‘gluten-free’ Category

  1. spaghetti squash black bean mexican bowl

    March 12, 2016 by Angie

    I made this Mexican-style dish from Kalyn’s Kitchen recently. It’s a hot black bean mixture with avocado salsa served over roasted spaghetti squash strands. Robbie and I both loved it. We ate it all.

    avocadoy beany goodness

    My spaghetti squash wasn’t very large so the ratio of black beans/salsa to spaghetti squash is a little off. The deliciousness was unaffected.

    spaghetti squash underneath

    There it is! Spaghetti squash peeking out from underneath all the beans and veggies.

    I followed her recipe pretty closely. The changes I made were I only halved the spaghetti squash instead of quartering it. It wasn’t big enough to require quartering and I really struggle to cut through them. I don’t have Vege-Sal so I used salt, as suggested. I skipped the green chiles and the green tabasco sauce. I don’t keep those things on hand and we don’t really like them anyway. The dish is very flavorful. I didn’t miss the things I omitted. Kalyn’s Kitchen did it again with a great, healthy recipe!

    bowl!
    Mmm, limey avocado.


  2. stuffed zucchini

    March 6, 2016 by Angie

    I’m always looking for new sides. Somehow (maybe MyFitnessPal emails?), I came across this post for Summer Veggie Stuffed Zucchini from the Mountain Mama Cooks blog. I can rarely leave a recipe alone so I changed it up a little.

    eat zucchini filled with zucchini!

    Ingredients

    olive oil spray
    2 zucchini per serving, depending on the size of the zucchini. I used 6 small zucchini. Larger zucchini will work out better.
    1 small red bell pepper, diced
    1 bunch of green onion, diced
    tablespoon of minced garlic
    about 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered
    1/2 cup to 1 cup fresh spinach, stems removed
    1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    salt and pepper, to taste

    stuffed zucchini in a row

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with olive oil.

    2. Wash the zucchini and trim off the ends. Slice all the zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to gently scoop out the insides of the zucchini halves. Save the insides in a bowl.

    3. Arrange the zucchini “boats” on the prepared cookie sheet.

    4. Prepare the red bell pepper, green onion, cherry tomatoes, and spinach. Cut up the zucchini pulp.

    5. Spray a pan with olive oil and cook the bell pepper, white parts of the green onion, and the zucchini insides with a tablespoon of minced garlic over medium heat for about ten minutes.

    6. Add the rest of the green onion, quartered cherry tomatoes, and spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted and everything is heated through.

    7. Pour the vegetable mixture into a bowl. Add in the shredded parmesan and breadcrumbs and stir. Start filling the zucchini “boats” with the vegetable/cheese/breadcrumbs mixture. Sprinkle more breadcrumbs and parmesan on top of each stuffed zucchini if desired.

    8. Bake the stuffed zucchini for about 25 minutes.

    stuffed zucchini with baked tofu


  3. spaghetti squash “lasagna”

    February 12, 2016 by Angie

    I’m really into spaghetti squash lately. I found this recipe from UpRoot Kitchen and made it with a couple of changes. Robbie even liked it. I want to eat delicious cheesy, saucy, spaghetti squash everyday so this recipe is a major winner in my book.

    a "slice" of spaghetti squash lasagna

    Look at that – mmmmmmm.

    My Changes:

    I omitted the egg, grape tomatoes, and crushed red pepper. Recipes with ricotta love to tell you to throw an egg in there. I just don’t and there are no consequences, as far as I can tell. The grape tomatoes and crushed red pepper were less “omitted” and more “forgotten in hunger”. I used a block of part skim Mozzarella instead of the shredded variety. I like that I can cut or peel off small pieces which melt beautifully.


    the whole lasagna

     Melty Mozzarella pieces

    side view

    Here’s a view from the side right out of the oven!


  4. veggie and egg white breakfast “muffins”

    July 7, 2015 by Angie

    I have been on the hunt for a new high-protein, low-carb, breakfast food. I got the idea for these egg white muffins from my co-worker and used this recipe from I Don’t Go to the Gym as a guide. I found certified humane egg whites online from Eggology. It makes me feel a lot better about eating eggs. Nutritionally, the Eggology egg whites really can’t be beat.

    veggie and egg white muffins

    Disclaimer: A silicone muffin pan is required. I killed a metal muffin pan the first time.

    Ingredients

    olive oil
    2 green onions, sliced
    2-3 yellow squash and/or zucchini, finely chopped
    a big handful fresh spinach
    about a tablespoon of minced garlic
    2.5 cups of Eggology egg whites
    a handful of reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese, optional (I forgot to add cheese to the muffins shown and they are just as tasty without it.)
    add dried oregano, turmeric, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper to taste

    Steps

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the silicone muffin pan with olive oil. Place the muffin pan on a cookie sheet.

