Tasty Tuesday: Beef O'Brady's Grilled Chicken Salad


Welcome back for another Gluten Free Tasty Tuesday!

I am blessed with a husband that enjoys salad as our main dish for dinners.  He, also, eats out at for lunch quite frequently during the week. This is one of his favorite salads that he can choose when eating at a restaurant.  

Their version: The Original Beef's Chicken Salad is seasoned grilled chicken and sauteed mushrooms on crisp lettuce with cheddar jack cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions.

Our version: Chicken and Mushroom Salad
There are a couple of bonuses to this dinner.  First, this is a one pan meal, so clean up is quick and easy.  Second, this can be on the table in 20 minutes. That's right, 20 minutes!! 

Ingredients:
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

  • 9 oz Perdue Ready to Eat Grilled Chicken Strips (frozen dept.)

  • 2- 8 oz pkg. Fresh Sliced White Mushrooms (produce dept.)

  • 2 pkg. Fresh Express Sweet Butter lettuce

  • 2 Plum tomatoes (produce dept.)

  • 4 oz Colby Jack Cheese (dairy dept.)

  • Homemade GF croutons (see recipe here)



Prep Time:
  • Heat large pan to medium high (closer to high).
  • Add approximately 2 Tbsp. oil into the pan and get hot.
  • Add rinsed mushrooms to the pan.
  • Once mushrooms are almost completely sauteed, add chicken to the pan.
  • Cook until mushrooms are finished sauteing and chicken is hot and tender. 
  • Place burner on low. 
  • Slice plum tomatoes thinly. 
  • On individual plates, place lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and croutons.
  • Spoon chicken and mushrooms on top of the individual salads.

Each person can add their favorite salad dressing and salt/pepper at the table. 

Family Results:
This is one of my family's favorite meal. We eat this about 3 times a month.   I usually keep the ingredients around for a fast dinner that I know everyone will like. 

FINAL VERDICT: WIN


Gluten Free Croutons

My family is a good sport about going Gluten Free.  However, one thing they miss is croutons in their salads.  We have discovered a GF way for us to have that crunchiness back.  It does take a little prep, but it is completely worth it for us to get croutons in our salads.   We can even take them into restaurants and add them to a side salad there. 

Gluten Free Croutons
Ingredients:

  • 4 slices Aldi Live G Free white bread OR 8 slices of Udi's Gluten Free white bread
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 tbsp. italian seasoning
  • dash of salt

Prep:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Melt butter
  • Cut bread into 1 inch squares
  • Coat both sides of each bread square in the melted butter.
  • Arrange bread squares on baking sheet
  • Place baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, turn broiler on for 3 minutes or until they are browned to your liking. 
  • Let croutons cool out of the oven.
  • Place in an air tight container. Croutons will last approximately a week in the container. 

Tasty Tuesdays!

We have had quite a turn of events at our house lately. Short story: we have had to go gluten free  Because of this I am starting the Tasty Tuesdays that will feature a family friendly gluten free meal.  This week's bonus is it was finished in under 30 minutes!

**Disclaimer: I require our kids to have a polite bite of everything that is on their plate. I do not cook multiple meals each night.  This has really opened our kids' palates to new flavors that they actually like.**

This week: Salmon, Asparagus with Pancetta, Jasmine Rice, and Avocado
Salmon (3 fillets for 1 adult and 3 kids- hubs is not a salmon fan) :
I bought our salmon at Publix in the fresh fish case.  

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Rinse salmon fillets.
  • Place fillets in glass baking dish.  
  • Drizzle each fillet in EVOO.  Flipping to the opposite side to cover in EVOO.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Place in oven for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, turn on broiler for 5 minutes to add a crisp to the fillet.

Asparagus with Pancetta (2 pounds of Asparagus for 2 adults and 3 kids; 4 oz of Pancetta):
These fresh, gorgeous stalks were on sale this week at Publix, which is how they ended up on our plates tonight.
  • Place pancetta in hot pan on medium-high heat.
  • Rinse asparagus.
  • Bend one stalk ever so slightly until it breaks. That will be the naturally cut line to use to trim the rest of the asparagus.
  • Once pancetta has crisped a bit, add asparagus to the pan. (I might have added a drizzle of EVOO to the pan to get a bit of extra flavor onto the asparagus.)
  • Cook until pancetta is crispy and asparagus is tender. (Approximately 10 minutes)

Jasmine Rice (3 bags for 2 adults and 3 kids):
This is super difficult....
  • Open a bag of Uncle Ben's 90 second Jasmine Rice and microwave for 90 seconds. X3

Avocado:
Fresh avocado 
  • Cut and plated



Family Results:
Hubs: Loved it all; was given a pass on the salmon

Me: LOVE the flavors and the ease of the meal

11 year old growing boy: Ate everything happily except avocado and asked for an apple for dessert

10 year old girl: Was excited to have flavorful GF food and loved every bite of everything

8 year old hesitant boy: Ate everything happily except avocado (might have added some ranch to help everything go down smoother, but it got down).

