Recipe(s) of the Day

A motley collection of recipes that I'm currently trying.  You'll witness the good, the bad, the tasteless.

Gluten-free Vegan Breakfast Cookies. Very tasty.  I don't think I'd have them for breakfast as I found them to be quite sweet.  Also, I confess that I accidentally forgot to put in the 1.5 cups of rolled oats which probably would have made them less sweet.  They are still very yummy, and I can't stop eating them!

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie.  Leftover chicken, butternut squash, kale, onions, and other goodness. It's cooking in the oven right now.  Hope it's good.  The rain has been falling, and I'm in the mood for some gooey goodness.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies.  This has consistently been one of the best cookie recipes ever.  I often substitute pureed dates for the maple syrup and use raisins or dried cranberries in lieu or chocolate chips.  I have also used carob chips as well.  

It was time for gingerbread cookies, so we made some!  Primal Palate has some amazing Gingerbread Cookies made with almond flour (expensive, but tasty), molasses, maple syrup, and a perfect mix of spices. We ended up needing to add extra almond flour as the dough was so sticky, but it ended up working out, and boy were these a hit!  Perfect texture, perfect crunch, perfect chew.  

10/22 - 10/31 - Dinners

Rosemary Apply Chicken. This one, from Elana's Kitchen was a homerun. Chicken with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, apples, plus I added some unpeeled, but large chunked potatoes and carrots. I threw mine in a roasting pan with a lid, and voila! Incredible.

Baked Mustard Lime Chicken. A zesty delicious chicken. I added a small portion of the chili powder as the three year old hates anything remotely spicy. I also steamed broccoli and had organic mac n ' cheese on the side. Super easy.

Polenta with Black Beans and Spinach. I felt like I had unbelievably good luck this week.  The polenta - readymade from Trader Joe's - plus the black beans and spinach were a total hit.  Easy to make and yummy.

Pinto Bean, Corn, and Soft Tacos. Another hit.  I also included some fresh avocado.  The refried beans were Trader Joe's. 

Delicata Squash Stuffed with Beef.This one was pretty easy to make. I love using seasonal produce, so the delicate squash definitely hooked into that. I also added some steamed broccoli on the side.

On the menu for tonight: You Won't Believe It's Cauliflower Pizza Crust. Let's see how this one goes.  I'm planning on baking it (possibly in the cast-iron skillet for a crispier result), then adding marina sauce, more mozzarella, and possibly chicken apple sausage.  Okay, this recipe was just not a success.  It just wasn't a pizza crust for me.  It tasted a bit more like a frittata.  Tasty, but leaving me wanting an actual pizza crust.  Lesson learned.

Fluffy Coconut Flour Waffles.  I was looking for some non-wheat waffles this morning as I wanted waffles, but not the wheat.  Sometimes at this point in my cycle (close to bleeding), I find the wheat makes me bloat even more . . . so I looked at a few recipes online and this one made it into my repertoire.  They were light, fluffy, delicious.  I only made 1/2 the recipe and used whole milk instead of coconut milk (I wasn't going to open a can just to use a tiny smidge of coconut milk plus we eat dairy around here).  The result: yum!  

Now, I love breakfast and am always hungry in the morning, but I was quite surprised to find that I was full after 1.5 waffle squares.  

I served this with a squiggle of honey.  My three year old and I both enjoyed them.

Red Lentil Curry.  Definitely yummy.  Screwed up and put in 12oz of tomato paste, not tomato puree.  Note to self.  Also slightly overcooked the lentils.  Called for 15-20 minutes.  I did 8 minutes, but it was still slightly too much.  Or maybe I should have run cold water over them to stop cooking.  I also only used 1 tsp of curry paste.  I knew 2 TBLSP would have blasted my mouth with fire, and the 3 year old would have categorically refused to eat it.  The result: pretty tasty, but not amazing. 

Chunky Monkey Cookies - gluten free, date-sweetened and banana-sweetened.  I added some trail mix (chopped up the cashews), carob chips, and a small handful of semi-sweetened chocolate chips.  I was out of peanut butter, so I used sunflower butter instead.  OMG so delicious!

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna.  Incredible.  Not a thing I would change.  Creamy, slightly sweet but not too much so.  Comfort food up the wazoo.

Fluffy Pancakes.  I made all sorts of changes to these.  First, instead of vinegar, I used lemon juice - 2TBLSP - to help curdle the milk.  I also thought 2 TBSLP of white sugar was ridiculous.  Ridding my recipes of refined sugar is my mission, so instead I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 tsp maple syrup.  I also realized part way in that we didn't have any eggs, so I used chia seeds to make a substitute.  Grind 1 TBLSP chia seeds (or flax seeds) into a powder, add 3 TBLSP of water, mix, let sit for 5 minutes and voila!  Worked really well.  The pancakes were fluffy and delish.

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