RICE CRUST VEGETARIAN PIE – Gluten Free adaptable

If you substitute GF plain flour for ordinary plain flour in this recipe you have a pie that works equally well for Vegetarians and Gluten Free eaters. Finding a good pie base that is GF can be a bit of a challenge and while this has a vegetable filling there’s no reason why some bacon or chicken couldn’t be added. The rice crust makes a good alternative to a flour based crust.

GUACAMOLE

Guacamole is a fairly common dip these days, but back in the mid 70s when I first tried it it was much more exotic. My sister-in-law and her partner loved to cook middle-eastern food and were much more adventurous with their eating than we were. Avocados were around, but they were pricey, so when they made this Mexican dip it was quite something for us to try. With the prices of avocados at an all time low at the moment I thought it was a good time to share this recipe which was published by the Woman’s Day in the 90s. It’s got a few more ingredients in it than the 70s version and I really like the suggestions for using it that they added.

CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM RICE LASAGNE – Gluten Free

I haven’t tried this rice lasagne, although I have made a chicken lasagne both with standard lasagne sheets and with Gluten Free ones. My original recipe uses plain flour like this recipe, but I simply substituted GF plain flour which worked fine. To be totally honest I’m not sure how close to lasagne this rice one would turn out, maybe it would be more a rice slice. I think you’d have to careful you didn’t overcook the rice or it could be quite soggy. Even so it’s probably worth a try.

WARM CABBAGE TOSS – WARM COLESLAW

This recipe was published by the Women’s Weekly in 1993 with the heading ‘Budget Beaters Under $5’. I haven’t worked it out, but I’m guessing it would cost a bit more to make now, almost 30 years later. With the price of iceberg lettuces around $12 each at the moment, it could be a good substitute for a green salad and also something warm during winter to go with a grill.