Simple Sloppy Joes (Gluten Free)

Now that I have my buns tasting great, it’s back to being able to pick up sandwiches such as Sloppy Joes!!

Simple Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes (Gluten Free)

1 lb. extra lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 medium onion-chopped
1/2 medium green pepper-chopped
2 cloves garlic-minced
1-7oz. can tomato paste
7oz. water
1 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. dry mustard powder
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. palm sugar ( or desired granular sugar)
sea salt and pepper to taste

In frying pan over medium heat brown meat and drain fat; add onion and green pepper and saute until vegetables are soft; add garlic.
Then add tomato paste, one can of water, and rest of ingredients. Let simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on my hamburger buns or desired buns… Makes four servings.
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Creamy Coleslaw (Dairy Free)

With the warmer weather slowly starting, as does salad season and bbq season! Why not add this creamy coleslaw to chicken souvlaki or bacon wrapped chicken or any number of great ideas…

Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw (Dairy free)

4 c. chopped cabbage(approx. 1/4 of a head of cabbage)
1 carrot- grated
2 green onions- chopped

Mix vegetables together in a bowl.

For dressing:
1/2 c. almond flour
1/3 c. water
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/3 c. honey
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard powder
sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together for dressing and add to vegetables and mix. Let sit covered in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Makes 4-6 side servings.

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free)

I had missed creamy dressings very much, ranch especially. I’ve been playing with this recipe for a while and this time it turned out great. So if you’re missing ranch dressing, give it a try.

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free)

1/2 c. raw cashews

1/4 c. water

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp honey

1 Tbsp. onion-minced or 1 tsp. onion powder
1 clove garlic- minced or 1 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. dill or 1 tsp. dry dill
1 Tbsp. chives-chopped or 1 tsp. dry chives

Soak cashews in about a cup of water for a few hours or over night.
Then strain and rinse the cashews and place in magic bullet; add 1/4c water, vinegar, lemon juice, onion powder, and garlic. Puree. Put dressing into a bowl and add dill and chives, and stir.Add a little more water if it gets too thick. Will also work great as a dip.  Will keep in refrigerator for about two days.

Beef Fajitas (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

I have made this recipe with left over cooked steak and roast beef. This meal definitely stretches your meat.
Today I made it with raw stewing beef. If you’re making it with cooked meat, just add the marinade in when you’re cooking you onions and peppers.

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Beef Fajitas (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

1/2 lb. of beef- cut into strips
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. apple cidar vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. gluten free soy sauce
1 large onion-cut into strips
1 large pepper(green,red, yellow)-cut into strips
1 c. cut up lettuce-optional
chopped tomato-optional
salsa-optional
1/2 c. Daiya Cheese
1/2 c. cashew cream
rice wraps (warm each one in microwave for about 20 seconds just before filling)

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Marinate raw beef in olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce in the fridge for a couple of hours up to all day.
Using a little olive oil, saute meat with the marinade in a large frying pan at medium heat for approximately 10-15 minutes or until meat is just cooked. Set aside in a bowl. Then saute onions and peppers until soft.
Add meat.

 Take warmed wrap, put some meat mixture on, add cashew cream, cheese, lettuce and any other desired toppings. Wrap up and enjoy!

Love Beef Fajitas but you either don’t have any wraps or you are more in the mood for a salad? Why not have a Beef Fajita Salad 
Cook up your recipe as follows, fill your plate with greens, top with fajita mix and some sauce from it, top with dairy free sour cream or cashew cream!

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Makes 2-3 servings.

Bean Dip (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

You still want to have a yummy dip for gatherings…

So try this one. Its so healthy and it tastes great!!

Bean Dip

If you are using canned beans then you can have this dip made in five minutes. If you are starting with dry beans, then you will want to soak them the day before.

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Bean Dip (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

1 c. cooked black beans (either rinsed from a can or soak then cook from dry)
1/4 c. red onion diced
1/4 c. green or red pepper- diced
1 Tbsp. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes(optional)
1/4 c. water
sea salt to taste

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Mix together and let sit covered in the fridge for up to three days. Serve with crackers or corn chips.

If you’d like your dip to look a little more festive you can mix up your peppers and onions to have a red and green mix.

Chicken And Roasted Vegetables

With spring upon us, I like to get back to healthy, delicious comfort foods that don’t pack on the pounds. Healthy cooking and eating.  Try this chicken with roasted vegetables.

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1 medium sized sweet potato- peeled and chopped
1 red onion- chopped
4 pieces chicken- skin removed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp.  apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix oil, vinegar, and basil together.
Place chicken into the baking dish and arrange vegetables around chicken.
Drizzle oil/vinegar mixture over chicken and vegetables.

 

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Cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are
fork tender. Stir vegetables after approximately 20 minutes.

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Makes four servings. Serve with a salad.

Sweet Beef And Veggie Stir Fry (Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I looked in the fridge a few weeks ago trying to decide what to make for dinner…
Isn’t it funny how we have such a struggle trying to decide what to make every day…
My daughter and I would ask each other, what are we making for dinner, and we’d say “Oh ya, that meal that just keeps coming over and over again”. Sometimes it seems difficult to come up with new ideas. You just keep having the same things over and over,

So as I said, I looked in my fridge… What did I have?  Well I had beef, cauliflower, red pepper.
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Hmm, what to make? I could make a regular stir fry, but I wanted something a little different. I decided to play on the sweet side of things a little more.
My husband automatically wanted to add soy sauce to it. I had to tell him to try it first…
He loved it as is!

Now I’ve made this several times. Love it when a plan comes together!

Sweet Beef & Veggie Stir Fry

Sweet Beef And Veggie Stir Fry

1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 lb. beef sliced into strips
1 medium onion sliced into strips
1 medium red pepper sliced into strips
1/2 medium cauliflower cut into small pieces
1 carrot cut into thin strips
2 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
1 tsp. mustard powder
1 tsp. roasted garlic (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
cooked brown rice, pasta, or quinoa

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This delicious meal serves four…