Category Archives: CasaJos Recipes

Gluten-Free Coconut Greek Yogurt Pancakes

breakfast!! 🙂

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Several years back I discovered a delicious no-fail pancake recipe from my mother’s limited collection of tried & true dishes that we grew up with as kids. I have since adapted that recipe to a gluten-free alternative and surprisingly it has proven to be a fluffier, more robust pancake than any of the GF recipes I have tried. These have been a hit, time and time again. But today I tried something new.

Inspired by a recipe I found on Le Creme de la Crumb, these pancakes rival my classic recipe with only a few required modifications to turn them into a delicious GF breakfast my family can enjoy.

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  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp organic sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (choose a variety that has a strong flavour)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 3/4 cup plain…

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Tomato & Feta Quinoa Frittata

My awesome Valentine’s brunch!

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This versatile recipe works for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and is a heavy hitter in terms of nutrition and taste.

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  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 6 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F, and prepare a baking dish by greasing the bottom and sides with butter or olive oil spray.

Prepare quinoa according to instructions.

Heat oil in a small skillet. Sauté leeks until soft.

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In a medium bowl whisk eggs and yogurt until well blended. Stir cooked quinoa, tomato, feta, and seasoning. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the centre is firm.

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Perfect Scalloped Potatoes

These were amazing!!

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Inspired by a recipe I was taught many years ago by fabulous chef at the Dufferin Inn in Saint John, this scalloped potato dish is a guaranteed hit. I incorporated layers of sweet potato as I had a surplus in the pantry, and it worked!

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Serves several

  • 5 small Yukon potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 400F

Wash, peel, and drop potatoes in a bowl of cold water. Using a mandoline slicer, slice all the potato and set aside.

In a deep baking dish layer yellow potato, sweet potato, then minced garlic. Repeat 3 times. Improvise number of layers depending on the size of the baking dish you use.

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Combine cream and milk then slowly pour over the layered potatoes.

Top with grated parmesan.

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Gluten-Free Brownies

I LOVE snow days like these 🙂 .. Nom Nom Nom

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I rarely bake. But once in a while I get a hankering for something sweet and only a freshly baked  treat will satisfy the craving. Having a gluten-free pantry forces a bit of digging for recipes that deliver results that are worth the effort. This recipe delivers! Taken from a new recipe book, Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich, these brownies are easy to make and they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth (and impress your friends).

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Preheat the oven to 350 F and position a rack in the bottom third of the oven. Prepare a 9 inch square or round pan by coating the inside (side and bottom) with butter. I used a spring form cheesecake pan to enable easy extraction.

  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, broken into squares
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 3/4 cup teff flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 3 large eggs, cold

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Gluten-free Quesadillas

I was so Happy my lovely wife surprised me with this treat! Gluten Free Quesadillas – AMAZING!

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I thought that quesadillas were a thing of my past since my husband was diagnosed with Celiac several years ago and we transitioned our kitchen to a 100% GF environment. Many of my favourite recipes took a lot of trial and error to get just right using GF alternatives to more traditional and readily available ingredients including pizza dough, bread, and pasta. But during this experimental phase I never attempted one of my favourite snacks and I am not sure why. Perhaps it is because I have yet to find a gluten-free tortilla that can withstand even the slightest amount of moisture when in contact with vegetables and meat.

Until now.

These quesadillas were a huge success providing a quick delicious meal with the bonus of finally pulling my much-loved Panini Press out of storage since the switch.

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Serve 2 as a meal or 4 as an appetizer.

Heat a panini press while preparing ingredients.

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Tomato Chicken Bake

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This dish is great on its own or served over pasta. Feel free to spice it up if you like it hot!

  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of Italian red wine (or other medium-bodied red)
  • 1 x 796 ml can of stewed tomatoes, diced, no salt added
  • 3 bay leaves
  • fresh herbs (oregano, basil, parsley)
  • crushed chilies (optional)
  • Sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

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In a cast-iron dutch oven sauté onion for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add garlic cloves and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

Add chicken and increase heat to medium-high. Sauté for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Pour wine over the chicken mixture and reduce until a think liquid forms. Stir in tomatoes, herbs and salt & pepper. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

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Steak & Chips

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Not unlike many of my tried & true recipes, I perfected steak through much trial and error. And when I say perfected I mean to my liking – one’s preferences for grilled meat in terms of texture and taste is a personal thing. But time and time again my guests seem to smile as they bite into every tender morsel of my version of this classic meal.

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If the price is reasonable I will always prefer beef tenderloin for the lean cut and tender texture. Striploin or sirloin are a close second. I select cuts that are an inch to an inch and a half thick with the right amount of marbling and I never hesitate to request fresh cuts from the butcher.

Set the steak out at room temperature 20 – 30 minutes before grilling (depending on the temperature of your kitchen). This will ensure that the temperature of your grill…

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