Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Company Review: Boar’s Head

I stopped briefly at the table for Boar’s Head products during the Colin Leslie walk and in hindsight wish I had talked with them a bit more. They were doing promotional giveaways (items with their company name/logo on them) and I was much more interested in the food giveaways! (Sorry, Boar’s Head, it certainly didn’t help that you were directly across from Izzi-B’s tower of gf/df cupcakes!)

Boar's Head Gluten Free Dairy Free
Pork Free Turkey Pepperoni
All of their products are gluten free and say so right on the packaging. Their products also note whether or not they contain dairy on the packaging. On their website, they have something called the DigiCatessen – a virtual deli case. All of the items within it are flagged as gluten free and/or dairy free.

It was this “dairy free” flag that convinced me to try their turkey pepperoni even though it contains lactic acid starter culture (which is often sourced from dairy). I gave them a call to confirm and he woman who answered my call was extremely knowledgeable and very well trained on food allergies/allergens. She knew all the answers I needed (cross-contamination, etc) before I even asked! [Their lactic acid is not sourced from dairy, by-the-way.]

As a matter of fact, as of this writing, only four of their meats contain dairy (Mortadella, Chorizo, Pesto Parmesan Ham, and Italian Style Roast Beef with Braciole Seasoning). Oh, and they make these at the end of the day so they are sure nothing else is cross contaminated!

Overall, it seems like Boar’s Head is really committed to being gluten free and allergy aware.

[The photo above is of a gf/df pizza I made using Udi's Gluten Free Pizza Crusts.]

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bakery Review: Papa Ganache (Keyport, NJ)

I’m in heaven!

Last weekend on my way to the meetup at Good Karma Café, I stopped off in Keyport to try the Papa Ganache Bakery (25 Church Street, Keyport, NJ 07735). I had had them on my list of bakeries for some time but the fact that they are ‘down the shore’ (coupled with my not having any idea where Keyport even was) kept me from trying them until now.

Gluten Free / Vegan Chipwich at Papa Ganache in Keyport, NJ
You know how when you go out to eat there are usually dozens of gluten and dairy free dessert options? No, you neither, just jello or sorbet if you’re lucky? Well, not at Papa Ganache! First, the entire bakery is vegan so no asking about what contains dairy or what contains eggs (btw – this didn’t stop me from putting my foot in my mouth and asking if what I had selected was dairy free!).

The entire top shelf of their display cabinet is gluten free (always a good strategy so gluten containing crumbs don’t fall on anything). They state their gluten free items are “wheat free” which can cause a bit of confusion. While they take every reasonable step to prevent cross contamination, they do share a kitchen and equipment with gluten containing foods and therefore they don’t want to claim anything is gluten free. Usually wheat free means an item contains barley but not in this case.

Gluten Free / Vegan Cupcakes and Some-moa Cookie
from Papa Ganache in Keyport, NJ
So what kinds of goodies do they have? Cream filled Chipwiches, various cupcakes (chocolate, vanilla, lemon, and carrot cake, actual carrot cake, crumb cake muffins, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, brownies, and Samoa cookies (spelled Some-moa on the menu). There were a couple of other items on the menu that weren’t out that day and the menu also notes that with advanced notice most menu items can be made gluten free (again, menu says wheat free).

The bakery itself is a storefront with a good sized seating area (although there are only two tables). The baked goods themselves were amazing. The chipwich was so sweet I couldn’t finish it in one sitting. The photo I posted to facebook while I was there was so tempting one of my friends drove down with her husband the very next day!

The cupcakes were quite good and properly portioned (not the oversized monstrosities Americans appear to be consuming). And finally, I had a Samoa (Some-moa) that reminded me quite a bit of the girl scout cookies. (Keep in mind I haven’t had a girl scout cookie in over a decade due to dairy and now gluten intolerance.)

Overall, this isn’t an area a frequently find myself in but due to Papa Ganache that may just change!
Papa Ganache on Urbanspoon

Other reviews you may be interested in:

If you're looking for other bakeries in NJ that offer gluten free/dairy free/vegan options check out my List of NJ Gluten Free Bakeries.

