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Lemon Garlic Dill Tilapia

With warmer weather finally here, my recipe rut that I was in seems to be thawing out. I apologize for not posting much lately. I also feel happier and ready for lighter dishes that don’t seem so appealing during the cold weather. This fish dish is a great spring dish that goes great with a rice  or quinoa dish and various vegetables including spinach as pictured below or asparagus. I made this on one of the nights that my husband had work and had the leftovers the next day for lunch. Very flavorful and tender without being unhealthy. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, here is the recipe:

Lemon Garlic Dill Tilapia – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh or frozen then thawed Tilapia filets (mine were about 4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon sliced into wedges for serving with the fish

Directions

  1. On medium-high heat, heat up a large pan.
  2. Mix garlic powder,  dried dill, black pepper, and sea salt together in a small bowl to make your seasoning mix.
  3. Coat each side of the fish lightly with this seasoning mix and then with cooking spray or olive oil.
  4. Once the pan is fully heated (about two to three minutes depending on your stove),  arrange your seasoned tilapia in the pan.
  5. After about three minutes, very gently move fish in the pan to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan.
  6. Cook fish for another three to four minutes and then gently flip each fish filet.
  7. Cook four to five more minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  8. Squeeze lemon over the fish and enjoy.
Served over seasoned spinach in this picture.
Shown here served over seasoned spinach sauteed in extra virgin olive oil.

Easy Sloppy Joes

This is a recipe I formulated to be similar to the sloppy joes that my grandmother has made for our family. It also is one that my husband asks me to make at least once a month and can be eaten a few different ways. While you can eat this on a gluten free roll or bread, my favorite way to eat this is over brown rice. I also sometimes serve this with veggies and oven baked fries and eat it on its own. Here is the recipe:

Easy Sloppy Joes – Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place ground beef and diced onion into a large pan.
  2. Season ground beef and diced onion with black pepper.
  3. Brown ground beef and onion on medium heat, should take about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Drain the excess fat using a strainer and place ground beef and onions back into the pan.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Once the sloppy joes are at a consistency that you like, serve and enjoy! If they end up too sloppy, simmer the sloppy joes uncovered for a few minutes.

Easy Sloppy Joes

Chili Lime Chicken

Was trying to come up with a new chicken recipe to serve for dinner. At my house we mostly eat chicken for our meat since eat healthy food at home most of the time, chicken is cheaper than many other meats, and my husband is allergic to fish and shellfish. This chicken is great on its own with or without the cheese served with rice and veggies or can be used in Mexican style dishes such as chicken fajitas, chicken tacos using corn tortillas, in homemade chicken enchiladas, or as part of a homemade burrito bowl. It has flavor, but is mild in terms of spiciness.

Chili Lime Chicken – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat both sides of the chicken with chili powder, sea salt, and pepper.
  3. Spray a small baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. Squeeze lime over the chicken.
  5. Bake chicken in the oven until chicken is heated through , about 20 minutes.
  6. Flip each chicken piece and top each piece of chicken with 1 Tablespoon of sharp cheddar cheese if using cheese.
  7. If using cheese, bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Chili Lime Chicken

Berries and Cream Protein Smoothie

With the cold weather continuing and the holiday season being over, I have been trying to eat healthier and have also been getting tired of winter. This smoothie was my temporarily getaway from winter this morning. As someone that was born in the Spring, once the holidays are over, I look forward to Spring and wish for the rest of winter to be gone. Since fresh berries are very expensive in the winter and aren’t very fresh, I used frozen berries and milk in this smoothie. Frozen berries are often cheaper this time a year, I get mine from Trader Joe’s. I also used vanilla protein powder to give it the “cream” effect and to make me full longer. Just be sure to check the protein powder you buy for gluten, some brands are not gluten free. I used Designer Whey vanilla, which is gluten free and is sweetened with Stevia. This is perfect for a light breakfast or shared with someone as a snack or healthy dessert. Here is the recipe:

Berries and Cream Protein Smoothie – Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen mixed berries (my frozen blend had strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk (any kind of milk will work)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Directions:

  1. Place frozen mixed berries and milk in the blender and puree until everything is blended together and all chunks of fruit are completely smooth.  Feel free to add additional milk if you want your smoothie to be thinner.
  2. Add vanilla protein and blend until protein powder is completely blended with the smoothie mixture.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

7 Up Biscuits

I often look at recipes on various blogs as well as on recipe websites and Pinterest. One interesting and very easy recipe I kept seeing on Pinterest and found on various blogs was 7 Up biscuits. Since biscuits are usually filled with gluten, I decided to undertake making the gluten free version of them. Given that the gluten containing ingredient is Bisquick and there is a readily available gluten free Bisquick, I figured this was worth a try.  Never mind the fact that I hadn’t had biscuits in nearly a year before I made these.

