Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chicken & Brown Rice Bake

A few of my wonderful September Mama friends sent me to the Crockpot 365 website a few months ago. I adore this website, not only because the recipes are delicious... but they are also all gluten free, so I don't have to adapt, readapt, and change the recipes to suite our dietary requirements.

Tonight I'm making the Chicken & Brown Rice bake. I'm really excited about this recipe because it doesn't use a canned "cream of whatever" soup. You actually make the soup yourself before adding it to the crockpot and it's SOOO easy!!! Plus, again... this one is safe for me children and I to eat!

So, if you are interested in this recipe or any other recipes that are uber easy, delish, and gluten free - head on over to her website. And, you can easily adapt the gluten free part for normal flour use!

Thank you for your recipes, Stephanie!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Mac & Cheese Upgrade!



  • 12 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 head roughly chopped cauliflower
  • 4 slices torn bread
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley - chopped
  • 3T olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package label, add cauliflower during the last 3 minutes; drain.

Mix in a bown and set aside; torn bread crumbs, parsley, 2 T olive oil, 1/4 tspn salt and pepper to taste.

Return pasta to medium heat, add remaining oil, add onion, s&p, cook just until onions start to soften.

Mix cheese, sour cream, cheese, milk & mustard in with the pasta.

Transfer to shallow baking dish and top with bread crumbs. Bake 12-15 minutes.

notes:
I used gluten free pasta and bread, obviously. It worked wonderfully. So, for my gluten free friends... this is really a tasty treat!!! For those who aren't gluten free, use regular elbows and whatever bread you chose. I think it would work great with italian!!

Another side note.... I added some fine Italian breadcrumbs to my own "homemade" bread crumbs because I knew that my kiddos would want more "bang" for their buck with regards to a bread topping. Feel free to experiement!!! =)