Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken Breasts

It is hard to come up with new recipes that are easy to put together on a busy weeknight.  I found this Crispy Balsamic Chicken Recipe and adapted it a little to suit us. Namely we used Gluten Free Italian breadcrumbs and I used eggs instead of egg whites.  So easy and so good! I can’t tell you how delicious it was and I am so glad I doubled the recipe and made four chicken breasts because they were even good the next day, not as crispy when I heated them up but just as tasty. For sides we had broccoli, our old standby, and riced cauliflower which we just discovered in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s – LOVE!  – we just sprinkled it with salt, pepper and chopped parsley after heating it up in the microwave.  Next time, I want to make this Cauliflower Fried Rice and I bet it would work for this recipe too! Have you tried it?  If so, please share how you prepare it.

Ridgely Brode makes Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken breast as an easy weeknight meal on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Ridgely Brode makes Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken breast as an easy weeknight meal on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

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Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken Breasts
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1⁄3 cup breadcrumbs (I used Gluten Free Italian but you could use regular breadcrumbs)
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dry parsley flakes
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Put bread crumbs, parsley,garlic powder,and salt in medium bowl and mix.
  2. Whisk together vinegar and eggs in smaller bowl.
  3. Dip chicken in vinegar mixture then dry mixture.
  4. Place on a rack sprayed with PAM. set into a baking cookie sheet that is lined with foil or parchment
  5. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  6. Bake 400 for 30-40 minutes, till fork tender and juices run clear.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

 

Ridgely Brode makes Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken breast as an easy weeknight meal on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Ridgely Brode makes Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken breast as an easy weeknight meal on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

 

Ridgely Brode makes Gluten Free Balsamic Crusted Chicken breast as an easy weeknight meal on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Berry & Thread Dinner Plate

 

This is a Winner! Pulled Pork You Dream About

I am back with a Winner! I know, I have heard it all before.. a slow cooker recipe?!  Really?!?  I am not using that contraption.  I am a serious cook!  Well, let me tell you, to one serious cook from another not so serious cook.  You need a slow cooker.  If you are anything like me, you are a busy person and a slow cooker (crockpot) makes dinner happen any day of the week.   I get it, most slow cooker meals are recipes that call for meats that can take a beating and can come out heavy, dull, mushy, unappealing and lacking flavor.  Trust me on this, I will not let you make something, and then have to eat it, unless I know first hand it is worthy the 10-12 hours in a gosh darn contraption.  One such meal is the Pulled Pork. It is a tried and true family favorite.  It is four ingredients.. YES FOUR(!).. and the easiest thing you will ever make. It needs a little extra time to marinate in the BBQ sauce (we only use Sweet Baby Ray’s) so read the recipe.  Make the coleslaw, pile it all on a Martin’s Potato Roll and you will be in HEAVEN. Look at that .. TWO recipes in one.. you are set!

I have a HUGE favor to ask of those of you who do use a slow cooker… have a tried and true recipe that tastes really good?  Please share below in the comments.  We all thank you!

Looking for an easy, delicious Pulled Pork Recipe? This winner recipe Ridgely Brode makes for her family and shares on Ridgely's Radar is not to be missed!

 

Looking for an easy, delicious Pulled Pork Recipe? This winner recipe Ridgely Brode makes for her family and shares on Ridgely's Radar is not to be missed!

Pulled Pork Slow Cooker
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 4 lbs Pork Shoulder or Butt
  • 2 large or 3 small Onions, sliced
  • 1 cup Ginger Ale
  • ½ of 28 oz bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
Instructions
  1. Layer half of the sliced onions on the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Place the pork on top of the onions and then cover with the remaining sliced onions.
  3. Pour the ginger ale over the pork and onions.
  4. Cover the slow cooker, set the temperature to low and let it cook for 12 hours.
  5. Pull the pork out of the slow cooker and put on a rimmed cookie sheet.
  6. Either strain the onion liquid in a colander or pick out the onions and set aside Be careful, there may be some bones that you should take out.
  7. Take two forks and shred the pork, removing the fat, any bones and taking the good meat.
  8. Put the shredded pork and onions back into the slow cooker.
  9. Cover the pork with Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce (the 4th ingredient!), using almost half of a 28 oz bottle. Mix it all together, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  10. We serve on Martin’s potato rolls with coleslaw
Notes
Pulled Pork takes a little more cooking time than the average slow cooker recipe but it only has 4 ingredients! Note: Be prepared, it takes 12 hours for the pork to cook before shredding so we usually put it all together and cook it overnight. When we wake up, we shred the meat and put it back in the slow cooker for another 6 hours.

