So since I’m back to blogging, I thought it would be good to have a theme over the next several weeks. One thing I think can get hard is cooking easy and healthy gluten free dinners. I’ve decided that a couple times a week, I will post a meal that I’ve created for my husband and I. All of these dinners will be easy to cook and will please both the gluten free diner and the family equally.
For starters, tonight I made something very different, but it is a seasonal food and as fancy as it is, it took very little time. Tonight’s dinner included pan fried soft shell crabs, roasted broccoli, and creamy herb risotto. Here’s my plate.
In order to make this dinner, I bought 4 already cleaned soft shell crabs. I lined a plate with paper towels. Then rinsed the crabs in water and laid them out on top of the paper towels. I created a breading mixture out of Gillian’s Gluten Free Breadcrumbs and sprinkles of the following seasonings: garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, dried onion flakes, cayanne pepper, pepper and salt. I was afraid the seasoning wouldn’t be enough, but it definitely flavored the bread crumbs well. I then poured skim milk into a bowl. I dipped the crabs one by one in the milk and then the breadcrumb mixture. I heated a pan on medium heat with a little bit of olive oil, and once warm each crab went into the pot. Cook the crabs on each side for about 4 minutes or until crispy. Here’s a closeup of the finished crab. They were really tasty. For the broccoli, I roasted the broccoli at 450 for about 20 minutes on a foil lined baking pan. Make sure the pan is sprayed with cooking spray. It’s also good if a little water from washing the broccoli gets onto the pan. Sprinkle the broccoli with salt, pepper, and garlic. This really is the best way to make broccoli, and there is really easy cleanup. For the rice, we used this box of Lundberg Risotto, and just followed the directions. This definitely was an easy gourmet type dinner.
Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday. I had full intentions of blogging, but by the time it actually came down to it…I decided I was exhausted and a night away from the computer was in order. Since I spend all day long on the computer at work, sometimes the nights need to just be for television or reading.
Last night’s dinner was one of those meals that was cooked from exhaustion too. I simply took this can of Amy’s soup. Then I added leftover vegetables and chicken, and heated it in the microwave, and got this. Then I cooked an acorn squash in the oven with a little cinnamon on top. This was very good, and I took the other half to eat for my lunch today.
Now for tonight’s dinner, that was a much different story. I took these Trader Joe’s sausages out of the freezer this morning. Tonight, I sliced the sausages along with onion and shiitake mushrooms, and then topped the whole thing with fresh basil leaves. I baked this between 375 and 425 for about 30 minutes. We like when the sausage is very done and browned. The shiitake mushrooms were great in this. I’m really happy I added them. I topped this with a little hot sauce once it was on my plate…so good!
On the side we had roasted broccoli and a mixture of roasted butternut squash with turnip and parsnip.
I make a lot of roasted broccoli, so tonight I thought I would do a bit of a different flavor. I chopped my two heads of broccoli and drizzled the juice of half a lemon and about 4 chopped garlic cloves. Then I sprinkled pepper and salt. It turned out really well. I’m happy for new flavors. For the roasted root vegetable mixture, I chopped a butternut squash, two parsnips, and three turnips and tossed it in olive oil spray, salt, and pepper. This cooked for the longest time…probably about 40 minutes. Just to note, everything was cooked in the oven and at the same temperatures so it could all cook at the same time. The broccoli was in for the least amount of time, and I actually split the cooking so that it cooked for a few minutes at the beginning and then when it got closer to everything else being ready, I put it back in.
Hopefully I’ll get some good sleep tonight. I was a bit too tired at work today. Enjoy the rest of your nights!