Minestrone Soup :sans noodles:

IMG_5228
2T extra virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped & sauteed
4c vegetable stock
2-3T minced garlic
2 15oz cans of tomatoes, drained
– I use 1 can of petite diced and 1 can of fire roasted. Then puree the fire roasted.
2 15oz cans of mixed veggies
– low sodium. I prefer carrots, celery, potatoes, green beans, corn, lima beans…you pick.
1 15oz can great northern beans, drained
1 15oz can garbonzo beans, drained
2 15oz cans of kidney beans, drained
– I prefer one each of light and dark red.
1T dried parsley
1-1/2t dried oregano
1t sea salt (or to taste)
1/2t ground black pepper
1/2t dried basil
1/4t dried thyme
8oz chopped frozen spinach

PREP
1. Add EVOO to medium pan. Sautee onion till it’s translucent.
2. Add everything to your crockpot.
3. Cook on high for 3-4hrs or on low for 6-8hrs.
– If cooking on your stovetop, bring to a boil and then drop the temp to simmer for 40 minutes.

– DO NOT SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN BROTH….it’s not the same.

Served with french or corn bread and parmesan.

Advertisements

Potato Salad w/Egg

INGREDIENTS

1/3c sugar
1T cornstarch
1/2c milk
1/4c vinegar
1 egg
4T butter
3/4t celery seed
1/4t dry mustard
3/4t salt
1/4c chopped onion
1/4c mayo
7 medium potatoes, cooked, peeled, and diced
3 eggs, hard-boiled, chopped
Paprika

PREP

1. In saucepan combine sugar & cornstarch; add milk, vinegar, 1 egg, butter, celery seed, mustard, and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until bubbly. Remove from heat; add onions and mayo. Cool.
2. Combine potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. Gently fold in dressing. Chill.

Seriously. My favorite. Complements of my mom and Good Housekeeping in 1970-something. Add celery, bacon (yuck), broccoli, cauliflower, cheese. Anything potato can be a meal. Back in 1970 it apparently served 6…as a meal, alone.lol

Salsa -> FRESH

INGREDIENTS

12 roma tomatoes
1 large sweet onion1 large green pepper
1 small orange or green pepper
1 small-medium yellow or white pepper
3 small jalapeno peppers
1/4c white vinegar
2-3T minced garlic
2T lime juice
1/4c light brown sugar
1t salt
1t black pepper

PREP

1. Dice/chop/puree veggies how ever you like. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
2. ENJOY!!!
3. Keeps for about 1 week and/or freezes great!

Refried Beans

INGREDIENTS

3c dry pinto beans, rinse to clean
water, veggie broth, chicken broth (you choose!)
1/2 medium onion, don’t chop…just peal outside layer/skin
2T minced garlic or 4 garlic cloves. If using garlic cloves, remove skin and add whole.

OPTIONAL

cilantro, dry or fresh
black beans instead of or in addition to pinto
salt
FullSizeRender-1.jpg
PREP

1. Add beans to slow cooker. Add enough water/broth to fill the slow cooker 3/4 of the way full. Add onion and garlic (as well as any other additional items).
2.¬†Cook on low until beans are soft, about 8-10 hours OR about 6hrs on high…stir occasionally during cooking process. You may have to add more water/broth as beans absorb liquid, so check on them periodically.
3. Strain beans or pour off juice; saving the juice in a separate bowl.
4. Use a hand blender/pureer to mash the beans. Add additional juice as needed for the consistency you want. You’ll want to leave them slightly runny because they will thicken as they cool off.

Black Bean and Quinoa Burger

Black Bean & Quinoa BurgerINGREDIENTS

1c quinoa (any color. pictured is red)
2c liquid (water or broth…if broth, add an extra 1/4c)
1t roasted garlic powder
– new fun item in my kitchen.
1t dried cilantro
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1T+ EVOO
1/2c peppers (any color)
1/2c yellow onion
1t garlic powder
2 eggs
1/2 to 1c gf bread crumbs
Salt
Pepper

PREP

1. In a medium sauce pan add quinoa, liquid, garlic powder, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20min…till liquid is gone. Set aside and allow to cool.
2. In a saute pan add EVOO, peppers, and onion. Saute till onions are translucent, about 10 min.
3. Mash black beans till there is just partial chunks. Not smooth, but not whole beans. You need something to hold it all together. Add sauteed mix, garlic powder, eggs, and 3 cups of the cooked quinoa. Add 1/2c bread crumbs. Mix. This should easily be made into a patty with out being overly sticky. If you need more bread crumbs, add and remix.
4. On a skillet, add a bit more EVOO. Place patties on medium pre-heated surface and grill for 5-7 min on each side, or until crispy.

Bun, bagel, toasted bread, or naked…top with your favorite toppings.

Optional items: carrots, corn, fresh garlic, different type of bean, different spices (basil & oregano or a Thai blend?)

Red Quinoa Black Bean Salad

IMG_1329INGREDIENTS

Salad:
1c uncooked red quinoa
14oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red/yellow/orange pepper, chopped
1/4c fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2c sweet onion, finely chopped OR 2 green onions, chopped
1c fresh, canned or frozen corn
1 small avocado, chopped 1″ pieces

Dressing:
4-5T fresh lime juice, or juice from 2 small limes
1/2t sea salt
1/2t freshly ground black pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4c fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
1/2t ground cumin

PREP

1. Add 1 cup of quinoa to 2-2.5 cups of water/veggie or chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat, cover and cook until tender and liquid is absorbed.

2. While quinoa is cooking, chop veggies and prepare the dressing. Mix dressing by hand.

3. Allow quinoa to cook after cooking for about 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Add beans and veggies, toss well. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and add salt and pepper to taste.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean CasseroleINGREDIENTS

15oz cream of mushroom soup
GF recipe can be found here, add sauteed mushrooms & onions, puree
1c sour cream
1t sugar
1c cheddar cheese
salt & pepper
4 – 15oz cans french style green beans

PREP

1. Add soup, sour cream, sugar, and cheddar cheese to a medium saute pan. Cook on medium till cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add green beans. Mix well.

2. Add to oiled casserole dish. Top with fried onions. Bake at 350 for 30 min.

::FRIED ONIONS::
onion(s)
milk
gluten-free flour
salt
pepper
paprika

1. Dice onions. I prefer to cut them in half and dice longer pieces. Place in medium size bowl and pour milk over just to cover the onions. Allow to soak for 15-20 minutes.
2. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and paprika…sorry, no measurements.
3. Medium cast iron pan and oil. Heat oil.
3. Coat onions in flour and pan fry.