Chickpea and Red Pepper Paprika

Chickpea and Red Pepper Paprika
This Wednesday, January the 18th, is Global Pulse Day and I have been thinking about pulses! (Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family including chickpeas!) The other day I was enjoying a roasted red pepper sauce with paprika (aka romesco sauce) and naturally the two ideas combined and then I was thinking that a chickpea stew in a roasted red pepper and paprika sauce would be the perfect way to enjoy them both! Naturally the first thing that came to mind when thinking about a sauce with paprika in it was beef stroganoff and so I was on my to a tasty sauce with the addition of sour cream. I filled the stew out with fresh red bell peppers and I seasoned it with garlic and some turmeric before adding a bit of tahini to make it even creamier! I added some umami flavour with the addition of fish sauce and white miso paste and these are both completely optional if you don;t have access to them. The resulting chickpea and red pepper paprika was super tasty, light and healthy and I served it over a bed of quinoa making for a super nutritious and satisfying meal! What a great way to celebrate Global Pulse Day!

Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes

Update: Jan 15, 2017 - It's January I was thinking that it's the perfect time to update my collection of the most popular gluten-free recipes! I've added a lot of new gluten-free recipes since the original post and I have now added to the roundup!

One of the most commonly requested features on Closet Cooking these days has been gluten-free recipes and an easy way of accessing them. As it turns out, I have quite a few recipes that are gluten-free, more than 700, and there are even more that can easily be made gluten-free! I have spent the last few weeks labelling/tagging/categorizing and pinning all of my gluten-free recipes so that they can be more easily found and used! While I was going through all of the gluten-free recipes I took the opportunity to roundup the 50 most popular ones, which you can find below, and it is a tasty collection recipes! That's enough rambling, on to the gluten free recipes!

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All Gluten-free Recipes
Gluten-free Mains
Gluten-free Sides
Gluten-free Appetizers
Gluten-free Breakfasts
Gluten-free Salads
Gluten-free Soups

Alphabetically by name: Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes Pinboard

Mediterranean Omelette

Mediterranean Omelette
Today I have some quick, easy and tasty Mediterranean omelettes for you! It's hard to beat eggs and omelettes in particular for a breakfast that's a little more than throwing something into the toaster or microwave and running but it's still easy and satisfying! These omelettes are packed with simple and yet tasty Mediterranean style ingredients including tomatoes, olives, artichokes, feta and a roasted red pepper sauce! You'll certainly remember how to appreciate breakfast again with these light and fluffy Mediterranean omelettes!

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore
Today I have a simple and tasty recipe for you, chicken cacciatore aka. Italian hunter style chicken stew. This is basically a chicken and tomato stew where the chicken is browned and set aside before cooking the vegetables, typically onions, pepper and mushrooms before the tomatoes and chicken are added and everything is simmered or braised until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is nice and tender. You can serve this chicken stew by itself, with crusty bread, over pasta or rice, etc. and no matter how you enjoy it it's pure comfort food in a bowl!

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs
With the chilly weather the last few days I was craving some comfort food and it's hard to beat these Swedish meatballs! You really can't go wrong with easy to make balls of meat smothered in a tasty gravy! I like to start these beef meatballs off with bacon, yes, bacon! It adds an amazing smoky flavour to the meatballs and you use the bacon dripping to cook the onions in addition to the actual bacon! The meatballs are made with a base of ground beef along with the standard egg and breadbcrumbs to hold them together and they are further flavoured with garlic, Worcestershire sauce and an assortment of spices. The gravy that the meatballs are served in are made with the drippings from the meatballs after they have been browned in a pan along with butter and beef broth so its a nice and simple gravy but it's also just packed with flavour! I like to serve these Swedish meatballs over buttered egg noodles, or rice, or quinoa, etc.

Low-carb Recipes

Low-carb Recipes

Update (Jan 8 2017): The beginning of the year is the perfect time to update this collection of Low-carb recipes with all of the amazing new ones since it was originally published a year and a half ago!

Due to popular demand I have made it easier to find all of the low-carb recipes on Closet Cooking! I went through all of my recipes and labeled/tagged the low carb ones so that you can easily identify which recipes are low carb and search for them in various ways. As it turns out I have shared quite a few low carb recipes, almost 500, ranging from mains to sides, appetizers/snacks, soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. Once I had identified all of the low-carb recipes it seemed only natural to share the most popular ones in a roundup and you can find them below!

You can access the low-carb recipes by:

With full photos by published date:
All Low-carb Recipes
Low-carb Mains
Low-carb Sides
Low-carb Appetizers
Low-carb Breakfasts
Low-carb Salads
Low-carb Soups

Alphabetically by name: Low-carb Recipes

Low-carb Recipes Pinboard

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Romesco Sauce

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Romesco Sauce
Today I have some light and healthy Mediterranean quinoa bowls with romesco sauce! The romesco is a simple and tasty roasted red pepper sauce with almonds, garlic, lemon and smoky paprika and it goes perfectly in this Mediterranean quinoa salad. The rest of these bowls are Mediterranean ingredients including, tomato, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese, artichoke hearts and avocado. This quinoa bowl is inspired by burrito bowls but with Mediterranean flavours instead of Mexican and just like a burrito bowl you can change the ingredients up and use your favourites! No matter how you fix these Mediterranean quinoa bowls with romesco sauce they are a tasty and healthy way to start off the new year!

Blackened Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Blackened Salmon with Avocado Salsa
Today I have a super quick, easy and tasty meal for you, a blackened salmon with avocado salsa. This recipe could not be simpler, you just season the salmon with a cajun seasoning and then pan fry it until crispy and serve it topped with a cool and creamy avocado salsa. The cajun seasoning is full of flavour and includes a spicy heat that goes perfectly with the buttery salmon and the fresh avocado salsa. The salmon is pan fried at high heat in a skillet until the skin and outside is nice and crispy and the inside remains nice and moist and tender. The avocado salsa goes amazingly well with the blackened salmon and I sometimes like to change things up a bit by serving it with an avocado and cucumber salsa where the crispy and juicy cucumber adds an amazing texture to everything. This blackened salmon with avocado salsa is the perfect quick, light and tasty meal to kick off the New Year!

Tom Yum Goong Soup (Thai Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)

Tom Yum Goong (Thai Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)
With all of the good food over the holidays I want to eat a little lighter these days and with the cool weather I was thinking that it was the perfect time to make some of my favourite soup, this tom yum goong soup, aka Thai style hot and sour shrimp soup. At it's base this soup consists of the hot and sour broth along with plenty of shrimp! The heat in the soup comes from chilies and/or chili sauce/paste and the sour comes from fresh lime juice and in typical Thai fashion these are balanced and contrasted by saltiness from fish sauce and sweetness from palm sugar. The soup is further flavoured with shallots, lemongrass, lime leaves and galangal (or ginger) which when combined with the fresh cilantro and green onion garnish makes this soup super fresh and bright! You can of course change things up by adding extras like mushrooms, vegetables, noodles, coconut milk, etc. as desired! This bright thai hot and sour shrimp soup is perfect for chilly grey days!