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Friday Feast: Kouzzina Breakfast Revisited

A few months ago, B and I had our first breakfast at Kouzzina.  I became instantly obsessed.  This is by far the BEST breakfast on Walt Disney World property and totally worth the trip over to the Boardwalk Resort.

Since our first visit, I found out that I have a severe sensitivity to eggs.  I was crushed to find out that I couldn’t have either of my 2 favorite dishes.

Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs & Arugula Salad

Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs & Arugula Salad

Spinach, Tomato & Feta Scramble with Sweet Potato Hash & Bacon

Spinach, Tomato & Feta Scramble with Sweet Potato Hash & Bacon

I had recently reached out to Sarah over at Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free in WDW (a GREAT resource if you have food allergies!) to see if she had any suggestions for breakfast items in WDW.  I’ve also cut gluten out of my diet so that was an added challenge.  Sarah told me about these allergen-free Mickey waffles that are available at most restaurants and I got really excited!

So off to Kouzzina we went.  I told our server that I had a few food allergies and he got the chef right away.  I absolutely LOVE how accommodating Disney is with this.  The chef will always come to the table and discuss the menu with you and recommend what you can and can’t eat.  I asked him about the waffles and he said he could definitely make those for me.  They would come prepared as the regular waffles on the menu with marscapone cheese, pecans and honey…YUM!  I asked for all of this on the side as it sounded a bit sweet for me, but I wanted to try it anyway.   He also confirmed that my favorite sweet potato hash would be a safe option for me, along with the chicken sausage.  I also got a side of banana and blueberries.  Look at this feast!!

Allergen Free Waffles & Chicken Sausage

Allergen Free Waffles & Chicken Sausage

Sweet Potato Hash & Fruit

Sweet Potato Hash & Fruit

I have to admit that I was skeptical about how the waffles would taste, but they were DELICIOUS!  I think I might actually like them better than regular waffles.  I’m glad I got all of the condiments on the side so I could use as little or as much as I wanted.  The hash was fantastic as usual and I would recommend getting this on your next visit no matter what.

I was so excited about this meal that I did a little happy food dance of joy  🙂  Kouzzina still tops my list for best breakfast on property and it’s a great spot if you are dealing with various food allergies.  Now if they could just work on the service!

Have you had the allergen-free waffles in WDW?   

CSA Saturday: Week 11

Well I don’t have much to report this week in terms on recipes.  I made a lot of repeats.  Arugula, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Corn & Tomato Salad (I added feta this time), and the broccoli was boringly steamed as a side to a pinto bean, corn and tomato medley.

Moving on to this week’s basket, I got some fun new things and some old favorites!

Blueberries, Tomatoes, Kohlrabi, Beets, Pickling Cucumbers, Asian Eggplant, Green Leaf Lettuce & Peaches

So excited for the blueberries and peaches for my fruit this week!  As usual, those will disappear by the end of the weekend because we have no self control when it comes to fresh fruit.  Since I love roasted beets so much I will most likely just do that again and make a salad with the lettuce.  The kohlrabi will probably make its way into a slaw again, since I loved that so much.  And Barry will once again eat the cukes since I can’t.

I’m sure the tomatoes will make their way into numerous dishes, but one of my favorites is to combine them with the Asian eggplants.  Last year I used both to make Lidia’s Slow-Cooked Summer Tomato and Eggplant Sauce and it was the best sauce I’ve ever had.  Try this and you won’t be sorry!

I’m loving the variety in my basket this week and I can’t wait to dive in!  What would you make with this basket?

 

CSA Saturday: Week 9

I have to admit that I was less than inspired by last week’s basket.  Because of my allergies, I couldn’t eat half of what I received and I was just not feeling cooking this week.  This happens to me every now and then where I am completely disinterested in cooking.  It’s a sad week around here when this happens, especially for Barry, but I deserve a break every now and then, right?!  I did make one of my very favorite, simple dinners…grilled chicken (with my super secret spice rub), local tomatoes and goat cheese.  Plain, simple and pure delicious.

This week’s basket is great!  We’re getting out of the greens and into a fun variety of summer goodness 🙂  It’s also a perfect mix of things to add to the Mediterranean menu I’m making today for Barry’s family.

