Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easy Lasagna (Gluten Free)

I almost feel bad posting this as a recipe, it is so easy, delicious and healthy!

Going gluten free means saying no to a lot of my former favorite foods. And to be honest, I don't necessarily even want to eat them if the gluten free version is highly processed or with compromised ingredients. Swapping veggies for the gluten ingredient is the perfect solution!

Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna

3 medium zucchini (or more/large size if making a bigger batch for more people)
favorite homemade spaghetti sauce or organic store bought variety (I haven't made my own yet...)
favorite cheeses (I used Parmesan, mozzarella, sharp cheddar, Monterrey Jack)
spices- garlic, onion
herbs- parsley, oregano
optional- any other veggies- spinach, yellow zucchini, etc.

Wash and peel zucchini. Slice thinly, I use the Pampered Chef Simple Slicer and it works great on setting 2.

Layer sauce, zucchini, sauce, onion/garlic, cheeses, zucchini, sauce, onion/garlic, cheeses until all are used up. I used a 9x13 glass dish. Make sure the top layer of cheese is nice and thick and sprinkle herbs on top.

Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until very bubbly.

The two times I have made this I was able to eat a LOT , definitely more than I would if it were noodles, so keep that in mind when making it :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hearts of Palm Dip {Recipe Update}

As a food blogger, it is imperative to take pictures to have for adding to the post. Unfortunately I have made 3 different recipes in the last week and didn't get pictures of any! No worries though, I plan on making them again this week and taking pictures this time :)  In the meantime, whet your appetite for black bean chocolate cake, carrot cake (both with cream cheese icing) and zucchini lasagna- and all the recipes are gluten free! There will also be a slow cooker chicken and coconut chocolate chip cookies recipes also coming soon!

In the meantime, I wanted to re-post this recipe, especially as we get to picnic/cookout weather. This dip is always a big hit, I recommend making at least a double batch if taking to a party! I made a few additions to the original recipe. Remember to go organic and/or local for as many ingredients as possible, especially when it comes to dairy products so you can avoid the growth hormones.

Hearts of Palm Dip

1 can hearts of palm or artichoke (chopped)
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 c mayo
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
1/4 c sour cream
1-2 tsp each garlic, onion, parsley
1 T chives
handful of fresh or frozen spinach, chopped or ripped into small pieces

Combine all ingredients. Spray small baking dish (I love the Pampered Chef glass dishes with lids) and add dip. Bake at 350 25-30 minutes or until slightly brown on top and bubbly. This recipe doubles well for parties. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Babies {Garden Update}

I love when you can check the garden every few days and see progress, especially in not-so-great weather conditions! Here's how they look!


various lettuces

Carrots?? Can't quite remember!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

They're Coming! {Garden Update}

You may recall that I took a leap of faith and planted my raised bed garden 2 weekends ago, covered with plastic and hoped for the best. It was definitely good that I covered because we got one more snow/ice storm March 30, one week after planting.

Thankfully this week has been much nicer. I was able to open up the bed last night, and saw some plants starting! I gave them some water and left the bed open so some light rain this morning and sunshine this afternoon could work their magic. When I got home tonight, here's what I found!

Peas, they got knocked around a bit by one dog, that shall remain nameless, that decided to run through the bed yesterday! Thus the reason why they are closer to the surface! Not to worry, pushed them back down in the soil!

Somebody thought the plastic covering was the best place to chew on his football!

I plan on covering the bed back up since we are supposed to have some strong rains tomorrow and I don't want everything to wash away. How are you making out so far this year? Have you started any seeds inside? That is next on my list!
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