Whole Roasted Chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken

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Not going to lie… I have had this recipe sitting in my blog for weeks now.  This was the last meal that I made with my mom before she passed.  My mom used to joke when we would cook together that I was the cook and she was the cleaner.  She would walk around the kitchen following me as I cooked, cleaning. I think that this recipe holds a lot of sentimental feelings and it was hard for me to post it.  It was like reliving the last few weeks with her before we found out she had cancer and was in a coma. All the good memories that now are mixed with the bad.  Sometimes those bad memories out weigh the good ones. It takes on a darker meaning to the point of wanting it just to stop. So, I have to just put one foot in front of the other. Find joy in the memories of my beautiful mother and the time we spent together. To let the bad memories have a space but not consume my life.

Here is the original post… hope you enjoy xo

I love roasting chicken!!! It is easier than you think and it is one of those meals that you can just put in the oven and leave for a couple hours. I like to pair mine with veggies that roast with the chicken in the oven. It is a great meal for a group of people or a Sunday dinner.

 

What You Need:

Whole Chicken (antibiotic free, no hormone chicken)

Whole Onion

Two Lemons (cut in quarters)

Mushrooms (cut in half and save for later)

6 Large Carrots, sliced long way

Butter

Fresh Herb Mix for Poultry

Salt and Pepper

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What To Do:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your chicken in a roasting pan. Run your fingers under the chicken skin to loosen it from the meat. Under the skin, rub a generous amount of butter on the meat.

Take the onion and place inside the cavity as well as one half of the lemon. Squeeze the rest of the lemons on top of the chicken and sprinkle salt and pepper all over. Place the carrots around the chicken.

Take half the fresh poultry seasoning and place all over the top of the chicken. Divide the other half and put one part into the cavity of the chicken and the other part around the carrots. Take the squeezed lemons and place with carrots.

Cook for an hour and then add the mushrooms around the chicken. Total cooking time is typically about 20 minutes per pound. The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 185 degrees F.

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango Slaw

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Slaw

Just in time for Taco Tuesday and the Cinco de Mayo!!! 

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! These were sooooo good!!! It’s the perfect touch of spice with creamy slaw. The mango takes it to a whole new level. I like to experiment with different flavors of spicy and sweet. This is the perfect combination, if you ask me!

 

What You Need:

Raw Shrimp (peeled and deveined)

Drizzle of Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

1 Clove of Crushed Garlic

2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper

Corn Tortillas

Salsa

Guacamole

What You Need for the Slaw:

1 cup Shredded Cabbage

1 cup Shredded Purple Cabbage

½ cup Shredded Carrots

¼ cup Olive Oil

¼ cup Water

¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Cloves of Crushed Garlic

½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt

Juice of Two Limes

Salt and Pepper

2 Mangos, sliced and diced

What You Need To Do:

Make the slaw ahead of time and let it sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving. In a large bowl, add both cabbages and carrots. In a small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients with the spices and garlic. Once incorporated, pour into the large bowl and mix together. Add in the mangos and stir again. Let the slaw sit in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle a light coat of olive oil on a baking pan. Place peeled shrimp, garlic, and spices on the baking pan. Mix and cook in oven for about 8 minutes (depending on the size of your shrimp). You will know they are cooked when the shrimp turn pink and curl a bit. If they curl too much, they will be over cooked. Let the shrimp cool for a minute.

Take a warm corn tortilla and fill the bottom with shrimp. Layer on guacamole and salsa (if you like). Top with the mango slaw and enjoy! xoxo

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“Takeout” Style Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

“Takeout” Style Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

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Sometimes I have cravings for Chinese takeout but being a Celiac and having many food allergies, Chinese really isn’t an option. This is my version of Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli. I paired it with white rice but using brown rice is just as good.

 

What You Need:

1 Chicken Breast, cut into cubes (sprinkled with pepper)

Sesame Oil

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos

1/8 cup Water

2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar

2 Garlic Cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, chopped

1/2-1 tablespoon Cornstarch

2 Heads of Broccoli, chopped

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What To Do:

In a bowl, prep your sauce. Mix together brown sugar, Liquid Aminos, water, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger and cornstarch.

Cook the rice according to the directions. While the rice is cooking, in a sauté pan, drizzle a light coating of sesame oil. Be careful! This oil is powerful! Add in chicken pieces and cook.

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In a separate pan, drizzle a little bit of sesame oil and add in broccoli. Mix around occasionally and when the broccoli starts to get soft, take it off of the heat. Add the broccoli to the chicken. Pour in the sauce and let the flavors incorporate.

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The sauce will start to thicken up. Once the sauce is your desired consistency, pair it with the rice and enjoy!

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Gluten Free Margarita Pizza

Happy National Pizza Day!

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So I know yesterday was National Pizza Day but I had no power due to the massive snowstorm in Massachusetts.  So for me and my friends, today is National Pizza Day!

