Category: Soup and Salad

Favorite Kale Salads & Dressings

For Christmas this year, one of our gifts was a basket full of balsamic vinegars and infused olive oils (they were all gluten-free) from Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegar (made locally in the ATX). I was so excited because I just love salads! And we’ve had a great time experimenting with kale and pairing the various vinegars with the toppings. Here are some of our favorite kale salads: We used a Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar...

Buffalo Chicken Salad #glutenfree #caseinfree

We love a good salad loaded with veggies and often a lean protein so I’m always looking for new homemade dressings or vinaigrettes to try out. Lately, we’ve been turning some of our favorites sauces, like teriyaki or Buffalo sauce, into salad dressings. Who doesn’t love Buffalo wings? I know I do! But they are filled with so much fat and just not that good for us and probably aren’t gluten free. So we do...

Roasted Vegetable, Kale & Chicken Soup #glutenfree #caseinfree

This roasted vegetable kale chicken soup is so delicious, nutritious and naturally gluten and casein free because it is made with whole real food and yummy spices! Someone suggested adding white beans to my original version and I love it with the beans (plus white beans are another way to add calcium to my diet). And I’ve added a few more spices over the years to added more depth of flavor. I avoid canned goods...

Chicken or Veggie Fajitas #glutenfree #caseinfree

Fajita Seasoning is one of my absolute favorite go-to spices to have on hand in the pantry. We use it for salad dressings, chicken or veggie fajitas. Sometimes it adds a nice kick to breakfast tacos, too. Here are few of my favorite recipes to give you a little inspiration: Fajita Seasoning 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp raw cane sugar 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic...

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing & Chicken #glutenfree #caseinfree

Bacon makes everything better (uncured, nitrate-, nitrite-free bacon of course)! Spinach salad is a great way to eat lots of fresh spinach and lean proteins dressed with Alton Brown’s delicious warm bacon vinaigrette! And of course, it is gluten-free and casein-free, too (make sure the bacon and mustard are gluten-free). I used to buy boneless skinless chicken breast and cut them up into pieces (usually 1 1/2 breasts per meal) depending on what I was making....

Black Bean Soup #glutenfree #caseinfree

This is a flavorful and nutritious soup that is best when made from scratch (no canned beans or tomatoes) and it is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and low-sodium. Use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian and omit the Worcestershire sauce (made with anchovies) to make it vegan. It actually may be more of a meatless black bean chili than a soup. Regardless, it goes really well with added rice (plain basmati, cilantro lime rice or Mexican...

Bacon Brussels Sprouts #glutenfree #caseinfree

This bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe has turned into one of our favorite side dishes.  It is a combo of two recipes I found on Pinterest from The Fit Cook and Heather Christo, which were both delicious. This version evolved because it was the easiest for me to make with what I usually have in the pantry and fridge. For the Salad: 1/2 lb Brussels Sprouts 2 pieces bacon (make sure the brand is gluten-free, we...

Kale Salad #glutenfree #caseinfree

At first I was afraid, I was petrified… But now I just love a kale salad!  And my husband will eat it, too. 🙂  I just needed a little tutorial on how to prepare it. Tear the fringe off the edges of the kale and discard (or compost) the stems.  Rinse well.  I then soak it in vinegar and water for about 15 minutes and rinse again.  Dry.  Toss with high-quality extra virgin olive oil....

Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup #glutenfree #caseinfree

If I’m being honest, one of my favorite soups is Jean-Paul’s leek and potato soup from La Bonne Soupe.  I’ve never been to the bistro in New York, but I love the cookbook and make this soup often.  It is so rich and creamy and delicious! But in the spirit of eating healthier, I added cauliflower and adjusted the recipe to nix the cream, milk, and butter.  My version is naturally gluten-free and casein-free.  It’s...