Archive for May, 2009
So I had a lot of trouble naming this dish. Chicken, Chutney, Curry, Quinoa and Peaches. Too many different flavors, ingredients, tastes…. It has some Indian flavors, some South American flavors, and my own American touch. It’s a little spicy (depending on the curry you use), a little savory, and it bursts with sweetness, too. Let me know if you have a better name for it.
If you’re not familiar with quinoa, check out Diane’s post at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang. She writes about the different varieties of quinoa and the nutritional qualities, as well as additional quinoa recipes.
Quinoa Indian Chicken
2 lbs. chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 TBSP curry powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 Cup rice flour (or other gluten-free flour)
2 Cups chicken broth
1/4 Cup mango chutney
1 tsp lemon juice
1 (15 oz.) can of peach chunks (or use fresh cubes when in season)
1 Cup quinoa (I used red.)
2 Cups water
- Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute until the onions are tender. Add the curry, cinnamon, ginger and flour. Mix well. Then gradually blend in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add chutney and chicken and simmer.
- While the chicken mixture is simmering, cook the quinoa according to package directions. (One cup quinoa, two cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and cook until all the water is absorbed into the quinoa, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Once the quinoa is cooked: Add lemon juice and peaches (juice and all) to the chicken mixture and cook until the peaches are heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Place about 1/2 cup quinoa on a plate and top with the curry chicken mixture.
- You can substitute rice for the quinoa.
- To add even more flavor, use chicken or vegetable broth while cooking the quinoa and add a tsp curry.
If your kids aren’t out of school yet, no doubt they will be soon. It’s a great time to stock up on supplies to keep your kids busy and engaged this summer. We spend a lot of time outdoors, but I like to have some quiet indoor activities for them on really hot days. Find supplies and ideas for Free Activities at Discount School Supply (DSS) where they are currently having their End of the Year sale. (Sale good through May 31, 2009.)
I first discovered DSS more than three years ago while I was looking for a gluten-free play dough. My son was 2 at the time and was always putting things in his mouth. I didn’t want any play dough with gluten getting into his mouth, so I made my own at home. But I still wanted to see if I could find some pre-made. DSS was carrying the only commercially available gluten-free play dough I could find: Colorations Wheat & Gluten-Free Dough. It comes in a large plastic bucket that contains eight different colors of gluten-free play dough inside.
It was perfect for when my son started preschool. I gave the whole bucket to the teacher to keep in the classroom so they could use it whenever needed. The texture of the dough is a little different from other gluten-containing doughs. It’s smoother and not as squishy or grainy. My son’s teacher actually preferred it because it smells better. The bucket of Colorations play dough lasted about a year before it started to dry out and get too tough to work with. I make my own play dough at home at least once a year, but it’s nice to have the option to buy it. I also bought some of the play dough tools, including these
Dough Presses at DSS for my kids to take to preschool. That way I don’t have to worry about cross-contamination by sharing tools with others at school. My daughter has some for her class, my son has some for his class, and we keep some at home, too.
In addition to play dough, DSS has a lot of arts and crafts supplies that are labeled for gluten/wheat allergies as well as other allergies. The content of Gluten/Wheat, Dairy/Casein, Latex, Egg, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy is indicated on paint, ink, glue, and other craft products. Over 200 items are in the Common-Allergen-Free Products category at Discount School Supply. And, now they have a new line of items for helping kids with other Special Needs, too.
I’ve really found DSS to be a great source for arts & crafts and school supplies at very reasonable prices. I usually make one or two large orders every year to take advantage of their free shipping offer. And, this week they are offering Free Delivery on in-stock orders over $49! It’s a great time to check them out, and get ready for summer.
I put this dinner together the other night while trying to clear the leftovers out of the refrigerator. It turned out so much better than I was expecting! Another quick and easy recipe that really doesn’t need directions, but sometimes we all need a little inspiration. For more dinner inspirations check out What’s For Dinner Wednesday at the Gluten-Free Homemaker.
Southwestern Chicken Salad
Mixed salad greens (I used a spring mix and baby spinach.)
Avocado, chopped (1/2 avocado per person)
Corn and Black Bean Salad (1/4 cup per person)
Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken, shredded (1/2 cup per person)
Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 oz. per person)
Black olives, sliced
Salsa or Spicy Ranch Dressing
- Place your mixed salad greens on the bottom of your salad bowl. Sprinkle the cilantro on top.
- Then add the chicken, corn and black bean salad, and avocado.
- Top with cheese and black olives.
- To finish it, use salsa or Spicy Ranch dressing.
- I was going to add some tortilla chips, but decided it really didn’t need it. It was filling enough (and tasty enough!) without chips.
- You may also want to add diced tomatoes and a little lime juice.
This week’s theme ingredient at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s Friday Foodie Fix is shrimp. In her post of it, Diane talks about the benefits of cooking shrimp, from the ease of cooking to the many nutritional qualities. If you like to cook shrimp, or would like to find some new recipes, be sure to check out the round-up of recipes at the link above. We don’t eat a lot of shrimp at my house. Mostly because my kids aren’t yet fans of it. My son will eat cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, but my daughter still sticks her tongue out at it. Despite my kids’ resistance, we still occasionally cook it on nights I give the kids leftovers or hotdogs for dinner. Gotta love leftovers!
I found a great recipe at Bonefish Grill’s website for Saucy Shrimp and Scallops. I was trying to recreate their recipe for their Saucy Shrimp appetizer that we love to order at the restaurant. It didn’t turn out exactly like the appetizer I have at the Bonefish Grill, but it was close (and very good!). After comparing the recipe I made with the dish at the restaurant, I noticed these differences: The restaurant uses lime juice, not lemon like the recipe states; and the Sun Dried Tomatoes the restaurant used had a much sweeter taste than the ones I got at the grocery store. Other than that, I’d say it was pretty much the same. My husband and I gobbled it up at home just as fast as we do at the restaurant. And, if my kids don’t want to eat it…well, more for me and my husband.
Here’s another gluten-free children’s vitamin I found. Wegmans actually carries three different varieties: Complete, Plus C, and Plus Iron. Each one is labeled gluten-free and lactose-free.
My daughter enjoys picking out one of the Wegmans Wkids Plus Iron vitamins every morning. She likes to announce which animal shape and color she’s going to have for the day. I’m glad she likes them and is getting the extra iron in her diet.
My daughter still likes the CVS brand of children’s chewable vitamins, but when I saw Wkids at Wegmans I decided to try them. They may not be as enticing as Dora or Disney Princess chewable vitamins, but we pass on those because they have wheat listed in the ingredients. And that’s okay, because I would much rather pay the generic prices of CVS and Wegmans vitamins.
My son prefers the gummy vitamins and is still taking the Spider-man Gummies vitamins. I think he likes the fact that he gets to have two a day (the recommended dosage for adults and kids 2 years or older). Related article here: Gluten-Free Children’s Vitamins.