If you're looking for a restaurant with a gluten free menu, click here for my full Gluten Free Restaurant List.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Restaurant Review: Good Karma Café (Red Bank, NJ)

I had the pleasure of joining the Celiac and Allergy Meetup Group (Hazlet, NJ) at Good Karma Café (17 East Front Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701) this past Saturday night. It is always nice to meet others who get exactly what I am going through and this time was even more so than most. Usually, at a gluten free get together I am one of the few people who also has a milk issue . . . Saturday night every single one of us did.
Raw Vegan Lasagna at Good Karma Cafe in Red Bank, NJ

The restaurant occupies a small store front on East Front Street in downtown Red Bank. The menu is about 50% gluten free (with some additional items that could be modified to be gluten free as well). There were a lower percentage of appetizer and dessert GF options but still an adequate number of each.

The menu has some familiar and unfamiliar items on it. And, some of the familiar sounding items arrived at our table in quite unfamiliar configurations (see the Live Lasagna picture at right and described below). I decided to try something new and different and went with the Indian plate which contained a sampler of Indian items I had never had before. Usually Indian food can be a bit tricky to navigate due to the ghee (butter) and yogurt, both of which are absent in a vegan restaurant. (Warning, this is not listed as gluten free on their online menu so be sure they prepare it gluten free if you decide to try it.)

Gluten Free Vegan Cheese Cake at
Good Karma Cafe in Red Bank, NJ

One of the women in our group ordered what appeared to be the star entrée that evening – the Live Lasagna. It was by far the most colorful and interesting plate at the table and she raved about it. As you can see from the photo (above right) it was three ‘lasagna’ rolls comprised of zucchini slices wrapped around creamy basil pesto nut cheese and sun dried marina sauce. (Note: anything on the menu labeled “Live” is raw.)

We finished the evening off with some tea and a couple of slices of gluten free vegan peanut butter cheese cake with a crushed nut crust.  Dessert when dining out is a rare treat for me because even if a restaurant has a gluten free option, it usually isn't dairy free as well. 

This is definitely somewhere I would consider going again (and ordering the lasagna) and I highly recommend it even if you aren’t a vegan.
Good Karma Cafe on Urbanspoon

Other area restaurant reviews you may be interested in:

Europa South (Point Pleasant, NJ)

Panda Asian Fusion (Freehold, NJ)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Restaurant Review: Europa South (Point Pleasant, NJ)

To my knowledge, Europa South is the only Spanish/Portuguese restaurant in NJ with a gluten free menu. I recently tried the food when I met a friend of mine there for dinner. (warning: make a reservation. . . we went in February . . . to a summer beach town . . . and it was packed!)

Gluten Free / Dairy Free Shrimp in Garlic
at Europa South in Point Pleasant, NJ
Our waitress was very knowledgeable and the Gluten Free items are flagged with a little GF circle on the menu. I narrowed my choices down to the Chicken in Garlic and an interesting looking Bacalhau A Lagareiro (salted cod fish) both of which turned out to be dairy free. (From perusing the menu it appears that only two or three gf entrees would be difficult to have dairy free as well.)

They claim their Shrimp in Garlic appetizer is a house specialty . . . that’s an understatement. I’ve eaten Shrimp and Garlic at Spanish restaurants all over NJ and all over Spain and this was by far the best I’ve ever had! The garlic was perfectly caramelized and abundant.

Gluten Free Salted Cod Fish (Bacalhau A Lagareiro)
at Europa South in Point Pleasant, NJ
The Bacalhau A Lagareiro was interesting. I’ve never had it before and mostly ordered it since it is so rare to have more than one menu choice in a restaurant. It was very good (although they weren’t kidding about “salted” cod) and came with a mound of roasted peppers, onions and garlic. There was enough left over for a second meal (lunch the following day).

For the most part the menu is gluten friendly (i.e. the dishes should be gluten free anyway) but it is nice that their broth is gluten free and therefore their rice dishes and soups are GF as well. As of this writing, they have 19 entrees, two appetizers and a daily vegetable soup all GF.

This is somewhere I plan on returning as soon as I find someone willing to take the drive!
Europa South Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Other restaurant reviews:

Gluten Free Italian Food at La Riviera Trattoria in Clifton, NJ

Gluten Free Asian/Thai Food at Pandan Room in Hackettstown, NJ

and of course don't forget to check out the full List of Gluten Free NJ Restaurants.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy 100th Gluten Free / Dairy Free Post!

