Super Late CSA Post and a Quick Recipe for Gluten Free and Regular Chicken Gyros

Okay so this week’s CSA post is really late.  I am just off my game lately.  The new medications I am on make me a bit ditzy and forgetful, so bear with me.

This week’s basket was a pretty good one.  I use a lot of the vegetables we received this week, so it is a  lot less likely to go to waste.

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This week we received a small bag of baby potatoes, 2 cucumbers, a basket of blueberries, a bunch of kale, 4 Hungarian hot peppers, 4 heirloom tomatoes, 4 HUGE green peppers, 2 eggplants, and 1 head of cabbage.

We usually use our kale for Zuppa Toscana which you can find in a previous post, the cabbage I have been shredding and adding to my lunches (which I will post soon), the peppers are going to end up being some really, REALLY big stuffed peppers for dinner one night, and the rest I am not sure.  The tomatoes are good just eating raw, as are the cucumbers, but I am getting tired of eating them the same way every time, so I don’t know.

Now for the recipe…

Chicken Gyros (Gluten Free and Regular)

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Chicken Gyros

Flat Bread or Gluten Free Tortillas (I use Rudi’s)

Prepared, leftover, or rotisserie chicken

Chopped lettuce

Chopped tomatoes

Chopped onions

1/2 or so Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt (if you are trying to eat healthy like me)

1/2 cucumber grated

Basically you just want to pull apart the chicken so that it is somewhat bite sized, and set aside.

Take a box grater, and grate the cucumber into a bowl.  Add the sour cream or yogurt and let rest for about 5 minutes so they have time to really mix flavors.

Assemble.  Flat bread or tortilla, chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, and sour cream/cucumber mixture.

That’s it!!  Super easy, super quick, and super yummy!!

Well that is all for this post.  Hopefully I will be able to get a little more motivated to get some additional posts up this week.  I have a fantastic Beef Teriyaki recipe from scratch that everyone loves, so I am hoping to get that one up soon.  If you have any additional recipes you would like to see on the blog, please let me know.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

First I’d like to say I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!  We celebrated by BBQing with family.  You know, traditional 4th grub…. hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, and watermelon.  The weather wasn’t too shabby, some occasional drops of rain, but mostly clear so we spent most of the day outside.

The morning of the 4th we went to a local parade like we do every year.  This year however, we were able to witness a good deed.  About 1/3 of the way into the parade, a man who was driving a tow truck for a local company stopped the parade dead in it’s tracks.  We were all kind of wondering what he was doing, when he stepped out of his truck and crossed the street to hand deliver two heaping handfuls of candy to a little boy in a wheel chair.  It was beautiful and heart warming, and made me feel lucky to witness such a wonderful display of humanity.  I wish I would have been quick enough to take a picture, but I didn’t :/

Now onto the recipe….

Have I mentioned before that we love broccoli?  This makes easy use of any and all broccoli that enters our house.  My kids love it, and my husband has mentioned more than once that he would rather have my homemade alfredo than the store stuff any day.  Problem was, the jarred stuff was sooo convenient.

Now that we are trying to save moolah for a house, some conveniences have to be sacrificed, and why not start with the ones that will improve something in our lives rather than make it feel like we are living with less.

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

1 lb chicken tenders

2 heads of broccoli cut into florets

2 lbs pasta  ( I usually use 1 lb gluten free fettuccini and 1 lb reg fettuccini made in separate pans since only 2 of us is gluten free and lets face it, gluten free pasta is expensive!)

1 1/2 c heavy cream

1 1/2 c milk (2% or whole is fine)

3 egg yolks scrambled

3 c parmesan cheese  ( I added some Italian cheese the last time because I ran out of parmesan, and it still came out great.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match different cheeses once you feel comfortable, or if you run out of parm like me 😉

About 4 decent sized cloves of garlic chopped ( you can use more or less depending on how much garlic you like)

salt & pepper

fresh chopped parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400*F.  Lay chicken on a cooking sheet and season with salt and pepper ( I personally like season-all and hot shots).  Once the oven is heated, place chicken inside and cook for roughly 20-25 min or until cooked thoroughly.

