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Bacon and Onion Meatloaf

I was actually in the mood for something hearty this weekend as the weather started to cool down (even though I am in total denial about summer ending).  So, I decided to make turkey meatloaf, and add the heartiness of bacon to it.  It was delicious!  I know that meatloaf has a bad reputation, but this turned out really well.  It is pretty healthy with the turkey meat, and the bacon added some flavor.  I will definitely make it again.  You could even make meatballs out of it if you wanted to.

Bacon and Onion Meatloaf

Pieces:

  1. 1 lb. ground turkey (or beef if you prefer)
  2. one half of an onion, finely chopped
  3. 7 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces (I use kitchen scissors)
  4. one half cup gluten free bread crumbs
  5. 1 egg and 1 egg white
  6. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 4 tbsp. ketchup
  11. 2 tbsp. honey

Process:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, onion, bacon, bread crumbs, eggs, paprika, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Use your hands to combine the mixture, but don’t handle it too much or make it too dense by squeezing too hard.
  2. Once combined, form it into a loaf shape.
  3. Place the loaf into a shallow and greased pan.
  4. Put the pan and loaf into the fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.  Halfway through baking, about 30 minutes in, drizzle the honey and ketchup on top of the loaf.
  6. When cooked, take the pan out of the oven and let it sit for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Cut into slices and serve hot.

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Smokey Garlic Lime Chicken

I am really loving having a grill and the summer to enjoy it in!  It is such an easy cooking method and perfect for summer foods.  Lately, I have been enjoying grilled corn on the cob and chicken.  Here is a smokey chicken rub that I tried and loved.  The chicken marinade makes it especially juicy and tender when served hot off the grill.  Yum!

Smokey Garlic Lime Chicken

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  3. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  4. one half tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. cumin
  6. one half tsp. nutmeg
  7. one half tsp. red chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. ground ginger
  9. the juice of one lime
  10. 1 tsp. chopped garlic

Process:

  1. In a large bowl, coat both sides of the chicken with the garlic salt, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, red chili powder, and ginger.
  2. Add the lime juice and garlic.  Let the chicken marinate for about 3 hours.
  3. Grill until chicken is cooked through and serve hot!

Happy Allergy Free Grilling!

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Breakfast and Dinner Potatoes

Mom strikes again!  She found this great aioli recipe (in “For Cod and Country” by Barton Seaver) that is deep, smokey, and delicious.  Beyond flavor, I like how universal it is.  We served it over crispy garlic potatoes at dinner one night, and over hash brown potatoes the next morning at breakfast.  I could also see this dressing over grilled chicken or as a dipping sauce for hearty veggies.  Be creative!

Smokey Aioli

Pieces:

  1. 1 egg yolk
  2. 1 tsp. sherry vinegar
  3. 1 clove of garlic, finely grated
  4. 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  5. juice of half of an orange
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 1 cup canola or olive oil

Process:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolk, vinegar, garlic, paprika, orange juice, salt until well combined.
  2. Slowly pour in the oil while whisking, so that it is incorporated in a steady stream.  This will ensure the oil is mixed in thoroughly and won’t separate.  The sauce will thicken.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use, and bring to room temperature when serving.

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Whippy ‘Tatoes

As someone who loves to cook, I admit that I haven’t ever really made mashed potatoes.  I guess it is a dish left to someone who really knows how to do it, like Mom.  So, I decided that it was time to give it a whirl.  Mashed potatoes… garlicky, perfectly whipped, and dairy free!

