Grown-Up Mac n’ Cheese

grownupmacncheese2Grown-Up Mac ‘n Cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) gluten-free/whole-wheat penne
  • 1 lb. spinach leaves, trimmed
  • ¼ cup olive oil or butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour/gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk/soy milk
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese/Daiya cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg, optional
  • Optional toppings: chopped tomatoes, hot sauce, scallions, etc.

the method:

  1. Cook penne according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Heat large pot over medium-high heat. Add spinach, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted, stirring with tongs to cook all leaves. Drain, and press out any excess liquid. Coarsely chop wilted spinach, and set aside.grownupmacncheese1
  3. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, then add penne, spinach, 1/2 cup Parmesan, garlic, and nutmeg, if using, to sauce, and stir until well coated. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to prepared baking dish, sprinkle remaining 2 Tbs. Parmesan over mixture, and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until top is browned.Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 11- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Parsley, Mint & Cherry Tomato Salad (V)(GF)

pars saladParsley, Mint & Cherry Tomato Salad (V)(GF)

the ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large bunch mint
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

the method:

  1. Pick the leaves from the parsley and mint and place in a large bowl. Halve the cherry tomatoes and toss with the parsley and mint leaves.
  2. Combine the shallot, mustard, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in the oil until emulsified, then toss the dressing with the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Pasta

zuccZucchini Noodles (V)(GF)
2 zucchinis, peeled
1 tablespoon coconut oil/olive oil
1/4 cup water
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Homemade Marinara Sauce or your favorite jarred brand

the method:

  1. To make the noodles, you have multiple options. You can use a vegetable spiralizer, a food processor, a julienne peeler – or if you’re REALLY patient and don’t have any of these tools, you can slice really long strips with a sharp knife. Personally, I do not recommend a knife. I have a julienne peeler and it is, by far, my favorite kitchen tool. It cuts the zucchini into perfect noodle strips. You can use it for stir fries, salads, slaws… everything! I bought mine at Williams-Sonoma and it was only $10 (it is in the picture). I even like it more than my Kitchen-Aid Mixer – I never thought I would love anything as much as my mixer.
  2. When making the noodles, make sure you don’t use any strips that have seeds in them… you will want to throw away “the core” of the zucchini. The reasoning for this is due to the high water content in the middle. Too much water = mushy, squishy noodles. Yuck!
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for 1 minute. Add water and cook until zucchini is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. I served my noodles with homemade marinara, but these noodles would be great with any sauce. I am going to try a lemon-garlic sauce next! :)

Garden Vegetable Frittata (GF)

phonto12Garden Vegetable Frittata (GF)

the ingredients:

  • 4-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1-2 cups of vegetables (I used a combo of zucchini, asparagus and tomatoes)
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • fresh herbs and spices of your choice (I just used dried thyme and turmeric)
  • 6 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

the method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile in a cast-iron skillet, saute the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. After about 3 minutes add the remaining oil and your choice of vegetables. Start with the denser vegetables like then add in the other veggies, except the tomatoes. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for about 5 minutes (I like mine still crisp). Season the vegetables with salt and herbs.
  2. Whisk the eggs together then pour the eggs over the vegetables, making sure they spread evenly over the veggies.
  3. Scatter tomatoes over the top of the egg and veggie mixture.
  4. Now place the saute pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or you can continue to cook over the stove on medium low for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Top the frittata with anything you want! I like using hot sauce. ;)

Meatless Monday: Kitchen Sink Scramble (GF)

scrambleKitchen Sink Scramble (GF)
the ingredients:

  • 4 organic eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup zucchini, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions, chooped
  • ¼ cup water (or milk)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil

the method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, bell pepper, water, onions, zucchini, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour into a skillet lightly greased with coconut oil. Cook and stir over medium heat until eggs are nearly set.
  3. Add the tomato; cook and stir until eggs are completely set.

Meatless Monday: Apple-Dijon-Lentil Burger (GF)

apledijonApple-Dijon-Lentil Burgers (GF)

the ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 heaping cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup green apple, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fried eggs, grilled onions, lettuce and sliced onion to garnish

 

the method:

  1. Add lentils into a medium pot along with 2 and 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered, adding more water if the lentils dry out. Once the lentils are fork tender, remove from heat and mash with a potato masher until it’s a coarse paste with some lentil pieces still intact. Set aside.
  2. In a very large skillet or wok, add the oil along with the finely chopped mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt. Saute over medium-high heat for about 7-9 minutes, until most of the water cooks off. Now add the spinach, onion, oregano.. Stir until combined and continue cooking for another few minutes until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and stir in the mashed lentils when ready.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Stir for 10 seconds and then immediately pour into the skillet mixture. Stir to combine. Now stir in the 1/2 cup flax meal. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The mixture should be fairly moist and sticky. If it’s way too sticky, add a bit more oat flour. If it’s dry, add another tbsp of water.
  4. Heat some more oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, form mixture into hamburger patties.
  5. Fry each patty for 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve with a fried egg, lettuce, grilled onions and sliced tomatoes.

