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Creamy Potato Soup (Dairy & Gluten-Free)

I thought my days of creamy delicious potato soup were over, until I made this one. Even if you can have dairy, you want this soup. It is that good. I used coconut cream, but it doesn’t taste like coconut. It just gave it a nice thickness.

Ingredients

  • 2 packs *bacon (I used Applegate Organic Turkey)
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 large shallots
  • 2 large leeks (only the bottoms not the leafy tops)
  • 9 small russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter  (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 container of gluten free broth (I used Kitchen Basics chicken broth. It is the ONLY brand that I have ever found that is both MSG and gluten-free!) 

Cream Sauce

Directions

  1. Soak potatoes in fruit and vegetable soak to clean (I love the Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak)
  2. Cook turkey bacon 13 minutes 400 degrees in the oven
  3. Rinse potatoes, peel and chop them into small chunks.
  4. Chop vegetables.
  5. Pour off the bacon grease into a large sauté pan with 4 tablespoons vegan butter to melt or use olive oil if you are making it vegetarian / vegan
  6. Add vegetables, 5 grinds of pepper, and 1 teaspoon real salt in reserved turkey bacon drippings and butter until onion is translucent, and vegetables are tender about 7 minutes.IMG_1246.JPG
  7. Add cubed potatoes, and toss to coat. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  8. Chop bacon
  9. Add bacon to the pan with the vegetables, and add enough chicken broth stock to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender.IMG_1248.JPG
  10. In a separate pan, 3 melt tablespoons vegan butter over medium heat.IMG_1249.JPG
  11. Add 1 can coconut cream.IMG_1250.JPG
  12. Whisk in gluten free flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the heavy cream, tarragon, and cilantro.IMG_1252.JPG
  13. Bring the cream mixture to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.IMG_1257.JPG
  14. Stir the cream mixture into the potato mixture.
  15. Add salt and pepper to taste. I added 15 grinds on the pepper grinder and ½ teaspoon salt.
  16. Let it simmer for an hour.
  17. Serve & garnish with scallions if desired.potato soup cover.jpg

 

To make this soup vegan, use rice paper bacon! I think it’s better than coconut bacon. You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and sauté your veggies in olive oil.

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Sweet & Spicy Peppers In a Taco Bowl (Paleo)

We were leaving out of town, and I was trying to avoid going to the grocery store. We didn’t have much in the fridge, but whatever we had – I wanted to use up! Then, I got an idea after looking at these 2 gorgeous green peppers – taco bowls! I was out of fresh lime, but I had Young Living Lime Essential Oil, so at least it didn’t stop me from making dinner! 

First, start your rice. I selected an organic short grain that I cooked with veggie stock instead of water to add extra flavor. Next, pick your protein; I put a can of organic black beans in a small pan, and turned it on low. A pack of organic bison is great, to include an easy tasty lean protein; feel free to sub any protein to make it vegan. Personally, I like Beyond Meat in this recipe. It sounds like a cliché, but you will NOT know that it’s not from an animal. It’s only available here in St. Louis at Whole Foods, and it’s made of pea protein.

The Best Taco Meat EVER

  • 1 lb bison or lean beef (organic grass-fed preferred) or Beyond Meat for a great vegan option
  • ½ packet of Taco Seasoning (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 can organic tomato sauce (I used Kirkland’s from Costco)
  • 1 tablespoon organic blue agave syrup
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove garlic

Directions:

  1. Brown your meat in a large pan. Drain the fat, if you’re using beef or bison. You may want to use an non-stick spray or add a little avocado or olive oil to the pan if you are using the Beyond Meat, because it can have a tendency to stick.
  2. Add in the taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and blue agave syrup.
  3. Keep the heat on low and let it simmer.

I got this idea of including agave syrup from my favorite chef Erin Thero! It’s the key to creating a spicy and sweet mix.

While I was waiting for my meat to brown, I prepared my peppers…

Sweet & Spicy Peppers & Onions

*options: I love garlic. If I add 1 clove of garlic in this recipe, then I use 1 full lime or 6 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil

Directions:

  1. Slice your peppers and onions long and thin
  2. Coat the 3 tablespoons avocado oil in a medium skillet on medium high
  3. Sauté the onions and the peppers
  4. Add the taco seasoning, salt, and Young Living Lime Essential Oil (or a couple slices of fresh lime)
  5. Continue to sauté the peppers until they are tender, but slightly crisp.
  6. Stir in the blue agave syrup and remove into a bowl so that they don’t overcook.img_9192

Pretty much this dish works with any pepper!img_9470-update
I plated the bowls with scoops of beans, rice, meat, peppers & onions, and avocado.Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, Non-Hydrogenated Plain is my personal favorite addition. I also served it with organic blue corn tortilla chips to add a little crunch. This bowl is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet!img_9197

If you haven’t cooked with Young Living Essential Oils, you should. Message me about them, because you will love the flavor that they add to veggies!

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Chili Peppered Cabbage (Paleo)

One day, my son and I were rushing to Costco while my daughter was at gymnastics. They were giving samples of the Columbus Turkey Bacon (it’s nitrate, MSG and gluten free). In attempt to keep my kid quiet in the store, I gave him a sample. He LOVED it. So I tried it, and it was really good! I normally do not like turkey bacon, but this has a nice texture. My kids will eat it plain for breakfast. So, if you think you dislike turkey bacon, try this brand and let me know your thoughts!

