.

Notes:  This beef filling seems simple but can be tricky to execute.  If your filling seems to be separating and sitting in a pool of liquid, drain off any excess and blot your finished tortillas before baking.  Too much liquid will cause the filling to "weep" while it is baking, and cause the tortillas to stick to the baking sheet.  If you spread your filling too thick, it will not cook all the way through before the tortilla edges burn.   Cooking these on parchment will result in a soggy crust.

To eat these, fold in half and use your hands, not a knife and fork, to eat like a large piece of pizza.  The tortillas are too tough to cut easily!  They make great leftovers though - the filling tastes better on the second day.  Store with parchment in between each layer.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Paleo Party 1/17/14


Welcome to the Paleo Party at Allergy Free Vintage Cookery!

This link party is meant for sharing your favorite Paleo recipes.  For those not familiar with the Paleo eating plan, this healing diet eliminates all grains, dairy, sugar and legumes.  Following this diet can allow leaky gut to heal, reduce inflammation, and reverse autoimmune disorders.  Even if you don't consider yourself a Paleo person, your allergy-free recipes may very well fit the plan!  

Please share your recipes that are free of ALL of the foods listed here.  It's not Paleo if it contains even one of the "Do Not Include" foods on the list.  One important point to remember -- your recipe must be not only gluten-free but grain-free as well.  
Gluten-free flour is not Paleo. 

This party will run every Friday morning at 6:00 am EST.   Please share as many recipes as you like each week, as well as your posts about your experience with the Paleo lifestyle.  

Every entry should include a link back to this page.

I'll share my favorite posts on Facebook, Google+ and StumbleUpon :)


THESE FOODS ARE PALEO:
Meats, Fish, Fruits, Avocado,
Vegetables, Seeds, Nuts (except peanuts),
Raw Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, 
Tapioca Starch, Eggs, Coconut Oils & Coconut Milk, and certain oils.

THESE FOODS ARE NOT PALEO:
Wheat, Barley, Rye, Corn, 
Rice, Oats, Soy, White Potatoes, 
Dairy, Yogurt, Sugar, Agave, Splenda, 
Corn Oil, Soy Oil, Canola Oil, Peanuts, Beans, Alcohol

There are certainly grey areas in the Paleo plan.  For example, sugar is frowned upon, but high-quality dark chocolate in small amounts is allowed.  Use your best judgement and err on the side of healthiness :)  We're all here to get inspiration to be healthier and happier!  

For more information about the details of the Paleo diet, 
click HERE to check out a great site by the Paleo Mom.

For a complementary link party featuring Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) recipes, 
click HERE to jump to a wonderful site by Phoenix Helix.

To look back at the past parties, see the link at the right under Categories.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Crabmeat (dairy free)


Missing your creamy soups while you're dairy free?  Coconut milk makes a great substitute.  This is a quick and easy broccoli soup, spiced up with a bit of Old Bay seasoning.  I added crabmeat on top for protein, and because I think broccoli soup can get boring :)

Creamy Broccoli Soup with Crabmeat

2 Tbsp oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions
2 16 oz. packages frozen broccoli
6 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
1 can coconut milk
3 Tbsp coconut butter
1 can crabmeat, drained

Soften the garlic in the oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes.  Add the green onion and heat for another minute.  Drop in the broccoli, broth and Old Bay and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes, or until broccoli is soft.

Add the coconut milk and coconut butter and heat another five minutes. Blend with an immersion blender.  Ladle into bowls and top with crabmeat.


Shared with Allergy Free Wednesday.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Paleo Party 1/10/14


Welcome to the Paleo Party at Allergy Free Vintage Cookery!

This link party is meant for sharing your favorite Paleo recipes.  For those not familiar with the Paleo eating plan, this healing diet eliminates all grains, dairy, sugar and legumes.  Following this diet can allow leaky gut to heal, reduce inflammation, and reverse autoimmune disorders.  Even if you don't consider yourself a Paleo person, your allergy-free recipes may very well fit the plan!  

