The combination of coconut and mango gives this chicken a light, summery feel and it’s just perfect for those warmer months or those times when you want to capture that summertime feeling in the middle of winter. To make it even better, it’s a quick, simple and easy meal to throw together. Enjoy!
With all of the holiday bustle, I’ve been slacking off a bit in the meal department. I’ve been primarily sticking to some simple sides like rice and beans, sweet potato fries, and leftovers to fill in the gaps between all the junk food and sweets, cupcakes and muffins.
There has also been lots of pesto pasta with sundried tomatoes. Yum!
After the holidays, my plan is to get myself a little more focused and start eating healthier. There will be some interesting changes for me for sure, and hopefully some new recipes to go along with them!
But first, I have another family celebration! (And also some more junk to eat.)
Can you believe it’s already almost 2015? Do you have any New Year’s plans or resolutions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Facebook!
I have so many things to share with you this week that I’m not even sure where to begin! So here’s an overview. I have Christmas shopping/decorating, an awesome cake (and decorating), and Chinese food, which is always amazing.
I guess I’ll do two separate blog posts today, so stay tuned for the other one! I think the cake deserves its own post! 🙂
We were planning on using Monday for a Christmas decoration shopping day. Some other (more boring) things got in the way and we switched the trip to Thursday. This was originally what I was planning to post about this week, so I’m still going with it anyway.
Although we didn’t find much in the realm of Christmas decorations, we did at least get some lights and tinsel garland. This weekend we used the garland to decorate this wonderful pole in the middle of our living room, like this.
I can’t help laughing when I look at the pole. It reminds me of some sort of Christmas Dr. Seuss… something.
The idea also crossed my mind to make our own glass ornaments, an idea that was reaffirmed by my best friend, who is also making her own. What can I say, enthusiasm is contagious! It also gives my husband and me an excuse to go Christmas shopping again! So that’s definitely something to be excited about as well!
I also had the idea to make our own Christmas stockings, so I’m very much looking forward to that! It’ll be a fun little project that I’ll be posting about on here, if I do in fact get around to making them at all.
While we were in the fabric store, I wanted to check online to see how much material we would need for each stocking. I had my own ideas of how much that would actually be. After looking it up, it turns out that I guessed EXACTLY right! So that pretty much made my night right there.
What am I saying? We had already had Chinese food, so THAT kicked off the night in the best possible way!
As you’ve (probably?) gathered, I have to eat gluten-free. I have to say that I absolutely love it! I haven’t really ever felt deprived during my year-and-a-half of eating gluten-free, and have actually used it as an opportunity to learn about and try some things that I never otherwise would have. It’s been an amazing journey!
Anyway, we were both hungry and happened to be near a Chinese food restaurant. It just so happened that Chinese food sounded absolutely incredible at the time, so we decided to go for it!
I love spur-of-the-moment date nights like this!
Our area is pretty decent when it comes to gluten-free dining, so we were planning to check out the menu to see if they had anything available, hoping that they would.
It turned out so much better than I had expected. Not only did they have gluten-free options, but those options also included the traditional breaded chicken! All they had to do was switch out the soy sauce.
I was beyond thrilled!
We got a plate of General Tso’s Chicken to split, and it ended up being the perfect amount for us. Not to mention the beautiful little carrot flower they used as a garnish. Such a cool idea! (Okay, I don’t know, maybe I’m just slow and a lot of places do this… But I don’t go out much.)
I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest, most satisfying food moments of my life. Eeek! I can have normal Chinese food again!
We also went to Whole Foods and got some things from the bulk section. Yay for cheap things I’ve been needing! Love it!
So that was our trip! I hope you have a wonderful Monday! And I’ll see you later with a post for a gluten-free cake! Be sure to like my Facebook page for more updates. I look forward to seeing you there!
This Tuesday I made a copycat of Chili’s Margarita Grilled Chicken. It turned out great! There are a few tweaks I’d make next time, primarily the addition of more margarita mix. (All my recipes are gluten-free, by the way.)
I also made pico de gallo to top it all off. I started in the morning, so I had all day to look forward to it.
It was quite the experience! First of all, the red onion I used was really strong! There’s nothing like crying in the kitchen alone, knife in hand, unable to see what you’re doing.
Then, when juicing the lime, some of the juice squirted directly into my eye. I take back what I said earlier… There’s nothing like the sting of citrus in cried-out eyes. Well worth it though!
My Tuesday proceeded to be highly productive, which is good because it means I actually can buckle down and focus when I put my mind to it.
Have a lovely day!
Pico De Gallo
1/2 red onion
3 large, firm tomatoes
1/2 bunch cilantro
Juice from 1 lime
Salt to taste
Chop. Mix. Enjoy.
2 chicken breasts
1/2 cup liquid margarita mix
Black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder
Marinate chicken in margarita mix overnight. Fry chicken in pan covered about halfway in margarita mix (or grill instead). Season each side with pepper, garlic and onion powder.
Margarita Rice And Black Beans
2 cups cooked rice
1 can black beans (drained)
1/2ish cups margarita mix
Black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, cumin.
Mix everything in a large skillet. Heat until warm.
Good evening everyone! Here’s the recipe for the chicken cordon bleu casserole I mentioned in my first post. Enjoy!
3 large chicken breasts, cubed
6 oz gluten-free deli/sandwich ham (about 9-10 slices, chopped)
5 slices Swiss cheese
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut in slices
1-2 cups crushed Chex (Magic Bullet works great for this! You could also use a flat meat hammer or a rolling pin)
Black pepper, salt (I prefer Himalayan pink salt), garlic powder and onion powder
Combine uncooked chicken, ham and butter in 9×13 glass cooking pan. Spread evenly across the pan. Combine Chex crumbs and spices to taste. Spread breading over chicken and ham. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Layer Swiss cheese over the breading. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked. Let sit for 10 minutes before dishing with a serving spoon.
I have a feeling I could become one of those super annoying morning (Monday) people who is way too excited way too soon. It’s exasperating! Anyway, if that does happen to be the case, you have my permission to wait until Tuesday (or even Friday) to read, if you so choose.
So… Here goes!
My husband and I just moved into a new apartment in the middle of a new town. So many things to do and see! I’m really excited about this! And now we’re closer to friends and family, yet another added bonus!
We’ve been here a week and I finally made my first real meal today. Breakfasts for dinner, salads, and pasta don’t really count, right? Hmm… I’ll have to think about that. Anyway, it was my first real dinnery meal since moving.
My plan was chicken cordon bleu (ironically, that was also the first meal I’d cooked completely on my own as a kid). We got chicken breast for only $1.99/lb. The cheapest we could find it at our previous location was $2.99/lb, and that was if we were lucky.
The chicken was huge! It didn’t take me long to realize that if I wanted to make cordon bleu I had some bigger issues… literally. I suppose I could have hammered it more, but I felt that I was already making too much noise and didn’t want our new neighbors to hate me.
So, new idea! Chicken cordon bleu casserole. (Recipe will follow shortly.)
It was a hit! My husband gave it “easily an 8 or 9” and said that I should make it when we have company. He then proceeded to eat the casserole without any sides. Nothing short of a miracle. I’ve never seen him do that before. I had been planning on pairing it with some sort of rolls or pasta along with steamed carrots and a starter salad, but nope! He declined that offer. (I still had the salad though.)
Berry crisp with vanilla ice cream would have been a perfect dessert to follow, but we went out for ice cream instead.
All in all, our first Monday in the new place was pretty good. Oh, and I also made a mess. I should probably clean that up…