Nut-Free & Dairy-Free (but not Taste-Free) Pesto

Nut-Free & Dairy-Free (but not Taste-Free) Pesto
Recipe type: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
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  • 4 c. basil, stems removed
  • ¼ c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin butter (heaping)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tps lemon pepper
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  1. Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor & blend well.
  2. If you need to thin out the sauce, add more extra virgin olive oil.
  3. To really make this an allergen-free dish, serve over cooked rice pasta.

Photo Courtesy of Yannic Meyer

Steak Marinade

Submitted by Wally


Up to 3 lbs favorite cuts of beef ¼ c. bourbon, whiskey, or rye
¼ c. Teriyaki sauce 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ tsp Kosher salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp granulated garlic (or 2 fresh cloves, finely minced)
1 tsp lemon pepper


  1. Place meat in a zip lock bag & pour all other ingredients on top. Seal the bag & remove as much air as you can.
  2. Shake until thoroughly mixed & place bag on a plate or in a bowl (in case the bag leaks) for a minimum of 4 hours, turning the bag approximately every hour.
  3. Remove steaks & cook on a grill to desired doneness.

Cajun Blackened Catfish

Submitted by randilicious


2 tsp cayenne pepper 2 tsp lemon pepper
2 tsp garlic powder (or fresh) 1 lb catfish fillets
½ c. Italian salad dressing 2 tbsp butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
  2. In a shallow, medium bowl, mix cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, & garlic powder.
  3. Brush both sides of catfish fillets with butter. Rub fillets with the pepper mixture on both sides.
  4. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until really hot. Add fillets, & fry approximately 2 minutes on each side until slightly blackened.
  5. Arrange blackened fillets in a single layer in the prepared baking dish, & coat with Italian dressing. Bake 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven, until fish is easily flaked with a fork.
  6. Serve over freshly steamed rice & lightly sauteed vegetables on the side.