Category: Side Dish


Tonight’s dinner got rave reviews!

I’ve been craving turkey, just not all the work, so I bought a frozen Butterball white and dark turkey roast.  I rubbed the frozen roast down with a chicken rub (from Stonewall Kitchens) and put it in the crock pot with some pieces of onion (about 1/2 C.) and about 1/2 C. white wine, and cooked on high for 3 hours and then low for about 2.  The cooking directions said 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  I was just looking for an internal temperature of 170F.  When it was done, I removed the string (they come wrapped in string to hold it together) and shredded it,  leaving it in all the juice to stay warm while I roasted some veggies in the oven.  It soaked up all the juices and was moist and delicious.  The boys said it was the best turkey they’ve had in a long time.

Fresh Market sells veggie skewers with red peppers, portobello mushrooms, zucchini, and yellow squash.  I pulled them off the skewers and laid them out in baking dishes.  I also had a bag of mini Yukon gold potatoes that I cut in half and a head of cauliflower I broke apart and placed in baking dishes.  I sprinkled everything with a new Saltopia salt blend I got  called Maui Wauwie, some garlic powder, a little of the chicken rub, and drizzled grapeseed oil over everything.  Bake at 400F for 45 minutes.

There were NO LEFTOVERS except a little turkey.  It was that good.  I will buy more turkey roasts in the future!

I watched an episode of America’s Test Kitchen in which they traveled to Pittsburgh, (Mt. Lebanon in fact) to learn the family recipe of a woman for pierogies!  First, being from Pittsburgh, it caught my attention.  Second, having only eaten the frozen ones from the market for the last 40 some odd years, I was intrigued.  Almost as if it was meant to be, I had scooped out 5 lb. worth of baked russet potatoes to make potato skins, had vegan plain yogurt and vegan cheddar shreds on hand, and always have onions on hand.  I can’t say it wasn’t a bit of work, but I can say IT WAS WORTH IT!

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I am posting what I did, rather than what America’s Test Kitchen did.

Filling:

1 lb. cooked potato, heated so the cheese and butter will melt.

1 c. vegan cheddar cheese, shredded

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Combine to make a creamy, smooth, whipped potato filling in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Refrigerate to cool.  Mine was in the fridge overnight.

Dough:

2 1/2 c. bread flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 C. plain Kite Hill almond yogurt (the original recipe called for sour cream)

1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk

Whisk dry ingredients.  Add in yogurt and eggs and run in mixer with dough hook 8 minutes.  The dough was sticky, smooth and elastic.

Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. (I did overnight)

Line baking sheet with parchment dusted with flour.

Roll out dough and cut biscuit size circles.  Put scrap dough back in the fridge for second batch.

Put 1 tsp. into each circle, and seal and set aside on the prepared baking sheet.

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I put mine in the fridge at this point to get the rest of the dinner going.

I cooked sausage, peppers and onions in the oven.  I tossed the veggies with oil and seasonings and placed them into a baking dish with the sausage on top.  They were baked at 400 F for 45 minutes and were perfection.

 

Meanwhile, I brought 4 qts. of water seasoned with garlic and salt to a boil to cook the pierogies.  In a separate pan, I caramelized some onions to toss them with.

 

I had lots of leftover pierogie filling, so I put it in ramekins and topped with bacon and vegan parmesian.   I baked them along side the sausage.

 

The dinner came together really well.  While the sausage and ramekins were baking, I cooked the pierogies in the boiling water for 5 minutes (in two batches).  As they floated, I put them in the skillet with the caramelized onions.

This dough will definitely be made again for potstickers and ravioli.  It was amazing!

 

 

 

 

My local grocer had russet potatoes on sale for an amazing price.  I bought 10 pounds!  I can’t eat much of them because of my sensitivity to nightshades, but the kids really like the stuffed baked potato skins we had on night one.  I served them with Teriyaki Ranch Chicken Thighs and Roasted Baby Bellas.

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I baked the potatoes a day ahead, so I could work with them cool.   I made 18 potatoes!  I washed them thoroughly, poked them with a fork and baked at 350 F for an hour.

The next day, I scooped out the skins, leaving a little potato and refrigerated the skins again for a while.  I put the scooped out potatoes in a tupperware for mashed potatoes another day.

Brush skins with oil, season with a little seasoned salt and pepper blend, or other seasonings you like, and then sprinkle with cheese (I used vegan cheese) and cooked bacon pieces.

