Chicken Salad

Spring must be in the air. I’m over most meals and starting to think of summer and warmer weather.

I made Plain chicken wings last night and have a ton left over so decided for lunch to make a Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Enjoy this flavourful creamy dressing over chopped apples, diced onions and chicken.

I love the LooneySpoons recipes by Janet and Greta Podleski and this is where I learned how to make a delicious dressing for chicken salads.

Dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

1 tbsp white vinegar

1 tbsp orange juice

1/4 tsp salt

Fresh ground pepper to liking

Whisk all ingredient together and set aside.

Next Steps

Dice half an Apple.

Dice up chicken (enough for a sandwich or two!). Add to bowl.

Dice up 1/8 cup of onion. Add to bowl.

Mix in the amount of dressing you prefer for your chicken salad.

If you like it more on the dry side, add a few spoonfuls; more moist add a few more spoonfuls. Toss together well.

I served on a sour dough bread, with Swiss cheese. I can also happily just eat this mix right out of the bowl! It would also be lovely, on a bed of fresh greens. Cranberries or raisins could be a lovely addition too!

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Apple Pumpkin Soup

It’s winter and it’s cold. I’m feeling discouraged from canned, store bought soup. Yes, they are convenient but where is the flavour?

I’m craving a hearty and tasty, and also soothing soup. Pumpkin comes to my mind.

Ingredients

1 can Pure Pumpkin

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 small cooking onion, chopped finely

4 small apples (I had Royal Gala on hand)

1/2 teaspoon Epicure Caesar dressing mix

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can add more if you want spicer)

Freshly Ground pepper (to taste)

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

4 1/2 tablespoons Epicure Vegetable Broth mix plus 3 cups water

1 cup Apple Cider

3 tablespoons Epicure Coconut Curry Seasoning Mix

1/2 cup whipping cream

Directions

In a large pot, melt butter and sauté onions over medium heat.

Add the diced Apple, spices, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add in the pumpkin, vegetable broth and apple cider. Mix well. Bring to a boil then let cook for 20minutes on lower heat. Stir regularity.

Then add whipping cream. Stir well. Keep on low heat for another 10 minutes then serve!

Enjoy!

* if you want a more smooth soup you can always use a blender after it is all cooked. It’s not overly chunky if you choose not to blender the soup and I like the chunks of apple and onion throughout *

Ice Cream Cake ~ Gluten Free

We miss Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes. So for my husband’s birthday I attempted to make the best copy cat cake.

I started out by reviewing many recipes online. Then meshed then all together.

You will need:

Chocolate ice cream – one large package

Vanilla ice cream – one large package

Epicure Chocolate fudge mix

Kinnikinnick chocolate sandwich creme cookies (crumbled)

Icing For decorating

I used a 9 inch cake pan and lined it with cellophane (to make removal of slices easier later).

I then packed the carton of chocolate ice cream to the bottom of the pan.

Spreading the fudge

I whipped up the Epicure Chocolate Fudge and let it cool before I spread it over the chocolate ice cream. I then let the cake set another 30 minutes before putting the cookie crumble layer on.

Setting the cookie crumble

I couldn’t find gluten free cookie crumble, so I bought a package of Kinnikinnick chocolate creme filled cookies. I then crushed them to make the crumble.

Then put the cake back in freezer for 30 minutes to set.

Add the vanilla layer of ice cream next.

Put back in freezer to set while making icing.

Decorated

Enjoy!

We really liked it! Hope you do too!

Gluten Free Cake Cookies

Sometimes you are an adult when you are exposed to a new recipe! A friend told me about Cake Cookies! Who knew I could use a cake mix and turn it into a cookie ?!

Pick you favourite cake mix (I used Duinkerken)

2 eggs

3/8 Cup olive oil

Mix well. Then make small (about the size of 2 heaping tablespoons) balls. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper.

Place in an oven pre-set to 350 degrees

Cook for about 15 minutes. Bottoms will be browned.

For a decant dessert, icing cookings and put two cookies together.

Review:Ho-Ya Gluten Free Rice Noodle Pho Bowl

I had seen posts on the Canadian Celiac Facebook Support page about these Gluten free Noodle bowls found at Costco. I’d yet to find them. Then to my amazement – I did!

Who doesn’t miss Mr Noodles?! So I’m hoping these will be a nice alternative.

They come in a ready serve bowl with the noodles, flavour oil, soup base and hot chilli powder.

Add hot water to the inside line of the bowl then wait 3 minutes.

The lovely thing about Pho is you can add whatever you want. I added shredded carrots, slices of onions, spiralled cucumber and diced mushrooms.

I didn’t find the soup base overly flavourful. The second time I made up a bowl, I added a 1/2tsp of Epicure Chicken broth powder and a 1/2tsp of Epicure Vegetable broth powder. That seemed to help boost the soup base flavour.

I tend to make these for a lunch on the weekends or dinner during the week as they take time to prepare the ingredients. Since the bowl itself is really just a starting point.

But I’m happy to have this option, and our family has been enjoying them. Have you tried them yet?

Duinkerken Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix ~ Review

I was so excited to try this and compare to Bob’s Red Mill Mix.

