This week’s gluten-free meal plan makes use of the slow cooker and stove top for cooking on hot summer days. You can even put your slow cooker outside to keep the heat out of the kitchen. But one recipe that’s worth turning on your oven for is the blueberry cobbler.
Last year at this time I wrote to you about my new kitchen (we had just moved). For the sake of anyone who is considering remodeling their kitchen, I have to say that I love having a cooktop in an island. The backdraft fan does not work quite as well as an overhead fan, but that’s seldom a problem.
The reason I love it so much is because I’m not facing a wall when I cook. I can easily see what’s going on in the house and outside and participate in conversation. When we have company, I often feel like I’m part of what’s going on, even when I’m cooking, rather than being on the fringes.
I will add, however, that even though my kitchen is not very big, the island is quite large. That means I have a good bit of counter space on both sides of my cooktop. That certainly adds to my enjoyment of it.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken with Potatoes – This recipe uses Italian seasoning and salad dressing as an easy way to add flavor.
Turkey Meatballs in White Sauce – Using turkey instead of beef and a dairy-free white sauce instead of a tomato based sauce makes this a nice change from traditional meatballs and sauce.
Hummus Crusted Chicken – This is a super easy and tasty way to prepare moist chicken on the stove top.
Slow Cooker Ground Beef Stew – In the summer, I add just enough water to help the food cook but not enough to make it soupy. It’s great served over rice, or you can add potato chunks to it. I often make it without tomatoes (adding a little extra water), and it’s just as good. It’s a great way to use zucchini, but keep in mind that the zucchini has to be added only during the last hour of cooking.
Brown Rice Salad with Ham – This can be eaten warm or cold. It’s great to make ahead and have for a picnic or easy summertime dinner.
Biscuit Crust Pizza – This is a quickish way to make homemade pizza that doesn’t require rise time.
Carrot, Beet, and Apple Salad – Even people who don’t like beets like this salad. The carrot and apple (or pear) and other ingredients add so much flavor that the beet flavor does not stand out.
Grilled Zucchini – I love fresh summer zucchini, and grilling it is a great option.
Pancakes – Pancakes are just fun breakfast food. These are delicious and great for a lazy morning.
Zucchnini Quiche Muffins – Here’s another great way to use zucchini for a low-carb breakfast.
Blueberry Cobbler – I honestly prefer my berries fresh, but once in a while I’ll cook with them, and this recipe really is delicious.
Chocolate Coconut Candy – This is a really yummy treat that doesn’t require baking.