Posted in Sides, vegan

Stuffing

My favorite gluten and dairy free stuffing of all time is something I made up on the fly one year for a Thanksgiving dinner that I was hosting. I worked for Whole Foods Market at the time and on a break I began walking around the store contemplating how to make stuffing that I could eat AND that everyone else would enjoy as well.

I’ve had friends ask for the recipe and they all say everyone they make it for enjoys it, so it must be a keeper.

Disclaimer: These portions are all just a guess. I don’t like to measure when it comes to creating in the kitchen. Please just let this be a guide for your own creation…

Stuffing

  • HEAT 1 tbsp. coconut oil on medium high heat.
  • SAUTE 1/3 cup finely chopped onion and 1/3 cup finely chopped celery with some sea salt until just about tender.
  • STIR in 2-3 finely chopped cloves of garlic.
  • STIR in 2 tsp. dried rosemary and 1 tsp. rubbed sage.
  • ADD 2 cups of your favorite broth; bring to a boil.
  • PRE-HEAT oven to 400 degrees.
  • STIR about 4 cups of croutons into broth.
  • COVER, take off burner, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • ADD more broth, if needed for desired consistency.
  • STIR in 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, 1 cup slivered almonds, 1/2 cup cooked wild rice, salt and pepper to taste.
  • LIGHTLY grease casserole dish with some coconut oil.
  • PLACE stuffing into casserole dish.
  • BAKE uncovered for 15-20 until desired consistency.

Stuffing Croutons

  • SPREAD each side of about 7 slices of your favorite bread (we eat Outside the breadbox vegan oat bread) with coconut oil.
  • COMBINE in a separate bowl 1 tsp. of dried rosemary, 1 tsp. dried thyme, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and salt/pepper to taste.
  • SPRINKLE mixture onto both sides of the bread.
  • PUT them on a baking sheet and toast in oven @ 375 degrees until golden brown.
  • LET cool and chop them into small cubes.

This year will be a difficult Thanksgiving because it’s the first in so many years that I will not be hosting it. However, my plan is to still make a small meal to include this stuffing. I also plan to make a small turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, and brussels sprouts.

I’m grateful to be able to make a Thanksgiving meal.

What’s your favorite stuffing recipe?

Thanks for listening!

Posted in Pasta, Vegan by omission

Pesto Pasta

You can’t go wrong with gluten and dairy free pesto pasta! There I go again with the pasta. I just cannot get enough of it! Our 6 year old ate around the artichokes, but at least he tried them. Baby steps. He does like black olives, next time I’ll keep a can of olives in the pantry to add to his.

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Disclaimer: These portions are all just a guess. I don’t like to measure when it comes to creating in the kitchen. Please just let this be a guide for your own creation…

Pesto Pasta

  • SAUTE 1/2 chopped onion with some sea salt in about a tsp. melted coconut oil until the onion is tender on medium high heat.
  • ADD a jar of of your favorite pesto sauce and some already cooked diced chicken. I used my Lemony Chicken.
  • COOK your favorite GF noodles a few minutes less than package directions.
  • ADD a package of frozen artichoke hearts to the the cooking noodles.
  • DRAIN and add to sauce.
  • STIR in about 1 tsp. EVOO and about 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

I used a store bought vegan pesto, but you could always make your own. I’ve added some coconut cream before which turned out really good as well, but didn’t have any in the pantry when I made this. Obviously, just leave the chicken out and use a noodle without egg to make this a vegan dish.

Even though a dish is easy and quick, it’s still time in the kitchen with the meditative chopping and delightful aroma’s that help me cope with every day stressors.

I hope that one day our son enjoys creating in the kitchen as much as he likes Minecraft! So far I’ve he likes to chop, crack eggs, and help with pancakes.

Since our t.v. broke and I can’t find the plug for our portable DVD player, I haven’t been able to unwind with movies after our son has gone to bed. So, I’ve had a little more time to write and I find it so therapeutic!

Having a broken t.v. has also given me more time to explore living options as well. Check out the kitchen on this tiny home! If we could find an inexpensive piece of land we could comfortably live in The Acaida which with the add on is 750 square feet!

Anyway, let me know if you try this pesto pasta and how your version turns out.

I’m grateful they make a pesto without cheese so I don’t have to make it from scratch. Although it’s easy to make, it’s still a little more time consuming.

Do you enjoy making your own pesto?

Thanks for listening!

Posted in Ground Bison, Pasta

Sloppy Pasta

Dear Therapist,

Carbs, especially gluten free pasta are my vise! Almost anything I make for dinner lately, I feel the need to add pasta to my portion. Sloppy Joes were no exception and so sloppy pasta was born.

I basically did my Sloppy Joes recipe except I used a can of tomato sauce instead of tomato paste and no apple cider vinegar. Use what’s in your pantry!

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The jovial tagliatelle GF pasta comes in a box with separate little bunches of pasta. I used 4 of them, boiled with some salt until tender, drained and stirred in some sloppy joes with a little EVOO. Next time I will rinse the noodles for my sloppy pasta.

I’m coping with where we will live lately. I have no clue what we are going to do! I don’t make enough money and don’t know how to make more. It’s so incredibly overwhelming. I’ve put my resume on a few nanny sites and tried to put the word out there to some people I know where we live. I’m looking to be a live-in nanny or to rent a finished basement for our 6 year old and I.

I struggle with trying to keep stability in our son’s life. I want him to have a place to live where he will thrive that’s long term! A place he’s familiar with in his home town. Of course for a roof over our head I’m open to move anywhere unfortunately.

We all want what’s best for our kids and basic needs shouldn’t be this difficult. I feel for all the homeless parents and kids out there. I just pray that we don’t end up in that predicament. I’ve been there before and hope that one day I can help those that are there.

Anyway, I hope you try some sloppy pasta sometime. If you do, let me know how yours turned out.

I’m grateful to have a roof over our head for now.

Have you struggled or know someone who has struggled with basic needs like a place to live?

Thanks for listening!