Gluten-Free Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Gluten-Free Stuffing (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Please, pass the stuffing!  Here is a quick and easy gluten-free recipe for Thanksgiving that will be a crowd-pleaser for all your guests and loved ones. All the ingredients are packed with savory flavors that will leave everyone asking for seconds.

Many Blessings,

Debra Roinestad

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P.S. I used ALEIA’S Plain Stuffing. To purchase ALEIA’S click here.

You can use any gluten-free bread of your choice. Just toast it and cut it into cubes.

ALEIA’S Plain Stuffing

Gluten Free Stuffing

The Comfy Cabin
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box ALEIA'S box plain stuffing Optional: Use gluten-free bread, toast the bread, and cut the toast into cubes.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 1 cup dried sweetened tart cherries or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 large egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon of water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.
  • Cut the Italian sausage into small slices. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick pan over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage for 10 minutes. Lower the heat and add garlic, sage, parsley flakes, and thyme.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine the gluten-free bread cubes, dried sweetened tart cherries, and sausage in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken stock and apple cider. Then add the chicken stock and apple cider mixture to the bread and sausage mixture. Mix well to combine.
  • Grease a 9 inch baking pan with butter. Add the stuffing mixture to the pan. Pour the egg wash over the stuffing.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes until the top is crispy and browned.
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Vegan Cuban Picadillo

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An aromatic and delicious comfort food for the chilly weather is Cuban picadillo. It’s great to eat any time of the season. I created a vegan version of this savory dish. Cuban picadillo is a fast recipe and versatile that can be served over rice, great for tacos, beans, or sprinkled over your favorite salad.

Enjoy!
Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

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Vegan Cuban Picadillo

The Comfy Cabin
Total Time 24 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound vegan beef
  • cup sherry cooking wine
  • 1 large tomato
  • cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • cup Spanish olives
  • cup rasins
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • optional: 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add onions and garlic. Saute for 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add vegan ground beef. Cook until browned for 8 minutes.
  • Add the cooked onions and garlic with bay leaves, tomatoes, and Sherry cooking wine.
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes, Spanish olives, rasins, cumin, and oregano.
  • Simmer for another 8 minutes
  • Serve warm.
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Queen Elizabeth II Drop Scones (Gluten-Free)

Queen Elizabeth II, Drop Scone Recipe (Gluten-Free)

There has been major excitement since the queen’s drop scone recipe had been released to the public. These drop scones are a wonderful combination of a donut and a pancake all in one. The drop scones are also known as “Scotch pancakes.” Since I have a restricted diet my goal was to switch to a gluten-free version and join in on the fun. So far, the results are delicious! So, I will proudly take this opportunity and crown myself the gluten-free queen of drop scones. 👑 😂

But fear not my friends, I have added the original recipe too.

Queen Elizabeth II Drop Scones (Original Recipe)

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The first step is to make some caster sugar.  Caster sugar is a type of fine granulated sugar that’s widely available in the United Kingdom. It’s not quite common in the United States and may be hard to locate.

Caster Sugar is very easy to make.

  1. Pour the granulated sugar in a blender.
  2. Pulse sugar until it becomes super fine.
  3. Done!

Gather all the dry and wet ingredients. Note: I whisked the eggs beforehand to make a better mixture.

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The gluten-free flour I used is King Arthur Baking Mix. Here is King Arthur website.

Feel free to use any of your favorite gluten-free brand.

Mix all the dry and wet ingredients together. Make sure the batter is smooth. Note: You may notice some bubbles from the batter after you add the butter. That is a chemical reaction with the baking soda and cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is a dry acid and when mixed with butter or water, it reacts with the baking soda to produce carbon dioxide gas.

Set the batter aside for 3 minutes. This helps the ingredients settle and the batter will become thicker.

Heat a large non-stick pan on medium heat. Use a large plastic spoon, scoop batter into the pan. Try to leave space for a second scoop of batter.

Cook for 2 minutes or until the drop scones form bubbles. Then gently flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Enjoy!