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Meanwhile, I put the chicken in a baking dish, and the baby bellas in another.  The chicken was marinaded and cooked in Giorgio Blendabella Coconut Thai Sauce that was amazing!  I added in some Marsala wine to make it liquidy enough to be a marinade.

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They were simply tossed with oil (I used sunflower) and seasoned salt and pepper blend.  These can be seasoned according to taste.

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It all baked together at 350F for about 40 minutes (chicken with internal temperature of 165F.  I kept checking the food the last 15 minutes or so, and cut the chicken up so it would crisp up.

Then tonight, I made mashed potatoes by ricing the potatoes and adding in melted butter, non-dairy milk, and seasonings.  I just heated them on the stove top while tonight’s Honey Mustard Jalapeno Chicken cooked in the oven.

The Honey Mustard Jalapeno Marinade/Cooking Sauce was made from stuff I had a little of each of in the fridge.  Raspberry Honey Mustard mixed with Jalapeno Pineapple Jam.  No kidding.  Really good.

I served a salad that was a kit from Target’s new line.  Maple, Bourbon, Bacon salad.

Maple Bourbon Bacon Salad Kit

Yummm.  I know it sounds like a lot of different flavors, but they all complemented each other.

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Cauliflower was on sale!  I decided to make Cauliflower Steaks, after reading raves about them for years.  Daniel brought me some rosemary and oregano from his garden, which added such a nice, fresh element to the oil mixture I brushed the cauliflower with.   I served it with a simple chicken cutlet and salad.

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Spray baking sheet with coconut or olive oil. Cut cauliflower into slices, trying to keep them intact so they look like tree silhouettes.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Mix together olive oil, chopped rosemary and oregano.  Brush both sides of the cauliflower steaks, and bake at 400 for 20 minutes, turning about half way through.  Sprinkle with Parmesian (I used vegan) and serve!  Yum yum!

 

 

Lucky’s (the sip and stroll store) had some beautiful sockeye salmon on sale that called out to me!  My surrogate daughter Beth, who is vegetarian, was over.  I wanted to make a hearty  side for her to join us!  We all loved the rice, and the lentils and garbanzo beans provided her with a little protien.  The color is not as pretty when you cook the veggies in the rice cooker as opposed to stir frying them and adding them in at the end.  It is, however, much easier to throw it all in the rice cooker and walk away!  It tastes yummy, but if I was having guests, I would opt for the stir fry method for prettier presentation.  I threw together some things I had on hand for the marinade and it was a hit!  The non-fish eaters had boneless chicken with the same marinade and said it was good too.

Rice and Lentils with Salmon

Marinade salmon filet in a mixture of Italian dressing and balasamic glaze (2 to 1 ratio), with a little minced ginger added.  My marinade was about 2 Tbsp. dressing, 1 Tbsp.  balsamic glaze and 1/2 tsp. ginger for each serving of fish.  The filet was 1.2 lbs. and I cut it into three servings.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350F and start the rice in the rice cooker, because it will take about twice as long as the salmon will.

For the rice:

2 C. brown rice

1/2 C. wild rice

1/2 C. dried lentils

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 bag broccoli slaw or other coarsely chopped vegetables

3 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. seasoned salt or other seasoning blend

6 C. water

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

Combine all except garbanzo beans and cook in a rice cooker (one of my favorite small appliances!).  It will take about 40-45 minutes, so set the timer for 20 minutes, then put the salmon in the oven in a shallow baking dish, pouring remaining marinade over it.

When the liquid in the rice cooker was almost gone, I stirred in the garbanzo beans.  My rice cooker has a tendency to overcook towards the end, causing some of the rice to stick and over cook, so I usually stir in a little olive oil while there’s still a little liquid left to keep this from happening.

 

 

I had some Pearl couscous and was inspired to mix it with some broccoli slaw I had on hand.  The result was so yummy and so easy, I will definitely serve it again!

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Just cook the Pearl couscous according to directions, let it cool and then mix it with the broccoli slaw. Yummm.

I bought some fresh Mahi Mahi yesterday and brought it home and marinated it in Gourmet Warehouse Key Lime marinade, to which I added some lime zest and balsamic glaze.  I only used about half the bottle.  The other half is marinating some boneless chicken breasts for another night.  The sauteed Swiss chard, carrot, with Cannelini and Zatarain’s Cilantro Lime Rice mixed with brown and wild rice were the perfect accompaniments.

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Put the fish in the marinade as soon as you bring it home.  Start the rice about 40 minutes before you want to eat.

