Penne with Italian Sausage & Kale

This is a modified recipe I found on the Weight Watchers website. I made my version gluten-free and added a little something. The result was a very tasty recipe that was very easy and didn’t take long to make. Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked penne pasta (I used Bianaturae’s GF) 8 oz. Italian sausage (ground –…

GF DF Sweet Potato Casserole Pancakes

If you have leftover sweet potato casserole from the holidays, this is a great breakfast entree. Ingredients: 1 cup sweet potato casserole (try not to use topping) 1 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill GF Pancake Mix 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups almond milk Directions: Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Pour…

GF DF Leftover Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins

I had a lot of sweet potato casserole left over from Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to just throw them away, so I put them to use in these muffins (and some pancakes). Ingredients: 2 cups leftover sweet potato casserole – ok to use the pecan topping 1 pkg Bob’s Red Mill GF Vanilla Cake Mix…

Chickpea Stew with Spanish Chorizo

Make ahead….the longer this sits, the better the flavors! Ingredients: 4 cups chicken broth 2 (14 1/2-oz) cans chickpease (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained 1/2 tsp thyme 1 bay leaf 2 tbsp safflower oil (or other high heat oil) 4 oz diced pancetta (if you can find thick-cut pancetta, thick bacon ends work well, too)…

Chicken Tagine with Fennel & Olives

I thawed chicken thighs for dinner today and it wasn’t until this afternoon that I even thought of what to do with them. I HATE cooking when I don’t have a plan to make something specific! But, I do enjoy cooking when I know exactly what I’m going to make to eat! You would think…

Lundberg Brown Rice Couscous

Since I’ve been making a lot of middle eastern meals, I was bummed that I could serve couscous with them due to my husband’s gluten sensitivity. Luckily, I’m savvy enough to search the internet….certainly there was a product on the market…I was sure I wasn’t the only one wanting such a product. And there was…Lundberg, my…

Slow Cooked Pork Shank with Gremolata (Stinco)

I got fresh pork shanks with my pig order this year. It’s not something you typically find in the grocery store…most shanks are smoked to make ham. Since I had used fresh shanks before, I went online to see what I could do with them. I found a wonderful recipe from Italian Food Forever. Pork…

Kale with Ras el Hanut

I love kale, but it can sometimes be boring doing it the same way all the time. So, I decided to make it using my Ras el Hanut seasonings I made last week. We loved them! So much so, that I plan to make them with lamb on Christmas eve. Ingredients: 3-4 bunches kale (used…

Ras el Hanut

Ras el Hanut is a Moroccan spice blend and translates as “top of the shop.” This means the best of what the spice merchant has to offer. All Moroccan women have their own special recipe for this that they pass down through the generations. Use this spice to season vegetables or in tagines. Whole Spices…

Fish Tagine with Charmoula, Preserved Lemon & Vegetables

A tagine is a historically Berber dish from North Africa that is named after the type of earthenware pot in which it is cooked. Since I spent about two weeks in Morocco, I’ve been anxious to try making some of the cuisine I ate there. This fish tagine is very similar to one I ate…