Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gluten Free Passover Seder Recipes ( and vegetarian recipes)

Yes, you can make amazing gluten free matzoh balls for Passover and lots of other idea..

Passover Seder Recipes and Ideas
Gluten free, Parve, Vegetarian

Friday, March 16, 2018

Shortcut Shakshookah Recipe Eggs-cellent

Shakshookah gluten free and Passover recipe

This is the fastest and easiest way to enjoy a delicious plate of Shakshookah using my shortcut.!
Shakshookah is a traditional Israeli breakfast recipe that has become a popular item in many restaurants in the US. It's delicious and you can easily make this eggs-cellent recipe at home.

vegetables for Shakshookah

Traditionally,  Traditional Shashookah recipe  is  made by sauteing chopped red peppers,  tomatoes,  onions, garlic and a little hot sauce in a skillet and then cracking some eggs to cook into the mixture.

diced vegetables | gluten free and vegan recipe

But Stop!!! I've discovered a way you don't have to chop anything!! Here is my shortcut!!

jar of organic chunky salsa for shakshookah recipe
This organic salsa comes in mild , medium, and hot.. I used mil
I've discovered that a jar of chunky salsa ( gluten free of course)  creates the same delicious taste!

Since I've retired my lifestyle has changed. I don't tend to buy as much fresh produce.
 I live in the city in a small condo in a high traffic area. We tend to eat out more frequently and my fresh produce tends to wilt in my refrigerator because I don't always get to it.

So I've improvised. I found a brand of Salsa that meets my high standards. It's certified organic, its very tasty, labeled gluten free, comes in mild, medium or hot and is only $1.99. It's made by Simple Nature and is sold at Aldi's.  it contains all the ingredients I usually use to make Shakshookah.

sauce for shakshookah recipe at
Heat the Salsa in a skillet 

The bonus is that it is both the salsa and the egg are zero smart points on Weight Watchers making this recipe a total of zero smart points on Weight Watchers! Love it... !!!!

eggs in salsa | gluten free for Shakshookah at

In addition, if you can find a kosher for Passover jar of salsa, this would make a great breakfast for Passover otherwise you can still make the  Traditional Shashookah recipe 
 using peppers, onions, and  tomatoes for something different for breakfast or lunch!

 It's a  delicious nutritious, gluten free breakfast that is light on calories and rich in taste.

Author: Judee Algazi at Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2-3 servings

2 cups of chunky mild salsa
6 eggs, cracked into the skillet

Pour the salsa into a large skillet and heat for about 2-3 minutes until hot and bubbly and a little of the liquid cooks off. Add the eggs to the sauce, cover , and cook until the eggs are done to your liking . Serve 2-3 eggs per person  for breakfast or lunch.

My Notes: 
1. This recipe is fast and easy to make
2. This recipe is gluten free ( purchase a salsa that is gluten free)
3.Use mild , medium, or hot salsa according to your taste.
4. This makes a great breakfast or lunch for Passover if you can find kosher for Passover salsa. Otherwise make the traditional recipe.
5. Link for Passover recipes gluten free and vegetarian

Linking to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post. This week Beth review the Netflix series called Rotten which explores the many problems in our food industry,. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Perfect Eggs Every time in the Instant Pot -

egg carton and eggs

Does it make sense to steam my eggs for egg salad in my Instant Pot? Yes! The peels slide right off!!

Like you , I questioned whether I even wanted to buy an Instant Pot. I wondered if I would use it enough to warrant the expense. I didn't know if it would be worth looking at that bulky pot sitting on my kitchen counter everyday or worse yet-taking up valuable storage space in my pantry. 

Instant Pot

Yet, after hearing so many people RAVING about their Instant Pot, I decided to purchase the 6 quart size. Once I got the hang of cooking in it, there was no turning back! 

I love my Instant Pot and use it for everything. In fact- I'm not sure that a day goes by that I don't use it. 

bowl of vegan and gluten free lentil soup
Easy Lentil Soup

Since I bought it, I have made wonderful soups, black beans, rice, vegetables etc. in record time. 
Yesterday, I made a vegetable soup in 14 minutes for lunch and then used my IP again to make a red lentil stew for dinner in 16 minutes.  But eggs?? 

I had read about steaming eggs in the Instant Pot for egg salad. I never tried it until today when I needed to cook up over a dozen eggs for company. I gave it a try.  

The results were amazing - and here is why

1. I keep my Instant Pot on my counter for easy use. 

2. There is NO MESS- nothing boils over

3. I don't have to watch the pot- and turn down the flame- I simply put in the eggs and the pot beeps when it is finished.  

4. I put the eggs in , turn on the setting, and walk away to do other tasks.

5. When the eggs are done, the peels slide right off- yes, I mean slides off easily and quickly. No struggling with the peel and losing parts of the egg. 

6. It doesn't heat up my kitchen

7. The stainless steel Instant Pot insert lifts right out and can be cleaned in a jiffy. 

There you have it- 14 eggs steamed to perfection in my Instant Pot in 5 minutes of cooking ( pot will also take about 5 minutes to heat up) 

What did I do with my eggs? I made egg salad

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

1. Pour 1 cup of water in the IP
2. Place a steamer basket or the rack in the IP
3. Fill with desired amount of eggs 
4. Seal pot and set on Manual or Pressure Cook for 5 minutes ( It will take time to heat up) .
5. When done- allow steam to release naturally or release steam. 
6. Carefully remove eggs ( they will be hot) and place in an ice bath of water for a minute
7. Slip off the peels and use in your favorite recipe. 

I love egg salad and it makes the perfect appetizer, side or lunch for those that are gluten free or dairy free.

My Simple Egg Salad 

14 cooked eggs 
4 Tablespoons of Hellman's Olive Oil Mayo
optional: 1/4 cup of celery diced very small and 1/4 cup of diced red onion
paprika for garnish

Place cooked and peeled eggs in a large bowl. Mix in 4 Tablespoons of Hellman's Olive Oil Mayo . Using a fork,  mash until well mixed. Serve or store in the refrigerator. 
Mix in the diced celery and red onion just before serving if desired.

Linking to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post. This week Beth review the Netflix series called Rotten which explores the many problems in our food industry,. 

This post is also linked to Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, salad, or sammie recipe. Check out this week's recipes.