This post represents my 100th since starting this website.  I've covered a lot of ground and still have more to cover.  The number of restaurants in NJ offering gluten free menus has more than tripled in that time and new GF products are launched all the time.  In the next couple of days, I'll be releasing a large list of every gluten free / dairy free packaged cookie I have tried. 

In the mean time check out some of the top articles from the past 99!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Restaurant Review: Panda Asian Fusion (Freehold, NJ)

Through a number of different websites, I pieced together that Panda Asian Fusion (335 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ) has gluten free offerings (unfortunately they don't have a website of their own). There were even rumors floating around that they offered a gluten free egg roll! On a trip to that area Super Bowl Weekend, I stopped in to see what was what.

Gluten Free Egg Roll at Panda Asian Fusion in Freehold, NJ
Panda Asian Fusion is small but modern store front restaurant (in the strip mall with Chipotle). They have a sign in the door that they offer gluten free items but do not have a gluten free menu. They told me that they could do almost anything gluten free and that I should just ask. I was on my way to dinner with a friend later that evening so I just had a quick snack.

Always cautious about dairy I discovered that their eggroll wrapper is made from a sheet of bean curd. The resulting egg roll is extremely crispy but difficult to cut (especially since one does not get a knife at an asian restaurant). I found that picking the eggroll up worked just fine!

The texture wasn’t the same as a gluten containing egg roll but the wrap did a good job of getting the eggroll contents (and more importantly that orange eggroll dipping sauce) into my mouth.

Before I left I asked since they say 90-95% of the menu could be done gluten free, what couldn’t. The response was that they can do pretty much anything except the won-tons as they have both gluten free soy sauce and gluten free breading for the items that require it. [We also discussed the spare ribs but I didn’t really understand the deal on these, they have gluten free spare ribs but they can’t make the spare ribs on the menu gluten free? I apologize but since I can’t handle pork either, I didn’t really press the issue.]

Gluten Free Vegetable Stir Fry at
Panda Asian Fusion in Freehold NJ
This is definitely somewhere I’d like to return and try more off their gf menu!

Update 5/2/12:

I've since returned to Panda Asian Fusion for lunch with another GF friend of mine.  Our waiter informed us that no, they can't do breaded items gluten free but will do the same dishes with unbreaded meats instead.  We also discovered that the egg rolls are not fried in a dedicated fryer.  [Neither of us are super sensitive to cross contamination and had them anyway but that is an individual decision.]
Panda House on Urbanspoon

If you're looking for a gluten Free Egg Roll you can make at home try:

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Roll Review

If you're looking for other restaurants try here:

Restaurants in New Jersey with Gluten Free Menus

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Best of Gluten Free Awards – by Triumph Dining

It’s time to vote in Triumph Dining’s Annual Best of Gluten Free Awards. The survey is 55 questions in 11 categories and took me about 10 minutes to complete (although there were certain product groups that I just don’t use and therefore had no opinion on).
Vote for the Best of Gluten-Free 2012

One can write in answers under ‘Other’ and I recommend you do. They state that if they see a trend in the write ins, they’ll add the item to the list. I found a couple of categories lacking in the true best product. (And countries as well, I can’t believe that Spain wasn’t listed – after all McDonald’s in Spain now carry GF buns!

In exchange for voting, Triumph Dining is offering prizes to 75 winners (3 Amazon Kindle Fires, 25 copies of The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guides and 50 Asian Cuisine Triumph Dining Card Kits.

Survey ends March 1, 2012 and they state they’ll announce winners shortly after that.

* Please note, if you don’t have a favorite in a particular category, they recommend that you select ‘Other’ and write in ‘none’ or ‘no answer’.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Upcoming Celiac Support Group Meetings

I’m a member of six area support groups. A number of groups took a month or two (or three) off around the holidays and my schedule kept me from some of the other meetings and events. This month however my three closest groups are all meeting and I can’t wait. It is always nice to see familiar faces, catch up on the latest gossip (i.e. what new products are good, which restaurants now have gluten free menus, etc), and enjoy the company of others who completely get what it is to live with food issues (while each group focuses on Celiac Disease/Gluten Free there are plenty of members in each with multiple food issues/intolerances/allergies).

First up is the GF Club at the Fine Grind in Little Falls, NJ on Monday February 13th. Two days later on Wednesday February 15th the Lyndhurst NJ Celiac Support Group meets. And finally, on Thursday February 23rd the Northern NJ Celiac Disease Support Group Meetup meets.