Whippy ‘Tatoes

Pieces:

  1. 6 Russet potatoes
  2. 1 cup coconut milk, plus a few tbsp. more for blending if needed
  3. 4 tbsp. vegan butter
  4. 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  5. 2 tsp. each sea salt and lemon pepper
  6. parsley for garnish

Process:

  1. Clean the potatoes and cut them into one inch cubes.  I like keeping the skins on, but you can peel them if you rather.
  2. Steam the potatoes until a little more than fork tender.
  3. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add the potatoes, coconut milk, vegan butter, garlic, salt, and lemon pepper.
  4. Using a hand blender or immersion mixer, blend the mixture until finely whipped and smooth.  Add more coconut milk until desired consistency, if needed.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

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Pecan Fried Zucchini with Lemon Aioli

 

Last week I ventured out to my local farmer’s market to support my local community.  I bought a few tomatoes, zucchini, and some strawberries.  This week, the zucchinis were looking a little sad, so I made fried zucchini sticks… crusted in pecans… and dipped in homemade lemon aioli.  Super delicious combination!

Pecan Fried Zucchini with Lemon Aioli

Pieces:

  1. 2 zucchini
  2. one bottle vegetable oil
  3. one cup pecan meal (or just finely chop pecans in the mini chop)
  4. 2 egg whites
  5. 4 tbsp. mayo (or vegan alternative)
  6. one half tsp. finely chopped garlic
  7. the juice of one half of a lemon
  8. one tsp. lemon zest
  9. sprinkle of salt and pepper

Process:

  1. Fill a deep pan with the oil and put over high heat.  (Don’t worry… it doesn’t all get absorbed!)
  2. Cut the zucchini into sticks, about a half inch wide and two inches long.
  3. Put the egg whites and pecan meal into separate bowls.
  4. When the oil starts to simmer, dip each zucchini stick into the egg whites and then the pecan meal.  Then drop it into the oil.
  5. Do about 6-7 sticks at a time, let them simmer in the oil about 10 seconds, then take them out with a slotted spoon and let cool on a paper towel.  Repeat with another 6-7 sticks.  You might want to use new oil halfway through because it starts to get dark, personal preference.
  6. When all the zucchini are fried, make the aioli.  Combine the mayo, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt and pepper in a bowl.  Stir to combine.
  7. Serve the zucchini hot with the aioli dipping sauce.

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Dressed Up Broccoli

Looking for a side to go with Boyfriend Chicken this week, I noticed some broccoli in the fridge.  I usually love simple roasted broccoli, but wanted to dress it up a little.  So I made a Walnut and Shallot Dressing to add to the broccoli.  Delicious!  And you really could add it to any veggie for a little dressed up flavor.

Broccoli with Walnut and Shallot Dressing

Pieces:

  1. one head of broccoli, chopped so only the heads remain
  2. sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper
  3. 2 tbsp. oil
  4. 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  5. one quarter tsp. chopped garlic
  6. one quarter tsp. chopped shallot
  7. one quarter cup chopped walnuts
  8. 1 tbsp. agave sweetener

Process:

  1. On a large cookie sheet, add the broccoli and salt and pepper.  Roast at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the edges start to crisp.
  2. While the broccoli is cooking, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, shallots, walnuts, and agave in a small bowl.
  3. When the broccoli is done cooking, smother it with the dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Serve hot.

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Oodles of Thai Peanut Noodles

I love Thai food… there are so many meat and vegetable possibilities for someone with food allergies, and the spices offer amazing flavor. When eating out, my favorite Thai dish is Pad Thai… with anything “honey sesame” close behind.  But at home, I love making Thai Peanut Noodles.  They are rich, filling, and exploding with those great Thai flavor combinations… peanut oil, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger… yum!

I took an existing Peanut Sauce recipe that I have under my Recipes section, tweaked it a little (cooking is always an experiment in progress!), and made it noodle ready.  The result?  A delicious dish that I could enjoy at my own table!  It is also very, very easy… just cook some pasta, stir the sauce ingredients together, and combine.

