Chicken Fettuccine Fauxfredo

A few years ago, my dairy-loving husband developed a lactose intolerance (poor guy), and we’ve since tried to limit the amount of dairy in our diet. Not long ago, he mentioned to me how much he missed being able to eat alfredo, which prompted me to hunt for a good dairy-free alfredo recipe. Using this recipe for inspiration, I set out on an adventure to make some “fauxfredo”!

Fauxfredo IngredientsChicken Fettuccini Fauxfredo

  • 1 package of fettuccini
  • 1 lb. of diced chicken breast
  • 1 can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (we had a hard time finding this in a store, so we ordered it online)
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried Basil
  • 2 tbsp. torn fresh Basil
  • Salt (I used course, kosher salt) and fresh ground Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch

Step One: Prepare pasta according to package directions. While your pasta is cooking, begin to prepare your chicken. Pour some olive oil in a large pan or skillet and heat until shimmering. Add your chicken and your fresh basil, season with some salt and pepper, and cook on medium high heat.

Chicken Cooking

Step Two: Put the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, dried basil, and some salt and pepper in a bowl. Blend (I used an immersion blender) until well mixed. My sauce stayed pretty liquid-y at this point, so I poured it over the chicken (which was done at this point), added a tbsp. or cornstarch dissolved in a tbsp. of warm water, and stirred over low heat until heated through and creamy.

Fauxfredo Sauce

Step Three: Strain your pasta and pour into a serving bowl. Pour your chicken and sauce over the pasta, toss to coat, and enjoy!

Chicken Fettuccini Fauxfredo

While this didn’t taste *exactly* like alfredo, it was pretty stinking close! Best of all? It not only got the “husband seal of approval” for satisfying his alfredo craving, but it’s much healthier than regular alfredo! Win/Win! Do you have any favorite dairy-free recipes?

Happy Cooking!
~ Megan

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Farm to Table Friday: Tomatoes, Corn, Peppers

Tacos and CornAs soon as we saw corn, tomatoes, and green peppers on our CSA list, we were inspired to head south of the border for this week’s Farm to Table dinner! This meal ended up being perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day. On the menu this week:

Carnitas Tacos
Fire Roasted Salsa
Sauteed Corn & Pepper Salad

From Bailey
Carnitas Tacos & Fire Roasted Salsa

To start we made Carnitas Tacos. This slow cooked pork is one my favorite items to order at a Mexican restaurant. Instead of going slow and making this on a smoker, I have a great recipe to make carnitas in a crock-pot.

Slow Cooker Carnitas

  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Bay Leaves
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 lb. boneless Pork Shoulder

This is very easy to assemble. Combine all the dried spices, pat them all over the pork shoulder. Put the shoulder in your crock pot, cover it with the chicken broth and drop in the bay leaves. I usually do this at night, then stick it in the fridge. Before I leave for work the next morning I pop it onto low and when I get home in the evening the meat is ready to go. I take it out of the crock pot and shred the meat with tongs or a fork.

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Fire Roasted Salsa

  • About 2 lbs. assorted Tomatoes (preferably small or medium)
  • About 1 lb. assorted Peppers (I use the small sweet peppers)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onion
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro
  • 3 cloves Garlic, diced or minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Special Materials: A food processor or blender

Step One: Clean the peppers and tomatoes, then put them on a preheated grill. Turn them every few minutes to get a good char on each side.

Tomatoes and Peppers Veggies on the Grill Roasted Veggies

Step Two:  When the peppers and tomatoes are roasted, put them in a food processor bowl, You will easily be able to pull apart the peppers to remove the stems and seeds. Add the chopped onion, juice of the lime, the cilantro, garlic, and as much jalapeno as you want to control the spice level. Fire up the food processor and work the ingredients until you get a salsa consistency.

Salsa on the Stove

Step Three:  Move the salsa from the food processor to a pot and heat it on the stove to meld the flavors, serve warm.

**If you don’t have a food processor you can use a blender or just chop everything by hand. You will end up with a chunkier salsa, but it will still taste delicious!

We used gluten free, corn soft-shell  tacos for the Carnitas Tacos, and topped out tacos with the Fire Roasted Salsa, avocado slices, cilantro, and lime juice. Delicious!!

From Megan
Sautéed Corn and Pepper Salad

Since we had already made corn on the cob, I wanted to try something new that could also incorporate the green pepper. I came up with this Mexican-inspired sautéed corn and pepper salad. It’s easy to make and has a great flavor. I liked it so much, I ended up making it again to bring to a cookout later in the week!

Corn IngredientsSautéed Corn & Pepper Salad

  • 6 ears of Corn
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ cup of fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh Lime Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Step One: Using a sharp knife, remove the corn from the cob. I found it easiest to hold the ear of corn in a large bowl while I cut it, so the kernels did not fly everywhere.

Step Two: Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Once heated, add the corn, green pepper, and red onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until crisp tender. Add a small pinch of red pepper flakes, stir once, and remove from heat.

Saute Corn

Step Three: Pour the corn, pepper, and onion into a bowl. Add the cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Enjoy!

