Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pizza Rolls

These are so easy, freeze well and are a great lunchbox option!  Enjoy!

Pizza Rolls - click to link to recipe
You can even use the Pillsbury roll out pizza dough for a quick fix.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

We haven't let the cooler temperatures stop us from grilling this year.  My husband has made these fajitas a couple of times this month because they were such a big hit.  Plus, he was adjusting this recipe and wanted to make a few changes. We put our chicken on warm tortillas and topped them with sauteed onions and shredded cheese.  If you are are on a gluten-free diet, try corn tortillas.  Yum!

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

½ c vegetable oil
¼ c lime juice
2 T honey
2 T chili powder
2 T garlic powder
1 T ground black pepper
1 t salt
½ t paprika
3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips

Mix vegetable oil, lime juice, honey and spices in a resealable plastic bag.  Place chicken strips into the bag.  Knead bag to coat chicken with marinade. Squeeze out air, seal bag, and refrigerate at least 4 hours up to overnight.  Remove chicken strips from marinade; discard remaining marinade.  Grill chicken on preheated grill until browned, the juices run clear, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest piece reads at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

We have a komodo style smoker and convection grill.  These aren’t extremely common.  But if you do have one, set the dome temperature to 370 oF.  Cook on each side for about 5 minutes per side (assuming you precut the chicken into strips) or until the internal temperature of the chicken is more than 160 oF. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Do you need a delicious chocolaty treat for your sweetie this Valentine's Day?  Try these chocolate crinkle cookies.  They are SO good!

The original recipe is actually vegan (see link below).  I changed them slightly to avoid using flax.  I don't have anything against flax, I just try to make sure the recipes on this blog are made with ingredients everyone typically has in their kitchen.  I hope to be a resource for families with food allergies.  But I also want to post easy to make recipes that can help out friends that are trying to accommodate others with food allergies but don't typically cook allergy-free.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

¾ c sugar
¹⁄3 c canola oil
2 T dark corn syrup
1 t pure vanilla
¹⁄3 c milk
½ c chocolate chips, melted
1½ c all-purpose flour
2 T cocoa powder
2 t baking powder
¼ t salt
1 c powdered sugar
¼ c granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Melt the chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each until chocolate is smooth.  In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, dark corn syrup, vanilla, milk, and melted chocolate. Mix until smooth.  Sift in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir until fully incorporated.  Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes before rolling.  Scoop a tablespoon of dough for each cookie and roll with your hands into a ball.  Roll each cookie first in granulated sugar, then in powdered sugar.  The more powdered sugar now, the prettier the cookie when it comes out of the oven.  Place cookies about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 14 minutes. After baking, let cookies cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.