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Make your own Taco Seasoning (gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, egg-free)

This is just a quick reference sheet for taco seasoning, not giving exact measurements, because I do a dash of this, a pinch of that, but I never buy packaged taco seasoning, or sauce at the store!  This is an example of what I typically put into the meat as I’m cooking it for tacos:

Sriracha (I love Sriracha) (as much or as little as you like – depends on what kind of heat you want)

gluten-free Soy Sauce (a dash)

sea salt

ground pepper

oregano

chili flakes

paprika

turmeric

Play with the flavors, find what flavor combos you like, but trust me; you can do better than the packages.  If you want it extra saucy, put in a little tomato paste/avocado oil combo, or steamed peeled tomatoes.

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Gluten-Free Taco Pie (also nut-free)

So trolling Pinterest as I often do for dinner inspiration, design inspiration, gift ideas, etc.  I kept seeing “Taco Pie”, but every recipe I clicked on used a “Bisquick” binder, which I thought, taco pie, where’s the tacos?

Corn tortillas (gluten-free) made way more sense to me naturally speaking.  So, I grabbed my tortillas, my ground turkey, the very last of my homemade summer salsa (tear in the eye) and got to work.  I didn’t bother trying to follow any of the recipes I looked at, just went into the refrigerator & grabbed what I thought would be delicious! (lots of cheese!) Let’s begin:

1 package ground turkey (20 oz.)

taco seasoning (I make my own, I will not buy store packets, most contain some disgusting ingredients that I can get into at some other time) I’ll post my taco seasoning recipe and add the link here.

1 Tbsp. Organic Oregano

Grated cheese, as much or as little as you like, I would say I used 1/2 cup total

Sour cream (again at your discretion) I used about 1/4 cup total

Salsa 1/2 cup (mine was organic homemade)

Salsa Verde (green salsa) (organic) 1/4 cup

1/2 Cup chopped smoked green chiles (store-bought jarred)

1 can of black beans

Gluten-free Corn Tortillas (I used 8 for this recipe)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

First I cooked up my ground turkey & seasoned it, set aside.

Then warmed up my tortillas (to make pliable) in a pan and started layering from there.

Warm up Tortillas, about 1 minute each side to warm, then layer into baking pan (I used a cake pan)

Warm up Tortillas, about 1 minute each side to warm, then layer into baking pan (I used a cake pan)

Each layer of the “pie” has 3 tortillas (except top, only used 2) 2 split in half & placed around edges, then 1 whole in the middle (see 2nd pic below)

Next start putting all the goodies on the tortillas:

Taco meat (1/2 of what I cooked), black beans (yummy), salsa, cheese, sour cream and salsa verde.

Taco meat (1/2 of what I cooked), black beans (yummy), salsa, cheese, sour cream and salsa verde.

Next another layer of tortillas and some chiles!!

Next layer of tortillas, with the chiles, about to be smothered in the rest of the taco meat.

Next layer of tortillas, with the chiles, about to be smothered in the rest of the taco meat.

Dump the rest of the taco meat on, and some more fixins!!

Lastly 2 split tortillas on top, with plenty more cheese and another sprinkle of oregano:

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Baked at 375 for 5 minutes; Supper is ready!!

Baked at 375 for 5 minutes; Supper is ready!!

One final delicious picture for you:

Huge family hit!!

Huge family hit!!

Cook, eat, share and enjoy!!

 

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Lighter version of Chicken Lazone (original recipe link included) Gluten-free

I was in the mood for something different & had a need for pasta, all of which brought me across this recipe: Chicken Lazone  from Plain Chicken.  I liked the sound/idea of it, but needed to make a couple changes, based on personal taste & what I had on hand in my refrigerator.

Ingredients: (for my version)

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric         (I have been using a lot of turmeric lately, great for joint health & circulation)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 ground pepper
  • 2 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided (organic, unsalted)
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup organic goat cheese
  • 1 large organic garlic clove
  • 1 Organic green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup organic minced onion
  • extra dash of sea salt for finishing sauce

Instructions:

Combine salt, chili powder, garlic powder,  turmeric and ground pepper.  Cover both sides of chicken tenders with the combination.

