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GLUTEN FREE VEGAN

FRIED CABBAGE WITH KIELBASA – LOW CARB, PALEO, GLUTEN FREE

Low Carb and Gluten Free Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa. Deliciously satisfying -Quick and Easy weeknight dinner on a budget! What could be more perfect?

You’ve got to love any recipe that contains inexpensive ingredients, is quick to make, and tastes like you spent hours on it. That is pretty much the food trifecta. This recipe fits the criteria for all three. Add in the fact that it is low carb and gluten free, and it’s like winning the food lottery.

Cabbage has long since been a low carb staple. Here are some random facts about the worlds second most consumed vegetable. (The first being potatoes.)

  • Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables, dating back to the 1600’s.
  • Cabbage is rich source of vitamins C, K, B6 and B9 and minerals such as manganese and calcium.
  • Cabbage contains quantities of fiber and iron, which help to keep the digestive tract and colon in a healthy condition.
  • Cabbage is available in many varieties: red or purple, green and Napa cabbage, usually found in Chinese cooking, bok choi and Brussel Sprouts.
  • Cabbage is: Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.
  • One cup of shredded raw cabbage contains 190% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 6 tbsp butter, divided (olive oil, ghee or coconut oil)
  • 1 cup onion, diced (about 4 oz)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar (get it here)
  • 14 oz kielbasa, thinly sliced on a bias
  • large head green cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, rough chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 3 tbsp of butter.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Sauté until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add red wine vinegar to the pan and mix in with onions and garlic.
  4. Add sliced kielbasa to the pan and sauté until slightly browned.
  5. Add remaining butter, cabbage, paprika, salt and pepper.
  6. Toss to mix all ingredients together and coat the cabbage with butter and seasonings.
  7. Saute until cabbage is wilted and slightly browned.
  8. Top with fresh parsley and crushed red pepper flakes before serving.

You can find complete recipes of this FRIED CABBAGE WITH KIELBASA – LOW CARB, PALEO, GLUTEN FREE in peaceloveandlowcarb.com

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HEALTHY

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread – perfect to go with pasta dishes or soups! So easy and so good, you won’t be able to stop eating it!
Last week, I posted a photo of this bread on my Instagram asking if I should blog about this bread. I have to admit, I was hesitant because this recipe uses a shortcut – a store bought Italian bread. As you may know, I love to bake breads from scratch. However, I am still working on my Italian bread from scratch, hence the store-bought.
Let’s face it – sometimes you just need a shortcut. And this is a good one. Especially if you love a side of a delicious bread with your dinner like I do!
This bread has a perfect garlicky taste and an ooey-gooey cheesy top. You can’t say no to that! We love it with soups, like our homemade chicken noodle soup. My Hubby always requests it when he makes his chili. It’s also perfect with my Garlic Mushroom Pasta, the Lemon Asparagus Pasta or my Bacon Potato and Corn Chowder.
Cheese and bread are one of those things that I could never give up. Or at least I would have a reeeeeeeally hard time doing. I heart it so much! I could eat this bread by itself! And I have! Slice some tomatoes on top and add a sprinkle of sea salt – so so good!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (see note)
  • 1 cup and 1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the bread lengthwise and place both parts face up on the sheet.
  4. Brush both pieces with melted butter. Sprinkle with garlic powder.
  5. Cover with a piece of aluminum foil and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Uncover bread. Top with cheese.
  8. Place bread back in the oven for 2 to 4 more minutes, to melt the cheese. (see note)
  9. Remove from the oven and place on a cutting board.
  10. Let cool for few minutes. Slice and serve.

You can find complete recipes of this Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread in crunchycreamysweet.com

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HEALTHY

FOCACCIA RECIPE WITH CARAMELIZED ONION, TOMATO & ROSEMARY

This focaccia recipe, topped with caramelized onions and tomatoes, is inspired by a trip to Italy and a meeting with a kind-hearted Italian grandmother.
I learned many years ago not to question Italian grandmothers when it comes to matters of the kitchen, particularly when these matters involve a classic focaccia recipe and gnocchi. When I was in my early twenties, making an epic backpacking trip around Europe (well, it was epic to me anyways), my friend and I stayed at a charming pensione, named Chicco di Grano, in the heart of Tuscany.
While the family-run inn was not the luxurious Italian villa that regularly stars in my daydreams, it was many steps above the bunk-sleeping, shower-sharing youth hostels of our travels to that point.
Nestled at the top of a long driveway lined by prolific olive trees and host to an expansive view of the surrounding vineyards and groves, Chicco di Grano was the destination of many Italian travelers. Perhaps our very limited handle of the Italian language (counting from one to ten doesn’t count) was why we got off on the wrong foot with the proprietor’s elderly mother.
Dinners at Chicco di Grano were enjoyed at the long wooden table set on the stone patio. If you were the newcomers, as we were the first night, you were seated at the end of the table furthest away from the hosts, Paolo and Jean – and Paolo’s mother (we’ll call her Nonna). As guests departed on subsequent nights, the newcomers became old-timers and moved up the table. It was that first night that we were under the intense scrutiny of Nonna.
Each time I looked up the table, she was studying us, never sparing a smile for either my friend or me. What had we done to offend her? Had we broken some cardinal rule of Italian dining? With some trepidation, we arrived at the breakfast table the next morning. When Nonna came into the room, she shuffled over to us, wished us a hearty “Buongiorno”, pulled each of us down to her, and planted kisses on our cheeks.
Besides being effusive in our compliments of the dinner and throwing a wild party in our room, we had no idea how we made our way into her good graces overnight. It was not to be questioned. As the days went by, we spent many hours around that table on the patio, diving into the wonderful meals, sipping wine, and dancing under the stars with Paolo and the other guests.
The day before we departed Chicco di Grano, Nonna beckoned us into the kitchen. Through hand gestures and patient demonstration, she taught us to make her rosemary-infused focaccia and pillowy gnocchi. Those couple of hours lit a culinary fire in me and taught me about the importance of taking care in preparing meals for those you love.
My notes from that lesson were tucked away in my travel journal that my parents found recently. Unfortunately, I was missing the amounts for a couple of the focaccia ingredients. So, the basic focaccia recipe is from Food & Wine Magazine. The toppings, however, are Nonna-inspired. I think she would have approved.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, needles removed from stem
  • ⅓ cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together yeast, warm water, and honey.
  2. Let rest until yeast blooms and bubbles form on top, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour, ¼ cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  4. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead until dough is smooth, 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  7. Remove dough from bowl and press it into a lightly oiled 9- by 13-inch baking sheet until it touches the edges.
  8. Using your finger, poke holes all over the dough.
  9. Drizzle the dough with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Let rest until the dough becomes puffy, about 20 minutes.
  10. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat.
  11. Add onion slices, cover and cook until onion is golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
  12. Top the dough with tomato slices, caramelized onions, rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and salt.
  13. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  14. Bake until the focaccia is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack. Cut into pieces and serve.

You can find complete recipes of this FOCACCIA RECIPE WITH CARAMELIZED ONION, TOMATO & ROSEMARY in cookincanuck.com