August 30, 2011

Gluten Free Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Ceasar Salad

Not too long ago I was sitting in Hobbs Coffee Shop in Swarthmore, PA, working on dissertation revisions and feeling hungry and over-caffeinated.  There wasn't much on the menu that was naturally gluten free, but they were having a lunch special on Chicken Caesar Salad that looked good.  I told them about my gluten-issues and they assured me that their dressing was home-made and gluten free, and that they'd simply omit the croutons.  The Romaine was served whole, but cut in half.  I loved it!  I had never eaten a salad like that before and found it fun to cut into it like a big piece of meat:)

As I was munching away I thought to myself, "I bet I can make it even better at home."  And so I did.  This version gets an extra kick from sun-dried tomatoes and a healthy dose of Parmesan cheese and grated black peppercorns.  To add some smokey undertones, I used my gas-burning stove top to slightly char the halved Romaine.  You can seriously come up with a hundred alternate versions of this one.  Just think about all the different meats, seafood, cheeses, and vegetarian combinations:) 

Make sure you completely rinse out your Romaine to get any bits of soil out (or bugs for that matter).  You'll also want to shake the heads out a bit before you halve them.  You don't want your salad being too wet and runny.

I made my croutons from the two end pieces of an Udi's gluten free bread loaf I had.  All I did was toast them up and cut them into small squares.

  • As many halved heads of Romaine lettuce as you need (1 half per person)
  • 1 small jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (any brand = whatever is on sale)
  • Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1-2 pounds of skinless/boneless chicken (chopped)
  • Gluten Free Caesar dressing (I used Ken's Light Options Caesar Dressing - because it said "Gluten Free" on the back )
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

  1. Rinse out your heads of lettuce.  Shake the water out of them and cut them in half; so that both halves are held together by the root.
  2. Chop up your chicken.
  3. Toast and then dice up some gluten free bread.
  4. Drain the olive oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes into a deep pan.
  5. Chop up the sun-dried tomatoes.
  6. Heat your oil over med-high heat and add the chicken when the oil is hotCook the chicken, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains.
  7. Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and reduce to medium heat.  Stir often, and cook until the chicken is slightly browned.
  8. Using either a skillet or an open gas-stove top flame, and a pair of tongs, slightly char the inside of each halved Romaine head.
  9. Place each halved Romaine head on its own large plate.  First top with a generous portion of the chicken/sun-dried tomato mixture, then lightly cover the whole head with grated Parmesan cheese, grate some fresh-pepper over everything, throw on the GF croutons, and then drizzle your Caesar dressing over the top.
  10. Chow down and thank me silently in your head:)

August 9, 2011

Product Review: King Arthur's Gluten Free Pancake Mix

A few weekends ago Mindy and I spent the night at our friends, Joy and Jason's house.  When we arrived, Jason began to show off all the gluten free goodies he purchased in preparation for our visit (what a good friend!!).  Over the years I have tested out a variety of gluten free pancake mixes.  Some of my favorites have been Bob's Red Mill, Pamela's, and Trader Joe's GF pancake mixes.  However, Jason had picked up a box of King Arthur's Gluten Free Pancake Mix, and when I took my first bite on the morning after our sleep-over, I fell in love! 

King Arthur's GF Pancake mix, by far, makes the moistest, fluffiest, most delicious GF pancakes I've had thus far.  Both Joy and Jason, neither of whom have Celiac Disease, thought they were excellent and couldn't tell that they were gluten free.  I decided to top mine with blueberry and peach preserves, and add a side of bacon.  It was pure breakfasty heaven! 

Jason purchased the mix at his local natural food store, but I'm sure you can find this mix at Whole Foods, Wegmans, or if you'd like, check out their website and order directly.  You'll love these!

Click Here: King Arthur's Gluten Free Pancake Mix


Just So You Know...

The information presented in this blog is intended to educate and entertainment. However, I'm not a medical expert.  I also do not know absolutely everything about Celiac Disease.  What I do know has been learned through trial and error, research, and what has been taught to me by friends who also share my food-related affliction.  Please take the time to do your own research about Celiac Disease and gluten-related issues.  I have a list of links to useful resources along the left-side of this blog. Also, feel free to cross-check my statements. If you find contrary information, please let me know. Thanks so much for visiting Trav's Gone Gluten Free!