Maple Glazed Pork Chops; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I made the best meal on Valentine's day - a steakhouse quality meal at home (and with no steak). We always seem to lean towards grass fed filet mignons for special evenings at home but I decided I wanted to make something a little different. I chose to make pork because I decided I was going to make some turnip greens and they sounded good together. So here it is, Maple Glazed Pork Chops. I served them over homemade mashed potatoes with some bacon braised turnip greens. It was ridiculously good … [Read more...]

Oven Roasted Cauliflower; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I started some seeds yesterday, specifically cauliflower (amongst others). Since good organic cauliflower is like $5 per head and we eat it ALL the time I thought I would try and grow some.  Whether you're growing it or buying it you need to try out this recipe! This Roasted Cauliflower is a staple at our house. The cauliflower is tender and the bottom gets slightly browned and carmelized. Of course, its wonderful because its naturally gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and egg free. It … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Buffalo Chili; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Everytime my mom swings by she's dropping me random things.  A lot of times, like 2 weeks ago when I was sick, she'll swing through and bake a quick Broccoli and Ham Quiche for me (they are our go-to,  we store them in the fridge (they're good for at least 4 days) if we don't have the time or energy to cook breakfast in the near future), the time before that, some pickled herring for me to drop off to my grandma, after thanksgiving, a turkey carcass for me to make broth, and about a month ago, … [Read more...]

Soy Free, Gluten Free Ginger Dipping Sauce, Benihana Copycat Recipe; Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Once you go soy free you pretty much have to get over the fact that you'll no longer be able to eat Asian foods, definitely Chinese take out. Oh how I miss Chinese take out!!! Japanese food is another thing we missed, sushi, sake and our hibachi favorites from Teppanyaki restaurants. Did I lose you? I'm sure you know sushi, and sake (it's rice wine but it may or may not be gluten free, dairy free, and soy free! - see my post here).  Hibachi is a form of cooking device popular in Japan, … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roast Squash

Two weeks ago I made this and told my dad about it.  Last week I decided I wanted to have him over for dinner and told him I was going to make a root vegetable pot roast. He said no....he wanted this :).  It's good enough to have once a week so that's fine with me! I love fall food! Apples, pork, squash, cider - this is the perfect autumn dinner. It will definitely be on the menu every year when the leaves start to change! It also happens to be naturally gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut … [Read more...]

Italian Chicken with Red Skin Potatoes and Green Beans

I don't really cook many SUPER EASY dishes. "What!?" you say.  I know, I'm crazy right? Not really, most of the super easy dishes I used to make were full of gluten, dairy, soy and all kinds of preservatives and nasty stuff. Think, throw some rice in a baking dish. Top with chicken breasts and some type of jiggly, creamy, full of msg canned "soup". It's not that I don't like to cook easy stuff. It just tends to take a bit more prep time to cook a meal without that junk.  I stumbled across this … [Read more...]

End of the Garden Stuffed Yellow Squash (or Zucchini); Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

The end of the summer is growing near :( boo! I'm almost sick of yellow squash and zucchini - almost! When the end of the summer draws near vegetables in the garden start to produce less often and I tend to forget to harvest them regularly. This means that there will inevitably be a few zuchinni and summer squash that we'll forget to pick and will grow HUGE. What can you do with a giant zuchinni or yellow squash?  I'd imagine there are multiple things;  however, the skins get tougher and the … [Read more...]

Stuffed Peppers (Red or Green); Gluten free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free Recipe

I FINALLY found the recipe I created for my gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free Stuffed Red (or Green) Peppers! The last time I made these I went into labor in the middle of the night :). My little one is only a few weeks away from celebrating his first birthday so, it's been awhile! I remember eating stuffed peppers during my childhood and not liking them. I'm not sure what I did differently with these but my husband and I couldn't stop eating them (and dreaming about the left overs … [Read more...]

Quinoa Pilaf with Mushrooms

The first time my husband had quinoa a few years ago it was at a quaint little restaurant in the fishing town of Leland in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  If you haven't visited Northern Michigan do a Google search right now and start pinning all of the cool places you want to visit :). I grew up spending my summers "up North" as we call it "down state" (Southern Michigan), but didn't realize how amazingly lucky we are in Michigan to have such beautiful waters, beaches, hills, and … [Read more...]

Crab Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms; Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free Recipe

When I moved to Chicago almost 5 years ago I bought, on impulse, a big can of crab.  I had a bunch of portabella mushrooms in the fridge and I some how concocted some amazing crab stuffed portabella mushrooms as an appetizer for the grilled flank steak we were eating for dinner.  I love it when that happens! That was before I changed my diet so the old recipe just wouldn't do - oddly, once again I took a few things I had in the fridge and made these - maybe crab's just good with anything?  These … [Read more...]