Monday, October 25, 2010


I love salmon!  It's such a great source of protein and omega-3, not to mention it's yummy.  Here is a quick and simple dinner for two featuring salmon....

Salmon with Rice and Cucumber-Dill Sauce
(servings: 2)

2 c. cooked rice
2 salmon steaks
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
1/3 c. Grey Poupon dijon mustard
2 Tb. olive oil
1/2 c. plain yogurt
2 Tb. cucumber, chopped fine
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
lemon wedges

Directions:  Prepare rice as directed (I used Jasmine rice and cooked it in vegetable broth for extra flavor).  In a small bowl combine yogurt, cucumber, dill weed, and lemon zest. Set aside.  Rinse salmon and pat dry.  Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly and rub into the fish.  Spread the dijon mustard over each salmon steak evenly.  Heat frying pan over med-high heat, add olive oil.  Place salmon skin-side down in pan.  Cook 3-4 minutes.  Turn heat down to medium.  Turn salmon over and cover with a large lid.  Fry until just cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.  Serve on a bed of rice and with a dollop of cucumber sauce.  Place lemon wedges on each plate.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I'm quite pleased to say that there are more and more gluten-free products becoming available in regular grocery stores!  The other day at Smith's, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a new gluten-free, whole grain bread sitting on an end display by the natural foods section.  It is an Udi's Gluten Free Foods product.  The grains and other main ingredients included in this bread are brown rice, tapioca and potato starch, teff and flax seed.  This bread is also dairy, soy and nut free.  It is quite tasty!  I made a mock garlic bread by toasting it and slathering on a spread made from Smart Balance, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.  For more information on Udi's other gluten-free products, visit their website at:

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I'm not usually a fan of microwave meals but I saw a new gluten-free brand of frozen entrees at the grocery store and decided to give it a try.  The brand is called Gluten Free Cafe' and the entree is the Lemon Basil Chicken - "Zesty chicken with garlic and herbs in a lemon-basil cream sauce over rice."  It was quite good!  The chicken wasn't hard or dry when cooked and the sauce wasn't over-powering or goopy.  For more information on this brand of frozen entrees go to their website at

Happy Eating!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Celebrating Oktoberfest!

Autumn is my favorite season and Halloween my favorite holiday.  What better way to get in the mood for Fall than to have an Oktoberfest feast!  Here is my version of kielbasa and cabbage.  Enjoy!

Kielbasa & Sausage

1/2 c. butter
1 onion, diced
1 head of green cabbage, shredded
2 medium-sized Idaho potatoes, sliced
1 1/2 lb. GF kielbasa, fully cooked (I used Fresh & Easy brand)
3 Tb. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. water or red wine
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:  Saute onions in butter over med-hi heat in a large pot until onions soften, about 3-4 min.  Stir in cabbage and potatoes and saute until cabbage wilts, about 5-6 min.  Add kielbasa, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper.  Cover and cook over low heat until the kielbasa are heated through, stirring occasionally, 15 min.  Pour in water or wine and cook, covered, for 10 minutes more.  Serve!