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Buttermilk Dill Chicken Tenders

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.

Buttermilk Dill Chicken Tenders
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 8 frozen chicken tenderloins
  • 3 tbsp Saco Buttermilk Powder
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dill
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Thaw chicken tenderloins.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a small shallow bowl.
  3. Dip chicken pieces in powder and press down to get maximum coverage on all sides. (tip: don't get your fingers in the powder too much it will stick to your fingers and make a wet gooey mess)
  4. Bake chicken at 350 for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

 

Yellow Squash and Tomato Quiche Bites

Yellow Squash and Tomato Quiche Bites

 

Yellow Squash and Tomato Quiche Bites
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups yellow squash deseeded and chopped very fine
  • 1 cup/ 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup white onion chopped very fine
  • scant ⅓ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh chives cut small
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp red chili flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Chop veggies well. I used my food processor for a few seconds to get a fine chop.
  2. Beat eggs until lighter in color.
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Spray 2 mini muffin pans with oil spray.
  5. Fill tins to top.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

Bilinski Chicken Sausage With Fresh Chunky Tomato Sauce Over Quinoa

Bilinski Sun Dried Tomato SausageFresh Chunky Tomato Sauce with Quinoa

 

 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 package Bilinski Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage
  • 1 large yellow tomato
  • 1 large red tomato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 10 ounces button mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
Instructions
  1. Coarsely chop tomato,onion, and mushroom.
  2. Finely dice garlic.
  3. Dice basil and parsley.
  4. Melt butter in saute pan.
  5. Saute garlic,onion, and mushroom until onion is translucent and mushroom is cooked.
  6. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Cut sausage into ¼ inch slices and saute until lightly browned.
  8. Mix together onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
  9. Add basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  10. Spoon quinoa into bowls. Top with vegetable mixture.
  11. Top mixture with sausage.
  12. Eat and enjoy!

 

Crockpot BBQ Rotisserie Chicken with Caramelized Onions

Gluten Free Crock Pot Cajun Rotisserie Chicken With Carmelized Onions

Crockpot Cajun Rotisserie Chicken with Caramelized Onions
 
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Serves: 6
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  1. Remove skin and extra fat from chicken.
  2. Liberally sprinkle spices all over chicken and pat with fingers to help them stick (rubbing the spices in will just make a wet sticky mess).
  3. Wrap whole onions in aluminum foil and place in bottom of crock pot.
  4. Set chicken on top.
  5. If whole onions are too large for chicken to fit nicely in crock-pot, slice onions in half and re-wrap. Place any remaining onion in cavity of chicken.
  6. Cover crock-pot in aluminum foil and then put on crock-pot lid.
  7. Cook on high for 5 hours or until chicken internal temperature is 165 to 175 degrees.
  8. Chicken will be tender and fall off the bones. To keep chicken intact use lifting tongs or two spatulas to lift carefully from crock pot.
  9. Unwrap onions.
  10. Eat and enjoy!

 

Outback Steakhouse, Huguenot Rd. & Robius Rd. Chesterfield, Virginia

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse

We have visited this location on a few occasions, and they seem not to understand Gluten Free. More than once our gluten free burger has been brought out on a bun, requiring the entire meal to be replaced.

On 4/14, we ordered Outback using Midlothian Delivered. After our driver waited for an hour and twenty minutes, which is inexcusable on most nights and even more ridiculous on a Monday, our order was brought out and wrong. Our driver instructed the server if there is any chance the Gluten Free burger touched a bun, it needs to be remade. And, back the burger went. At least our driver, Ryan, knows about cross contamination. After another twentyfive minutes of waiting, the food was brought back out.

Let’s just skip the rest of the issues we had with our order, and move on to the following email sent to Outback, using their online contact form a couple of days later.

Hi,
I am writing due to repeated failures in your staff to understand how to create a safe gluten free meal. I have had multiple experiences where my gluten free burger was brought out to me on a bun. The Huguenot Road location is the location where this happens the most.
I am aware that your establishment has worked with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) to create a gluten free menu. I thought that adequate staff training was included in that GIG approved status.
My experience last night could have made me very ill.
I ordered Outback for my family through a great local delivery service Midlothian Delivered. The driver is well experienced with gluten free and saved me from getting ill.
He arrived at Outback and placed our order. After an hours wait for our food to be ready, he checked to make sure the order was right before leaving your establishment. He quickly realized that some of the burgers had the wrong toppings on them including my gluten free meal. He had to force the server to admit that my burger had at one point been on a bun and been taken off of it. The driver then explained again the seriousness of celiac and our food got remade. I ended up with a meal that was safe for me and I did not end up with any ill effects. If it had not been for that very knowledgeable driver for my delivery service, I would have been ill for up to 3 weeks from that one burger. Your staff really needs to understand the seriousness of this illness and understand the procedures for preparing a gluten free meal. If this can not be done please consider discontinuing your gluten free menu until it can be safely consumed on a regular basis.
I will be contacting the GIG about the multiple failures at that location ad maybe they can offer some staff retraining.
I ended up waiting a total of about 2 hours for our meal to arrive. That was not the fault of our delivery service. That was the fault of your restaurant directly.
I would like to also note that the others I ordered for were very unhappy with their meals as well. The bacon on the burgers was under cooked and two of the meals burgers had less that 6 french fries with them.
I previously enjoyed dining at Outback about once every two weeks. I will be discontinuing eating there from now on. My health is much more important than a juicy burger.
Thanks!
Laurie
https://www.mygfgirlfriend.com

