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Who knew meatloaf gravy could taste soooo good?  I have been craving meatloaf for days now.  We have had the craziest weather – at one point we were sitting at 29 degrees Celsius, out came all of our fans.  Then it dropped back down to 11 – 13 degrees!  So time for meatloaf.  There are a number of meatloaf recipes on this blog, but I decided to use a basic, stand by recipe.  Having never made gravy with meatloaf before, we were happily surprised at how delicious it was.

I had not intended this to be a recipe, so have created this one from memory in terms of ingredients… I may fine tune it down the road.  Either way, I am sure it will still be delicious.


1  1/2 lbs. extra lean ground beef

1/2 an onion diced fine

a good large handful of Parmesan Cheese

1 Tblsp. gluten free Worcestershire sauce

salt and generous amount of fresh cracked pepper

1 egg


1/2 cup mayonnaise

2/3 cup ketchup

3 Tblsp. mustard

Mix sauce well…to make more reddish in color add more ketchcup

In a bowl add the ground beef, onion, Parmesan Cheese, salt pepper and egg.  Add a good 1/4 cup of the sauce.  Mix well with hands if dry add more sauce and shape into a loaf – you want it on the moist side, place inside a 9×10 glass baking dish.  Pour remainder of sauce over top of the meatloaf to cover.  Bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees for 1 hour – then check with a thermometer.  Mine was at 155 degrees when I removed it from the oven and plated the meatloaf on a tented platter with tin foil.  It will reach 165 by the time it is ready to be served.


1 1/2 cups chicken stock – beef would work too

splash of balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

4 largish cremini mushrooms – chopped

1 large shallot, cut in half and sliced

2 Tblsp. butter

splash of fresh cream – we use lactose free

renderings from meatloaf

1 tblsp. cornstarch, bit of water to make a slurry

Heat up a medium sized frying pan on medium heat with the butter.  Add the shallots, sauteing 2 min.  Then add in the mushrooms and continue to saute until the mushrooms are lightly golden.  Pour in the chicken stock, meatloaf renderings and add the seasonings and bay leaf bringing to a light simmer.  Simmer a good 10 min. low heat.

Mix up a cornstarch slurry with a little water and add to the simmering stock/mushrooms whisking well to thicken.  Turn to low, check for seasonings, remove the bay leaf, and add the splash of cream, stirring well, then serve over meatloaf and potatoes adding a side dish of vegetables and serve.  Enjoy!

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Here is another chicken recipe from yesteryear.  I have not thought about this recipe in what feels like 100 years!  When you have to give up any dairy that contains lactose it is surprising how many recipes go by the wayside.   Now we can actually buy Lactose Free Cream, and have been able to do so for some time now – a wonderful once in a while treat whether your dish is savory or sweet.  As a result, all of those yesteryear recipes are popping back into my memory!  If dairy is not an option for you, this would work well with full fat coconut milk.

4 skinless/boneless chicken breasts

season breasts with:  salt, pepper, a sprinkling of garlic powder and paprika then set aside

2 Tblsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

2 Tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar (the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of white dry wine)

1/2 a large onion, sliced in half, then into quarters

4 large crimini mushrooms, sliced in half, slice again

4 minced garlic cloves

1 tsp. dried rubbed sage

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup lactose free whipping cream or full fat coconut milk

2 tsp. cornstarch

2/3 cup grated fresh Asiago cheese

2 Tblsp. butter

Heat up a non stick skillet on medium high heat with the EVOO.  Season the chicken breasts, and fry each chicken breast about 4 min. per side.  Remove to a dish and set aside.  Turn down the heat to medium low, and add in the butter.

Add in the mushrooms – sauteing a good 5 minutes until golden.  Then add in the onion, garlic, sage, thyme and continue to saute for another 5-7 minutes.  Pour in the chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, and add in the dijon mustard stirring well.  Return the chicken to the pan and cook lid on for 5 minutes.  Remove the lid and continue to cook for 7 more minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Add the corn starch to the cream mixing to remove any lumps.  Pour into the sauce stirring well.  Remove the bay leaf, add the Asiago cheese, mixing well.  Return the chicken to the pan and simmer 5 more minutes.  Serve with any side dish – mashed potatoes, rice or vegetables.

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There is something about the combination of chicken, rice, mushrooms and broccoli in a casserole that is pure comfort food.  Back in the day, we used to make the old recipe that used canned cream of mushroom soup for chicken and rice casserole.   I have yet to find a good store bought dairy free, gluten free cream of mushroom soup.  If you have the time, homemade mushroom soup in this recipe would be wonderful – just adjust liquid/rice ratio.  While this recipe does not use cream of mushroom soup, it is a yummy casserole dish for those days when comfort food is beckoning.

With this recipe, I took some guidelines from here – then made a few adjustments/additions so will do a re-cap here.

8 skinless organic chicken thighs – bone in

Season blend for chicken:

2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 1/2 tsp. Paprika

1 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

3/4  tsp. Italian Seasoning

salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Mix ingredients in a small bowl, place chicken onto a plate and slather the season blend onto the chicken thighs rubbing in well, then put aside

1 1/2 cups basmatti rice – rinse and drain well

2  3/4 cup chicken stock

2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4-5 crimini mushrooms, diced

1 generous cup broccoli florets, cut small

1/2 a celery stalk, diced

5 minced garlic cloves

1 chopped onion

2 Tblsp. each:  fresh Italian Parsley, fresh Basil – minced

salt and pepper

grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Heat up a medium sized frying pan on low medium heat with a good drizzle of EVOO.  Add in the mushrooms, garlic, broccoli, celery and season with salt and pepper.  Saute 2 min. then cover with a lid – stirring a couple of times for 5 more minutes.  Remove from the heat, and add in the fresh minced Italian Parsley and Basil and mix.

Lightly oil a large square casserole/roasting pan/dish 10X13 approx. with EVOO.  Pour in the chicken stock, add in the rice stirring lightly to make even, then sprinkle in the chopped onion, and mixed vegetables.  Lay the seasoned chicken thighs on top and cover with foil.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and take off the foil adding a good sprinkling of grated Parmesan Cheese through out and bake 20 more minutes.

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This was a hearty breakfast bowl using leftover cooked Quinoa.  There are a vast variety of recipes for Quinoa from savory to sweet, it is such a versatile healthy food.  Here are a few different recipes in this post to share with you.

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