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Dairy Free Chicken and Dumplings

30 Jul

I love comfort food.  I love working over a stove, stirring, adding, making it taste just right.  I love how it fills you, leaves you feeling satisfied, full.  It usually simple yet full of flavor.  I think that good comfort food can calm worries, ease anxieties, and give strength.

We have a lot going on right now – as summer comes to a close and school looms around the corner, I wanted to fill the bellies of those I love with something simple yet fulfilling.

What you need ::

1lb chicken – really any will do, I opted for boneless/skinless chicken thighs (I like how dark meat retains moisture)

1 – 2 carrots, diced

3 stalks of celery, diced

1 small white yellow onion, diced

5 cups chicken stock

2 cups flour, plus additional for dusting

2 tablespoons shortening, I prefer all vegetable

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk substitute + a dash

salt, pepper, oil

What you do ::

In your cast iron dutch oven, pour in enough oil to lightly cover and heat to a medium heat.  Cook the chicken until no pink remains, set chicken aside.

Using the pan drippings, cook vegetables until soft, about ten minutes or so.

While your vegetables are softening, chop your chicken.  Once veggies are good to go pour in stock and add chopped chicken.  Generously season with pepper.  (I think the stock makes it salty enough but hey, if you like uber salty then by all means…)  Bring stock to a boil.

While you are waiting for the stock to come to a boil combine flour, baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.   Cut the shortening in to your flour mixture using a fork or one of the pastry cutters.  Mix in milk and stir until a dough forms, I used vanilla almond milk.  Mine was a little dry and I needed to add an extra splash.


Generously flour a working surface and a rolling pin.  Roll out your dough nice and thin.  Cut in to one inch squares, you can use a knife or a pizza cutter.

Gently drop the dumplings, 2 or 3 at a time, in to the your boiling stock, stirring as your work.  Cook for 20 minutes.

To finish this off I dunked a coffee cup in to the boiling stock and stirred in a heaping tablespoon of cornstarch and then mixed it back into the pot.  This helped to thicken it up .

That’s it!  It truly is easy and real comfort food.  My family of five finished off this entire pot, next time I will make a double serving!

Dairy Free Greek Meatballs and Tzatziki Sauce – Simply U Simply Me

23 Jul

Dairy Free Greek Meatballs and Tzatkiki Sauce is something kids will like?  You betcha!

It has been a long weekend, the Soldier had his drill this weekend, Sis has been sick, we are gearing up for VBS at church, it is hot out, and I am beat!  I was looking for something simple, refreshing, easy, but good too.  The Soldier will have had MREs all weekend, so he needs something to refuel him too.  And let me tell you, I love Greek food.  Tzatziki, Dolmas, olives, pitas, I love them all!  If I had to eat one style of food to eat for the rest of my life, and only one, it would be mediterranean  for sure!

So I opted to make this simple dinner for tonight.

What you need ::

for the sauce ::

8 or so ounces of dairy free, plain yogurt (I used coconut yogurt)

1 Tbsp dried dill

1/2 cucumber, processed in the food processor

dash of sea salt

4 – 5 fresh mint leaves – optional (I found the coconut yogurt still so sweet that it didn’t need this step, but you may want it)

For the sauce :: Combine all ingredients and let sit in your refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to over night.

for the meatballs ::

1 lb ground turkey meat

1 cup bread crumbs (read your labels or make your own!)

1 egg

1 teaspoon of the following :: sesame seeds, dried oregano, powdered garlic, dried red pepper flakes

For the Meatballs :: combine all the ingredients, roll or use a cookie scoop and make 1 inch balls, place in a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through and no pink remains

To Serve ::

Find flat bread, naan, or rolls, slice if necessary and bake in your hot oven until lightly toasted – 5 – 10 minutes.  I spread mine with a little olive oil.

Spread with tzatziki sauce, using the remaining 1/2 of the cucumber, slice thinly and layer on bread, optionally top with thinly sliced red onions.

Serve with cooked meatballs and remaining tzatziki sauce.  Yummmmm…….

Now if I could just master the art of grape leaf rolling…

Simple Marsala Chicken – Dairy Free, Gluten Free

9 Jul

I love, love, love marsala chicken.  It is probably one of my favorite dishes, ever. I needed to make it the other day and it needed to be both dairy free and gluten free.  One of the characteristics of marsala chicken is the flour on the outside to give it a nice crust.  But by making sure you have nice thin chicken and a hot pan you can achieve the same taste without the allergens.

I also needed a side that fit that bill, so I picked one of my favorites, red quinoa!

What you need ::

4 – 5 thin cut (or pounded thin) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 – 4  Tbs your favorite dairy substitute (we LOVE Earth Balance)

8 oz fresh mushrooms

1 Cup Marsala Wine

2 – 3 Tbsp unsweeted coconut milk

1 cup red quinoa

1 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth

1 bunch green onions

salt and pepper to taste

What you do ::

Rinse you quinoa in cold water.  Heat your chicken stock or broth to boiling.  Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.  Drain any excess liquid.  When ready to serve mix in chopped green onions.

While the quinoa is cooking heat butter substitute over medium heat in skillet.  Salt and pepper chicken to taste and add to pan.  Cook for 3 – 4 minutes on each side.  Each side should be nice and browned, and no pink should remain in the middle of the breast.

