Blender Gazpacho

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Blender Gazpacho

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

Serves: about 6 side-dish servings

Some summer days call for a cold, refreshing vegetable soup. Here’s a Comfortable Comfort Foods version of an old favorite. Garnish with a sprig of parsley if you like, or sliced hard-boiled eggs if you can digest them. Or both. Super easy!

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Lemon-Roasted Chicken

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Lemon-Roasted Chicken

Gluten-free, very low lactose, FODMAP friendly

There’s a secret to this recipe’s pungency: instead of using just lemon juice and zest (the thin, yellow skin), you grind half a lemon in your blender or food processor—even the white rind, though not the seeds—and add it to the juice of a whole lemon. Pow!

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Hamburger Buns

hamburger buns

Hamburger Buns

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

These gluten-free buns won’t disintegrate before you finish eating your burger. Before you bake them, decide whether you really care if they’re perfectly round (do you use pre-made patties??). If roundness is vital, hurry to your gourmet or hardware store for some English muffin rings – or something else that will help the rising buns retain their shape. Tuna cans will work, if you want your sandwiches slider-size and if you can remove the tops and bottoms from the cans.

Obviously, this batch turned out amusingly non-circular.

This recipe is adapted from Bette Hagman’s excellent reference-and-recipe book, The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread. I still haven’t been able to improve on Bette’s pizza crust recipe, which is why you haven’t seen it on Comfortable Comfort Foods.

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Oven-Baked Lamb Ribs

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Oven-Baked Lamb Ribs

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

It’s been a long time since I could eat pork, and when I spotted a pack of lamb ribs at the grocery store, I couldn’t resist. Since I keep several jars of Safe BBQ Sauce in my freezer, this method took some time but very little work. I bet it would be wonderful with pork ribs, too.

Serves two generously.

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Chicken Salad with Crispy Rice Noodles

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Chicken Salad with Crispy Rice Noodles

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

Not a standard comfort food in my part of the US, but a refreshing break from the ordinary. My grandmother’s caregiver from the Philippines made this salad with shredded raw cabbage and raw, pulverized ramen noodles. Grandma loved it, and so did we. Here’s a new version.

Serves two.

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Gluten-free, lactose-free, FODMAP friendly

This recipe lets you improvise. You can use beef, bison, elk, venison, or other game meat, because slow cooking will tenderize it. Fresh tomatoes can be substituted for all or part of the canned tomatoes, if you have a plethora (lucky you!). Some folks might like to add a bay leaf. In a hurry? Try substituting about 1½ cups of safe ketchup and ¼ cup dry red wine for the sauce ingredients.

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