How to Make Gluten Free Chicken Parmigiana


I suppose someone somewhere can cook up a gluten free version of any food, but I am certainly NOT that person. Since our family went gluten free about three years ago, there are certain things I pine for and miss oh, so terribly. We can’t just go to a restaurant and have our favorite foods, either. We have to go to certain restaurants to get certain foods and it’s all so very sporadic.

But sometimes, my husband or I (usually my husband) will figure out a good (gluten free) recipe for a food not usually of the gluten free variety, and we all celebrate and ask him to make it again and again and again.

One of those recipes is for gluten free chicken parmigiana. Okay, so it may not be very traditional, but the crispy, fork-tender bites are delicious and safe for us to eat and the entire family loves when he makes it.

He starts with fresh or thawed boneless skinless chicken (either tenders or breasts), puts them in a clean food storage bag (one at a time) and pounds them gently with the side of a hammer (or, I suppose if you have a meat tenderizer, that would be more “official” or “classy” or something, but we don’t).

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He has a bowl with a couple of cups of milk and a egg, beaten together, set to the side. Once each piece of chicken is evenly thinned, he puts it into the bowl to soak for a few minutes.

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He then mixes up a bowl of gluten free flour (he likes to use half flour or baking mix and half tapioca flour because it’s fine and covers the chicken well), a couple of heaping spoonfuls of Italian Seasoning, a pinch of salt and pepper, and about a teaspoon of onion powder and garlic powder, and generously coats each chicken piece, patting it down to make it stick well.

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While he’s coating the chicken, he heats up a large pan with oil on medium to medium-high heat, until a pinch of the flour will sizzle (letting him know it’s hot enough for the chicken). He fries the chicken pieces, a few at a time to avoid overcrowding, flipping them after a couple of minutes, until the chicken coating is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. He then places them on a baking sheet covered with foil and tops each piece with pasta sauce and a generous helping of mozzarella cheese.

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It’s then baked at 350 degrees for about ten minutes, or until the cheese is melty and you can’t stand not eating it anymore. ragu 6

Serve it over your favorite gluten free pasta or rice and pity those who aren’t gluten free. 😉

Gluten Free Chicken Parmigiana

Ingredients

  • skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • two cups flour mixture (we use half brown rice flour/half tapioca flour, but you can use whatever you have on hand, including a pancake/baking mix like Pamela’s)
  • 2 TBS Italian Seasoning*
  • 1 tsp onion powder*
  • 1 tsp garlic powder*
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • your favorite Ragu pasta sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

*make sure your seasonings are gluten free (we like McCormick’s).

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Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring us to discover our gluten free favorites.

What To Do When You’re #SheetOutOfLuck #spon

We’ve all been there. You’re in the grocery store bathroom, trying to keep your toddler from opening the stall door and showing everybody which pair of underwear you chose to wear that day (plus, well…everything it covers up), when you look over and see that there’s no more toilet paper.

Or you’re in your own bathroom and realize (the hard way) that you forgot to pick any toilet paper up while you were at the grocery store and you’ve since run out.

Or your husband is in the bathroom, calling for another roll but you really, really, REALLY don’t want to take it to him so you convince one of the kids to do it instead.

Angel Soft® knows what it’s like…they’re the experts even. I’ve told you before about the adorably hilarious #sheethappens campaign from Angel Soft® (shout out to Amanda, who won the year’s supply from my giveaway!), so you know that Angel Soft®  rolls have 60% more sheets per roll. If you haven’t tried it yet, or are like a lot of people I heard from during my giveaway and you’re already a loyal Angel Soft® user, grab a coupon before you go to the store to replenish your supply.

BUT, before you leave, the nice folks at Angel Soft® challenged me to make my own Sheet Out of Luck clip, and I’m so excited to share it with you (speaking of hilariously adorable).

HUGE, GIGANTIC thank you to my husband for shooting and editing the video to bring my…er…difficult vision to life.

WIthout further ado, I bring you “Ervle Sheet Happening”:

But as you know, puppies can’t be counted on for, well, anything, so you best get your own self to the store to stock up before you’re sheet out of luck, too.

What would your #sheethappens video look like?

This post was sponsored by Angel Soft® , but opinions and ridiculous cuteness are all my own.

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I’ll Be At #BlogHer14! #SP

I’m heading to my first ever Blogher conference tomorrow, in San Jose California. I can’t really tell you how nervous I am, and I definitely can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m going to be meeting a lot of online friends that I’ve become close to, but only “in the computer” (though I can tell you, the friendships are very real). I also get to see several that I have met in person at other conferences and have stayed in contact with over the last year or two.

