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Cluck Cluck 
Jun. 4, 2012 8:32 pm 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 11:14 am
They say you are what you eat, so I won’t be surprised when my family starts clucking like chickens.  Being a busy working mother of a child who must stick to a gluten-free diet and a son who races his micro-sprint car every Saturday night, I’m challenged to make healthy meals by planning ahead because eating out isn’t much of an option when you have to eat gluten-free and stay within a reasonable budget.  This Sunday morning I put a 4lb chicken in an oven bag with a friend’s homemade rub (Greg's BBQ Rub), squeezed a lemon over it and in it and stuffed the lemon inside the chick.  I put it in the roaster and it was done after we got home from church.  Add some mashed potatoes and corn, or your favorite sides.  Yes, there are healthier sides but a splurge ever once in a while doesn’t hurt.  Plus my son loves mashed potatoes.  There are left overs so dinner was easy.  I ha some chicken on a bed of greens with some black beans and Southwest Chipotle Hidden Valley Ranch. 
After lunch there wasn’t much to clean up and I put 3 large chicken breast in the crock pot; sprinkled on some cumin and added a can of Rotel.  This was done by the evening and I  made gluten-free chicken enchiladas for Monday night’s dinner.  I added most of the left overs from the whole chicken and had enough to make my husband's favorite Campbells Enchiladas, not gluten-free.  Both can just go in the oven just before I get home from work and dinner is served.  Tuesday night is race practice night so we'll have a scrumptous Sam's club pizza.  Yum.  It isn't gluten-free but my daughter has plenty left overs from Monday's enchiladas. 
Still having some energy left; I cut 4 chicken breast into bites-size pieces and put it in my Chicken Teriyaki marinade.  That will be Wednesday night’s dinner.  So the first part of the week has been planned out.  What a relief knowing I’ve at least made some plans for meals this week.  I know there is still half a week to go.  I'll be in class at the community college Thursday and my son who can make an easy goulash known as Western Mac at our house.  I got this recipe from Mom.  This consist of mac and cheese, browned ground beef , tomato sauce and corn.  We don’t make this gluten-free because my daughter doesn’t eat ground beef.  On Thursday she could have black been nachos.  She makes them look better than anything you ever got at Taco Bueno.  Only one more day left but we’ll manage to figure out something.  Maybe some tilapia and jasmine rice would be good with some steamed veggies or my son can brown ground beef for tacos.  There is always turkey and cheese and bread on hand for sandwiches so lunches can be left overs or a sandwich.  All in a day’s work of a mom with multiple challenges.  I'll be glad I took the time to plan the week out and plan ahead when I'm exhausted after working all day. makes it easy to keep my shopping list up to date but I make a habit of typing what we are out of in a memo called "Shopping List" on my smartphone. Makes it so much easier and it is always with me.
Jun. 5, 2012 6:40 am
Vicky-working around gluten takes planning. Looks like you have a handle on providing wonderful meals for your family. Have your ever tried the homemade-cream style soup mix from AR? It looks gluten free.
Jun. 5, 2012 9:19 am
I dont know if this is gluten free but the Zesty BBQ Chicken from this site is really good. It is a crockpot meal. I put it on hoggies, on a baked potato and in a southwest salad. You can also freeze this in muffin tins for about 2 hours and then put in a ziplock and pop into the microwave when you want a quick meal.
Jun. 5, 2012 11:14 am
That's a lot of chicken dinners. Don't you get tired of chicken? What about pork, fish, lamb? Roasts, chops, filets? soups and stews? AR has so many great recipes.
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About Me
I enjoy cooking but don't have a lot of time. I like to plan so I can purchase ingredients in advance. My daughter has celiac disease so I try to make sure she has gluten-free meal options
My favorite things to cook
I like to bake cookies, apple pies and bread but don't always have time.
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I just enjoy getting my family in the kitchen working together.
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Gluten-Free chocolate chip cookies and french bread.
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Thai Peanut Noodles with peanut butter.
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