Quiche

Quiche can be quick and easy, especially if you can find butter pie crusts in the freezer at Whole Foods. I found a 2-pack of all-butter frozen pie crusts today and whipped up this recipe. If you can’t find frozen crusts, refer to my pie crust recipe for Apple Pie.

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For 2 pies, you need:

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 lb Italian sausage

4 cups evaporated milk

4 eggs

Thaw crusts and place 2 cups of cheese in the bottom of each pie. Preheat oven to 350. Either pre-cook the sausage and add half to each pie, or break into small bits of raw sausage and place half in each crust.

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In a large bowl, whip eggs with evaporated milk well and fill both crusts.

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Bake 45 to 50 minutes until set in the center. If using raw sausage from the start, center temp should reach 160 degrees.

Let cool for a few minutes and serve warm. I love this served with Greek salad.

 

 

The Gluten-free Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe is modified from Paula Deen’s The Lady’s Chicken Soup. To make it gluten-free, all I needed to do was to use gluten-free pasta and use chicken base because it’s so hard to find GF bouillon.  The recipe below is what I did with it. There are two sets of ingredient lists, so read through the recipe before you go shopping. It’s very simple and has a great flavor. There are so many options for gluten-free pasta now, have fun with this. It’s a delicious chicken soup to enjoy in the fall weather.

The Gluten-free Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Whole chicken
3 1/2 quarts water
1 onion, peeled
2 tsp. Italian seasoning (or 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp Thyme, and 1/2 tsp basil)
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
4 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
3 tsp chicken base
salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a large pot and boil chicken until done. You can fast boil it or cook it on low for about an hour. Remove chicken and set aside. Remove and throw out the onion and the bay leaves. When the chicken cools enough to touch, pull meat from the bones into shredded, bite-size pieces.

Next add the following ingredients:

2 cups chopped carrots (I used about 3 cups)
2 cups chopped celery
3 cups uncooked gluten-free noodles (I prefer Tinkyada brown rice spirals)
1/3 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
If needed, salt and pepper to taste

Bring the pot back to a boil and add carrots. Cook for about 3 minutes and add celery. Add noodles and chicken and cook until noodles are tender. Add cheese, stir and enjoy with your favorite crackers.

 

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

My favorite way to make mashed potatoes is with red potatoes and fresh garlic.

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Small bag red potatoes (washed and cubed, not peeled)

4 cloves garlic (peeled and pressed)

1 stick butter

1/2 to 1 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp  parsley

milk

salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes with garlic until soft. Drain the water. Mash and mix with a hand mixer. Add butter and allow it to melt for a few minutes, then add milk, sour cream, salt, pepper, parsley. Blend with the mixer until smooth.

 

Crockpot Alfredo

Here’s a recipe I tried recently that’s very simple to put together and leave in the crockpot all day. The credit for this recipe goes to MomsWithCrockpots.com.

Crockpot Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo

1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders or cubed chicken breasts

2 8oz packages of Baby Bella mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 8oz packages of cream cheese, cut into chunks

1 cup (2 sticks) of butter

2 cups grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups whole milk

Place uncooked chicken in a large crockpot, top with mushrooms and the seasonings. On the stove, melt butter and cream cheese and add milk and cheese. Whisk together until smooth and pour over the mushrooms and chicken. Cook on LOW 5-6 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours. Serve with the pasta of your choice. Serves 6-8.

You can cut down the fat, of course, by using low fat milk and cream cheese.

 

Bread Mix Online

IMG_20150708_113405321I’ve mentioned a few times that I love Pamela’s Gluten-free bread mix. Well, I haven’t run into a Pamela mix I don’t like yet. Recently, I haven’t been able to get these large bags at the health food store, so I ordered them online. Guess what? If you like to stock up, you can get three large bags (4lbs) for $44 and no shipping. Now I’m stocked up. Each of these bags makes approximately four loaves of bread. It’s a good idea to slice the loaves up and freeze them so they stay fresh longer. Gluten-free bread doesn’t last long, so eat it all right away or freeze it.  It’s much cheaper to buy the big bags than to pay about $8 a bag for a small mix that makes one loaf. You can ORDER HERE.