I often hesitate on posting some of the new recipes that I have tried because Bo doesn’t eat them or they just o.k. and not amazing. Tonight, I tried a butternut squash risotto and it was AMAZING and to top it off Bo loved it so I would say this recipe was a huge success. It’s a little time-consuming to make, only because you have to stir it so often, but it is so worth it. I served our risotto with roasted broccoli and that was definitely enough because the risotto is so filling.
Click here for the recipe for Creamy, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Butternut Squash Risotto.
Today I attempted my first dairy free mac n’ cheese for the little guy. I used Daiya cheese and started off with this recipe but it was lunch time and I wanted a quicker and less fancy recipe so I just ended up mixing Daiya cheese, Earth Balance butter and So Declicious Coconut milk until I got the right consistency.
Here’s a delicious, dairy free, egg free, nut free, super easy, pot roast recipe from one of my faves – Martha Stewart. We had this tonight with cous cous and acorn squash. I highly recommend!
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast.
I love corn chowder. I miss all the creamy soups that usually have dairy in them like chicken wild rice and corn chowder. I have successfully re-created a really delicious chicken wild rice soup, which I believe I still need to do a post on, but I was so nervous to attempt corn chowder for some reason. Any time I was out to dinner with friends or with my husband I was hoping they would have it on the menu but no such luck as of late so yesterday I decided I would give it a go! It was a success and it turned out better than I could have imagined. Always feels so good when that happens. I kind of got to the final ‘recipe’ in a round about way so hopefully you can follow along.
I started with this recipe but was confused when it said polenta so I made an unnecessarily huge batch of polenta and added that until I got the right thickness in my soup. If I had to do it over again I would do it the same way but would cut the batch of polenta in half. Here’s a rough idea of what my recipe was like:
In a smaller pot – start the POLENTA:
- 3 cups of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon of butter or substitute (i used earth balance)
Boil the water with the salt in it. Once water is boiling add the cornmeal and stir, I turned the heat down to medium low and stirred every now and then for about 20 mins/half hour.
CORN CHOWDER recipe – slightly modified from this recipe.
- 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth, store-bought or homemade
- 4 medium gold potatoes, chopped into small chunks
- 1 cup chopped vidalia onions (I used almost a whole large yellow onion)
- 1 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 3 cups yellow corn, canned or frozen (I used 2 bags of frozen corn – almost 4 cups)
- 1/3 cup polenta (once my polenta was made (see above) I just scooped it into the soup until I liked the consistency)
- 1 cup plain unsweetened soymilk (I used Silk unsweetened – the one in the green carton)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
I wanted my soup to be pretty chunky and thick so I just added a bit more veggies than the recipe called for but if you want a more runny soup then I would stick with the original recipe.
1. In a 3-quart stockpot, bring the broth to a boil and add the potatoes, onions and celery. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
2. Add the corn and polenta. Cook for 20 minutes more at a low boil.
4. Add the soymilk, salt and pepper, cooking until desired thickness and temperature.
Chili is one of my go-to meals that’s easy, dairy, egg and nut free, and is usually a crowd pleaser. I am always a fan of the Cafe Latte’s chicken chili but lately I have been making this Martha Stewart recipe and it’s soooo good – I never follow the recipe exactly I tend to just use what I have at home and it always works out!
We skip the cheese on top but sometimes use Tofutti sour cream. Then we heat up a loaf of french bread or use tortilla for dipping.