Tomato-Free Ketchup & BBQ Sauce

Finally! Some gluten, dairy, soy and most of all tomato free sauces! Earlier I posted the Nomato Sauce for tomato free red sauce, which you can use for spaghetti & pasta sauce, as well as pizza sauce. But… whats life without ketchup and bbq sauce!? That’s where these recipes come in! And they’re so good! You can use them in a bunch of other recipes as well, its like my long lost fave foods are back in my life which makes me super happy! Slopy joes, home made chili, bbq chicken, ribs, etc! YUM! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! They’re really easy to make and made with natural ingredients, which means they’re not full of the yucky fake stuff like preservatives etc like the store-bought ones. Take a few minutes to give these a try and i promise I’ll be posting more recipes in which you can use these. You won’t regret it….enjoy! 🙂

Tomato-Free Ketchup (Printable Version)Tomato Free Ketchup

Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (16 ounce) can pear halves in natural juice, drained
1 (16 ounce) can sliced carrots, drained
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup (Karo)
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Store in refrigerator.

Tomato-Free BBQ Saucetomato free bbq sauce

Ingredients:
2 cups tomato-free ketchup
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp GF soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp black pepper

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yield: 2 cups

Homemade Cashew Butter

Peanuts are the enemy, which kinda sucks when you love peanut butter! But, the stomachache isn’t really worth it, so I decided to make my own cashew butter, since the only kind you can buy is super expensive! It’s really hard to find too, so i figured I’d stock up on cashews from Costco and make a bunch of cashew butter. It was way easier than i thought it would be and it makes quite a bit! I’m already on my second batch, I guess the peanut butter and jelly (ok, really its homemade jam, YUM!) toast used it up pretty quick! I also made a batch of granola bars and oatmeal cookies substituting the peanut butter with this yummy cashew butter and they turned out fantastic! Speaking of Costco, they now have Udi’s multi-grain gluten free bread in the freezer section and its a much larger loaf, the pieces are bigger too, and its a pretty good price! I was super excited to see it, and will be stocking up on it as I’m going through it pretty darn quickly! Its funny how the things that you cant have and then find out that you can have again, you’ll have it a whole bunch like you’re making up for lost time or something! LOL  If you can have peanuts or almonds you can use this recipe and make your own nut butter. Any kind is better than the preservative filled ones at the store! Nothing beats fresh, natural nut butter. Oh, just make sure you use unsalted nuts, or it’ll be a little saltier than you expect. Yep, I learned this the hard way, Oops! Oh well, it’s still good! So give it a try and enjoy! 🙂

Homemade Cashew Butter (Printable Version)cashew_butter

Ingredients
4 cups unsalted roasted cashews
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar

Directions
Place the nuts in a food processor and process until fine. Add the oil, salt, and sugar. Process on high for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and process to desired smoothness. Transfer to a bowl to use as a dip, spread, or to use in other recipes. Or place in an jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Snickerdoodle Blondies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

So, I’m actually finding some time to bake once in awhile, especially since I have such a sweet tooth! Thank goodness you have to eat extra calories while you’re nursing! YES! LOL. Hubby’s been busy doing yet another reno project (YAY new laundry, mud and bathrooms on the way!) so I wanted to do something nice to reward him and satisfy my sugar craving all at once, why not make us both happy right?! His fave is snickerdoodles, but i have to be honest and say that GF snickerdoodle cookies suck! LOL I’ve tried alot of different recipes and they always come out flat and too crunchy and it frustrates me, but these……omg, these are to die for! They’re absolutely perfect, soft and chewy and flavorful, but in a bar form. I will warn you, these are super addicting, and we can vouch for that because the whole pan disappeared somehow in less than 24 hours! LOL uhm……oops?! How bout YUM! They mix up in a snap and come out perfect, and are delicious both warm and cooled. I think I’m gonna have to hide the recipe from myself cause I’ll end up a snickerdoodle junkie! Haha…..fair warning! Get in the kitchen, whip up a batch of these bad boys and enjoy 🙂

Snickerdoodle Blondies (Printable Version)

Ingredients:
snickerdoodle-blondies 1/2 cup non-dairy butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten free flour

½ tsp xanthan gum
1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in salt, egg and vanilla. Add in flour and gum. Put dough into prepared baking dish and smooth it into an even layer.

Stir together remaining 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the dough.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until bars are set and the edges are just very lightly browned. Cool in the pan before slicing.

