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Gluten Free-zer Friday – Breakfast & Lunch Plan September 2009

Posted Sep 11 2009 10:32pm

While checking out some other blogs that do freezer cooking, I came across Tricia atOnce a Month Mom. She has a great offering where every month she makes a freezer plan, makes the grocery list and freezer labels, and writes up instructions so you and a friend can successfully complete your freezer cooking day all done up on lovely excel spread sheets.  All for free.  Be still my heart!  Trust me, I know this takes a lot of time and planning, and I love what she has put into her plans to make a Once a Month cooking day work.  Tricia also has a section with freezer plans for those of you feeding babies so you can make some food for your sweet babe and have all that homemade goodness on hand.  She was gracious enough to let me adapt the September 2009 menu to gluten and dairy free and post it here.  Thanks Tricia!

Due to my schedule and all my “helpers” I don’t usually do such a big cooking day.  So, I have divided the September plan into 2 parts for this week (Breakfasts and Lunches) and next week (Dinners).  I did switch the White Chicken Chili to the one on my blog, because it is a family fav, but the rest is adapted from Tricia’s plan and instructions.  As most of my family is out of the house during this time of year during lunchtime, most of the lunches will most likely be used as suppers – except the corn dog muffins (which should be great in the lunch box).  Happy cooking!

Head over to MJ’s for Freezer Food Friday, then stop on back if you have a gluten free freezer recipe.  We would love to have you join in the fun!  MJ has a Sweet and Tangy Brisket for the slow cooker this week that sounds great and it is naturally gluten and dairy free (just use GF ingredients).

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Participating in Gluten Free-zer Friday:

1. If you would like to participate in Gluten Free-zer Friday, simply email your post link to your gluten free freezer recipe (angelas_kitchenATcomcastDOTnet) or leave a comment below and I will add you to the roundup.

2. Link back to this post on the post with the recipe you have linked.

So, what’s on the menu for September?  Below is the September breakfast and lunch menu with links to the original recipe.  Be sure to check out Once a Month Mom and her great site!

The Plan:

Please note that all recipes have been altered (increased quantities) to meet the needs of TWO people participating in a OAM Cooking Day. It is indicated on each recipe whether it has been doubled or quadrupled for your convenience. If you are just one person or would like to make less of a particular recipe, you will need to make the adjustments on your own to the recipe and to the grocery shopping list.  (Angela’s note:  I will just cook this all as one person as my family is so big and hungry!  The assignments helps me break the tasks up to have the kids help and to help me remember what to do next, so that will be how I use them.)

Helpful Hint:   Assign one person to be Person A and one Person to be Person B

Read through the instructions and be familiar with the tasks that you are responsible for during the day.

Washing dishes as you go will likely be necessary, it is not written into the instructions as everyone has different needs and equipment. It is best to have whoever finished a task wash the dishes they just used before proceeding onto further tasks.

Instructions:

Thaw

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken.

Night Before:

Bake the gluten free English muffins.

Make the “cheese” sauce you have chosen, either the Cashew Cheesy Sauce or the Mild “Cheese” Sauce.  Divide out one cup for the Eggwiches and 2 cups for the Black Beans & Brown Rice.  Put in fridge.

Start the presoaking stage of the corn bread or Corn Dog Muffins.

Optional (but HIGHLY recommended) – chop up all vegetables, cook 4 pounds of hamburger, cook/steam the 4 cups of dry brown rice.  Do not cut pears or apples until needed as they will discolor.

Day of:

PersonWhat to Do
AIngredients that need CHOPPED (**indicates usually okay for food processor)

In the indicated order for most efficiency:

Yellow Onions, diced = 1 2/3 lbs ~5 med (~2 1/2 cups)**

Garlic, minced (if not purchased that way) = 20 cloves**

Chicken, chopped/diced = 4 lbs (4 cups)**

Cilantro, chopped = 2 bunches**

BMake “cheese” sauce.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

BPrepare Corn Dog Muffins for oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
AStart 2 Crock pots cooking:

