Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Collard Green Rolls w/creamy bacon sauce

These were quite yummy!  I made several and they froze nicely.  You could also use cabbage instead of collard greens.  I live in the South where collards are plentiful and grown in every  home garden.  So, getting fresh collards is easily done.  Logan didn't care for the cilantro on top and said more bacon would have been better.  I liked the cilantro.  Suffice it to say that the cilantro is probably for the more discerning palate. 

Collard green rolls w/ creamy bacon sauce  (from Pillsbury Annual Recipes 2008 with some modifications)
1 pile of collard greens or 1 large head of cabbage
1 lb ground beef
1/3 cup uncooked instant white rice
1/3 cup dairy free milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon Worcestshire sauce
1/2 teaspoon  sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon carraway seed
1/2 cup  dairy free milk again
1/2 cup dairy free sour cream ( I use Tofutti brand)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cooked bacon pieces
Cook cabbage or collards in large pot until slightly wilted.
In medium bowl, mix ground beef, uncooked rice, 1/3 c dairy free milk, the egg. worcestshire sauce, sea salt and pepper.  Spoon about 1/3 of this mixture on thick end of collard leaves.  Roll up, tucking sides in.  Place filled leaves in  12 in skillet, seam side down. Add broth and carraway seed.  Cover;  heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 25 to 30 minutes.
With slotted spoon, place rolls on serving platter.  Cover to keep warm.  In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup dairy free milk, the dairy free sour cream, cornstarch, salt and pepper with wire whisk.  Pour into skillet.  Cook and stir  over medium heat until thick and bubbly.  Serve sauce over rolls .  Sprinkle with cilantro or bacon, your choice.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Twice baked potatoes

These are super easy to make and they freeze really well.  Not to mention that they pop right in to the  microwave to unthaw in less than 2 minutes.  My kind of food!

I happened onto a sale on potatoes a while back where I got 10 lbs for 2.99.  Even with the addition of bacon and mashing the potatoes, I made all 10 lbs for less than $5.  You really have to love that!

Pour all the potatoes into the sink and scrub them clean. After they are all clean, poke holes in them with a knife or fork, your choice.  Lightly salt them (makes the skin crispier).

Wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil then throw in your slow cooker.  Yup, your slow cooker.  Since I had so many, I used my giant roaster. Pile them on top of each other.  They won't mind.

After you forget them for a day, give them a little squeeze to see if they are done.  Turn off the slow cooker and let them cool.  When cool, unwrap all the potatoes. 

This step is crucial to make them sit flat.  Slice potatoes in half then slice a tiny sliver off the bottom.  Not too much.  Just enough to make them sit flat. You will get the hang of it after one or two potatoes.

Next, using a spoon, scoop out the flesh from the halves of the potato.  Not all of it. Hollow out maybe 3/4ths of it. Put all the potato guts into a large bowl.

Mash as you normally would.  I use chicken broth with a little season salt.  I also add bacon to add a little flavor to it.  Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese or Sour Cream is good to mash in to it too.

After mashing it to the consistency of mashed potatoes, scoop it back into the hollowed out potato shells.   They should look like this.

Stuff all your shells then place on a large baking sheet or cutting board and flash freeze separately.  As in , place individually on the plate or cutting board and freeze for an hour or so.  Then you can add them into a large container or Ziploc.  By freezing ahead, you can get out only what you need when you need to.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meatless Monday: Black Bean, Corn and Rice Stuffed Peppers

In January, we participated in the Daniel Fast as a family with our church family.  It is perfectly suited for people on a gluten and dairy free diet as those are things that you are fasting from. I made these peppers one night.  They were a smash it.  Of course, you could add ground beef if you wanted but these were delish without the meat.

Black Bean, Corn, and Rice Stuffed Peppers
From  The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory


2 cans of black beans drained or 2 cups of cooked black beans
3 cups rice, divided (she recommends brown but any rice will do here)
1 cup corn kernels (frozen or canned , thaw if using frozen and drain if using canned)
2 scallions sliced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsps lime juice
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper
2-3 large bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise and cored
2 cups vegetable or tomato juice


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2.Using a large bowl, combine the beans, 1 cup of brown rice, corn, scallions, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Place the pepper halves in a baking dish ( glass or stoneware) and stuff with the bean mixture.

4. Carefully spoon some of the juice over the peppers being careful not to disrupt the filling.  Pour the remainder of the juice in to the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil and bake for 45- 60 minutes.

5.  To serve, place some of the remaining rice on the plate then place the stuffed pepper on top.  Pour some o the juice from the pan over top. 

