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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pasta Salad With Horseradish Dressing

Part of my cultural background is Polish, and I love it when my mother cooks Kielbasa sausage on a weekend morning.  So why not have it for lunch or dinner, too?  This is a spicy pasta salad that combines the classic summer flavors of sausage, peppers, and onion.  Hope you enjoy, as I have been this week!

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Pasta Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Pieces:

  1. one kielbasa sausage link
  2. one read pepper
  3. one yellow pepper
  4. one half of a sweet onion
  5. 2 tbsp. olive oil for sauteing
  6. your favorite gluten free pasta (I used one half of a box/bag)
  7. 2 tbsp. olive oil for the dressing
  8. 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  9. 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  10. 2 tsp. dried thyme
  11. 3 tbsp. horseradish mustard (or 1 tbsp. horseradish and 2 tsp. Dijon mustard)
  12. 1 tsp. honey
  13. 3 tsbp. chopped parsley
  14. salt and pepper

 

Process:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Chop the peppers and onions into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a large sauté pan, sauté the peppers and onions in olive oil and salt and pepper until cooked (not crisp anymore).
  4. Cut the kielbasa lengthwise down the middle and then into bite sized pieces.
  5. In another large sauté pan, cook the kielbasa until cooked through and a little charred around the edges. (I didn’t use oil because the kielbasa has fat on it that should help it to sauté nicely)
  6. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and drained pasta, peppers, onions, and kielbasa.
  7. To make the dressing, put the olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon pepper, thyme, mustard, and honey in a dressing shaker or bowl and shake/stir to combine.
  8. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and stir to combine.
  9. Dress with chopped parsley.
  10. Enjoy hot or cold!

sausage pepper onion pasta salad

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Curry Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk

I LOVE curry chicken… the kind from your favorite local Thai restaurant.  I love the color, flavor, and the sauce that just goes perfectly over white rice.  Here is my first attempt at my own version.  Not perfect, but decent flavor.  I want to try again soon… any suggestions are welcomed!

Curry Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk

Pieces:

  1. 4 chicken thighs
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  4. salt and pepper
  5. one half of an onion, diced
  6. 5 tbsp. yellow curry powder
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tbsp. ginger
  9. 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  10. 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  11. 1 cup frozen corn
  12. 1 cup frozen snap peas
  13. 2 cups frozen pepper strips
  14. 1 can lite coconut milk
  15. 1 tbsp. lime zest

 

Process:

  1. In a large sauté pan, add the oil, rice vinegar, and diced onion on medium heat.  Stir for a few minutes to get hot.
  2. Add the chicken thighs.  Season with salt and pepper.  Crisp each side about 3 minutes, just to get the chicken browned.
  3. Add the curry powder, chili powder, ginger, parsley, and brown sugar to evenly to each side of the chicken.
  4. Add the corn, snap peas, pepper strips, and coconut milk.
  5. Cover and let simmer about 20 minutes, until chicken cooks through.
  6. Serve hot, over rice, and with grated lime zest on top.

curry chicken

 

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Shrimp, Peppers, and Onions over Arugula Pasta

My family has an inside joke to hide any shrimp at holiday gatherings because I will eat it all.  I do really love shrimp!  Grilled… with cocktail sauce… or over pasta.  Here is a great mom- inspired shrimp over pasta recipe that is easy and full of flavor.  Perfect for summer!

Shrimp, Peppers, and Onions over Arugula Pasta

Pieces:

  1. one half of an onion, chopped
  2. three celery stalks, chopped
  3. 3 peppers, cut into long strips… your favorite colors
  4. one pound of shrimp, peeled
  5. 4 tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  7. one half cup white wine
  8. 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  9. 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  10. 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  11. 4 cups arugula
  12. one box of gluten free pasta
  13. salt and pepper to taste

Process:

  1. In a large saute pan, add the onion, celery, garlic, and 2 tbsp. olive oil.  Saute just until tender.
  2. Add the pepper strips and 2 tbsp. olive oil.
  3. When the onion, celery, and peppers are soft, add the peeled shrimp, white wine, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes.  Saute until the shrimp are cooked through and pink.
  4. Cook the gluten free pasta according to package directions.
  5. Serve in a layer… pasta in a bowl, a handful of arugula, and then the shrimp mixture on top.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Crockpot Burrito Bowls

The corn tortilla is a small round mystery to me.  I love going out for Mexican food because corn tortillas are gluten free.  In restaurants, the corn tortillas are an easy alternative to flour ones.  But at home, I find that they just fall apart.  So, I attempted one dish served two different ways to see which was best for the corn tortilla.  Turns out, the bowl shape was best!

Crockpot Burrito Bowls

Pieces:

  1. one pound chicken tenderloins
  2. one half of an onion, chopped
  3. 2 peppers chopped, whichever colors are your favorite
  4. 4 tbsp. green verde sauce (I used a jar version found in the ethnic food section), plus about 2 tbsp. more for dressing
  5. 3 tsp. cumin
  6. one bag of frozen corn
  7. one can of black beans, drained
  8. juice of one lime
  9. 1 tsp. red chili flakes

Process:

  1. In the crockpot, put the chicken, onion, peppers, 1 tsp. cumin, and 4 tbsp. green verde sauce.
  2. Cook on high for 2.5 hours.
  3. When the chicken is done, take it out of the crockpot and shred with two forks.
  4. In a saute pan over medium heat, combine the corn, beans, 1 tsp. cumin, and lime juice.  Cook just until heated through.
  5. To serve, you can wrap the chicken mixture in a corn tortilla with an extra sprinkle of cumin and red pepper, place over a bed of corn and beans, and spread green verde sauce on top.  Or, you can line a bowl with a corn tortilla, place corn and beans in it with the chicken mixture on top, and then dress with green verde sauce and a sprinkle of cumin and red pepper.

