Main Dish


Mojo Chicken Soup

I considered calling this “Seriously Good Soup.”  This Mojo chicken soup is full of flavor.  It’s like nothing I’ve had before.  The chicken is savory, the peas are sweet, the lime is zingy and the cumin is, well, cumin-y. (more…)

How to Have Crispy Skin on Your Crockpot Chicken

Rosemary Chicken - Recipe coming soon!


One of the many reasons I love cooking chicken in the crockpot is because the meat always turns out moist and juicy. Unfortunately, the skin also always turns out mushy and unappetizing. Is it possible to have juicy chicken and crispy skin? I have found that yes, you can have crispy skin and juicy chicken! (more…)

Mojo Chicken in the CrockPot


Who can resist a recipe with “Mojo” in it’s name?  I found this flavorful Mojo chicken recipe at Run DMT and had to try it.  I’ve tweaked the recipe for the slow cooker and added some veggies to complete the meal.  Cooking the whole chicken in the slow cooker guarantees it’s going to be juicy, plus you don’t have to worry about the chicken drying out or burning.  You can still have crispy skin by following the direction here.  I hope you’ll try this chicken with pizaaz!

Don’t forget to save your bones and make stock in your crockpot!  Mojo chicken stock makes an absolutely delicious Mojo Soup (recipe here).

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven


I cannot cook bacon in a skillet.  I don’t know why, but I can never get it to cook evenly.  I hate standing over the hot skillet and being hit by flying bacon grease.  Plus, it takes forever to cook a whole pound when you only have one skillet.

Several years back, I found the perfect solution.  Cook the bacon in the oven!  The oven does a much better job of cooking the bacon evenly and cooks a whole pound at the same time! No more standing over the hot skillet and dodging hot grease.

What I really like best about this method is that I can stick the bacon in the oven to cook while I finish the rest of the meal.  For instance, I can put the bacon in the oven while I fix protein packed pancakes, or I can put the bacon in the oven while I make dairy-free potato soup.  It saves me a lot of time! (more…)

Gallo Pinto Recipe

This is our go-to beans and rice recipe.   Gallo Pinto is a common dish served in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  The Worcestershire sauce and ginger give this beans and rice dish a unique smokey flavor.  The Costa Ricans are known to serve Gallo Pinto aside eggs or meat.  We typically enjoy it as a main dish.   My kids like to garnish their Gallo Pinto with cheese and sour cream.

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Red Beans, Rice and Andouille Sausage

“This is one of the best meals you have ever made!” proclaimed my husband as the rest of  us were guzzling water with tears in our eyes.  To be fair, I am a complete wimp when it comes to spicy foods and apparently my kids are too.  We were able to finish our plates and I really could taste a complex variety of flavors that I really enjoyed.  If you like spicy foods, make this recipe as is.  If you are a wimp like me, use a milder sausage and leave out all that pepper.

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Super Simple Potato Soup

I picked up a bag or two of organic potatoes for $.30 per pound and decided I had to make an allergy-friendly potato soup. It turned out so good that I made it twice in one week! It is super simple and extremely frugal.  You can add milk or milk substitute, but I actually like it better without it.

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Skillet Meal: Pizza Rice

This recipe was inspired by a pound of “Italian Pizza Sausage” made by a local farmer.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I was so excited to see locally and humanely raised pork that I couldn’t pass it up.  We have been addicted ever since.

We affectionately named this meal “Pizza Rice” after my non-allergic kids favorite carry out meal: sausage pizza.  Obviously, pizza is not allergy-friendly, so this is a great way to enjoy the flavor of sausage pizza without the allergens and additives.

Because I try to keep rice cooked in chicken stock in the freezer at all times, this meal comes together very quickly.   I cook a stock pot full of rice, let it cool, divide and toss in the freezer.  This way I am always ready for a quick stir-fry or Mexican dish.

“Pizza Rice” has been a great dish to take  to our church pot luck dinners.  It’s something everyone can enjoy as a side dish, and if there is nothing safe for Bella to eat, this will be satisfying and filling in itself.

 

Pizza Rice Skillet Meal

Ingredients:

  • 1 small Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 small Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound Bulk Italian Sausage
  • 3 cups Rice, cooked

Directions:

  1. Cook onion, pepper and sausage in a large skillet until meat is done and onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in rice and cook until heated through.  Enjoy!

You may also enjoy Italian Sausage and Summer Squash Skillet and Beefy Zucchini Skillet.

This post is part of Real Food 101, Real Food Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Ultimate Recipe Swap, Full Plate Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday and Allergy-Friendly Friday.

Crockpot Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes

Cool weather got you looking for comfort food?  Chunky beef stew with carrots and onions served on top of mashed potatoes is sure to satisfy.  Throw the ingredients in the crockpot and go about your business for the day.  When you are ready to eat, whip up your favorite mashed potatoes and enjoy this hearty meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Stew Meat
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • Carrots (I used 1/2 bag of frozen carrots but fresh would be even better.)
  • 14.5 oz Stewed Tomatoes (I used Hunts Fire Roasted)
  • 4-6 shakes of Worcestershire Sauce (Read labels-may contain anchovies, wheat or soy!  Allergy-free recipe here.  FYI:treacle=molasses)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced or 1/2 tsp rounded Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ~1 tsp Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Dump all ingredients except arrowroot or cornstarch into the crockpot and stir.
  2. Cook on low 8 hours.
  3. Uncover crock and stir in arrowroot or cornstarch and turn heat to high to thicken sauce.
  4. Serve on top of your favorite mashed potatoes.

You may also enjoy Rotisserie Chicken in the CrockPot Recipe and Easy Barbecue Chicken in the crockpot.

Recipe adapted from Full Bellies Make Happy Kids.

Coconut, Curry, Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This hearty and creamy soup is quick and easy to throw together.  It’s frugal and, best of all, it’s allergen-free!  When I first made this soup, I was sure the kids would refuse to eat it.  Let’s face it, it’s not typical kid food.  It’s not all that pretty and the flavors are bold.  To my surprise, all four of the kids loved it.  It’s a regular at our house now.

Coconut, Curry, Chicken and Rice Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Palm Shortening or oil of your choice
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1-2 lbs uncooked Chicken, cut into bite size pieces OR 2-3 cups chopped leftover chicken
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock/Broth (See How to Make Chicken Stock)
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 2 tsp+ Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt (More or less depending on how salty your broth is)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (You can add more. I’m a wimp!)
  • 3 cup Rice, cooked
  • Paprika (optional garnishment)

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion and chicken and cook until chicken is done.

2. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, curry powder, salt, red pepper flakes and rice.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

You may also enjoy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup and How to Make Chicken Stock.

This post is part of Gluten Free Wednesdays