Gluten Free Chicken and Fruit Salad

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Chicken & Fruit Salad

(or you can use Turkey)

2 ½ Cups cooked and cubed chicken ( about 2 large cooked chicken breast)

1/3 Cup finely chopped red onion

1 Small apple, about 1 to 1 ¼ cups chopped apple with the peeling

1 to 1 ¼ Cups quartered and sliced seedless grapes

2/3 Cup chopped pecans

2/3 Cup Gluten Free mayonnaise ( I use Helmans Real mayo)

In medium bowl add cooked and cubed chicken ( or turkey). Wash and cut up fruit and onion adding this to chicken, along with pecans. Then pour in mayo and mix well. Serve in lettuce wrap or on your favorite Gluten Free bread for a great tasting sandwich. Enjoy!

Pork Chicken Quinoa

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Gluten Free (Crock Pot) Pork Chicken Quinoa

2 pork chops, washed and cut into cubes (you can add the bones if you wish, I cut off the fat though)

1 container frozen Cream of Chicken Soup ( see recipe in main dishes)I put this in the microwave for about 30 -35 seconds, just to thaw it enough to pour into crockpot.

1 small 12 oz. package of baby carrots (washed and drained)

1 medium Onion chopped fine

3  Large Cloves Crushed Garlic or ( 3 heaping teaspoons of prepared Gluten free crushed garlic, in the jar)

1 – 11oz. can of Gluten Free Mexicorn ( I used Green Giant)

3 ½  Cups water

½ Cup Red Quinoa ( Ancient Grains)

1 Teaspoon Salt ( you can adjust the salt to your taste)

½ Teaspoon Additive Free Paprika  

Optional- 1 chopped jalapeno

Place all ingredients in crock pot or slow cooker and set on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. This is good to serve with Gluten Free corn bread. Hope you enjoy!

More about Food Additives

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Those Sneaky Little Additives

As you are out doing your last minute shopping for the holidays, PLEASE be aware of the sneaky way food companies have of enticing us to buy their products. The pictures look so appealing and appetizing. The chicken, or the steak, looks mouthwatering, but remember those are just pictures. A good food photographer was paid very well to make that picture look like that. It does not in any way mean that it’s real food.

I know it seems like I have said this a lot, but read the labels. Those little words like enhanced, or glazed, especially in meat and sometimes vegetables, just means you are paying for extra water or a flavor enhancer like MSG. Which not only adds to the weight of the meat, but also can be potentially dangerous for those of us that are sensitive to those additives. Those little enhancers, besides making you sick, can throw off a recipe and ruin a meal. Sometimes there is so much sodium or sugar already added, that when you add the amount called for in your recipe, it doubles or even triples the amount needed. And if you aren’t aware it is already in the meat, then by the time it’s cooked it is too late.

I know it is tempting, especially with the crowds and long lines to just grab and go, but it is important READ THE LABELS!!  Ok I’m through, with this. ( for now)

Gearing Up for Thanksgiving

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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken Soup

(also Preservative Free)

3 Pounds Chicken Breast (I buy a 3 lb. bag of frozen chicken breast and just let it thaw in the fridge overnight)

1 stick Salted Butter

3 – 14.5 oz. Can of Swanson 100% natural Chicken Broth (with no MSG)

2 Teaspoons Salt

1/3 Cup Argo Gluten Free Corn Starch

Wash chicken breasts, and place in crockpot whole. Chunk up the butter and place on top of chicken, sprinkle with salt, then pour in the cans of broth. Set crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. In that amount of time, chicken breast will be completely cooked and tender. Turn crock pot up on high heat, and dip out some of the liquid into a small mixing bowl, add corn starch, and whisk together. Add this back to crockpot, leaving the lid off, for 10 – 15 minutes. When liquid starts to thicken turn off heat. Using a potato masher, mash all of the chicken breast and it will shred the chicken into small pieces. Let cool, and dip out about 1 ¾ cups into 5 small plastic storage containers, dividing equally. Label and date, and freeze until ready to use. This will make enough to equal about 5 – 14 oz. cans.

For those of us that cannot eat a can of soup boughten from the grocery store, this recipe will be a staple for the Holidays. It is real food no chemicals, no preservatives, & and it is much better tasting than what you can buy in the store. Hope you enjoy it!