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One Pot Lasagna Pasta

8:00 AM

I love a good One Pot pasta dish.

Let's be real. I love anything with gluten-free pasta 
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I love Lasagna but sometimes waiting for the typically oven cooked lasagna takes too long and is a way to hot to make in the summer.
That's what inspired this recipe. A craving for a cold night dish on a hot summers weeknight. 


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One Pot Lasagna Pasta
This one-pot recipe is perfect for summertime when you want some delicious lasagna but not the extra heat in your kitchen! It's quick, Gluten Free + Vegan, and no oven required,
Ingredients
  • 1 package Beyond Beef Crumbles
  • Olive Oil
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 12oz Pasta (any kind, I used Penne)
  • 2 cups Marinara Sauce
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley
Instructions
In a LARGE pot, heat oil and saute onions till fragrant Then add in your beef crumbles, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning and cook till softOnce the crumbles are cooked, add in pasta, marinara sauce, and water to the pan Cover and bring to a simmer, keep stirring the pasta from time to time so they don't stick. After about 10-12 minutes, once the water is absorbed add in parsley and mozzarella cheese and mix together. Serve with some vegan parmesan or Cashew Ricotta for extra creaminess.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

*The Pasta that I used was Ronzoni Penne
*Cashew Ricotta is TOTALLY optional. I have an easy recipe for Cashew Ricotta here on the blog 
One Pot Lasagna Pasta - Gluten Free and Vegan!

One Pot Lasagna Pasta - Gluten Free and Vegan!

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Vegan Beef and Broccoli

9:00 AM

Summer has kicked into full gear friends so I'm not gonna lie, it's put a damper on the cooking front.
But have no fear! I found an old recipe, tested it a few times and I'm happy to share it with you!

Vegan Gluten Free Beef and Broccoli
Sometimes you have to get creative with what the meatless product creators have given you. For instance, Beef and Broccoli typically has thicker cuts of meat but finding a vegan alternative that resembles the thicker cuts is hard.
Vegan Gluten Free Beef and Broccoli
However, I've found that Beyond Beef Crumbles do a good enough job to resemble the classic Beef and Broccoli recipe with a Gluten Free and Vegan twiest! . 
Vegan Gluten Free Beef and Broccoli




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Vegan Beef and Broccoli
A vegan and gluten free take on the asian classic!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon CornStarch
  • 1 package Beyond Beef Crumbles
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets
Instructions
In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, ACV, brown sugar, ground ginger, minced garlic, and cornstarch. Pour your mixture into a large skillet or sauce pan, and heat up till the mixture thickens. While it thickens put your beyond beef crumbles to a bowl and set aside. Once the mixture has thickened, add half of it to the separate bowl of beyond beef crumbles and toss. Next, add broccoli to the saucepan with the leftover mixture and toss to cover. Once the broccoli is coated and cooked, add in your crumbles and cook till your crumbles are cooked. Serve over your favorite rice.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

This recipe is perfect for the summer since it can be made right on the stovetop! 
Happy Cooking Friends! 

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Easy Fried Green Tomatoes | Gluten and Dairy Free |

9:04 AM

You can't live in the south without knowing how to whip up this classic fried side dish.
While tomatoes can be eaten year-round, I feel tomatoes are most used in the summer.
My tomato plants are starting to overflow with la romas, cherry's, and beefsteak.

Those green beefsteaks were calling my name the other day and I just had to whip up a personal batch of fried green tomatoes.

Easy Fried Green Tomatoes | Gluten and Dairy Free |

I made this dish with just one tomato so it can be easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled if you have more then one tomato!
Easy Fried Green Tomatoes | Gluten and Dairy Free |




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EASY Fried Green Tomatoes - Gluten and Dairy Free
A quick gluten free and dairy free take on the southern classic!
Ingredients
  • 1 Green Beefsteak Tomato
  • 1/4 cup ChickPea Flour
  • 1/4 cup Italian GF Panko Crumbs
  • 1/2 tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 Egg, scrambled
  • Olive Oil
Instructions
In one bowl, mix the ChickPea Flour, Panko Crumbs, Parsley, and set aside. In another bowl, scramble your egg and set aside. Next, slice your tomatoes into 1/4 slices (not too thick but not to thin). In a non-stick pan, add enough Olive Oil (or other oil of your choice) to the pan till the entire bottom is covered. When the oil is heated, coat your tomatoes by placing them in the egg mixture first, then the flour, then put them in your pan with oil. Repete this till all your tomatoes are in the pan. After about a minute or so turn them over to cook on the other side. You want kind of a nice crispy brown color. Once they are done cooking place them on a plate with a paper towel to clean up the excess oil. Top with your favorite sauce of choice. I'm personally a fan of ranch on my FGT.
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Summer Allergy Remedies For Your Dog

8:00 AM

Summer allergies don't just affect us, they also affect our fur babies. I sometimes feel our pup battles allergies almost 10x worse then we do.
Poor guy sheds that winter coat and it's all the itching and all the time.