Final Verdict: WIN!

Just Add Water


Have you ever just had one of those days? You know the one.  Everyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, you are out of milk to make breakfast, you stub your pinkie toe on the corner of the wall walking to get dressed, laundry is piled high in the dirty clothes hamper, dishes in the sink, car needs gas, library books are overdue, kids are not happy with lunch menu, etc, etc, etc.  

In our house, it is better to have a reset on the day than to continue on with the day.  It takes less time and energy to have an hour reset, than spend the whole day fighting Satan in the house (and sometimes Satan has a child's name- yes, I said it!). 

We have found just adding a little water to the day can be just what we need to cleanse our day of bad moods or negative thinking.  


WATER RESET

When the kids were younger, I would stick them in the bathtub to play while I read a talked with them or read a book or magazine on the floor beside them. They could be fussy one minute, but get them in that bathtub and they would be giggling for the whole hour. Water Reset.


We were lucky enough at our last house to have a pool.  Once they were old enough to swim independently, we would use the pool to help our day. The kiddos could be bickering with one another and griping at me, but I would insist they get into the pool. Within five minutes of being in the pool,  they would be playing games with each other. You know giggling with that same sibling who they couldn't stand the sight of ten minutes before. Water Reset.




We have even been known to throw a fishing trip into a week of the "icky" attitudes.  Just something about the peace and calmness out on the water provides that reset that we might all need. My husband can even tell when we need to just stick our toes in the water for a time. Water Reset.




Well, a couple of weeks ago, we were having one of those days at our house. The kiddos were trying their best of see which of my buttons they could push the most.  All three of them were thinking how the other siblings were born just to annoy and aggravate them.  It was quite a day. (Satan was having a good ole time up in here.) Just about the time I was looking for the zoo's phone number to give the kiddos a new home, I saw the glorious sight of rain falling from the sky. I knew what needed to be done.  We hurried outside to smell the cleansing rain and feel the blessings falling on our faces.  This rainstorm was sent at just the right moment. The kids hurried to the driveway to jump in puddle after puddle.

I knew our day had been reset when the kids were holding hands and dancing in the rain.  It was a blessing to sit on my front porch swing and hear the giggles and chatter from them. I realized that sometimes we still need to just add water




So whether it is a pool, a bathtub, a slip-n-slide, a garden hose, a sprinkler, a lake, or even a rainstorm, know that adding a little water can help reset your day. 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 
Hebrews 10:22

Now off to more learning, laughter, and love (maybe with the help of a little water)!

How Do You Know It Is Not Broken?



So I have been absent on the blog for some time. Many changes have been happening in my world.  

CHANGE

That is not in my vocabulary a hard word for me. As a mom of three, I have learned to go with the flow somewhat on plans out of my control. Buuuuuut, when it comes to big changes,   I have always had the state of mind that if something is not broken, don't try and fix it. 

Then, one Sunday as I was sitting in church minding my own business,  I heard this still, small voice, "How do you know it is not broken? Trust Me, it is."   Ouch. Toes being stepped on.


And with that "Trust Me", friends, my content family of five started on a new journey. A journey that needed to be taken, but we did not know it.  I took the steps to quit my teaching job (of 11 years) and decided to homeschool our then 5th grader, 4th grader, and 2nd grader.  


Oh, and in this time of trusting God with change, we knew we needed to downsize our life, so we put our house on the market. How my head was spinning! 



CHANGE BIG TIME!

Still, I heard at every turn "Trust Me", in that still, small voice.  


Well, God provides and we sold our home in 14 days. Loving friends of ours sold us their home, that was not for sale, and we moved to a new town that was slower paced than our current city. It seemed to be the breath of fresh air my family didn't know we needed. Praise the Lord that He knew!


Was everything on this journey sunshine and roses? No. Were there ever tears of frustration? Yes.  Did I ever question God and His plan for us? Yes, I admit it (especially during moving days, hello!). But everywhere we turned, we saw how His plan was unfolding for us to trust Him. 


When I look back on the past year and a half, I see His hand guiding us and showing us that if we will trust Him, He will help us with things that we didn't even know were broken.  OCDness, patience, materialism, sibling relationships, relying on each other, finances, relying on Him, worldliness views, satisfaction in the little things, patience (again), and much, much more.  


This change has been such a joy for my family, and our quality of life is beyond what I ever dreamed. But God knew and because we had the faith to trust Him, our lives are so much richer.


Scripture I learned to lean on during this time was Matthew 6:31-33.



Therefore take no thought, saying, What 
shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, 
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles 
seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that
ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you.

So now I am off for more learning, 
laughter, and loving (as a stay at home,
homeschooling mom). Be back soon!


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