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Pasta Floren-bean

I had one of those crazy-get-home-late-and-don’t-know-what-to-make-for-dinner nights.  So, I looked in the cabinets and settled on just plain gluten free pasta with tomato sauce.  But then I looked a little deeper into the cabinets and decided to jazz it up a bit with some canned white beans, frozen spinach, and onion I had lying around.  It turned out wonderfully delicious!

Pasta Floren-bean

Pieces:

  1. one half box/bag of gluten free pasta (any size, any shape!)
  2. one half bottle tomato sauce
  3. one quarter of an onion, diced
  4. 2 cups frozen spinach
  5. one can drained white beans
  6. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  7. 1 tsp. dried oregano or parsley
  8. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the diced onion in the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. When the onion is tender, add the spinach and drained white beans.  Sprinkle with dried oregano or parsley, and salt and pepper.
  4. Continue to sauté until spinach is cooked through.
  5. Add the jarred tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  6. When the pasta is done and drained, add your floren-bean sauce to the pasta and serve hot!

pasta florenbean

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Simple Roasted Grape Chicken

Have you ever heard of Food 52?  If not, you should totally check them out!

My mom and I subscribe to their recipe and food emails, and we are constantly talking about the interesting flavors and dishes they come up with.  I am always amazed at their creativity, but also simple flavors they use.

Recently, my mom and I came across Food 52’s recipe for Simple Roasted Grape Chicken, and I had to give it a try.  Delicious.  What a different yet flavorful combination… grapes and chicken!  And, allergy friendly without trying to be.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and hope you get a chance to check them out.

Here is a picture of how mine turned out.  The only thing I did differently was that I used chicken thighs, and I plated the chicken and grapes over sauteed spinach.

grape chicken

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Goat Cheese, Beet, and Sunflower Salad

One of my favorite vegetables is the beet.  I think it is the woody taste that I love; it just tastes so hearty.  This week, I roasted my own beets and made a goat cheese, beet, and sunflower seed salad.  The sunflowers added a nice taste and texture, as did the honey dijon vinaigrette I made.  A great fall lunch!  Note:  This recipe makes four salads!

Goat Cheese, Beet, and Sunflower Salad

Pieces:

  1. 4 beets, either red or yellow
  2. 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  3. one half cup sunflower seeds
  4. 8 tbsp. goat cheese
  5. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  6. 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  7. 1 tbsp. honey
  8. 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  9. salt and pepper

Process:

  1. Peel the skin off the beets and slice them into rounds.
  2. On a cookie sheet, place the beet rounds and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake the beets at 375 for about 45 minutes, until soft.
  4. Wash and dry the spinach.
  5. To make the vinaigrette, combine the olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Shake or stir well to combine.
  6. In a large bowl, place spinach leaves and top with roasted beets, 2 tbsp. goat cheese, one eighth of a cup of sunflower seeds.  Dress with the vinaigrette.
  7. Enjoy cold!

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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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