December 2015 - Simply Samantha
fajita pasta

Gluten Free - Fajita Pasta - Freezer Friendly

8:00 AM

I know that sounds weird but if you like pasta and Mexican food, you'll love this recipe.

I try to make 75% of my weekly meals meatless. So its not uncommon that one of those meals to be a pasta based meal. I've been searching and making all kinds of meatless pasta meals lately. This is probably one of my husbands favorites. It is super easy to make and packs a lot of flavor!

Gluten Free Fajita Pasta *Freezer Friendly*
16 ounces pasta
 (the original recipe called for linguine, but I used some Banza Pasta I had on hand, either works) 
(1) 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
(1) 8 oz container vegetable stock
1 large (or two small) red onion, thinly sliced
8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 green pepper and red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup Full-Fat Greek yogurt (optional, makes it creamy)
Limes, for serving
Optional* 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce (plus more for serving)
  • In a large pot combine pasta, tomatoes, stock, onion, garlic, red and green peppers, red-pepper flakes, cilantro, oil, salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, pepper, and water. 
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently, until pasta is cooked and the sauce has nearly evaporated, about 11 minutes. 
  • It looks like a lot of sauce when you remove the pan from heat, but it will absorb! 
  • Stir in the greek yogurt.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime for squeezing. 
Serve Immediately 
To Freeze and Serve Later: Make the recipe above but place in a 9x13 lightly greased pan. When ready to cook place it in the fridge to defrost the night before you plan to eat it. Cook at 350 for about 45 minutes. I had to let mine cook a little longer and turn up the heat cause I was in a time crunch.
The bottom line is that you want to cook till warm.
Gluten Free Fajita Pasta Freezer Friendly

Happy Cooking Friends

blog reviews

Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods

8:29 AM

Grab Green Cook/Bakeware Cleaning Pods
This is going to be a quick little review but I need to let you know of a product you need to have in your kitchen cleaning arsenal. I recently raved about Grab Green's natural home cleaning products and I have another one to add to that rave.
These Cookware and Bakeware pods are a gift sent from God. They smell amazing and work wonders.

Funny story. The first night I got these pods in the mail, I had made a pot of rice for dinner and forgot about it. And any cook knows that rice stuck to the bottom of a pan is the worst thing to have to clean.  So, I immediately threw one of these pods in the pot with some warm water and left it while I ate dinner with the hubs. Those little pouches are made with magic. The rice came up so easily and a 10 minute clean job turned into a 1 minute job. They also helped clean up my pie pan from Thanksgiving! Easy and quick!

I know this sounds silly but I think this would make a great hostess gift!
 They make cleaning so easy that any party host would love these! I know I would!

Find them here on Grab Greens Website! 

*Disclaimer* I was sent these in exchange for a review. Opinions are 100% all my own.

broccoli and cheese soup

Dairy + Gluten Free Broccoli and "Cheese" Soup

8:00 AM

I love soups in the winter. It just feels right! Even if you live in the south and the closest you get to colder winter weather is 69 degrees with some wind.

It has been a very long time since I've had a nice warm thick broccoli and cheese soup. When I found this recipe, I couldn't believe how easy it was and once I made it I couldn't believe how much it tasted like the real gluten and dairy filled thing!EASY Dairy and Gluten Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dijon mustard
2½ cups unsweet or regular almond milk
2½ cups vegetable broth
5 cups broccoli florets
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice

In a large pot, cook the onions in the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, salt, pepper and dijon and cook for a few more minutes.
Add the milk, broth and broccoli.
Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
Turn off heat and stir in nutritional yeast and lemon juice.
Remove about ½ of the soup and puree in a blender. 
*Note* the more you puree the thiner it will be. So if you want it a little chunkier/thicker, puree less then 1/2.
Pour it back into the pot with the remaining soup.

Some nice yummy gluten free french bread goes great along with soup!

Happy Cooking Friends!