Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What's For Dinner Tonight?{Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free} French Dips and Caesar Salad

When I was a child, my favorite thing to order at a restaurant was a French Dip sandwich. Since changing my diet I have tried so many different ways of making an Au Jus dipping sauce that is gluten and soy free without real success. It is always too different. On Sunday, I had a hankering for French Dips and a Caesar Salad. My inspiration involved a new idea to try for the Au Jus. My husband and I couldn't believe how close it was!  I am thrilled to have these back in my life! I am posting this at
Au Jus Dipping Sauce:
1 Quart Gluten Free Pacific Beef Broth
1 TBS onion powder
1  tsp salt
1 TBS GF Worcestershire sauce
salt to taste

1lb Roast beef

Gluten Free bread of choice (I made my own by not stirring in the cinnamon and sugar part of this recipe to make a french bread) This would be great with Canyon Bakehouse buns.

Put the ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes on low. I added my roast beef to the saucepan to heat it up as well.  Next time I would leave the meat cold, but this is a personal preference. We paired this with my Vegan Caesar Salad.

Monday, February 8, 2016

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Honey Dijon Chicken

Tip Hero has this great video on how to make a honey dijon chicken. I love these little videos that make it look so easy. It's often not gluten or dairy free, but this one is naturally. I made it the other day and it was so delicious!
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
½ tsp Kosher salt plus more to taste
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, to taste
16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
4 boneless,skinless chicken breasts,5-6 oz each, pounded to even thickness if necessary so that they cook evenly
20 ounces broccoli florets
1. Whisk together 1 Tbsp of the olive oil with the honey, Dijon, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
2. Reserve half of the sauce for later, then marinate the chicken in the rest of the sauce for an hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 400F.
4. Toss the potatoes with the second Tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Place them on a foil-lined half sheet pan and lay the chicken breasts on top. Add the broccoli to the pan, then drizzle the reserved sauce over top.
5. Bake 35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender.
*If you prefer your broccoli to still have some crispness to it, don’t add the broccoli to the pan until 15 minutes into the cooking time.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

{Gluten and Dairy Free } Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crockpot

10 cups Chicken Stock (make your own here)

2 cups water

2 celery stocks sliced
2 large carrots or two small, sliced
1/2 white onion, chopped
3 cups chopped chicken
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS dried thyme
1 TBS dried parsley
optional: 1 zucchini sliced and quartered
                 frozen green peas

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 package of gluten free pasta, cooked (I brake long noodles into quarters before cooking)

Put everything, but the pasta in the crockpot and turn on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Cook the pasta and refrigerate. At the last minute add the cooked pasta, stir and serve. We like to top ours with frozen peas to cool it down.

Friday, February 5, 2016

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayo

Skinny Taste created this wonderful salmon burger that has my mouth watering. I make a similar one and blend it with cooked rice instead of panko. You could do gluten free bread crumbs or crackers as well. I would use soy free vegenaise for the sauce, because it is egg free. Yum!!

Packed with omegas and delicious!
photo from Skinny Taste
Naked Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayo
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 burger • Points +: 7 pts • Smart Points: 7
Calories: 290 • Fat: 15 g • Carb: 11 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 26 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 397 mg • Cholesterol: 113 mg


For the Spicy Sriracha Mayo:

  • 3 tbsp light mayonnaise (Hellman's)
  • 1 tbsp sriracha

For the salmon patties:

  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 6 tbsp panko
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound wild salmon fillet
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher saltcooking spray
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 4 oz avocado, sliced


Combine mayonnaise and sriracha, set aside.

Remove the skin from the salmon, and cut about a 4 oz piece off. Place in a food processor or chopper to finely chop. This will help hold the burgers together.  With a knife finely chop the remaining salmon.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What's For Dinner Tonight?{Gluten and Dairy Free} Porcupines

When I married my husband this is something that came with the package.  .  .his love for a dish his mother makes affectionately called "porcupines" (due to the rice poking out of the balls of meat like quills). I adapted it for our GF lifestyle (it originally uses Cambell's tomato soup). My kids cheer whenever we make it.

I am posting this on a group called Allergy-free Wednesdays at glutenfreelyfrugal.com this week (here). For more recipe ideas, you should check it out!

