As the year comes to a close I am thankful for each of you who have visited Elegantly, Gluten-Free in 2014. I’m so glad to have been able to share with you my gluten-free recipes and more about eating and living gluten-free and how to enjoy it, whatever your situation may be.
Today’s post is a menu plan of sorts except it’s YOUR 12 favorite gluten-free dinner recipes in 2014… You voted by going to the recipe on Elegantly, Gluten-Free dot com. Each visit counted as one vote.
In 2014, Al and I released the second edition of my third book and I am deeply appreciative of everyone who bought their own copy of my book… It was quite humbling as well as encouraging to be so well received 🙂 So, as a somewhat late Christmas Present…
Rocky Road Candy is one of my favorite sweets. Since it uses only a few ingredients and doesn’t take a lot of kitchen equipment, it’s also easy to make gluten-free rocky road candy without a lot of extra trouble.
Different kinds of chocolate may be used, like chocolate chips – semisweet or milk chocolate flavor — or Hershey’s milk chocolate bars or even a lower-sugar cacao bar, if you like. Just be sure that the chocolate is gluten-free. (You can check my pantry list for some gluten-free brands.) For this easy gluten-free recipe post I used Hershey’s milk chocolate chips.
Nourishing and warming Butternut Squash Soup in the Slow Cooker is naturally gluten-free.
Butternut squash is easy to cook several different ways, including the slow cooker, the stove top, the microwave or the oven. I’ve used each method in the past and found that they all have their advantages.
For this recipe I focused more on the set-it-and-forget aspect of a crock pot to cook the squash while I went about doing other things for a while.
All I did before putting it in the crockpot was to halve it and seed it.
Gluten-free roasted chicken with spice rub is a great way to perk up your dinner.
The aroma…the texture…and the taste are different, even if the same seasonings are used, as your favorite chicken breast recipes. Of course, chicken pieces are often easy to make and usually quick to cook, which makes them popular for a weeknight meal in a busy schedule.
I know because I often have gluten-free chicken on my menu. Everyone in the family enjoys eating it.
However, a whole chicken roasting in the oven is an entirely different dish than just chicken breasts or thighs. As I said, the aroma is different. The texture is different. And the taste is different, so…
…try a whole roasted chicken, unstuffed, with a spice rub for dinner. It takes a little longer to cook than chicken pieces, but once it is in the oven, it is easy from there on. A whole chicken can also be stuffed, but that adds to the cooking time, so I’m going with the simpler, shorter option with this recipe.
Do you ever wonder what you can do with sweet potatoes?
Can you imagine sweet potato chili?
A lot of people, some of them in my own family, would rather go hungry than eat sweet potatoes.
But, due to a medical problem I was recently diagnosed with, they are getting only what I can cook and eat for myself… poor babies.
So, it’s out with the old standbys like white potatoes, rice, and GF pasta. And, in with the new like…
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.
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.