Dirty Rice? Nah – It’s clean… and tasty! MMMMM

I made a pretty awesome meal this week and just had to share! I bought WILD RICE awhile back and I’ve had a hard time cooking it properly so that it’s edible <gulp>! 10259828_10152387237605505_7935131828377592779_n North Bay Canadian Organic Wild Rice. I haven’t been able to cook it right. So when I made it this time, I COOK THE CRAP OUT OF IT!!! No lie. I cooked it for over an hour. It was done. It looked like semi curled up worms! Let me tell you how DELICIOUS it was! Much better than eating it on the “al dente” side. BLEH!

So, not only did I make the awesome rice stuff, but I also made Apple Juice Pork chops. They were pretty awesome too!

One recipe at a time!

Ingredients for the DIRTY RICE!

  • 1 cup of uncooked wild rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms (I used bella – you can use button… )
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1t olive oil
  • 1t garlic, minced
  • 1 lb pork sausage10177929_10152387239245505_8649852440990912472_n


  1. Cook your rice as directed (usually 1 C of rice to 3 C of water boiled covered for 40-65 minutes or until done)
  2. Saute mushrooms and onions in butter, olive oil and garlic until tender and cooked down. Transfer to a large bowl (LARGE)
  3. In the same skillet, cook your ground sausage. Drain the fat.
  4. When the rice is finished cooking, drain off any excess water.
  5. Combine mushrooms, onion, sausage, rice and mix well! Viola!

I’ve made this substituting the Pork Sausage for cubed chicken. It tasted every bit as good, just a little different (for obvious, non sausage reasons!!) and I used it as a full meal.

Now on to the Apple Juice Pork Chops! These were super easy! Minimal ingredients and REALLY GOOD!!! I took a bite before I remembered to take a picture… WHOOPS!


  • Pork Chops (we cooked 4 thick cut boneless)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened apple juice
  • dried thyme
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sear pork chop on both sides, in a deep fry pan, with a little olive oil in it – to seal it – on a medium to high heat
  3. Pour the Apple Juice into the Pan, Sprinkle the Thyme, Salt and Pepper (I was pretty liberal with the Thyme)
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Turn, baste and sprinkle the other side with seasonings 20 minutes through!

10312632_10152387239250505_5823089428196506568_nWe served this meal with a side of broccoli to add some green to the plate. It was a really great meal! I highly recommend you try it! Let me know when you do and what you think!!


xoxo –

Sarah and Levin





Chicken Pot Pie, The Lovey Levin Way!! Gluten Free, Of Course!

Oh, Chicken Pot Pie, how I have missed you!! It’s been so long! Really… Almost a year. I hesitated using the gluten free preprocessed pie crust, and my last attempt at homemade gluten free pie crust left me in tears and my pie crust in pieces… don’t judge me. So after looking at the GF Pillsbury Pie Crust, in the refrigerated section of the grocery for MONTHS, I bought it.  I brought it home and I made CHICKEN POT PIE!!! And it was DELICIOUS!!!!

Here’s my recipe, my sister in law shared it with us and I adapted it for Gluten Free.


  • 1/3 C BUTTER10168684_10152341379010505_651812507_o
  • 1t SALT
  • 1/2t PEPPER
  • 2/3 C MILK10156195_10152341440255505_1674057945_o


Preheat oven to 425.10172328_10152341440355505_541077739_o

  1. Heat butter until melted.10168673_10152341440425505_887081074_o
  2. Stir in GF flour and mix well.
  3. Mix in onion, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir constantly until mixture is bubbly.
  5. Remove from heat to stir in milk and broth.
  6. Return to heat and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil an additional minute.10174328_10152341440100505_761565589_o
  7. Stir in Chicken, Potatoes and Carrots.
  8. Roll out Pie Crust per instructions for Bottom and Top.
  9. Pour Mixture into Pie pan and top with Pie Crust.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, top with tin foil lightly, then bake for another 10 minutes10248676_10152341440000505_1465649100_o.

Broccoli Cookies – Yes, I Have A Warped Sense Of Humor!

Well they aren’t exactly cookies! The original recipe calls them Broccoli Bites. If it looks like a cookie in my house, we call it a cookie – no matter what’s in it!!

