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Breaded Spinach Eggplant Parmesan (Featuring Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs)
Schar Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
Pasta Sauce (2 jars)
Spinach (1 pound optional – you can use more or less)
Eggplants (2 are adequate for one pan)
Ricotta Cheese (1 large container)
Mozzarella Cheese (4 cups)
1 Red Pepper
1 Garlic Bud
Step 1: Prep Work
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Wash the outside of the eggplant, dry and peel the skin
Cut the eggplant into slices (the slices should resemble sliced bread)
Place the sliced eggplant in a container or bowl and set aside
Rinse and chop the red pepper and tomato then place in a bowl and set aside
Chop the onion and entire garlic bud add to the bowl with the red pepper and tomato
Rinse and coarsely chop the spinach, place in a bowl and set aside
Place a generous amount of olive oil in a skillet and heat with a low flame
Add the following into the skillet with olive oil: the onions, red pepper, garlic and tomatoes. Sauté with low heat until slightly cooked
Salt and pepper to taste
Remove mixture from the skillet, place in a bowl and set aside
Step 2: Prepare the Eggplant
Empty the package of Schar Bread Crumbs into a bowl, plate, platter or cutting board
Fill a clean bowl with water
Dip the sliced eggplant one by one into the water and then into the Schar Bread Crumbs
Coat both sides of the eggplant with the bread crumbs
Repeat this step until all of the sliced eggplant is coated with bread crumbs
In a clean skillet add a generous amount of olive oil and heat with a low flame
Place the slices of breaded eggplant into the skillet, cook on both sides until golden, remove from the skillet and place on top a paper towel on a plate (or platter). Continue this process until all of the eggplant is cooked.
Step 3: Assemble the Dish
Add a small amount of pasta sauce to the bottom of a pan. This will prevent the breaded eggplant for sticking or burning while in the oven.
Layer the breaded eggplant slices until the bottom of the pan is completely covered. It is okay for the slices of eggplant to overlap.
Cover the breaded eggplant with the sautéed onion, garlic, tomato, red pepper mixture.
Add a layer of spinach, topped with mozzarella and ricotta cheese.
Repeat these steps until you reach to the top of the pan. Make sure the final (or top layer) consists of breaded eggplant topped with pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil, place in the oven and cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Remove pan from the oven, uncover and let side for 20 minutes. Your dish is ready to serve.
For a video demonstration on how to prepare this recipe watch the Gluten Free Eye Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q6BUUJyS4g
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NYC Celebrate Celiac™ Community Party and Celiac Awareness Day with the Yankees on Saturday, 9/20/14
I met Kyra Bussanich 4x Cupcake Wars Champion at the NYC Celebrate Celiac Community Party and Celiac Awareness Day with the Yankees on Saturday. Kyra is the first gluten-free winner of Cupcake Wars! Check out Kyra’s book Sweet Cravings. It has 50 gluten free dessert recipes. XOXOX Dawn
Now that information about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance is readily available there are numerous products on the market to purchase. For the average consumer it is difficult to determine the difference between products and their claims. This post is going to discuss what it means to be certified gluten free.
Products that display the Certified Gluten Free logo have been inspected and verification has determined that the quality, purity and integrity of the products are incompliance with the strict requirements of the gluten free standard. There are three organizations that certify products as being gluten free: Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). Although each of these organizations has the same goal, obligating manufacturers to disclose the amount of trace glutens in their products, their methods of testing varies. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ testing standard requires food to contain less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. While the Celiac Sprue Association requires foods to have less than 5ppm and also requires foods to be free of oats (even gluten-free oats). Testing also includes product reviews and random onsite testing of processing facilities. The manufacturer also incurs a financial cost that is associated with the auditing process.
What does this mean for the average consumer? These organizations relieve the average consumer of burden of researching and locating data on the manufacturing process of products. It is unlikely that a manufacturer will undergo this lengthy and expensive process to obtain the GF certification and later violate the guidelines. Also, purchasing Certified Gluten Free products helps to eliminate the opportunity of being exposed to glutens.
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#GFAFExpo I ate a million samples of this product at the GFAF Expo last weekend. I know that is a product for young kids, but I love it! I am certain that kids of all ages will love this product. It definitely is not bland or boring. It is quite tasty. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = the worse and 10 = the best); I give this product a 10. Kids will definitely eat their veggies after trying this product. In addition to the great taste, this is a gluten free product and the shapes are fun!!!
The Gluten Free Eye can be found on YouTube! Search for the Gluten Free Eye Channel. Watch videos from the 2014 Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo. I will be posting products reviews and information about living a happy and healthy gluten free life style. Below are the links to the first 4 videos posted. I hope you enjoy. Remember to subscribe to my channel and thanks for your support!
Jac's Bakeshop and Bistro GFAF Expo 2014
Kelly LeDonni Gluten Free Labels GFAF Expo 2014
M.C. Nav Gluten Free My Recipe GFAF Expo 2014
Virtuous Living GFAF Expo 2014
#gfafexpo# On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = the worst & 10 = the best) Surf Sweets’ Fruity Hearts are a 10!!! I was introduced to this product at the Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo in New Jersey this weekend. I was amazed! This powerhouse sweet treat was part of my official blogger swag package and it left me wanting more. In addition to great taste, this product is gluten free, dairy free, casein free, and vegan. There are no artificial colors or flavors. To purchase this product and to review Surf Sweets’ full product line, visit: http://www.surfsweets.com/
#gfafexpo# I had an awesome time at the expo today. A special thanks to Schar’s for sponsoring me as an official blogger. I had the opportunity to speak with so many vendors. I sampled numerous products. There was a great mixture of vendors at the expo. Over the next couple of weeks I will be performing product reviews. Here is a short list of what I experienced today. Garden Lites has a great Cheddar Broccoli Bake. I ate tons of samples. Dole has a wonderful Carrot Ginger soup. San –J provided me with a Tamari Ginger Asian Dressing to sample and review. I had the opportunity to meet with a couple of local (NJ) vendors such as Get Fresh Bake House located in Fairfield, NJ and Hoboken Farms from northern NJ makes a terrific Marinara Sauce. This is a short list of the booths that I visited. There were 150 booths, so there is lots of information to share. A special thanks to Smart Flour Foods for inviting me to their booth. I loved their pizzas! I would also like to thank Ian’s for inviting me to their booth. They have a large variety of GF and allergen free products. I would also like to thank DF Mavens. Unfortunately they were out of samples at the time of my appointment, but I have been invited back on day 2 to sample their frozen desserts. Stay tuned for more updates on Facebook, Twitter and my blog on the 2014 GFAF Expo in NJ. I would also like to say hello to a fellow blogger that I met at today’s event. Hey Kristen Goppoek! Check out Kristen’s blog: gfgardenstate.blogspot.com
Come and explore with the gluten free eye!