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Friday, April 27, 2012

Grilled Peanut butter and chocolate sandwich

Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter together? Want a quick treat that you and the kiddos will love?
Two pieces of bread, spread out the peanut butter and sprinkle on some dark chocolate chips (90% coco typically is dairy free)

melt some dairy free margarine or butter into a pan and lightly brown on both sides (Like a grilled cheese sandwich)

cut in half and serve up! also good with some whipped cream to dunk into.

Home Made Chicken Strips/ Goat Cheese Chicken (Cow Dairy Free)

 My Kiddos love chicken strips and I love chicken parmesan! Because we eat cow dairy free it is nearly impossible to find pre-made chicken strips that haven't been dipped in buttermilk let alone a comparable chicken dish made with goat cheese so I've taken care of both cravings with one recipe. Enjoy (and be safe!) If you are also in the Salem, Oregon area I recommend Fairview Farm Goat Dairy for fresh and local goat cheese, their cheese is the only one I've found that isn't gamy and melts beautifully.

Things you need:
Thawed chicken breast tenders
Panko bread crumbs (either or plain or Italian)
3 eggs
1 cups olive oil
1 cups canola oil
White Cheese of your choice (Parmesan, Mozzerella, or goat cheese)
2 jars of Marinara sauce

Seasonings for panko:
onion powder
garlic powder

lay out your chicken tenders on top of plastic wrap then double back over. Pound those babies out (I use a tenderizer)

You can use Italian Panko bread crumbs or add seasoning to  plain  ones. I prefer to season my own =)  Put your oil in the dutch oven on the stove top on medium (4-5) heat to be ready to fry the chicken.

Have your 3 beaten eggs in a bowl then the bread crumbs. Your going to dunk each strip in the egg wash first then coat in crumbs and repeat until they are all done.Have an empty plate ready to lay out your dredged chicken on for  easy transition to the frying station. 

Uncooked and breaded, read to fry up!
Use the lid of the pot as a shield from splattering oil. Brown up each side evenly, it's ok if the chicken is not cooked all the way through because it's going to go in the oven after this! (preheat your oven to 375 degrees)

Line the cookie sheet with a couple paper towels and lay out the strips as you fry each one so the excess oil is absorbed.

layer about 1/2 inch of sauce in the bottom of the baking dish  place the chicken strips in a single layer and top with your choice of cheese. Place in the oven on covered  at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted. If you're doing just chicken strips then place on a cookie sheet for 10-13 minutes and check the center to verify cooked all the way through. While the chicken is in the oven baking start your starch/pasta. I love angel hair pasta and also the pre-made gnocchi (Italian potato dumpling pasta)

Assemble and voila! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Low Calorie "Street Tacos" at home

Summer is quickly approaching, and even here in Oregon with the rain and overcast its starting to warm up for outdoor cooking! This week we grilled several chicken breasts and put them in the fridge to use for tacos, salads, sandwiches and etc. so we could have lean cooked meat with out heating up the whole dwelling.

Things you need:
Chicken Breasts (3-4)
Fire Roasted Peppers

Poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, cumin

Grill the chicken breasts after lightly seasoning with poultry seasoning , salt, pepper and  cumin. After about 15-25 minutes of grilling let the chicken rest for 5 minutes then shred or cut into strips.

prepare your toppings! We used lettuce, canned fire roasted peppers, tomatoes and salsa. Additional toppings to consider would be black olives, onions, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos.

Depending on your gluten tolerance, you can use a variety of tortillas for gluten free I like Udi's, but for those of you wheat eaters I prefer these half corn half whole grain tortillas (heat up on a stove or in the microwave).

Assemble to your liking and enjoy! Simple, delicious, and low calorie meal the whole family will enjoy!