Cranberry parfait

I can’t resist Trader Joe’s Cranberry sauce. I by it every year and try to find a new recipe to use it in.

This year it was Cranberry parfaits. A two ingredient recipe, cranberry sauce and yogurt.

It makes a pretty pink color if you mix it up. It was a great lunch addition to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.


The soup freezing game changer.

I could make a batch of chicken bone broth a week and it still would t be enough for my household. I had been using freezer bags but was loosing one or two bags full a month when thawing them out in the fridge.

The last two batches I made I froze in Ball jars with plastic lids. What a game changer. Getting the soup into the jars was not as messy as trying to get it in the freezer bags. The one going to remember is you do need to make sure they are room temp before putting them in the freezer. Both batches have worked great!

Do you have a favorite way to freeze your homemade broth? -SB

Clean Out Your Fridge Day

Yesterday (November 15) was National Clean Out Your Fridge Day.

This is a great time to make sure all the old condiments and things you may never finish make room for all the yummy holiday food.

Here is a peek inside my fridge. I try to be on top of old condiments and leftovers, but the physical cleaning of the shelves and drawers I try to do one at a time over a week. Mostly because my fridge is never empty. So mine is more “clean out your fridge week”.

Now back to thinking of my Thanksgiving menu. -SB

Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free, Peanut-free, Nightshade-free)

The holidays would not be complete without green bean casserole.  When we first went dairy and gluten free we went many years without this holiday staple.  Then I learned to make a roux and I started making this casserole again without the French Fried Onions.  And then, ALDI started making gluten free french fried onions and holidays dinner was complete!

Personally I like it if the green beans are still a little crunchy so I use fresh beans.  Using can or frozen beans is fine too.  The other ingredient that can be changed around is the onions.  I like using dried chopped onions, the ones you get in the spice isle.  These make me think more of the dried onion soup mix that I used before we started our gallery journey.

I hope this recipe helps make your holidays complete. – SB

Green Bean Casserole

  • Servings: 5 cups+
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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Green Bean Casserole for Thanksgiving 2017
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 2 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 cans french fried onions
  • salt and pepper


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan.
  3. Whisk in rice flour.
  4. Slowly whisk in chicken broth followed by the rice milk.  Whisk until thickened.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  6. In a saute pan heat a few tablespoons of olive oil and add mushrooms and stir occasionally until mushrooms are softened.  Add the garlic to the mushrooms and heat for just one minute more.
  7. In a casserole dish combine green beans, roux, mushrooms, chopped onions, nutritional yeast, a whole can of french fried onions, and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook at 350 for 20 minutes.  Take out casserole and stir.  Top the casserole with some more french fried onions and cook for 10 more minutes.


This can be made a few days ahead of time and reheated for you r holiday dinner.  Enjoy! –