If you are looking for other NJ celiac/gluten free groups then check out my Gluten Free NJ Events Page. If you are outside of New Jersey, I’ve got an entire article on Finding a Celiac Support Group.

If I’m missing a group or a meeting please let me know through the Contact Me form in the left sidebar.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Product Review: Gluten Free Egg Rolls by Feel Good Foods

It was announced last year that Feel Good Foods (the company that brought us gluten free asian dumplings) would be launching gluten free egg rolls in the beginning of 2012. I heard in mid-January that these had hit stores and I checked for them in every GF store in the area.

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Roll
I finally encountered them this past weekend at Dean’s Natural Foods Market (1119 Highway 35 Ocean, NJ 07712 and 490 Broad Street Shrewsbury, NJ 07702). They come as Chicken, Shrimp or Vegetable egg rolls but Dean’s only had the vegetable ones. Dean’s price was quite reasonable as I’ve seen the Feel Good Foods dumplings fairly highly marked up elsewhere.

The egg rolls come three to a box with instructions for microwaving or baking (or a combination of the two). I baked one up for lunch on Sunday and it was amazing. It came out of the oven nicely browned and crispy. (It did explode a bit out the side as you can see in the photo but no issue there.)

I used some duck sauce I had the in refrigerator but really regret not having any takeout packets of duck sauce (no nearby gf takeout Chinese = no drawer full of gf takeout soy sauce/duck sauce packets). [Duck sauce is that orange dipping sauce traditionally served with egg rolls.]

And this brings us to the only downside I found (and yes it is fairly minor) - there weren’t any duck sauce packets in with the egg rolls. While I’ve found a couple of jarred duck sauces, I’ve never found one as good as the little takeout packets. I certainly understand that this would add to the cost/difficulty in producing the egg rolls, it would just have been a nice-to-have. Of course, now I’ve added a good duck sauce to my quest of missing gluten free foods.

Without tasting them first, I was reluctant to request a store carry them.  Now that I have tasted them, I am confident every store should carry them. I have heard that some Whole Foods in the Trenton area carry them and like I mentioned before I found them in Dean’s. I am going to recommend them to my local Whole Foods (West Orange) and to anyone else who will listen! (Feel Good Foods provides a request form you can give your local GF Store.)

[While I always recommend you frequent your local GF shop (click here for my NJ GF Store List), if you can’t for some reason, then they are available from the Gluten Free Mall here: Feel Good Foods Gluten-Free Egg Rolls, but remember since they come frozen shipping will be expensive.]

If you haven’t tried these already you owe it to yourself to do so as soon as possible!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Gluten Free Super Bowl Weekend!

Wow, what a weekend! It’s been years since I started a weekend on a Thursday night but that’s where this one started when I finally started using my twitter account. I set the account up a week or two ago but wasn’t 100% following the intricacies of using it. I had dinner with a younger cousin Thursday night and he answered the few remaining questions I had. On Friday, I integrated it with my facebook page and I added a feed of my most recent tweets to the left side menu here on Gluten Free / Dairy Free NJ. My twitter is gfdfnj or you can click “Follow me on Twitter” at the bottom of the feed.

Chick-fil-A's New Gluten Free Grilled
Chicken Nuggets and Gluten Free Waffle Fries
On Friday night I was commenting online that Chick-fil-A now has gluten free grilled chicken nuggets. I wrote that I hadn’t tried them yet and as I did, a light bulb went off. I pass a Chick-fil-A on my way home from work every night. I stopped in Friday night. It turns out they sell them in an 8 pack as well as in their kids meals (3 or 6 piece). It was tough to not start on the gf waffle fries in the car on the way home, but I wanted to get a photo first. Eating gluten free at Chick-fil-A is pretty easy as you can see from my previous article.

On Saturday I was planning on meeting a friend of mine at Europa South in Point Pleasant for dinner (more on this later). I figured since I was heading down that way anyhow (it’s about a 75 minute drive) I might as well make some gluten free stops along the way.

My first stop was at Fallon's Gluten Free Bakeshop in Fords.  They are a small dedicated gluten free bakery.  They had a number of items in their display case but if you want dairy free you have to order in advance.  Everything looked delicious.

