Chicken Fried Steak

My husband had surgery this week, so I really wanted to make his favorite foods for him. He loves chicken fried steak, so that’s what I made! I adapted the recipe a bit from:

http://longhornsteaksathome.blogspot.com/2012/12/chicken-fried-steak.html

Changes I made:

1. I pre-seasoned the cube steaks with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper on each side (don’t skip this step- I promise it makes all the difference!)

2. I used gluten-free flour, of course! Still working with my old standby, Premium Gold flax and whole-grain AP gluten-free flour. Bargain tip: if you have a TJ Maxx, Homegoods, or Marshall’s around, check to see if they carry this flour! I always end up buying it at a discounted price at these stores.

3. I have a gas stovetop, so the heat can get pretty high. I found I ended up cooking the steaks 2-3 minutes per side on med-high heat rather than the entire 5 minutes noted in the original recipe. Just keep an eye on it!

4. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of bacon grease to the gravy to add to the flavor. Sounds gross, but it’s SO good!

Let me know what y’all think!

 

A couple pictures:

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Shrimp Cobb Salad

Happy Memorial Day! I am forever grateful to the men and women (and their families) who continue to risk their lives for our freedom. God bless y’all!!

I made a Shrimp Cobb Salad today for dinner along with a new potato salad recipe (coming soon in another post!) and some turkey sausage. It was incredible! I don’t know about y’all, but my husband is a born-and-bred Texas boy (with some Memphis in him). Needless to say, he LOVES meat. And carbs. And pretty much anything BUT salad. However, he ate THREE helpings of this shrimp Cobb salad today! OMG. It’s automatically a winner in my book.

Here’s the recipe: http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/19/shrimp-cobb-salad-cilantro-lime-vinaigrette/?crlt.pid=camp.B3Y14sMngROr#_a5y_p=1636579

I’m not gonna lie, I was being a little lazy today and made some adaptations.
1. I bought a bag of romaine lettuce and chopped it up. Lazy, I know. I also added about a cup of chopped baby spinach (because who doesn’t love spinach?!)
2. I didn’t make the vinaigrette in the recipe 😦 I used my old salad dressing standby instead- Newmans Own olive oil and vinegar dressing. That stuff is great and it worked great for this salad.
3. Instead of Emeril’s Essence, I used Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning because it’s what I had in the pantry. It worked perfectly.

Other than that, enjoy! The salad is naturally gluten-free and incredible. I L-O-V-E the goat cheese and avocado with bacon and eggs. You really can’t go wrong with this salad.

Here’s a picture (or two) of how it turned out!image

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I LOVE pizza. Okay, I think everyone loves pizza, so that’s why this post is so amazing! It’s not pizza! This crust is made out of cauliflower. Seriously. And it’s GOOD!

Check out the recipe at: http://www.slenderkitchen.com/cauliflower-crust-pizza/

The craziest thing is that I didn’t have to make any modifications! This recipe is naturally gluten-free. It’s a tiny bit soggy, so try to pat out as much water as you can from the cauliflower after you process it.

This is what my pizza looked like:

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Enjoy!

Gluten-free Spaghetti Carbonara

So who doesn’t like pasta? I found the most amazing recipe the other day (on Pinterest, of course) for Spaghetti Carbonara. Scoot on over to Gimme Some Oven for an incredible recipe that can be easily adapted for Celiacs!

Recipe: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/spaghetti-carbonara/

My gluten-free adaptations:
1. Make sure you’re using GF bacon. One of my faves is Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon (http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon).
2. Gluten-free spaghetti noodles, of course! I used Barilla gluten-free spaghetti (http://www.barilla.com/content/product/gluten-free-spaghetti).

Everything else is gluten-free and absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this simple pasta dish for weeknight or date-night dinners!

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Photo is from gimmesomeoven.com!

“The Best Brownies in the World”

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If you’re anything like me, you love Pinterest. And I mean LOVE it. I must be on that site at least once a day. Anyways, any time I see the word “best” along with a recipe on Pinterest, I become very intrigued. Naturally, I HAD to try a recipe I found for “the best brownies in the world”! I adapted the recipe a tiny bit and made the brownies gluten-free and they were amazing! So chewy, soft, and fudgy. These may just be the best brownies ever (in my opinion, of course)!

You can find the recipe at: http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2011/08/the-best-brownies-in-the-world.html

The changes I made were (drumroll please):
1. Double that recipe! I made these babies in a 13×9 pan (yum)
2. Swap all-purpose flour for a gluten-free AP flour of your choice (for me, it was http://www.flaxpremiumgold.com/2-lbs-Flax-and-Whole-Grain-All-Purpose-Flour-2lbFlaxFlour.htm)
3. No parchment paper necessary – just coat the pan well with olive oil spray
4. Adjust the baking time according to your likes. I baked my brownies about 40 minutes, but I like them fudgy!

Disclaimer: yes, I realize I’m a terrible photographer! I’ll keep working on it! 🙂

My First Post!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share my gluten-free adventures. I’m not gonna sugar-coat anything, being a celiac can be a real pain in the a**! I’m hoping that sharing my recipes (yes, both successes and failures) will help all you celiac-sufferers like me out there. I will also share my opinions on gluten-free items I find at the grocery store, and, for Dallas-ites, my analysis on gluten-free meals I eat at area restaurants! I realize that living a gluten-free lifestyle is extremely complicated (and that I am not an expert by ANY means), so PLEASE shoot me a comment/question/suggestion if you have anything to say! I LOVE getting advice from others about anything GF!