Kale, Mushroom & Swiss Pie

This smells the whole house up delicious! Serve with a soup or salad for a very filling meal.

For the filling:
Reserve 1 1/2 Cups shredded swiss or guerrier cheese

1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 bunch kale, washed well and chopped
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
3 TB olive oil
1 TB crushed red pepper flakes
salt to taste (I use about 1 TB)

Put everything together in a saute pan on medium, except the cheese. Stir to coat veggies in oil and seasonings. Let wilt. Stir occasionally. Cook until onions are completely translucent. Cook off excess liquid.

Crust:
3 C brown rice flour
1/3 C olive oil
4 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
splash rice milk

Mix all dough ingredients together very well. If your eggs are very large or have very large yolks, they may be moist enough to pull dough together without milk. Dough should be soft but hold a ball.

1. Press dough into pie plate or casserole dish.
2. Sprinkle 1/2 C cheese onto crust
3. Spread 1/2 vegetable mixture over cheese
4. Sprinkle 1/2 C cheese over veggies
5. Spread the remaining veggies over cheese layer
6. Top with remaining 1/2 C cheese

Bake 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until crust is golden and puffed up.

Wild Mayan Nacho Sauce

This is a fabulous cheese-free nacho recipe that all cheese lovers will appreciate. Take some super yum baked sweet potato and turn it into “cheese” sauce. Here’s how!

I made a huge tray of Nachos!

1 baked sweet potato, skin removed
1 Cup nutritional yeast
2/3 Cup filtered water
hot sauce to taste

Whisk together over medium heat until smooth. Let come to a soft bubble. Pour hot nacho sauce over any Latin delight.

My fav combo is seasoned black beans, tomatillo salsa, Wild Mayan Sauce, and chopped avocado– pictured above. This is also a great topping for bake enchiladas, toastadas, or to use as a “cheese” dip. It goes so well with black beans and looks beautiful.

Celery Apple Salad with Raw Almond “Mayo”

One of the benefits of writing about food vs. reading about food: you get to eat the dish while writing about it rather than salivating over someone’s far away food pics in a fit of hunger. This is SO GOOD!

Dice into equal pieces

1 small stalk celery- about 3 Cups
3-4 pink lady apples – about 3 Cups

Toss with the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.

Raw Almond “Mayo”

In your food processor, combine:

2-3 TB dried tarragon
1/2 Cup raw almonds
1/2 Cup olive oil
1/2 Cup raw apple cider vinegar

Pulse until creamy. Toss with apples and celery. Can be chilled over night.

Smoked almonds add a delicious zing if you prefer.

Broccoli & Chard Pie

This is a great veggie pie you can make ahead and freeze. Bake from frozen by increasing cooking time by 15 minutes. Perfect with a fresh fruit salad.

For the pie filling:

1 bunch swiss chard, chopped
1 bunch baby broccoli, chopped
1 small yellow onion, diced
3+ cloves garlic, minced
2 TB olive oil
2 tsp red chili flakes

Add everything to a large skillet and saute over medium until veggies are tender. Set aside.

For the crust:

2 Cups rice flour
1 Cup shredded cheddar
1 tsp salt
3 TB olive oil
1/3-1/2 Cup water

Add flour, salt, and cheese to food processor. Pulse to grind cheese into flour. Slowly add oil. Pulse to make a fine crumb. Slowly add water to make dough come together.

Press dough into pie plate. No need to roll out like traditional gluten dough. Add vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with 1/2 Cup parmesan cheese.

Bake 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.

Warm Beet Salad

This is a great salad year round. It is great served with grass fed beef or as a main dish salad for lunch. If you have canned beets yourself, not the pickled kind, they are fabulous prepared this way.

1 bunch beets, they usually are sold in a 3 pack
4 oz bleu cheese, crumbled
2/3 Cup walnut pieces

For the vinaigrette:
1/3 Cup raspberry or red wine vinegar
1/4 Cup olive oil
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Cut greens from beets and save for another dish. Beet greens are fabulous!!

Rinse beets and place whole on a baking tray. Roast at 375 degrees F for 1 hour. Let cool to a temperature you can touch.

Peel beets and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. You may want to wear gloves as beets stain. If you are using a wooden handled knife or a wooden or bamboo cutting board, they can easily get stained.

Mix up vinaigrette in the bottom of your serving bowl. Add cubed beets. Toss to coat. Sprinkle over cheese crumbs and walnuts. Serve while beets are still warm.

You can also make this salad ahead and serve chilled. It will last in the fridge for about 1 week.

Pick-a-Filling Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a great make ahead meal. They are always good left overs. Everyone likes them. This is a versatile recipe that can be filled with just about anything.

Served with Guac and Sour Cream!

For the Sauce:

1/3 Cup minced yellow onion (1 small)
3+ cloves minced garlic
1 Cup veggie or chicken stock
1 Cup tomato puree
1 TB cumin
1 TB oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp mexican saffron
dash turmeric

To taste: salt, hot sauce– I add my demon sauce to this for a very intense multi-chile flavor.

Add all ingredients to a sauce pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. This can be made ahead: up to 10 days in the fridge or frozen for weeks. This makes enough sauce to cover about 8 enchiladas. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for feeding large crowds.

Filling for 8 enchiladas:

1 lb ground chicken, beef, or turkey
OR
8 oz chopped mushrooms and 1 Cup refried beans
OR
your family’s fav taco/ burrito filling

seasoned with 2-3 TB taco seasoning, depending on your taste for heat.