Taco Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and getting around to cooking some new things and posting them. If you couldn’t tell by my 2 month absence on here that I had my little bundle of joy….and she takes up a lot of time! Thank goodness for all those freezer meals I prepped in advance! She’s 2 months old now and giving me more time to do things, and I have a little more energy since she’s sleeping longer, so I’m taking advantage and getting something posted before she wakes up from her nap! This awesome taco pie is not only impossibly easy to make, its super tasty! Even the leftovers are yummy, and thank goodness for leftovers these days! There are some variations on this you could do like using chopped or shredded meat, adding tomatoes or peppers or whatever else you want to throw in to make it your kind of tacolicious! Have fun with it and enjoy! 🙂

Taco Pie(Printable Versiontaco pie

 Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey, beef or chicken

1 small onion, diced

1 tsp taco seasoning

1/2 cup GF Bisquick

1 cup almond milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup shredded cheddar or soy cheese 

1 cup corn kernels, cooked & drained

¼ cup sliced black olives

2 medium green onions, sliced

Crushed tortilla chips

Shredded cheddar cheese for topping

 

Directions:

 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

 2. In 10-inch skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Stir in taco seasoning, corn, and olives. Spread in pie plate. Top with cheese.

 3. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick, milk and eggs with wire whisk until blended. Pour into pie plate.

   4. Bake 25 minutes. Top with cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips. Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Italian Baked Ziti

I know, I know….. I led you on in my last post with the promise of an amazing pasta recipe to use up the Nomato Sauce you just made! By the way…….how was it?! I’ve made like 3 batches since I posted the recipe and countless casseroles and other dishes using it! Which kind of explains why I haven’t gotten to posting anything yet! LOL  My freezer is slowly filling up (yay!) so I’m hopeful I’ll have a good variety and stash of meals ready to go before baby gets here! The countdown has begun….. down to just 1 more month…although it could technically be any day right?! You just never know! Between that and being crazy busy with work lately, posting has kinda got put on the back burner. So…..I’m going to live up to my word now and give you one of the best and yummiest Italian recipes that you’ll ever eat! Again…… gluten free, tomato free, and dairy free (if you sub out the cheese with soy cheese).  I’ve made this a couple different ways, and this one is the by far the best, although they’re all really tasty! Having the Italian sausage really adds to the Italian flavor, and using the penne instead of spaghetti gives it a little more sustenance and holds up better…no one likes soggy pasta! LOL This dish is super addictive, or maybe its just me since its been so long since Ive had anything like this!? And as bad as it sounds, and as bad as pregnancy indigestion can be, this is something I don’t mind tasting the rest of the day! Haha…..sorry, tmi right?!  Anyhow….. give this one a try! Its quick and easy to make, especially if you have the sauce already made. If you don’t, you can find the recipe for homemade Nomato Sauce here. Enjoy 🙂

Italian Baked Ziti (Printable Version)

Italian Baked Ziti

Ingredients:
•    2 Tablespoons Oil
•    1 & ½ teaspoons Minced Garlic
•    1 small Onion, Diced
•    1 & 1/2 pounds Italian Sausage
•    1 pound Ground Turkey
•    2 cups Nomato Sauce (see recipe)
•    2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
•    Salt & Pepper, to taste
•    16 ounce Package Uncooked Gluten-Free Penne Pasta
•    1 to 2 cups Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
•    ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
•    Minced Dried Parsley

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until it starts to soften. Add the Italian sausage and ground turkey and cook until browned. Stir in the salt, pepper & Italian seasoning.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions until not quite al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking and cool it down. Place the pasta back in the pot and stir in the meat, sauce and cheeses and toss to combine.
Place pasta into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish OR (2) greased 8×8 inch baking dishes.* Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
*** If making 2 pans, bake one and cool the other before freezing. When ready to cook the frozen casserole, defrost overnight in the fridge and bake normally or until cooked through.

“Nomato” Sauce: Tomato-Free Red Sauce

Having food allergies can make cooking a pain in the butt! If you have any at all, or multiple, then you definitely know what I’m talking about here! It has been years since I had anything with tomato in it. The other day I had a craving for pizza…..and not my typical no sauce, low dairy pizza, but a REAL pizza! And, as it gets closer to baby’s due date, I’m trying to get some things made and put in the freezer ahead of time. Looking at freezer meals I’m finding that most of them have tomato sauce. And let me tell you how good a classic Italian lasagna sounds! I had heard of this amazing product called “Nomato sauce” which sounds like a great idea, but who wants to pay that much money for a little jar of it, and then still have to wait for it to actually get here after you order it!? I wanted immediate satisfaction for this wonderful preggo craving, so I decided to just make my own. After searching online for awhile, and reading lots of reviews, I came up with this super tasty and easy tomato-free red sauce. Its hard to actually believe that it doesn’t have tomatoes in it…. even hubby was impressed at how similar it was to the “real” thing! It’s got to be much healthier for you too, since there are no preservatives or additives like the jarred stuff. You can adapt the spices as needed for whatever dish you want to use it in!

We used it for pizza, which was a nice change for me, as we usually just skip the sauce part. I even splurged on the new Pillsbury pizza dough in the refrigerator section, which I have to tell you was a waste of time and money! I figured it would be yummy and more like what i remember the wheat-based pizza dough tastes like. This was dense and heavy and doughy and just plain gross! I had read the reviews even and cooked it based on them to make it better, and we just ate the toppings off and threw it away! So…….don’t waste your money!

There was still plenty of sauce leftover so I froze a couple small jars AND made a double batch of baked spaghetti (which will be my next post, so stay tuned!) which turned out amazing!! It totally hit the spot, was even better then i remember, and the best part? NO TOMATOES!! I made a pan for the freezer as well, so feeling especially productive! LOL Only 6 more weeks or less to go, guess i better get going on stocking up that freezer! With so many food allergies it’s hard to let anyone else cook for you, so if you have any great freezer meal ideas please let me know! In the meantime I’ll hopefully be trying out some new recipes to share with you, cause once baby arrives who knows how much time I’ll have to cook! So, for those of you non-tomato eaters and even those who just want to try something new and different, this sauce is quick and simple to make,not to mention delicious and healthy, so give it a try and enjoy! 🙂

“Nomato” Sauce: Tomato-Free Red Sauce (Printable Version)
Nomato Sauce
Ingredients:

•    6 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
•    1 (15 oz) can of sliced beets, drained
•    ½ of a  large onion, cut into large pieces
•    3 celery ribs, chopped into 1 inch pieces
•    1 & 1/2 cups water
•    Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper & sugar to taste

Directions:

•    Put all the veggies and water into a covered pot and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until veggies are soft.
•    Pour into blender and blend until smooth. Blend in spices to taste, spicing appropriately for the dish you are using it in.

Easy Oven-Baked Country-Style Pork Ribs & Gravy

It’s finally fall, things are super busy, and there’s just something about the combination of apples, onion and pork that’s cozy and comforting, especially as the seasons change. Hubby is a big pork ribs fan, but I don’t like chewing meat right off the bone, so I’m more in favor of the boneless ribs. The country-style ones are nice and meaty, and work great for oven baking or crock-potting. This is a really quick and easy recipe that tastes like you slaved all day in the kitchen! Ive never been great at making gravy, but using the juices from this  for the gravy was simple and delicious! Serve this up with a big batch of mashed potatoes and veggies and you’re set! The amounts are up to you, and you can use onion soup mix that’s pre-made if you want, but why would you with all that msg and stuff?! Give this one a try when you need a tasty meal and are strapped for time! Enjoy 🙂

Easy Oven-Baked Country-Style Pork Ribs & Gravy (Printable Version)
pork ribs
Ingredients:
Boneless country-style pork ribs
Seasonings: salt, pepper and garlic powder
Onion soup mix: minced dried onions, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley and paprika
Applesauce
Water

Directions:
Heat up a dash of oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Place the pork ribs in the pan and sprinkle with seasonings. Brown, then flip and season again. Brown on all sides. Place in a greased glass baking dish. Sprinkle with the onion soup mix seasonings and top with applesauce. Add water to about halfway up the pork. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350 F. for an hour. Flip the meat over, cover and bake another hour.

For the gravy: Pour the liquid into a pan and heat over med-high heat. Make a roux with flour/starch and whisk it in until it thickens into gravy. You can add (almond) milk to it to make it a little creamier if you want. Season to taste and serve over the pork ribs.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I know, I know……I’m kinda on a pumpkin kick these days! Can you tell I’m ready for fall!? LOL  But really, what are you supposed to do with a huge ole can of pumpkin, especially when you’re freezer is full! I’m ok with it, cause I love pumpkin, so I’ll just keep the delicious pumpkin recipes coming! If you haven’t made the pumpkin swirl brownies I posted last you definitely need to! I made them in a mini muffin tin the 2nd time i made them and OMG, so stinking good! Addicting actually….good thing I can blame eating 4 of them in a day on being a prego craving! LOL Anyways…on to today’s recipe; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had to make these twice because the first time i made them, I used the entire cup of shortening; bad mistake because I didn’t realize that shortening is made of mostly soybean oil, and with a soy allergy, lets just say the stomach-ache wasn’t worth it! But…these cookies were sooo yummy i wanted more! So, after I gave the entire batch away to hubbies office (which were devoured in less then 5 minutes!) I gave it another try! I substituted half the shortening for applesauce, and used my non-dairy butter for the other half instead of shortening. They turned out a little lighter and fluffier then the first batch but less greasy and much more healthy! They were eaten very happily and with no tummy troubles! All in all a winner in the end thats not only super tasty, but allergy friendly, and quick and easy to make! That said… hope you’ll give them a try and enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Printable Version)