In large saute pan, melt the butter with goat cheese & almond milk over low heat, once the butter melts and goat cheese & milk are combined, add onion, minced garlic & sliced green pepper, just before adding chicken, a dash of sea salt might be in order for the sauce (depending on your taste).  Cook the chicken tenders until done, about 8 minutes.

I served this over a gluten-free, white rice pasta.  I started boiling my water at the same time I started my sauce & placed pasta in pot to boil just before adding chicken to saute pan.  Once all was cooked & pasta was drained, I added all the chicken & light/thin sauce over pasta.  It was delicious, my whole family completely devoured it.  I also sprinkled with a touch of grated cheese at serving.

Cook, eat, please share & enjoy!!

 

Lighter Chicken Lazone, perfect for Summer.

Lighter Chicken Lazone, perfect for Summer.

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Friendlier Alternative to Forsythia

Super informative post from edible South Shore, courtesy of Pam (from South Shore Organics) [object HTMLTextAreaElement]

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Coming Unglu’d: Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

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Coming Unglu’d: Eating Locally While Being Gluten-Free

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Gluten-Free Mac N’ Cheese with Turkey Kielbasa (nut-free)

This is certainly a far cry from any of my Vegan recipes I’ve shared, it’s full of yummy dairy & a little turkey kielbasa on the side.  It is gluten-free & nut-free.  This is definitely not a diet recipe, break out the sweatpants!  I was really in the mood for something warm, filling & comforting!  It’s Winter here & boy is it Winter here!!  It’s cold, we’ve had a good amount of snow & to be honest I’m ready for Spring.   I needed a meal that would feel like a warm blanket in front of the wood stove.  So, here it is:

Ingredients: (Cheese sauce)

1 Cup finely shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

4 Tbsp.  Organic unsalted butter

1 Tbsp. chopped Organic Cilantro

5-10 finely chopped organic cherry tomatoes (sneaking veggies into the kids, the blended so perfectly into the cheese)

2 Tbsp. Heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

dash of garlic sea salt

-Gluten-Free Pasta of choice

(Kielbasa)

1 lb. turkey kielbasa

3 minced cloves of organic garlic

1 heaping Tbsp. brown sugar

3 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. fresh organic rosemary

4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

First start your cheese sauce, throw sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan & cook slowly to melt everything down & get it creamy smooth.  Set that to the side, you’ll warm it briefly once everything else is ready.

Ready to melt...

Ready to melt…

Tomatoes chopped & being incorporated.

Tomatoes chopped & being incorporated.

Creamy smooth.

Creamy smooth.

Boil your water for pasta & at same time start warming your saute pan for the kielbasa.  Chop kielbasa into fairly small pieces, as you’ll be mixing this into the mac n’ cheese once it’s done.

I sprayed my pan for the kielbasa with a touch of cooking spray, then put in the kielbasa, the Dijon, the brown sugar, garlic, paprika & rosemary.

Chopped kielbasa with all the added ingredients.

Chopped kielbasa with all the added ingredients.

We're cooking now.

We’re cooking now.

Mmmmm  (I wish you could smell this)

Mmmmm (I wish you could smell this)

Once the pasta is ready, your kielbasa should be ready as well, drain pasta, set aside for just a moment, put the cheese back on the stove just to warm quickly, then pour over pasta.  Add kielbasa to Cheesy pasta, only if desired.  My boys did NOT want the kielbasa, but hubs & I loved it & enjoyed every single fragrant bite.

Mmmmm....Cheese

Mmmmm….Cheese

All mixed in.

All mixed in.

The boys mac n' cheese minus kielbasa.

The boys mac n’ cheese minus kielbasa.

Adults mac n' cheese with kielbasa.

Adults mac n’ cheese with kielbasa.

Ready for a close up.

Ready for a close up.

As always; Cook, Eat, Enjoy & Share!

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