Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Blog Home!

Please follow this link to my new blog home!

At the top left corner of the page you can click on a link to follow the new blog.

Leave me a comment when you get there, please!

I'll be waiting for you!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Trying to leave comments?

I've had a few people let me know that they have been unable to leave comments.

And here I thought nobody was reading my recipes!

Anyway, I *THINK* I have it fixed.

Maybe.

I don't know.

Leave a comment and let me know...please?

Thanks!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce - Like a Boss!

**There is now an easier to follow recipe at my new website: CLICK HERE

::Before we begin, I will make a disclaimer. I am a computer dunderhead. Which explains some of the weird, funky highlights in the post below. I have no idea how they got there, I have no idea how to make them go away. So please ignore them. I cook better than I compute. Thanks!::

So, I cannot take all the credit for this baby as it was my hubby who actually came up with the idea and made the first batch we ever ate.

But the following is all mine, lest you think I am plagiarizing or something silly like that.

You will love me for how easy and simple it is.

Or you might just like me, but that's fine too.

Oh, and if you don't like seafood, I'm cool with that.

You're weird, but I'm cool.

Simply serve sans the seafood or with any other meat you would like to be involved in this Alfredo relationship.

So first, get yourself some allergy free bacon, such as:


Fry up half the package in a skillet.

Remove and drain on a towel when the bacon is nice and crispy. When it is cool, crumble it all up.

Drain *most* of the grease and reserve just enough to saute' mushrooms.

Next, add your mushrooms to all that bacony goodness.



Then, add about 1/2 cup of burgundy cooking wine to the skillet. This is optional for those who either cannot tolerate the ingredients or just don't realize that there is hardly any alcohol in cooking wine and whatever is there simply cooks off anyway *inhale!*.



Chop up some green onions and throw them in there too. Do not cover the skillet at any time. Let those shrooms absorb as much of that liquid as possible and stir up those bacony bits into it also.



The next part is of your choice of meats. Since I was making this for my hubby, he requested shrimp, crawfish, (which he affectionately refers to as 'sea bugs'. Nice.) bacon and ham. I always rinse, thaw and drain my seafood first. You may add whatever protein you want here at this point.





Saute' all the meats (except for the draining bacon) until they are heated through and/or cooked. I also added ham (Hormel Naturals). Drain off the liquid (toss it!) and transfer the meats/shrooms/onions and bacon into a bowl. 


Cover the bowl with foil to keep the meat warm.

Next, you will need Original UNSWEETENED almond milk. (If you are allergic to almonds, use the best unsweetened original milk product you have.) You will also need Earth Balance spread and one package of Daiya cheese substitute.




Melt 1/4 cup Earth Balance in the skillet with one to two cloves of minced garlic and a shake or two of pepper.


 Then add 1 1/2 cups of the almond milk. Heat the mixture for a few minutes on medium heat.


Then add the entire package of Daiya. See how liquidy it is? Never fear! It will thicken. I promise.


Now it is the waiting game. You will need to stir, stir, stir your milky, cheesy, Earth Balancy mess. I use a slotted spatula so I can squish all the cheese down as it melts and scrape the bottom of the skillet.. Keep it on medium heat.


Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.

At this point, turn your heat down to medium low (or low if your range runs hot) just so that the cheesy mixture bubbles. Your cheese will be almost melted.

Once the cheese is melted, add your meats back to the sauce.


Keep it on low until ready to serve, stirring every few minutes.

Cook up some allergy free pasta.



And serve your yummy sauce over the top of it.


And then be speechless because it is so amazingly yummy!


Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

1/4 cup Earth Balance Spread
1 1/2 cups Original Unsweetened almond milk
1 Package Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
1-2 cloves garlic
Pepper


Meats and Such for the Sauce

1/2 package allergy free bacon (such as Hormel Naturals)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup cooking wine
Any amount of the following:
Green onions
Crawfish, thawed
Shrimp, thawed
Diced Ham (such as Hormel Naturals)

Currently sharing with The Tasty Alternative!

Happy Indulging!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Alfredo Sauce!

Drum roll please!

Tomorrow I will be posting my delicious, scrumptious, amazing DAIRY FREE Alfredo sauce recipe!

It will have pictures and everything.

So DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!

Unless you have to go the bathroom or sleep or eat or whatever.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I Have Two Seconds!

*Rushes in*

I (wheezes).....got off my hamster wheel...(coughs)....long enough to type a quick (grabs at shin splints in agony)....post about a great product!

Because I'm just that kinda gal.

So here it is:


OOPS! Sorry. The Bat Burritos will be a different post.

I meant to post this:



With just two ingredients (salt and almonds), this is such a yummy, pick-me-up snack!

I like to pair a spoonful with an apple or celery for those mid-day tummy grumblings.

It's also a nice change from peanut butter. Or a great substitute if you're allergic to peanuts!

Look for it at any major supermarket in the peanut butter aisle.

Oh, and for those of you who doubt that I was on an actual hamster wheel, just see for yourself:


I've been running on one of these things since I was about ten years old.

Our mom had unconventional ways of disciplining us.

We never did get Kool-Aid in that drip bottle, either....


Happy Hamsters!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Never Fear! I Shall Return!

For all one of you that have noticed my absence, I have good reason.

It's her:



She's graduating.

And I just can't believe it.

Because just yesterday, she looked like this:



I know that maybe to YOU, she doesn't look much different, but to me, well...it is night and day.

Anyway, being wrapped up in the festivities that I am, blogging has taken a back seat.

But I will be back.

Feeling a little older, a little more nostalgic and a lot more blessed.

Because she is truly a gem and one of the best things that ever happened in my life.


Happy Big Changes!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Standing in the 'GAPS'

Yes, yes, it's been a while since my last post.

For all three and a half of you that noticed, thanks!

I've been doing some research to fix what food allergies destroyed: my gut.

I often find myself in pain and having, uh, other unpleasant experiences.

I'm still in the process of researching the best diet for gut healing, but so far, the one that has trumped all the others is GAPS.

It looks very hard at first glance, but the more I read, the more I think I can do it.

I've avoided eating so many foods over the last ten years that I think I can take this on.

If the results are even a fraction of what some friends have experienced with the diet, then it will be well worth it.

So if you have issues with your gut, and can't figure out why because you never cheat on your allergy free diet, gut healing is the remedy.

You don't have to do GAPS, as there are other reasonable programs out there for leaky gut (Wow, sounds so attractive...'leaky gut'. Nice.).

But GAPS is the champion of them all, from what I have found in my research online and in discussions with friends.

Give it a look! It may be the answer to feeling your best yet!


Happy Guts!