Hello Again. And Bread.

Bread Mix

Hey y’all!

I was so excited to get into a good blogging groove again. And then we decided our chosen curriculum for homeschool was not the best fit for our daughter. So we switched gears, revamped and have finally hit a good groove again.

Good groove= mommy has time to blog (sometimes!)

Today I was measuring out the ingredients for my bread machine and decided to pre-measure the dry ingredients to make future bread making even easier. The recipe by itself is pretty easy. But let’s face it. Some days even easy recipes are hard for me. We are selling our house, homeschooling and then there’s just life in general. And no eating out, because, well, I just don’t trust that other chefs/cooks won’t accidentally make a mistake with my daughter’s food. So I prepare all of our food.

I digress.

Here’s how my next three times of making bread will be even faster and easier.

I:

1. grabbed a few baggies,

2. pre-measured the dry ingredients, and

3. added the steps including missing ingredients in order.

 

Bread Machine

I added a sticker because I love stickers.  Stickers are not necessary, but, why not?  🙂

Click here for the bread recipe I’ve been using.  It’s officially called “White Bread for 1.5 lb Loaf Breadmaker.”

I’ve also made Hamilton Beach’s recipe for french bread and it’s really good, too.

Bread Sticker

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BBQ Bean Sammies & Dairy & Egg Free Coleslaw

Y’all!  The Local Vegan has an amazing recipe!  It has become one of our family favorites.  I’m not gonna write out Bailey Rae’s recipe but instead tell you the changes I made for our family.

BBQ Sammie

Back in Iowa we had safe store bought buns.  I miss those buns.

BBQ Sammie 2

On Toasted Homemade Bread

Here is the original recipe, which I follow almost to a T.  I don’t make the green beans and I omit the poppyseeds in the slaw.  I usually serve roasted carrots or OreIda french fries because SG loves them.  And hey, it’s safe.  What can I say?

I use Randall’s white northern beans, but feel free to use pinto beans as the original recipe does.  I make my own BBQ sauce because I have to.  Lately, all store bought BBQ sauce makes MY tongue tingle and as a food allergy mom I know that is not good.

Here is the homemade BBQ sauce recipe I make from Once a Month Meals.  I omit the Worcestershire sauce and add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid aminos (just like soy sauce) instead.

I have not found safe store bought bread in SC so I make my own.  We have used this homemade regular white bread (toast first in the toaster or else the bread gets soggy) and I’ve also served this on these amazing homemade dinner rolls.  My fave is on the dinner rolls, but more often we use the homemade white bread because it’s a lot easier to make.

Homemade Rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Bread

Homemade Dairy & Egg Free Bread 

Let’s talk about the beans!  If I am making enough for one dinner I use a 24 oz jar (roughly 2 cans) of beans.  Today for the first time ever, I used a 48 oz jar of beans and I ended up with double. I did not even have to make double BBQ sauce because I use 1.5 cups of homemade sauce per recipe.  Woot woot!  One 8×8 dish of BBQ beans is in the freezer right now.  I cannot tell you how tickled pink I am about that.  I love my freezer meals!

Freezer BBQ Beans

I hope y’all enjoy this recipe.  We sure do.

 

 

 

 

Vegan Pizza Soup

Quick, Easy & Yummy!  3 Must Haves for My Kitchen.

Quick, Easy & Yummy! 3 Must Haves for My Kitchen.

I have changed the way I menu plan. For a few months now, I’ve dedicated days of the week to certain foods. On Wednesdays I make soups. I’ve tried lots of new soup recipes lately.

I pinned this recipe and knew it needed a few substitutions. Last Wednesday afternoon, I was going to follow the recipe, found it online and said aloud, “Oops! This is a CROCKPOT recipe!” It was 4 pm, y’all. Too late for the crockpot. I decided to use the original recipe as a very loose guide. I made lots of changes.

The end result? Delish. A recipe worth repeating. And my friend Lisa had it for lunch the next day and said it was a recipe she would make… woot woot!

I didn’t even use our favorite Daiya mozzarella shreds in the soup. I used nutritional yeast to give it a slightly cheesy taste. I did use the mozz shreds on the homemade croutons. Homemade as in the bread came from my bread machine…. YUM! Feel free to use store bought bread or even store bought croutons.

This recipe is SO easy! I also think it will freeze well, although I didn’t freeze it because we ate it all!

Here’s how I made Vegan Pizza Soup.

