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Triple Potato Curried Quinoa Salad

I had a few random leftover potatoes from various recipes and didn’t quite know what to do with them, so I made an alternative potato salad.  I used those potatoes, some leftover red pepper, and quinoa to make a great curried potato salad.  It would be great as a lunch salad, or a side to dinner. And, if you don’t like curry, you can easily leave it out.

Triple Potato Curried Quinoa Salad

Pieces:

  1. One sweet potato, peeled and diced into half inch cubes
  2. One white potato, peeled and diced into half inch cubes
  3. 5-6 small red bliss potatoes, washed and cut into half inch cubes
  4. 2 red peppers, cut into half inch squares
  5. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 3 tsp. curry powder
  7. 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  8. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1 cup quinoa cooked to package directions
  10. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  11. 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  12. 2 tbsp. honey
  13. 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  14. 1 tsp. curry powder
  15. 1 tsp. white sugar
  16. 1 tsp. ginger
  17. salt and pepper

Process:

  1. In a large skillet, combine the sweet potato cubes, white potato cubes, and red potato cubes with the cinnamon, 3 tsp. curry powder, smoked paprika, and butter.
  2. Cook on medium heat, covered, until potatoes are a little bit harder than fork tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir every couple of minutes.
  3. Add the red peppers and continue to cook until red peppers and potatoes are tender, about another 4 minutes.  When cooked, take off heat and let cool.
  4. Cook the quinoa to package directions.
  5. In a salad dressing shaker, or a bowl, combine the olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, 1 tsp. curry powder, sugar, ginger, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Shake/mix vigorously.
  6. In a serving bowl, combine the potatoes and red peppers with the quinoa, and pour dressing on top.  Mix well and serve!

triple potato

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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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Spring has sprung… time for pesto!

Happy spring to all those enjoying these wonderfully warm days!  In my mind, winter is officially over… but I will only bring out the flip flops one day at a time until we all really believe it.

In the summertime, I enjoy making pesto with fresh basil.  Basil is available this time of year, but it is not as good as it is in the summer… so I made Spring Pesto.  Spring Pesto uses a basil base, but other in season ingredients to boost its flavor.  It is very rich and easy to make.

Spring Pesto

Pieces:

  1. 1 cup basil leaves
  2. one quarter cup chopped walnuts
  3. one half of an avocado
  4. 1 cup spinach leaves
  5. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  6. one quarter cup non dairy creamer
  7. one half tsp. garlic salt
  8. 1 tsp. lemon pepper

Process:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Chop on high until well blended.

Normally, pesto is served on pasta.  Instead, I stuffed chicken breasts with red peppers and smothered them with the pesto.  Then I baked them at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes, until done.  Delicious!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

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Curried Sweet Potato Stir Fry

In the mood for something a little different this weekend, I made a curry stir fry.  I used tofu, sweet potatoes, and red peppers.  I know that tofu is not everyone’s favorite… so this recipe would be just as good with chicken.  And for those that are afraid of curry… this would be a good recipe to dip your toe into.  It has great curry flavor, but isn’t too overwhelming.  I think that is what is so great about stir fry… you can always tweak it to what your individual tastes are.

Curried Sweet Potato Stir Fry

Pieces:

  1. one block of tofu, cut into bite sized pieces and dried on towels
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  4. 1 large red pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  5. one half of an onion, cut into bite sized pieces
  6. 2 tbsp. yellow curry powder
  7. 2 tsp. cinnamon sugar (or 1 tsp. of each)
  8. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. one half cup dried cranberries

Process:

  1. To prep the tofu… cut into small blocks and set in between two towels for an hour to dry out.
  2. In a large saute pan, add the olive oil and tofu pieces.
  3. Let sit on medium high heat for about 4 minutes…then flip the tofu to brown the other sides.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes, red pepper, onion, curry powder, cinnamon sugar, paprika, and salt and pepper.
  5. Stir every few minutes to make sure that all sides get browned.
  6. When everything is just about tender, add the dried cranberries and stir for the last couple minutes.
  7. Serve hot.  Can also serve over rice.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!  Try something new.

