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Asian Beef & Noodle Stir Fry

Beef stir fryI have a new yummy stir fry recipe that I’m sure you’ll all love! Usually, I make all my stir fries with chicken but I had some diced beef in the freezer so I decided to mix things up a bit. And I didn’t want another rice meal so I attempted to make rice stick noodles. They never look very appealing in the packaging in the supermarket but they are yummy when I eat them from my favourite stir fry take away outlet, so figured it was worth a shot. The verdict? Well, as long as you cook them long enough until they’re soft; yummo!

The sauce was inspired by another beef recipe I found on Taste.com.au. It doesn’t look too fancy in the photo, but I’m definitely using that sauce again!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

500g diced beef

250g rice stick noodles

2 cups beansprouts

2 carrots, finely diced

2 sticks of celery, finely diced

1/4 cup Sesame oil

Ginger paste

1/4 cup Gluten free soy sauce

 

Method

1. Cook the beef until lightly browned in a large wok on medium heat.

2. Add vegetables and sesame oil, ginger paste and gluten free soy sauce. Stir until combined.

3. Put the lid on the wok and turn it onto a low heat.

4. Boil the kettle and then pour the water into a large glass bowl.

5. Insert the rice stick noodles into the bowl and leave them to cook for 10 minutes until al dente. Drain the water from the bowl.

6. Serve the noodles with the beef – either separately or add to the stir fry- and enjoy!

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Hi All!

Sorry it’s been so long in between posts! But the good news is: I now have a gorgeous 11 week old named Gabrielle and I have a new recipe to share. I didn’t get the chance to take a photo I’m afraid – but I’ll add an image at a later date when I make it again. I found the recipe in a cookbook with gluten free and lactose free meals. The heading at the top of the page said ‘Baked Garlic Chicken’ and I thought ‘Great, can’t make that one!’ But then further down the page it had the recipe for this meal and it tasted great!

Ingredients – Serves 4

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1/4 cup strawberry jam

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

Sea salt

Cracked pepper

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Place baking paper on 2 baking dishes.

3. Cut the chicken breasts into smaller, thinner pieces.

4. Season the chicken breasts with the sea salt and cracked pepper on both sides and roast in the baking dishes for 6 minutes – turning the chicken over after 3 minutes.

5. In a small saucepan, heat the strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar and Italian herbs over low heat until the jam melts.

6. Brush the chicken liberally with the glaze and roast, turning over and brushing every 2-3 minutes, for 12 minutes, or until the chicken is golden glazed and cooked through.

6. Serve with rice, salad or veggies and enjoy!

Look forward to hearing your feedback. šŸ™‚ I’m also perfecting a mince sausage roll recipe – so stayed tuned!

Tasty Turkey Rissoles + Guacamole

Turkey Rissoles

A few weeks ago, I was wondering what to have for dinner. Turkey mince was basically the only meat in the freezer and I didn’t feel like having stir fry (we’d eaten it earlier in the week) or spaghetti bolognaise (I’d prefer to save that meal for a Sunday night).

So I popped onto Taste.com.au for ideas and found a turkey rissole recipe. However, I almost completely changed the recipe – turkey mince was the only thing the same! To give you an idea of just how much I changed the recipe, here’s the original –Ā http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/23280/asian+style+turkey+rissoles.

As you can see, the first ingredients are onion and garlic and it also contains peas and breadcrumbs, so I had to make a few changes… But the result was totally worth it! They were so moist and tasty (I think it was thanks to the Teriyaki sauce) and I made a simple, but lovely, guacamole to go with it. I used cucumber and celery because they were the only ingredients in my fridge that could have worked, but I think adding grated carrot or zuccini would have been nice.

Try it for yourself and let me know your thoughts!!


Ingredients

Ā Turkey Rissoles (Makes 8)

  • 500g turkey mince
  • 1/2 cucumber, grated
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup gluten free Teriyaki sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup gluten free corn crumbs

Guacamole

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200Ā°C/180Ā°C fan-forced. Spray a large baking tray with oil. Place mince, cucumber, celery and Teriyaki sauce in a bowl. Season with pepper. Using hands, mix to combine. Shape into 8 rissoles. Toss lightly in corn crumbs to coat. Place on a plate.

2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook rissoles, in batches, for 3 to 4 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to prepared tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway during cooking, or until browned and cooked through.

3. Ā Put the guacamale ingredients into a bowl. Using a fork, mix until combined.

4. Serve the rissoles and guacamole with a salad, noodles or anything you’d like!

Ways to settle an unsettled tummy

To say that the low-FODMAPs diet is slightly restrictive would be an understatement.

