Tuesday, October 13, 2015

White Bean, Sausage and Spinach Stew

As with a lot of my recipes, I have found inspiration on the website Pinterest. For the most part, I reinvent the recipe to make it my own. 9 out of 10 times, I have had to make the recipe gluten free, dairy free, and corn free to fit into my diet plan. As I have said in my disclaimer, I will give credit where credit is due when it comes to the recipes I post. That being said, the original recipe can be found at www.itsmysideoflife.com . Instead of chicken broth, I use vegetable broth. Instead of tomatoes, I use zucchini. Instead of kielbasa, I use Aidell's Chicken and Apple gluten free sausages.
This recipe is a perfect warm meal for the cool months ahead. Full of delicious ingredients and easy to make, My husband was pleasantly surprised with this stew.  I hope your family will enjoy it as much as we did. Happy Eating!

White Bean, Sausage, and Spinach Stew

You will need:

1 large can of Cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1 package of Aidell Chicken and Apple sausage, sliced
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 large zucchini, diced
2 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp thyme


  • In a large deep skillet, on med-hi heat, heat oil and add sliced sausage, zucchini, onions, and garlic. Saute for 10 minutes, then add 1/2 cup vegetable broth.
  • Add beans and let simmer for 7 minutes. 
  • Add 1 cup of vegetable broth, spinach and thyme. Cover and let simmer for 7 minutes.
  • Add the remainder of broth and let simmer for another 7 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite gluten free bread and a glass of cider.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 31 minutes
Total: 41 minutes
Serves; 2-4 people

Happy Eating!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ham and Swiss Cheese Pasta Bake

This recipe is one of the first recipes I created when I first started cooking. I love Mac and cheese has always been a favorite of mine. My grandmothers made the best Mac and cheese. Both very, very different but definitely not out of the box. In fact, they spoiled me such, I can't even  think about eating the boxed stuff. This dish is a twist on the classic, adding ham and tomatoes for a fulfilling casserole the whole family will love. Hope your family enjoys it as much as ours. Happy eating!

Ham and Swiss Cheese Pasta Bake

You will need:
1 Package of ham cubes
1 1/2 cup shredded Swiss Cheese
1 package of gluten free shell pasta
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 egg
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch of dry mustard


  • Make pasta according to package instructions. Preheat oven to 350* and grease large casserole dish.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together egg, milk, butter, 1/2 cup cheese, and dry mustard together.  
  • Rinse pasta in cool water, mix in the egg mixture. Add ham and tomatoes with 1/2 cup cheese. 
  • Pour into casserole dish and top with rest of cheese.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until cheese is melted. 
  • Enjoy with a nice green salad.