My girls devoured this and Derek and I love it too. It was pretty easy to make and sort of cooked itself 🙂
Butternut and and Ham Pasta
- Butternut squash, peeled gutted and cut in uniform cubes
- Leftoever ham pieces, cubed
- Bowtie Pasta (cooked according to package)
- Olive Oil
- 3-6 cloves garlic, minced
- Rubbed sage to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chicken Broth
- Corn or Arrowroot Starch
- (Onions sauted with the garlic or peas or spinach added in the last few minutes would be amazing too)
- (Parmesan if you’re not dairy free)
- In a saute pan, heat the oil and cook garlic and sage until garlic browned and aromatic. Add squash chunks and cook for a minute or two.
- Pour in enough chicken broth to not quite cover your squash (our squash was huge!). Bring to a boil, cover and simmer. Stir now and then. Cook until squash is tender.
- Add peas or spinach, if desired.
- Using a slotted spoon scoop out squash into a container with your pasta and ham chunks. Turn the pan back up to high.
- Mix about a tablespoon of arrowroot or corn starch with about 1/4 cold chicken broth or water. Add to the boiling chicken/squash broth. Stir til thickened. (Repeat with more starch if necessary).
- Enjoy and feed to happy babies who like to mousse their hair with the broth.
I served this meat mixture on tortillas one day (and I didn’t miss the cheese but I would have loved some avocado!) and the next day I put it over pasta and it was just as good. It’s a little on the spicy side if you add the extra red pepper, but I liked it that way. This creation was another clean out the refrigerator/cabinets before I go grocery shopping success :-p
Easy Mexican Mole
- 1-2 lb ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped finely
- Taco Seasoning
- 1/4 tsp red pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 15 oz can corn
- 1 (or more) bell peppers, sliced
- Brown ground beef with onion.
- Add spices, cocoa powder, salsa, and corn. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.
- Toss in bell pepper slices and simmer until liquid is absorbed.
- Serve on tortillas or with pasta or even with corn chips.
More simple and quick dairy-free summer fare.
Beef & Asparagus Roll-Ups
- Steak (I think I used top round or flank steak)
- Purple Onion
- Garlic or Garlic Powder
- Olive Oil
- French/Catalina Dressing
- Tortillas or Sandwich Wraps
- Toss Onions and aspargus in Olive Oil.
- Sprinkle Salt, Pepper and Garlic on the oiled veggies and the steak.
- Grill until the onions are soft, the asparagus is still slightly crunchy and the steak is at your desired doneness (but not too well done!).
- Cut steak into slices.
- Put steak, onions, and asparagus in a tortilla/wrap. Add a squirt of French/Catalina dressing.
I made eggless pancakes the other day because my daughters are totally obsessed with finger food (and I am sooo okay with that!). I don’t want to introduce eggs without talking to the pediatrician and I don’t think I will until they are over a year anyhow. Our little adorable friend Emma was just diagnosed with an egg allergy, so I dedicate these pancakes to her!
Emma’s Easy Eggless Pancakes
- 1 1/2 Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 0-3 Tbs White or Brown Sugar (or Molasses or Honey if they are over 1)
- 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
- 1 C water or milk substitute
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Add more liquid if too thick.
- Cook on a greased pan (or nonstick) about 2 minutes per side)
I majored in Outdoor Leadership in college (no kidding!)so needless to say I have a love affair with all things S’more-ish. Regular s’mores are dairy free if you use dairy free chocolate, but I went a step farther.
S’more Krispie Treats
- 1.5 Tbs dairy-free magarine
- 2 C mini marshmallows
- 3 C crushed Quaker Cinnamon Life Cereal
- 1/8 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Melt margarine over low heat in a medium saucepan.
- Meanwhile grease a pie dish or 9×9 pan. (I used canola oil).
- Stir marshmallows into the saucepan until melted
- Stir in cereal (and chocolate chips here if you like)
- Press into pie dish/pan
- Sprinkle and press chocolate chips on top
- Cool and enjoy
I promise I’ll try to do more dinner stuff soon, but right now I’ve been doing a lot of turkey or ham and mashed potatoes and gravy meals. Or grilled meat and steamed veggies. Simple summer stuff like that.