Now, I'm not the type of dog owner to rush my pup to the vet every time he starts to itch. We try our best to treat at home first. It saves us money and saves Bruno the anxiety of going to the vet.
There are a lot of holistic remedies that I have found work for our pup.
I'm not a vet so if you feel any of these suggestions may affect your pet differently, contact your vet. What may work for Bruno (who is a 70lb Rhodesian/Shepard Mix ) may not work for smaller pups.

Summer Allergy Remedies For Your Dog

Coconut Oil - it's good for EVERYTHING, even your pup. It great to lather on your dog where he itches the most. And its safe for them to ingest if they start to lick. If they really like it, you can add it to their food as well.

Aleo Vera - is also good for dogs, but make sure to buy a pet safe version (like this). Aleo Vera is not safe for their tummies so make sure you buy a pet safe aloe vera product! I find this is good for heat rashes on thinner haired dogs.

Dog Wipes - I always love to grab Pet Wipes while I'm at TJ Maxx, but you can get them pretty much anywhere. They are a great way to wipe off the allergens that dogs bring in with them from outside.

Summer Allergy Remedies For Your Dog

Anti Itch Sprays - I find these work the best when Brunos scratched himself too much and he's started to bleed (it happens around his face often). Burt's Bees (which make some of my favorite dog products), has a great anti-itch spray. I've also purchased a spray at the pet store with an antiseptic in it to help heal up the cuts.

Shirts and Cover-Ups - I've found keeping the itch spots covered helps deter itching. Bruno has accumulated many of my old shirts into his own collection. If you don't have many shirts that fit your dog (or you don't want to share), Amazon always has some cute dog clothing options.

Brunos never had the tummy for the OTC allergy pills. I know many have suggested it as a cure-all for his allergies but I'd rather use all my remedies for proactive care first.
But if it works for your pup, by all means, use the OTC allergy pills.

Washing your dog regularly will also help with allergy season. You never want to wash them too much because it will dry out their skin, but you want to keep them washed enough that a nice soothing shampoo with keep them feeling fresh, clean, and itch-free.

From DeliciousLiving.com "Use a specially formulated dog shampoo and work into a lather. (Human shampoos typically have a higher pH, which can dry a dog’s skin.) Or make your own gentle shampoo [read also: DIY dog beauty: 5 pet shampoos you can make at home]. Be careful not to get any shampoo into her eyes or ears. (source)
Summer Allergy Remedies For Your Dog
Does your dog suffer too? What home remedies do you use on your pup?

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Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole | Gluten Free and Vegan |

9:00 AM

I was editing the photos of this recipe and I realized it looks a lot like a past Mexican Skillet meal I've made.
But trust me, they make look the same but they taste extremely different.

I love a good rice casserole! Especially one that can be made right on the stovetop!

Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole | Gluten Free and Vegan |

Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole | Gluten Free and Vegan |


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Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole
Beat the heat and make you rice casserole on the stovetop! This Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole is perfect for a quick and filling weeknight meal!
Ingredients
  • 1 Small Red Onion, diced
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup Diced Jalapeno (to taste)
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels
  • 15oz Can of Black Beans, rinsed
  • 12oz Jar of favorite Salsa
  • 1 and 1/2 cup COOKED brown rice
  • 1 bag Dairy Free cheese, cheddar, pepper jack, or Mexican
Instructions
In a large skillet, heat oil. Add in onion and cook for til onion is fragrant (about 2-3 minutes). Then add in your spices (from cumin to oregano) and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Next you want to add in your red pepper, green chilis, and still together. Cook for a few minute more then add in the beans, corn, salsa and rice. Still until well combined. After a everything is mixed together, add in your cheese, as much or as little as you'd like. This next part is optional - turn the broiler on low, top the casserole with cheese, and place in broiler till cheese is melted.Once done, pull out and serve! Top with some lovely dairy free sour cream or guac if you so choose!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

I love this dish because it is so hearty that you don't really need anything to go with it. And yes, corn is not the most nutritionally based veggie but its a perfect addition to this dish.
Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole | Gluten Free and Vegan |

Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole | Gluten Free and Vegan |