Gluten Free Baked Vegetable Latkes

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

It’s Hanukkah, the festival of lights, the celebration of fried foods, children’s joy and weight watcher’s worst nightmare. Yup, it is, by far, the best. holiday. ever!

Some people love Hanukkah for the jelly doughnuts, some for the candle lights, some for the songs and some for the time off. Me? I love Hanukkah because I get to see how happy the kids are when they get their presents, I get to spend time with family and friends and finally, I get to eat latkes!! Those yummy potato pancakes.

It’s funny, because theoretically (and realistically) I can fry latkes on any given day, but something about Hanukkah makes it OK to eat soooo many fried foods. It’s the feeling of joy I believe.

I woke up this Saturday morning and craved some good ol’ fried latkes. But then I looked to my left, looked to my right and my mom wasn’t there, which meant it’s ME who had to deal with the grating, mixing and worst of all, frying.

Thinking about the smell I’m going to have in my hair (oil ehm ehm) and the grated fingers I’m going to end up having (not to mention chances for a minor heartburn) made me come up with plan B right there and then. I’m going to bake my latkes. I’m not saying I’ll be able to avoid oil completely but it’s going to be significantly less fat.

So I started (carefully) grating the potatoes thinking it could have been nice to add some nutritious value to these latkes. So I did, add values, in the form of carrots, onion and zucchini.

I ended up having a colorful batter that turned into colorful, delicious latkes. Dipped in sour cream or yogurt I finally felt my mission was complete and I can now just go back to bed 🙂

Gluten Free Baked Vegetable Latkes

Baked Vegetable Latkes (Gluten Free)
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, Holiday
Cuisine: Jewish, Healthy
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Serves: 25 Latkes
 
A healthier and more nutritious version of the fried potato pancakes (latkes) we all so love.
Ingredients
  • 5 Medium Potatoes - Finely Grated
  • 1 Carrot - Finely Grated
  • 1 Zucchini - Finely Grated
  • ½ Onion - Coarsely Grated
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (can be substituted with regular all purpose flour)
  • Oil Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (205C)
  2. Layer large baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Place the grated vegetables in a medium mixing bowl and divide into 3 parts
  4. Squeeze each part between your hands to remove excess veggie juices (squeeze above the sink and return to the drained veggies to the bowl)
  5. Add the salt, eggs and flour to the grated and squeezed vegetables and mix all together (using a wooden spoon or fork)
  6. Spray the parchment paper with some oil
  7. Scoop a spoonful of latke mix and form a patty about ½-1 inch thick and place on the oil sprayed parchment paper
  8. Repeat with the rest of the mix
  9. Spray some additional oil on top of the latkes and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven
  10. After 10 minutes turn the latkes to make sure they’re evenly baked on both sides
  11. Bake for additional 10-12 minutes and remove from oven
  12. Latkes should be golden on both sides, this is how you’ll know they’re ready
  13. Serve with garlic dip, sour cream or plain yogurt

Gluten Free Baked Vegetable Latkes

Gluten Free Baked Vegetable Latkes

It’s Hanukkah, the festival of lights, the celebration of fried foods, children’s joy and weight watcher’s worst nightmare. Yup, it is, by far, the best. holiday. ever! Some people love Hanukkah for the jelly doughnuts, some for the candle lights, some for the songs and some for the time off. Me? I love Hanukkah because […]

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Garlic Yogurt Dip

Home Made Cooking

This garlic yogurt dip is so amazing. It’s my favorite.

I use it for veggies, Pizza Blanca, various quiches, savory pastries etc.

Just like everything else on my blog, this to, is made of ingredients you probably have in your fridge anyway, so why not upgrade a dish with this one right here?

 

Garlic Yogurt Dip

 

Garlic Yogurt Dip
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Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Dips
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Garlic Yogurt dip that's made of scratch with ingredients you most likely have at home. Upgrade your pizza, your wings, your nachos. It's just that good.
Ingredients
  • 5 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 5 Tbsp Plain Yogurt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and there you have it – your dip!

 

Garlic Yogurt Dip

This garlic yogurt dip is so amazing. It’s my favorite. I use it for veggies, Pizza Blanca, various quiches, savory pastries etc. Just like everything else on my blog, this to, is made of ingredients you probably have in your fridge anyway, so why not upgrade a dish with this one right here?     […]

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Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

If there’s anything my family will never say “NO” to it’s pizza.

