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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pasta Salad With Horseradish Dressing

Part of my cultural background is Polish, and I love it when my mother cooks Kielbasa sausage on a weekend morning.  So why not have it for lunch or dinner, too?  This is a spicy pasta salad that combines the classic summer flavors of sausage, peppers, and onion.  Hope you enjoy, as I have been this week!

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pasta Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Pieces:

  1. one kielbasa sausage link
  2. one read pepper
  3. one yellow pepper
  4. one half of a sweet onion
  5. 2 tbsp. olive oil for sauteing
  6. your favorite gluten free pasta (I used one half of a box/bag)
  7. 2 tbsp. olive oil for the dressing
  8. 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  9. 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  10. 2 tsp. dried thyme
  11. 3 tbsp. horseradish mustard (or 1 tbsp. horseradish and 2 tsp. Dijon mustard)
  12. 1 tsp. honey
  13. 3 tsbp. chopped parsley
  14. salt and pepper

 

Process:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Chop the peppers and onions into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a large sauté pan, sauté the peppers and onions in olive oil and salt and pepper until cooked (not crisp anymore).
  4. Cut the kielbasa lengthwise down the middle and then into bite sized pieces.
  5. In another large sauté pan, cook the kielbasa until cooked through and a little charred around the edges. (I didn’t use oil because the kielbasa has fat on it that should help it to sauté nicely)
  6. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and drained pasta, peppers, onions, and kielbasa.
  7. To make the dressing, put the olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon pepper, thyme, mustard, and honey in a dressing shaker or bowl and shake/stir to combine.
  8. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and stir to combine.
  9. Dress with chopped parsley.
  10. Enjoy hot or cold!

sausage pepper onion pasta salad

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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

And here comes another home cooked side straight from my mother’s kitchen!  Beets are one of my all time favorite foods (not just vegetables… foods) and I am always looking for different ways to eat them.  Here, my mom has adapted a salad from a cookbook, adding her own flavors and zings.  Enjoy!

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese (adapted from “Cod and Country” by Barton Seaver)

Pieces:

  1. 2 lbs. red or golden beets, stems and greens removed
  2. Salt
  3. Lettuce leaves of your choice, about 1/4 head
  4. 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves
  5. 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and very thinly sliced
  6. 2 bunches scallions, thinly sliced
  7. 2 Tablespoons Chile Oil or Citrus Oil (recipes follow)
  8. Juice of one lemon
  9. 6 oz goat cheese of your choice 

 

Process:

  1. In heavily salted water, simmer the beets whole until soft, about 35 minutes.  
  2. Drain the beets.  
  3. While the beets are still fairly warm and using paper towels, gently rub the skins off the beets.  
  4. Slice the beets into 1/2 inch rounds and arrange over lettuce leaves.  
  5. Scatter parsley leaves, apple slices and scallions over top.  
  6. Drizzle with Chile or Citrus Oil.  
  7. Drizzle with lemon juice and crumble goat cheese over all before serving.
Citrus Oil 
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Zest of one lemon, removed in large strips with a vegetable peeler
Zest of one orange, removed in large strips with a vegetable peeler
1 bay leaf 
In small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  When oil reaches simmering point, remove 
from heat and add zests and bay leaf.  Let steep overnight in refrigerator in covered container.  About a half-hour before using, remove from refrigerator and remove the zests and bay leaf.  (The oil will keep in refrigerator, tightly covered, for about two weeks for future use.  Again let stand at room temperature for half-hour before using.)
Chile Oil 
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon red chile flakes
In small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  When oil reaches simmering point, remove from heat and add spices.  When cool, stir and transfer to airtight covered container and let steep 24 hours at room temperature before use.  (The oil will keep at room temperature, tightly covered, for about two weeks for future use.)
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Lemon Pepper Chicken over Pea Risotto

When I feel like something hearty for dinner, I tend to think of rice and pasta.  Risotto is a great alternative to pasta and is gluten free because it is really a rice.  And, you can come up with so many different variations!  This week, I sautéed a lemon pepper chicken breast and put it over risotto mixed with peas and lemon zest.  It was a great hearty winter meal, and gave great leftovers.

Lemon Pepper Chicken over Pea Risotto

Pieces:

  1. 1 cup risotto rice, cooked according to package directions
  2. 3 cups gluten free chicken broth
  3. 2 tbsp. minced shallots
  4. 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  5. 2 cups frozen peas
  6. 2 tbsp. lemon zest
  7. 2 chicken breasts
  8. 2 more tbsp. vegan butter
  9. 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  10. one half cup white wine
  11. 3 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  12. 1 tbsp. lemon pepper
  13. pinch of sea salt
  14. a pinch more fresh parsley and lemon zest for garnish

Process:

