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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tacos... with a twist

The go to food for someone with celiac disease is Mexican food. Beside flour tortillas, and you have to watch the seasoning packets and sauces - so I usually stick with making stuff from scratch, it's pretty much all gluten free.  But eating the same thing over and over can get a little boring. I was craving Stuffed Peppers (something my mother made a lot while I was growing up - super yummy.)  But I knew had, surprise, surprise, the fixings for tacos at home. So, on my way home, I picked up a couple colored peppers, and decided to use them for the "taco shell."  The result? Delicious.

There's no secret to making tacos, but here's what I did.

Preparing the peppers
Preheat the oven to 400
Slice your peppers in half (we used red, orange and yellow)
Clean out the seed and that white stuff
Brush the inside and outside with olive or another oil
Set open face up on a cookie sheet (I used silpat beneath the peppers to prevent sticking)
Bake for 15 minutes face up and then turn over for 15 minutes more

Ingredients I like in tacos...
Either black beans or refried beans
Seasoned taco meat
Cheese (I put my cheese on the hot pepper instead of the beans first)
Cabbage, sliced (not a lettuce fan)
Avocado, diced
Sour cream
Taco sauce or salsa

And that night, I ate the tacos with fresh sliced pineapple and steamed asparagus. Yum!

Grape Salad

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A friend made us this salad when she hosted book club a little while ago.  It doesn't photo well (thus the stock photo), but it tastes absolutely fantastic. A perfect salad for a summer party or for me, a perfect dessert.

8 oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
1/2 c white sugar
1 T vanilla
2 lbs grapes (I like it with mixed grapes, but if you have picky eaters, I'm sure it's great with one color of grapes only)
Pecans, chopped
Brown Sugar

Blend cream cheese and sour cream until smooth
Add white sugar
Add vanilla
Fold in grapes
Mix chopped pecans with a little brown sugar and sprinkle on top of salad
Chill for at least 1 hour before serving