Remove chicken from pan and cover to keep warm.  Add mushrooms to pan and cook until soft, about five minutes.  Deglaze the pan with your marsla wine and cook down until reduced by half, about 2 – 3 minutes.  Stir in milk substitute and add chicken back to pan.  Cover and let cook for 1 – 2 minutes.

That’s it!  Easy peasy and super yummy!!!

Simple Yummy Salad – Dairy Free

2 Jul

We just came inside from running in the sprinklers.  It is 104 degrees out and we are hot.  The kids are now puddles of wet hair and swimming suits in the living room. They asked for a movie and I agreed, sometimes you just need to lay low.

To avoid turning on the oven we are having this salad.  It was first introduced to me 12 years ago and over the years we have tweaked it to make it our own.  That is the beauty of this salad, it is highly experimental and just begs to be a “have fun with me” recipe.  And the best part?  It is going to turn out good, no matter what you do!

Be creative!

What you need:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/3 cup frozen concentrated orange juice

AND however much sounds good to you of the following:

-grilled chicken, sliced and cooled, pull out last night leftovers

-lettuce, spinach, mixed greens, etc.

-apples, finely chopped

-dried cranberries

-oranges, pieced

-chopped almonds, toasted – do it, they taste so much better toasted!

What you do ::

Mix liquids, add rest of ingredients in to large salad bowl, toss together and serve!

Seriously, I could eat this all the time, it is so tasty and refreshing!  And my kids l-o-v-e that there is fruit in here!!!

Simply Me – Chicken and Veggie Dinner

8 Jun

As much as I love cooking, sometimes I just need simple.  But with Dino Man’s allergies simple cannot come out of a box.  Plus, out of a box is usually loaded with junk like way too much sodium, chemicals, and alien slime.

Tonight I made a very simple dinner with the ingredients I had on hand and the kiddos LOVED it!  Like SW asking, “Mom, can I have seconds (and thirds) of the veggies?” loved it.  Dude, totally!

Ingredients:

boneless/skinless chicken breasts, 1 package (that’s what, about 4?) chopped in to bite sized bits

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped in to small bites

a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach

3 – 4 Tablespoon coconut oil

a mix of colorful carrots (who knew they’re not only orange?!?!) about 1lb

3 zucchinis (yellow squash would work too, mine had just gone soft by the time I got around to using it! d’oh) sliced like french fries

olive oil

salt and pepper

:: As always, please read all packaged food before adding to your meal.  Food packaging is not consistent over brands or even by region.  Please ensure that the food you are eating is safe for you and your family, and their needs. ::

Heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Toss your carrots and zucchinis with a couple of teaspoons of the olive oil and a couple dashes of salt.  I put mine in a 9×13 pan and roasted for 45 minutes.

While your veggies are getting their roast on, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet pan over a medium heat.  Salt and pepper, to taste, your chicken and add to the coconut oil.

Saute up the chicken until no longer pink and add the sweet potatoes.  Stirring like a fool, let the potato cook for about 5 – 10 minutes, you don’t want it super squishy, but edible!!!  Then add your couple of handfuls of spinach and cook until wilted.

That’s it!  And the kids LOVED it!

Dairy-Free White Spaghetti

4 Jun

I absolutely love this recipe.  It is creamy and rich, full of flavor, and full of love.  I created and recreated this recipe until it got just the “right” flavor, so yummy!

What you’ll need:

6 – skin on, bone-in chicken thighs

1 – medium yellow onion, chopped

1 lb chopped fresh button mushroom

Butter Substitute (I love Earth’s Balance)

couple of Tablespoons flour

4 cups unsweetened coconut milk (Or your favorite non-dairy milk – just make sure it’s not vanilla!)

salt and pepper

2 cups mozzarella flavored cheese substitute, shredded (I love Rice Shreds)

1lb spaghetti noodles, broken into pieces (I recently found a package of these, already broken, they worked perfectly! but regular length broken by you works well too!)

preferably a cast iron dutch oven that you can place directly in to the oven

:: As always, please read all packaged food before adding to your meal.  Food packaging is not consistent over brands or even by region.  Please ensure that the food you are eating is safe for you and your family, and their needs. ::

How to make it:

Heat your cast iron dutch over over medium heat and melt a couple tablespoons of butter substitute, salt and pepper the skin of your chicken and place in to the yummy melted butter, skin side down, and cover.  I usually reduce the heat slightly and let cook until your meat is done.  Look at that yummy, crispy skin!

Remove the chicken from the dutch oven, cover with towel, and set aside to cool.  While the chicken is cooling add the mushrooms and onions to the dutch oven (and the yummy pan drippings!) and cook until the onions are soft and the mushrooms have released their juices.

Now I usually remove the onions and mushrooms from the dutch oven because I think it is easier to make a roux without them in there, but if you’re more talented than me it is entirely up to you!

Melt a couple more tablespoons of butter and incorporate a couple of tablespoons of flour with a whisk to make your roux.  Let your roux cook for a couple of minutes to brown up and then pour in your entire container of coconut milk, whisking to combine.

Bring to a boil and add back in the mushrooms and onions, also pull and chop the chicken meant from the bone and add to your sauce.  Also throw in and melt a handful of your cheese substitute.

While all of this is happen bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your spaghetti.  Drain and combine with your sauce in the cast iron dutch oven.  Cover with the remaining cheese.  Transfer to a 350 degree oven and cook for 20 – 30 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is melted.

This is seriously soul food.  It is hearty, it is creamy, and it just fills you up.