1-1.5 lbs ground beef
1 small can of tomato paste
1/2 cup uncooked rice
2 TBS onion chopped or dried onion
salt and pepper

Mix ground beef, rice, salt, pepper and onion in a medium bowl. Form into small balls like meatballs and put in a saute pan. Turn on medium. Put tomato paste and 1 can of water into another bowl and stir. Pour over porcupine balls. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put a lid on. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until they are cooked through.  We serve these with mashed potatoes (using olive oil and chicken stock instead of milk and butter), and oven roasted broccoli.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

{Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free} Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad

This is one of my all time favorites. It's colorful and full of flavor. I often serve it to company because I love it that much.  It's surprisingly easy and good for you, too! I am posting it on Allergy-friendly Wednesdays at glutenfreelyfrugal.com here. They have so many great recipes to see! Check it out!

1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
2/3 cup pomegranate juice or basalmic vinegar
1/2 TBS italian seasoning
salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

red pepper cut in half
zucchini cut in half
6 mushrooms
bundle of asparagus
red onion sliced in thick slices

Gluten Free Pasta for 6


2 and 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp salt (the salt makes up for the lack of parmesan cheese)

Split marinade in half. Marinade chicken in  half of the marinade. With the other half, baste the chicken and veggies while you grill them on the grill. Cook pasta according to directions. (Go here to find out secrets of GF pasta.) Reserve a little of the starch from the boiled pasta while you drain it. (a tablespoon or two). This will help the pesto stick. Blend pesto ingredients in blender. Add the basil garlic and salt first, and then drizzle the olive oil in as it blends. Add a 2 (or more)  tablespoons of pesto to the noodles (I try some of the noodles to make sure it's the right amount. Add more as needed. It's easy to over do it. The rest I freeze in ice cube trays for later). Cut chicken and veggies in roughly 1 inch cubes. Toss with pasta. Taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Cookbook: The Ultimate Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cookbook

It's no secret that I love my slow cooker. In fact, yesterday my son pointed that out to me, how much I love it! I usually only use it once a week on a night when we have activities in the evening. I love having dinner already prepared at the end of a busy day. This cookbook is free right now on Amazon. The price can change at any time, so if you are interested, you might want to grab it before it changes. You can load it on your kindle, PC, iPhone, Android, you name it. It currently has 5 stars!

Gluten Free: The Ultimate Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cookbook: Healthy, Easy And Delicious Recipes For Every Occasion (Gluten Free and Weight Loss Recipes) Kindle Edition

A reviewer had this to say about it: "I just recently found out that I am allergic to gluten, though for many years I had wondered if this was the case. Having a man and 2 kids to worry about feeding, it's so hard to find easy recipes that I can eat and that they would all like as well. I found this cookbook to be so helpful! Everything is slow cooker so I can throw it in and go do other things while it's cooking and all the recipes so far have been easy to customize to be kid friendly and delicious! So happy that I found these recipes, they are going to make my life so much easier and I don't have to worry about the gluten as much"

This is what Amazon has to say about it: 

"Discover the best gluten free slow cooker cookbook with recipes that are not only quick and easy to make, but they are healthy, delicious and your whole family will love!

When you’re longing a little comfort in your busy life while trying to eat well, there’s nothing better than a home-cooked gluten free slow cooking dish. Foods in the slow cooker stay nutritious and maintain the tenderness and juiciness that’s hard to replicate. 

I also know how important it’s to eat food that is right for us. Having a good and healthy gluten free diet is critical for preventing gut inflammation and I have done my very best to create the most delicious recipes that won’t harm our bodies. 

In this book, you will find recipes that are healthy, tasty and perfect for the whole family. It just gets no better than these delicious set it and forget it meals. I am sure that these easy to make recipes will satisfy your family cravings for a delicious gluten free meals! 

Here are just a few of the delicious gluten free slow-cooked meals for you: 
  • Breakfast Egg, Ham, Spinach Casserole, Healthy Apple Crisp, Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito.
  • Main Dishes Spicy Sesame Honey Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, Pot Roast With Shallot And Baby Carrots.
  • Soup, Stews and Stock Beef and Vegetable Soup, Creamy Tomato Soup, Homemade Chicken Stock
  • Plus a BONUS chapter: Slow Cooked Fruit recipes!!!
Each recipe has a calorie count and you will also get an understanding of what to eat and what not to eat in a gluten free diet. 

So what are you waiting for? Pull out your crock pot and let’s get slow-cooking! "