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Chicken Enchiladas: New Gluten Free Recipe

I took this recipe from Pinterest.  Thanks to the Budgetsavvydiva, I found a winning recipe with some minor alterations.

They are called The Best Chicken Enchiladas. I would have to agree with her on that! 🙂

Grocery list:
10 soft corn tortilla shells (warmed up slightly in the microwave so they are pliable to wrap up)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded cheese (I omitted the cheese because I am not a cheese fan and Aaron didn’t want additional cheese without him adding it himself)
3 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. Corn Starch (I used about 3 times this much to get it really thick)
2 cups chicken broth
1 Clove of Minced Garlic
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt and Pepper
1 cup sour cream Fat free plain Chobani greek yogurt (my healthified alteration)
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon of lime juice
1 bag of spinach
 
Get busy:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan.

In a sauce pan – melt the butter and stir in corn starch and cook for one minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Keep over heat until it bubbles and becomes thick. Stir in greek yogurt, garlic powder, lime, salt and pepper. Do not let it boil.
Pour a little bit of sauce on the bottom of the pan to keep the shells from getting hard when cooked.
Fill tortilla shells with shredded chicken (I also added some spinach leaves to each wrap to get some greens in)
I just added some spinach on top of mine since I didn’t know how well Aaron would receive spinach in his Mexican food. Also put the leftover chicken on top of his side, (hence the chunks).
Pour the rest of the mixture over enchiladas.
Top with any cheese you might want
Bake for 25 min or until the insides are warm.
Yes, I might have dipped out a little sample while waiting on Aaron to get home from delivering sheep 😉

Tupelo Honey Review- Asheville, North Carolina Gluten Free Restaurant Gems

On our last day in Asheville, NC we had the opportunity to get dinner on our own. A couple of the graduate students had definitely done their research and also looked up to make sure their choice had a gluten free menu… I am so blessed!! 🙂

Tupelo Honey was the restaurant of choice. There are two locations in Asheville.  We went to the one on the Southside of town. It was super cute inside and very homey feeling. The first thing that was brought to the table was… you guessed it… HONEY and biscuits.

I grew up eating biscuits or my Mom’s amazing homemade dinner rolls with honey. I was addicted, but once I became gluten intolerant the addiction sadly came to an end! When we placed our orders, I definitely placed mine off of their extensive gluten free menu. I ordered a chicken sandwich… mainly because I wanted to have gluten free bread after being deprived for a while. Our server asked if I would like gluten free bread instead of the biscuits the others were chowing down on… WOW this place had a great understanding of gluten free and I had full confidence in my dinner.

As you can can see there is a sheen of honey on that first bite… YUMMYYYYY I was so very happy!  I highly suggest this restaurant if you are near the Biltmore. It is not far at all and it is very very good. The other’s review on the main menu was fantastic also. Many others got grits and some fried food and fried okra. What a great way to end a wonderful trip!

Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant San Antonio

This past Saturday we went to San Antonio to pick up our couch… you might remember reading about it here.  Aaron knows that my favorite restaurant is Maggiano’s and he also knew there was one in San Antonio. 🙂 Yes sireee he took me to my favorite restaurant with gluten free pasta 🙂 🙂

I ordered the gluten free pasta with meat sauce. The last time I ate at a Maggiano’s (it is a chain) they asked if I preferred corn or rice pasta.  I ordered corn pasta. This time the only option was rice. I have to admit, the corn is a LOT better than the rice. Especially as leftovers. The rice was a lot more dry, which is Aaron’s main complaint about rice pasta versus regular pasta.

Check out those guns while I displayed my meal 😉

Aaron ordered a gluten filled meal, of course. He LOVED the bread and oil with herbs and ordered a salad that had bacon as well as avocado on it and a light dressing. It was actually gluten free, but I am not a huge salad lover so I let him enjoy it without having to share.

