October 18, 2010

Gluten Free Harvest-Time Chili

I've been all about stews and chili's lately.  The fall colors are starting to arrive, early morning air is crisp with hints of the winter ahead, and I have a growing urge to fatten up and get ready for hibernation.

In just one week my partner and I will embark on an amazing overseas adventure.  For three weeks we'll be exploring and experiencing new and familiar cultures, while Mindy visits all the study-abroad programs affiliated with the university she works for.  While she's taking care of business, I'll continue to work on my dissertation and the presentation I'll be giving at Moravian College when I return.  I can't wait! Especially for the 8-10 hour drive we'll be making from Switzerland to Rome, Italy!!  A dream come true:)

I digress...  back to the food! I whipped this chili up last night and it was killer!  It's cheap, easy,  produces lots of yummy leftovers... perfect for the student on the go.  The only ingredients not in a can are the onions, green pepper and chili powder.  Try this one out as soon as possible. You'll love it!

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cans Pinto Beans (un-drained)
  • 1 can ( 14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (un-drained)
  • 1 can (11 oz.) sweet corn (drained)
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tblsp chili powder
  • Salt (to taste)

Cooking Directions
  1. In a large pot, cook the beef, onion and green pepper until the beef is browned.  Drain.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.

October 7, 2010

Gluten Free Leek, Potato and Bean Stew

We just had a string of cold, wet and dreary days here in Philadelphia.  For me it was a little taste of home... Home as in Syracuse, NY that is, where sunny days only come about about 60 times a year.  For me, although it's a bit strange, there is something comforting about miserable weather.  I think it's because when the weather is at its worst, I tend to appreciate the little pleasures in life even more.  Like cuddling with a partner or a loved one... enjoying a hot mug of cocoa. Or, a steaming bowl of stew.  It was on one of these atypically dreary days in Philadelphia that I decided to whip up a big batch of this stew.  It's inexpensive, and super easy!

The spices make this stew pop for sure, but the combination of leek, potatoes, onions and beans always create a sense of homecoming for me.  There's nothing like the power of food to warm not just one's palate, but one's soul as well.  Everyone who tried this stew absolutely loved it, and I'm sure you will too:)

Total prep and cooking time: 1 1/2 hours
Feeds: About 4 - Want more?, double it up!


  • 1 can cannellini or navy beans (drained)
  • 1lb potatoes, skinned, rinsed and diced up
  • 3 tblsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 leeks (sliced)
  • 8 oz. can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tblsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups gluten free vegetable broth
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tblsp fresh cilantro (rinsed and chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper as desired

Cooking Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy pot (or dutch oven).  Add the potatoes, onion and leeks and cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are pale golden (stirring occasionally).
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin and paprika and cook for a couple more minutes.
  3. Then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the beans, cover, and lower the heat to simmer for about 1 hour.
  5. Before serving, stir in the cilantro and as much salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Be prepared to be comforted and enjoy!


Just So You Know...

The information presented in this blog is intended to educate and entertainment. However, I'm not a medical expert.  I also do not know absolutely everything about Celiac Disease.  What I do know has been learned through trial and error, research, and what has been taught to me by friends who also share my food-related affliction.  Please take the time to do your own research about Celiac Disease and gluten-related issues.  I have a list of links to useful resources along the left-side of this blog. Also, feel free to cross-check my statements. If you find contrary information, please let me know. Thanks so much for visiting Trav's Gone Gluten Free!