Butternut Squash and Leek Risotto

This was a really lovely risotto recipe from Bon Appetit that can be used as a meal itself, or as a side. The original recipe called for more fresh herbs than I had on hand, and I would definitely recommend using them if you have them, but dried worked well. I thought the leeks were a really nice, mild flavor. We will definitely do this one again!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Now that the weather is starting to improve, I come in from the barn later in the evening and would rather have something convenient for dinner. Something that doesn’t end up being a handful of pretzels. I haven’t done this in a while, but it made sense to start trying out recipes for freezer meals (the challenge being they have to be adaptable for my diet – mostly stick to AIP). This was a winner that I took from several techniques to get something that worked. There is dairy in it, but cheese has been my hardest thing to give up, and I find if there is NO other dairy for a while, it works. This comes together quickly, it’s very good, will freeze well, and is modified for AIP.

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Vegetarian Stuffing

It occurred to us this past Thanksgiving that we have not saved many of our go-to recipes…and it would be a huge bummer if the original links ever went away! Plus we have tweaked many of these to our own tastes. This is an awesome stuffing we originally got from Epicurious, and turned it into both vegetarian and gluten free.

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Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

This was quite good and open to many interpretations!  My friend Stephanie suggested this after I asked for recipe ideas.  I have recently been put on a low FODMAP diet, which is a rude awakening for sure (but hard to argue as it is making a difference).  It’s easy to become discouraged, but simple ideas like this work well!  I’m planning to share some recipes (or just ways to prepare food) that work for us and keep me from eating nothing but eggs and cucumbers! 🙂

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Stuffed Peppers Round 2

I have a pretty reliable stuffed peppers recipe we like a lot, but I thought it was time to try something new…we really liked this one! It was based on a recipe from Damn Delicious. I used ground turkey instead of beef, and quinoa instead of rice, both substations I prefer regardless. We did this in the slow cooker and it came out really well!

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Quick “Cassoulet”

We had a couple of cans of white beans, and a kielbasa that needed a job, and it’s cold here on the farm.  While we have more time than we used to on a weekday (horses live at home rather than me driving…amazing the difference!), we still appreciate a quick dinner.  This was fun, tasty, open to whatever sausage you have on hand, etc.  It is from Epicurious, and came up when I googled, “quick cassoulet!”  I added a package of spinach for filling (and because it needed to be used up).

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Smothered Drumsticks

This was a great  older Food and Wine recipe when you’re looking for nice comfort food. It would do just as well with pork chops, but we loved the drumsticks. We had this with brown basmati rice and Brussels sprouts.

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Cinnamon Apple Cake

Well, we’ve gone and done it and bought the farm of our dreams! The horses are right out back now, so it’s a lot easier to cook.  Back to recipes.  It seems fitting that the first one I’m adding to the site is a cake we served at our housewarming party.  This is a 10+ year old Cooking Light recipe that always goes over well.  It is great for Thanksgiving, or any other fall occasion.  It also makes a great coffee cake!

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Gotta love classic takeout curry, except it doesn’t necessarily work well with any kind of healthy diet plan.  This worked well, though…easy to lighten, and we had it over cauliflower rice – it was very good!  We would definitely repeat.  You could use full-fat ingredients for this, if you were not looking to lighten it up.

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

Cute, easy, and disappeared fast!  These were a fun Halloween dessert, but could also be great for Thanksgiving if you don’t want to make a whole pie.  I would say don’t skip the butterscotch topping – really made it!  Also really portable – great for pot lucks!  I really liked these.

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