 He ordered a pasta stuffed with crab and shrimp with lots of alfredo sauce. It was topped with peppers also. We both had soooo much food that we took the leftovers back with us to Aaron’s parents where we had worked sheep earlier. Unfortunately, Aaron was in a HUGE hurry to get back to Lubbock to unload all of the sheep that he didn’t even give me time to run in and get the leftovers…  😦 😦

Portobello Mushrooms PIZZA: New Gluten Free Recipe

Utilizing some inspiration from Pinterest we made some awesome Portobello mushroom pizzas. We both love the mushrooms in just about anything and have not had pizza in ages. At least this girl has not since the honeymoon. So I was pretty stoked to be able to have something like pizza!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Grocery list:

Portobello Mushrooms (we bought a large container of them at Sam’s which had 5-6 in them)

Red Gold Tomato Paste

Italian Seasonings

Ricotta Cheese

Meat toppings (I used cooked hamburger and the hubby used pepporoni)

GET BUSY:

We ended up washing the mushrooms with some water and finger grease (I just rubbed off anything that look questionable, with my finger). Then we placed them on a baking sheet to bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.  I looked at some different recipes and some just had you put toppings on and warm up and some had you bake beforehand. We were glad we did bake them beforehand also so that when we went to eat the mushrooms they were soft and easy to eat.

After you bake them for 15-20 minutes remove them from the oven and drain off any liquid. Then spread on tomato paste and sprinkle with desired Italian Seasonings. Add some cheese of choice (ricotta was mine) and the meat toppings.

Sorry for the awful picture, I promise to start using my Canon Rebel instead of just snapping them with my iPhone!

Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until everything is nice and melty warm.

ENJOY!

Bucket List for the rest of 2012

The year has already flown by and there is less than half of it left. With this in mind I have decided that I need some of you to hold me accountable to some items that I want/need to accomplish before 2013 arrives.

1. Try a new recipe and share it with all of you at least once a month (realistically I would like to try a new one every week… we will see)

2. Work out at least 4 days a week, every week… real goal is 5-6, but I am being realisitic- sheepercises will have to suffice somedays 😉 This includes:

  • Running/walking from the house to the pasture (approximately 1.75-2 miles)
  •  Sprinting from the gate to the pin
  • Unloading feed (50 lb sacks of feed definitely will help keep my arms toned)
  • Holding sheep in a choke hold between my legs so Aaron can give a shot, take a blood sample, or just to look at it (Hello thunder thighs!)
  • Running around trying to corral the sheep. This equals a lot of agility and being quick 😉 otherwise the sheep will get past me and away from the flock
  • Other moves as necessary to get the chores done 🙂

3. Try out a few different restaurants and give you some feedback on their gluten free menus.

4. Create a cute Christmas card pose/scene for our very FIRST Christmas card! I have a couple ideas, just depends on the weather and such.

5. Complete my Christmas shopping well before Christmas! Goal is before the middle of December. I already have a few people checked off my list 😉 Am I good or what?

6. Get all of our new house made into a home! This is top priority for me. I have waited my whole life to be able to decorate my home and make it a welcoming place for friends and family to come visit… and a nice place for us to come home to after working all day. I know with a full time job, working out, cooking meals, and other responsibilities that my house will NOT be spotless at all times and have accepted this. At the same time I want to get as much organized as possible so things are at least in their place on a regular basis. I still have some of my favorite possessions in Indiana and cannot wait to get them someday.

7. On that same note- motivate my husband to file away his items and to NOT pile things up. This might or might not be achieved in this lifetime 😉

7. Keep in touch with my friends and family- this is something I struggle with. My close friends and family know I do NOT like talking on the phone. While I do call my grandparents on a pretty regular basis and my Mom daily, I feel like there are still some people I would like to reconnect with and make sure they know how much I love them and miss them.