Mixing Corn

Bailey’s Perfect Meatballs

Served with brown rice GF pasta and shredded Parmesan cheese Who doesn’t love a good meatball? There is something so satisfying about a bite-sized ball of delicious meatiness that you really can’t go wrong!

Here is my go-to recipe for the perfect meatballs to serve with your favorite pasta. I served mine with brown rice GF pasta and shaved Parmesan cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of Meat (I used a mixture of ground beef and sausage)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs ( I used gluten free panko)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil (diced)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced or diced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 jar of sauce of your choice

Begin with a large mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients except the pasta and sauce. Mix them all together well until completely combined.

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On the stove-top use a large pot and put a small amount of olive oil and about 1/2 the jar of sauce into the bottom. Heat to medium/medium-high. Form the meat into about golf ball sized balls.

Once the pot is hot, put the balls into the pot. Cover the meatballs with the rest of the sauce. Fill the sauce jar up about 1/2 way, put the lid back on and shake it all up to loosen the remaining sauce. Add the saucy water to the pot. Put the top on and let the meatballs cook.

After about 10 minutes, use a wooden or plastic spoon and gently stir the meatballs to cook the other side. Let them cook on medium for about 15 more minutes and they will be ready to go.

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The meatballs can simmer for awhile, or you can serve them right away. Enjoy!

Farm to Table Friday: Potatoes, Onions, Zuchinni

IMG_1790This week we went for some satisfying comfort food… without getting too heavy for summer. On the menu this week:

Grilled Sausage & Bratwursts
Homemade Pierogies
Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

We were very excited to get bratwurst and raspberry maple sausage (yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds) from Groff’s Meats, a local meat supplier. The raspberry sausage helped made the meal feel light, even though we were indulging in some richer dishes.

From Bailey
Homemade Pierogies

This week I made something brand new to me, and the recipe turned out amazing! The fun part, like most of what I make, is that I think it is all about personalizing and creativity. We went pretty traditional, and we were very happy with the results.

To make the dough: 

I used my standing mixer with the dough hook, I added all the ingredients, let the mixer go for five minutes and it was all done. You can also do this by hand, but the mixer is much easier.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream, plus extra to serve with the pirogi
  • 1/4 cup Butter, softened and cut into small pieces

Start by combining and mixing the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix. It’s just that easy. When the dough forms a ball, put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, I recommend making the dough the day before you actually need it.

Dough Balls    Dough Ball

Fillings: 

For our pierogie filling I used mashed potatoes, sauteed onions, and shredded cheese.

To make the mashed potatoes, peel and boil the potatoes. They are done when they can be easily pierced through with a fork. Add butter, milk, salt, and pepper and mash either with a masher or a mixer.

To sautee the onions, dice up two onions and put them in a pan with butter and a generous amount of paprika.

Potatoes Diced Onions

Assembling the Final Product!

Put some flour on the counter, pull of a hunk of the dough. Roll it out, then cut into a circle with a cookie cutter or the top of a glass. Take about a teaspoon of potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon of onions and a sprinkling of cheese into the circle, then fold it over and close the edges tightly.

Rolled out dough Completed Pierogie

After assembling the pierogies, melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Put the pierogies in the pan, let them crisp up on one side, then flip. After cooking both sides I keep them warm in an oven at 250 degrees.

All Pierogies  Cooked Side Up

When they are all done, serve with sour cream and enjoy!

From Megan
Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

I really poured my blood sweat and tears into this week’s recipe… ok, not really, but I *did* nearly cut my finger off int he process of making this, so be careful with those zucchini. They are slippery buggers. I didn’t want to just make traditional grilled zucchini this week, so I was really excited when I saw this recipe, which combined some flavors I wouldn’t have thought to use together!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise into thin strips
  • Canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Honey
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Romano Cheese
  • Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Fresh Mint Leaves, torn

Step One: Whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, salt, pepper, and parsley in a small bowl. Then, whisk in the olive oil until emulsified to create a dressing

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Step Two: Using a mandolin, carefully slice the zucchini into long, thin strips. Brush the strips with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill for 3-4 minutes, flipping once. Baste the grilled zucchini with the vinaigrette and let it marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.

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Step Three: Toss the zucchini strips with the torn mint, remaining parsley, and pine nuts. Top with freshly grated Romano cheese.

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IMG_1792The freshness of the zucchini and mint kept the meal light, and the pierogies and sausage were perfect comfort food! Even Pumpkin wanted in on the action! How do you keep comfort food from feeling too heavy for summer? Happy Cooking!

Farm to Table Friday: Sweet Corn and Green Beans

Ribs, Green Beans, Corn

Welcome to the late edition of Farm to Table Friday (aka: Megan is slacker and forgot to post this last week – my bad, guys!). On the upside? You get TWO Farm to Table posts this week! We only ended up using three kinds of produce from our box this week, but we still put together a great meal!

