I wanted ranch flavored chicken. I wanted it so bad I could taste it in my head. I have expiramented with making my own ranch powder mixes before. I have used numerous recipes that claimed to taste like Hidden Valley packets but none even came close. I have tried my own spice combinations and still that amazing ranch flavor eludes me. I am beginning to think that the chemicals and ingredients with long names are what makes it taste so good.
On my latest quest for ranch flavored powder I came up with these yummy chicken tenders. I call them buttermilk dill because they too were just not ranch flavored. They were however amazingly good. I love Saco buttermilk powder. I use it in my coconut flour buttermilk biscuit for one. Now I have a new go to chicken recipe and a new use for my buttermilk powder. Alan says he wants this chicken as often as I am willing to make it. Try it and then tell me about your homemade ranch successes and/or failures in the comments section below.
One night recently I asked Alan what would be an interesting flavor for a chicken. We were low on groceries and when he opened the fridge he asked whether salsa would be good. I don’t know why I had never had such a delicious idea. I pulled together a few other things I had on hand and made the easiest tastiest chicken I have ever had come out of my crock pot. This chicken fell off the bones and had an amazing flavor. I thought the leftovers would be great as chicken tacos, but I had an even better idea for the leftovers. I grabbed my clean slow cooker and made this… gluten free easy chicken and sausage gumbo.
I love to take leftovers and transform them into something amazing. thus the leftovers from my fantastic Gluten Free Crock Pot Salsa Chicken morphed into this outrageously good gumbo.
We live in the south. While at the grocery store I came across some frozen okra and asked Alan if he had ever tried it. Surprisingly enough he had never had this southern staple vegetable. I had always had it fried as a child. I was wondering how to make it delicious and gluten free and then it hit me… gumbo. I had picked up some Aidells Cajun Style Sausage
on special and could not wait to try it. I was super excited to get home and begin filling up my slow cooker with yum.
This recipe turned out to be so simple and so good I had two bowls. I didn’t even need to chop onions or peppers as I had reserved the leftover salsa chicken liquid and it was plenty flavorful.
Now that we live in our RV full time I have begun to cook a bit differently. I use my crock pot now more than ever before. I love the ease of crock pot meals and the variety of flavors I can produce with little effort. I love being able to throw a meal together and set it to cook while I go out and enjoy life. I will be posting many of my favorite easy crock pot recipes over the coming weeks. Continue reading →
I have been craving cookie dough ice cream ever since I became a celiac. I finally came across some made by So Delicious. It is dairy free and gluten free and has the most incredible cookie dough chunks I have ever had! I ate the entire pint in one sitting. The pint cost about 5.50 which is way out of my price range for a pint of ice cream. I wanted to save my money and buy it again, but then I had a better idea. Continue reading →
I often shop at our local salvage grocery store. I actually enjoy picking through the slightly irregular fruits and veggies. Sure it takes longer than shopping at a chain grocer, but it is a relaxing shopping experience, a time I give to myself every week to unwind, think, and discover possibilities in foods that would otherwise have been out of my price range. I can get all of the fruits, and veggies to feed Alan and I for two weeks for around 27 dollars. That is incredibly cheap considering the high volume of produce we consume. That 27 dollars can stretch to around 35 dollars and include specialty items like cashews, gourmet chips, Mexican cheeses, and the occasional box of Pop-tarts for Alan. If you have not already checked out your local salvage grocery, it is worth the trip. Always check expiration dates and expect to only buy what you will use or freeze in the next few days to a week. Continue reading →
Recently I picked up a huge pile of brussels sprouts on the cheap. I have been seeing recipes for kale chips posted everywhere and wondered if the tough outer brussels sprout leaves that would normally go to waste would lend themselves well to becoming a crispy snack. I quickly tossed them in some bacon grease and liberally coated them in kosher salt. Continue reading →
What does this girl do when asked invited to a last minute gathering? She makes these super quick cookies.
I love my friends. This fourth of July Alan was scheduled to work leaving me with nothing to do until fireworks time. I asked around on Facebook and my friend Emily invited me to spend the day with her, her husband, and her five children. I had not been grocery shopping in a while and did not have mayo for potato salad, slaw, or any other quick fourth of July favorites. That’s when my mind turned to cookies. Continue reading →
This gluten free girlfriend has been trying to get buff over the last few months. I have a lot of work to do and it is certainly an ongoing process. I have been eating a pretty high protein diet and supplementing it with protein shakes for muscle building. I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder I am just aiming for not looking like a bowl of jello in a bikini. I have tried many flavors of protein powder many tasting awful. I have found that the Dymatize Elite Gourmet series is my favorite flavor wise. I really love the milk chocolate and that is what I buy most often. Continue reading →