Our grandson loves Nana's hamburgers and always expects them on his regular visits to our farm. What could be better for a summer meal, along with baked beans, salad and chocolate cake?
When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, a few years ago, I wondered whether I'd have to give up favorite foods like these.
Thankfully, the answer is no! The mantra with our family is that a recipe is just a good place to start—then you modify as to personal preference, what's in the cupboard and who is coming to dinner.
I've successfully adjusted many of the recipes I'd been using for years to make them gluten-free. This menu of Grilled Burgers, Slow-Cooked Bean Medley, Strawberry Spinach Salad and Almond Chocolate Cake is still so delicious that others never suspect the recipes meet my dietary restrictions.
Gluten-free flour and gluten-free onion soup mix are used in the flavorful Grilled Burgers. Cooked long grain rice makes a good filler to substitute for the bread crumbs I used to add.
I make the patties in bulk and keep them in the freezer to allow a quick meal anytime.
Keep the Kitchen Cool
Quick to prepare and very tasty, my Slow-Cooked Bean Medley is great any season. The fact that the recipe is made in a slow cooker rather than baked in the oven is extra appealing on a hot summer's day.
I didn't realize the full impact of my situation until I started researching what a "gluten-free" diet really involved. No wheat, rye, oats or barley seemed very simple until I started reading labels and discovered malt, unidentified hydrolyzed plant protein, oats and wheat products in so many items on the grocery shelves! What was I going to eat?
Gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, for example, comes to the rescue for Strawberry Spinach Salad. Its delicious vinaigrette dressing is so easy to prepare. We make extra candied almonds because, in our house, they don't all make it to the salad! They are just too yummy.
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- Family: Peggy and husband
Gordon, a grain farmer, have three children and one grandchild.
- Job: Full-time nurse practitioner
- Hobbies/Activities: Riding her four registered Morgan horses, scrapbooking, quilting. Peggy and Gordon are amateur radio operators. He volunteers for the Saskatchewan network; Peggy participates in ham radio activities.
Desserts a Challenge
To modify breads and cakes for my special diet often requires alternative ingredients and original recipes that have little leavening. Almond Chocolate Cake is one that worked! It was a big hit with friends in my quilting guild and scrapbooking workshop.
My husband, Gordon, and I grow wheat, canola and legumes (peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas). So it was rather ironic when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. We farm land his grandfather homesteaded in 1905 and love our lifestyle. It keeps us close to the land and reinforces the importance of family and friends.
During the summer, we often have family gatherings for the simple reason that it seems like a good idea to get together. We are privileged to share our table with four generations, ages 1 to 80-plus. They all enjoy this down-home summer meal, and I hope you will, too!
Are you or a loved one affected by gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Here's good news—we've started a new on-line community group called Gluten-Free Zone! Join this group and share your favorite recipes and tips. Visit tasteofhome.com/glutenfree.