Debra Roinestad

Queen Elizabeth II Drop Scones (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Version of the Original Recipe
Course Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups of gluten free flour
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar Use granulated sugar in the blender.
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or dairy free butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl combine gluten free flour, caster sugar, eggs, and almond milk.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined, leaving no large chunks.
  • Add baking soda and cream of tartar to the mixture.
  • Keep whisking until the batter is smooth.
  • Add the butter and fold gently. You might even notice some bubbles activating in the batter. (Side Note: This is a cool chemical reaction with the baking soda and cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is a dry acid and when mixed with butter or water, it reacts with the baking soda to produce carbon dioxide gas.)
  • Set the batter aside for 3 minutes. This helps the ingredients settle and the batter will become thicker.
  • Heat a large non-stick pan on medium heat.
  • Use a large plastic spoon, scoop batter into the pan. Try to leave space for a second scoop of batter.
  • Cook for 2 minutes or until the drop scones form bubbles. Then gently flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Place them on a large platter. Serve with your favorite toppings such as fresh berries, jams, chocolate chips, sliced bananas, maple syrup.
Keyword pancakes, scones

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Crispy Kale Chips

Kale chips are crispy and crunchy, with bursts of rich flavor that will leave a potato chip lover satisfied and craving more. It’s a great salty snack. This simple recipe is made with fresh kale, olive oil, and salt. After the kale chips have been baked, add parmesan cheese for extra flavor. 

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Herb Stripper

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Crispy Kale Chips

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • add salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
  • Wash and dry kale. Chop or tear the kale leaves into 1" pieces. Make sure you chop away the stems.
  • Note: I used a herb stripper that removes the stems.
  • Place the kale into a bowl and add olive oil and salt. Toss and mix well.
  • On a baking sheet with parchment paper, lay the kale evenly. Sprinkle extra sea salt if desired.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the leaves are crunchy and slightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes.
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Roasted Broccoli

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Choppin’ broccoli…choppin’ bro-co-lie. Oven-roasted broccoli is crunchy, tender, and quite delicious. It’s easy to prepare and makes a great side dish with everything. 

Broccoli is my favorite side dish. There are so many options for making this recipe. Add a little soy sauce and ginger and you have a lovely Asian side dish. Alternatively, add freshly squeezed lemon with parmesan and you have a Mediterranean side dish. And add crushed walnuts with raisins or cranberries and you have the perfect Holiday side dish. The possibilities are endless! 

Kind Regards,

Debra & Anna

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Roasted Broccoli

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound broccoli, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the trimmed and washed broccoli. Add olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until combined.
  • Add the broccoli to a sheet pan.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes, until stems are crispy.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.
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Parmesan Crisps

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Extra cheese please!! For all the cheese lovers… this is a fun recipe that is crispy, salty, and satisfying. Parmesan crisps are my favorite snacks. I love adding them to my salads instead of crackers.

Also, you can serve parmesan crisps with soups or any pasta dish. Plus, it makes an excellent party appetizer and looks elegant on a charcuterie board.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

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Parmesan Crisps

The Comfy Cabin
Total Time 12 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop 1-2 spoonfuls of parmesan cheese. Repeat and space about ½ apart. (Note: I made my parmesan crisps about 2" in diameter)
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool down for about 4 minutes.

Notes

Optional: For extra flavor add Italian Seasoning.
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Gluten Free Cornbread Croutons

During this heat wave, I have been looking for a yummy way to add a little more pizzaz to my salads. Cornbread croutons were the missing ingredient! They are sweet and flavorful and easy to make. Plus, they go well with any soup or by themselves as a crunchy snack. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container and reheat in the oven for 5 mins.

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For this recipe, I took a shortcut and purchased a pre-mix box from King Arthur.
Of course, you can make it from scratch as well.

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Note: You can use regular cornbread if you do not have anyone in the family that has a gluten allergy. This recipe works well for both!

