Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's for Dinner Wednesday~

Hello, hello...gosh, where has January gone?  Seems like yesterday we were all just ringing in the new year!

I have a few tasty recipes to share with you today.

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Rice-Gluten Free Living February 2015

Anyone who has gone gluten free will most likely tell you that one of the things they miss most is Chinese Food!  The February issue of Gluten Free Living featured several yummy recipes, but Chicken Fried Rice has always been a favorite of mine.  It did not disappoint, and my hubby loved the fact that the recipe called for green beans rather than the typical peas (he does not like detests them).

5 oz chicken, skinless and boneless
1 1/2 tsp gluten free soy sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 tsp rice wine
1 tsp oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed and chopped

Fried Rice
2 C water
4 oz green beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (we used frozen already cut)
2 TBS oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced (we used green as the yellow did not look fresh at the store)
1/2 red pepper, diced
2 C cooked rice, about 10 oz
1 tsp oil
2 eggs
1 tsp gluten free soy sauce
3/4 tsp salt

In a sauce pan, heat the oil and add the garlic and chicken.  Saute for 2-3 minutes.  Set aside.  In a small pot, heat the water to boiling and add the green beans. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside (I steamed the frozen ones in the microwave for a couple minutes).

In a wok (we used a large saute pan), heat 2 TBS of oil, add the onion and saute for 1 minute.  Add the yellow and red peppers and saute for another additional minute.

Add the rice and cook for 2-3 minutes, until heated through.  Push the rice and vegetables up along the sides of the wok (or outer edge of a saute pan).

Add 1 tsp of oil in the center of the wok (pan).  Crack two eggs in the center of the wok (pan).  Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the egg is nearly set.

Add the green beans and chicken and stir together.  Add the soy sauce and salt.  Serve warm.

Slow Cooker Potato and Corn Chowder

Recipe can be found here.  A delicious, hearty dish for a cold winter's evening.

Karina's Beef Stew

Recipe can be found here.

Another fabulous hearty crock pot dish.  Be forewarned, your kitchen will smell amazing!!  We used the Italian spices and it smelled/tasted so good.

And, last but certainly not least...another winner from Mike of The Iron You.  Mike's recipes are always simple and easy to prepare, but so full of flavor.

Buffalo-Style Pork Chops

The recipe can be found here.

I will leave you with some AMAZING news...those of you who have been praying for sweet Brooke, her cancer is in REMISSION!!!!!

She will be undergoing 12 radiation treatments in the following weeks, but this was such a huge blessing.  Continue to keep her and Jennifer in your prayers.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Long Weekend~

Hi all.  Sorry I have been a bit MIA.  The hubby and I were "grand-dog/puppy" sitting over the holiday weekend for #1 while she was away. Whew, 5 dogs under one roof is exhausting. Fortunately, we have a HUGE yard for them to run in and tire them out!

Her one sweet pup has serious separation anxiety, and whimpers due to it.

I am proud to say however, that come yesterday we had broken him of the habit.  My #1 even called me after she got home to ask what I had done to her dog???!!!  You see, every time she used to leave he would whimper, then bark and whimper when she returned home until she let him out of his crate.  She had run to Target to pick a few things up, and came home to quiet!!  I just told her to call me "the dog whisperer", LOL.

And, yesterday was my sweet hubby's birthday.  He usually doesn't like a lot of fanfare, so I asked him what he would like for dinner and dessert afterwards.  Not surprised, he chose pot roast with mashed potatoes and Boston Cream Pie.

The pot roast and mashed potatoes were a no brainer for me.  Grass-fed Sirloin tip roast, beef stock, onion-quartered, and spices (onion powder, garlic powder, italian seasonings-trust me it is so good, salt and pepper).  Brown the roast on all sides, and then place in crock pot.  Add broth, onion, and spices.  Cook on Low about 7-8 hours.  Melts in your mouth!!  He said it was the best he'd ever had.

Now, as far as the dessert goes, the last time I had made Boston Cream Pie was ages ago and not gluten free by any means.  Knowing my cooking skills back then it was most likely out of a box.

I googled looking for a recipe and found this one. It was easy to prepare, and we had all but 3 ingredients already in our pantry and frig.

Oh man, it was delicious!!

All in all, hubby said it was the best birthday dinner he'd had to date.  Mission accomplished.

I hope to share several other yummy recipes we tried last week tomorrow on "What's for Dinner Wednesday".

Sunday, January 11, 2015