Lemon-Herb Dressing

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I love pouring this over grilled chicken. At my house, it’s the flavor of summer!

Ingredients

2 Tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

½ tsp dried parsley

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground pepper

Juice of 2 lemons

Olive Oil

Directions

Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Whisk olive oil into the mixture and pour over hot grilled chicken. Enjoy!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

We love Tortilla Soup. Unfortunately, it has cheese in it. Of course, if you are avoiding corn due to a special diet, the tortillas are out too. I made some modifications and developed what I can best describe as Mexican Chicken Soup. It was delicious! Enjoy!

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or olive oil)

1 small onion, diced

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon jalapeno, finely diced, *optional but please add it, it really makes the dish

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

1 cup of kale, stem removed and leaves chopped into bite sized pieces

2 limes, juiced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 avocado, pitted, sliced *optional

Directions

In a large saucepan heat the oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Once the onions have softened add the garlic and jalapenos and cook for another minute. Pour the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot and bring to a boil. Once at a boil lower heat to simmer and add your chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes. Once chicken is cooked remove from pot. Add kale to the pot. When the chicken is cool enough to handle cut it into bite sized-pieces and return it to the pot. Add lime juice and fresh cilantro and stir to combine. In a serving bowl ladle soup and top with avocado slices. Makes 4-6 servings.

Gluten Free Fast Food Options: Chick Fil A

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I have never eaten at a Chick Fil A. In fact, living in Southern California we really didn’t have the option to since until recently, there weren’t any around. This establishment drew much media attention earlier in the year for reasons other than their food. But somehow, the buzz created enough attention that one popped up about 5 minutes away from my house.

So finally, the other day, we decided to try their famously well-liked chicken. Since we are gluten conscious now, I was concerned about what we would be able to eat on the menu. I was surprised to see multiple gluten-free options (although, they are not marketed as such).  They have a selection of lovely fresh salads topped with the choice of either grilled or breaded chicken.  And for kids, they offer traditional nuggets with the breading as well as grilled, breading-free nuggets!  My son was thrilled as he’s never been a fan of breaded nuggets (I know, he’s weird for an 8 year old. He’d rather eat a salad that anything fried.)

They even have an enticing carrot and raisin side salad as well as other gluten-free friendly options. We were all pleasantly surprised that they offered such a variety on the menu. And the service was super friendly and accommodating. They even came out to the dining area to see if we needed any more napkins or ketchup (for the waffle potato fries…yum).  Dare I say, the employees seemed genuinely sincere and enjoyed their employment! This is rare in the fast food business in SoCal.

So there you have it. Eating out doesn’t have to be a daunting task when you are gluten-free.  There are places that offer options that are tasty.

I’ll keep you posted as we find more.