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Gluten Free Cornbread Croutons

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cubed cornbread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil optional: coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375° degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut corn bread into cubes. Note: If using fresh cornbread let it cool for 10 mins. before prepping.
  • In a large bowl, add the cornbread pieces. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gently mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Place the coated pieces of cornbread onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 mins. or until golden.
  • Store the croutons in an airtight container.
    Tips: Reheat for 5 mins. in the oven the next day for extra crispiness. Cornbread croutons last for 1 week in the refrigerator.
Keyword cornbread, croutons, gluten free
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Pineapple and Shrimp Fried Rice

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Pineapple and shrimp fried rice is a mouth-watering combination of sweet and salty. This is one of my favorite summer recipes that I love to make on a busy weekday. Plus, it’s fun to make and it pairs well with a crispy salad on the side.

Enjoy! ♥️

Debra Roinestad 🌿

Pineapple and Shrimp Fried Rice

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups cold cooked white rice Tip: Cook the white rice one day ahead and refrigerate overnight. Cold rice becomes more crispy inside the wok or a skillet.
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, cleaned: shells and tails removed, and deveined.
  • 2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced Tip: Use 1 can of pineapple to save extra time.
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • For the Rice:
    Set a large wok or skillet over high heat and add oil. Wait until the wok gets super hot about 3-5 mins. Add the cold white rice, garlic, and ginger. Stir for 3 mins.
    Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce *(save the rest of the soy sauce for the shrimps, about 2 tablespoons) and 1 tablespoon of chili sauce. Stir for 2 mins. Transfer to a serving plate.
  • For the Vegetables:
    Add chopped onions and red bell pepper to the wok. Stir for 5-8 mins. Transfer to a serving plate with the rice.
  • For the Shrimp:
    Add the shrimps to the wok. Stir for two mins. Add the rest of the soy sauce (2 tablespoons) , add 1 teaspoon of fish sauce. Stir for another 3 mins. Transfer to a serving plate.
  • For Eggs:
    Lower the heat on the wok. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Add the eggs and stir for 1-2 mins. Add salt and pepper if desired. Transfer the scrambled eggs to the serving plate.
  • For Pineapple:
    Drain can of chopped pineapple. Add to the wok and stir for 3 mins. Transfer to a serving plate. Mix everything well on serving plate. Serve immedately.
  • Toppings:
    Serve with fresh chopped scallions and sesame seeds. Alternatively: Stir scallions for 1 min. in the skillet if desired.
    Optional: Serve with crushed peanuts or beansprouts.
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Vegan Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Vegan Sausage with Peppers and Onions, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here is a great recipe to throw together without much prep and easy clean-up. Grilled vegan sausage with peppers and onions is a delicious, quick, and easy recipe for the hot summer days.

I purchased my vegan sausage from Beyond Meat. Click here for their website.

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Debra Roinestad 🌿

Vegan Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs tomato sauce
  • 1 package sausages
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onions
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the peppers, onions, salt, and pepper. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce. Cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a serving plate.
  • Heat indoor grill or outdoor grill. Cook sausages for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to serving plate with onions and peppers.
  • Serve with white rice, hot dog rolls, pasta, or salad.
Keyword sausage, vegan

Baked Herb Tortilla Chips

Have you been craving something crispy to eat lately? Then try homemade herb tortilla chips. A very quick and easy way to make crispy tortilla chips is by baking them in the oven.

I used Za’atar seasoning for a delicious Middle Eastern flavor.
Za’atar is a blend of savory dried herbs. The ingredients are sumac, sesame seeds, hyssop, and sea salt. To purchase Za’atar click here.

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Alternatively, you can use salt and leave out the spices. What I love about this recipe is that the possibilities are endless.

Yum!

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Debra & Anna

Baked Herb Tortilla Chips

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package flour tortilla wrap (use four tortillas) Corn tortillas are another option.
  • 1 tablespoon Za'atar
  • salt
  • vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400° and cut tortillas into wedges using a knife or pizza cutter.
  • Using one or two baking sheets, add the wedges. Brush with oil. Note: You can overlap the tortillas just a little.
  • Sprinkle Za'atar spice and salt.
  • Bake until lightly browned and crispy, about 10 mins.

Notes

Note: I used almond flour tortilla. You may use your any type of tortilla for this recipe.  
Serve with hummus, guacamole, salsa, or plain yogurt.
Keyword Za’atar