Leek and Cauliflower Soup

Leek and Cauliflower Soup (4)

This soup is so light and flavorful. It's great as a starter, a snack, paired with a salad for a light lunch, etc. It freezes perfectly! I freeze mine in pint sizes mason jars for single sized portions that I can reheat quickly on the stove. We've has quite the week here at our house....I'll spare you the details but will tell you, we were all pretty under the weather (I actually think this is the first time in our 10 years that my husband has had a fever).  After a week like that I'm left with … [Read more...]

Roast Zucchini & Yellow Squash with Thyme

Roast Zucchini and Yellow Squash with Thyme; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe | anotsosimplelife.com

My poor mother is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free, garlic free, nightshade (aka tomatoes, potatoes, peppers) free, black pepper free, and onion free. What does she eat? Not a ton, which is why I'm happy when I can cook her something that she really enjoys!  When we were up in Glen Arbor at her log cabin over the Fourth of July we cooked tacos for everyone (using this Frontera Chicken Taco Sauce Pouch over sliced chicken, and Frontera Beef Taco Sauce Pouch over ground beef) She had … [Read more...]

Garlicky Spinach; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

Garlicky Spinach; gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free recipe

So, I've been working on a post about my "I'm getting sick" meal plan for about a month now - Yes, a month! Hopefully I'll have it posted within the next week or so.  Until then, I wanted to share this recipe for garlicky spinach that is a part of the meal plan. Once you go gluten free, dairy free, and soy free,  it seems like all of the really easy side dishes go out the window (think, things that come in a box, bag, or packet)! We've been eating this quite a bit lately, mainly because it's … [Read more...]

Braised Red Cabbage; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Side Dish Recipe

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Years ago when I was visiting Chicago, probably like 2 years before I moved there (and years before I changed my diet) I went to a restaurant on Michigan Ave called Bandero. The food was good, not Michelin star or anything but but higher quality than most.  Oddly, years later I would work less than a block away at the newspaper there.  Years later, when I moved to Chicago, I walked past the restaurant and remembered the delicious sweet braised red cabbage, topped with goat cheese, that I had … [Read more...]

Apple and Celery Root Puree; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

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Do you like celery root? I LOVE it but oddly, I never ate it until a few years ago.  Now we eat it all the time.  This is one of my favorite side dish recipes. I started making it a few years ago when my husband decided to go primarily nightshade free (although he still eats tomatoes and peppers occassionally - apparently potatoes effect his joints the most). We were looking for a "mashed potato" substitute that was not only nightshade free, but also gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut … [Read more...]

Parsnip and Celery Root Puree; gluten free, optional dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free side dish recipe

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Whenever we go to a nice restaurant around harvest time it seems like every meat is accompanied by a root vegetable puree. I love the apple and celery root puree I modified from Ina Garten’s recipe here, but it’s a bit too sweet to pair with some dishes so I decided to combine my celery root with another underused in my kitchen vegetable – parsnips! I chose the combination simply because I had them left in my refrigerator prior to leaving for vacation (we actually packed them all up and brought … [Read more...]

How to Roast Winter Squash Seeds; Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Delicata

Roasting squash seeds

Halloween was last week so we did the usual pumpkin carving and making pumpkin seeds....unfortunately I left the pumpkin seeds in the oven too long (we were getting ready to head to Grandpa's to go trick-or-treating) and they ended up burnt.... I have never been so upset in my life! You see, I have an obsession with pumpkin seeds that will probably never disappear because you really only get them once per year....or do you? Well, how about a substitute? Roast winter squash seeds (or even the … [Read more...]

Convection Roast Whole Chicken; The BEST Tasting Chicken Ever!

Convection Roast Chicken; Gluten Free Recioe

Whew.....We have been busy! My little one's second birthday party was last weekend and we've been going ever since. He was such a little party animal - he partied too hard and then got sick! Nothing too serious, just a cold but I'm afraid to say that now, 3 days later I've developed it.  Luckily, I knew this would happen so 2 days ago I convection roasted 2 whole organic chickens and made 3 batches of my homemade bone broth (I make it in the crock pot, directions here) so we've already been … [Read more...]

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

Maple Glazed Pork Chops

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

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

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...]