Tag Archive: special dietary needs


I’m back! Sorry for the long hiatus, but wedding planning and  the resulting wedding was more time-consuming than I thought it would be! But everything has passed and I’m married now! Now let’s get back to the alternative cooking!

I’ve been craving sausage lately, sausage and pasta. But, I didn’t want pasta that used tomato based sauce, I’ve had plenty of that. So I started scouring the internet for a delicious recipe that included both sausage and pasta in different sauce. I came across this delicious recipe on epicurious and decided to do a dairy free version. I altered the recipe a little. My amounts and cooking instructions are below.

Ingredients

1 lb mild Italian sausage, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon salt

2 cups seedless red grapes

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes

1 lb whole-wheat farfalle

2 tablespoon Galaxy Rice Topping; Parmesan flavored

1/8 cup dried parsley flakes

1/8 cup dried basil

Instructions
Step 1:  Set a large pot of water to boil.

Step 2:  In a large skillet cook the sausage over medium heat until well browned, stirring occasionally so that they don’t burn. This should take about 15 – 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate covered with a paper towel making sure to drain a lot of the excess grease off back into the pan.

Step 3: Using the sausage grease cook the onion and garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt in the skillet on medium heat until soft and golden, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Increase the heat to medium-high and add the grapes, chicken broth and red pepper flakes and cook until grapes burst, stirring occasionally.

Step 5: Return sausage to skillet and stir. Turn off heat but don’t remove the pan from the burner.

Step 6: When water in the large pot boils, cook the pasta with the remaining tablespoon of salt according to the directions on the package.

Step 7: After you drain the pasta add it to the skillet and cook everything on high stirring frequently until the sausage is hot and the pasta is well coated in the broth. Sprinkle with Parmesan topping, parsley and basil.

Enjoy!

Yields 4-6 servings.

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Spicy Black Bean Soup

I love black beans. They are delicious and add a lovely flavor to whatever they are in. This recipe is inspired by Panera Bread’s Black Bean soup.

Ingredients

1 box of Pacific’s Gluten free Spicy Black Bean Soup

1 large red onion, diced

2 cans Goya Black Beans

2 tablespoons freshly ground peppercorn medley (Black, white, green and pink peppercorns)

1 tablespoon freshly ground sea salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground garlic

splash of balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon rosemary

1 teaspoon ground basil leaves

Instructions

In a large pot combine all ingredients and cook on medium heat until hot all the way through, stirring occasionally.

Yeah… it’s that simple. Enjoy!

New Year’s Eve Meat Rolls

Hi! Sorry for the disappearance. November brought NaNoWriMo which I am happy to announce I won! And December brought travels, holidays and sickness. Now I am feeling rested and well and ready for the new year begin.

One of my favorite new years memories is always Grandma’s meat rolls. She only ever made them for New Year’s Eve. Us kids would go to her house while Mom and Dad went out celebrating Mom’s birthday.  She would have several plates of them prepared and we’d snack on them after dinner until the ball dropped. So, I present: Grandma’s Meat Rolls.

Ingredients

Several small packages of thinly sliced deli meat. (Honey Ham is the best! You can also use chicken, beef or turkey)

A couple jars of either dill or bread and butter pickle spears

A couple packages of Tofutti Better than Creamcheese spread

*Note: this is all subjective to how much you want to make. The number of slices of meat you buy doubles as you cut them in half.

Instructions

Step 1: Neatly stack the meat and then cut them in half.

Step 2: Cut the pickle spears in half long way and then into fourths short ways.

Step 3: Take a halved meat slice and lay it in front of you. Place on the meat slice a pickle slice and a small amount of creamcheese and then roll the meat along its length.

Just repeat until you have your desired amount. Enjoy!