This week’s gluten-free meal plan makes use of the slow cooker and stove top for cooking on hot summer days. I like to put my slow cooker outside to keep the heat out of the kitchen. You’ve got to try the beet salad, even if you are not fond of beets, and the blueberry cobbler is worth turning on the oven for.
Well, I’m all moved in, and although my new kitchen is smaller than my old one, I really like it. Especially since we put in a new floor and did some work to open it up. The cabinets are very nice, I have a wall oven and a microwave/convection oven, and my cooktop is in the middle of a large island.
And, I got a new fridge. It’s counter depth (actually counter depth doesn’t mean completely flush with the counter but it is more shallow). That gives more space between the fridge and the island, which will be particularly helpful when my parents join us. Plus, we really like that you don’t lose stuff in the back of fridge.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken with Potatoes – Although this easy recipe uses Italian seasoning and salad dressing, it does not include tomatoes, which is something I have to limit because of the acid.
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. I often make it without tomatoes (adding a little extra water), and it’s really 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. Otherwise it will be too mushy. But that means you have to be around to add it at that time.
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’ve been getting lots of zucchini in my CSA box. I even had to turn down some that my neighbor offered me because I’m having trouble keeping up with what I’m getting. 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.