Vegan Pizza Soup
(adapted and inspired by this recipe)

Ingredients:

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Homemade Pizza Sauce (I decrease the pepper. I use 1/4 tsp pepper for double batch of sauce)
  • 3 Cups Water
  • Chopped Green Olives (Quantity to your preference- I want an olive in every bite!)
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, Diced (feel free to use an entire bell pepper if you want)
  • 1 Can/Jar of Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained, or 2 Cups of Cooked Kidney Beans (black beans would work, too)
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup of Cooked Pasta (I used penne)
  • Nutritional yeast

Homemade Croutons Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add all the soup ingredients except for the pasta and yeast to a big pot and bring to a boil. Reduce and let simmer for flavors to meld. I think I simmered for maybe 15 minutes.
  2. While the soup simmers, prepare the croutons. Preheat the oven to broil on high.
  3. Butter the bread, generously sprinkle the garlic powder on the bread and sprinkle with Daiya Mozzarella shreds.
  4. Broil until nicely browned. Keep an eye on it because it can go from brown to burned very quickly. 🙂 Take out of the oven and let cool just slightly. Slice the bread into crouton sized pieces.
  5. Back to the soup.  Add cooked pasta and a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast to the soup pot. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the pasta is heated through.
  6. Ladle soup into a bowl and top with the homemade croutons.
Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup with Homemade Croutons

Vegan Pizza Soup with Homemade Croutons.  The perfect bite!

The perfect bite!

Here’s a random side note.  I linked to Randall Beans above in the ingredients list.  I have a nickel allergy and since nickel can be in cans, I have to avoid all canned foods.  For beans, I use dried beans and cook them myself.  It’s super budget friendly.  I recently found JARRED beans by Randall Beans and called and they are a dairy and egg free facility…WOOT WOOT!  Major score for me!  Anyway, I’m LOVING these jarred beans.  My life just got a little easier.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Do you have any soup recipes to share?

30 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners

Sautee chopped carrots & zucchini in olive oil until tender.  Add spaghetti sauce & serve over noodles.

Sauté chopped carrots & zucchini in olive oil until tender. Add spaghetti sauce & serve over noodles.

Life has been happening lately.

I’ve been following my latest two menu plans, but haven’t had time to share them and link them up- until today!

So instead of a 15 or 16 day menu plan, I’ve combined them to make a 30 day menu plan!

My Thanksgiving post is still in the works, so I’ll have that up soon- I hope!

Randomness from last menu: I never tried the fish like I planned to last time. I chickened out. PLUS, I couldn’t find a tilapia that seemed to be safe. What brands do y’all use? Please and thank you!

This menu has chicken, turkey, pork and meatless meals. I’m starting to really enjoy our meatless meals. I’d love to eat more veggies and less meat. We shall see…

Here’s my latest only 30 day menu plan!!!

1. Taco Crescents & Steamed Broccoli

2. Sweet & Sour Chicken (sub flax eggs & liquid aminos), Rice & Steamed Broccoli

3. Honey Mustard Pork Chops & Baked Potatoes

4. Coconut Vegetable Curry Soup with Rice (I’ve linked to this several times & FINALLY made it. It is yummy! Even SG liked it!)

5. Mexican Stuffed Peppers (Sub ground turkey breast, use homemade taco seasoning, & make own tomato paste) & Cilantro Lime Rice

6. Crockpot BBQ Drumsticks, Baked Potatoes & Carrots

7. 0 Point Soup & Homemade Bread

8. Mojo Pork Tenderloin, Tater Tots & Zucchini

9. Arroz con Pollo & Puerto Rican Flavored Black Beans

10. Arroz con Pollo Leftovers

11. Chicken Tacos (Can make ahead & freeze. I did!)

12. Meatless Veggie Spaghetti

13. Chicken Curry (make homemade cream of chicken), Rice & Carrots

14. Mexican Pizza Bites (Sub ground turkey breast, use homemade taco seasoning, homemade refried beans & Daiya “cheese”)

15. Crockpot Lentil Soup

16. Chicken Salad Sandwiches & French Fries

17. Picadillo Tater Tot Casserole (I’ll share this new recipe soon!)

18. Maple Pumpkin White Bean Quesadilla

19. Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes & Steamed Cauliflower (make of cream of chicken & use homemade ranch mix)

20. Turkey Nachos (season ground turkey like picadillo)

21. Garlic Chicken Drumsticks, French Fries & Broccoli

22. “Cheesy” Taco Crescents (use leftover chicken from day 21) & Leftover Broccoli

23. White Bean Lemon Potato Soup & Homemade Bread (use bread link from Day 7)

24. Leftover Soup or Arroz con Pollo Soup & Bread & Vegan Butter

25. Baked Ranch Pork Chops (make homemade ranch: see note at bottom of menu, coat chops in ranch, coat in safe panko bread crumbs), Baked Sweet Potatoes & Sautéed Zucchini

26. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Tater Tots & Steamed Spinach

27. Thanksgiving!!!

28. Soymilk Ice Cream for Dinner!!!!

29. Coconut Vegetable Curry & Rice (see link for Day 4)

30. Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Here are the links to the subs & homemade mixes:

Homemade Ranch Dry Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing
(For Dressing, use the above Ranch Dry Mix link and use Just Mayo or other vegan mayo & sub non-dairy milk. I use SO Delicious Original Coconut Coffee Creamer. It’s very neutral in taste and the ranch flavor shines through.)