Gluten Free Egg Roll at Panda Asian Fusion in Freehold, NJ
I stopped off to try the Gluten Free Egg roll at Panda Asian Fusion (335 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728). They don’t have a website so I didn’t have much information going in. The Egg Roll is wrapped in a very thin bean curd wrapper and was very crispy. A bit different from a gluten containing egg roll but it served its purpose – to carry the egg roll innards and my favorite part that orange colored dipping sauce to my mouth! [Full Review coming shortly.]

I stopped at the Wegmans in Englishtown. They had many of the same products I’ve come to expect at a Wegmans but sadly no Sweet Sin desserts. The only new item I saw were Go Raw cookies. GF/DF and raw/vegan. I decided against getting any even though they had interesting looking flavors: Lemon, Carrot Cake, and Chocolate.

Top Tomato in Freehold, NJ seemed to have a large selection of gluten free shelf stable items but didn’t appear to be much if anything in the freezer case. I only stopped in briefly but it appears that their other locations carry gf as well. (Brick, NJ, Freehold, NJ and 4 stores in Staten Island).

And then, right before dinner I hit the jackpot - Dean’s Natural Food Market in Ocean, NJ (also in Shrewsbury, NJ). They have an amazing selection of gluten free brands and items. The highlight of which was that they had Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg rolls! This is the first store I’ve seen these in so I bought a box (see below for how amazing they were!) In addition, I also bought Alternative Baking Company cookies, Ian’s GF/DF battered onion rings, and Olive Valley Gluten Free / Vegan Falafel.
Gluten Free Paella at Europa South in Point Pleasant, NJ

And that brings us to Europa South for Saturday’s dinner. Traditionally, Iberian (Spain/Portugal) cooking doesn’t contain wheat or dairy. Europa South flags their GF items on their menu and the two dishes I asked about both were dairy free. I ended up trying the GF Bacalhau A Lagareiro (salted cod fish) which was good. We also had the GF Shrimp in Garlic which was out of this world! [Full Review coming shortly.]

On the way home I stopped at a Whole Foods and found that So Delicious now makes a Coconut milk Greek style yogurt. I never had dairy containing Greek yogurt (not sure it was even available 22 years ago) so I can’t say how authentic or not it is but, if you miss it, it now exists. Personally, I prefer Silk Live Soy Yogurt.

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Egg Roll

For lunch on Sunday I baked one of the Feel Good Foods Vegetable Egg rolls that I had gotten at Dean’s Natural Food Market the night before. It baked up nice and crispy (but kind of blew out the side a bit as you can see in the photo). I’ll write a longer review later but for now I highly recommend them (and yes, they are good enough that you should ask your local Gluten Free store to carry them!) [Since these come frozen I recommend you purchase them locally, if you can not, then they are available from the Gluten Free Mall here: Feel Good Foods Gluten-Free Egg Rolls, but remember: shipping will be expensive.](One egg roll is hardly lunch so I had some more of my left over Karina’s Chicken Chili with Sweet Potato White Beans and Lime to tide me over until the Super Bowl Party.)

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels (salted and unsalted)
And finally, I decided to bake some gluten free soft pretzels for the Super Bowl party I had been invited to. I used the recipe out of Annalise Roberts’ Gluten-Free Baking Classics.It was already dairy free and I omitted the egg wash (partially to keep them egg free, mostly because I didn’t have any eggs). They look every bit as good as they tasted and everyone at the party loved them – not uncommon praise for Annalise’s recipes. If you don’t already have her baking cookbook I do highly recommend it.

Links to related reviews:

Gluten Free Review of Europa South (Point Pleasant, NJ)

Gluten Free Review of Panda Asian Fusion (Freehold, NJ)

Product Reivew of Feel Good Food's Gluten Free Egg Rolls

NJ Gluten Free Bakeries

NJ Gluten Free Restaurants

NJ Gluten Free Stores

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Restaurant Review: Five Guys Burgers and Fries (various NJ locations)

One of the hardest parts of following a gluten free diet is being out somewhere and looking to grab a quick bite to eat on the go. My go-to quick serve restaurants are Chipotle (review), Chick-fil-A (review) and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. [Yes, I’m a huge fan of Elevation Burger (review) but with only 2 locations so far it is just too tough to just find the nearest one and pop-in.]