The other week I was thinking of making homemade pizza with spelt crust – our favorite, but then, one look at my daughter was enough to understand that this good ol’ traditional pizza is not going to happen.

It’s that season again; when it’s too warm inside and too cold and breezy outside.

The result: A child with super dry lips the size of her face

The problem: The pizza sauce burns her sore lips

The objective: Making pizza so we can all enjoy it

The obstacle: Tomato sauce a.k.a. Pizza Sauce

The solution: Pizza Blanca

Pizza Blanca is basically pizza with no pizza sauce on it. I must admit that it’s different and kind of weird at first, but after the first bite you get it – it’s really good.

Being able to prepare this pizza with no actual pizza sauce has allowed my little girl to eat her slice(s) with no problem at all. Another nice thing about this is that you can prepare whatever dipping sauce you want on the side and enjoy it exactly the way you like it. I made homemade garlic dip and it was phenomenal.

So let me share this recipe with you before the drool covers my entire keyboard.

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust
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Recipe type: Pizza, Low Gluten
Cuisine: Italian
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Pizza Blanca with no pizza sauce on it. Sounds weird at first but then you taste it and the weirdness is gone.
Ingredients
  • 500gr Spelt Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable/ Canola Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • ½ Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Cup Lukewarm Water
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Your favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except the toppings) in a mixer bowl using the kneading attachment.
  2. Take a bit of oil in your hands and knead the dough into a ball (in the bowl). You will now have the dough covered with oil in the bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and let the dough rest and rise for 35 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  5. Prepare a baking sheet or a pizza tray covered with parchment paper.
  6. Flatten the dough with your hands directly on your parchment covered baking sheet until it is about ½ inch thick.
  7. Add the cheese and toppings onto the flattened dough.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven.
  9. Serve with your favorite dip.

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

If there’s anything my family will never say “NO” to it’s pizza. The other week I was thinking of making homemade pizza with spelt crust – our favorite, but then, one look at my daughter was enough to understand that this good ol’ traditional pizza is not going to happen. It’s that season again; when […]

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Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Spinach Quiche

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated this week, and although we never had a thanksgiving dinner at our house before, we figured why not use this as an excuse for dinner with friends? I mean, regardless of any religion or belief, we ARE supposed to be thankful for what we are fortunate enough to have, so we planned dinner and invited friends over.

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Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated this week, and although we never had a thanksgiving dinner at our house before, we figured why not use this as an excuse for dinner with friends? I mean, regardless of any religion or belief, we ARE supposed to be thankful for what we are fortunate enough to have, so we […]

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Beef Meatballs In Red Sauce

Home Made Cooking

Every week I make almost the same thing. Come Friday I make mashed potatoes and some variation of Chicken breast. Why? Because this is what the kids like, and me too.

It’s easy, delicious and consistent 🙂

Last week when I went shopping for groceries, there was a sale on Ground Medium Beef, and although I don’t like eating or working with beef that much (and you can tell, because there are almost no recipes here with beef) I decided to take the leap of faith in this ingredient, and try and make something really delish, so good I’ll regret not having it sooner.

I didn’t really think much (REALLY) and all of a sudden I find myself making meatballs.

I added veggies and made this super yummy red sauce, served on a bed of (of course) mashed potatoes and it was, in one word – Perfect.

How did I not try this before?? Could it be that I was working with the wrong kind of meat? This turned out perfect, and less work than I thought it’ll take.

The meatballs were full of flavor, they weren’t too dense nor too meaty. They blended really well with the sauce and to top this all up – the kids went crazy over the meatballs! They said it’s like the macaroni and meatballs without the macaroni. And to this I say “Grazie” (with my Italian accent).

