Friday, March 20, 2015

Two Gluten Free Freezer Favorites

I’ve always been a sucker for convenience foods.

Even before I had a baby…heck, even before I was gluten free, I always kept a few easy to throw together staples on hand.

Back when I had time to do food prep on Sundays, I would turn mounds of fresh veggies into grab and go snacks and meals. I hope to start doing that again soon. And honestly it’s not about finding the time; it’s more about creating the space in my brain to think ahead!

Wonder what I’m thinking about all the time….

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Oh yeah! Adorable chubby cheeks and milky smiles.

So until I find the brain space to plan ahead, I have found a few freezer favorites that have really worked in a pinch!

Simple Truth Organic Red Quinoa & Brown Rice from Kroger

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I LOVE this easy to prepare baggie of quinoa and rice from Simple Truth. You microwave it in the bag for less than 5 minutes and it’s ready to serve!

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I felt that the portion was enough for two people, maybe three if you’re not using it as the base for the meal. Even Parrish, a quinoa skeptic, loved it! I used it the other night to create a “burrito bowl” of sorts. I topped the mix with steamed broccoli and cauliflower (also from the freezer) and fresh cherry tomatoes:

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Then I added breaded gluten free chicken and a creamy avocado sauce:

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The creamy avocado sauce came together by adding Wholly Guacamole to Greek Yogurt. It was actually really tasty!

In fact, for a meal that was literally thrown together from the back of the freezer and dregs of the fridge, it was delicious!

The breaded gluten free chicken is my other current freezer favorite:

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Free Bird Gluten Free Chicken Patties from Target

I have written about these patties before – I love them so much. The chicken is moist, juicy, and tender – no bad bits! I was sad when my Whole Foods stopped carrying them and squealed with delight when I found them at Target.

Other meal ideas with Free Bird GF Chicken Patties:

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Stacked Chicken Sandwich

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Bacon Horseradish Chicken Sandwich

I mean when is the last time you had a breaded chicken sandwich!? It’s the little things in life!

What are your go-to staples to have on hand?