Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

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This is a real favorite of ours and it took a few tries before really perfecting it. I think I even posted an older recipe but I think this is how we’ll do it for now on! Now depending on how big your family is or if you want leftovers adjust the measurements to what works for you. Honestly it’s really hard to mess this on up! Try to use coconut oil to add a sweet flavor to the dish. Hope you enjoy it!

4 Chicken breasts
2c Gluten free rolled oats
1-2 eggs
2tsp Dried Garlic, onion flakes, salt, pepper, and dried basil
1-1/2c Coconut oil
2c Shredded mozzarella cheese
2-3c Tomato sauce (enough to cover the chicken)

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor blend up the GF rolled oats and spices. Don’t be afraid to blend up more if needed. The mix should be close to powder consistency.

2. Crack and beat your eggs in a medium sized bowl. Take your rolled oats mix and lay it on a large plate or pie dish (pie dish works the best because it’s deep enough that your mix doesn’t get all over the counter)
In a large pan add the coconut oil.

3. Put your chicken, beaten eggs, oat mix and large pan in a line. This is key so that you don’t spread your mess around the kitchen.

4. Take your first chicken and dunk it into the eggs. Make sure it’s well covered in egg goo. Then transfer chicken from the eggs to the the oat mix. Coat the chicken well. Then move chicken into the pan. Repeat till pan is full.

5. Sauté the chicken at a medium high heat till outside is brown. Add more coconut oil if needed.

Transfer chicken to a deep cooking dish. Cover the chicken with the shredded mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Place in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

Serve with your favorite veggie, gluten free pasta, or gluten free garlic bread (Udi’s hotdog buns work the best!)

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The Good, the Bad and The Dear God what is that?!

7-GF-Bread-Test-400Friends, let’s talk about bread and bread like products! Ashley is Portuguese and her love for bread is deep. After a few days without bread I found her shaking in a corner murmuring something about french rolls. It wasn’t good and so the mission began to find the best GF bread out there! We haven’t tried all of it so if you’ve tried bread that we haven’t please add a comment!

Let’s start with the, Dear God What is that?

Tifco Corn Tortillas, This is just so wrong. We were heart broken when this sucked. Ashley tried wrapping eggs and bacon in it for breakfast and lost her appetite! You can do Mexican meals with these you just have to drowned it with your toppings.

Pizza Pizza Gluten free options. No. Just stop Pizza Pizza. It’s awful like racist jokes. It’s like they just spread toppings on top of cardboard and call it gluten free because there is no gluten in cardboard. 

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O’Doughs. This one is on the fence. It’s pretty bad but not awful. If you toast it it’s a real improvement. If you don’t toast it, it’s like putting a sandwich between two sink sponges. I would say they have good burger buns but it’s not my first choice. 

The Bad

All but Gluten. Yeah their not kidding about the ‘All’ part! This bread is heavily processed and the ingredients are hard to read which makes us feel uneasy. It’s also a tiny ass loaf for $6-$7 and it’s hard as hell. I like to keep a loaf with me when I walk alone at night. One swing and that mo-fo is down! They do make an excellent raisin loaf, I just need to eat 5 slices to feel satisfied. Always toast this bread.download (1)

KindFood. We had their sandwiches and there was a chance to buy the bread. We enjoyed the sandwich so we decided to buy the bread and there was definitely a difference. The loaf we bought was very dense and maybe you’re into that but I found it dried out my mouth. In the end it felt like more of a chore to finish the damn sandwich.

The Good

download (3)Pizza Nova and Gino’s Pizza. We do prefer to make our own pizzas but when we are super lazy and have no desire to enter our kitchen we call one of these guys up. It’s best if you ask for extra sauce because the crust is thin and drys out.

Glutino. Excellent bread with a great selection. I do warn you that you must toast this bread or you’ll put this one in the Dear God What’s That column. When we eat this bread Ashley really enjoys sandwich’s and it keeps her from shaking in the corner.

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Udi’s. This is by far the best gluten free product in my opinion. It has slice bread, bagels, pizza crust, muffin tops, hamburger and hot dog buns, tortillas, and even french loafs. The best part it actually tastes and feels like bread! It’s fluffy and delicious and it’s now a staple in our home.