 

Looking for an easy, delicious Pulled Pork Recipe? This winner recipe Ridgely Brode makes for her family and shares on Ridgely's Radar is not to be missed!

Classic Cole Slaw
 
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Recipe type: Side
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Dole Classic Coleslaw
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • skim milk to thin it out.
Instructions
  1. Whisk Mayonnaise, Vinegar, Sugar and Mustard in a bowl until combined.
  2. If it is too thick, add the Milk to thin it out
  3. Place Ingredients of Cole Slaw bag in a serving bowl
  4. Add a portion of the Mayonnaise mixture and toss to coat the cabbage.
  5. Depending how much dressing you like on your salad, add more dressing until you are happy with the flavor.
  6. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve

Looking for an easy, delicious Pulled Pork Recipe? This winner recipe Ridgely Brode makes for her family and shares on Ridgely's Radar is not to be missed!

 

 

Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar

A few months ago we were approached to try out RawSpiceBar, a monthly subscription that delivers 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends.  Each RawSpiceBar’s monthly spice box contains 1-2 ounces of spice blends, that you use to create, with the included kitchen-tested, detailed recipes, three dishes for serving 8-10.

My husband and I love to cook but are always at a loss of what to make.  When I checked out RawSpiceBar, I thought it would be the perfect way to get us trying new recipes and enjoy meals we wouldn’t have otherwise thought to make.

We got the October spice box which included spices to make Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels, Horseradish and Mustard Cabbage and German Chicken Schnitzel.. all perfect for a Oktoberfest meal.  We decided to jump in and make the pretzels for some friends coming over to watch football.  They were fun to make and really good. It was great to have a little inspiration and make something new.

At $8 for one month or $6/ month for 12 months it is such a fun idea and a great present for anyone on your list who like us loves to cook and has an adventurous palate!

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode makes Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar on Ridgely's Radar

Caraway Cheese Soft Pretzels from RawSpiceBar
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • RawSpiceBar's Caraway, Fennel & Anise Bread
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt, more for topping
  • 4 Cups Unbleached All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg, mixed with 1 Tablespoon Water (for egg wash)
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 14g Dry Active Yeast
  • ⅓ Cup Butter
Instructions
  1. In a small pot over medium heat, combine milk and butter. Stir until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt and RawSpicebar's caraway, fennel and Anise Bread
  3. Combine wet ingredients with dry and knead dough for about 10 minutes.Dough should be soft and almost sticky. (we needed to add extra warm water to the dough to get a better consistency)
  4. Divide dough into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a pretzel. Move to a warm, dark place and let the pretzels to rise until double in size, about an hour.
  5. Just before baking, brush pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with cheese, remaining RawSpicebar's caraway, fennel and Anise Bread and salt
  6. Bake the pretzels for about 10 minutes at 485 degrees. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serbe warm

to buy: RawSpiceBar: $5 off your first subscription or any 6 or 12 month gift order, code: RAKFLAVOR

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses?

I am obsessed with the mini gingerbread houses I have been seeing all over Pinterest.  I can’t say I have had much success with our sons making gingerbread houses, or even eating our efforts, but we have gotten the kits in years past and made a huge mess putting them together.  They end up sitting on our kitchen table through the Holiday and then getting tossed.  Sadly, they have never lived up to the flavor and taste that I crave when I think of gingerbread.  Maybe that is because they were store bought kits??!  It is time, way past the time, that I made my own gingerbread houses. I think the mini ones are right up my alley. I love the idea of making them Gluten Free so that our son with Celiac can give them a try (I know he probably won’t, but it will make me happy that I tried to make something he could eat).  I found this lovely site Windsor B who is a gal after my own heart.  She has beautiful photographs, Gluten and Dairy Free recipes, and she took a few shortcuts to make her mini houses.  If you are looking for a non-gluten free option and directions here is another option for you.  Not in the mood to make them, you could always buy them here.  I love that they are such a festive and, hopefully, delicious treat!  I will report back after I try making them myself and, likewise, let me know if you give them a go.