10152071_10152336873120505_1359943478_o10245058_10152336873255505_913171940_oINGREDIENTS (GLUTEN FREE MODIFIED)

  • 16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli)
  • 1 1/2 C of grated cheese (I used Colby Jack)
  • 3 Eggs (mine were farm fresh JUMBO)
  • seasoning (I used Perfect Pinch Salt free and Rosemary)
  • 1 C of Breadcrumbs (A handful of Rice Chex, a handful of GF Hanover Pretzel Twists and Parmesan cheese in a food processor on pulse until bread crumb consistency…)

10156355_10152335787065505_756892062_o DIRECTIONS10174186_10152335786460505_1657337654_o

  1. Chop up broccoli any way that works for you! We used scissors!!
  2. Make it small enough to work with!
  3. Pour all ingredients into a bowl and hand mix thoroughly.
  4. Hand form into patties, cookies, nuggets – whatever you want to call them and place onto a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, turn your cookies and bake for another 10-15 minutes!
  6. Serve plain, with a cheese sauce, with Ranch, with Salsa. You can serve as an appetizer, as a snack, as a side – however you want! It’s just sooo good!




Fish, Sprouts and Rice – OH MY!

My guy has been asking for fish, Salmon in particular. I’ve been wanting to experiment with Brussel Sprouts. So I decided to go for it! I went off the cuff again!

So here goes!!

Salmon Ingredients:10168685_10152334025995505_1374418118_o

  • Wild caught salmon – skinless (or whatever you buy)
  • Minced garlic (1 tsp per filet)
  • Dill seasoning
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil (for saute)


  1. I mixed garlic, dill and lemon juice together then smeared it on my fish.
  2. saute Salmon in Olive Oil, garlic smeared side up, on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes. Flip and allow to fry (garlic will slightly brown) for another 4ish minutes (check to see if it’s done by poking it with your flipper – it will flake apart).

Brussel Sprouts Ingredients:10171182_285664518257488_1382842651_n

  • Brussel sprouts
  • 1 T Olive oil
  • 1-2 T Balsamic vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning


  1. Half sprouts
  2. toss with Olive oil
  3. toss with balsamic Vinegar
  4. Sprinkle with pepper and seasoning
  5. Roast on 375 cut side down for 15 minutes, over so cut side is up and roast for another 10-15 minutes.

10001466_285664504924156_1066941710_nI made the Jasmine rice in my steamer! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my steamer!! I fill it with rice, water, a drip of Olive Oil and a dash of salt and I have perfect rice EVERY SINGLE TIME!!

When I started making this, I prepped the Sprouts first. Then I started the rice in the cooker. Then I started the Sprouts. After I turned the Sprouts, I prepped and cooked the Salmon. Everything was done within a few seconds of each other!! Another simple meal that Lovey Levin helped me with!!









Have YOU tried Lentil Soup??

1975085_10152333514320505_119466064_nMy Guy Bri put in a request for Lentil Soup… I have to admit, I snubbed my nose and said EWW! He rarely asks for anything in particular, especially if I may not like it. He pulled out the recipe and asked me to make it. This recipe comes from the Moosewood Cookbook! Purchase it HERE. It’s full of vegetarian meals.

I went to the store to gather what we didn’t have of the


  • 16 oz dry lentil
  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 tsp of salt10154157_10152333495025505_665521041_n
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 medium size ripe tomatoes
  • red wine vinegar*, to drizzle

Optional –

  • 1/2-1 tsp Basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano10001345_10152333494395505_1458036301_n



  1. Place lentils, water and salt in a pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a low simmer and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes, partially covered.
  2. Add vegetables (except tomatoes), herbs and black pepper, to taste. Partially cover and allow to simmer for another 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. 1510472_10152333495125505_1152825671_nHeat a medium saucepan full of water to boiling. Drop in each tomato for 10-15 seconds, remove them from the water the peel off the skin. (I like to score the bottom of the tomato with an X before dipping, to give me an edge.) Cut tomato in half and remove seeds. Chop remaining tomato and add to the soup. Let the soup cook an additional 5 minutes more.
  4. Serve hot, with a drizzle of red wine vinegar* on top.



