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Traditional Gluten Free Chicken Enchiladas

These traditional, crowd-pleasing enchiladas use simple ingredients, and are fairly easy to make.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients
1 lb potatoes, peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup red onions, chopped
2 lbs boneless, skinless chickens breasts
1 tsp Mexican seasoning
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup corn
16 corn tortillas
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Toppings: shredded mild cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream, cilantro and salsa.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside a 9×13-inch pan.
1. In large saucepan, fill 2/3 of pan with water and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes in hot water for 10 minutes or until cooked through. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan; sauté onions with olive oil for about 5 minutes. Set saucepan aside for tortillas. Drain cooked potatoes; cut into 1/4-inch size cubes, set aside.
2. In large skillet, heat olive oil and cook chicken over high heat for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through with no pink. Transfer chicken to cutting board and shred into bite-size pieces.
3. In large saucepan of potatoes, add red onions, shredded chicken, peas, and corn. Mix well; salt and pepper to taste.
4. In small saucepan, warm oil over high-heat. Cook tortillas in hot oil for 5-10 seconds on each side. Transfer cooked tortillas to paper towel; dab with paper towel to remove excess oil. Stuff tortillas with enchilada mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Roll-up tortillas and place them folded side down in 9×13 pan.
5. Bake in preheat oven for 15 minutes or until enchiladas are warm. Serve with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Double this batch – This recipe stores easily and is easy to reheat. Double this recipe and simply freeze desired amount of enchiladas in a sealed Ziploc bag before baking. Let the enchiladas thaw on the counter or in the fridge when ready to eat. Bake in the oven as directed above for 15 minutes or until enchiladas are warm.

Storage – Store leftover baked enchiladas in airtight containers in the fridge, and simply reheat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Store the leftovers in individual containers, instead of large containers, for easy-to-grab meals and snacks for on-the-go .

How to Keep Tortillas from Breaking
Learn several tips to keep your tortillas from breaking, and turn them into pliable, tasty tortillas.

Gluten Free Taco Seasoning
When cooking gluten free, there are many products and brands to watch out for. Learn which taco seasonings are safe and gluten free.

Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

I woke up today feeling terribly nauseous. My love picked up a package of crystallized ginger at the store to naturally help reduce the nausea. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that eating pure crystallized sugar can be difficult due to its powerful flavor. Thankfully, I was able to whip up these cookies in no time, and have fallen in love with this recipe. This may  now be every pregnant women’s dream recipe.

These soft, chewy gluten free cookies are the perfect blend of oats, chocolate and ginger. The smooth chocolate and crisp ginger combination in these cookies will keep you coming back for more.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yields 24 cookies

Ingredients
3 cups Gluten Free ‘Bob’s Red Mill’ Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1 tsp salt
t tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1-1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In food processor or blender, combine oats, flour, salt and baking soda. Pulse until oats are completely chopped, about six-1 second pulses.
3. In large bowl, beat melted butter and brown sugar until fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add eggs, honey and vanilla, mix about 1 minute. Add oat mixture and stir just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate and ginger.
4. Use two spoons to drop round tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes on the top shelf. Cool on sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely. Continue making cookies with remaining dough and cooled sheets.

Store Cookies - To keep cookies fresh, pack the cookies in sealed containers with waxed paper between each layer.

Oatmeal Cookies – I am most definitely going to make this recipe again with white chocolate chips and cranberries. Mix up these cookies by replacing the chocolate chips and ginger with your favorite oatmeal cookie fillings like raisins, nuts and peanut butter chips. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Pudding Dirt Cups
Your kids will have a blast making this simple chocolate pudding recipe with you.

Gluten Free Chocolate Snicker’s Cookies
These cookies are truly divine. They are soft, rich and use two of my favorite candy bars; Dove Chocolates and Snickers!

Gluten Free Chicken Salad Sandwich

This fresh, easy chicken salad sandwich is the perfect lunch that can be easily served on gluten free bread, and served on traditional sliced bread for gluten eating friends and family.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Yields 4 sandwiches

Ingredients
8 slices ‘Udi’s Whole Grain Bread’
3/4 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cut into small pieces
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp green onions, sliced
3 Tbsp silvered almonds, sliced
1/2 cup red grapes, sliced (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. In medium bowl, add chicken, mayonnaise, celery, green onions, almonds and grapes. Mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Toast the slices of bread in a toaster or toaster oven.
3. Spread the chicken mixture onto the slices of bread to complete the sandwiches. Top with lettuce, tomato and cheese if desired. Serve with chips and fresh veggies. Enjoy!