What You Need:

Pizza Dough Mix

Tomato Sauce (check out my easy tomato sauce under Sunday Dinner)

Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh Basil

What To Do: 

Make your pizza dough according to the mix.  I used Bob’s Red Mill pizza dough. First I had the yeast mix, then stirred in eggs and oil.  I let it sit for 20 minutes.

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After your dough has rested, put a little gluten free flour on the counter and roll out the dough.

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Put the dough on top of a baking pan sprayed with olive oil.

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Put a layer of tomato sauce on the dough.  Then top with fresh mozzarella and basil.

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Bake in the oven for 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until the top is bubbly.

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Enjoy with friends and a nice glass of wine xo

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Pan Seared Scallops

Pan Seared Scallops

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One of the benefits of living next to the ocean is being able to get fresh, local seafood. Scallops are one of my favorite seafood.

What You Need:

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3 Sea Scallops (if you make more than three, double the recipe)

1 bag of Spinach

1/4 cup White Wine

2 Tablespoons Vegan Butter

Garlic, chopped (2 cloves for Spinach, 1 clove for Scallops)

Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper

What To Do:

Put one tablespoon of vegan butter in a pan on medium heat. Add in the spinach and garlic with some salt and pepper. Sauté until the spinach is soft. Put the spinach on a plate and 1 tablespoon of vegan butter in the pan.

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Take the spinach out of the pan and add 1 more tablespoon of butter in the pan. Salt and pepper the scallops and place them in the pan. Add the garlic after a couple minutes.

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Pour in the white wine and flip the scallops. Squeeze half a lemon on top of the scallops.

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Depending on the size of your scallops will determine the cooking time. You want to be able to put a fork through it easily and the insides to be white, not translucent. If you over cook them, they will become rubbery. Squeeze the other half of the lemon over the scallops and place on top of the spinach.

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Enjoy xoxo

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

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As the weather starts to transition into Fall, along with the wacky weather in MA, I wanted to make a more comforting meal. I was never a huge chili fan but for some reason, I really wanted to make it.

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What You Need:

1 lb. Turkey Meat (I used dark meat but you could use either)

1/2 Red Onion, chopped

Olive Oil

4 Cloves of Garlic

1 Jalapeno, diced (for an extra kick, leave the seeds in)

1 Can Red Kidney Beans, drained

1 Can Black Beans, drained

1 Large Can Diced Tomatoes

8 oz of Gluten Free Beer

Chicken Stock (as needed)

1Tablespoon Cumin Powder

2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Powder

Salt and Pepper

Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Plain Greek Yogurt

What To Do:

In a saucepot, add a bit of olive oil to the pan with the onions. Sauté until the onions are soft.

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Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add in the turkey meat, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1 teaspoon of chili powder and cook until the turkey meat is no longer pink. Make sure to stir the mixture to avoid burning.

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Add in the jalapeno, beans, and tomatoes. Stir and add in the cumin, chili, and red pepper.

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Bring the mixture to a boil and add in the gluten free beer. Bring to a boil again and cook for 2 hours, stirring often.

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If the chili is too thick, you can add in some chicken stock. Make sure you also taste the chili as it cooks. You can always add in more salt but you can’t take it out.

Top the chili with cheese and Greek yogurt. Super Tasty!

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Spaghetti Squash Margarita Pizza Boat

Spaghetti Squash Margarita Pizza Boat

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Spaghetti Squash is such a versatile vegetable.   You can use it in place of spaghetti and combine different combinations of vegetables, spices, or cheeses in.

Spaghetti Squash has an array of vitamins ranging from vitamin A to C, up to vitamin K. Manganese is an important mineral found in Spaghetti Squash. It aids in the production of healthy bones and tissues. It also increases your metabolism, while regulating blood sugar and the functioning of the nervous system. Spaghetti Squash also helps prevent or decrease inflammation! It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, which helps inflammation, arthritis, and brain function.

 

What You Need:

Spaghetti Squash

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Italian Spice Grinder

Tomato Sauce (You can use my recipe under Sunday Dinners on the blog)

Parmesan Cheese

Fresh Mozzarella

Gluten Free Pepperoni

Fresh Basil

What To Do:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and put a coating (little) of olive oil on a baking pan. Cut the Spaghetti Squash down the middle and scoop out the seeds.

Place face up on the baking pan and sprinkle with your seasonings. Top with a little bit of olive oil and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of your squash). You want the squash to be undercooked.

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With a fork, scrape the inside of the squash to make “noodles”.

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In a bowl, mix the tomato sauce and a handful of parmesan cheese with the squash. Use as much as you would like. I added a little extra sauce since it will be baking in the oven again.

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Place the squash back into the boats and cook for another 10-15 minutes in the oven. In the meantime, slice your mozzarella and season with the Italian Grinder and chop up a few fresh basil leaves. Take the squash boats out and cover with mozzarella and basil.

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Put back in the oven for five minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and gooey.

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ENJOY! xoxo