Gluten-free, dairy-free recipes to keep your family happy and healthy

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Easy Peasy Green Beans

This is just a simple way to cook up your green beans.  I am sure this is a pretty standard recipe, but it’s a favorite veggie dish in our home.  Tabitha really likes her green beans!

My mom showed me how to make these a couple of years ago.  She uses french green beans which I love but they are more expensive.  She also dices up some onion to saute with the garlic…also very yummy but I tend to skip that step for time’s sake.

Easy Peasy Green Beans

Ingredients:

1 lb. green beans

Olive oil

2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 onion, finely chopped (optional)

Coarse sea salt

Directions:

1.  Steam green beans until bright green and tender-crisp, about 8 or so minutes.

2.  Over medium high heat, saute garlic in olive oil for about one minute.  If adding onion, saute the onion in olive oil until transparent and then add garlic and saute until fragrant.

3.  Toss in green beans and saute for a couple of minutes.   Add salt to taste.

I hated green beans as a child.  That was number one on my yuck list.  Now I love them!  Thanks Mom for the recipe!!  :)

And if you are looking for another yummy and easy green bean recipe, try these Tender Green Beans with Tomato and Basil from Tessa The Domestic Diva.  I love the flavor combo!  Especially the basil.

Shared on Allergy-Friendly Wednesday.

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

I really really really love avocados.  There is just nothing like them.  They are creamy.  They smell delicious.  And of course, they are yummy.  Good for you too!  Really good for you.  My girls are not huge fans of avocado, but they are huge fans of this pudding.  And when I saw this recipe for avocado fudge, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  No surprise there.  Anything made with avocado has that effect on me.

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

That avocado fudge recipe calls for dates, which I do not have.  I was so eager for some avocado fudge that I thought I could use the healthy chocolate pudding recipe that my girls love and make it into a fudge.  It worked!

Oh man, I wish I had some right now.  It was so yummy!  And it gets my girls eating avocado which makes me double happy.

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

Chocolate Avocado Fudge

Ingredients:

1 very ripe banana

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (cannot sub another oil – you need this one to take it from pudding to fudge)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp honey, agave, or maple syrup

2 Tbsp cocoa or cacao

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

1.  In a food processor, process the banana, avocado, vanilla, and sweetener until smooth.

2.  Add coconut oil and process again.

3.  Add cocoa and salt and process until mixed throughout.

4.  Pour in silicone cupcake pan to 1/2 inch thickness.  Or pour into a small shallow baking dish (this does not make a ton so maybe a large loaf pan?).

5.  Freeze for an hour or so until solid.

6.  Allow fudge to set out for 5-10 minutes to soften a tad before biting into it.

For those of you who do not love banana flavored things (like my husband), I am going to try to make a banana-free version sometime.  Hmm…and maybe make it a mint chocolate fudge.  Oh yes, I think I will do that!

Shared on: Make Your Own Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Kids in the Kitchen, Hearth and Soul, Tasty Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Friendly Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Keep it Real Thursday, Tastastic Thursdays, Wellness Weekend, Foodie Friday

Honeydew Lime-Mint Cooler

Honeydew Lime-Mint Cooler

When we moved in to our house, mint was taking over the ‘L’ shaped planter in the front.  We pulled most of it up and transplanted some into a couple of pots.  So I found myself searching for recipes with fresh mint.  I found this lovely simple salad (I think I left the cilantro out, but I am sure that would be yummy too) and made it for our house warming party.  I wasn’t completely sure Continue reading

Grilled Teriyaki Swordfish and Balsamic Pineapple

Ah summertime!  Who doesn’t love warm weather and the smell of fresh food grilling on the grill?  I LOVE it.

I always check our weekly Sprout’s ad for their specials on fish.  We try to eat fish often (our girls typically like fish too) and try to buy wild-caught as much as possible.  Wild-caught is better for you and tastes significantly fresher.  The wild-caught varieties always seem to be more obscure types of fish compared to their farm-raised counterparts.  You just never know what is going to be on sale that week.  That’s all part of the fun!

This particular week it was swordfish, the steak of the sea.  Great for grilling!  I jazzed up this teriyaki marinade recipe and marinated the fish for about 6 hours.  Very tasty!  Jeff said, “This is restaurant quality!  …No, it’s better than restaurant quality!”

Teriyaki Swordfish and Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Teriyaki Swordfish

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb wild-caught swordfish Continue reading

Kids in the Kitchen: Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites

First, I have to confess.  Cooking with my little darlings is not exactly my favorite thing in the world.  I think I will enjoy it one day, but right now especially considering the amount of cooking that I do all whilst trying to keep the house in order and three little kids from raising havoc, I like to just get in there and get it done with as little mess (pssh!) as possible.

That’s my spunky Charlotte!

But I also know that involving your kids in the kitchen could Continue reading

Good Eats Round-Up: On a Budget

I don’t care at all to be rich.  I don’t want a big house or fancy cars.  I don’t need designer clothes or 80 pairs of shoes.  But when it comes to the grocery bill, I sorely wish that money were no object.

Eating well can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be.  The following meals are what I put together with what we had on hand already and $85 worth of groceries for our family of five for a week.

Chili-Lime Cod (frozen wild-caught that I had in the freezer already)with Cilantro Pesto over brown rice, sauteed onions, and black beans.

I subbed nutritional yeast for the Parmesan, but you can just as easily leave both out.

This cilantro pesto is so incredibly delicious.  I’m drooling Continue reading


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