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Showing posts with label Chicken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicken. Show all posts

Jan 21, 2018

Almond Crusted Chicken (dairy-free, gluten-free, Whole30, Paleo)

This recipe is one that I first began making for my family nearly five years ago. Each and every time it's been a hit. It also happens to fit into our meal plan perfectly this month. I'm doing a Whole30 and, by default since I'm the cook, the rest of the family is to some extent as well. This recipe is easy to make, healthy, real ingredients and so versatile you can serve it with any sides.

Nov 18, 2016

Sweet Stir-fry Chicken + Veggies {dairy + gluten free}

Do you ever feel like you make the same three meals on repeat and need a menu revamp? I feel that way frequently and find myself trying to come up with loads of new meal ideas and then blow my budget on all of the ingredients to put just a few of them together. 

When I can sit down and make a meal plan, then make my grocery list from that, I feel like my life is so much more organized. But I have learned through the years that I really need to pick one new meal idea each week or even every other week, then stick to tried and true, easy to throw together, family favorites the rest of the time. This revelation has truly changed the way I grocery shop, and even the way I cook. I can easily swap certain ingredients for others which mixes it up just enough to feel different and not blow my budget. 

Some of our usuals that are easily interchangeable:
  • Mexican (soft or crunchy tacos; fish tacosshredded pork quesadillas, nachos or taco salads)
  • Italian (spaghetti, lasagna, goulash, chicken alfredo, pizza casserole, pizza bites)
  • Meat/Veggie/Starch (all roasted on a pan in the oven, or slow cooker meals are my fave!)
    • chicken/brussel sprouts/sweet potatoes
    • chicken/broccoli and cauliflower/rice
    • smoked sausage/peppers and onions/roasted potato wedges
    • pork loin/green beans or asparagus/mashed potatoes
  • Sandwiches (pulled pork, shredded chicken, sloppy joes, or burgers)
  • Grilled kebabs/kabobs in warmer weather (Hawaiian pork, shrimp boil, chicken fajitas, steak)
The best part about any of these meal ideas is that you can really just pick up whatever protein, vegetable, and starch or sauce you feel like having, and make any one of these meals on a whim. I like to stock up on marinara sauce, gluten free noodles, rice, tortilla chips, and any other ingredients that I use for sauces to just have on hand at any moment. Then I pick up meat when it is on sale and throw it in the freezer. Then I really just have to make sure I have fresh produce to go with everything else. 

Having this plan in place has really helped to cut back on the amount of money I spend at the grocery store, as well as the number of trips I have to make. I usually make one monthly trip to specialty stores to pick up all of our dairy free cheeses, butter, and specialty gluten free products that aren't sold at every store. I make one trip to Aldi or shop the sales at my regular store for pantry items and meat. 

Then I just have to make a run for produce and anything that I feel like grabbing on my weekly/bi-weekly shopping trip. I also build days into our menu to go out for dinner, or when we're just sticking with leftovers or doing a "fend for yourself" night to give myself an occasional break from cooking. 

One of the other easy ways to switch up flavors is to add a sweet and savory sauce to your meat and veggies. This Sweet Stir-fry Chicken and Veggies recipe has been a family favorite for many years. It's fast and delicious, and the kids just love it. Most of the ingredients are things I always have around and can just throw together quickly on a weeknight. 


Aug 3, 2016

Grilled Chicken Fajita Kabobs {dairy + gluten free}

I really find that when we're in the throes of summer and heading toward the start of the new school year, I start to slack off a little on meal planning. We have gotten into a bad habit of going out to eat frequently which throws off our whole weeknight routine.  I have a list of typical meals that I can throw together the night before so we can have a quick dinner the next evening, but sometimes even those recipes get a little old. 

Combine that with my desire to stretch grilling season out as long as possible so as not to heat up my kitchen, and these quick, grilled, kabob meals are my new go-to. Just like our Hawaiian Pork Kabobs or our Shrimp Boil Kabobs, these have quickly become a new favorite around here!


Oct 21, 2014

Chicken + Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo {dairy + gluten free}

Creamy, delicious Alfredo sauce epitomizes comfort food for me. Since Mason's dairy-allergy diagnosis, I have only made Alfredo a handful of times, typically making a separate, dairy-free meal for him. Over the years, I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with cooking with milk products due to cross-contamination issues that can easily happen in the kitchen. Whenever I have used milk, cheese or other dairy in cooking, my anxiety skyrockets.

#glutenfree #dairyfree #alfredo

Jun 1, 2013

Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken {Dairy & Gluten Free}

About 10 years ago, I was scared to death to try and grill something on my own, especially chicken! The couple of attempts I'd made were not at all good and the chicken always ended up dry and flavor-less. I stumbled upon a recipe that looked so easy, it had to be too good to be true. But it wasn't! Between that recipe and a few gazillion Food Network cooking shows, I finally gave it a shot. It was, hands down, the best grilled chicken I had ever had (not just from my own cooking experiences).

I couldn't tell you now where I found the recipe, but I still use it 99% of the time. I love it because the marinade uses ingredients I always have on hand, and is very versatile.  It's also super easy to mix the marinade in advance, pop the chicken into it for about an hour, then toss them on the grill. I've even whipped up the marinade and taken it on camping trips in our cooler. Just keep the chicken in a gallon-zipper bag in the cooler, pour the pre-made marinade in, let it meld together in the cooler for awhile and then pop it on the grill. Such an easy and delicious main dish!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #grilled_chicken


Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken 

Makes 4-6 servings                                                    Printable Recipe

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken pieces (I've used both breasts and thighs with great results)
1 cup vegetable or olive oil
1-2 Tbsp minced garlic
1/4 fresh herbs, finely chopped (I like to use thyme, oregano, parsley & sometimes chives)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Juice of 1 whole lemon

In a lidded container, whisk together all ingredients except for the chicken. Once combined, add the raw chicken and seal. Place the container in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours to marinade. (The outside of the chicken will turn slightly white. This is just because of the acidity of the lemon juice. It is actually a good thing as the acid helps to tenderize the meat!)

When you're ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on the hot grill. Discard the remaining marinade. Grill for about 5-7 minutes on each side and until the chicken is cooked through. (Try not to overcook the chicken or it may become dry.)

Remove the chicken from the grill and cover with foil. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the hot chicken alongside some steamed or roasted vegetables, a baked sweet potato, or with gluten-free pasta or rice. Any of your favorite side dishes will go perfectly with this delectable dish!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #grilled_chicken

Tip: I buy fresh herbs, finely chop them and lay them on paper towels to absorb any liquid. Then I place them (with the paper towel) in snack-size zipper bags and freeze them. These work great for cooking and you don't have to worry about using all of your herbs before they go bad.

I do the same thing with veggies like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bell peppers and onions. This also makes it really handy for cooking quick dinners since these items are already prepped and only need a short time to thaw!

I'm linking up with Skinny GF Chef for Savoring Saturdays!


Mar 3, 2013

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches {Dairy, Egg & Gluten Free}

#glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree #chicken #sandwiches



I wanted to make something quick and easy on this rainy, cool Saturday. I found a recipe on Pinterest for Slow Cooker Caesar Chicken Sandwiches from Chef In Training. They looked delicious, but like most Caesar-anything, they called for Parmesan cheese. Caesar salad dressing traditionally contains Parmesan as well. So began my search for Caesar dressing recipes that don't contain milk/cheese, etc.

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