Black Bean and Cilantro Soup

This is another one of those easy to prep Crockpot meals. It can be vegetarian or you can add chicken if desired.

Ingredients :

2 cans black beans drained or about 1/2 bag (of 1 pound bag) cooked from dry beans

1/2 onion, diced

1 jalapeño, seeded and diced

1 garlic clove, minced

8 oz tomato sauce

1 can diced tomatoes

1 1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt or more

2 chicken thighs, cooked and shredded (may be omitted or more may be used)

6 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

1/2 cup cilantro

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients except cilantro in Crockpot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Add in cilantro about 10 minutes before serving.

 

Red Curry

This is one of my go to simple meals. It requires no chopping and can be left alone for a bit while attending to other things. Variety can be achieved by changing up the meat, using green curry paste instead, clanging the rice, or changing which vegetable mix to use. You can also use this as a way to use up almost any random vegetable you have sitting around.

 

1 T olive oil

1/2 jar Thai kitchen red curry paste

1 can coconut milk

2-4 cups additional coconut milk from a can or carton

2 cups shredded, pre-cooked chicken

3-4 cups frozen Asian vegetables (any mix is fine)

4-5 green onions (optional)

1 cup matchstick carrots (optional)

Juice of 1 lime

2-3 T. Fish sauce

Additional salt if desired

 

Heat the oil and curry paste for 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and stir. Add chicken and vegetables. Add any additional coconut milk that’s needed to cover vegetables and chicken. Cook until chicken is warm and vegetables are to desired tenderness. Add lime and fish sauce. Salt to taste and serve over rice.

 

Roasted whole chicken

This was a delicious chicken . I followed the instructions, but used dairy free butter (earth balance ) instead of regular butter.  Since the instructions are simple and I just changed the butter, I’m referring you to their site (see previous post about children😊) Enjoy ! 

 

Original recipe : https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/83557/juicy-roasted-chicken/

Tomato Basil Balsamic Chicken

This is a beautiful meal that I made for my in-laws awhile back. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it at this time because I was taking a break from blogging because I just didn’t have capacity (I recently had my second child. They are lovely and made it much higher on the priority list than my blog 😁).

I actually didn’t change a thing and the directions are simple, so check out the original recipe below!

Original recipe: https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/tomato-basil-balsamic-chicken/

Crispy fried chicken tenders

One thing I miss is fried chicken. Sometimes you can get it gluten free, but it usually has eggs and/or dairy in it. Here is a recipe for fried chicken that my husband and I really enjoyed. It does take some time and requires an apron (I mean, I guess you could make it without an apron, but aprons are fun!)

Ingredients :

1 package chicken tenders-about 3-4 pounds

2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided

3 tablespoons smoked paprika

2 tablespoons ground white pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon celery salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon ground mustard

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cups Bob’s red mill 1 to 1 flour mix

Wet ingredients :

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup almond milk, unsweetened

2 flax eggs (2 T. Golden flaxseed and 6 T. water combined)

2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil , for deep frying

 

Directions :

Sprinkle 1 T. salt on chicken tenders. Let sit for 30 minute.  Combine all spices (but not the flour, cornstarch or salt) together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients except oil. Sprinkle half the spice mixture on the chicken. Then add the salt, cornstarch and flour to the rest of the spice mixture. Dip the chicken in the wet mixture and then the dry. Press on the chicken to help the coating stick. Place on wire rack to air dry for 10-30 minutes. Don’t skip that part!

 

Frying:

Place another wire rack over a baking sheet. Heat oil in a deep pot (Dutch oven or a saucepan-not a shallow skillet). Use a candy thermometer to help you get it to 350 degrees. Place one layer of chicken in the bottom and rotate with tongs after 3 minutes. Cook each tender for 5-6 minutes. Check for internal temperature of 165 degrees or you can cut one open in the biggest part and see if it looks done. Put it back in the oil if you are in any doubt. Once cooked, cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Make sure the oil is still 350 degrees before adding second batch. Enjoy!

 

Original recipe :

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-crispy-juicy-fried-chicken-that-s-better-than-kfc-242602

Pineapple Fried Rice with Curry

My husband really likes pineapple fried rice.  Any time we go to a restaurant and it’s on the menu, that’s what he orders.  Previously I had made a pineapple fried rice recipe, but I had never tried it in a restaurant.  He said it was good but different than what he was accustomed to.  I finally found a place in Denton, TX that serves a pineapple fried rice that’s gluten free.  I ordered it, of course, and I asked my husband if it tasted similar to the ones he normally ate and he said yes.  So, this is my more accurate version of pineapple fried rice.  The other one is good, but this one is more like it is in the restaurants :-).  I cooked the chicken and rice ahead of time and I already had chopped the pineapple, so this came together really quickly.

 

Ingredients:

3-4 T. olive oil

1 small onion, sliced

1 red pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

1/2 c. frozen peas and carrots

1 c. cooked chicken, diced in 1/2 to 1 inch pieces

1-2 tsp curry powder

1 1/2 tsp coriander

6 c. cooked rice (Basmati or Jasmine)- day old preferred, or let it sit out on plates for 1-2 hours beforehand

1 1/2 T. brown sugar

2 1/2 T. gluten free soy sauce (I prefer Kikkoman’s gluten free soy sauce)

1/4 tsp white pepper

2 green onions, diced

1 1/2 c. pineapple, diced

1 c. cashews

1/2 c. raisins

1 medium tomato, diced (optional)

*scrambled eggs can be added if desired

 

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onions, red pepper, peas and carrots, and chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add curry powder and coriander and stir until it’s well mixed in.  Cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Add rice and stir until seasoning is mixed well into rice.  Cook for 2-3 minutes more.  Stir together brown sugar and soy sauce and then pour into skillet and stir until rice is coated.  Sprinkle in white pepper and stir to coat.  Add green onions, pineapple, cashews, and tomato.  Add more raisins if desired.  If you can eat eggs, add in some pre-scrambled eggs now.  Cook just until all ingredients are warm- about 3-5 minutes.   Serve and enjoy!

