Category: Dinner

Gluten Free Fried Chicken Tenders | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Gluten Free Fried Chicken Tenders Gluten free fried chicken!  Yum.  Who doesn’t love crispy chicken tenders? It’s one of our favorite comfort foods.   And this is such an easy recipe to prep and fry them up in a pan.   Crispy, delicious and probably a little healthier than what we used to eat. The trick is to brine the tenders in water and seasoned salt, then fry them in a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil.  Super simple.   You can use a GF all purpose flour like Bob’s Red Mill bean flour blend, but we really love the certified GF oat flour.  It has a nice, thick texture when fried. I usually take 2-3 boneless chicken breasts and cut them lengthwise into...

Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Healthified Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers We love to “healthify” quintessentially comfort food dishes.   And these turkey meatloaf stuffed peppers are so delicious, especially when you use a tasty BBQ sauce to top it off!   We like Rib Rack BBQ Sauce because it’s gluten free and contains only a few clean ingredients.   To make the filling we add in grated yellow squash and ground oats.  Plus a little gluten free non-GMO coconut aminos for flavor. This recipe is an adaptation of the meatloaf recipe from Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s cookbook, Deliciously G-Free.   But we stuff the meatloaf mixture into halved bell peppers and modify some of the ingredients: like using oats instead of cornmeal and coconut aminos instead of GF soy sauce Ground oats are...

The Perfect Pot Roast | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Time to Make the Perfect Pot Roast! You know I love meat and potatoes. Beef stew, chicken stew and the perfect pot roast! Cooked in wine and broth with carrots and potatoes.  Served with homemade gravy and mashies. Just yum! I’ve done it in the slow cooker many times, but it is so much better cooked in a Dutch oven if you’ve got the time. Because searing it is magical. Especially because the onions (and maybe a splash of wine) are used to deglaze all the fabulous brown bits at the bottom of the Dutch oven to give you a lot of deep flavor. Add in your choice of red wine (you could probably use white wine, too – I’ve just never done it because...

King Ranch Chicken Casserole | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

King Ranch Chicken Casserole We love King Ranch Chicken Casserole!   I used to make the Homesick Texan’s recipe all the time before I had to give up gluten and then eventually casein/dairy. It’s fancy and takes a little more work (because you make the sauce instead of using cream of mushroom soup). Well actually a lot of work and a lot of dishes are going to get dirty, but it is sooooo totally worth it. Now that I’ve tried a bunch of casein/dairy-free products and I’m getting a little braver experimenting in the kitchen with them.   We just had to try a gluten-free, dairy/casein-free version of the fancy king ranch chicken casserole. And it was SO GOOD!  We were in food heaven.   Leftovers...

homemade Asian fried rice with peas, water chestnut, eggs, mushroom, broccoli

Asian Fried Rice | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Hello Meatless Monday! So Asian Fried Rice? It’s been done before. Why blog it again?  I’m sharing this recipe because Asian fried rice recipes have been a challenge for me.   And trust me that I’ve tried to make ‘Chinese Fried Rice’ with old cooked rice and cold rice – all the ways they’ve said to make fried rice – but it just never works for me. I get mush, especially with Basmati rice. I need something just a little bit easier. So I adapted the method I use to make other rice dishes like Mexican rice, restaurant style Tex-Mex rice and my mom’s decadent and sweet carrot rice.   The steps to make the Asian fried rice are pretty easy: The Basmati rice is actually fried in oil first until...

Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

It’s Gumbo Time! There are lots of different gumbos in this world and every one of them is special with its own unique story. My favorite is chicken andouille sausage gumbo! The roux is what gumbos have in common. A roux is made with almost any type of fat and flour in equal parts – some cooked to a light blond, medium peanut butter brown or dark chocolate. I use a light blond roux to make gravy and to start off my goat cheese Alfredo sauce, too.  We also use a version of it for making the sauce for white chicken enchilada casserole.   For this chicken andouille sausage gumbo we are making a dark brown roux. So the first time I fell in love with...

Italian Veggie Popover Pizza | Gluten-Free

All the Veggies! We’re having a Veggie Potluck Party today to celebrate the release of The Casual Veggie Cookbook (no longer available for purchase)! And I’m bringing an Italian Veggie Popover Pizza.  It’s a casserole dish that tastes like a veggie pizza! Perfect for Meatless Monday dinners and a great way to use up some extra veggies. I found the original version of this recipe in the Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Fresh Cookbook.   But of course, I made a few adjustments to make it gluten free (with an all-purpose gluten free flour) and used veggies I like better and usually have around. It’s pretty flexible and super easy! Lay all the veggies on a sheet pan and roast them in the oven with a...

Mango Chutney Chicken Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Mango Salads I love when mangos come into season.   I especially love it in a salad with lots of other goodies like in my mango, black beans and wile rice salad or the asparagus mango spring salad .   So good! I found this recipe for mango chutney chicken salad from Martha Stewart and just had to convert it to a gluten-free and dairy-free version.   And wow, this mango chutney chicken salad is so flavorful and packed with all types of nutritional goodies: cultured probiotics (a dairy-free, gluten-free yogurt) good spices like turmeric and cayenne vitamins and minerals from the mango fresh spinach for our leafy greens seeds and nuts There are so many layers of flavor, especially from the mango chutney. And even...

Spiced Roasted Chicken | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Spiced roasted chicken is such an easy, tasty dinner dish and it takes very minimal prep.   Doesn’t that look delish?   The red color comes from the Persian spice sumac. There are so many different ways to season chicken and I’m going to share a couple of my absolute favorite spice blends with you. Spices > Processed Foods The health benefits of spices are well-known and ancient (make sure they are gluten-free and preferably organic). And using them to flavor food is so much better than just covering the chicken with processed cheese or canned soup that has very little nutritional value. There is a cleaner way to make a yummy casserole, too.  If I want a creamy base for a casserole or dish, I’ll...

gluten-free eggplant chicken parmesan

Eggplant Chicken Parmesan | Gluten-Free

Make one of your favorite comfort foods, like Chicken Parmesan, a little healthier by adding eggplant.  More veggies always make it better for you!  Plus it add a really nice texture and flavor. We love fried comfort foods around here.  And this eggplant chicken parmesan shows up on the menu often! As do many other gluten-free fried foods.  Since I could start eating goat’s milk again we’ve been frying up all sorts of stuff.   Like fried goat cheese mozzarella sticks, and we used goat’s milk yogurt to make chicken fried steak.  And I just love fried chicken tenders in a healthified fried chicken salad! Eggplant Chicken Parmesan So for this eggplant chicken parmesan recipe, the chicken will be coated with a gluten-free rice cereal...