    2. Wash and finely chop the veggies of your choosing.

    3. Pour a little olive oil in a pan and add the squash and garlic. Cook for a few minutes. Repeat adding the green onion and then the spinach last.

    4. Transfer the sautéed veggies to a bowl. Pour the egg whites into the bowl. Add a handful of the shredded Mexican cheese and salt and pepper to your liking.

    5. Pour the egg white and veggie mixture into the greased silicone pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

    6. Pop the adorable muffins out of the pan and gobble them up! Or save them to microwave for breakfast throughout the work week. I have been baking them on Sunday and eating four each morning on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I could stretch it to Thursday, but I start to get freaked out about leftovers by then.

    a happy breakfast

    They are perfect with a Robbie-made soy latte <3


  5. butternut squash soup

    October 26, 2014 by Angie

    I saw a butternut squash in its pre-soup form for the first time this week. I asked Robbie to identify one and bring it home from the grocery store. He did a good job, picking out a nice, big one even though neither of us were sure what they look like.

    butternut squash

    On Friday, I turned it into soup. Preparing a butternut squash is not the most straight-forward thing, the first time. This site helped me. You’re going to need a serious knife and some elbow grease. Aside from that, this recipe is very easy and we both liked that it requires minimal cleanup. The soup was delicious, if I do say so myself.

    time to eat soup!

    Adapted from College Vegetarian Cooking by Megan and Jill Carle.

    Yields 4 meal-size servings or six side/appetizer servings.

    Ingredients

    1 stalk of celery
    1 medium yellow onion
    1-2 carrots
    2 large russet potatoes
    1 large butternut squash (2.5-3 lbs)
    1 quart of vegetable broth
    salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    1. Wash and peel (if applicable), the celery, yellow onion, carrot(s), and potatoes. Chop into smallish pieces and put them in a large stockpot to clear your cutting board for the next step.

    2. Wash and peel the butternut squash. I peeled later but it was pretty dangerous so if you can do it now, do it now. Cut the squash across the neck, then in halves. Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff. Chop off and discard the ends. Chop the rest into smallish pieces and add them to the stock pot.

    3. Pour the vegetable broth into the stockpot and turn it on to get the broth boiling. Turn the heat down to medium-low (3 or 4) and cook for thirty minutes, stirring every once in a while.

    4. When the vegetables are tender and verging on mushy, turn off the heat. Use an immersion blender to puree the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    5. Eat your delicious soup with some buttery toast.

    butternut squash soup


  6. indoors grilled corn on the cob

    July 18, 2014 by Angie

    I made some corn on the cob tonight that would blow your mind! I have been craving delicious, spicy, salty, buttery corn on the cob since Fourth of July 2013 when my friend’s dad made the best corn on the cob I have ever eaten. I don’t totally know how he did that but I took some guesses and made the second best corn on the cob I have ever eaten.

    grilled corn and blackened tofu

    Here it is with some blackened tofu. Happy day!

    Ingredients/Directions

    Obtain as many ears of corn as you have hungry people. Pull the husks down to clean the corn and remove the silks. Pull the husks back up and soak the ears of corn in a big bowl or pot of water for 10-20 minutes. Spray a grill pan with oil and heat on medium heat. Kinda flick the ears of corn around to get the water out of them then put them on the grill. Grill them for about 20-25 minutes. Turn them sometimes so every side gets some nice grill marks. When they’re cooked, hold onto the end of each one with a towel and remove the husk. Rub some Smart Balance margarine on the kernels then sprinkle salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cayenne powder, and paprika on top, to your liking. Be so happy.

    grilling the corn

    Corn on the grill. You don’t need to be a BBQ pro to enjoy grilled corn!


  7. Mexican-style quinoa with black beans and avocado

    May 19, 2014 by Angie

    This was my first time making quinoa and I’m pretty sure it was my first time even eating it. It’s gotten really popular in the last decade or so and I can finally find it at my normal grocery store. I wanted to make something with it to try it out and thought it would be nice in a Mexican sort of dish instead of rice. I Googled a bit and found a few Mexican-style quinoa recipes. I used a recipe on the blog Damn Delicious as a guide. The ability to cook everything in one pot together really sealed the deal for me. Robbie and I both loved this. I will definitely be making it again, possibly this weekend.

    Mexican-style quinoa with black beans and avocado

    Adapted from One Pan Mexican Quinoa from Damn Delicious

    Ingredients

    olive oil
    half of a red onion, diced
    1-2 tsp minced garlic
    1 cup quinoa, rinsed
    1 cup vegetable broth
    1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained (I stand by by El Ebro as the best canned black beans on the planet.)
    1 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes, semi-drained, keep most of the juice (I prefer Muir Glen Organic Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes.)
    1 tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    pinch of cayenne powder
    salt and pepper
    juice of half a lime
    1 avocado, diced

    Directions

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet (with a lid) on medium heat.