This was a very easy meal to put together. Lovey did help me with some of it. He likes pouring things into the pot, which is why I don’t have any pictures of the process… too busy keeping an eye on my helper.

* A note about RED WINE VINEGAR, my son DOES have a reaction to it. So we DO NOT put this on his soup. After looking it up, here I see that others MAY NOT have a reaction to it. Please use your own judgement.







We love Hummus! It’s Just a Yummy Bean Dip!

We love Hummus! I’ve never had store bought Hummus before. I had it once at a restaurant and fell in love with it! keep-calm-and-eat-hummusAfter I saw how easy it was to create things with Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans) I decided to try my hand at Hummus! I found a recipe, I used it as a starting off point, then I did my own thing! Have you noticed a pattern with that yet?? Back to the recipe – I gathered my


  1. 1 can  (15.5 – 16 oz) of Chick Peas
  2. 1/3 c of Tahini
  3. 1T of garlic, minced (2-3 cloves)
  4. 1t of salt
  5. 1T of Olive Oil (I used sesame oil)
  6. squirts of Lemon Juice (Close to 2T) or juice from 1 lemon.
  7. Seasoning to taste. I like Cumin in mine. Parsley to Garnish.
  • Throw EVERYTHING except Parsley into the food processor. You can see mine all fits into my mini-prep. hummus3
  • Grind until smooth!
  • Garnish with Parsley
  • Sprinkle more Oil on it, if you’d like!hummus2





Remember, NO LEFTOVERS!! You can eat Hummus on just about anything! Vegetables, crackers, chips, bread. I prefer it on Tostitos or the chips shown in the picture. I like to keep things safe in case Lovey Levin wants some. My Guy likes his on pita bread or Tostitos. My mother spreads Hummus on her sandwiches… How do you like your HUMMUS??hummus

Gluten Free Play-doh or GOOP?! Which do you Prefer??



Lovey Levin is sensitive to messy hands. By sensitive, I mean he goes nearly ape shit whenever his hands are dirty! “BIG MESS!” “I NEED WIPEY” “QEEN MY HANDS”  That’s what I hear whenever he is dirty. Now it’s amusing when he starts to get messy then later realizes that he’s gotten messy.. His face is priceless, think, “How the heck did this happen?!? GET IT OFF ME!!!”1969890_10152263234595505_1018354283_o

That said, we made Gluten Free Play Doh with a recipe I modified from Pinterest. It’s NOT edible. So if you have young ones that still put things in their mouths, please don’t use this recipe. 

1973028_10152263192710505_264817040_oI used 1 part hair conditioner and 2 parts cornstarch. I had to mess with it a little to get it right. If it’s too wet, add cornstarch – if it’s too crumbly add conditioner (in VERY small amounts!).  If you want to have color, you can add food coloring or Kool-Aid powder. We did white because I don’t like more mess than what I need. 1924546_10152263245230505_2104634139_o

We started with 1c cornstarch and 1/2 conditioner, for a very small ball of dough. It is the perfect size!

This didn’t stick to his hands too bad. It did leave a powdery residue, which washed off easily. It also vacuumed up VERY easily. Overall, we were very happy with his first Play-doh experience. He was a happy camper and stayed busy for well over an hour, which is AMAZING for a two year old!


When Sissy came home from school she saw Lovey Levin’s Play-doh and the ingredients and she asked if she could make goo!1939333_10152263912400505_669309052_o My toddler is sensitive to messy hands and gluten intolerant so here is a craft I NEVER thought he would do!!

To make Goo (which is also Gluten Free Fun) you only need a bowl, 1 cup of cornstarch, and a half cup of water! Mix with your hands then ENJOY!

1972829_10152263909945505_1667288676_oLevin and Sissy enjoyed this, which REALLY surprised me given Levin’s distaste of messy hands, and they really were messy this time. He like to drizzle the Goo over Sissy’s arm. Luckily she LOVES to get dirty and messy and she didn’t mind AT ALL!

All hell broke loose one Lovey Levin realized his hands were messy. He started to cry and shake his hands back and forth trying to get the mess off of them.1972947_10152263909090505_492210507_o Imagine a wet dog shaking it’s fur…. now imagine that fur covered in cornstarch and water… Yep. That’s what he did. It’s a good thing he’s such a Lovey!!