In a wrap.

In a bowl.

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Spring Rolls

Inspired by gluten free rice products found in Asian cuisine, I took on the challenge of making Spring Rolls in rice wrappers.  I made them with veggies, although putting grilled chicken in them would be just as good.  I think I got the basic wrap down, but it will definitely take more practice to master.  Those rice wrappers are tough!  Overall, the flavor was really delicious… I think it was a combination of all the ingredients an totally worth it!  I will definitely make these again.

Spring Rolls

Pieces:

  1. rice wrappers (I found them at a local Asian market)
  2. one yellow pepper, chopped into long thin strips
  3. one orange pepper, chopped into long thin strips
  4. one cucumber, peeled and chopped into long thin strips
  5. one cup frozen corn, defrosted
  6. one cup frozen edamame beans, defrosted
  7. half of an avocado, cut into pieces
  8. half of a cup of gluten free soy sauce
  9. juice of one orange
  10. juice of one lemon
  11. juice of one lime
  12. 1 tbsp. ginger
  13. 1 tsp. cumin
  14. 2 tbsp. chopped basil
  15. 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  16. 2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Process:

  1. Chop the peppers, cucumber, avocado, and defrost the corn and edamame.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, and cumin.
  3. Chop the basil, cilantro, and parsley and set aside.
  4. Fill a large saute pan with warm water.
  5. Dip each rice wrapper in the water for 13 seconds (the magic number!) and place on a plate.  Pat dry with a paper towel.
  6. At the bottom edge of the wrapper, place the peppers, cucumber, avocado, corn, and edamame.  Sprinkle with chopped herbs.  Drizzle one teaspoon of sauce over the mixture.
  7. Fold in the sides of the wrapper, then wrap up like a burrito.
  8. Eat as is, or dip in more sauce.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Crockpot Cashew Chicken

 

I recently received a complimentary copy of “Everyday Gluten- Free Slow Cooking.”  I was not only enticed by the title, but also by the variety of recipes that have dairy free versions.  Bonus!  I am sure there will be many recipes that I will make from this delicious cookbook!  The first one I tried was “Cashew Chicken.”  Cashew Chicken used to be my staple dish in a chinese restaurant, so I was particularly intrigued by how to make it gluten free, and in the slow cooker!

 

From “Everyday Gluten- Free Slow Cooking” by Kimberly Mayone and Kitty Broihier:

Cashew Chicken

Pieces:

  1. one half of an onion, chopped
  2. one half cup gluten free chicken broth
  3. 3 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos (I actually used apple cider vinegar)
  4. 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  5. 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  6. 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  7. 2 tsp. brown sugar
  8. one half tsp. salt
  9. one half tsp. ground ginger
  10. one quarter tsp. red pepper flakes
  11. one and one half pounds chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
  12. one half package snow peas
  13. 1 orange pepper, cut into small pieces
  14. 2 cups cooked rice
  15. 2 scallions, chopped
  16. one half cup salted cashews

Process:

  1. Stir together the first 10 ingredients (onion through red pepper) in the slow cooker.
  2. Add the chicken thighs (I put them in whole, but you can chop them into pieces too).
  3. Stir to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 3 hours.
  5. Add the snow peas and peppers and cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve by spooning the chicken mixture over a bowl of rice.  Garnish with scallions and cashews.

This recipe is definitely a keeper.  It was delicious!  The cashews added a nice crunch.  Next time, I might amp up the spice combination… but it was a great recipe!  And very easy in the slow cooker, too.

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Easy Cheapsy Chicken Cacciatore

When I graduated college and money was tight on a first year teacher’s salary, I got pretty good at making easy and cheap chicken dishes.  Whatever was on sale was what I made.  Apparently one of them, Chicken Cacciatore, was good enough for my roommate Caitlin to ask for repeatedly during the three years we lived together.

Usually the conversation would go…

“Lauren, are you making dinner tonight?”

“Yes.”

“Good, I’m hungry.  Can it be chicken cacciatore?”

So, Caitlin… this one is for you!  Easy, cheap, and perfectly gluten and dairy free!

Easy Cheapsy Chicken Cacciatore

Pieces:

  1. One cup rice, cooked to package directions
  2. 1-2 pounds chicken tenderloins, or 1-2 chicken breasts
  3. 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 3 green peppers, sliced into strips
  5. one half of an onion, chopped
  6. 2 cans diced tomatoes, preferably garlic and onion flavored
  7. 1 package chopped mushrooms
  8. 1 tsp. each thyme, parsley, paprika, garlic salt, and pepper

Process:

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.  Set aside.
  2. In a large coated saute pan, add the chicken tenderloins.  Cook for a few minutes on each side, enough to sear each side, but not cook completely through.
  3. In a different saute pan, add the olive oil, green peppers, and onion and cook until tender.
  4. In the chicken pan, add the peppers and onion.  Also add the diced tomatoes, mushrooms, and spices.  Cook on medium heat, covered, until cooked through and all ingredients are tender (about 10-15 minutes).
  5. Serve chicken mixture over rice.

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