  1. In a large pan, combine the vegan butter and minced shallot.  Saute for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the risotto rice and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. According to package directions, slowly add the gluten free chicken broth, one half cup at a time, continuing to stir until all of the broth has been absorbed by the rice.
  4. When the risotto rice has just a few minutes left to cook, add the frozen peas and lemon zest.  Continue to stir until done.
  5. While the risotto is cooking, put the chicken breasts in another sauté pan with 2 tbsp. vegan butter.  Saute each side for 2 minutes, just until each side is browned.
  6. Add the lemon juice, white wine, parsley, lemon pepper, and salt.  Cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.  If you notice the chicken starting to get dry, add more wine or gluten free chicken broth
  7. Serve chicken over lemon pea risotto, garnish with fresh parsley and lemon zest and enjoy!

leom pea risotto

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Hurricane Stew

While the winds were whipping and the rain was coming down, I couldn’t think of a better meal than homemade beef stew.  It was warm, cozy, and smelled delicious as it cooked in the crockpot all day, while I kept my fingers crossed that the power wouldn’t go out!

Hurricane Stew

Pieces:

  1. 1 lb. beef tenderloin, cut into one inch cubes
  2. 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
  3. 3 cups baby carrots
  4. 4 celery stalks, cut into small pieces
  5. 1 lb. fingerling potatoes, cut into one inch cubes
  6. 2 apples, peeled and cut into one inch cubes
  7. one quarter cup chopped parsley
  8. one quarter cup chopped rosemary
  9. 1 cup red wine
  10. one half cup apple cider vinegar

Process:

  1. Layer all ingredients in a crockpot.
  2. Cook on high heat for 4.5 hours.
  3. Stir every hour to mix the ingredients.
  4. Serve hot.

 

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Drunken Grilled Chicken

As summer winds down and the air gets colder, I am still trying to grill as much as I can… with a sweatshirt on.  This weekend, I made Drunken Grilled Chicken, where the chicken literally sat in wine all day.  Yum!  It was a fresh, light, and flavorful marinade… perfect for the end of summer.

Drunken Grilled Chicken

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. one quarter cup white wine vinegar
  3. one half cup dry white wine
  4. 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  5. one quarter cup fresh parsley
  6. 2 tsp. dried oregano
  7. 4 lemon slices
  8. one half tsp. cumin
  9. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Make sure the chicken is sitting well under the liquid, and not much chicken is exposed… really get it dunked with the herbs and lemon slices sitting on top.
  2. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  3. Transfer the chicken breasts, lemon slices, and herb stems onto a large piece of aluminum foil.  Fold the foil up so that the chicken is covered, and in a loose package.
  4. Turn on the grill to medium heat.  Place the foil package onto the grill, and let the chicken steam in the foil for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Take the chicken out of the foil, remove the herb stems and lemon slices, and let the chicken finish cooking on the grill grates.  This way, it will be juicy and still have those nice grill marks.
  6. Serve hot.

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Potato, Leek, and Fennel Casserole

Potatoes are easy to work with, and easy to mold into different side dishes with various flavors.  Here is a basic casserole that adds the unique flavors of leeks and fennel.  A great side dish to any hearty meal!

Potato, Leek, and Fennel Casserole

Pieces:

  1. 3 tbsp. vegan butter
  2. 3 leeks, the white parts sliced and rinsed
  3. 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  4. 5 russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  5. 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
  6. 1 cup white wine
  7. 2 tsp. chopped parsley
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. 3 tsp. parmesan cheese or dairy free equivalent

Process:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saute pan.
  2. Add the leeks and fennel and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes, chicken stock, white wine, parsley, and salt and pepper.  Continue to saute another 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a deep oven safe dish and bake another 60 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Serve hot, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Spring Rolls

Inspired by gluten free rice products found in Asian cuisine, I took on the challenge of making Spring Rolls in rice wrappers.  I made them with veggies, although putting grilled chicken in them would be just as good.  I think I got the basic wrap down, but it will definitely take more practice to master.  Those rice wrappers are tough!  Overall, the flavor was really delicious… I think it was a combination of all the ingredients an totally worth it!  I will definitely make these again.

Spring Rolls

Pieces:

  1. rice wrappers (I found them at a local Asian market)
  2. one yellow pepper, chopped into long thin strips
  3. one orange pepper, chopped into long thin strips
  4. one cucumber, peeled and chopped into long thin strips
  5. one cup frozen corn, defrosted
  6. one cup frozen edamame beans, defrosted
  7. half of an avocado, cut into pieces
  8. half of a cup of gluten free soy sauce
  9. juice of one orange
  10. juice of one lemon
  11. juice of one lime
  12. 1 tbsp. ginger
  13. 1 tsp. cumin
  14. 2 tbsp. chopped basil
  15. 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  16. 2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Process:

  1. Chop the peppers, cucumber, avocado, and defrost the corn and edamame.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, and cumin.
  3. Chop the basil, cilantro, and parsley and set aside.
  4. Fill a large saute pan with warm water.
  5. Dip each rice wrapper in the water for 13 seconds (the magic number!) and place on a plate.  Pat dry with a paper towel.
  6. At the bottom edge of the wrapper, place the peppers, cucumber, avocado, corn, and edamame.  Sprinkle with chopped herbs.  Drizzle one teaspoon of sauce over the mixture.
  7. Fold in the sides of the wrapper, then wrap up like a burrito.
  8. Eat as is, or dip in more sauce.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Honey Orange Chicken with Goat Cheese Peas

I have a tendency to buy too much food at the supermarket… sometimes I have visions of meals that just never get made or sometimes I buy items that are on sale.  I decided to make dinner this week with what was already in my fridge.  I found some goat cheese, chicken tenders, an orange, and some almonds.  Random ingredients, but perfect for Honey Orange Chicken with a side of Goat Cheese Peas.  I was stunned at how quick and easy it was to make!