This kit makes two 12 inch pizza crusts. The big difference between this package and Bob Red Mill’s Mix is you must have quick rising yeast on hand. It’s not included in the mix.

Otherwise, it’s easy to blend in the yeast, add in the eggs, oil and warm water. I let it set and covered to rise for 10 minutes (instead of the suggested 5 minutes)

I greased up my hands. It was easy to divide and spread out. Way less stickier and easier to spread compared to when I made Bob Red Mill.

I did find it took about 25minutes to bake, instead of the 15 minutes that was recommended.

It was delicious! It was more bread like than hard cardboard which is like so many of the other frozen gluten free pizza crusts! Highly recommend!

Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Who can resist a donut? Now…who would like a Gluten Free Donut?

I bought an Epicure Perfect Portion Bagel & Donut Pan to make homemade ones.

To ensure these donuts are for everyone’s taste buds I bought Kinnikinnick gluten free chocolate cake mix as my base.

Bet you can’t eat just one!

1) make up the cake mix as per directions – *i do use milk instead of water

Preheat oven to 400Degrees (if using a silicone donut pan)

2) I did butter and flour the donut pan and place on a sheet pan (for better stability)

3) spoon the batter into the wells.

Cook for 15 minutes. Immediately take out of oven and off sheet pan. let sit for 5 minutes before removing donut to a cooling rack.

I did up a chocolate glaze to drizzle over the donuts.

I used the Lantic chocolate frosting recipe:

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate

6 tablespoons milk

1 1/4 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients into a saucepan over low heat. Whisk until smooth. Pour over donuts.

Decorate to your liking

The Epicure pan is going to be well used I think! I may need to buy another one to help speed up the cooking process

Apple Crisp Pie

When you want a pie but your husband wants apple crisp – make an Apple Crisp Pie!

Start with a gluten free pie shell and fill it with freshly sliced apples (about 6). Spritz lemon juice on the apple slices.

Get your pie shell ready

Then put in the apple slices.

Then in a separate bowl add:

1 1/2 cups gluten free oats

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (that has xanthan gum)

1 cup melted butter

Spices – 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 salt

* I ended up doubling the recipe so the entire top was even. And to be honest, we all love the topping!

Mix well.

Careful pack onto the apples.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 60 minutes (if it wasn’t in a pie shell it would be cooked in about 30 minutes.)

Yum! It was delicious!

Serve warm with ice cream.

Hope you enjoy too!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Do you ever feel or find we are being told by companies and others that products taste so much better than making something homemade?!

With the pandemic and living rural – options and products are sparse. We are missing our variety in our meals and the fact by now we would have gone atleast once to the city where we would have enjoyed some amazing and delicious gluten free Chinese food.

My dear work mother recommended The LooneySpoons Collection Cookbook by Janet & Greta Podleski – and their recipes are all excellent.

I modified it as 1) we had no gluten free soya sauce – So used a splash of Worcestershire sauce and 2) they did it as a one pot meal. We like our things separate here. 3) onions have been hard to find in grocery stores and they have become gold in our house so I used half an onion and added a shallot

*Canadian Living magazine this month has the same recipe except they added cornstarch (to thicken it) and they used beef instead of chicken

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Chicken breasts

1 Can Pineapple (whatever you have)

1 red pepper

1/2 onion – thinly sliced

1 shallot – thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic – minced

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp white vinegar

1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cracked Pepper

Rice of your choice

In a large skillet, cook up chicken. Set aside. Once cooled dice up.

While chicken is cooking slice up veggies.

Mix up sauce. Set aside.

I had pineapple rings so cut them into tidbits.

Thinly sliced peppers.

Clean skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion, shallot, garlic and peppers.

stir occasionally, for about 4 minutes.

Add chicken, pineapple and sauce.

Cook, cover and stir occasionally for 10 minutes.

I served over minute rice.

It was a family hit.

Review: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Well it’s a different Good Friday this year…pandemic, everyone is to self isolate and home quarantine, so we decided to make homemade gluten free pizza!

I had a package of Bob’s Red Mill in the pantry. I followed the directions as per the bag. Simple ingredients needed: warm water, eggs and oil. It was easy to mix. * I did add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the dough just for added flavour. This is what it looked like just before covering to let rise:

After the 20 minutes (I left mine longer). As I was busy cooking bacon, chopping mushrooms; …prepping to top the pizza!

This is what it looked like after letting it rest:

I took my time with spreading out the dough and heavily greased my hands with butter. I decided to place a sheet of parchment paper over top of my pizza stone. I sprinkled corn meal over the paper.

I found the dough easily spread out over the stone/paper. I tried hard to make a thin crust.

I did not follow the recommendation to bake the crust for 7-9 minutes before putting on sauce and toppings.

I immediately just put sauce and toppings on. I preheated the oven to 425F. I baked for 25minutes and it came out lovely.

It’s a nice crust!

Easy to make!

The crust does have a very yeast flavour – so I do find adding a seasoning (such as Italian seasoning) to the dough helps.

But it is nice to make a homemade pizza every once in a while.