This recipe works great with leftover grilled chicken. Double this recipe for an easy, delicious lunch during your busy week.

Easy Gluten Free Croutons
This real easy recipe shows you how to make tender, satisfying croutons out of store bought sliced gluten free bread in minutes.

Gluten Free Soup Recipes
Check out gluten free soup recipes to pair with these tasty sandwiches.

Perfect Shredded Chicken Tacos

These soft chicken tacos have the perfect amount of flavor in its blend of savory seasonings. These authentic tacos taste so delicious; it’s hard to tell their even gluten free.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup gluten free beer or white wine vinegar
2 tsp minced garlic
3 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sugar
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken
Chicken seasoning, to taste (for chicken)
16 corn tortillas

Toppings: lettuce, shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocados, taco sauce, onions and/or sour cream.

Directions
1. In large saucepan, mix tomato sauce, beer, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and sugar and simmer on low.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Rub chicken with chicken seasoning, turning once, until light golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.
3. Carefully add chicken to tomato sauce mixture; bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, until cooked through, flipping once, about 20 minutes.
3. Transfer chicken back to large skillet; reserve sauce in pan. Using two forks, shred chicken breast. Transfer chicken to saucepan with sauce, mixing to combine; continue to cook until sauce reduces and blends into chicken, about 10 minutes more.
4. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet used for chicken over medium-high. Place tortillas in one at a time, cooking tortillas for 15 seconds on each side. Transfer tortillas to a serving plate with a dry paper towel. Alternate tortillas with paper towels.
5. Scoop chicken mixture into warmed corn tortillas. Garnish with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Easy Warm Tortillas – For real easy warm tortillas simply put a tortilla on a plate, covered with a damp paper towel. Alternate tortillas with paper towels. Microwave all the tortillas for 45 seconds. Keep tortillas in warm, damp paper towel until ready to serve.

Supreme Gluten Free Chicken Fajitas
These phenomenal gluten free chicken fajitas include onions, green peppers, zucchini and more.

Mexican Style Pork and Potato Verde
This tender pork, potatoes and beans recipe is a complete meal in one.

Easy One-Dish Lemon Chicken & Potatoes


This easy recipe is a complete meal in one delicious dish.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes (grill) or  1 1/2 hours (oven)
Serves 3-4

Ingredients
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Greek or olive oil vinaigrette
1/3 cup quartered Kalamata olives (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
2 small tomatoes, chopped

Grill Directions
1. Mix all ingredients except tomatoes in a large bowl.
2. Add equal amounts onto 4 large squares of heavy-duty foil. Fold in top and sides of each to enclose filling, leaving room for air to circulate.
3. Grill over medium heat for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are soft. Carefully open packets and sprinkle equal amount of tomatoes over each. Enjoy!

Oven Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Mix all ingredients except tomatoes in a large bowl.
2. Add equal amounts onto 4 large squares of heavy-duty foil. Fold in top and sides of each to enclose filling, leaving room for air to circulate.
3. Place in preheated oven to cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are soft. Carefully open packets and sprinkle equal amount of tomatoes over each. Enjoy!

 

Plan Ahead - Prepare the meal ahead of time by completing steps 1 & 2, and simple throw the prepared recipe in the oven or on the grill to cook when ready, worry-free.

Gluten Free Taco Pizza
This delicious taco and pizza combination is a Midwest favorite.

General Tso’s Gluten Free Chicken
This recipe not only tastes great, but is also a lot of fun to make!

Giant Fruit Salad

A fruit salad is the perfect gluten free side dish to share at any event.


Fruit Options

Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Honeydew, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon

Tasty Extras
Almonds, Walnuts, Raisins

Save money and enhance the flavor by purchasing more of the fruits that are in season. Enjoy!

Storage 101
Enhance the life of your produce with this simple guide.

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
This is a delicious, easy way to cool off on hot summer days.

Gluten Free Yogurt Berry Parfait

Change up your morning routine with this simple, delicious parfait. This quick recipe makes a great breakfast, mid-day snack and light lunch. Try placing this parfait in the freezer for 10 min for a healthy, frosty late night snack. Enjoy!

Start to Finish: 5 min
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups yogurt
2 cups fresh or frozen berries
2 cups gluten free granola
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon & sugar

Directions
1. In 4 small glasses, add yogurt and berries.
2. Spoon 2 Tbsp of yogurt into each glass, smooth surface.
3. Spoon 2 Tbsp of granola over top, smooth surface.
4. Spoon 2 Tbsp of fruit over top, smooth surface.
5. Repeat the process, adding honey and cinnamon & sugar here and there to taste.

