My New Years Resolution a few years ago was to cook one new recipe each week. The thought process behind this resolution was to get out of a boring cooking routine and to try some new recipes. It seemed logical to keep track of all the delicious (and not so delicious) results so I could refer back to my notes to make something again.
What I didn’t anticipate was the fact that my cooking skills would be tested, sharpened, and my confidence in the kitchen would grow rather quickly. Each new recipe is judged by my handsome, taste-testing husband and we take notes for each recipe after the meal is over. It’s a lot of fun. Over time, I have been able to refer back to recipes that left a lasting impression, read through notes on what didn’t work before, and hone my cooking skills to create delicious culinary masterpieces of my own. Several years into the challenge I am now making 2-3 new recipes each week and modifying most recipes to suit my particular tastes and dietary needs (organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free)
The Challenge: Cook a new recipe once each week. Focus on fresh, colorful, live ingredients.
Garden Tofu Scramble
Link to recipe: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Tofu-Scramble-Vegetables-Recipe-11768277
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned out great! Bill was skeptical about tofu for breakfast but liked the taste enough to clean his plate. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Detox Veggie Soup with Leftover Smoked Turkey
Link to Recipe: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2015/01/detox-vegetable-soup.html
Stephanie’s Notes: Added approx. two cups of chopped leftover smoked turkey meat and topped with vegan cheese shreds.
Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Link to Recipe: http://hostthetoast.com/thai-coconut-curry-butternut-squash-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Terrible. I omitted the sautéed onions because I ran out. The raw ginger and garlic were WAY too strong. Not a winner.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.wellplated.com/sweet-potato-quinoa-black-bean-salad/
Stephanie’s Notes: Didn’t like the raw garlic in the dressing, will use garlic powder next time.
Link to Recipe: http://thismessisours.com/recipes/make-cashew-milk-gluten-free-vegan/
Stephanie’s Notes: I doubled the amount of water, omitted the vanilla extract and used honey instead of agave syrup.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Link to Recipe: https://iowagirleats.com/2015/04/10/cauliflower-fried-rice/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used pre-riced cauliflower from Costco and diced yellow onion. I will use green onions next time.
Creamy Chicken and Rice Stew
Link to Recipe: https://www.afamilyfeast.com/creamy-chicken-rice-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious!! Used rice flour instead of wheat flour and homemade cashew milk instead of heavy cream. Frozen peas and carrots.
Pesto Stuffed & Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts
Link to Recipe: http://www.thedefineddish.com/pesto-stuffed-proscuitto-wrapped-chicken-breasts/
Stephanie’s Notes: I made this recipe because I had 4 slices of prosciutto in the freezer to use up. I used 1/4 cup grapeseed oil instead of the olive oil in the pesto. Broiled for a few minutes at the end. Served with sautéed red onion, button mushrooms, and green beans.
Smoked Leg of Lamb with Dijon Mustard and Rosemary
Link to Recipe: http://lecoupdegrace.ca/en/recette/smoked-leg-of-lamb-with-dijon-mustard-rosemary-and-blonde-de-chambly-beer-marinade/
Stephanie’s Notes: Omitted beer from marinade; used olive oil, Boar’s Head Dijon mustard with horseradish and white wine vinegar, fresh rosemary, and parsley from the garden, salt, and pepper. Blended marinade in the food processor and coated the meat before adding it to the smoker.
Vegan Power Bowl
Link to Recipe: https://wellandfull.com/2018/01/the-vegan-power-bowl/#_a5y_p=6615801
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious lunch salad on top of chopped romaine lettuce and fresh baby spinach. Omitted the jalapeño because I didn’t have one. Loved the tahini-based salad dressing.
Red Lentil and Spinach Masala
Link to Recipe: https://feedmephoebe.com/red-lentil-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: The red lentils cook a little more quickly than other types, but it still took 25 minutes to simmer. The recipe turned out delicious but is not the best option for a quick weeknight dinner.
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Link to Recipe: http://therealfoodrds.com/shepherds-pie/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used minced yellow onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, ground turkey, fresh rosemary. Added chicken broth, tomato paste, and white rice power once turkey and veggies are cooked to create a thick sauce. Added sweet paprika to sweet potatoes
Kale and Quinoa Salad with Black Beans
Link to Recipe: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2013/06/kale-and-quinoa-salad-with-black-beans.html
Stephanie’s Notes: Added roughly chopped sugar snap peas for crunch.
Link to Recipe: https://cafedelites.com/chicken-cacciatore/
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious! Used tomato paste and a large can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes instead of Roma tomatoes. Also added artichoke hearts. Served atop steamed French green beans. It would be good with bread to soak up the sauces.
Vegan Cashews & Cabbage
Link to Recipe: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/side-vegetable/cashew-cabbage.html
Stephanie’s Notes: Adding this to the weekly rotation for a vegan dinner option. Added a tablespoon of teriyaki sauce at the end for a touch of sweetness.
Oil-Free Green Goddess Dressing
Link to Recipe: https://detoxinista.com/oil-free-green-goddess-dressing-vegan/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added a dash more sea salt and ACV for additional flavor. Doubled the amount of parsley for a greener color and flavor. Added a lot of water (~3.5 cups) and some xanthan gum to thicken.
Perfect Easy to Peel Hardboiled Eggs
Link to Recipe: https://www.fromvalerieskitchen.com/how-to-perfect-easy-to-peel-hard-boiled-eggs/
Stephanie’s Notes: It works! Be sure to stay in the kitchen for the entire process to avoid overcooking the eggs and watch the time for the cooling process.
Unbelievably Moist Turkey Meatloaf Recipe
Link to Recipe: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/21535/unbelievably-moist-turkey-meatloaf-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Not a new recipe for me, but a tried and true favorite.
Creole Sautéed Cabbage
Link to Recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/creole-sauteed-cabbage-373435?photo=201715#activity-feed
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 6 chicken andouille sausages, no bacon, added mushrooms.
