Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two Super Easy Gluten and Corn Free Meals

For the past couple of years, hubby has developed some sensitivities to certain foods, two of them being corn and gluten.  And while he seems to be getting over these sensitivities for the most part, we still like to cook corn and gluten free as much as possible because it is healthy and it helps maintain a proper weight.  These recipes can also be easily modified to be dairy free (simply omit the butter and use olive oil or a butter substitute). 

These meals are so quick, easy, and tasty that I made both in one night!  Here goes:

Meal #1 - Pan Seared Chicken and Spaghetti

Step 1:  Thaw desired amount of chicken. 


Step 2:  In a skillet put 1 tsp. of butter and add your chicken.  I let the chicken start on medium to low and gradually work up to medium to high.  I let the chicken get nice a crispy on one side, then I flip the pieces to cook the other side.

Step 3:  While the chicken is cooking and working its way up to the higher cook setting, I start the gluten and corn free noodles.  These you need to prepare as according to the kind of noodles your purchase, but it is pretty self explanatory usually.  Just start some water boiling, add noodles.  Cook until desired tenderness, and then strain.

Step 4:  You're almost done!  Once the noodles and chicken are done, I grab a plate and put down a bed of noodles and seared chicken on top.  Then I add some spaghetti sauce!  Rinaldi's is our current favorite sauce - it is all natural and tastes SUPER good!!

Step 5:  Salt and pepper to taste and then enjoy!


Meal #2 - Pan Seared Chicken with Broccoli and Rice

Step 1: Thaw desired amount of chicken.


Step 2: (Same as above recipe...) In a skillet put 1 tsp. of butter and add your chicken. I let the chicken start on medium to low and gradually work up to medium to high. I let the chicken get nice a crispy on one side, then I flip the pieces to cook the other side.

Step 3:  While the chicken is cooking and working its way up to the higher cook setting, I start my rice.  You can use minute rice which will be ready in a snap, or you can take a bit more time and make a rice like Jasmine rice.  It tastes so delicious, trust me!  With this Jasmine rice, you combine water and rice and bring to a boil, then allow it to simmer for 20 minutes until done.

Step 4:  While the rice is simmering, I start the frozen broccoli.  Prepare as directed on package.  For me, I combine water and broccoli and bring to a boil for three minutes at which time broccoli should be done.

Step 5:  Put chicken, broccoli, and rice on a plate and season to taste with salt and pepper.  ENJOY!

For dessert?  This doesn't have to be something exquisite or fattening - you just want something to tame that sweet tooth.  Having a banana after dinner is a healthy way to get a little sugar!
 

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