Monday, September 10, 2012

Going Gluten and Dairy Free (temporarily)

I am so thankful for the Internet... when my husband decided he wanted to try and go gluten free I also decided that while nursing my second little girl I was going to try and go dairy free to avoid some issues that my first little one dealt with.

So I decided that rather than making different meals for all members of the family we would all go gluten and dairy free for the time being. It seemed a little daunting and I was worried we would only be eating chicken, rice, and veggies every night, but I am so thankful to have access to an online community of people that are also going through a similar diet.

Not only were we going gluten and dairy free, but I also wanted to find recipes that didn't have much tomatoes (since they don't agree with my husband) AND of course were freezer friendly. Hmmm... doesn't sound daunting at all right??

These are the recipes I decided to make. Sadly, raising a 2 year old and dealing with a newborn didn't leave me time to take pretty pictures of everything, but I did take one when I was working on three different meals:

This picture shows the chicken nuggets I made that are cooling, the soup in the middle of being made and the Mexican chicken and rice is on the right. 

I used the following recipes and am quite pleased with how everything turned out. It also took me about 3 hours to make everything and will last our family of four (one doesn't eat obviously since she is only 6 weeks old) for about 10 dinners and multiple lunches with the nuggets.

1. Gluten Free Dairy Free Chicken & Vegetable Nuggets (really good with a dip) from 

2. Mexican Chicken and Rice (simple and yummy) from

3. Thai Chicken Soup (it's got a delicious kick) from

 4. Rice Casserole with Bacon and Spinach (we all loved this!) from

 5. Crockpot Italian Chicken with Potatoes (simple and yummy) from

6. Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie (not my favorite since I didn't have cheese haha) from

I also made a shopping list from things I didn't have in my house already:

2.2 cups ground chicken (I ended up getting turkey)
1 lb ground turkey
6 halves chicken breast
12 oz bacon
1 cup carrot grated
1 cup zucchini grated
2-3 lbs red or gold potatoes
6 oz fresh spinach (I ended up getting frozen since it was on sale)
1 cup celery finely diced
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (could have used fresh)
1 can diced green chilies
26oz can spaghetti sauce
Italian dressing
fish sauce
grapeseed oil
4 cups chicken stock
28oz coconut milk 
red curry paste

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