Both times that I have made these so far, my gluten eating husband also ate them and enjoyed them. He said he never would have guessed that they were gluten free. I made them the first time with gluten free Bisquick (definitely a good biscuit taste) and the second time with Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix (tasted more like corn muffins that time, but still great). Hope you enjoy these with chili, beef stew, and other meals as much as I have. I have also offered the option to turn these into biscuit muffins, which are great with butter and jam. These also store well in the refrigerator or freezer. Here is the recipe:

7 Up Biscuits – Makes 6 large biscuits or muffins or 9 smaller biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of gluten free baking mix, biscuit mix, or pancake mix (like gluten free Bisquick)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream or plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of lemon lime soda
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan on low heat until completely melted or in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.
  3. Add butter to the bottom of a 9 inch square pan or a muffin pan (6 muffin kind).
  4. Add Baking mix into a large bowl.
  5. Add sour cream and lemon lime soda into the bowl.
  6. Mix everything together, the dough will be on the soft side.
  7. Roll or drop into 6 to 9 dough balls (depends how big you want your biscuits) into the square pan or muffin pan.
  8. Bake biscuits for 12 to 15 minutes or until tops begin to turn golden brown.  Watch them carefully since they do cook at a high temperature.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
7 up Biscuit Muffins
The batch in this picture used Bob’s Red Mill Pancake mix and was baked as muffins.

 

Butter Cookies

With this being my first holiday season eating gluten free, I have had to make some adjustments to a few traditions. For many years now I have baked cookies over the holidays to bring to work and to serve to friends and family who visit. This easy to make cookie is one of the successes I had this season with baking cookies. They can be decorated with colored sugar or simply rolled in white sugar like I did with mine.

You can purchase a gluten free flour in most stores now in the baking or health food aisle to make these. Xanthan gum is also usually in those aisles. You also can visit an Asian store like I did to buy rice and tapioca flours. The Asian flours sold there are often cheaper and are finely milled (meaning your baked goods won’t come out gritty).  Each 1 pound bag I bought cost me $1 to $1.25.  If you have access to an Asian store like I do, I recommend visiting there and saving some money on flour as well as other items (they sell many naturally gluten free items there like rice noodles, rice paper to make rolls, nori paper for sushi, etc). Most of my gluten free flours that I have come from there these days. The rest I buy from Trader Joe’s or Wegmans.

These cookies are perfect to bring to a family gathering, a party, or to simply enjoy. Also perfect for kids to put out for Santa. Here is the recipe:

Butter Cookies – Makes 2 to 3 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of slightly softened butter, approximately 2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour (I used 3/4 cup of white rice flour, 1/2 cup of glutinous (sweet) rice flour, and 1/4 cup of tapioca starch for my flour blend).
  • 4 teaspoons of xanthan gum
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • White sugar for rolling the cookies in (about 1 cup)
  • Cooking spray or butter for greasing the baking sheet(s)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put butter and powdered sugar into mixing bowl and blend with mixer until both are fully combined.
  3. Add flour(s), sugar, vanilla, and xanthan gum to butter mixture.
  4. Mix for at least 5 minutes on medium to high speed or until dough has fully come together.
  5. Spray or butter baking sheet(s) for cookies so that they are easier to remove later.
  6. Roll cookies using about 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie.
  7. Roll each cookie in sugar. To make these festive you can sprinkle the top of each one with colored sugar.
  8. Place each cookie on the baking sheet, leaving some room in between each cookie. Do not press the cookies down unless you want them to be completely flat, they do flatten out.
  9. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the edges start to lightly brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for at least a few minutes before removing them from the baking sheet(s).
  11. Serve and enjoy. These are great for the holidays or anytime.

Butter Cookies (gf)