Gluten-free Hamburger Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This gluten-free hamburger mashed potato casserole recipe is similar to what some folks call shepherd’s pie. Regardless of what you call it, it is a tasty one-dish meal.

  • Package Idahoan instant garlic potatoes
  • 2 oz. extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoon corn starch to thicken
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper

Heat oven to 425 degrees F.

 

Make instant potatoes per package directions. Add Cheddar. Set aside.

 

Heat oil in a 10″ skillet. Add onion and carrots. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally for 6 minutes. Cover, stirring occasionally until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

 

Add the beef and cook, breaking it up until no longer pink. Add the tomato paste and cinnamon and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Add the corn starch, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes and broth and gently simmer until the liquid has nearly evaporated, 4 to 6 minutes.

 

Pour the beef mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Spoon the potatoes over the mixture. For a crispier topping use a fork to create ridges in the potatoes.

Bake until the potatoes are golden brown and slightly crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Broil, if desired for a crisper top.

 

Enjoy!

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Gluten-free Veggie Skillet Lasagna Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This recipe delicious gluten-free veggie skillet lasagna recipe is adapted from the Good Housekeeping Skillet Suppers cookbook.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 6 oz gluten-free no-boil lasagna noodles, broken into thirds
  • 1 cup part-skm ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

In a deep 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add zucchini, red pepper, onion, garlic and salt. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring.

 

Add tomatoes. Reduce heat to low.

Add noodles to sauce, making sure each piece is submerged.

Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until noodles are almost al dente, gently stirring twice.

 

Dollop ricotta all over top of noodles. Sprinkle mozzarella over ricotta.

 

Cover and cook for 10 more minutes or until cheese melts and noodles are al dente. Sprinkle with pepper.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-free Chicken Kabobs with Feta-Cucumber Salsa Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This gluten-free Chicken Kabobs with Feta-Cucumber Salsa recipe combines cucumbers and tangy feta cheese to make a delicious addition to garlicky grilled chicken. Chunks of firm fish such as swordfish or salmon can be substituted for the chicken, if you prefer.

2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided
Juice and zest of 1 lemon, divided
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
1/4 pound (about 1 cup) crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

 

In a large bowl, combine chicken, garlic, pepper, 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and all but 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and toss to coat.

Marinate at least 20 minutes or up to 8 hours.

 

Meanwhile, finely chop cucumbers. Transfer to a bowl and stir in feta, onion, parsley, lemon zest, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours; bring to room temperature before serving.

Prepare grill for medium-high-heat cooking. Can also be broiled in oven. Thread chicken on metal, or well-soaked wood or bamboo skewers, and grill, turning frequently until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.

 

Remove chicken from skewers, place on a platter and spoon feta-cucumber relish over top.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-free Berry Crisp Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Just in time for Independence Day celebrations. This delicious, easy to make gluten-free berry crisp recipe is packed with blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Add vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream, and you have a perfect summer combination. If you’d like to skip any of those berries, just even out the amount of berries so you end up with six cups.

Topping

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 3 cups quartered strawberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

 

In medium-size mixing bowl combine the first six topping ingredients. Sprinkle the vanilla extract on top and add the butter, mixing it in with fingertips or a pastry blender until topping comes together. Set aside.

 

Combine all the filling ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl, or directly in an 8X8 baking dish. Stir to combine.

 

Once berry mixture is in the baking dish, sprinkle the topping evenly on top. Bake until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling around the edges. About 45 minutes.

 

Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

 

Enjoy!

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Gluten-free Grasshopper Bars Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If you love chocolate and mint together, these Gluten-free Grasshopper Bars are for you. This recipe is involved, but worth the effort.

  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 3 c. mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract (if you want it really minty, use 1 tablespoon instead of 2 teaspoons.)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 drops liquid green food coloring (optional)
  • Crust
  • 34 gluten-free chocolate wafer cookies (I used a box of Kinnikinnick brand chocolate animal crackers.)
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • Topping
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (You can use chocolate chips, but the bittersweet chocolate works best.)

 

In a medium saucepan, heat milk on medium until hot. Add marshmallows and butter and stir to melt. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons heavy cream, extracts, and food coloring (if using); let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

 

Meanwhile, line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. In a food processor, pulse cookies to form fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combine. Press evenly into bottom of the prepared pan and refrigerate. (If you don’t have a food processor, put the cookies in a plastic bag and crush to make crumbs. Combine butter with a fork.)

 

Once marshmallow mixture is cool, using an electric mixer, beat remaining 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Fold a spoonful of cream into marshmallow mixture to loosen, then fold in remaining cream and spread on top of chilled crust. Refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes.

 

Make topping: In small pot, heat cream on medium until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add chocolate; let sit 1 minute, then stir until melted and smooth. Spread evenly over filling and refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes or up to a day. When ready to serve, use overhangs to transfer to a cutting board and cut into pieces.

 

Enjoy!

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