Sweet Like Honey

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Soups and Main Dishes

These recipes can be made with gluten if you prefer.  Simply substitute wheat flour as a thickener where a starch is called for, or use wheat tortillas when GF tortillas are called for.  Celiacs can use Muir Glen tomato products (I use them frequently without trouble-but I cannot use Hunts.  The natural flavoring in food products often has gluten in it).  Good spice companies are The Spice House and McCormick’s.  Both of these companies list every single ingredient used, whereas many other companies do not.

Cheese and Garbanzo Bean Soup

  • 4 c cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 lb ground meat cooked with 1/2 a large onion, minced; drain
  • 4 c chopped spinach
  • 4 c water or chicken stock with 1/2 c tapioca starch (you may add more water as needed)
  • 4 c grated manchego or cheddar cheese (I use manchego because it is a sheep cheese–I   cannot eat cow dairy.  The manchego tastes very good melted.)
  • 1 c whole milk plain yogurt, sour cream or cream
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 TBS Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sage 

Combine ingredients and cook until bubbly and thick.  I add the cheese gradually to give it a chance to melt evenly.  This soup is very nice over rice or mashed potatoes.

Black or Red Bean Soup

  • 4 c cooked black or red beans (I use adzuki beans when I make red beans)
  • 1 c salsa (your heat preference–be sure it is gluten-free, Muir Glen should be fine, Pace would not be)
  • 3 c chicken or beef stock with 1/2 c tapioca flour
  • 1 c spinach, chopped

Saute the following in butter until tender:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 c diced celery
  • 1 c diced carrots
  • 1 c broccoli, chopped finely (if you chop it up small you don’t really notice it)

  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle powder or  more of chili powder (to taste really)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt to start–add more to taste
  • optionally, cubed steak is good in this from 1/2 to 1 lb

Combine all ingredients; simmer for at least 30 minutes. Serve with yogurt or sour cream.

Large Batch Chili

  • 12 c cooked pinto beans
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef, or shredded turkey (leftover fromThanksgiving?)
  • 90 oz.  1/2 tomato sauce and 1/2 crushed tomatoes (make sure it is gluten-free–I use Muir Glen’s tomato products)
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 2 TBS chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp pepper

saute in butter:

  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 c chopped onion
  • 3 c chopped red pepper

Combine all ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Cassie’s Chicken Enchiladas

I’ve been making these in their gluten form (with whole wheat tortillas) for several years.  They have been a family and company favorite.  They are easy to prepare, if you buy the tortillas.  I use the tortillas made from the pizza crust dough, on the breads and cakes page.  You can layer this instead of rolling it, similar to the burrito cassarole below.

20 large gluten-free tortillas (I bake about 8 enchiladas and freeze the rest)

chicken mixture:

  • breast meat from one roasted chicken, or two large chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 c spinach, chopped

Yogurt mixture:

  • 32 oz whole milk plain yogurt (or use sour cream)
  • 2 c salsa (GF, Muir Glen would be a good choice, your heat preference)
  • dash pepper
  • dash salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder (more or less, to taste)

20 + oz shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack (or Manchego for those who cannot eat cow dairy)

Tomato Sauce Topping:

  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz GF salsa (Muir Glen would be good)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder (MOL)
  • dash salt

Spread the chicken mixture (make sure you divide it up into about 20 portions) on the tortillas; spoon some yogurt sauce over the chicken; sprinkle on some cheese (or you can cut the cheese into 1 oz slices and lay it on top); roll up and put in baking dish; pour sauce over top and sprinkle on more cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes

You can also freeze these individually (without sauce on top) on a cookie sheet.  Then wrap them individually and put in a freezer bag.  Thaw, top and bake.

Chicken and Rice

  • 3 c chopped, cooked chicken
  • 1 c plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c grated cheese
  • 3/8 c tapioca starch
  • 2 c water, + more as needed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • dash chili powder
  • 1 c spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 c red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c onion, finely chopped (optional)

Cook until thick and bubbly; serve over brown rice.

Mexican Shepherd’s Pie

I’ve never been able to serve Shepherd’s Pie in our home, because my husband doesn’t like it.  But he likes this new version very much. 

  • 3 c carrots, cubed, cooked
  • 4 c black or red bean soup
  • 1/2 c tapioca or potato starch
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey, cooked
  • salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to taste (there is already some in the soup)

Combine and spread in baking dish; top with mashed potatoes (I cook 6-8 potatoes in oven and then mash them, add cream or yogurt, butter, salt and pepper to taste); sprinkle with grated cheddar or manchego cheese, top with GF bread crumbs.  Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Burrito Cassarole

  • 6 large GF tortillas
  • 4 c black or red bean soup
  • 1/2 c yogurt or sour cream
  • grated manchego or cheddar cheese

Layer as follows: put 2 tortillas in 13 x 9 baking dish, spread on 1/2 the beans, drizzle on some yogurt, sprinkle generously with cheese.  Repeat.  Cover with last 2 tortillas, sprinkle generously with cheese.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

2 thoughts on “Soups and Main Dishes

  1. Pingback: New recipe page « Sweet Like Honey

  2. Cassie,

    I wanted to remember to tell you that that salsa we used last week, that had ‘natural flavors’ listed in the ingredients, affected Dad. It didn’t seem to bother him the first day, but the next day he had the leftovers, quite a small portion, and within the hour started having celiac effects!

    I’ve since found some Muir Glen organic salsa at Publix. Haven’t tried it yet, but the ingredient list reads well. ~~Love, Mom

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