Rapini alla Paesana

rapini pasta gluten and dairy free

Rapini , also known as broccoli raab, is a bitter green primarily used in Italian and Portuguese cooking. Rapini is low in calorie content but rich in vitamin A, B-6, C, Calcium, Magnesium and Fibre.  If bitter doesn’t appeal to you, there are many ways to prepare Rapini to cut its bitterness. Once I tired rapini that had been prepared along with other fragrant ingredients, I became hooked, and it is now one of my favourite vegetables.

Behind every great dish, is a story…

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Sweet Peas with Crisp Prosciutto, Fresh Mint & Feta

sweet peas

This side dish is simple to make and tastes great served hot or cold. Even the pickiest of eaters will be saying, “hmm…that’s not so bad!” I would know, because I live with the king of picky eaters when it comes to vegetables…and fruit…and pasta…and desserts! However, I do love a challenge! The key here is to not overcook the peas. You want them to be crisp in texture.

The flavors of this recipe go beautifully together and I hope that you too, can win over the picky eaters in your life…one dish at a time.

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Breakfast Pizza (Dairy & Gluten-Free!)

breakfast pizza gluten free
I have always felt that pizza should fall under the category of acceptable breakfast foods. Call it breakfast pizza, and little justification is required! But who made the rules surrounding what foods or culinary dishes are assigned or appropriate to specific meal times in the westernized part of the world? Furthermore, who decided when we ‘should’ eat? After doing a bit of digging, I found that these rules and eating patterns have been forever evolving as society itself changes.

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French Inspired Sole ~ served in a Garlic, Lemon Wine Sauce with Caramelized Onions

fish

“Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup.”

In English, this famous French phrase translates as, “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.” I believe that cooking is for more than just the purpose of eating. A home-cooked meal can bring friends and loved ones together. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to sit down and the share the details of our day – the ups and the downs.

french-inspired fish dish

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Potato Au Gratin with Caramelized Onions, Crisp Bacon & Fresh Thyme (Dairy-Free)

gratin

If you could fill an empty swimming pool with anything edible, what would you choose to fill it with? Jell-O, chocolate pudding, champagne?  Why am I asking this ridiculous question?

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