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B?

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

for the recipe please go to: Mini Gluten Free Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free)

Now that you have had a little bit of time to try out our families recipe for making white rice, you can put your new cooking skills to the test with these Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef. We are not big fans of green peppers and like to use the red, orange and yellow ones, but if you prefer green then by all means use them. We have substituted corn flakes, parmesan cheese and gluten free bread crumbs as the topping on those times we didn’t have potato chips in the house or wanted to change it up.  Hope you enjoy this recipe and if you have any tips, please share with us!

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free) | Ridgely's Radar

 

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free) | Ridgely's Radar

 

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free) | Ridgely's Radar

 

 

 

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free)
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • ½ ounce Parmesan, grated (1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup dry long-grain rice cooked
  • ½ cup potato chips, crushed (we have also used cornflakes)
  • 8 large bell peppers (any color), top removed, seeds and ribs removed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high.
  3. Add sausage and ground beef, cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes.
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage/ beef mixture to a medium bowl.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon oil to skillet along with onion and garlic, cook until onions are translucent.
  6. Add drained tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook through
  7. Add tomato mixture to bowl with sausage/beef, along with Parmesan, rice, and 1 teaspoon oil; stir to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Brush a rimmed baking sheet or shallow baking with oil and arrange bell peppers, cut side up, on sheet or baking dish
  9. Divide rice mixture among peppers and top with crushed potato chips.
  10. Bake until potato chips are browned and peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Beef (Gluten Free) | Ridgely's Radar

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice

One of the first dishes my parents ever taught me was to make rice.  Not just any rice, but fluffy white rice.  It came in handy when our son was diagnosed with Celiac and pasta was taken off the table. Our sons love rice and it is their starch of choice, which means we make rice almost every night of the week.  It is so easy and I don’t really think about how to make it, but at a recent book club our host was having a rice crisis and I said I would post my families recipe for them to use.  We do not follow the recipe on the back of the rice package (white, brown, jasmine.. you name it) and have never had a problem making rice.  I hope this recipe will help you make delicious fluffy rice every single time..

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice | Ridgely's Radar

 

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice | Ridgely's Radar

 

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice | Ridgely's Radar

 

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice | Ridgely's Radar

 

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice | Ridgely's Radar

 

 

White Rice
 
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Recipe type: Side
Ingredients
  • white rice (we use Carolina)
  • water
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • garnish with chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Fill saucepan with water, enough to cover rice but not to the top of the pan (you do not want it too high so it bubbles over when you add the rice), heat on high to a rolling boil
  2. When the water is boiling, add rice
  3. Stir the rice to make sure it doesn't stick to the pot
  4. Cook rice in boiling water for 10 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, Heat water in kettle (optional)
  6. Take rice off heat, pour rice into a fine mesh strainer
  7. Rinse rice in strainer with cold water and shake off excess water
  8. Add boiling water from kettle to bottom of rice pot or add hot water from tap to rice saucepan
  9. Put strainer with the rice in the rice pot filled with water
  10. Place the pot with strainer filled with rice back on the stove on medium heat so that the water will continue to boil and steam the rice.
  11. Steam rice for 10 - 15 minutes
  12. Place rice in serving bowl, mix in butter, salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chopped parsley
  13. serve
Notes
Rice can be heated by steaming it or placing it in a covered microwavable dish and heating it in the microwave. If you heat in the microwave without a cover, place a damp paper towel over the rice.

Here is the Best Way to Cook Fluffy White Rice | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Carolina Enrched Rice  /   OXO Good Grips POP Storage Container  /  washi tape  / mesh strainer  /  Le Crueset covered stockpot  / wooden spoon