White Chicken Chili

BWhile Corn Dog Muffins are cooking, dice 3 med apples (2 c**), mix and ready for oven the Apple Streusel Muffins.
BWhen Corn Dog Muffins are done, place them on wire rack for cooling or transfer to a cool cookie sheet for flash freezing.
BBake Apple Streusel Muffins for 15-18 minutes.
ACook 4 lbs ground beef.
BWhile Apple Streusel Muffins are baking, core and slice pears (into rounds =4 pears), prepare Silver Dollar Pear Pancake batter and ready griddle.
BWhen Apple Streusel Muffins are done, set on cooling rack.
BCook Silver Dollar Pear Pancake. Set on cooling rack or place on cooled cookie sheet for flash freezing when finished.
APrepare and assemble Carole’s Chili – 4 gallon freezer bags.
BOnce cooled package:

Corn Dog Muffins – 4 gallon freezer bags

Apple Streusel Muffins – 4 gallon freezer bags

Silver Dollar Pear Pancakes – 4 gallon freezer bags

BCook eggs and prepare Eggwiches.
BWrap and freeze Eggwiches – 4 gallon freezer bags
ATurn off crock pots and allow contents to cool a bit.
AAssemble:

Black Beans & Brown Rice – 4 8×8 pans.

BAssemble:

Freezer Beef Stew – 4 gallon freezer bags

APortion:

Easy White Chicken Chili – 4 gallon freezer bags

BOTHKitchen Cleanup!
BOTHCongratulations you are DONE!!!!!

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Grocery List:

If using Cashew Cheesy Sauce:  1 cup raw cashews,  2 or 4 oz. jar pimentos, 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes, 2 T cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

If using Mild “Cheese” Sauce:  ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes, ¼ cup corn starch, ¼ cup gluten and dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance), and 1 teaspoon gluten free mustard.

Packaging:

4 8×8 baking dishes

Muffin liners (about 4 dozen)

Plastic wrap

24 Gallon zip close freezer bags

Produce:

3 medium apples

4 Bosc or Bartlett pears

2 bunches cilantro

20 cloves garlic

5 onions

Meat:

4 pounds ground beef

16 slices gluten free ham

8 gluten & dairy free hotdogs

Canned goods:

8 (14.5 oz) cans black beans

8 cups gluten & dairy free chicken broth

4 (7 oz) cans diced green chilies

4 (15 oz) cans kidney beans

16 oz. gluten free salsa

4 (18.75 oz) cans tomatillos

8 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes

4 (12 oz) cans tomato paste

8 (15 oz) cans white beans

Dairy Replacements/Eggs:

31 large eggs

½ cup + 2 T gluten & dairy free margarine (such as Earth Balance)

7 1/3 cup gluten & dairy free milk substitute of choice (rice, almond, etc.)

Frozen:

20 oz. frozen corn

Grains:

4 cups brown rice

Herbs/Spices:

Chili powder 2 T + 2 t

Ground Cinnamon 1 ¾ t

Ground coriander 2 t

Ground Cumin 2 t

Garlic powder 2 T + 2 ¼ t

Onion powder 1.2 t

Dried Oregano 2 t

Red Chili Pepper Flakes 4 teaspoons

Salt 7 1/4 t

Baking Supplies:

12 ½ t gluten free baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 cups GF bean based flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Flour Blend

1 cup brown sugar

4 cups corn polenta or coarse corn meal

4 T honey ro gave nectar

13 T maple syrup

1 cup millet flour

1 ¾ cups oil (I use olive)

2 ¼ cup + 2 T potato starch

1 cup + 2 T finely ground rice flour

2 cups sorghum flour

¼ cup + 2 T tapioca starch

1/3 cup turbinado sugar

1 ½  t gluten free vanilla

5 t dry active yeast

6 t xanthan gum

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Breakfast and Lunch Recipes for September 2009:

You will need to pick the “cheese” sauce you could like to use.  One is nut free, which is a great option for those with tree nut allergies.  Our family likes them both.

Both “cheese” sauces can be found here.

Cashew Cheesy Sauce (makes 3 cups)

1 cup raw cashews

2 cups water

2 oz. or 4 oz. jar pimentos, drained (depending on color desired)

1 cup nutritional yeast flakes

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

In a blender, blend cashews to a fine power. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium heat until thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Serve hot.

