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Ginger, Orange, Cashew Stir Fry

I love cooking and spending time in the kitchen, but sometimes weeknights are hard even for someone who loves to cook!  Stir fries are always quick and easy, and this one is particularly flavorful.  I made it vegetarian, but you can add your favorite protein… cubed chicken, steak, or tofu.  Also, these are my favorite flavors, but feel free to create your own and enjoy!  Just make sure the veggies don’t get too mushy… that can totally ruin a flavorful stir fry.  This recipe makes several meals.

Ginger, Orange, and Cashew Stir Fry

Pieces:

  1. one cup white rice, cooked to package directions
  2. 3 stalks celery, cut into small slivers
  3. 3 carrots, peeled and cut into small rounds
  4. one quarter cup diced white onion
  5. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  6. one red pepper, sliced into thin strips
  7. one green pepper, sliced into thin strips
  8. one cup frozen snap peas
  9. one cup frozen green peas
  10. one cup frozen corn
  11. one quarter cup gluten free soy sauce
  12. 3 tbsp. ground ginger
  13. 2 tbsp. honey
  14. 4 tbsp. orange zest
  15. one quarter cup chopped cashews

 

Process:

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. While rice is cooking, add sliced celery, carrots, and onion to a large sauté pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Let them sweat for a few minutes and start to soften.
  3. Add the red and green pepper strips and continue to sauté just until veggies are barely soft.
  4. Add the snap peas, green peas, and corn.
  5. Add the soy sauce, ginger, honey, and orange zest.  Stir to combine.  Continue stirring until well combined and heated through.
  6. When just about done, add the cooked white rice and stir through.
  7. Top with chopped cashews and enjoy!

cashew stir fry

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Bacon Wrapped, Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Honestly, I was never a big fan of bacon.  I would much rather have sausage with my breakfast.  However, since being gluten free and having to expand my fridge staples, I have tried to find more ways to use bacon because it is a safe food for me.  I thought of this chicken recipe and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was!  A great dinner idea for a cold night… and it is very easy!

Bacon Wrapped, Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts, either thin fillets or pounded thin
  2. 4 strips bacon (I used low sodium)
  3. 4 tsp. goat cheese
  4. 4 tsp. dried cranberries
  5. pepper

Process:

  1. Spread 2 tsp. goat cheese on top of each chicken breast fillet
  2. Sprinkle 2 tsp. dried cranberries on top of the goat cheese on each fillet.
  3. Wrap each chicken breast fillet with 2 strips of bacon to hold in the goat cheese and cranberries.
  4. Sprinkle pepper on top of the bacon strips.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees about 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

goat cran bacon chix

 

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Chicken with Rosemary, Bacon, Cream Sauce

Every now and then you have to splurge with a little bacon, right?  It makes the house smell great and it makes any meal taste better.  This week, I made a quick and easy chicken recipe with a rosemary, bacon, cream sauce.  It was delicious!  Hearty for these fall nights.  I put it over rice, but you could easily put it over quinoa or gluten free pasta instead.

Chicken with Rosemary, Bacon, Cream Sauce

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 6 slices bacon
  3. 1 cup coconut milk
  4. 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  5. 2 tsp. pepper

Process:

  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces, maybe a half inch by half inch.  Tip:  I use kitchen scissors!
  2. In a large saute pan on high heat, saute the bacon until it starts to sizzle, but isn’t fully cooked (about 3-4 minutes).
  3. Drain the bacon fat and put the bacon bits back into the pan.
  4. Push the bacon aside and place the chicken breasts in the pan.  Sprinkle the chicken generously with pepper on both sides.  Saute the chicken on high heat about 2 minutes each side, just to brown the outside.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium.  Add the coconut milk and rosemary.
  6. Cover and let simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the coconut milk cooks off, about 15-20 minutes.  You may take off the lid for the last few minutes.
  7. Serve hot over rice, quinoa, or pasta by adding the chicken and spooning a generous amount of bacon and sauce over it.  Garnish with rosemary.

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White Beans with Rosemary and Lemon

Over the summer, my mom and I went to a great little cafe for lunch.  I ordered a delicious Greek salad that came with a side of white beans.  The white beans were the best part of the lunch!  I just had to try to re-create them at home.  I think they turned out great, and would be a great side dish to any meal.  And, they only took about 10 minutes to make!

White Beans with Rosemary and Lemon

Pieces:

  1. one 15 oz. can white cannellini beans
  2. 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  3. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. generous pinch of salt and pepper

Process:

  1. Drain the can of beans.
  2. In a large saute pan, pour half of the beans.  Mash them with a potato masher.
  3. Pour in the other half of the drained beans.
  4. Over medium heat, add the rosemary, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cook just until heated through.
  6. Serve hot.

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Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Risotto

As I get ready to move, I wanted to make a meal that would have leftovers I could grab in the middle of box packing and unpacking.  So I made a hearty Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Risotto and it was delicious!  I used kielbasa sausage for a smoky flavor, and a few different peppers for a pop of color.  Hope you enjoy… and I will be back in a couple of weeks or so once these boxes start moving and I can cook again!

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Risotto

Pieces:

  1. 1 cup of risotto rice, cooked according to package directions (you will need 3 cups broth)
  2. 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  3. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  4. one half of an onion
  5. one half tsp. sugar
  6. one yellow pepper, green pepper, orange pepper, chopped
  7. one (lite) kielbasa link, about 1 lb.

Process:

  1. Cook the risotto rice according to package directions.  I toast the rice first in the pan for just a minute, then add salt and pepper.  Add the broth about a half cup at a time over low-medium heat, until it is all absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  2. While the rice is cooking, chop the onion.
  3. Saute the onion in a pan with 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil.  Add the sugar on top, and stir over low heat until the onion starts to caramelize.
  4. When the onion is just about cooked,  add the chopped peppers and other 1 tbsp. butter.  Continue to saute.
  5. When the peppers are just about cooked through, cut the kielbasa into bite sized pieces and add to the peppers and onions.
  6. Saute just until the kielbasa is heated. (I use the fully cooked links, so I don’t have to worry about waiting for them to cook through.)
  7. Add the cooked risotto and stir.
  8. Serve hot.

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Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken

I came home tonight later than I thought I would, so I had to think fast when making dinner.  I ended up using one cutting board, one knife, 2 baking pans, and only about 45 minutes!  Out came Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken and Italian Zucchini Rounds.  Both added some great flavor to a busy evening.

Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 tbsp. honey
  3. juice of one half of a lemon plus 4 lemon slices
  4. 1 tbsp. pepper
  5. 1 tsp. sea salt

Process:

  1. Drizzle honey over the chicken breasts.
  2. Pour lemon juice over chicken, then season with salt and pepper.  Add more pepper if you like a kick!
  3. Place 2 lemon slices on top of chicken breasts and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

 

Italian Zucchini Rounds

Pieces:

  1. 2 zucchinis, cut into small rounds
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  5. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  6. 1 tsp. sugar
  7. salt and pepper to season

Process:

  1. Toss zucchini with olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, garlic salt, sugar, and salt/pepper.
  2. On a baking sheet, bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

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