You can not read the directions and add all the rice in the first step.  The peppers are filling all by themselves.  This gives you extra filling that you can freeze later.  I would recommend freezing the filling separate from the peppers then filling before baking.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bacon & Potato Soup

Now, when we have this on Meatless Mondays, I leave out the bacon on the top. The soup tastes just as good without the bacon. But the bacon really sends it over the top in my opinion. My husband and daughter add cheese to theirs as well .  I eat mine without cheese so that Logan doesn't feel left out.  Also, I usually add the bacon to each individual bowl then add the remaining bacon to it when I put the leftovers away.  There won't be a lot of leftovers, trust me.

Potato Soup

2 cartons broth (chicken, beef, veggie, whatever)
8- 10 potatoes, peeled and cubed
several tablespoons minced garlic or 2 -3 garlic cloves
1 cup milk or milk substitute ( any sub will work here)

Add potatoes, broth, and garlic to crock pot. Set on low and let cook for 8 - 10 hours.  When potatoes are tender, put a small amount of broth into a cup.  Slowly add milk and mix.  When thoroughly mixed together, add mixture  into crockpot..  Put crock pot on high for an hour.  Using immersion blender, blend just until soup starts to thicken.  Be sure to leave some potatoes whole.  Ladle into bowls and add bacon if desired.  Yummy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Winner of Gluten Free Bisquick Giveaway

The winner of the gluten free Bisquick prize pack via is comment #12!!!

Tracy- you didn't leave any contact info so please either email me at progers39 @ tampabay . rr .com (with no spaces of course) or leave a comment with your email address so I can get your shipping info.
Please contact me before Monday or I will have to pick a new winner.

Stay tuned for Monday's giveaway from Living Gluten Free!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gluten Free Bisquik and a Giveaway! ****Giveaway Closed*****

Betty Crocker was so generous to send me a box of gluten free Bisquick to try out.  They were even more generous to my readers in that they are offering one to you too! 

I simply love this stuff.  It made my life so much easier in preparing a quick meal for Logan.  Biscuits were sooooo easy to whip up in mere minutes. Logan had potpie for the first time since there was a fabulous recipe right on the box.  Yay!  This stuff is going to make my gluten free holiday cooking rock this year.

Who wants to win a prize pack like the one shown above?  You get the coveted Bisquick, a pancake pen which is awesome for filling cupcake liners, and a cast iron pancake pan with flipper. How fantastic is that?
I'm even gonna make it easy for you.  Leave for a comment with your favorite use for Bisquick. I'll draw a number on Friday!  Good luck!

I received the above prize pack from Betty Crocker  in order to review.  All the opinions are  mine.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NU Life Foods

Carolyn over at NuLife Foods was so sweet to contact me recently.  She asked if we would like a sample box of their food to try for FREE!  I did mention that she was so sweet.  I , of course, said yes . Logan was one happy boy when the box arrived via UPS.

Before we get to the review part, go over to my other blog, Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland, to see what we did with the dry ice that came in the cooler.  We got free food and a built in science lesson too.  Does it get any better than that?

The box came with several items in it like cinnamon raisin bread, cookies, meatballs , chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and  Logan's favorite, pizza.  All the items were individually packaged but the directions came on one big sheet in the box.  Hmmmm, I am not an organized individual so these were lost quickly.  With that said , the items were still really easy to make even directionless.

All the items were tasty.  Logan gobbled up the pizza and declared it the best he had ever eaten.  I guess he highly recommends the pizza .  I tried the cookies , the chicken nuggets and the meatballs.  The meatballs were huge.  Simply huge.  That's why I got to try them as Dad made too many for Logan's spaghetti to handle.  They were delicious and would make an excellent meatball sub. The cookies were good as well.  They were a tasty treat right out of the oven.  I loved how they were individually frozen so I could make as many or as little as I wanted. 

Everything in the box was fantastic with the exception of the chicken nuggets.  Logan thought they were good but not as good as the Angelfood ones that we get.  I have to agree here.  They had some weird aftertaste to them.  If you haven't tasted chicken nuggets in a long time then these will pass for you. They weren't the tastiest though to me and Logan.

With that said, I will definietly be ordering from them again.  The quality of the food was excellent, the shipping was fast and the prices seem reasonable.  Hop on over to their website and check them out.  They have graciously provided my readers with a discount code for 10% off.  Just type in Chefpenny10 at the promo box.   They offer a sample box just like we received  .  It would be a great investment to try out before you commit to a big order.  Let me know what you got and how you liked it!

This review was written by me after I received a FREE box of food to sample from NULIFE.  I would not have written this post wihtout their generosity.  I do not  get anything from your orders and the opinions in this post are entirely mine.