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Mild “Cheese” Sauce or Spread

After it cools this sauce thickens up enough to use this to spread on bread for grilled “cheese” sandwiches.

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes (or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast powder)

1/4 cup corn starch

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 cups water

1/4 cup GFCF margarine (such as Earth Balance Buttery Spread)

1 tsp. prepared GFCF mustard

Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan.  Whisk in water.  Cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles.  Cook 30 seconds, then remove from heat.  Whip in margarine and mustard.  It will thicken as it cools but will thin when heated.

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Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Strussel Muffins

By Angela Litzinger of angelaskitchen.com  (adapted from GFCF Rhubarb Strussel Muffins).

1/2 cup GFCF margarine (such as Earth Balance)

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp GFCF vanilla

1 cup finely ground rice flour

1/4 cup potato starch

1/4 cup tapioca starch

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 1/2 tsp GFCF baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup GFCF milk substitute mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 cups chopped apples

Makes 18-20 muffins

Strussel topping:  1/3 c turbinado sugar, 1 t cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, 2 T rice flour, 2 T potato starch, and 2 T tapioca starch mixed well.  Add 2 T soft GFCF margarine and blend with a fork until crumbly.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat margarine and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Combine rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl.  Mix well.

Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix just until smooth.   Add milk mixture, scrape bottom and sides of bowl and mix again just until smooth.

Add apples.  Stir just until combined.

Fill muffin liners 2/3 full.  Divide strussel topping over muffins (about ½ T for each muffin).  Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack before serving. Place in gallon freezer bags and freeze. To serve: Reheat in microwave 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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Gluten and Dairy Free Sliver Dollar Pear Pancakes

Adapted from perfectpancake.net - pancake recipe by Angela Litzinger of angelaskitchen.com

4 cups gluten free bean based flour blend

8 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

4 cups GFCF milk substitute (ie: almond, rice, etc.)

4 eggs

8 Tablespoons oil

4 Tablespoons maple syrup

4 Bosc or Bartlett pears

3 Tablespoons maple syrup

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients together until blended then add to the dry ingredients.  Stir until blended together.  Set aside.

Core pears with an apple corer. Starting at the bottom, slice pears crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rings, and toss in a small bowl with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Heat an electric griddle to 375° or a heavy skillet until very hot. Brush with oil; wipe off excess with a folded paper towel. Place a few pear slices on the griddle, 2 1/2 inches apart. Let cook 1 minute. Ladle about 3-4 Tablespoons of the batter into center of each pear ring. Using the bottom of a ladle, gently push batter over edges of pears. Let cook until pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, about 2 1/2 minutes.

Using a spatula, turn pancakes over; cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining pears and batter. Allow to cool or flash freeze. Place in gallon freezer bags and freeze. To serve: Reheat for 1-2 minutes in microwave.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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Eggwiches - Serves 16

Adapted from Marianne @Writermommy.com by Angela Litzinger of angelaskitchen.com

You will need to bake a double batch of the gluten and dairy free muffins from karina’s kitchen.

(Ingredients for the muffins are on the shopping list)

16 gluten free muffins (see karina’s kitchen recipe above)

16 eggs

1 cup cashew or mild “cheese” sauce

16 slices gluten and dairy free ham

Split and toast the English muffins.  Scramble 16 eggs. Place scrambled egg (approx. 1/4 cup) on bottom of English muffin. Place one slice of ham on top.  Spread 1 Tablespoon of “cheese” sauce of choice on top half of muffin then place on top of ham.  Wrap with plastic wrap and place in gallon freezer bags.

To serve: Unwrap. Microwave for 35-45 seconds or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            Plastic Wrap & 4 gallon freezer bags

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Corn Dog Muffins – makes about 28

Based on doubling the Blender Corn Bread from Sue Gregg using gluten free dairy substitute of choice (rice, almond, etc):

Corn bread recipe from Sue Gregg; Corn Dog Muffins from Tricia @ Onceamonthmom.com; adapted by Angela at angelaskitchen.com

The night before your cooking day:

2 cup rice milk with 2 teaspoon lemon juice or cider vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

6 tablespoons maple syrup

4 cups corn?polenta or coarse ground corn meal

Place above ingredients into blender; blend at high speed 3-5 minutes (the blender will “grind” the grain into a batter in the liquid medium.  Let sit covered on counter overnight.