Avocado Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
Link to Recipe: http://mariahspleasingplates.com/avocado-shrimp-ceviche-tostadas/
Stephanie’s Notes: Too much raw onion, will use half a red onion next time. Omitted cilantro because I did not have any, it would have been much better with it. Prepare a few hours in advance and let marinate in the fridge for the best flavor.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Link to Recipe: https://www.fromvalerieskitchen.com/slow-cooker-split-pea-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: One of my favorite recipes!
Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
Link to Recipe: https://jenniferskitchen.com/2012/11/creamy-italian-salad-dressing.html
Stephanie’s Notes: Used fresh basil and parsley from the garden.
Cauliflower Steaks with Green Pea Puree
Link to Recipe: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/cauliflower-steaks-with-sweet-pea-puree/
Stephanie’s Notes: Chopped cauliflower into forests and tossed in olive oil, paprika and ground coriander. I was out of almond milk, so I used full-fat coconut milk instead.
The World’s Best Grilled Chicken
Link to Recipe: http://rachelschultz.com/2012/07/11/worlds-best-chicken/?epik=0QVo5E_IW3_x2
Stephanie’s Notes: Used Champagne vinegar and was a little heavy-handed. Loved the Dijon mustard and rosemary flavors but thought the vinegar was too overpowering.
Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry
Link to Recipe: https://www.emilieeats.com/chickpea-pumpkin-coconut-curry-vegan/
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious! I doubled the dry spices and used fresh ginger. Added frozen cauliflower rice during the last few minutes of simmer. Very flavorful, hearty and comforting meal.
Bang Bang Broccoli
Link to Recipe: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipes/a52603/bang-bang-broccoli-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Good taste. Will add garlic powder next time.
Crockpot Black Bean Soup
Link to Recipe: https://www.emilieeats.com/vegan-slow-cooker-black-bean-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used a jar of sriracha salsa. Topped with vegan cheddar cheese, a dollop of cashew sour cream, green onions, and 1/4 avocado.
Carolina Style BBQ Pulled Lamb
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/traeger-pulled-pork
Stephanie’s Notes: So good!!! The flavor is richer than pork. Used lamb leg instead of pork shoulder. It was a smaller cut of meat, so it cooked much faster. Cooled for 45 minutes, drained off the liquid, pulled meat into shreds, added Carolina style BBQ sauce until moist throughout.
Detox Chopped Salad
Link to Recipe: http://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/my-favorite-detox-salad/
Stephanie’s Notes: Made this for my lunches and added more dressing right before eating.
Slow Cooker Ham, Potatoes, Carrots, and Cabbage
Link to Recipe: https://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/slow-cooker-sausage-cabbage-and-potatoes/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used cooked smoked ham instead of sausage. Cooked on high 4 hours.
Orange Carrot Puree
Link to Recipe: https://www.organicspark.com/portfolio/seared-scallops-with-creamy-carrot-puree/
Stephanie’s Notes: Topped with roasted cauliflower. The orange juice made this puree too sweet.
Fully Loaded Vegan Queso Dip
Link to Recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/02/fully-loaded-vegan-queso-dip-recipe.html
Stephanie’s Notes: So delicious! Used Easy Vegan Queso recipe (https://www.hummusapien.com/vegan-queso/) and Beyond Meat vegan crumbles instead of vegan chorizo. Omitted jalapeño pepper and cilantro.
Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/crunchy-cashew-thai-quinoa-salad-with-ginger-peanut-dressing/
Stephanie’s Notes: I made a large batch of lunches for work during the week. Topped with Coconut Aminos, grated ginger root, and garlic powder instead of the peanut sauce dressing. Very tasty!
Black Eye Pea Salad
Link to Recipe: https://thepurpleapple-lavender.blogspot.com/2016/06/harambe-market-black-eyed-pea-corn.html?m=1
Stephanie’s Notes: Topped spring greens mix with this salad for lunches. Drizzled a bit of extra rice wine vinegar on top right before eating.
Honey-Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/honey-lime-rainbow-fruit-salad/
Stephanie’s Notes: This fruit salad was a hit for Mother’s Day brunch! Great recipe for a pot luck or entertaining.
Raspberry French Toast Casserole
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/baked-goods/raspberry-french-toast-casserole
Stephanie’s Notes: Beautiful breakfast casserole served 7. I would add extra raspberries next time. I sprinkled the powdered sugar on top before wrapping it up to drive to the brunch and it all soaked into the casserole. Next time I will sprinkle powdered sugar on top right before serving.
Mexican Potato Soup
Link to Recipe: https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/slow-cooker-creamy-potato-corn-and-jalapeno-soup-vegan/
Stephanie’s Notes: Excellent healthy and inexpensive weeknight meal. Cooked on low all day while I was at work. Used 1/2 cup cashews (soaked all day) and blended with water instead of almond milk. The result was creamy and flavorful.
Link to Recipe: https://realhousemoms.com/buffalo-cauliflower-bites/
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned out good. Next time I would broil instead of baking at 450*. Dipped in cashew ranch dressing and served with celery and carrot sticks.
Island Pork Tenderloin
Link to Recipe: http://littlebcooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/island-pork-tenderloin.html
Stephanie’s Notes: One of my favorite recipes. I follow the recipe exactly.
Vanilla French Toast
Link to Recipe: http://www.spiceislands.com/recipes/vanilla-french-toast
Stephanie’s Notes: Used raisin Challah bread and ghee instead of butter. The ghee was not great for frying, will use regular butter next time. Bill said this was the best French Toast he has ever eaten.
Southern Style Pulled Pork
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/traeger-pulled-pork
Stephanie’s Notes: Tried and true recipe. I drain all the fat from the foil packet once cooled a bit and use the Aldi brand Carolina style BBQ sauce to moisten it up.
Carolina Cole Slaw
Link to Recipe: http://www.blissfullydelicious.com/2010/06/carolina-cole-slaw/
Stephanie’s Notes: Tried and true recipe. Used stevia instead of sugar.
Melty Stretchy Gooey Vegan Nacho Cheese
Link to Recipe: https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/melty-stretchy-gooey-vegan-nacho-cheese/
Stephanie’s Notes: Staple recipe for nacho cheese.