Pumpkin Choc Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
•    1/2 cup shortening or non-dairy butter
•    1/2 cup applesauce
•    1 cup white sugar
•    1 cup canned pumpkin puree
•    1 egg
•    2 cups gluten free flour
•    1 tsp xanthan gum
•    1 tsp baking soda
•    1 tsp cinnamon
•    1 tsp salt
•    1 cup Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1.    Cream shortening/butter, applesauce, sugar, and pumpkin.
2.    Add egg and mix well.
3.    Add sifted dry ingredients and mix.
4.    Mix in chocolate chips.
5.    Using a cookie scoop, drop onto greased cookie sheet.
6.    Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
7.    Remove from oven and cool on pan 3 minutes.
8.    Remove from pan and place on cooling rack.

Maple-Bacon Muffins

I don’t know what it is about the combination of maple and pork, but it is soooo stinking good! These muffins are amazing! They’re sweet and meaty with chunks of caramelized bacon bits and maple syrup. Not only is there maple syrup in the batter, but you drizzle it over the tops of the muffins for an even more intense maple flavor. Caramelizing the bacon bits really enhances the flavor and adds a sweet kick to these! They’re moist and fluffy, and even the leftovers are really good! They do take a little work to make, but I took the lazy prego shortcut and used the pre-cooked bacon bits from Costco and just heated them up in a skillet with the brown sugar and caramelized them that way…whatever works right!?  So, if you have a meat-lovin’ man in your life, or favor the sweet & savory combo, these are really gonna hit the spot! They scored big points with hubby and are prego taste-bud approved, so give em a try and enjoy! 🙂

Maple-Bacon Muffins (Printable Version)
Maple-Bacon-Muffins
Ingredients:
Caramelized bacon bits:
(6 slices of bacon+ 6 teaspoons of light brown sugar)
1 cup gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup + 1½ teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup almond milk + dash lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F.

Make caramelized bacon bits:
Cut 6 slices of bacon into small pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until half-cooked. Drain fat. Add 6 teaspoons light brown sugar. Stir and continue stirring over heat until bacon bits are cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Combine flour, gum, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center. Add egg, canola oil, milk, and 1/3cup of the maple syrup. Whisk the batter until well blended. Fold in the bacon bits, reserving enough to sprinkle over the muffin tops.

Coat 6 muffin cups and top of muffin pan with non-stick spray. Divide batter among the 6 sprayed muffin cups. Sprinkle the reserved caramelized bacon bits over the top of each cup’s batter and drizzle ¼ teaspoon of maple syrup on top of each muffin.

Bake 15 minutes (mini-muffins: 8 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

I am SO ready for fall! I absolutely love everything about Autumn; the crisp cool air, the beautiful leaves falling, a cozy fire in the fireplace, roasting marshmallows in our backyard bonfire, wearing comfy jeans and sweaters, and not to mention the food! Fresh crisp juicy apples right off the tree, fresh pressed apple cider, and pumpkin spice anything,….I could go on and on! LOL I’ve been in the mood lately for pumpkin, but also for chocolate….thus a new creation was born; Pumpkin Swirl Brownies. Ohhhh my goodness these are soooooo stinking good! I put mine in the fridge so they would keep longer (ha who was I kidding?!), and it was the best move Ive ever made! These taste just like pumpkin pie but with a brownie crust! Totally the best of both worlds! I think I ate almost the whole pan by myself, but hey, I’m eating for two now right, so it’s ok! These would probably be really tasty with whip cream on the top too! These are definitely on my top fall dessert list now, so Im sure they’ll be made quite often around here! Hope wherever you are it’s starting to cool down, and we can all enjoy some cozy fall weather! Get a great start on it by making these….trust me you’ll be thanking me later! LOL  Enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies (Printable Version)
Pumpkin-swirl-brownies
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons non-dairy butter
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup gluten free flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon solid-pack pumpkin
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional

Directions:
1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch glass baking dish.
2.    Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until well combined.
3.    Beat in the flour, gum, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
4.    Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl in microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth.
5.    Divide batter between two medium bowls. Stir chocolate mixture into one bowl. In other bowl, stir in pumpkin, oil, and spice.
6.    Pour half the brownie mixture into the pan first and then top with the pumpkin batter. Put spoonfuls of the brownie mixture on top and use a knife to swirl batter. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips, if desired.
7.    Bake until set, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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