    2. Add diced red onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook for about three minutes stirring occasionally.

    3. Add the quinoa, vegetable broth, black beans, fire roasted tomatoes (with juice), and the spices to the skillet. Stir then put the lid on. Raise the heat to a boil then lower to simmer for 20-25 or until the quinoa is cooked and most of the liquid is gone.

    everything cooking in one pot

    This is what it looks like early on in the cooking process.

    4. Towards the end of the cooking time, wash and cut the lime and avocado in half. Dice both halves of the avocado.

    5. Stir in the juice of half a lime. Stir in the diced avocado. Serve immediately.

    Mexican-style quinoa

    I feel the photos don’t do it justice and for that I apologize. It’s extra tasty good, I promise!


  8. cracklin’ cauliflower

    May 15, 2014 by Angie

    To go with our baked tofu on Tuesday night, I made another great side from More Peas, Thank You by Sarah Matheny. This cracklin’ cauliflower has a very Indian flavor to it with the curry powder and garam masala. Robbie and I both loved it. We ate it all. This will definitely be a regularly occurring side dish in our house.

    cracklin' cauliflower closeup

    Adapted from More Peas, Thank You by Sarah Matheny

    Ingredients

    1 medium sized head cauliflower
    2 tsp olive oil
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 tsp curry powder
    1/2 tsp garam masala
    1/4 tsp onion powder
    1 to 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
    1 tsp minced fresh ginger
    1/2 c frozen peas
    salt & pepper to taste

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    2. Wash the cauliflower and chop it into florets of a similar size. Place the florets in a biggish bowl.

    3. Drizzle the cauliflower florets with some olive oil. I didn’t actually measure this but you don’t need much to get the job done.

    4. Sprinkle the salt, curry powder, garam masala, and onion powder over the cauliflower and stir it around to coat evenly.

    5. Add the minced garlic and ginger and frozen peas to the bowl. Stir again.

    6. Spray a pan with olive oil. I used a 9 x 9 glass pan I call “the brownie pan” and it was the perfect size. Transfer the entire contents of the biggish bowl to the pan and bake for thirty minutes. Stir every ten minutes to make sure everything is getting proper oven attention and not sticking.

    7. Serve it up, add salt and pepper to your liking, and eat it all!

    baked tofu and cracklin' cauliflower


  9. balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts

    May 14, 2014 by Angie

    I’ve got quite a few tofu, tempeh, bean, and Gardein protein mains in the repertoire but I realized I am severely lacking in sides. I almost always douse some asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake it in the toaster oven. It’s delicious and easy but I feel like we should have some more variety. I got the cookbook More Peas, Thank You by Sarah Matheny from my public library. It turns out it’s kind of a sequel to her very popular first book. I’ll have to check that one out next. I cooked her Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts as our side the other night. It was my first time cooking Brussels sprouts and my second time ever eating them. I was really happy with how they turned out. This recipe is healthy, so tasty, and wasn’t too labor intensive. I now have another go-to side!

    Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Slightly adapted from More Peas, Thank You by Sarah Matheny

    Ingredients

    2 8 oz bags of Brussels sprouts (about 2.5 cups, you could make even more because I had leftover sauce on our plate)
    olive oil
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1 tsp brown sugar
    salt and pepper to taste

    Directions

    1. Heat olive oil in a large-ish pan.

    2. While the olive oil is heating, preheat the oven to 400 degrees for the next step. Wash and cut the Brussels sprouts in half.

    3. Arrange the Brussels sprouts in the pan with the cut side down. Cook, without bothering them, until the underside is brown.

    4. While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a bowl.

    5. If your pan is oven-safe, move it to the oven. If not, and none of mine are, move the Brussels sprouts to a lightly greased cookie sheet. Keep them cut side down and bake for about 8-10 minutes.

    6. If you’re still working with the pan, pour the balsamic vinegar mixture over the top and stir it around. If you’ve moved to the cookie sheet, bring the Brussels sprouts back to the pan, cover with the mixture, and stir around.

    7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy your quick, healthy side!


  10. low-carb cauliflower risotto

    May 6, 2014 by Angie

    Last night I tried out a new recipe for vegan low-carb risotto made with cauliflower instead of rice. It was pretty fantastic. I mostly followed this recipe from Vegangela. She tops her risotto with mushrooms but, as we are not mushroom fans, I made a little stir fry of yellow squash, spinach, and garlic instead to top our risotto.

    closeup of cauliflower risotto

     Cauliflower risotto closeup

    cauliflower risotto

     I also made garlicky thyme tempeh from the Post Punk Kitchen for our protein.

    It was a bit labor-intensive because I was essentially juggling three dishes at once but I think now that I’ve done it and know what works, it will go a lot smoother the next time. The only other complaint is there’s a food processor to clean at the end. Sorry, Robbie! It is a really tasty, really healthy meal low in carbs and fat but full of flavor.