Gluten Free Mushroom Gravy


Versatile Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy

Versatile Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy


Makes 3½ cups

Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens


This flavorful gravy is great on just about anything savory, but it was tailor-made for my Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes and Meatloaf Meatballs (recipes to follow). Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 week in an airtight container. If it thins in storage, whisk in a little more cornstarch and heat to thicken. ALSO GREAT FOR THANKSGIVING.


½ cup minced yellow onion

2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely minced

¼ tsp dried thyme

1 pound sliced mushrooms

¼ tsp salt

4 cups allergen-free beef stock (look for allergen-free brand), divided

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté 1 minute, until starting to soften. Add garlic and thyme and sauté 30 seconds.

2. Reduce heat to medium, add mushrooms and salt. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have cooked down and are browned.

3. Add 3 cups beef stock and bring to a simmer. In a medium bowl, whisk remaining 1 cup beef stock with cornstarch and drizzle into pot while whisking.  Simmer on medium-low heat, stirring often, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

4. Whisk in parsley. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot.


Versatile Gluten-Free Mushroom Gravy  © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Grilled Tuscan Pork Loin



Grilled Tuscan Pork Loin


Makes 6 servings

Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens

Enjoy summer dining al fresco with this Italian-inspired entrée. It pairs beautifully with panzanella (recipe coming later this week), a fresh tomato, basil and bread salad that can be prepared on the barbecue, right alongside the pork, with your favorite crusty gluten-free loaf. Also great with my Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad or my Allergy-Friendly Focaccia and simple greens.



2 1 lb pork tenderloins

1½ tbsp minced garlic (5 or 6 cloves)

1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1½ tsp grated lemon zest

½ tsp rubbed sage

½ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)

¼ cup honey

1 tbsp kosher salt

few turns freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Rinse tenderloins and pat dry. Trim off silver membrane and place in a sealable 1-gallon plastic bag.

2. Combine garlic, rosemary, thyme, zest and sage in a small bowl. Whisk in lemon juice and honey until dissolved. Add salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Pour mixture into tenderloin bag. Squeeze out air and seal. Turn to ensure meat is well coated. Let marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or optimally overnight.

3. Remove pork from refrigerator. Heat grill on medium-high 10-15 minutes. Brush grates liberally with oil.

4. Pull tenderloins from marinade and place on preheated grill. Grill 4 minutes, lid closed, flip, grill 4 minutes, lid closed. Flip again, and grill 4 minutes, lid closed. Flip pork one more time, turn off heat, close lid and let rest on grill 6 minutes.

5. Transfer pork to a platter and let rest 5 minutes. Carve into ½-inch slices against the grain. It will be light pink in the center but well done on the ends. Serve with juices that have collected.

Grilled Tuscan Pork Loin © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad



Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad


Makes 6 servings

Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens

With sweet crunchy corn in peak-season, it’s readily available and at the height of its deliciousness. While fantastic simply steamed or boiled on the cob, corn is also wonderful grilled, and can take center stage as a featured ingredient in salads, salsas, and many other sides.  When shopping for fresh corn, look for green moist husks that cling tightly to the corn. To determine if it’s ripe, look for deep brown silk tips or ends — however, the whole silk should not be dried up — if it is, your corn is probably past its prime.  A sure-fire way to make sure your corn is fresh and ripe is to peel back the husk slightly, and check the top row of kernels for plumpness. Dried or shriveled corn is a no-go.  The ultimate test is to pierce a kernel with your fingernail. If it’s milky, your corn is just right.

This flavorful fresh Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad is a perfect accompaniment to any summer meal.  Try it with my Carne Asada, for a flavor-full fiesta!


1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chili powder

¼ cup + 2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice (3 limes)

¼ cup + 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing

salt and black pepper, to taste

6 ears corn, husks and silks removed and halved

½ cup finely diced red onion

1 red bell pepper, diced

⅓ cup chopped, loosely-packed cilantro leaves

2 ripe, firm avocados, diced


1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, cumin and chili powder. Whisk in lime juice. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to emulsify. Add pinch of salt and dash of pepper.

2. Heat grill to high. Liberally brush corn with olive oil and lightly season all sides with salt and pepper. Grill with lid closed 10-12 minutes, turning every few minutes, until slightly charred on all sides.

3. Transfer corn to cutting board. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut off kernels. Place kernels in a large bowl and stir in onion, bell pepper and dressing. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro and avocado and toss gently to combine.

4. Serve immediately or cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad  © 2014 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine