Category Archives: Side Dishes

Easy and Tasty Brussel Sprouts

Every vegetable deserves a chance to shine. Today it is the mighty, little brussel sprouts turn! Basically a mini cabbage, the brussel sprout is a health boon boasting tons of vitamin A and C and beta carotene. They also contain protein and fiber. Sadly, they somehow get a bad rap. And I used to be one of those who wouldn’t eat them. But one thing I have learned about vegetables. It’s all about how you cook them. Cook them wrong and you will get a bad result. Cook them right and you will get a delicious vegetable. Follow the recipe … Continue reading

Rhubarb Sauce – Refined Sugar Free

Rhubarb! You either love it or hate! At least that’s what I’m guessing. I’m of the love it group! Did you know it is actually a vegetable? I think people do not realize that because it is used in desserts, jams and sauces—typically applications for fruit. Now it’s hard to come by where I live and beggars can’t be choosers, so I had to settle for the green variety even though the red is so much prettier. They taste the same though. Often found in crisps and pies, I love rhubarb as a sauce…like applesauce. Unfortunately, rhubarb needs a lot … Continue reading

Roasted Colored Peppers

Ever try roasting colored peppers?  If not, they are yummy!  Sweet actually!    Not to mention that this is easy, peasy to prepare.  Simply slice open, take out seeds and slice into a few strips, toss with oil (and spices if you want, but not necessary) and roast in a hot oven.  I guarantee that you won’t have any left over.  Roasting peppers somehow brings out a succulent, sweet flavor that people can’t resist. Why eat them?  Well, besides being delish, they are good for you.  For starters, they are high in vitamin A, C B6, as well as high … Continue reading

Kale and Caramelized Onions

I love kale chips.  Have you tried them yet?  Go here to see how I make them.  But cooking kale for a meal is a different story.  It’s not my first choice of vegetable and I am guessing it isn’t yours either.  But it should be!  😉 It is not hard to cook kale and it tastes pretty good.  Caramelized onions add some yummy flavor too.    You need to use one whole head of kale.  I know that sounds crazy, but once it starts cooking it really shrinks down.  When you first start putting the kale in your pan you … Continue reading

Fabulous Roasted Pearl Onions

If you have not tried pearl onions you are missing out.  These little delectable onions are fabulous!  They are SWEET!  Seriously, even the biggest onion hater would like these.   Roasted pearl onions would make a great side dish for Christmas dinner or even an appetizer.  Well, any meal any time of the year for that matter!  Let’s not limit this to holidays!  (I even ate some for a snack last night). This dish is easy, fast, and naturally gluten free and allergy friendly.  What’s not to like? Also shared at Wellness Wednesday . Whole Foods Friday . Healthy Vegan … Continue reading

An Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is coming soon.  It doesn’t have to be a scary time if you have food allergies. You can still have a great meal. Here are some ideas to go with your turkey or ham to dress your table and nourish your soul. Instead of the traditional green bean casserole, try this recipe for Apricot Glazed Green Beans.   You can make mashed potatoes with hemp milk to get the oft desired creamy side dish.  Or you could make this Mashed Potato Bake.   For a great gluten free and allergy friendly biscuit you could make Mashed Potato Biscuits, or … Continue reading

Italian Roasted Zucchini and Summer Squash

Have you eaten a plethora of zucchini and summer squash?  We have and this is one side dish that doesn’t get old; at least not for us.   This is so simple I can barely call it a recipe.  It almost seems silly to put it on here.  But simple doesn’t mean tasteless.  No!  It is very tasty.   Do you eat zucchini and summer squash? Also shared at Gluten Free Friday . Italian Roasted Zucchini and Summer Squash From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1 zucchini 1 summer squash 1 red onion olive oil Italian Herb seasoning Directions: … Continue reading

Sweet Potatoes With Cranberries

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I’ve slowed down a bit.  Summer has been quite busy.  But truth be told, one of the real reasons is that I’ve been hooked on Downton Abbey.  I have spent my evenings watching the first three seasons of it.   I just love, love, love that show!  Anyone else? Another thing I love, love, love is sweet potatoes!  We eat them year around.  They are not just for autumn!   A great thing about sweet potatoes is that they are so simple to make.  Cooked properly, … Continue reading

Raw Applesauce

I am fascinated with the story of Jordan Rubin.  He is a book author, and the founder of Garden of Life; a whole line of vitamins, supplements, protein shakes, and so much more.  In fact, he is raising grass fed beef now too.  I do not use any of his products or beef, but I follow his company and story with interest.   His story is nothing short of miraculous.  He basically cured himself of a terrible case of Chrons disease that had him on death’s door. Anyway, there is a little shop I frequent that was handing out free copies … Continue reading

Italian Roasted Cauliflower

Since I began roasting cauliflower it has become a weekly vegetable.  You can find my go-to recipe here.  However, I found that when my main dish had an Italian flare to it, my regular recipe didn’t quite fit the bill.  So, enter….Italian Roasted Cauliflower.   This really isn’t much of a recipe at all.  I don’t measure or anything like that.  You can adjust the seasonings as much or as little as you want.  Either way, this will be a hit. Also shared at Gluten Free Friday . Italian Roasted Cauliflower From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: cauliflower … Continue reading

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