On the menu this week:

BBQ Ribs
Sweet Corn with Cotija Cheese & Chili
Green Beans with Fennel & Feta

From Bailey
BBQ Ribs

We started with BBQ ribs which came out delicious! To make them I started by rubbing them down with BBQ dry rub (recipe coming soon!) and letting them sit refrigerated overnight. The next day I baked them at 250 for 2 hours, then moved them to the grill, slathered on some BBQ and they were ready to go!

Sweet Corn with Cotija Cheese and Chili

For the corn I mixed a traditional Mexican preparation. It’s amazing because the cheese, chili, and butter all complement the sweetness of the corn for an mouth-watering combination. Cotija cheese is a hard Mexican cheese that you crumble, much like Parmesan. It’s more pungent, like a sheep cheese, but not overpowering.

To make the corn I first boiled it quickly to get it cooked, then I put it on the grill to get some smoky flavor.

Next I took each piece, rolled it in some melted butter, then rolled it in the grated cotija. I topped it with some chili powder and it was ready to go! I served lime wedges on the side for squeezing. This is a great way to mix it up and serve corn in a non-traditional way.

Corn on the Grill Corn With Cotija

From Megan
Green Beans with Fennel and Feta

I’m a big fan of fennel, so I was super excited when I found out we’d be getting a fennel bulb in our CSA box. Fennel has a very distinctive licorice-life flavor, and a texture similar to celery. The sweet undertones of the fennel were a perfect match for the fresh green beans we got, and some crumbled feta pulled it all together for this yummy side!IMG_1775

  • 1 lb. FRESH Green Beans
  • 1 Fennel Bulb
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese
  • 2 tbsp  fresh chopped Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

 

Step One: Wash green beans and trim the ends. Remove the leafy fronds from the fennel bulb, and cut the bulb into this slices.

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Step Two: Fill a saucepan half full with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans and fennel slices. Cook until crisp tender (3-5 mintues). Pour into a colander to drain and run under cold water.

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Step Three: Heat Olive Oil in a pan, then add the cooked green beans and fennel. Season with the chopped basil, salt, and pepper. Cook until coated and warmed. Transfer to a serving dish and toss with feta cheese. Enjoy!

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Baked Lemon Dill Tilapia

Tilapia is a wonderfully versatile fish – the flavor is mild enough that the taste can be drastically altered depending on how it is prepared.  Usually when I cook tilapia, I like to make it on the stove… but when the days get hot and humid, standing over a hot stove is the LAST thing I want to do! So today I thought I would share a light, easy recipe for baked tilapia! The dill and lemon flavors are fresh and crisp, making this dish perfect for warm weather dining. And best of all? This dish can be prepared in under 25 minutes!

Baked Lemon Dill Tilapia

  • Fresh Tilapia Fillets
  • 1/2 stick of Butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup chopped Dill
  • Salt and Pepper

Step One
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the tilapia fillets in a glass baking dish.

Tilapia in Pan
Step Two
Juice one lemon, and set the juice aside. Cut the other lemon into thin slices.

Sliced Lemons

Step Three
Season the tilapia fillets with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the fillets with the cubes of butter.

Seasoned Tilapia

Step Four
Pour the reserved lemon juice over the tilapia, then coat with the chopped dill.

Tilapia with Butter and Dill
Step Five
Arrange the lemon slices over the fillets and bake for 12 – 15 minutes (until the fish is opaque all the way through).

Lemons on Herbed Tilapia
What are some of your favorite ways to prepare tilapia?
Happy Cooking!
~Megan

Bailey’s Cantina Salsa and Guacamole Recipe

Salsa in JarsThis salsa reminds me of restaurant salsa, which is great! This is a basic recipe that could easily be changed or doctored. I’m already considering adding corn or black beans next time. This recipe makes a ton, almost 4 pints, so be ready to share!

Ingredients:

  • 1 28 oz can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 10 oz cans of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
  • 1 whole Jalapeno
  • 1 Lime
  • about 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • a pinch of Salt
  • a teaspoon of Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin

Start my simply mixing all of the ingredients in a large bowl. I throw the peeled garlic cloves in whole. When I cut the jalapeno I cut off the ends, then slice the sides off leaving the middle with the seeds to throw away. Try to avoid putting the seeds in the salsa unless you want it very hot. Feel free to try other peppers to make it hotter.

With the lime, just juice the whole thing. If you don’t have a lime squeezer, buy one! It’s the best tool ever! To get the most juice cut the ends of the lime, then quarter it, squeezing one quarter at a time. After you combine everything put the mixture into a food processor or blender. I only have a 2 quart food processor, so I have to do it in batches. If you have a larger food processor just put all the ingredients directly into the food processor bowl. Process the ingredients together and then serve! It’s so easy!!

Tomatoes Unmixed Salsa  Salsa in Food Processor Finished Salsa

To make this into guacamole, follow the instructions below. Add these ingredients for each avocado that you use:

For one avocado:

  • 1/4 cup Salsa (use recipe above)
  • 1/2 Lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup diced Cilantro
  • a pinch of Salt

This makes AMAZING guacamole. Enjoy!

Unmixed Guacamole Guacamole