Allergen-Free French Onion Soup

8 p.m. is a little late to still be waiting on dinner, but I suppose when you cook every night, it ends up being that late anyway.

French Onion Soup (Espinosa Kitchen)

French Onion Soup

(adapted from Cook Yourself Thin)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-4 large onions, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices crosswise
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme – separated from stems
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock/broth
  • Allergen/Gluten-Free Bread in a mug (optional)
  • 1 large slice Gruyere or provolone cheese (for those without allergies or sensitivities)
  • 2 Chicken Sausages (Trader Joe’s Spicy Jalapeno)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden (not brown) and nearly melting, about 45 minutes.
  3. Stir in wine and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. Stir in stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  4. If using cheese, add allergen-gluten free bread (if desired) to an oven-safe bowl filled with soup and top with cheese. Melt using broil until cheese is melted. Careful not to burn.
  5. If not using cheese, use allergen/gluten-free bread for dipping on the side.
  6. Saute the Chicken Sausage (1 per bowl of soup) and add to the soup for a balanced meal and extra flavor!
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Allergen-Free Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Gosh this soup is so easy. I am recovering from a surgery, so I have been spending a lot of time at home and am not able to cook much, so this recipe looked like a good option since it was simple and in-line with my elimination diet. In order to make this meal balances, I ate some turkey meat on the side as there isn’t a significant source of protein with this soup.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (Espinosa Kitchen)

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Ingredients:

  • Medium butternut squash
  • 2 baking apples
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 springs fresh thyme
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 apple – diced – as garnish (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut garlic cloves in half.
  3. Cut squash in half length-wise. Scrap the seeds and strings out with a spoon. Brush the oil over the cut sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place squash halves face down on a cookie sheet or baking pan and insert the garlic and thyme sprigs inside the crevice where the seeds used to be. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Peel, core and slice the apples into quarters. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. When the 15 minutes for the squash are done, add the seasoned apples to the pan and bake another 15-20 minutes until apples and squash are tender.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool enough to peel the skin off the squash.
  7. Discard thyme sprigs. Place apples, garlic and squash to a medium pot. Mash with a potato masher.
  8. Add desired amount of chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  9. Remove pot from heat and blend using an immersion blender (you can use a food processor, but the immersion blender is way easier. I’d highly recommend investing in one.)
  10. Add coconut milk and blend until smooth (or chunky if you prefer).
  11. Top with apples pieces if desired.

Roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda Soup

WOW! I have really impressed myself with this recipe. Carlos’s father and step-mother came for dinner last last to celebrate Carlos Senior’s birthday. I wanted to try this soup. I found a base recipe and then added what I thought it needed to be perfect. And perfect it was. This is probably my new favorite soup – and it should be yours too! It is THAT good.

Roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda Soup (Espinosa Kitchen)

Roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 (8oz.) jars roasted red peppers (available at the dollar store), chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 1/2  cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash puree (full squash, halved, baked at 400 for 1 hour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk or evaporated milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup or 6 oz. shredded smoked Gouda cheese

Directions:

  1. Bake butternut squash (if needed).
  2. Heat oil in large soup pot. Add onion and cook – about 3 minutes – until tender.
  3. Add garlic and cook another minute.
  4. Add carrots, roasted red peppers, chicken broth, tomato paste, squash puree, diced tomatoes, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer (uncovered) about 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, add milk, and slightly puree using an immersion blender. Be sloppy about this blending as the more chunks there are in the soup the better.
  6. Return soup to heat, add cheese and fresh basil. Cook until cheese is melted.
  7. Top with additional basil if desired for garnish.

July 4th Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Better late than never. I have never been a super color-coordinated-special-occasion-party-planning-guru, but these were fun to make… and they look pretty cool.

July 4th Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

July 4th Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Ingredients:

  • 1 package strawberries, cored and halved
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 4 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 16-20 Wooden skwers

Directions:

  1. Wash all fruit, cut, and skewer.

Super Easy Sunday Salsa

This recipe is great for a last minute dish to pass. It’s all vegetables, so it’s a great healthy choice. It can be used as a salsa, as a topping on a sandwich, as a topping to salad, or eat it on it’s own. Within a few minutes of bringing it to a friends house, I was asked for the recipe. Here it is! Enjoy.

Super Easy Sunday Salsa

Super Easy Sunday Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with jalapenos or chilies)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup red onion, chopped (or 2 shallots)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix and serve with chips, on a sandwich, on a salad, or on it’s own.

 

Pan-Fried Tofu

Tofu is my new favorite addition to cold lunch salads. Luckily, I have an amazing husband who usually cooks it for me. If you don’t have that luxury, you can do it yourself!

Pan-Fried Tofu (Espinosa Kitchen)

Pan-Fried Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 1 package extra-firm tofu
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO (Extra-Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari (real Soy Sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste or Sriracha

Cooking Tofu:

  1. Place tofu between paper towels and under a large book to release excess moisture.
  2. Dice into small squares and toss in cornstarch.
  3. Heat EVOO in large sauce pan.
  4. Sauté tofu with tamari and chili garlic or Sriracha for about 5 minutes, tossing half way through.