Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, 30 Minute Meal

       Since my doctor put me on a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet, people have been asking me, "What's left to eat?"  (Also, I'm not supposed to have potatoes or corn.)  I will share with you a meal of comfort food which I like to make on a weeknight because it only takes 30 minutes to make.  If any of you out there have these crazy diet restrictions like me, I hope this helps you out.

"Fauxtatoes"  (Faux mashed potatoes) and Turkey Patties:

      First, cut up a head of cauliflower and boil it in water for about 20 minutes.  While it is boiling, take 1 lb. of ground turkey meat and mix it with a finely diced shallot, a chopped clove of garlic, and one rib of celery.  (The shallot and celery provide moisture and prevent the turkey patty from getting too dry.)  Also, mix in some gluten-free Tamari, about 1 tsp.  (note:  Tamari is a specially-brewed soy sauce.  You can use regular gluten-free soy sauce, but it won't have the same awesome flavor.  The Tamari does two things:  First, it adds salt (and a delicious flavor).  Second, it turns the patties a lovely brown color which makes them look much more appetizing.)  Shape turkey mixture into 4 patties and fry in some olive oil.  Cover the pan and cook for about 20 minutes or so, until cooked through.  I always put a little more Tamari on top as they're cooking. 
       By this time, the cauliflower should be cooked.  Strain the cauliflower pieces, and put them in a food processor (using the puree blade).  Add a dash of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.  Puree until smooth.  Add some chopped green onion if you like.  (I do.)  If you want to get fancy, you could add some soy cheese and/or turkey bacon.  I won't lie and say that it tastes exactly like mashed potatoes, but you can fool yourself into feeling like you're eating them.  My husband, who hates cauliflower, loves this recipe!
Serve a scoop of fauxtatoes alongside a turkey patty.  Serves 4.


  1. The faux potatoes actually look pretty good

  2. They are surprisingly good for being mostly cauliflower. When you haven't had potatoes in a while, it feels like a sinful treat!

  3. I don't know if you can have celery root because it is pretty starchy, but I think it tastes great when mashed. A lot like potatoes, but with more flavor.

  4. Never tried celery root, but now I'm intrigued. Maybe I'll try it this week.

  5. I'm a fan of the faux-tatoes!

    I should go sugar-free too, but the last time I tried it, I had an uncontrollable crying jag and had to go home from work it was so bad.

  6. We are in similar situations. I'm allergic to dairy, eggs and red meat, while my husband is allergic to gluten. While I can find recipes without these items, it takes time. I miss the days of lasagne, mac & cheese, and other comfort foods.

    I also have a food blog - www.imnotvegan.com.