For the rice:

1 box Zatarain’s Cilantro Lime Rice

1 C. brown rice

1/2 C. wild rice mixture

5 C. Water

2 Tbsp. butter

Place ingredients in rice cooker and cook.

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For the fish:

1 – 1 1/2 lb. Mahi Mahi filet, skin removed

1/2 bottle Gourmet Warehouse Key Lime marinade

Drizzle balsamic glaze

Marinade fish at least 30 minutes.    Bake at  350F for 20-25 minutes depending on thickness.  So ideally, this gets put in the oven about 15 minutes in to the rice cooking.

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As soon as you put the fish in, start your veggies.

For the sauteed veggies:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 pouch frozen Swiss Chard (I used Cascadian Farms brand)

1 pouch frozen multicolor carrots (I used Cascadian Farms brand)

1 can low sodium Cannelini beans, drained

Saute frozen carrots over low to medium low heat, till thawed and beginning to cook, about 10 minutes.  Add in chard and cook another 5 minutes  Add in beans and stir.  Heat through about 5 minutes.

 

 

I’m still feeling great after giving up nightshades.  No pain at all and the psoriasis is clearing up after less than two weeks.

I sense that providing recipes on my blog that are nightshade free may fill a need.  I’ve been trolling the internet for recipes, and there aren’t a lot of resources out there.  One site,  tomatoesareevil.com did give me a good laugh.  My youngest son also needs to limit dairy, so he joked that we will soon be eating grass and drinking only water.  I’ll meet that challenge and work to make interesting, tasty nightshade, dairy free recipes that no one will guess are as healthy as they are.

Tonight’s dinner was nightshade free, gluten free and totally delicious.  I saw  Ina Garten make this – I adapted it to fit our needs.

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1 lb. cobia filet or other firm fish, cut into 2-3 oz. pieces.

1/4 lb. prosciutto, sliced extremely thin

1/4 c. Italian dressing

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. oil (I used an Avocado Olive Blend)

1 large sweet potato cubed

2 parsnips, cubed

16 baby carrots, cut into thirds

3 Tbsp. oil

Salt and pepper

Marinate the fish in dressing and lemon juice and oil at least 30 minutes (I did it overnight)

Preheat oven to 375.

Prepare two baking sheets by covering with foil and spraying with coconut oil.

Toss the vegetables with the oil and salt and pepper and spread in a single layer on one of the baking sheets.

Cook for 15 minutes while preparing the fish.

Wrap each piece of fish in prosciutto and place seam side down on the baking sheet.   Pour marinade over fish to moisten the prosciutto.

Place in oven and cook alongside fish for 15 minutes.

The prosciutto shrinks down and gets crispy on top.  Yum!

 

 

I can’t remember the last time we had acorn squash.  It was on sale the other day, and I decided to give it a try.  I simply roasted it in the oven with a little oil, salt, and pepper (ceramic dishes are reportedly better than metal).  We loved it so much, the kids want to have some for Thanksgiving.  I will try mashing it with some garlic.  It’s so sweet, even though many of the recipes I found called for adding sugar, it doesn’t need it one bit!  I can’t wait to try it lots of different ways.  My new favorite squash!  It reminded us of sweet potatoes, but creamy and nutty.  Really yummy!

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10 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1/2 c. sesame ginger dressing (I used Olde Cape Cod – makes a wicked marinade alone)

1/2 c. kimchi (I used wildbrine – I love this stuff)

1 large acorn squash

Oil for tossing acorn squash (I used grapeseed sunflower blend)

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine dressing and kimchi, and marinade chicken thighs at least 30 minutes (mine marinated overnight)

Cut acorn squash into wedges or slices and toss with oil, salt and pepper.

Place chicken in 13 x 9 baking dish.

Place squash in 13 x 9 baking dish.

Bake at 375F for 45 minutes.

I made some Minute multi-grain medley on the stovetop while the chicken and squash cooked in the oven.

 

I found a good price at Target on the Lundberg rices that I love so much.  They even had a Black Pearl variety I’ve never had before.  I made curry chicken and cooked this Rice Melange in the rice cooker.  Yummy.

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2 1/2 c. Lundberg Jasmine Brown Rice

1/2 c. Lundberg Black Pearl Rice

5 1/4 c. water

2 Tbsp. butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. crushed garlic

1 can black beans, drained

Combine ingredients in rice cooker.  It will take 40-45 minutes to cook, perfect when you are baking boneless breasts since they have the same cooking time.

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