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I’m pretty good about planning our meals ahead of time, and as day-to-day living costs continue their upward march, not eating out is as important for our finances as it is for our nutrition. That temptation to indulge is never at a more critical juncture, though, than when it’s been one of those nothing-goes-as-planned kind of days and I realize that even if I had a plan for dinner, I forgot to thaw it or didn’t get to do the necessary prep. You’ve been there, right? It can’t just be me. 🙂 Even if it was affordable to just hop in the car and choose a favorite local eatery, not every restaurant has gluten-free recipes on the menu, and I know that for many of you, that can become a serious nutritional dilemma. Depending on who we are blessed to share our meal with, that’s an issue for us, as well, so I understand your struggle.
Saturday was my “snag” in the schedule day and I was out of town most of the afternoon, for work and grocery shopping. By the time I made my final stop, at Sam’s Club, I was worn out, facing a long drive back home and realizing I didn’t even have a plan for supper. Cue the spotlight and music from heaven. lol As I headed down the aisle, towards Frozen Foods, a bright green package with the words Gluten-Free caught my eye. I love shopping the freezer-section specials in the end caps at Sam’s. They’re almost always showcasing new products and I often discover something that becomes a family favorite. Tyson Grilled and Ready GLUTEN-FREE Chicken Breasts……hmmmmm. Pre-cooked, gluten-free and nutritious. See ya around, fast-food drive-thru! I can make this work. My mind was spinning through the ingredients in my fridge and the groceries waiting in my car, as I devised a plan for a quick and simple, gluten-free chicken dish to satisfy my hungry family. I pulled a bag of these flash-frozen time- and budget-savers from the freezer case and headed to the front of the store to check out. My gluten-free recipe would have plenty of time to evolve on the drive home.
And evolve it did. As a matter of fact, so did I. In a burst of enthusiasm and new-found energy, I arrived at home feeling a little less constrained for time and a lot more inspired to make something fun and special. After all, my gluten-free chicken was already cooked. I was already saving time–time to be creative. 🙂 One word — kebabs. (Of course, kebabs are traditionally cooked on the grill, but TECHNICALLY, my meat was already grilled, so I avoided trying to look brave standing in the snowdrift in front of our grill and went full-steam ahead to make “indoor” kebabs.) There’s just something a little more exciting about food on a skewer. What is it, I wonder, that elevates a kebab above ordinary fare? Whatever it is, I determined I was serving it up, Saturday night. It did take a little extra time, but the beauty of this recipe, is that you can skip the skewers, altogether and have this fabulously tasty and colorful meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Either way, your family and friends will rave about this dish. It’s light, flavorful and scrumptious! Enjoy!
- 1 (2.5 lb) bag of Tyson Grilled and Ready Gluten-Free Chicken Breasts
- 1 large fresh pineapple
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 green bell peppers
- ½ large onion
- ½ cup coconut oil (could substitute olive oil)
- ¾ cup honey
- ⅔ cup soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Cut the chicken breasts into 2 inch chunks.
- Mince the garlic.
- Cut peppers, pineapple and onion into chunks, roughly the same size as the chicken pieces.
- Thread the kebabs, alternating chicken, pineapple peppers and onions on the skewers.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together the honey, coconut oil, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. (If the weather is cool and your coconut oil is solid, you can microwave it for 10 or 15 seconds to return it to a liquid state or substitute olive oil.)
- Brush each prepared kebab on all sides, with the honey glaze and then place on a baking sheet. You'll have some glaze left over, so save that for after the kebabs are done cooking. %http://www.busy-at-home.com/images/kebabs/brush.jpg (The recipe usually makes a dozen kebabs, but my pineapple and veggies were large enough that I got 13, this time, so I laid the extra one, horizontally, across the top of the baking sheet, above the row of other kebabs.)
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or just until they are hot. (The meat is already cooked and you want it nice and moist, so don't overcook. Vegetables should be tender-crisp, NOT mushy.)
- Remove kebabs from the oven and brush with remaining glaze.
- Serve over a bed of savory red and white quinoa. We had fresh asparagus on the side.
- Prepare ingredients as for kebabs, Steps 1-4.
- Heat and mix the glaze ingredients in a large saucepan or deep skillet on your stove top.
- Add the chicken, pineapple, peppers and onions to the sauce in the pan and cook over medium heat, until all ingredients are heated through (10 - 15 minutes). Remember, the meat is already grilled. You just want things to be hot, with the vegetables tender-crisp and still brightly colored.
- Serve over quinoa or rice.
Tyson Grilled and Ready Gluten-Free Chicken Breasts took what could have been a budget-busting, go-out-to-eat-in-a-pinch evening, and turned it into a fabulous family meal at home. I plan to keep at least one bag, on hand, in our freezer, so I know I can always put a quick and easy gluten-free recipe together for family or guests. You can sample this tasty new product, for yourself, at the in-store demos at participating Sam’s Clubs, Mar 6th and 8th.
So, what are your quick fix solutions for gluten-free meals? I’d love to hear about your pantry staples and what you keep on hand to be prepared for guests or family on gluten-free diets. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being so generous to share your wisdom and ideas. You rock!
Have a blessing-filled Tuesday!