While chicken is cooking place your water on the stove and boil.  Chop the broccoli if it is not already chopped and place into steamer.  (I have a pot that has a steamer insert inside it.  If you do not have one, or a steamer at all, try placing a metal strainer on top of a pot of boiling water so that it is not touching the water.  Place a lid over the veges inside the strainer and it works as a steamer)

Cook pasta according to box directions, with broccoli steaming on top.

In a separate pan, start to heat milk and cream on low.  Make sure to continuously stir the milk mixture throughout the entire process so that it doesn’t curdle or burn.  While stirring, mix in the egg yolk mixture.  Once warmed slowly mix in the cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Continue to warm and stir until mixture thickens.  Voila.  Alfredo!!

Once pasta is cooked, drain and plate.  Top with chopped chicken, steamed broccoli, and alfredo sauce.  Sprinkle parsley on top and you’re done.

It’s pretty easy, but your arm will start to hurt after a little while from all the stirring.  And my hubby is right, it is absolutely better than the store bought jarred stuff.

Manic Monday~ Crockpot Chicken Tacos w/ Homemade Pico de Gallo

Mondays are usually very busy at my house.  It starts the work week for my husband, school week for the kiddos, and back to school for me as well, which means we are all usually pretty pooped by dinner time and NO ONE wants to cook.  Thankfully for the next two weeks my husband is on mandatory vacation, so we can all spend some summer vacation time together.  Still, a Monday is still a Monday….

If I know I am going to have a busy day with little time to spare, I usually try to throw something in the crockpot.  Crockpots are great because I can throw the uncooked meats and veges in when I wake up in the morning, and when dinner time is up I have a perfectly cooked hot meal with little effort needed.

While feeding my addiction to pinterest, I have noticed that this particular recipe has become increasingly popular.  I personally have made it for quite a while, although not exactly the same as the one I found on pinterest.

Hopefully you enjoy this version just as much.  I have found that it tastes almost identical to my local Mexican restaurant’s version of shredded chicken.

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Crockpot Shredded Chicken

3 frozen chicken breasts  ( I like the bagged boneless skinless individually frozen ones)

1 c Pico de Gallo

1 bell pepper sliced

1 sliced onion

1/2 packet of Ortega reduced sodium taco seasoning  (I am working to find a suitable substitution using only spices)

3/4 c water

Basically just dump all the ingredients into the crockpot and cook on high for about 6 hours.

Once the chicken is tender enough to pull apart with a fork, shred using either two forks, or if you have a Kitchenaid, place the chicken in the bowl with the paddle attachment on and mix on low for about 30 seconds, or until the chicken is thoroughly shredded.  I usually add quite a bit of juice to the chicken while I am shredding so it stays nice and moist.

Voila!  That’s it!

For tacos, pair with….

Warm corn tortillas for gluten free folks

Flour or corn tortillas for non-gluten free folks

refried beans

lettuce

fresh pico de gallo

sour cream

guacamole

This recipe usually makes enough chicken for my family of 6 plus a little something left over for my lunch the next day.  Sometimes I make it solely so I have something yummy besides a sandwich for my lunches.

Pico de Gallo is so easy to make and so good fresh I am surprised people buy jarred salsa from the store anymore.

Basically the recipe is….

1-2 tomatoes (Fresh during the summer is best, but any in the produce isle will work)

1/2 onion chopped into small pieces

1/4 jalapeno chopped into itty bitty pieces (if you a heat sissy like me 😉

juice of 1/2 a lime

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 small bunch of fresh cilantro leaves chopped  ( I use about 10-15 stems from the bunch you get at the store, then remove the leaves from the stalks)

Chop up the tomatoes, and mix with onion, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, cilantro.  You can add other ingredients if you wish, such as green onion or peppers, but basically that is all you need.  It is best when eaten 5 mins or so after you make it, but it can hold in the fridge for a few days.  It is amazing with tortilla chips.

So here’s the question for you today…. Do you have a favorite Mexican dish you love to make?  I am desperately searching for a good Mexican Rice recipe that tastes like the kind you get at the restaurants.  If you have one you’d like to share, please pass it on!