Monday, July 23, 2012

One Dish Wonder

I had a menu all planned out for this week then I found this post on Pinterest and couldn't resist!  I'm a sucker for one dish meals.

The basic recipe is this:
4-6 raw chicken breasts, new potatoes, green beans (fresh or canned-really any green veggie would work. Broccoli is good, too). Arrange in 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 

Here is How I Changed it:
3 Chicken breasts
2 cups frozen green beans
3/4 cup carrots
3 red potatoes
1 stick of butter - melted
1/2 packet of Italian
1 tbsp chopped onion
salt & pepper
season salt
garlic powder

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut up veggies if needed.  Spray 9x13 dish with cooking spray.  Place green beens and carrots on one side, chicken in the middle and potatoes on the other side.  Top chicken with italian seasoning.  Top green beans / carrots with salt and pepper, garlic powder and half the onion.  Top potatoes with salt and pepper, season salt and remaining onion.  Pour melted butter over all items.  Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

HOLY COW is this tasty and OH so simple!  You could add any veggies you want.  The flavor is great and the chicken comes out moist and the veggies come out just soft enough.

This will be added to our regular routine.  It is customizable to you pantry and family needs.  This would also be a great meal to take to someone who is sick or just home with a new baby.  One dish full of meat and veggies!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gluten Free Menu July 23


The hubby is at camp this week with 60 middle school kids so I'm home with the twins and the toddler.  Not sure who has the harder job :)  I have the grandma's coming to help so I can work which means I need to have dinners planned to make life easier.  One less thing to worry about!

MONDAY - Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff - use GF cream of soup and GF noodles to make safe
TUESDAY - Spiral ham from grocery store
WEDNESDAY - Pork Chops
THURSDAY - Eat out at work event
FRIDAY - Shepherds Pie
SATURDAY - Chicken Chili 
SUNDAY- Breakfast for dinner

SIDES - veggies, baked potatoes and mac-n-cheese

LUNCHES - Leftovers and chicken salad

Monday, July 16, 2012

My Gluten Free Week

We started the week with dinner at my hubby's boss house.  They did a great job of making a Gluten Free meal for us.  I brought Cheesecake for dessert.  It was a big hit.
I have just about finalized my black bean sweet potato burger recipe.  When I get it right I'll share it.  Here is my latest attempt topped with avocado ranch.

We just had a Five Guys open in our town!  So excited!!! Amazing burgers and GF Fries.  Just order it without the bun.  The fries are the only fried item on the menu so no cross contamination issues.

Friday night was pizza night.  I went with Bella Monica pizza that I topped with GF Turkey pepperoni and more cheese.

I also received a box full of Bloomfield Farms Gluten Free flour that I ordered.  It is my favorite GF mix.  I have written reviews on a number of their products.

My craft for the week was to make a GF flour container.  I got the 5 lb OXO plastic container from TJ Maxx then used my cricut to make vinyl letters for it.  I love how it turned out!  Makes me feel normal to scoop my GF flour out of a canister instead of a box or bag.

I have a large box of fresh blueberries we bought from a local you-pick farm.  Any blueberry recipe suggestions?

Blog Love:
Spoonful at A Time tried one of my recipes.  Read about it here.
Gluten Free Homemaker - GF Wednesdays featuring zucchini

Freezer Meals are big right now and I LOVE how much easier my life is with them.  My first post on them was super popular due to the Pinterest love!  Here is my second Freezer Meal post.  If I can make freezer meals during nap time you can do it in your buy life too!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Freezer Meals - Take two

Having Gluten Free Freezer Meals in the house is a life saver for this busy mom!  With three little ones crawling and running around trying to make dinner is a challenge.  Having dinner in a bag that you throw in the slow cooker makes life so much easier.

Some of our friends just welcomed a baby boy so I decided the best gift I could give them would be freezer meals!  I hit Aldi's to grab everything I needed.  During nap time I got everything ready.  I spent $35 at Aldi's and 1 hour of chopping and assembling to make 5 meals!  Super easy!

The shopping list:
1 bag frozen chicken
1 package of pork chops
1 italian sausage
1 bag of onions
1 bag baby carrots
2 zucchini
2 green peppers
3 multi-colored peppers
3 cloves of garlic
1 sweet potato
1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomato
1 can pineapple
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomatos and peppers
1 jar salsa
box of freezer gallon size bags

Kitchen Staples:
GF BBQ sauce
Brown Sugar
Salt/ pepper
GF soy sauce
GF teriyaki sauce
Italian seasoning
Orange juice
Cream Cheese for Chicken Chili when served

Step one - chop up veggies
Step two - label bags with cooking instructions
Step three - assemble meals in bags
Step four - freeze the meals


Sausage and Peppers
Sliced sausage
3 handfuls of peppers
2 handfuls of onion
1 handful of zucchini
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1 can diced tomatos with juice
1 can tomato sauce
1 clove garlic

COOK - 4 hours on low.  Serve with pasta.  This meal could also be cooked in a skillet for 30 minutes.