Try these tasty fresh fruit options: strawberries (hulled and sliced) raspberries, blueberries, bananas (fresh or dried), mandarin oranges, mango, and peaches, peeled and sliced.

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake
What’s a better balance than fresh strawberries, whip cream and a sweet, moist shortcake underneath?

Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
This delicious, easy recipe makes a great breakfast and is easy to travel with.

Jam-Packed Savory Jambalaya

Mix up your traditional meal with this easy, filling recipe jam-packed with healthy ingredients the whole family will enjoy.

Start to Finish: 25 min
Serves 5

Ingredients
1 (8 oz) pkg skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
2 gloves garlic, chopped
1 (8 oz) fully cooked spicy or mild sausage link, sliced
1 small red onion, cut in wedges
2 medium bell peppers, cut in strips
2 (14.5 oz) cans no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, drained
1 (8 oz) can tomato paste
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley (optional)
1 3/4 cup water
2 cups brown rice

Directions
1. Rub chicken with cajun seasoning and chili powder, cut into 1-in pieces. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet, cook 3-4 min. 2. While chicken is cooking bring 1 3/4 cup water to boil in medium saucepan. Add rice, simmer covered for 5 min. Add sausage to chicken skillet, cook 3-4 min, until chicken begins to brown. Add onion and sweet peppers to chicken mixture. Cook for 2 min, stirring frequently.
3. While vegetables and meat are cooking, remove rice from heat and set aside. Add stewed tomatoes to chicken mixture. Cover and cook for 5-7 min.
4. Add rice to individual bowls and place jambalaya on top. Top with fresh parsley, if desired.

White Rice – Use white rice with this recipe if you prefer or try combining white rice with brown rice for a healthier dish. Enjoy!

General Tso’s Gluten Free Chicken
This recipe not only tastes great, but is also a lot of fun to make!

Gluten Free Supreme Pizza
Make your pizza at home just the way you like, and you can enjoy fresh, safe gluten pizza right out of the oven.

Gluten Free Spicy Turkey Chili

This tradition meal is filled with wholesome meat and vegetables the whole family will enjoy. Double the batch and freeze the leftovers for the perfect lazy day meal.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey
1 1/4 cups green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (optional)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 small zucchini, sliced
3 Tbs chili powder
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
3 (14.5 oz) cans no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can no-salt-added tomato sauce

Toppings
1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)
1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)

Directions
1. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add turkey; cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Add peppers, onion and zucchini, cook for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil.
3. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with cheese, onion and sour cream if desired. Enjoy!

Grandma’s Homemade Gluten Free Cornbread
Complete this meal by pairing this recipe with Grandma’s delicious corn bread.

Classic Gluten Free Beef Stew
This comfort food is a complete meal in one simple dish.

Supreme Gluten Free Chicken Fajitas

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These phenomenal gluten free chicken fajitas include onions, green peppers, zucchini and more.

Start to Finish: 20 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients
2 Tbs canola oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp chili powder
3 boneless chicken breast halves, cut in thin strips
1 medium onion, cut in strips
3 medium bell peppers, seeded/cut in strips
1 zucchini, cut in strips
2 jalapenos, chopped (optional)
8 corn tortillas
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
1 cup refried beans (optional)
1/2 cup salsa (optional)
1 bunch cilantro (optional)

Directions
1. Heat oil in heavy skillet. Add chicken strips and chili powder over high heat, stir constantly for 5 min, or until cooked. Drain and set aside.
2. In the empty skillet, add onion, garlic and  jalapenos to oil in pan and saute over high heat for 2 min. Add bell peppers and zucchini; cook over high heat for 4 min, or until vegetables have a blackened look around the edges. Return chicken to pan and heat until sizzling hot.
3. While the chicken is reheating wrap the corn tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 sec. Serve right away with sour cream, cilantro, refried beans and salsa, if desired.

◊ To speed up the cooking process for this recipe purchase one of each (6oz) precooked chicken and steak strips from the store. They are not as budget friendly, but they are great way to whip up a fast, tasty meal.

Perfect Gluten Free Guacamole
Try this fresh, appetizing guacamole with your Mexican dinner tonight.

Easy Gluten Free Chicken Fajita Soup
This scrumptious, fulfilling soup can be enjoyed all year round.