Please share your recipes that are free of ALL of the foods listed here.  It's not Paleo if it contains even one of the "Do Not Include" foods on the list.  One important point to remember -- your recipe must be not only gluten-free but grain-free as well.  
Gluten-free flour is not Paleo. 

This party will run every Friday morning at 6:00 am EST.   Please share as many recipes as you like each week, as well as your posts about your experience with the Paleo lifestyle.  

Every entry should include a link back to this page.

I'll share my favorite posts on Facebook, Google+ and StumbleUpon :)


THESE FOODS ARE PALEO:
Meats, Fish, Fruits, Avocado,
Vegetables, Seeds, Nuts (except peanuts),
Raw Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, 
Tapioca Starch, Eggs, Coconut Oils & Coconut Milk, and certain oils.

THESE FOODS ARE NOT PALEO:
Wheat, Barley, Rye, Corn, 
Rice, Oats, Soy, White Potatoes, 
Dairy, Yogurt, Sugar, Agave, Splenda, 
Corn Oil, Soy Oil, Canola Oil, Peanuts, Beans, Alcohol

There are certainly grey areas in the Paleo plan.  For example, sugar is frowned upon, but high-quality dark chocolate in small amounts is allowed.  Use your best judgement and err on the side of healthiness :)  We're all here to get inspiration to be healthier and happier!  

For more information about the details of the Paleo diet, 
click HERE to check out a great site by the Paleo Mom.

For a complementary link party featuring Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) recipes, 
click HERE to jump to a wonderful site by Phoenix Helix.

To look back at the past parties, see the link at the right under Categories.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I Tried It: Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins



by Gluten Free on a Shoestring

These muffins are absolutely delicious -- so sweet and moist, and without the overpowering eggy flavor many coconut flour baked goods have.  The method of cooking half the blueberries first with some honey takes a few extra minutes, but it's worth it.  These are best on the first day, while the sugar sprinkled on top is still crispy, but I've been known to eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner for days.

Click HERE to jump to the original recipe at Gluten Free on a Shoestring.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Paleo Link Party!


Welcome to the very first edition of the Paleo Party!

This link party is meant for sharing your favorite Paleo recipes.  For those not familiar with the Paleo eating plan, this healing diet eliminates all grains, dairy, sugar and legumes.  Following this diet can allow leaky gut to heal, reduce inflammation, and reverse autoimmune disorders.  Even if you don't consider yourself a Paleo person, your allergy-free recipes may very well fit the plan!  

Please share your recipes that are free of ALL of the foods listed here.  It's not Paleo if it contains even one of the "Do Not Include" foods on the list.  One important point to remember -- your recipe must be not only gluten-free but grain-free as well.  
Gluten-free flour is not Paleo. 

This party will run every Friday morning at 6:00 am EST.   Please share as many recipes as you like each week, as well as your posts about your experience with the Paleo lifestyle.  

Every entry should include a link back to this page.

I'll share my favorite posts on Facebook, Google+ and StumbleUpon :)


THESE FOODS ARE PALEO:
Meats, Fish, Fruits, Avocado,
Vegetables, Seeds, Nuts (except peanuts),
Raw Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, 
Tapioca Starch, Eggs, Coconut Oils & Coconut Milk, and certain oils.

THESE FOODS ARE NOT PALEO:
Wheat, Barley, Rye, Corn, 
Rice, Oats, Soy, White Potatoes, 
Dairy, Yogurt, Sugar, Agave, Splenda, 
Corn Oil, Soy Oil, Canola Oil, Peanuts, Beans, Alcohol

There are certainly grey areas in the Paleo plan.  For example, sugar is frowned upon, but high-quality dark chocolate in small amounts is allowed.  Use your best judgement and err on the side of healthiness :)  We're all here to get inspiration to be healthier and happier!  

For more information about the details of the Paleo diet, 
click HERE to check out a great site by the Paleo Mom.

