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Melt in your mouth Lasagna

go-ahead-its-gluten-freeHere it is-the gluten free, dairy free, soy free lasagna recipe I’ve been dying to try. I wasn’t just pleasantly surprised, I was shocked, at how good this lasagna turned out. ¬†I think it even gave the lasagna at True Food restaurant a run for its money ūüôā ¬†If you would like to make this dish vegan and egg free, just leave out the sausage and use an egg replacer. ¬†This is definitely one of the best dishes I’ve ever made.

1  1/4 cups whole coconut milk, stirred well before pouring to prevent separation

2  14 oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained on a paper towel

1 tsp sea salt, divided: 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp

1 small clove garlic or 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggs

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 Tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley, minced

11 brown rice lasagna noodles (Tinkyada brand worked well)

1  1/2 lb uncooked sweet Italian chicken sausage

2 Tbsp grapeseed oil

3  15 oz. cans tomato sauce

1  6 oz. can tomato paste

1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Into a blender or food processor, pour the milk and 1/2 of garbanzo beans.  Blend or process until beans are roughly ground.  Add the remaining beans and blend again until creamy.  Scrape sides of blender as needed.  Add 1/2 tsp of salt, small garlic clove or garlic powder, eggs, and xanthan gum.  Blend for 20 seconds.  Stir in parsley and set aside.

Use a wide pan (12″ wide is best) to par-cook the lasagna noodles. ¬†Fill half full with water, bring water to a boil, and cook 1/2 the noodles at a time. ¬†Boil noodles gently only 6-7 minutes, or they will tear and be hard to work with. ¬†Drain and place noodles on wax paper to dry.

Meanwhile, pour the oil into a 6 qt. pot.  Squeeze the sausage meat from casings into the pot and cook on medium-high, stirring to crumble meat and cook it evenly.  Continue stirring and cooking until the meat is done.  Drain excess liquid.  Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, 3 cloves minced garlic, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. ¬†Into a 9×13 baking dish, spoon a small amount of sauce without sausage meat, just enough to cover the bottom. ¬†Lay 3 lasagna noodles in the pan and “patch” in the area needing noodles by cutting sections from extra noodles to fill in. ¬†Spoon 1/3 of garbanzo mixture over the noodles. ¬†Ladle 1/3 of the sauce with sausage over that. ¬†Repeat these steps 2 more times, beginning with noodles and ending with the sauce. ¬†Bake in oven uncovered 40-45 minutes. ¬†Remove from oven and allow to set 15 minutes before serving. ¬†Enjoy!

Serves 8

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February 20, 2013 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Harbaugh Meatloaf

Ok, so that’s not really what it’s called, but this meatloaf was still a winner regardless of which team won the Superbowl, lol…

This gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and corn free dish is actually called Dixie Party Meatloaf, and it is delicious! It serves 8-10 people and is a crowd pleaser. ¬†And now you can guess which commercial was my fave ūüôā

2 lb. ground turkey

3/4 cup onion chopped (I used one whole onion)budweiser-clyesdale

1 cup red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, chopped

3/4 tsp dried oregano leaves

1 6oz. can tomato paste

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. sea salt

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1 Tbsp grapeseed oil

1/2 cup brown rice flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. ¬†Brush the bottom of a 9×13 casserole or roasting pan with grapeseed oil. ¬†In a large glass or metal bowl, mix all ingredients with a large spoon. ¬†Turn onto casserole or pan, and form into a loaf. ¬†Bake uncovered 45-50 minutes until center is no longer pink ( I had to bake for 1 1/2 hours).

Serve and enjoy!

February 4, 2013 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake-YUM!

Stay full longer with this satisfying protein shake! Easy to make and convenient for when you’re on-the-go.
Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
  • 2 scoops¬†Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
  • 7 oz. water
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • ¬ĺ cup pumpkin puree
  • Tiny pinch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • Dairy, soy, and gluten free, as always!

October 17, 2012 Posted by | Food, Health, Holidays, Weight loss | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving treats

Check out these yummy holiday treats that are gluten, dairy, soy, and nut free.  Sensitive Sweets is a dedicated gluten free bakery.

Thanksgiving Specials!
Pumpkin Pie Flavor Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies
Thanksgiving Goodies by Sensitive Sweets!
Our Pumpkin Pie (free of gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts) is available by the slice ($3.50) or a whole pie (nine slices for $29). Pre-order whole pies by ordering online or calling us @¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†714-968-9169¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†. We also have great sugar cookies with fun frosting Turkey’s which are $36.00 for 1 dozen.Note, if you pay online, we will contact you to arrange a pick-up time. All orders require at least 24 hours to process.
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November 17, 2011 Posted by | Food, Health, Holidays | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment