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Gluten Free Crunchy Chicken Bites

Crunch to the crunch, baby.

 

I love a good crunch to my chicken “nuggets”.  It’s something I had to give up over the summer when I started on my anti-inflammatory diet.    Well, in the last 2 months I’ve been allowed to slowly add new foods back into my diet, one at a time.  And while nuts are allowed, they just weren’t giving me the classic crunch I was looking for.

Crunchy Chicken Bites

So I cheated.

 

Actually, not TOTALLY.  As of this week, I am officially allowed to test out foods of my choosing.  But instead of picking a one-ingredient food, I chose to test out Rice Chex.

 

I know, I’m a cheater.  But oh, I SO enjoyed it!  I made me some CRUNCHY chicken, baby!  Dipped the chicken pieces in some gluten free flour, then in some egg, and then in the finely crushed Rice Chex pieces.  Fried those puppies up and enjoyed them thoroughly.  This is most definitely a “sometimes” food, as Cookie Monster says.  But man oh man, I’ll definitely enjoy it when sometimes comes!

 

Gluten Free Crunchy Chicken Bites

Ingredients

  • 1lb Chicken breast (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used buckwheat)
  • 1 cup Rice Chex (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Coconut or Olive oil (for cooking)

Directions

Step 1
Get out 3 separate bowls. In the first, mix the flour and seasonings. In the second, beat the egg. In the third, add the crushed Rice Chex.
Step 2
Heat olive oil or coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
Step 3
Dip chicken pieces first in flour mixture, and then in egg mixture, and finally in the Rice Chex. Add to the hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through. It'll be crispy and delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steak and Potato Stew – Frugal Friday

I know, I know.

Steak and Potato Stew sounds suspiciously a lot like Beef Stew – and technically, it probably is pretty close to the same thing.  I don’t know, because I’ve never read a recipe for beef stew.

I’ve been making a lot of soups, stews, and one-pot dishes lately, simply to make the meat stretch.  Because, have you SEEN the prices of meat lately?  Yeah, me too.  It’s especially fun over here, because I’ve been required by my doctor to eat protein at every meal.  And he specifically told me that it means MEAT and BEANS.  Nuts don’t even count!  Flaxseed doesn’t even count!  So, you know, I’m eating a lot of meat and beans.

At least beans are still pretty cheap, right?

Anyway, that is where this stew idea came from.  I had no clue what to cook for dinner but I knew we were low on meat and it needed to be stretched.  Here’s how it came together:

This gluten free Steak and Potato Stew is awesome!

I ain’t lying, this is good.

You could do this in a crockpot and really let that meat get tender, but I didn’t have a ton of time, and so I simply coated the meat in some cornstarch and coconut flour and then seared it in some olive oil over high heat to hold those juices in and to brown the meat quickly.  Then I let it simmer for a little bit in the stew.  The pieces were cut small so they cooked quickly.

 

The creamy Dijon mustard is optional.  I personally love the extra flavor it provided.

 

Steak and Potato Stew

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 quart chickensStock ((preferably homemade))
  • 2 Medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 Medium carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 cup almond milk ((or regular milk if you can have it))
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2lb steak (diced thin)
  • 1 garlic cloved (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon creamy Dijon mustard ((optional))

Directions

Step 1
In a large saucepan, heat the chicken stock over medium heat. Add the potatoes and carrots right away, and allow it to come to a boil.
Step 2
Reduce heat to medium-low, allow the potatoes and carrots to simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender.
Step 3
In the meantime, slice and dice your steak nice and little. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a shallow dish combine the cornstarch and coconut flour, add the steak and coat evenly.
Step 4
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the minced garlic. Immediately follow with the steak. Only add enough steak to cover the pan in one layer. Brown on both sides at the high heat, about 2-3 minutes total. Remove the steak from the pan. Repeat with remaining steak if needed.
Step 5
Add the almond milk to the skillet and stir with a whisk, making sure to scrape up the little bits of meat on the bottom. The mixture should thicken. If you want it thicker, you can add some of the leftover cornstarch/coconut flour mix to the skillet and thicken it further.
Step 6
Once the potatoes and carrots are tender, add the meat and the almond milk mixture to the saucepan, as well as the onion powder. Add in the mustard, if using, and stir it in. Season the broth to taste with more salt and pepper, if desired. Optionally, you can also season with oregano or dill.
Step 7
Simmer for a few minutes more until the stew is thick and hot. Serve with crackers if you'd like. Enjoying it is mandatory!

 

*Linked at Gluten Free Wednesday!

 

Gluten Free Quinoa-Crusted Chicken

This is a quinoa-crusted chicken that is perfect for those that are gluten, dairy, peanut, or sugar free.

I discovered this recipe over at The Baking Beauties, and I adapted it for my own needs, since there are a few ingredients in the original recipe that I have to avoid.  I’ll share my adapted recipe below.

 Quinoa-Crusted Chicken - Delicious!

SO good, seriously!  When my 7-year old heard the word “quinoa”, he told me twice, “don’t forget Mom, that I don’t like quinoa!!”  ha ha….but he ate it right up, along with the rest of the family.

I have since had a negative reaction to eggs, and so the next time I make it I’ll probably omit the egg, but I’ve left it in this recipe for now.  I’m making a big freezer batch of this chicken tonight!!

This was lovely served with brown rice and fresh fruit on the side.

*To get the recipe for the Mango-Chili Sauce you see on top, GO HERE.

Quinoa Crusted Chicken - Amazing!

*Linked at Gluten Free Wednesdays

 

Mango-Crusted Chicken

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable
Website The Baking Beauties
Quinoa Crusted Chicken - Gluten, Dairy, Peanut, Soy, and Sugar free.

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions

Step 1
Put cooked and cooled quinoa in a large shallow dish. Add paprika, cumin, and 1/2 tsp sea salt, gently combine.
Step 2
In another shallow dish, combine the brown rice flour with the pepper and 1/4 tsp sea salt.
Step 3
In a 3rd dish, whisk together the egg and water.
Step 4
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 5
Line up the chicken, flour mixture, egg mixture, and quinoa mixture on your counter (in that order).
Step 6
Dip the chicken strips first into the flour mixture, and then into the egg mixture, and finally into the quinoa mixture. Press the quinoa onto the chicken.
Step 7
Lay the strips of chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until completely done (length of cooking time will depend on how thick the strips have been cut).
Step 8
If freezing, transfer the strips to the freezer and flash freeze. Transfer strips to a freezer bag, and label. To reheat, take as many as you'd like and pop into the microwave until hot, or bake in a 400 degree F oven for 5-10 minutes, until heated through.

 

 

Quinoa, Lettuce and Bacon Salad – AIP

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Anti Inflammatory Diet – An eating plan designed to reduce chronic inflammation, a key factor in a host of health problems and several major diseases.  (See more info HERE)

 

Here is another recipe that is safe for anti-inflammatory purposes. It is free of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, sugar, and peanuts, some of the most common food allergens.

To Make:

Cook up a batch of Quinoa.

IMG_20140711_125413While that is cooking, drain a can of chickpeas and pan-roast them a bit. Add some uncured turkey bacon (I get mine at Costco) near the end and heat it up.

When the quinoa is ready, add the chickpeas and turkey bacon.  Add some torn lettuce and some olive oil with lemon juice (I use this Lemon Dill Dressing).  Stir to combine and enjoy!

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Quinoa Lettuce and Bacon Salad

Serves 4
Cook time 25 minutes
Allergy Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanuts, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nuts, Wheat
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Salad
Enjoy this salad as a full meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning of your choice ((Italian, salt and pepper, etc))
  • 2 thin slices uncured turkey bacon
  • 1 handful green leaf lettuce (torn)
  • 1-2 tablespoon Lemon Dill Dressing ((See link above))

Directions

Step 1
Cook the quinoa according to package directions. You will use 2 cups cooked for this recipe.
Step 2
While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the can of drained chickpeas and seasoning; heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
Step 3
Chop the turkey bacon into bite-sized pieces and add to the skillet; cook for 3-5 more minutes.
Step 4
In a serving bowl, combine the quinoa and chickpea/bacon mix. Add the torn lettuce and gently toss.
Step 5
Drizzle the Lemon Dill dressing (or you can simply use a bit of olive oil and lemon juice), toss gently into the salad.
Step 6
Enjoy!

 

Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa – Anti Inflammatory (Allergen Free)

This Anti-Inflammatory Diet I’ve been on (as part of a treatment plan my doctor put together for me) has forced me to think outside the box when it comes to meals….which, if I’m honest, is probably a good thing!

What is the anti-inflammatory diet?  It’s basically a diet designed to cut any foods that are known to cause inflammation out.  My diet has been personalized based on my test results and right now I am NOT allowed to eat any of the following foods, or any foods with these ingredients in them:

  • Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, margarine, shortening)

  • Eggs

  • Gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley)

  • Tomatoes

  • Dehydrated Fruit

  • Rice, corn, potatoes (white, red, yellow) – this is to help me with my blood sugar level, as I was found to have pre-diabetes.

  • alcohol

  • Coffee, black tea, and soda

  • Fruit juices

  • Iodized (table) salt

  • Sugar and natural and artificial sweeteners – no sweeteners of ANY kind are allowed

  • Soy products

  • Peanuts

  • Beef, pork, shellfish, cold cuts, bacon, hot dogs, canned meat, sausage

So…today I ate a saSalmon and Salad with Mango-Avocado "Salsa" - AIPlad (like every other day, ha ha), but decided I wanted to try something new with the salmon.

 

 

SO very easy, fast, and I loved it!  Gluten, dairy, soy, peanut, egg, sugar free!

Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa

 4-oz salmon fillet, de-boned
1 tsp coconut oil
pinch of oregano
1/4 avocado
1/4 mango
pinch of sea salt

In a skillet over medium heat, heat up the coconut oil and add the salmon.  Sprinkle with the oregano, and cover with a tight-fitting lid.  Cook until flaky, about 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, dice up the avocado and mango.  Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.  Plate the salmon and put the mango-avocado “salsa” over the top.  Serve with a salad on the side.

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Linked at Gluten Free Wednesdays

Gluten Free Brazilian Cheese Rolls

Oh my gosh.  Yes, it’s true.  GLUTEN FREE BRAZILIAN CHEESE ROLLS.

Gluten Free Brazilian Cheese Rolls - Better on a Budget

I LOVE these things, and holy cow, I’m glad I discovered them.  I actually had never had one BEFORE going gluten free, so I couldn’t tell you exactly how they compare, but I can tell you that compared to the store bought gf cheese rolls, they are wonderful.  And they don’t cost $10 for a dozen.  Score! :D

I wish I was exaggerating when I say that I ate an entire batch in 2 days, I really do.  But alas, it’s the truth.  I don’t make these often simply for the fact that I cannot stop eating them.

Get the recipe HERE at Gluten Free Yummy!

Gluten Free Brazilian Cheese Rolls - So Good!!  Better on a Budget*Linked at Gluten Free Wednesday!

Gluten Free Indian Fry Bread (for Navajo Tacos)

I remember going to local carnivals and smelling the delicious fry bread to go with Navajo tacos as a kid…and as an adult.  When I was younger, I never ate them because “we weren’t there to spend money”, and so you can bet the first time I was in charge of my own cash flow, I bought a Navajo Taco at the carnival.

Then, dang it, I discovered my inability to correctly process gluten, and I haven’t had one since….until tonight.

See, we took our kiddos to the local carnival (actually I dropped them off with my hubby and went home to be sick, lol) and all those delicious memories came back to me.  When the kids requested tacos for dinner, I had one thought:  No problem, as long as I can make them Navajo Tacos.

I discovered a good-looking recipe on Pinterest, and after making a few adjustments to match what ingredients I had on hand, this lovely new meal was born.

Gluten Free Navajo TacosThe husband and kids (who are not gluten free) all said that it tasted like regular fry bread!  Success. :)  *note – these are best when fresh from the pan!

Indian Fry Bread (for Navajo Tacos)
(Adapted from Successfully Gluten Free)

1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup potato starch
3 tsp baking powde
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp ground flax seed
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup + 1 Tbsp milk
Oil for frying

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the milk and mix well.  The dough will be sticky; gluten free dough tends to be.  Heat oil (an inch or so) in a skillet over medium heat.  When it’s hot, oil your fingers a bit to keep the dough from sticking and grab a bit of dough.  Flatten it out into a disk about 1/2 inch thick and lay it gently in the hot oil.  Heat until golden brown, then flip and do the same for the other side.  It takes about a minute per side.  Enjoy as the base for a Navajo Taco, or as a scone with honey butter and powdered sugar on top.  Yum!

Gluten Free Indian Fry Bread - YUM!