So of course there will be times when you’ll bend the rules to eat something that you’re intolerant to or experience bloating and pain when a chef sneaks something Ā into your food that your stomach struggles to digest. I admit that I feel a bit like a circus freak when my usually flat stomach bloats out to the size of a 6 month pregnant woman within half an hour of eating onion or garlic (or both!) It’s a great little trick, but dealing with the feeling that my stomach is so bloated that it could be popped with a pin isn’t very pleasant at all.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with a few different ways to settle my tummy after accidentally or intentionally eating something I’m intolerant to.

I’ve supplied a list below of what helps me. I’m interested to hear about what works for you!

lemonandgingerteaTwining’s Lemon and Ginger Tea

This usually works pretty well for me when I’ve got cramping or bloating – I usually drink the Twining’s brand. However, I’ve found that the results aren’t instant. Also, after drinking so many cups of the stuff over the last 18 months, I’m a little bit over it! The best way to consume it is by cutting off the teabag string and keeping the teabag in your mug while drinking.

greenteawithjasmineLipton’s Green Tea with Jasmine

Personally, this works a lot better for me than the lemon and ginger tea. I don’t leave the teabag in though – I just leave it in for 1-2 minutes maximum. The results are practically instant – almost as soon as I finish my mug of tea my stomach is almost 100% better. All cramping is gone – with maybe just a little bit of bloating leftover (which isn’t painful – just not very flattering!) Often, I finish the tea and continue working/watching TV etc and only realise later how better I feel. I’m not a big fan of green tea on its own – I need the one with jasmine. I buy the Lipton’s brand – not sure if Twining’s have the same flavour available. However, it’s important to note that it contains caffeine – so best not to drink it too late at night! Here’s an interesting article I found about how it’s beneficial for stomach pains.

leda-biscuits-gingernutLEDA Gingernut Cookies

These cookies are gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, egg free and suitable for vegans – but they’re definitely not taste free! While they are a little tough to bite into, they’re a great treat to munch on when my tummy is being a pain. After 1-2 cookies, I’m usually feeling a lot better! You can easily find them in the health food aisle at the supermarket, which is very convenient.

Real-Foods-Corn-Thins-Organic-Gluten-FreeReal Foods Corn Thins

When I’m feeling a bit nauseated post-‘bad’ foods, I find that eating a couple of plain Corn Thins settle my stomach pretty well. I don’t recommend them for cramping or bloating though – you’ll just feel fuller. These can also be found in the supermarket – near the crackers and savoury biscuits.

That’s about it – but I’m discovering new things all the time. I’m also drinking Yakult on a daily basis as a proactive way to improve my stomachĀ sensitivenessĀ – but not 100% convinced that it’s working for me.

I look forward to your feedback!

 

Thai Basil Salad

Note to self: Cut up the vermicelli noodles next time!

Note to self: Cut up the vermicelli noodles next time!

I’ve had the ‘Gluten-free Cooking’ book by Sue Shepard for a while now, so I figured that it was about time that I made something from it!

I found this delicious recipe that looked really easy to make – and it was! The only issue was the vermicelli noodles. Note to self – next time, ensure you cut up the noodles before adding it to the hot water. Otherwise, it can be extremely hard to toss in with the salad and consume! But the salad itself and the dressing were amazing! I made some minor amendments to the recipe though, including the exclusion of 200g puffed tofu squares (since my hubby isn’t a fan). But I’ll have to try it out sometime.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

125 g vermicelli noodles

1 red capsicum (pepper), cut into pieces

1 yellow capsicum (pepper), cut into pieces

1 cup bean sprouts

1 cucumber, halved and sliced

1/2 cup unsalted cashews

1.5 cups of basil, chopped (or basil paste)

Dressing

3 tablespoons lime juice

1.5 tablespoons fish sauce

1.5 brown sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Method

1. Cut up the noodles, then soakĀ in a large bowl of hot water for about 2-3 minutes or until softened. Drain, rinse under cold water, drain again and set aside.

2. Place the noodles, capsicum, bean sprouts, cucumber, cashews and basil in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.

3. Put the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil in a screw-top jar and shake well.

4. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine.

Tastes great with gluten free schnitzel

Tastes great with gluten free schnitzel

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Country Life Bakery bread – absolutely delicious!

Country Life Bakery bread - absolutely delicious!

Finding yummy gluten free bread can be difficult, but I have found a brand that is fantastic!

Country Life Bakery bread is stocked at my local Coles supermarket and they have recently introduced a new and improved recipe. I quite liked it before, but the new bread is amazing!

The crust is nice and crispy (when toasted) and it’s not as ‘heavy’ as it was previously. I’ve been eating the multi-grain flavour, but I’m sure the white bread and the others are just as nice.

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Shepherd ‘Gluten-free Cooking’

Shepherd 'Gluten-free Cooking'

I also bought this cookbook today. The recipes look fairly easy to make, but delicious!

It contains over 100 recipes, including sweets and smoothies. I’m so excited to try them out. šŸ™‚

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