Here’s my face so you can (maybe) recognize me if you happen to be there, too (I may or may not be wearing a tiara): That's me, in a tiara I’m excited to be partnering up with Angel Soft for the conference. They’re a sponsor at BlogHer this year (you can find them at booth 201 in the expo hall) to share their new series of videos for the #sheethappens campaign. Have you seen the videos? They’re so cute. Check them out here, and tell me which one is your favorite: http://www.angelsoft.com/toilet-paper-sheets (mine favorites are The Quarantine (because it hits close to home) and The Red Carpet).. I guarantee they’ll all make you smile….it’s not often that you see a funny and clever toilet paper ad, right?

Nobody likes running out of toilet paper, and nobody wants to bring you any. I’m willing to bet, though, that the group of (mostly) ladies at BlogHer ’14 would be happy to help in a sticky bathroom situation. In fact, I’d bet my ticket on it! When you get home, though, and get back to the reality that is family life, stock up on Angel Soft (with the coupon from the website) and send the kids in when Daddy runs out.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be hosting a giveaway for a YEAR’S SUPPLY of Angel Soft (because who wouldn’t like to not have to think about buying toilet paper for a year?!) and sharing my own #sheethappens video. For now, stop by the booth at BlogHer (where you might catch me hanging out and playing in the photo booth), follow the hashtags #sheethappens and #sheetoutofluck of Twitter, and like them on Facebook and Twitter to join the (hilarious) conversation.

And try not to let this happen:

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Thanks to Angel Soft for sponsoring this post and bringing some fun to BlogHer ’14!

NASA in my Car (Seat) #EvenfloPlatinum

My husband thinks I’m addicted to car seats. I’m not, I swear. But I might be addicted to not having to switch car seats around to a different car in the morning when we’re trying to leave for school, or to replacing old ones that you can no longer adjust so they fit snugly. That’s reasonable, right? All for the safety of my precious cargo and my precious sanity.

So over the years, and through four kids, we’ve tried a lot of different car seats. In the last few years, though, I’ve only bought the kind that will move up to different stages with them and convert at the kids get older. I research the features, and read reviews and look for the car seats that A) we can afford, B) will keep the kids as safe as possible, and C) will make my life easier.

Erv got a new seat recently that he and I both love. I love that I can adjust it from the front, both height and tightness of the straps, so I never need to unbuckle it or unthread it or any of that hassle. He loves that it’s comfortable (both cool to the touch and cushy) and that it has cupholders (with straps, no less).evenflo 1

It took me approximately ten minutes to get it out of the box, adjust it to fit him snugly, and latch it into the car. I haven’t had to worry about it since, and he’s taken several naps in it already. He never gets sweaty, thanks to the special material (that Nasa developed!) that doesn’t heat up no matter how long it’s parked, so both of us can have a peaceful ride. And, because we all know that hot buckles don’t make anybody happy, these have pockets around them so they’re easy to find when buckling him in, and they don’t heat up either.

 

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This one is going to grow with him, too (it’s recommended for 5-110 lbs) so really, it’s the last new car seat we’ll ever need or have. (excuse me, I have something in my eye)

Learn more about the Evenflo Symphony DLX here.

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 I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

The New Way To Floss From Waterpik #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.

I have always hated flossing. ALWAYS.

I have the trifecta of bad flossing situation:

1. Small mouth

2. Crowded teeth

3. Gag reflex

It’s hard for me to floss, truly. Though the gag reflex has gotten better over the years, my teeth have not magically straightened themselves out, and my mouth hasn’t taken yoga for flexibility.

I do floss sometimes, though. Namely, for a few days after I go to the dentist, and he says I’m “on the verge” of a cavity, and he knows that if I don’t floss between those way back teeth regularly, the next time he sees me, there will be drilling to do. So, for about a week, maybe two, I floss religiously. And I wait for it to become more of a habit, less torture. But it never does, so I start flossing less religiously….every two days, then every three, then once a week, then when I have something stuck in there that I can’t get out with my tongue and toothbrush.

I so wish I was one of those people that just HAS to floss everyday. I really do….my dental life would be so much easier. But I’m not and never will be. So, when I got the chance to try out the Waterpik Aquarius Professional Waterflosser, I was ecstatic. I’m not even exaggerating.

You’ve probably seen a sign for the Waterpik flossers in your dentist’s office. I know I have…sitting in the window that I stare at while I wait in The Chair. I’ve always been intrigued, but as a floss-hater, I haven’t been inclined to actually bite the proverbial bullet and get one.