 

Original recipe:

http://healthynibblesandbits.com/pineapple-fried-rice/

 

 

 

Orange Caper Chicken

This was a quick and easy recipe.  It looks fancy but requires just a few ingredients.

1/2 c. brown rice flour

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

 

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in halves or fourths

2 T. olive oil

1 1/3 c. orange juice

1 T. plus 1 tsp orange zest

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 c. capers, drained

1/4 c. chopped flat leaf parsley

Rice for serving

 

Directions:

Mix brown rice flour, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp salt on a plate.  Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture and press down a little so the mixture sticks well.

 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Cook chicken in skillet for 10 minutes per side until chicken is cooked.  Remove to a plate and set aside.

In the same skillet, add orange juice and cook on high until it reduces some- about half.  Stir in orange zest, capers, parsley, and remaining salt and pepper to taste.  Put chicken back in skillet and allow to simmer together for 5-10 minutes.  I think I actually let it sit about 30 minutes because I had dinner ready early, and the flavors blended really well.  I think it will taste just fine if you serve it sooner, but if you need something that you can cook and have waiting, this is a good option!

Serve over brown rice.

 

Original recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/34585/orange-caper-chicken/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickld=cardslot%201

 

 

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Spaghetti

2 T. olive oil

4 T. non-dairy butter

1/2 onion, diced finely

1 pound mushrooms, sliced

1/3 c. white wine

2 tsp fresh thyme

dash salt

dash pepper

1/4 plus 1/8 c. brown rice flour

1/8 c. cornstarch or other thickener, optional

2 c. chicken broth

1 c. non-dairy milk, unsweetened

2 c. cooked, shredded or diced chicken

1 c. cheese (Use Parmesan if you can.  I added in Daiya cheddar cheese to each bowl of leftovers.  In this case, you need some sort of cheese. My husband used a pizza cheese blend in his bowl and liked it.)

1 pound noodles (I used HEB gluten free spiral noodles)

 

Directions:

Begin boiling water for the noodles.  Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onions and cook until translucent.  Add a dash of salt.  Stir in mushrooms, wine, and thyme and another dash of salt and pepper and cook uncovered for about 8 minutes.  Remove mixture to a bowl or plate.

Now it’s time for the roux.  Melt the “butter” in the skillet over medium low heat.  Add in the brown rice flour and continue whisking while cooking for two minutes.  Add the chicken broth while continuing to mix.  Pour in the milk and continue to whisk while cooking on medium low heat for 5 minutes.  It should begin to thicken.  If you want it to be thicker, add 1/8 c. cornstarch.

Add the mushroom mixture back in along with the chicken and whatever cheese you are using (or you can have each person add their cheese later if some can have dairy and some can’t.)  Cook for another 4 minutes.

When noodles are cooked, drain them and add them to the mixture.  Serve with additional cheese, salt, and pepper available for people to season at will.

 

Original recipe:

https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/creamy-chicken-mushroom-spaghetti-31387

Turkey Cranberry Salad (or Chicken)

I know, I know. This post would have been better around Thanksgiving time, but I wasn’t ready to post it then.  I was too busy having fun with family :-).  Instead, you are getting a random February post about Thanksgiving leftovers.  People make turkey other times of the year, right?  You could also use chicken instead of turkey if you don’t want to go to the trouble of cooking a big bird when it’s not a holiday. Or perhaps you still have leftovers in the freezer… If so, this is great way to make them moist and delicious instead of merely passable.  As the weather is warming up, think about taking this salad with you on a camping trip, a long hike, or just a fun family picnic.  You can even use canned chicken if you need to!

 

Ingredients:

3-4 c. cooked turkey or chicken, diced or shredded

4 T. diced red onion

3 T. diced celery

1/2 c. craisins

1/3 c. sliced almonds

1/2 c. mayo (I used Vegennaise)

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp salt

 

Directions:

Combine mayo, paprika and salt.  Stir in remaining ingredients until combined.  Add more mayo if you want it to be more moist.  Eat with crackers, in a lettuce wrap, on a sandwich, etc.

Curried Coconut Chicken

I’m trying to remember the first time I had curry.  I think it might have been post college.  I can’t believe I waited that long to try it as now I typically have it a few times a month.  This is a simple one that doesn’t require you purchasing any special pastes.  It is also good for using up leftover vegetables you have sitting around.  In my case, I had green beans that needed to be used.  I hope you find this recipe as helpful as I have!

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 T. olive oil

2 T. curry powder

1-2 c. diced chicken

1 small onion, sliced

3 tomatoes, diced

2-3 handfuls green beans, cut in thirds or 2-3 handfuls frozen veggies

1 can coconut milk

8 oz. tomato sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1-3 T. sugar, to taste

1 tsp salt

 

Directions:

Heat oil and curry powder in pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.  Add chicken and cook for 7-10 minutes or until cooked through and then remove to a bowl and set aside.  Cook onions in the same pan for 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for 15 minutes.  Add chicken back in.  Cook for another 10-15 minutes or until warm and vegetables are to desired tenderness.  Serve over rice.

Original recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/68532/curried-coconut-chicken/