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Allergy Sensitive Veggie Lasagne

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If you’re in need of a gluten free, dairy free lasagne recipe, then this may be your dream come true.

You’ll Need:
Veggie Pesto #1
1 large zucchini, diced
1 large onion, diced
6 oz crimini mushrooms, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
drizzle of EVOO
6 oz fresh baby spinach

Veggie Pesto #2
8 oz beets, diced
8 oz carrots, diced
drizzle of EVOO
2-3 roma tomatoes, chopped

Other ingredients
1 box of lasagne noodles made from lentil flour or similar gluten free, dairy free product (We bought ours through Amazon.)
1 jar of marinara sauce

Directions:
1. Prep veggies and roast each pesto mix in separate glass baking dishes with ingredients through the EVOO. (Do not add spinach and tomatoes.) Roast at 400F for 1 hour.
2. Remove from oven and allow to cool for one hour.
3. Place Veggie Pesto #1 in a large blender with spinach and puree. Put puree into a storage container or mixing bowl.
4. Add Veggie Pesto #2 to the blender with tomatoes and puree. Put puree into a storage container or mixing bowl.

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5. An hour before baking, assemble the lasagne.
First layer – marinara sauce
Second layer – lasagne noodle
Third layer – veggie pesto #1
Fourth layer – marinara sauce
Fifth layer – lasagne noodle
Sixth layer – veggie pesto #2
Seventh layer – marinara sauce
Eighth layer – lasagne noodle
Ninth layer – veggie pesto #1
Tenth layer – marinara sauce
Eleventh layer – lasagne noodle
Twelfth layer – marinara sauce
Thirteenth layer – garnish with chopped mushrooms, zucchini slices, etc.

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6. Allow to sit for 40-60 minutes.
7. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes.
8. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Eggplant Stir-fry with Ginger Lemon Rice

You’ll Need:
1 Eggplant, peeled and chopped
1 Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
1 medium Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
4-8 oz Mushrooms, chopped
4 Celery Stalks, chopped
half head Bok Choy, chopped
1-2 TBSP Cooking Oil of Choice
0.75-1.5 TSP Ginger Powder (Note: Use  2 TSP fresh Ginger if you have it.)

1 TBSP Sesame Seed Oil
1 Lemon
Salt
Pepper
1 TBSP Honey (optional)
1 cup Dried Rice (Jasmine is pictured here)

1. Cook rice according to directions and set a side, covered.
2. In a large skillet, add 1 TBSP cooking oil, eggplant, garlic, and onions, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add peppers, celery, fresh ginger*, and mushrooms, and cook for 8-10 minutes.
4. Add juice of half of a lemon, ~1 TSP ginger powder*, salt, pepper, and bok choy. Turn off heat. Stir mix to bury bok choy, allowing it to steep.
5. Add 1 TSP sesame seed oil.
6. Pour rice into a large bowl. Add 1-2 TSP sesame seed oil, dash of pepper, juice of half a lemon, 0.5-1 TSP ginger powder, and honey. Mix well.
7. Serve.

Tomato-Basil Lentils and Rice

The kids enjoyed last week’s Chicken and Rice version so much that they were begging to have it again. I decided to try an almost meatless version, substituting chicken breast with lentils.

You’ll Need:
1.5 cups Brown Rice
1 cup Lentils, dry
6.75 cups Water
2 TBSP Chicken Base
1 small Onion or large Leek, Chopped
1.5-2 cups Tomato Basil Sauce
Salt and Pepper as desired

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until desired consistency.

Makes 6 servings.

Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice

You’ll Need:
1.5 cups Brown Rice
3.75 cups Water
2 TSP Chicken Base
1 lb Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 small Onion, Chopped
1.5-2 cups Tomato Basil Sauce
Salt and Pepper as desired

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until desired consistency.

Makes 4-5 servings.

Note: You could easily hide other vegetables in this dish, either cut small or pureed. Pumpkin and winter squash would be easy to incorporate.

Sungold Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

You’ll Need:
2-3 pints Sungold Tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes)
1 large or 2 medium Heirloom Tomatoes (or 5-6 Roma Tomatoes), sliced
1/2 Onion, chopped
2-4 oz fresh Basil
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped or crushed
dash Italian Seasoning
dash Salt
dash Pepper
2 TSP Oil
1/2 cup Water

Combine tomatoes, water, oil and salt in pot and cook on medium-high for 15 minutes (or until tender). Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Allow sauce to cool. Blend sauce in a blender or food processor until desired consistency. Pour sauce back into pan and cook for 10+ minutes. Serve over pasta of choice.

Black Beans and Rice with Hidden Eggplant, Squash and Potatoes

Do you ever find yourself with leftover veggies from a meal and wonder what you’re going to do with them? Well, that was the situation for me a couple of nights ago after hubby made dinner. He only used half an eggplant, half of the potatoes he had prepared, and then reminded me we had zucchini and yellow squash crying for my attention. “No worries,” I thought. I’ll just cook them up and find something to put them into later. And that’s exactly what I did.