White Bean Chicken Chili
Link to Recipe: http://www.mylifeoftravelsandadventures.com/2014/04/white-chicken-chili.html?m=1#_a5y_p=1551066
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 2 cans diced tomatoes with chopped green chilis, rotisserie chicken breasts, great northern beans (cooked in the crockpot the previous day).
Slow Cooker White Bean Soup
Link to Recipe: https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-white-bean-soup/?utm_content=buffere1593&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=budgetbytesbuffer
Stephanie’s Notes: Added 1 cup of full-fat coconut milk at the end and blended in Vitamix to reach a smooth and creamy consistency. Topped with grated macadamia nut parmesan cheese.
Roasted Herb Potatoes
Link to Recipe: https://www.pauladeen.com/recipe/roasted-herbed-potatoes/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 24 oz. organic red new potatoes cut in half. Halved recipe. Baked at 400* for 50 minutes, flipping potatoes halfway.
Tostada with Butternut Squash, Black Beans, and Avocado
Link to Recipe: https://camillestyles.com/food-and-drink/from-camilles-kitchen/pita-tostadas-with-butternut-squash-black-beans-avocado/
Stephanie’s Notes: Cooked the butternut squash in the crockpot for 9 hours. Used corn tortillas toasted in the toaster oven. The squash and beans were a little runny and I overloaded the tortillas. Beautiful presentation and excellent flavors, but very messy.
Grilled Mango Coleslaw
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/vegetables/mango-coleslaw
Stephanie’s Notes: Added salted pepitas and lots of salad greens for lunch salads.
Miso Soup with Noodles
Link to Recipe: https://www.asaucykitchen.com/miso-soup-vegetable-noodles/
Stephanie’s Notes: The Best Miso Soup I have ever eaten! Made the recipe exactly as directed, but added 8 oz. of cubed Baked Sesame Ginger tofu. Got the miso paste from Amazon.
Vegan Summer Rolls with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
Link to Recipe: https://veganheaven.org/recipe/rice-paper-rolls-with-mango-and-mint/
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious! Took a few rolls to get the rolling technique mastered. Omitted the tofu, but they were dry without it. Made half with sweet mint and the other half with basil – both were tasty.
Bison and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Link to Recipe: https://www.cookincanuck.com/sweet-potato-bison-shepherds-pie-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added carrots, celery, a whole can of tomato paste and 1 tbsp coconut flour to the filling. Used ghee and almond milk for the sweet potatoes.
Strawberry Lime Macadamia Cheesecake
Link to Recipe: http://www.unconventionalbaker.com/recipes/raw-strawberry-lime-macadamia-cheesecake-dairy-free-gluten-free-refined-sugar-free/
Chef’s Notes: Used an 8” springform pan and omitted the decorative toppings.
Link to Recipe: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/truffled-mushroom-risotto/
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious! This was incredibly rich and flavorful. The recipe was fairly easy to make and would make a good dish for entertaining.
Link to Recipe: https://www.ohmy-creative.com/kitchen/dessert/low-carb-muffins/
Stephanie’s Notes: Easy to make and super tasty right out of the oven. Maybe add hydrated raisins next time.
Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/poultry/chicken-stuffed-rice-mushrooms
Stephanie’s Notes: Tied up chicken like in this video: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+tie+a+chicken+for+smoking&oq=how+to+tie+a+chicken&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.5274j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1.
Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread
Link to Recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/the-best-vegan-gluten-free-cornbread/
Stephanie’s Notes: Yields a chewy sweet cornbread. Perfect with a bowl of chili.
Breakfast Egg Cups
Link to Recipe: https://showmetheyummy.com/healthy-egg-muffin-cups/?m
Stephanie’s Notes: Used extra egg whites and the final result turned out spongy. Greased the muffin tin, but the eggs still stuck to the pan.
Easy Chicken Fajitas
Link to Recipe: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/easy-chicken-fajitas/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used pre-cooked chicken tenders cuts into strips. Served on corn tortillas as pre-filled tacos that fell apart when picked up. Will serve the warmed tortillas separately next time.
Cowboy Pinto Bean Soup
Link to Recipe: https://thefoodcharlatan.com/cowboy-pinto-bean-soup-slow-cooker/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used two cans of chopped tomatoes and diced green chilis instead of fresh. Served with cornbread, vegan cheddar cheese, and sour cream. The soup was thin, but the cornbread helped to thicken it up a bit. Good flavor.
Ancho-Chili Smoked Chicken Legs
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com//recipes/poultry/ancho-chili-smoked-bbq-chicken-legs-by-dennis-the-prescott
Stephanie’s Notes: Used boneless & skinless chicken thighs because they were on sale this week. Used chipotle powder instead of ancho-chili powder. Leftovers were delicious for weeks afterward (frozen and thawed).
Creamy Thai Carrot Soup
Link to Recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/creamy-thai-carrot-soup-with-basil/#_a5y_p=1598567
Stephanie’s Notes: Used roasted garlic instead of fresh. Cooked in the crockpot on low all day. Too many different flavors in one soup.
Blackened Shrimp Tacos
Link to Recipe: https://www.budgetbytes.com/blackened-shrimp-tacos/
Stephanie’s Notes: Great recipe! I used superfood slaw mix instead of shredded cabbage. The blackened seasoning was flavorful and slightly spicy. These tacos were easy to make and a total hit.
Applesauce Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Link to Recipe: https://www.justgetoffyourbuttandbake.com/applesauce-oatmeal-raisin-nut-cookies/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used a mix of dried cranberries, cherries, and blueberries and chopped walnuts. Used half cane sugar and half stevia baking “sugar”. Resulted in a light and airy cookie with soft centers and slightly crispy edges.
Garlic Smoked Turkey
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/poultry/wild-turkey-herb-butter
Stephanie’s Notes: Allow cooked turkey to rest for 30 minutes or more for juicer meat.
Potato and Pea Curry
Link to Recipe: https://thecompletesavorist.com/potato-pea-curry
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked overnight and blended with the juice of half a lemon and water until smooth and easy to pour.
Fruity Oatmeal Breakfast Bites
Link to Recipe: http://llbalanced.com/recipes/fruity-oatmeal-breakfast-bites/
Stephanie’s Notes: Tasty! Baked for 14 minutes. They turned out very soft and crumbly.
Sugar-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Link to Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/76261/crispy-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour and 1/2 cup almond flour, because that’s all I had in the pantry. The batter was very dry and the cookies are also dry and crumbly. They taste good though.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Link to Recipe: https://www.savorynothings.com/fluffy-pumpkin-pancakes/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used gluten-free baking flour. Topped with baked apples, pecans, and honey compote.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins
Link to Recipe: https://www.thewholesomedish.com/apple-cinnamon-baked-oatmeal-muffins/
Stephanie’s Notes: These were very wet and did not hold together well. Ate them with a spoon.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Link to Recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/stuffed-acorn-squash-paleo-whole30/
Stephanie’s Notes: Mixed in and topped with finely shredded Gouda cheese. The filling was very rich and hearty.
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Guajillo Pepper Sauce
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/lamb/jennings-lamb-shoulder-tacos
Stephanie’s Notes: The lamb was very moist and easily shredded. The guajillo pepper sauce was delicious! Served over roasted delicate squash and steamed green beans.
Best Ever Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Link to Recipe: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/amp/recipe/best-ever-roasted-pumpkin-seeds-75453
Stephanie’s Notes: Made this recipe with acorn squash seeds and pumpkin seeds. The acorn squash seeds are smaller and cooked in approx. 1.5 hours. The pumpkin seeds took a bit longer than the 2 hours listed in the recipe.
Creamy Broccoli Soup
Link to Recipe: https://www.watchwhatueat.com/creamy-dreamy-healthy-broccoli-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Doubled this recipe and added a handful of cheese (shredded Gouda for Bill and shredded Vegan Cheddar for me) to each bowl before serving. Creamy, rich, and healthy meal. Served with a handful of butter crackers for Bill.
Paleo Blueberry Muffins
Link to Recipe: https://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/desserts/blueberry-muffin-gluten-free-nut-free-dairy-free-low-carb-1663/
Stephanie’s Notes: Egg heavy taste. Did not stick to silicone muffin liners.
Chicken Pumpkin and Mushroom Stew
Link to Recipe: http://www.dvo.com/link/1025_100452327.html
Stephanie’s Notes: Substituted tapioca flour for gluten-free and cashew cream for dairy-free. Added cooked rotisserie chicken after onion, mushroom, and pumpkin chunks were soft. Served with butter crackers for Bill. Great recipe and would make it again.
Link to Recipe: https://www.thespruceeats.com/easy-baked-smores-3052398
Stephanie’s Notes: The chocolate was too melted and dripped out from between the crackers. Thinking it would be better to add the chocolate after the marshmallow has had a chance to brown up a bit next time.
Link to Recipe: https://thecozyapron.com/oktoberfest-stew/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=oktoberfest-stew-pin&pp=1
Stephanie’s Notes: Used smoked turkey kielbasa and a Winter Lager (not able to find Oktoberfest Lager in stores this time of year).
Morning Glory Bread
Link to Recipe: http://www.wholesomelicious.com/paleo-morning-glory-bread/
Stephanie’s Notes: Baked for the recommended time and it was not quite set in the center yet. Baked for an extra 30 minutes. Tasty, but fell apart and was oily to the touch from the coconut oil.
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Waffles
Link to Recipe: https://thereislifeafterwheat.com/2017/12/gingerbread-waffles/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used gluten-free baking flour and omitted the baking powder, soda, and salt.
Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Spinach
Link to Recipe: https://biancazapatka.com/en/2018/09/13/creamy-vegan-polenta-with-mushrooms-and-spinach/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used cornmeal instead of polenta. Added a tbsp of Ghee at the end of cooking the polenta. Tasty and healthy dinner.
Beef Short Ribs
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/beef/secret-beef-short-ribs
Stephanie’s Notes: Used Abita root beer from Lucky’s cafe on tap. Marinated overnight with sweet onion rings. Cooked for 3 hours. The meat was fall off the bone tender. Kept the ribs and juices in the porcelain 9” x 13” casserole dish, the fat spilled and made a huge mess. Next time I would separate the ribs from the juices and then toss in the Root Beer BBQ sauce right before serving.
Spiced Almond Shortbread Cookies
Link to Recipe: https://www.theendlessmeal.com/holiday-spiced-almond-shortbread-cookies/
Stephanie’s Notes: Doubled the recipe. The dough did not form as expected in the Vitamix and I may have overtaxed and heated up the butter. Chilled the dough for 45 minutes and then rolled into balls and dusted with powdered sugar. Cooked for 11 minutes, but they were not yet firm. Baked for another 11 minutes and the dough was still not firm. Didn’t taste worth the calories. I threw most of them away.
Brunch Egg Ring
Link to Recipe: https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/crescent-bacon-breakfast-ring/
Stephanie’s Notes: Doubled the recipe and baked/served on a large porcelain serving platter.
Winter Lentil Stew
Link to Recipe: https://www.budgetbytes.com/vegan-winter-lentil-stew/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added 3/4 can tomato paste and 1/2 lb thick smoked bacon slices.
Best Damn Vegan Cashew Sour Cream
Link to Recipe: http://www.glutenfreeveganpantry.com/the-best-damn-vegan-sour-cream/
Stephanie’s Notes: My preferred recipe for sour cream.
Link to Recipe: https://gluten-free-zen.com/2011/07/31/super-simple-enchilada-casserole/
Stephanie’s Notes: Made my own enchilada sauce using dried Guajillo peppers and the following recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/lamb/jennings-lamb-shoulder-tacos added some Mexican seasoning to taste. Used ground bison meat and topped with half a jar of mild salsa once cooled. Served with shredded iceberg lettuce, homemade guacamole, and cashew sour cream. Very delicious! This would be a good recipe for entertaining if assembled ahead of time.
