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Free and Friendly Foods Kale & Bean Stew

Kale & Bean Stew

I hope that those of you that need this info sure do find it helpful. Thee funny thing is, I sometimes think the kids find this blog more helpful than any of the readers. Since we’ve been blogging, I’ve come up with more ways to reinvent the wheel than I ever thought I would. It’s not to say that I wasn’t creative in the kitchen before the blog, but now, I feel like there’s even more people to feed! And of course, I mean that in the best way possible. I figure, if I can’t eat it, I sure hope someone else out there finds this yummy.

So, kale and beans? Think I’m crazy… don’t knock it until you’ve tried it 🙂 And don’t skimp on the kale. The cool thing about this dish is that it masks the kale. ANNNDDDD Kid Two is happy to report that it tastes like Sloppy Joe. He says that the texture of the beans tricks his brain into thinking it’s turkey, yet, he’s not “tired of the same old Sloppy Joe.” I was so excited to hear his stellar report. Kid Three (not to be left out) wants you all to know that it’s very warm and filling.

With this dish, I would say use it as a guide. Get bold with your flavors. Even try a cream sauce instead of a red. I’m sure I’ll be doing that at some point in the future. Enjoy!!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Peanut Free, Cane Sugar Free,  Vegan, GAPs Compatible
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Free and Friendly Foods Vegan & GAPs Baked Beans

Vegan & GAPs Baked Beans

I’m officially crowning these Corn Free!!! Go forth and make others happy. I’ve been eating these without a problem, almost daily (which is unheard of) for a couple of weeks. In fact, at one point, it was pretty much all there was to eat. That, and some frozen peas. I know. Beggars can’t be choosers.

I didn’t realize how much I missed baked beans until I made these, and was stuck by how much the tasted like baked beans. But I must confess, I’m chasing the dragon with this one. You know how they say you can never get back to that first amazing time you have something? Well it’s true. For those of you that know me well, you know there was a time where I measured absolutely nothing in the kitchen and had the most amazing results. In fact ,when The Papa was hounding me about writing books and blogging, I was forced to measure. There was a time when things just didn’t taste as good anymore. I had to “learn to cook” all over again. Every now and again, especially when I’m making food for myself, I measure nothing. I completely regret that now. This is as close to the original that I could get. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very delicious, it’s just, I’m chasing the dragon. I hope you like these as much as I do.

On a side note, I eat them cold from the fridge. I can’t tolerate them hot. It’s a thing.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free Nut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Vegan, GAPs Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Lamb and Beans

Lamb and Bean Stew

This is a simple lamb meal that I made to try. In the end, I couldn’t eat it safely, but boy did it taste good. I have a sneaky suspicion that the lamb is part of the problem. Atkins Ranch use to be safe, but I’ve had it less and less over the past 18 months because every time I have it, I feel awful. I also discovered after creating this that the tomato sauce (brand) was part of the problem. Luckily for me, I only made a small amount.

Like many of the other meals I make for myself, this comes together quickly. You could simmer this to have more flavor, but I didn’t go that route. Interestingly, The Papa and the kids all really enjoyed sampling this creation.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Corn Free, GAPs Compatible
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Free and Friendly Foods Taco Inspired Stuffed Peppers

Taco Inspired Stuffed Peppers

I feel like I’ve been on an international kick lately in the kitchen… At first, I thought these peppers were semi-Spanish, then I realized they were taco inspired. I was feeling like they needed something more to attain a full Spanish status… Anywho, I saw something really pretty online, and knew I wanted to do something with multi-coloured peppers, and this is what I came up with.

You’ll love this though. Originally, I was going to add sprouted red rice to this. The rice didn’t cook. It boiled, and when we put the lid on to let it simmer, apparently it did noting. So the rice was hard and had to be left out. In the end, I think it worked out better. Remind me to tell you about how the stove exploded… I’ve been cooking on a portable induction hot-plate like item for weeks… Back to the recipe.

More than anything, I was SOOOO thrilled and somewhat feeling proud that I had the kids eating OUT OF peppers!!! I asked them to try their first bite with the pepper itself, and as always, they were willing to go along with my crazy idea for a bite or two. Well, Kid Three and Kid Four loved the pepper bowl. Kid Two, not so much, as he’s very sensitive to spicy things. Either way, it was a total win, win, win, and they all went back for seconds, and they were super happy when I pulled out their favorite potato chips so they could eat it dip style if they wanted.

As if that’s not enough, I also had the joy of introducing the kids to ramps. I hadn’t heard of them before this season. I’ve been seeing them on, a place we like to get items from. After seeing them for a while with the leaves, then as bulbs only with the warning that this was the end of the season, I decided to make the jump. When they arrived, I couldn’t stop smelling them. Uh-MAZE-ing. Kid two was like, eh. Kid Three. He so totally got me on this one. He was into the smell just as much as I was. What made me really happy though was that after everything was cooked and Kid Two tried a cooked ramp piece on its own, he was in love with them too! What more could I possibly have asked for? On to the recipe and photos!!!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan Friendly, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs, use navy beans instead of black beans.

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