Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Paleo ~~
As I’ve mentioned recently (or maybe not so recently) I’m enamoured with soup meals -that is soups with enough protein, vegetables, and starch to constitute a complete meal in one bowl. This one came about in what is not uncommon in my kitchen – leftover stuff.
I had lots of chopped kale left from the Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad I posted last week and, due to a miscalculation on my part, way too many sliced sweet potatoes from the soup kitchen. Further, I had purchased a pound of ground turkey at the farmer’s market (I love their turkey products) and so…Ta Ta Sweet Potato and Kale Soup with Tiny Turkey Meatballs.
I love saying that: Tiny Turkey Meatballs….Tiny Turkey Meatballs…. I love saying that because whenever I make meatballs of something other than beef I usually name them Turkey Balls or Lamb Balls or Pork Balls – all of which are terrible names. However, browsing someone’s blog (can’t remember whose or I would give you a link to them) I noticed s/he made a dish with turkey balls and called it turkey meatballs…Why Didn’t I Think of That???? If only I could go back to any of my cookbooks that have recipes for some form of meatball and rename them properly…alas it’s too late for past balls – but you know all future balls will be meatballs!
Hope you love this soup – Enjoy! Continue reading Kale and Sweet Potato Soup with Tiny Turkey Meatballs
Wheat free * Dairy free * Gluten free
I know I’m a day early, but today is Cinco de Mayo and I was going to post Empanadas this week anyway so I just moved up the post to today. Don’t worry, you’re going to see empanadas again on Friday.
I wish I had a wonderful story to accompany this recipe, but truely I can’t even remember if I’ve actually ever eaten one before these…I mean, I MUST have at some point, but I don’t remember it. That doesn’t mean they are not memorable – just that I have a lousy memory.
Let me take a break from these ramblings and tell you how hard writing these posts has become since the-little-one-who-shall- remain-unnamed has come to live with us. He thinks that running over the keyboard while I sit here is just the greatest game ever invented. What this means to me is that I am discovering functions that this computer can perform that I never even knew existed, and in some cases find incredibly difficult to undo – not to mention all the copy that just disappears in the blink of an eye (or touch of a paw).
Back to Empanadas…having made them, here are my impressions. The filling is really delicious and so is the dough (amazingly for gluten-free). I made little empanadas and found the dough to filling ratio is a little too much for my taste, you can remedy this by making fewer, but bigger empanadas – try making 8 and using 2 tablespoons of filling – but then they are not appetizers. Baking time should be the same as the little ones. Continue reading Gluten-free Dairy-free Empanadas (not Paleo)
Paleo * Dairy-Free * Gluten-free *
Hash – The evolution of a recipe
You might ask yourself: “why hash?” and “what’s hash anyway?”
Starting with the second question…Hash, according to Wikipedia is “a coarse mixture of ingredients.” Food wise hash mostly commonly includes diced or shredded potatoes, some kind of meat, and vegetables (even just an onion will suffice) that are sauteed until slightly browned or cooked until crispy or even fried, according to your preferences. Any vegetables, spices, or meats are acceptable in hash.
Why hash? I’ll try to make this a not too long story…I was in the market and saw a lovely bone-in half turkey breast.
I’ve never cooked one, but hey…why not? Shorten the story to: it didn’t turn out too well and now I have lots of turkey meat. Sandwiches are OUT as I have yet to find a wheat-free bread I like. What to do with leftover turkey? Hash.
Now, what to put in my hash with the turkey. Definitely potatoes and onions, but what else.
Fast forward to walking my dog – we walk past my local corner fruit and vegetable stand. Spinach and Mushrooms!
Hmmm, needs a salty element. I bought bacon to experiment with New England Clam Chowder. Perfect! and that’s how a recipe happens in my kitchen.
Hope you love it!
Continue reading Hash and Hash Patties