Honey Orange Chicken

Pieces:

  1. one package of chicken tenders, about 1 pound
  2. juice of one orange
  3. 3 tbsp. honey
  4. 1 tsp. nutmeg
  5. 2 tsp. parsley flakes
  6. 2 tsp. lemon pepper
  7. 2 tsp. “camp mix”- a blend of garlic salt, pepper, and celery seed

Process:

  1. In a greased cast iron skillet, put the chicken tenders over medium heat.
  2. Smother them with half of the orange juice and half of the honey.
  3. Sprinkle half of the seasonings on top.
  4. After about 4 minutes, turn the chicken tenders over and smother them with the other half of the juice, honey, and seasonings.
  5. After another 4 minutes, flip one more time and let cook until cooked through.

(Afterwards, I also thought you could serve with some craisins on top!)

Goat Cheese Peas

Pieces:

  1. one bag of frozen peas
  2. one quarter cup of water
  3. one half cup sliced almonds
  4. 3 tbsp. goat cheese
  5. 1 tsp. parsley flakes

Process:

  1. In a large sauce pan, pour the peas and water.
  2. Cover and cook over medium heat until they are tender, about 10 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook them.
  3. While the peas are cooking, spread the almonds over a saute pan.
  4. Heat the almonds on low heat for about 4 minutes, just until they toast.  Be careful they don’t burn.
  5. Toss the peas with the almonds.
  6. Serve with the goat cheese and parsley on top.

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Tarragon Potato Salad

I am visiting with my parents this week, and in addition to loving the warm weather, I have been loving my mom’s cooking.  She is such a fabulous cook, and I learn so much when I am with her!  This week she made Tarragon Potato Salad to go with grilled steak tips.  The potato salad is a fresh and light version of traditional potato salad, and doesn’t use any mayo.  Perfect for the summer weather!

Tarragon Potato Salad

Pieces:

  1. 1 bag fingerling potatoes, each cut into quarters
  2. one half of a red onion, diced
  3. 3 stalks celery, sliced very thin
  4. 3 tbsp. dijon mustard
  5. 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  6. one half cup olive oil
  7. 4 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  8. 1 tsp. tarragon
  9. one half tsp. grated lemon rind
  10. 2 tsp. salt
  11. 1 tsp. pepper

Process:

  1. Once the potatoes are washed and cut into quarters, steam them.
  2. Do not rinse the potatoes, but let them cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the red onion, celery, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, olive oil, parsley, tarragon, lemon rind, salt, and pepper.  Whisk to combine.
  4. Add the cooled potatoes and stir to cover the potatoes with the dressing.
  5. Serve at room temperature.

 

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Pumped Up Pasta Primavera

With the spring weather coming (or already here?), you can start to see the increase in vibrantly colored vegetables available.  To someone who’s diet is half fruits and vegetables, this excites me!  So this week I made full use of the vegetable section at the grocery store, and made a healthy, vegetarian, and pumped up pasta primavera.

Pumped Up Pasta Primavera

Pieces:

  1. 2 zucchini, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  2. 2 yellow squash, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  3. 1 red pepper, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
  4. 2 handfuls green beans, ends cut off and beans cut in half
  5. 1 package chopped mushrooms
  6. 2 handfuls snap peas, ends cut off
  7. 2 sprigs rosemary
  8. 5 large basil leaves
  9. juice of one half of a lemon, plus a little rind
  10. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  11. 1 tsp. sea salt
  12. 1 tbsp. lemon pepper
  13. half package of gluten free pasta
  14. 3 tbsp. vegan butter
  15. 3 tbsp. chopped parsley
  16. 1 tbsp. chopped chives, for garnish
  17. salt and pepper, to taste

Process:

  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat, saute the chopped zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, and green beans with olive oil, sea salt, lemon pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. Saute until barely tender (about 7 minutes), stirring every few minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, snap peas, lemon rind, rosemary, and basil.
  4. Saute for another 5 minutes, until vegetables are crisp but tender.  Remove the rosemary and basil when done cooking.
  5. While the vegetables are cooking, cook pasta according to package directions.
  6. When the pasta is done and drained, put it back in the pan with the butter and parsley.  Stir until butter is melted.
  7. Add the vegetables and stir until combined.
  8. Serve hot, with chopped chives and salt and pepper on top.

I love this recipe because there are so many variations and you can really make it your own… choose your favorite vegetables, spices, protein sources.  Hope you enjoy!

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