So, to keep myself from jumping off the proverbial bridge, I got busy in the kitchen. And I'm going to start sharing my recipes here, from time to time, in an effort to prevent my other allergic friends from also jumping off the bridge. And since there is a good chance my kids will inherit my wonky genes and eventually find themselves face to face with the limited and tasteless world of allergies, they can use this as a reference.
Gluten-Free Potato Chicken and Dumpling Soup
8 cups organic chicken broth. (If you're concerned about allergies, make sure the broth is simple, made only with water, herbs, and chicken. Say NO to MSG, yeast extract, and any other nasty preservative that might have a lurking allergen.) Kitchen Basics is divine, and you can pick it up at any grocery store.
1 1/2 cup water
1 bunch of fresh flat-leaved parsley
2 Tbsp salt (obviously you can leave this out or add more to taste)
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
2-3 raw chicken breasts
1 1/2 cup Almond milk (of course you can use regular milk if you don't have issues with dairy.)
1 Tbsp butter
5 large carrot sticks
5 celery stalks
1 box of German potato dumplings. You can find them in the German/Ethnic section of any grocery store. Make sure and look at the ingredient list to verify that your store's brand is GF. I use Kartofelland Potato Dumplings and I have seen them at Target, Wal-Mart, and World Market.
If you aren't concerned about gluten, a yummy dumpling consists of
Bring the milk and butter to a boil, add salt. Remove from heat and immediately add flour stirring until dough leaves the sides of the pan. Incorporate the eggs, 1 at a time, forming a sticky dough. Add spoon sized balls of dumpling dough and simmer until dumplings rise.
Directions for GF Recipe
Add broth, water, chicken, salt and pepper, garlic salt, onion salt, and butter to a large stock pot. Add chopped carrots, celery, and parsley and let simmer until the ingredients are soft and chicken is cooked. Remove chicken, cut into cubes, and return to pot. Add the almond milk. Drop dumplings into the soup and simmer for 15 minutes.
Nothing to it. Enjoy and stay warm!