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Alfredo is something I have been craving since going dairy-free in 2012. I haven't found a substitute or recipe that satisfied my in almost TEN years.
For a while, a local restaurant had a vegan alfredo that was AMAZING and I was in cream sauce heaven. That was until they decided to discontinue it from the menu, leaving me longing once more.
I finally got into the kitchen with Grey and together we made this creamy, cheesey, nut-based sauce that was EASY and is now an Italian food staple on our menu.
*I have had a lot of readers who can't do cashew or nuts and you CAN make this with JUST coconut cream and dairy-free milk. The taste is sweeter than I prefer but it's still creamy and delicious. Always feel free to comment with substitution ideas and I'll get back to you.
This one was the closest to a traditional alfredo when I tried multiple recipes in the kitchen, so I decided to share the cashew based cream sauce.
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Happy New Year ladies + gents! Woof - 2020 was a doozy for so many reasons, but it was also one of our most blessed years because we welcomed our sweet Lexi to complete our sweet little family of four. The Lord knew we needed her because for a time, our family felt complete with Grey. SO happy that God knew better. Now almost three months old (that went craaaaazy fast BTW), she is a dream and we are so smitten by her.
I've been on a new recipe kick lately as I test run recipes for season 2 of The Clean Plate with Mandi as well as feeding my face all the things because hello #postpartum and #breastfeeding.
Mama is hungry and this Vegan Instant Pot LoMein is FAST, EASY, HEALTHY and SUPER DELICIOUS.
Which equates to this becoming a weekly or bi-monthly staple on our meal plan.
We got an InstantPot shortly before moving into our ranch house renovation and I've yet to really get into the groove of using it regularly, so I thought I'd start with some noodles. Whenever the fam grabs asian food I can never get the noodle dishes because #gluten, boo. So this allows me to satisfy that craving in a way that won't cause me pain.
Kids ALSO love it because long noodles are fun to slurp and twirl on forks and its a great recipe to get veggies into those little bellies.
We also made teriyaki chicken and homemade fried rice with this for a family dinner and it fed us for THREE whole days. Such a great meal for families with new babies, who like to batch cook or who are under the weather.
What are YOUR favorite InstantPot recipes? Leave me inspiration below!
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How is everyone out there doing?
Like, really doing? Not passing small talk, but really doing a big heart check and reaching out if you need to. We've had our ups and downs with so many thoughts, theories, big feelings, grief over "normalcy", being pregnant during a pandemic, raising a toddler who is sad his world has changed. It's a lot to process.
So very much.
I have faith in a big, big God that will get us all through this. Praise, because I don't know how any of us could get through times like this without his provision, strength and promises.
But until we can resume normalcy, if ever, we can stay fervent in prayer, draw close to those we love (even if from a distance) and make lots of delicious food.
This Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is so delicious and amazing that it would be great on vegetables or meat as well if you're watching grains. Or you may swap out the pasta for a grain-free variety such as almond flour pasta, garbanzo bean or edamame.
I poured it over piping hot rice pasta and topped with chopped basil for a comfort meal I was craving.
Grab the recipe below, comment your favorite food and reach out if you need! I'm always here to lend an ear. :)
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
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What do you get when you mix the renewed energy of your second trimester and a life of still being on quarantine because of Pandemic 2020?
A lot of time in the kitchen.
While we are missing our friends and our outing spots something fierce, it's been fun experimenting with recipes I've had in the back of my mind for a long time now.
We needed something hearty and filling for dinner last night after a day spent hiking and playing in the sun, so I whipped up these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas and they were a hit with the WHOLE family.
Even my preschooler asked for seconds!
With everything having been closed for so long (and with so much still closed), my little guy and I took to a nearby small hike early in the morning before the heat really kicked in and it was exactly what our hearts, souls and bodies needed. We had so much fun and it made him feel so proud to lead the way and make it all the way to the top.
After a morning hike and lunch smoothies, we played in the sprinklers and sunshine until almost dinner time when I started to prep the enchiladas.
These are so simple to make and I believe my total time in the kitchen was around 40 minutes. We came in around 4 and we were seated and eating by 5. So nice.
You can serve these alone (we did, with just a side of sliced avocado) - or to make a bigger meal you can add in some jalapeno cornbread, Mexican corn, taco salad or a nice Spanish rice.
They are also delicious re-heated! We enjoyed them for lunch the next day as well with a nice sparkling water.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
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Well. Here we are. Back on the AIP diet.
As hard as this is to work in with a busy schedule, a career and a toddler, I am SO thanfkul to the holistic professionals who found out that this diet is SO healing and SO beneficial to calming our inflammation and auto-immune issues. And PRAISE THE LORD for meal prep. You NEED to be meal prepping. If you ever need help, reach out! I can talk to you about some easy tips.
I've found for me, it's 100% needed to come back to this from time to time when I feel myself more sluggish, carrying excess water, inflamed or reacting more from cross-contamination. I haven't put many AIP recipes on the blog, because honestly, when I'm on AIP it means I'm not at my best and the energy for recipe creation and promotion usually isn't there. However, I am trying to turn a new leaf.
I was so blessed in 2012 when this blog really started to take off because of the connections I was making with so many women, men and children who were needing to go gluten free, dairy free or soy free and it made my heart so happy to know I could provide safe and yummy recipes to those who needed them in their season or life of food restriction.
I want to make it a point to add more healing foods, more AIP options and more whole choices when it comes to entrees in 2019/2020.
The baked goods are pretty and fun guys, but they have their place. And unfortunately their place isn't in my home or body right now.
For this recipe, I've found it's hard to find organic ground chicken in the stores. If you invest in a meat grinder, you'll be able to grind higher quality poultry to make this recipe.
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.