Month: September 2014

Santa Fe Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free/ Vegan Option/ Dairy Free)

A few weeks ago I was able to get two half bushels of peppers. With the green ones, I made stuffed peppers. You may have seen my Beef and Veggie Stuffed Peppers. They are great! I also wanted to make more of my Santa Fe Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. I have made these with and without chicken. Both ways are great!

Santa Fe Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Santa Fe Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (Gluten Free/ Vegan Option/ Dairy Free)

1/2-3/4 c. uncooked quinoa ***

1 c. cooked chicken-optional (do not add if vegan)

1 c. cooked black beans

2/3 c. corn (I used frozen)

1 medium onion- diced

1 tomato-diced

2 cloves garlic- minced

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. ground mustard

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes (optional)

sea salt to taste

4-5 peppers depending on the size

Add quinoa to pot with double the water and 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Put on medium heat and bring covered pot to a boil. Cook for 15-17 minutes or until water has been absorbed. Mix in remaining ingredients except for peppers. Set aside.

Wash peppers, cut off tops, scoop out seeds and discard. Divide filling between your peppers and place in baking dish. Put the tops back on and cover. Bake for 1-1/2 hours or until peppers are tender. These freeze beautifully.

*** If adding chicken to recipe then use 1/2 c. quinoa. If not adding chicken then cook 3/4 c. quinoa***

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Cinnamon Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

So I have made Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies and Chocolatey Avocado Chickpea Cookies. Now I am playing with one of my other favourite flavours, cinnamon. Even though chocolate is my favourite flavour, I would have to say that cinnamon is probably a close second.

Now I could have called this an “oatmeal” raisin cookie, but it’s not. No oatmeal. It does remind me of one though, which is fabulous! Nice and chewy goodness!

 

Cinnamon Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 c. chickpeas- cooked and rinsed

1 ripe avocado- peel and pit removed

1/2 c. nut or seed butter

1/3 c. maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)

2 tsp. black strap molasses

1 tsp. baking powder

3 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put all ingredients except raisins into food processor. Pulse until mixed and smooth scraping down sides as needed. Add in raisins, only pulse two times just to mix through.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using two teaspoons or a one inch scoop line dough onto cookie sheets leaving approximately one inch between each. Flatten cookies slightly with  a fork if desired. Bake for 18-20 minutes. 

Cinnamon-Raisin Avocado Chickpea Cookies

Store in a sealed container on counter for up to five days or in the freezer.

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5 Minute Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free)

I love this time of year because I can go into my garden and bring things in to cook.  We have planted tomatoes, zucchini, rhubarb, raspberries, chives, parsley(that just kept growing all winter because it was so mild), and we also have basil. Next to garlic, basil has to be my next favourite flavour to put into a meal. I really enjoy making and freezing Pesto so I can use it in many different sauces throughout the winter to add a wonderful fragrant flavour. So when I noticed that my basil was doing so well, I decided that I could make my roasted red pepper pasta for lunch today. As a lunch this would feed two, but as a side dish probably four servings. Sometimes I have used bottled roast red peppers, but when they are plentiful, I roast my own peppers.

Roasted Red-Pepper Sauce

 

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free)

2 c. roasted red peppers
1 c. fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
1 small red onion
1 tsp. olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients into your food processor or magic bullet, and pulse until pureed.
Put into pan on medium and heat. Serve on top of desired pasta.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Delicious, quick and easy!! Great for the fall!!

 

Other great sauces to try:

Pasta with Pesto Alfredo Sauce

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Beef and Veggie Stuffed Peppers (Paleo/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

All the summer’s produce is coming into season and is available at our local farmer’s markets! I love being able to go to the farmer’s market and pick up locally grown produce.

Last week was no exception! I was able to pick up a half bushel of green peppers. I did freeze more than half but then decided that making Beef and Veggie Stuffed Peppers again would be great! My peppers were rather large so I filled eight. You may need more peppers if they are smaller.

Beef & Veggie Stuffed Peppers-Paleo

Beef and Veggie Stuffed Peppers (Paleo/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

2 lbs. ground beef, turkey or chicken

2 medium size onions- diced

2 medium size carrots- peeled and diced

2 ribs of celery- diced

3 cloves of garlic- minced

3 tsp. ground thyme

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. ground mustard

sea salt to taste -optional

3 c. diced tomatoes or 28 oz. can

1/2 c. goat cheese- omit if completely dairy free

8-10 bell peppers- desired colour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large fry pan over medium heat, brown your ground meat. When your meat is approximately half way done add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and spices. Let cook for another 6-8 minutes or until veggies are soft and meat is fully cooked.

Add in tomatoes and goat cheese if using and cook for five minutes. Cut tops off of your washed peppers. Scoop out seed and discard.

Divide filling between your peppers and place in baking dish. Put the tops back on and cover. Bake for 1-1/2 hours or until peppers are tender.

Grain Free Beef&Veggie Stuffed Peppers

These freeze well.

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No-Bake Nut Free Energy Bars (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Paleo)

When Sunny asked if anyone wanted to participate in her Healthy Lunchbox 2014 series, I jumped at it.Check out Sunny’s series at And Love It Too-Gluten Free and Dairy Free Living.

I wanted to make a nut free version of my No-Bake Chocolate Energy Squares. This way, kids can take them to school and have no worries at all.

No-Bake Nut Free Energy Bars

Check out the recipe at No-Bake Nut Free Energy Bars (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Paleo)

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins/ Loaves (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

How To Hide Veggies- 101… Grate the vegetable into foods and add chocolate so your kids don’t know they are eating veggies… I really have a habit of hiding good-for-you foods into treats. That way, I don’t feel guilty about eating them. I also don’t feel guilty about giving them to my grandchildren.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf & Muffins

Haha, you can even top them with my Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting  just to get in more veggies!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake w Sweet Potato Frosting

 

Seriously though, these Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are fantastic!! I have even made it into loaves. Tastes like chocolate cake and we all know how much I LOVE chocolate! Mmmm I even took a loaf camping with me last weekend. Everyone loved it.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins/ Loaves (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 c. gluten free flour mix

1/2 c. raw cacao or cocoa

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 c. palm sugar

1/2 c. ground flax

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/4 c. unsweetened apple sauce

2 – 2 1/2 c. shredded green or yellow zucchini ***

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

3/4 c. milk alternative

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. chopped dairy free dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 400 degrees for muffins/ 350 degrees for loaf

In a medium size bowl whisk together, flour, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, palm sugar and flax. Set aside.

In another medium size bowl stir together coconut oil, apple sauce, zucchini, milk alt., and vanilla. Add in powder mixture and stir until just mixed. Add in chocolate.

Divide batter into twelve greased muffin tins or one loaf pan.  Bake for 20 -22 minutes for muffins, 50-60 minutes for loaf, 40-50 minutes for 9X9″ cake or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins or one loaf. Will last three days in a sealed container on counter. Freezes well.

 

*** When I freeze my zucchini, I put 2 1/2 cups per package. Defrost and squeeze out excess liquid. ***

You may also enjoy:

Spiced Zucchini Muffins

Pumpkin Cake with Cashew Icing

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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