Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Healthy Eats: Gypsy Stew

So the verdict is in: my small intestine biopsies have come back positive for gluten sensitivity.  Rats!  I can't emphasize what a bummer this is for me, seeing as I am a honey whole wheat bread fanatic and I LOVE to bake.  I am so much a better at baking than I am at cooking.  I have been experimenting with brown rice flour, but to be honest, it just is NOT the same as wheat: bread is not the same, pancakes aren't the same, muffins aren't the same.  *Sigh*

On the up-side of things,  I have really been picking up a few new recipes and dishes that don't require any gluten or flour or baking, and they are quite scrumptious.  So I thought I'd share, since I hope I'm not the only one who is starting out on this (painful) gluten-free journey.  (I do hope to someday start slowly adding gluten back into my diet, but we'll see....).

Here's recipe #1.  I mentioned the benefits of cinnamon in stabilizing blood sugar, so here's a savory, hearty, very healthy recipe that uses cinnamon.  I'll be honest: it's a different recipe, but in a yummy-yum kind of way. :)  Hope you enjoy!

Gypsy Stew

1 can garbanzo beans
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 c. frozen spinach
2 chicken breasts, cut and cubed
2 cans chicken broth
1 c. water
2 sweet potatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper
1 package frozen spinach, about 10-16 oz
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
8 dashes cayenne pepper
8 grinds fresh ground pepper

Add all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours (6 hours leaves the sweet potatoes soft, but still firm; 8 hours makes them a little mushy in my opinion).


  1. This stew sounds stupendous! Wish someone would make it for me! LOL

    Love the new blog look. :)

    And, what exactly is jimcama? Or did I misspell it? I have NEVER heard of it. Or mahi mahi? (I thought he was the fullback on BYU football a few years ago- or was that Mahu Tahi? LOL) C

  2. Jicama is a root. It is sweet and crunchy, but does not have much flavor. However, it is high in fiber and most grocery stores sell them in their produce section near the potatoes and yams.

    And Mahi-Mahi is a fish. If you aren't a "fish" person, I highly recommend it because it is one of the least "fishy"-tasting fish. So good! Try it out!