Burger (that I put on an Udi's Gluten Free Bun)
with Gluten Free fries from 5 Guys Burger and Fries
The big upside to Five Guys is that they only have two gluten containing items on their menu: hamburger buns and hot dog buns. So that means their French fries are fried in a dedicated fryer by default. Their hot dogs are all beef (I can’t tolerate pork). They will gladly make both the hamburger and hot dog bunless (if I’ve planned ahead or do take out I use my own bun). Another aspect that I like is that the kitchen is open to the dining area so I can stand and watch them prepare my food.

The downside is that they are set up like an assembly line and there is quite a bit of opportunity for cross contamination while they prepare your meal. I like to ask that they separate my foil wrap from the others they are making so crumbs from the other buns don’t get on it. They also are willing to change gloves as needed. (If you’ve read my Elevation Burger review you’ll see that EB is much more careful and has procedures in place already.)

One final warning: Five Guys serves peanuts in their dining area (in the shell) and cooks with peanut oil. I wouldn’t even walk past a Five Guys if I had a peanut allergy!
Five Guys Burger and Fries on Urbanspoon

And don't forget to check here for other Restaurants with Gluten Free Fries or here for a list of other Gluten Free Quick Serve Restaurants.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Recipe list pages

I've added a number of pages to the site with lists of all of my recipes.  Due to my intolerances all of the recipes on this site are gluten free, dairy free, pork free, tomato free and egg free.  I have found that these recipes are attracting different readers and have put these lists together to make it easier for those who need just a certain allergy free recipe to find what they are looking for.

Here are the pages:

Complete List of Allergen Free / Friendly Recipes - this page lists every single recipe on the site including a listing of which allergens are missing from the recipe, which are contained, and any optional allergens.  The list flags these allergens: gluten, dairy, egg, nut/peanut, fish/shellfish, tomato, soy.  It also notes recipes that are or can be vegan.

Dairy Free Recipes - this page only lists recipes that one would expect to contain dairy and where it would be hard to leave out without replacing.

GERD / Acid Reflux Friendly Recipes - this page list recipes that contain only a few of the foods suspected of being GERD / Acid Reflux / Heartburn triggers.  Each recipe link lists the most likely triggers and suggestions on how to modify the recipe to avoid them.

Nightshade Free Recipes - this page lists recipes that are already free of the common foods those avoiding nightshades avoid (eggplant, potato, tomato, pepper, chili, paprika, etc).  Where a recipe can easily be modified to be nightshade free hints on doing so are included.

Tomato Free Recipes - this page only lists recipes that one would expect to contain tomatoes and where it would be hard to leave out without replacing.

Vegan Recipes - this page links to all of my vegan recipes.

Hopefully these pages will help those looking to avoid certain foods find the best recipes for them!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Karina's Chicken Chili with White Beans, Sweet Potato, and Lime

I had some sweet potatoes left over this weekend that I had intended to turn into Karina's African Sweet Potato Soup (with three types of beans, peppers, onions, spices) some night this week.  That is until I saw that Karina had a new sweet potato recipe on her blog:  Karina's Chicken Chili with White Beans, Sweet Potato and Lime.

Karina's Chicken Chili with Sweet Potato, White Beans and Lime
Her photo and description really made this sound wonderful.  I had to fight the urge to make this Sunday night instead of working on my upcoming Tomato Free Jambalaya recipe (due out soon).  I did however get to make it last night and it was every bit as good as I imagined it would be (even though my photo isn't nearly as vibrant as hers was!).

I had it again for lunch today at work (one of the joys of living alone, lots of left overs) and still have three more meals in the freezer.  It was just as good this afternoon as it was last night.  This recipe has definitely earned its place in my rotation of favorites!

On final thought, I tagged this article as vegan even though the recipe calls for roast chicken.  I think it would be wonderful without the chicken as well.  Just swap out the chicken stock for vegetable stock, omit the chicken, and you're all set!

Other recipes on my favorites list (in addition to the two Karina recipes above):

GF/DF/Tomato Free Chicken Cacciatore

GF/DF Chicken and Rice/Arroz con Pollo (only 1 Tbsp of tomato paste, that can easily be left out)

GF/DF Turkey Cutlets

My full list of recipes on the site is here: Allergen Free / Friendly Recipes

And a list of my tomato free recipes is here: Recipes without Tomato (includes chili, salsa, jambalaya and spaghetti sauce)