Gluten Free Dinner Ideas
Today I am looking for quick and easy gluten free dinner ideas so I went to the Asian supermarket that recently opened up across the street from my daughters school. I’m not sure why but my family and I love going to interesting and different grocery stores. My husband and daughter run up and down the isles looking for interesting food items that we have never seen before or have never been able to buy at our local market. Their excitement is quite endearing when they find Keebler cookies in the US or specialty cheese in Australia. This supermarket is like visiting another country and everything seems strange and exotic to us. The stock boys are pushing large crates of rice into position and fresh fish from around the world swim lively in aquariums of water waiting to be purchased for tonight’s dinner. I feel like I just stepped through the doors from a cold resistant spring in eastern Canada to a market in Asia.
Being vegetarian I am not overly impressed with the whole barbequed beasts hanging in the deli but I persevere and just walk past and move on to the fruits and vegetables. This store has the most oddly looking produce with numerous species that I have never seen before. I think they had 5 different types of radishes and 10 varieties of an orange.
Living in a cold conservative climate we were raised on apples, oranges and bananas. (red, orange and yellow). In the winter months nothing is local or fresh. I was eighteen before I knew other fruits actually existed. This store carries a wide range of exotic and hard to find fruits not to mentions 7 different kinds of mint leaves. (I can hardly wait for the snow to melt so I can get some fresh Chocolate mint from my garden) I look around for a Durian (the most disgusting smelling fruit in existence) but I am yet to find one. I hear this fruit is extremely foul to smell but delicious to eat. I was telling my husband about this fruit and his “I will try anything” attitude has put him on a mission to find it.
Today I am buying brown basmati rice, exotic potatoes (including the blue Russian potato), Anaheim peppers, cilantro, ginger, onions, tomatoes and chickpeas. I am feeling inspired at the market to prepare Indian Chickpea and Potato Curry. This is a simple recipe that I’ve made on several occasions. It is basically a vegetarian stew poured over rice. For great gluten free dinner ideas try an Indian inspired curry they are simple to prepare and delicious to eat.
Chickpea Potato Curry
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 – 15 oz cans of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1- 796 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
8- exotic baby potatoes (any kind of potato can work here) cut in half
1 medium yellow onion chopped
2 green Anaheim peppers (chopped with seeds removed)
2 tbsp Ghee
2 tsp minced ginger
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1. Prepare basmati rice according to package instructions.
2. In a large pot sauté the onion, pepper and ginger over medium heat until soft. Add spices and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, chickpeas, and potatoes. Stir to mix and simmer until potatoes are cooked about 35 minutes. Add salt to taste.
Serve over rice and top with chopped cilantro.