Penne Pasta with Sweet Peas Roasted Tomatoes Mint and Lemon Zest with a Green Apple Mint Salad

Yes! It’s winter and our bodies are craving those wonderful comfort foods, like l a big bowl of chili with jalapeno and cheddar cornbread or some creamy mac and cheese, but it’s good to give the digestive tract a little rest, even in the cold wintry months.

Today I was missing summer, so I decided to make this wonderful pasta and salad dish. I used one of my new favorite gluten free pastas, brown rice penne fromJovial Foods I love the nuttiness of their pasta and it holds up to it’s form.

This recipe honors a few of spring and summer’s produce, mint, lemons and sweet peas. I roasted some cherry tomatoes to give it a nice burst of smoky citrus flavor and a few pieces of mint leaves with a bit of lemon zest, well just say, it’s summer in your mouth.

The Green Apple Mint salad makes a wonderfully refreshing side. I love making my own vinaigrettes and this balsamic mint dressing could be one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy a bit of summer in these recipe.  Make sure you stay warm and Set the Table with Love.

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Brown Rice Penne Pasta with Peas and Roasted Tomatoes with a Green Apple Mint Salad

Penne Pasta 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Jovial Penne Pasta

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup organic sweet peas

2 tbsp lemon juice

lemon zest

mint leaves, for garnish

cracked black pepper and kosher salt to taste

drizzle of good Extra Virgin Olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil on a baking sheet. Spread them out into one layer and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft. Once roasted set aside.

Add penne pasta to a pot of salted boiling water. Cook according to package direction. Drain and place back on the stove on low heat, add peas and lemon juice. Allow peas to just heat up and remove from heat.  Add pasta, peas and roasted tomatoes into a bowl, add lemon zest, mint leaves and gently toss. Drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil and add a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Brown Rice Penne Pasta with Peas and Roasted Tomatoes with a Green Apple Mint Salad

Green Apple Salad

Ingredients: 

1 medium green apple

Bib lettuce or your favorite leafy greens 🙂

Cranberries

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Baby mint leaves, as garnish

Instruction:

Cut the apples, as desired. Gently tear the bib lettuce into desired pieces and place in a bowl, top with the cut apples, cranberries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Add drizzle with the Balsamic Mint vinaigrette.

Balsamic Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon finely minced shallot

3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Place the shallots in a small glass jar with a secure lid.  Add the balsamic vinegar, the salt and the pepper. Pour the olive oil into the jar. Put the lid on the jar tightly, and shake vigorously, and add to the salad right before serving.

 

 

 

Vegan Gluten Free Mushroom and Sage Pizza with a Spicy White Bean spread

Enough is Enough. I had to go to the doctor and get my ears checked, bad cold. Lots of fluids, rest and some good soup and I will be back on the mend. I love my Emory doctors. They believe in helping me heal naturally. Well as I was driving through my neighborhood, I got to see all the winter wonder everyone has been talking about. The trees in our neighborhood is covered in ice. I feel like I am in the beginning of a Frozen movie. LOL. My granddaughter would appreciate that reference.  Here is a few pictures I took today in my neighborhood.

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Our Frozen in my neighborhood
My Frozen.
My Frozen.
My Frozen in my neighborhood
My Frozen in my neighborhood

It is still chilly and windy outside, so after my doctor’s appointment, I was very hungry and needed something warm and comforting. I wanted something that said wintery forest, like my neighborhood. So, I came up with this little gluten free and vegan pizza. It is so delicious. You will never miss the cheese or meat.  The Spicy White Bean spread is smooth, spicy and full of flavor. It pairs well on the earthiness from the mushrooms, fennel, sage and garlic. Please save some the bean spread and use it as a dip later with cut pepper, carrots and celery.  The mushrooms I used today were, baby bellas and porcinis. I love porcini mushrooms, they taste and smell like the woods to me.

Well here is the recipe. Enjoy! Oh yes, Please remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten Free Pizza
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Mushroom and Sage Gluten Free Pizza with a spicy white bean spread
Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten  Free Pizza
Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten Free Pizza

Mushroom and Sage Vegan Gluten Free pizza

1 gluten free small pizza crust

1 can organic white beans

1 cup mushrooms. I used a mixture of baby bellas and porcini mushrooms

7 sage leaves, one to chop and add into bean spread. The rest for garnish.

1/4 cup red bell peppers, chopped for garnish

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tsp dried fennel

1 tsp Montreal spicy steak seasoning, or cracked black pepper, garlic flakes, cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tsp salt for bean spread and season mushrooms and garlic sauté

1 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

Drizzle 1/2 tbsp olive oil over pizza crust and spread out to cover the crust.  Add the remaining olive oil in a sauté pan and add mushrooms and garlic cloves. Sauté on medium heat until slightly tender. Drain beans and rinse. Add the beans to a pot on medium heat. Add Montreal spicy steak seasoning, salt, garlic and one chopped sage leaf. Stir and Cook for 10 minutes. Add beans to a food processor and blend until smooth. Allow the bean spread to cool then add bean spread onto pizza crust and spread out evenly. Add sautéed mushrooms and garlic. Garnished with sage and peppers. Pop in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven. Cut into slices and Enjoy.

Spicy Corn and Poblano Soup with Honey and Sage Cornbread

This is the season for soup. Today I made a Spicy Corn and Poblano Soup. I wanted some bread to go with it.  I was in the mood for some cornbread, but with a twist.  I have had this idea in my mind for a week to make a Honey and Pistachio Cornbread. I did not have pistachios, but I did have some sage. It is a wonderful combination. Here’s the recipe and it’s gluten free. This version is a lighter version of this soup, still packed with lots of flavor.

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Spicy Corn and Poblano Pepper Soup
Spicy Corn and Poblano Pepper Soup

Spicy Corn and Poblano Soup

1 large garlic cloves, unpeeled and minced

1 1/2  tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 cup onions, roughly chopped

1/2 cup poblano peppers, roughly chopped

1/2 cup red bell peppers, roughly chopped

1 cup organic frozen corn

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin 

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sea salt ( to taste)

1 tsp smoked paprika

4 cups vegetable broth

In a large sauce pan on a medium heat, add the oil and the cumin seeds and cook for a minute to release it’s natural oils, add the onions and sauté until transparent, then add the garlic and sauté until soften. Add your corn and spices. Stir and add 4 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil for a minute and lower the soup to a simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot with the Honey and Sage Cornbread.

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GF Honey and Sage Cornbread

Gluten Free Honey and Sage Cornbread

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 cup Organic honey

1/3 cup Olive oil

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Tapicoa Flour

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Sorghum Flour

1/4 cup Bob’s Mills Brown Rice Flour

1 cup Bob’s Mills GF Cornmeal

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease cast-iron skillet. Set a side.

2. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.

3. In a separated bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Gradually, with a blender on low speed, add in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the mixture is thick like cake batter. Spread evenly in the cast-iron pan.

4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until top is firm and edges are lightly browned.

5. Remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil and honey before serving.