Ultimate Vegetable Soup with Smoked Ham
Link to Recipe: https://www.thegardengrazer.com/2014/10/ultimate-vegetable-soup.html?m=1
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1/2 head cauliflower and broccoli, omitted the cabbage. Used frozen organic carrots, green beans, peas, and corn. Used large cans of diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes.
Beer Can Smoked Chicken
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/poultry/beer-can-chicken
Stephanie’s Notes: Used Lemon Pub seasoning blend from Aldi. Bill picked Old Chub beer. Turned out alright, but seems like a waste of beer.
German Potato Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/18085/hot-german-potato-salad-iii/
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned our really delicious! Next time, I will use red potatoes and will leave the skins on. Used peppercorn smoked bacon from Lucky’s.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Link to Recipe: https://myfoodstory.com/low-carb-mexican-cauliflower-rice-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added smoked chicken and leftover cooked peppercorn bacon. Used sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and southwestern seasoning blend. It was almost too spicy but still delicious.
Tuna and Egg Salad
Link to Recipe: http://skinnypoints.com/2016/02/22/tuna-and-egg-salad-2-smartpoints/2/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added hot chow-chow for a bit of tanginess. I only had a few tablespoons of mayonnaise, so used a few tablespoons of cashew sour cream and some water to make creamy.
Sweet Potato Hashbrowns in Waffle Maker
Link to Recipe: https://www.purewow.com/recipes/Waffle-Iron-Sweet-Potato-Hash-Browns
Stephanie’s Notes: They tasted great, but did not stick together to form hash browns.
Cajun Florida Red Snapper
Link to Recipe: https://www.askchefdennis.com/make-cajun-style-florida-snapper/
Stephanie’s Notes: Wow, fantastic recipe! I didn’t make the fruit salad, but next time I will. Think I overcooked the fish, it was a bit tough. The seasonings and searing before baking gave it amazing flavor. Served with steamed broccoli.
Link to Recipe: https://www.mynourishedhome.com/awesome-sauteed-kale/
Stephanie’s Notes: Started with 1/2 sweet onion, 1/2 yellow pepper, 1 mild seeded jalapeño and sautéed in veggie broth until caramelized. Added sliced mushrooms and chopped kale. Sautéed with broth until kale wilted and added seasoning at the end. Tasty and healthy side dish.
Cheesy Potato Cakes in the Waffle Maker
Link to Recipe: https://www.justataste.com/cheesy-leftover-mashed-potato-waffles-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used vegan cheddar cheese. They turned out mushy when I filled the waffle iron full, but were nice and crispy when I added a spoonful to each one and let it spread to a circle instead of the square edges. Next time, I will just use one spoonful of batter for each waffle.
Link to Recipe: https://meaningfuleats.com/30-minute-beef-stroganoff-dairy-free-gluten-free/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1.5 lbs ground beef and1 lb crimini mushrooms. The sauce was perfect! Next time I will use beef tips instead of ground beef. Served over egg noodles.
Link to Recipe: https://zerowastechef.com/2016/08/13/chana-masala/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added more salt, and should have added a bit of cayenne pepper powder to spice it up a bit. Served with puppodums cooked in the microwave and topped with salt, garlic powder, and sesame seeds.
Link to Recipe: https://40aprons.com/healthy-swedish-meatballs-paleo-whole30-gluten-free/
Stephanie’s Notes: Served with mashed yellow potatoes and steamed green beans. Used ground lamb instead of ground pork, since that’s what I had on hand. Very tasty!
Roasted Carrot, Red Onion, and Lentil Salad
Link to Recipe: https://deliciouslyella.com/2016/11/26/salad/
Stephanie’s Notes: Delicious! I added a handful of goat cheese crumbles and chopped pecans and served over spring greens.
Crockpot Black Bean Soup
Link to Recipe: https://breadboozebacon.com/slow-cooker-black-bean-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Chopped all the veggies in the Ninja the night before and stored in the fridge to make assembly faster in the morning before heading to work. Cooked on low for 11-12 hours.
Southern Style Baked Beans
Link to Recipe: http://www.mustlovehome.com/grandmas-real-southern-baked-beans/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 4 cans of Aldi Pork and Beans and 2 cans of Northern Beans. Added extra Texas-style BBQ sauce. I used two slices of pre-cooked bacon. Next time I will use the thick-cut bacon from Lucky’s.
Egg Drop Soup
Link to Recipe: https://tornadoughalli.com/egg-drop-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Served with baked egg rolls. Delicious!
Crockpot Taco Soup
Link to Recipe: http://penniesandpancakes.blogspot.com/2013/08/food-storage-crockpot-taco-soup-using.html?m=1#.UfvOE-B5OVc
Stephanie’s Notes: Used chipotle petite diced tomatoes and southwestern seasoning. Next time, will garnish with cashew sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.
Royal Thai Salad Dressing
Link to Recipe: https://adashofsoul.com/2011/03/16/the-most-amazing-salad-dressing-ever/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added some stevia to make it a bit sweeter. This tastes exactly like the peanut salad dressing at the Thai restaurants. Made torn iceberg lettuce salads with cut tomatoes, sliced tomatoes, and thinly sliced yellow onions.
Link to Recipe: https://www.paintthekitchenred.com/instant-pot-thai-red-curry/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used sliced rotisserie chicken breasts, red bell peppers, snow peas, green onions, and fresh basil from the garden. Served with steamed Jasmine rice. This was almost exactly like the Panang curry at the local Thai restaurant. Very tasty!
Smoked Pot Roast
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/beef/chuck-pot-roast
Stephanie’s Notes: Made gravy with the juices but adding a few tbsp of tapioca flour to water and brought the juices to a boil in a small saucepan and whisking until thick and creamy. Bill said this was the best pot roast he has ever eaten in his life.
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/simple-smoked-ribs
Stephanie’s Notes: Cooked at 225* for 3 hours, brushed with Bone Sucking Original Recipe Sauce add about 1/2 cup spiced apple cider, and wrapped in foil. Increased temperature to 350* and cooked for an additional 45 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. THE BEST RIBS EVER!!!
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
Link to Recipe: https://www.goodenessgracious.com/dutch-oven-peach-cobbler.html
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned out terrible. Maybe it was the GF all-purpose flour I used. The crust was thick and chewy. We will need to find a new peach cobbler recipe.
Chicken Pot Pie
Link to Recipe: https://dinnerthendessert.com/flaky-classic-chicken-pot-pie/
Stephanie’s Notes: Best chicken pot pie we’ve ever tasted. Bill said it was one of the best recipes to date. Used organic pre-made pie crusts and rotisserie chicken breast meat.
Smoked GF Fruit Crisps
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/baked-goods/fruit-crisps?trk_msg=NNST89DUV7G49EG9J1C3S89HS0&trk_contact=O2MVAJ4V3L9J7NMO720E3EE6AG&trk_sid=NACBFLJTVOVOC6H9FLEKOFQBT0&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Baked+Fruit+Crisps&utm_campaign=Smoky+Pork+Chile+Verde
Stephanie’s Notes: Used peaches in light syrup. Topped with dairy-free vanilla bean ice cream.
Balsamic Walnut Salad Dressing
Link to Recipe: https://hellonutritarian.com/dr-fuhrmans-walnut-vinaigrette-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Tried and true recipe. I make this all the time but never added it to the recipe list until now.
Roasted Calabaza Squash
Link to Recipe: http://thebrooklynragazza.blogspot.com/2012/04/garlic-roasted-calabaza.html?m=1
Stephanie’s Notes: Sprayed with olive oil and seasoned liberally. Similar taste to acorn squash, but larger a larger squash.
Cashew Cream Cheese
Link to Recipe: https://natalietamara.co.uk/2016/02/20/vegan-cashew-cream-cheese/
Stephanie’s Notes: Staple recipe. Could add spices to make this more of a spread.
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
Link to Recipe: https://www.erinliveswhole.com/healthy-carrot-cake-baked-oatmeal/
Stephanie’s Notes: Tasty recipe! We had a small slice as a dessert topped with a scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream. Bill had the rest as breakfast in place of his bowl of oatmeal.
Red Lentil and Peanut Curry
Link to Recipe: http://thehealthyhunterblog.com/2016/08/08/sweet-potato-peanut-and-red-lentil-curry/
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned out very good. Served as a side to grilled chicken and steamed green beans
Braised Pork Chili Verde Tacos
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/pork-chile-verde?trk_msg=NNST89DUV7G49EG9J1C3S89HS0&trk_contact=O2MVAJ4V3L9J7NMO720E3EE6AG&trk_sid=NACBFLJTVOVOC6H9FLEKOFQBT0&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Braised+Pork+Chile+Verde&utm_campaign=Smoky+
Stephanie’s Notes: Could not find tomatillos at the local grocery stores, so I used a verde enchilada sauce instead and added seasoning. Cooked in the Dutch Oven on the smoker. Served in warm corn tortillas with shredded lettuce, guacamole, and verde salsa.
Spring Quinoa Salad
Link to Recipe: https://pinchofyum.com/spring-quinoa-salad-honey-lemon-vinaigrette
Stephanie’s Notes: Added cubed chicken and vegan feta cheese. Topped a large portion of spring greens with around 3/4 cup of this quinoa salad and drizzled a bit of walnut balsamic dressing on top.
Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Broccoli
Link to Recipe: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/wild-rice-broccoli-mushrooms-vegan/
Stephanie’s Notes: Great side dish. I would add a bit of truffle oil to finish it off next time.
Link to Recipe: http://www.kitchenlush.com/home/2015/5/4/lobster-tacos-with-chili-lime-slaw-and-avocado-crema
Stephanie’s Notes: Made this at Bill’s request. Smoked the lobster tails for about an hour, then turned up the heat to 350* and cooked for about 10 minutes until they reached temperature. Nice smokey flavor. Substituted soaked raw cashews for yogurt in the crema.
Sweet Potato Bun Sliders
Link to Recipe: https://wholesome-mama.com/2019/01/19/sweet-potato-bun-sliders/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used ground bison meat for the burgers and grilled on the panini press.
Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Stew
Link to Recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2016/12/09/slow-cooker-chicken-wild-rice-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1/4 cup soaked cashews and 2 tbsp tapioca flour to thicken the stew. This recipe turned out so rich and creamy.
Smoked Mojo Pork
Link to Recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/06/cuban-roast-pork-shoulder-mojo-recipe.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=201810
Stephanie’s Notes: Followed the recipe exactly, however, I used the smoker instead of the oven. The pork was extremely tender and flavorful. Served with Cuban black beans, rice, and pan-fried plantains.
Cuban Black Beans
Link to Recipe: https://www.cilantroandcitronella.com/cuban-black-beans-and-rice/
Stephanie’s Notes: Soaked the beans overnight and drained/rinsed. The beans cooked up great and had good flavor. The bean liquid was gray instead of black, possibly due to rinsing the beans after soaking.
Lebanese Chicken Skewers
Link to Recipe: https://www.curiouscuisiniere.com/shish-tawook/
Stephanie’s Notes: Tasty! Served with roasted zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, and smoked sun-dried tomatoes and naan bread for Bill.
Smoked Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salads
Link to Recipe: https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/food/gordon-ramsays-mango-avocado-and-smoked-chicken-salad-32170.html?amp
Stephanie’s Notes: Very good entree salad.
GF Strawberry Shortcake
Link to Recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-strawberry-shortcake-gf-df/
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned our alright. Not great.
Greek Pasta Salad
Link to Recipe: https://dinnerthendessert.com/easy-greek-pasta-salad/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used red lentil rotini pasta for gluten-free. It was better the next day, after sitting the flavors deepened. Next time, I would add pepperoni or sausage. Used vegan mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes.
Caramelized Onion and Tomato Risotto
Link to Recipe: https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/tomato-risotto/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added 1 tsp of white truffle oil once the rice was soft and thickened. Topped with seared colossal scallops. This recipe was very decadent. The risotto is rich and creamy and the truffle oil adds so much flavor.