Before I tried it, though, I stuffed my face with popcorn for lunch. You know, really give it a good test. Also, I really like popcorn.

It took a couple of minutes for me to get the hang of it, and figure out how to do it really effectively, but by the time I was done, I had that lick your teeth a lot because they feel so darn clean feeling that you get walking out of the dentist’s office. Even after running and not showering (yet), I was sweaty, but my teeth? They were sparkling.

Trying out the new Waterpik Professional Waterflosser

It came with seven different tips: three regular ones (which you replace every six months or so), plus four specialized tips. One of them is even a toothbrush tip, which you can use with or without toothpaste. And, you can switch it from “floss” to “massage” which gives your gums and mouth an especially clean feeling.

Trying out the new Waterpik Professional Waterflosser

It’s actually really cool, like bringing the hose sprayer thing from the dentist home, but without the suction. And I bet that my dentist is going to be pleased when he sees me in a couple of weeks.

What about you, are you a flosser or a wanna-be (like me)?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.

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Give Me Some Sugar (No, Don’t) #sweetswaps

It’s no secret that I’m a sugar-holic. I’m addicted to sweets. I crave the sweet stuff.

Lately, I’ve been drinking three cups of coffee a day, and no, they’re never black.

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And yes, I do still really, really like the whipped cream on top, but for one of those three, I try not to have it. I try. I really do.

That one up there? It has milk and a sweet little packet of Splenda Flavors for Coffee (in Vanilla). Really good. I don’t even miss the whipped cream (Mostly not.)

I’ve also been swapping out real sugar lately to try to cut down on ALL THE SUGAR because oh my goodness THE SUGAR. High octane, regular ol’ sugar just adds too many empty calories, and sometimes? I really need those empty calories at the end of the day for, you know, wine or an extra snack (you know the days I’m talking about…not every day. Just, certain days.)

Want to know more? Hang out with me on Twitter for the #sweetswaps Twitter party, Tuesday March 4 at noon ET (also known as time for coffee #2 at my house).

Here are some details: 

  • Experts recommend women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day, yet the average American eats 22 teaspoons daily!
  • Most of us vastly underestimate the amount of sugar we eat because the sweet stuff is hiding in some of our favorite foods and beverages, like vanilla lattes, fruit flavored yogurt, salad dressing and cereal. Once we realize where the sugar is hiding, we can come up with ways to eliminate the excess sugar from our diets!
  • Throughout 2014, SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out 365 ways to swap sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to save calories all year long! The Motherhood is teaming up with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products for this fun Twitter party to share SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ tips and recipes!
  • Join us to hear recipes, tips and other simple lifestyle changes that can lead to big results over time!
  • When: Tuesday, March 4 at noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT
  • Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/sweetswaps
  • Hashtag: #SweetSwaps
  • Prizes: Prizes will be randomly awarded to five participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa Gift Card and an assortment of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products! Prizes limited to U.S. participants only.
  • Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann

And check out 365 Sweet Swaps for 365 ideas/recipes/tips on how you can cut out the sugar without losing the sweet.

Disclosure: This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

The Annual Family Pictures (and a #Giveaway)

I was given a canvas from Signazon to review, but I did not receive compensation and all opinions are 100% my own. I promise you don’t want to miss the giveaway at the bottom, or some family pictures that I think are pretty darn cute.

This year, I didn’t have the time, energy, or mega-bucks to spend on a family photo session. But, I love getting a good shot of our whole family (and at least one of all of the kids together).

So, on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, in a comical display of stubbornness, I set up my camera on a big cardboard box from the garage, and we all stood out in the field behind our house while I ran back and forth to hit the button and get back in place before the time was up. I was “allowed” to take five pictures of all of us, by my husband, who insisted that after five, he’d no longer have a smile for the camera. I took six. I don’t think they’re half bad.

My friend Sarah was kind enough to do some editing on the the family shots to make them look, you know…more professional.

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I’m also maybe turning into crazy picture lady, because our living room walls are basically covered. Most of them are canvases, which I LOVE. This time around I ordered one of my favorites from Signazon for the wall, and I think it looks perfect up there with photos from the last few years. It came packaged really well, shipped fast, and the picture looks amazing on it.

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Because I’m in the Christmas spirit, I’m giving away a $50 credit to Signazon.com, so one of you lucky readers can pick out your own canvas, custom sign, business cards, or any of their high-quality custom products.