Did I mention that I never used to eat bacon because it is bad for you? And, it is…Ugh, guilty pleasures. I felt like I had given up everything with my diet, so I caved after I went dairy, wheat and egg free. I felt like I needed some pizazz in my diet. But, guess what?!  You can make this recipe vegan in a snap with coconut bacon! Cookie and Kate has a recipe! Check it out at: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/how-to-make-coconut-bacon/.

Chili Peppered Cabbage with Bacon, Peppers, Onions and Garlic

  • bacon (whatever kind floats your boat: 1 pack turkey, pork, or coconut; if you are making coconut bacon you will need coconut flakes, GF soy sauce, GF liquid smoke, and maple syrup)
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil (I use Young Living Vitality Black Pepper) or 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free chili powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt (I used Redmond Real Onion Salt)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste – I used Redmond Real Salt)
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons olive oil

Tips: 

  • If you are making the coconut bacon it takes 2 minutes to prep and 13 minutes to cook. Set your oven for 350 degrees, and mix it together.
  • For the turkey bacon, I set the oven to 375 degrees, put the bacon on a cookie sheet, and bake it for 15 – 20 minutes. I like to bake my bacon on a cookie sheet in the oven because it’s easy; I set the timer, and start chopping my veggies. Then I won’t burn it on the stove, splash grease everywhere, and set off the smoke alarm.
  • You can read about my dish on cooking with essential oils here and real salt here.

Directions:

  1. Prep the bacon, and while it’s baking – chop the cabbage, onion, and garlic.
  2. Heat a large pan to medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil for turkey bacon or 4 tablespoons for the vegan / vegetarian option using coconut bacon.
  3. Pull the bacon from the oven, and pour a little of the grease, and put the bacon back in the oven. Obviously, skip this part if you are using coconut bacon.
  4. Add the cabbage, onion, and garlic to the pan.
  5. Chop the red bell pepper next, and then add it to the pan (I like it a little crisper so I don’t cook it right away).
  6. Continuously sauté vegetables and add the Young Living Black Pepper Essential oil, paprika, chili powder, onion salt, and salt. The secret to this dish is the chili powder, and I like the subtle flavor of the Black Pepper essential oil. 
  7. Vegetables will be tender and done at approximately the same time as the bacon. Pull your bacon off the pan, and chop it into small chunks with a knife.
  8. Mix the bacon and the veggies together, and serve.

My son and I ate it as a complete dish. My 4-year-old gobbled it up!! He said that it needed the bacon because he didn’t like the cabbage and peppers alone; that’s cool with me – when he eats cabbage and peppers, I do a happy dance!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Lasagna

What food did I miss most when I eliminated wheat and dairy? Lasagna. My uncle owned a fine-dining restaurant, and he taught me how to make a melt in your mouth delicious lasagna. It’s the perfect comfort food. I tried to recreate it with Daiya cheese, and it was just disgusting. I could not bring myself to eat it. So here is my twist…

The only vegan cheeses that I enjoy are the cashew cheese that I make and Vegan Chao Slices. We did a French raclette meal and I used the Chao Slices – they actually melt like real cheese and don’t have a weird taste. It is the closest to dairy cheese that I’ve tried so far. Anyway, buy Chao Slices; they will change your veggie burger.

ChaoCombo3DF_Rgb-1024x547.pngWhen I first made this, I had never used Chao Slices at the top layer of my lasagna. I used a goat cheese block from Trader Joe’s, and grated the cheese at the top of the lasagna to give it the firmer cheese top.img_9060

If you are vegan, or are allergic to goat cheese, use Chao Slices on top if you want a solid cheese top to your lasagna. Or, just add the cashew cheese first, then sauce to the top and sprinkle with Veggie Go parmesan.

Gluten Free Dairy Dairy Free Lasagna

  • Loaded Veggie Pasta Sauce  – my husband says you can’t even taste the veggies!
  • 1 box of rice lasagna noodles 
  • cashew mozzarella cheese (I doubled the recipe)
  • Veggie Go “parmesean”
  • 1 brick Goat’s Milk Cheddar Cheese or Chao Creamy Original Slices – you can decide if you want to make it vegan

Directions:

  1. Create your Veggie Pasta Sauce.
  2. Bring a large pot of hot water to boil for your lasagna, and begin your Cashew Cheese. 
  3. When your water is boiling, stagger your lasagna noodles in the pot in a  criss-cross placement around the pot; it keeps them from sticking together and helps them cook evenly.
  4. Cook your noodles ½ the time that the box suggests. This keeps them from getting mushy.
  5. Carefully remove the noodles from the water, place them on towels, and pat them dry. This keeps them from sticking together and overcooking in the water.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375.
  7. Begin to prep the lasagna.
  8. First spread a layer of sauce at the bottom of a large pan (instead of using an oil spray).
  9. Put one layer of lasagna noodles, a layer of sauce, scoop the vegan cashew cheese, top goat cheese (if desired but not needed) and then repeat for 3 layers. I have done it with or without goat cheese – both ways are delicious.img_9057IMG_9062.JPG
  10. On the top layer pick what suits your preference: start with lasagna noodles (1) put a layer of sauce, vegan cashew cheese, goat cheese, and Veggie Go parmesan cheese as pictured. Or, (2) put a layer of sauce, the vegan cashew cheese and top with chao cheese slices (3) put a layer of the vegan cashew cheese, then the sauce and sprinkle with Veggie Go parmesan cheese 15 minutes before the dish is complete. IMG_9066.JPG
  11. Cover with aluminum foil, and cook at 375 minutes for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the foil, and cook for another 15 minutes until cheese is melted on top.
  12. Let cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!img_9074