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Clean Out The Fridge Pasta Salad

May 23, 2009

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, I thought I would post the pasta salad recipe I made to bring to a picnic. I didn’t want to go to the store, so I found things in the fridge and cabinet that I could use.

Broccoli flowers – about 2 cups
3-4 carrots, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small jar of artichoke hearts in oil
1 lb. pasta (rotini are good, can be gluten or wheat free)
balsamic vinegar (about 1/4 cup)
olive oil (about 1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
basil and/or Italian seasoning

Boil pasta according to package directions and drain. Steam broccoli and carrots until just cooked. Mix oil, vinegar, garlic, and seasonings in a bowl. Mix vegetables and pasta and toss with dressing.

Other things that could be added if you have them in the cabinet/fridge:
black olives
chopped fresh tomatoes
red pepper insead of green pepper

Book Review: The Scandinavian Cookbook

May 19, 2009

My library has a great program where you can request a book for them to purchase, so I chose this one because it looked and sounded great, and I wanted to read it. This is not a really allergy-friendly cookbook, but The Scandinavian Cookbook is an amazing cookbook. The photos are absolutely beautiful.

There are plenty of recipes for people with special diets, including spelt buns and plenty of meat and fish dishes, or recipes than can be altered to accommodate. The cookbook is organized into months, so you can eat seasonally. Some recipes that sound especially great are several types of smørrebrød, Frittatas with bacon, tomatoes, and chives (one I may try soon because chives are growing in my garden and eggs were on super sale this week), Wienerschnitzel with braised potatoes, Chicken liver pate with aquavit, Gravlax with sweet mustard sauce, Lamb shanks with apricots and spices and parsley mashed potatoes. There are plenty of less Scandinavian-specific recipes, if you don’t love pickled herring and pate, as well as plenty of great breads and desserts (not very wheat free, though, and lots of dairy recipes). Still, I think I am going to get a copy of this book when I have extra spending money.

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 5/04/09

May 5, 2009

This week’s meals are mostly from the freezer; we bought the broccoli, noodles, and chicken on sale last week. The only thing from this week’s meal plan that we bought this weekend were tomato sauce for the curry, green beans, and salad. We still spent a lot of money, because we were hosting coffee hour at church (which turns into a big deal at our church) and were stocking up on pet food and other things.

Monday – Leftover ham from freezer, brown rice, green beans, salad

Tuesday – Crockpot Taco Chicken

Wednesday – Vegetarian Curry with chick peas

Thursday – Asian Broccoli Noodles from cookbook sold as fundraiser by Kentuckiana Childrens Center

Friday – Hamburgers

Book Review – Sweet and Natural

December 16, 2008

This time of year is birthday season in my family, so I want to be able to make desserts that I can actually eat too. I saw Sweet and Natural: More Than 120 Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free Desserts and decided to take it out of the library to check out. It’s excellent. All the recipes are dairy and egg free, and many use alternative grains or have suggestions on how to substitute alternative grains (usually spelt). Most recipes have no refined sugar, although there are many sweeteners used that are currently on my no-no list: brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, and FruitSource (brown rice syrup and grape juice concentrate). Still, there are plenty of recipes that are completely acceptable, and many that can be altered, and I don’t have to worry about figuring out if replacing eggs in this or that recipe will come out OK, and the recipes sound great.

I tried the Almond Mocha Cake with Mocha Mousse Frosting, using carob instead of chocolate, and it was pretty good. It was nice and moist and light. I think it would have been really good with chocolate, but sadly, I am not allowed it right now. It was a big hit with a few family members who aren’t health food/carob people, they actually took home some of the leftovers.

Even if you don’t have food restrictions, this book is great and a must-have. My only complaint, and it’s not much of one, is that there aren’t a lot of gluten-free recipes. I was trying to find something to bring to a Christmas party with there are 3 people who can’t have gluten, and I couldn’t find anything that really interested me. I made my coconut balls instead.

Meal Plan Week of 12/08/08

December 15, 2008

OK, so it’s a little after the fact, but I am finally getting around to posting last week’s menu (this is a bonus edition since it includes the weekend):

Monday – Turkey Chili

Tuesday – Asian Pork Tenderloin (this is so good, we leave out the Worcestershire sauce and substitute honey for the sugar, and add in some ginger)

Wednesday – Ground Beef Enchiladas

Thursday – Meatballs with Spinach and Goat Cheese (my husband’s specialty, he usually uses feta but couldn’t get goat feta this week), rice

Friday – Crockpot Chicken Gumbo

Saturday – (family birthday party) Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes (for those who can have them), mashed root vegetables (recipe from current Living Without magazine), harvard beets (recipe from Allergy Cooking with Ease), lingonberry jam (for those who can have it), rice salad, summer squash casserole with cheese (for those who can have it)

Sunday – Chicken sausage, rice, salad

Easy Beef Enchiladas

December 11, 2008

1 lb. ground beef
1-2 tsp cumin
2-3 tsp chili powder
1/2 chopped onion
2 cups homemade enchilada sauce
9 6-8″ spelt tortillas (or brown rice tortillas, fewer if using larger ones)
2 cups grated goat chedder (or soy cheddar)
1/4 cup sliced olives

Brown meat and onions with spices. Dip tortillas in sauce, and put meat into the tortillas, rolling each one and putting it into a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over top, sprinkle with cheese and top with olives. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, until dish is hot and cheese is melted.

I used the spelt tortilla recipe from Spelt Healthy! This was my first try at making tortillas, and I was nervous that they wouldn’t roll out at all. They came out really well, although I think I overcooked them somewhat (they came out a bit crunchier than expected). Still, I was very happy with the taste, and they make a great flatbread for putting hummus or pate on.

An Intro

October 28, 2008

I split this from my main knitting blog, because I didn’t think this would be interesting to all my readers.  My naturopath told me to stop eating wheat, dairy, corn, peanuts, eggs, and sugar, so I am having an interesting time coming up with food for us to eat.  I figured I’d start blogging the things that worked.  I will probably post recipes and maybe meal ideas.