Saturday, November 10, 2012

GFCF Creamy Quinoa and Bacon Chowder

1 cup quinoa
4 cups broth (any broth...we used goat and buffalo.  Chicken or beef would work as well.  Make your own!  It's good for you!)
1/4 chopped onion
2 diced carrots
1/3 c dairy free margarine (we used soy free Earth Balance.  I hate that it contains canola.  Canola and soy are evil.  If you are lucky enough to be able to have real butter, use it!)
1 lb. of turkey bacon, cut into pieces.
Season salt to taste (I think I used about 3 tsp.  This is a good recipe to use to make sure it's gluten free.)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or dairy free milk of your choice (Again, you can use real, whole milk if you are lucky.  Go for raw.  It's good for you!)
1/4 cup dry sherry 
1/2 cup sorghum flour or other bland gf flour
Cracked pepper to taste

If I were a real recipe writer, those ingredients would be listed in order.  However, since I am extremely abstract/random, they are listed in the order my brain recalled them. :)

1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.  Set aside.

2. Saute the onion and carrot in the dairy free margarine until the onion is soft.  Pretend it's real butter.  You will feel better.

3. Remove from heat and stir in the flour.

4. Slowly add the flour while continuously stirring.

5. Bring the mixture to a boil for approx 5 minutes....or the time it takes you to vacuum the living room.

6. Add the turkey bacon and seasoned salt.  Simmer until bacon is cooked through.

7. Remove from heat.  Then stir in coconut milk, sherry, and cracked pepper.

8. Serve.  Listen to the wee ones tell you how much they hate soup and refuse to try it.  Warn them that they might have to go to bed hungry.  Watch their faces change as they decide the soup is good.  At least the child who loves food thinks it's good.  The child who would be perfectly happy living on a deserted island without food will at least eat it....slowly.  The adults will have seconds because it's been so long since a gluten and dairy free food tasted like real honest to goodness home cooking.  You may finish a child's bowl...sneakily.  

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