Thai Peanut Noodles

Pieces:

  1. one and a half cups smooth peanut butter (I like Skippy Natural)
  2. 4 tbsp. rice vinegar
  3. 2 tbsp. honey
  4. 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  5. 2 tbsp. wheat free soy sauce
  6. juice of one lime (put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to get it really juicy)
  7. 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  8. 1 tsp. red chili flakes
  9. 2 tbsp. ginger
  10. rice noodles (or your favorite pasta)
  11. one half cup of the water the pasta cooked in
  12. chopped scallions, about 2 tbsp.
  13. one carrot, shredded into fine strips using a vegetable peeler.

Process:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.  (When the pasta is done cooking, be sure to reserve one half cup of the water that the pasta cooked in.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, red chili flakes, and ginger.  Stir well.
  3. When the pasta is done cooking, pour the one half cup of pasta water into the peanut sauce.  Stir to combine.
  4. Add more warm water if you want to thin out the sauce even more, to your liking.  If you don’t have any pasta water left, regular warm water is fine.
  5. Stir well and pour over the pasta.
  6. Top with chopped scallions and shredded carrot.
  7. Serve hot… or cold the next day!

You could also top with chopped peanuts, or shredded chicken.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Sweets and Beets

Beets.  You either love them or hate them.  I found out that I love them a year ago when a close friend made me try a salad that had beets on it.  I was very skeptical, but took the first bite and couldn’t believe what I had been missing out on!  I love their smokey, woody taste because they are so different than any other vegetable.  I enjoy roasting my own beets in the oven, but wanted a beet recipe that didn’t take much time after a long work day.  And so came Sweets and Beets with Rosemary Garlic Sauce.  A great hearty side dish for any meal!

Sweets and Beets with Rosemary Garlic Sauce

Pieces:

  1. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into quarter inch rounds
  2. 2 cans beets (cut in rounds), drained
  3. olive oil for misting
  4. salt and pepper for seasoning
  5. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  6. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  7. 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  8. 1 tsp. chopped rosemary (preferably fresh)

Process:

  1. On a cookie sheet, spread the sweet potato rounds and drained beet rounds.
  2. Mist with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, until the sweets are tender.
  4. While the sweets and beets are roasting, make the sauce by combining olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and rosemary. Whisk to combine.
  5. When the sweets and beets are done cooking, toss them with the rosemary garlic sauce.
  6. Serve hot.

 

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Ready for Rosemary?

Rosemary has been my latest obsession in the kitchen.  Maybe that is because my dad planted a huge rosemary plant for me…

It is such a fragrant herb, and so far… easy to keep alive.  Rosemary is good on grilled chicken, in steak tip marinade, in salad dressing, and in my two latest side dishes.  I made Garlic Rosemary Potatoes and Citrus Rosemary Carrots.  Perfect introductions into fall when the weather, mood, and flavors start to get heavier…

Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

Pieces:

  1. One bag of small white potatoes
  2. 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  3. 3 tbsp. chopped rosemary
  4. 2 tbsp. sea salt
  5. 2-3 tbsp. olive oil

Process:

  1. Wash the potatoes and cut each one in half.
  2. Spread them out on a cookie sheet (lightly sprayed with cooking spray), making sure there is breathing space between them.
  3. Lightly mist them with olive oil until lightly covered, and sprinkle 1 tbsp. sea salt.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees until fork tender, about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Coat a shallow stir fry pan with 1-2 tbsp. olive oil and turn on medium heat.  Let the oil heat up for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the potatoes, garlic, rosemary, and remaining sea salt.  Stir frequently for 5-7 minutes, until the edges crisp.
  7. Serve hot!

Citrus Rosemary Carrots

Pieces:

  1. 1 bag of baby carrots
  2. 12 ounces of carrot juice (you can find this in any health food store with the smoothies or juices)
  3. 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  4. 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  5. 3 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  6. salt and pepper for seasoning

Process:

  1. In a large stir fry pan, heat half of the carrot juice on medium-high until it starts to bubble.
  2. Add the carrots, rosemary, lemon juice, orange juice, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir the carrots every so often, adding more carrot juice when it starts to evaporate.
  4. Cook until carrots are tender.
  5. Serve hot!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

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