Gluten-Free Braised Beef au Jus in the Skillet

Braised Beef , Gluten-Free, Paleo or Low Carb

Braised round steak is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal that will fill up hungry teenagers and satisfy even the most die-hard meat-and-potatoes lover. It can be served “au jus” or with a thickened gravy.

My mom taught me to cook this is braised beef round steak. In fact, it’s one of my earliest childhood memories.

The recipe that my mother taught me survived conversion to gluten-free in 2000, when I was forced to go gluten-free by my celiac disease. And, it remained a family favorite ever since.

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Chicken Broccoli Parmesan in Slow Cooker

Chicken Broccoli Parmesan in the Slow Cooker

My husband did not like chicken or sour cream much at all when I met him, but he has since become a fan of them both, especially when they are together in dishes like this saucy gluten-free chicken and vegetable combination.

I especially like how easy this is to put together – it has simple ingredients that don’t take much preparation except to add to the crock pot. I could easily throw it together before rushing out the door to work or to an appointment, and then later I can come home to a delicious dinner.

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Chicken Stuffed Peppers Out of the Oven

Chicken Stuffed Peppers Kissed by Cheddar

When summer gardens start producing peppers and tomatoes, it’s time to cook some chicken stuffed peppers. The flavors are always popular… and who can resist the eye-candy appeal of those rich, contrasting colors and textures in the dish?

This version is “lightened up” with chicken so it will be a little healthier…my original version is made with beef.

There are so many wonderful ways to cook chicken stuffed peppers while peppers are in season. I like to use cubed chicken breasts in my chicken stuffed peppers because everyone in my house absolutely loves them! Here in N.E. Ohio, this year’s crop of green bell peppers were so succulent that my husband (Al the Grinch) even commented about how good and tender they were.

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Gluten-Free Moussaka Hot from the Oven, Ready to Eat

Golden-Topped Gluten-Free Moussaka

Here is a delicious meal that has more than meets the eye. Each forkful of this gluten-free casserole is rich, flavorful and saucy, and more than that, it’s also full of veggies and healthy stuff, too.

Vegetables are wonderful… I love them. But some of my family members are hard to convince that they’re worth eating… especially eggplant!

However, that is not a problem with this moussaka. It looks good, it tastes good and everyone at my dinner table has always liked it, even though it’s full of meat plus eggplant, onion, potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Just for the record, I have found…

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Gluten-Free, Low Carb Pepper, Onion and Veggie Eggs in the Skillet for an Appetizer or a Meal

Voilà, Hybrid Frittata on Steroids!

This recipe came about one evening as I was looking for something I could do with eggs and the growing seasonal abundance of vegetables in my refrigerator. I put them all together and, voilà, hybrid frittata on steroids!

At first I was considering a neat, organized frittata, which is a seasoned mixture of beaten eggs with sautéed vegetables added, cooked slowly in a skillet without stirring and then turned as a whole at the end… similar to what you might do with an omelet.

But, what I had in mind was much more than that. I wanted a skillet heaped with scrambled eggs, which are cooked differently than frittatas. I wanted it vibrantly alive because of the scrumptious, savory sautéed veggies in it. And, I had absolutely the right idea… it was delicious!

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Collard Greens with Garlic and Lemon, Served with Crockpot Barbecue Chicken

Collard Greens with Garlic and Lemon

Steamed or braised collard greens with garlic and a sprinkle of fresh lemon are naturally gluten-free. A relative of the cabbage and broccoli family, they are low carb and rich in fiber and many valuable nutrients, such as vitamins A, C and K, plus several of the B vitamins. They also have a variety of minerals, such as potassium, phosphorus and calcium, to name a few.

These collards can be served as a side for pork loin chops or chicken pieces for a paleo dinner, with a baked sweet potato as another side. I like to accompany them sometimes with Cajun rice or blackeyed peas to complement their texture and flavor for a vegetarian dinner. In the photo above they are shown with Shredded Barbecue Chicken.

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Gluten-Free Barbecue Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Barbecue Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I really like to come home to the aroma and taste of Gluten-Free, Barbecue Shredded Chicken!

This tangy, filling dinner is just what I need after a long day at work, shopping at the mall or an afternoon of gardening in my backyard.

While “30 minute meals” are really helpful, a meal like this, that only requires me to spend about 10 minutes putting ingredients in the slow cooker is even better. Slow cooker meals are, to my mind, the ultimate in “set and forget” cooking activities!

I just load the ingredients into my crockpot and …

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