Well, the holidays are over and if you’re like me, you’re now thinking of ways to shed those extra holiday pounds! Salads are a great way to do just that, but when you live as far north as we do, it’s very likely -20 degrees Celsius and snowing outside, and a cold salad is just not all that appealing. In January, when I’m staring down three or four more months of winter, I want something comforting – something that will warm me up from the inside – and something that will help me recover from my holiday food hangover! This vegetable soup certainly fits the bill. Great with or without beef, it’s hearty, delicious, low calorie, and comforting.
This soup freezes well so make extra and store it for quick lunches or dinners on those busy winter days. If you are like Geoff and prefer something more substantial, this recipe can easily be converted into a quick vegetable or hamburger stew that can be served on a bed of rice. Scroll down or click on “continue reading” for both soup and stew recipes.
I love beef dips and this is one of the best I’ve ever had – glutenous or non-glutenous. Based on our slow cooker roast beef recipe, the meat and the jus are slow roasted in a crock pot. The meat is fantastic on its own, nicely browned with lots of flavour, and the dip is salty and savory with just a hint of peppery hotness. The sandwich takes some effort, but it’s certainly worth it!
This gluten free beef stew makes a hardy savory dinner and any leftovers can be frozen and reheated for busy weeknights. We think that the trick to an excellent stew is a lot of beef flavour – we are from Alberta after all! With a triple hit of beef stew meat, beef stock, and beef bouillon, this recipe fits the bill. Oh, and carrots – for some reason I love carrots in stew. Last year, in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to try making gluten free bread bowls. Our Crusty Bread recipe was just the right size and held up well!
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Once you have this around for a while you’ll wonder what you did without it. This onion soup mix is great to use for a quick cup-of-soup, for dips, a rub for meats, or a base for sauces, soups, stews, and gravies. Stored in an airtight jar, it will last for at least a month.
Below you will find a recipe for the onion soup mix as well as some suggested ways to put it to good use.
Something about January makes me want to pull out the ol’ slow cooker. Maybe its the cold temperatures, the need for comfort food, or just that I’m a bit tired of cooking all those elaborate holiday meals and just want something waiting for me at the end of the day. Whatever the reason, one of the first recipes I haul out of my recipe box after Christmas is “slow cooker roast beef.”
Born out of desperation, this dish has become one of our all-time favorites. B.C. (before celiac disease), one of Geoff’s favorite things to order when we went out for lunch was a beef dip sandwich. After his diagnosis, he went for years without those salty, juicy, meaty and chewy sandwiches. Then we discovered Udi’s Baguettes and decided to tackle a gluten free beef dip sandwich using the slow cooker. The slow cooked roast beef is really good on its own – nicely browned and full of beef flavour – which is why we are posting it as its own recipe. Give it a try – and if you have any leftovers, we highly recommend the beef dip! The jus is salty and savory with just a bit of spice. (Scroll down or click on ‘continue reading’ for the recipe.)