Monday, May 3, 2021

Beet Hummus and Beet Dip

     Replace garbanzos with beets to make hummus? This sounds like the desperate ploy of a hummus fan with a newly diagnosed allergy to garbanzos but is actually a surprisingly tasty dip. Beets work well with lemon juice and garlic, after all, and the tahini and olive oil help turn them into a rich, creamy dip that you don't need food allergies to appreciate. 

     If you're allergic to (sesame) tahini, you can substitute sunflower seed butter; you may need to add a little extra water to get the hummus to blend properly, as sunflower seed butter is a bit thicker than tahini. As always, read the ingredient label: Some sunflower seed butter has added guar gum or other ingredients; some is sweetened, which may be disagreeable in a savory dip.

     If you're allergic to both sesame and sunflower seeds, try the beet dip; it too is surprisingly smooth and delicious.

Beet Hummus

Beet hummus made with sunflower seed butter


     6 oz. roasted beets
     1/2 c. water
     2 cloves of garlic
     juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
(See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. tahini (See Tahini in the Glossary)
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)

     Put the beets, water, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a good blender and blend until thoroughly smooth and creamy. Add a small amount of extra water if necessary to get the mixture to blend properly. Add the tahini and blend until thoroughly mixed. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate.

Beet Dip

Beet dip

 










    
6 oz. roasted beets
    1/2 c. water
     1 clove of garlic
     juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon (See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)

     Put all ingredients except salt into a good blender and blend until thoroughly smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Roasted Beets






















     Roasting turns beets surprisingly sweet and intense without any need for dairy, gluten or other allergens.  

     beets
     olive or other oil
(See Oil in the Glossary)
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)

Preheat oven to 425 F. Peel some beets and slice them into rounds an inch thick or so. Put them on a cooky sheet, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and toss. The beets should be thoroughly coated with oil so that they don't dry out. Bake for 30 minutes or so and start checking on them once in a while. They are done when they are soft all the way through. Turn the oven up or down by 25 degrees if necessary and cook until done.

Ready for the oven















*Some cooks prefer to peel beets after they're cooked because the peels slide off so easily then. I prefer for them to be ready to serve when they come out of the oven.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Hypoallergenic Oat Cookies



These delicately flavored, tender little cookies melt in your mouth. 

     1 c. palm oil shortening
     1 c. powdered sugar (See Powdered Sugar in the Glossary
     1 Tb. vanilla extract 
     3 c. gluten-free oat flour
     pinch of salt (See Salt in the Glossary
     powdered sugar to roll the cookies in

     Melt the shortening. Stir in the one cup of powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Stir the salt into the oat flour, and mix the flour into the shortening. Shape into one-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cooky sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 15 minutes or so, until cookies just start to brown. Move cookies to a rack to cool. Roll in powdered sugar while still a bit warm.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hypoallergenic Lemon Ice


     Commercial sherbet generally contains dairy as well as ingredients made from allergens such as corn and soy. This lemon ice has only 3 ingredients including sugar and water. If you're o.k. with citrus, this lemon ice is safe. 

     It is also intensely lemony and not overly sweet.

     4 cups sugar (See Sugar in the Glossary) 
     2 cups water
     4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice 
(See Juice in the Glossary)

     Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Cook on medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice. Refrigerate until chilled. Put the container for the ice cream into the freezer (so it won't melt any of the ice cream when you scoop it into the container).Freeze according to the directions for your ice cream maker.  Immediately transfer the ice cream to its prechilled container and either serve it immediately or get it directly into the freezer to harden.

     Garnish with fresh mint leaves if you like. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Spinach Filling

This spinach is just right: cooked down and dry enough not to sog anything up,
but still green and lively



     Spinach is delicious with feta cheese, and if you can eat cheese (See Cheese in the Glossary), you might want to add a handful of crumbled feta after cooking this filling. Fortunately, spinach is also delicious with just parsley and onion. 

     Use this filling in hypoallergenic small savory pastries or eat it as is.
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     1/4 c. oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)
     1 large onion, chopped
     2 lb. of fresh spinach leaves, washed, dried and chopped 
          roughly (See Produce in the Glossary)
     1 bunch of Italian parsley leaves, washed and dried (See Produce in the 
          Glossary)
     sprinkle of black pepper (See Spices in the Glossary)

     In a large pot, heat the oil to medium low; add a good sprinkle of salt and the onion. Saute the onion, stirring frequently, until it is soft and translucent. Turn the heat up to medium high and start adding the spinach and parsley a third or so at a time, stirring constantly. The spinach will cook down quickly, allowing you to add the rest in manageable batches. Add the pepper and continue cooking on medium heat until all the spinach has cooked down and the mixture is fairly dry: there should not be loose moisture at the bottom of the pot. Salt to taste.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Carrot Hummus and Carrot Dip




Carrot Hummus

     Conventional hummus contains two major allergens, garbanzo beans and sesame tahini. Carrot hummus has only one, the (sesame) tahini, and is a colorful, tasty dip. Sunflower butter is an excellent, tasty substitute for tahini; if you use it you may need to add a little extra water to get the hummus to blend properly as sunflower butter is a bit thicker than tahini. As always, read the ingredient label. Some sunflower seed butter has added guar gum or other ingredients; some is sweetened, which may be disagreeable in a savory dip.

     For the record, yes, I do know that "hummus" is Arabic for "garbanzos,"  not "dip containing tahini." I don't care, since I also know that words often change their meaning as they migrate into other languages.

     6 oz. roasted carrots 
     1/2 c. water
     2 cloves of garlic
     juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon (See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. tahini
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)

     Put the carrots, water, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a good blender and blend until thoroughly smooth and creamy. Add a small amount of extra water if necessary to get the mixture to blend properly. Add the tahini and blend until thoroughly mixed. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate.

Carrot Dip

     If you need to avoid both sesame and sunflower seeds, you can still make a smooth, delicious dip out of roasted carrots. 

     6 oz. roasted carrots 
     1/2 c. water
     1 clove of garlic
     juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon (See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. olive oil (See Oil in the Glossary)
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)

     Put the carrots, water, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a good blender and blend until thoroughly smooth and creamy. Add a small amount of extra water if necessary to get the mixture to blend properly.  Add salt to taste. Refrigerate.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Roasted Carrots




     Roasted carrots deliver surprisingly much flavor for only having 3 ingredients. Brown and caramelized on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside, they put boiled carrots to shame and they do it with no dairy, gluten or other allergens.

     carrots
     olive or other oil (See Oil in the Glossary
     salt (See Salt in the Glossary)
    
     Preheat oven to 425 F. Peel some carrots and split them lengthwise into long sticks. Put them on a cooky sheet, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and toss. The carrots should be thoroughly coated with oil to prevent them from drying out. Bake for 20 minutes or so and start checking on them once in a while. They are done when they are soft all the way through and somewhat browned on the outside. Turn the oven up or down by 25 degrees if necessary and cook until done.