 

Beef Meatballs in Red Sauce

 

Beef Meatballs In Red Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian, Homemade, Mediterranean
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Serves: 25 meatballs
 
Beef meatballs with a Mediterranean hint. So easy to make and will definitely work well on your taste buds.
Ingredients
For the Meatballs:
  • 500gr (about 1lbs) Ground Medium Beef
  • ½ Carrot – Finely Grated
  • ½ Onion – Grated
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro – Chopped
  • ½ tsp Table Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
For the Red Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Onion – Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Sliced
  • ½ Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 8 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2½ Cups Hot Water
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro – Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
To make the Meatballs:
  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix (knead if needed) until well combined.
  2. Using a tablespoon scoop ½ tablespoon at a time and roll into balls.
  3. Set aside in a plate and prepare the sauce.
To prepare the sauce:
  1. In a wide pot preheat the oil over medium heat and add in the chopped onion, garlic, cumin and tomato paste. Stir consistently until combined and then add the water.
  2. Stir well and add the cilantro, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat. Once boils gently add in the meatballs.
  4. Once the meatballs are all in the sauce, lower the heat a bit to Medium-Low heat and cover the pot with a lid.
  5. Let cook with a closed lid for 30-35 minutes. If the sauce boils again, lower the heat a bit more during cooking.

 

Beef Meatballs in Red Sauce

Beef Meatballs in Red Sauce

Every week I make almost the same thing. Come Friday I make mashed potatoes and some variation of Chicken breast. Why? Because this is what the kids like, and me too. It’s easy, delicious and consistent 🙂 Last week when I went shopping for groceries, there was a sale on Ground Medium Beef, and although […]

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Mini Pizza Kugel Muffins – The Perfect Size for A Lunchbox

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

Last year I decided that if I can avoid giving the kids just plain bread sandwiches to school, then I should. Not only that the alternative is usually healthier and more nutritious, but I also noticed that the crazy amount of Gluten in bread and other gluten rich foods, was affecting my son’s mood and ability to concentrate.

So it started last year and I’m still doing my best to avoid sandwiches and gluten. It’s not always easy; there isn’t always a go-to solution when I start thinking of what I should pack in the kids’ lunch boxes.

So sometimes it’s salads (like today), sometimes it’s pies, gluten free pizzas and sometimes it’s these mini pizza flavored Kugels.

Why kugels? Well, even though these are made in a muffin pan, kugels are made of pasta or noodles, and so are these. You can call them muffins if you want but for me they’re kugels 🙂

Anyway, these are easy and taste great. You can play with the extras to them if you don’t like olives (you can replace with bell peppers, feta cheese or even tuna or pepperoni). My kids love them and I bet yours will too. Who doesn’t like a nice looking, great tasting and compact sized lunch?You can also make these with leftover small/thin noodles or pasta you have.

Mini Pizza Kugel Muffins

Mini Pizza Kugel Muffins


Mini Pizza Kugel - The Perfect Size for A Lunchbox
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Recipe type: Lunch, Pasta
Cuisine: Jewish, Italian, Kids
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Serves: 6
 
Pizza in a Kugal, or maybe it's a muffin. Whatever you want to call it, the kids will love it and you will have the perfectly yummy and creative solution for their lunchbox
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups Small Cooked Pasta (I used the Alphabet Gluten Free Pasta)
  • 2 ½ Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Oregano
  • ¼ cup Whipping Cream (Heavy Cream)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Olives – For the topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (180C)
  2. Spray a non stick muffin pan (6 cups) with oil or spread butter
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together except for the extras to go on top (in this instance it’s the olives)
  4. Top with the olives (or any other extra topping you want)
  5. Fill each muffin cup to the top and place in the preheated oven for 35 minutes

Mini Pizza Kugel Muffins

Last year I decided that if I can avoid giving the kids just plain bread sandwiches to school, then I should. Not only that the alternative is usually healthier and more nutritious, but I also noticed that the crazy amount of Gluten in bread and other gluten rich foods, was affecting my son’s mood and […]

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Leek, Herbs And Spelt Flour Quiche

Home Made Cooking

We just came back from a long weekend vacation in Cape Breton, NS with friends and I feel so refreshed! While we were there our phones had almost no reception and the WiFi was dead and let me tell you something; it was the best!

We just drove along the Cabot Trail inhaling the beauty around us. So many lakes, trails, mountains and the ocean to our feet; we enjoyed amazing nature, good friends and fantastic food.

The kids were actually thrilled when we reached this short trail that had a sign at the entrance, announcing that this is a Coyote Habitat. We all grabbed a walking stick and started walking on the trail in the woods, and although it was only a 20 minute walk the kids were super excited – it was different, it was exciting and to them it felt dangerous.