CHEESE! Sprinkle in queso blanco, monterrey jack, pepper jack, cheddar, or a blend of cheeses as you roll your enchiladas. If you are making just cheese enchiladas, a blend is best. 1 Cup of cheese should fill 8 enchiladas when mixed with another filling. For cheese only, you’ll need about 3 Cups.

8 Corn or gluten-free tortillas, 6-8 inch size.

Spread a few tablespoons of sauce over the bottom of a casserole dish. This will keep the enchiladas from sticking to the pan. Fill tortillas with your filling mixture and roll them. Lay them carefully in the casserole dish, squeezing them together to hold the roll closed. An 8×8 inch pan usually holds 6 enchiladas.

Top with shredded cheese.

Pour sauce evenly over rolled enchiladas. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and brown. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, or you favorite veggie salad.

** For a vegan meal, stuff with veggies, tempeh, and vegan cheese. Commercial steak sauces are often vegan and can add a real kick to sauteed mushrooms, peppers, and onions.

Red Beans and Rice

This is a great way to feed tons of people. It’s a phenomenal dish to make ahead because it gets more delicious when it sits in the fridge. The beans can also be made in a crock pot– just transfer the sauteed veggies and simmer on low.

Red Beans over Rice

1 lb dry red beans, soaked, drained, and cooked in filtered water

1 Cup diced celery
1 Cup diced carrot
1 1/2 Cups diced yellow onion
4+ cloves garlic, minced
3 TB evoo
2 TB dried thyme
1 tsp salt

Saute chopped veggies, oil, and seasoning while beans finish cooking. Heating the dried herbs with fat helps develop the flavor. The salt will help the onions sweat and release their moisture, preventing sticking or burning. Let the veggies cook until the onions are translucent and soft.

Add 3/4 lb cajun sausage (andouille is great, I have local pork chorizo that I love!), chopped or crumbled. For a vegan or vegetarian version, use a meatless sausage the crumbles well.

Saute over medium heat to render fat. The veggies will develop a nice orangey glow. If making a non-meat version, add 2-3 TB additional evoo.

Drain cooked beans. Gently add them to veggies and sausage. (Or if you are making this in a crock pot, transfer everything to the crock pot now.)

Add
1 Cup stock (chicken or vegetable)
1 1/2 Cups tomato puree
2 TB cajun seasoning blend

Simmer covered on low for 20-30 minutes until flavors marry. Serve over rice.

**Quick tip: Use canned red beans. Find BPA free canned beans at: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/food-and-cooking/product-guide-bpafree-canned-foods-107985

Bleu Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Steak Pin Wheels with Horseraddish Crust

This is a great addition to any party spread. Everyone loves bacon. Remember to let the meat rest before slicing to keep it juicy.

Start with your family’s favorite cut of steak of about 2-3lbs. A large London Broil or a pair of flank steaks or flat iron steaks will work beautifully.

Butterfly the steak with a sharp knife.

Filling: Lay strips of bacon, about 1/2 lb of applewood smoked is fabulous, across the opened steak. Sprinkle crumbled Bleu Cheese over bacon, about 4 oz. Roll steak into log, being careful to keep stuffing in.

Top with horseradish butter: 1 TB fresh grated horseradish plus 2 TB soft butter, whipped with 1 tsp salt. Spread the mixture over top of rolled steak.

Place on broiler pan. Bake in 300 degree F oven for 30 min for medium, 40 minutes for medium well. Allow meat to rest 10 minutes before slicing.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: The steak can be stuffed ahead of time and frozen for up to 1 week. Wrap in plastic film tightly before freezing. Thaw in the fridge then bake before serving.

French Onion Fondue

This will kick up your veggie or relish tray in a big way. Hot dips are perfect for winter entertaining and the sharp cheese flavors in this one pair nicely with winter wines.

2 yellow onions, diced
3 TB butter
1 Cup beef broth
16 oz cream cheese
6 oz swizz cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Caramelize onions in butter over medium heat. When onions are GBD (golden brown delicious), stir in broth 2 TB at a time. Deglaze the pan and allow the broth to reduce. Allow to reduce by half. Stir in cheeses and reduce heat to low. Stir well to incorporate.

Dip can be served immediately or covered and stored in the fridge up to 5 days until your party. To re heat, pop in the oven with the rest of your party spread until bubbly. Also great served in a chaffing dish to maintain temperature. A warmed serving dish will keep dip very soft for about 2 hours.

Fusion Black Bean Springrolls

These Black Bean Spring Rolls use a Latin inspired filling in a very Asian rice wrapper. These are perfect at room temp. You can make them ahead and serve them as a unique party appetizer or as an amazing vegan lunch.

Filling:

1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
1 cup sweet corn kernels
1/2 cup diced white onion
1 cup diced avocado
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce minced (minus seeds) plus 1 TB adobo sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Wrapper: circular rice wrappers, 8 inch diameter.

Mix up all the ingredients and chill for 4 hours or over night for flavors to blend.

The rice paper wrapping technique is simple to learn. I use a 9 inch pie plate to wet my wrappers. It helps me from making a mess. Soak rice wrappers in hot water for 10-15 seconds. Transfer to your work surface. I use my extra large wood cutting board. Also, keep a clean kitchen towel next to you in case you drip water.

Fill with 1/4 cup of filling and roll. Work one at a time and keep a clean towel handy to sop up drips. Rice wrappers require patience and technique, so if you’ve never used them before, they are scrumptiously delicate. You’ll get the hang of it after the 3rd one. Refrigerate them if you’re going to eat them later, but I think they are tastiest at room temp.

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