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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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

Farm to Table: Chives, Red Potatoes, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Snow Peas

Happy Farm to Table Friday! This week’s dinner was hearty and delicious, with the mashed potatoes anchoring the meal (so good!). The potatoes also allowed us to add in some other veggies, making good use of all of our produce. We paired our dishes this week with chicken breasts that were brined and grilled. The brine kept the chicken very moist while grilling. Here’s what was on the menu this week:

Complete mealMashed Potatoes with Broccoli, Cauliflower & Bacon

Sour Cream with Chives

Snow Peas in Orange Ginger Butter

Grilled Chicken Breasts

From Bailey:
Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli, Cauliflower & Bacon
Sour Cream with Chives

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Bacon
  • About 3 lbs of Red Potatoes
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 bunch Chives
  • Sour Cream
  • 1 stick Butter
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Start by cooking the bacon in a pan until it’s crispy, let it cool then crumble it. You can do this right before you cook the rest or earlier in the day.

 Taters and broccoli

I started using two burners. On one start a large pot of boiling water for the potatoes. Chop them into quarters and, when the water is boiling, put in the potatoes. When they are soft when prodded with a fork they are done. You can peel the potatoes if you want to, either way will work.

Steamed cauliflower

On the other burner I started a steamer. First I cleaned and chopped up the head of cauliflower, then steamed the cauliflower until it was soft to a fork poke. Put the cauliflower in a large plastic bowl, then do the same thing with the head of broccoli. You don’t need to change the water in the steamer, just throw it in.

 Mashed cauliflower with masher

Take a potato masher ( I know, so old-fashioned, but I usually use an electric mixer and this time I used the old fashioned hand potato masher and loved the results! I’m a convert to manual) and mash up the steamed cauliflower really well.

Added broccoli

Next add the steamed broccoli and mash it up. Then add the cooked potatoes and mash them into the broccoli/cauliflower mix. After the potatoes are mostly broken up, add a stick of butter and mix it in. Your mixture should have a pretty smooth consistency.

Adding bacon

Next, add about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and the bacon crumbles. You can add salt and pepper as well.

 Ready to serve mashers

On the side dice up some chives and just mix them into some sour cream. I did about 1/4 cup of chives into about 3/4 cup of light sour cream. I served them on the side, so dollop away!

Chopped chives Chived sour cream

From Megan:
Snow Peas in Orange Ginger Butter

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups of Fresh Snow Peas (or Sugar Snap Peas)
  • 1 small Ginger Root, peeled and grated
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Orange Marmalade
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Black Pepper to taste

Trim the ends of the peas. Cook the peas in a small amount of salted, boiling water for about 3 minutes, then drain well. Your peas should still be crisp, don’t overcook them or they will get soggy (blech!)

 Trimmed Peas Cooked Peas

While your peas are cooking, melt the butter in a pan, then add the grated ginger and cook for about a minute.

Peeling Ginger Grated Ginger

Next add a few spoonfuls of the orange marmalade, a splash of cider vinegar, and some pepper to taste. Stir the sauce until the marmalade has completed melted.

 Adding Marmalade Orange Ginger Butter

Pour the Orange Ginger Butter over the drained peas, and toss to coat. Serve immediately.Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Friday: Kohlrabi, Peas, and Garlic Scapes

Welcome to our first farm to table dinner post! This year, the lovely ladies of Common Plate (that’s us!) decided to split a CSA (Community Sustained Agriculture) share from  Strites Orchard in Harrisburg, PA. We plan to use items from the CSA each week to make an original Farm to Table dinner.  Below are the recipes we used to create our first installment of our new weekly series: Farm to Table Friday!

Farm to Table DinnerPenne with Garlic Scape Pesto and Peas
Sauteed Kohlrabi
Grilled London Broil*

*The London Broil has nothing to do with the CSA, but we marinated it and grilled it to medium rare. It was delicious!

From Bailey:
Penne with Garlic Scape Pesto and Peas

Our CSA box included some interesting items this week. We got got fresh shelled peas and garlic scapes. I had never even heard of a garlic scape, but through my research about it I learned that it’s best used to make pesto or hummus. I decided to go with pesto.

Pesto StuffPesto Ingredients
Please note that all amounts are estimated.  You may need to adjust as you go

  • About 6 garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmiaggiano reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

When I made this pesto I first tried to do it in the blender which did not work. I currently only own a 2 cup food processor, so I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it all fit, but I found it was better to work in the processor in small batches than the blender blunder.

Peas in ShellThe first thing we did was shell all the peas, then steam them until they were done. Then we put them to the side.

To make the pesto don’t use a blender like I started out, just go right to the food processor.

Start with the almonds and get them well ground, add in the salt, pepper and basil. Chop a few times, then add in the garlic scapes. To use the scapes chop them up into smaller pieces before adding them in.

Garlic Scapes     Diced Scapes

Next, after grinding the scapes a few times, add in the olive oil, then finally the Parmesan cheese. It’s okay if the mixture is kind of thick, because when the pesto is heated it will cover the pasta well.

Pesto in Food Processor 1 Pesto in Processor 2

To make the final pasta, start with the pasta of your choice, long or short. I chose Trader Joe’s  Gluten Free Corn Pasta. Boil the pasta according to the directions, drain, then set aside. Start by putting some olive oil or butter in a large saute pan. Add the peas, then add the pasta and the pesto. Turn gently until all pasta is covered, and voila! There you go, a delicious side dish! Cover it with grilled chicken or sauteed shrimp for a great entree.

Peas in a Pan IMG_1195 Pesto Pasta

From Megan:
Sautéed Kohlrabi

Raw KohlrabiI had never seen, eaten, or prepared kohlrabi before… heck, I’m not even sure if I had ever even heard of it before it showed up on our CSA preview list! But part of the fun of belonging to a CSA is getting to try new things, so I determined to make a kohlrabi side dish. How hard could it be, right?

Once it arrived, however, I realized that I REALLY had no idea what I was doing. The thing looked like an alien. Several Google searches and helpful Youtube videos later, I decided to tackle sautéed kohlrabi. Thankfully, it’s surprisingly easy to prepare once you realize that it is not, in fact, an alien life form.

Cutting KohlrabiStep One: Remove any leaves from the bulb (ours came pre-removed). From what I’ve learned, the leaves can also be prepared, but the bulb seems to be the most popular part.

Step Two: Use a knife or vegetable peeler to remove the tough, pale green skin on the bulb. Then cut the bulb into thin, matchstick-like spears.

Step Three: Boil the kohlrabi in salted water until softened (about 5-10 minutes), then drain, pat dry, and set aside.

Step Four: Melt enough butter to cover the bottom of a frying pan. Add some minced shallots, and heat until fragrant.

Saute KohlrabiStep Five: Add the kohlrabi to the frying pan, and sauté until it begins to turn golden. Sprinkle a pinch nutmeg on top, and toss to combine.

Kohlrabi has a texture similar to a potato, and the taste is what you might expect if a broccoli and a parsnip had a (very tasty) lovechild. The mildness of the kohlrabi plays well with the butter, and the nutmeg gives it just enough of a kick to pull out some the earthiness of the flavor. New favorite vegetable? I think so!

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We hope you enjoyed the first installment of Farm to Table Friday!
Happy Cooking!