March 30, 2015

Orange Chicken

Tasty and easy.  Adapted from this recipe.

Orange Chicken

6 boneless chicken thighs cut up into chunks
2 T bacon grease or butter
juice of 4 clementine oranges plus zest from one of them
1/2-1 tsp ginger powder
3 T tamari
1 tsp Siricha
3 green onion, chopped (scissors work great here)
toasted sesame seeds

Mix the juice, zest, ginger, tamari and Siricha in a sauce pan and put on low until it reduces and is sticky.  Meanwhile, heat the grease and stir-fry the chicken chunks until brown and a bit crispy on the outside.  Once the sauce has reduced, pour over the crispy chunks of chicken.  Serve chicken topped with green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

March 19, 2015

"Irish Soda Bread" - the sweet kind

I wanted soda bread to go with our corned beef the other night.  This recipe seemed doable.  A bit more of the sweet bread style.  Tasted good...Laura even liked it :)

Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread (adapted from the Betty Crocker website)

2 c gluten-free flour mix
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1/4 cup sugar
3 T soft butter
1 egg
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c dried cranberries

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Grease cookie sheet.

Mix together the flour, soda, powder, salt and xanthan gum.  In separate bowl (I used KitchenAid mixer), beat sugar, butter and egg on medium speed about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. 

Gradually mix in flour blend mixture alternating with buttermilk.  Mix in cranberries.

Scrap out of bowl onto greased cookie sheet into a mound like a roound soda bread loaf.  Cut an X across the top with a sharp knife.

Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes then turn heat down to 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.

December 21, 2014

Libby's Pumpkin Muffins

From the Libby's pumpkin website.

Libby's Pumpkin Muffins

1/2 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/4 c canola oil
1-1.5 c sugar
1/4 c water or apple juice

1.5 c gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffins tin or use those silicone deals and you don't need any grease.

Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, oil, sugar and juice.  Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Spoon into muffin tin/cups and don't hesitate to make them fairly full.  Makes about 8-10 muffins.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until done in the center.

Best Banana Bread

This recipe is off of the Nameste Perfect Flour Blend bag and it is a very good, very easy banana bread.

Best Banana Bread

2 c gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 - 3/4 c sugar (depending on how sweet you like things and how ripe your bananas are!)
1/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat over to 325 degrees.  Grease a bread pan.

Mix together oil and sugars.  Add eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla and mix until well blended.  Add flour, soda, and salt and mix until well blended again.

Pour into greased pan and bake 65-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Transfer loaf to cooling rack to cool before serving.

November 6, 2014

Chicken Hurry

Adapted from an recipe.  The leftover liquid can either be froze and used for future chicken or boiled down a bit with some sour cream or cream cheese added and tossed over pasta like a stroganoff!

Chicken Hurry - in Crockpot

6-10 chicken drumsticks
1 c ketchup
1/2 c water
1/4 c brown sugar
2 oz dry onion soup mix (I make my own and it works great)

Put the chicken in the crockpot.  Mix the other ingredients together and pour over the top.  Cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.  Serve and enjoy!

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