May 15, 2012

A messy bun, apron, and cookbook quest.

Alrighty readers, be prepared.

If I'm on a quest, you are coming with me.

As of late, my quest is entering the world of GLUTEN-FREE.

I'm not the best cook to start with so this quest better freshen my skills. Geez I hope.

I'm determined to enjoy my food, gluten-free in all! (am I supposed to say in all, or and all?)

I created/stole...drum roll please...spinach brown rice topped with Cherry Tomato Meat sauce!

I must say, it was a GEM!

 a) healthy b) filling c) GLUTEN-FREE! d) all of the above


thawed ground chicken

1/2 large onion

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon chili flakes

cherry tomatoes

one small can tomato paste

one can of tomatoes

2 cups low sodium chicken stock (gluten-free)

olive oil

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon basil

sea salt

black pepper

1. In a large saucepan heat small amount of olive oil. Add onion. Saute onion until tender. Add ground chicken and cook on medium low until meat is throughly cooked. In a separate saucepan, heat a small amount of oil. Add garlic until golden brown. Add  cherry tomatoes. Cook for about three minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Add tomato sauce, paste, stock, basil, and lemon zest. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Season add cooked ground chicken. Season with salt and pepper.

2. I served my meat sauce over steamed spinach and brown rice. The MVP had his over whole wheat pasta.


I adapted this recipe from Vanessa Maltin's book The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook

What a GREAT find.

This was a great meal for gluten-free peeps or not.

Have a CHEERFUL day.


"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."

Proverbs 17:22

ps: I burnt my fingers, made a mess, and screwed up my timing while cooking. Hence, I'm trying.



  1. We started Gluten free a month and half ago. Your not going to believe how much better you feel! And our sleep has improved! I was having tummy troubles being pregnant and once we made this change I felt so much better!

  2. Oh wow! Congrats on your baby! That is SO exciting. Any tips or favorite meals you have???