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Homemade Taco Mix

Also, you may be wondering why on Black Friday we are having safe ice cream for dinner. It is SG’s birthday and I told her she can have whatever she wants for dinner- even ice cream. So of course, that’s what she chose! I’m guessing the Huzz and I will gorge on Thanksgiving leftovers, anyway. You only turn 4 once- may as well live it up! 🙂

Dairy & Egg Free Chicken Salad- Oh My!

Chicken Salad

Y’all, I have about a million ideas bouncing around in this little head of mine for this little blog of mine, and I just haven’t been able to sit down and get them all out.

But this, this was worth me slowing down for and sharing. (I’ve got to be more consistent with my posts!)

I’ve made “safe” chicken salad twice now. Oh my. It is SO GOOD!

Before this recipe, I had never made chicken salad so I turned to my favorite place to look when I don’t know how to make something- Once A Month Meals.

Here’s how I put my spin on it and made it safe for us.

Dairy & Egg Free Chicken Salad:
(Adapted from this recipe at Once A Month Meals)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl. Serve on bread as a sandwich or with lettuce for a low carb version.

Here’s what ours looks like. Yum!

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken Salad Sandwich

I made this yesterday and to make it even more delicious, I made homemade bread! Click here for my bread recipe.

Enjoy!

15 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners: Part 1

Homemade Dairy & Egg Free Bread for the Steak Sandwiches

Homemade Dairy & Egg Free Bread for the Steak Sandwiches

I have to admit… I’ve fallen off of the menu planning wagon. I was tired and lazy for a few days. I completely relied on my “Flex Meals” to get us through. I’m back at it, though. I’ve realized I need *truly* easy recipes for me to stay on track. I love easy throw in the crockpot recipes. I also love it when the Huzz grills. I don’t mind a little work, but honestly, the easier, the better.

I also changed the format. I think having it numbered is a little more user friendly. Also, to differentiate the menus, starting now I’m just going to label them Part 1, Part 2, etc. Unless you can think of a better name??? I’m kind of stumped for cutesy names right now. What do you think? The 16 Day Menus will start their own Part 1, Part 2, etc. Got it?

Okay, let’s get to it. There are some repeats. There are also a few new recipes thrown in for the sake of variety. We also absolutely LOVE BBQ chicken pizza, so you will see that in probably almost every menu.

1. BBQ Chicken Pizza (Use 1/2 of this homemade pizza dough recipe and use breadmaker. Use Daiya mozzarella cheese shreds.)

2. Mojo Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Black Beans

3. Mojo Pork Quesadillas (Use leftover mojo pork.)

4. Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, Rice, and Asparagus

5. Flex Meal

6. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, OreIda Crispers, & Sautéed Yellow Squash

7. Steak Sandwiches (season steak lightly with olive oil, adobo, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt & pepper.) Make homemade bread. Steam in a bag Broccoli Florets.

8. Rotisserie-Style Chicken. Grilled Red Potatoes, Zucchini, & Asparagus.

9. Chicken Stir Fry (Use leftover chicken from day 8. Use any leftover grilled veggies or veggies from week. Add fresh veggies if needed.)

10. Grilled Lemon-Rosemary Pork Chops (Lemon-Rosemary Marinade: olive oil, a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, a small palmful of dried rosemary & a small palmful of dried/fresh lemon peel, 1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic, & less than a small palmful of sea salt. There are really no measurements. Eyeball it.) 🙂 Baked Sweet Potatoes & Steamed Cauliflower

11. Arroz con Pollo y Habichuelas (Chicken & Rice & Beans, Puerto Rican Style) I will share a recipe if I can perfect it. My rice isn’t quite right yet but the flavor is spot on!

12. Arroz con Pollo Leftovers

13. BBQ Chicken Pizza (see number 1 for links)

14. Pizza Leftovers

15. Grilled T-Bone Steaks & Grilled Zucchini, Onions, Peppers & Red Potatoes

I’ve been revisiting an older series from Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss about Proverbs 31. I’m listening to it now as I type up this menu plan. Nancy said this and I had to share it, as it’s so timely and so true:

“As we look at these verses and continue through this passage, I want you to see that in everyday, practical ways, the excellent wife—the virtuous wife, the excellent mother—is giving her family a picture of Christ and of spiritual realities. You say, “Food preparation is showing my family something about Christ and about spiritual realities?” You bet it is.

You’re living out parables. You’re demonstrating parables of spiritual life to your children as you work with your hands, as you serve in your home. When you prepare food for your family, you’re demonstrating to them that God is a faithful provider. When you’re being quality conscious in the things that you purchase, you’re showing your children the excellence of the character of God.”

I love this reminder!