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Jul 14, 2010 09:03 PM

Gluten Free Casserole Ideas

My bf's mom is recovering from surgery and has Celiac. I want to make her some casseroles that can be frozen so she doesn't have to worry about cooking for a little bit. If you follow a gluten free diet, what are some of your favorite casserole recipes, and how would I go about freezing them? I do have access to a pretty good variety of gluten free specialty foods, including the gf cream of mushroom soup.

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  1. Hmm, I'm starting to think that maybe I should have left the words "gluten free" out of the headline, so I'll add some clarification. Basically I need casseroles that don't use pasta. Rice, quinoa, and potato based casseroles would be fine. I have a few ideas, but can always use more.

    1. I made a grilled vegetable "lasagna" this summer. I grilled eggplant, zucchini and red onion slices, then layered them with homemade marinara and ricotta, with lots of fresh herbs. It was delicious!

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      1. re: katecm

        That sounds like a delicious use for farmer's market veggies. How thin do you slice the veggies?

      2. Polenta lasagna - replace lasagna noodles with a couple of layers of cooked polenta with parm; layer with a ragu with or without ground meat, veggies, etc. layer with cheeses and bake.

        Mexican Tortilla strata - use corn tortillas (make sure they're gluten free), black beans, cooked shredded chicken, diced green chiles, sour cream, jack and cheddar cheeses; pass with salsa

        Shepherd's Pie - i don't use a thickener in my recipe, but cornstarch or garbanzo flour works

        Eggplant Parmesan - instead of flour, use cornmeal mixed with TVP to crust the eggplant; layer with tomatos, cheese, herbs, etc.

        Carrot-Cheese with Rice http://www.best-casserole-recipes.com...

        Paella done casserole style

        Quinoa - Lentil Casserole http://shellyfish.wordpress.com/2008/... (replace wheat germ with gluten free oat bran)

        1. There is brown rice pasta for those avoiding gluten. I make a gluten-free lasagne from time to time when I want to make a whole bunch of food to store in the freezer. I use Tinkyada brand lasagne noodles.


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          1. re: Miss Needle

            This is good news. I was afraid the rice pasta wouldn't freeze well, as I've been told that it tends to get mushy when it sits. Do you cook the lasagna noodles beforehand?

            1. re: justlauralibrarian

              Yes, I cook the noodles beforehand. The thing I've found out is that the directions on the TInkyada box are just plain wrong. The cooking time is way too long -- I just cook it until the pasta is not completely cooked (because the pasta will absorb the extra liquid from the sauce as it bakes, making it more flavorful). And with brown rice pasta, after boiling it in water you need to rinse it off (different from wheat pasta) so that it doesn't stick together. If you follow these precautions, brown rice pasta freezes beautifully.

          2. You should be able to make a nice cauliflower or broccoli (or a mix of both) casserole - cook the veggies of your choice, mash with some spices, maybe some fried onions, garlic, mushrooms - whatever your pleasure is - add some egg, some mayonnaise (works as a binder) and bake. Try it with zucchini as well. With zuc i like it in slices, with broc I like it with some bigger chunks, but I like to mash the cauliflower up pretty well - almost like mashed potatoes. Butternut squash or spaghetti squash with raisins is another yummy option