Rebar Caesar Salad With Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Sometimes it gets incredibly boring making dinner, right? Over the summer, Sean told me how I was slipping. Not the kind of words you want to hear when you are one who likes to take dinner, or any meal at that, seriously. Was I slipping? Not really. What is wrong with protein shakes and cereal? Ok, ok,  I was super BORED!  I admit it and yes, dinners were kind of the last thing I was really thinking about. Last week, however, I was able to visit my favorite restaurant in Victoria, Rebar. Inspiration has once again come forth. I love Rebar and my Rebar cookbook. It has been sitting on the shelf way too long. So here we go. Here is a new staple dinner for us. So long protein shakes and cereal, we will just be seeing in the morning now.

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Rebar Caesar Salad

(inspired by Rebar)

Ingredients:

1 bulb roasted garlic (see below)
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp capers
1 Tbsp caper juice
1 1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp cracked pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil (I used less)
extra Parmesan cheese for garnish

How To Play:
Combine all of the ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor and blend. Add olive oil in a slow, thin stream. Correct seasoning to taste.
Serve, toss the dressing with washed , dried and torn romaine lettuce, or any one you fancy, add fresh croutons, garnished with Parmesan, fresh cracked pepper and lemon wedges.

Whole Roasted Roasted Garlic:

Ingredients:
2 garlic bulbs
2 tsp olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of cracked pepper

How To Play:
Preheat oven to 400. Using a sharp knife, slice the top off the garlic bulb, just enough to expose the tops of the garlic flesh. Center each bulb on a square piece of aluminium foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the bulbs securely and pop them into the oven.
After 45 minutes, test the bulbs by slipping the sharp point of a paring knife into one of the cloves. If is slides effortlessly or the bulbs are starting to poke out of their skins, then the garlic is ready to serve.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets:

Ingredients:
Boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in chunks
1 cup brown rice GF cereal, blended finely
dash or two of paprika
2-3 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
salt and cracked pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp Flax Meal
1/4 cup almond milk
Grapeseed oil for frying

How To Play:
Make the crumb coating by mixing blended cereal, spices, and parsley and cheese, place in bowl. In separate bowl, combine flax and almond milk, stir and let sit for a few minutes. Dip raw chicken pieces in flax “eggs” and then dip into crumbs. Place on a heated skillet and fry away until no longer pink in the center.

Enjoy!

Homemade BBQ Sauce


What do you do when you are going to have a BBQ and realize you have no sauce in the fridge or cupboards? Why, you make your own, of course. I have made this before, so it is kind of like cheating to some degrees, I had all the ingredients. It is a bit of a process, but it beats the preservatives and fake things that go in most BBQ sauces.

Homemade BBQ Sauce:

(From Rebar)

Ingredients:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
4 all spice berries
4 cardamom pods
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp chipotle puree (I don’t like smokey flavor, so I didn’t add this)
1 196ml can of tomato paste
1 bottle of dark beer

How To Play:
Combine vinegar and whole spices in a small pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half (15 minutes). Strain out the solids and cool.  Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet and saute the onion until golden, adding garlic halfway through.  Sprinkle sugar into the pan and when it melts, add all of the remaining ingredients, including the vinegar.  Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and glossy.  Season to taste.  Cool and puree the sauce until smooth. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.


Enjoy.