Sweet Potato Fries (GF)(V)

the ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut in half and then lengthwise to make sticks
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

the method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes, spices, herbs and olive oil in a bowl. Place on rimmed baking sheet – do not overlap fries, use two sheets if necessary.
  3. Cook in heated oven for about 25-30 minutes – carefully flipping each fry halfway through cooking time.
  4. Once out of the oven, season with salt and a sprinkle of herbs – if you used them.

Meatless Monday: Grilled Veggies in a Tomato-Cilantro-Turmeric Sauce (V)(GF)

grilled vegGrilled Veggies in a Tomato-Cilantro-Turmeric Sauce (V)(GF)

The ingredients

2 large plum tomatoes, coarsely grated on a box grater
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup pure olive oil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. turmeric
1 lemon, juiced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
Vegetable oil, for brushing
Salt and freshly ground pepper

the method:

  1. In a food processor, combine the grated tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, turmeric and cilantro. Pulse until smooth. Add the veggies to marinade and coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Light a grill. Thread the veggies onto metal skewers (if you’re using bamboo skewers, make sure you soak them for 30 minutes prior to grilling), leaving a small space between each piece. Brush the veggies with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 10minutes.
  3. Use extra sauce for dipping. :)

Meatless Monday: Farmer’s Market Fried Rice (GF)

farmerFarmer’s Market Fried Rice (GF)

ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 cup 1/4-inch diced, peeled and cored parsnips
  • 4 medium Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 cups cold cooked brown rice
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

 the method:

  1. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 2 teaspoons oil, coating the bottom completely. Add beaten eggs and cook, tilting to cover the surface as thinly as possible to make an egg pancake. When the pancake is just set, 30 seconds to 1 minute, flip using a metal spatula and allow it to set for about 5 seconds. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. Swirl 1 tablespoon oil into the wok, add garlic and shallots and stir-fry, using a metal spatula, until fragrant, 10 seconds. Add parsnips and Brussels sprouts, reduce the heat to medium-high and stir-fry until the vegetables are nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, add rice, tomatoes and soy sauce and stir-fry, breaking up the rice, until heated through, 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, salt and pepper; add the egg pieces and toss to combine.

Broccoli Au Gratin (GF)

broccoliBroccoli Au Gratin (GF)

the ingredients

1 pound broccoli
1 small white onion, diced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Earth Balance butter
2 tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened soy milk (unsweetened almond or regular cow’s milk works too!)
⅛ tsp salt and pepper, each
Grating of fresh nutmeg
Pinch of rubbed sage
¾ cup grated combination of sharp Cheddar, Parmesan – divided

the method

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Rinse the broccoli and cut into florets, approximately 1″ cubes. Peel the stalks and cut them into pieces as well. Put broccoli and chopped onion in a casserole dish, toss with olive oil and some salt and pepper. Roast broccoli for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the flour. Stir and cook 45 seconds until smooth and beginning to smell toasty.
  4. Add half the milk and stir briskly to combine. Add the rest of the milk and seasonings.
  5. Add ½ cup of the cheese and stir to melt.
  6. Remove broccoli form over after cooked, and pour your cheesy sauce over the broccoli. Toss to coat.
  7. Sprinkle some remaining cheese on top and return casserole dish to the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Broccoli Stir-Fry (GF)(V)

brocBroccoli Stir-Fry (GF)(V)
the ingredients:

1/2 cup veggie stock
1 Tbsp tamari (you can use soy sauce if you aren’t gluten-intolerant)
1 Tbsp dark sesame oil
Avocado oil (or some other high smoke-point cooking oil)
1 pound broccoli florets, rinsed, patted dry, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves of garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

 

 

the method:

  1. Mix the stock, soy sauce, and dark sesame oil together in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp of avocado oil in a large, covered sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the broccoli florets, stir to coat the florets with the oil, Sauté for about a minute. Clear a space in the middle of the broccoli and add the ginger and garlic. Add a little more oil to the ginger and garlic (about a teaspoon) and sauté for half a minute, stirring just the garlic and ginger, until fragrant. Then stir the garlic and ginger in with the broccoli.
  3. Add the vegetable stock mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until broccoli is still firm, but can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Return pan to heat, increase heat to high and boil down the liquid until just a couple tablespoons remain. Turn off heat, return broccoli to the pan and toss with the liquid. Put into a serving bowl with some rice.