Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

IMAG3124My husband makes chicken parmesan for his body quite often, so it has been on my radar to make, especially since I made the crispy buffalo chicken (click for the recipe) with pork rinds and they were wildly successful.

This was super easy to make. My biggest dilemma was what to serve with it. Zach said usually you serve it with pasta. However I frankly didn’t want to mess with a spaghetti squash and I am holding out on making pasta until I can use my grannies pasta Kitchen Aid attachment. He said when worked at Paesano’s (an amazing Italian restaurant in Ann Arbor), they would serve it with spinach for those not wanting pasta.

Bingo! I had just made butter chicken (one of the best dishes EVER, click the link), which had some phenomenal spinach. Perfect timing!

Chicken Parmesan

  • 1 chicken breast cut in half
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pork rinds
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Basil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked spinach to serve it on top of

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Gluten-Free Cherry No-Bake Cookies

imag2932I have made no-bake cookies twice the last, finally I caved and made some gluten-free ones. I HAD too, especially after that many times. Growing up, those were Cliff (my brother) and I’s favorite cookies. We would make them with my momma. I love my mother dearly, but she was not the cook in our house growing up, so these were special moments for us. My dad is a bomb cook, so sorry mom.

Cliff and I loved these cookies, though. I can still playback videos in my mind of us on stools trying to mix and make them ourselves. And then totally stuffing ourselves and ruining our appetite for dinner.

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My Brother, Cliff, the other No-Bake lover

A few years ago I made my first batch of gluten-free ones. After some different experiments, I discovered that coconut and nuts made the perfect combination. The crunch of the nuts makes them perfect. And then I played with honey and coconut oil and coconut sugar. Finally I really hit the sweet spot. And I made them for my markets. They were a top, prized seller. But chocolately food can be a hot mess in the summer heat.

And so I just sort of forgot about them. But making them for a friend and the frat boys last week, had me craving them majorly. Plus my nephew Trenton loves my no-bakes, he says they’re the best. And I don’t take the opinion of a 7 year-old lightly, they are brutally honest. If he didn’t like them or thought they were bad, he would tell it to me straight. My nephew Gavin has straight-up told me before that something I made was awful. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Cherry No-Bake Cookies”

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet

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This recipe is a duet of sorts, a duet of culinary creations by husband and I. My husband can definitely throw down in a kitchen. And he is a for sure boss at managing and running one. But he cooks all day. Plus I love to cook as well, so I generally try to cook for us at home, so he can relax and get out of the kitchen. This also gives me ample time to play and experiment with new recipes. Which is good and bad for Zach. Not everything I make is a home run the first at bat (like the tator tots that took me three attempts or my first round of pot pie). But he is always gracious, kind, and he gives me his honest opinion. The part is the most important part. I do not need people to just fluff my tail feathers. If something needs adjusted or tweaked I NEED to know before I go sharing. So I am unbelievably grateful for being surrounded with such honesty and truth.

I had never planned on posting or sharing this recipe, though (I have them planned through July already). It was just something I sort of strung together. Zach had some pulled pork in the fridge. We love sweet potatoes, but we have only eaten them just baked one time (on our first camping trip to Brown County, around a year ago). So I just started baking potatoes. Thought I would stuff the pork inside of them rather than serving it on the side. And I fried a couple pieces of bacon, because, why not? Zach raved about this lunch the whole time we were eating. “Babe this is good.””Babe this is so good.””Seriously.”

With this feedback I could not, not post it. And I love that it is a combination of the two of us. Plus it’s easy. Make the pork in the crock pot. just bake a potato. Anyone can do it.

Pulled-Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 pieces of bacon
  • 8 oz. pulled pork

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