8. Limit my dessert intake. I have been really good about NOT eating dessert. I have been wanting to eat more “clean”. Which means no processed foods, added sugars, etc. I have been making it a goal of mine and have made some minor changes in addition to just not allowing myself to drool over a yummy item long. I have been filling my fridge full of apples, kiwis, squash and tomatoes fresh from the garden, a few bananas (very high in sugar so I have limited my intake), berries, fat-free plain greek yogurt, quinoa, and then also packing nuts and leftovers for lunch so I am not left with a growling tummy.

9. Read some books I WANT to. Now that I am done with school and research I have time to read for myself. I have purchased some books, some I left in Indiana for my Mom to read and others I have and just need to sit down and read. I really want to read Drop Dead Healthy. I have read some book reviews over it and am intrigued. Both copies at our local libraries are checked out… so I will finish reading the book I am currently on, which is the 3rd book in the Mark of the Lion series.

10. Do something spontaneous… enough said. 🙂

What are your plans and goals for the rest of the year??

Gluten Free Catfish and Homemade Raisin’ Cane’s Sauce

Thanks to the Millers we had some amazing GLUTEN FREE catfish the other day.

Let’s talk about how we got to this point though. First the catfish was thawed out by submerging the frozen fish and freezer bag into room temperature water.  When it was done thawing Dustin cut out the parts that would make it taste “fishy” and then rolled it in Corn Meal.

Yep, Aunt Jemima helped us out and let us use her corn meal. At this timet the oil was nice and hot and Dustin was able to fry it all up while I made some dippin sauce that Aaron loves.

The Famous (Only in Texas) Raisin Cane’s sauce with a minor addition.

Thanks to Pinterest I found and pinned this recipe a while ago from this website.

Grocery List

I added about 2 tsp of horseradish per Aaron’s request.

Just mix all the ingredients and then add more pepper or horeradish depending on the kick you want it to have.

(Yes this photo is from Pinterest… the guys got to dipping before I snapped a pic) BUT it did look pretty much exactly like the dip above.

Now you are ready for some catfish dippin… or chicken, french toast, etc.

The sauce and catfish were both gluten free… and of course it wasn’t dinner without a big bowl of Blue Bell! DELICIOUS!!

A champion today!

Last night Aaron made me some yummy stir fry. I believe I have posted the recipe before, but this specific time we added and used a few different ingredients.

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We used leftover hamburger and what was left of the meatloaf I made. Growing up my mom always ate the leftover meatloaf- it was one of her favorite things! So I didn’t want to eat it and Aaron will rarely take one for the team and eat leftovers (my lunch everyday is leftovers I really never go out to eat unless it’s a special day).

The veggies we used were fresh mushrooms

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The rest of the veggies were all frozen ones we had in the freezer:
Broccoli
Corn
Sweet peas

It turned out yummy and we served it on top of brown rice.

This morning was church, my favorite thing of the weekend. We were assigned last weekend to read Matthew 5-7. Aaron and read it earlier this week and were ready for the sermon today. Nothing like the feeling of a good sermon to start the coming week off right!

Then we decided to use up another Living Social that we had bought. It was for Sunday brunch at Las Brisas.

I thought I was being smart ordering shrimp and scallop stuffed avocado for our appetizer. We were both hungry.

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My face dropped and my stomach closed up when it saw the fried avocado with some kind of crumbs. Huge gluten no no! Not to mention the glutened tortilla strips on the salad. Let’s just say Aaron enjoyed it a lot!

Then I ordered eggs Benedict without the bread. I dove right in and then remembered to take a pic, sorry!

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It was good, but didn’t fill my hungry hole. Aaron ordered the West Texas Breakfast and didn’t get his bacon until
I asked if he had gotten meat with it. He then asked for it and got it. Needless to say I will not be jumping at a chance to go to brunch there again. Just failure in communication on my part as far as knowing what menu items were.

On our way out of lunch Aaron got a text that the same lamb that got Reserve at yesterday’s show got Champion at today’s show at the Belt Buckle Bonanza in Waco. Woohoo and because you all need to see a champion Southdown, here you go!

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Made our day 🙂 Congrats again to the Ramsey family!

Hope everyone’s Sunday is going well!!