This recipe has been shared on Gluten Free Wednesdays.

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

When I first learned I had to give up gluten, I was pretty sure that meant I would also have to give up one of my favorite comfort foods:  chicken and dumplings.  For the first 2 years, I lived by that belief, and then a few months ago I came across a recipe for a gluten free version.

I didn’t have all the ingredients listed in the recipe, but the thought of dumplings had already entered my heart, and I couldn’t let it go!  I adjusted it and was pleased with the results.  It’s SO awesome being able to eat Chicken and Dumplings again!  It’s not the prettiest meal presentation-wise, but it sure tastes good!

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Chicken and Dumplings (adapted from Tulsa Gluten Free):

6 cups water with 2 tsp chicken bouillon, or 6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 lbs chicken, cubed
3/4 cup brown rice flour (I grind my own using the WonderMill Grain Mill)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup milk + 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp dill, optional

Put the water and bouillon or broth in a large pot and add chicken (add more or less bouillon depending on your taste preference).  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, and boil until the chicken is cooked through.  While it is boiling, mix together the brown rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, baking powder, and salt.  Cut in the butter and add the 1/2 cup milk, mixing well.

When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and put in a bowl.  Grab the dumpling dough.  Break off small chunks and add to the pan of boiling broth.  Stir gently after adding the dumplings, and continue to stir occasionally while the dumplings cook, about 8 minutes.  Add the chicken back to the pot, along with the milk.  Add the dill if desired, and turn the heat down to low.  Simmer for 5 minutes, and then serve.  It’s delicious with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top!

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1 Hour Freezer Cooking Session

I’ve decided that instead of doing one all-day massive freezer cooking section, I’ll break it down into an hour at a time.  While I love the idea of an all day marathon, it just isn’t realistic for me right now.

Whadya think:  If I do one of these each week over the summer, I should have a good amount of meals/snacks ready when school and work starts again, right?  Unless, of course, we eat all the delicious, convenient meals along the way! :)

This week’s freezer cooking session will consist of 3 different recipes, and will make 4 meals for our family, as well as a nice batch of snacks:

IMG_2594.1No-bake energy bites from Smashed Peas and Carrots are one of my favorite snacks.  Honestly, I’ve even eaten two of them for lunch when rushed and called it good.  They are a great pick-me-up when that afternoon slump hits.

honeylimeThis Honey Lime Chicken from Happy Money Saver is a new one to me.  It sounds and sounds good, so why not?  And if the kids don’t like it, more for me. :)

P6090066I’ll also be making a couple batches of ground taco meat using ground beef and homemade taco seasoning.  

Do you do freezer cooking?  If so, what are your favorites?  I’m excited to try new recipes each and every week, and hope you will too!

Lemon Dill Dressing

Lemon Dill DressingOver the last couple of months, I’ve had a recurrence of some health issues I’d had back when I ate gluten.  I’m not eating gluten, and doctors haven’t been able to find anything, so I’m once again looking at my diet to see if I can heal myself.  I read The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days
, and decided to follow it.  The idea behind the Virgin Diet is to eliminate the 7 foods that are most likely to not be tolerated well.  They include gluten (which I’ve already given up), dairy, soy, corn, sugar, eggs, and peanuts.

So far, it’s going well.  I’ve lost 3 lbs in the last 8 days, but more importantly, my bloating is lessening, as well as the stomach cramps.  I’m still struggling with other symptoms, such as joint pain, depression, and mega fatigue, but I’m hoping that they’ll improve with time!

I’ve been eating a LOT of salad.  But I can’t have ranch (mayo, which has eggs and dairy) or most other dressings (sugar, corn)…so I made my own, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s really been love at first taste, and I’m SO grateful for that!  It’s made my eating much easier.  It’s super easy to make…just add the ingredients and shake!

To start with, I combined lemon juice and salt.  I prefer to shake those together first before adding the oil because I heard it would help the salt dissolve and incorporate better.  Who knows if it works, but it’s what I do.  Then I added some dill, pepper, and olive oil.  I shake it up real good immediately before spooning onto the salad.

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That’s a salad, baby!

Lemon Dill Dressing

2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt (I used plain ole table salt)
1 tsp dill
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Combine the lemon juice and salt in a jar, shake well.  Add the remaining ingredients and shake well.  Shake well before serving each time.