Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Little Bit of Heaven, I Mean Paris, In Arizona!

 I knew that when Adam and I went to Paris for our Anniversary that I would enjoy the yummy pastries and desserts, but I never expected to fall so deeply in love with sipping hot cocoa at a cafe while the rain fell around us.  When I came home one of the first things that I attempted was purchasing French Hot Cocoa mix.  I learned that not only is there  not a lot of stuff like that out there (mostly machines), but their aren't many recipes either...  My new mission had become finding a recipe that would help me get by until I was in Paris once again.
After doing a lot of googling and experimenting with what others had come up with I have to say that this is pretty close!  I can't provide the amazing atmosphere, but I can get you close to the taste!  

* The darker the better!!  I don't suggest using anything lighter than 70% Cocoa.
* My husband enjoys adding a TBSP of Heavy Cream to his batch of hot chocolate.
* When you get a cup of Hot Cocoa in France it comes with sugar cubes. You can always add, but taste the richness of the chocolate first.  
*You don't have to use the blender if you don't want the froth, but the cocoa powder looks really cool on the froth!!

We are told all the time that Dark Chocolate not Milk Chocolate is good for us.  People have even said the darker the better...I could never enjoy a 90% cocoa bar, but drinking it as Hot Chocolate is truly amazing.  Now I get to say that Hot Cocoa is a health drink :)


Friday, January 20, 2012

GFCF Cream of Chicken Soup!



Tips: * Add Noodles if you want a thick chicken noodle soup!  
* Leave the skin on the chicken while you boil it.  The skin is easily removed after cooking.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Three Bean Chili

 The weather is changing and what better to warm our bellies than chili!  This is a simple, but yummy fast and easy dish.  We serve the chili with corn chips and a sprinkle of cheese (dairy free).

* Adjust the heat for your taste buds.  The cayenne is going to give the most bite.
* I often add celery and carrots to my chili as well.  Shredding them makes them less noticeable!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gluten-Free Chicken & Waffles

Our family has a semi annual tradition of eating waffles and ice cream for breakfast.  I had to figure out a way to still enjoy this special meal with my little ones twice a year.  Because of travel we switched our waffles and ice cream to dinner so I added chicken nuggets to the menu to make it healthy!!! 
Many kids have picky eating habits when it come to special needs kids.  Chicken nuggets is a very common favorite, and they know when they are being given something that they aren't used to.  Tonight my kids gave me the reviews of "Awesome", "Good on the inside and out." and they were gone in time for their waffles with ice cream :)
* You can use regular flour and still create great chicken nuggets!!
* Remember not to use to much oil...when oil gets hot it expands.
* Temperature is very important in frying.  Make sure your temperature stays at 350 degrees.

* The biggest tip that I can give you is not to over mix your batter.  
Fold your egg whites into the batter don't mix them.  When folding take the batter from the bottom of the bowl and gently fold the batter into the egg whites.
* You can use regular milk and flour for these waffles as well!
Coconut milk ice cream is pretty yummy!  They even make coconut whipped cream :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It Worked!!

 Our family loves treats as any family with little ones do, but when we had to change our eating habits a lot of our favorites weren't good for us anymore.  I have been playing around with the multiple ingredients that are required to match the texture and baking consistency of all purpose flour.  The thought came to me a few weeks ago though...can I make cookies with our gluten-free oats ground into flour????  I tried it today and it worked!  I won't say that it would work for all cookies, but we had success with our families favorite everyday cookies which was great.  I must say though that they are a bit more crumblier, but not enough to not make them and enjoy them!  They hold together quite well :)
* If you aren't in need of a Gluten-Free Dairy-Free cookie then replace the four for all purpose and the Earth Balance for Butter!

Playing Catch-up

Life has been pretty busy as of late, but dinners have still been made.  Getting them up on the blog though is quite a different story!  Today I am trying to catch-up a bit though.  Enjoy!
 My husband enjoys a lot of flavor so I thought of him as I was mentally cooking this up.  The recipe is quite simple but the flavors are good.

* If you are a flavor seeker make two separate batches of the honey mustard sauce.  Use one for cooking and one for dipping the cooked pork chop into while eating.

* A tsp of cinnamon might be an added plus for your family.
* Use a hand mixer to combine all of the ingredients once they squash is cooked for a smoother puree. 

* If you don't have a loaf pan you can just form the meat loaf onto a sheet pan and skip the flipping step!  
* If you don't need your meat loaf to be GFCF I like to add 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce or 2-3 TBS BBQ Sauce to our meat loaf.
* Corn Flakes also work if you don't have oats that are Gluten-Free.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Can Dinner Be This Easy & Kid Friendly

We are BIG sports fans!  I was trying to create an easy dinner yesterday that could be eaten while watching Thursday night football.  I wanted it to be healthy and appealing to my little ones.  Usually they love anything they can dip chips into so I created a dip based on the chicken and salsa dinner that I have posted before.  Using a crock pot is always a plus too! 
* You can always use store bought salsa that you enjoy.
* Heat can always be added but it is hard to take away.  If your family isn't keen on spices maybe back off on the green chili or serve it on the side.
* Dips are usually thick, but if you want it to be looser add more sour cream or salsa.