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Coco Crazy Chicken

I love finding new spices and flavors for food, and often buy new spice combinations to try.  I have a bottle of “CocoLoco” chicken marinade that includes some spicy island flavors and is dairy free.  When I read the ingredient list, I realized that I could put my own loco combination of flavors together and make a similar marinade!  The bottled marinade is very spicy, but if you make it yourself, you can really tailor to spice and flavor level to your own personal taste.

Coco Crazy Chicken

Pieces:

  1. one half can coconut milk
  2. one half cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  4. 1 tbsp. agave nectar
  5. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  6. juice of one half of a lemon
  7. 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  8. 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  9. 2 chicken breasts

Process:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Set aside a small portion of the sauce to pour over cooked chicken.  Using the remaining sauce, marinate the chicken breast for at least an hour. 
  3. In a baking pan, bake the marinated chicken at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until done.
  4. Pour reserved sauce (not used to marinate) over the chicken and serve!

My sauce wasn’t as thick as the bottled marinade… something to improve for next time!

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A Taste of New Orleans…

Still dreaming about the fresh Cajun meals I enjoyed while in New Orleans this summer, I decided to make my own version of Jumbalaya for some friends I am having over tomorrow night.  It is pretty inexpensive to make, easy to serve a large group of people, and definitely a crowd pleaser.  The best part was that I used a Cajun spice I bought while in New Orleans this summer, appropriately named “Slap Ya Mama” spice mix!  Although a simple blend of chili powder, garlic, salt, and pepper… it was delicious… and the name made it even more so!

Jumbalaya for a crowd

Pieces:

  1. 2 pounds chicken tenders
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil for sauteing
  3. 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  4. 1 package Andouille sausage
  5. 2 cups of rice
  6. 1 package frozen corn and red pepper mix
  7. 2 tbsp. Slap Ya Mama seasoning (or your own spicy mix)
  8. 2 tsp. cumin
  9. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  10. 1 tsp. parsley

Process:

  1. Chop the chicken tenders into bite sized pieces.
  2. In a shallow saute pan with olive oil, saute the chicken tender pieces until cooked through.  While they are cooking, add 1 tbsp. Slap Ya Mama seasoning, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, and 1 tsp. parsley and stir frequently.
  3. Cook 2 cups rice to package directions.
  4. In a large pan, add the rice, chicken, canned chopped tomatoes, sausage links (cut into bite size pieces), package of corn and pepper mix, 1 tbsp. Slap Ya Mama seasoning, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. smoked paprika.
  5. Stir and heat on low heat until heated through.
  6. Serve hot… preferably with a banjo player!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Summer Salsa Talk

When I visit my parents, my mom goes on a culinary binge creating gluten and dairy free meals.  She is always on the lookout, and I often go home with numerous copies of recipes… and a full stomach.

This week, my mom made salmon with summer salsa on top, with roasted green beans and quinoa on the side.  We went to the local farmer’s market to get fresh fruits and veggies for the salsa…always the best way to get fresh and less expensive produce.  The salsa included chopped mango, red pepper, tomato, jalapenos, shallots, a tablespoon of apricot jam, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lime juice.  A perfect summer topping.

After dinner, my mom and I were talking about how homemade salsa can take on so many different varieties.  Here is how the conversation went:

“This was so delicious.  You could also add red onion for a kick.”

“Oooo, or how about capers and olives?”

“Or you could make a citrus salsa by adding orange slices.”

“Or grapefruit!”

“What about some crunch… like nuts… pine nuts would be good.”

“And celery.”

“Waldorf salsa… celery, grapes, and walnuts.”

“Or BLT salsa… with arugula and chopped bacon.”

“And you could put this over chicken, or in a salad, or even over sausage in the morning.”

“You know, we really should write all this down…”

And so it goes.  My mom and I really love talking about food and how different flavors come together.  We often look at recipes and then discuss how we could change them with different flavors for different seasons, meals, or tastes.  To me, this is what makes cooking such a fun challenge. 🙂

Happy Allergy Free Eating, and talking… go make some salsa!

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