This recipe was literally born of my desire to make use of a large amount of Garam Masala spice we had in the cupboard, not to mention I love Indian inspired flavors!
I had just a few ingredients to make use of and I gave it shot, but my husband only tolerates cabbage because they are not mushrooms, which he dislikes more, and if I could win him over I knew it would be blog-worthy!
He LOVED it!
And, with 9 humans to cook for every single meal, I love anything that will help me do that quickly, and with one pan. This recipe ticks all the boxes in the Treehouse.
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder, we like to buy our spice from here.
2 teaspoons Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
Cook Ground Meat and drain fat, and add spices. Cook a few minutes.
Cut cabbage to your preference, I diced mine because of toddlers and early eaters
Add cut cabbage to the pan, and let cook down a few minutes.
Add your can of coconut milk, you can use another creamy liquid but coconut is a traditional curry addition.
**This recipe can be configured to fit into all fuel types if you are following the Trim Healthy mama plan.
*S- Full fat ground meat of your choice and full fat coconut milk (half and half or heavy cream if you don’t like coconut). Serve with buttered non-starchy veggies like Southern Style Green Beans.
*E-96% or better ground meat (or rinse your meat under VERY hot water, drain and repeat until you get the most fat off possible), plus lite coconut milk or other Dairy free nut/seed milk. Serve with Brown Rice or Quinoa.
*Fuel Pull- Extra Lean ground meat ,or rinsed meat like for an E meal, and lite coconut milk or nut milk. Serve with non-starchy Veggies or over greens.
I found multiple ideas for starters, and settled on one here because I had initially gone looking for ones that would pair well with my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle as well as our need to be completely gluten free for our kids. I also sell dried bits of my mature starter, named “Brice” (brown rice) through this link.
I liked her idea in the blog post, but It took 10 days for my starter to fully activate, and that was only after I had started making some changes to my methods.
I quit using the scale.
I also needed a larger amount of starter, because we are a family of 9, so I was not discarding anything to build my supply.
I felt the starter was too thick based on previous experience with wheat ingredients, and I just began to eye-ball it. My preferred consistency is like pancake batter, and this proved to be optimal for my gluten free starter as well.
I came across a comment on another sourdough starter recipe that mentioned feeding the starter half of the amount of its volume every day for optimal happy fermenting action, so I increased the amount or decreased it by the day. Again, eyeballing it, knowing that my vessel is 8 cups total.
All of these changes have created a bubbly counter top friend that helps me look like mother of the year to my children, who have not had this much “bread” in many years.
If you are looking to create a Gluten Free Sourdough Starter, please join the waiting list for my next workshop here!
The Perfect Gluten Free Loaf
I had also used my Pinterest account to collect ideas for my new counter top friend in anticipation of the day it was mature enough to use.
I tried this recipe that was proclaimed to be Trim Healthy Mama compatible, and we liked it, but it was very dense with a very tough crust, possibly user error but we moved on to the next recipe just in case.
The next recipe I found has become our favorite to date, and you can find it here. You can also find my Gluten Free Baking Flour Blend for this recipe, just click the linked words.
Here are some extra things I learned that helped the loaves successful.
One batch of this recipe fits perfectly into two size small Silicone Challah pans. I do a lot of our breads in these pans due to their easy-release nature with gluten free ingredients.
I cook it for 40 minutes inside the silicone pans, and then for another 40-45 minutes flipped right-side up on a baking sheet to evenly bake them.
Let cool completely before you cut into them.
Getting My Groove
As with any new skill you want to build upon it as you become more comfortable.
By two weeks of practice, and working out my feeding schedule for my counter top friend, I had decided to branch out into Crackers, English Muffins and Banana Bread.
My feeding schedule is…..
**1 cup of brown rice flour and roughly equal parts of untreated water, mixed to a pancake batter consistency and added to my half-gallon glass mason jar twice a day. But, as mentioned above, I will eyeball the volume and vary the amounts as needed.
**If it is trying to jump out of the jar I transfer the amount I need to make my next creation into a bowl and add ingredients according to the recipe instructions and let it do its thing overnight so it is ready to bake the following day.
I am making about 3 gluten free sourdough creations every week, trying very hard to keep them as close to an E meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan as possible.
You can find my highlights about this on Instagram too, along with any of the sourdough creations I have done recently.
We are fortunate in the Treehouse, both of our children with Celiac Disease tolerate certified gluten free oats without a problem. While they are still not as cheap as the regular type, they provide us with a frugal breakfast for our large family.
I actually consider this grain a ninja in the gluten free pantry. If you can tolerate it, don’t leave the store without it!
1/8 teaspoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder (or your preferred sweetener to taste), optional
1/4 Cup Applesauce
Mix all ingredients together, except applesauce, and cook on High in a small pot, stirring frequently until thickened. Pour into your bowl an top with 1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix together, or grab a small dab of applesauce with each bite.
*I have made this without sweetener and it is still sweet enough due to the applesauce.
This is a single serve recipe and is an E meal on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan.
I got the bones for this recipe from a blog, “Counting All Joy”, that used to be around when I began following the Trim Healthy Plan to feed my family but seems to have been shut down now, so I adapted it from memory.
We were gluten free and dairy free at that time, so anything I found that could possibly fit the restrictions we had, and felt like dessert, we were going to try it!
As the phonetic sound of the name implies…this is a “Good E” meal or snack on this plan…I know, funny name right, I thought so too?
It seems sad to call it a recipe when it’s just a pour or two here and then throw in a spoon, but I must share this!