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Silver Hills is now Ashley’s new favorite their bread is a little on the small size however there are 5 grams of fiber in one piece of bread. It’s sold at Costco in a double bag for 9$

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Some products I haven’t tried yet are Dempster’s Gluten Zero Bread. What an idiot name. As if replacing Free with Zero was some how a better idea. I bet you that the next idiot company that wants to join the band wagon is going to call it Gluten Liberty Bread. You’ll hear conversations like, “Are you gluten free?” “oh, no I’m gluten zero” Ok my rant is done.

Now You may be thinking that this is a small list and it is. Canada has been late for the gluten free products and that’s a real shame because so many people have so few options. Remember that we control the markets and if we want something all we need to do is tell the big brand stores and they start providing it. Costco listens to it’s customers and over this last year we have seen a flood of gluten free and organic products take to the shelves. In no way do I cover the nutrient value or whats in it but just what it tastes like. Eating gluten free is hard enough and I wanted to provide you with bread products that you will want to buy again. Good luck out there!

May the GF be with you.

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Bruschetta on Udi’s Gluten Free French Loaf

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Last night I made one of Ashley’s favorite and dearly missed appetizers!
Bruschetta! I used a simple recipe of tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and bocconcini. The best part was that had it on Udi’s Gluten Free French Loaf. I laid the slices pieces on a cookie sheet, poured olive oil on top, and toasted them in the oven. I then topped the bread with the tomato mix and served right away. Ashley was in heaven!

Give a try tonight!

Freshco

IMG_3454We went shopping today at Freshco and I swear that store is always surprising me. From the products I keep finding to the constant savings, it’s now our favorite grocery store. As for shopping GF it’s very friendly for us. We even found Udi’s bread products! And they were cheaper!

Maybe it’s because we weren’t looking but we have found some more great rice noodles that are very affordable. They price between .79 cents to $1.49 a package. Each one has made an excellent addition to our pasta or stir fries so I strongly recommend it.

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Pepperettes are found in every grocery store but I thought I should point out that Pillars has Gluten Free Nibblers. These I find are great snacks for when you are out and about and don’t have any GF options around. Great for parties, picnics and camping trips.

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Thanks for reading and may the GF be with you!

Burgers

Tonight I made our favorite meal, Burgers! When Ashley began eating gluten free she hadn’t realized what she was giving up. She was crushed because she realized she was giving up burgers.  She didn’t know if she could do it (when we first started out we had a ton of gluten free stuff and I missed my usual snacks, so when I was at work or running errands I would often pick up a burger and then a pack of gum to hide the evidence! I know I’m awful.).However it wasn’t long till Ashley found a way for us to make

IMG_3402 homemade GF burgers and with GF buns. We were saved! We found out that you can use GF rolled oats. We use the big box you can get at Costco. Oats are naturally gluten free yet the Quaker box we get has the potential of being contaminated. Be very careful of this if you have celiac disease. The food product must be certified gluten free and clearly have it marked. Udi’s GF Burger Buns are the best out there in our opinion. And it’s very important to always toast GF bread! and then keep it stored in the freezer for it to keep (I’ll post more on this topic).

The recipe is basic enough, and maybe that’s why I like it, but it’s a keeper!

 

Gluten Free Burgers

1lb ground beef

1 egg

1/2 c GF rolled oats

Honey Bunny template_s11/4 c amazing dad’s BBQ sauce (Honey Bunny) any flavor

1/2 tbs onion and garlic powder

pepper and salt to taste

Optional (but highly recommended!)

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 c kale, washed and finely chopped 

few shakes of Woodland Natural Hickory Liquid Smoke Flavor (the best part)

Preheat oven 400 degrees, cook time 20- 25 mins

Add all ingredients together and make into patties (or meat balls or meat loaf) place on shallow pan with tin foil. Pour more BBQ sauce on top for more flavor. Serve on top of Udi’s Gluten free burger buns

Love to hear how yours turn out! Enjoy and may the GF be with you

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