Nectarines, Lacinato Kale, Frying Peppers, Red Potatoes, Pickling Cucumbers, Cucumber, Blueberries, Tomato, Onion & Dill

Let’s start with this dill.  This is the largest bunch of dill I’ve ever seen!  If I hold it straight, it comes up to my waist!  I’ve already made some tzatziki with the dill and the cucumber (even though I can’t eat it 🙁 ) and I’ve added it to an eggplant caponata I made and some herb crusted grilled chicken legs.

Eggplant Caponata
It looks kind of gross in this photo, but it’s tasty!

I bought some extra potatoes and I’ll be simply roasting those, and dreaming of how I wish I could dip them in tzatziki.  For a salad, I’ll be making a tomato, pepper and feta salad…yum!  Later this week, I think I’m going to pick up some chicken sausages and make a nice sausage and peppers.

And last for today’s menu is a simple almond cake that I made.  This will go perfect with those fresh blueberries.

Almond Cake

Yay for yummy food!  What would you make with this basket?

 

Friday Feast: Banana “Ice Cream”

I recently found this recipe on Pinterest for Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream and I was instantly intrigued.

Basically this recipe isn’t ice cream at all, but it is just as good!  All you do is take frozen bananas and whip them up in a food processer for about 5 minutes.  Voila…soft serve ice cream!

Now mine didn’t come out looking like the photo above, but it was still delicious and creamy.  Oh and the best part…it’s fat free, cholesterol free, and has no added sugar!  It is the perfect cold dessert to cure that summer ice cream craving completely guilt free!  Quick tip: peel the bananas and put them in a freezer bag before freezing.  They are difficult to peel once frozen.

So after making it with just bananas, I wanted to plus it up a bit, so I added some frozen peaches.  Super YUM!  It added a little additional tartness that I loved.  This is my new favorite.  Next up, I’m going to try blueberries, then maybe mangos!

Banana Peach “Ice Cream” in the Processor

Looks just like soft serve!

Yes, I know you are thinking that this is too good to be true, but it’s not.  So instead of throwing out those overripe bananas, pop them in the freezer and in a few hours you’ll have this great treat!  You can thank me later 🙂

What else would you add to this “ice cream”? 

CSA Saturday: Week 7

I must have hit the CSA jackpot this week!  Single shares are only supposed to have five items per week but I got 8.  Plus, it was a fruit week, so I received 2 pints of blueberries!

Green Leaf Lettuce, Pickling Cucumbers, Pattypan Squash, Fava Beans, Bok Choy, Beet Greens, Corn, Carrots & Blueberries

Once again, the cucumbers and squash are wasted on me, but I will find them a good home.  I found an interesting recipe for the bok choy that I think I might try, Hot-and-Sour Peanutty Noodles with Bok Choy.  I love noodles with peanut sauce, so hopefully this is a winner.

The fava beans were a bonus this week.  As I was putting all of my items in my bag, a woman who works at the farm asked if I would like some fava beans…don’t mind if I do!  Since I received corn this week, I was thinking of combining that with the fava beans to make a succotash.  YUM!  I only received one ear of corn with my single share, so I picked up 5 more before leaving. 🙂

I still have a few white carrots left from last week, so I will probably roast those up with the carrots from this week.  I’m interested to taste them side by side to see the difference.  Then there are the beet greens…I have so many beet greens!  I still have all of the greens saved from the beets I received in the past two weeks.  I think I’m just going to throw them in my smoothies.

And last but certainly not least, the blueberries.  They are plump and oh so sweet.  We ate half a pint as soon as I got home with the basket.  They are just so good to snack on.  I wanted to make blueberry pancakes this morning, but we don’t have some ingredients.  Oh well, more snacks for me!

Speaking of blueberries, the blueberries in my yard have begun to rippen and we picked our first bowl this week.  They were a little tart, but still very tasty.  Some of my sun gold tomatoes were also ready for picking.  These are by far my favorite tomato…they are so sweet and delicious!  I simply added them to a tomato mozzarella salad.

Blueberries and Sun Gold Tomatoes from MY Garden!

This week has been full of fantastic meals from my CSA baskets.  If you missed it, check out the Fish Tacos I made this week.  The CSA is such a great way to eat healthy foods and also support your local farms..I hope you will seek out a program in your area.