Roasted Honeynut Squash (GF, DF, Paleo, W30)

Yes, you read that right.  Honeynut squash is a butternut squash’s little brother/ sister.  It’s delicious and depending on how you top it, it can be also eaten if you are following the Paleo or Whole 30 diet.

So where did I find this beauty?  When I was at Trader Joe’s, they had the honeynut squash for 99 cents so Mom and I decided to each buy some because we were intrigued.

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Pressure Cooker Rice (GF) – Blog Post #14

One of our favorite side dishes is plain rice with butter and salt.

Hubby and the Wee One especially love it.

I actually love brown rice more than white rice.  However Hubby and the Wee One love white rice.  So we make more white rice than brown rice.

The ratio of dry rice to water/ liquid is 1 to 2.  So easy to remember.

You can certainly make this dairy free but using a dairy free butter or omitting the butter.

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Rice in an electric pressure cooker

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-2 c. white rice, rinsed

-3 c. water

-1 Tbsp. butter

-salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Add the rice to the electric pressure cooker.
  2. Pour water over the rice.  Stir.
  3. Manually set the pressure cooker to 8 minutes.  (Put the lid on the electric pressure cooker.)
  4. Once finished, quickly release the pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the lid.  Fluff the rice.
  6. Add the butter, salt, and pepper.  Stir.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Optional:  Instead of adding butter, add lime juice, lime zest, and chopped cilantro for a Chipotle type rice.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

 

Potato Casserole – Blog Post #5

I decided to create a new potato casserole for our Sunday dinner.  My mother-in-law told me that she loved it as she scooped up a second helping of the casserole.  So I think it’s a winner in my book.

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Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese (Gluten Free)

Last week I didn’t share a recipe with you.  I was still trying to figure out the new gluten free diet I’ve been on the last two weeks. Continue reading “Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese (Gluten Free)”

Corn Casserole (Day 23)

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Welcome to Day 23 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Yesterday we got early to finish the rest of the Donut trail.  We were successful this time.

Now Hubby is going to get my free shirt for completing the Donut Trail.

 

During the next few days, I’m going to be sharing some of the photos from the Donut Trail.  If you are ever in Butler County, Ohio, this is one trail you should do.  It took us two mornings to get it completed.

Butler County is located just south of Dayton and just north of Cincinnati.

Our first stop took us back to the donut shop located next to the pumpkin farm.  In the small town, there is an antiques shop.  While we were waiting at the light, I was able to capture this shot.

 

The first stop – The Wee One was willing to pose by the sign.

Afterwards we traveled to Hamilton, Ohio.  Hamilton is known for two things.  It’s the birthplace of Robert McCloskey who is the author of Make Room for Ducklings and Homer Price.  Also the high school is where President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2004.

This is Mimi’s Donut Shop.  She had cool seats that were recycled barber chairs.  The Wee One was a brat so he did not get out of the car.

 

Then we drove to Kelly’s Donut shop.  We ended driving up and down the street looking for this shop.  Hubby was suppose to turn left instead he turned right.  That’s why we couldn’t find the shop.

The Wee One got out at this stop.  He wanted a bouncy ball from the gum ball machine instead of a donut.  We allowed him to get that ball.

Across the street from Kelly’s was a prepatory school.  They had some cool statues so Hubby stopped so that I could get some photos.  The Wee One refused to get out, but the Imaginative One was more than willing to pose for me.

Join me tomorrow for the rest of the photos from the Donut Trail.

Click here for the recipe for Corn Casserole.

Cheesy Orzo Pasta (Simple Side Dish)

The Imaginative One turned 13 last month.  A tradition in our house is for me to cook one of the birthday boy’s favorite meals for their birthday.  We had the Imaginative One’s dinner the day after his birthday because we had planned to be out on his birthday. Continue reading “Cheesy Orzo Pasta (Simple Side Dish)”

Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes

As I have said in previous blogs, there are two food items that I seem to not to be able to make in the traditional manner.  Those are hard boiled eggs and mashed potatoes.  On Thanksgiving eve, I tried to make the mashed potatoes and then had to call my mother-in-law to ask her to make the mashed potatoes.

So on Valentine’s Day, I decided we were going to have oven fried chicken.  What goes great with the oven fried chicken?  Mashed potatoes.  I was a brave little soul and made them in the pressure cooker.  They were delicious!

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Buttered Noodles

This is one of my family’s favorite side dishes.  When I make them, I get a yeah.  The Wee One especially loves it when I serve either corn, peas, or mixed veggies with it because he will mix the veggies with the noodles.  His dad also mixes his veggies with his rice and noodles so he comes upon it naturally.

It’s as simple as boiling up some noodles and then adding butter, cheese, and parsley.

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Buttered Noodles

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 lb. of egg noodles (We use wide.)
  • salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • cooking water

Steps:

  1. Cook up the egg noodles according to the package.  Add salt when you put the egg noodles into the boiling water.
  2. Drain the noodles, reserving about 1/4 c. of the cooking water.
  3. Place the noodles back in the pot.
  4. Add the butter, cheese, parsley, and cooking water.  Stir until the butter and cheese are melted.
  5. Enjoy!

Happy Eating,
Traci

Crockpot Baked Potatoes

I had read you could cook baked potatoes in the crockpot but I was skeptical on whether it worked or not.  Since baked potatoes were on my meal plan for Thursday night, I decided to test out if you could cook them in the crockpot or not.  I am no longer a skeptic because it really worked.  My hubby even told me that they were delicious.

Stars of the recipe:

  • russet potatoes – (I didn’t put a quantity because it depends on how many you want to make.)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt

Steps:

  1. Wash the potatoes and then poke the potatoes.
  2. Wrap each individual potato in foil and then place in the crockpot.
  3. Put about 1 to  Tbsp. of water in the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Turn the crockpot on low and cook the potatoes for about 4.5 hours.
  5. When they are finished, unwrap them and put in a bowl.
  6. Douse them with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) just to lightly coat them.
  7. Sprinkle them with salt.
  8. Enjoy with your favorite baked potato toppings.

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