Giveaway is open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen via random drawing on or after December 12, and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with contact information, or another winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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I Like To Move It.

I recently said that I don’t like to get down on the floor and play with my kids. But, there are things I love to do with them….I love jumping on the trampoline, I love cranking up the radio and shaking some booty when we’re cleaning or cooking, and I love interactive video games that we can all play together (I’m not too excited about board games yet, though….those require more patience than I have at this point in our lives).

We set up the Wii in the living room (which we hadn’t used in several months…at least) and put in Just Dance Kids 2014. I was expecting some boring, little kid songs and a few old disco songs or something. But we started it up and Could. Not. Stop. Dancing. I literally had to peel myself away from the game so I could cook (and not burn) our supper. The potatoes barely came out edible, but they did, thank goodness.

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The game has a great mix of “younger kid songs,” “hot pop songs for older kids,” and “all ages-parents and kids songs”. It’s rated E for Everybody, though, so all of the songs are appropriate for the littlest ones. As a matter of fact, some of my favorite songs to dance to are the “younger kid songs” but they’re all super catchy and danceable….I even find myself dancing to all of the intro music.

And of course, some are harder than others…the songs are clearly labeled based on difficulty and energy level, but some of the dance styles are harder for each of us. I’m not very good at the hip-hop choreography in the song “Get Down On It”, but the salsa-esque and contemporary moves come more naturally to me. Of course, we’ll keep practicing all of them, and (hopefully) get better.

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The girls and I are having the most fun with the game, but hubs and my oldest got into it a little bit, too. I’m not competitive or anything (ahem), but I’m kind of kicking some butt with the high scores. The four year old, even if she can’t quite keep up with the moves yet, is having a blast, and the six year old is really good at it and enjoys it. It’s fun to watch them both focused on the dances and following along, shaking their booties, swinging their hips, and throwing their hands up.

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And when the box says it’s “exercise in disguise”, it isn’t kidding. We played for less than an hour the first night, and I was sweaty, my blood was pumping, and my fitbit pedometer said that I’d had taken over two and a half miles worth of steps. I didn’t even do my two mile run that night because I had essentially already done it.

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I may have also put a few of the other Just Dance titles on my Christmas wish list. But I’m not addicted or anything. Nope, not me. Ahem.

Check out the Ubisoft blog for all of the latest updates on Just Dance and other Ubisoft titles, and pick up your own copy of Just Dance Kids 2014 on Amazon.com or Gamestop.com.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Gluten Free Friday: Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

I haven’t baked a lot since we went gluten free, because it’s just more…complicated. I do easy things like muffins or cake mix cupcakes, but as far as from scratch, it just doesn’t happen (my husband, on the other hand, has become quite good at it). There are so many flours to buy and mix together and the wrong combination can give you an unexpected result. Or, you could use a recipe and buy flours that you may or may not be able to use in other recipes (we have several bags of flour that haven’t been used in a while and are taking up space in the freezer for that reason). So a cake recipe that doesn’t involve any flour is just my speed. And who doesn’t love chocolate? This recipe is dense, dark and outrageously sinful and besides being rich and delicious, flourless chocolate cake recipes are naturally gluten-free (but taste good enough for everyone to enjoy).

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You can swap decadent dessert recipes among fellow foodies and other gluten free bakers with the online community when you play at www.foxybingo.com/ or impress your friends and family at birthday parties and get-togethers.

The ingredients can easily be found at your nearest grocery or Whole Foods. The trick here is to get really good quality dark chocolate like Scharffen Berger.

You will need:

  • 16 ounces of quality dark chocolate 
  • a cup of brown sugar
  • a half cup of white sugar
  • ¾ cup of really hot espresso or strong coffee
  • two sticks of room temperature unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • two tablespoons of Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • eight large eggs
  • tablespoon of bourbon (or regular) vanilla extract (just be sure it’s gluten free if you need the cake to be)

To make:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your ten-inch spring form pan with buttered parchment lining.
2. Break the chocolate into bits and put in the food processor along with the sugar until it’s a grainy consistency.
3. Pour the hot espresso into the processor and pulse until it melts.
4. Add butter pieces and cocoa powder and pulse to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla until batter becomes smooth and creamy.
5. Pour the batter in spring form pan and cover with foil. Bake for 50-60 minutes until center top is cracked and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
6. Place on wire rack to cool. Place in fridge overnight and serve with ganache, raspberry preserves, or frosting the next day.

 

I was compensated for this post by www.foxybingo.com, but opinions and baking skills (or lack thereof) are all mine. These are not affiliate links.