Kid Friendly, Mother Approved

Having a picky eater always makes dinner a challenge.  To make tonight’s dinner ‘kid friendly’ I took the traditional meatloaf and turned them into ‘mini meatloaves’ and added some ranch smashed potatoes that anyone would love.  Coupled with a ham & cucumber salad, the dinner turned out to be a success!  Oh, and it’s gluten-free too! 🙂  Win-Win!

Mini Meatloaves Mini Meatloaves @2CookinMamas

Yields: 12 mini meatloaves

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 grass-fed, organic ground beef
  • 1/2 large while onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Dash of hot sauce, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450ºF.  Spray muffin tin with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray.

Place ground beef in large mixing bowl.  Add in grated onion, carrot, & garlic and mix.  Add in salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, and egg.  Mix with hands until blended well.  Portion mixture into muffin pan evenly.

In small bowl, mix together ketchup, honey, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce (if desired).  Spoon on top of each mini loaf and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Ranch Smashed Potatoesranch smashed potatoes

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk of choice
  • 1/2 packet Hidden Valley GF Original Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • 2 tbsp. dairy free butter substitute
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Scrub potatoes with vegetable brush and cut into 1″ chunks.  Add potatoes to large pot of salted water, cover, and bring to a boil.  Cook until tender – approximately 15 minutes.

Drain potatoes and return to hot pot.  Smash potatoes with a potato masher and add in milk , ranch mix, and butter.  Continue mashing until all ingredients are mixed well.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Cucumber Ham Salad Cucumber Ham Salad @2CookinMamas

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 8 oz diced ham
  • 3/4 Greek vinaigrette dressing

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in medium-sized bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 25 minutes.  Stir well prior to serving.

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

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Make Your Next Tabouli Gluten-Free

Quinoa TabouliMy daughter has recently begun a gluten-free diet and has gotten me interested in how to take much of the gluten and GMOs out of my diet as well. Tabouli, or as some people say Tabbouleh, has always been a favorite lunch for me and I hated to have to give it up because it was made of bulgur wheat but… TADA! Quinoa to the rescue! And it tastes just as good as the original!

Quinoa Tabouli

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2-1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 -1 medium green/red or yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh onion, chopped
  • 2-1/4 oz black olives, sliced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Dash cayenne

Directions:

Place water and quinoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and stir. Mix in tomato, parsley, pepper, cucumber, onion and olives. Stir together lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and cayenne. Pour over quinoa mixture and toss well. Cover & place in refrigerator. Let stand at minimum 1 hour or better overnight. Serve chilled.

Serves 8.

Linda's Signature

Caviar Kisses

caviar @2CookinMamasLooking for a great standout appetizer or a romantic treat for two?  This recipe is sure to be a big hit!  Go ahead & splurge a little – today is National Caviar Day!

For even more flair – pair with your favorite champagne from France.

Caviar Kisses

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • small cucumber, scrubbed well
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 jar red salmon caviar
  • fresh dill sprigs, garnish
  • 8 thin slices whole wheat bread
  • butter

Directions:

Slice cucumber into 1/4″ rounds.  In small bowl mix sour cream, dill, and pepper.  Place one teaspoon of the sour cream mixture on each cucumber round.  Top with caviar and dill sprig.  Toast bread, cut into shapes using your favorite cookie cutter, and butter.  Place toast shapes around outside of serving platter, cucumber rounds in the center, and serve immediately,.

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

Thirst Quenchers

It is getting mighty hot down in here in Florida so refreshing drinks are in high demand!  Here are 2 summer sips that will have you cooling down in no time.

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Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade

Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade

Serves: 8 – Total Time: 45 minutes, with chilling

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • 1.5 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups water
  • vodka (optional)
  • thyme sprig (garnish)

Directions:

Boil sugar, thyme sprigs, and 1 cup water in small saucepan until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, let cool, and discard thyme sprigs.  Combine thyme syrup with strawberries, lemon juice, and 5 cups water in pitcher and chill for at least 30 minutes.  Serve over ice with a fresh thyme sprig and a splash of vodka.

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Serves 8 – Total Time: 45 minutes, with chilling

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups club soda or sparkling water
  • 1/2 pineapple, cored & cut into triangles (garnish)
  • rum (optional)

Directions:

Combine pineapple juice, coconut water, and lime juice in a large pitcher.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Add in club soda and immediately serve over ice.  Garnish with pineapple wedges and add in a splash of rum.

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~ Cocktails adapted from Dawn Perry, Spritzer picture from allParenting