Gluten Free Ribs

Who doesn’t love ribs? When I was about to get married a few coworkers highly recommended the LooneySpoon cook books for easy but amazing recipes to amaze my husband.

Since the pandemic, the LooneySpoons Collection cookbook has been regularly referred to, since we have been home and wanting a variety of fresh meals to enjoy. One thing I do love about the recipes is they are easily adaptable – if you don’t have something – you probably have something close to it or atleast can decide if you can still make the dish without it affecting the overall effect. Or if you don’t like what they are adding – substitute your favourite fruit or veggie or spice!

I even came home the other night from work and my husband had used the book to use as his base to make homemade gluten free Mac and Cheese!!

The LoonySpoon cooking books have helped my family be more adventurous since our beginning and have taught me how to play with making bbq sauces and rubs.

Spice Rub:

1 tbsp Brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Epicure Chipotle Aioli Mix

1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoned Salt

1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Mix all spices together in a bowl

If you don’t have any ribs – don’t worry! You can also use pork tenderloin!

If using a pork tenderloin, you will want to pound the pork with a meat mallet until about 3/4 of an inch thickness

Then score one side of the tenderloin in one inch intervals (about the size of ribs) Do not cut all the way through.

Apply the spice rub onto both sides of the tenderloin. Rub in. Then wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook. Leaving it overnight in the fridge will give you the best flavouring to the pork. But even a couple of hours in the rub gives the meat a lovely flavour!

When ready to make your BBQ Sauce gather:

2 tablespoons butter

2 shallots minced

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup Hickory bbq sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

2 table spoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon Epicure Roast Chicken Seasoning

In a pot melt butter, then add shallots. Stir and lightly cook for about a minute or two on medium heat. You do not want to brown the shallots! Rather, you want to bring out their lovely flavour.

Add the rest of the ingredients, keep stirring. Let it cook for about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Coat the tenderloin before putting on the bbq. Then baste between flips.

Once cooked, cut along the score lines.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Who can resist a donut? Now…who would like a Gluten Free Donut?

I bought an Epicure Perfect Portion Bagel & Donut Pan to make homemade ones.

To ensure these donuts are for everyone’s taste buds I bought Kinnikinnick gluten free chocolate cake mix as my base.

Bet you can’t eat just one!

1) make up the cake mix as per directions – *i do use milk instead of water

Preheat oven to 400Degrees (if using a silicone donut pan)

2) I did butter and flour the donut pan and place on a sheet pan (for better stability)

3) spoon the batter into the wells.

Cook for 15 minutes. Immediately take out of oven and off sheet pan. let sit for 5 minutes before removing donut to a cooling rack.

I did up a chocolate glaze to drizzle over the donuts.

I used the Lantic chocolate frosting recipe:

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate

6 tablespoons milk

1 1/4 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients into a saucepan over low heat. Whisk until smooth. Pour over donuts.

Decorate to your liking

The Epicure pan is going to be well used I think! I may need to buy another one to help speed up the cooking process

Review: Epicure Shepherds Pie

Shepherds pie is one of my favourites. But in a busy household, it rarely gets made. It’s talked about often; something that should be made. But isn’t. So when I saw Epicure selling a seasoning package – I thought I would try.

While it did take time (About 45 minutes) – not as long as if I made it from scratch!

first I put the seasoning pack into 1 1/4 cup water; set aside.

While the package recommends microwaving potatoes, I diced mine up and boiled them for 15 minutes.

While they were cooking I browned 1 lb of lean ground beef. I stirred in the reserved seasoning mixture, brought to a boil, reduced heat and simmered for 2 minutes.

Then I added in frozen corn.

While that was heating, I mashed the potatoes.

I stirred in 1/2 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of butter, while mashing the potatoes.

While the package said to just top meat mixture with potatoes and serve, I was going to make “Traditional” shepherds pie

I pulled out my casserole dish. Filled it with the meat mixture and topped with the mashed potatoes. Put in a preheated oven at 350. I then set it to broil to crisp up the potatoes.

Served hot to the family it was a hit

Review: Epicure Pad Thai

Since I enjoyed the Greek Dressing Mix I decided to try the Pad Thai. Ofcourse, the night I decide to make it, I have no chicken or shrimp or peppers. Instead I substituted calamari and spiralled up some garden fresh zucchini. Guess what?!

It was delicious!

It was super simple too!!

Make up the Epicure Pad Thai seasoning pack and set aside.

I spiralled up some fresh zucchini and set aside.

I quickly sautéed up some frozen calamari while boiling up some broad rice noodles. I like to slightly undercook the rice noodles as I then throw them into my frying pan.

As the rice noodles are draining, heat up the frying pan with a tablespoon of sesame seed oil. Then drop in the zucchini noodles. Sauté them up a bit before adding the rice noodles.

Then pour in sauce.

Add 2 beaten eggs and stir-fry.

Just before serving add the juice of 1 lime. Top with the calamari and chopped nuts (if desired)

This is a family hit! Even without all the traditional ingredients!!

** if you really want to bring this recipe to the next level and have on hand- cook up some calamari & shrimp with fresh chopped garlic & butter. Then add to the pad Thai before serving! Such another flavour fusion

Review: Epicure Greek Dressing Mix

I have heard a lot of great things about Epicure. Being a gluten free family, I was curious and excited when I heard their products were gluten free! We found their Greek Dressing Mix to be amazing and flavourful!

Creamy Greek Feta Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Epicure Greek Dressing Mix

2 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 basil olive oil

2/4 cups mayonnaise

1 chopped green bell pepper

2 diced green onions

10 garden tomatoes

1 1/2 cups gluten free Pasta

1) cook pasta al dente as per package. Let cool.

2) mix and whisk together vinegar, mayonnaise and oil to make the dressing

3) toss together ingredients with salad dressing

Enjoy!