BBQ Pork Chops
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 handful carrots
1 handful peppers
1 handful onion
1 sweet potato
1 tbsp brown sugar
4 pork chops

Cook - 4 hours on low.  Serve with rice.

Teriyaki Chicken
1 can pineapple with juice
1 handful carrots
1 handful onions
1 handful peppers
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp GF soy sauce
3 tbsp GF teriyaki sauce
4 chicken breasts

Cook - 4 hours on low. Serve with rice.

Chicken Chili
1 can black beans drained
1 can corn drained
1 can tomatos and green peppers
8 oz salsa
2 chicken breasts

Cook - 4 hours on low.  Pull out chicken and shred with forks.  Add 4 oz cream cheese.  Cook on high for 30 minutes.  Serve with GF tortilla chips.

Hawaiian Pork
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp paprika
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp honey
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp GF soy sauce
1 handful zucchini
1 handful carrots
1 handful onion
1 handful peppers
4 pork chops

Cook - 4 hours on low. Serve with rice.

Making freezer meals really is that easy!  It saves time, saves money and saves the worry of "What am I going to make for dinner?!".

Since these are gifts I am delivering them with a bag of tortillas chips, boxed pasta and a box of rice.  The only thing my friend has to do is pop them in her slow cooker at lunch time and dinner is ready for her now family of five!

Check out this post for my first Gluten Free Freezer Meals post!

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Gluten Free Week

Another fun filled week in our home!  With July 4th falling on a Wednesday we were treated to a family day in the middle of the week!  We loaded up the kids and enjoyed a cookout at the hubby's brothers house.  I brought potato salad and chocolate chess pie.  Both were big hits!

I have been working on getting the toddler to eat more veggies.  My latest attempt was to make chicken stir fry but instead of frozen veggies I grated fresh zucchini, squash and carrots.  She ate a big bowl of it!  Mom wins!

Friday night the hubby and I escaped for a date!  We went to Chili's for dinner.  Here is there Gluten Free menu.   I had the Margarita Chicken without tortillas strips, loaded mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Always know that eating at restaurants as a Celiac is a risk.  Cross contamination can be a big issue.  I have eaten at Chili's a couple times since going Gluten Free and have gotten Glutened once.  So always be careful, ask lots of questions and know it could go south.

Before heading home we picked up some ice cream from a local ice cream shop.

Here is a fun and tasty recipe I have made twice this week!  Brown sugar and bacon and veggies.... yummmmm!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Veggie Medley

I would love to tell you I have a beautiful garden filled with fresh vegetables that provide our family with food.  But I'd be a liar.  I have the opposite of a green thumb - I have even killed "lucky bamboo" twice!

I do love to cook with fresh vegetables and feel like a good mom when I feed my family veggies.   Grocery stores are filled with zucchini, squash, green beans and tomatoes right now so I have been cooking with those a lot recently.  To mix things up I found this recipe and changed it up a bit to fit my family.  I have actually made this awesome recipe twice in the past week because it was so good!

What You Need:
2 yellow squash - sliced
2 zucchini - sliced
2 romas tomatoes or 1 large tomato - diced
1/2 onion - chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1.5 tbsp brown sugar
.5 tbsp italian seasoning
1 8oz can of tomato sauce

3-4 slices of bacon - cooked and chopped

How to Make It:
Chop all your veggies.
Heat EVOO in skillet over medium heat.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the skillet except the bacon. 

  Cook for 15-20 minutes or until veggies are cooked.
Cover with bacon and serve!

This is such a fun way to eat veggies!  Brown sugar and bacon in one dish - what could be better?!  Depending on what your grocery store or garden have you could customize this recipe.  Have fun with it and watch your kids eat veggies!

This post linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays and Gluten Free Fridays.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Gluten Free Week

It has been another full, crazy week here in NC.   It has also been 100 degrees or higher the past 2 days and will be that hot into next week.  Way too hot for this girl!  Does anyone have any nice summer recipes to share?

Now that the twins have added solid foods to their daily routine I have been busy making a TON of baby food!  Everything from green beans, plums, bananas, avocado to cauliflower.  It takes a bit of work but it worth it in the end.  And it is all Gluten Free of course!

I received a box full of fresh green beans and squash from a friend with a garden.  Confession: I have never cooked fresh green beans, never snapped them, never.  My hubby calls be a city girl!  I cooked part of them for the babies, cooked some for us using this recipe and blanched the rest to freeze for later.

I had an amazing cupcake from a bakery in Greensboro.  They use Bob's Red Mill Flour which isn't my favorite due to the garbanzo flour.  I'm not a bean flour fan.  The cupcake was so good that I had my hubby taste it compared to his to make sure it tasted different.  Sure enough he said it was different than his - therefore safe for me!  There was no after taste that normally comes with garbanzo flour.  Will be back!  If I hadn't eaten it so fast I would have taken a picture of it!

Blogger Spotlight - I recently connected with blogger Jenni from Spoonful at a Time!  She is a local NC blogger who has great recipes and reviews.  I was honored to be listed in her blog post Friday.  

Gluten Free Event - August 12th is the Gluten Free Expo in Raleigh.  Mark your calendars!
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