A few days later, we had zero response from Outback; so, we tweeted them as well. As of this posting, we have still heard nothing. A “Gig Approved” restaurant, with a customer who had an issue, and Outback will not even respond. Sad, Outback, sad.

One last thing. This was my (Alan’s) and my dad’s meals. Have you ever seen so many fries in your life [sarcasm]. If you want a great burger and fries, and safe service, head to Five Guys. There locations do it right and faster than we can write their reviews.

Rating by Alan Cook: 0.5 stars
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Best Gluten Free Pasta Brands

Gluten Free Pastas

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

A corn and Rice Blend Penne Pasta, which is Gluten Free, Wheat Free, and Dairy Free. Gluten Free Penne pasta can be used in place of standard pasta for dishes such as Penne Pasta Salad, Tomato Basil Penne Pasta, and Garlic Penne Pasta.

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

 

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

This corn and rice blend Fusilli pasta is Wheat Free, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free. Now you can again enjoy Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese and Fusilli with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms – all gluten free!

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

 

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Usually, Mac & Cheese is all you need to hear; but, with Gluten Free, not every brand steps up like Ancient Harvest. This Gluten Free Mac & Cheese is one of our favorites.

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Everyone loves spaghetti! Now, you can have it Gluten Free too.

Exas Fettuccine, Mung Bean

Mung Bean Fettuccine

Mung Bean Fettuccine

A new twist on Fettuccine. Mung Bean Fettuccine is Gluten Free and Vegan.

Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Schar Spaghetti

Schar Spaghetti

Spaghetti options – the more the merrier, and that’s why you’ll be glad to see so many available!

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Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Sweet Debbies Cook Book Review

A few weeks ago I was offered my first cookbook for review. I told myself if I was offered a review I would only accept if the product was something I really thought you guys would enjoy.  When I found out that Debbie Adler’s Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Cookbook  was full of healthy whole foods recipes containing no gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, or nuts I was on board and super excited to share it with you all.

The first thing I noticed about this cookbook was how scrumptious the cover looked. The photography throughout the whole book is just gorgeous. You will want to eat every page. The book also contains a ton of great information. I really enjoy how Debbie goes into detail about each specialty flour, ingredient, and tool needed to make her recipes work.

Debbie has plenty of experience in baking luscious treats. She started out trying to bake sugar free sweets at home and once she got it right moved on to having her own bakery. Once she realized her son had severe food allergies she revamped all of her recipes to make them allergen free and better than ever. She converted her bakery over to allergen free only baking as well. I would love to pop in for a visit but she’s clear across the county from me. That is one of the reasons this book is so great. Now I can make some of her fantastic goodies in my own kitchen. If you enter my giveaway you can too!

Due to Old Man Winter keeping me from the store lately, I have not had a chance to try any of these recipes so far. My local grocery stores do not carry items like teff flour and coconut nectar. Many of them stand out as must try as soon as a trip to Whole Foods can be made.

Here are some of the recipes that are begging me to make them.

Sweet Debbie’s Salted Caramel Apple Muffins sound divine. I had Alan go through the book with me and he agrees these are at the top of our must make list.

When I saw Debbie Adler’s recipe for Lemon Parsnipannies I added them to my list of fantastic treats to try. I have recently fallen in love with parsnips and I had never thought to use them in such a way before.

The third recipe that really stood out to me was her Caramel Glazed Fakin’ Bacon Brownies. She uses an awesome secret ingredient to make vegan faux bacon that sounds so amazing!

Lastly I know I will have to try her Coconut Crunch Donut Holes. Everyone knows about my insane addiction to all things coconut.

This book is really packed with awesome healthy sweets. I really can’t wait to try them all. Debbie Adler is a super genius for figuring out how to make all of these everyday treats vegan and allergen free without sacrificing taste.