Link to Recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/seared-scallops-recipe-1916984
Stephanie’s Notes: Lucky’s had these on sale for $10.99/lb. They were frozen when purchased, so I thawed them on the counter while cooking the risotto (recipe above) and then finished thawing in a colander under cold running water.
Sweet Potato Hashbrown Stack
Link to Recipe: https://theeffortlesschic.com/sweet-potato-hash-brown-stack-gluten-free-easy-brunch/
Stephanie’s Notes: Bill said this was the best breakfast he has ever eaten in his life. It was that tasty!
Link to Recipe: https://pin.it/siwob6urj2nkqd
Stephanie’s Notes: Good recipe. It was something different.
Fall off the Bone Smoked Ribs
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/pork/cannibal-bbq-ribs
Stephanie’s Notes: The bones slid right off the meat, leaving huge meaty chunks. The meat had a dry finish on the tongue.
Link to Recipe: https://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/oven-braised-chicken-cacciatore-with-rosemary/#_a5y_p=4543535
Stephanie’s Notes: Served over egg noodles with steamed green beans on the side. I used the smoker instead of the oven. Turned out delicious!
The Best Ever Kale Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.sharerecipes.club/2019/01/the-best-kale-salad-ever.html?m=1
Stephanie’s Notes: Good base recipe. Used vegan parmesan cheese, regular raisins, and avocado oil. Added chickpeas, shredded carrots, diced red pepper.
BBQ Grilled Chicken Breasts
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/poultry/bbq-chicken-breast
Stephanie’s Notes: Used my regular Ancho-Chili spice rub and marinated for a few hours. Brushed with KansasBBQ sauce from Aldi’s during the last five minutes of grill time. Served with truffle oil roasted baby red potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts. The chicken was very moist and flavorful. Very similar to grilled chicken breasts and the ends got a bit burnt and crispy.
Link to Recipe: https://www.therusticelk.com/venison-chili/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added red and green diced bell peppers, sliced and diced mushrooms. Doubled the spices. Very flavorful with the ground elk meat.
Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl
Link to Recipe: https://www.evolvingtable.com/egg-roll-in-a-bowl-paleo-keto/
Chef’s Notes: Quick recipe with good flavor. I would definitely make this recipe again.
Red Lentil Curry
Link to Recipe: https://runningonrealfood.com/curried-lentil-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added frozen spinach near the end of cook time. Served with Naan bread for Bill. Tasty recipe!
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Thighs
Link to Recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/jerk-chicken
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1 habanero pepper, instead of two. Cooked in the smoker – 1 hour on smoke setting, turn up the heat to 350* and cook for another 20 minutes. Brush with Kansas style BBQ sauce during the last 10 minutes of cook time. Served with coconut rice, baked plantains, and roasted broccolini.
Crispy Pork Carnitas
Link to Recipe: https://cafedelites.com/pork-carnitas-mexican-slow-cooked-pulled-pork/
Stephanie’s Notes: Cooked in a dutch oven on the Traeger on the smoke setting for 4.5 hours then turned up the heat to 325* for 1.5 hours. Served on corn tortillas with guacamole and medium restaurant-style salsa. Delicious!
One-Pot Hearty Vegetable Soup
Link to Recipe: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/hearty-vegetable-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Substituted ground bison for ground beef. Frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas) and half a bag of frozen sliced okra.
Lemon Dill Poached Salmon (or Steelhead Trout)
Link to Recipe: https://www.thepaleomom.com/lemon-dill-poached-salmon/
Stephanie’s Notes: Substituted steelhead trout for salmon. Simmered on low for about 15 minutes and cooked to an internal temperature of 145*. Next time, will drizzle some fresh lemon juice on top of the cooked fish for a bit more citrus flavor. Served with steamed broccoli and sautéed sliced mushrooms. **Recipe update – this recipe is now in my weekly rotation. Fresh wild-caught salmon filets from Aldi yield the best results.
Pork Tenderloin with Herb Gravy
Link to Recipe: https://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/pork-loin-wine-herbs/
Stephanie’s Notes: The pork was tough. Next time, will sear the meat and then finish the cooking in the oven like my regular Island Pork Tenderloin recipe. The gravy was very tasty. Served with smashed red potatoes and a steamed vegetable medley.
Ground Boar Stuffed Pepper Soup
Link to Recipe: https://www.willcookforsmiles.com/stuffed-peppers-soup/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 1 pound ground boar instead of beef. Added fresh basil from the garden. Served with crackers.
Thai Chicken Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.mykitchenescapades.com/thai-chicken-salad-with-spicy-peanut/?epik=dj0yJnU9bWE3ZWpPa0NINWRwMk04SzBDQUFybW80MGZDOWNzdjMmbj1sOWRpRFNXWjBDUHk2SUpwOGhfLUhRJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjFULTNz
Stephanie’s Notes: Loved the dressing combination.
Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
Link to Recipe: https://downshiftology.com/recipes/whole30-chicken-broccoli-casserole/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 3/4 of a package of Costco rotisserie chicken breasts. Added grilled corn cut from the cobs. Topped with a package of Daiya Pepperjack Cheese Shreds. This recipe was absolutely delicious!
Link to Recipe: https://thegreencreator.com/buckwheat-salad-with-lovage-dressing/
Stephanie’s Notes: Couldn’t find dried lovage at the grocery store, so I used fresh parsley in its place. Added a few large scoops of this salad to top off mixed spring greens and drizzled olive oil and pomegranate vinegar on top to serve. This salad was full of different flavors and hearty enough to be filling.
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/vegetables/loaded-baked-potato-salad?trk_msg=B3QD69GHJ3UKB0S7B467VN4REC&trk_contact=O2MVAJ4V3L9J7NMO720E3EE6AG&trk_sid=K3MKIEK797H792HSJ3VHOC182G&bxid=8513F4988469A4DD9425351323&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Loaded+Baked+Potato+Salad&utm_campaign=5+Things+To+Cook+This+Labor+Day
Stephanie’s Notes: Used Lucky’s Peppercorn bacon, vegan sour cream, and vegan shredded cheddar cheese. Very tasty recipe and great for a potluck or cookout side dish.