For a complementary link party featuring Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) recipes, 
click HERE to jump to a wonderful site by Phoenix Helix.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Paleo Breakfast Pizza with Sunflower Seed Crust


This recipe might sound a little crazy, but boy was it good!  Inspired by a pizza crust recipe over at The Skinny Spice, I replaced the almond flour with ground sunflower seeds, and by golly it worked :)

Because of the number of elements involved, this recipe works best for a weekend morning.  Or, you can make the dough for the crust the night before, then keep it in a ball in the fridge wrapped in plastic until morning.  I also prepared my grilled onions and ground sausage ahead of time as well.


The crust is just a mixture of sunflower seed flour, tapioca flour (or garbanzo bean flour), coconut milk, olive oil, an egg and some seasonings.  You'll need to pre-cook this on a pizza stone, then add your toppings and bake again. 


To make this a breakfast pizza, we used a little bit of tomato sauce, ground pork that I had cooked earlier with a bit of sausage-y seasoning, lots of sautéed onions, and some shredded cheese.  To make this dairy-free, use Daiya cheese.  To make this completely Paleo, leave off the cheese altogether. 

The crust has a wonderful, nutty flavor, and the edges are nice and crispy.  The center can get a little soggy if you don't eat it immediately, but no one seemed to mind! 

Paleo Breakfast Pizza with Sunflower Seed Crust

2 1/2 cups ground sunflower seeds
1/2 cup tapioca or garbanzo bean flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
pinch of salt

1 lb ground pork
1 tsp each marjoram, sage, fennel seed
salt and pepper to taste

1 large onion, sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups prepared tomato sauce (we used Rao's)
2 cups shredded cheese or substitute (optional)

For the crust, mix all the ingredients from sunflower seeds through pinch of salt in a stand mixer or food processor.  Roll into a ball, then roll out on a pizza stone.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the ground pork and spices in a large frying pan over medium heat until no pink remains.  In a separate pan, cook the onion slices in olive oil over medium-low heat, until softened and brown.

When the crust is baked, remove from the oven and add sauce, pork, onions, and cheese (if desired), then return to oven and bake 5 -10 minutes more, until heated through.  Makes one small pizza, approx 14" in diameter.  Can serve 5 for breakfast.

Shared with Healing with Food and Allergy Free Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!


Happy Holidays
to one and all!

***

Note: There will be no link party this week



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Allergy Friendly Virtual Christmas Breakfast




It's time for my favorite breakfast of the year -- Christmas morning!  We'll put on the Christmas carols, light up the tree, and sit back and smile at each other while the boys go bananas with the gifts :)  

When every last bit of wrapping paper has been shredded, every crummy little wire tie been wrenched off every toy, and every thank-you hug squeezed out of mom and dad, we'll retire to the kitchen to continue the party with some special, once-a-year breakfast treats.  Our tradition has been to eat cinnamon buns, the oranges that we found in our stockings, and hot chocolate with candy canes... what's yours?  Michelle at The Willing Cook just posted a great recipe for gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free Cinnamon Buns that I'm dying to try, but she doesn't include a photo so you'll have to settle for imagining how beautiful they are! 

When you're planning your Christmas morning breakfast this year, try some of these yummy recipes from some of my favorite allergy-free blogs.  Click onto the title of each photo to link to the original site for all the details.  Happy holidays!

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Allergy Free Vintage Cookery's 
VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS MORNING BREAKFAST
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*** BEVERAGES ***

from Paleo Parents

from Raia's Recipes


*** WARM CEREALS ***


from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen


from Free From The Three



*** BREADY THINGS ***


from Gluten Free Goes Vintage

from Real Food Allergy Free

from The Mommy Bowl


*** THE HOT STUFF ***

from Real Sustenance

*** THE HEALTHY STUFF ***

from Elevate Wellness

*** BREAKFAST SWEETS ***

from Go Dairy Free

*** I hope Santa is good to you! ***


Shared with Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal and Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters' Stuff and Weekend Wrap Up at Tatertots and Jello and Seasonal Inspiration at Crumbs and Chaos and Once Upon a Weekend at Family Ever After and Sundae Scoop at I Heart Naptime and the Sunday Linky at Petit Hermine and the Homestead Barn Hop at the Prairie Homestead.