On your cooking day, add:

4 eggs

1 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon salt

8 gluten and dairy free hotdogs diced

2. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, and salt thoroughly, but briefly, using blender and/or rubber spatula as needed.

3.  Stir in diced hotdogs.  Pour batter immediately into greased muffin pan or use paper liners for the muffins. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 15-20 minutes or until knife or toothpick comes clean out of center.

Allow to cool. Once cool place in gallon freezer bag and freeze. To serve: reheat in microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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White Bean Chicken Chili adapted (just a tiny bit) from allrecipes.com (posted on angelaskitchen.com here. )

Note:  You will be making two batches of chili, for a total of 4 gallon sized freezer bags.  I left the recipe alone as it will be easier to keep the amounts divided, especially if you only have one crock.  If you have 2 6 quart crock pots, go ahead and mix each chili amount at the same time to cook.  If you have one crock, mix, cook, and cool as directed earlier in the morning, then put the second batch into the crock to cook so it will be finished in the evening.  The ingredients for both batches are on the shopping list.

3 T olive oil

2 pounds diced chicken meat (or same amount uncooked, chopped)

2 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced (or 6 cloves of ROASTED garlic.  Yum!)

2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth (I dump in a frozen 4 cup container of frozen stock instead)

2 (18.75 ounce) cans tomatillos, drained and chopped

2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

2 (7 ounce) cans diced green chiles

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

4 (15 ounce) cans white beans (drained)

10 oz. frozen corn

salt to taste

ground black pepper to taste

Heat oil.  Sauté onion until softened.  Put every thing into 6 quart crockpot.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  If using uncooked chicken, check the chicken is cooked through.  Stir before serving.

Allow to cool and divide between 2 gallon freezer bags.  Freeze.  Mix second batch following above recipe, cook, cool, package and freeze as above.

To serve:  Thaw.  Reheat in microwave, crockpot or stovetop until heated through.  Serve with these toppings for people to choose from: limes, cilantro, avocado, and tortilla chips.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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Black Beans & Brown Rice

adapted from Jessie @ vanderbiltwife.blogspot.com, adapted to be GFCF by Angela at angelaskitchen.com

4            cups brown rice, uncooked

120 ounces canned black beans  (8 14.5 oz cans – drain 4 cans, but keep the liquid from the other 4 cans)

1/2            cup            onion, diced

12            each            garlic, cloves

2            bunches cilantro, chopped

16            ounces gluten free salsa

2        cups “cheese” sauce of choice, warmed enough to pour

Steam or cook brown rice according to package directions.

Heat black beans (including liquid from four cans) in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Chop onion and cilantro, mince garlic, and place all in a saucepan and sauté. After beans have heated for 20 minutes, add sautéed ingredients and salsa and stir into black beans. Divide cooked rice among 4 8×8 baking pans. Pour black bean concoction over rice and drizzle “cheese” sauce  on top.

Cover with foil and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Bake covered for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Double baking time if not thawed.

Containers Needed:            4 8×8 baking dishes

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Carole’s Chili – be sure your seasonings are gluten free!

Author/Source: adapted from Carole @ commonsenseliving.com

Quantity            Measurement            Ingredient

4                        pounds                        ground beef, browned and drained

58                        ounces                        diced tomatoes

48                        ounces                        tomato paste

60                        ounces                        kidney beans

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons            garlic powder

2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons            gluten free chili powder

4                        teaspoons                        red pepper flakes

1                        teaspoons                        cumin

Directions:

Mix all ingredients and divide among 4 gallon freezer bags. Freeze. Freeze. To serve: Thaw. Reheat in microwave or in crock pot 2-4 hours or until heated through.

Containers Needed:            4 gallon freezer bags

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