Baked Denver Omelet Casserole
Link to Recipe: https://myfoodstory.com/baked-denver-omelet-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used smoked ham and topped with vegan cheddar cheese. Served with sautéed zucchini, but would be better with potatoes or toast.
Dijon Baked Salmon
Link to Recipe: https://downshiftology.com/recipes/dijon-baked-salmon/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=26876792
Stephanie’s Notes: I overcooked the salmon. The taste was good and I will attempt this recipe again with less cook time.
Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Casserole
Link to Recipe: https://www.linneyville.com/chicken-spinach-artichoke-casserole-keto/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used 3/4 package Costco rotisserie chicken breasts, 1/2 package Costco marinated and grilled artichoke hearts, 1 package frozen spinach, and 1 cup raw cashews made into a “sour cream”. Topped with half a bag of vegan mozzarella cheese. This recipe was out of this world delicious with lots of leftovers.
Brazilian Chickpea Salad
Link to Recipe: http://www.emmaslittlekitchen.com/one-pot-brazilian-chickpeas-and-rice/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used leftover cooked coconut rice and a bag of organic frozen mixed vegetables. Served on top of a large bed of arugula and mixed greens. Tasty lunch salads.
Turkey Meatballs in Sage Cream Sauce
Link to Recipe: https://paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/turkey-sausage-meatballs-in-sage-cream-sauce/
Stephanie’s Notes: The meatballs were dry, but the sauce totally made up for it. Served with roasted Brussels sprouts and leftover sweet potato hash from breakfast that morning.
Grilled Chicken Breasts
Link to Recipe: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/poultry/bbq-chicken-breast
Stephanie’s Notes: This recipe turned out very good. The chicken was moist and juicy. Used the ancho-chili seasoning blend. Served with roasted summer veggie medley (grilled corn, yellow squash, asparagus, red onion, soaked sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil from the herb garden.
Link to Recipe: https://www.onelovelylife.com/pumpkin-chili/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used ground bison in place of beef. Topped with shredded vegan cheddar cheese. Turned out great, even better as leftovers.
Stovetop Stuffing Meatloaf
Link to Recipe: https://www.instrupix.com/4-ingredient-meatloaf-ahhhmazing/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used a box of gluten-free stuffing mix from Aldi. This recipe was very quick, easy, and tasty. It has a bit more carbs than I would prefer, but it was a good recipe and I would make it again.
Thai Lettuce Cups
Link to Recipe: https://www.health.com/celebrities/this-is-chrissy-teigens-go-to-healthy-meal
Stephanie’s Notes: Used ‘Spark: Thai Ground Chicken” (On sale for $4.00/lb at Publix) and omitted the seasonings.
Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes
Link to Recipe: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/loaded-mashed-potato-cakes/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used Daiya cheddar style shreds, ghee, almond flour, thick-cut smoked peppercorn bacon, 4 eggs (instead of 2). Made the cakes in a waffle iron and served with cashew sour cream. Served with smoked hot Italian sausages and a Maple Bacon Bourbon side salad.
The Best Greek Chicken Marinade
Link to Recipe: https://www.willcookforsmiles.com/greek-chicken-marinade/
Stephanie’s Notes: Used fresh herbs from the garden and avocado oil instead of canola oil. Marinated HUGE chicken breasts overnight. Cooked on the Traeger on high heat until each piece reached an internal temperature of 165*. The chicken turned out very flavorful and juicy. Served with a roasted vegetable medley seasoned with Greek spices.
Cauliflower Rice with Asparagus and Poached Eggs
Link to Recipe: http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/food/fried-cauliflower-rice-with-asparagus-amp-egg
Stephanie’s Notes: Quick, healthy, and tasty weeknight dinner. Used frozen riced cauliflower. Added diced red bell peppers for additional color and taste.
Caramelized Sweet Potato Kale Fried Rice
Link to Recipe: https://iowagirleats.com/2014/10/15/caramelized-sweet-potato-kale-fried-wild-rice/
Stephanie’s Notes: Divided this recipe up into five servings and added a serving to a bed of spring lettuce mix for lunch each day this week.
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Link to Recipe: https://www.wineandglue.com/chicken-noodle-soup-casserole/
Stephanie’s Notes: OMG, this was so tasty!! Used GF butternut squash rotini pasta noodles, ghee instead of butter, tapioca flour to thicken the sauce, and cashew cream/almond milk instead of dairy milk. Topped with shredded vegan mozzarella cheese. Leftovers were great for lunches throughout the week.
Potato Lentil Curry
Link to Recipe: https://theprettybee.com/easy-lentil-potato-curry/
Stephanie’s Notes: Added 1 lb of cooked BBQ rib meat once lentils and vegetables were finished cooking. The curry sauce had a very deep flavor and would be good with just about any combination of vegetables and/or meats.
Grilled Swordfish with a Mediterranean Twist
Link to Recipe: https://www.themediterraneandish.com/grilled-swordfish-recipe/
Stephanie’s Notes: My first time trying swordfish. It was firm and meaty with great taste. I marinated the fish for about 30 minutes while I waited for my Traeger grill to heat up. Next time, I would marinate the filets for at least a few hours. Served with roasted asparagus and mushrooms and a drizzle of teriyaki sauce on the fish. Delicious!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Link to Recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/stuffed-acorn-squash-paleo-whole30/
Stephanie’s Notes: Turned out. great! Topped with a handful of shredded vegan mozzarella cheese and broiled a few minutes in the end to brown it up a bit. Made a double batch and the leftovers were good too.
Overnight Refrigerator Pickles
Link to Recipe:https://www.artfrommytable.com/overnight-refrigerator-pickles/
Stephanie’s Notes: Quick and easy recipe for a homemade and probiotic-rich snack.
Epic Red Cabbage Sauerkraut
Link to Recipe: http://www.consciouslivingwithblue.org/epic-red-cabbage-sauerkraut/
Stephanie’s Notes: Quick and easy recipe for a homemade and probiotic-rich snack.