Monday, October 29, 2012

Hawiian Haystacks....GLUTEN free style

Hawaiian Haystacks
Yes, good ol' Americana style dinner and YES YOU can make it! It's easy. Almost as easy as opening up a can of cream of chicken soup. Well, ALMOST that easy ;) If your family is like my family it would be a favorite meal for Mom to make. It's a mom favorite because there is really minimal preparation and it's a great way to get your family to eat some veggies that they normally wouldn't.
So here is the recipe rundown:
Gluten Free Hawiiain Haystacks
3 tablespoons butter
3-5 tablespoons sweet rice flour
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
1-2 tablespoons butter or oil
2 chicken breasts or chicken thighs
salt and pepper to taste
Now for the fun stuff:
cooked rice
pineapple chunks
shredded cheese
sliced black olives
chopped tomatoes
diced green onions
diced bell peppers (any color)
for the crunchy stuff....gluten free Fritos :)
In a medium sized saucepan on medium heat melt the butter and saute onions until tender. Add roughly 3 tablespoons sweet rice flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the milk whisking until smooth. Keep whisking until sauce thickens to a paste (about 1-2 minutes). Then slowly whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Keep simmering until sauce begins to thicken. Add more sweet rice flour if needed to thicken to a gravy like consistency. Once sauce reaches the the desired consistency, lower heat to low to keep warm. Then in a medium sized fry pan, warm up a little butter or oil then cook the cubed chicken. Once cooked, add to the chicken sauce.
To serve, place rice on a plate then top with chicken and sauce then add your desired toppings. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

This one is a classic, that's for sure .It's simple, easy, and a perfect side to bring to share with your friends and family.
Now, the sauce can TEND to get runny and if you are a motivated soul, go ahead and pile your shredded carrots on some kitchen towels or paper towels. Also, do not be afraid of the amount of salt. Just trust me. Be brave. Measure out the full 1/2 teaspoon and mix it in. Now pat yourself on the back :) Also, you can add either crushed pineapple or pineapple chunks. Me? Well, I'm not a crushed sort of girl. I like my chunks....but for this recipe I like to roughly chop up the pineapple chunks. Now, if your a chunk person, then by all means, just add the chunks. Same if your a crushed sort of person. Really, crushed, chunked, it's all up to you.

Carrot Salad

1 lb shredded carrots
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup pineapple chunks (drained and lightly chopped)

For the dressing

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayo
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Shred carrots and place on paper towels to dry. Meanwhile, mix together the sauce ingredients and prepare pineapple and raisins. When sauce is mixed, toss the carrots, raisins, pineapple, and dressing in a large bowl. Allow to chill for at least 20 minutes prior to serving.