You’ll Need:
A mixture of veggies such as…
1 half Eggplant, peeled
1 Potato, sliced
1 Yellow Squash, sliced
2 Zucchini, sliced
3 Tomatoes (I used Heirloom Ugly Tomatoes)
4-6 Garlic Cloves, sliced or crushed
1 small Onion, chopped
half cup Ketchup
a lot of Cumin
32 oz Black Beans, cooked
Salt as desired
Brown Rice, Cooked
Veggies to decorate your dish

To start, combine all veggies and garlic into a skillet and cook thoroughly. After they are soft and fully cooked allow them to cool. Once cooled, add ketchup and puree the veggies until they reach a desired consistency. (Some like their tomato base to be chunky, others like it smooth.) Place the tomato base into a skillet or sauce pan and add black beans. Bring bean mixture to a simmer and add cumin, salt, and cilantro if you have it. Place black beans over brown rice and decorate.

Needless to say, my kids took over with my plate and decorated it for me, giggling the entire time. The best part is that they also ate their entire meal never realizing I had hidden veggies inside.

Cornmeal Crusted Pizza

Are you looking for a new pizza crust? We decided to try a new style of pizza crust and found this recipe by Emeril Lagasse that turned out great!

Here’s the recipe from FoodNetwork.com:

You’ll Need:
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)

Pinch sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating bowl
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more, if necessary
1 cup cornmeal, plus more for dusting pizza peel

In a large bowl combine yeast with water and sugar and stir well to combine. Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the salt, olive oil, and half of the flour and mix well to thoroughly combine. Add the 1 cup of cornmeal and all remaining flour except 1/2 cup and mix well with your hands, working to incorporate the flour little by little. The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead dough for at least 5 and up to 7 minutes, adding enough additional flour as necessary to form a smooth and elastic dough that is not too sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled 2 or 3 quart bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, usually at least 2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and if you have one, place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.

 Divide dough into 2 portions (for 2 (12 to 14-inch) pizzas) and form into balls. (See note below for calzones.) Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface, shape as desired and roll out to a 1/8-inch thickness. Transfer dough to a pizza peel (sprinkle with cornmeal to help facilate moving dough) and top with toppings of choice. Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and bake until crispy and golden brown, usually12 to 18 minutes (depending on the toppings and the thickness of the crust). Remove from the oven with a metal peel or spatula and serve immediately.

 Yield: 2 (12 or 14-inch) pizzas or 4 calzones, serving 4 to 6

 Note: For calzones, divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form into 4 balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out into 4 (8-inch) circles. Place filling of choice in the center of 1 side of each circle, then fold dough over filling to meet edges of filled side. Crimp edges with a fork or your fingers, then cut a small slit in the top of the calzone to allow steam to escape while cooking. Cook on a preheated pizza stone in a preheated 475 degree F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until well-browned. Remove from the oven with a peel or spatula and serve immediately.

MY NOTES:
1. We prefer our cornbread recipes to have a sweeter taste than this yielded, so next time I would add 2-3 TBSP honey.
2. We placed the dough in a moist and hot microwave oven for the rising step. (You can create this environment by first boiling 2 cups of water in the microwave for ~2-3 minutes. Then quickly place the bowl of dough in the microwave and shut the door (leaving the microwave off). It works wonderfully and cuts the rising time down to 30 minutes instead of 2 hours.)
3. We cut our dough into 4 equal pieces and rolled out mini pizzas. They each measured approximately 8 inches in diameter.  We found 8 minutes at 500 F was plenty of baking time on a baking sheet.
4. This would be a great crust to infuse some herbs into the dough, such as sun-dried tomato, basil, rosemary, etc.
5. We topped our pizza with tomatoes, basil, and sweet bell peppers. Don’t be afraid to be creative too.

-Angela

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Shepherd’s Pie {in a jar}

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Crock Pot Cabbage Soup

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Out-of-the-Box Stir-Fry

Tonight’s quick fix was an inspiration from our box.

You’ll Need:
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1 head of Broccoli
0.5 bunch of Kale, chopped
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
1-2 tsp Stir-fry Sauce of choice
Salt and Pepper
1 can of Black Beans, rinsed
6-8 servings Brown Rice, steamed

Directions:
Brown onion and garlic in skillet.
Add peppers and continue to stir occassionally (5 minutes).
Add broccoli spears and stir occassionally (3-5 minutes).
Add kale, black beans, salt, pepper and sauce.  Remove from heat and stir occassionally (3-5 minutes).
Serve over brown rice.

Note: While making this dish I searched for cashews, but came up empty handed. I kept imagining a homemade cashew sauce with roasted cashews in the dish. When that dream failed I added the black beans and stir fry sauce. I guess we have another recipe to post when I attempt version 2. 🙂