side dish

Gluten Free Romesco Sauce


This adapted recipe came from when last Sunday I got a pedicure at my favorite local salon! I love to read food magazines and this month's Food and Wine magazine was all about food from Spain. I read the magazine cover to cover, so intrigued by every recipe! 

I came across this delicious sauce and wanted to adapt it to be gluten free and to my tastes. I used a few different ingredients and used tortillas instead of bread to thicken the sauce. I am more than thrilled with the results! It is an amazing sauce that tastes so great with everything! I hope that you make it today and enjoy it too! 

Romesco Sauce: 

Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine

3 large dried ancho chilies (stems and seeds removed

1 cup sundried tomatoes (not oil packed, just dried) 

1 heaping cup grape tomatoes

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

6 tortillas cut into triangles

6 large garlic cloves, cut in half

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup hazelnuts

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1. Place the dried chilies and sun dried tomatoes in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over them. Let them soak for 1 hour, drain the liquid off and reserve it. 

2. Put the grape tomatoes in a roasting pan. Turn on your oven to broil. Broil the tomatoes for 5-7 minutes or until they are slightly browned. Set aside to cool. 

3. Heat the olive oil (1/4 cup) until very hot (almost smoking). Add the tortilla pieces and the garlic. Toast them/saute until they are browned all over. Remove the garlic and tortillas from the pan. 

4. Add the nuts to the pan and roast them for 3-4 minutes. Remove the nuts with a slotted spoon and reserve the garlic oil. 

5. Pulse the tortillas, garlic and nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the chiles  & sun dried tomatoes, roasted grape tomatoes & paprika. Process until smooth. 

6. Add in the garlic oil and 2 extra tablespoons of olive oil to the food processor and process. 

7. Spoon the sauce into a medium bowl and season it with plenty of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste to see if the seasoning level is right. 

Use this sauce on top of polenta, as a dip for chips or veggies. It's so good!! 


Gluten Free Lemon Balm and Mint Orzo Salad

Gluten Free Lemon Balm and Mint Orzo Salad

Fresh, light and perfectly summery! A great side salad for grilled main dishes this summer, this orzo salad has it all. It has the delicious texture of orzo, the creaminess of Gruyere cheese and the freshness of mint and lemon balm. I had fun coming up with this recipe and I hope that you enjoy it very soon with out cookout in your backyard. 

It all started when my lovely neighbor brought a package of this amazing gluten free orzo made from corn which has such a pretty yellow color to it. I knew I had to create an amazing salad with that ingredient and came up with this one. Enjoy it today! 

I'll be serving it this week for my customers. 

Gluten Free Lemon Balm and Mint Orzo Salad: 

About 6 small servings

1 1/2 cups gluten free orzo (dry) 

2+ tablespoons olive oil

1 lemon (juice and zest of) 

1 cup+ spinach, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon balm, finely chopped

1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes

1/3 cup sliced black olives

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Boil a large pot of salted water. Cook the orzo in the boiling water according to the package directions. Drain the orzo, let cool for 2-3 minutes and toss with the rest of the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

2. You may serve this salad at room temperature or chilled. You can make it 1 day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. 



Citrus Spinach Salad

citrus spinach salad

Now that spring is officially around the corner I am loving bright colors that I am seeing in the daffodils outside and in the the new spring greenery starting to emerge. I have recently started to experiment with and get more creative with making new and interesting salads. I love this new salad because of all of the bright colors and flavors in it. Each bite provides a bit of tang, crunch and a bit of sweetness from the oranges and pineapple. 

This salad is great to serve with a light curry coconut chicken that I served to my clients last night for dinner and with many other dishes. Yum! I hope that you put together this salad soon and enjoy it! :) I can also see this being a show-stopper at an upcoming Easter or Mother's Day Brunch! 


Citrus Spinach Salad: 

6-8 small servings


1 cup pineapple pieces, thinly sliced

1 cup satsuma oranges, peeled and cut into small pieces

3 cups chopped red cabbage

4 cups chopped spinach (I buy a box of organic baby spinach and cut up the leaves) 

Combine all of the above ingredients in a large bowl, then  pour the dressing on top, toss the salad and add more freshly ground pepper on top. 


1/3 cup sesame oil

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper + more for topping the salad

1/2 teaspoon brown mascobado sugar or honey


Whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Then, dress the salad prior to serving. 

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Mint and Lemon Watermelon Blueberry Salad

mint and lemon watermelon blueberry salad

Ah! I am a fruitaholic for sure! I always am so tempted to buy and pick every piece of fruit I come into contact with- it is all so delicious! So, this past week I gave in to temptation and bought a lot of amazing fruit. However, I feel like it really went to good use in this salad. 

If you love fruit like I do, or are just looking for a yummy side dish for a party, brunch or barbecue this salad is the best! I have a lot of fresh mint growing in my yard as well so I love this use for it. If you want to make some extra mint syrup it would taste so yummy in a sparkling water drink as well! 

Let me know with what meal you plan to use this salad. I am even going to serve it with one of my Josephine Meals- breakfast for dinner- along with some pancake balls and sausages. Yum! 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! 

Mint and Lemon Watermelon Blueberry Salad: 

Adapted from a recipe from: Food Network Magazine

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

3 large sprigs fresh mint

1 lemon- zest & juice

pinch of salt

2 cups blueberries

3 cups watermelon, cubed

Garnish: chopped fresh mint

1. Bring the water and honey or maple syrup to a simmer in a saucepan. After you remove the pan from the heat, add the mint sprigs and let stand for 10 minutes. 

2. Pour the mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl. 

3. Add in the lemon zest and juice and pinch of salt. 

4. Toss the watermelon and blueberries in the lemon zest, juice and mint infused syrup. 

5. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes. 

6. Garnish with fresh chopped mint. 


This makes a great side dish for a barbecue or a great accompaniment to breakfast.