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King’s Potato Pie

This winter is really dragging for me… 60 inches of snow in one season is a bit much.  In order to enjoy some part of the winter, I have still been cooking some hearty meals before springtime supposedly hits.  This week, I made sheperd’s pie… but obviously couldn’t eat the traditional dough crust on top, so I added my own gluten free twist!  The base is mashed potatoes, the middle is meat and veggies, and the top is crispy potatoes.

King’s Potato Pie

Pieces:

  1. 5-6 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into one inch cubes
  2. 3 tbsp. vegan butter
  3. one cup coconut milk (I promise it has NO coconut flavor!)
  4. 3 tsp. lemon pepper
  5. 3 tsp. garlic salt
  6. 5 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
  7. one pound ground beef
  8. one cup frozen peas
  9. one quarter cup red wine vinegar
  10. one extra russet potato, washed but not peeled
  11. an olive oil mister
  12. 1 tbsp. dried parsley

Process:

  1. Peel and chop the 5-6 russet potatoes into one inch cubes.
  2. Boil several inches of water in a large pan.  Add the potatoes and boil until fork tender.  Drain.
  3. Put the potatoes back into the large pan.  Add the butter, coconut milk, 1 tsp. lemon pepper, 1 tsp. garlic salt.  Mash until desired consistency.
  4. In a large sauté pan with a half inch of water, simmer the carrot rounds just until tender. Drain any extra water.
  5. Add the ground beef, peas, red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. lemon pepper, 1 tsp. garlic salt.
  6. Saute until the beef is cooked through.  Drain any extra liquid.
  7. In a large baking dish, spread the mashed potatoes.  Layer the beef mixture on top.
  8. On top of the beef mixture, use a mandolin to shave potato slices from the extra russet potato.  Cover the beef mixture evenly with potato slices.
  9. Using an olive oil mister, spray the potato slices lightly with oil so they will crisp.
  10. Sprinkle 1 tsp. lemon pepper, 1 tsp. garlic salt, and dried parsley on top.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes, until potatoes crisp on top.
  12. Serve hot.

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Layer 1

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Layer 3 and final king’s potato pie!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Mashed Pumpkin Sweeties

Pumpkins and apples and leaves, oh my!  Fall is upon us, and so is the abundance of canned pumpkin.  Pumpkin has a ton of fiber and not many calories, so I had to get my fill this time of year.  I made mashed sweet potatoes with pumpkin… what a great fall side dish!

Mashed Pumpkin Sweeties

Pieces:

  1. 2 sweet potatoes
  2. one half of a can of pumpkin
  3. one half cup apple cider
  4. 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  5. 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  6. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  7. Salt and pepper

Process:

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Steam or microwave the sweet potato cubes until soft (about 10 minutes).
  3. In a large pan, add the soft sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apple cider, vegan butter, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  4. Mash until desired consistency.
  5. Serve hot.

 

Happy Allergy Fall Eating!

 

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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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Tomato, Dill, and Goat Cheese Panini

Hello again!  Well, I am in my new house, which is very exciting… but more importantly, the kitchen is just about done!  It was one of my priorities, and I couldn’t get wait to get back in there.  My new kitchen has much more room than my old one, and I am already off and using it.  In these hot summer days, I wanted to be in the kitchen but not create a lot of heat.  So, I made a Tomato, Dill, and Goat Cheese Panini.  Delicious, and the closest thing to a grilled cheese I have had in a while!

Tomato, Dill, and Goat Cheese Panini

Pieces:

  1.  2 slices gluten free bread (my favorite is Canyon Bakehouse)
  2. 2 slices tomato, cut thin
  3. 1 tbsp spreadable goat cheese
  4. 1 tsp. freshly chopped dill
  5. 1 tbsp. vegan butter

Process:

  1. Spread the goat cheese on one slice of bread.
  2. Sprinkle the dill on top of the goat cheese.
  3. Layer the tomato and put the other piece of bread on top.
  4. Butter both outside sides of the bread, and cook on a panini grill or stovetop until done.
  5. Enjoy hot!

I paired it with red bliss potatoes sauteed with some dill and hot honey mustard.  Great combo!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Lemon Hollandaise with Shrimp and Asparagus

There was an enticing recipe in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend for “Butter Braised Asparagus with Shrimp and Lemon Hollandaise.”  Just the title is mouth watering.  Of course Mom took on the challenge of making the recipe dairy free!  With just a couple changes, she made the Hollandaise dairy free (although it does have eggs).  All I can say is “wow.”  Our dinner table was silent for a few moments as we savored the perfect sauce.

In the recipe, the shrimp was poached in vegetable broth, lemon juice,  and white wine while the asparagus was sauteed in a little bit of butter.  But I really want to share the Hollandaise Sauce and how Mom made it dairy free.  You could certainly use this sauce over chicken or other fish, or even for breakfast!

Non Dairy Hollandaise Sauce

Pieces:

  1. 2 large egg yolks
  2. 1 tbsp. champagne vinegar
  3. one half tsp. salt
  4. one quarter cayenne pepper
  5. one stick of vegan butter
  6. juice of one lemon

Process:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil then reduce heat to low so the water just simmers.
  2. Whisk yolks and vinegar in a medium bowl.  Season with salt and cayenne pepper.
  3. Put the bowl over the simmering water and stir aggressively until the yolks and vinegar become thick.  Watch the mixture so it doesn’t curdle, moving it off heat if needed.
  4. Whisk in 1 stick of vegan butter, in small pieces, until each piece is melted in.
  5. Add the lemon juice and salt, carefully whisking so it doesn’t curdle.
  6. Serve hot over poached shrimp and asparagus, or your favorite protein and veggies.

Thank you, Chef Brock and the Wall Street Journal!

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread: Take 2

The cooler weather inspired me to take another pass at the chocolate chip pumpkin bread… and take 2 was much better than take 1!  I upped the sweet and spicy parts of the recipe, which really improved the flavor.  Next time, I will add some walnuts, craisins, or pecans… so many possibilities for fall.  I think I’m ready for fall cooking!

Pieces:

  1. 1 can pumpkin
  2. one half cup vegan butter
  3. one quarter cup vegetable oil
  4. 2 cups sugar
  5. one quarter cup agave nectar
  6. 2 eggs (or egg replacer)
  7. 1.5 cups soy flour
  8. one tsp. baking powder
  9. one tsp. baking soda
  10. 1 tbsp. nutmeg
  11. 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  12. one half cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
  13. 1 tsp. vanilla

Process:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add mixture to a greased bread pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
  5. Serve with some spread butter and/or powdered sugar.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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