As usual, when we packed food for the trip I made sure I make and pack too much. So when we came back home we had leftovers. But that’s OK they’re gone by now.

This trip was a complete wind -down for me and I am now back with new and regenerated energy and ideas and of course a long list of “to-do”. In fact, only yesterday I decided to decorate my wooden spoons. When this project is done I will be sure to share it online with everyone.

And now, regardless of my vacation I just thought I’d share a new favorite – The Leek and Herb Quiche. It’s great for a picnic or just for eating at home. It’s easy to make, tastes great and you can play around with the herbs and add your favorite.

Vacation or no vacation, when I’m in the kitchen I’m just having pure fun.

 

Leek Herbs and Spelt Flour Quiche

 

Leek, Herbs And Spelt Flour Quiche
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Recipe type: Main, Quiche
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Leeks are such a great ingredients. They're like an upgraded onion. This quiche is a mix-it-all-up kind of quiche that turns out so flavorful.
Ingredients
  • 3 Large Leeks – Thinly Sliced (Only the white part and a bit of the green)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Spelt Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Mint (or any other herb you like)
  • 3 Tbsp Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ⅓ Cup Milk
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Goat Cheese – Crumbled (optional for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Prepare an oven proof dish (Pyrex) or a round baking pan – 9 Inches (23cm)
  3. Spread a thin layer of butter or oil on the baking dish
  4. In a frying pan melt the butter over medium heat and add the thinly sliced leeks. Stir occasionally until it softens and gets a bit of a golden shade.
  5. When ready, remove from heat and place in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients in and stir until evenly combined into a batter.
  6. Pour into the baking dish and place in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until nice and brown on top.
  7. Let the quiche stand outside for about 5-10 minutes before serving, this will allow it to set.

 

Leek Herbs and Spelt Flour Quiche

Hiking the woods in Cape Breton, NS

We just came back from a long weekend vacation in Cape Breton, NS with friends and I feel so refreshed! While we were there our phones had almost no reception and the WiFi was dead and let me tell you something; it was the best! We just drove along the Cabot Trail inhaling the beauty […]

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Garlic Mustard Breaded Chicken Strips

Home Made Cooking

My kids can eat breaded chicken and chicken nuggets or fingers on any given day, all day, everyday. But me? After 2 weekends in a row I kind of get tired of frying chicken.

Not that I don’t like it, because I do, but sometimes it just seems too boring. Same flavor, same texture, same everything, I like to try different variations of the same food.

Luckily I had a can of Maille’s “Mustard and White Wine” so I figured, why not try using this? Of course, you can make this yummy dish with any type of mustard you have.

<>The combination of mustard and garlic and the fact that the chicken is marinated in this divine mix made these chicken bites so good! The chicken came out tender and juicy and the coating was crunchy and just fantastic.

Garlic Mustard Chicken Strips

Garlic Mustard Breaded Chicken Strips
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Homemade, Chicken, Kids
 
Scrumptious, tender and juicy - these are the three words I would use for this easy go-to recipe for chicken strips.
Ingredients
  • 6 Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs – Cut into strips
  • 3 tsp Mustard (I used Maille’s Mustard and White Wine)
  • 1 Garlic Clove – Minced
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Egg
  • Bread Crumbs – For Coating
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. In a bowl ,whisk together the mustard, garlic, paprika and egg.
  2. Place the chicken strips in the batter and fold in until fully coated; Now let the whole mix stand for 30 minutes before frying.
  3. Preheat oil on a frying pan oven medium- high heat. Oil should be about ½ inch deep.
  4. Dip each chicken strip in bread crumbs until coated and place in the preheated oil.
  5. Fry on each side until nice and brown.

Garlic Mustard Breaded Chicken Strips

Disclaimer: I received 3 gift coupons from Maille Canada through their offer on the FBC webpage. I purchased the mustard in this recipe using these coupons and as part of their efforts to better familiarize their new products.

My kids can eat breaded chicken and chicken nuggets or fingers on any given day, all day, everyday. But me? After 2 weekends in a row I kind of get tired of frying chicken. Not that I don’t like it, because I do, but sometimes it just seems too boring. Same flavor, same texture, same […]

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