All Posts By Silvana Nardone

Can Gluten-Free Be Healthy? The Choice Is Yours

by in Gluten-Free, April 28, 2012
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Strawberries-and-Cream Scones

Since my son Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerances more than five years ago, I’ve learned to adapt my kitchen—especially for baking. After all, it was just six years ago that I was lifting 50 pounds bags of gluten-full unbleached white pastry flour at my old bakery in Brooklyn.

Now, if you look in my pantry, you’ll see dozens of gluten-free flours like rice flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, sweet rice flour, quinoa flour, mesquite flour, chestnut flour, corn flour, oat flour, coconut flour and, possibly my new all-around favorite, millet flour.

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One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice

by in Gluten-Free, March 21, 2012
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One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice -- photo by Stephen Scott Gross for Easy Eats

If you’re a working parent, you already know that dinner is not the easiest meal to get on the table. Even if you manage to cook up a complete meal, the last thing you want to be left with at the end of the night is a big pile of dishes in the sink.

Through the years, I’ve tried prepping all the ingredients ahead, partially cooking the recipes and making the entire meal and freezing all or half for later. These methods don’t quite fit with my spontaneous cooking personality type.

What cooking personality type are you?

This three-step chicken recipe makes perfect sense to me and it just happens to be gluten free. All I do is brown the chicken to give it some flavor then I layer the ingredients—and flavor—into one pot and the recipe pretty much cooks itself.

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Gluten-Free Spiced Matcha Crunch Truffles

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, February 19, 2012
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Gluten-and-Dairy-Free Matcha Truffles -- Photo by Silvana Nardone

The one thing that matters to me, even after Valentine’s Day is that there is chocolate in the house—really, any kind will do. By nature, chocolate is gluten free. But chocolate treats are often full of dairy—and other added ingredients that aren’t exactly good for you. After a little playing around in the kitchen, I realized that there was no reason to pigeonhole myself in traditional truffle-making technique.

Instead, I relied on the properties of individual ingredients to give me the texture I wanted. In place of heavy cream, which adds silkiness, I used tempered egg yolks to emulsify the chocolate truffle mixture. To hold the truffles together, I swapped coconut oil (I prefer the flavorless kind, but you can use either) for the usual butter.

Then came the fun part: Adding immune-supporting spices and teas, like turmeric root and green tea. In these truffles, which are infinitely adaptable to any flavor combination, there also just happens to be some feel-good, aphrodisiac ingredients, like chocolate and vanilla.

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Gluten-Free Meatball-Kale Subs

by in Gluten-Free, January 25, 2012

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Forget everything you’ve ever learned about how to make a good meatball. There’s absolutely no reason meatballs shouldn’t naturally be gluten-free—and dairy-free. Trust me. Even growing up with a Roman father and Neapolitan grandfather didn’t arm me with enough explanation as to why you have to first soak bread in milk before you could even think of forming a meatball.

Why do meatballs have to be so complicated? When you think of what the soaked bread is technically there to do—give the meatball a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness—there are easier, healthier ways.

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Fast Fridge Fixes: Gluten-Free Apple Cider Applesauce

by in Gluten-Free, November 9, 2011

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Whether you’re gluten-free or not, everyone appreciates getting in and out of the kitchen fast on a weeknight. This time, I took a hint for my low-maintenance basic recipe from a seasonal fruit that kept staring at me in the market: apples. In less than 20 minutes, I had my fast fridge fix—warm, homemade Apple Cider Applesauce.

Warning: If you’ve never made apple sauce yourself, I caution you that you may never go back to the jarred stuff. My kids and I ate most of the applesauce straight from the pot for that night’s dessert.

Then, throughout the week, I was ready to get dinner done fast with my easy mix-in mains, like Pork ’n’ Applesauce Hash Brown Waffles or Caramelized Butternut Squash-Apple Soup With Bacon Croutons.

Apple Cider Applesauce
If you can’t find Honey Crisp apples, McIntosh or Granny Smith works great, too.

Makes: about 4 cups

3 pounds apples, preferably Honey Crisp (about 6 apples)—peeled, quartered and cored
1½ cups apple cider, pear cider or water
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
Pinch salt

In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, cider, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 18 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, break up the apples until chunky.

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Fast Fridge Fixes: Gluten-Free Roasted Mushroom Recipes

by in Uncategorized, October 19, 2011
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Use this simple staple to make two gluten-free weeknight dinners. Photo by Silvana Nardone

How do I keep the dinner pressure down in my kitchen? Along with the regular stress of beating the dinner rush with my two kids screaming that they’re hungry, my meals need to be gluten free. I’ve got my hands full, right? Not anymore.

Since my son Isaiah was diagnosed four years ago with both gluten and dairy intolerances, I thought I’d never come around to enjoying cooking and baking again. I was so wrong. It not only woke me up to the possibilities of what my family would eat, but how we would eat. Now, dinnertime is easy with my fast fridge fixes.

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